Posts tagged "transgender"

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender).

This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, include…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Trans Woman Banned From L.A. Gym’s Women’s Locker Room

Yanel Valenzuela of California told a gym trainer that she is a transgender woman, hoping to get an exercise routine tailored to her health needs. But instead, she alleges, the trainer shared that information with others and an L.A. Fitness manager barred Valenzuela from using the women’s locker room entirely. They realize she’s a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Matt Nathanson’s Video For “Kinks Shirt” Is A Must Watch

I’d never heard of singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, let alone listened to his music, before his video for the song “Kinks Shirt” showed up on my Tumblr dashboard last night. If I’m being honest, his music is not really my jam — but this video, and its message, totally is. Nathanson is a straight (married!) guy,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 17, 2013

Male Model Shane Lapper Retires, Relaunches Career As Female Model Chloe Lapper

Scouted in London at the age of 22, handsome redhead Shane Lapper launched a successful career as a male model*. And even though Lapper was employed as an aspirational standard of male beauty, he always felt something wasn’t right: “I think I was about seven when I realized I should have been born a girl. I have five sisters, and…

By: The Gloss / October 16, 2013

New York Times Asks If Teen Who Shot LGBTQ Classmate Was “Bullied” By “Flaunting”

This week, HBO screened a documentary film, “Valentine Road,” about the 2008 murder of a 14-year-old boy, Lawrence King, by a classmate in Oxnard, California. King had been exploring his gender identity by wearing makeup and heels to school; he had told friends that he was gay and had asked 14-year-old Brandon McInerney to be his Valentine…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2013

Laverne Cox Reveals Intimate Details About Her Gender Transition In YouTube’s “Overshare” Series

“Orange is the New Black” fans, prepare to fall even harder for the amazing Laverne Cox, the transgender actress and activist who plays Sophia on the breakout Netflix show. In this fantastic interview for Meredith Viera’s Lives YouTube channel, as part of their Overshare series, Laverne speaks openly about her gender transition, shares photos from…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 7, 2013

Trans Homecoming Queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell Poses For The NOH8 Campaign

Earlier this month, a Huntington Beach, California high school crowned Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a 16-year-old trans girl, their homecoming queen. Pride and enthusiasm over winning didn’t last long before online bullies trashed her victory. Now she’s making a statement against bigots by posing for the NOH8 photo campaign. Get it, girl! [Advocate]…

By: Claire Hannum / October 1, 2013

High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

Meet Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen from Huntington Beach, California, who was crowned her high school’s homecoming queen. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy lived as “Lance” until transitioning three years ago. Congratulations, Cassidy! [Huffington Post, People]
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term. [Wall Street Journal]
Nadeshda Tolokonnikova from the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2013

Fox News Outdoes Itself With Crappiness, Uses “Dude Looks Like A Lady” For Chelsea Manning Story

At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised when Fox News does something terrible. And indeed, my general response to their ridiculous antics and rightwing pandering is to just sigh and roll my eyes. But this? The network using Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady” as the background and outro music for a story on Bradley…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 28, 2013

The Soapbox: Chelsea Manning Has The Right To Healthcare In Prison, Transgender Or Not

Now that Chelsea Manning has expressed a desire to medically transition through hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of questions circling about what Leavenworth looks like for a trans woman, and how exactly someone might transition from male to female in prison. While Manning’s case itself is complicated, the question of what kind of…

By: Avory Faucette / August 22, 2013

Bradley Manning: “I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female”

Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, announced in a statement read by his lawyer on “The Today Show” this morning that he intends to begin hormone replacement therapy and would like to be referred to as Chelsea. Manning, who from here on out I’ll refer…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 22, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Laverne Cox From “Orange Is The New Black”

A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit “Orange Is The New Black” has skillfully avoided either trapping. Instead, viewers are treated to a show with well-thought-out story lines, sharp social commentary, diverse, multi-faceted characters with compelling backgrounds, and stellar performances. One of…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 13, 2013

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students’ gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs … [LGBTQ Nation]
… and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate]
Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what what? [Slate]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2013

“Orange Is The New Black”‘s Laverne Cox Worries About Being “Pretty Enough”

“I’m insecure about how I look … I was looking at some stills from the show that are up online. [In the past] I was like, “When I am successful, I’m going to look differently. I will have had more surgery, I will be thinner. And that will equal me being successful.” And the…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 31, 2013

True Story: I Transitioned From Female To Male

As told to Lauren Gitlin.

It was always kind of under the surface, this idea that I wasn’t quite comfortable with my body. I remember looking at this book my parents gave me when I was 8 years old and I saw drawings of what men’s bodies were like and what women’s bodie…

By: Roman Rimer / July 30, 2013

A Transgender Teen Couple Make The Transition Together

Growing up, transgender teenager Katie Hill knew she should have been born a girl, not a boy. At 18, she transitioned from her male body to a female form. Her boyfriend, Arin Andrews, also knew he’d been born in the wrong body — but in his case, he identified as male, not with his female-born body.

By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2013

The “You Are You” Camp Gives Boys The Chance To Be The Girls They Want To Be

For the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been following a group of special kids who attend an annual four-day camp for “gender-nonconforming boys and their parents.” In order to protect the boys and their families, Morris simply refers to the camp as Camp You Are You, and explains it as a place where…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 23, 2013

Gawker Thinks It’s Cool To Smirk At Gender Queer People

Guys, I love sarcasm. It’s a heady, delicious treat I eat up on the hour. But even I have my sarcasm limits. Case in point: Gawker writer Hamiliton Nolan’s response to a piece by xoJane writer s.e. smith about the western appropriation of Eastern religion, specifically in the context of yoga, and whether someone with a…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 8, 2013

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused…

By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Transgender 6-Year-Old Coy Mathis Wins Case For Access to Girls’ Bathroom

A win for the transgender community! Coy Mathis, a transgendered 6-year-old from Fountain, Colorado has won a case against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, allowing her to officially use the girls’ bathroom.

Coy had been using the girls’ bathroom at her school because she identifies as a female. Although she was assigned the…

By: Daley Quinn / June 24, 2013
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