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Transgender First Grader Challenges Colorado School’s Bathroom Rules

My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

The 1997 film “Ma Vie En Rose” depicts a young French boy who insists that he’s actually a girl. The lighthearted film was at least a few years ahead of its time in addressing the very real reality of so many transgender children, born into one body, but identifying with another gender. Now, more than 15 years later, a real life “Ma Vie En Rose” tale is playing out in Colorado. First grader Coy Mathis (pictured) has identified herself as a girl, despite being born with male genitalia. She’s dressed in typically-feminine clothes for the past year and both her passport and state identification recognize her as female.

But the Fountain-Fort Carson School District has asked that Mathis refrain from using the girls’ bathroom at school. Instead, they ask that she use the boys’ bathroom, gender-neutral faculty bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom. Keep reading »

Emerson Frat Raises Money For Trans Brother’s Sexual Reassignment Surgery

Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
Chloe On Her Trans Role
The actress says she "cried every day" playing a trans hit man. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »
"We're trying to tell a story."

You hear a lot of crappy things about fraternities–often deservedly so–so it’s nice to have a positive story come out of frat-land. Members of the Phi Alpha Tau chapter at Emerson College have raised funds so that one of their pledges can get top surgery. Sophomore Visual & Media Arts student Donnie Collins came out as transgender in high school, and pledged to the frat earlier this year. Collins attended an all-female boarding school and lamented that while his fellow students were all very nice, “it was all horrible.”

Collins doesn’t have any insurance support for his hormonal therapy or sexual reassignment surgery–and Emerson’s health insurance excludes such therapies. So far, he’s been paying out of pocket, and trans hormone therapies are not cheap. “I’d go to the endocrinologist and pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket, because, of course, I didn’t have insurance of my own,” he said. Keep reading »

It’s About Time: Chrysalis Lingerie Makes Underwear Specifically For Trans Women

My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

Transgender women make up an ever-growing demographic, so it would make sense that new businesses would crop up to attend to their specific needs. Chrysalis Lingerie is special lingerie marketed to trans women, and it comes complete with a power-mesh panel that’s designed to create a seamless effect, so that those who wish to “pass” as women can adequately tuck in their male genitalia.  Keep reading »

Transgender Model Lea T Speaks! (And Seems Totally Awesome)

Lea T On Gender
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Transexual model Lea T explains her gender expression. Read More »
Oprah Talks To Lea T
Oprah talks to the transexual model, Lea T. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »
"It's too complicated to keep a secret"

Brazilian/Italian model Lea T. made waves in 2010 when she revealed that she was transgender. And for the first time, thanks to this Benetton video, we’re finally hearing her speak about it. “I say everything about myself, it’s too complicated to keep a secret,” says Lea. We agree, and we’re super stoked that Lea seems like such a rad person. Of leaning too heavily on others for inspiration, she says, “When you get inspired by someone … you lose a little bit of your personality … I try to be myself.” The video is part of Benetton’s “Faces of Color,” which focuses on unique personalities and looks from around the world. Others featured in the campaign include Isabella Rosselini’s daughter Elettra Wiedemann and model Alex Wek. [YouTube]

Guy Talk: Why A Straight Man Like Me Cares About Transgender Rights

Against Me! Trans Singer
Singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
Fox News Trans Slur
Fox News illustrated a story about trans folks with "Mrs. Doubtfire" graphic. Read More »

Over the weekend, the UK’s Observer published an editorial about transgender people that crossed a bunch of lines. It’s not really worth repeating the things that the author wrote, but they included the sort of slurs that, if used against, say, black people or women, would make your eyes pop out. The Observer has since removed it, but it was full of “N-word” level stuff, with an editorial tone dripping with self-righteous, “if you don’t want to be called these things, stop being the way you are” privilege.

It was gross, in other words. I tweeted about it throughout the day on Sunday, when it ran, as I learned more about the author or different things occurred to me. Most of the rest of my tweets from that day were about football, which meant that I got some confused replies from people who follow me because they like when I make fun of Matt Schaub. I’m not transgender, and I don’t have any close friends or family who are, so why was I treating that editorial like it was personal? I am a dude who is straight and cisgender (that is, someone whose gender identity matches their biology) and who seems to have no stake in this fight.

Here’s why I take transgender issues personally… Keep reading »

Head, Meet Desk: Fox Nation Illustrates Transgender Healthcare Story With Photo From “Mrs. Doubtfire”

In this unpredictable and ever-changing world we live in, at least we can always count on Fox News to provide a consistent stream of ignorance. The latest example comes from Fox Nation, a “news” website that chose to illustrate a story about transgender healthcare with a photo of Robin Williams from the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Because, obviously, every serious trans issue can totally be summed up by a male comedian in a dress putting out a fire on his fake boobs. Sigh. After sparking outrage and petitions to remove it, the ridiculous movie shot has been replaced by a generic stock photo. And just in case anyone was misled by Fox’s story, Village Voice blogger Alan Scherstuhl explains, “For the record, the number of transgender Americans asking insurance to cover boobfires each year is minuscule.” [Village VoiceBasic Rights Oregon]

Against Me! Trans Singer
Singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender. Read More »
My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Marine To Fox News
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From Boy To Girl In Less Than Two Minutes

My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Against Me! Trans Singer
Singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender. Read More »
Transphobia
FHM magazine called Andrej Pejic a "thing." Read More »
Oh Girl!

This amazing video shows what it really looks like to go through a gender identity change. YouTube user iiGethii writes, “This video is of me going through a three-year transition (roughly one thousand pictures). I have had FFS during the process. I started roughly around when I was 20-21 years of age.” The photos show in striking detail how iiGethii grew more and more feminine in appearance, and became the beautiful young woman she wanted to be. [YouTube]

Watch: House Of Style Hosts Visit Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace At Home

Against Me! Trans Singer
Singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender. Read More »
Meet Laura Jane Grace
The punk rock singer talks about her transgender coming out. Read More »
My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Step inside Laura Jane's St. Augustine, FL home!

We’ve been big fans of Laura Jane Grace long before she came out as a transgender woman earlier this year, but we love the lead singer of seminal punk band Against Me! all the more now that we’ve witnessed her incredibly brave, positive attitude toward her recent transition. Needless to say, we’re a little jealous that Grace gave MTV’s House of Style hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss a comprehensive tour of her Florida home, including her enviable record collection, her wife and daughter, and yes, her closet. Laura Jane is a true inspiration, and not only to the trans community: everybody can learn a little something from her openness and her adamance that above all, the most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Not to mention that the advice she gives about maintaining good skincare habits regardless of how grimy you are otherwise is invaluable. [NYMag.com]

ESPN Radio Hosts Suspended For Calling Trans Athlete An “It”

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  • ESPN Radio “temporarily” suspended hosts who made transphobic comments about a trans basketball player, including referring to her as “it” and saying that no one who is trans should be allowed to play sports. [Queerty]
  • Susan Rice is officially withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State. [Twitter.com/NBCnews]
  • On Victoria’s Secret’s continued beef with an anti-rape group. [Black Book Mag]
  • Catholic University has rejected the creation of an LGBT allies student group on campus. [Think Progress]
  • Depressing chart time! Newspapers don’t care when notable women die. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Today Is The Trans Day Of Remembrance

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  • In remembrance of the Trans Day Of Remembrance, here’s a piece by a trans woman on how connecting with her Korean birth mother, who put her up for adoption as a baby, helped her come out. [Fire Dog Lake]
  • And here’s more about the Trans Day of Remembrance and transgender visibility. [Queerty]
  • New guidelines released yesterday from the US Preventative Services Task Force recommend that every American between the ages of 15 and 65 be regularly tested for HIV, which is included as a preventative service available without a co-pay by Obamacare. [Feminist.org]
  • Here’s how to support women and girls after a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy. [MAKERS] Keep reading »
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