Jenna Talackova is a 23-year-old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Miss Canada pageant queen, who’s probably not much different than her fellow pageant competitors — except that that she was born a boy. Talackova says she knew she was in the wrong body by the time she was 4, and began living as a girl (and undergoing hormone therapy) at the age of 14. By 19, she had gender reassignment surgery, and was making the rounds on the pageant circuit. In 2010 she was a finalist in Thailand’s Miss International Queen, a pageant specifically for transsexuals.
But Talackova wanted more — and so she applied to and competed in the Miss Universe Canada competition. Keep reading »
Oh, my Girl Scout years. Swabbing each other’s cervixes. Examining each other’s breasts for strange lumps. Aborting each other’s unborn children. Those were the days!
Well, not anymore. Thanks, Rep. Bob Morris of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for blowing the lid off our cover: Girl Scout troops were once able to perform pelvic exams and prescribe herpes medication in peace, but now the groups have been outed as “a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood” by Rep. Morris. How did Rep. Morris learn all our secrets? From Googling, of course! (Or as he put it, “a small amount of web-based research.” Rather small, I should say.) As we all know everything you read on on the Internet is true, Rep. Morris was fully in the right to inform his fellow Republican colleagues in a letter on Sunday that he refused to support a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts because it encourages sex and promotes homosexuality.
Damn. And they were hiding it so well. [NY Daily News]
When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not “real women.” The commercial shows an ostensibly “real” woman standing next to a trans person in the bathroom, who I guess is a drag queen. They both put on their lip gloss and mascara and adjust their boobs in their tight party dress. Then the “real” woman pulls a tampon out of her purse. The drag queen makes a “hmmph!” face and walks away. Keep reading »
Andrej Pejic is hands-down the most talked-about model of the year and not just because he — yes, he — is ethereally beautiful. The trans model has worked his androgynous look to his advantage, walking catwalks for John Paul Gaultier and covering Out magazine. Now Andrej Pejic has landed a Dutch campaign for push-up bras. Yes, push-up bras!
He is indisputably lovely here. But I also have to wonder, at what point does casting the trans model in advertising shoots for stereotypical-lady products become stunt-casting? Or is stunt-casting not such a bad thing if it makes the world at large more comfortable with trans folks? [Queerty] Keep reading »
Transgender model Andrej Pejic is on the cover of the new issue of Out magazine, posing as a gorgeous bride. But on the inside, he gets all seductive and sexy, modeling in nothing but a snake. Out named Pejic the “Stylemaker of the Year.” In the issue, Pejic admitted that being transgender means that “the truth is I have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously.” [Out]
“Having to tell my parents my ex-fiancé Luke [Worrall] had cheated on me with a tranny was so humiliating. Everyone kept telling me that Luke was cheating on me, but I never believed them. It’s hard enough to get your head around someone cheating on you… but when when someone is a chick with a dick? I’d always thought the worst way to get cheated on would be with an ugly girl.”
– Kelly Osbourne is really quickly working her way up my STFU List. Look, getting cheated on blows. I’ve been there and I sympathize. But Kelly specifying that being cheated on with a “tranny” – that would be transgender model Elle Schneider — was especially humiliating bugs the hell out of me. I get that finding out the guy you were going to marry had sex with “a chick with a dick” (her extremely offensive terminology, not mine) would be confusing and shocking. But more humiliating? Worse than being cheated on “with an ugly girl”? (The horror!!!!) Gee, Kelly, why don’t you tell us how you really feel about the transgender community? And about so-called “ugly” girls while you’re at it? Sorry, but I’m starting to think Luke cheated on Kelly because she sucks. [Glamour UK via The Sun]
I can’t even deal with the stupidity in this clip of the “Fox & Friends” hosts discussing Grinnell College’s new “gender neutral housing.” The living space will be for students who choose to live with others regardless of gender, including transgender/gay/lesbian/no gender, and it was spearheaded by the transgender students on campus. This is pretty cool, right? But while discussing Grinnell’s new housing, host Gretchen Carlson decided to pull out her “facts and figures,” as she put it, saying:
“In the fall it went up 18 percent. Eighteen percent of transgender students going to this college [sic]. Does that sound unusual to you? Eighteen percent? I didn’t know it was new trend.”
First of all, you’re speaking in fragments, not sentences, Gretch. Second of all, what are you talking about — what is “it”? What went up 18 percent? The number of transgender students? The number of LGBT students? The number of students interested in gender neutral housing? And did she seriously just suggest whatever the “it” is that she’s referring to is a “new trend”? As if young adults living their normally-closeted lives open and honestly is trendy?
Oh, yes. And it gets worse. Keep reading »