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, includes protections for trans folks. Workers are already protected by federal law from discrimination based on race, gender, religion and age.
The Senate is expected to vote on ENDA this week with bipartisan support. However, it still must work its way through the House of Representatives and faces some Republican opposition. Here are five things to know about this very important bill! Keep reading »
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, but in the video (which is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait), he plays a single dude who falls for a stripper in a Kinks band T-shirt — who, P.S., happens to have been born male. “It shows a couple who, let’s face it, most of society would label ‘freaks’ doing everyday things,” Nathanson told The Tampa Bay Times. “Being in love, like the way it should be, and the way it WILL be, once people get their heads out of their asses and stop being prejudiced.” Check it out above! [Tampa Bay Times]
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 I’d watch them all dress up and put on make up and I’d be so jealous.”
As Lapper’s career took off, his suspicions that he was in “the wrong body” only intensified: “It just felt wrong.”
And so, Shane the male model became Chloe. Read more on The Gloss…
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 in front of other classmates. McInerney, who had a girlfriend, shot King in head during class in their middle school computer lab.
Heartbreaking. Inexcusable. And yet the New York Times’ film review by Neil Genzlinger actually dared to ask:
Was Mr. McInerney the one who was bullied, by Mr. King’s flaunting of his identity (including wearing makeup and heeled boots to school)?
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“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 her past and discusses the activism she does on behalf of the trans community, which recently won her a Courage Award. ”Trans people’s lives matter,” she says. “They deserve love, accepting and belonging.” You go, girl. (Oh, and Laverne will be answering questions on Lives’ Twitter today at 3 p.m. EST, so follow them!) [YouTube]