“I’ve never had a girlfriend or a boyfriend … Even with surgery, I’ll never be a woman. And I will not be man. I’ll always be the middle… My father said I’ll always be his little black boy. That he’ll love me if I am man, woman or dog. My mother is very religious. She refuses, but says she will not leave me.”
– Lea T., who was born Leandro Cerezo Medeiros, starred in last season’s Givenchy ad campaign and has even been booked to appear on Oprah’s last season. [Quem via Racked] Keep reading »
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is in a bit of a bind right now—thanks to a set of policies which some believe discriminate against transgender athletes. Golfer Lana Lawless is suing the LPGA for its “female at birth” policy, which requires that all competitors must have been born biological females. Lawless, who was born male, had gender reassignment surgery in 2005 and was a high-ranking golfer in the Long Drivers of America organization. But then Long Drivers changed its gender policy to match the LPGA rendering Lawless ineligible for competition.
“It’s an issue of access and opportunity,” Lawless told The New York Times. “I’ve been shut out because of prejudice.” Keep reading »
Does it come as a shock that a clothing retailer with such a hetero-normative image (sometimes to the point of cliche) would deny a transsexual the opportunity for a job? Unfortunately, no. In an undercover operation staged by The New York Daily News, two people—one transgendered person, one non—both applied for the same jobs. The results aren’t surprising: The transgendered applicant didn’t receive any callbacks for interviews, while the other scored eight out of a few dozen. One of these companies who didn’t give the transgendered applicant a shot? J.Crew.
How does this make you feel about the brand? Do you think it’s unfair to single them out? [Blackbook Mag] Keep reading »
When we heard about Candy, “the first transversal fashion magazine,” we were dying to know what it would all be about. A bubbly pink cover and a brief statement explaining the mag’s dedication to “transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny” seemed intriguing, but left us wanting more. Fashion Indie got a look at a photo shoot from the first issue—the result is very high-fashion. Photographer Karim Sadii captured model Callum Wilson, who boasts a beautifully androgynous look in jeweled corsets, Shakespearean-looking gowns, and conceptual head pieces. What do you think? Check out some more pics after the jump! [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
The fashion industry may have a long-standing tendency to exclude certain groups and cultures, but more and more we’re seeing this change as people begin challenging the status quo. Now the transsexual community is getting a voice with a new style publication. Billed as “the first transversal fashion magazine,” Candy has just debuted its premiere issue in a limited-edition circulation of only 1,000 copies. The indie publication doesn’t reveal too much through its main online information source, a Facebook fan page, but its official statement explains that the mag is “completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations … CANDY is a magazine for everybody. A space for individual freedom, and a publication that pushes people to take on the persona of what they always wanted to be.”
Check out the amazing behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot of some seriously made-up drag queens, after the jump! Now we’re dying to know more. Where can we get our hands on a copy? [Candy‘s Facebook Page] Keep reading »
Here’s a brainteaser: If someone is born a man, but becomes legally female aside one special male part, and then they kill someone, which prison should they be held in—male or female?
Well, according to a transsexual inmate in this specific situation, she says she should be hanging with the ladies. Currently held in a men’s prison in the UK, this inmate claims her human right to “respect of her private life,” as stated in European Law, is being violated by having to stay in a men’s facility. And she’s suing over it. Not only is the she-mate unable to wear skirts or make-up—she also says its a glaring violation of her human rights not to be able to have gender reassignment surgery. And she’s so close—she has hormonally grown breasts and has lasered off all the hair on her face and legs. But doctors have repeatedly denied her the final surgery because she must live as a female for a certain period of time before being eligible—something she cannot do being held in a men’s prison. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »