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Jan
22

Bruce Jenner’s Gender Identity: What Should We Think? Russell Brand

Russell Brand reacts to the media’s continual speculation over Bruce Jenner’s gender identity. The Angels gets a mention at 7.47. Thanks Russell! Tweet
Jan
19

Transitioning in the Army. Hannah and Mel’s Stories

After being selected for officer training in the British Army at the age of 15, Captain Hannah Winterbourne is now second in command over a company of 100 soldiers. She’s also the highest ranking trans soldier in the UK. She came out one and a half years ago while in Germany, and while that came as a shock to a few of her colleagues, it hasn’t held her back and she is now the trans representative for...
Jan
4

Emily Brothers, Labour’s first transgender candidate: ‘I walked into the sea. Something brought me back’

(The Guardian) When I rang the doorbell of Labour’s candidate for Sutton and Cheam, I thought I had a fairly clear picture of the woman I was about to meet. Anyone who stands for a party that polled 9% in the seat last time round has to be pretty bold. To do so as a blind woman with impaired hearing must take serious nerve. To have won the nomination without mentioning her transgender identity, then to...
Jan
2

11 Ways 2014 Was the Biggest Year in Transgender History

(Rolling Stone) Transgender people are already everywhere, even if their lives go unnoticed. But in 2014, transgender people truly were everywhere—from the red carpet to the runway, from TV to D.C., and from the cover of Time magazine to the pages of a New York Times bestselling memoir. Visibility is no substitute for change, but 2014 bore witness to plenty of the latter as well, with a series of legal...
Jan
2

Leelah Alcorn: Transgender teenager’s parents ‘should be prosecuted’, says gay rights activist

(The Independent) A gay rights activist has said that the parents of Leelah Alcorn should be prosecuted, after the transgender teenager took her own life. The 17-year-old, from Ohio, walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death on Sunday morning. She left behind a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, in which she said she had been forced by her devout Christian parents to undergo conversion...
Jan
2

The State of the Trans Nation 2014

(The Mary Sue) Overall, 2014 has been a positive year for trans people, but I’m not saying that without caveats. ROUS-sized caveats, in fact, as the year has had many tragedies, too. This is the TMS state of the trans nation address, highlighting a few of the biggest trans stories of 2014. Read More :...
Jul
25

Mtf, ftm – wtf? What to do if an employee tells you they’re transgender

(Management Today) Last year, a coroner ruled that the suicide of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows had been driven, in part, by the press, which ‘outed’ her at the end of 2012. With protests outside the Daily Mail’s offices and tearful statements by Meadows’ family, the issue of how well society deals with trans people made headlines across the country. Nowhere is society’s...
Jul
25

Andreja Pejic Is in Her Own Skin for the Very First Time

(Style.com) t be seeing any more of Andrej Pejic, the androgynous male model who rose to fame in 2010 after Carine Roitfeld had him photographed in womenswear for Paris Vogue. An onslaught of editorials followed (including a shirtless Dossier Journal cover that was essentially banned by Barnes & Noble for fear their customers would think he was a naked woman), and he even walked as the beautiful bride...
Jun
2

Whether or not Laverne Cox is a woman is not a question of biology; it’s a question of language

(Telegraph) There’s a piece in the National Review by a guy called Kevin D Williamson. It is one of those pieces that is written solely to provoke outrage from milquetoast liberals like me, and by linking to it I am playing the author’s game, and losing at it, but here it is, if you want: “Laverne Cox is not a woman.” Laverne Cox, for those of you who are unaware, is one of the...
May
22

Sun executives to meet transgender group after Kate Stone furore

(The Guardian) Senior executives at the Sun are to meet with campaign group All About Trans following the furore over the tabloid referring to scientist Dr Kate Stone as having a “sex swap” in a story about her being gored by a stag. The meeting follows a landmark negotiation between the Press Complaints Commission and six newspapers – the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun, the...
May
21

It’s a Trap: Depictions of Trans* Deception

Rantasmo examines the “trap” stereotype and how transgender characters are often portrayed as deceivers in disguise. See the video below for...
May
21

The schoolgirl who was born a boy: Parents defy local bullies to support child’s transition

(Daily Mail) Nine-year-old Keat Rhodes looks just like any other little girl – but she was actually born male. The schoolgirl was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and began her transition from boy to girl. Since then she has undergone an incredible transformation with the support of her adoptive parents Emily and Clint LeVan, from Ohio. And over the next few...
May
21

The internet paid for my sex change: Woman seeking gender reassignment surgery raises $8,000 through crowdfunding

(Daily Mail) A transgender woman has told of her joy after internet users paid for her to have a vagina. Samantha Allen said she is used to receiving abuse online, so could not believe it when she raised the $8,000 needed for her surgery in less than 24 hours. Ms Allen, a doctoral fellow in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, in Atlanta, raised the money through...
May
21

Chelsea Manning may be transferred to civilian prison for gender treatment

(The Guardian) The Pentagon is trying to transfer Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so that she can get treatment for her gender disorder. Manning, who was convicted last year of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. It was the first such request by a transgender military inmate, and set up a dilemma for the US defence department: how...
May
21

From Boy Meets Girl to Orange Is the New Black: Meet the new transgender faces of TV

(The Independent) Boy Meets Girl sounds like scores of sitcom treatments the BBC receives each year: Leo meets Judy, they bond over drinks and arrange a date. His mother despairs of her 26-year-old son seeing a 40-year-old woman but he’s absolutely besotted. Except that this isn’t Cougar Town transplanted to the North of England. Nor is it May to December with the sexes reversed. Because Judy is...

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