(Huffington Post) “I don’t know how to ask this, but um,” my friend said to me.
“Just ask,” I interrupted.
“Well, my boss is in a strange place and I was wondering if you could talk to him. He just found out this his little girl, er boy, er well, he found out that one of his children is transgender. You’re the only person I know that’s Trans and just by knowing you, it’s helped me a lot, so I just thought maybe you could talk to him.” (more…)
(Huffington Post) At 14, Jazz Jennings is at the age where one particular social topic tends to dominate all the others: dating.
As many of her peers begin to go out on dates or at least think about dating, Jazz says she’s not opposed to the idea of exploring a relationship. “I just go with the flow and see what happens. If boys like me and I like them back, then, yeah, it’ll happen,” she tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (more…)
(Daily Mirror) As a young boy, Alice Castle grew up in Scotland wondering why boys could wear kilts but not skirts.
That was when she was David, a boy with a gender that didn’t fit.
But now as 22-year-old Alice she is free to be the woman she wants to be. (more…)
(Washington Post) Thomas and Nyr Medina-Castrejon are best friends, brother and sister. They share many things — an interest in computers, a penchant for languages, a fondness for animals — but only one makes them an “anomaly.”
Seventeen-year-old Thomas and 13-year-old Nyr are both transgender. (more…)
(Mashable) A transgender woman dressed elegantly in her wedding dress is about to marry her cisgender fiancé. A loving crowd surrounds them as the pastor begins the ceremony.
There’s no dissension, no frowning on-lookers and nobody protesting what’s in front of them — not that there ever should be. But this TV wedding isn’t taking place in 2015. It’s 1977. (more…)
(BBC Newsbeat) Steffan Zachiyah and Romario Wanliss are two transgender friends living in the UK. In a new documentary, Newsbeat and Radio 1 Stories follows the pair as they reveal their identities to their families in Jamaica.
There are a few terms that come up a lot when talking about trans issues. Steffan and Romario have told us the phrases you need to know. (more…)
(Broadly) Her Story is a new series that explores the love lives of transgender and queer women. Historically, these narratives have been subsumed by the perspective of the male protagonist: She is the devastating surprise twist in his story. This has changed in the past two years to some degree, with the rise of shows like Transparent, but next week an unprecedented look into the relationships of queer and trans women will debut and stream for free on the series’ website. (more…)
(Metro Times) AT 10:21 A.M. On a smotheringly humid July morning this past summer, a woman on Detroit’s west side dialed 9-1-1.
Six minutes later, a second call came through. The message was more or less the same: A lady, who appeared to be naked, was lying in the intersection of McGraw and 25th Street. She was possibly moving. Maybe hit by a car.
When first responder Officer Michelle Jones arrived at the scene she found a 25-year-old transgender woman, who would later be identified as Ashton O’Hara, lying in a pool of her own blood. Dressed in nothing but a black tank top, red bra, and black footies, Ashton was naked from the waist down. A wig lay 50 feet away from her body. She had been discarded and left behind, like the cracked hubcaps and plastic soda bottles littering the rest of the street. (more…)
(Seventeen) While critics have tried to claim that allowing transgendered students to use same-sex school facilities is some kind of safety or privacy concern (we’re looking at you Mike Huckabee), a new report shows that there’s actually zero evidence of that being true. None of the 17 largest US school districts’ schools with trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies have reported a single inappropriate act, harassment, or “negative consequence,” according to a report by Media Matters for America.
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(Advocate) For Gabrielle Diana Gladu, 16 is particularly sweet. Two years after a suicide attempt, she is thriving — a transgender teen who beat the odds.
Tall, blond, sharp-witted, and stylish, she lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her predominantly Catholic family, who immigrated a generation ago from Poland and France. Her family is not fabulously wealthy, but they work hard and organize their resources well to support her.
But Gladu is all too aware that increasing transgender visibility and fresh legal protections seem to go hand-in-hand with continuing discrimination in almost every sphere of trans people’s lives — be it travel, education, health care, or employment. (more…)