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Jun
13

Until I was 19 I felt like an alien – now I know I’m a woman

Until I was 19 I felt like an alien – now I know I’m a woman (Essex Chronicle) Jordan Gray is adamant about this and she should know – she lives with it every day. Jordan was male at birth but has lived as a woman for the past 16 months. A renowned Essex recording artist, known as Tall Dark Friend, on stage Jordan is flamboyant, confident and she belts out her pop rock tunes. This year Jordan will be one of the big names performing at the Fling Festival and Essex...
Jun
9

How hormones help gender transition

How hormones help gender transition With Caitlyn Jenner’s recent transition in the news, more attention is being paid to the transgender community. A big part of gender transition is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This week, Reactions talks about the chemistry of HRT and what happens when the body undergoes major shifts in oestrogen and testosterone — two very powerful...
Jun
4

Nearly time for Sparkle 2015

Nearly time for Sparkle 2015 Just a reminder that it’s nearly time for the Sparkle weekend 2015! Sparkle runs from 10-12th July in Manchester. Sparkle is about celebrating being trans and all that goes with it. If you’re just starting out on the journey as a trans person or ally, or if you’ve been out as trans for a while – Sparkle is the place to share and celebrate it. Sparkle is open to everyone who sees...
Jun
3

Know Your Skin Type

Know Your Skin Type Before you even consider your make-up, don’t under estimate the importance of good skincare. Knowing how to identify your skin type will ensure choosing the right product as a foundation (pun intended) for your make-up. Your skin is the canvas on which you paint your masterpiece, so it only makes sense to take good care of it. Before making a start please bear in mind that once you have identified...
May
29

Sense8’s Transgender Star Jamie Clayton: ‘We Are All Human Beings and There Is No Normal’

Sense8’s Transgender Star Jamie Clayton: ‘We Are All Human Beings and There Is No Normal’ (TV Watch) Now more than ever, entertainment’s spotlight is on the transgender community. Milestones are reached regularly, whether via a history-making Emmy nomination for Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox, a new reality series for trans teen Jazz Jennings or Bruce Jenner’s groundbreaking April 24 20/20 interview, in which the former Olympian told the world he is transitioning from male...
May
18

Eye Make-Up to Suit Your Eye Shape

Eye Make-Up to Suit Your Eye Shape Have you ever tried to copy a print or online article or video showing you how to do a certain eye make-up look? How did it go? Chances are, more often than not, the results achieved don’t even come close. And it’s not because you didn’t follow the instructions to the letter. It’s because your own eye shape isn’t suited to the design you’ve been following. But with an...
Apr
19

My Boyfriend the Cross Dresser

My Boyfriend the Cross Dresser (Salon) We arrived in Atlantic City one of the first Fridays of summer. I pulled out the two dresses I’d brought with me — both of them sluttier than anything I’d wear at home, but AC seemed to call for it — and my boyfriend started unpacking his bags. His dress shoes and button-downs came out first but were quickly discarded. They were only there to keep the rest of the bag’s contents out of...
Apr
4

The growing trend of transgender ‘bathroom bully’ bills

The growing trend of transgender ‘bathroom bully’ bills (Al Jazeera America) When Eli Erlick was 8 years old, she would sometimes pretend to be sick, just so she could leave school and go home to use the bathroom. She had asked to use the girls’ bathroom at her school in Mendocino County, California, but she wasn’t allowed to. “I had no idea why I couldn’t do this,” Erlick said. “I didn’t even know the word ‘transgender.’ I just knew that I...
Apr
3

On being the father of a transgendered child

On being the father of a transgendered child (One Million Kids for Equality) My name is Tim Trantham. I am the single parent to DW Trantham, a 13-year-old male to female transgender activist. This is my story of change for the visitors of One Million Kids for Equality. First off, I will tell you that DW was born a girl. She did not at any time like boy toys or clothes. I assumed, early on, that her female tendencies meant she was gay. At that time, I...
Apr
2

Being Transgender: The secret I kept for 50 years

Being Transgender: The secret I kept for 50 years (Woman’s Weekly) There is an old saying, sometimes attributed to Dr Seuss, about how you should give up pretending and just be who you are because: Those who mind don’t matter And those who matter won’t mind. Easier said than done, of course, especially when you’re keeping a secret as significant as the one that Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor – formerly Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm McGregor...
Mar
27

Virginia School Board Votes To Force Transgender Student Out Of Bathrooms

Virginia School Board Votes To Force Transgender Student Out Of Bathrooms (Think Progress) Parental complaints have prompted a Virginia school board to reverse a decision that respected a fourth grader’s gender identity, forcing her either back into the boys’ bathroom, or into single-stall or staff restrooms. Hartwood Elementary School, part of the Stafford County school system, started by accommodating the student’s identity. She was allowed to use the girls’ room per...
Mar
9

Transgender rights: Bathroom protest movement is born

Transgender rights: Bathroom protest movement is born (Montreal Gazette) A Victoria, B.C. woman has started a new form of protest: she’s taken to using men’s public washrooms, and is making headlines in the process. And you can be sure other women will be doing the same thing in Canada and the United States. Brae Carnes, 23, is a “transgender” woman, not that the word “transgender” should be needed here. But it has to be used because she and many...
Mar
2

A Transgender Inmate Sues Georgia Prisons

A Transgender Inmate Sues Georgia Prisons (Mother Jones) In December 2013, Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman locked up at a men’s state prison in Georgia, found herself in solitary confinement. Rutledge State Prison warden Shay Hatcher, she says, put her there for “pretending to be a woman.” The 36-year-old Diamond, who was first diagnosed with gender dysphoria as a teenager, had been denied hormone therapy since entering the...
Mar
2

Meet Serbia’s First Transgender Army Major

Meet Serbia’s First Transgender Army Major (Newsweek) “I shall never ever wear trousers,” says the Serbian army’s first transgender officer. There may be several other things Helena will never do again after serving in the Armed forces as a man for more than 20 years and after being married to a woman for 21 years. One might be reflecting positively on the Serbian Army and Serbia’s Ministry of Defence, since she is taking legal action...
Mar
2

EastEnders is bringing in a transgender role

EastEnders is bringing in a transgender role (BBC News) EastEnders is going to introduce its first transgender character. The show’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins announced the change at Student Pride in London. He says it’s important to tell the story properly, and to get the casting right. So he wants to find a trans actor to play the part. It won’t happen anytime soon though. He admits that the writing process...

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