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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...
Feb
22

Inside the Career of Eden Lane, TV’s First Transgender Reporter

Inside the Career of Eden Lane, TV’s First Transgender Reporter (People) When Zoey Tur landed a job as a special correspondent for Inside Edition, pundits wondered how audiences would react. Transgender reporters are a rarity on television, and they face unique challenges in such a public career. No one understands those challenges more than Eden Lane, a transgender reporter and TV host who has appeared on KBDI/Colorado Public Television since 2008. She is considered...
Feb
22

Transgender woman barred from all-girl group auditions

Transgender woman barred from all-girl group auditions (The People) A transsexual prompted a blazing row involving White Dee and her manager after he refused to let her audition for a new all girl supergroup as she “had a c**k.” Model Tiffany-Rose Davies, who has been living as a woman since the age of 17, said she felt “devastated and humiliated” following her experience at an audition for Office Girls at the Box Office, in Birmingham...
Feb
22

RAISING ZAY: A family’s journey with a transgender child

RAISING ZAY: A family’s journey with a transgender child (Cincinnati Enquirer) Four in 10 transgender teens in the United States attempt suicide. Leelah Alcorn’s death was a clarion call for the transgender community. This is Zay Crawford’s story. On the drive to Cincinnati one morning last fall, Jason Crawford peeked in the rear-view mirror to the back seat, at his child. No doubt about it, Zay was growing up. But months of heart-to-heart talks...
Feb
22

The prison home to 35 inmates living as women

The prison home to 35 inmates living as women (The People) Dozens of inmates are living as women at one men’s jail, with their own dress code – including a ban on thongs, high heels and see-through T-shirts. Up to 35 prisoners at HMP Isle of Wight wear dresses, bras and knickers as they mingle with 1,000 other lags. And as numbers rise a report has urged the governor to bring in a mobile hairdresser especially for the group – the majority of...
Feb
18

Stonewall is right to bring our trans brothers and sisters in from the cold

Stonewall is right to bring our trans brothers and sisters in from the cold (The Guardian) Why should lesbians, gays and bisexuals stand together with trans people? “Because we get beaten up by the same people!” Sometimes the best explanations are the simplest: this one came from an audience member at a talk given by trans writer and activist Juliet Jacques. Having common enemies provides the potential foundation for solidarity even among the most disparate of groups. “An...
Feb
17

Transgender Love Story: Life After Surgery

Transgender Love Story: Life After Surgery SCHOOLBOY Arin Andrews has finally had his breasts removed to change gender – just like his girlfriend, Katie. Seventeen-year-old Arin raised a girl called Emerald, while Katie, 19, was born as a boy called Luke. Last year Katie had a £25,000 sex change surgery to turn her into a woman – and now Arin has followed his dream to have a flat, male chest. Since beginning a course of testosterone...
Feb
17

US Army considering a change in how it treats trans troops?

(Washington Blade) In a new move that seems aimed at limiting discharges of transgender troops, a new memo indicates the Army has raised — or is considering raising — the authority needed to expel troops from the service because of their gender identity. The document, first reported by USA Today on Monday, says the separation for troops who are transgender must be forwarded to a senior civilian...
Feb
17

Fallon Fox on life as a trans athlete: ‘The scope of vitriol and anger was mind-blowing’

(The Guardian) An athlete and a transgender person – that both identities could be conceivable fascinates our media landscape, from the New York Post all the way up to the New York Times. This is perhaps why speculation about Bruce Jenner’s gender identity has been disappointingly rife in recent weeks, even though the athlete has not spoken out about it. Fallon Fox knows what it’s like to be the...
Feb
13

Christine Goodwin – Trans Pioneer but Also My Daddy

(Huffington Post) By Clare Allington. I was 14 when my auntie sat me down handed me a book with a woman in suspenders on and said, “Your dad dresses like a woman”. Well I was 10 steps ahead! Being the inquisitive child I was I had searched my parents’ bedroom endlessly since about the age of four. Hanging on the rail would be size 8 clothes and on the other side size 14. To begin with...
Feb
13

Trans Actress Michelle Hendley On Her Nude Scene, the Lesbian Stuff & Movie Stardom

Trans Actress Michelle Hendley On Her Nude Scene, the Lesbian Stuff & Movie Stardom (Out.com) Michelle Hendley exudes the kind of effortless screen presence that makes you assume she’s been at this for ages. In Eric Schaeffer’s Boy Meets Girl—a winning romantic comedy, with the transgender 23-year-old from Missouri playing a trans coffee shop worker/designer—she’s sexy, funny, and sensitive. And it’s her first film! Two years ago, Michelle was spotted on YouTube by Schaeffer...

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