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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...
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...

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