(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.
While many trans youth have turned to YouTube to find community, support, and a powerful vehicle to share their own stories, Gladu stands out among her peers. Boasting more than 2,800 subscribers at press time, Gladu’s channel takes on everything from the talk show host Wendy Williams’s transphobia to offering do-it-yourself beauty and style tips.
Tragically, sometimes all the help and support in the world cannot keep the anguish at bay for clinically depressed trans teens, who face a unique set of challenges that make them especially vulnerable to suicide.
But to kick off Transgender Awareness Month, good news was in order. That’s where Gladu comes in. Her story epitomizes the resilience trans youth — and adults — put on display every day they spend living their truth. The Advocate spoke with Gladu over the phone and in emails about her home life, her role models, her family, schooling, social media activism, and most important — her aspirations.
Read the full article here
See her YouTube Channel here.
(The Guardian) Trans characters in Hollywood have too often been played by cisgender actors – The Danish Girl, About Ray, Dallas Buyers Club – but new indie movie Tangerine follows TV’s example and features two trans women in its leads. (more…)
(NY Times Mag) Elizabeth Miller sat in her living room with her wedding album in her lap. It had been a long while since she’d brought it up from the basement, and the brown leather cover was worn, the pages slightly yellowed. From under their plastic covering, the pictures show pink linen tablecloths and taffeta gowns and Elizabeth in a dainty white Laura Ashley dress and a flower crown, peering up at the camera with that expectant newlywed’s look — heaps of bliss, a dash of terror. Next to her in the pictures, wearing a gray morning coat, owlish glasses, and a thick beard, is her groom, Dan, who is now her wife, Diana. (more…)
I’m writing this article while the emotions and recollections are fresh in my mind. I feel it’s too important a subject to let slide down my long list of things to do, so here goes. (more…)
This year I’m 60 years old, and I’ve been a tutor in adult, further and higher education nearly all my working life.
It’s a curious thing to look back on all of it and understand that I spent most of it in the male gender, and only the past eight years in my preferred female role. Nowadays it seems so natural to me to live and act as a woman (on my own terms) that it’s hard to conceive of what it felt like in my ‘bloke’ days. My memory is good, but like all memories it is coloured by the present and especially by the excitement of finally breaking new ground into a domain of life I could completely call my own. That, in itself, is enough for me to say I would not change anything that happened to me; even though (like all transgender people, I would imagine) there have been disasters, stupidities, misunderstandings and tragedies in greater measure than the few triumphs. (more…)
(Pink News) The founders of BrewDog have responded to a petition calling on them to remove an advert accused of transphobia. (more…)
(The Journal.ie) JANAE MARIE KROC is a world champion and world record holding powerlifter. She was a US marine and was selected for presidential security duty serving under Bill Clinton.
She is also formerly known as Matt ‘Kroc’ Kroczaleski. The 42 year old has recently confirmed that she identifies as transgender, after a video outing her started to go viral online. (more…)
We’ve been using the Angels site as a transgender news aggregator for quite a while now, but I’d like to get back to publishing positive stories, advice and guides from our members and readers. We’ve already had some great beauty advice articles from Alex (thanks!).
Maybe you’d like to write about how you came out to friends/family or how you transitioned at work. Perhaps you could share your first time out in public as a woman. Change the names and places if you want to keep them private. Aim to write about 500-1000 words if you can. Include your email address so we can tell you if and when it’s published on the Angels site here.
If you want to submit a story directly, then go to this page and send it to us. Or if you have an idea for something different, then contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss it further.
(Newsweek) Transgender asylum-seekers are “especially visible, and vulnerable, to harassment and persecution” and should be assessed by U.S. immigration officials differently than gay asylum-seekers, a federal court ruled Thursday. (more…)
(CNN) Missouri transgender teen Lila Perry says she began to feel like a girl when she was 13 and started appearing as one in school this year when classes began in August.
The 17-year-old Hillsboro High School senior wears skirts, makeup and a long wig styled with bobby pins. She even started using the girls’ locker room to change for gym class, despite the school’s offer of a single-occupancy restroom. (more…)