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Jun
2

Whether or not Laverne Cox is a woman is not a question of biology; it’s a question of language

(Telegraph) There’s a piece in the National Review by a guy called Kevin D Williamson. It is one of those pieces that is written solely to provoke outrage from milquetoast liberals like me, and by linking to it I am playing the author’s game, and losing at it, but here it is, if you want: “Laverne Cox is not a woman.” Laverne Cox, for those of you who are unaware, is one of the...
May
22

Sun executives to meet transgender group after Kate Stone furore

(The Guardian) Senior executives at the Sun are to meet with campaign group All About Trans following the furore over the tabloid referring to scientist Dr Kate Stone as having a “sex swap” in a story about her being gored by a stag. The meeting follows a landmark negotiation between the Press Complaints Commission and six newspapers – the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun, the...
May
21

It’s a Trap: Depictions of Trans* Deception

Rantasmo examines the “trap” stereotype and how transgender characters are often portrayed as deceivers in disguise. See the video below for...
May
21

The schoolgirl who was born a boy: Parents defy local bullies to support child’s transition

(Daily Mail) Nine-year-old Keat Rhodes looks just like any other little girl – but she was actually born male. The schoolgirl was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and began her transition from boy to girl. Since then she has undergone an incredible transformation with the support of her adoptive parents Emily and Clint LeVan, from Ohio. And over the next few...
May
21

The internet paid for my sex change: Woman seeking gender reassignment surgery raises $8,000 through crowdfunding

(Daily Mail) A transgender woman has told of her joy after internet users paid for her to have a vagina. Samantha Allen said she is used to receiving abuse online, so could not believe it when she raised the $8,000 needed for her surgery in less than 24 hours. Ms Allen, a doctoral fellow in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, in Atlanta, raised the money through...
May
21

Chelsea Manning may be transferred to civilian prison for gender treatment

(The Guardian) The Pentagon is trying to transfer Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so that she can get treatment for her gender disorder. Manning, who was convicted last year of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. It was the first such request by a transgender military inmate, and set up a dilemma for the US defence department: how...
May
21

From Boy Meets Girl to Orange Is the New Black: Meet the new transgender faces of TV

(The Independent) Boy Meets Girl sounds like scores of sitcom treatments the BBC receives each year: Leo meets Judy, they bond over drinks and arrange a date. His mother despairs of her 26-year-old son seeing a 40-year-old woman but he’s absolutely besotted. Except that this isn’t Cougar Town transplanted to the North of England. Nor is it May to December with the sexes reversed. Because Judy is...
May
21

Transgender woman in landmark legal battle to ‘forget’ her identity as a man

(Daily Mail) A person who has undergone a sex change is fighting a legal battle for the right to have her previous identity as a man officially ‘forgotten’. The case of C, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is being seen as a landmark case concerning the rights of transgender persons across the UK. The 44-year-old, from the Greater London area, is challenging the legality of the...
May
21

Officer fights dismissal for dressing as a woman

(The Local) A police officer from Venice who was fired in 2006 for dressing as a woman may soon be able to return to the force, as well as claim damages, after a court ruled he was suffering from a “disease”. Giorgio Asti, 53, has been out of work, living with his elderly parents and surviving off their pension since being fired from the police after being seen walking around Venice “wearing a skirt...
May
21

Man jailed over blackmail threat to reveal transgender woman’s background

(Northern Echo) A TAXI passenger tried to profit from the chance find of a mobile phone by threatening to make public the owner’s transgender history. But Jamie Devlin’s attempt to coerce the owner into paying £200 for the return of the phone landed him behind bars, after he fell for a police trap. Unknown to Devlin, the victim reported his threats and a ‘rendezvous’ was arranged for the return of...
May
21

Transgender Latinas’ stories reveal how much intolerance they still endure

(The Guardian) In downtown Manhattan same sex marriages have become beautifully normal. No longer are they celebrated for their rarity, they are simply celebrated as any wedding is: in whatever manner the couple wants. Go only five or 10 miles away, to the poorer parts of New York City, and things are dramatically different. In these communities many LGBT people face an abusive environment. Getting married...
Jan
14

What happens when your son tells you he’s really a girl

(Macleans) Since the summer of 2012, Olie Pullen has kept in her bedroom closet a Wonder Woman costume, which she loves, but has struggled to actually wear. The plan had been to don it on Halloween two years ago, but when that day came, Olie, now 11, chose to be a vampire instead. Dressing up in the red and blue costume would have exposed her at school and around her Montreal neighbourhood in a way that...
Aug
22

Bradley Manning: ‘I want to be a woman’

(BBC NEWS) Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he wants to become a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning,” Manning, 25, said in a statement provided to NBC’s Today programme. “I am a female.” He said he had felt female since childhood, wanted at once to begin hormone therapy, and wished to be addressed as...
Aug
22

UK government removes protection for trans children in school

From Gay Star News: The UK government has removed protection for trans individuals in education. Following a public outrage at the re-introduction by a number of UK schools and academies of Section 28 style policies, there is further controversy over a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to remove ‘gender identity’ from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum. Equalities educator...
Dec
22

Transgender woman to serve time in male jail

A transgender prisoner has been ordered to serve her sentence in a men’s prison, not on home detention as requested. Glen Cooper was sentenced to two years and one month in jail after she earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure on January 17 this year. In the Whangarei District Court today Judge Duncan Harvey gave Cooper a 15 per cent sentencing reduction in recognition...

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