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Aug
23

Lives transformed: do famous transgender people help the cause?

Lives transformed: do famous transgender people help the cause? (The Observer) When the Vanity Fair journalist Buzz Bissinger was sent to interview former athlete Bruce Jenner, he had little idea of how big a story it would become. Jenner, who had won a decathlon gold medal for the United States at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, was for a time in the 70s and 80s the epitome of all-American maleness. He went on to achieve a different but equally pervasive level of fame...
Aug
19

Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Being Cast in Transgender Role

Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Being Cast in Transgender Role (I-D) He may have won an Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but Eddie Redmayne’s latest endeavor is set to spark even more discussion and controversy. Cast as the lead in The Danish Girl, Redmayne is playing one of the first known transgender people to have undergone sex reassignment surgery, 20th century artist Lili Elbe. He’s not the first cisgendered...
Aug
10

Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term

Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term (Present Tense) The current ubiquity of the word transgender might imply that it is an uncomplicated word. It circulates widely—in the media, in academia, and in the titles of organizations, archives, and resource centers—to the extent that one could argue that it is currently the most common term describing people who do not neatly align with their birth-assigned gender. Yet when we scratch just...
Aug
10

Hollywood’s Cringey Transgender Evolution

Hollywood’s Cringey Transgender Evolution (The Daily Beast) It’s been an extraordinary few years for transgender visibility and the discussion of transgender issues.  Much of that increased visibility and discussion can be credited to pop culture, from Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace to Transparent to Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox’s performance and her composed, confident talk-show appearances to the reality show-driven interest...
Aug
7

What’s Your Style Personality?

What’s Your Style Personality? What is Style? For the purposes of this article, think of style as a mode of expressing your identity through clothes and make-up. One thing’s for sure, if someone else is being too prescriptive about your style they’re almost certainly missing the point! Because style is linked to identity and we’re all unique. Having said that it is possible to broadly define a number of style...
Aug
7

Life as Sara : What it’s like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner

Life as Sara : What it’s like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner (Washington Post) Seventeen days after Caitlyn Jenner appeared in airbrushed glory on the cover of Vanity Fair, Sara Simone woke up in her rented Alexandria bedroom and considered the tools at her own disposal: a $9 bottle of Revlon ColorStay foundation — “Mahogany” — a spritz of Paris Hilton perfume, a plunging black T-shirt showcasing the breasts she had patiently earned with hormones. Was the...
Aug
5

Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015

Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015 LGBTv cameras were at the Sparkle 2015 National Transgender Celebration. They followed Ashleigh Talbot as she got ready for the event and discussed some of the issues facing trans people today. Along the way they talk to Bethany Black (Helen in Russell T Davis’ ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’), Ruth Hunt from Stonewall, and Kellie Maloney. They look back at Sparkle from the last...
Aug
3

Eddie Redmayne dazzles in The Danish Girl posters

Eddie Redmayne dazzles in The Danish Girl posters (Pink News)  The first posters for transgender period drama The Danish Girl have been released. The Brit actor has taken on the role of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe for the film directed by Tom Hooper, who also helmed Oscar winners Les Miserables and The King’s Speech. It looks set to be another incredible transformation for the Oscar winner who in 2014 portrayed Professor Stephen Hawking in The...
Aug
3

Transgender equality to be historic first inquiry for new Women’s Committee

Transgender equality to be historic first inquiry for new Women’s Committee (The Telegraph) The new Women and Equalities Committee, set up in June to scrutinise the Government’s equality policy and led by Maria Miller, has announced that its first inquiry will look into discrimination against transgender people in the UK The Government’s new Women and Equalities Committee has announced that its first inquiry will be around equality for transgender people. The historic...
Aug
3

Petition : Allow transgender people to self-define their legal gender

Transgender people in the UK are forced to pay to prove their identity to a Gender Recognition Panel. This process is humiliating, outdated and unnecessary. We urge the government to introduce an act equivalent to the Irish Gender Recognition Act, and allow trans* people to self-define their gender. Sign here: https...
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...

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