11 Ways 2014 Was the Biggest Year in Transgender History

(Rolling Stone) Transgender people are already everywhere, even if their lives go unnoticed. But in 2014, transgender people truly were everywhere—from the red carpet to the runway, from TV to D.C., and from the cover of Time magazine to the pages of a New York Times bestselling memoir. Visibility is no substitute for change, but 2014 bore witness to plenty of the latter as well, with a series of legal victories that will make it easier for transgender people to find employment, update their legal documents and receive healthcare. Although there’s still a long way to go before anti-transgender violence becomes a thing of the past, 2014 is likely to be remembered as an important step toward a more inclusive future.

Rolling Stone has selected 11 of the most notable moments, trends and controversies from this year’s transgender tipping point.

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Leelah Alcorn: Transgender teenager’s parents ‘should be prosecuted’, says gay rights activist

(The Independent) A gay rights activist has said that the parents of Leelah Alcorn should be prosecuted, after the transgender teenager took her own life.

The 17-year-old, from Ohio, walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death on Sunday morning.

She left behind a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, in which she said she had been forced by her devout Christian parents to undergo conversion therapy, which seeks to change sexual orientation through counselling. The practice has been banned in two states on grounds it is medically unfounded and puts children in danger.

Read more from the original source here.

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 years, Keat, who has a younger brother, Blaine, seven, will undergo treatment to complete her transition from male to female.

Today Keat is the picture of happiness but it hasn’t been easy and the family has endured a huge backlash from parents in their community.

Read the full story here (Warning, links to Daily Mail)

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 crowdfunding.

A transgender woman has had surgery to create a vagina after raising $8,000 on a crowdfunding website. Samantha Allen (right, pictured with her wife, Corey) had the operation in April

A transgender woman has had surgery to create a vagina after raising $8,000 on a crowdfunding website. Samantha Allen (right, pictured with her wife, Corey) had the operation in April

On The Daily Dot she wrote: ‘I’ve been called every anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-transgender slur in the dictionary.

‘I’ve read three thousand word e-mails from anonymous readers who just want to let me know that I’m a disgrace to my community.

‘So if you had told me last year that I would one day be tearfully thanking the internet for supporting my gender transition, I would have laughed in your face.’

Read the full story here (Warning – Links to Daily Mail)

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