The road to ‘Transparent’: A history of transgender characters on TV

(Mashable) A transgender woman dressed elegantly in her wedding dress is about to marry her cisgender fiancé. A loving crowd surrounds them as the pastor begins the ceremony.

There’s no dissension, no frowning on-lookers and nobody protesting what’s in front of them — not that there ever should be. But this TV wedding isn’t taking place in 2015. It’s 1977. (more…)

‘Her Story’ Radically Changes the Game for Transgender Love Stories on Film

‘Her Story’ Radically Changes the Game for Transgender Love Stories on Film

(BroadlyHer Story is a new series that explores the love lives of transgender and queer women. Historically, these narratives have been subsumed by the perspective of the male protagonist: She is the devastating surprise twist in his story. This has changed in the past two years to some degree, with the rise of shows like Transparent, but next week an unprecedented look into the relationships of queer and trans women will debut and stream for free on the series’ website. (more…)

Seven transgender women have been murdered in Detroit since 2011.

Seven transgender women have been murdered in Detroit since 2011.

(Metro TimesAT 10:21 A.M. On a smotheringly humid July morning this past summer, a woman on Detroit’s west side dialed 9-1-1.

Six minutes later, a second call came through. The message was more or less the same: A lady, who appeared to be naked, was lying in the intersection of McGraw and 25th Street. She was possibly moving. Maybe hit by a car.

When first responder Officer Michelle Jones arrived at the scene she found a 25-year-old transgender woman, who would later be identified as Ashton O’Hara, lying in a pool of her own blood. Dressed in nothing but a black tank top, red bra, and black footies, Ashton was naked from the waist down. A wig lay 50 feet away from her body. She had been discarded and left behind, like the cracked hubcaps and plastic soda bottles littering the rest of the street. (more…)

Unsurprisingly, Trans Students Have Caused Zero Incidents in Public Bathrooms

Unsurprisingly, Trans Students Have Caused Zero Incidents in Public Bathrooms

(Seventeen) While critics have tried to claim that allowing transgendered students to use same-sex school facilities is some kind of safety or privacy concern (we’re looking at you Mike Huckabee), a new report shows that there’s actually zero evidence of that being true. None of the 17 largest US school districts’ schools with trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies have reported a single inappropriate act, harassment, or “negative consequence,” according to a report by Media Matters for America.

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6 Reasons This 16-Year-Old Trans Girl Gives Us Hope

6 Reasons This 16-Year-Old Trans Girl Gives Us Hope

(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. (more…)

My Husband is Now My Wife

My Husband is Now My Wife

(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…)

Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself

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…)

Bea Groves : A Teacher’s Life

Bea Groves : A Teacher’s Life

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…)

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