(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…)
(BBC Newsbeat) Steffan Zachiyah and Romario Wanliss are two transgender friends living in the UK. In a new documentary, Newsbeat and Radio 1 Stories follows the pair as they reveal their identities to their families in Jamaica.
There are a few terms that come up a lot when talking about trans issues. Steffan and Romario have told us the phrases you need to know. (more…)
(Broadly) Her 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…)
(Metro Times) AT 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…)
(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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(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…)
(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…)