Category: Community News

The Week In Trans 9/18/17

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

The trans news from around the world is all here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con drew a large number of young fans. Amendments to the Defense Authorization Act would slow the enacting of the trans military ban. Chelsea Manning was offered a visiting fellowship at Harvard till they said, “Oops. Our mistake.” Gavin Grimm is crowd funding his college expenses. Kid Rock does anti-trans raps at his shows. Danica Roem’s campaign agains “Bigot Bob” is heating up. LGBT kids had Camp Rainbow for summer fun. Eddie Izzard will run for parliament in the next general election. Britain’s ITV announces a show about a differently gendered child. Munroe Bergdorf has a new modeling gig. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this week’s TWIT!

Read More

Trans Media Arts

| Sep 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans people working in the media and the arts! That’s the subject of Amanda F. Steele’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she talks about what the judge said in the lawsuit Richard Simmons filed against some publications that claim he is transgender. Amanda has news on the formerly female singer Charice who appeared on the show Glee and is now a dude named Jake. Then she has information about the Against Me! tour, and word of a 22-year-old Samoan transgender pro wrestler. Check out Trans Media Arts for all the trans in the arts news!

Read More

The Week In Trans 9/11/17

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman in Montana is the first openly-trans contestant in the Miss Montana U.S.A. pageant. More lawsuits are being filed against the military trans ban. Spelman College will accept trans women who consistently live and identify as women. The Family Research Council is out to get us. Really! South Park has a video game that incorporates the ability to play as a trans character. A 3-year-old boy will get to have the “princess experience” at Disneyland Paris. More school dress code changes, young activists on the rise, and more homeless trans people on the streets in Portland, Oregon. All that plus more, and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

R.I.P. Rick Stafford — Fought for LGBT People

| Sep 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

In 2008 the Democratic Party platform was trans inclusive for the first time. A big part of how that happened can be attributed to the chair of the Democrats’ LGBT Americans Caucus, Rick Stafford. Stafford was a gay man, HIV+ and a real fighter for LGBT inclusion in the political process. He passed away on September 2 and our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein sings his praises. Babs worked with Stafford for many years and today she reveals all of the contributions he made to the advances the community has seen in the past few years.

Read More

The Week In Trans 9/4/17

| Sep 4, 2017 | Comments (1)

Take all the transgender news you can find and mix it all together in a blender. What do you get? The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans model who was just signed by L’Oreál makeup was let go after she made a statement about racism. The 16th Annual Trans Health Conference is headed to Philly. What’s it like to be a trans woman down on the farm? Walmart is guilty, again, of discrimination against a trans employee. Lot’s of trans military ban news. Whatever happened to Mona Foot? A drag performer does a 9-hour Facebook Live event for Houston flood victims. Wins for trans people in court. The first Miss Transgender India is crowned. All that plus a load of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

The Week In Trans 8/28/17

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

What’s been going on in the world of trans? We tell you every Monday, in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that RuPaul’s Drag Con is coming to New York City. Illinois makes it easier to change your birth certificate gender. A trans woman is running for the 4th Congressional District. News about the trans military ban. A different policy in Canada. Miley Cyrus dances with drag queens. A study shows trans teens abuse drugs more. Violet Chachki has beauty tips in Vogue. Canada offers “X” as a passport gender. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT! And a few TWIT Awards as well.

Read More

A Video Interview with David de Alba

| Aug 28, 2017 | Comments (3)

Earlier this year legendary female impersonator and contributor to TGForum David de Alba was interviewed for Celebrity Radio by Alex Belfield. Belfield is a syndicated radio host who produces interviews with celebrities around the world and is based in England. He traveled to Las Vegas to interview the Cuban Legend and we present the interview here, […]

Read More

The Week In Trans 8/21/17

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (2)

Want all the trans-related news? You’ve got it right here in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans woman will make history throwing out the first pitch at a major league ball game in the USA. Survey says! 53% of adults would support their trans child’s gender identity. The Rainbow flag was hoisted over Jersey City and trans celebs were there. The Texas legislature did not vote on a bathroom bill. Virginia legislature candidate Danica Roem got a six figure donation to her campaign. More news on the Trump trans military ban. You can get makeup lessons via Skype. A gay man attacked by homophobes was saved by a trio of drag queens. Trans activist Holly Boswell has passed away. All those stories and a lot more plus a small assortment of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

Trans Media Arts! That’s Entertainment!

| Aug 21, 2017 | Comments (3)

Trans people and themes in entertainment and the arts! That’s the beat that our Amanda F. Steele covers for TGF. Today she has news about the young transgender woman who is breaking into pop star territory — Kim Petras. Ms. Petras has a brand new single that is racking up listens on Spotify and you can listen to it in Amanda’s post. Then she discusses an artist who creates trans versions of Disney characters; tells us about research that shows movies and TV shows that feature trans characters is helping to create a positive image for the trans community. There’s all those stories and more in Trans Media Arts!

Read More

The Week In Trans 8/14/17

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that 8-year-old drag queen Lactatia is a star. Gavin Grimm has dropped a portion of his case. A third grader is suing her charter school for discrimination. There’s a lot of news about President Trump’s trans military ban. The governor of Texas is obsessed with passing a bathroom bill. Danica Roem is profiled in Metro Weekly. There is a day camp for trans kids in California. Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue. A grocery store tries to kick out a trans woman customer. Drag Race is up for 7 Emmys. Much more news is waiting for you, along with several well deserved TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

Read More

The True Cost of The Trans Military Ban

| Aug 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein looks at the actual cost of the ban on transgender soldiers in our military. President Trump tweeted the ban after consultation with several of his advisors who all argued against banning trans people from the military. He went ahead and issued a Twitter statement in three tweets. Part of the justification of the ban was the supposed high cost of providing medical care to trans soldiers. When Babs looked at the numbers they just don’t add up. Kicking trans soldiers out of the services will cost millions of dollars more than keeping them.

Read More

The Week In Trans 8/7/17

| Aug 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! What transgender news has made headlines? A drag performer who asked to conduct a “drag queen story time”event gets death threats. A music distribution site gives its profits for a day to a trans law center. A clinic devoted to trans kids and teens opens in St. Louis. Gavin Grimm’s case is kicked back to a lower court. The Trump ban on trans in the military is causing reactions. Caitlyn Jenner was mad at him but then she was caught wearing a M.A.G.A. cap. A 10-year-old trans girl from New Jersey appeared on a British morning “chat show.” There won’t be a transgender emoji. More research is being conducted on a physical cause for trans identity. A boxer from California has become the first to compete as both male and female. There’s a lot more waiting for you in TWIT, including a raft of TWIT Awards! Don’t forget your TWIT!

Read More

The Week In Trans 7/31/17

| Jul 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

Last week the tweets hit the fan when President Trump announced on Twitter that he was “banning” trans people from the military. Searching for transgender news brought up loads of stories on the presidential ban. So TWIT is a bit heavy on that news. We did manage to find other news so it’s not all about the ban. There’s the study by MSU that says married trans folks are less likely to face discrimination. The “third gender” of Pakistan don’t like the rise of the transgender identity. A trans man is peddling across the country to highlight assaults by intimate partners. The LDS church excommunicates a trans woman for being a woman. News about The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive. All that and more along with a couple of TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

Dina’s Diner 7/31/17

| Jul 31, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s time to take a break and wander on down to Dina’s Diner to see what she has cooking. Today the specials include some tasty info on Amanda Lepore. There’s a filling piece on a woman who became a crossdressing warlord. Tidbits on the decline in the number of gay bars will cleanse your palette and prepare you for a main course of appreciating the Afro hairstyle. Dina offers a pleasing dessert on the the phenomena of unhooked garters in a film she saw recently. She asks “Why?” Partake of it all from the latest menu down at Dina’s Diner.

Read More

The Week In Trans 7/24/17

| Jul 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

What’s going on in the world of trans? We’ve got the scoop right here with The Week In Trans! Today we learn that trans issues figure in both federal and state legislation. Bathroom bills and trans-related treatment for military personnel are hot topics. A trans woman took a selfie with the Texas governor to show that he can’t identify a trans person. There are vibrations in the aether over the female Doctor Who. The Trump administration has been stripping away LGBT-friendly policies. A 16-year-old trans girl is elected prom queen. A former Drag Race contestant is the face of a fall collection for a Mexican designer. There’s all that and lots more, plus several well deserved TWIT Awards! Don’t miss your TWIT!

Read More

Entertainment News From Trans Media Arts

| Jul 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Amanda F. Steel covers the trans entertainment beat. Today she has info on an LGBT memorial to be installed in New York. She tells us about a new film titled “And Then There Was Eve” that stars trans actress Rachel Crowl. Can a party hostess/DJ make it in the art world? Amanda says that Juliana Huxtable is doing just that. Then there’s new musical in development that tells the story of LGBT street kids. She wraps up with news about when Gavin Russom of LCD Soundsystem will reveal her femme identity to her fans. Get all the entertainment news relating to the trans community right her in Trans Media Arts.

Read More

Big Win in Congress for Trans Military

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Thursday, July 13, 2017 Democrats stood together and tall for common sense military readiness, transgender equality and health care equality and were joined by 24* Republicans and defeated an unnecessary and hateful amendment by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, that would have banned the coverage of transition-related health care for transgender troops.

Read More

The Week In Trans 7/17/17

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for our weekly wrap up of trans news, The Week In Trans! What did we find this past week? Lots of news about health care, or lack of it. Movement to block trans health care for the armed forces was defeated. The Senate wants to eliminate health care for trans folks. A woman who fought against trans protections in her state is now fighting to keep them in place. The woman who sued Planet Fitness in 2015 over a trans woman’s presence is still suing. Congress has other anti-trans bills it’s working on. Caitlyn Jenner may try to oppose them by running for the Senate. A trans woman author is running for the House. Jeff Sessions pushes “religious freedom” for some. There’s all that plus a lot more and several well deserved TWIT Awards. Don’t miss your TWIT!

Read More

Phila. Trans Health Provider Seeks New CEO

| Jul 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Philadelphia, July 10, 2017 – Mazzoni Center’s Board of Directors announced today a transition plan for interim and permanent leadership for the organization. The plan focuses on ensuring continued fiscal and operational stability in the near term, while also laying the groundwork for future leadership that is dynamic, innovative and accountable to the needs and […]

Read More

The Week In Trans 7/10/17

| Jul 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that there is a mini series featuring trans athletes. The speaker of the house in Texas opposes the “bathroom bill.” Gavin Grimm’s case will be heard in the fall. Bob the Drag Queen has a couple of movies coming out. Cali sets trans regulations. Aleshia Brevard has passed away. The Church of England is welcoming trans people. A male former cyclist champ is now a female sports commentator. Minor league hockey gets trans friendly. The synth player for LCD Sound System comes out as trans. A British Muslim of Arab descent is a fierce drag queen and filmmaker. Turkish police arrest trans activists who demonstrate pride. There’s all that and a lot more plus several TWIT Awards!

Read More

The Week In Trans 7/3/17

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn Rachel Levine, the physician general of Pennsylvania is featured on NBC Out’s series on prominent LGBT people. Republicans in congress are working to stop trans people from serving in the military, and the secretary of defense has delayed incorporating them into the ranks. The V.A. is not paying for veteran’s trans care. A trans woman with industrial silicone in her face hopes to get it removed on a reality show about bad plastic surgery. Trans women want to be attractive but that can put them in danger. The Trump administration has nominated an attorney who has sued the government over HB2 to run the Civil Right Division of DoJ. Drag king Diane Torr has passed away. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

The Bad, The Ugly, The Good and The Hope For Better

| Jul 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

While Governor Chris Christie is in a stand off with the New Jersey Legislature over the state’s budget all of the state parks and recreational facilities are closed. Except the governor has access to a residence which is located in a state park very near the beach. While as a lame duck Christie enjoys a 15% approval rating and can’t run for reelection our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein is hoping that he will feel beneficent after his vacation at the shore and will sign several bills into law that benefit trans people in the state. In a special report Babs tells you what those bills are and how they would be good for trans people.

Read More

The Week In Trans 6/26/17

| Jun 26, 2017 | Comments (1)

Time again for the weekly news roundup we call The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Candis Cayne has written a book called Hi Gorgeous! Lots of legislative activity in states around the country for and against trans people. More coverage of Brooke Guinan in the NYC Pride Parade. Eddie Izzard talks to NPR. Meet the former Hasidic rabbi who is now a woman. Also meet the 14-year-old Seattle drag queen. Boys in England wear skirts to school because of the heat. Venice’s first female gondolier isn’t female. She’s a trans man. Courtney Act is looking for love on MTV. There’s all that plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

The Week In Trans 6/19/17

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (1)

Today we learn that a beauty pageant winner speaks about trans issues in Israel. The AMA passes a resolution concerning trans patients. The US Dept. of Commerce got push back after removing anti-discrimination language. NYC trans firefighter Brooke Guinan is a Pride Parade grand marshal. Don’t expect openly trans troops anytime soon. Danica Roem won her primary race in Virginia. Bathroom bill in Texas news. Trans Korean singer Harisu divorces. Eddie Izzard makes Bill Maher nervous. There’s all that and a lot more, plus several TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

Read More

Bebashi Philadelphia Offers Services to Trans People

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Empower people to enhance the quality of their health and overall well-being by providing access to culturally sensitive high quality healthcare, HIV/AIDS services, health education, and social services. Bebashi – Transition to Hope, an acronym originally standing for Blacks Educating Blacks about Sexual Health Issues, is the second-oldest AIDS service organization in the Philadelphia, Pa. […]

Read More

Terrific Transgender Candidates

| Jun 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

As we are on track to witness a record number of murders of trans people here in the United States, we are no doubt seeing a record number of qualified transgender people  running for public office and that is a terrific way of fighting back. DANICA ROEM Danica Roem has worked in her personal and […]

Read More