Category: Community News

The Week In Trans 2/20/17

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

All aboard the trans news train! The Week In Trans Express is leaving the station with all you need to know about the trans community around the world. Today we learn that the cover boy for CoverGirl makeup is in hot water on Twitter for a bad joke. The Texas legislature is determined to lose the state money by passing a restroom bill. University students are entering their preferred names into the school records. A survey says trans kids who transition early have better mental health. Over 800 parents of trans kids have written a letter to the president urging the government to stand by their children. Caitlyn Jenner explains her mission inside the Republican Party. A trans model is featured on the cover of Vogue Paris. Someone wants to kill Conchita Wurst. There’s all that plus a lot more and several TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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Educate, Don’t Criticize Those Interested in Gender Science

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

The article entitled “Are Gender Feminists and Transgender Activists Undermining Science?” (LA Times, February 10, 2017) omits much of the pertinent scientific evidence on gender and obviates a core scientific principle. With respect to gender feminists, the article confuses sex with gender, ignores social anthropology research on culture and omits salient research on transgender causation. […]

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Transmissions: Our trans legacy

| Feb 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Trans people have been around since ancient times. In the recent past of the last 100 years society in the west did not want to acknowledge the existence of trans people. Only in the last 15 – 20 years have we begun to get more attention and recognition as legitimate human beings, not oddities and aberrations. But the very fact that people in the past had to hide their true nature and “pass” as typical members of the straight world means that much of our history has been erased. Some people have been working to save as much of our past as possible. One of those is Ms. Bob Davis. Ms. Bob has a vision for a trans history archive. Learn more about it in an article from The Bay Area Reporter by Gwen Smith. Reprinted with permission.

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The Week In Trans 2/12/17

| Feb 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Britain’s Top Model has a trans contestant. The Cub Scouts welcome a trans boy. Israeli trans activist Gila Goldstein has passed away. Laverne Cox debuts on CBS’s Doubt. San Francisco starts a “hire trans” campaign. Amazon Eve goes to a comic book festival in her hometown. Gigi Gorgeous is a lesbian. Trans kids are seeking hormone therapy in Australia at higher rates. In Alberta, Canada it can take months to get trans medical care. Janet Mock has a new book coming in June. There’s a Jazz Jennings doll. Laura Jane Grace appears on The Daily Show to talk about her book. All that plus much more, and a few TWIT Awards, can be found in this edition of TWIT!

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David de Alba on Stage in March!

| Feb 13, 2017 | Comments (1)

Coming in March David de Alba returns to the stage in Las Vegas to present his tribute to the immortal Judy Garland. Anyone who is a fan of glamorous female impersonation when the performer sings live rather than miming to a recorded track won’t want to miss this show. It’s coming March 12. View David’s promotional poster for all the details on where and how to get tickets.

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The Week In Trans 2/6/17

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (1)

The Week in Trans is on the air! What do we learn today? A Nepalese trans model has made history in India. The Supreme Court is considering the Gavin Grimm case in March. Concerns that President Trump will overturn President Obama’s LGBT protections even when he said he won’t. Australian drag star Courtney Act does Australia 101 for American audiences. The new lineup of competitors on Drag Race is announced. The Boy Scouts open their doors to trans boys. A small town Texas mayor comes out as trans. San Francisco designates the first trans historic district. Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia will offer gender confirmation surgery. The Imperial Court of San Diego has their 45th coronation. There’s all that, plus a lot more, and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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New Trans Archive Seeks Funding Online

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Transgender historian Ms. Bob Davis has announced the founding of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive and launched a crowd fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. The Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive (LLTA) will house an extensive and varied collection of transgender archival materials. LLTA will make hundreds of publications, thousands of photographs, theatrical programs and recordings, now in […]

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Study of Intimate Partner Violence Among Trans Underway

| Feb 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Are you a survivor of intimate partner violence? Do you identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, or gender nonconforming? Are you interested in telling your story? Participants are needed for a master’s thesis research study: Barriers to Disclosure for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Outside of the Gender Binary Help inform future research about abusive relationships (including […]

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The Week In Trans 1/29/17

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (2)

Are you ready? It’s all the trans related news you’d ever want! We call it The Week In Trans! Today we learn that there’s a documentary film about Gigi Gorgeous. Comedian/actor Colin Mochrie has a trans daughter. The state of Wyoming will not be voting on legislation designed to make discrimination legal. David de Alba is profiled in a Las Vegas newspaper. More news from the Restroom Wars. A Marylyn Monroe commemorative stamp used a photo of a drag performer as Monroe. Sweden drops “gender dysphoria” as a diagnosis for trans people. The University of Arkansas drops trans-related healthcare for employees. An 11-year-old actress is eligible for awards in both male and female categories. There’s all that and more in this edition of TWIT!

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Trump/Pence — Worse than you think!

| Jan 30, 2017 | Comments (4)

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein reports from the frontlines in the resistance movement. First she talks about the organizations and agencies that will possibly be able to stave off attacks on LGBTQ rights from the Trump administration. Then she reports on what went on at a meeting in Philadelphia with Senators Cory Booker and Bob Casey which brought together a number of other legislators as well as activists and LGBTQ organizations to make plans for the coming months.

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The Week In Trans 1/23/17

| Jan 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. The Canadian airport security service has new policies for trans travelers. Trans girls are now welcome in the Girl Guides. A Thai trans activist wins a personal victory with nationwide effect. Bathroom bills, federal appointments, and last minute actions by the Obama administration to help trans students. President Trump appoints an HB2 defender to the Justice Department. A DC Comics writer comes out as trans and it turns out Batman is a trans ally. Singer Anohni was nominated as best male vocalist 11 years ago. This year she is nominated for best female vocalist. Juliet Evamcho will get her gender confirmation surgery soon. And we have a lot more plus a short number of TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/16/17

| Jan 16, 2017 | Comments (2)

What’s the best aggregation of trans news in the land? It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Hari Nef has been chosen to star in a L’Oréal Paris ad. Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense says he won’t be in a rush to change LGBT policies. So many bathroom bills! A trans women makes a bid for North Carolina’s DNC leadership role. China has a very large number of drag fans. Drag fans in the USA are becoming predominately young and female. A trans model from Nepal isn’t climbing a mountain, she’s walking the runway in Mumbai. Justin Trudeau vows trans prisoners will be housed in prisons that match their gender. Mimi Imfurst is the first USA queen to perform in Cuba. There’s all that and more plus a boat load of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT.

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The Week In Trans 1/9/17

| Jan 9, 2017 | Comments (1)

It’s time for The Week in Trans! What do we learn this week? Japan has created “genderless danshi.” Denmark declassifies transgender as a mental disorder. HBO’s Vice features two trans cops. A trans man sues a Catholic hospital over canceled surgery. A new play is about a trans woman who teaches etiquette to homeless trans youth. California gives a prisoner gender confirmation surgery. The co-founder of Trans Lifeline was arrested for an expired visa. A trans woman is running for the Virginia House of Delegates. A Chinese trans man won a wrongful employment lawsuit but they say he was not fired for being trans. All that and much more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards, is waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/2/17

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s all the trans-specific news gathered in one spot! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jen Richards will be seen in Nashville. A trans woman in charge of a school in India resigns due to discrimination. An 8-year-old trans boy is kicked out of the Cub Scouts. A trans man offers a woman his seat and she stabs him. The first intersex designated birth certificate is issued. North Carolina loses more business over HB2. A NYC man is recreating Carrie Bradshaw scenes from Sex and the City. Five Filipina trans women compete in the Miss Transsexual Australia contest. Fort Lauderdale’s new tourism ad features a trans model. John Waters was hospitalized but he’s okay. All that and a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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TWIT 2016 Year In Review

| Jan 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

It’s the time of year when all publications do a year in review and TGForum is no exception. We’ve gone through every month of TWIT for 2016 and picked out a few stories from each week. Put all together they make a really long scrolling page but they will take you back through the year that just ended. Get ready to scroll! It’s TWIT 2016 in Review!

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The Week In Trans 12/26/16

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (2)

Its time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a Distracted Elf transitioned in the online gaming stream. The Trump transition team wants to know who’s been working on gender equality and they’d like to take names. North Carolina’s HB2 was supposed to be overturned but that didn’t happen. Straight couples are switching clothes for the Switch it Up Challenge. “Bathroom” bills are poised for introduction in many places but they may not ever be law. Women don’t seem to mind trans women in the restroom as much as men do. A plus size trans model makes history. Various studies and surveys on trans have issued results. A trans woman runs for council in Minneapolis. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT!

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Princesas de la Noche — “Se dicen llamar Gaadejo”

| Dec 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Katherine Diaz learned about a group of eleven talented trans artistes who call their theater group/band/art project, Gaadejo. Katherine has a video about the group and writes about them in her native Spanish.

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The Week In Trans 12/19/16

| Dec 19, 2016 | Comments (3)

Attention! The Week In Trans is on the air! Among our trans-related stories today you will learn that Major League Baseball will no longer be able to haze rookies by making them dress in women’s clothes. Cartoonist Barry Deutsch has a cartoon that sums up the “bathroom bills.” A court has let a trans girl continue to use the girls’ room. A special edition of National Geographic features trans people on the cover. The Coy Mathis documentary premiers in January. Trans women compete in marathons and cycling. The director of Boys Don’t Cry is met with protests. Jackie Evancho is in trouble with Trump supporters for having a trans sister. A young trans girl was instrumental in getting the laws in Malta changed. Trans activists in China held their first summit. Shangela has a naughty Christmas video. All that and more plus some TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/12/16

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (1)

What do we learn in today’s edition of TWIT? It looks like a gender fluid actor will be nominated for both genders in the “best supporting” category of the Academy Awards. Medicaid in New York will cover gender-transition for youth. Australia tries to update trans specific laws. They’ve also replaced Santa with drag queens. Malta accepts trans identities. Samoa celebrates its trans people. Miss Waria Indonesia 2016 has been chosen. Washington state Republicans seek to repeal anti-discrimination protections. Texas learns nothing from North Carolina and moves ahead on a bathroom bill. Walmart’s health insurance now covers trans related medical care. There’s all that and much more, along with a load of TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Southern Comfort Conference is No More

| Dec 12, 2016 | Comments (7)

According to a letter from the Board of Directors of the conference posted on their Facebook page the final Conference was the most recent one. Here is the board’s letter: Dear SCTC family,  It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that 2016 was the last The Southern Comfort Transgender Conference (SCTC) as you […]

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The Week In Trans 12/5/16

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

Here we go again! Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? A 73-year-old former female impersonator tells her story. Jennifer Finney Boylan says don’t blame trans people for the election loss. Los Angeles will fund programs to get trans people jobs. “The Trans List” premiers tonight on HBO. East Harlem is getting a transgender clinic. A trans man fired by GE sues. Concerns about the coming administration and some pro bono help with legal matters. 11 trans people in our history. India Willoughby is accused of being a misogynist. A Pakistani trans model does a photo shoot to fight discrimination. There are all those stories and more, including a boat load of TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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Democratic National Committee: There will be some changes made

| Dec 5, 2016 | Comments (2)

The Democratic National Committee’s Association of State Chairs (ASDC) held its Post-Election Meeting last week. Coinciding with that gathering, the DNC Executive Committee and Rules and Bylaws Committee met to conduct party business and establish the rules of procedure that will govern the upcoming election of the new Chair and slate of Party officers. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein was there and has filed a report on what happened and how the Democratic Party is working to come back strong in the next election.

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The Week In Trans 11/28/16

| Nov 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

And now, the news! Today we learn that Eddie Izzard has won his case against a homophobic harasser. Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina may have lost his job. A trans woman in New Jersey sues for the right to change her documents without surgery. Kristen Beck has applied for a Pentagon job under the next administration. A trans man gets hugs at the mall. Swedish activists wants being trans unclassified as a mental illness. Tupperware’s top selling drag queen experiences a drop in sales after she comes out as trans. A drag queen has performed at the White House for the first time. There’s all that and more, plus several well deserved TWIT Awards in today’s edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 11/21/16

| Nov 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn about a popular Israeli drag performer who comes from a conservative background. We get word that the VA will not be able to provide gender confirmation surgery even though they would like to. A prosecutor’s office in Michigan has adopted a Transgender Interaction Policy. Lil Miss Hot Mess reads to children at a New York City library. Provo, Utah is getting an LGBTQ resource center. A trans woman is running for mayor in her Oregon town. A judge has ruled that MinnesotaCare must pay for trans-related services. YouTube has tons of queens doing makeup tutorials. David de Alba is featured in a Las Vegas newspaper. There’s all that and plenty more waiting for you in TWIT! And yes, we have a few TWIT Awards to hand out as well.

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The Week In Trans 11/15/16

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jamaican “gully queens”have appeared in an R&B music video. Thailand’s trans people pay their respects to their deceased king in the demure attire of their gender identity. A trans woman patient in South Africa was treated badly by hospital staff. A drag queen who had lived in L.A. for 25 years returns to east Kentucky. Many opinions on how to survive the next four years from trans activists and attorneys. Kellie Maloney “brexits” England after trolling and abuse. There is a documentary about Coy Mathis and her family. There’s all that a whole batch more plus some TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Trans in Entertainment and the Arts — Trans Media Arts

| Nov 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

With news from entertainment and the arts, here is Amanda’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she features news about the 17th Street High Heel Race, Elton John’s purchase of some drag art, GLAAD’s annual report on how the television industry is treating trans actors and characters, word of an Ed Wood musical and a lot more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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