277 posts categorized "Gender"

September 30, 2015

Maryland transgender inmate granted relief under Prison Rape Elimination Act

A breakthrough.

September 22, 2015

Trans woman live tweets abuse by TSA at Orlando Airport

Bravo to this woman. TSA's behavior is unacceptable.

September 21, 2015

NYT: portraits of the LGBTI community on Instagram

September 03, 2015

New rules bar transgender discrimination in health care

September 01, 2015

Trans woman released after 3 years of rapes within mens' prisons

August 30, 2015

Clerk who refuses to marry LGBT couples performed a tran man's wedding by accident

August 29, 2015

Meet the first openly transgender judge in the U.S.

August 27, 2015

Rallying for the black trans women killed in America


Keyshia Blige is the 19th transgender person killed in the US this year

Watch: Janet Mock on murders of trans women

August 19, 2015

Chelsea Manning found guilty for having expired toothpaste

Merits of her case aside, the treatment of Chelsea Manning is a disgrace.

Mike Huckabee's revival of the 'social experiment' fallacy

A good perspective on a persistent falsehood.

25 trans women of color have been killed in 2 years

As the article points out, these numbers may be the tip of the iceberg.

What You Should Know About the 2015 #USTransSurvey

August 18, 2015

Obama appoints first trans woman of color to White House post

Very good news.

August 15, 2015

Cost of treating transgender troops called negligible

Stars and Stripes reports. Another anti-trans myth collapses under scrutiny.

Chris Christie Laughs About Veto of Trans Birth Certificate Bill

Gov. Christie thinks the rights of trans people are laughable. What is laughable is that this smug bully is the governor of a state, much less a presidential candidate. But the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters are no laughing matter. The legal denial of trans people's existence is cruel, pointless, and must stop.

Our friend Andy Bowen at Garden State Equality comments:

Hey Governor Chris Christie: 33 trans women have been murdered in the US in the last two years. Our survival is ‪#‎nolaughingmatter‬

August 11, 2015

Christie again vetoes trans birth certificate bill

As @JoeSudbay says, "Such a prick."

August 03, 2015

Is Caitlyn Jenner willingly and purposefully getting schooled on her own show?

July 28, 2015

Kanye West's trans-affirming decency

There is so much hating on Kanye West, I thought I'd show you this video in which his decency shines. Caitlyn Jenner gives him credit for helping Kim Kardashian deal with Caitlyn's transition. And in case you forgot, Kanye came out strongly against homophobia in hip-hop ten years ago.

Gay and transgender Catholics seek meeting with @Pontifex in September

World record powerlifter transitions to Janae Marie Kroc

DOJ slammed for ducking on trans exclusion in the law

July 23, 2015

India Clarke is 10th trans woman murdered in America in 2015

Hatred kills. Mourning is not enough. We must fight for justice and work for understanding and respect. We all have a right to live and thrive in our difference. There are many more India Clarkes, all of whom deserve to pursue their happiness in safety. When we say we are not done, this is an example of what we mean.

July 16, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

Beautifully done.

July 14, 2015

Fox News slander on DOD action

Dear trans friends: for this nutbag to call you mentally ill is like some drunk fatass on a couch insulting Serena Williams. Frank Kameny used to say he resented for more than six decades having had to lie in order to serve his country. Here again we have Americans who are slandered as they fight not for a benefit but for an obligation, for the right to serve. Thank you for putting up with so much ignorance and bile. You, unlike Erickson, have my respect.

July 13, 2015

Ban on #transgender military service may soon be lifted

It's about time.

July 01, 2015

DHS unveils new guidelines to protect trans detainees

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants

June 30, 2015

Parents of the week supported their 8-year-old at NYC Pride

He danced down the street in style for a couple of miles.

Hermaphrodite fish - quick, alert Bryan Fischer!

Alternatively, you can celebrate the wonders of nature and get on with your day.

June 25, 2015

OPM to ban trans-exclusion in federal health plans

What? The Obama administration is working to advance transgender equality? Outrageous! Interrupt the president at the Pride Month reception!

Dear GetEqual: If you can't get some manners, get a frigging clue.

Boorishness-as-activism interrupts LGBT Pride Month reception

Here is the video from yesterday's Pride Month reception at the White House, GetEqual heckler and all. The Blade reports. The heckler explains herself. Our friend Ernest Hopkins wrote on FB about the heckler:

Over the line. Protest is an honorable way to make a point and be heard. However, this was no way to treat the LGBT community members at the White House to mark LGBT Pride Month and the advances that we have achieved together with this Administration. The question can be reasonably asked: What do I get by being your friend if you treat me as badly as people who don't give you the time of day?

Holding principled positions because they are right is one thing, but inviting individuals to the White House for cocktails and lovely food and dessert is not a prerequisite. Respectful engagement is preferred when talking with friends, even when we disagree. Too bad this planned protest was timed for this celebratory event at the White House. The cause is just, the tactic was lousy.


June 24, 2015

Feds Order Federal Employee Health Plans To Cover Transgender Health Services

Our friend Dana Beyer writes on Facebook:

Good story by Geidner on the continuing progress towards trans equality in the administration. We're now at the stage where muscle needs to enforce the words as they're being clarified.

June 05, 2015

Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, a teaching moment on trans lives

Here are a few thoughtful entries in the national discourse prompted by Caitlyn Jenner's coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair. Also at WaPo, a story on social conservatives dancing the Apocalypso.

June 04, 2015

The Day the World Didn't End

My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of ‪#‎LGBT‬ progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.

June 02, 2015

Call her Caitlyn

The reception to Caitlyn Jenner's glamorous coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair, judging by my fairly diverse Twitter feed, has been positive. Even those who point out that she is privileged and not typical of most trans people's experiences start with congratulations. See reactions from Marc Lamont Hill, Jonathan Capehart, and Laverne Cox. I think the coverage of Caitlyn's transition has an incalculable normalizing effect. But of course we have a long way to go.

On the vile side, there is always Breitbart Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro.

May 26, 2015

MD Gov. Hogan to allow two LGBT bills to become law

Better than a veto.

May 20, 2015

What Miss Bliss said

May 19, 2015

Pepe Julian Onziema's acceptance speech from #glaadawards

I celebrated the news after Ugandan activist and trans man Pepe Julian Onziema won a GLAAD Media Award for his interview last year on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but I hadn't seen the video. Here it is. Jussie Smollet of Fox's musical drama Empire presented the award. Pepe's poise, eloquence, and courage are once again on display here. What an asset he is to his country, his continent, and the world. Congrats again, @Opimva.