Category: Transgender Community News

The Week In Trans 3/18/19

| Mar 18, 2019 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Brianna Titone the first trans person elected to Colorado’s legislature spoke at a university. The Pentagon has some loopholes in the trans military ban. Vermont becomes the latest state to allow an X for gender on licenses. Jazell Barbie Royale has won the Miss International Queen title. Johnson City, Tennessee is LGBT friendly in the middle of a red state. A trans man has formed a company to educate businesses on how to deal with trans employees. There’s a better chance you will have an eating disorder if you are transgender. Project Runway has its first transgender model. The University of Southern California has a trans specific scholarship. Gigi Gorgeous backed out of gender confirmation surgery at the last minute. There’s all that and much more news, along with a few well deserved TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/11/19

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

What do we learn today in The Week In Trans? Chelsea Manning is back in the slammer for refusing to answer grand jury questions. The legal battles over the trans military ban continue. This week the House will take up the Equality Act. Trans people who ran for congress last year lost because they didn’t raise enough money. Danica Roem has raised more money after she was threatened with pickets from the Westboro Baptist Church. There’s a European drag river cruise set for this summer. Some trans people are not told that they may not be fertile after they begin hormone therapy. A 9-year-old trans kid is profiled on the BBC. Martina Navratilova has apologized for her comments on trans women athletes — sort of. An Egyptian trans woman was taken into custody and has not been heard from. There is a mistrial in the case of the D.C. men who robbed trans women and murdered one. There’s all that and much more waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/4/19

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Out magazine has a trans woman editor. The trans military ban keeps making news. A group of drag queens protest against a border wall. Pakistan has its first drag queen insult comic. South Dakota has voted against a bill that would require trans student athletes to compete in their birth gender. Andreja Pejic is the new Bonds girl. The United Methodist Church hasn’t got a method to deal with LGBT+ members. A scientist claims that there’s no difference between male and female brains. Billy Porter talks to Vogue about why he wore that tuxedo gown. Ellen Page stands up for trans people. Trans patients in Britain have long wait times before they can see a doctor. There’s all that and one lone TWIT Award waiting for you in TWIT!

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TransgenderDate Announces Quick Match Feature

| Mar 4, 2019 | Reply

Our friends at TransgenderDate sent us the following press release about a new service they are offering. Las Vegas, Feb 21, 2019 – TransgenderDate, one of the worlds leading trans dating websites, is delighted to announce their new Quick Match feature. Members are now able to let other members now they are interested in them […]

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The Week In Trans 2/25/19

| Feb 25, 2019 | Reply

Time once again for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the TransGriot blog disappeared for a short while before it was returned to the web. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she supports non-binary gender identity. An airline industry group will be adding an unspecified gender identification on plane tickets. A post-operative trans woman prisoner is serving her time in a male prison. California’s Director of Digital Media is a trans man. A Dutch study indicating that hormones may cause heart problems for trans people may be flawed. Some trans people are afraid facial recognition software could out them but the designers of the software have given very little thought to transgender people. ’60s trans soul singer Jackie Shane passed away and has obituaries in major newspapers. Shangela walked the red carpet at the Oscars. There’s all that and a ton of other trans news waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 2/18/19

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

And now! The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Canadian government used its Twitter account to promote a Canadian drag performer on RuPaul’s Drag Race. South Dakota’s House of Representatives passed a bill banning education on transgender issues to elementary school students. Tennessee is working on a law that puts being trans in the restroom in the same as exposing ones self. But the state also has decided crimes against trans people are hate crimes. Congress is seeing bills in both houses designed to protect trans military personnel. An actress playing a trans role in a BBC mystery turns out to be trans herself. The goal of a trans woman named Erin Parisi is to climb the highest mountains on each continent. A Naval Academy graduate alleges she was forced to resign because she is trans while the Navy maintains she sexually harassed someone. A trans woman is suing Harvard saying that she was denied admission to graduate programs there after she rebuffed sexual advances by someone in the admissions office. There’s all that and few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWiT!

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The Week In Trans 2/11/19

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Prepare to download information on the transgender world experience! We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that five trans members of the military were invited to attend the State of the Union speech. The California National Guard will not discharge trans members. Senator Kristen Gillibrand introduced a bill that would allow trans people to serve openly in the military. A trans officer in the British armed forces says there has been no downside to openly trans soldiers. More obituaries and a eulogy by the governor of New Jersey for Babs Casbar Siperstein. Legislation and court decisions for and against trans people. Michigan’s new governor bans state contractors from discriminating against trans people in hiring. A transgender designer shows off her clothing line during Fashion Week in New York. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner 2/11/19

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Dina Amberle ties on her apron and hits the kitchen like a whirlwind. She has whipped up some amazing entrees for the menu today at Dina’s Diner. First though, to clear the palette, she serves up a bit of information on the possibilities of finding out by testing which children might grow up and be trans. Then she serves up the supposition that many of the recent depictions of drag and trans characters on TV and in films are not as positive as they might seem. After that she fills a plate with the wonderfulness of sheer inserts in feminine attire, and then provides a potpourri of smaller dessert items. So tasty. Don’t miss Dina’s Diner!

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TransMilitary Screened in San Diego

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

By Melanie Yarborough SAN DIEGO HOSTS TRANSMILITARY FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION The documentaryTransMilitary was recently screened at San Diego California’s 9th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, held at Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts.Military issues particularly resonate in San Diego: The city is home to three naval bases, three marine bases and one coast […]

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Babs Casbar Siperstein has Died

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

A tireless activist who has fought for transgender rights for several decades has passed away. Babs Casbar Siperstein was TGForum’s political correspondent with an unapologetic liberal bias. She was also the Deputy Vice Chair of The New Jersey Democratic State Committee. She helped to pass several laws in New Jersey, and at the federal level, […]

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The Week In Trans 2/4/19

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

Get ready because here’s all the transgender news in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Pink News has a new video feature where trans women talk about their lives. The mother of a transgender student in Pennsylvania wrote an editorial for USA Today. The trans military ban is still getting press coverage. Smithsonian Magazine has an article on trans soldiers. A trans high school girl was elected homecoming queen. The Indiana legislature is considering a bill that would define a student’s rights by the sex listed on their birth certificate. The American Bar Association supports the right of transgender people to adopt. Hate crimes against gay and trans victims went up in D.C. A transgender march on Washington is in the works for March 31. A German court rules an insurance company must pay for a trans woman’s beard removal. A couple in Erie, Pennsylvania photographed a bird with both male and female coloring. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/28/19

| Jan 28, 2019 | Reply

Links in TWIT will open in this window. To return to this page use the Back button on your browser. If the link opens in a new tab, close the tab to return to this page. The big news from last week in the SCOTUS decision about President Trump’s ban of transgender people in the […]

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Remembering Alison Laing

| Jan 28, 2019 | Reply

Dallas Denny met Alison Laing at a gender conference in 1991. That meeting turned into the decades long friendship of two transgender activists. In this post Dallas brings you some photos of Alison at work and play and she writes about her memories of those times.

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The Week In Trans 1/21/19

| Jan 21, 2019 | Reply

All right class! Prepare to take notes on the latest happenings involving transgender people. It’s a lecture we call The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a German politician has come out as a trans woman. Elections have consequences and the 2018 election has brought changes in the laws regarding trans people in several states. A transgender publication from 1930s Germany was almost erased by the Nazis. Trans Visibility Day is March 31. An openly trans woman runs for Philadelphia city council. Nicole Maines finally gets her super hero suit on Supergirl. Studies show that children know what gender they are. Do Nhat Ha has won the Miss Tiffany pageant in Vietnam. There’s a lot more so do your reading assignment and get all the news from TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/14/19

| Jan 14, 2019 | 2 Replies

Time for the news! What do we learn today in The Week In Trans? A trans woman is the new president of a New York state lawyer’s association. Two women assaulted a trans woman in a nightclub ladies room. A trans woman is Texas was denied competing in a rodeo barrel race. More trans women have been victims of violence in the new year. North Carolina is still losing business because of their stance on trans people. The state of Idaho was told by a judge to provide GRS to a prisoner. The governor is appealing the ruling. Marvel Comics has introduced a drag queen mutant hero. Our Lady J is labeled one of the worst dressed at The Golden Globe Awards. Former TGF contributor Bobbi Swan has passed away. Safiey Illias has turned down tea with the mufti. Jennifer Pritzger is a transgender Republican who condemns her party’s stance on trans issues. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner January 14, 2018

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

It’s been four weeks and we just know you are hungry for some takeout from Dina’s Diner. Dina has added some low fat items to the menu and you can get a healthy salad, but her speciality the comfort food. Today she mixes up some Valentina, a RuPaul’s Drag Race girl, then adds in a touch of a British trans ballerina, a pinch of award show gender bending and finishes the dish off with a sprinkle of cleavage. Then for desert she brings out a serving of the pretty Brolitas “girls.” Don’t miss this edition of Dina’s Diner.

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The Week In Trans 1/7/19

| Jan 7, 2019 | Reply

Time again for all the trans related news we could find! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a trans pioneer whose story was featured in a BBC documentary in the 1970s has passed away. The trans military ban staggers on in the courts. A trans man soldier is running for local office while he serves overseas. A representative from Virginia has hung a transgender pride flag outside her new office. New laws allowing a non-binary gender marker on ID go into effect. What is a British trans woman ballerina doing in Montana? The new president of Brazil has clamped down on LGBTI rights. In England people approved for procedures such as hair removal are waiting for months to get the actual procedure. Wisconsin public employees have transgender medical care covered again. Franklin Graham was put in Facebook jail for remarks he made about trans people. A trans cosmetics millionaire in Malaysia has been invited to tea with a Muslim mufti. This could signal a relaxation of Islam’s attitudes about transgender people. That’s just a taste of what’s in store in this edition of The Week In Trans! Dive in and enjoy the news!

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The Week In Trans 12/31/18

| Dec 31, 2018 | 1 Reply

Happy New Year! Welcome to the last TWIT of 2018! Today we learn that a drag performer is a judge of Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade. 2018 saw much legislation around the country that affects transgender people. A trans woman football player won a settlement from the team that wouldn’t let her play. A trans man in New Zealand says they will nurse their new baby — but they’ve had a double mastectomy. Trans people often get misgendered after they die due to the way death certificates are issued. A team of scientists in Australia have looked into “junk DNA” to see if it can explain why trans people exist. Pakistan has had it’s first trans pride march. Trans people over 60 will get a 40% discount on train tickets in India. A civilization 3000 years ago in Persia recognized a third gender. There’s all that and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in the last TWIT of 2018!

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2018 In TWIT

| Dec 31, 2018 | Reply

This look back at the TWIT news of 2018 contains links to publications that may have removed the linked articles from their sites or moved the articles. As always, if the link opens in a new window close the window to return to this page. If it opens in a new tab close the tab […]

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The Week In Trans 12/24/18

| Dec 24, 2018 | Reply

What do we learn In The Week In Trans today? Ryan Cassata has a Christmas video for you. A trans inmate will be given gender confirmation surgery. Two trans women will take their seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A study has found couples with one trans partner have trouble finding housing. Lynn Conway delivers the University of Michigan commencement address. The GoFundMe campaign to buy ladders to go over The Wall was thought up by a trans woman. Teen Vogue has a feature on seven trans teens. There’s a boy band called Ladyboy that’s composed of trans boys. Meet the first transgender mariachi. Is the world ready for a transgender 007? There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/17/18

| Dec 17, 2018 | Reply

Time again for the fascinating feature we call The Week In Trans. Today we learn that Angela Ponce won praise for he bikini body in the Miss Universe pageant. The Trump administration is still trying to convince the judge to let them ban trans soldiers. San Francisco creates a cultural district base on trans history. A trans prisoner was denied hormones in prison. She sued and won the case. More evidence that denying the validity of transgender identity causes mental health problems. If Brexit is finalized there may be a hormone shortage in Great Britain. The Church of England has produced guidelines for a ceremony to welcome transgender people. A woman in the Kansas Senate has left the Republican Party over disagreement with a Republican resolution recognizing only two genders. A pastor in Detroit has been arrested in the murder of a transgender woman. Tasmania passes a law making it easier to change legal gender. There’s all that and more, plus a couple of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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3rd Annual Phila. Trans Wellness Conference Cover Art Competition

| Dec 17, 2018 | Reply

Artists, worldwide, who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming are encouraged to share their art in any still medium—painting, photography, sculpture, collage, drawing, assemblage, installation, fiber art, or digital art—that moves the viewer to experience the beauty or uniqueness of any aspect of the trans experience. Two winners will be selected by the judging […]

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The Week In Trans 12/10/18

| Dec 10, 2018 | Reply

What do we learn today? The Belgian film “Girl” has stirred controversy and not just over casting. Three senators want to know what happened to a trans woman who died while in ICE custody. The judges says the injunction against the trans military ban stay in place. The new trade agreement was supposed to protect LGBTQ workers in all three countries but the USA found a way to finagle it. President Trump’s nominee for attorney general doesn’t not have a spotless record regarding LGBTQ issues. The head of one of the groups opposing Massachusetts’s anti-discrimination law admits his group make up the trans predator stories. The Republican governor of Indiana wants a bill to protect transgender people in his state. A French teacher has lost is job over his refusal to use a student’s preferred pronouns. A trans man boxer has become the first trans man to box in the USA, and he won his first match. A transgender YouTube personality made her own Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show video to prove trans women are worthy to model lingerie and wear wings. There’s all that plus much more, and a few TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/3/18

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

It’s time again for the feature we call The Week In Trans! Today we learn that British Vogue has hired its first openly transgender columnist. The woman who died in ICE custody was beaten before she passed away. The administration’s urging of a rapid ruling from the SCOTUS on trans troops is likely to not hurry up the court. It appears that as trans people come out more, violence against us increases. A school guidance counselor in Florida has caused problems with parents by steering students to trans aware health care. A twelve-year-old drag performer makes enough money to buy his parents a new house. A political party in Canada passes a resolution calling Gender Identity Theory a “liberal ideology.” A trans clinic has opened in San Jose, California. There is a group of drag performers with Down Syndrome. There are many responses to the NYT op-ed from a trans woman that said her neo-vagina doesn’t make her happy. There’s all that and a few well deserved TWIT Awards awaiting your perusal in TWIT!

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World Professional Assoc. for Transgender Health Symposium 2018

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

On resident science contributor Dana Bevan recently attended the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She filed a report on her arrival and the preliminary social activities on November 5 and now that the symposium is concluded she has a full report on what was discussed at the event. From recognition that some people only need vulvoplasty and adjustment of the body mass index requirements for genital surgery, to the need for “communications therapy” and the debunking of a connection between the transgender condition and autism, Dana fills you in on what came out of this important meeting.

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New Jersey Creates a State Transgender Equality Task Force

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on the creation of the Transgender Equality Task Force in New Jersey. The bill was signed into law by the governor and the law goes into effect in January. Babs shares the content of the law governing the creation of the task force and tells you what it hopes to accomplish for transgender citizens of New Jersey.

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