Category: Transgender Community News

The Week In Trans 5/20/19

| May 20, 2019 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jazz Jennings has been accepted at Harvard. The Republican candidate selected to run against the Democrat in North Carolina is the sponsor of the “bathroom bill.” The House of Representatives of the USA passed the Equality Act. Don’t expect it to make it through the Senate. House Republicans attempted to amend the Act to the point where it would have been anti-transgender. Chelsea Manning is back in the slammer for refusing to testify. Danica Roem has made a name for herself in the Virginia legislature. Texas doesn’t want trans people eating at Chick-fil-A. Trans women have a lower risk of breast cancer than cisgender women. A trans man complained of belly pain in the ER. He was in labor and didn’t know it. Google has created gender fluid emojis. SnapChat has a filter that changes a person’s gender in the app. For some cisgender people it’s just fun but it has possible benefits for trans people. The English cabbie who won £4 million in the lottery and changed genders has passed away. There’s all that and a whole lot more, plus several important TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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San Diego Police wrongly criticized by flawed NCTE report

| May 20, 2019 | Reply

TGForum received this press release from the Neutral Corner group in San Diego.  Neutral Corner, San Diego In a Monday, May 6, 2019 article, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the findings of a study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) on San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) handling of encounters with the Transgender […]

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The Week In Trans 5/13/19

| May 13, 2019 | 1 Reply

Today in TWIT we learn that the first transgender member of the Brazilian congress has been elected. 58% of respondents to an NCTE survey said they were harassed or abused by law enforcement. The Colorado National Guard refuses to institute the trans ban. Students denied access to restrooms and locker room corresponding to their gender identity are more likely to be victims of sexual assault. Colorado’s governor signed a bill cutting off state funds for trans health care. Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld people’s right to have their birth certificates updated. A trans woman weight lifter has her wins rescinded. A court in Canada has ordered a father who constantly misgenders his trans son to keep his mouth shut. 11-year-old drag queen Desmond is Amazing is featured in a sneakers ad campaign. Indya Moore is on the cover of Elle. There’s all that and a whole lot more, plus several TWIT Awards waiting for your perusal in TWIT!

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The Week in Trans 5/6/19

| May 6, 2019 | 1 Reply

What do we learn in today’s edition of The Week In Trans? Ten transgender asylum seekers have been granted asylum. The Trump administration issues a rule allowing doctors to deny treatment based on their faith. Arizona courts can compel parents to provide counseling and treatment for trans children. In an AARP survey 46% of grandparents would accept LGBT grandchildren. Iowa votes to not allow taxpayer dollars going toward transgender care. Gavin Grimm will get his day in court in July. Tennessee makes being in the restroom of your gender identity comparable to indecent exposure. More on the story of the Welsh woman who reacted badly to hormone treatment. Caster Semenya is not transgender but her excess testosterone could influence treatment of transgender women athletes. The creator of Friends admits that lack of knowledge about transgender issues led the show to some bad transgender plot lines. Pose returns in June. There’s all that and a boatload more of news from the transgender world waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner – May 6, 2019

| May 6, 2019 | Reply

Today Dina Amberle takes a variety of tasty ingredients and whips up a satisfying soufflé that is sure to sell well at the Diner. It features one part, how the Jewish community is changing to deal with gender fluid b-mitzvahs. The she stirs in some gender changing that crosses the borderline. Adds a soupçon of male Filipinos walking in high heels and stirs in a few female spies. Then she garnishes with a bit about the true gender of a Revolutionary War hero, giving you another scrumptious repast available only at Dina’s Diner.

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The Week In Trans 4/29/19

| Apr 29, 2019 | Reply

What time is it? Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn there is a transgender woman candidate for president. The SCOTUS will hear arguments in the case of the trans woman fired by a funeral home. More on Kirsten Gillibrand and the drag show. The CDC says one out of seven trans woman have HIV. A Canadian drag queen was instrumental in decriminalizing homosexuality. Several states have announced their National Guard will not follow the Mattis Plan. Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied about trans in the military. San Francisco opens a shelter for homeless transgender teens. A Honduran trans woman has been granted asylum, after waiting a year. The police in one area of Pakistan are recruiting trans community members. There’s all that and more plus a good helping of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/22/19

| Apr 22, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the transgender news we could find! It’s The Week In Trans! Meet the new transgender member of Thailand’s parliament. Learn more about the effects of the trans in the military ban. A beer company brews up a beer named for Marsha P. Jackson. The AMA tells a judge that trans kids need to be allowed to use the restroom of the gender they identify as. A university in England runs an online survey about the trans community’s take on transgender athletes. Presidential candidate Kristen Gillibrand hung out with drag queens backstage at a show in Iowa. All-male Morehouse College will admit trans male students. Beto O’Rourke got so worked up over the Texas bathroom bill he broke a promise not to cuss. Harry’s Shaving Company features a trans man in their TV ad. The stars of Pose will lead the New York Pride Parade. A trans teen from Brunei fled that country to seek refuge in Canada. There’s all that and much more along with several TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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Updates: Transgender Science in the News

| Apr 22, 2019 | Reply

Dana Bevan follows up on a couple of stories she previously reported on in her blog. One is the fallout from the paper by Dr. Lisa Littman purporting to prove that Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria is a thing, and is being caused by kids following trends and experiencing peer pressure to claim they are transgender. The second is the rise in stories about “transgender regret” or “detransitioning.” The conservative media latches onto any story about a transgender person transitioning and then having regrets and going back to their birth gender. Dana has facts to refute those claims.

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The Week In Trans 4/15/19

| Apr 15, 2019 | Reply

What time is it? Time for The Week in Trans! What do we learn today? A trans activist in Armenia gives a stirring speech to parliament. Betsy DeVoss admits she knew trans students would suffer but she rolled back protections anyway. A report is in on the death of a trans immigrant while in ICE custody. The DOJ issues an equal opportunity statement that includes gender identity and sexual orientation for its employees. An NBC reporter uses masculine pronouns when referring to Chelsea Manning. The Ohio teens who won a lawsuit they filed because a judge told them they were too young get their new names. Japan has its first transgender elected official. According to a study trans men are at greater risk for heart attack. A senior trans activist explodes the myth that trans women have to dilate for the rest of their lives after surgery. There’s all that and a ton more stories in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/8/19

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Time for all the news from the transgender world! What do we learn today? Mara Keisling is fighting the Trump administration to maintain our rights. Michigan honors the creator of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Monica Helms, creator of the trans pride flag, writes about how it feels to see it in the halls of congress. Euro Pride won’t allow groups that demean other groups to participate. As the Equality Act is debated it’s amazing what representatives believe about trans people. Chelsea Manning is out of solitary but still in stir since she won’t talk. Google has appointed the president of the right wing Heritage Foundation to an advisory council and Google employees are not taking it well. Many rural trans people are happy living where they are. There’s all of that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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Dina’s Diner — April 8, 2019

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

Every month Dina Amberle, our top chef and owner of Dina’s Diner, mixes up a bunch of ingredients, sautes them slowly or deep fries them to a crispy golden brown and serves them up for your enjoyment. Today she stirs up some some Korean boy band beauties who aren’t afraid to look like girls, adds in a muscleman who’s a night time queen, folds in some appreciation for the fantasy nurse archetype and spices it up with some Nicole Maines as Dreamer and a little bit of Alita, Battle Angel. It’s all waiting for you down at Dina’s Diner. Enjoy!

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San Diego Empowerment Event Focuses on Academics, Employment, Service

| Apr 8, 2019 | Reply

By Melanie Yarborough (Neutral Corner) Photos by Michelle Dungan (Neutral Corner) San Diego’s 16th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment (TDOE) was held this past April 5th at the Hillcrest LGBT Center. It focused on three key elements of scholarship, work, and public service.  Academic studies are always a centerpiece at San Diego’s TDOE event, and […]

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The Week In Trans 4/1/19

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Today we learn many things in TWIT. Among them, Tanwarin Sukkapisit is the first transgender person elected to the parliament of Thailand. All the court stays on the trans military ban have been lifted. Several members of congress posted the transgender pride flag at their office entrances for the International Day of Transgender Visibility. A bill in California would make it illegal to do genital surgery on intersex children without their consent. A bill in Texas would let medical and legal professionals, as well as barbers deny service to people who offend their “deeply-held religious beliefs.” A research study shows that trans women have better cognitive skills if they take estrogen after GCS. Trans people in the D.C. area can take advantage of a database of healthcare providers. In the midst of the Brexit mess the British government is being petitioned to increase funding for gender clinics. Australian trans actress and advocate Georgie Stone has been cast as a transgender character on a soap opera. Dex Frier was hoping to be prom king but had to settle for being one of two “royal knights.” Denver, Colorado wrapped up its Denver Drag Days festivities with a record breaking drag brunch. There’s all that and more along with a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/25/19

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

The Week In Trans is here! What do we learn today? The 1982 film Tootsie has been turned into a Broadway play and it opens at the end of the month. The trans military ban is back on hold but don’t hold your breath. More court activity to come. The Canadian Armed Forces have issues new directives on how to treat trans troops. A trans activist from Honduras says a wall will not stop people from seeking refuge in the U.S. Republicans are reluctant to renew the Violence Against Women Act since it includes for the prisons to consider the safety of trans prisoners. A school district in Georgia has blocked a trans boy from running for prom king. Trans candidates are running in local Philadelphia elections. A study shows men who identify as cisgender but have sex with trans women have a higher-than-average HIV infection rate. And there’s lots of other news plus a few TWIT Awards. It’s all waiting for your click.

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Amanda Reports on Keystone 2019

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

After living on the West Coast and missing six years of The Keystone Conference Amanda F. Steele is now a resident of Baltimore and when she realized many of her friend would be just and hour and and eighteen minutes away in Harrisburg she made a last minute trip the event. And of course we took advantage of that and told her to send us a report on what happened.

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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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