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Every week Cecilia Barzyk diligently scans the internet to assemble as much trans-related information from the weekly news as possible.

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The Week In Trans 5/21/18

| May 21, 2018 | Reply

The Week In Trans is here! What do we learn today? A trans woman is the first openly trans congressional candidate from Massachusetts. The trans in the military ban lawsuit continues. What exactly is “biological sex”? A trans man is graduating from a Christian high school in Mississippi. The CDC has cut back a program on trans health. There is a store dedicated to trans women in Bogota. A trans trio impressed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. Acceptance of trans people is slipping in Europe. A cisgender actor and ballet dancer wins an award for playing a trans ballerina. Lawsuits, murders, and transitions are all in the news. Find out everything that’s going on in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 5/14/18

| May 14, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jess Herbst lost her bid for mayor of New Hope, Texas. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has dropped the rule that trans prisoners should be housed according to their gender identity. The trans asylum seekers in the “caravan” from Central America are finally being processed. Pakistan passes a gender rights bill. Much hoopla on Channel 4 in Britain with an on-air debate about trans people’s right to exist. Caitlyn Jenner says President Trump has set back trans progress “twenty years.” The debate about trans women being “real” women is going on at the BBC. Brazil’s Miss BumBum contest will feature two trans women this year. When asked about attempts to remove protection for trans people written into the ACA the Health and Human Services chief said he wasn’t familiar with that issue. People in Massachusetts are fighting to preserve the rights of trans people. Danica Roem talks about her first session with the Virginia House of Delegates. There’s all that and much more in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 5/7/18

| May 7, 2018 | Reply

Step right up! It’s time for all the trans news that’s fit to print. We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that the trans woman responsible for writing the code letting us send email attachments was profiled in an online publication. The Senate of New Hampshire has passed a non-discrimination bill to protect trans people in that state. The woman running for mayor in Texas will not be the first trans elected official there. Ada Vox was eliminated from America Idol and some believe it’s because she sang in drag. The Teacher of the Year trolled Donald Trump with a trans equality button as he handed her the award. Results from some studies of trans people. All that and much more plus a few TWIT Awards are waiting for you to read your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/30/18

| Apr 30, 2018 | Reply

The controversy over trans soldiers rages on. A 20-year-old trans student is the new treasurer of Oklahoma’s Libertarian Party. The Trump administration wants to overturn the rule forbidding doctors from denying services to trans people. The San Francisco Sheriff’s rules about treatment of trans inmates survive a court challenge. Trans actors work harder to get acting jobs. Iranian trans women are harassed while the police just watch. Hoboken makes all restrooms gender neutral. The problems of getting pregnant while trans. A prom king wore a dress to the dance. A trans girl is crowned prom queen at her school in Wisconsin. Long term estrogen use may make a woman more prone to bone fractures. Documentary filmmakers want video comments about David de Alba for their upcoming feature on the famed female impersonator. There are also more stories and numerous TWIT Awards handed out in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/23/18

| Apr 23, 2018 | Reply

Time once again for that little news compilation we called The Week In Trans. Today we learn A trans woman is suing her employer and insurance company for refusal to pay for her GRS. A trans professor who was discriminated against wins $1.2 million in a settlement but sues to get her job back. Lots of stories about the lawsuits against the trans military ban. The Commandant of the Coast Guard says he won’t ban trans people from his command without a specific policy. The trans women of Tonga want recognition. A nominee for U. S. Marshall is accused of abusing his trans daughter. Ada Vox has progressed to the Top 14 on American Idol. Jazz Jennings will be designing a bra for a company aiming at the teen market. More prosperous countries show greater acceptance of trans people. Conchita Wurst is HIV+. There’s all that and whole lot more, plus many TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT.

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The Week In Trans 4/16/18

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

As grains of sand through the hourglass, these are the TWITs of our lives. Today we learn more about Pakistan’s first trans woman TV anchor. There is activity in federal court concerning the trans military ban. A trans woman vet and her husband are advocates for trans military members. The DOJ wants to remove questions about gender and sexuality from a crime victim survey. The film Anything is coming out in May. Trans athletes will compete in the Boston Marathon. The What We Know project cites 52 studies that show positive results from transitioning. The Planet Fitness lawsuit returns. There are now stock photos of trans women. Boys in a school in Britain are wearing uniform skirts. There’s all that and plenty more plus a load of TWIT Awards to deserving recipients waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/9/18

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

All the trans news in one place — It’s The Week In Trans! A look back at all the trans news from the past week. Today we learn that Canada has its first trans mayor. A community health center in Tucson is serving the needs of trans youth. The A.M.A. tells Secretary of Defense Mattis there is no medical reason to exclude trans soldiers. A French gold medalist comes out as a trans woman. Puerto Rico must allow gender marker change on birth certificates. A restaurant asks a trans woman to present as a man if she wants the job. 120 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in the states and none passed. A new awareness campaign from GLAAD — I Love Being Trans. Drag is big in Lebanon. An anti-Semite is out and Eddie Izzard is in. Muxes are in a documentary. There’s all that and more plus several well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 4/2/18

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

A power outage crippled TGForum World News Headquarters early Sunday evening leaving our staff idle and in the dark. We apologize for the delay in bringing you today’s New Content. And now, the news. Lot’s of buzz about the latest administration attempt to ban trans people from the military. Lambda Legal goes to court in Ohio. Transgender Day of Visibility news. No LGBTQ questions on the census. Another trans woman is murdered. Washington State bans conversion therapy. Peppermint hits Broadway. There’s a new film about a Tongan trans person. There’s all that and more plus a couple of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/26/18

| Mar 26, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Sarah McBride has a new book. The Trump administration is up to no good for trans soldiers. Some trans Republicans are beginning to speak out against the party’s stand on trans. A Pakistani model is the first trans woman to read the news on TV in that country. A Canadian woman was told she couldn’t join the army because she was doing HRT. Nicole Maines speaks out against an federal court nominee. Ben Carson is uncomfortable around trans people. Los Angeles has a trans woman in the district attorney’s office. An anti-transgender representative attends a U.N. meeting on the status of women. Dr. Rachel Levine will become Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health. Trans athletes are trying out for the Olympics. Jan Morris has a new book coming out. There’s all that and more, including a few TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/19/18

| Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

Time for all the trans news anyone would want! It’s The Week In Trans! RuPaul gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A study shows that genetic variants makes us who we are. The Trump administration is still trying to ban trans in the military. Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State could mean problems for trans people. A judge rules in favor of a trans student. Texas is rethinking a bathroom bill. Shannon Daniels came out as trans and won’t be working at her school next year. Pakistan is issuing driver’s licenses to trans people. A woman is suing Tinder claiming they dropped her when she came out as trans on the app. A study shows that trans people are happy with GCS. Brazilian researchers discover that trans brains are different. There are all those stories and more, plus a boat load of TWIT Awards! Don’t miss your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/12/18

| Mar 12, 2018 | Reply

Time again for our dive into the trans news of the world, The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a Vietnamese singer has won the Miss International Queen contest. Members of congress wanted to discuss trans rights with officials in the Trump administration. All those contacted declined. Caitlyn Jenner has come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is a major setback for trans people. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals finds that firing someone for being trans is illegal. Changing your birth certificate in Idaho just got easier. An Indian web show has people swapping genders for a month. Britain’s Labour Party affirms its acceptance of trans women. An editorial asks why conservatives are so angry at trans people. There’s a petition calling on Mattel to make a Laverne Cox Barbie. A Fantastic Woman’s Oscar win has influenced pro-trans legislation in Chile. RuPaul takes heat for saying trans women shouldn’t compete on Drag Race. The only surgeon in New Zealand who did GRS retired in 2015. They just got a new one. There’s all that and a lot more, along with several TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 3/5/18

| Mar 5, 2018 | Reply

What do you call all the trans news you need? We call it The Week In Trans! What do we learn this week? American Idol is coming back with a drag queen singer. Since the military has started accepting trans people only one has signed up. 5 advocacy groups ran an ads encouraging recruitment of trans soldiers. RuPaul doesn’t think trans women should be on Drag Race. More coverage of the four trans women who went to CPAC. What countries are the best for LGBT tourists? It’s a tie! Brazil makes positive changes for trans people. There’s was a fourfold increase in GCS between 2000 and 2014. Violence against trans women continues. A trans woman opera singer will the the first to perform Don Giovanni. Help for teens whose friends identify as non-binary. A trans woman is running for congress in North Carolina. Sarah McBride publishes a book co-written with Joe Biden. There’s all that plus more and a few TWIT Awards in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 2/26/18

| Feb 26, 2018 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that there is a nation wide organization working on a positive image for trans kids. We also learn there are Christian conservatives trying to oppress trans kids. FtM wrestler Mack Beggs just won another girl’s wrestling title. The Secretary of Defense delivered recommendations on trans soldiers to the president. San Francisco gets a new trans advisory board and their sheriff announces a trans policy for prisoners. A trans woman runs for the office of governor in Vermont. Daniela Vega will be an Oscar presenter. Australia has its first trans priest. Trans kids are joining the Boy Scouts in Pakistan. Kim Petras, the trans pop singer from Germany, is a rising star in the U. S. market. There’s all that and a lot more waiting for you in TWIT! And don’t forget the TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 2/19/18

| Feb 19, 2018 | Reply

Get ready! Here comes The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Jeffrey Tambor is officially fired from Transparent. The Pentagon has issued a memo that could affect trans soldiers, while the troops don’t seem to be too concerned about trans soldiers. Daniela Vega is gaining celebrity for her role in A Fantastic Woman. Bath salts will help promote trans rights. One third of Americans believe that being trans is a sin. More info on the breast feeding trans woman. News about trans kids. South Dakota won’t be adding warning signs to restroom doors. A Japanese boy who dresses up and posts photos on the web gets caught by a male friend — who asks him out. Courtney Act talks about gender. There’s all that and more plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 2/12/18

| Feb 12, 2018 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans time! Today we learn that around 40 trans candidates have filed to run for office. The DOJ is switching positions in the trans military ban lawsuit. A former admiral defends keeping trans soldiers in the military. A Swedish trans girl is Sweden’s “Transgender of the Year.” The Bar Association passes a resolution urging support for Title VII. A trans woman is dancing the samba in Rio De Janeiro’s Carnival. Canadian trans women find that they earn one third less than men. Trans kids don’t get good healthcare and more kids are declaring they are trans or nonconforming. Researchers at Mt. Sinai have a way for trans women to nurse their babies. Desmond Is Amazing walked the runway for Fashion Week. There’s all that and a lot more, plus several TWIT Awards, waiting for your attention in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans February 5, 2018

| Feb 5, 2018 | Reply

Good morning campers! It’s time to roll out of your bunk and read The Week In Trans! Today’s TWIT informs us that some members of Congress escorted trans military people to the State if the Union. Ten federal judges have ruled against the trans military ban but the RNC endorses it. Coca Cola wants to sell their fluid to the gender fluid. HHS let’s doctors refuse to treat you because their religion says you’re bad. Trans mayor Jess Herbst runs for reelection. Bathroom bills are introduced but move slowly. Candis Cayne will appear on Grey’s Anatomy. April Ashley wins an award. Courtney Act wins on a reality show. All that and plenty more is waiting for you, alone with a few TWIT Awards, in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/29/18

| Jan 29, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Hasty Pudding theater troupe at Harvard will allow women to perform. A Harris Poll says more people are expressing discomfort with LGBT people. Court rulings, motions and decisions. Hate crimes are up by 85%. Trans Oscar nominations! The Church of England welcomes trans parishioners, but not too much. Abercrombie & Fitch introduces a line of gender-neutral clothes. Rep. Joseph Kennedy will escort a trans soldier to the State of the Union. A study shows kids are more flexible about gender. Russia will allow trans people to legally change gender. A trans woman competes in a beautiful butt contest in Brazil. There’s all that plus much more, and several TWIT Awards will be presented. Don’t miss your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/22/18

| Jan 22, 2018 | Reply

On the twenty second day of the first month of 2018 we bring you all the trans news in The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Paris Lees talks about her inclusion in British Vogue. We have news of the Trump administration’s attempts to infringe LGBTQ rights. Last year’s Women’s March inspired a trans woman to run for city council, and she won. One third of all trans people surveyed in Britain have experienced hate crimes in the past year. Eddie Izzard lost an election for the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. The National Health Service in Britain promised a gender clinic in Wales but so far none has appeared. A drag queen Shabbat? An Australian sex worker is convicted of spreading AIDS. The New Zealand census won’t include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity because of “silly” answers. There’s all that and much more, along with several TWIT Awards. To keep you abreast of all the trans news, don’t forget your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/15/18

| Jan 15, 2018 | Reply

What time is it? Time for The Week In Trans! Chelsea Manning wants to be the Democratic candidate for Maryland’s Senate seat. A Wisconsin school district has settled with a trans student who was denied the use of the boys’ room. The Supreme Court won’t hear a case against a Mississippi law allowing professionals to refuse services to LGBT people. Danica Roem is sworn in. The founder of two trans pageants is killed by her husband. Trans youth will have a float in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade. First trans prom queen in Britain is viciously trolled. Brit network ITV produces a documentary on trans people. People complain that Jinkx Monsoon took a role from cisgender females. Drag Race alum Adore Delano is sued. A newspaper editor is fired for Twitter comments about trans people. A trans woman appears on the cover of German Playboy. A South American store is busted for selling a “transgender doll.” Fifty makeup tips! Toyota uses drag queens in their ads on British TV. There’s all that and a ton more, along with a plethora of TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 1/8/18

| Jan 8, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for New Content on TGForum.com! First we present The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Paris Lees is the first trans woman featured in British Vogue. Housing rules for trans prisoners may be changing for the worst. There are five trans candidates running in the Democratic primaries in Texas. A car dealership “outed” a trans employee and a judge does not buy their defense. Trans people are now enlisting. A former drag performer is now a trans preacher. The book “Fire And Fury” says President Trump had no basis for his trans military ban. Scotland is working on a Gender Recognition Act similar to Ireland’s. A Spanish drag queen caused controversy by appearing in an Epiphany parade in Madrid. A speech clinic working with trans people in Utah is over booked. RuPaul is a Funko figurine. NYC drag kid Desmond is Amazing wants to create a “house” for drag kids. A Native American drag queen who lost 500 pounds has a remake of a Sylvester song charting in Billboard. There’s all that and plenty more in this edition of TWIT! Plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 1/1/18

| Jan 1, 2018 | Reply

It’s a new year! We wish you and yours all the best in 2018! Now it’s time for our first TWIT of the new year! Today we learn that FX has picked up the show “Pose” which features the largest cast of trans actors in a scripted series. The DOJ has stopped fighting the enlistment of trans recruits. A trans woman who spent thousands on surgeries to look like a Bratz doll experienced an unfortunate problem. The man who stood in the way of the Texas bathroom bill is honored. Sam Smith posted drag photos on Instagram. More trans women are becoming candidates. Learn about a holiday party for trans people in Detroit. Two trans men are named male athletes of the year. Trans brain researcher Ben Barres passed away. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards to start the new year waiting for your perusal in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 1/1/18

| Jan 1, 2018 | Reply

It’s a new year! We wish you and yours all the best in 2018! Now it’s time for our first TWIT of the new year! Today we learn that FX has picked up the show “Pose” which features the largest cast of trans actors in a scripted series. The DOJ has stopped fighting the enlistment of trans recruits. A trans woman who spent thousands on surgeries to look like a Bratz doll experienced an unfortunate problem. The man who stood in the way of the Texas bathroom bill is honored. Sam Smith posted drag photos on Instagram. More trans women are becoming candidates. Learn about a holiday party for trans people in Detroit. Two trans men are named male athletes of the year. Trans brain researcher Ben Barres passed away. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards to start the new year waiting for your perusal in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/25/17

| Dec 25, 2017 | 1 Reply

Its The Week In Trans! Merry Christmas to one and all! Today we learn that a trans woman in Botswana will be legally female. President Trump’s Justice Department is working overtime to come up with reasons to keep trans people out of military service — but it’s not working. Judges keep blocking the ban. A report is out on the legal rights of trans people around the world. A trans woman has ridden her skateboard across the entire country — alone. A teacher in England has written books to explain transgender issues to young children. New British passports may have an X designation for gender fluid people. A trans woman in Brazil is a top female soccer star. 9-year-old queen Lactatia joins the House of Mizrahi. There’s all that and many worthy TWIT Award recipients waiting for you in this Christmas day edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/25/17

| Dec 25, 2017 | Reply

Its The Week In Trans! Merry Christmas to one and all! Today we learn that a trans woman in Botswana will be legally female. President Trump’s Justice Department is working overtime to come up with reasons to keep trans people out of military service — but it’s not working. Judges keep blocking the ban. A report is out on the legal rights of trans people around the world. A trans woman has ridden her skateboard across the entire country — alone. A teacher in England has written books to explain transgender issues to young children. New British passports may have an X designation for gender fluid people. A trans woman in Brazil is a top female soccer star. 9-year-old queen Lactatia joins the House of Mizrahi. There’s all that and many worthy TWIT Award recipients waiting for you in this Christmas day edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/18/17

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

It’s our weekly distillation of trans-related news from around the world! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that efforts are underway to better serve the needs of Guatemala’s indigenous trans population. A study proves that trans women in the USA are 60% more likely to have no health insurance than the general female population. A drag queen is suing the Palm Springs Hard Rock Hotel for firing her. The Trump administration bans 7 words. Danica Roem got the job, now can she deliver on her campaign promise? A woman in Texas is the 26th trans woman murdered this year. Daniela Vega’s film A Fantastic Woman is nominated for a Golden Globe and may be getting an Academy Award nomination. Much trans military ban news. There’s all that and a lot more plus several TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 12/11/17

| Dec 11, 2017 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that model Lea T has been incorporated into an old master’s painting. The Pentagon is hoping to allow trans recruits by January 1. A teen in Ohio has sued his parents over transitioning to male. A trans woman in DC went from the thug life to the retail life when she transitioned. A 22-year-old trans woman runs for office in Rhode Island. Jeffrey Tambor may not be leaving Transparent after all. Meanwhile trans actors are being cast more often on television shows. Tinder is swiping left on trans people. Turkish trans people can change their ID without surgery. New drag performers are going beyond the bounds of lip sync glam. There’s all that plus a lot more and a few TWIT Awards to round it all out in this edition of TWIT!

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