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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 9/17/18

| Sep 17, 2018 | Reply

The Week In Trans has all the news featuring transgender people! From problems for trans folks caused by hurricane Florence to news from elsewhere in the world you can find it all here in TWIT! What else is up? GLSEN has launched a campaign to bring attention to the problems faced by trans teens in school. The State Department has changed the gender marker on passports from “gender” to “sex.” Fashion designer Marco Marco used 34 transgender models in his show for New York Fashion Week — and no cis models. A ballot initiative in Massachusetts could repeal transgender protections. Activists are fighting to educate people so they vote it down. The studies have been published and they confirm that extending restroom rights to trans people does not cause more sexual assaults in restrooms. A trans woman prisoner in England has admitted sexually assaulting four other female prisoners. There’s all that plus much more a a few TWIT Award presentations waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 9/3/18

| Sep 3, 2018 | 1 Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that the Oklahoma girl who was bullied has spoken out in an interview. An academic has caused controversy with her claims about Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria. A photo book of trans people over 50 has been published. More bad news about violence directed at trans women. Ruth Rose has become the oldest person in Britain to have GRS at 85. Chelsea Manning’s criminal record has gotten her banned from Australia. India Willoughby admits she was bullied into facial feminization surgery. Venice’s only female gondolier is becoming just another male gondolier. Wigstock came back with some celebrity help. A 21-year-old mass communication student has won Thailand’s Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant. There’s all that and more plus several TWIT Awards! Don’t miss your TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 8/27/18

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

And now — The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Christine Hallquist, the trans gubernatorial candidate in Vermont has gotten death threats. Another trans candidate is running for a seat in Colorado. The trans students in the restroom stories continue. The Oklahoma family whose trans daughter was threatened are moving. Actor J.J. Totah has come out as transgender. The court case over the military trans ban marches on. Pennsylvania now has a Human Relations Commission. The Vets Administration considers covering GRS. LGBT students preparing to study abroad, take heed. PM Justin Trudeau marched in the Montreal Pride Parade. There’s all that and more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 8/20/18

| Aug 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Trans woman Christine Hallquist in the Democratic nominee for governor of Vermont. A trans man was elected to a college board of directors. The trans military ban trial marches on. A trans girl got so many threats for using the girl’s restroom in her school that school was canceled for several days to keep her safe. Does your makeup melt in the heat and humidity? We have drag queen tips to keep it dry. Utah legislators want to impose an age requirement for legal name changes. Germany now has a third gender option for birth certificates. The cake shop owner has refused to make a “transition celebration cake.” Drag queens keep getting younger. A heckler yelled at Kate Bornstein when she came on stage during a Broadway play. The star advised the heckler to never come to the show again. And that’s just the tip of the stories waiting for you in TWIT, along with a few TWIT Awards!

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The Week In Trans 8/13/18

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? The newest preteen drag queen is the U.K.’s 11-year-old Violet Vixen. The trans in the military ban is still slogging through court. Judges in three different cases have upheld trans student’s restroom rights. Miz Cracker was mugged in Dublin. Laverne Cox’s makeup artist was turned away from a chicken restaurant along with other trans people. 67 members of Congress signed a letter promoting trans prisoner’s housing rights. Another Representative has introduced a bill to improve the TSA’s treatment of trans travelers. Transgender vets are as healthy as cis vets. Two trans politicians were profiled in the press. Caitlyn Jenner wants to play a Marvel villain. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 8/6/18

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

And now — The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Pantene Thailand is featuring trans women in their ad campaign. Jeff Sessions announces a Religious Freedom Taskforce that could be trouble. Montreal holds a trans march. The Planet Fitness case is back. The State Department assures us that surgery is not necessary for a passport in your true gender. A judge is sued for a pattern of denying trans kids name changes. Delaware did not adopt extra protections for trans kids in school. Bosom Buddies is out on DVD. Will we get a transgender emoji? Freemasons let trans men join. A trans rugby player is on the women’s team but he has grown a full beard after testosterone treatments. ICE releases 14 transgender asylum seekers. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards in this week’s edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 7/30/18

| Jul 30, 2018 | Reply

New Content Monday brings us another edition of our hard hitting news feature — The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? The 14-year-old whose drag act was banned from his school talent show gets support from the drag community. It’s been a year since President Trump proposed his trans military ban. The lawsuits are almost set to get underway. The State Dept. is not renewing trans women’s passports without proof of surgery. The Gay Queen of Veracruz 2018 has been murdered. Courts are ruling that trans students in school restrooms of their preferred gender do not infringe cisgender student’s privacy rights. A trans teen was denied communion. Was it because she was chewing gum, or because she was trans? Luxembourg will stop requiring surgery to change gender markers on documents. There are not only those stories but more! And a list of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 7/23/18

| Jul 23, 2018 | Reply

Take a moment out of your busy day to get caught up on all the latest transgender news. We call it The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Nicole Maines will portray a trans super hero on Supergirl. The trans military ban is toast, unless it goes to the Supreme Court. Drag singers are making dents in the Billboard charts. The governor of Hawaii signed a bill to protect gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. A proposed roll back of trans rights will be on the ballot in Massachusetts. The owners of Hamburger Mary’s have produced a drag reality show called Camp Wannakiki for YouTube. Ireland is considering changes to it’s name change policy. Democrats have introduced a bill to stop the use of the “gay panic” and “trans panic” legal defense. There’s all that and more plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for your review in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 7/16/18

| Jul 16, 2018 | Reply

Who’s that knocking on the door? It’s The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Our own Babs Casbar Siperstein has had a bill she worked to pass in New Jersey signed into law and named after her. The Babs Siperstein Law makes it easy to change genders on birth certificates. The court battle over the trans military ban continues. The new Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, wants to help the world move forward. Britain contemplates a conversion therapy ban. Scarlett Johansson backs out of the female to male role. Trans men make a satirical video about the controversy. The show with the most trans actors, Pose, has been renewed for a 2nd season. News from Pride events and the British Donald Trump visit protest. Russian homophobia led to some problems for people there for the World Cup. A trans woman has been cast as a trans character on General Hospital. There’s all that and more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 7/9/18

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn about a chart topping songwriter and producer who has come out as a trans woman. The BBC has learned that 400 of its employees identify as transgender. While trans troops are doing fine the Pentagon is not bringing in new recruits in a timely manner. A transgender athletics expert left a Fox News host speechless. Buzzfeed has a list of thirteen things the Trump Administration has done against LGBT people. New Jersey has three new laws that benefit trans people. The Episcopal Church wants to make their prayers gender neutral. Pakistan will have trans people working as election monitors. Scarlett Johansson wants to play a trans man gangster in a bio pic. Courtney Act gets her own show on British TV. There’s all this plus more and a raft of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 7/2/18

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

To our U.S. readers, happy 4th of July! And now the news. Today we learn that Jazz Jennings has had her gender confirmation surgery. Starbucks will cover GCS for its employees. The Atlantic article about those who “desist” gender change creates controversy. Angela Ponce won Miss Universe Spain making her the first trans woman competing for Miss Universe. A trans woman set herself on fire as a protest. Scotland is taking steps to ban discrimination based on gender identity. Drag queens offer beauty tips and tricks on a style website. David de Alba’s Judy Garland collection is featured on TV. There’s all that and more plus a load of well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 6/25/18

| Jun 25, 2018 | Reply

It’s time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn this week, you ask? A drag queen story time in New York featured a lesson on gender identity. The World Health Organization has reclassified transgender. That reclassification could hurt the administration’s attempts to ban trans people in the military. A trans activist who knows the law was asked for ID to enter the ladies’ room. She ended up calling the police and they backed her up. The Trump administration will be housing trans prisoners according to their birth gender. Other legal cases are also in the news. Muxes in Mexico get phony Muxes stricken from the ballot. The North Carolina HB2 battle is still going on. Captain Hannah Winterbourne and her new husband are featured in a wedding planning TV show. Australia sets the first standards for treatment of trans youth. Need wig advice? Ask some queens. There’s all that and a host of TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 6/18/18

| Jun 18, 2018 | Reply

Time now for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Iceland’s Independence Day parade is led by a drag performer. Reggie Bullock will ride a float in the NYC Pride Parade to honor his late sister. The Pentagon neglected to send out a memo recognizing Pride Month. During Philadelphia’s Pride event a trans woman tried to burn a flag in protest putting people in danger. The Portland police have a trans captain. More legal blocks for the trans military ban. One little bit of DNA snipped and a mouse is born female. An Alaskan trans woman sues the state over her health coverage. Texas is still going on about men in the ladies’ room. Get to know your trans candidates before the November election. Muslims who are transgender in Thailand have a difficult time. More on the male ballet dancer who is dancing as one of the female dancers. There’s all that and more plus a plethora of TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 6/11/18

| Jun 11, 2018 | Reply

And now the news! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that a gender fluid ballet dancer who uses male pronouns is hired as a ballerina. The Gavin Grimm case grinds on. A trans woman has wins a battle with Sam’s Club. Two Iowa trans women sue the state and win Medicaid coverage. Jockey Victoria Smith rode 250 races as a male. She’s back in the saddle. Legislation news from Japan, the U.K., Denmark, and the U.S.A. A trans actress in Pakistan gets her starring film role. More employers are looking to hire trans people. Where did birth certificates come from? You may be surprised. Singer/rapper Azealia Banks starts a Twitter war with RuPaul. Check out the oldest performing queen’s makeup routine. There’s all that and more waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 6/4/18

| Jun 4, 2018 | Reply

Get ready! it’s all the trans news you can use! We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that Japan’s businesses are beginning to hire trans people. Gavin Grimm’s case will continue. A young trans man in Dallas will hear his preferred name at his graduation. An intersex vet is hoping to get a gender neutral passport. An 8th grade gender fluid child wore the transgender flag as a cape when they hoped to ask Betsy DeVos a question. A trans woman immigrant died in custody. How young is too young to decide what gender you are? A man is transforming Barbie dolls into Drag Race contestants. The CDC will keep the optional LGBT question on a survey. Good news from Chile’s supreme court. Chelsea Manning appears to have contemplated suicide. All that and more is waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 5/28/18

| May 28, 2018 | Reply

What do we do every Monday on TGForum? We bring you New Content and the feature we start with is The Week In Trans, our compilation of all the news we could find that features transgender people. Today we learn that Gavin Grimm, now graduated from his high school, can use the boy’s restroom there with impunity. Other schools have also had to allow trans students equal use of facilities. 127 U.S. representatives have asked that trans patients remain protected under the Affordable Care Act. The Church of England welcomes trans people as vicars. A Mexican woman who has fought for asylum in the U.S. gets her green card. A fatwa in Iran says to treat trans people well but it hasn’t turned out that way. 13 trans candidates are running for office in Pakistan. Supergirl is adding a trans character. Sephora holds makeup classes for trans women. All that and more plus a few TWIT Awards is waiting for you in TWIT!

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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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