Category: Community News

The Week In Trans 10/15/18

| Oct 15, 2018 | 1 Reply

Time to catch up on all the transgender news from last week. That’s right! It’s The Week In Trans! Today we learn that New York City will add Gender X to birth certificates and other documentation starting next year. A judge has ruled that Wisconsin violated the ACA by not covering trans medical care in its insurance plan. Nicole Maines was on Ellen to talk about her role in Supergirl. A trans student had nowhere to go during a safety drill preparing for a school shooter — what if it hadn’t been a drill? Teen Vogue has a video feature on a 7-year-old trans kid. A former Drag Race star has a role in A Star Is Born. A drag queen breaks her hand punching a Neo- Nazi who threatened her. If you’d like to fly from London to NYC with Pride, Virgin has a flight for you. There’s all that and a lot more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 10/8/18

| Oct 8, 2018 | Reply

What’s TWIT? All the transgender related news we can find from The Week In Trans! Today we learn that Christine Hallquist is just a few points behind her opponent in the Vermont governor race. North Carolina’s HB142 will be put on trial. A woman claims her daughter was assaulted in the girl’s room by a “gender-fluid boy.” A new study may have found the biological cause of transgenderism. A doctor who conducts trans research wins the “genius grant.” A trans girl wouldn’t back down when they said she couldn’t run for homecoming queen. The Texas Governor appears to have dropped the idea of a bathroom bill. There is no transgender flag emoji, yet. Miss Universe will see a trans contestant compete against a cis woman who is against trans women in the contest. There’s all that and a scad more, plus a few TWIT Award waiting for you in TWIT.

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The Week In Trans 10/1/18

| Oct 1, 2018 | Reply

TWIT News is on the march! From all over the globe we bring you news with transgender related content. Today we learn that Brazil’s only trans woman volleyball star is running for congress. A poll finds the majority of women recognize trans women as women. A federal judge says Wisconsin’s state insurance plan must cover transgender related care. The government of Pakistan has hired a trans woman for a federal job. New Jersey’s governor has signed a bill into law directing public schools to accept trans students in their preferred gender. Who gets upset about gender fluidity? People who are heavily invested in the binary. 13-year-old Evie Macdonald is Australia’s Jazz Jennings. A gender fluid financial director who goes to work in the gender they feel that day is causing waves on a list of influential women in business. A U.S. trans activist who was denied a passport renewal is seeking asylum in Switzerland. Four trans candidates are running for state legislatures. There’s all that and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 9/24/18

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

It’s time once again for The Week In Trans! All the transgender related news we could find posted all in one place for your informational convenience. Today we learn that there’s a teenage drag queen living in a tough Australian coal mining town. The Trump administration is still fighting to impose their trans military ban. Their arguments are not persuasive. A school in California elected a trans girl homecoming queen. An intersex person has a court victory. NYC and Washington, DC passed changes allowing “X” for gender on birth certificates. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends acceptance of trans children. Cher sings ABBA and features a trans woman in her video. A mural in Australia honors trans sistergirls. There’s all that and a boatload more trans news, along with a few TWIT Awards, waiting for you in TWIT!

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Fantasia Fair 2018 — Fashion Show and Follies Info

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

Fantasia Fair 2018 is fast approaching! The big event that has drawn transgender people from around the globe for over forty years is less than 20 days away. Parts of the festivities that are always popular is the Fashion Show and the Fantasia Fair Follies. The Follies stars YOU! The Fashion Show does too! Here’s […]

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The First Transgender Conference in New York City

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

We pass along the following press release for your information.  New York Coming Out! October 30 2019 – November 3, 2019 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel NYC We are extremely excited to announce our 3 day Health and Educational Conference in NYC. New York Coming Out! is an international conference where we welcome all individuals within the […]

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An Interview with David de Alba — en español!

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

There are dozens of interviews with The Cuban Legend, David de Alba that have been conducted in English. David’s cousin Mario Jimenez came to visit David in Las Vegas and conducted the following interview in Spanish.

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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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Announcing the 2019 Keystone Conference

| Sep 17, 2018 | Reply

The 2019 Keystone Conference will be held March 20th – 24th at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa. Attendees will find four full days of varied and meaningful workshops, seminars and activities and four nights of social functions, the finale being Saturday night’s Keystone Gala in the Sheraton’s resplendent Commonwealth Ballroom. The event organizers […]

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The Week In Trans 9/10/18

| Sep 10, 2018 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! What do we learn today? Danica Roem is honored by her constituents. Alexandra Chandler loses her primary. More violence agains trans women is perpetrated. California passes a law making legal gender change easier. A bill in California to stop conversion therapy is pulled for being too general. There’s a pattern of bias against trans people in DOJ cases. Trump’s tweet calling for a trans military ban came out of thin air and surprised his staff. A trans woman was stopped entering Egypt because her passport said she was male. The Department of Education want to make it harder to sue a school for sexual harassment. 85 House members support trans care for vets. A trans model and actress wins best actress in Israel. Australia’s Prime Minister gets himself in hot water with the trans kids in his country. There’s all that and plenty more, plus a few well deserved TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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ROGD is an Attack on Affirmative Treatment

| Sep 10, 2018 | 2 Replies

Dr. Dana Bevan digs into the story behind Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. If you’ve been paying attention to your TWIT news column you know that a woman named Lisa Littman of Brown University published an article warning of a rise is the number of children announcing they were transgender and attributing it to early trauma, rather than recognize that the children may actually have been born trans. She then went on to attempt to discredit affirmative treatment for trans children. Dr. Bevan digs into the claims made by Littman, which were of course picked up and amplified by conservative websites and news outlets, and gives you the facts.

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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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New Orleans Trip to Inclusiveness

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne journeyed to New Orleans at the beginning of August. We know, what was she thinking? The heat and humidity there at that time are brutal. She was invited to go by the leadership of her fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, to present Trans 101 to the fraternity members who were assembled in New Orleans for their Grand Chapter, a meeting of all active members and alumni. The goal of her presentation was to educate the members so they could vote on transgender inclusion for female to male individuals. How did it go? Read on and learn.

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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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Karen Kendra Holmes Does a TEDx Talk

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

Award Winning Public Servant and Transgender advocate Karen Kendra Holmes shares her passion for helping others transition and to foster acceptance and support from those around them, and how life can be fulfilled by being true to oneself and to others. Karen educates others who are not transgender to foster understanding that she and others […]

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Bebashi: Transition to Hope: Safe space for the Philly Trans Community

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Bebashi: Transition to Hope is creating a safe space for the trans community of Philadelphia. Trans Necessities is a program that seeks to promote the voices of trans Philadelphians and provide a haven to learn about LGBTQ health and wellness. Individuals under the Trans Necessities program will receive resources and services, such as […]

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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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Trans Media Arts — Music, Film and More!

| Jul 23, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele cover the arts and entertainment scene that features trans actors, characters, writers or musicians. Today she has news about the Scarlett Johanssen casting controversy; a transgender character being added to General Hospital being portrayed by a trans actress; news about Laura Jane Grace’s band Against Me! and more. Stay up to date on transgender people in the arts and check out Trans Media Arts!

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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 ENOUGH! Rally

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

Looking around at the things she sees going on in our country, particularly the separation of children from their families that was happening at the southern border, Sophie Lynne decided she had to do something. The question though was “What?” She decided to organize a local protest in her town. Today she blogs about how it went.

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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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