Category: Transgender Community News

The Week In Trans 12/10/18

| Dec 10, 2018 | Reply

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

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The Week In Trans 12/3/18

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

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

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World Professional Assoc. for Transgender Health Symposium 2018

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

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

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New Jersey Creates a State Transgender Equality Task Force

| Dec 3, 2018 | Reply

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

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Don’t forget our new Discussion Forum and Trans Chat

| Nov 29, 2018 | Reply

Post a question or comment in the Discussion Forum (accessible from the menu bar labeled Transgender Forum). Pick one of the current topics in the Forum or create a new topic. When you’ve typed your comment, before you click the Submit button, make sure the box that sends you an email when someone responds to […]

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Transgender news: The Week In Trans 11/12/18

| Nov 12, 2018 | Reply

And now, The News! Today we learn that while Christine Halquist did not win the Vermont race for governor several other transgender candidates won their races. The citizens of Massachusetts voted to keep protections for transgender people. The hijra of Bangladesh celebrate their recognition day. More than 2500 scientists have signed a letter against the redefinition of “sex.” The president has made it harder for trans refugees to gain asylum. Homer and Marge both dress as drag queens in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. There’s much more waiting for you, and we hand out several TWIT Awards in this edition of TWIT!

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The Week In Trans 11/5/18

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

Who’s got all the transgender news? We do! We call it The Week In Trans. Today we learn that Caitlyn Jenner has a foundations that gives grants to trans organizations. Two trans women in Alaska have been elected to city councils. A trans woman in Colorado is running for a state seat. Lynn Conway is getting an honorary doctorate. Jeff Sessions speech to The Federalist Society was interrupted by a protestor. More reaction to the administration’s memo on redefining gender by birth sex. The 32 Annual 17th Street High Heel Race happened. A media project features a 70-year-old trans woman conversing with a 11-year-old trans girl. Mushrooms have thousands of sexes! There’s all that and more, plus a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Argentina: Part I

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

Dr. Dana Bevan is in Argentina for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium 2018. She was recently elected to the USPATH Board of Directors, WPATH’s USA subsidiary and decided to attend. While she is there she is filing reports on what goes on. Today she tells us about her flight and arrival in Buenos Aires. The conference gets underway today (Monday) and Dana will file a report on the full conference next week.

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Photos From the Henry David Halloween Ball 2018

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

The Henry David Halloween Ball is an annual tradition that has happened every year in the city of Philadelphia since 1968. Local jeweler Henry David just presented his 50th Ball on last Wednesday evening. Your reporter Angela Gardner documented the fantastic costumes in photos and we present the photos here.

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The Week In Transgender 10/29/18

| Oct 29, 2018 | Reply

Time for The Week In Trans! The world reacts to the Trump administration’s memo about changing the definition of gender. No one agrees with it and we have a video of Doctor Phil’s reaction. Chelsea Manning has had her GRS. The mayor of San Francisco has ordered all departments to include nonbinary on all forms. It looks like the Wachowskis have closed their production company for lack of projects. A formerly homeless trans woman has become Ottawa’s first openly transgender school trustee. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau slipped trans worker protections into the new North American trade deal. Uruguay adds protections for transgender rights. A Thai trans woman is the CEO of a major media company. A trans woman judge has become a commissioner of the Maricopa County Superior Court. 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 10/22/18

| Oct 22, 2018 | 1 Reply

The Week In Trans has all the news about your community! Today we learn that the Trump administration has been working on a plan to do away with trans identities by defining gender as set at birth. The British government are condemning the British media for trying to act like Trump when it comes to trans people. Lambda Legal is fighting Kansas over refusal to change a birth certificate. An audience member educated a BBC show on trans issues. Trans people in Massachusetts are going door-to-door campaigning for support of the state’s anti-discrimination law. Laverne Cox is profiled in Self. Gigi Gorgeous has written a book. A trans woman cyclist has caused controversy by winning a women’s event. And that’s not all! We’ve got a ton more stories and a few TWIT Awards waiting for you in TWIT!

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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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