The Pentagon has agreed to begin providing Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) with rudimentary gender treatment. The 26-year-old private, who was found guilty of declassifying military documents, announced that she identified as female after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
“Chelsea has been asking for medical treatment from the military for the past ten months. So far, the military has outright ignored her requests. The military absolutely needs to revisit its ‘policy’ on transgender medical care and adapt it to 21st century medical standards. It cannot continue to bury its head in the sand any longer,” Manning’s attorney David Coombs wrote.
During Manning’s trial, she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and gender identity disorder, hopefully with hormone therapy, Manning will be able to live as herself.
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Beginning July 23, the three-week long Queer Arts Festival will feature a multitude of events and performances for all ages. The event includes everything from a youth improv dance workshop to Canada’s first Lesbian Opera; there is literally something for everybody in Vancouver this summer!
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Here’s a great interview with Nadja Karlsson that our friends at Visit Sweden sent to us today. We couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Transgender Nadja Karlsson is an ABBA-loving Tasting Room Manager at Spritmuseum in Stockholm. Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network asked her about everything from where she finds her inspiration, to what not to miss in Stockholm.
Who inspires you?
Queen Christina, Sweden’s most queer regent! Though she reigned in the seventeenth century, she continues to inspire fascination, debate and controversy even today. In her own time she was widely known as a rebel queen, a woman who followed her own path and refused to limit herself to the social norms of the day. I always ask for a statue of Christina as often as I can.
If you could spend an entire day in Stockholm with anyone in the world, who would you choose and what would you do?
Lasse-Maja (1785-1845) was a notorious Swedish transgender criminal. I would so much love to spend a day with her and let her show me her Stockholm.
What is your favorite neighborhood?
I must say Östermalm. Not around Stureplan, but the more quiet streets. Many of the houses here are from the last century and constructed in a very grandiose manner. On Östermalm you’ll find the churchEngelbrektskyrkan, the Stockholm Olympic Stadium and the Historic Museum.
Spritmuseum, the Museum of Spirits is the best! Always with new and exciting exhibitions. I also like the city walks made by the Stockholm City Museum.
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R&B singer R. Kelly’s youngest child has come out as transgender. Thirteen-year-old Jay, who changed his name from Jaya, said that his father was unaware of the transition up until three months ago, but says that his mother, R. Kelly’s ex Andrea Kelly, has been fully supportive of the change. “[My mom] was like, ‘Baby, you know I love you if you were bi, gay, [lesbian], you name it and I would still love you so much,’” he wrote on his Ask.fm page. Jay has said that he has identified as male since “six or seven” and hopes to one day undergo transitional surgery. “I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me (be) who I was supposed to be.” So far, R. Kelly has not made a public statement about his son.
Congrats Jay, we can’t imagine the courage needed to come forward at such a young age!
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For every gut-wrenching story about a child being thrown out of his or her home, abused, or mistreated for being who they are there is a story like Jeff and Hillary Whittington whose unconditional love for their son has demonstrated the good in people. When their little daughter was born, Ryland, they had the same dreams all parents do that she’d be happy and healthy. At first they thought Ryland was just a tomboy as she didn’t appreciate her princess-pink room or her cutesy girl clothes, but it soon became apparent that it wasn’t “a phase” and that Ryland began to truly be uncomfortable, even shameful, over her socially charged gender identity. “When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I can be a boy” and asked, “Why did God make me this way?” It was then that the parents began to allow Ryland to live her true self—as a boy. This year, the family was awarded the Inspiration Award at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast and Ryland’s father spoke some powerful words of acceptance.
“One of the most inspiring things that Harvey Milk had done as far as our family is concerned was to encourage people to come out; to let their voices be heard; break down the walls, break down the barriers and start allowing people to see them for their authentic selves and be true to themselves, and this is our coming out …this is us making our voices heard.”
Watch the seven-minute video that will have you in happy tears after the jump…
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For the first time in TIME’s 91-year history has a transgender person appeared on the cover of the magazine.
In the beaux-arts lobby of the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, men in deep V-necks and necklaces walk by women with crew cuts and plaid shirts buttoned to the top. Boys carrying pink backpacks kiss on the lips, while long-haired ladies whose sequined tank tops expose broad shoulders snap selfies. About 1,100 people, many gleefully defying gender stereotypes, eventually pack the auditorium to hear the story of an unlikely icon. “I stand before you this evening,” Laverne Cox, who stars in the Netflix drama Orange Is the New Black, tells the crowd, “a proud, African-American transgender woman.” The cheers are loud and long. Almost one year after the Supreme Court ruled that Americans were free to marry the person they…
Keep reading over at TIME….
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In Connecticut, for the first time ever, a high school has elected a male-identified person prom queen. Danbury High School of Danbury, CT crowned young gay man Nasir Fleming for the coveted title. Fleming says that he was surprised to have won, especially because his campaign had received backlash around the school, and that he felt he was not very well liked.
While Fleming doesn’t identify as transgender, he says he hopes his victory will open doors for queer people of all stripes. Said Fleming: “If a spunky, odd gay kid can win prom queen, then anyone can! This message is mainly for transgendered people, because they seem to face so much backlash for simply being themselves. If I can win a title that is out of my gender, anyone else should be able to, including transgendered people.”
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“There’s a storm coming,” the trailer for season 2 of the record-breaking Netflix series Orange is the New Black promises. And, judging by the trailer, we’re in for one hell of a season filled with lesbian love affairs, waring inmates, life-threatening illness, and all the crazy we’ve come to expect.
Check it out after the jump…
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For a second year in a row, Chelsea Manning has been named an honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride. The decision to name her as a grand marshal this year is surprising after last year’s decision to revoke the title from her after she was convicted by a military court. According to the pride’s board president Gary Virginia, the reason that she was named an honorary marshal this year is to help “…repair a rift the controversy created.” Manning, according to the Huffpo, released a statement that said: “As a trans woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights,” she stated. “I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I’m deeply honored to receive this title.”
This year, San Francisco Pride will take place June 28-29.
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The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a sweeping transgender-rights bill that will prevent trans people from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The vote, 82-57, advances the bill to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk who has already shown his support for the important anti-discrimination measure. According to TransMaryland:
In a big win for transgender equality in Maryland, today the Maryland House of Delegates passed SB 212: Fairness for All Marylanders Act with a vote of XX-XX. The bill, previously passed by the Senate in an overwhelming 32-15 vote, updates Maryland’s anti-discrimination law to include transgender people. This ensures that everyone is free to work for a living, secure housing, and get served lunch at a restaurant regardless of gender identity. The Maryland Coalition for Transgender Equality, a coalition of more than 50 organizations and individuals working to advance civil rights for transgender Marylanders, hailed the victory as the culmination of many years of work by the transgender community and allies. The Coalition praised bill sponsors Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Luke Clippinger for their hard work and thanked them for their leadership.