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What Storm is Coming to Season 2 of ‘Orange is the New Black?’

April 17th, 2014 Comments off
Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

“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.

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Chelsea Manning Named Honorary Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride, But Will it Backfire on Organizers Again?

April 17th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

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.

 

Maryland House Passes Transgender-Rights Bill

March 28th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

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.

 

 

Facebook Introduces Wide Range of Genders

February 13th, 2014 Comments off

Facebook announced today that it will expand the way users can identify their gender on their profile. The need for the network to do this was supported by a new report released today on gender-expansive youth. In a survey of 10,000 LGBT youths, nearly ten percent of respondents fall into the “gender-expansive” grouping. Of the 925 gender-expansive respondents, one-third identified as transgender and two-thirds wrote in their own terms, such as queer, gender-queer, gender fluid and non-binary.”Over the past few years, a person’s Facebook profile truly has become their online identity, and now Facebook has taken a milestone step to allow countless people to more honestly and accurately represent themselves,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Facebook’s action is one that I hope others heed in supporting individuals’ multifaceted identities.”

 

Barneys Begins Campaign for Transgender Rights

February 6th, 2014 Comments off

 

Katie and Arin are pictured wearing Ann Demeulemeester. Photo © Bruce Weber.

Katie and Arin are pictured wearing Ann Demeulemeester. Photo © Bruce Weber.

Barneys’ spring campaign called “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters” will showcase transgender models in order to raise awareness about trans issues. The luxury company hopes that by showcasing 17 transgender people from around the world along with their personal stories, they’ll be able to raise the level of acceptance of transgender people not only in the fashion, but throughout the world. Photographer Bruce Weber had the models dress in brands such as Balenciaga, Derek Lam, and Yves Saint Laurent and be featured in the New York Times and Vanity Fair. Ten percent of the sales from 11 stores and Barneys.com on February 11 will go to the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Center in New York. “While the lesbian, gay and bisexual community has made enormous strides in this country in this last five to ten years, it has always been glaring to me that the trans community has been left behind,” said Dennis Freedman, Barneys’ Creative Director. “It seemed an important time to do this.”

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Transgender Rights Bill

January 14th, 2014 Comments off
The Supreme Court Denied Christie's Hopes of Blocking Gay Marriage. Image via www.nj.gov/governor

Image via www.nj.gov/governor

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces a federal probe over his involvement with “Bridgegate,” the governor quietly vetoed a Transgender Rights Bill that would have allowed transgender New Jerseyans to change their gender on their birth certificates without undergoing gender-confirmation surgery. The bill, A4097, passed in the New Jersey Senate (21-11) as well as the New Jersey General Assembly (43-37) and was awaiting Christie’s signature. Yesterday, the governor vetoed the bill. Christie believes that the bill would have encouraged “fraud, deception and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved,” NJ.com reported.

 

Transgender Student Facing Criminal Charges After Confronting Bullies

January 10th, 2014 Comments off
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Jewlyes Gutierrez (Second from Left). Image via Change.org

Jewlyes Gutierrez, a 16-year-old transgender teenager, who has been repeatedly bullied is now facing criminal charges after she finally stuck up for herself. She says that after she approached her vice principal to try to make it stop, nothing changed and decided to defend herself. A fight ultimately broke out between the three other students and all received a suspension. The Contra Costa County district attorney, though, singled out Jewlyes with a criminal charge of battery, despite a video showing the teen trying to get away from the attacks.

Please click here and sign a Change.org petition to have the charges against her dropped. 

The Netherlands Adopts Gender-Identity Rights Bill

December 20th, 2013 Comments off
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Image via Glynnis Jones

The Netherlands has finally adopted legislation that will protect its transgender community by allowing trans people to change their identity on official government documents without gender-reassignment surgery and end the barbaric requirement of forced sterilization. The law was easily passed on Wednesday (51-24) and applies only to persons 16 or older. Boris Dittrich, the Dutch advocacy director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, spoke to LGBTQ Nation and said: “The new law is a huge step forward for transgender people who do not wish to alter their body but would like to obtain new ID papers…The old law required them to undergo gender reassignment surgery and they and be irreversibly sterilized,” he said. “That these requirements have been deleted makes a big difference in the daily lives of transgender Dutch people who needed to identify themselves with IDs that did not match their preferred gender.”

Many countries in Western and Northern Europe still require forced sterilization including Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, and Finland.

Transgender Russian Lawyer Strips Down for Gay Rights in Russia

November 25th, 2013 Comments off
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Image GSN.

A transgender Russian lawyer named Masha Bash has stripped down to call attention to gay and trans rights for LGBT people in Russia. Bash, who is also the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights posed naked in a photo in order to expose Russian President Vladirmir Putin’s oppressive anti-trans laws. ‘Transgender people mostly keep silent in Russia and those who don’t keep silent are the target of this persecution. We are considered enemies and terrorists because we are transgender,” Bash said to the Gay Star News.

Commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th, 2013 Comments off

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Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day was started in response to the murders, violence, and hate crimes that the transgender community faces each day (an emotional list of those who we have lost this year alone). It honors both those who have been tragically lost as well as those who continue the fight against transphobia and anti-transgender hatred. To end the violence, discrimination, and bullying, we must continue to educate, empower, and unite behind this important cause. Click here for a huge list of international events to mark the occasion.