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Swedish Dictionary Adds Gender-Neutral Pronoun

March 26th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

The official dictionary of Sweden will introduce a new gender-neutral pronoun next month as a way to address a person without revealing the person’s gender. In Swedish, han refers to he and hon refers to she, and now hen can replace either. The new edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL will include 13,000 new words.

According to The Guardian: “The word “hen” was coined in the 1960s when the ubiquitous use of “han” (he) became politically incorrect, and was aimed at simplifying the language and avoiding the clumsy “han/hon” (s/he) construction.”

The word has been used since 2000 by the country’s transgender community.

 

In a Soap Opera Twist, ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Reveals a Character is Transgender

March 19th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

For die-hard fans of The Bold and the Beautiful it came as quite the shock yesterday that Maya Avant had a secret, she was born a man. But the shock, wasn’t so shocking to most, as many fans reacted on social media with “big whoop.” “She’ll always be Maya” one fan wrote. Actress Karla Mosley, who plays Maya, says that she is thrilled with Maya’s coming out.  “My first reaction was surprise, because ten or 20 years ago, this is not a story we would be telling, and not in a way that’s truthful and not sensational,” Mosley says. “My second reaction was, ‘Thank you.’ It’s a gift it’s a privilege,” she says. “It’s a real opportunity to educate our viewers here and all over the world.”

“It is about people respecting other people’s differences and their uniqueness,” Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer, says. “In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter. It’s about finding love in life. This is a love story.”

According to USA Today, The Bold and the Beautiful is the only show on air that features a transgender character. [USA]

You can watch the clip and interview after the jump…

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14-Year-Old Transgender Teenager Jazz Jennings Becomes Face of Clean & Clear’s New Campaign

March 17th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

It’s going to be a big year for 14-year-old Jazz Jennings. The transgender girl was once the face of transgender children (and a constant topic on the news) is now all grown up and facing everyday teen issues…including acne. Jennings became the face of Clean & Clear’s latest campaign “See the Real Me.” The video shows a confident girl enjoying time with her friends. “I’ve always known who I am. I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Growing up has been quite a struggle being transgender—especially in middle school…sometimes, I’ve even been called an ‘it.'”

Jennings told The Huffington Post: “I feel really honored to be part of The #seetherealme campaign. It’s really amazing, as it helps many teen girls who are struggling. It helps them to find themselves and be true to who they are. I hope they can learn to be brave and not care what other people think about them, because if they just stay positive and spread love, then others will be true friends who will accept them no matter what.”

That’s not all for the popular YouTube celebrity and author. It has also been reported that she’ll take part in reality show on TLC called All That Jazz.

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New Viral Campaign Shows the Reality of Trans* Discrimination Bills

March 12th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook

With new laws proposed throughout the United States and Canada that would ban transgender men and women from using the bathroom that represents their identified sex, the trans* community has launched a social-media campaign that shows the absurdity of the new laws. It began with one transwoman who began taking selfies in men’s restrooms. Brae Carnes, a Canadian, is protesting a proposed law that would ban her from using the women’s bathroom. “As a trans woman I’m not even safe from discrimination at the pub. What’s going to happen if I’m forced into a men’s change-room?” she wrote on Facebook. Using the hashtag #PlettPutMeHere, referring to the politician spearheading the bill, she hopes that everyday men and women can see, on a human level, what the bill will.

Her self-initiated campaign as inspired other transgender men and women to also take selfies in the ‘wrong’ bathroom.

 

Egyptian Police Continue to Arrest Gay People for ‘Debauchery’ in New Anti-Gay Sting

March 4th, 2015 Comments off
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Screen Cap via YouTube

Egyptian police have arrested seven young men in the country’s newest crackdown on LGBT people. Inciting “debauchery,” a pro-Egyptian regime television outlet, Youm7, aired the arrest of the seven by declaring it the arrest of “perverts” and “transsexuals.”  The network described the entrapment used by the police to arrest the men. The police allegedly used fake Web sites and arranged to meet the seven at a venue in Giza to then go to an apartment. Instead, they were arrested. [StarObserver]

You can watch the actual Egyptian news report after the jump, though there is no currently available translation…

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Facebook Adds a Gender-Identity Field

February 26th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via American Apparel

Facebook will now allow users to add their own description beyond the pre-set options to accurately describe their gender identity. Users can also control with whom they share their gender identity, an important safety and privacy feature.  

The change builds on the “Custom Gender” option introduced last year by Facebook, which provides users a list of more than 50 gender identities they can choose from to describe themselves while building their online profile at the site. The feature will now include a free-form field in which individuals who use Facebook in US English can self-identify with their own words.

“Facebook’s new free-form field for gender identity is a huge step forward for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender queer youth,” said GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard. “The Internet is an essential source of resources, support and community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, and one of its most important ‘living rooms’ now better reflects their reality and self-understanding.”

President Obama Supports the Inclusion of Transgender Military Personnel

February 24th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

A press briefing today at the White House has confirmed that President Obama believes that transgender soldiers should be allowed to serve openly in the military. Secretary Carter said at an event in Kandahar: “And I’m very open-minded about…what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That’s the important criteria. Are they going to be excellent service members? And I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.”

See a transcription of today’s press briefing in which a reporter asks about Carter’s comments.

Q    Thanks, Josh.  During a military town hall event yesterday in Kandahar, Secretary Carter expressed an openness to the idea of openly transgender service, saying only suitability for service should bar an American from enlistment.  Does the President share Secretary Carter’s views on this?

MR. EARNEST:  Chris, I’ve seen the reports of Secretary Carter’s comments.  I can tell you that the President agrees with the sentiment that all Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve.  And for that reason we here at the White House welcome the comments from the Secretary of Defense.

But in terms of additional steps the Department of Defense will take to address this matter, I’d refer you to the Secretary’s office.

Q    Is there any coordination going on between the White House and the Pentagon right now to coordinate those steps?

MR. EARNEST:  Well, again, to talk about what those next steps might be, I’d refer you to the Department of Defense.

Chelsea Manning to Write for ‘The Guardian’

February 12th, 2015 Comments off
Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning may be sentenced to 35 years in a high-security prison, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to spread the word about issues current to her. Manning last year came out as transgender, and is currently serving time for her involvement in handing over top-secret documents to WikiLeaks, but will now be contributing to The Guardian about war, gender, and freedom of information, according the US paper’s editor, Katherine Viner.

Laverne Cox is Unstoppable: Transgender Star Gets Cast in CBS Drama

February 11th, 2015 Comments off
Laverne Cox. Image via Time.

Laverne Cox. Image via Time.

From prison to the courtroom, Laverne Cox is set to take on the role as an attorney in a new CBS pilot. The Orange is the New Black actress will star as a transgender defense attorney in the pilot of Doubt. The show already sounds promising from the brief description from PEOPLE: “…defense attorney who becomes romantically entangled with one of her clients who is charged with a brutal crime.”

This Friday Night Watch a ‘Unique’ All-Transgender Chorus Performance

February 11th, 2015 Comments off
Glee photo by staff photogher via GLAAD

Glee photo by staff photogher via GLAAD

Tune in to this Friday’s very special episode of Glee (yes, it is still on) and watch the return of West McKinley High’s favorite show stopper, Unique (Alex Newell). The episode, appropriately titled “Transitioning” will put Unique upfront with a 200-person trans* chorus who will sing a rousing rendition of “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Harispray. The episode will deal with Coach Beiste’s upcoming female to male transition on the show. Transgender people from all over the country came to film the scene. [GLAAD]