Chelsea Manning filed a lawsuit in federal court in the DC against Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and others in the Department of Defense and Department of the Army officials for their failure to provide necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition with which she was originally diagnosed by Army doctors more than four years ago. The complaint is accompanied by a motion for preliminary injunction demanding that Ms. Manning be provided hormone therapy, permission to follow female grooming standards, and access to treatment by a medical provider qualified to treat her condition.
Although the military recognizes that she has gender dysphoria requiring treatment, critical care has been withheld without any medical basis. “The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria, without which she will continue to suffer severe psychological harms,” said Chase Strangio, an attorney in the ACLU project and co-counsel on Ms. Manning’s case. “Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.”
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“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” a new picture book that explores a transgender child’s story reads. Based on the real-life story of Jazz Jennings, the O Network put Jazz in the spotlight as a transgender girl. The book continues: “She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.”
The book, written by Jessica Herthel is the director of the Stonewall National Education Project and Jazz, is set to be release on September 4.
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The androgens supermodel, Andreja Pejic, most famous for her high-fashion modeling career posing as both male and female in both print and on the runway has come out as a transwoman and will no longer take jobs where she is required to pose as a man. The Australian model, who has also created a stunning line of jewelry to benefit the Ali Forney Center, told Entertainment Tonight, People.com, and Style.com that her agency supports her decision. “To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right,” she told GLAAD, an organization that helped her and her team with the social aspects of her transition. “As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter,” she posted on her FB.
Congrats Andrewja, we’re excited to see what’s in store for you!
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…
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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.”