Hailed as “The People’s Pope,” Pope Francis I has been coming under fire lately for exclusionary comments, especially towards the LGBTQ community.
Francis I was recently quoted saying “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home.” However, rather than turn this into a positive statement, he went on to target the trans* community with some not-so-subtle statements about how “thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”
Not super surprising from the head of the Catholic Church and a man who speaks out against genetically modified organisms (GMOS). However, this next line really takes the cake.
Thailand’s eldest, largest private university revealed new uniforms earlier this month for students with “alternative” genders.
Students at Bangkok University typically don white button shirts—boys wear loose slacks, and girls wear long skirts—but as soon as next term, “ladyboys” will be permitted to sport skirts and slim trousers, and “tomboys” will be able to opt for neck ties and baggy slacks.
Most undergraduate students in Thailand are required to dress according to school-sanctioned guidelines, but Bangkok University is the first educational institute in the nation to offer preferred-gender options for pupils across the gender spectrum.
“We’re ready for our transgender students to come and learn,” said the school via its Facebook page. “Just dress in a neat fashion.”
Google has released a new ad that features the power of the multimedia company’s platforms to tell LGBT stories and to unite the community. The feature ad tells the story of Jake, a female-to-male transgender individual who used YouTube to tell his story. The ad, though, is not for YouTube or just for the feels, it’s for Google My Business. The second half of the ad introduces us to City Gym in Kansas City, Missouri where the owner/trainer has created a safe space for transgender people to work out and feel no judgements to celebrate their new bodies.
Laverne Cox graces the cover of this month’s special Pride-version of Entertainment Weekly. In the magazine, the Orange is the New Black star dishes on her fellow transgender cover girl Caitlyn Jenner. “I’m so grateful that I had the luxury of transitioning in private,” said the star. “Because when you transition in the public eye, the transition becomes the story. I’m always disturbed when I see conversations about trans people that focus on surgery. But I believe Caitlyn will transcend this moment.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved a resolution saying there is “no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from service in the U.S. military.” The announcement has LGBT-rights organizations demanding that transgender people be allowed to serve in the military. “This important resolution from the nation’s largest association of physicians should be a catalyst for Secretary Carter to take action and update the outdated regulations preventing transgender troops from serving openly and honestly,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “Not only is there no valid medical reason for this ban to continue, but there is no valid reason, period.”
A new petition that calls for the International Olympic Committee to strip Caitlyn Jenner of her much-deserved Olympic medals is gaining steam from bigots. Jenner won a gold medal in the 1976 decathlon. The nonsensical petition logic says that Jenner is no longer entitled to her gold medal because she announced she is transgender. The petition states:
It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa.
Just another online petition that encourages bullying against the transgender community.
Following the flood of publicity since Caitlyn Jenner’s debut on the cover of Vanity Fair, E! released a preview of Jenner’s upcoming reality show—I Am Cait. The series, will follow the Olympian and she adjusts to life as a woman and the day-to-day realities in Malibu. The series is set to debut July 26 at 9 P.M.
“Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m Free,” Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, says in a new behind-the-scenes video of her photoshoot cover. Jenner’s stunning cover, which was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, has already rocketed the former Olympian to the top of social-media charts.
HRC and Gender Proud, a transgender advocacy and awareness organization, announced a three-city public education campaign to inform the public about, and destigmatize the lives of, transgender people in the Philippines. In conjunction with a three-city speaking tour headlined by Gender Proud Founder Geena Rocero, HRC will help support and organize three day-long media workshops for local advocates. The goal of the partnership is to inspire transgender advocates to speak out and tell their stories to the public and the media in their own voices, and to create powerful, authentic narratives. The speaking tour, which will be conducted in partnership with a local NGO, the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP), will also build awareness for two anti-discrimination bills that are currently being considered by the Congress of the Philippines. These bills could, if adopted, provide unprecedented protections for LGBT people across the country.
The tour will stop in Cebu, Quezon City, and Vigan from May 16-31.
The Oxford English Dictionary said on Sunday that it will introduce a new gender-neutral honorific. In addition to Mr., Mrs., Miss, and Ms., those who follow the dictionary’s style can use Mx. to represent members of the transgender or queer community who don’t identify by gender norms. The existence of Mx. dates back to 1977 when the magazine Single Parent used it. “The early proponents of the term seem to have had gender politics as their central concern [and] saw the title as one which could sidestep the perceived sexism of the traditional ‘Mr.,’ ‘Mrs.’ and ‘Miss,’” OED Assistant Editor Jonathan Dent said. More famously, performing artist Justin Vivian Bond has been using Mx. for years. IBTimes does a great job of tracking Mx.’s usage throughout the UK and US.