Regardless of your gender, all South Carolina residents who want to wear makeup in their driver’s licenses now can thanks to a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen. Chase Culpepper was outraged when she was told to remove her makeup before taking her photo. “From Day 1, all that I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me,” Culpepper said during a news conference Wednesday. “And, now, that I can finally have my photo taken with makeup, my new license will reflect that.” After a lawsuit, the state’s DMV has officially changed their policy, and as part of the settlement, she’ll be allowed to retake her photo—with makeup. All DMV employees will be trained, and allow patrons to take their photos in how they appear on a day-to-day basis. “…even when their hair, makeup or clothing doesn’t match the DMV’s expectations of how a man or woman should look.” [TheState]
While no official announcement has been made about whether or not Bruce Jenner is indeed transitioning, a highly anticipated sit-down with Diane Sawyer has already taken place, and it is expected that he’ll make a major announcement. In the latest trailer for the interview, the former-Olympian reveals that above all, he is concerned about his family. “Those are the only ones I’m concerned with,” the 65-year-old says. “I can’t let myself hurt them.”
The interview will air in a special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 beginning at 9 P.M. ET, April 24.
Watch a preview after the jump…
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Firing Gender-Transitioning Professor
The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained about the discrimination. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in December 2014 that the Department of Justice takes the position that Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination is best read to extend the statute’s protection to claims based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status.
Find out more from the State Department after the jump…
It’s seems like Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly undergoing a gender transition, is the butt of many jokes, despite never publicly announcing that he is transgender. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped comedians like Jamie Foxx from making fun of Jenner. At last night’s televised I Heart Radio Award Foxx MCed the evening and opened up by saying. “”We got some groundbreaking performances, here too, tonight,” Foxx said. “We got Bruce Jenner, who will be doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself,” said Foxx with a picture of Jenner on the screen. “I’m just busting your balls—while I still can.”
This type of humor is dangerous, especially during a concert-type awards show where many high school- and middle school-aged kids watch. Luckily his joke was poorly received, particularly by the celebrities in the audience. Perez Hilton immediately fired back saying: “Boo! Shame on you #iHeartAwards for allowing @iamjamiefoxx to be transphobic on national television! Those #BruceJenner jokes were wrong!!!”
Watch the clip after the jump…
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.
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…
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.
Watch the commercial after the jump…
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 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…
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.”