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.”
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MEP Nikki Sinclaire’s announcement that she is transgender makes her Britain’s first “sex-change parliamentarian.” Sinclaire reveled this in her autobiography Never Give Up calling it her “great secret.” Now 45, Sinclaire has gender reassignment surgery when she was 23-years-old. Only her good friends and family knew of her past. “As the first ‘sex change’ parliamentarian in Britain, Nikki Sinclaire has made history. But she is likely to be far happier, in the future, being known less as a statistic than for her conviction politics,” the book’s forward reads. [PN]
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Following other Asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh’s government today approved a proposal to recognize a third gender or “Hijra.” Those who identify as Hijra will be able to identify this way on government documents including national ID cards and passports. According to the Daily Star: “…there are 10,000 Hijra people in Bangladesh who are neglected in the society. [Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain] said the Hijra people face discrimination in education, housing, health, and in other fundamental fields and there were no identity of their sex in passport, national ID cards, among others.
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A petition has popped up online promoting Carmen Carrera as modeling potential for Victoria’s Secret. The petition was started by a guy named Marco Regalado in California. Carmen has tweeted her support, posting “I would demolish that runway.” If successful, Carmen would become the first transgender model at Victoria’s Secret after beginning her transition from a man to a woman in 2012.
Carmen first gained public notoriety on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality show that pits drag queens against one another in a competition to be “America’s next drag superstar.” She has since taken to modeling and signed a contract with Elite Model Management, recently appearing in a 16-page spread in W magazine and walking a runway show for Marco Marco at L.A. Fashion Week. She is an outspoken and public advocate for trans-equality.
The petition includes the following message for Victoria’s Secret:
“By making Carmen the very first trans supermodel, you will help to end femmephobia within the LGBTIQQA community, but also it will show the entire trans community that you embrace them as your patrons.”
So far, the petition has over 18,000 signatures and seeks at least 6,000 more. Add yours here.