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HRC Launches New Campaign with Gender Proud to Raise Visibility of the Transgender Community in the Philippines

May 13th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via GenderProud

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 Announces Gender-Neutral Title, Mx.

May 7th, 2015 Comments off
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Image via Facebook.

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Image via Facebook.

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.

Recently the Swedish dictionary introduced a gender-neutral pronoun to be used. 

Celebrities and People Around the World Show Solidarity With Bruce Jenner by Painting Their Nails

April 30th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Twitter

To show solidarity with Bruce Jenner, people around the world are painting their nails. Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender in a recent interview with Diane Sawyer, has faced some tough critics. Paparazzi and rags have consistently poked fun of the Olympic Gold Medalist’s changes—particularly his painted nails. In the interview, Jenner told Sawyer that one of his goals after coming out is “to be able to have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off.” This statement prompted an Australian radio station, KIIS 106.5, to begin a campaign called #PaintYourNailsForBruce. They even went as far as setting up a mobile nail salon outside the Central Railway Station in Sydney.

Transgender South Carolina Teen Ignites Change at State’s DMV

April 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Chase. Image via TheState.

Chase. Image via TheState.

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]

New Preview of Diane Sawyer’s Bruce Jenner Interview Reveals Jenner’s Worries

April 20th, 2015 Comments off
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Screen cap via YouTube

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.

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Firing Gender-Transitioning Professor

March 31st, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook

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.

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Outrage at Jamie Foxx Over Transphobic Bruce Jenner Jokes

March 30th, 2015 Comments off
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Screen Cap via YouTube

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!!!”

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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]

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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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