I remember my family watching episodes of The Maury Povich Show's "Guess If You Can. . . Man or Woman" when I was a little kid, where transgender women were the butt of jokes. Audience members would yell "That's a man!" — among other homophobic and transphobic slurs — and although I didn't have the language to understand my gender identity as a child, it still played a role in repressing who I was. Growing up, the only visibility I witnessed being given to the transgender ...
Following outrage over the verdict in a controversial case, Spain has now promised the introduction of a new law defining rape as sex without consent.
The murder of Matthew Shepard and Gwen Araujo are only two of many notorious cases in which gay and transgender "panic" defense have been attempted in court to defend their killers — but two Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts are working to change that.
A report published last month in the medical journal The Lancet has studied what many activists for racial justice have long emphasized: that police repeatedly shooting unarmed black people takes a toll on their mental health.
The parents of a 15-year-old transgender teen in Ohio have appealed a Warren County probate judge’s decision to deny their son a legal name change.
Maude Gorman, a contestant at the Miss Massachusetts pageant, resigned from the competition after an emcee joked about the #MeToo movement.
To be deemed pretty in the transgender community means looking as cisgender as possible. Much like cisgender women, trans women are expected to cater to conventional standards of physical beauty; they're asked to be feminine and soft—to be able to blend in. The message being conveyed: exist as little as possible.
Pretty privilege and passing privilege are terms that most trans women are aware of. But when you are a black transgender woman, the conversation doesn’t end there. For centuries, id...
These narratives are a snapshot, not a complete picture. But they help to provide contours to a narrative that’s too often blunted.
“Be Strong. Stay Proud.” is the mantra heralded on the website for the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade, an organization that claims to “stand ever firmly behind our LGBTQ community and all of our communities that demand inclusion, full enfranchisement and equality before the law,” according to its website.
But on June 17 of last year, with arms locked and mouths taped shut, four protestors fatefully challenged that.
Throughout its history, the movement for transgender rights has often been criticized for centering white people in its leadership and values. As much of history has gone, the impact of Black people within the trans community has too often been erased or simply ignored. But so much of the culture created by Black trans women and femmes has influenced so much of what we know today: Take ball culture for example, created in 1860s Harlem by trans and femmes of color, which gave way to voguing — ...
Visibility for transgender people has been gaining momentum in recent years. With Ines Rau becoming the first transgender playmate to get her own centerfold in Playboy, to Andrea Jenkins and Danica Roem becoming the first out transgender politicians in American history, their representation is helping other transgender people to become a part of industries that seemed inaccessible before.
Yet the focus on the trans community has also given way to exploitation.
When headlines use forms of micr...
I am 24 years old, yet I am still relatively new to the world of dating. It was just last October when I went on the first date I’ve ever been on. We met on a dating app, and we went out for ice cream. Before dropping me off at my house, we ended the date with a kiss — then I never heard from him again. Another date I went on ended abruptly when I brought up my gender identity: My date had not read my dating profile, where I clearly state that I’m transgender, and soon the ...
We have to deconstruct what we have been taught about the gender binary, and that is why non-binary visibility is pivotal in the fight for both transgender and non-binary rights.
From the way they wear their hair to specific changes in their bodies, some changes can serve as a refuge from body and gender dysphoria.