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May 8, 2015

All forms must include a transgender category

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all universities in the country asking them to recognize transgender students.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said universities have been requested to include a transgender category on all application forms, academic testimonials and other relevant documents.

The minister said the instructions were issued in response to a landmark 2014 judgment that recognized transgender people as third sex.

May 5, 2015

Irishman is left with deep gash in head

A transgender woman has been charged with physical assault in Thailand for hammering a tourist with her stiletto heel.

Wichai Sripalang, 24, left a deep gash in the head of 55-year-old Irishman Michael Merry.

According to police, Merry was approached on the street at 3am by Sripalang while walking through the resort town of Pattaya, which is infamous for its seedy nightlife and high crime rate.

May 4, 2015

Activist is one of the most leading LGBTI voices in the country

A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for 'inappropriate behavior' in the media.

Kath Khangpiboon, 28, a social work lecturer at Thammasat University, was notified of her dismissal in early March after about 10 months of teaching.

School authorities told the transgender activist that she had 'behaved inappropriately and used inappropriate language in the media, which affected her image as a university lecturer.'

May 1, 2015

Many transgender children drop out of school due to pressure to conform

The Japanese ministry of education Thursday (30 April) issued a notice to local education boards urging schools to do more for transgender students.

Some schools already allow transgender children to wear the uniform of the gender they identify as. But the notice encourages all schools to do so — from elementary level to high school — as well as letting them use the bathroom and locker room of their choice.

The document also says gay and lesbian students deserve greater accommodation.

April 28, 2015

Linda Thompson: 'I’m so grateful to God, the universe, and Bruce that I didn’t know'

When she married Bruce Jenner in 1981, Linda Thompson did not know that her Olympic champion husband secretly identified as a woman.

But by 1986 and the birth of two sons, the couple was divorced and Jenner's gender dysphoria was the reason.

'If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. Pure and simple,' Thompson writes in Huffington Post.

April 25, 2015

'I've been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life'

Olympic champion turned reality show star Bruce Jenner confirmed on Friday (24 April) plans to transition to female.

'For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,' Jenner told Diane Sawyer minutes into a highly-anticipated interview on ABC.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.

April 16, 2015

Orange Is The New Black looks stunning in new photos

Laverne Cox looks stunning in a new series of photographs, with the actress hoping to break down myths surrounding trans women.

The Orange Is The New Black star posed for Allure magazine's annual nude feature, alongside Jordana Brewster (Furious 7), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Sandrine Holt (The Returned).

'I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,' LGBTI advocate told the magazine.

'But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.'

April 15, 2015

Bodybuilder has more than double the votes of other guys in online search

Aydian Dowling is in the lead to become Men's Health first transgender cover model.

The bodybuilder first came to our attention when his recreation of Adam Levine's iconic naked photo went viral in February.

Now Dowling, 27, is leading an Men's Health's online model search with more than double the number of votes as the man in second place. Voting closes on 21 June.

The Ultimate Guy Search is looking for a man 'who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.'

April 13, 2015

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 

Transgender prisoners in Georgia will be eligible to receive and continue their hormone treatment while serving a prison sentence.

The US Department of Justice sided with Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s authorities.

According to the lawsuit, officials refused Diamond to continue her hormone treatment; she was also placed in unsafe facilities with violent men, according to health24.

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

April 6, 2015

36-year-old Ashley Diamond has been confined to a men's prison in Georgia for over two years and denied hormone therapy despite being a transgender woman and says she has been raped over seven times as a result

The US Department of Justice has joined a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections by a transgender woman who has been denied hormone therapy and been kept in a male prison since 2012.

Ashley Diamond was convicted of burglary and other charges in 2012 but when she arrived at a Georgia state prison intake center she was ordered to strip alongside male inmates.

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'. 

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 17, 2015

A 14-year-old helps debunk myths around being transgender: 'Gender is who you are, like your soul.'

It's the question every out teen dreads: 'Are you sure you're actually transgender?'

At best, it solicits an eye-roll and a well-rehearsed answer; at worst, further months of self-doubt and stress.

March 11, 2015

Republican Rep Gilbert Pena, in office less than two months, wants schools fined $2,000 for any violations

Gilbert Pena began his first term in the Texas House of Representatives less than two months ago and is quickly targeting transgender students with a new bill.

Pena on Tuesday (10 March) introduced  HB 2801 which seeks to ban trans students from using school restrooms that reflect their gender identity.

March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness says she violated its 'no-judgement policy'

A Planet Fitness in Michigan has canceled the membership of a woman who complained to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, said she was 'stunned and shocked' and complained to the front desk and corporate offices on Saturday 28 February.

'They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be,' she told WNEM.

March 5, 2015

Buddhist monks are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex

A photo of a monk touching a topless woman's breasts has sparked outrage in Thailand after the image went viral in the Buddhist-majority country.

Monks take a vow of celibacy and are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex.

But the story took an unexpected twist Sunday (1 March) when the woman in the photo, only identified as Thanradaporn, told the Morning News TV show that she was a pre-op transgender woman.

February 27, 2015

The film is the true tale of one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery – and what happened to her

The first picture of Eddie Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe has been unveiled. 

Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will play Elbe in forthcoming drama, The Danish Girl. 

The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women's clothing for her. 

This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe. 

February 20, 2015

See the full image inside

Transgender model Aydian Dowling has recreated Adam Levine's iconic nude photo for FTM magazine.

The magazine’s publisher, Jason Robert Ballard, said he saw similarities between Dowling's and Levine's physiques and set out to recreate the image.

'Some areas of my body used to remind me of everything I’m not. Now they represent everything I am,' Dowling said.

He is the owner of Point 5cc Clothing, an artist, motivational speaker and advocate for trans rights, and the cover model for the April edition of FTM Magazine.

February 19, 2015

London playwright Dan Murphy draws on his hometown of Romford to tackle some big themes with his bold debut production.

The satellite town of Romford is where Dan Murphy grew up, and it is also the setting for his debut play A Local Boy.

For his debut work, Murphy has presented a play about identity, relationships, and the anger that smoulders when we feel like we don't belong.