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April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 2, 2014

Transgender beauty expert Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham argues a subtle approach is a better way to get attention

I took a photo the other day of me in a bodycon dress and I must admit I felt pretty sexy.

But, that being said, it made me look back to how I used to dress a few years ago. So I did a comparison. Even though the style of the dresses is both bodycon bandage, I look completely different.

I know I’ve changed a lot over time – my makeup has got better, my hair is a lot darker, my lips are far fuller. The overall image is different. Yes, I’m still dressed sexy but I think now it’s in a more classy way.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

February 18, 2014

Transgender activist Diane Rodriguez is taking the Ecuadorian Government to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for refusing to allow her to change her gender on her identity papers without undergoing surgery

The first transgender woman in Ecuador to legally change her name will now take her court battle to have her identity documents also reflect her new gender to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Diane Rodriguez has been battling for five years to have her identity documents changed from saying she is male to female and is the founder of LGBTI rights group the X Silhouette Association.

February 13, 2014

Social network site users can now choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves including intersex and transgender

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that users are no longer limited to identifying themselves in their profiles as male or female.

The company is now offering an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves including cisgender, transgender and intersex.

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

December 16, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp navigates the Thai city with nit-noi (little) language skills

After a look into Thailand's sex industry in Pattaya and navigating the paradise that is Koh Samui,  a last-minute trip to Chiang Mai due to a fantastic deal showed me how travelling with local friends can make for lots of drama under the sun.

December 9, 2013

Transgender and intersex individuals will have much freer choice

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to allow people to change their legal gender without transitioning.

After a heated 3-hour debate today (Dec 9), the ministry concludes that individuals intending to change their legal gender need not go through any medical procedures, including psychiatric evaluation.

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

November 8, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp reports on his travel adventures in Southeast Asia

It's hard to do justice to Pattaya simply by writing about it.

Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it's hard to do an injustice to this city, which is known as the Brothel of Asia.

You need to visit Pattaya, about two hours’ drive from Bangkok, to even start to comprehend how huge the sex industry is here - miles upon miles of bars filled with workers selling sex to millions and millions of tourists.

Go-go bars - gay, straight and trans (ladyboy, katoey) - are more animal auction than beauty pageant.

October 31, 2013

Parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank in an important step forward for intersex births

Germany is to become the first country in the world to allow babies to have no gender.

In an important step forward for intersex rights, parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank from 1 November.

Babies are reportedly being born without clearly determinable genitalia, at a rate of one in every 1,500.

There are some occasions in countries where doctors ‘choose’ a gender for the parents or force the parents to make a decision minutes after birth.

October 31, 2013

Yanel Valenzuela had asked employee for workout tips for trans women

Yanel Valenzuela had been using the women's locker room at her local LA Fitness club without incident.

But that changed when the staff at the club in Montclair, California, found out she is a transgender woman.

Valenzuela asked an employee for workout tips and said she is a transgender. The employee immediately alerted the manager who told Valenzuela that she would no longer be allowed to use the women's locker roon.

The manager did not change positions even after Valenzuela showed her ID and a letter from her doctor which stated that she is a woman.

October 27, 2013

Forced to abandon education due to bullying, community survives on jobs regarded as lowly, like performing at funerals

A month-long study conducted on transsexual people’s livelihoods in Vietnam has found the community the victims of discrimination and stuck with unsatisfying jobs or no jobs at all.

The study – Sinh Ke Cua Nguoi Chuyen Gioi (Transsexual people’s livelihoods) – by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) has found the majority of respondents, 52 per cent, unhappy with their jobs, which they called badly paid.

October 19, 2013

Thai trio brings traffic to a standstill with street demonstrations on how to differentiate between a woman and a ‘lady boy’

Even on the streets of China, where lions, dragons and phoenixes dance during festivals and hungry ghosts solicit for food, the trio stops traffic with their spectacular flamboyance.

One is dressed in a red dress with the bodice an imaginative placement of sequins and strings; the second frisks around in a skimpy pink dress that is a cross between a ballerina’s tutu and a swimsuit, while the third wears an eye-popping headgear that looks like a giant octopus, a smug smile, and very little else.

October 13, 2013

Bystanders react with disparaging comments about transgender people Bystanders react with disparaging comments about transgender people

A lovers’ tiff that developed into a vicious assault is being regarded from a different perspective in Singapore – because the attacker happens to be from the transgender community.

The incident occurred in February 2012 when William Hanz De Veyra Arriesgado, a 25-year-old Filipino living with a 47-year-old Australian, Colin James Peady, had an argument in a pub.

October 2, 2013

Advertising body refuses to ban instant noodle commercial showing a man dressed as a soccer star’s wife and promoting ‘piri piri perfume’

A Pot Noodle commercial showing a man dressed as a soccer star’s wife was not offensive to transgender people, the UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled.

Pot Noodle, similar to the US’s instant Cup Noodles, is one of the UK’s most popular products but was also labeled the country’s most hated brand in a 2004 survey.

The commercial featured a man with visible stubble wearing different dresses, a woman’s swimsuit and tutu, pretending to be a WAG (wives and girlfriends of football stars).

September 23, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage has announced it will campaign to end California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender children to use the bathrooms and change rooms of their preferred gender and play on the sports teams of their choice

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group that put same-sex marriage on the ballot in California in 2008 is now seeking to do the same to California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender teens access to the facilities of their choice and to play on the sports teams of their choice.

NOM are hoping to gather 504,760 voter signatures against AB 1266, which would be enough to place its repeal on the November 2014 ballot, and would suspend the law until Californians can vote on it.

September 14, 2013

Executive producer of Harvey Milk biopic, Michael London, working on 'Ze' - about a female-to-male trans teenager

A new drama about a transgender teenager has been green-lit by US broadcaster The CW.

The series, known as Ze, will revolve around a female-to-male transgender teen and his family.

After the teenager comes out to his family and starts living as a male, his already dysfunctional family spin into identity crises of their own, leaving him to discover he is the most well-adjusted of them all.

Ze will be penned by Brooklyn-based writer-playwright Kyle Jarrow and executive produced by Michael London.

August 27, 2013

As one Californian Assemblyman pulls his kids out of public school because of a new law for trans students, one gay dad is taking his sons out of private education

I got the news at the beginning of summer. The school my sons had gone to for the past five years was closing. With sadness, I needed to find them a new private school. I checked out the local public elementary school, and found to my pleasant surprise that it had a lot to offer my 10- and 11-year-old sons. It was worth considering.

August 23, 2013

'This person took an oath to protect American interest and defend the constitution'

Transgender former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck blasted the former Bradley Manning for using gender identity to 'act badly.'

Beck, who earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while serving for 20 years in the military as Christopher Beck, took to Facebook on Thursday (22 August) to share her views on Manning who came out as a transgender this week.

August 21, 2013

A six-year-old boy has found a creative way to explain why trans people exist and why they are normal

A six-year-old boy has found a novel way to understand the concept of transgender, through the use of Lego figures.

Beth Kohm, deputy executive director of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) National explained how her son used the building block toys to understand gender identity.

August 21, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it is revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The UK government has removed protection for trans individuals in education.

Following a public outrage at the re-introduction by a number of UK schools and academies of Section 28 style policies, there is further controversy over a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to remove ‘gender identity’ from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum.