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March 10, 2015

21 European countries have laws such as this including France, Italy and Turkey

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a law requiring trans people be permanently infertile before they undergo treatment is incompatible with human rights.

The judges in Strasbourg made the judgment after a transgender man, 'YY', in Turkey was told he would have to be sterile if he wished to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005.

Three years later, he turned to the ECHR saying his right to respect for privacy and a family life was violated by Turkey's 'absurd' laws.

February 20, 2015

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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.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

Trans visibility and overcoming stereotypes

My children and I were involved in a discussion on Tuesday evening. My son was asked about what it was like growing up without a male role model.

‘Well,’ he replied, ‘it’s not as if there aren’t other men in the family, like uncles and grandfather and cousins.’

‘And there are hundreds of ways to be male,’ I chipped in, attempting to puncture the stereotype that was slowly emerging – not that I considered myself remotely capable of being a male role model, whatever that’s supposed to be.

November 19, 2014

One was just eight years old, murdered by her father after she told him she was trans

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

November 18, 2014

Beautiful both inside and out

No matter where you start from, you can be who you want to be.

These 11 guys are the epitome of this.

The men on this list jumped the hurdles, went through hard times and have come out as proud members of the trans community. No stealth.

You might not have heard of many of these guys on this list, but they're all notable in some way and have made strides in fighting for trans rights.

And they prove you don't have to conform to a certain body type to be sexy.

September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

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.

June 21, 2013

Campaign launched to build a community of allies to defend trans women and men in Malaysia, who are much discriminated against

LGBT rights activists in Kuala Lumpur have launched a campaign to encourage more people to be allies to the transgender community in Malaysia.

The I AM YOU: Be a Trans Ally was launched at an event last month where three videos made for the campaign were screened (see below), followed by a Q&A with Malaysia trans women and trans men and a mock trial showing what happens when a trans person tries to get their name and gender changed.

May 15, 2013

Italian Divergenti festival shows trans people are no longer freaks on film but serious subjects with real lives; through debates, cinema and a photo exhibition

Transgender people in film have been much in focus this month, with festivals taking place in Bologna, Italy over the first weekend – and Amsterdam a week later.

The Italian Festival, Divergenti, billed itself as an international festival of transsexual film, and was organized by the Italian Transsexual Movement (Movimento Identitita Transessuale – or MIT, for short).

May 14, 2013

'The right to form a family is a basic fundamental right,' says Hong Kong's Pink Alliance

Hong Kong's trans rights and support groups have responded to yesterday's historic court ruling that a transsexual woman known as 'W' can marry her boyfriend. The judgement paves the way for other transsexuals to marry.

Kasper Wan from Hong Kong's Transgender Resource Centre said he believes the decision will encourage 'other transgender to be more confident and to have greater self-esteem towards themselves'.

March 18, 2013

Five transmen win a court case in Seoul to get gender officially recognized without needing a genital operations

A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.

Five transmen filed the case in a district court. One of the five said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.

February 12, 2013

Terrence Higgins Trust launches online health and wellbeing advice for transgender community

In a bid to improve the wellbeing of the UK’s transgender community, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched new service and support for transgender people.

THT has announced that it expanded sections of its website containing tailored advice and support for transgender people.

Last year, THT produced Trans Health Matters, two guides on a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting trans women and transmen.

January 7, 2013

Investigation into doctor who treats gender reassignment patients accused of being a 'witch hunt' by NHS

A doctor who treated trans men and women seeking gender reassignment is being investigated after several patients complained about his practices.

One of the most serious complaints which prompted Britain’s General Medical Council to investigate Dr Richard Curtis was filed by a patient who had a double mastectomy and hormone therapy but later regretted the decision.

December 22, 2012

Trans rights advocates are celebrating a victory for the community after a mobile internet advert was deemed offensive

An Irish mobile advert was pulled after being deemed as offensive to transgender people yesterday (20 December).

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) upheld complaints against telecommunications company Meteor saying it ‘must not appear again in the same format’.

In the TV spot, a young man is seen dancing with a bearded man in women’s clothes in order to use the free internet in the bar.

When he realizes Meteor offers a free internet package, he leaves, while the drag queen spots another unassuming young man looking for free Wi-Fi.

November 5, 2012

A touching video about a Thai opposite-gender couple who both happen to be trans

The Bangkok post has made a touching video about a loving couple who both happen to be transgender.

Trans woman Sittichai ‘Pond’ Suafug and trans man Benhamaporn ‘Ben’ Rotjutakul met five years ago and on Valentine’s Day this year Ben proposed.

The couple are unusual among LGBT couples, because they are registered as opposite sexes on their birth certificates, they are able to legally get married in Thailand.

October 20, 2012

Today is International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization – a day when transgender people tell the medical world to stop treating them as if they were ill or crazy

Depathologization. Sounds complicated: it’s not. For behind the fancy ideological word lies a stark reality. This is a campaign about power, and control and respect.

Who, in the end, will dictate the futures that trans people may choose for themselves? Will support for the transgender community always to be predicated on the basic, insulting premise that, at some level, we’re all a little bit mad? Or will, finally, the medical profession wake up to the fact the world has moved on – and it is no longer up to them to define and limit the trans experience?

September 23, 2012

A student group is criticizing University of Minnesota-Duluth for exhibiting photos of Loren Cameron's transformation from female to male

A Minnesota university has sparked criticism for showing images of a transsexual's change from woman to man. is targeting U of M-Duluth for showing self-portraits by transexual activist Loren Rex Cameron in a show 26 September.

In an interview with, Campus Reform spokesman Josiah Ryan said: 'UMD's administration has spent thousands of dollars in public resources this year to support a radical and divisive agenda'.

September 2, 2012

'While it may come as a surprise to the general public, there are plenty of men and women of all kinds who have an interest in dating transmen'

Buck Angel has launched, 'a safe environment for those seeking out relationships or just fun with trans men and the people who love them'.

The female-to-male (FTM) adult film performer wrote in an article for the Huffington Post: 'Much of the correspondence I've received from FTMs expressed sadness and despair as these men felt it was unlikely that they could ever meet a partner'.

July 20, 2012

Stephen Ira Beatty speaks out about making his transition in a video for We Happy Trans

‘My name is Stephen.

‘I identify as a trans man, a faggy queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut.’

Meet Stephen Beatty, the son of Hollywood couple Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, who has recently spoken out about being transgender on

In the video Beatty speaks about socially transitioning when he was 14 and although he does not mention his parents, he says he is thankful for all his friends who have supported him.

July 16, 2012

Trans man debuts on AMC's Small Town Security

The series Small Town Security had its debut on the AMC cable channel Sunday (15 July) evening and featured Lt. Dennis Croft, currently the only transgender man on a reality program currently on the air in the US.

The show takes place at a JJK Security & Investigations, a small town family-owned company in the community of Ringgold, Georgia.  The crew there operates under the guidance of Joan 'The Chief' Koplan who also hosts a local talk show.

June 12, 2012

Transgender man arrested for 'imitating' opposite sex and run-away wife accuses husband of cheating on her with transgender people in Kuwait

A transgender man has been arrested as Kuwait continues a campaign against 'immorality' which includes LGBT people among its targets.

Three separate incidents were reported by Kuwaiti media yesterday (11 June) all in a sensationalist manner which appears designed to stir up public opinion.

In the first, an 18-year-old Kuwaiti female to male transgender man was arrested yesterday after fight broke out between a group of young men over his ‘male-like’ appearance. He was dressed in the traditional Kuwaiti male dishdasha and ghutra.

April 25, 2012

A transgender man from Nova Scotia in Canada files human rights complaint against insurers after being 'wrongly' charged for a hysterectomy

A Canadian transgender man is outraged after receiving a CA$3,400 ($3,455 €2,600) bill for a 'medically necessary' hysterectomy.

Jessiah MacDonald told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Nova Scotia's Medical Services Insurance had charged him for the operation because they considered it to be gender reassignment surgery, which they don't cover.

April 20, 2012

Thomas Beatie reveals that gender reassignment surgery has also been completed

Tom Beatie was legally a man when he gave birth to his first child in 2007. Photos of his bearded face and pregnant belly caused a media sensation and led to him be dubbed 'the world's first pregnant man.'

He won't be getting pregnant again.

Beatie, who was born a female and went on to give birth to two more children, revealed on Thursday (19 April) that his gender reassignment surgery is now complete.