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May 12, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is on the road to recovery after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

Six national British newspapers have been forced to admit their mistake after reporting on a trans woman who was attacked by a charging stag.

On New Year’s Eve last year in Scotland, Dr Kate Stone was gored in the neck by the animal and left her in a coma.

The antler had gone through Stone’s airway, fracturing her neck, smashing her throat and damaged the nerves to her vocal cords.

April 10, 2014

A pop song telling the story of a transgender woman who reunites with her best friend has become a surprise viral hit in Thailand – with nearly 9 million people watching the video clip on YouTube

A new pop song by Thai singer Vid Hiper R Siam about a trans woman who becomes the lover of her childhood best friend is going viral online.

Nearly nine million people have watched the clip for the song on YouTube since it was posted on 9 March.

The song, Transgender Woman Never Cheats, tells the story of a trans girl who fell in love with her best friend, a boy when they were teens.

One night she kisses him, but because her object of affection believes she is a boy, he beats her up.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

March 7, 2014

Carmen Carrera: 'When you remove your testicles ... that is it. You are no longer a male and you don’t produce testosterone'

RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera is slamming the CrossFit Games for not allowing transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson compete as a female in their competition.

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

January 9, 2014

A spate of stories is spreading about transgender people behaving badly, or sexually, in bathrooms – the problem is they are made up

Have you heard the one about the trans woman who went into a female changing room and exposed herself to all and sundry?

No: that’s not joke, so much as persistent urban myth. However, thanks to an unhappy combination of reactionary and transphobic groups in the United States, and newspapers with a less than whole-hearted commitment to fact-checking, this is one trope that looks set to run and run.

The latest in an increasingly long line of untrue reports turned up at the weekend, courtesy of Canada’s largest circulation daily, the Toronto Star.

January 2, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is stable after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

A trans woman is stable and in an induced coma after being gored by a stag.

Doctor Kate Stone, a scientist and academic, was on a short holiday in Scotland where she was attacked by the deer near Fort William in the Highlands in the early hours of Monday (30 December).

It is believed its antlers pierced her throat and chest, and badly damaged her windpipe and spine.

A statement released yesterday by a colleague at Stone’s print firm, Novalia, said: ‘The operation went well and she remained stable throughout.

November 18, 2013

A woman has created another sure-fire viral hit as she records Jordin Sparks' Battlefield alongside a video of her pre-transition

A trans woman has recorded a duet with her pre-transition self.

Kayhar, who has previously documented her two-year transition, has now released a new video.

Before she transitioned, Kayhar recorded a version of Jordin Sparks’ Battlefield in 2008.

And now, in 2013, she has returned to the video and recorded a duet that she says has never been done before.

‘Progress for the trans community has been painfully slow,’ Kayhar said, in a statement to The Huffington Post.

November 17, 2013

The former UKIP member has revealed her trans history in her new autobiography

A British member of the European Parliament has revealed she is a transwoman.

 

Nikki Sinclaire MEP, a former member of the United Kingdom Independence Party, revealed she had undertaken gender reassignment surgery over 20 years ago in her autobiography, Never Give Up.

 

Sinclaire believes this makes her the UK's first trans parliamentarian.

 

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 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 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.

April 25, 2013

Hundreds of transgender women were in Koovagam, Tamil Nadu for the festival but sexual harassment and sex trade is degrading the celebration

The annual Koovagam festival in Tamil Nadu, India has just come to end, drawing hundreds of transgender women from across the country. But some trans woman have stayed away this year over fear of sexual harassment.

Several transgender women recounted how bad experiences at previous festivals have kept them away from the festival.

March 19, 2013

Company policy appears to be misunderstood with transgender people told they will have to visit out of usual opening hours to use changing rooms at New Look

A young trans woman was left upset and puzzled after being told she couldn't use the changing rooms at international fashion chain store, New Look.

M (whose name has been withheld at her request) was visiting the chain’s branch in Brixton, south London, England where she spent half an hour browsing, picking up clothes before heading to the changing room.

There, she says, her way was barred by a staff member who challenged her explicitly, stating: ‘Oh, you are a man.’

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.

March 7, 2013

Scottish transgender man admitted to 'obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud' in two cases, meaning he will face jail time

A transgender Scottish man was sentenced for obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud yesterday (6 March).

Chris Wilson, 25, from Aberdeen, was accused of failing to tell two teenage girls his gender history and real age.

The Edinburgh High Court heard one of the girls was aged between 15 and 16 when she first met Wilson in 2008, when he was 20.

The possibly underage girl found out the truth when another girl from Stonehaven emailed her a copy of Wilson’s passport – which gave Wilson’s birth name Christine. The two kissed but it went no further.

January 31, 2013

The male-to-female fashion muse gives an interview as one of the faces for the United Colors of Benetton's UNHATE ad campaign

Who de we love more? A male-to-female model who's broken down boundaries as one of fashion's most desired faces?

Or the fashion brands who've recognized her beauty and shared it with the world?

Until we decide, check out an interview below with Lea T, transgender supermodel and the newest spokesperson for the United Colors of Benetton.

In her interview, Lea T said: 'I say everything about myself, I think it's too complicated to keep a secret'.

January 22, 2013

Thai Transgender Alliance demand response from IKEA Global on 'negative and stereotypical' advert

Thai Transgender Alliance have sent an open letter to IKEA to complain about a 'negative and stereotypical' advert.

The offending advert, called Luem Aeb (meaning 'forget to deceive'), was broadcast on Bangkok's sky train system from 28 December 2012 to 13 January 2013 and on YouTube.

'The MTF transgender/transwomen character is openly mocked as being "deceitful",' read the open letter to IKEA from Thai Transgender Alliance.

January 18, 2013

Burchill anti-trans rant sparks protests at the Observer and Telegraph newspapers against media hate speech

The mainstream British media's hate of trans people has been sharply exposed in the last few weeks and the community is hitting back.

Sick of lazy media misrepresentation, vilification and outright hate speech, trans people and allies in the UK have, over the last two weeks, become visible.

January 10, 2013

Columnist with the UK's Guardian's newspaper defends herself against accusations of transphobia that caused an angry Twitter storm yesterday

A columnist with the UK's Guardian newspaper has defended herself against accusations of transphobia.

December 22, 2012

Despite judge's earlier comment about the 'hope of home detention', transgender woman is sent to male prison for over two years

A transgender woman is being sent to a men's prison in New Zealand after she pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to injure.

The trans woman, who was referred to as Glen Cooper in court, had requested to serve her prison time as home detention as her lawyer said she could face abuse the other inmates in a men's jail.

December 19, 2012

Another trans women was murdered in Turkey, bringing the 2012 toll to six

A trans women from Beylikduzu in Istanbul was shot last Saturday, tragically extending 2012's list of murdered transgender women in Turkey.

Gunce Hatun, a 19-year-old who worked as a sex worker was shot dead on the street, said Kemal Ordek a Turkish steering committee member for Transgender Europe.

Turkish news reports say that police arrested a man who is a driver for a private bank. He claimed Hatun tried to force her way into his car.

This brings the number of murder trans women in Turkey this year to six.

December 11, 2012

Andy Marra has opened up about how meeting her birth mother in Korea helped give her the courage to transition

A transgender woman who was adopted by American parents has written a poignant essay about how meeting her birth mother in South Korea helped her to transition.

Andy Marra spoke about her experiences in an interview on National Public Radio broadcast yesterday.

During the interview Marra spoke about how a few days after she met her birth mother in South Korea, her mother told her she sensed there was something worrying her.