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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 25, 2015

Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Boy George, Mario Lopez, Debra Messing, Andy Cohen and Steve Grand also give shout outs

Bruce Jenner, who publicly came out as transgender Friday night in a television interview, received an outpouring of support from his fellow celebrities as he shared his story with the world.

Among those who took to Twitter was transgender actress Laverne Cox who wrote: 'Sending lots of love and support to #BruceJenner and their family tonight. It is always brave to stand in one's truth. Congrats darling.'

April 23, 2015

Get ready to werk! On your homework

Ready your high heels and put on that eyeliner, because a UK university is offering the first course dedicated to drag.

Performing arts students Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire will be able to take the third year module Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance from next year.

Covering a variety of topics, it will include drag performance, costume, lip-syncing and the use of humor.

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 22, 2015

'Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me'

Actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp, came out as bisexual back in 2010.

She's been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community since which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film The Danish Girl. In the film, Eddie Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

Heard plays the artist's wife.

April 22, 2015

But Sandra Bullock gets the cover of the annual issue dedicated to female beauties

Sandra Bullock may have been given the cover but Laverne Cox is still getting plenty of attention for being included in People Magazine's annual World's Most Beautiful Woman issue.

The trans actress, who was showcased on the cover of Time Magazine last year, was also nominated for an Emmy for her breakout role on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.

April 21, 2015

Landmark ruling makes transgender citizens eligible for food security benefits

In another landmark decision for India's transgender community, a court has ruled that members are entitled to head of household status, making them eligible them to food security benefits.

Allahabad High Court observed that the intended public good of the National Food Security Act 2013 would be furthered if transgender citizens were recognized as head of household.

The court said the 'law needs to travel beyond non-discrimination, by recognising an affirmative obligation of the state to provide access to social security.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 20, 2015

Latrice Royale and Morgan McMichaels team up to save the legendary queer bar

RuPaul's Drag Race queens are helping to save one of the most iconic London queer venues.

Latrice Royale, from season 4, and Morgan McMichaels, from season 2, joined together to call for lovers of drag around the world to sign a petition to save The Black Cap in Camden.

Closed without warning on 12 April, it is expected the owners are trying to turn the building into luxury flats.

Latrice described it as 'one of the pillars of the community'.

April 20, 2015

Health official supports change in the law

Vietnam's ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time.

Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the ministry's legal department, said they were still collecting opinions on the issue but he personally preferred to 'address the fact and solve it.'

'This is the right to live with their true gender,' he told a news conference on 14 April.

Legislators will discuss the proposed changes next month.

April 19, 2015

Iconic movie takes three Hollywood stars on a trans road-trip through middle America

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar is more than just an unusually long movie title.

Released in 1995, this was really the first Hollywood movie since 1959's Some Like It Hot that had its stars cross-dressing. While Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon jumped into women's clothes out of necessity, the stars of To Wong Foo were depicting something else completely.

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

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 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

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 14, 2015

Keep your children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence, urge 'pro-family’ groups

'Pro-family' students across America are preparing for a day at home on 17 April as they and their parents protest against the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is a national youth movement designed to bring attention to the silence inflicted on LGBTI people and their allies as a result bullying, name-calling, and harassment.

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 12, 2015

They said the coverage sends the message of trans people being 'a joke and a freakshow'

Transgender advocates expressed their alarm over the Bruce Jenner ‘spectacle’ created by gossip and rumors spread in the media.

Talking to the LA Times, representatives of organizations offering support for trans people called the public speculation and jokes about Jenner’s possible transition ‘profoundly disrespectful’.

April 11, 2015

Sgt. Shane Ortega said he wants to serve his country while being true to himself

An Hawaii-based helicopter crew chief is considered to be the first openly transgender person serving active duty in the US military.

Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours – two before he fully transitioned, one afterwards – according to a profile published by the Washington Post.

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 10, 2015

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).