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July 24, 2014

Kenya’s high court has ruled that rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy must receive official recognition as a registered Non-Government Organization from the government

Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register.

Justice George Odunga criticized the board for declining to recognize the group, saying that it had failed to carry out its own statutory function.

July 10, 2014

Feminist charity Women’s Aid is demanding transgender staff ‘prove’ their gender before being allowed to work, highlighting problems with UK law

A falling out between the UK trans community and feminist charity Women’s Aid has highlighted what many activists consider to be a job half-done when it comes to legal protections for trans persons.

It illustrates why, with a UK general election now less than a year away, many are calling on politicians to think again about half-baked equality laws and a Gender Recognition Act, which creates more problems than it solves.

Trouble erupted when the Women’s Aid Transgender and Transsexual Equality Policy and Procedure was publicized on a number of trans forums.

June 5, 2014

Take a look at the way tabloids reacted to the 'revelation' that Jennifer Lopez's dancer boyfriend Casper Smart asked a trans model for selfies

‘Transexual Trangressions: Is Jennifer Lopez's Toyboy Casper Smart Playing Away with She-Male Playmates?’

This is just one headline that the US tabloids has run in connection with J-Lo’s supposed ‘cheating’ boyfriend, with many saying he must be gay.

Several tabloids ran with the story this week, after trans model Sofie Vissa claimed Smart flirted with her and asked her to send him selfies.

June 4, 2014

Quickly deletes joke relating to gossip about boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez

Jenny McCarthy, one of the co-hosts of the The View, posted a transphobic joke on Twitter Tuesday (3 June).

The joke had to do with the rumor that Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend, Casper Smart, may have cheated on her with a bikini model who happens to be transgender.

McCarthy quickly deleted the without explanation or apology.

Since followers were quick to take screen shots of the tweet, it spread quickly even after being deleted.

May 24, 2014

US trans punk singer Laura Jane Grace is unhappy about the casting of Andrew Garfield in the video for ‘We Exist’, saying it perpetuates negative stereotypes of trans people

US transgender rock star Laura Jane Grace has hit out at Arcade Fire for using a Hollywood actor to portray a trans person in their new video.

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire recently released their video for new single ‘We Exist’, starring Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield playing a trans woman.

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

May 9, 2014

LGBTI campaigners were 'gobsmacked' when they learned council bosses considered being trans to be similar to dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia

Trans people are outraged after being listed as ‘mentally ill’ by a London council.

A housing form sent to thousands of people by Camden Council in north London asked people to check boxes.

‘Transsexualism’ was listed as a ‘mental illness’, alongside dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia.

Council bosses initially insisted their classification was taken from international medical guidelines.

April 26, 2014

The school – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – had to close and move when its founder died last month

Known locally as a Pesantren Waria, an Islamic school for waria or transgender women in the city of Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java has reopened.

[Waria, the local term to describe transgender women, is a portmanteau of the Indonesian words for woman (wanita) and man (pria).]

It moved to a house in Kotagede belonging to Shinta Ratri, a LGBTI activist after its founder Maryani died last month. The Joglo-Javanese traditional style house, which was built in the 1800s had belonged to her grandmother before it was passed down to her mother.

April 26, 2014

Another sign asks ‘biological females’ to stay away from the men’s room, in the name of gender equality

Taiwan’s leading university has stirred up anger by approving at least two signs that ask people to use restrooms in accordance with their biological gender.  

The stamped notices were first discovered Wednesday (Apr 23) at two restrooms of a student activity center, says Lisa, a National Taiwan University student, to Gay Star News.

Both the signs start with a slogan: ‘Equal rights for both sexes, mutual respect for each other’

April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

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 2, 2014

If passed, a new bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change their legal gender

Should transgender people unwilling to undergo full gender reassignment surgery have the same rights as 'post-operative' transsexuals?

That is the question before the public and lawmakers in Hong Kong after the Security Bureau on Friday published a proposed bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance.

Hong Kong law currently allows a transgender person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery to change their gender status in legal documents such as the identity card and passport, but not the birth certificate.

February 20, 2014

Conservative life peer caused controversy last year when he said the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales would lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.

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.

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.

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 21, 2013

Actor stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto was away from movies for five years to focus on his music career before returning to the big screen as a transsexual AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.

But the role required more than learning lines and showing up on the set each day.

'It was intense,' Leto tells talk show host Conan O'Brien. 'I mean I lost between 30 and 40 pounds, was wearing high heels every day... tons of other things as well. I waxed my entire body. My eyebrows included. But it was kind of nice. It was a period piece so I didn't have to do Brazilian, you know?'

October 14, 2013

David Kupelian, an editor with the gay obsessed far right website WND, has compared transgender people to anorexic girls and children subjected to terrorist indoctrination in attacking psychiatry and LGBT rights

Far right US author David Kupelian has compared transgender people’s wish to change their gender to anorexic girls being unhappy with their bodies and has suggested that they have been indoctrinated to want to be a different gender like a child who has been indoctrinated to become a terrorist.

Kupelian made the comments in a column for WND, a far right American news website who’s editors are negatively obsessed with LGBT rights issues, entitled ‘Amputating healthy organs the New Normal.’

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 26, 2013

As the new April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady exhibition opens at the Museum of Liverpool, Stephen Whittle looks at the life of a transgender person who changed Britain

A new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool demonstrates, through the story of one life, how much our society has really changed in the last 60 years.

In 1950, when 15 year old George Jamieson ran away from the poverty of a Liverpool Council House estate to sea, the city, like the rest of the UK, was a place in which boys grew up to be real men, and girls grew up to be housewives.

George, who at school was an endlessly bullied sissy boy, had enough guts to sign up for the Merchant Navy where he spent two years seeking the way to become a real man.

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.

September 2, 2013

Cambridge University has just rewritten their ancient rules on graduation dress. Uni trans rep Sarah Gibson explains why it's a step in the right direction

Starting in the coming academic year Cambridge University has relaxed its regulations for the dress code of graduating students following a campaign by CUSU LGBT+.

All students will now be able to choose what style of dress they wish to wear and no longer are confined to subsets based upon whether they identify as male or female.

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 27, 2013

Clothing brand American Apparel were searching for transgender models in New York over the weekend with tryouts at its Chelsea store

US clothing brand American Apparel put out a casting call for transgender and transsexual models in New York over the weekend for an upcoming campaign.

‘Transexy model, open call,’ the company posted on its Instagram page

‘American Apparel is looking for transgendered/transsexual models. Ages 16 and up. No experience necessary. Wear simple fitted clothing that exemplifies your personal style and no visible makeup or hair products.'