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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.'

August 4, 2013

Besides movies and soaps, gay pageants have also become part and parcel of the cultural scene today

Years before Hollywood director Ang Lee’s gay cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” took Asia by storm, gay films have been considered a key part of the Philippines’ diverse culture.

A landmark was set in 2000, five years before “Brokeback Mountain”, by “Markova: Comfort Gay”, the uniquely Asian story narrated by director Gil Portes of a “comfort gay”, one of the many homosexuals raped by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

July 28, 2013

Equal Opportunities Commission chairman calls for law to protect against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Despite its preeminence as one of the banking hubs of the world, Hong Kong still lags behind when it comes to the rights of its transgender community, continuing to categorize gender identity disorder as a mental health condition.

According to Dr York Chow, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a significant number of transgenders face outright discrimination, loss of employment and other humiliations in their daily lives.

July 26, 2013

Touching portraits of non-gender-conforming children at a summer camp captured by photographer Lindsay Morris

New York photographer Lindsay Morris has captured touching portraits of non-gender-conforming children at a summer camp.

July 3, 2013

UK law is now punishing transgender people – often very young – for having sex ‘by deception’ because they didn’t tell their partners their full gender history first

Transgender people have to put up with a lot of stereotypes. Whether it’s the flamboyant ‘grotesque parody’ of our gender expression, or being the ‘bloke in a dress’ typically portrayed by the media, there is no shortage of harmful imagery associated with us.

Now one of our many stereotypes has got out of control, making the jump from media fantasy to legal precedent.

June 29, 2013

Thai actress Rose officially starts career in the Chinese entertainment industry after box office success

Thai actress Rose has landed an agency contract in China, the first foreign trans artist to do so, on the back of a refreshing appearance in the country’s highest-grossing movie.

The 25-year-old appears in Lost in Thailand for barely a minute – Even as the two male leads discuss her gender behind her in an elevator, she talks in perfect colloquial Mandarin over the phone, calling them ‘blockheads’, or ‘erbi’.

June 25, 2013

As transphobia enters the Oxford English Dictionary, Helen Belcher asks if it’s hate, ignorance or government stubbornness that is the real problem

Scrabble players have the benefit of some new words thanks to the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Transphobia and transphobic are two of them. Judicious placing of tiles on pink squares may see scores just about reaching three figures.

In the interests of assisting Scrabble aficionados, let me help by supplying a definition: Transphobic – hostile towards transsexual or transgender people.

May 21, 2013

Trans people suffer high levels of repeat victimization and violence and employment discrimination

A new map reveals how transgender Europeans are denied the right to have their gender legally recognized or forced to be sterilized before they can.

The Transgender Europe (TGEU) map reflects European countries’ laws and administrative practices which protect or violate the human rights of trans people.

And its new index provides detailed country information saying 24 countries in Europe require sterilization before trans people can legally change their gender.

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 15, 2013

Transgender Europe will launch a Trans Rights Europe Map and Index on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Trans people are still suffering from discrimination,  prejudice and persecution in Europe, a new report has found.

Published on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May), it will expose the 'bleak' legal challenges trans people face across 49 countries in Europe.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) will show which of the countries require sterilization in legal gender recognition and which do not provide for any procedures.

The index will present an in-depth overview of the legal human rights situation for trans people.

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'.