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Don’t you love when a random piece of news renews your fragmented faith in humanity? That’s precisely how I felt when I learned there’s a Thailand-based modeling agency opening a trans-only branch in LA this summer. The announcement is just another groundbreaking move by Apple Model Management, who made history last year as the first agency IN THE WORLD to include trans models alongside cisgender models. Read More
In her recent interview with Variety, Transparent creator Jill Soloway indicts Hollywood’s prioritizing of the male gaze. She’s nominated for quite a few accolades for her creation and writing for the Amazon hit Transparent—but as the article points out, she is one of only three women “(vs. 20 men) nominated in top comedy or drama series writer-director categories.” Soloway thinks that’s because it is still expected that men are at the center of stories. Read More
Last week we wrote about John Oliver’s coverage of the harassment women face online, which we thought was pretty great, but this week’s segment on transgender rights was amazing on a whole new level. Now, it’s a legitimate criticism that we shouldn’t be patting mainstream media white guys on the back for bringing attention to important issues of marginalized groups. However, Oliver is using his substantial platform to provide truly empathetic education about transgender rights. He is doing the requisite work for being an ally. Read More
On June 4, Barnard College—a women's college operated in partnership with Columbia University—announced a new policy of admitting trans women. Throughout the last year, student and alumni activists have worked with the Barnard administration to make this change possible. Barnard will now be admitting students who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth. Read More
Orange is the New Black ’s Laverne Cox is an accomplished actress, outspoken trans-rights activist, and boundary-busting sex symbol whose unique pop-culture platform is helping her change the world. I’VE INTERVIEWED A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C. Read More
Haters gonna hate, but the members of The Prancing Elite aren’t letting that stop them. “When you’re a Prancing Elite, you come in fighting,” member Adrian Clemons, 24, told Kevin Fallon about the criticism the troupe faces dancing in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama. Suffice to say it isn't easy to be black or gay or both in certain red states. In order to counter bigotry and keep fighting that good fight, the Prancing Elites teamed up with PFLAG to create a PSA. Read More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her optimism earlier in February that the court will eventually rule in favor of gay marriage. However, the Supreme Court was still deeply divided on Tuesday when they started to hear oral arguments to the historic Obergefell v. Hodges—even though anti-gay activists are also expecting gay marriage to ultimately win out. Accepting possible defeat (and being on the wrong side of history) didn’t stop anti-gay activists from making some bogus arguments during the Court's session. Read More
One hundred thousand. That's the number of signatures it takes for a petition to be viewed by the President's administration, and the quantity of names on the call to action written in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide last year. The petition proposes "Leelah's Law," which—if enacted—would require all states practicing conversion therapy to stop. Read More
You’ve got questions: He’s got answers. Changing your gender takes balls, ones you might not’ve been born with. And as Chris Edwards will tell you, if you’re gonna do it in front of family, friends, and a few hundred coworkers, you better have a pretty big set. When he openly began his transition from female to male back in 1995, the word transgender didn’t exist. Now it’s everywhere–including the cover of Time. Naturally, people are curious, so we asked Chris to give us the answers to the questions he’s asked most often. Read More
Punk fans get psyched! Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will be the star of an AOL documentary series premiering Friday October 10th! “True Trans with Laura Jane Grace” will be a ten-episode mini-series that follows the journey of the transgender musician. The series will explore moments from Laura's transitioning experience, including her decision to publicly come out as trans at the height of her fame. Read More