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  Cisgender /sis’jendər/ adj. Designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth. The addition of cisgender in the Oxford English Dictionary is great news for everyone fighting for the equal treatment of transgender people. Defining cisgender is helping to recreate the norm. James Morton, transgender alliance manager at the Equality Network charity, said, “Its addition to the Oxford English Dictionary reflects the significant increase in discussion of gender diversity over recent years. 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
We met Caitlyn Jenner less than a week ago, her landmark Vanity Fair cover debut capturing the attention of readers and the Internet hivemind alike. The impact was instantaneous, spawning dialogue, support and scrutiny across the country and well beyond. Amid the chatter, roommates Crystal Frasier and Jenn Dolari offered the world a shift in perspective, not to mention a much-needed reminder. 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
Jazz Jennings: teen author and LGBT activist, has been announced as the new face of the “See The Real Me” campaign by Clean and Clear. Considered one of the youngest children ever to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, Jennings has used YouTube to connect with people around the world, telling her story and normalizing her experience. After being diagnosed, Jennings fortunately had a very supportive family who took her feelings into consideration and allowed for early transitioning despite only being in kindergarten. Read More
  Hello, beautiful galentines: Maybe you're still slogging away at the office, or you've already begun your Friday night. Either way, here's a recap of this week's top feminist news stories that you might have missed while you were out being the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.   Seven Sisters Women’s College Opens Up to Transwomen Earlier this week, Bryn Mwar College opened their admissions to transgender women. Read More
  One of the Seven Sister colleges has amended its policy to include transgender students in its applicant pool. This action is a big step towards inclusion of transwomen and also raises the question of what it means to create a safe female space. On February 7th the Board of Trustees at Bryn Mawr College voted to accept the recommendation to review the university's mission regarding transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. Read More
LGBT suicide, specifically among teens, is sadly a far too common occurrence. Leelah Alcorn, a transgender 17 year-old from Ohio, tragically took her own life after posting a suicide note to Tumblr. The page has since been taken down, but according to this Change.org petition she wrote the following: “My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s fucked up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please. 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
On Thursday July 31, 24-year-old Reginald Anthony Klaiber approached a group of teens riding Washington D.C.’s Green Line train concealing a knife.  As reported to The Raw Story, Klaiber was harassing the teens repeatedly on the train, particularly a 15-year-old transgender girl. Then, Klaiber went in for a hug and proceeded to stab the victim in the back. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Read More
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