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  What. What. WHAT. Laverne Cox will play Frank-N-Furter, the sexually intoxicating and incredibly bizarre alien, in the new live TV production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. We are beyond pumped. Before all the diehard Tim Curry fans get up on their high horse to tell us that nobody can do the role like he did, let us remind you all: Hollywood has a long,  history of casting straight, cis talent to play LGBT characters; one of the latest examples is Elle Fanning playing a teenage trans-boy in About Ray. Read More
On Tuesday, the newest edition of The Talkhouse Music Podcast was released, and it’s definitely worth a listen. It features a conversation between Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Laura Jane Grace. P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and visual artist. They (P-Orridge's prefered pronoun) fronted the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle from 1975 to 1981 and the experimental band Psychic TV from 1981 to present. Read More
Halloween is pretty much the only time you can wear something absolutely ridiculous without judgment. Maybe there’s someone out there who wants to dress up as a giant lobster everyday. If you’re that person, keep doin’ you 'cause you're bold as hell. The rest of us are probably going to stick to wearing something of that caliber on October 31st only. Read More
A 22-year-old trans woman of color (TWOC) found dead in a vacant field in Texas on July 29th has finally been identified as Shade Schuler. Schuler is the 13th trans woman murdered in the United States in 2015, meaning this year's total already exceeds the number of transgender women killed in 2014.  When found, Schuler was originally identified as a male. With help from Trans Pride Initiative’s Nell Gaither, though, authorities correctly identified Schuler as a trans woman, ending a two-week investigation. Read More
Transgender lives are rising to the forefront in mainstream media. A new film starring Elle Fanning, titled About Ray, continues this trend. The film explores a family’s dramatic journey as daughter Ramona, played by Elle Fanning, begins the process of transitioning to Ray. About Ray does not just focus on Ray’s personal journey. It takes a deep look at how Ray’s mother (Naomi Watts), father (Tate Donovan), and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) are impacted by Ray’s identity. Read More
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide. Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
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
Last night, Caitlyn Jenner gave an inspiring speech as she accepted the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She told the audience that transgender people “deserve your respect” (just as everyone deserves your respect, regardless of their identity, but apparently some of us skipped Pre-K). Today, young trans people not only are already trying to navigate being a teenager, but are also “coming to terms with being transgender. Read More
  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