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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
Australian supermodel and budding actress Andrej Pejic – now known as Andreja - has come out as a trans woman, sharing her transition with the world through her Facebook page and an interview with People magazine. Pejic told People, “One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom's skirt trying to look like a ballerina,” but that she truly came to terms with her gender at age 13.  It was then that she discovered the terminology for her feelings and realized she didn’t have to live her life with the male identity she was assigned at birth. Read More
On June 24th, troubled inmate Jane Doe assaulted yet another staff member and destroyed property in the Connecticut adult women’s prison where she had been detained in solitary confinement for 78 days.  After the appeals of her lawyer and supporters, she was once again relocated, this time to a psychiatric center.  Then, when she was formally accused of assault, she was relocated again, this time to Connecticut’s Juvenile Training School in Middleton, the state’s only secure facility for delinquent boys.  Yep, you read that right. Read More
I have some choice words for Kevin D. Williamson, roving correspondent of the National Review. Kevin wrote an article for the online publication, which was reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times, stating that actress and activist Laverne Cox is not a woman. Yeah, I know, let that sink in for a minute. This white male is trying to tell anyone who will listen that the revolutionary transgender activist is in fact not the gender she identifies with simply because she was born with male genitals. I am literally clutching my chest with dismay right now. Read More
Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is The New Black and activist for trans* rights, awareness and visibility is at work with Logo and MTV to produce a new documentary that will follow the lives of four transgendered teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24. This new film will proceed Cox’s previous production debut: a documentary on the life and case of CeCe McDonald, a TWOC that was arrested and charged with accidental murder after defending herself from a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis. Read More
When I saw Holly Wilsons ‘Bring Your Dick To The Table’ Kickstarter I was really weirded out. Wilson is a sculpture artist who believes in "storytelling." After experiencing discrimination while negotiating contracts with a male gallery owner, she decided to suck it up and "act like a man" to achieve what she wanted. In her Kickstarter, she hopes to distribute penis shaped pocket-sized sculptures for women to carry around in hopes that when they feel the tiny trooper in their pocket, they can feel empowered enough to achieve greatness.Hahahahaha!Oh, wait. She's serious. Read More
  In this week of Facebook lookbacks and overall viral nostalgia, it’s becoming clear that much of our public persona is expressed through the internet, whether we like it or not. So it reasons that we should have all the tools available to make our social media presence as true to ourselves as we wish. This is part of why Facebook’s announcement today is so meaningful: in addition to “Male” and “Female” settings, people who identify outside of the gender binary now have a “Custom” gender setting at their disposal. Read More
After her decades' long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Read More