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We will assume you’ve finished binge-watching season three of Orange Is The New Black by now (I haven’t, so no spoilers or I’ll cry) so you must be as madly in love with Ruby Rose as we are here at BUST. In an awesome interview with Elle, Ruby Rose discusses gender fluidity and the freedom that comes with working on such a positive, female-driven TV show. Read More
Laverne Cox is making history once again with a new lead role on the CBS drama, Doubt. She officially signed on yesterday, making her character the first transgender regular on a CBS show. Cox will play the part of Cameron Wirth, an Ivy-educated attorney whose firsthand experience with injustice lends compassion to her clients. Aside from being a transgender person playing a transgender character, it's not exactly the norm for a black actress to play a smart, successful professional on primetime television, which is just why we love it so much. 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
Texas isn't exactly #1 when it comes to progressive policy-making. Recent legislation has disenfranchised lady-voters and made it nearly impossible to access a safe and legal abortion. Finally, the twinkle of hope we've been waiting for has emerged! Harris County, the jail serving the Houston area of Texas, has adopted comprehensive policy that states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited. Read More
  In some ways, Colorado has its act together: The State is making progress in the battle for same-sex unions, it has embraced that good ol’ swing-state status, and then there's all the recent weed stuff. But in matters concerning gender expression and healthy sexuality, they seem to have things ass-backwards. Now don’t misunderstand, dear reader, I was born and raised in that great square state. I loved growing up in such a beautiful place, but the skies were as open as (some) people’s minds were closed. Read More
In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired.  Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon after. Read More
Do you remember Project Runway’s season eight fan favorite and finalist Andy South? He was always calm, polite and drama-free as an out and proud gay man. Well,  now almost two years later, Andy South is an out and proud transgender woman, named Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong. Yesterday, Southiphong changed her Facebook gender from “male” to “female,” making her transition publicly official.   The 25-year-old designer largely went about her change quietly but has been uploading many gorgeous photos onto Facebook since March, according to the Daily Mail. Read More
An article in the Boston Globe this week, “Led By the Child Who Simply Knew,” tells the story of the Maines family and their 14-year-old twins, Nicole and Jonas. Nicole was born a male named Wyatt, but has been identifying as female ever since she was old enough to grasp the concept of gender: When Wyatt was 4, he asked his mother: “When do I get to be a girl?’’ He told his father that he hated his penis and asked when he could be rid of it. Both father and son cried. When first grade started, Wyatt carried a pink backpack and a Kim Possible lunchbox. Read More
  A few years back I used to volunteer for The Pacific Center, an LGBT community center in Berkeley, California. I was on a speaking bureau with a group of other youth who would go to schools and organizations to speak out against homophobia and promote "tolerance." There was this game we would play, gender gumby, that demonstrates the differences in sexuality and gender expression. What we would figure out as a group is that  gender identity and sexuality is different from one person to the next. No one person is the same and most don’t fall into one set category. Read More