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No one should be excluded from a job based on their identity or their sexuality – especially when that job is protecting the country. This week, The U.S. Military will announce their plans to no longer exclude transgender individuals from being service members. “We must ensure that everyone who's able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Officials will assess the cost of the necessary changes, such as bathrooms and uniforms, over a period of six months. 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
In January, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and transgender model Carmen Carrera sat down with Katie Couric to discuss their blossoming careers, future pursuits, and their experiences as high profile transgender women. After just a short moment of talk-show-interrogation-style questions, Couric hit a knowledge barrier. Read More
Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black, encourages you to sign this petition, and ask your senator to vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), on Thursday. In a letter written for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Cox, who is an out transgender woman, writes that 26% of transgender people have been fired because of their gender identity, and 78% have been disrespected or discriminated against in the work place. Read More
Today in news that makes you proud to be a part of humanity: a small, yet important, win for the transgender community thanks to the bravery of Coy Mathis and her family. For those of you who don’t know who Coy is, she is a 6-year-old trans girl who started to identify as a girl at a few years old. When she entered kindergarten at Eagleside Elementary, her very awesome parents informed the school that though Coy was born biologically male, Coy identified as a girl and should be treated as such. Read More
"Dear Cis People" is making waves with its bold mission statement and arresting messages. The tumblr, which is controlled (and minimally edited) by a trans woman named Amy, describes itself as "a place for trans people to send an anonymous message to the cis population as a whole," as well as  "a means of opening a communication line from people who are often silenced, either inadvertently or otherwise." Challenging a culture of silence, these stark confessions speak loud and clear. Read More
Yesterday, the Arizona House of Representatives attempted to vote on an appalling anti-transgender bill. The measure would require people to use the public restrooms associated with the sex on their birth certificate or serve up to six months in jail. Representative John Kavanagh, who proposed the bill, is reacting to an anti-discrimination ban that was passed in Phoenix only last month. According to Kavanagh, that ban might “act as a cover for pedophiles who want to expose themselves to children of the opposite gender. 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
Tuesday, Novemeber 20th marked the fourteenth annual day of Transgender Remembrance. The White House joined in taking a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender violence. Here in New York, on the eve of this national day of remembrance, Syracuse became the last city to pass an amendment to protect against transgender discrimination. Read More
Even if you haven’t caught an episode of TLC’s reality show "Cake Boss", you can probably guess that it’s fraught with cheesy jokes, headache-inducing drama, and dying brain cells. But on Monday night’s episode, the gimmicks went way too far. Featuring "RuPaul’s Drag Race" contestant Carmen Carrera as a guest star, the transgender woman was tasked with flirting with Cousin Anthony Bellifemine, who was unaware of her gender identity. Read More