U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement today confirming that America's "current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions." Read the rest
It's been a big year for "the T in LGBT," Oliver says, but "even when the news media is trying to be supportive, they can make dumb mistakes … we are weirdly comfortable celebrating trans people while dehumanizing them." Read the rest
Anti-transgender reparative therapy, deemed unethical by experts and banned by politicians, is based on unconfirmed evidence. Could it be the latest high-profile sexology scam?
Read these thoughtful guidelines from GLAAD, and just try not to be an asshole about it.
The gnostic paradox of young, tech-savvy traditionalists, who see through everything except their own conspiracy theories
If you have not seen it yet, you can enjoy the first season of Amazon's hit series Transparent for free today, Saturday 24 January. A great way to spend your Saturday afternoon or evening! Read the rest
This TIME cover story, the first to feature a transgender person, is a very big deal. Not just for trans folks, but for all of us.
As the headline suggests, it's a tipping point in the acceptance of gender diversity, and respect for all human beings.
Also Laverne Cox is awesome and talented and an amazing activist and looks totally fabulous.
Here's a TIME video interview.
If you haven't already watched 'Orange is the New Black,' get on it with Season 1.
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Filmmaker, writer, and trans activist Andrea James
on the current state of post-disruption journalism and its unhealthy addiction to Twitter, and LGBT brain drain.
Last week, influential hip-hop deejay Mister Cee resigned from New York radio station Hot 97--for fewer than 24 hours. Andrea James
writes how it reflects changing attitudes toward trans people in hip-hop.
Image: Mopic via Shutterstock.com.
"If you look carefully at the research, sexual diversity, on the level of genital appearance, hormones and chromosomes, is present and predictable in humans," writes Cory Silverberg, who is the Sexuality Guide at About.com.
"To use the language of normativity, the fact that some of us don't fit into one of two boxes is as normal as the fact that some of us do."
Cory was writing about a new piece of science that examines "what it is that makes us think about bodies as being either one sex or another, only male or only female." He tells Boing Boing:
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Amid much talk of Chelsea Manning's transitional status
, this interesting factoid shared by Boing Boing pal Andrea James: a Williams Institute study
says trans people serve in the US military at rates double that of the general population. Despite the math, "they nonetheless face discrimination during and after service." Read the rest
We asked writer, film director
, Boing Boing contributor
, and transgender educator
and activist Andrea James
what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning
's gender transition revelation
. Below, Andrea's thoughts.
A self-portrait snapshot Bradley Manning took, and emailed to his supervisor in the Army in April, 2010, prior to leaking government documents to Wikileaks.
One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret government files to Wikileaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning today announced via NBC TODAY the decision to live life as a woman.
We first wrote about this aspect of Manning's story in 2010, after realizing that a series of chat logs circulating on the internet--which we'd published without understanding the subtle references within--spoke to Manning's desire to transition. Read the rest
, Batgirl's roommate. [HRC] Read the rest
Nikki Araguz of Wharton, Texas (population 9,000) is suing the town where she and her husband lived
: she was denied workers’ compensation benefits because she is transgender. Her husband Thomas Araguz, a volunteer firefighter, was killed while fighting a fire in 2010. A judge voided their marriage and denied death benefits because the state does not recognize same-sex marriages (this isn't one), or recognize trans people as the gender to which they've transitioned. (thanks, Antinous!) Read the rest