“I talked about how so much of my work with FFAF or here at Autostraddle is really just a sort of queer femme lighthouse keeping. I’m here, you’re not alone, this is a perfectly alright way to be, let me help you.“
No more subtext in Xena, and that’s a promise. Plus: Person of Interest finally gets a season five premiere date, queer fans of The 100 have raised so much money charity, a new Orphan Black trailer exists in the world, and even more news.
“So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned:” Lilly Wachowski joins her sister Lana in coming out publicly as trans.
I’m tired of being told, over and over, that I will never be what I am.
“As I write about my name now, I feel strength, and contentment and comfort and home. I feel more like myself than I ever have before.”
Puerto Rico did in fact get that lesbian Supreme Court Chief Justice after all, Italy’s same-sex civil unions bill is gaining steam, Taylor Victor is gonna get to wear her badass lesbian tee shirt to school whenever the f*ck she wants, some Peeps re-enacted Hamilton for you, and the Independent Spirit Awards made trans history!
According to the TransHealth Information Project, Maya Young was described by friends as “truly a funny girl who was mad REAL and LOYAL.”
“These lawmakers don’t say that they’re trying to address a problem that actually exists, but instead are supporting the bill in order to fight off transgender boogeymen that live only in their heads.”
“My brain is lit like the map of a major metropolis at night. My body is, too. ‘I am at one with a sea of sensations, glitter, silk, skin, eyes, mouths, desire,’ Anaïs Nin wrote, and that’s pretty much it. Or, put another way: I have found an affirmation of selfhood, and I haven’t thought to immediately annul it.”
“I’m going to carry on doing what I love and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it… being trans does not mean that you need to give up on your life, or your friends, or your family, or your career or your achievements.”
LGBT rights stamps from the UN, gay marriage in Mexico, the beginning of the end of ex-gay therapy in New York, a badass trans Girl Scout who sold a fuckton of cookies, and a baby goat. A BABY GOAT!
At least 48 trans women have been reported killed in Brazil just in 2016 so far, India’s Supreme Court will reconsider the criminalization of homosexuality, DeRay is running for mayor of Baltimore, and more!
To add to the tragedy, when Loera was murdered, she was misgendered by the Austin Police and local media, something that happens far too often.
“It’s precisely because Her Story is written and directed by trans women, starring trans women and featuring trans women on the crew that it’s able to be so authentic and so acutely focused on its trans characters.”
“We wrote more obituaries for murdered trans women in 2015 than TV recaps for any single show we cover.”
Luna opened a door for me — no, it opened a thousand doors, doors that I’ve been confidently walking through ever since I came out.
Trans employees in NYC get more legal protections in the workplace, Barbara Dawson dies after being arrested in a hospital that didn’t want to treat her, Wisconsin Republicans have bad ideas and more.
A federal judge ruled a lesbian couple can move forward with their lawsuit against Pepperdine University for discrimination, a grand jury in Texas decided not to indict anyone in connection with the death of Sandra Bland but the case isn’t closed yet, Ty Underwood’s murderer was sentenced to life in prison and more news.
Given the one-year deferral requirement for MSM and women who have sex with MSM, it seems unlikely that the adjustment in policy will majorly impact the supply of available blood
We still have a long way to go when it comes to trans representation in pop culture, but the gifts in this guide are a solid step forward for trans equality.