1. Make her a Woman of Color
In an apparent deal, the Charlotte city council voted to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in exchange for the Republican-led General Assembly’s promise to end HB2.
Grassroots activism wins the day!
Obviously, a lot of toys you’d buy for a cis woman are great, but also, let’s be real, trans women have some special needs and desires.
The Trans Relief Project is an organization working to help as many trans and gender nonconforming people as possible get updated U.S. identification – passports specifically – before the regulations surrounding those rules potentially change.
There Should Be Flowers is a healing map, a compass that shows us back to the world after having left it for too long – that allows us to live inside the pain and love ourselves anyway.
Miss Major has always been a badass, and in this three minute long animated video, she’s no different. With all the spirit in the world in her voice, she explains how we can each use our own personal acts to make political change.
I don’t know how to be hopeful right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing or working or fighting, and I know everyone at Autostraddle stands firmly with me.
Attention and action around the epidemic of deadly violence towards trans women of color is more important now than ever, as we’ll only see it heightened in the coming months.
Gavin Grimm won his court case about being able to use the correct facilities at his school, but now the school board is taking the case to the Supreme Court, where a lot hangs in the balance.
Texas tries to repackage its anti-trans bathroom bill, Trump hits a rough spot, Deborah Danner is lost to police violence, Seattle teachers rally for Black Lives Matter and more.
“Not even a week ago we were reporting on the murder of another Black trans woman, Jazz Alford, and now, here we are again. I’m extremely sorry to report that this time her name is Brandi Bledsoe, and she was 32 years old and she was from Cleveland, Ohio.”
“Art made by and for marginalized people is vital. It allows us to connect our experiences with others and empowers us by showing us that we are not alone. G.L.O.S.S. resonated with so many trans women because their songs reflected a lived experience which validated our own.”
Not only did they actually center the story on the iconic Marsha P. Johnson, but they cast Alexandra Grey, a trans actress, in the role. And she NAILS IT y’all.
This is a highlight reel of the highs and lows of the trans storylines in Transparent’s third season.
If you’re looking for trans actors playing trans characters, the absolute best place on TV to look is Jill Soloway’s show for Amazon Prime, Transparent.
From students suing for their rights and restroom access under Title IX to the rights of trans prisoners to be protected from sexual assault, these are cases worth following.
Whoopi Goldberg’s new show, Strut, focuses on a trans modeling agency. Idina Menzel is still on board with making Elsa Gay. And 2016 Pride marches on!
Edmonds is at least the 21st trans person murdered in the US this year. We knew of at least 23 last year.
A trans man from Mexico filed a lawsuit against an Indiana law that prevents noncitizens from legally changing their name, an El Paso man was arrested for the murder of trans woman Erykah Tijerina, a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by Ohio police, Sandra Bland’s mother receives a million dollar settlement and more news.