“I fire off a series of tweets to Governor Pat McCrory, as well as the North Carolina Values Coalition and some public supporters of the bill. The few replies I get make it clear that my arguments have zero impact. This issue will consume my consciousness for the following few days.”
How trans women became the victims of the latest conservative backlash, Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal, the horrors inherent in seeking asylum, Islamophobic threats from Trump and Cruz, and more.
Seven trans people have been killed this year, six trans people of color. That’s two every month, and we’re not even done with March yet.
I’m tired of being told, over and over, that I will never be what I am.
NC Governor Pat McCrory is having a meltdown over a Charlotte ordinance that protects LGBT rights, new data shows that up to half of gay and bisexual black men are at risk for HIV, abortion restrictions go into law in Louisiana, and more news.
According to the TransHealth Information Project, Maya Young was described by friends as “truly a funny girl who was mad REAL and LOYAL.”
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.”
“Trauma wasn’t meant to happen at 9 a.m. on that August morning. Not when I was running on time, and somehow missed the long line for the day’s first cup of coffee. Nothing could have warned me that the meticulous construction of my person would be unraveled while my peers watched from their own cocoons of solitude.”
“But, like embracing the woman I am, I couldn’t stay back from the allure of the waves. The pull of my trans-ness and queerness, of course, would always be stronger, the strongest impulses I have ever known. The sea, like them, was a place that represented a kind of forbidden love. I needed to overcome my fears or I would feel that I was holding myself back from living authentically.”
If you’re looking for a quick recap of some of Autostraddle’s trans coverage from the past year, look no further.
I had statistics, maps and infographics from a dozen different sources, but without input from other trans women I wasn’t comfortable touting these cities the top ten anything.
An arrest in the murder of Kiesha Jenkins, Planned Parenthood announces they’ll no longer accept payments for their fetal tissue donation program, investigators say killing of Tamir Rice was “reasonable,” Bernie Sanders updates views on gun violence and more news stories.
Keisha Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman murdered in the US this year, and nearly all of them have been Black and/or Latinx.
At one point in my notes I wrote “I’m really happy that they didn’t murder this trans girl,” only to watch her die in the hospital two scenes later. That’s how the whole episode went — any time I would get hopeful, they would let me down again.
“The photo on your cover or hanging above your article comes next. Go for broke here. Images of hairy legs in high heels or emerging from tutus are classics you can’t go wrong with, like Strauss’ Blue Danube waltz or light summery pastas with basil and garlic. The goal is to suggest that trans women must look like comical parodies of womanhood, like clueless men.”
Kids in New South Wales won’t see Gayby Baby at school for Wear It Purple Day, Donald Trump kicks Jorge Ramos out of his press conference, women vote in Saudi Arabia, Walmart no longer selling assault weapons, and more.
Ferguson activists launch a new campaign with policy solutions to end police violence, a NYT’s op-ed gets trans issues all wrong, a #BlackTransLivesMatter conversation happening on Twitter today and more news stories!
Jovana Luna, a trans Latina activist, suddenly passed away, a new startup wants to help trans people find trusted doctors, a historic Baptist church agrees to not discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity and more news.