Piers Morgan proved once again that the media still has a long way to go when it comes to learning to talk to trans women. He also proved that he has a long way to go when it comes to being a mature twitter user.
With austerity here to stay and far-right parties on the rise, it is time now more than ever to recognise that queer liberation cannot be disentangled from economic justice.
Bow down, bitches.
2013 brought equal marriage to the shores of the UK, and the gays were saved! Well not really. Or not much at all?
It was wacky! It was depressing! It’s finally over! From “undocumented” to “transphobia” to “affluenza,” come look at the words that defined a year and defined themselves at the same time. (“Selfie” is nowhere on this list, I promise.)
On the latest episode of Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer’s character starts dating a trans woman. Despite what you may have heard, their interactions are pretty much as disrespectful and tasteless as you would have expected from a show like this.
“Despite its pro-gay attitude, the film fails to break the pattern of transphobic narratives in cinema, perhaps because it doesn’t understand that trans people are not the same as cis gay people.”
“There are a thousand ways to die from being trans. But they’re only included if they can be made as sensationalist as possible. Never mind that all these things kill you just the same.”
Today we honor all of the transgender people who have died due to anti-trans* violence. This year we want to honor their memories by celebrating the achievements and victories of trans* people in the past year.
PinkNews, an LGBT news outlet in the UK, honoured Baroness Stowell, an anti-trans defender of the “spousal veto,” as Politician of the Year. They now face criticism for how the judging panel was put together.
The Pacific Justice Institute issued a press release titled “Nightmare: Teen Boy Harasses Girls in Their Bathroom, Colo. School Tells Girls They Have No Rights.” The problem with all this is that the story is largely fabricated.
As victories are being won in the specific arena of LGB rights, trans* rights are still struggling to find a foothold. Due to this upsetting trend, and the historic erasure of trans* people’s contributions to the LGBT movement, many are left wondering if the “T” really belongs with those other letters at all.
From Psycho to The Silence of the Lambs, horror movies have a long history of using trans women as insane murderers and creepy villains. It contributes to very real and very violent transmisogyny against actual trans women.
The nation’s largest group of unions recently announced that it would be adding workplace protection for transgender people to it’s constitution in an effort to better represent all workers.
Islan Nettles and Domonique Newburn, two African-American trans* women, were brutally murdered within a week of each other. This is just the latest in a trend of horrific violence against trans* women of color.
Once again, 24-hour news networks let us down by giving a stage to bigots and showing that the only things they know about trans* people are outdated transphobic stereotypes.
The American Bar Association urges for legislative action to limit the availability and effectiveness of the “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in any criminal trial.
In a major victory for transgender youth, California passes law giving trans* students equal protection, opportunities and access in public schools.
“For trans* women who are locked up, getting access to medical care and safety from the guards and inmates is a serious problem. But the problem starts when they are put in prisons designed for men.”
“I mostly ignored the emails, as anyone with an overflowing inbox does. But this subject line caught my eye: Boys in the girls locker room, legally? WTF?! Maybe now is a good time to mention that I identify and visibly present as genderqueer.”
The Supreme Court struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act, specifically the portion which requires states to get federal permission before they can make changes to their voting laws. This is a huge deal for voters’ rights.