Posts Tagged: transgender
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India Recognizes Third Gender

From NPR:

India now has a third gender. The Supreme Court has recognized the country's transgender community as being in a third neutral category — neither male nor female.

In handing down the ruling, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said, "Transgenders are citizens of this country … and recognition as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue."

Progressive legislation! Always awesome—2 to 3 million people identify as transgender in India—and always uneven, contextual, fascinating. From the Washington Post:

The progressive ruling applies only to eunuchs – or hijras as they are called in Hindi — in India and not to gays, lesbians [...]

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Over Half of All Anti-LGBT Homicide Victims in 2012 Were Transgender Women

"According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 53.8 percent of anti-LGBT homicide victims in 2012 were transgender women, the majority of whom were people of color. In 2011, the percentage of transgender women in this statistic was substantially lower: 40 percent. For transgender women, it doesn’t get better, apparently. We experience most of the violence with none of the visibility. We are the dead and we are the forgotten. In the face of a world that erases us, remembering this violence is more than just an obligation—it is an act of resistance." [Jacobin]

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Girls on Tape

I'm fine with talking about it as long as she won't bring it up to other people because then I bet that they would just open it up, and then half the city or the world would know. And reporters would be banging on my door, and that would feel painful. Like, "How do you feel being transgender?" or "Why did you change your name?" or "I like your new haircut. What's your favorite kind of jewel?"

Here is one my favorite radio stories of all time. It's about two adorably precocious (the best kind of precocious) eight year-old girls and you should really listen to it.

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Behind the All-Transgender Barneys Ad Campaign

You've probably heard about the awesome Barneys New York spring ad campaign called "Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters"—it's beautiful, shot by Bruce Weber, and features 17 transgender models. Autostraddle talked to some of the people involved:

Many of the models still approached the project with apprehension. Pogensky explained that although he was intrigued by a major retailer wanting an assemblace of all-transgender models, it also shot up red flags. “I had this image in my head,” he told me, “of a bunch of designers and a creative team looking for the next big thing. How can we shock the world, they were saying. Who can we use?Ah ha! Tr*nnys!”

His fears [...]

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Interview with a High-Fashion Model Who Is Also Transgender

Arisce Wanzer lives in New York and is signed to the BMG Agency. Right now Fashion Week is putting her to work. 

Let's start from the beginning. Tell me about your childhood? 

I'm from Northern Virginia, which is a wonderful place to grow up. My family was very supportive, and everything was really normal. I had a brother, and he played with his G.I. Joes, and I played with my Barbies, and I had two sisters too, and we were just all different and it was fine.

Any struggle that I had growing up was always internal rather than external. Once I got to [...]

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An Interview with Porpentine, Maker of Mutant Feminist Cyber Games

Porpentine lives in Oakland and makes games about, among other things, “pop star Ke$ha against trans-dimensional haters.” You can try them out here, some in this very browser*. She also writes a weekly roundup of free games for Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

I decided to interview Porpentine over chat. (This meant it took about 57 hours, and she may never do an interview ever again: sorry, Porpentine and journalism.) We talked about bodies, women’s work, jet ski depiction, violent business sim memoir, and we insulted fruit. I’d call it a text adventure, except, that’s not right at all**, because Porpentine is the human, and I’m [...]

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Three Couples Demonstrating Love

Recently:

•Beth Ditto and her long-term girlfriend Kristin Ogata got married in Hawaii, with Ditto walking the aisle barefoot in Gaultier. [VOGUE]

•A teenage couple from Tulsa met at a support group for transgender teenagers, both underwent gender reassignment surgery, and are adorable. "To me, Arin’s just my Arin. He’s always looked manly to me. But now he’s had the surgery he’s much more confident and comfortable with himself," says Katie, who had her surgery last year and walked her boyfriend through his a month ago. "Being transgender myself, I understand Arin better than anybody else — how good he feels and how complete he [...]