Gender Politics

School changes decision about transgender student attending school

After battling with a New Jersey school district, a transgender girl in New Jersey will finally be able to attend the middle school as herself.

School officials from Middletown Township Public Schools told Rachel Pepe, a 13-year-old transgender girl, that she would only be able to attend school if she appeared and acted like a boy.

After working with several LGBT groups, including Garden State Equality (GSE), Thorne Middle School will allow Pepe to attend the school of her choice as her true self.

Transgender workers for federal contractors gain protections

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued official guidance and enforcement protocols clarifying the reach of the federal non-discrimination laws enforced by the Department and ensuring full protection for transgender individuals who work for federal contractors and subcontractors covered by these laws.

India's LGBT community share their fears in a powerful video

India's LGBT community is by far the most marginalized. Cultural prejudices apart, the upholding of Section 377, that criminalizes homosexual behavior, by the country's apex court, set the LGBT movement back by decades.

This systemized repression, however, has invited a strong opposition that finds its voice various grassroot movements across the country. The Gaysi Family is one such platform that attempts gather stories of queer struggle in India.

MyDoorSign.com donating all-gender bathroom signs to colleges

Back in April, after social justice advocate, Sam Killermann, criticized MyDoorSign.com's attempt at gender-inclusive bathroom signage through his blog, the company contacted Killermann for advice and direction on how to improve their sign.

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"A Letter to the Girl I Used to Be"

When Emily Smith was just 11-years-old, she said out loud she didn't want to live anymore. She told her therapist she did not foresee living past 21.

Emily was right.

In the 2014 Berklee College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational, Best of the Rest, Ethan Smith sent a powerful letter to Emily -- the girl he used to be.

Rush Limbaugh gets schooled on "tranny" and anal sex

Right-wing radio mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh got schooled Thursday by a transgender caller identified as "Tina from Colorado."

Tina objected to Rush using the term "tranny," and proceeded to teach the blowhard why it was an insult.

But that didn't stop the learning curve. Mediate reports:

An increasingly curious Limbaugh asked, “But how do people know that you’re a ‘tranny?’”

California teen has yearbook photo omitted because she wore a tuxedo

Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and graduation ceremony because she opted to wear a tuxedo.

Georgia accused of sentencing transgender woman to "torture"

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter delivered to the state's Department of Corrections on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group based in Alabama.

Starting in 2012, department employees violated the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment by denying hormone treatment to Ashley Diamond, a transgender inmate who had received the treatment for nearly two decades before entering the prison system, the letter alleges.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" to stop using transphobic slur in wake of controversy

Over the past several weeks, popular reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" landed itself in hot water over the use of terms some activists claimed were transphobic or disrespectful to transgender people.

Transgender teacher returns to classroom as a woman

OAKHURST, Calif. -- A California high school science teacher gave students and colleagues a new lesson in biology Monday, showing up for the first time as a woman a week after her plans to switch genders became suddenly public.

The former Gary Sconce, 56 — an award-winning educator, husband, father and grandfather who has taught at Yosemite High School for 24 years — will now be known as Karen Adell Scot, she said.

“I’m actually going to work as my real 'out' self,” Scot told NBC News. “I stand in front of the class and I’m so filled with joy.”

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