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Observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Friday, November 20th, is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The first vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

BREAKING: Trans prisoner Tara Hudson moved from all-male prison to female facility

BRISTOL, England - It emerged this week that 26 year old trans woman Tara Hudson has been sentenced to 12 weeks in the all-male Bristol Prison.

Current policy states that a Gender Recognition Certificate is required for trans prisoners to be placed in the correct prison for their gender, which Ms Hudson did not have despite living full-time as female for six years.

The Ministry of Justice has repeatedly declined to intervene in the case – but senior sources in Whitehall and Parliament have today confirmed to PinkNews that she will be moved to a female facility, HM Prison Eastwood Park.

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Trans trailblazers talk to Esquire Magazine about a time before Caitlyn Jenner

Esquire, the historically male-centric monthly magazine, is honoring the transgender community with its November issue.

In the article, “Transgender When Transgender Wasn’t Cool,” the focus is on trans people in recent history who were brave enough to be themselves in a time when doing so was dangerous and deeply frightening.

Caitlyn Jenner's gay marriage flip-flop and why it matters

After a somewhat awkward exchange on "Ellen" last week, Caitlyn Jenner now says she supports gay marriage.

Let's talk about why that matters.

Why should we care that a woman who makes her living raising Kardashians on reality TV (as opposed to, say, working as a county clerk) has publicly evolved on a topic that has already been settled in the highest court of the land? (If not, frustratingly, in the court of public opinion.)

Because it's a win for a rare type of acceptance and support: the kind that doesn't directly benefit the person offering it.

Boss who asked transgender woman 'What are you?' agrees to significant settlement

Last November, Jessi Dye showed up at Summerford Nursing Home for what would turn out to be both her first and last day of work.

New "Medium" webzine series offers a less celebrity take on trans issues

Popular web publisher Medium announced today that their publication Matter is joining forces with Gender 2.0, to bring stories from the trans community on their own terms.

This new forum titled We The T! is a place where transgender writers can voice many ideas and personal stories from a perspective that is not wholly based on cultural celebrity.

Here are 17 of the trans women murdered this year. say their names

After the murders of four trans women were reported over a period of 48 hours, Mock, while guest hosting Melissa Harris-Perry's show on MSNBC, took time out of the program to name each of the reported 17 transgender women -- 15 of whom were women of color -- who have been murdered in 2015.

Laverne Cox is calling for a "State of emergency" in the trans community

Transgender superstar and activist Laverne Cox is calling for a “state of emergency.”

The actress, famous for her role in “Orange is the New Black,” told Good Morning America that, “We in the transgender community right now, are reeling.”

She went on to say that there are many things that may cause transphobia, and ultimately the violence against transgender men and women.

Why we love 7-year-old transgender activist, Avery Jackson, and her incredible family

The way Hawaiian culture embraces a particular kind of transgender identity

In traditional, Western culture, gender identity is often considered a binary concept: You are either male or you are female.