Gender Politics

Michigan: Feds support transgender teen in school lawsuit

WYANDOTTE, Michigan — The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he’s transgender.

In a court filing last week, the U.S. Justice Department urged a judge to deny a request to dismiss the lawsuit at an early stage. The government says the boy so far has stated a “plausible claim” under federal law.

Trans Lifeline needs help to continue saving lives

Another youth suicide has occurred in the transgender community. On Sunday, February 15th, Zander Nicholas Mahaffey took his own life, leaving behind a suicide note published on his Tumblr. In his note, he says, "…even if the world doesn't see me as one…I know in my heart I am a boy." The family has ignored his request to be memorialized using his preferred pronouns and name.

Texas: Lawmaker wants to make it a crime for transgender people to use restroom matching their gender identity

A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense for a transgender person to use a bathroom according to their gender identity.

Transgender model's powerful reason for recreating racy Adam Levine nude portrait

Two photos. Two powerful messages.

Kentucky: Transgendered restrooms bill fails

FRANKFORT, Kentucky – The Kentucky state Senate’s Education Committee fell one vote short of approving a bill sponsored by Sen. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, which would have required high schools to provide separate restroom facilities for transgender students.

Transgender grandchild makes Rep. Mike Honda proud ­- and a little worried

SAN JOSE, California -- U.S. Rep. Mike Honda announced in a tweet Wednesday that he is "the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild," sparking an immediate outpouring of support for the Democratic congressman -- who said he hopes she "can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied."

Along with the tweet, Honda posted a photo of himself with his arm tightly around his grandchild, who has shoulder-length hair and a sweet smile.

Vigil to be held amid death inquiry of transgender woman

MIAMI, Florida — Transgender activists, friends and family are set to gather to honor the life of a transgender South Florida woman amid an investigation into her death.

Investigators are trying to find out the circumstances of her death. If she was murdered, she would be the eighth transgender woman killed in the U.S. this year.

Transgender soldier Chelsea Manning to receive female hormones in prison

Chelsea Manning has won the right to take female hormones to transition as a transgender soldier. In a first for the Army, the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning will be able to fully transition into living as a woman.

Chelsea Manning was formerly known as Bradley Manning. Manning was a whistleblower in the Wikileaks case, in which the Army intelligence analyst gave classified information from about the Iraq War to the news website. She is serving a 35-year sentence in military prison for her role in the massive leak of information.

San Francisco activists declare today Trans Liberation Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The Trans* Activists for Justice and Accountability Coalition ("TAJA") has issued a call to action for today following the Feb. 1 murder of Taja de Jesus.

Florida's bathrooms are a battleground for transgender residents

ORLANDO, Florida -- Kieran Castano walked through the door of Wally's, an Orlando bar, with the urgency of a person who has to pee. The 24-year-old trans man breathed a sigh of relief when he noticed there was no one else inside the men's room. That meant he could go straight to the stall rather than having a patron give him a dirty look, or worse, ask what he was doing there.