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Courtney O'Donnell is a transgender actress, advocate, and writer. She portrays Lexie Cannes, a transgender character, in the feature film Lexie Cannes.

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Readers' Top 10 Transgender Stories of 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 10:03 AM

During 2013, I wrote approximately 250 articles for The Guerrilla Angel Report, the vast majority of them transgender-related. The following are the 10 most read stories of the year:

10. Guessing gender for unwanted intersex baby ends up in cut off penis: An unwanted child ended...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013: A Reporter's List

(20) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:51 PM

I did this for the first time last year. The 20-odd transgender deaths that passed my desk during 2012 were compiled into a post presenting the victims' names and how they died in order to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I'm doing it...

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Los Angeles Radio Icon Sheena Metal Poses Dilemma for Anti-Trangender 'Moralists'

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 8:38 PM

You'll find these "moralists" dwelling in the comments section of mainstream Internet media sites immediately following the publication of any kind of trans-related story. We've all seen their vile, hateful, myopic, black-and-white views of gender: "if it was born with a penis, it's a man" and other similarly ignorant comments...

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My Gwyneth Paltrow 'Transvestite' Article Triggers a Social Media Meltdown

(221) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:49 PM

Admittedly, not every trans person found Gwyneth Paltrow's politically incorrect usage of the word "transvestite" worthy of my devoting an entire article to it, but a surprising meltdown that followed the reposting of that article on a transgender support site had little to do with Paltrow or her...

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Transgender Disorder Stigma No More

(50) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:12 PM

In May, 2013, the paradigm for the way the medical profession view transgender people changes -- soon we will no longer be classified as having a "mental disorder." The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) diagnostic manual is being updated and the "disorder" stigma soon to be removed.

Some call this update...

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Readers' Top 12 Transgender Stories of 2012

(12) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 4:20 PM

During 2012 I wrote approximately 400 articles for The Guerrilla Angel Report, the vast majority of them transgender-related. The following are the 12 most read stories of the year:

12. Miss Universe Pageant Generates Loads of Positive PR for Trans People: Trans beauty contestant Jenna...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Reporter's List

(12) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:29 PM

I had the unpleasant task of having to report on 20-odd transgender deaths during the past year. Sometimes, just presenting the victims' names and how they died is enough to convey the importance of observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

This list is by no means a complete...

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Major Ruckus Erupts After Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer, Signs Anti-Gay-Marriage Petition

(147) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 8:25 PM

According to a report on Planet DeafQueer, Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Angela McCaskill signed a petition following an anti-gay-marriage sermon at her church. Of course, one immediately wonders whether McCaskill was throughly vetted. If her religious views clouded her rational thinking, then clearly she's not the...

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Responding to Incorrect Transgender Pronoun and/or Gender Identity Usage in the Media

(43) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 5:51 PM

With incorrect, offensive, or downright transphobic phrases like "man in a dress," "male-to-female transsexual," "he calls himself Brandi," or, likely the most offensive of them all, "he-she," mainstream media simply cannot get it right. Sometimes it's deliberate, especially in tabloids and other media that use exploitation to generate revenue. In...

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Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Organization Thumbs Its Nose at LGBT People a Second Time

(16) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 7:56 PM

The surprise thumbing of the nose at us by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) during their national conference last month amounts to yet another slap in the face for LGBT people. This time, however, we've learned three crucial lessons that can be used to reverse these conditions.


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Federal Judge Slams Netflix's Motion to Dismiss Closed Captioning Case

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 5:48 PM

U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor last week blocked Netflix's attempt to circumvent the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to avoid providing closed captioning on programming streamed on the internet.

Last year the National Association of the Deaf sued Netflix for dodging their responsibility under the ADA to...

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Swedish Judge Rules Man Not Guilty of Attempted Rape of Trans Woman Because She Has No Vagina

(34) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 10:41 PM

At first glance this appears to be something right out the tabloids, but Örebro District Court Judge Dan Sjöstedt ruled that the planned rape by the attacker would have been impossible to carry out in the absence of a vagina. The attacker was instead charged with a considerably lesser crime.

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Tracking the Pastors (Four and Counting) Calling for the Death of LGBT People

(43) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 6:21 PM

I've been tracking these recent calls by pastors for the death of LGBT people on my blog, and a few readers are saying my headlines are misleading, but in doing so they seemingly excuse these pastors' behavior by stating, among other things, that they were "just quoting Scripture"...

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Anti-LGBT Rights Governor to Speak at Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Group's National Conference

(26) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:14 AM

I'm having a hard time figuring out the logic behind the decision making here. In the first place, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has existed since 1880, filling a dire need to ensure deaf people were afforded the same equal rights as hearing people. Indeed, the...

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Why I Did an About-Face and Boarded the Jenna Talackova PR Train

(17) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova cracked the top 12 in the final night of the pageant. Although she didn't win, I was rooting for her the entire way, because over the past few weeks I've come to realize that you can't buy this kind of positive PR. And...

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Sex-Offender Status Complicates Transgender Woman's Dallas Hospital Bathroom-Usage Citation

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 6:26 PM

A transgender woman was cited a few weeks ago for using the women's restroom at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. Reports conflict on the actual timing, but at one point Paula Witherspoon showed authorities a note from her doctor that supposedly "proved she was female." Other reports, however,...

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