RuPaul, you're a force for so much good in the world. But continuing to ignore this issue will only further the animosity that many transgender people already feel toward your show and the example it sets for the community.
It's time for the folks at GLAAD to decide, once and for all, what's really most important to them: The goodwill of media executives and celebrities like RuPaul or the trust and respect of the trans community they've pledged to serve and represent.
Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.
I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.
Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.
Back home, everyone sees me as a boy, perhaps a bit feminine but definitely a boy. But take one look at me and you will see a vast difference between the boy with glasses sitting at the back of class, his head buried in some book, and the woman I can be when I'm free to do so.
As much as Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time for memorializing those who have died, this day, this week, this month, this year, this lifetime and beyond need to be committed to ensuring the safety of all who place footprints on the Earth.
In the face of pervasive discrimination, harassment, and violence, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a way for us to show that trans lives are valuable. It is this perceived lack of value that underpins so many of the challenges that those of us in the transgender community face.
Universal human rights are not available à la carte: No one gets to pick and choose who deserves rights and who doesn't. Either everyone has them or they cannot be considered universal. For far too many trans people, the struggle for basic rights has become a matter of life and death.
Jorgensen, being one of the first trans women to become publicly known, conformed completely to the gender norms of her time, while Jan Morris was able to define her own womanhood and femaleness to a much greater degree than Jorgensen could or would have.
The LGBT community's media darling, Rachel Maddow, has been telling her viewers that ENDA would protect employees from discrimination based on their "sexual orientation or sexual identity." I don't know what's worse: leaving out the "gender" in "gender identity" or replacing it with "sexual."
Today, with Hawaii on the verge of becoming the 16th state to pass marriage equality, and with gays much more visible, conservative ideologues are having a harder time raising money around the marriage issue. Enter transgender rights, the newest potential cash cow for the extremist right.
One trans* and bisexual activist is taking charge of this problem, turning to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the funding to launch the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. I sat down with Allison Woolbert to discuss her campaign and what she hopes will come from it.
This weekend I did the Google auto-complete experiment using the words "transgender" and "transsexual," and the results were awful, depressing, and horrifying. Afterwards I teamed up with a trans male friend (who does a lot of artwork I admire) to put these results to pictures.
Perhaps the most surprising and disturbing part of my "coming out" at work was the sometimes-unconsciously held prejudices about socio-economic class -- and pure and simple looks -- my transition brought to the fore.
I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.
Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.
On Sept. 6, 2013, the Guyanese Supreme Court released an important decision regarding the country's law prohibiting cross dressing "for an improper purpose." The ruling includes both encouraging and troubling elements.
As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.
Michael has been a member of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), as well as its executive director, since it was founded in 2005 in New York City. He has worked as an attorney in the LGBT rights movement since 1994.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move. Let me offer some insight from a trans woman's point of view.