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Cool Pope Not So Cool When It Comes to Transgender Godparents 

The current pope has been celebrated far and wide for being very chill (and telling people not to breed like rabbits), but here’s a gentle reminder that he’s not at all as progressive as he world likes to think: He’s just clarified that transgender individuals can’t become godparents. Sorry, the world still sucks. »9/04/15 7:01pmYesterday 7:01pm

Is Pretty Little Liars, on ABC Family, One of TV's Most Progressive Shows?

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Last night’s finale of Pretty Little Liars made the biggest reveal in show history. We finally know who has been terrorizing the Liars since Mona was sent to Radley mental institution at the end of Season 2; additionally, the mysterious figure is a transgender woman and not a single character on the show batted an… »8/12/15 4:39pm8/12/15 4:39pm

Jose Canseco to Honor Caitlyn Jenner By Dressing Like a Woman For a Week

Here’s a dispatch from the world of well-meaning publicity stunts that are actually both really stupid and also very offensive: Jose Canseco, radio host and former paramour of Janice Dickinson, will support Caitlyn Jenner’s transition by walking a mile in her shoes and dressing like a woman for a week. What’s Canseco… »7/30/15 11:53am7/30/15 11:53am

Girl Scouts Turn Down $100K After Donor Demands Trans Discrimination 

In May, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America announced that their organization is officially open to transgender girls. Soon after, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington received a large donation of $100,000 with this caveat: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If… »6/30/15 11:30am6/30/15 11:30am

What Makes a Really Stupid Opinion About Caitlyn Jenner

I find it impossible not to respond to Elinor Burkett’s New York Times opinion piece, “What Makes a Woman,” in which she fumes against exactly one comment made by Caitlyn Jenner and goes on to complain that trans women are “undermining women’s identities, and silencing, erasing or renaming our experiences.”
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For Social Conservatives, Acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner Is the Apocalypse

The Washington Post has a pretty wonderful story today on how the right wing is reacting to Caitlyn Jenner: awkwardly, in the case of Republicans who’d like to be president someday, or, among pundits, with a full-on, “fling yourself on the floor, pee your pants, hurl your sippie cup and cry for mama”-style tantrum. »6/05/15 12:50pm6/05/15 12:50pm

Huckabee: I Would Have Pretended to Be Trans to Shower With Girls

It’s been a few days since Mike Huckabee has said anything offensive enough to make me want to jump out a window, so here’s a fresh reminder that he’s one of the worst human beings alive. Huckabee recently called trans-inclusive bathrooms a “social experiment” and once again pointed out that the trans community wants… »6/02/15 1:50pm6/02/15 1:50pm

Vanity Fair Pulled a Beyoncé to Keep Caitlyn Jenner's Cover Under Wraps

If you thought Beyoncé was the only game in town who could pull off a massive, undercover project with many hands involved and keep it secret till the end, allow yourself to be reintroduced to Vanity Fair, which managed to keep Caitlyn Jenner’s cover story from prying eyes for months until early this afternoon. »6/01/15 10:25pm6/01/15 10:25pm

Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… »5/21/15 2:15pm5/21/15 2:15pm

Here's A Transgender Woman's Letter From a Men's Prison in Texas

Earlier today we published a story on Passion Star, a transgender woman incarcerated in Texas who says she’s been subject to rape and violent attacks at the hands of other inmates for the past 12 years. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice did not move Star into safekeeping, a version of protective custody, until… »5/13/15 6:00pm5/13/15 6:00pm