On July 31, a transgender sex worker recorded R&B singer Bobby Valentino running out of a room after allegedly not paying for sexual services. Valentino has since denied the accusation and stated, through his representative, “Misrepresentation and deception were maliciously used to target [him]; during the encounter,…
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A little over a year ago, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender individuals would be allowed to serve openly in the military. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission,” he said in the…
LCD Soundsystem’s 43-year-old synth player, Gavin Russom came out as transgender, telling Pitchfork on Thursday, “Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it’s on the front burner. Now it’s…
In the four years producer and director Shaleece Haas followed transgender teen Bennett as he grew into his identity and early adulthood, she managed to capture all the vagaries of family dynamics when they’re met with a sudden gap in generational understanding and tolerance.
June is Pride month for the queer community, and this weekend kicks off the annual celebrations in a wide swath of cities across the world: Washington, D.C., London, Rome, and Los Angeles are just a few.
Dani Castro had developed a UTI, but was afraid to go to the doctor due to her track record of bad experiences. She collapsed and became unresponsive, so a friend drove her to the ER. (Content warning.)
In May 2015, Joshua Vallum brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson, for fear of others learning that she was transgender. Two years later, 29-year-old Vallum has been sentenced to 49 years in prison for a federal hate crime targeting a transgender woman.
Survivor: Game Changers contestant Jeff Varner told Greensboro, North Carolina paper News & Record on Thursday that he’d been fired from his regular job as a real estate agent after an episode of the show aired Wednesday in which he outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender. Varner’s former employer reportedly…
A 38-year-old Long Island man named Patrick O’Meara has been charged with a hate crime after assaulting two transgender women who were trying to enter a McDonald’s in Queens, New York on Friday.
Texas high school wrestler Mack Beggs wanted to compete as a boy this year. A transgender 17-year-old who began testosterone treatments in 2015, he hoped to join the boys’ wrestling team at his public high school in suburban Fort Worth. Because he was assigned female at birth, however, the state’s University…
Jazz Jennings was interviewed by Barbara Walters when she was just 6 years old in a special 20/20 episode. The program made her one of the youngest people ever to talk publicly about being transgender. Now 16, Jennings is still a vocal advocate for young people in the transgender community.
In a critical, if protracted, move towards representation, French Vogue has featured transgender model Valentina Sampaio on the cover of its March issue. A native of Brazil, Sampaio is the first transgender person to appear on the magazine’s cover.
On Monday, January 30, the Boy Scouts of America released a historic and heartening announcement: transgender children who identify as boys are officially welcomed into their ranks.
On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, a federal judge in Texas, granted a temporary injunction to halt the enforcement of Affordable Care Act rules intended to ban doctors and hospitals from discriminating against transgender people, the Associated Press reports. The policy’s protections from sex and…
Konni Burton, a Texas Tea Party state senator, has proposed a bill that would lawfully require school employees to out queer students to their parents, regardless of the students’ wishes.
This season of Shameless is about various journeys of maturation, most notably of Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who finally has decided to take care of herself before her siblings, and Ian (Cameron Monaghan), who’s discovering the limits of his sexuality.
A transgender woman shot and robbed in her Birmingham, Alabama home on Monday may have been attacked by the same suspect responsible for killing a transgender woman in a hotel room last month, authorities say.
Now in its eighth season, ABC sitcom Modern Family makes a significant move in terms of casting diversity. The show will feature eight-year-old Jackson Millarker, television’s first openly transgender child actor.