S. Korean Surgeon 'Going to Hell' for Sex Reassignment Surgeries

Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun is known as the "father of South Korean transgender people," and he is the leading surgeon performing sex reassignment surgeries in South Korea. Despite his own strong Christian beliefs, he says he has come to the decision that performing SRS for his patients is the right thing to do, even if it earns… » 4/19/14 6:12pm Saturday 6:12pm

Gender Transition as Social Experiment?

Alexa Huang, Professor of English at George Washington University, writes about her experiences of the intersection of gender identity and race by looking at how her transition as a trans woman of color, specifically as an Asian trans woman, has altered the way privilege is applied, not applied, restricted, or revoked… » 4/16/14 10:15pm Wednesday 10:15pm

India Officially Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'

Yesterday India's Supreme Court legally recognized the country's neither male or female third gender, and declared them entitled to the same education, jobs, and driver's licenses as those who identify as male or female. To Western eyes, this ruling is unprecedented given the same court's recent outlawing of… » 4/16/14 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of "Manifesting Prostitution"

Last Friday, Monica Jones was found guilty of prostitution-related charges despite efforts from her and the ACLU after being arrested in May of 2013 in a police sting operation in Phoenix, Arizona. The black transgender student and well-known sex work activist had not actually engaged in prostitution—she accepted a… » 4/13/14 1:00pm 4/13/14 1:00pm

Vaginas Engineered From Scratch Are Actually a Thing

With what could have major implications on sex reassignment surgery for transgender women, four young cisgender women have been successfully implanted with vaginas made from their own cells. Follow up tests have shown that the engineered vaginas are not distinguishable from the rest of the young women's bodies. » 4/10/14 8:55pm 4/10/14 8:55pm

Thai "Ladyboy" Romance Music Video Will Pull At Your Heartstrings

The video chronicles the reunion of a woman with her best friend, with whom she was in love when they were teenagers. However, there's a twist, as her best friend knew her as a "boy." She is, in fact, a "ladyboy," which is the preferred term for many individuals in Thailand we might label as trans women in a Western… » 4/10/14 3:39pm 4/10/14 3:39pm

Courtney Love, Please Shut Up About Bruce Jenner!

GUYS. I thought we talked about this. I could have sworn we already had a long, drawn out, excruciatingly detailed conversation about why this kind of shit is not okay. After maybe a week or two of total freak outs about Bruce Jenner, I thought we had agreed to shut the fuck up about him and leave him the hell alone. » 3/26/14 11:28pm 3/26/14 11:28pm

Inspirational Transition Montages Will Have You Cheering

Transition isn't just about medical transition. It isn't just about hormones. It isn't just about surgeries. If any of that stuff. It's about making a lot of life changes. Choosing to move from unhappiness behind a mask to happiness unmasked. And here's a couple of transition montage videos that will really inspire… » 3/23/14 1:30pm 3/23/14 1:30pm

Should Jared Leto's Dallas Buyer's Club Performance Be Lauded or Loathed?

Jared Leto's performance in Dallas Buyers Club annoyed me from the first moment his character, Rayon, a transgender woman, appeared on screen. She peeked around a curtain in the hospital like a stalking cat, looking to snatch a glimpse of the half-naked man in the bed next to her. Her action sent a message that carried … » 2/27/14 5:43pm 2/27/14 5:43pm

Christ, Piers Morgan: Janet Mock Was Never a Boy (And Neither Was I)

Piers Morgan asked Janet Mock back onto his show to explain why she and the transgender community have been so incensed by the packaging of his interview with the trans activist and author. Unfortunately, rather than listen to Mock, Morgan continued to assert that he should be free from criticism because he has "always… » 2/06/14 1:10pm 2/06/14 1:10pm

Transgender Woman Invites Councilman to Stone Her, Even Brings Stone

In December, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed an ordinance banning housing and employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. What great news! Everyone in Shreveport must be throwing dance parties in the name of progress and RuPaul's Supermodel (You Better Work) » 1/18/14 12:00pm 1/18/14 12:00pm