Meet New York's First And Only Trans Woman Firefighter

Brooke Guinan is someone you'd probably think of as brave because of her position: she's a FDNY firefighter. Others are praising her bravery for something else: she's the department's only transgender firefighter, and one of its only 41 women firefighters citywide on a force of over 10,000. » 10/20/14 10:59pm 10/20/14 10:59pm

Add The T Word to the Many Ways Laverne Cox Is Changing the World

Laverne Cox is 5'11", maybe 6'4" in Louboutins, but her super-shiny, super-long blonde wig gives her the illusion of added height. Or maybe it's the metaphor: in the year and a half since Orange is the New Black began, Cox's star has grown exponentially, and as a public figure she is larger than life: the rare… » 10/17/14 2:10pm 10/17/14 2:10pm

How to Get Ahead By Sounding Less Feminine

Sometimes it's not looking like too much like a woman that works against you — it's sounding too much like one. Such was the case for Monica Hanna, a NYC litigator who is determined to alter her naturally "screechy, high pitched, and quick-talking" vocal style to be taken more seriously after firm partners called it… » 10/16/14 4:30pm 10/16/14 4:30pm

Carmen Carrera Was Totally On Jane the Virgin Last Night

There were many things to love about last night's premiere of Jane the Virgin, the CW's new series based on a young Chicana virgin who accidentally gets pregnoncé after her ob-gyn screws up her rounds and artificially inseminates her—with her boss's sperm! (It's based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen,… » 10/14/14 2:15pm 10/14/14 2:15pm

US Government Files First Transgender Employment Discrimination Suits

Following decisions by the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to transgender individuals, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first two transgender discrimination lawsuits on Thursday. » 9/26/14 12:20pm 9/26/14 12:20pm

Trans Women Offer Women's Colleges A New Way To Support An Old Mission

Recently, Mills College in California and Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts modified admission policies to include transgender women regardless of the gender listed on official documents or completed medical procedures. The pressure is now on other women's colleges to produce comprehensive admission policies for trans… » 9/09/14 3:22pm 9/09/14 3:22pm

​Model Andreja Pejic Is Crowdfunding an Autobiographical Documentary

In July, Andreja Pejic, the Serbian-born Australian model who rose to fame for her androgynous look and style, came out as a trans woman. Now, she and a filmmaker friend are creating a documentary about her past as well as her uncertain future in modeling and are asking for support for their Kickstarter campaign. » 9/07/14 4:30pm 9/07/14 4:30pm

Stop Confusing Gender Dysphoria With Body Dysmorphia Already

Conflation of gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia seems hard to imagine to those who are very well aware of both of these terms. However, it seems to be a fairly common point of confusion in articles about transgender individuals and extremely prevalent in the comments sections of other transgender related articles. » 8/09/14 1:32pm 8/09/14 1:32pm

Androgynous Fashion Model Andreja Pejic Comes Out as Trans Woman

Australian fashion model Andreja Pejic has never shied away from bending gender about as far as it can go. Previously mum about the extent of her gender variance, the model has now come out as a trans woman. Although this is probably not altogether too surprising for those watching her career with interest. » 7/24/14 11:19pm 7/24/14 11:19pm

Science Magazine Cover's Depiction of Trans Sex Workers Sparks Outrage

For the cover of its special HIV/AIDS issue, Science magazine chose to use an image of transgender sex workers in Jakarta. While the purported intent of doing so was to raise awareness about this "key affected population," many have taken issue with the fact that the photo in question is pretty damn objectifying and… » 7/18/14 6:30pm 7/18/14 6:30pm