Knock(ed) Down, Drag Out - Facebook to Drag Queens: Use Legal Names

Facebook, the home to over 50 gender identity options, has taken a bit of a bigoted turn this week by suspending the profiles of drag queens whose accounts are under their stage names. Artists are being forcefully logged out and left messages providing instructions on how to change their stage names to their legal… » 9/14/14 1:55pm Yesterday 1:55pm

Transgender Teen Sues South Carolina DMV Over Driver's License Photo

The executive director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the manager of its Anderson, South Carolina branch are named defendants in a suit alleging that a transgender teen was denied his constitutional right to free expression. The suit has been filed through the Transgender Legal Defense &… » 9/03/14 4:50pm 9/03/14 4:50pm

Look At This Awful 1969 New York Daily News Stonewall Riots Report

When I came across the original coverage of the Stonewall Riots, I expected it all to be absolutely terrible. Utterly horrendous. And it pretty much is. The New York Daily News piece isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and surprisingly, isn't terribly worse than many pieces I report on now in 2014. That says… » 8/31/14 11:28pm 8/31/14 11:28pm

Michelle Duggar's Robocall Compares Trans Women to Child Predators

Michelle Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting has a new robocall asserting that a law to protect citizens against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, which includes gender identity as one of the protected classes, will allow men who are child predators to claim to be women and be… » 8/19/14 11:16pm 8/19/14 11:16pm

I Don't Care About MichFest's Trans Exclusion, You Shouldn't Either

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival is currently wrapped up, and I guess it's that time of the year where we all wring our hands over MichFest's womyn-born-womyn (read: trans exclusionary) policy. Again. Like we have been doing every summer, apparently, since I was 10 years old. And once again, I just can't seem to… » 8/14/14 11:32pm 8/14/14 11:32pm

Unsurprisingly, Hobby Lobby Also Discriminates Against Trans People

Hobby Lobby isn't exactly on everyone's "best corporate friend forever" list at the moment. While the case of insurance coverage of contraception has been getting all the attention, there is in fact more discrimination to be found! A transgender employee who has been with the company for sixteen years has been… » 7/17/14 11:22pm 7/17/14 11:22pm

Texas Bra Shop Humiliates Trans Woman, Despite 'Inclusive Policy'

An Austin, Texas undergarments store is receiving quite the backlash over an allegation that it treated a trans Austinite very badly. According to the complainant, she was asked for ID stating she was female and told she needed to have had sex reassignment surgery in order to have the fitting. » 6/30/14 11:45pm 6/30/14 11:45pm

Reporting Around R. Kelly's Child Shows Depth of Trans Ignorance

Apparently, one of the children of R. Kelly has come out as a trans boy, and predictably the description of his transition has been pretty shitty. It's like time after time after time, the media, mainstream or alternative, learns nothing about how to speak about trans people after outcries and call outs. Instead,… » 6/08/14 10:06pm 6/08/14 10:06pm

No, Casper Smart Sexting Trans Women Doesn't Make Him Gay

The horrendous tabloid coverage of Jennifer Lopez's supposedly "cheating" boyfriend Casper Smart's communications with transgender women is reaching a fever pitch, and of course, they're pulling out the usual bullshittery when it comes to any story involving trans women or the possible transition of a celebrity. » 6/04/14 11:38pm 6/04/14 11:38pm

Chicago Sun-Times Pulls Horrific Transphobic Screed on Laverne Cox

On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times reprinted an offensive, transphobic rant calling transgender actress Laverne Cox a "man" and an "effigy of a woman" by National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson. After a massive backlash, the paper has retracted the piece and issued an apology. » 6/03/14 11:04pm 6/03/14 11:04pm

Trans Women Assaulted and Stripped on Train, Passengers Cheer

Well this is just lovely (and by that I mean shockingly common), two transgender women of color were harassed and assaulted by at least two men on Atlanta's MARTA train because, oh hey, they're trans women of color. And the men stripped one of the women naked, because of course they did. » 5/29/14 11:00pm 5/29/14 11:00pm

Meh, OITNB's DeLaria Won't Attend Trans Exclusionary Music Fest

This year's lineup for Michigan Womyn's Music Festival has been announced and the inclusion of Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, who has decided not to attend, had raised some eyebrows across sections of the LGBT+ community given that the festival's trans exclusionary policy is still in effect and would… » 5/08/14 8:59pm 5/08/14 8:59pm