Christ, Michelle Duggar's Transphobic Robocall Actually Worked

The arc of history bends towards justice, or so we say. Yet, every so often, we totally lose ground to reactionary, bigoted curmudgeons who work tirelessly to roll back any progress we make on social justice issues. Unfortunately, today is one of those days. Michelle Duggar's transphobic robocall seems to have in part… » 12/11/14 8:59pm Thursday 8:59pm

Idaho Trans Woman Disrespected After Death; Buried As A 'Man'

Friends of a trans woman from Idaho say they are appalled at the disrespect shown to her by members of her family after she died suddenly on Oct. 9 on the job at age 32, apparently due to an aneurysm. They say they arrived to the funeral to find her hair cut, in a suit, and displayed in an open casket as if she were a… » 11/25/14 10:00am 11/25/14 10:00am

What Street Harassment Is Like For Me As A Trans Woman

Being harassed on the street by strange men is something most women are used to dealing with on a near constant basis. Trans women are no exception. It seems just as bad when we "pass," and can be even worse, and definitely different, when we "fail" to "pass." These are my experiences. » 11/16/14 11:25pm 11/16/14 11:25pm

'Gay' or 'Trans Panic' Defenses Are Crap And Now Illegal In California

Hard to believe this isn't already illegal in ALL THE PLACES, but kudos to California's legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for making California the first state in the union to ban the use of the so-called "gay panic" or "trans panic" defense. Since, you know, your phobia of LGBT+ people is not justification for… » 9/30/14 11:03pm 9/30/14 11:03pm

Conservatives Are Lying About Minnesota Transgender Athlete Policy

Conservative groups in Minnesota, including misleadingly named "Child Protection League," have spouted complete and utter crap about a new proposed transgender student-athlete policy from the Minnesota State High School League. The CPL has even taken out a full page transphobic ad in a major state newspaper. » 9/29/14 10:59pm 9/29/14 10:59pm

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

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 9/14/14 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