csmonitor.com December 18, 2016
by Amanda Hoover
A 9-year-old girl is making history as National Geographic’s first transgender cover model.
The move comes years after major news outlets have begun reporting on transgender issues, some in ways that have evoked praise for sensitivity and finesse, and others in ways that have been labeled as offensive. Transgender-rights advocates and others under the LGBT umbrella have hailed the announcement about the National Geographic cover as progress after decades of marginalization and discrimination.
www.star.com by Katie Daubs Feature Writer, Sun Mar 27 2016
Dianna Boileau was one of the first Canadians to have gender-confirming surgery, in 1970. She caused a sensation, then married and retreated from public life.
When Dianna Boileau showed up in Toronto court in 1963, the clerk asked the question she had asked herself for years.
“Are you male or female?”
In the silence, the reporters jotted details: Pink fingernails, pink lipstick. Black tunic dress. Tiny pearl earrings. Double identity. Man. Woman.
In 1960s T... [more]
nytimes.com by Deborah Sontag Dec 12 2015
Perched on a gurney at dawn, Kricket Jerná Nimmons, 40, kicked her feet giddily, like a girl on the edge of a pool, preparing to take a plunge. She wore a hospital gown and purple socks with paw prints. Her face was clean-scrubbed — “no lash, no makeup, just me” — and she looked at peace.
“So, this is it,” she said, exhaling theatrically, which is her way.
A Brooklynite by way of South Carolina and Georgia, Ms. Nimmons was ticking down the minutes, as she had ticked down the months, until she wo... [more]
www.refinery29.com by Christina Bonnington Nov 16 2015
(editor note: Pam - today is National Unfriend Day! Hope this helps make it a more pleasant day.)
Unfriending someone on social media can be a delicate situation. On the one hand, you’re really not digging what your friend (or coworker, or relative) is posting. But on the other, you don’t want to screw up your in-person relationship. You adore your BFF, but the lovey-dovey status updates have got to stop.
In honor of National Unfriend Day (yes, it’s a thing), we’ll walk you through how t... [more]
what URNA means to me (Nov 14, 2015)
By Lisa Cole November 14 2015
An incident in Chat tonight made me really stop and think what URNA means, to me and to others.
I came to URNA over 14 years ago.
Same story as so many others. Had them feelings, lived in secret, wondered if I was... [more]
refinery29.com by HAYLEY MACMILLAN Oct 28, 2015
Television personality, model, actress, wife, and trans woman: Carmen Carrera is juggling many roles, and she's doing it in the spotlight. Carrera first captured national attention on VH1 reality show RuPaul's Drag Race, which she joined... [more]
Real Life (Aug 15, 2015)
Lynnie - Aug 5 2015
So last Monday night I had an experience that will go down as a long lasting memory. (I am not full time .. however I have lived just under it for under 20 years....... my id is still boy) I live with a partner who is an American and visits the USA several times a ... [more]
What Being Trans Is Like —A Real-Life Story Worth Seeing (Jul 26, 2015)
refinery29.com R29 Editors
So much of the conversation around transgender people in America focuses on the extremes. We either talk of famous entertainers or share tragic statistics about homelessness and suicide rates. Those conversations are important. But, they don't represent the ... [more]
dailycamera.com - Aimee Heckel Jul 19 2015
"The biggest thing transgender people feel is they want to be themselves, and part of that is sounding like themselves," ... "When they feel good about how they look and stop at a coffee shop and order their morning coffee and the barista say... [more]
Where the Truth Lies - member opinion (Jun 16, 2015)
WHERE THE TRUTH LIES
Before you flip a wig and write nasty stuff all over the web, take time to understand the perspective from which this is written. It is not meant to demean any one person, but of attitudes we allow to persist because it is easier to argue them from a level of com... [more]
My date with Mr. Question (Jun 8, 2015)
My date with Mr. Question.
The volume of people was overwhelming with two parallel conferences sharing the same hotel. A casual observer could easily identify who belonged to which event.It was the first day of our event and I was standing in the flow of people moving with focused int... [more]
Confidence Hack in one simple step In (Jun 6, 2015)
urntoalone.com - Jennifer Anne Carron June 6 2015
Take a walk with me for a moment. No pretences, no judgements, no malintent. Just walk with me.
I want you to reflect on what I just said. How did it make you feel? The reason I asked that question, was simply becaus... [more]
I am a liar (Jun 3, 2015)
I am a liar.
We all are at times. There are many studies, that given a choice with no immediate consequences, we all lie to promote or enhance our position. But, tiny lies.
And then, there are the bigger ones. The part of us we keep hidden from family, friends,....<... [more]
From Blake to Jessie: a 7-year-old's transgender story (Jun 2, 2015)
theguardian.com - Sarah Marsh
Jessie is a typical seven-year-old pupil. She likes colourful dresses and tops off her uniform with a baby-pink hairband. For World Book Day she came to school as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and every art activity involves pink glitter.
When her father passed away, Kimberly Reed had a dilemma. (May 29, 2015)
upworthy.com - Eric March May 29 2015
After going home for her dad's funeral, this trans woman did something amazing: She met her brother.
Going home for her father's funeral meant seeing her brother, Mark, who she hadn't spoken to for many years.
Mark d... [more]
advocate.com - Aiden James Koscieszamay May 20 2015
To paraphrase Janet Mock: Trans people aren't 'passing' as men or women. We're being."
Out of all the words in the transgender lexicon, “passing” is the one I hate most. And that’s no small feat.
I’m attracted to trans women (May 19, 2015)
"After years of confusion and shame, I'm ready to stop hiding the truth about my desires -- and I'm not alone"
Salon.com - THOMAS MATT
I never thought I would have to come out about being attracted to women. But that’s the funny and sad position I’m in these days. A... [more]
mtv.com - by kase wickman
A few years ago, Michelle Hendley was just a girl in her apartment in Columbia, Missouri, making confessional YouTube videos and rambling on about her life. "I'm wearing clothes!" one is entitled. Hendley looks into the camera, narrating, "today was really wa... [more]
Why I do what I do (May 11, 2015)
This is my introduction... this is the part that is written below my picture on the back paperback cover if I ever wrote a book for URNA. I am completely different from the previous columnist. I am appreciative of her work and words, the time and passion spent on URNA. T... [more]
The Huffington Post Canada - Julianna McDermott May 6 2015
Transgender youth in Canada are facing major mental and physical health challenges, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. The study called, “Being Safe, Being Me,” is based on the results of a n... [more]