travel.usatoday.com - By Gene Sloan, USA Today
A Florida travel agent has announced plans for a group sailing on a Royal Caribbean ship that will feature nearly half a dozen drag queens performing for and mingling with participants.
The seven-night Disco Queens on the High Seas cruise, as it's being called, will kick off in Port Canaveral, Fla. on Sept. 16 and include calls in Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach destination in Haiti. It'll take place on the 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas.
blogs.wsj.com - By Michael Edison Hayden
On a swelteringly hot day in June of 2002, a 22 year-old hijra sex-worker named Sowmya was castrated by a Mumbai doctor for the sum of about 10,000 rupees ($200).
vice.com - By Royce Akers, Photos by Oliver Purser
A little while back, VICE went to Jogjakarta, Indonesia to film a community-run school that teaches the Quran to Islamic transsexuals. The instant we arrived, the gals there quickly took us to their silicone-bolstered bosoms and we soon found ourselves at funerals, parties, and breast-enhancement procedures...
seattlepi.com - Aron Heller, Associated Press
Tel Aviv, Israel (AP) - Tel Aviv has long been a gay paradise, one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public.
Now, thanks to its balmy climate, vibrant nightlife and a creative government-backed branding campaign, the city has become one of the world's top gay tourist destinations.
Sex Is Between the Legs, Gender Is Between the Ears (Dec 15, 2011)
popmatters.com - By Michael Abernethy
An MTF (Male-to-Female) trans person singing disco songs in Hebrew. Now, there's an act that will draw the crowds in - especially if the singer in question is Dana International, winner of 1998's Eurovision contest. Born Yoran Cohen in Israel in ... [more]
edgeboston.com - by Joseph Erbentraut - EDGE Contributor
As a sign of the cultural significance of the transgendered in their ancient society, in July, the prime minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele, met and spoke with the Samoa Fa'afafine Association, the South Pacific island nation's... [more]
Best of the Bay 2011 (Jul 27, 2011)
sfbg.com - Marke B.
Welcome to the Guardian's Best of the Bay 2011! This is our 37th annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here such a great experience - from Best Burrito and Best Local Band to Best Strip Club, Best Shoe Store, Best Drag Queen, and beyond.
Indian feminism more complex than of West: Butalia (Jul 16, 2011)
zeenews.india.com - IANS
Delhi: Feminism in India is more complex compared to the West, says writer-publisher-activist Urvashi Butalia, whose essay on a transgender`s life is the lone Indian contribution in the latest Granta anthology.
"A bit of blandness has crept into... [more]
Transgender Samoans glorious miracles (Jul 4, 2011)
news.smh.com.au - Tamara McLean, AAP South Pacific Correspondent
AAP - Samoa's prime minister has offered high praise to the country's transsexuals, calling them "glorious miracles of God" who "us men" can't help but find attractive.
Transsexuals, known as fa'afafine, a... [more]
10 of the best cafes and budget restaurants in Amsterdam (Jun 22, 2011)
guardian.co.uk - Vicky Hampton
Getto is a burger bar with a difference: each burger is named after a drag queen who performs there - keep an eye on the website if you're keen to catch an act. It describes itself as "an attitude-free zone, for gays, lesbians, bi, queers and straights".... [more]
Pink Planet: Everyone joins in on the fun in Perth (Jan 14, 2011)
thestar.com - By Julia Steinecke - Travel Reporter
Perth, Australia - "Let's rumble!" says a drag queen wearing an orange negligee, and the mud begins to fly. It's Lesbian Mud Wrestling night at Connections nightclub, ( www.connectionsnightclub.com) and there's a huge turnout late on ... [more]
smh.com.au - Andrew Taylor
Crystal Love is big, brash and uses language that would make a sailor blush - pretty much how you would expect a drag queen to behave.
Yet behind the bravado lies a troubled soul.
Love says she believed she was a woman despite ... [more]
Subculture inspires young male cross-dressing trend (Jan 7, 2011)
japantimes.co.jp - By Minoru Matsutani - Staff writer
He's a 52-year-old medical doctor who goes by the name Ayaka Ogawa when living out his cross-dressing fantasies of being a woman in her mid-40s.
"As you see from my (cross-dressing) age, I look young when I disguise ... [more]
Afghans Cross Dress Children for Prestige (Oct 6, 2010)
theramonline.com - By Eric Horbath - Staff Writer
A recently published article in the New York Times about gender orientation in Afghan children complicates the simplifying notion that only "boys will be boys." The article discusses the common cultural practice of dressing Afghan gir... [more]
Pattaya: Thailand's City of Wonder and Indulgence (Sep 25, 2010)
mb.com - By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
"Welcome to Pattaya, worldly famous for the three Ss: sun, sand, and sex," enthused our cheery tour guide, Jitty, as we approached the bustling seaside city. Having slept through the whole two-hour drive from Bangkok to Pattaya, we could hardly make out... [more]
El Megano Cinema: A Dark & Safe Place (Sep 13, 2010)
havanatimes.org - Yenisel Rodriguez
El Megano is a cinema in a peculiar neighborhood, Centro Havana, and is patronized by marginalized people of all types: indigents, alcoholics, illegal immigrants, homosexuals, transvestites… According to their needs, all of them seek to take adva... [more]
Georgian transgender feel unwelcome at home (Sep 13, 2010)
Sexual minorities in Georgia are accusing the government and the Orthodox church of persecuting them. They want their life choices to be accepted instead of being labeled a sin or disease.
Nika spent 5 years working in Georgia's police force, and got fired … for being a woman.
A look inside Istanbul's transsexual brothels (Aug 29, 2010)
globalpost.com - By Nicholas Dynan
Istanbul, Turkey - Near one of the busiest streets in Istanbul, a row of nondescript houses holds a secret unknown to most foreigners here. The houses are the work place of some of Istanbul's transgender and transsexual sex workers.
Brazil's sex tourism boom (Jul 31, 2010)
Young children are supplying an increasing demand from foreign tourists who travel to Brazil for sex holidays, according to a BBC investigation. Chris Rogers reports on how the country is overtaking Thailand as a destination for sex tourism and on attempts to curb the proble... [more]
Kenya: Myths About Transgender People (Jul 29, 2010)
allafrica.com - Audrey Mbugua
On 30 July 2010, a transgender woman (who I shall refer to as Storm) was arrested in Thika District in Kenya's Central Province. She was arraigned in court for intent to commit crime and remanded thereafter in a female remand facility. It was discovered s... [more]