National, International News
Washington Blade Online - By Joshua Lynsen
Efforts to curb prostitution in the District could lead to increased profiling and arrests of transgender residents, some activists fear.
Part of the proposed Omnibus Public Safety Act of 2005 allows police to establish "Prostitution Free Zones" in public areas. People must have an "apparent lawful reason" to be within the area, or face arrest.
The Alliance for a Safe & Diverse D.C., along with 22 other local and national organizations, have co-signed a letter opposing the act, claiming it "will increase ha... [more]
San Francisco Independent Media Center- by SCHA-LA
Maria Roman is a transgender woman who has been a leader in social services for the Latina transgender community in Los Angeles. She was assaulted and molested by security guards and police in Miami 03/10/06. I'm trying to get folks across the country aware that this happened. I mean, what happened is horrible, but at least she wasn't murdered like Gwen Araujo or left to die like Tyra Hunter. My hope is that this will cause a national uproar - loud enough so that the Florida authorities have no choice but to deal with it. I hope... [more]
Amnesty International - Press release
Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the USA are victims of a system that fuels discrimination and facilitates torture, ill-treatment and impunity, said Amnesty International today as it launched a report on police abuses against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The report “Stonewalled – Still demanding respect” is based on interviews conducted by Amnesty International (AI) between 2003 and 2005 with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) com... [more]
Lindsey Collom - The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX — Police are looking for two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a transsexual.
A 22-year-old man living as a woman was killed near 35th and Glenrosa avenues early Tuesday.
The victim, whose name was not released, was walking with someone shortly after midnight when two men approached them and exchanged words. That’s when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the back, witnesses told police.
There was no further information on the suspects. Police are investigating.
TransPhobic crime to be recorded by PSNI (Mar 21, 2006)
GCNE.ie - Associated Press
From today onwards crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will be recorded separately by the police.
Until transphobic incidents have not been totalled in the same way as homophobic, racist and sectarian offences, ma... [more]
Gay rights win in Warcraft world (Feb 13, 2006)
By Mark Ward - Technology correspondent, BBC News website
The maker of the hugely popular online game, World of Warcraft, has changed its policy on gay teams following an outcry from many players.
Blizzard was accused of being heavy-handed by threatening to expel a play... [more]
January 24, 2006
Newark, NJ - The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey announced that it reached an agreement last week with the Hasbrouck Heights School District on behalf of Michael Coviello, a 17 year-old male student who was prohibited from wearing a skirt to school.
Party Girls - TGs Just Wanna Have Fun (Dec 16, 2005)
Party Girls. TGs Just Wanna Have Fun by Drew Lazor on Philadelphia City Paper.
While gays and lesbians have many social avenues in Philadelphia, the transgendered (TG) community is rarely invited to the party. Living as a TG person means you closely identify with the opposite sex, and sometim... [more]
KSEX Radio Fan Forum (Nov 7, 2005)
I thought this was an Interesting Exchange on the KSEX Radio Fan Forum... pointed out to me by a friend...
Complaint Mail from a Transexual Fan
I received a few complaint letters from Tyler Faith's last KSEX show where she expressed her honest opinion of transexuals. H... [more]
Update: Two men guilty in transgender teen's killing (Sep 13, 2005)
(09-12) 16:46 PDT Hayward (SF Chronicle) An Alameda County jury found two men guilty today of second-degree murder, but not a hate crime, in the killing of Newark transgender teen Gwen Araujo at a party two years ago after learning that she was biologically male.
Gender Education and Advocacy's Remembering Our Dead Project (Sep 13, 2005)
Be forewarned, this is not pleasant but it is important. It's an ambitious project being tackled by Gender.org to Remember those in the Transgendered Community that have had their lives cut short, many as the result of Hate Crimes.
Katrina and Assistance for the Trans Community (Sep 9, 2005)
We've been asked to pass on this information...
Many folks in the community are raising funds and gathering supplies for those of our community that are hurting units due to a darned storm. Some of them have asked me to find out where folks are and what is needed. This is for all Tra... [more]
Countessa's Closet Modeling Opportunities (Sep 3, 2005)
Hi ladies. Countessa's Closet is looking for TG Ladies to model for our new winter catalog. We need many plus sizes also and we would also like some TG Ladies over 35 and up to 68. Please take a look at our site and you will see our truly believeable look and style as all models on our site are Tran... [more]
Gender-Bending Online Gamers (Sep 3, 2005)
Only half the "female" gamers playing "World of Warcraft" online are actually women. Most women who play those kinds of games do so with a romantic partner. And the average age of a "Warcraft" druid is 28.8 years old.
The Right Person for the Job (Jun 10, 2005)
Library of Congress Accused of Withdrawing Job Offer After Applicant Reveals Gender Change...
By Petula Dvorak, Washington Post Staff Writer
TG Murder, Police Seeking Assistance (May 24, 2005)
This article is about a week old but involves someone in the community who was murdered and investigators are seeking information that may help them find the perpertrator... if anyone can be of help...
Transsexual Youth Haven Provides Support (May 18, 2005)
CHICAGO (AP) - It's another Wednesday night as a small group of regulars trickles into a youth center tucked on Chicago's north side. From the city and suburbs, they are an eclectic bunch - dressed in everything from jeans and T-shirts to pumps and sparkly dresses...
Retrial Set in Calif (May 9, 2005)
BERKELEY, Calif. - For the second time in less than a year, prosecutors are gearing up to try three men accused of killing Gwen Araujo, a 17-year-old one-time friend who they later discovered was biologically male...
School helps Girl student change to Boy (Mar 4, 2005)
Thanks to Sasha for pointing this out. It's a Very Interesting Article about a families decision to allow their child who was born phyically female to attend school and live his life as a male with the Support of the School System. Looks like some progress is being made.
Fakes And Frauds (Dec 5, 2004)
We are constantly amazed at the lengths some people will go to in order to "enhance" their images online. Recently, it was revealed to us that one of our members, Ms Rachel Grahm of the United Kingdom, had blatantly modified a photo of a rather famous genetic girl and was trying to pass this photo o... [more]