Over the last 30 years, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
“It’s always the very expected trans narrative in the newspapers; it’s always some horror story,” says L. Garnons Williams, photographer for the savvy trans-style Tumblr blog The Test Shot, which pairs photos of a transmasculine subject alongside a treatise on that person’s style.
The clock is ticking in Albany, and the New York State Senate still hasn’t gotten around to a vote on the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would extend antidiscrimination protections to transgendered people.
Tavares Spencer, 16, is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charges carry enhanced penalties because officials are considering this a hate crime.
When 42-year-old Ruby Corado was 16, her parents had her immigrate to the United States from El Salvador to escape the civil war. She says that when she arrived in Washington D.C. in 1986, she noticed that there were very few resources for Latinos in the area, and none for LGBT Latinos.
I've increasingly been seeing and hearing the word "transgendered," and I have cringed every time. What's wrong with the seemingly subtle difference between saying "transgendered" and "transgender?" Actually, a lot.
The moment of dread for transgender people comes when the question arises on a job application: "Have you ever lived or worked under another name?" It bears a chilling echo of the witch hunts of the McCarthy era's anti-communism trials.