Posts Tagged trans rights

Weekly Feminist Reader

Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on the prairie.

More research on encouraging girls to pursue STEM.

The Pentagon’s new plan to combat military sexual assault doesn’t do enough.

Your computer is sexist.

Decades too late, Henrietta Lacks’ family is asked for consent.

“Why teach kids not to rape when you could teach them not to get caught?”

Newsflash, Hollywood: suicide isn’t quirky-cute-fun.

Unpaid interns are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Texts from the yellow wallpaper.

Drag in the military sparks

Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on ...

Trans women belong here

Prominent women’s colleges unwilling to open doors to trans women

Last summer, Calliope Wong, then a high school senior, began an open-letter campaign regarding the admissions policies of Smith College. Calliope had hoped to apply for admission to their undergraduate program. But as a trans woman, Calliope encountered an admissions policy at Smith with such prohibitively high demands and so many inconsistencies that her application was ultimately denied consideration, even after following instructions given to her through repeated, direct communication with members of the Smith College administration in which they encouraged her to apply. (Here’s a photo of the rejection letter she received, courtesy Transwomen@Smith Tumblr)

The actions of the Smith College administration constitute a discriminatory bar against trans women. But after reaching out to over ...

Last summer, Calliope Wong, then a high school senior, began an open-letter campaign regarding the admissions policies of Smith College. Calliope had hoped to apply for admission to their undergraduate program. But as a trans ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Arizona introduces bill to prosecute transgender people for using the “wrong” bathroom.

Esquire editor says women are “ornamental” and like “cool cars.” But it’s cool, because they feature old women like Cameron Diaz.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus explains that his party lost the women’s vote because they didn’t reach out to “emotional” voters. Thanks. I think I’m going to cry now.

More stories from survivors of sexual assault in the military.

Why support for marriage equality has risen so quickly.

A 13-year-old girl was raped by two football players. Now she’s being bullied online.

Meet 29 amazing women in STEM.

Hey! Maybe Pope Francis only hates gay people half as much as we thought!

Did ...

Arizona introduces bill to prosecute transgender people for using the “wrong” bathroom.

Esquire editor says women are “ornamental” and like “cool cars.” But it’s cool, because they feature old women like Cameron Diaz.

Republican National Committee Chairman ...

Total(ly awesome, trans rights) frat move

The Emerson College chapter of Phi Alpha Tau definitely wins my (highly prestigious) award for Best Frat Ever. The brothers have raised over $8,100 for a gender-confirming surgery for member Donnie Collins. It’s inexcusable that Donnie’s insurance refused to cover his procedure, and many people don’t have supportive institutions to turn to when money is low.  Still, it’s incredibly heartening to his friends’ efforts, particularly given fraternities’ historical dependence on strict gender policing.

For all the symbolic value, though, Donnie’s “thank you” video reminds us that, at the end of the day, this is about a real person now able to live his life the way he wants:

Donnie is donating excess funds raised to the Jim Collins Foundation, a non-profit ...

The Emerson College chapter of Phi Alpha Tau definitely wins my (highly prestigious) award for Best Frat Ever. The brothers have raised over $8,100 for a gender-confirming surgery for member Donnie Collins. It’s inexcusable that Donnie’s ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Argentina makes history with new gender identity law


Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.

The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is ...


Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans ...

Trans rights are reproductive rights

This is a guest post by Katherine Cross for our partnership with the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference happening this weekend. Cross is President of the Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition and a Core Collective member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Count me among the legions of women who never thought our nation would be revisiting Griswold v. Connecticut in 2012. The spirit of the landmark 1965 case, establishing American citizens’ right to use contraception legally, is now publicly under attack from the political right. In the midst of this has arisen one of the most amazing groundswells of women’s activism in a generation. We have a lot to be proud of, even as the ...

This is a guest post by Katherine Cross for our partnership with the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference happening this weekend. Cross is President of the Hunter College Women’s Rights Coalition and a Core ...

Sweden keeps forced sterilization law for trans people

Apparently my go-to back-up country in case the U.S. goes to shit (oh, wait…) of lovely liberal idealism isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, their law around transgender individuals seeking to legally change their assigned gender is pretty fucking archaic — but what’s worst is that they recently decided to not change it:

Members of the Swedish government have announced they will not change the current law requesting transgender people to undergo sterilisation.

A majority of the Swedish Parliament is for an abolishment of the law but a small conservative party is putting a halt to the change. [...]

The 1972 law being kept in force states that a person wanting their ...

Apparently my go-to back-up country in case the U.S. goes to shit (oh, wait…) of lovely liberal idealism isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, their law around transgender individuals seeking to legally change ...

It’s about time for some trans issues wins

I got kind of emotional reading Miriam’s story yesterday about ob-gyns being told to prepare to treat transgender patients. This is a huge win in the area of health care access, a major issue for trans folks. It’s a win on an issue that’s particularly close to my heart, the intersection of reproductive and sexual health and trans issues. I’ve focused on this intersection in my organizing, and it hasn’t always been easy to be a voice for trans issues in the reproductive justice movement. I thought about all my friends have done to raise awareness about this crucial problem – it’s incredibly inspiring to finally see recognition of our health needs after we’ve been standing here shouting ...

I got kind of emotional reading Miriam’s story yesterday about ob-gyns being told to prepare to treat transgender patients. This is a huge win in the area of health care access, a major issue for trans ...

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