Posts Tagged transphobia

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 ...

Transphobic ad campaign puts gender anxiety on full display

A really disturbing and transphobic advertisement showed up in Canada’s National Post the other day, pictured above. I won’t link to their website because they don’t deserve the traffic, but suffice to say it has “stop corrupting children” in the title. Because as we all know, trans folk, gender non-conforming people and allies are all viscous baby-haters who hope to corrupt children with their message of “love yourself for who you are” and “express yourself freely” and “you don’t have to be something you’re not”. Scaaaaarryyyy .

The paper has since apologized, stating that it did not follow its own “procedures in place for vetting the content of advertising, especially advocacy advertising…intended to ensure that such ads meet ...

A really disturbing and transphobic advertisement showed up in Canada’s National Post the other day, pictured above. I won’t link to their website because they don’t deserve the traffic, but suffice to say it has “stop ...

The New York Post’s latest headline fail: This one’s transphobic!

I am so over the New York Post. Here’s the latest headline from the newspaper that always sucks:

Of course the article itself is a gem, too: the first sentence is “From same-sex marriage to sex-change surgery!” First they let the gay people marry, then they let the trans people have health care! It’s the downfall of society! Or ya know, the provision of basic rights. Whatever.

While we know abortion is explicitly excluded from coverage under federal Medicaid funds, transgender health care, especially surgery, is implicitly excluded. New York state covering sexual reassignment surgery would be an incredible boon in the lives of many trans folks. It would also be the right thing to do, offering Medicaid coverage for ...

I am so over the New York Post. Here’s the latest headline from the newspaper that always sucks:

Of course the article itself is a gem, too: the first sentence is “From same-sex marriage to sex-change ...

10-year-old trans girl on being bullied by adults and accepted by her peers

I love it when we get to hear from young people about what’s going on in their own lives. Too often, the voices of those most impacted by youth issues are ignored in favor of adults. So I was glad to read the words of a 10-year-old trans girl in England who returned to school this year presenting her actual gender.

The girl’s mom told the Worcester News (in an article unfortunately trapped in the “trapped in the wrong body” frame, but which does keep the girl’s identity anonymous) that the school administration has been supportive of letting her daughter present as a girl, but some parents have walked by them muttering, “That’s that freak family. That’s that freak ...

I love it when we get to hear from young people about what’s going on in their own lives. Too often, the voices of those most impacted by youth issues are ignored in favor of adults. So ...

Adam Corolla thinks we should change “LGBT” to “yuck”

Adam Corolla has made a career out of being a racist misogynist bully, so it is not much of a surprise that when given the opportunity he goes on hateful anti-gay and transphobic tirades. When faced with the discussion of sexual-orientation based bullying and suicide in schools and the case for why Bert and Ernie should get married on Sesame Street he laughed and made a series of violent comments.

(Trigger warning)

You can check out the clip here, the comments start at about 1:19.

A few comments that really stick out (not verbatim but pretty close):

“Can the gays shut up–please get married and shut up.”

“Yeah Bert and Ernie butt-fucking is going to save a lot of lives…”

“What’s with all the training ...

Adam Corolla has made a career out of being a racist misogynist bully, so it is not much of a surprise that when given the opportunity he goes on hateful anti-gay and transphobic tirades. When ...

Newsweek’s transphobic profile of model Lea T.


I’m a little late to Mac Margolis’ Newsweek profile of Lea T. because, to be honest, I’m so completely over this whole “trans is the hot new thing in fashion!” meme. But wow this article is seriously the worst.

The problems start in the article’s subheading:

Brazil’s hottest new model is tall, dark, and glamorous. She’s also a he.

No, she’s a she. She may have been assigned male at birth but she’s female identified, and that makes her female. Welcome to Gender 101!

The subheading goes on to describe Lea T. as “fashion’s gender-bending muse” and the article suggests fashion’s interest in “gender bending” is part of the industry’s history of being “outrageous.” Which speaks to how problematic the obsession with ...


I’m a little late to Mac Margolis’ Newsweek profile of Lea T. because, to be honest, I’m so completely over this whole “trans is the hot new thing in fashion!” meme. But wow this article ...

What We Missed

If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. – Chicago Defender (November 28, 1962)

It’s Malcolm X’s birthday. He would have turned 86 if he were alive today.

Is Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill not dead after all?

Fox News had their transphobic expert doctor contend that Chaz Bono’s gender identity is a psychotic delusion — after an uproar, they removed the piece from the internets.

On Silent Choices, a film about black women’s experiences with abortion.

If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary. – Chicago Defender (November 28, 1962)

It’s Malcolm X’s birthday. He would have turned 86 if he were alive ...

MD’s flawed transgender anti-discrimination bill

On Wednesday, March 9th, a Maryland House of Delegates committee is scheduled to have a hearing on a trans anti-discrimination bill that is stirring up controversy. House Bill 235 would ban discrimination based on gender identity in housing and employment. Unlike versions of this bill introduced over the past few years (none of which passed, of course) HB 235 does not include protections against discrimination in public accommodations.

What exactly is a place of “public accommodation” and why is this a big deal? It includes places of lodging like hotels and motels, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, places for public gathering and shopping, transportation stations, stores, schools, gyms, shelters… I could go on. Basically, this is about whether ...

On Wednesday, March 9th, a Maryland House of Delegates committee is scheduled to have a hearing on a trans anti-discrimination bill that is stirring up controversy. House Bill 235 would ban discrimination based on gender ...

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