Today’s big headlines include an end to the Kevin Hart scandal (phew) and the announcement of the 2019 Grammy nominations
Now casting, Drag Race UK will air on BBC Three next year, unleashing the United Kingdom’s special brand of drag talent onto a world of fans
Breaking out from the blockbuster limelight, unbeknownst to many it’s been a great year for LGBTQ documentaries
We now know that a trans woman was beaten while in American ICE custody, and homophobia in soccer in on the rise according to new data
The new Twitter terms allow posts, comments and users to be reported for misgendering and “deadnaming” trans people
In today’s headlines, a gay Marvel exec has lamented the lack of queer and Latin heroes, and Trump is trying to ramp up his trans ban for the military
Cities from NYC to Bangkok are staging events for a day of remembrance that brings awareness to trans deaths worldwide
The Daily Sting, Tuesday: LGBT Activists Attacked With Acid in Russia, Transgender Day of Remembrance
An acid attack in Moscow has left activists in the hospital, and today marks the annual Trans Day of Remembrance
Commissioned by LGBTQ advocacy group Citizens for Transparency, the billboard draws attention to Christian legal group ADF
An article calling for a trans registry to “further study the community” was published in the UK, and a new Ariana track has many people talking
A Drag Race holiday special has been announced, and a recent statement of support for the trans community was signed by 56 of the world’s biggest companies
If you’re interested in hooking up with a trans dude, here are five worthwhile piece of trans dating advice that trans men definitely want you to know
The transgender community is composed of individuals who have a gender identity or gender expression that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. It also includes people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine, such as those are who genderqueer or nonbinary. As sexual orientation is independent from gender, transgender folks may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual.
Historically, the community has faced a great deal of discrimination and violence. According to the Human Rights Committee, 21 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2015, and in 2016 at least 25 were killed. Violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. The community is often deprived of access to housing, employment, healthcare, and other vital services due to a combination of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Transgender issues have been in the spotlight lately thanks to famous transgender figures such as Chelsea Manning, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and Janet Mock, as well as several recent U.S. laws — laws that both take away and grant rights to transgender people.
One of the most notable is North Carolina’s HB2, which forbids transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Fortunately, there have been a number of laws passed recently which protect the community. As of July 2016, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legislation that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. President Obama also issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals who work for the federal government or its contractors. In 2016, Oregon became the first state to legally recognize non-binary individuals.
When it comes to knowledge and attitudes about the community and transgender rights, progress has been made, but there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.