Tag: trans rights

The Fight to ‘Be First’: Patricio Manuel, the First Transgender Professional Male Boxer, Breaks New Ground With Everlast

“Be first.” In boxing, it means to throw the first punch. As super featherweight Patricio Manuel explains, it also means risking being hit, “but if you’re able to land that shot, that’s gonna give you victory,” he says. Manuel knows a lot about being first: He is the first boxer to fight professionally as both […]

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Malik Yoba Says He’s Attracted to Trans Women, Will Host Workshop at the National Trans Visibility March in D.C.

Malik Yoba attends ‘Nobody’s Fool’ New York Premiere on October 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Dominik Bindl (Getty Images) Malik Yoba is sparking conversation via Instagram. The 51-year-old actor recently took to the social media platform to reveal he is “trans attracted” and will be hosting a workshop at the National Trans Visibility […]

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Malik Yoba Says He’s Attracted to Trans Women, Will Host Workshop at the National Trans Visibility March in D.C. [Updated]

Malik Yoba attends ‘Nobody’s Fool’ New York Premiere on October 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Dominik Bindl (Getty Images) Malik Yoba is sparking conversation via Instagram. The 51-year-old actor recently took to the social media platform to reveal he is “trans attracted” and will be hosting a workshop at the National Trans Visibility […]

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‘There’s a Bigger Lesson’: Laverne Cox Talks About the Future of Trans Visibility—Onscreen and Off

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris ((Getty Images) Laverne Cox is looking beyond being “first.” Now nominated for her third Emmy since 2014 for Orange Is the New Black, which just aired its final season, the actress and activist, indisputably a pioneer in her field, spoke to W magazine about the honor. In particular, Cox spoke about the […]

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What’s in a Name? A Lot. ‘The Name Change Project’ Helps Trans Folks Own Their Entire Lives

Photo: iStock Cris Lee, a resident of Washington, D.C., is a program manager at a nonprofit that works with traditionally underserved communities. Lee is also a trans man. He has been medically transitioning for just over two years (using testosterone as a hormone replacement), but transitioning socially almost four years. Last summer, Lee began the […]

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Pose Stars Reflect On the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion

“Stonewall reminds us that it’s about the people,” – Billy Porter Despite what various companies may try to tell (or sell) you during the month of June, Pride Month is about acknowledging and celebrating the legacy of the LGBTQIA+ community. Despite the current commercialization of Pride, not all hope is lost. In fact, in recent […]

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Sex Work Decriminalization Could Have Saved Layleen Polanco

Supporters and mourners of Layleen Polanco on stage at the Monday rally at Foley Square. All photos by Alyza Enriquez, for VICE. At Manhattan’s Foley Square on Monday evening, transgender community leaders, Black Lives Matter activists, and friends of Layleen Polanco could be heard sounding off from blocks away. More than a hundred people had […]

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Janet Mock: Why Gender Pronouns Matter

What’s in a name? A hell of a lot when it comes to someone’s identity. Pose’s writer, director and producer Janet Mock speaks on the use of preferred gender pronouns, how they are building blocks in communication, and how they help people feel fully seen and heard. Watch the complete video above. Pose returns to […]

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The 9th Black Trans Woman Has Been Killed This Year

Brenda Scurlock talks to reporters after the murder of her transgender daughter Chanel.Screenshot: WRAL Video On Wednesday, the body of Chanel Scurlock—a transgender black woman—was discovered in a field in Lumberton, N.C. shortly after midnight. She was 23. The Advocate reports that the victim was identified by friends and activists after suffering an unspecified number […]

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New York City to Honor Revolutionary Trans Activist Marsha P. Johnson With Monument

Screenshot: Netflix The world’s first monument to transgender activists, announced Wednesday in New York City, will pay tribute to two women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, for their roles in leading the gay rights movement. The permanent installation will be on display in Greenwich Village, not far from the Stonewall Inn, site […]

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Held for More Than a Year in a Men’s Prison, North Carolina Finally Agrees to Transfer Trans Inmate to Women’s Facility

Photo: iStock After holding a trans woman inmate for more than a year in a men’s prison, North Carolina has announced that it will finally move Kanautica Zayre-Brown to a women’s facility. The surprise decision came on Friday afternoon with a letter from the state’s Department of Public Safety. DPS, which had come under the […]

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