Tag: Transgender and Transsexuals

Puberty Blockers for Transgender Youths

To the Editor: Re “Pressing Pause on Puberty” (front page, Nov. 14), about puberty blockers, which aid transgender adolescents but may pose some health risks: This article, published during Transgender Awareness Week, fails to convey the choice faced by caregivers of transgender youths. Until there is a safer option, the benefits of delaying puberty necessitate […]

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I Want the World to See Us Kissing

I was raised in New York City, so I didn’t fully appreciate the privilege I had of growing up seeing queer love on display in public. But when I was in high school, I moved to Atlanta. I’ll never forget seeing two Black boys kissing, then being ridiculed and verbally assaulted with slurs. Ever since, […]

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New Details Emerge About Colorado Shooting Suspect

COLORADO SPRINGS — The small, close-knit L.G.B.T.Q. community in Colorado Springs, a conservative city at the foot of Pikes Peak with a large presence of military bases, was still reeling on Wednesday from the deadly attack at Club Q, which served as an oasis for many. Before a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, new […]

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Honey Dijon Steps Up From Dance Music’s Underground

Honey Dijon is easy to talk to — if you can get in touch with her. Nearly 25 years into a career as a D.J. and electronic music producer, she is seemingly everywhere at once. During just one November week that included Manchester, England (where she played the 10,000-capacity venue Depot Mayfield); London; New York […]

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At Least 5 Dead and 25 Injured in Gunman’s Rampage at an L.G.B.T.Q. Club in Colorado

“His mom had called me and said, ‘Don’t come home right now, there are some people looking for Andy,’” Ms. Bowman recalled, using the man’s nickname. On Sunday, after the shooting, Ms. Bowman was left wondering why the man may have been at large and able to get hold of a rifle, if he had […]

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‘Channeling the Mama Bear’: How Covid Closures Became Today’s Curriculum Wars

Book bans in schools have also been focused on L.G.B.T.Q. themes or characters, found an analysis by Pen America. In the Morning Consult survey for The Times, just over a third of respondents said parents should have more control over what children read in school. Other recent surveys have reached similar conclusions about the contentiousness […]

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Florida Restricts Doctors From Providing Gender Treatments to Minors

“I feel very strongly that this is a misuse of their power,” said Dr. Meredithe McNamara, an adolescent medicine physician at Yale who treats transgender children and testified at the meeting. Mr. DeSantis nominated Dr. Ladapo, a physician and clinical researcher then at the University of California, Los Angeles, as surgeon general in September 2021. […]

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For Ghana’s Only Openly Transgender Musician, ‘Every Day Is Dangerous’

ACCRA, Ghana — When Maxine Angel Opoku was still an upstart musician, relatively unknown and struggling to stand out in Ghana’s competitive music scene, she sang about love, romance and being sexy. Then, in August 2021, lawmakers in the country’s Parliament introduced a bill that would imprison people who identify as transgender, as Ms. Opoku […]

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‘I’m Afraid for My Future’: Proposed Laws Threaten Gay Life in Russia

MOSCOW — In an industrial block in northeastern Moscow on a recent Friday night, organizers of an L.G.B.T.Q.-friendly art festival were assiduously checking IDs. No one under 18 allowed. They were trying to comply with a 2013 Russian law that bans exposing minors to anything that could be considered “gay propaganda.” The organizers had good […]

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Ashton B. Carter, Defense Secretary Under Obama, Dies at 68

Ashton B. Carter, an academic physicist who later climbed the leadership ranks at the Pentagon, culminating in two years as secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, a position he used to further open the military to women and transgender service members, died on Monday in Boston. He was 68. The cause was a heart […]

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Let’s Say Gay

Whereas the first definition for “queer,” according to Oxford and Dictionary.com, is “strange, odd.” Another definition refers not only to gay people but also to “a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary,” according to Dictionary.com. That could mean “transgender,” “gender neutral,” “nonbinary,” “agender,” “pangender,” “genderqueer,” […]

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A Nonbinary Runner’s Experience of the Chicago Marathon

This Chicago Marathon felt different for Cal Calamia. More than a homecoming, it was an opportunity to prove a point about enduring resilience and finding one’s true path. “When I come back here, I remember what it felt like to grow up in a place where queerness was not talked about even neutrally,” said Calamia, […]

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What a Conservative Therapist Thinks About U.S. Politics and Mental Health

Daum: Do you think the word trauma gets overused? Bridge: Yes, absolutely. There’s trauma little t and trauma big T. I do think “trauma” gets thrown around and I don’t know if it is used because people think, “She has trauma so we should be gentle. We can excuse her behavior.” We’re back to that […]

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More Trans Teens Are Choosing ‘Top Surgery’

In the past decade, the number of people who identify as transgender has grown significantly, especially among young Americans. Around 700,000 people under 25 identified as transgender in 2020, according to the Williams Institute, a research center at the University of California, Los Angeles, nearly double the estimate in 2017. Gender clinics in Western Europe, […]

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The Midterm Election’s Most Dominant Toxic Narratives

A month after Florida passed legislation that prohibits classroom discussion or instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity, which the Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed into law in March, the volume of tweets falsely linking gay and transgender individuals to pedophilia soared, for example. Language claiming that gay people and transgender people were “grooming” children […]

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After Dobbs: Feminism Beyond the Gender Binary

[MUSIC PLAYING] archived recording (matt walsh) What is a woman? Can you tell me that? archived recording (amelia abraham) Progressive women tell me that they find it difficult to reconcile their feminism with transgender rights. archived recording (kellie-jay keen) If the word woman no longer means woman and it means anyone who identifies as a […]

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Virginia Reverses School Protections for Transgender Students

In a move that could further inflame the debate over how to handle transgender rights in schools, Virginia will no longer allow students to use facilities marked for the gender they identify with and will mandate that they file legal documents if they wish to be called by different pronouns. Those directives were among several […]

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Yeshiva University Halts All Student Clubs to Block L.G.B.T.Q. Group

Yeshiva University abruptly announced on Friday that it had placed all undergraduate club activities on hold, the latest maneuver in the legal battle by the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to keep from recognizing an L.G.B.T.Q. student group. The move came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered the university to recognize the student […]

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Transgender Youth Find the Magic of Summer Camp

MAKANDA, Ill. — The middle schoolers at Camp Indigo Point were hanging out by their cabins after swimming in the lake, practicing the ukulele and stuffing foil packets with ground beef and vegetables, which were now roasting on the fire, seven minutes on each side. Arin Webber, a real estate agent turned camp counselor, was […]

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America Is Being Consumed by a Moral Panic Over Trans People

So it’s worth remembering some stark facts whenever you hear that trans issues are somehow taking over civic life: There are relatively few trans people in America. Many of the controversies you hear about them are unlikely to directly affect the lives of the vast majority of nontrans Americans. Trans people still wield astonishingly little […]

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At Shakespeare’s Globe, a Nonbinary Joan of Arc Causes a Stir

LONDON — When the playwright Charlie Josephine watched the first performance of their play “I, Joan” at Shakespeare’s Globe last week, they sat in the theater, wracked with nerves. The play, based on the story of Joan of Arc, is Josephine’s first on a major London stage. But that was not the only reason that […]

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For Singapore’s Gay Men, Repeal of Sex Ban Brings Hope After Years of Pain

Dr. Roy Tan remembers the fear of being a gay man in Singapore in the 1980s and 1990s. Having consensual sex with another man was punishable by imprisonment. Undercover police officers would chat up unsuspecting gay men in quiet parks and beaches, wait for them to suggest sex, then swoop in and make an arrest. […]

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In DeSantis’s Florida, Teachers Navigate Curriculum Restrictions

Erin Brown, a teacher in St. Johns County, Fla., typically keeps a gay pride flag hanging up in her classroom. As the faculty sponsor of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her high school, she wants her students to know they are safe with her. But this year, Ms. Brown found herself quietly repurposing the flag. […]

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The Reinvention of the Tank Top

The first look at Matthieu Blazy’s much-anticipated debut for Bottega Veneta was none other than a plain ribbed cotton tank top. At Prada, a slim-fitting undershirt-style white tank, this one featuring a small triangular logo at the scooped neckline, opened the brand’s fall 2022 show (it’s available on the Prada website for $995). On Chloé’s […]

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What Should an L.G.B.T.Q. Museum Be? Approaches Vary.

LONDON — “It feels like a religious object,” said Joseph Galliano-Doig, the director of Queer Britain, a new museum here, gesturing toward a heavy oak door in the main exhibition room. Painted a sickly shade of mustard and studded with steel rivets, the door also had a tiny peephole for prison guards to look through. […]

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How Did a Two-Time Killer Get Out to Be Charged Again at Age 83?

Born in 1938, Ms. Harvey spent her youth in New York, the child of a single mother. Even as a teenager, she displayed a propensity for violence, particularly toward women, and had a complicated gender identity. According to court records and parole board minutes, Ms. Harvey was treated at Catholic Charities, which paired clergy and […]

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England Overhauls Medical Care for Transgender Youth

The National Health Service in England announced on Thursday that it was shutting down the country’s only youth gender clinic in favor of a more distributed and comprehensive network of medical care for adolescents seeking hormones and other gender treatments. The closure followed an external review of the Tavistock clinic in London, which has served […]

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Who Can Play the King? Representation Questions Fuel Casting Debates.

When three of the most prestigious Shakespeare companies in the world staged “Richard III” this summer, each took a different approach to casting its scheming title character in ways that illuminate the fraught debate over which actors should play which roles. At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Richard was played by the actor […]

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Podcasts About Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ Resonate With L.G.B.T.Q. Fans

In the world of podcasts about “X-Men,” flitting from allegories for inequity to “The Real Housewives” is almost effortless. In the eighth episode of “Cerebro,” a popular podcast that looks at the mutant superhero franchise through a gay lens, Connor Goldsmith, who is the host as well as a literary agent, and his guest, the […]

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Republicans Sharpen Post-Roe Attacks on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

Days after the Supreme Court overturned the right to abortion, Michigan’s Republican candidates for governor were asked if it was also time to roll back constitutional protections for gay rights. None of the five candidates came to the defense of same-sex marriage. “They need to revisit it all,” one candidate, Garrett Soldano, said at the […]

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