Tag: Transgender and Transsexuals

I Won a World Championship. Some People Aren’t Happy.

The velodrome in Manchester, England, is a beautiful, fast indoor track. Its corners are gentle, and the temperature and humidity are well managed for speed. In October, racing in Manchester, I broke the masters women’s world record in the 200-meter time trial by 0.24 seconds with a time of 11.649 seconds. This race happened during […]

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‘Star Wars’ Star Billy Dee Williams Uses Gender-Fluid Pronouns

The actor Billy Dee Williams has been the very embodiment of cool charisma for decades — in real life and as the smooth-talking, cape-wearing smuggler Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” universe (a role he’s reprising for the first time since 1983 in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”). And while Williams’s brand […]

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The Very (Very) Slow Rise of Lesbianism on TV

Picture it: American living rooms, 1986. A TV juggernaut with a devoted weekly audience of 15-20 million viewers introduces a lesbian story line, and it is both hilarious and eye-opening — and not so much a “very special episode” as just a great episode. In Season 2 of “Golden Girls,” Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and the […]

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‘My Loneliness Keeps Me Going’: Fighting for Equality in India

RAIPUR, India — It happened one evening as Vidhya Rajput neared her home in the central Indian city of Raipur. A cluster of about two dozen men began screaming slurs at her from the roadside. There was nothing new or surprising about the scene. Growing up transgender in India, Ms. Rajput, 42, had endured decades […]

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Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to 2 Groups Criticized by L.G.B.T.Q. Advocates

Chick-fil-A said on Monday that it had stopped making charitable donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, groups that have been widely criticized by advocates for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights. The fast-food chain, a longtime target of L.G.B.T.Q. rights groups because of its stance on gay marriage, has met […]

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National Transgender Group Sees Exodus of Workers in Clashes With Leaders

A well-known national transgender policy group finds itself having to rebuild after a mass exodus of staff members amid discontent over its leadership, claims of retaliation for labor organizing and concerns about minority hiring and outreach. The group, the National Center for Transgender Equality, has lost about two-thirds of its staff in about two weeks, […]

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What Quakers Can Teach Us About the Politics of Pronouns

Pronouns are the most political parts of speech. In English, defaulting to the feminine “she/her” when referring to a person of unspecified gender, instead of the masculine “he/him,” has long been a way of thumbing one’s nose at the patriarchy. (“When a politician votes, she must consider the public mood.”) More recently, trans, nonbinary and […]

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For 16 Transgender Hockey Players, a Groundbreaking Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Brynn Toohey paced alongside the ice at the Simoni Skating Rink, playfully pushing a golf ball back and forth with her stick. “I want to score a bunch of goals,” she said. From the time she could walk, Toohey, 29, had played hockey. Her grandmother used to steal traffic cones off the […]

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‘Because of Sex’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In 2013, Aimee Stephens watched her boss read a carefully worded letter. “I have felt imprisoned in a body that does not match my mind. And this has caused me great despair and loneliness,” she had […]

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Here Comes Lindy West, and She’s Holding a Broom

THE WITCHES ARE COMING By Lindy West The writer and feminist extraordinaire Lindy West has never been one to shy away from conflict. Whether it’s confronting online trolls or debating comedians about whether rape jokes belong in the “cultural conversation,” West has long managed to balance fearlessness with vulnerability — the kind that’s a relative […]

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A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War

ARLINGTON, Va. — From the 12th floor of a glass office tower in the Washington suburbs, a campaign to sway the governor’s race in Kentucky on Tuesday is being waged with an alarmist claim that has little to do with the race itself: If Democrats have their way, soon boys will be able to compete […]

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Classical Music and Fetishes Unite in Historical Center of Gay Culture

BERLIN — A hush fell over the hundreds of kinksters gathered in the pews of the Twelve Apostles Church in Berlin when the cellist, clad in head-to-toe black leather, took a seat in front of the altar and began to play Rachmaninoff. At the back of the room, ushers from the nun-themed drag troupe The […]

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Texas Father Says 7-Year-Old Isn’t Transgender, Igniting a Politicized Outcry

A bitter custody battle in Dallas that centers on the gender identity of a 7-year-old child provoked an outcry among conservatives this month. The child’s mother, Anne Georgulas, had honored what she said was the child’s preference to live as a girl and sought to compel the father, Jeffrey Younger, to do the same, according […]

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Has the Ballroom Scene Outgrown ‘Realness’?

“The category is love!” Billy Porter shouted from the podium last month after accepting an Emmy for his role on “Pose,” the FX show about New York City’s ballroom scene during the 1980s and ’90s. His words expressed the positivity around L.G.B.T.Q. acceptance, echoing “Love Is the Message,” the title of a classic ballroom track […]

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Why the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys Are Not Ready for They and Them

Sam Smith, the British crooner with a voice often described as heaven sent, announced in September that “my pronouns are they/them.” Days later, the Brit Awards, which had nominated Smith for top male artist earlier in the year, said the categories would be reconsidered for 2021. If the Brit Awards do go gender-neutral, they would […]

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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

WASHINGTON — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder led to the passage of a groundbreaking federal law that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes, harshly criticized the Trump administration’s record on civil rights in a letter read aloud in their absence during a Justice Department ceremony on Wednesday. […]

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At CNN Equality Town Hall Activists Took the Spotlight — and the Mic

LOS ANGELES — During a nationally televised forum on Thursday focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, several Democratic presidential candidates were interrupted by transgender activists who repeatedly called for more focus on the murders of African-American transgender women and said that the forum had not done enough to include their voices. Ultimately, one […]

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‘Boys Don’t Cry’ 20 Years Later: For Trans Men, a Divisive Legacy

When it was released in October 1999, “Boys Don’t Cry” was the first mainstream film to focus on a transgender man. Twenty years later, it’s still the rare feature to center on such a life. But as the culture has evolved, the film has proved to be very much of its time, with a contradictory […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Bias Against L.G.B.T. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. The court has not heard a gay rights case since the retirement last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinions in all four of the court’s […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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Who Owns Gay Street?

Winding south from Waverly Place, north to Christopher Street, Gay Street is one of the shortest stretches of road in New York. But its mythology runs long. Let’s begin with the question “Why is it called Gay Street?’” There is no conclusive answer but plenty of postured certainty. It is called Gay Street because it […]

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