Tag: Transgender and Transsexuals

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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Review: ‘Transparent’ and Its Unsettling Technicolor Dream Theater

“Transparent,” when it arrived on Amazon in 2014, did what great TV does: It made the medium bigger. Most obviously, it made room for more kinds of characters. The story of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a senior citizen coming out to her adult children as transgender, it was one of the first series to signal […]

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18 Transgender Killings This Year Raise Fears of an ‘Epidemic’

ATLANTA — In the most recent killing of a transgender woman, her body was found inside an abandoned car, burned beyond recognition. In another case, the woman was pulled from a lake at a Dallas park. And in a third, she was found dead near a golf course, just weeks after she survived a brutal […]

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Mattel, Maker of Barbie, Debuts Gender-Neutral Dolls

Mattel, the company that conquered the doll world by dividing it into idealized Barbies and Kens, is introducing a new line of gender-neutral dolls for boys, girls and children in between. The new line, introduced on Wednesday and called Creatable World, is intended to reflect our culture “as the world continues to celebrate the positive […]

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Person of Interest Is Named in Killing of Transgender Woman in Florida

Three weeks after the body of Bee Love Slater, a black transgender woman, was found burned in an abandoned car near Clewiston, Fla., the authorities on Wednesday named a Belle Glade man as a “person of interest” in her killing. They also said that the man, Jamson Richemond, 29, was a “person of interest” in […]

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Love in the Time of Democrats

There was a lot of drama. Senator Cory Booker, by way of greeting, lifted one of the moderators of Friday night’s L.G.B.T.Q. Presidential Forum right off the floor in a great bear hug. Later, an audience member interrupted Senator Amy Klobuchar with what sounded like an appeal to “protect sex workers.” And then there was […]

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Why the Pickle Became a Symbol of Transgender Rights

Sometimes readers give me things. A Jack Kerouac bobblehead. Gourmet chocolate cupcakes. A stuffed Brutus Buckeye, the mascot of Ohio State. Once, after a bookstore reading, I received a 45 r.p.m. single of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” Also: a whole schiacciata Siciliana (think calzone, only better). But I’d never gotten pickles before. […]

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Transgender Woman Found Burned Beyond Recognition in Florida, Officials Say

ImageOfficials said they were investigating the death of Bee Love Slater as a homicide but said that it was too early to say if it was a hate crime. The body of a black transgender woman, said by the authorities to have been burned beyond recognition, was found inside an abandoned car in Florida. The […]

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For Transgender Indians Hoping to Join Police Force, a Dream Is Denied

RAIPUR, India — Nearly two years ago, the government of Chhattisgarh, a state in central India, announced a drive to recruit transgender police officers. Forty young applicants, many of whom had been harassed, even tortured, by members of the very organization in which they now sought to enlist, put everything on the line to join […]

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‘This Is a Possibility’: Akwaeke Emezi Writes a Trans Story Where Nobody Gets Hurt

After “Freshwater,” Akwaeke Emezi’s critically acclaimed debut novel, came out in 2018, publishers were eager for more from the Nigerian writer. Emezi, 32, was ready, having already sold “Pet,” a young adult novel, to Make Me a World, a diversity-focused imprint of Penguin Random House, and signing a lucrative two-book deal with Riverhead. The first, […]

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In an All-Gender Cabin, Summer Campers ‘Don’t Have to Hide’

GROVELAND, Calif. — Tucked in the shade of towering Ponderosa pine trees, AG-6 looked no different from every other cabin at Camp Tawonga, save the transgender pride flag draped between wet towels on the porch railing. The wooden structure was essentially a glorified tent, with no electricity or running water, and it was home for […]

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A Teen Pretends to Be Trans, and Some Viewers Object to the Deception

In the new indie comedy “Adam,” a straight cisgender teenage boy tries to deceive a young lesbian into thinking he is transgender, believing it’s the only way he would have a chance with her. It’s a premise that raises eyebrows and causes some to wonder: Really? In 2019? But “Adam” has also been celebrated for […]

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Palestinian Authority Bans Activities by Gay Rights Group

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian gay and transgender rights group vowed on Monday to continue its activities after the Palestinian Authority police barred the group from holding events in the West Bank and threatened to arrest participants. The Palestinian Authority police, who exercise control in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, announced the ban over the […]

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