Tag: Transgender and Transsexuals

For This Artist, the Medium Is the Body

MANCHESTER, England — Rolling, scrubbing, shoving and stroking: The dance piece “Human Measure,” which premiered here earlier this month, is filled with bodies touching. Performed by the multimedia artist Cassils and five other mostly nude dancers, the choreography alternates between sensuously intimate and hedonistically frenetic. The tone set by low, red lighting and a droning, […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Netflix workers plan a walkout over Dave Chappelle.

Two weeks after the debut of Dave Chappelle’s standup special “The Closer” on Netflix, the streaming giant is still grappling with internal backlash as a group of staffers prepare to stage a virtual walkout on Wednesday. The walkout is the latest episode of employee unrest surrounding the special, leading to the kind of tough news […]

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Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

MONETA, Va. — On a sunny Thursday morning in September, a few dozen high school students gathered for a weekly chapel service at what used to be the Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill and is now the chapel and cafeteria of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. Five years ago, the school in southwest Virginia had […]

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The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

The Catholic Church in Poland is a more widely popular and legitimate institution, because of the role it played in resisting communism. In Krakow this winter, I met the philosopher Ryszard Legutko, a former anti-communist dissident who became increasingly disenchanted with liberal democracy in the 1990s, in a way that was illuminating for skeptics of […]

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Chappelle’s Netflix Show Just Isn’t Funny

We saw a record number of violent deaths suffered by trans and gender-nonconforming people in 2020. And there is a spate of truly appalling bills in states across the country aimed at the trans community. (You can listen to my “Sway” episode with the A.C.L.U. lawyer Chase Strangio about that here, as well as my […]

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Gadsby and Netflix Employees Pressure Executive Over Dave Chappelle Special

Tensions at Netflix continued to flare on Friday, 10 days after the release of a special by the comedian Dave Chappelle that critics inside and outside the company have described as promoting bigotry against transgender people. Early on Friday, a Netflix star criticized the company and Ted Sarandos, a co-chief executive, in a stinging social […]

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Dave Chappelle Isn’t Canceled. He Just Likes to Talk About It.

The first time Dave Chappelle wanted to quit a TV show, he didn’t do it. After shooting the pilot of his soon-to-be-forgotten 1996 ABC sitcom, “Buddies,” an amiable comedy about an interracial friendship, the network fired his co-star Jim Breuer, which led Chappelle to tell his manager he wanted to quit. He was talked out […]

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Netflix Loses Its Glow as Critics Target Chappelle Special

“Netflix has gone from the underdog and outsider poking the establishment to the epicenter of the Hollywood establishment,” he said. “When you’re at the center, everything is magnified 100 times. This is going to happen more and more as society itself wrestles with these issues. With Netflix, what will make it further complicated is that […]

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Texas Removed an L.G.B.T.Q. Resource Page After a Candidate Complained

The State of Texas removed a web page that offered resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth after one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican primary challengers said its content was “offensive” and out of line with “Texas values.” The removal occurred shortly after the candidate, Don Huffines, denounced the website in a video that […]

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Amid Chaos at Rikers, Women and Transgender People to Be Transferred

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced that women and transgender people held at the Rikers Island jail complex will be transferred to two state prisons 40 miles north of New York City, in the latest effort to stem a crisis that has engulfed the correction system. The move, which begins […]

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Former ‘Hamilton’ Cast Member Files Discrimination Complaint Against Show

A former “Hamilton” cast member filed a federal workplace complaint against the show on Wednesday, alleging that the show had retaliated and refused to renew a contract after the actor had requested a gender-neutral dressing room. In the complaint, filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, lawyers for the former cast member, Suni Reid […]

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What Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special’s Trans Remarks Show

If there is brilliance in “The Closer,” it’s that Mr. Chappelle makes obvious but elegant rhetorical moves that frame any objections to his work as unreasonable. He’s just being “brutally honest.” He’s just saying the quiet part out loud. He’s just stating “facts.” He’s just making us think. But when an entire comedy set is […]

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Gender-Neutral Pronouns: The Singular ‘They’ and Alternatives

The most natural coinages would be those that form a set with “she” and “he” such as “que” (“kwee”), “re” and “xe.” Could anything be closer to the heart of the L.G.B.T.Q. community than the first of those? And this is just a starter in the brainstorming exercise. The nonbinary community may pick it up […]

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‘Sex Education’ Gets More Inclusive in Its Intimacy

Kelly Gordon, a trainer at Enhance the UK, a charity run by disabled people, and Chris Yeates, an outreach and support coordinator at Back Up Trust, a charity that supports people affected by spinal cord injury, consulted on Isaac’s story line. The scene works because it’s not about the fact that Isaac uses a wheelchair. […]

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An Artist’s Portraits, Stitched Together on the Subway

LJ Roberts starts by stitching the faces of friends and lovers, recalling in hand-sewn portraits the contours of a saved photograph or deeply personal memory. For the last decade, the artist has created these pocket-size embroideries during downtime and subway rides around New York. A tapestry of queer and trans history, activism and politics has […]

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The A.C.L.U. Errs on R.B.G.

Recently, on the anniversary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the American Civil Liberties Union set out to pay tribute to her pro-choice heroism, and ended up making the sort of self-parodic blunder the right salivates over. One of R.B.G.’s iconic quotes came from her 1993 Senate confirmation hearings, when, instead of shying away from commenting […]

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Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes

Estrella has long, wavy, jet-back hair. She tries to tame it with a thick-toothed comb in the backyard of her house, among the chickens, hammocks and looms. All around her, relatives come and go. It is November 2015, and Estrella is preparing for the annual festival called La Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del […]

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