Category: trans

The ‘Real Housewives’ has a long history of ho…

The ‘Real Housewives’ has a long history of homophobia and transphobia. Here it is.

After the most recent seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County andReal Housewives of Dallas sparked controversy among LGBTQ viewers for airing what some saw as anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, a Mic reporter decided to take a deep dive into Housewives history, rewatch old episodes and rethink the impact of the many plotlines that have played out over the years. It wasn’t long before she realized that the Real Housewives of nearly every city have a lengthy, well-documented past of problematic LGBTQ moments that have largely been ignored by Bravo in the name of entertainment. Here is an annotated timeline of every homophobic and transphobic moment on ‘Real Housewives.’

Candace Towns, transgender woman, fatally shot in Macon,…

Candace Towns, transgender woman, fatally shot in Macon, Georgia

Candace Towns, 30, of Macon, Georgia, was first reported missing on Sunday. Two days later, on Tuesday, her body was found at the top of a hill on Macon’s Rosecrest Avenue, the Telegraph, a local Macon paper, reported on Tuesday.Towns had been fatally shot, making her at least the 23rd transgender person killed so far in 2017. Lonnie Miley, the Bibb County chief deputy coroner, told the Telegraph that he was sure Towns’ death was a homicide. Read more. 

The Justice Department just reversed a policy prohibiting…

The Justice Department just reversed a policy prohibiting discrimination against transgender workers

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed the Justice Department to reverse a federal policy protecting transgender workers from discrimination.According to a memo dated Wednesday that was obtained by BuzzFeed, Sessions has instructed U.S. attorneys and the heads of federal agencies to stop interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a protection on the basis of gender identity. Read more.

Preteen drag superstar Desmond Napoles’ advice on being…

Preteen drag superstar Desmond Napoles’ advice on being yourself

“To be beautiful. To be a little sassy. Not much. Beautiful. Friendly,” that’s how Desmond Napoles, a 10-year-old drag veteran, defines being fierce — a word one be hard-pressed not to use when describing the precocious pre-teen.Drag found Napoles at the ripe young age of 2. “I used to get Mommy’s towels and everything and put them around my head and face,” he said. “And then clomp in her big heels — just clomp around the house, and it was fun.” He cites Pepper LaBeija and “realness” as inspirations for his looks. Read more.

Trans model Kayla Ward on why her new Asics campaign is more…

Trans model Kayla Ward on why her new Asics campaign is more than just another job booked

For transgender model and athlete Kayla Ward, her first campaign with the athletic company Asics is a full-circle moment.Growing up, playing basketball and being on the court is what made Ward feel like herself. Read more.

Meet Anita Green, the first openly transgender pageant…

Meet Anita Green, the first openly transgender pageant contestant to compete in Miss Montana USA

On Saturday, Anita Green will make history.When she competes in the Miss Montana USA pageant, which is a qualifier for Miss USA this weekend, Green will be the first-ever openly transgender contestant to compete for the crown in Montana.There has only been just one woman like her before: Kylan Arianna Wenzel, who made history by being the first trans woman to compete on a state level for Miss USA in California in 2013. And that came only after Donald Trump, who used to own Miss Universe Organization, which oversees Miss USA, changed the rule that had previously made trans contestants ineligible. Read more. 

5 active-duty transgender service members have filed a federal…

5 active-duty transgender service members have filed a federal lawsuit against Trump

  • Five active-duty transgender service members filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Trump and key members of his administration over Trump’s announcement of a ban on trans people serving in the U.S. military.
  • The lawsuit names Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford among its defendants.
  • The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs, whom the complaint does not name, openly identified as transgender after former Defense Secretary Ash Carter overturned the ban preventing their service in 2016. 
  • Though Trump’s proposed reinstatement of the ban has not been made official policy, the Jane Does who filed suit argue that the looming possibility has resulted in the loss of “the stability and certainty they had in their careers and benefits, including post-military and retirement benefits that depend on the length of their service.”
  • The plaintiffs ask that the court rules unconstitutional Trump’s proposed ban on trans people from military service and permanently prohibit “the categorical exclusion of transgender people from military service.” Read more (8/9/17)

TeeTee Dangerfield is the 16th transgender person of color…

TeeTee Dangerfield is the 16th transgender person of color killed this year

  • TeeTee Dangerfield, 32, was fatally shot in College Park, Georgia, on Monday morning. Dangerfield is, as the Anti-Violence Project reported on Tuesday, the 16th transgender person of color to be killed in 2017.
  • Major Lance Patterson with the College Park police department said in a phone call on Tuesday that police responded to a “person shot” call early Monday morning, around 4:20 A.M. They discovered Dangerfield inside her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to nearby Grady Memorial Hospital where she died of her injuries.
  • A friend of Dangerfield’s, who identified herself only as Desiree, said that she used to run into Dangerfield in local clubs. “Everybody in the club used to say we looked alike,” Desiree said in a phone call on Tuesday. “We would dance … she was a sweet person, she’s always been a sweet person.” Read more (8/1/17)

This transgender liberation rally reminds us that…

This transgender liberation rally reminds us that #TransLivesMatter

  • Dozens of transgender activists and their supporters gathered Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for the second annual “Trans Liberation Tuesday” rally. The call-to-action centered on the voices of black transgender women and offered an opportunity for them to share their stories.
  • Organized by CeCe McDonald and Joshua Allen — who are trans and gender nonconforming, respectively — of the Black Excellence Collective, the event was created to highlight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color. So far in 2017, 15 trans women have been killed, the majority of them women of color.
  • Nine transgender and gender nonconforming people shared everything from spoken word to passionate speeches about their experiences. Read more. (7/28/17, 8:01 PM)

Landon Wilson is a United States Navy veteran. While on active…

Landon Wilson is a United States Navy veteran. While on active duty, he transition from female to male and was ultimately discharged in 2014 for being transgender. In a new video, Wilson speaks out against Trump’s plan to ban trans people from the military.