Category: transgender

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.

It was a record season for plus-size and transgender models at…

It was a record season for plus-size and transgender models at NYFW

Watching New York Fashion week this season, we had a certain inkling that we were seeing more models of color on runways than ever before, and more plus-size and transgender models too. It felt like this season was signaling turning point for New York.According to a new report from the Fashion Spot, which meticulously tracks diversity on fashion week runways, we were right. 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. 

Kashmire Redd, transgender man, killed in fatal stabbing in New…

Kashmire Redd, transgender man, killed in fatal stabbing in New York state

Kashmire Redd, 28, identified by police as a transgender man, was fatally stabbed early Monday morning in his Gates, New York, home — allegedly by his partner, 40-year-old Doris Carrasquillo, local outlet WHEC reported on Tuesday.Carrasquillo is charged with fatally stabbing Redd in the home the couple shared, allegedly after an argument. She has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Redd’s death. Kashmire Redd is at least the 19thtransgender person killed so far in 2017 — nearly all of the trans people killed so far this year have also been people of color. Read more.

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Trump says he’s doing the US military “a great favor” by…

Trump says he’s doing the US military “a great favor” by banning trans people, thanks Putin for expelling US diplomats

  • Trump gave himself a hearty pat on the back Thursday for trying to drum transgender people out of the U.S. armed forces, saying he’s “doing the military a great favor” by clearing up a “complicated” issue.
  • Trump said he has “great respect” for the transgender community and claimed he “got a lot of votes” from its members.
  • But the president, who announced his plan to bar trans men and women from the service in a late-July tweet, said he deserves accolades for tackling the “confusing” matter head-on.
  • At the same press conference, Trump also expressed gratitude to Russia’s Vladimir Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats. Read more (8/10/17 5:30 PM)

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)