Transgender & Intersex: February 2014

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DC Mayor Unveils Comprehensive Trans Health Coverage

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

This morning, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced new rules requiring that all public and private health insurance plans that fall under the city's regulatory purview cover trans-related healthcare expenses, including gender reassignment surgery.Read More

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With Trans Ban, U.S. Lags Behind in Military Inclusion

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The U.S. placed a disappointing 40th in the first-ever global ranking of countries by LGBT military inclusion, largely because of the ridiculous prohibition on open trans service.Read More


Could 'Transparent' Help Take Trans Issues Mainstream?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 26, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Despite its flaws, "Transparent" - a pilot TV episode released by Amazon Studios - has great potential to help normalize the depiction of authentic trans lives in mainstream entertainment.Read More

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Casting Call: Trans Folks Who Want to Kiss on Camera

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

URGENT: are you trans? Are you comfortable kissing on camera? Would you like to help send a message of support to Russia's LGBT community? Then your help is needed - today!Read More

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Update: Trans Former Italian MP Released in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 8:45 PM | comments

Vladimir Luxuria, a former member of the Italian Parliament and the first openly trans parliamentarian in Europe who was arrested for protesting Russia's anti-LGBT laws in Sochi, has been released from custody, according to new reports.Read More

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Trans Former Italian MP Reportedly Arrested in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

Vladimir Luxuria, a former member of the Italian Parliament and the first openly trans parliamentarian in Europe, has reportedly been arrested by Russian authorities for protesting in Sochi.Read More


BREAKING: Facebook Adds Dozens of New Gender Options

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 1:05 PM | comments

Social media giant Facebook has just announced that users will now be able to select from about 50 gender designations, rather than forcing them to identify as male or female.Read More

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Why Couldn't Janet Mock Be More Like Laverne Cox?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 09, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Why couldn't Janet Mock, in her interview with Piers Morgan, be more like Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera in their graceful interview with Katie Couric? For good reason. Read More

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Transgender: The Kobayashi Maru of Conversations

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | February 07, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Conversations about transgender issues often are a no-win scenario. People who regard themselves as allies unconsciously have bought into all sorts of negative cultural narratives without realizing it.Read More

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Where Piers Morgan Went Wrong

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 06, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Morgan's panel discussion was clearly payback, a way to use his show to attack Janet Mock and the trans community for daring to confront him while keeping his own hands ostensibly clean.Read More

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Janet Mock: Piers Morgan 'Sensationalized' Me

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A problematic CNN interview with Piers Morgan and trans advocate Janet Mock has turned into a fierce and bitter flame war.Read More