Gender-nonconforming teen sues DMV over driver's license photo →


In June, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told to remove the makeup – hor “disguise,” as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take photos for a driver’s license. Now, Culpepper is suing the South Carolina DMV in federal court through the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.
My clothing and makeup reflect who I am,” Culpepper said in a statement released by TLDEF. “The Department of Motor Vehicles should not have forced me to remove my makeup simply because my appearance does not match what they think a boy should look like. I just want the freedom to be who I am without the DMV telling me that I’m somehow not good enough.”

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It’s time to act on Our Watch

Our Watch is an Australian campaign to stop violence against women and children

Our beliefs about the way boys and girls,
women and men,
are supposed to act are formed in childhood.
Around the world, gender stereotypes
and unequal power
between men and women
are the most important underlying causes of family violence.
We can stop this before it starts.
By saying no to attitudes, stereotypes and behaviours
that support gender inequality and violence.

It is time to stand up, to speak out,
to take action on Our Watch.

"10 Trans Guy Myths Busted" and other great videos

Most people don’t know much about trans issues, so myths abound. Here are 10 trans guy myths busted.

The video above is from Girlfriends TV, a YouTube channel with lots onf short, informative videos about, sexuality, gender and love.

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Challenge society’s limiting representation of gender!

The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change.

> Take the pledge and use your voice to challenge society’s limiting representation of gender!

Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names →

Transgender models storm fashion world →

I am Transgender

Allyson Robinson at TEDx Nightingale Bamford School:

I set out on this journey to become the person, the woman that I had always known myself to be, not to become transgender. I mean, who wants to identify with a medical condition, right? Who would willingly embrace a label that brings with it such fear and such loathing? […] Because of it I shook with fear under barrages of slurs and threats hurled at me by strangers on the street. I shuddered in pain under needles and scalpels as my body was remade to affirm the image of myself that was imprinted on my mind.

 Somewhere along the journey, something changed: Despite all of the pain and travail, I grew not only to accept my journey, but to treasure it. Today I am accepted by the world without question as the woman I am and have indeed always been and I no longer have to wear a maligned and misunderstood medical condition as my identity. And yet today I choose to.

Today I say it with pride: I am transgender. And with no small amount of gratitude either. Because today I see it as one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received. I am thankful that I am transgender because being trans has shown me that there were other perspectives, other ways of viewing and experiencing the World that were just as valid as my own, maybe even more so.

Allyson Robinson was recently ordained a Baptist minister.

Misunderstood and stateless in Hong Kong: A transgender woman's nightmare →

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"I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don’t believe in men’s wear or women’s wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should be respected for being an individual," says Janelle Monáe.

We Need a Broad Trans Alliance →

Trans activist Andrea James writes:

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