Zeta Phi Beta: There is no ‘ban’ on transgender women

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A historically black sorority founded at Howard University nearly a century ago said on May 12 there is no “ban” on transgender women who may want to join.

The Washington Blade last month obtained a copy of a “diversity statement” adopted by the Zeta Phi Beta International Executive Board on Jan. 12 that states “an individual must be a cisgender woman” to join the organization. The statement at the same time says the sorority “values all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, ability, disability, creed, religion or walk of life.”

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Trans of Thought: Cisgender Fatigue

By : Melody Maia Monet
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PQ: “I love being both gay and trans—and I hate being confrontational—but it is obvious to me we have a transphobia problem within our community.”

In the early 90s, I came home from college during a break and went to a party with some of my former high school classmates. One of them told me of his experience as a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy that had severely soured him on Jane Fonda. Apparently, it had become the practice of the academy to blast audio of Ms. Fonda over loudspeakers as the cadets were put through their paces during physical training. In short order, every cadet began to associate physical stress with the sound of her voice, and not surprisingly, also grew to hate her.

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Transgender woman of African descent makes history in Brazil

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: São Paulo Congresswoman Érica Malunguinho is a transgender Brazilian woman of African descent who was elected last fall. (Photo courtesy of Comunicação Alesp)

SÃO PAULO — São Paulo Congresswoman Érica Malunguinho made history last fall when she became the first transgender woman elected to a state congress in Brazil. The groundbreaking politician who is also of African descent sat down with the Washington Blade on April 26 to talk about politics, representation and the challenges she faces.

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Study finds trans vets as healthy as cisgender vets

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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COLUMBIA, S.C. | Trans U.S. veterans have few health differences compared to their cisgender counterparts although their odds of having at least one disability are higher according to a new study, HealthDay News reports.

The findings were published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Transmasculine actor Salem Brophy on transgender pronouns and plays

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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There aren’t a lot of plays like HIR out there,” Salem Brophy says. “I can’t audition as myself and just end up in a rom com… It’s important that Jobsite cast a transgender actor in this role.”

Brophy plays Max, a lead in the Jobsite Theater’s production of the pitch-black comedy HIR, pronounced “here.” It follows a suburban family comprised of a battered housewife, an Afghanistan veteran, a disabled stroke victim and Max, the transgender “leftist teenager,” as they deal with a new and absurd reality.

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Trans of Thought: TERF Battle

By : Maia Monet
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Recently, a trans woman walked into a bookstore in New York City and sat down in the audience waiting for Rose McGowan to make an appearance.

Rose was in town promoting her memoir that, in part, chronicled her abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and made her one of the leaders of the #MeToo movement. Taking the opportunity to stand up during the talk, the trans woman started in with charges of transphobia against Rose based on earlier statements made in a podcast. Voices were raised to the point of screaming. Rose, not a paragon of stability herself, handled it badly by screaming back at the trans woman to sit down and shut up. She then made more statements that both deflected the charges of transphobia and reinforced them. When the dust had cleared, video of the exchange was a viral sensation. It became the story du jour on countless outlets and Rose attacked everyone from her own team, handlers, security and even the audience for not coming to her defense. Soon thereafter, fearing similar incidents, Rose announced she was canceling her book tour.

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U.S. schools advocate for rights of transgender students

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools are already balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have.

The Education Department is drawing on those practices to guide other schools as they work to comply with the Obama administration’s directive that transitioning children be treated consistent with their gender identity.

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