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  1. TGGuide.com is now operating Transgender News Channel on Facebook, posting the latest breaking news affecting the worldwide transgender community. Please give us a like. Your feedback will be appreciated. 
  2. Two of my girlfriends and I went out to go dancing and let our hair fly on Saturday night. It was great, we arrived to the club and were welcomed with open arms. Guys were buying us drinks and we danced our asses off. 
    When it was time to leave we had a 6 block hike in our 6 inch heels to the parking lot, but some young kids decided to harass us while walking to our safe zone.
    One of my girlfriends, who will remain nameless, was assaulted one time by a man who continuously called her a freak while she was walking alone to her car after work a few years back. 
    Because of that terrible attack we walk in numbers — ALWAYS. When being harassed by these punks I took a photo of their license plate causing them to stop in the middle of the road threatening to run me over with the car.
    Here's where the story elevates; as they made the threat two deputies were coming out of a diner and heard the words spewing from the mouths of these thugs. It only took them seconds to react and the trio were taken into custody. 
    The deputies said it didn't matter that we were CD/TG, we were people who needed help and that's what they do.
    I love the Emerald City.
    The moral of the story is simple: Walk in numbers and don't be afraid to ask for help.  
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  3. By Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 AT 12:44 AM http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/article/20160812/BDN06/160819477?fb_action_ids=10205123839495234&fb_action_types=og.comments EDITOR: What I’m going to talk about right now is the need for school policy that better protect our children. In order to make my point I need to share with you my own rather horrific childhood.
    I started being bullied at 7 years old. Called gay slurs because for me being a girl equaled gay in the boys’ eyes and gay was deserving of being beaten. I know for a fact that at 7 years old I had no sexuality, but because I grew up prior to the Internet, the term “transgender” didn’t exist as it does now. So they missed out on beating me up for that reason.
    My first tooth lost was a tooth knocked out, and by fourth grade I had no more baby teeth. I never said a word to my parents about why. My parents loved me, but my dad was angry about the gay movement that started in 1969 and was hitting its stride in the ‘70s when I was going through school. How could I have told my parents that I’m a girl when girl equals gay and gay is deserving to be beaten? I keep it all a secret because I didn’t know what else to do.
    I was afraid to go to school. I was afraid to use the restroom during lunch or recess because on the couple of occasions I did, I was beaten up. Instead, I would time my asking in class so that the teacher might not tell me I couldn’t go, and I could use the restroom hoping no boy was in there. Or I faked illness so I could use the single-person restroom in the nurses office. On two occasions during elementary I had accidents because I couldn’t hold my bowel movement before I could get home, and had to deal with the ridicule the rest of the way by a group of kids.
    By 9 years old I was suicidal. Death seemed preferable to life and my first way of trying to die was to try to catch pneumonia because I heard it could kill you. I would wet my head after everyone had gone to sleep and stand outside in only my underwear in the winter. I never caught pneumonia. I caught bronchitis instead a few times, and for that I was grateful. At least it kept me from going to school.
    In fourth grade I had two extreme injuries. Both inflicted by someone else. By fourth grade all my permanent teeth were trying to come in because I had lost all my baby teeth by then. My two front teeth were permanent. My two front teeth now are both shoved up into my skull. My two front teeth are fake. I had to endure years of painful treatments in a dentist chair, but at that time I had to go to get the pavement cleaned painfully off my gums. I developed an extreme fear of the dentist. To me it only meant pain. The second incident was a concussion so bad it left a goose egg-size bump on my forehead between my eyes. My eyes swollen shut and blackened. The doctor told my mom that if I were hit there again in any way before my skull fully healed, I could have brain damage. I was grateful for that injury. It kept me out of school for almost the rest of the year. It was then my family started referring to me as “accident prone.”
    The policies that I’m proposing are to help keep children safe. Not just the transgender child, but any child that feels unsafe in the places where the teacher can’t see. The teacher can’t protect. This is where extreme bullying occurs. Where those who may stop it can’t see. Will we create a perfect world? No, but that isn’t the intention. It’s to do what is in our power to do to help keep all our children safe. I have some issues that will never be resolved due to how I was treated. I’ll have to endure certain things for the remainder of my life. My fate doesn’t and shouldn’t be the fate of children we can help now when we have it in our power to change certain things so easily. Let’s make this next school year a better school year for all our kids by pressing the school boards to be brave enough to place the children first and hopes for their re-election second. #transgender
    Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood
    Geneseo
    These are the policy details I'm proposing. Slightly but significantly different from the LGBT's current stance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvctQnUgI0
     
  4. Natalie Whalen | Thu, 2016-10-13 15:22
    ""No one really wants you to die in prison," U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal said. "There's more out there than hanging out in custody.""  -- out.com
    Transgender Bank Robber Gets Light Sentence from Sympathetic Judge

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    By Sebastien Malo
    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 34,000 transgender people in the United States could face problems voting in next month's election because their ID cards do not match their gender, advocacy groups said, urging them to use a postal vote to avoid being turned away at the polls.
    Transgender rights have come under increasing scrutiny in the United States with rows over access to public bathrooms and healthcare dominating media coverage and political discourse in recent months.
    Thousands of transgender people could face obstacles voting in the Nov. 8 presidential election in states with stringent voter ID laws, according to a report by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
    "A transgender voter may show up at the poll with a valid ID, however if they have not been unable to update the gender marker or photo on that ID, a poll worker may be confused and refuse them a ballot," said Arli Christian, spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
    Doubts about gender on an ID is not be a valid reason to deny a ballot, but it has led to transgender voters being turned away from polling stations in the past, campaigners said.
    "It's a shame that a trans person would have to put themselves at risk of scrutiny, harassment, discrimination to exercise something as basic as their right to vote," Christian told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
    Thirty-four states have passed voter identification laws, according to the Williams Institute, with eight having strict versions requiring the voter show a government ID with photo.
    In a 2011 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 40 percent of transgender respondents said they were harassed when they presented an ID that did not match their gender identity.
    Though a "civil rights issue", the problem voter ID laws represent for transgender people have yet to generate the kind of debate raised by other LGBT issues, said Kenneth Sherrill, a political science professor emeritus at Hunter College in New York City.
    The transgender vote represents only a "small fraction" of the U.S. electorate and does not have the potential to significantly alter the election's outcome, he said.
    Jillian Weiss, head of the New York City-based Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, said absentee voting is "good advice" but "shouldn't have to be necessary".
    "Let's not forget that this is a workaround for the equal protection of the laws that people are otherwise entitled to," said Weiss, whose organization is looking for cases of transgender people being denied the right to vote.
    On Nov. 8, American voters will pick a new president as well as elect members of the U.S. Congress.
     
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    Source https://www.yahoo.com/news/transgender-voters-may-face-problems-voting-u-election-230507054.html

  6. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-transgender-constitution-end-run-20160825-story.html
    I firmly believe with everyday passing transgender laws will get that more difficult.
    Before November 8 election results both candidates running for President I am sure they are heterosexuals straight forward people in promoting straight gender rights so until we get someone like Canada's PM Justin Tridue we will have to wait.
     
     
  7. Not much to say here. I just thought that some of you would be interested in this cute little story.
    http://www.fox23.com/news/trending-now/mom-says-her-transgender-firstgrade-daughter-is-making-her-way/303407687
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEoGy0ZpciA  
    This is my latest video upload, i talk about what its like being a student in 2016 and what that means for the LGTBI community. I am utterly grateful to be in a more accepting society where i can be a teenager and transition during high school with support and love. Watch the full video here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEoGy0ZpciA 
    Let me know what you think and PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, it means the world to me. 
     
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    This is a really helpful and supportive center with all kinds of information and events for people in St. Petersburg and Tampa areas.
    The Metro Wellness Center....
     
    http://www.metrotampabay.org/
    and.... the LGBT Welcome Center located nearby and is directly networked with the Wellness Center
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  12. O K , here in Virginia , we have this inmate we're all paying for in prison for BANKROBBERY . meanwhile she decided to rob banks for her operation which hasn't happened. O K , she's mentally unstable . She has un successfully tried to "Self Castrate herself a couple of times . Meanwhile , a sympathetic judge has allowed her to finial have her say in court to DEMAND that every citizen unwillingly donate to her sex re assignment . LOOK, I AM A TRANSWOMAN MYSELF and I'm proud of NEVER askin, stealing or doing anything illegal to have my HRT . Meanwhile , this lady, ( I'm being nice here ) has got a judge willing to tell us , what we'll do . I'm mad ! Yeah, mad . This sets a precedence to do what ever in Virginia including sell drugs , rob people and do whatever . ya get prison and a FREE Sex re assignment , uh not on my dime hon !


  13. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mma--fallon-fox--transgender-mma-fighter-controversy-043035215.html
  14. Here's the latest on Ophelia De'Lonta the transwoman wanting Virginia tax payers to pay for her surgery. Some of you already know how I feel about tax dollars paying for elective procedures in prison . Yes, I'm prepared al ready for a bunch of ANGRY hate mail too.

    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=19896790
  15. Bigotry On Display: Mississippi Students Protest Transgender Classmate
    In her senior year at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, one transgender student decided it was time for her to fully realize her gender identity...
  16. Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox faces licensing problems
    SI.com
    Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy, and as the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, she's going to get plenty of it. On Monday, the 37-year-old Fox (2-0) revealed exclusively to SI.com that she's a transgender...
  17. Transgender Latin Americans face violence, bigotry
    Reuters AlertNet
    Transgender Latin Americans face violence, bigotry. A transgender sex worker looks waits for customers on a street in Tegucigalpa, Honduras...

    I'm not exactly sure why they had to use a transgender sex worker (as opposed to perhaps a transgender community volunteer) to illustrate their story. I suppose transgender people are so marginalized that the sex workers tend to become synonymous. That is a sad reality for many, even in more "civilized societies." But in any event, the statistics are alarming and unacceptable. I hope a focus on human rights will lead to a better life for our transgender brothers and sisters in these countries. ~ Lori
  18. Cameroon court acquits 2 men imprisoned for 'looking gay'

    (CNN) -- A Cameroon appeals court has acquitted two men found guilty of homosexuality because they wore women's clothes and ordered Bailey's Irish Cream...
  19. Transgenderism Is Not a Disorder, American Psychiatric Association Says
    Slate Magazine
    Sources within the APA now confirm that in the DSM-5, which is due to be published in May 2013, GID will be replaced with the more neutral term gender dysphoria...
  20. How Fox News Celebrated The Transgender Day Of Remembrance
    Media Matters for America (blog)
    November 20 is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day meant to memorialize the victims of violence motivated by transphobia. It's only fitting, then, that the Fox & Friends crew would start the day with a news alert mocking Michelle Kosilek...
  21. Cuban transsexual elected to public office
    The Guardian
    A Cuban transsexual has become the first known transgender person to hold public office in the country, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara. Adela Hernandez, 48, hailed her...
  22. Top 10 transsexual entertainers in Asia
    China.org.cn
    Transgendered people have always been a controversial topic, though our society is becoming more open. Transsexual entertainers struggling in showbiz may face much more misunderstandings, ridicule, or even abuse compared to other celebrities...
  23. Once again, Thomas Beatie, is in the media. The issue this time is that an Arizona judge refuses to grant the Beatie's a divorce because the judge is not sure if Thomas is a man. Same-sex marriage, is of course, not legal in Arizona. But the Beatie's were married in Hawaii, where he is considered a man, and why they were allowed to marry. It's all a sticky situation.

    But here's the kicker...rather than concentrating only on the issue at hand, and the ripple affects this judge's actions (or non-action) can cause, Beatie continues to allow himself to be billed as the [world's first*] pregnant man, and everytime he appears on any show, pictures of him with his "baby bump" are flashed across the screen.

    Today, on Anderson Live, Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show, pictures of a pregnant Beatie were continually flashed on the screen -one which shows him sitting on a bed, naked and "embracing" his pregnant belly - along with one pre-transition photo, and even a couple of photos of him at the doorway of men's restrooms.

    At one point, Cooper asked Beatie about all the publicity over his divorce and the controversary surrounding it. Beatie's answer was that part of the reason is that the tabloids have their way of getting information. While the tabloids might have been able to dig up court records and perhaps jimmie information out of family and friends, I'm sure most of the intimate images and video we have seen of Beatie could only have come from him - like the video he made allegedly to document his wife's domestic violence. It's just my opinion, but the vid appeared staged to me.

    So once again, we have a transperson in the media, and once again, the issue and we as a group, are devalued because of the circus-like handling of a story, and what seems to be a transperson media-prostituting himself. I think the Anderson Live segment would have served transpeople, and society in general, much better had the discussion revolved only around the Beatie's divorce, how it affects transpeople, their families, possible legal precedents and current laws. Not whether he intends to give birth to more children in a future relationship, and looking at pictures of what he looked like before transitioning, or what he looks like butt naked and pregnant with pit hair, body hair and beard!

    *Beatie is not the first transman to have a child after transitioning - he's just the first one to go public.
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  24. Controversy swirls around local transgender college student
    KOMO News
    A controversial decision by Evergreen State College officials to let a transgender student to use the women's locker room has brought up issues of civil rights, state laws and how best to protect children. At the center of the issue is a 45-year-old...
  25. Transgender Immigrant Fears for Her Life If Deported
    New America Media
    Since 2009, Honduras has seen a spike in hate crimes and murders of members of the transgender community. For one Honduran immigrant who is applying for asylum, the fight to stay in the United States could be a matter of life or death...