edit: The 2016 British LGBT Awards awards ceremony already happened (it took place on May 13th), but it’s great that this is still getting notes. 

Thanks to everyone who commented on this post (especially @caitlintheawesome‘s addition). Your criticism, suggestions, and opinions will hopefully improve next year’s awards. Also, to everyone who said Troye Sivan should have been nominated: YES! He would have been a perfect choice. The British LGBT Awards claim that nominations are based on public opinion, maybe we can campaign for him to be nominated for 2017? 

Lastly! Here are some articles about the controversy:

British LGBT awards criticised for including Zayn Malik and Zoella in shortlist

The Controversy Behind The 2016 British LGBT Awards

Organisers of the British LGBT Awards came under heavy criticism last month after it was revealed that Zayn Malik and Zoella featured on their 2016 shortlist

The British LGBT Awards: An Insult To The Queer Community

#BoycottLGBTAwards trends as British LGBT Awards shows a lack of LGBT nominees


Watch the Video: Trans Community Responds to Leelah


Ryan Cassata - ryancassata

Katty-  katblaque


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By ElloSteph ellosteph | National Center for Transgender Equality

Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans Women Deserve More


Dear American Idol Casting Directors,  

I have received many phone calls and emails begging me to try out in front of the executive producers of the show in the past couple months. I’m not interested.

LAST YEAR I was interested, and I tried out but you DIDN’T WANT ME, I wasn’t “contemporary enough” and being transgender wasn’t such a hot issue in the media like it is now. This year, I see what American Idol is all about, another pre-casted show, that’s looking for “singers” to boost their ratings, and now they just need that TOKEN TRANS person for America to gossip about, to hype up the show.

I realized that YOU ONLY WANT ME BECAUSE I’M A TRANSGENDER PERSON who happens to be a singer, not because I’M A SINGER WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE TRANSGENDER, and because of that I’m not interested.

This year you picked me because you WANT SOMEONE THAT’S TRANSGENDER and you don’t want someone “that people might make fun of, or [someone] who looks too much like they are men who transitioned to women, or [that] look FAKE or GIMMICKY.” You said you don’t want a transgender person “WHO STICKS OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB.” You also referred to trans people as “MEN IN DRESSES” and “TRANSGENDERS.” That is very ignorant, and transphobic.

You told me that American Idol wants “sexual BLONDE GIRLS who are DUMB” and “BLACK GIRLS who are DRAMATIC.” That is sexist and racist.

I questioned you wether the show was a singing show or not and you said that “IT’S A TV SHOW.”

You said “people don’t really make it in music anymore cause there’s nothing to sell, cause now you are a commodity.” To quote my hero Macklemore, “If I’d have done it for the money I’d have been a [bleep] lawyer.” I told you that making music that’s TRUE is what’s the most important thing to me. I don’t want my music controlled by American Idol or any other show, I WANT TO STAY TRUE in my art FOR MY FANS.

I feel that American Idol would EXPLOIT me and maybe exploit the TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY for the purposes of TV ratings and profit. That’s not the right reason to go on television, and that’s not the right thing to do for my community. If it was purely an educational program, and not some overly sensationalized show than I would totally do it.

American Idol isn’t punk rock, punk rock is about being honest, and American Idol isn’t honest. It’s mostly pre-casted, and deep down, it probably isn’t even about singing anymore.

I reject your invitation to SELL OUT. After all, I’m a SINGER, who just happens to be transgender.

Thank you.

Love, Ryan Cassata


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2015 has been a huge year for the LGBT. With that comes everyone clamoring for to have their trans/gay angle. This video is about fake allies and how they can seek to exploit the LGBT community for their own gain. Jose Canseco is going to crossdress for a week to understand Caitlyn Jenner and American Idol casting directors are looking for the “right” type of trans person and Ryan Cassata takes a stand against them.

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Recently transgender artist @ryancassata released his newest album Shine. He has done interviews with fans about this album. Here the interview i did.

1) What is the inspiration behind Shine?

Shine is really a compilation album of all of my recent work. I wanted to make an album that has a little bit for almost everyone.

2) What was your favourite part of making Shine?

My favorite part was being in the studio and getting to hear my songs come to life. I usually play acoustic so to have my drummer come in and play really brings the songs out! It’s a beautiful process and it’s very exciting!

3) Do you have a favourite song off this album?

My favorite song right now is Alcatraz. It’s the most fun to play. It could change tho.

4) What effect, if any, has you being transgender had on this album?

A lot. We’re the Cool Kids is a song to call everyone to come together and rise up against the hatred. It’s a song for all the kids who don’t fit in. I wrote it about the gender binary really. If you don’t fit into the gender binary that’s totally cool. I don’t really fit in either.

5) Do you think your transgender status affected the publicity for Shine?

Definitely. I definitely received more publicity for my Trans status but I probably missed a lot too just because I’m Trans.

6) Do you plan to tour with Shine? If so, where?

Yes! I’ve got dates coming up that are all on my website and I just played SXSW!

7) Any plans for your next album?

Not yet. It’s still being written!! But I definitely want to do more hip hop. :)

Truth is, I haven’t changed much physically aside from the two fading scars across my chest. I haven’t taken hormone treatment. I’m still 5 feet tall. I look the same as I did when I first came out, maybe just a little older. But something is different mentally. I let go of the stereotypes telling me that I wasn’t “man enough” and I realized that I just needed to be “Ryan enough.” I’m finally at peace with my transgender identity and that peace has washed away a great deal of fear.
—  ryancassata for the New York Times Transgender Today series.
Transgender singer accuses American Idol of seeking to exploit his identity
Ryan Cassata unsuccessfully auditioned for the show but was contacted again after increased media interest in trans people such as Caitlyn Jenner
By Fred McConnell

He speaks SO MUCH truth about trans people now being targets for exploitation by the entertainment industry. Really important.



Ryan Cassata is a passionate and talented 18-year-old musician with long hair, a lip ring, dark glasses and loose jeans, who rarely lets his acoustic guitar slip from his side. He met his 16-year-old girlfriend, Alexis, during summer camp the year before and they fell madly in love. After appearing on a television talk show, Ryan’s popularity as a musician grows and he becomes a bit of an icon in the transgender world (he began his transition from girl to boy four years earlier). But his girlfriend’s parents disapprove of their relationship and the pair must confront the harsh realities of the adult world. Alexis will have to choose between her family and the man she loves. This is an inspiring coming of age story about two teenagers who, with surprising poise and resolve, try to assert their identities in a sometimes unwelcoming world. (Juan Baquero)

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