Q Daily, a third grader who attends a Brooklyn public school, describes himself as silly, curious and nice — all of the qualities that he likes about people. He is a lover of Michael Jackson, a wearer of trendy hats and isn’t shy about dancing in front of a crowd.
And, now that he identifies as a boy, he feels more alive than before.
“It feels like, instead of a dead flower, a growing flower,” he said of his transition from girl to boy.
Inside New York's First Transgender Modeling Agency
Peche Di, a Thai beauty queen who studied at New York University, spent five years booking occasional modeling gigs and looking for an agency to represent her. “They didn’t understand me,” she says, “so I struggled to find work.”
Finally, this past May, she decided to do something about the lack of opportunities for her and other transgender models. The 26-year-old walked into the county clerk’s office downtown and filed the paperwork for Trans Models, creating New York City’s first transgender modeling agency—and one of only three in the country, and perhaps the world.
Now, four months later, her agency has signed 19 models—10 men and nine women—and has done shoots for Budweiser and Smirnoff. Consultations are ongoing with a network executive about a possible reality-TV series.
An influential transgender gay rights activist (1944 – 1992). One of my eternal sheroes. She played a major role in the “Gay” Rights Movement early on and was highly involved with the Stonewall Riots. For decades her work has been talked over and erased, but she lives on in many a young queer heart! <3
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the loss of transgender people to hate crimes, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.
In 2014, the holiday was observed by activists across the world — including in Ireland and in Scotland.
This year, trans people all around the world will be showing their pride by posting selfies, videos and other media.
#TDOV#TransSelfieDay and #TransDayofVisibility will be used and all of those who fall under the Trans umbrella including but not limited to trans women and men, genderqueer and non-binary folks, all those who are agender, bigender, two-spirit, neutrois, intersex, trans feminine, trans masculine, genderfluid and/or gender non-conforming.
Make sure to use other trans-specific hashtags too.
On #TransLiberationTuesday, I commit to continue lifting up the voices and lives of my black trans sisters who have been mocked, harassed and murdered. I commit to using my platform and voice for the progress of my community. I commit to continue laying down self-doubt, fear and insecurity in my identity. I am beautiful. I am fearless. I am powerful. I am here. #BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #AllOfUsOrNoneOfUs
For the First Time in U.S. Political History, Two Trans Women Win Major-Party Primaries
Two transgender women made American political history yesterday when voters in Utah and Colorado elected them to run for spots in Congress next fall. The women — Misty K. Snow and Misty Plowright (yes, they’re both named Misty) — will represent the Democratic party against tea-party Senator Mike Lee and Representative Doug Lamborn, respectively.
Both candidates won by wide margins — Snow beat her opponent by almost 20 points, and Plowright won more than 13,000 votes while her rival received about 9,600. According to Politico, both candidates face “uphill battles” for their respective congressional seats, as Plowright’s district in Colorado is one of the most conservative in the state, and Utah is, well, Utah.
Planet Fitness cancels woman’s membership after her complaints of transgender woman in locker room
A Midland County woman’s gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members “a man” was using the woman’s locker room.
Yvette Cormier said the incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, when she entered the women’s locker room at the Planet Fitness location at 701 Joe Mann Boulevard in Midland.
“I was blocked, because a man was standing there,” Cormier said. “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?”
Cormier said an employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman. After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness’ corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a “no judgement zone” and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women’s locker room. The person has not been identified.
The slogan “Judgement Free Zone” is regularly used by Planet Fitness.