Ensuring Transgender Students’ Safety and Dignity

NOW thanks the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Education, who acted courageously, appropriately and dramatically in issuing new guidance for school districts to ensure that transgender students have equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms.

Transgender Awareness Week

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   (source: www.sdgln.com) Transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under this umbrella may describe themselves using one or more terms (trans, transgender man or transgender woman). Transgender identity Read more …

Transgender Lobby Day gives a Voice to Trans Folks and Allies

Last fall in my hometown an agender teen named Sasha’s skirt was set on fire while they rode home on the bus. Victim of a cruel assault just because of their gender expression, Sasha suffered severe burns and was hospitalized. The bus Sasha was riding on, the 7, was the bus that I took to school every day, and Sasha went to the same high school as my older sister, who is lesbian.

Transgender Violence Is a #YesAllWomen Issue

Meredith Talusan writes for The Nation: “By failing to connect the plight of trans women to the struggles of all women, feminists overlook the same culture of male entitlement they seek to combat.”

Taking Care of Transgender Elders

Aura Bogado writes for Color Lines: “Being transgender means one is more likely to suffer poverty, homelessness and criminalization. The violence carried out upon trans and gender non-conforming people lowers their life expectancy. But for those who do make it to middle age, there’s little in the way of resources for housing, employment and healthcare.”

Transgender Healthcare: Forgotten and Inaccessible

My close friend Shane recently began the transition process and described it to me as “overwhelming” and “difficult to achieve.” His parents, although entirely supportive of his transgender identity, could not help much financially with the transition. Without a job — and his parents unable to contribute — Shane wondered how he would pay for monthly prescriptions of hormones, blood work to monitor his health, and eventually surgery.

Transgender issues discussed at NOW conference

Carrie Maxwell writes for The Windy City Times: “About 25 people attended a panel discussion on issues of inclusion, self-definition, and politics within the transgender community at the National Organization for Women (NOW) annual conference at the Hilt…

McDonald’s surprising pro-transgender bathroom policy

Katie McDonough writes for Salon: “A Detroit-area McDonald’s recently found itself in legal trouble after falsely claiming its menu items were halal, and New York City employees of the fast food chain went on strike last month to demand a living wage, bu…