Posted on Such a requirement violates the right of every person to self-determine their gender identity. A mandatory diagnosis further drives stigma, exclusion and discrimination as it relies on the false notion that being trans is a mental illness.
Trans people in all parts of the world are at heightened risk of violence, harassment and discrimination. Human rights violations range from bullying and verbal abuse, to denial of healthcare, education, work and housing, to criminalization, arbitrary arrest and detention, violence, assault, torture, rape and murder. Exposure to these and related abuses may be further exacerbated by other factors, such as age, ethnicity, occupation, socio-economic class and disability.
Victoria's Secret found itself in hot water after Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of its parent company, L Brands, said during an interview that transgender models should not be featured in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. He ultimately issued an apology after the interview went viral, but his initial comments are still striking a nerve with many. YouTuber Nikita Dragunwho is transgender, responded to Razek's thoughts by making her own version of a Victoria's Secret ad.
Chella Man is the first deaf Jewish-Asian model to sign with IMG — one of the most prominent modeling agencies in the world. The agency, which is known for an inclusive work environment, boasts a rolodex of models including Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Ashley Graham and other industry giants. I strive to be a transparent role model I wish I had as a queer, deaf kid from a conservative town.
Asian Pacific Americans come from dozens of different countries, making that population one of the most diverse communities in America. The diversity of language and ethnicity among Asian Pacific Americans is as varied as the continents and islands from which they come. It is possible to tell the individual stories of those who have come out, but there can be vast differences in the experiences of, say, lesbian Indians, transgender Thais, gay Tongans, and bisexual Koreans.
As the first Asian country to legally recognize self-perceived gender identity, Pakistan has become a pioneer of transgender rights in Asia. The Transgender Persons Protections of Rights Act was passed in Marchproviding citizens the right to self-identify as male, female, neither, or a blend of both genders as well as protection, relief, and rehabilitation of their rights. The comprehensive law even calls for the creation of special vocational training programs specifically for the vulnerable transgender community.
The gowns, the perfect makeup, the crown — we all know the allure of a beauty pageant. Beauty competitions for transgenders have been making waves over the years. The recent Miss International Queen MIQ is one such example that showcases the talent and passion these beautiful transgender women have.
When Ginger Chien joined for KUOW's queer supper club, she wasn't expecting to question her own vocabulary or end the night by suggesting a slumber party. Below, Ginger Chien reflects on what she's learned from touring with her queer rock back and joining a group of strangers for a dinner party. Queeriosity Club offered a unique opportunity to enter a space where I could engage in conversations without my usual concerns. I especially like conversations where I can find a question that sometimes lets someone open a door to their soul, to bittersweet memories or a contemplative pause in a moment of realization.
But living in China, her options were limited. For one, gender-affirming surgery in the country is only available to individuals diagnosed as mentally ill, which Huiming was not. Going overseas for the operation was another option, but one Huiming simply could not afford.
This essay discusses the complex relations between feminist theory and trans and intersex theory and politics. This chapter shows how this model has unfortunately resulted in political impasse, particularly in articulating a feminism that sees trans and intersex oppression as intersecting with sexist oppression. The chapter excavates and interrogates the roots of this model in, for example, the responses of Sandy Stone and Kate Bornstein to the transphobic feminism of Janice Raymond, and provides an alternative way of conceptualizing trans and intersex oppression more congenial to an intersectional framework. As a consequence, the beyond-the-binary model has foreclosed a genuinely intersectional trans feminism and intersex feminism, leaving the former mired in a politically impoverished individualism.