Gender Politics

"RuPaul's Drag Race" to stop using transphobic slur in wake of controversy

Over the past several weeks, popular reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" landed itself in hot water over the use of terms some activists claimed were transphobic or disrespectful to transgender people.

Transgender teacher returns to classroom as a woman

OAKHURST, Calif. -- A California high school science teacher gave students and colleagues a new lesson in biology Monday, showing up for the first time as a woman a week after her plans to switch genders became suddenly public.

The former Gary Sconce, 56 — an award-winning educator, husband, father and grandfather who has taught at Yosemite High School for 24 years — will now be known as Karen Adell Scot, she said.

“I’m actually going to work as my real 'out' self,” Scot told NBC News. “I stand in front of the class and I’m so filled with joy.”

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Openly transgender soldier speaks to Vocativ magazine

Jake Eleazer, an Army drill instructor, spoke to Vocativ online magazine about being transgender in the military. Jake has been an exemplary servicemember for the past 8 years but since coming out his military career is uncertain as the administrative separation process has begun.

Vladimir Luxuria, Italian transgender activist and former MP, on being detained in Russia

“The second time, I was very afraid,” said former Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria, about her detention in Sochi, Russia after she defied Vladimir Putin’s “gay propaganda” law twice at the Winter Olympic Games earlier this week, wearing a rainbow flag with a pro-gay slogan and even posing for photos with children.

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Petition asks DA to drop charges against bullied transgender student

HERCULES, Calif. -- Family and friends of a transgender student have launched a petition to get the Contra Costa County district attorney to drop a misdemeanor battery charge against Jewlyes Gutierrez.

The 16-year-old sophomore at Hercules High School was charged on Nov. 25 for a school fight caught on a smart-phone video that went viral. Jewlyes has said she felt she was left with no choice but to fight back against three girls who bullied her on campus.

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Are "heteroflexible" and "homoflexible" shades of bisexual? | VIDEO

Let me start by saying that yes, people can be heteroflexible, homoflexible and bisexual. If reading this article makes you feel uncomfortable or gives you a negative reaction, then I suggest you check yourself and your attitudes and preconceptions. Whatever our judgments or over-reactions may be, they say more about ourselves than they do the person or situation that we are judging.

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California's transgender law celebrated

SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender students and their families are celebrating California’s new School Success and Opportunity Act, which ensures that schools across the state understand their obligation to provide a fair opportunity for transgender students to participate in all school programs and to graduate with their peers.

The law went into effect on Jan. 1.

Gay Arcadia teen comes out - twice

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Aiden Aizumi’s classmates won’t find him in 2006 Arcadia High School yearbook.

Not unless they look him up as “Ashley,” anyway.

“At the time, I was identifying as a lesbian,” said Aizumi, 25.

When Aizumi was 13, he started to realize he was different from many of his peers. But his church was telling him something as well.

“We had talked about (how homosexuality) was a sin, and I thought ‘I’m not going to be that person.’”

In the end, Aizumi came out as a lesbian when he was 15.

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A double minority: Portraits of transgender immigrants

Jaan Williams, a transgender U.S. citizen, was not able to sponsor residency for his wife, Priyanka Oberoi – who came from India to the U.S. on a student visa – because some documents still identified Williams as a woman.

But since the Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, any U.S. citizen is now able to sponsor their partner's residency, regardless of their gender.

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Transgender asylum seekers face deportation "revolving door"

PHOENIX – Exhausted and defeated, Viviana boarded an airplane two years ago in San Antonio, Texas, facing her fifth deportation from the United States back to Honduras, a country from which she’d been fleeing violence for almost a decade.

“I had been in that plane so many times that the (immigration) officer recognized me,” said Viviana, a transgender woman who asked that her identity be withheld because she has a pending asylum case.

The female officer then told her something that changed everything: “Why don’t you apply for asylum?

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