Gender Politics

Texas: Austin police has first transgender officer

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department now has its first openly transgender officer. Senior Officer Greg Abbink has been with the force for a decade. Joining as a woman, it wasn’t until this year that he says he really started living.

“So, for about 10 years, the folks here in this department that know me have known me as Emily,” said Sr. Officer Abbink.

That all changed for him this past spring.

“I’m Greg now,” he said, “and so that’s been interesting for folks to have to make that transition.”

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Why did the U.S. lock up these women with men?

The United States has long been a haven for those fleeing persecution and oppression. But today, the treatment for asylum seekers can be so terrible that some are asking to be sent back to the very countries they were escaping.

This includes women who are locked up alongside men, sometimes the very men they were trying to escape. They are forced to live with the men, even shower with them. Other times, these women are put in solitary confinement—its own form of torture—for months on end, all in the name of protecting them.

Housing unit for transgender women inmates opens at Rikers

NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Correction is opening a new Transgender Housing Unit for transgender women at Rikers Island.

Developed with advice and feedback from the LGBTQI community, the unit, which is opening this week, is designed to offer transgender women safe and respectful separation from the general population along with access to medical and mental health care as necessary and a range of programs and services.

Time-lapse video: A young man transforms into a drag queen

I've always been fascinated with the transformation of butterflies -- how a baby larva eats himself into becoming an earth-bound caterpillar, which then bundles up on a leaf for a couple of weeks and emerges into an incredibly colorful, stunning being of flight. This makes absolutely no sense to me but in turn depicts the wondrous and mysterious ways of the universe. In 1774, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier was one of the first to express the law of conservation of mass, which implies that mass can neither be created nor destroyed but simply becomes rearranged in space.

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UCSD LGBT Center begins 15th anniversary with transgender symposium

SAN DIEGO, California -- The UC San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center will begin a year-long celebration of 15 years on campus with a transgender symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm at the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room on the main campus in La Jolla.

The symposium, titled “We Cannot Live Without Our Lives: A conversation on Anti-blackness, Trans Resistance and Prison Abolition," focuses on the experiences of trans women and gender non-confirming people of color.

Landmark lawsuits filed by EEOC against transgender discrimination

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) praises the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for filing two historic lawsuits challenging cases of discrimination against two transgender people in two states.

School trustee reserves "the right not to believe" in trans people

Toronto, Canada school board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos has come under fire after saying in a tweet he “reserves the right not to believe” in transgendered people.

He’s waiting for “scientific proof” being transgendered isn’t “simply a mental illness,” he wrote Aug. 29 on Twitter.

He refused to say in an interview Friday whether he thinks transgendered people actually suffer from a mental illness.

“I have not formed an opinion, but I reserve the right to form an opinion.”

School changes decision about transgender student attending school

After battling with a New Jersey school district, a transgender girl in New Jersey will finally be able to attend the middle school as herself.

School officials from Middletown Township Public Schools told Rachel Pepe, a 13-year-old transgender girl, that she would only be able to attend school if she appeared and acted like a boy.

After working with several LGBT groups, including Garden State Equality (GSE), Thorne Middle School will allow Pepe to attend the school of her choice as her true self.

Transgender workers for federal contractors gain protections

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued official guidance and enforcement protocols clarifying the reach of the federal non-discrimination laws enforced by the Department and ensuring full protection for transgender individuals who work for federal contractors and subcontractors covered by these laws.

India's LGBT community share their fears in a powerful video

India's LGBT community is by far the most marginalized. Cultural prejudices apart, the upholding of Section 377, that criminalizes homosexual behavior, by the country's apex court, set the LGBT movement back by decades.

This systemized repression, however, has invited a strong opposition that finds its voice various grassroot movements across the country. The Gaysi Family is one such platform that attempts gather stories of queer struggle in India.

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