Transgender News: Lingerie, Hollywood, Arrests, and the Pope

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I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see more and more news articles, ranging from newspapers to blogs to books, that cover trans women’s issues. Over the past few months, I’ve written about trans films for date night, how to woo your Tgirl on a daily basis, and cosmetic tips for the goah-jus Tgirls you date. But besides this fun stuff we call looooove, there’s a lot more going on in the trans world. Unfortunately, there’s still a wide-spread wash of discrimination and challenges trans people face. The up-side to all of these reported global issues, whether positive or negative, is that trans issues are being discussed, which is paving an even wider road for TS to be out in the open.

Chrysalis Lingerie for Women in Transition
Good lord. Thank THIS company for coming out with a line of sexy lingerie that focuses on both form AND function. And of course, they’re from New York. Check out their ads on the Chrysalis Lingerie home page – beautiful and touching.

“The ‘T-string’ — a cheeky modification of the ‘G-string,’ but for transgenders — is made of mesh elastic that ‘comfortably tucks, holds and smooths out our bikini area for a seamless look.'” – read The Daily News article

20 Trans Women Arrested in Istanbul
It’s no surprise that on the day before International Women’s Day, a group of police targeted an already marginalized group of trans women. Ironically, these women were living together in a group to protect themselves against brutality such as this.

“On the night before International Women’s Day, police officers in Istanbul arrested and harassed 20 transgender women. Around 4pm yesterday (7 March), police officers broke down their doors with sledgehammers and forced them to go to Beyoglu police station on the basis of ‘providing space’ for sex work.” – read Gay Star News article

Time Lapse Video of a 20-year-old MtF
This is a beautiful and touching piece of work. (I don’t want to call it just a video.) Known as iiGethii, this young Australian MtF documented her 3 year transformation with over 1000 photos and then married them in succession to one another. The best thing about this? You see her happiness come to fruition as she becomes her true self.

One Billion Rising: Ending Violence in the Philippines
February 14, 2013 marked the largest call to action of people in 203 countries to raise awareness to stop violence against women and girls. GANDA (Gender and Development Advocates) Filipinas are at the forefront of this story.

‘The number of transwomen around the world who have been brutally murdered has been steadily increasing in the last decade. It is the view of GANDA Filipinas that violence directed to a transgender woman is borne out of a combination of machismo, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia.” –read Gay Star News article

Pope Benedict and the Gender Identity Movement
At 3 o’clock in the morning, this puppy was hard to digest. Regardless if I was able to absorb all of the literature at such an hour as ¾ of my brain had already slid to the floor –  I found this article to be a sign-of-the-times and very well-written. However poignantly-prosed though, I shake my head at those who have a deep-seated opinion when speaking from a place of “knowledge” – that “knowledge” being religion which I believe is a human-made ideology. And who then shake the criticism stick and declare falsity of another human’s ideology, which is really just the right to live in peace and harmony.

“The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him.” –read Catholic Online article

Lana Wachowski of the Hollywood Wachowski Brothers
Articulate, artsy, awkward, and authentic. Formerly, Larry Wachowski of the Wachowski Brothers – the intellectual filmmakers behind The Matrix trilogy – Lana Wachowski received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.

“Lana, now 47, also confessed she wrote a suicide note during her teenage years, but when she tried to kill herself by throwing herself under a train at the station, she couldn’t do it because a stranger kept staring at her.” – read The Daily Chilli article

I encourage you to keep your intellect sharp with upcoming and ongoing trans issues and events. Have any trans news to share with fellow readers? Share a link in the comments below!

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