AP does it wrong: Sexualization of trans women

 photo Caitlyn_zpsfgxp2vh7.jpgOne presumes that a news organization would have a style guide for a reason. GLAAD summarizes the AP and New York Times style books here.

And right there it says...

Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.

And that really makes people scratch their heads when they released Trans woman Bruce Jenner debuts Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a va-va-voom fashion in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

“Call me Caitlyn,” declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.

In addition to the corset, Vanity Fair released a black-and-white video on the making of the cover. It shows Jenner getting her hair done and posing in a long, off-the-shoulder gown with ample cleavage.

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This is Us!

Amazon has launched a new documentary series about transgender and gender non-conforming people, called This is Me

This Is Me is an online series exploring contemporary issues faced by the trans and gender non-conforming community, and each short episode focuses on a specific issue – from gender-neutral language to public restrooms. The series explores the real-life struggles and triumphs of individuals like D’Lo (Looking), Maya Jafer (Mohammed to Maya), Valerie Spencer (Beautiful Daughters), Lily Rubenstein (Looking) and more, bringing humor and honesty to these timely issues.

The series is directed by transman Rhys Ernst and produced by Transparent creator Jill Soloway's Wifey TV.

In response to content featuring trans characters, we’re evolving to the next level. This Is Me instigates a new era: stories produced by the trans community about the trans community.

--Soloway

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Next Up? Barnard

 photo Barnard_zps8rzlejez.jpgBarnard College's trustees are expected to vote this coming week on the issue of transgender admissions.

Mills, Mount Holyoke, Scripps, Simmons, Bryn Mawr, and Smith have all opened their doors to transgender women in the past year.

I think certain issues just hit the zeitgeist at a certain point in time.

History is moving very quickly on this issue.

--Debora Spar, Barnard president

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The Breakfast Club (Saints)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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On the lighter side

We trans people are generally thought to have absolutely no sense of humor about ourselves. Generally, our response to someone who says that is that we are still waiting for them to say something funny...because that line usually is said after they have said something quite offensive.

BBC Three's Free Speech gathered together several trans people to prepare the following video...which is humorous as well as (hopefully) educational): 11 Things To Never Ask A Transgender Person

 

 

 

 

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Squared Away

 photo Oretga1_zpsfha0ar7e.jpgShane Ortega has served three combat tours...two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan...two as a marine and one in the Army...two as a woman and one as a man.

Sgt. Ortega is stationed at Wheeler Army Air Field in Hawaii. "Normally" he would be a helicopter crew chief. But he is temporarily (he hopes) grounded...and has been since last summer. So he's been doing human resources work instead.

Sgt. Ortega has been grounded since a medical test disclosed elevated testosterone levels. But he has a bigger concern. While all his government-issued ID recognize him as male, the Military's Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) still lists him as female.

Sgt. Ortega’s Command has requested clear guidance from the DoD as to whether this means Shane can stay in the military or not.

--ACLU

Meanwhile Sgt. Ortega concentrates on being perfect.

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The Breakfast Club (Thanks For The Memories)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to
scale Mt. Everest's peak; President John F. Kennedy born; Patrick Henry
gives his "If this be treason" speech; Comedian Bob Hope born.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.

Bob Hope

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Kyler's Mom calls for change

I wrote about Kyler on Tuesday: Sometimes life gets too hard

Kyler's mother has decided to use Kyler's painful passing as an instrument to create change.

The passing of my son was the most devastating, terrible thing that could ever happen to any parent. But I want to use my pain now to help make change for the better and to help spread support, understanding and awareness trans youth and their families need.

--Katherine Prescott

 

 

 

 

 

 

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