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In the summer of 2015 the National Center for Transgender Inequality initiated the largest survey of transgender people ever conducted: The U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS). There were 27,715 participants, including yours truly, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and American military bases overseas. The survey was anonymous and conducted online. Participants were required to be 18 years of age or older.
I'm sure you have heard about the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland by now.
Thirty-six people dead. At least three of the victims were transgender.
Cash Askew, 22, of Oakland, was part of the band Them Are Us Too. Askew recently told journalist Beth Winegarner, "As a young teenager, I was definitely attracted to goth and new wave in part because of the androgyny, and that aesthetic gave me a way to explore my gender expression before I could even come to terms with being transgender."
It is Transgender Awareness Week, It started Monday. It will culminate on the 20th with Transgender Day of Remembrance.
I have to admit that I have never had political message bumper stickers on my car...or any other message that might inflame someone to deface my vehicle.
Transgender people survived Nixon (those of us not killed while serving in Vietnam). We survived Reagan (at least those of us who did not die of AIDS). We survived...even flourished somewhat (which was mostly carryover from the Clinton years) under W.
Of course there were some murders and plenty of suicides. There are unconfirmed rumors of trans youth suicides since Tuesday night.
Abigail Austen transitioned ten years ago. At the time she became the British Army's first transgender officer.
Recently she and her fiancé traveled to the American South attempting to glean the state of the American transgender community in these times.
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has published another study about the transgender community. Race And Ethnicity Of Adults Who Identify As Transgender In The United States, prepared by Andrew R. Flores, Taylor N. Y. Brown, and Jody L. Herman was published in October.
Overhills High School in Spring Lake, NC has elected a transgender student as homecoming queen. Selena Milian, an 18-year-old Native American, won the race on October 21.
WITNESS Media Lab has issued a report called Capturing Hate, analyzing videos displaying anti-transgender violence and the people who view them for "entertainment."
WITNESS studied videos shared at sites like YouTube, WorldsStarHipHop, LiveLeak, and Flyheight by searching the terms "tranny fight" and stud fight" and found 329 videos. Those videos had over 89 million views, over 600K shares, over 554K likes, and over 230K comments.
Secret has a new advertisement from Wieden + Kennedy Portland, called Ladies Room: Stress test #8260.
New Scientist has a new article on the relationship of science to the concept of gender: Science is catching up with society on transgender issues.
OLLIE MAIHI, a 6-year-old from New Zealand, made headlines last week when her parents and school supported her request to live as a girl. Ollie (above) is anatomically male but identifies as female.