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GenderFest: Transgender Social Network

Being transgender doesn't mean you have to be alone.  Actually, I prefer "gender variant", "gender free", or "gender positive" - but the point here is that together, acting as a community, we can and are changing the world.

We strive to serve a diverse audience: Some people identify as transgender, trans, transsexual, cross-dressers – or know someone who does – and some reject labels all together.  That’s great -- because the important word was people.  Let's not forget, wherever our conversations go, that we are all people, people who deserve the same respect, safety, and human rights as everyone else.  I certainly can’t speak for everyone, nor do I try – all I can do is speak for myself.  Let me say this, then: I reject the notion that there are two boxes, “Male” and “Female”, and that an individual most fit into one of these two boxes their entire life. 

Instead, I think of gender as a spectrum, that spectrum existing as one property of many characteristics: gender expression and gender identity are two examples.  In fact, I’m not sure that “Male” and “Female” are necessarily the two dichotomous ends of the spectrum.

I invite you to journey with me, to look at these issues and so many more.  As a community we can build a more accepting and safer environment.

Also, read Why GenderFest will always be a free to join and use Transgender Social Network

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Announcements

FAQ Updated - Saturday, September 15, 2012

I've update the FAQ page - hoping to not only answer some common questions but also to encourage users to update their status and check the Friend Activity Page.  Have a question I didn't answer -- you can ask on the Feedback Page.

 
Ever wanted to blog? - Sunday, August 12, 2012

Did you know you can start your own Blog here?  Once logged in, go to the Blogs page, and click the words "New Blog" in red.

 

Featured User

GenderFest would like to recognize GenderFest member Jess and her non-profit project SCĒN.tv. SCĒN (Pronounced Scene or Seen) is a finding ways to help the transgender community win "equality by telling our stories to the world".  SCEN stands for "Socially Connected Equality Network".

Here, Jess introduces herself to the GenderFest community:

Hi There, My name is Jess and I am the founder, and Director for SCĒN.tv in San Diego California. SCĒN stands for the Socially Connected Equality Network and it is going to ver focused on transgender awareness and rights!! I am also a reporter for the channel while we get it off the ground..Who knows, I might stick around after the fact. I am having fun and I think that the world is ready for a full time transgender reporter! I invite all to check out our new channel that is geared toward social diversity and equality. Please find our facebook page and like us!! We need your support!!!

So please check out Jess' website SCĒN.tv and read more about Jess and her history at www.scen.tv/jess.html. You can also friend her here on GenderFest from Her Profile Page.

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Transgender News


Clinic in transition: Carilion seeks to provide care for transgender community
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times
Discrimination, rejection, neglect — all of the usual challenges that the transgender community faces when searching for a health care provider willing to address their medical needs. Transgender is somebody whose gender identity or expression does ...


Times of India

First transgender news anchor says she's rid of her demons
Times of India
At 7pm on Independence Day this year, when the lights went on and the cameras started rolling in the Lotus News Channel studios, and she read out the day's headlines from a teleprompter, Padmini became the first transgender television news anchor in ...
India gets its first transgender TV news anchor - newspaperReuters UK

all 4 news articles »


Sydney Morning Herald

Transgender teen 'disgusted' after being laughed at by Woolworths employee
Sydney Morning Herald
A Wollongong transgender teen was left disgusted by supermarket staff who laughed at him because he no longer resembled a driver's licence photo taken before his gender transition. Ben*, 19, has been transitioning from female to male for 10 months.
Trans teen humiliated by Woolworths' staffGay News Network

all 3 news articles »


Transgender Teen Named Homecoming King in Texas
Human Rights Campaign (blog)
Mel Gonzalez, a transgender teenager in Texas, was voted Homecoming King at his high school over the weekend. Fiona Dawson, a writer and director who formerly served on HRC's National Board of Directors, posted about Gonzalez's win on her Facebook ...

and more »


How Is The U.S. Doing When It Comes To Accepting Transgender People ...
MTV.com
Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace is a brave person — from coming out as a transgender woman in Rolling Stone to penning her truly heartbreaking (yet, god-this-is-amazing) record Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Now, she has decided to lay it all ...

and more »


Consider College Options Carefully as a Transgender Student
U.S. News & World Report
Prospective students should ask if a campus has gender-neutral bathrooms and an LGBT center, experts say. Transgender students. Getting students and professors to refer to transgender students with their preferred name is often a challenge, experts say.


RollingStone.com

Laverne Cox to Host and Produce MTV Doc on Transgender Youth
RollingStone.com
Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will host a documentary about the lives of transgender youth, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, this fall. The one-hour show will focus on seven transgender youths, ranging in age from 12 to 24 from across the ...
MTV to air documentary about transgender youthsKansas.com
Want To Know More About Transgender Issues? Well, Laverne Cox Is Coming ...PerezHilton.com

all 137 news articles »


Transgender Teen Back in Custody After Escape
ABC News
A troubled transgender girl whose confinement case has attracted national attention escaped from a Connecticut treatment program Tuesday and was found by police several hours later, state officials said. The teenager has been moved several times since ...
Transgender Teen 'Jane Doe' Found In HartfordHartford Courant
Connecticut Transgender Teen Found After Escaping Treatment FacilityTIME
Connecticut DCF: Transgender girl 'Jane Doe' escapes from therapeutic programNew Haven Register

all 120 news articles »


Jazz Jennings Hopes to Inspire Other Transgender Kids with New Picture Book
People Magazine
It's no surprise that growing up as a transgender kid wasn't easy for Jazz Jennings. But the Florida-based teen made it through – and is sharing the lessons she learned with others. Jennings, now 14, has coauthored a new children's book, I Am Jazz, and ...

and more »


ThinkProgress

This Is What Happens To Transgender Kids Who Delay Puberty
ThinkProgress
As transgender visibility and acceptance has increased, young people have been identifying themselves by a different gender than they were assigned at birth sometimes as young as their pre-school years. Some of those young people have been using a ...
Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents WorksHuffington Post
Ticking outside the boxIndian Express

all 4 news articles »

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