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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

Don't forget to add me (GenderFest) as a Friend!


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 SCĒ 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 SCĒ 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 SCĒ and read more about Jess and her history at You can also friend her here on GenderFest from Her Profile Page.

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Transgender News

Hank Baskett says transgender model extorted him
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Hank Baskett has gone to the FBI accusing a transgender model of extorting him about an alleged affair the two had. The former NFL player, who is married to reality star Kendra Wilkinson, said the model, Ava Sabrina London ...

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Janesville schools offer gender-neutral accommodations to transgender students
JANESVILLE--The Janesville School District is focused on providing gender-neutral facilities for its transgender students. Officials can't predict, however, what standards may come in the future, said Yolanda Cargile, director of student services. When ...
Downey school district settles transgender caseLos Angeles Wave Newspapers

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Process to be eased for transgender people in R.I. to revise gender ...
The Providence Journal
PROVIDENCE — Two advocacy organizations are praising new “vital records” regulations that will ease the process for transgender people to revise their gender designation on their birth certificates. The regulations, filed Thursday with the secretary ...
ACLU praises state for change that makes it easier to change gender on RI recordsThe Republic

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LGBTQ Nation

Transgender Army employee at Redstone Arsenal wins 'historic' discrimination ...
A transgender Army civilian at Redstone Arsenal's Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center was forced to undergo "frequent, pervasive and humiliating," gender-identity discrimination, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel ...
Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination caseWashington Post (blog)
Wage Watch: Transgender Army staffer wins landmark discrimination caseFortune
'Groundbreaking' ruling for transgender Army employee releasedAl Jazeera America
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Transgender teen Jazz Jennings releases first book targeting children
Daily Mail
Transgender teen who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria aged three releases first book targeting children that 'shows what it's like being a trans kid'. Jazz Jennings, 14, was born male but has lived as a female since she was five-years-old; A doctor ...
The New Face of Transgender YouthYahoo News
Teen pens transgender picture
Jazz Jennings Book Talks Life As A Transgender TeenagerHeadlines & Global News
all 9 news articles »


Philippine Transgender Murder Becomes a Rallying Point for LGBT Rights
A Filipino activist holds flowers and a slogan during prayers in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014, to call for justice for the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude. Aaron Favila—AP ...
U.S. Marine accused of murder 'thought we were real women,' says friend of ...New York Daily News
Protesters Call for Justice for Transgender Filipina Allegedly Killed by MarineTruth-Out
Pemberton did not know Laude was a transgenderPhilippine Star
Business Insider -Daily Mail
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Witness Says Suspect US Marine Didn't Know Murdered Filipina Was Transgender
A friend of murdered Filipina Jennifer Laude testified that the American suspect, who went out with the two of them on the night of the crime, didn't know that they were transgender. Mark Clarence Gelviro made her statement during a Philippine Senate ...

The News Journal

Transgender inmate fights for name change
The News Journal
Lakisha Lavette Short, a transgender Delaware inmate serving a 55-year sentence, is trying to get a name change to "Kai," but two courts have denied the request. Now the ACLU is helping Short take the matter to the Delaware Supreme Court. Short, 34, is ...


Transgender military members: One accepted, one not
I am also a transgender woman; I have known this all my conscious life, but my military didn't know until I told them after 18 years of service to the Air Force. Because of my country's inclusive military policy, I was allowed to remain in the RAF and ...

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AIA approves first transgender athlete to play a sport
On Monday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board approved the first transgender student-athlete to play in a winter sport in Arizona. Chuck Schmidt, associate executive director of the AIA, said he could not give the name of the ...

all 3 news articles »


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