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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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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

Judge disappoints foes of transgender rights law
U-T San Diego
Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley on Friday granted the state's request to quash subpoenas issued on behalf of Privacy for All Students, which sought to repeal a new law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools. Relying ...

and more »

NPR (blog)

A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India
NPR (blog)
She has undertaken a long and arduous journey, rejecting her biological sex and opting to become a hijra — a member of an ancient transgender community in India, popularly referred to as eunuchs. Aher dances during an event observing World AIDS Day ...

and more »

UW Badger Herald

Transgender activist highlights importance of self-acceptance, identity
UW Badger Herald
Mock, the New York Times bestselling author of “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More” and a transgender woman, was the featured speaker at the Distinguished Lecture Series for the LGBT Campus Center's Out ...
Janet Mock, transgender advocate, to speak at UC San DiegoLGBT Weekly

all 2 news articles »

Jayne County, Transgender Icon, Allegedly Banned From Facebook For ...
Huffington Post
Following a week of controversy surrounding language and its use against and in the transgender and drag communities, transgender icon Jayne County claims to have found herself banned from Facebook for using words that some activists have stated are ...
Transgender Icon Jayne County Banned From Facebook For “Transphobia”Queerty
Transgender issues: The Jayne County massacreMontreal Gazette (blog)

all 4 news articles »

Transgender B. Scott Loses Discrimination Battle with BET
BET can dress its hosts however the hell it wants -- even if that means forcing a transgender person to dress like a man -- and that's why the judge threw out B. Scott's discrimination lawsuit. TMZ broke the story, Scott sued the network, claiming it ...
Transgender TV Personality Loses Viacom Discrimination LawsuitHollywood Reporter
Transgender US TV host B Scott loses discrimination lawsuit against network ...Gay Star News
B. Scott Loses Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit Against BETHip-Hop Wired
UrbanMecca -Lawyer Herald
all 27 news articles »

Monica Jones, Transgender Woman, Convicted Of 'Manifesting Prostitution'
Huffington Post
During her recent acceptance of the Stephen F Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Awards, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox mentioned Jones' story and highlighted the need for further conversation about the daily injustices being faced by transgender ...

and more »


The transgender community: Legally invisible no more?
(CNN) -- Simran Mahant's excitement is palpable ahead of heading to the nearby polling booth in a small village in northern India. This is the first time that the 23-year-old transgender dancer will vote in the country's parliamentary election. With an ...
By the way, who's a transgender?Times of India
The transgender community: Invisible no more?KSPR
India Officially Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'Jezebel
Live Law -LGBT Weekly -Livemint
all 48 news articles »

The Guardian

India's transgender law is no help to its lesbian, gay and bisexual communities
The Guardian
In a landmark judgment by India's supreme court on Tuesday, transgender people were granted the status of a "third gender" category, recognising them as a socially and economically disadvantaged class. "It is the right of every human being to choose ...

and more »


Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights
A groundbreaking survey reports that nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. This year, the Justice Department wants to change that by training law ...

and more »

NPR (blog)

In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens
NPR (blog)
The decision by the two-judge bench applies to what in India are traditionally known by the Hindi word hijras. The term is loosely used to include eunuchs and transvestites. The court stated, "transgender is generally described as an umbrella term for ...
India recognizes transgender as third genderMSNBC
India now recognizes transgender citizens as 'third gender'Washington Post
India recognises transgender people as third genderThe Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Independent -Deutsche Welle
all 529 news articles »


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