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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 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


This Transgender Woman Finally Got Her Dream...
Cosmopolitan
"This is the person that really, really helped me when I was coming out," says Valerio, a transgender woman, of her time as a high school student in San Antonio. A regular entertainer on the Texas female impersonation and pageant circuit for almost 20 ...


WCBM

Maryland shifts insurance policy to cover transition-related care of ...
Baltimore Sun
The change makes Maryland the third state, after Oregon and California, to offer such coverage to its employees, according to Holobaugh's attorneys at Free State Legal, a nonprofit organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ...
Policy changes for state transgender employeesWBAL Baltimore
Maryland extends health care coverage to trans state employeesWashington Blade
Maryland to Provide Transition Care to Trans State EmployeesWCBM

all 8 news articles »


Washington Blade

Transgender Southerners face rampant discrimination, poverty
Washington Blade
Caylee, a young transgender woman, was leaving a local Walmart earlier this month with her fiancé, Michael, when she said three “rednecks” in the lobby “said something smart.” Caylee told the Washington Blade during a July 9 meeting of the Dandelion ...

and more »


Proposed transgender policy draws fire at Sequim schools meeting
Peninsula Daily
State law requires public school districts to have policies in place that prohibit discrimination against transgender students and require the use of the pronoun of the student's choice and allow students to choose whether they use the boys', girls' or ...
Beloit School Districts seeks to protect transgender students from discriminationBeloit Daily News

all 5 news articles »


KSHB

Growing up transgender: Higher education providing gender-inclusive housing
KSHB
Gender-inclusive or gender-neutral housing can allow transgender people to feel more comfortable and safe. Gender-inclusive housing allows two people of opposite genders to live in the same room. This allows people of the same gender-identity to reside ...


Allyson Robinson, Transgender Activist, Talks Military, Trans Rights
Huffington Post
Now that President Obama has signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people among federal contractors, transgender activists are wondering if he'll get around to doing something else he could do with the stroke of a pen: ...


Hollywood Reporter

Canada Flicks On 'The Switch,' TV's First Transgender Comedy
Hollywood Reporter
TORONTO – Netflix's Orange Is the New Black has openly transgender actress Laverne Cox in its cast, but liberal Canada now has TV's first transsexual comedy. The Switch, from OUTtv and Canadian indie producer Trembling Void Studios, features Julie Vu, ...

and more »


Fox News

Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers
Fox News
President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause.".
Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protectionThe Oshkosh Northwestern
Obama signs new executive order protecting gay and transgender employees ...Deseret News
Obama signs executive order to protect gay, transgender employees from ...WJLA

all 758 news articles »


5 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person (and 3 Things You Should)
Huffington Post
Plenty of transgender people have begun their journeys in the drag community, and you will find many trans folks who adore all of the subversive, transgressive energy that drag can bring. But many of are uneasy when our lives are mistaken for ...


CBS Local

Transgender woman's death draws national attention, calls for justice
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Police say the killing of Henderson, 26, a transgender woman, bears similarities to the killing of another transgender woman named Kandy Hall, 40, about a month ago in Northeast Baltimore. Both were found dead during the early morning, and detectives ...
Body of transgender woman found in NW BaltimoreWBAL Baltimore
Police Investigate Second Transgender Murder This SummerCBS Local
Mia Henderson, Transgender Sister Of NBA Star, Found Dead In BaltimoreHuffington Post
WCTI12.com -BuzzFeed -Yahoo News
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