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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


WTSP 10 News

Arrest made in Fort Myers homicide of transgender woman
The News-Press
Police reports indicate a man arrested in the fiery murder of a transgender woman may have been angry she outed him to the community. Fort Myers police arrested Terry Lynn Brady, 45, of Fort Myers, on Tuesday, saying he shot Yaz'min Shancez, 31, then ...
Florida Police Arrest Suspect In Killing, Burning Of Transgender WomanBuzzFeed
FMPD makes arrest for the homicide of transgender womanWink News
Arrest made in transgender murderWTSP 10 News
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News -LGBTQ Nation -Advocate.com
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The Guardian

Transgender person's claim for female state pension rejected by appeal court
The Guardian
A transgender person's claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the appeal court. MB, who cannot be identified, moved from male to female but decided as a Christian to stay married "in the sight of ...
Court tells trans woman: You can't have a female pensionPinkNews.co.uk

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NBC4 Washington

Man Arrested for Stabbing Transgender Teen on DC Metro
TIME
Authorities say a 15-year-old transgender teenager who was stabbed on the Green Line Metro in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. is currently recovering from her non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, and remains in stable condition.
PD: Transgendered Girl Stabbed in Back on Green Line Train, Suspect in CustodyNBC4 Washington
Police: Stabbing of transgender teen possible hate crimeW*USA 9
Transgender Girl Stabbed By Man on MetroCBS Local
WJLA -Washington Post (blog)
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USA TODAY

Stabbing of transgender teen possible hate crime
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Metro Transit Police say that the stabbing of a transgender teen on a metro train Wednesday may have been a hate crime. Authorities said the transgender teenager, identifying as a female, was riding the train around 4:38 p.m. when she ...


Police Investigating Stabbing Of Transgender Teen On Washington D.C. Metro ...
BuzzFeed
Authorities told BuzzFeed they believe a 24-year-old man assaulted the transgender teenager around 4:30 p.m., stabbing her in the back with a 3.5 inch folding knife. The victim was transported to a hospital for what police described as a “non life ...


Robina Asti Wins an Important Legal Battle for Transgender Couples
People Magazine
For the federal government to say, 'You are not legally female' was just so insulting at a time when she was already grieving the loss of her husband," says Dru Levasseur, national director of the Transgender Rights Project for Lambda Legal, which took ...
WWII Vet Scores Major Transgender Rights VictoryCarbonated.tv

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RollingStone.com

The Transgender Crucible
RollingStone.com
She preferred shopping at night, when the darkened streets provided some relief from the stares, whispers and insults she encountered daily as a transgender woman. CeCe, 23, had grown accustomed to snickers and double takes – and was practiced in ...
40 Under 40: Prison Turned CeCe McDonald Into an ActivistAdvocate.com

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Daily Mail

'Now I can stand naked and enjoy my reflection in the mirror': Newly ...
Daily Mail
It's been a week since androgynous model Andreja Pejic came out as a transgender woman and after a long wait, she's now opening up about what she describes a 'life-saving' decision. Andreja, 22, underwent sexual reassignment surgery earlier this year ...
Andreja Pejic announced she is now a transgender model after sex ...International Business Times
Andreja Pejic on Coming Out as Transgender, and Why This Was Her Moment ...Bustle
Acclaimed 'supermodel' Andreja Pejic comes out as transgenderLGBTQ Nation

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RollingStone.com

The Science of Transgender
RollingStone.com
What causes people to be transgender in the first place? The prevailing theories used to be psychosocial: That early traumas like dysfunctional family dynamics or childhood sexual abuse were responsible. "That is absolutely not true at all," says Dr ...


Why We Don't Know the Size of the Transgender Population
FiveThirtyEight
In 2001, Kerith Conron was working on LGBT issues in Boston's health department. She discovered that homeless transgender people were sleeping on benches because the shelters, which were segregated by gender, didn't know what to do with them.

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