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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 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

Transgender Deconstruction
First Things (blog)
So now we have a vast proliferation of different gender identities, including not just transgender, transwoman and transman, but genderqueer, gender fluid, and beyond. (The urban legend has it that there are now 57 categories to choose from when you ...

Jenny McCarthy: I feel transgender inside, and I hope my son's gay so he can ...
Former Playboy Bunny Jenny McCarthy has claimed she feels transgender because she's “like one of the guys”. The model, actress and former TV host was asked about her role as transgender woman Brandi in 90s TV series 'Just Shoot Me'. She told ...

and more »

The Times-Picayune -

Marine accused of killing transgender Filipino woman tests American ties with ...
The Times-Picayune -
The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia.
Marine accused in killing of transgender Filipino tests US tiesThe Oregonian -
Palace: Probe into transgender murder can't be rushedSun.Star
Amid Laude killing, NY-based Pinay transgender gives advice to LGBTsGMA News
Mississippi Press (blog) -Newser
all 189 news articles »

Chase Marie Reflects On Journey As A Transgender Individual
Huffington Post
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology student Ashli Amador decided to feature her friend Chase Marie, a transgender woman living in Oklahoma, for this assignment. In this project, Chase Marie is able to reflect on her experiences as a ...

and more »

Getting Personal on Transgender Rights
New York Times (blog)
That same approach of moving the discussion from abstract principles to the sympathetic stories of real people also promises to be a weapon in the building battle for transgender people's rights. The reason is people like Terri Cook, the mother of a ...

and more »


Philippines summons US Marines in transgender murder case
MSN News
Five US Marines have been summoned to appear before a prosecutor in the northern Philippines after Filipino police accused one of them of murdering a transgender sex worker, the foreign department said. The Americans were ordered to attend a hearing ...
Filipino transgender advocates call killing a 'hate crime'USA TODAY
US to hand over Marine who is suspect in murder of transgender Filipino sex ...ABC Online
Marine Suspected In Death Of Transgender Filipino Woman May Be Charged ...Huffington Post
all 897 news articles »

Transgender Youth Tell Their Story In MTV And Logo TV's 'Laverne Cox ...
Huffington Post
Called "The T Word," the show provides a platform for seven trans youth, ranging in age from 12-24, to tell the story of what it means to them to be transgender. Featuring trans youth from across the country, "The T Word" will explore the intersections ...

Latin Post

Houston's Pastors Outraged After City Subpoenas Sermons Over Transgender Bill
That division has been made clear in recent days after the city subpoenaed sermons of several pastors who oppose a recently passed equal rights ordinance for gay and transgender residents. The subpoenas are an attempt by city officials to determine how ...
Houston Officials Issue Subpoenas to Pastors Over Sermons About Transgender ...Latin Post

all 247 news articles »

ID laws present new challenges for transgender community
Al Jazeera America (blog)
While 84,000 transgender citizens are registered to vote in the eight states with restrictive ID statutes, 28 percent do not have updated identity documents that accurately reflect their gender. In states with strict voter identification laws, these ...

and more »

CBS Local

Transgender woman attacked in Bushwick, Brooklyn
"I think it's very clear that this was an attack because she was a transgender woman. The nature of the slurs against her and the fact that the fight did not escalate to physical violence until they realized she was transgender indicate that this was a ...
Transgender Woman Critical After Brutal Anti-Gay Attack In BushwickGothamist
Police Searching For Four Suspects In Brooklyn Attack On Transgender WomanCBS Local
Transgender woman in critical condition after apparent Brooklyn hate crimeNew York Daily News
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV -NY1
all 65 news articles »


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