Support Transgender Suicide Prevention


Trans Lifeline is a crisis line staffed by transgender people for transgender people. They are selling these Iria Villalobos designed t-shirts to help spread the word and help raise money to pay for the cost of running the crisis line. Since Trans Lifeline has launched this last November, they have received an average of sixty calls a day. They have trained two hundred volunteers and received nearly five hundred applications to volunteer. The transgender community has a 41% suicide attempt rate and their goal is to sharply reduce that number. By purchasing a shirt from  you will not only be donating to Trans Lifeline but you will also be helping to spread the word about this important resource for the transgender community.

Americans Are Coming Out On Facebook In Record Numbers And It’s Fantastic






LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: In this photo illustration an Apple iPad displays it's home screen on August 6, 2014 in London, England.  iPad maker Apple is selling fewer units than in the same quarter in 2013, it is reported.  (Photo illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: In this photo illustration an Apple iPad displays it’s home screen on August 6, 2014 in London, England. iPad maker Apple is selling fewer units than in the same quarter in 2013, it is reported. (Photo illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Americans Are Coming Out On Facebook In Record Numbers And It’s Fantastic

A little bit of SCOTUS goes a long way.

10/16/2015 Curtis M. Wong, Gay Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

At least when it comes to social media, Americans are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in record numbers.

In honor of both Spirit Day (Oct. 15) and National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Facebook’s Research and Data Science division has published a new report that details three, possibly correlated trends. First, there’s been a spike in the number of people “coming out,” defined by researchers as updating one’s profile to express a same-gender attraction or specifying a custom gender. Meanwhile, support for LGBT-specific Facebook groups has increased. Lastly, researchers said, both of those trends were heavily influenced by the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage.

The results are outlined in a detailed blog post by Bogdan State and Nils Wernerfelt of Facebook’s Research and Data Science division. The survey, they write, found that roughly 800,000 Americans updated their Facebook profiles to express a same-gender attraction or custom gender in the past year, while fans of LGBT-specific groups have increased 25 percent. The surge is even more dramatic at a day-to-day level, as the number of people on Facebook coming out each day is three times what it was one year ago. Click here to read the whole article.

This NYC Party Is Fusing Nightlife And Activism To Help Queer And Trans Youth


Photo Credit: Lucas Blair

Photo Credit: Lucas Blair

JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Gay Voices Editor, The Huffington Post: Posted: 10/15/2015 03:04 PM EDT | Edited: 10/15/2015 03:49 PM EDT

An up-and-coming name in the New York City Nightlife community is bringing together a group of DJs, nightlife personalities and individuals across the spectrum of trans identity this weekend for an evening that will fuse partying and social justice.

Tyler Ashley, aka The Dauphine of Bushwick, is revamping his monthly event “BABY TEA” to benefit FIERCE, an organization dedicated to improving the lives and livelihood of queer and trans youth of color in New York City.

Ashley, who built a significant name for herself in the Brooklyn dimension of NYC nightlife, has thrown “BABY TEA” for almost a year now, with the event originating at Cafe Dancer and moving to Wise Men on The Bowery in early summer. BABY TEA provides a low pressure, low scale play on the classic and historic gay tea dance.

For this special edition of “BABY TEA,” called “BABY TEA for T,” Ashley has really outdone himself. The night’s DJs are Bushwig founder Horrorchata, promoter Frankie Sharp and performer Macy Rodman, and hosts include an exceptional group of individuals identifying across the trans and gender-nonconforming spectrum, including Charlene, Lina Bradford, Quay Dash and Iman Le Caire — among others.

The Huffington Post talked with Ashley this week about her vision for this evolution of “BABY TEA” and what we can expect from the future of this event.

Editors Note: Tyler Ashley uses male and female pronouns interchangeably so this article reflects that. Click here for the full article.

An Interview With Actress, Performer and Trans Activist Candis Cayne


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Photo Credit: Project Publicity

10/14/2015 5:52 pm EDT – Michael Podell – The Huffington Post

Back in 2007, long before the recent mainstream media’s embrace of the trans community, Candis Cayne was cast as a lead character on the ABC primetime drama series Dirty Sexy Money. Though she had been performing for years, the role made Candis one of the very first trans women to achieve fame on the national scale. The public at large might have only gotten to know Candis from that point on, but she had been performing for years in the New York City club scene alongside drag queens like Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine, and was very much a part of the fabric of queer culture. Her renowned dance numbers, which sometimes involved Candis taking to the streets of New York City and dancing on the hood of taxis, gave her massive credibility as a dancer and choreographer.

Recently, Candis has appeared alongside Caitlyn Jenner on I Am Cait, the occasionally controversial but always important reality show documenting Caitlyn’s transition. It’s no coincidence that Candis is able to provide Caitlyn with support – as she told me, working as an actress and performer as a trans woman for over 20 years has certainly given her experience with being trans in the public eye. In addition to her acting career and presence on reality TV, Candis has continued to honor her love of performing on the stage. On October 23rd she’s hosting Le Bal at the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles, an incredible drag show documenting the history of drag culture, starring Drag Race favorites Raja, Delta Work, Mariah Balenciaga, Courtney Act and Willam.

Take a look at what Candis had to say about her trans experience, the “PC police,” and her love of the drag community. Click here to read the interview.

Jackie Evancho’s Sister Juliet Reveals She’s Transgender


Jackie Evancho’s sister Juliet has proudly announced that she is a transgender teen. The 17-year-old made her first public appearance as a transgender woman while joining her famous sister on the red carpet at the Global Lyme Alliance’s inaugural gala on Oct. 8. Congrats, Juliet!

It was a night filled with firsts for Juliet Evancho, 17, at the Global Lyme Alliance’s inaugural gala in New York on Oct. 8, as the event not only marked her first gala and her first time posing on a red carpet, but also her first time coming out as a transgender teen. The 17-year-old joined her younger sister, classical singer and America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho, 15, for the event, in which she proudly revealed her “true” identity to the public and the journey she faced in getting to that point.

“I was so nervous, I was excited – so many emotions, ” Juliet told People on preparing for her public coming out. “I couldn’t sleep last night. But when we finally got [here], it was just like, ‘It’s happening.’ ”

It’s been a long journey for Juliet, who now admits she “couldn’t be happier” after transitioning from male to female. Born Jacob to parents Mike and Lisa Evancho, Juliet always new she felt different and out of place in her own body. “Ever since I was little, I always played with Barbies,” she told the magazine. “I put on makeup and played dress-up with my sister, to the point where my mom started getting me princess dresses.” Finally, by the age of 13 Julie and Lisa started doing some research on trans people, which would eventually lead Juliet to make one of the biggest decisions of her life. Click here to continue reading.

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter


10/09/2015 Huffington Post Article: Nikki Araguz Loyd is a transsexual American marriage-equality advocate, wife, mother, author, public speaker, co-producer of a docu-series based on her family and art gallery called “Nikki’s American Dream”. After the death of her firefighter husband in the line of duty, Mrs. Araguz Loyd faced a legal battle over the validity of her marriage and is currently working at overturning discriminatory marriage laws in Texas. The case is currently in front of the Texas Supreme Court and she has guaranteed a fight to the United States Supreme Court in order to obtain equality for all. During her recent victory in the 13th District Court Of Appeals in Corpus Christi, Texas, she emerged hopeful and went directly into the marriage equality wedding statement of the decade, by marrying her new husband Artist William Loyd on the steps of the Nueces County Courthouse. Click here to read the article. #transwivesmatter

Westboro Baptist Just Messed With The Wrong Group Of Students

10/5/2015 Article by JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Gay Voices Editor, The Huffington Post: A crowd of high school students drove Westboro Baptist Church protestors away from their school in Kansas City, Missouri last week where the hate group gathered to protest the recent election of a transgender girl as homecoming queen. Westboro showed up to picket Oak Park High School on Thursday, Oct. 1, but were met by a rally of students already gathered to support transgender homecoming queen Landon Patterson. Westboro was driven away from their picketing site by counter-protestors carrying signs with phrases such as “Westboro Baptist Church need Jesus” and chanting “long live the queen!” “This isn’t just about supporting Landon, this is about supporting all our students,”Christina Palermo, an organizer for the rally, told a local news outlet. “Landon is just their scapegoat. They’re attacking everyone in the LGBT community.” Westboro Baptist Church, which has been classified as a hate group, is based in Topeka, Kansas and regularly stages high-profile protests known for featuring their trademark slogan “God Hates Fags.” Click here to continue reading.

Transformation Magazine Issue #95


Transformation Magazine Editor & Publisher Hanna Rodgers writes: Our amazing Fall issue is all about Fashion & Fetish. Drag Race Winner and vintage fetish queen Violet Chachki is featured in an exclusive photo spread shot by Dusti Cunningham and she dishes about what it’s like to “Steal the Show.” Cici Fetish Doll hits the the L.A. Fetish Ball with latex fantasy girl Nicci Tristan and friends in jaw-dropping rubber couture. Caramel Black interviews TS Mayumi, an up and cumming adult model with a passion for cosplay and gaming. For fans of global and alternative TS porn we bring you a profile of The UP Network and feature models from their Piladyboycom site. Plus we are On The Scene at DragCon, hold a Transformation 94 release party with Aubrey Kate, teach a little bit of Glamour 101, and more! Want to find a copy on a newsstand near you? Search by zip code using Where’s My Magazine or check out our Google Map of small retailers.

Laverne Cox says we can’t help transgender people if we don’t even count them


10/28/15 Mashable Article by Katie Dupere: When Laverne Cox graced the cover of TIME magazine in 2014, the cover proclaimed that the United States was at a “transgender tipping point.” That bold statement has become a moment many point to as the beginning of transgender rights and identities becoming catapulted into the public eye. But there is one powerful piece of the puzzle missing when it comes to thinking about transgender identities — we don’t actually know how many trans people are in the United States. Or the world, for that matter. Click here to continue reading.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Both Gave Pro Transgender Rights Speeches This Weekend


Article by Helen Holmes 10/04/15, 9:50pm: The Slot – On Saturday, at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, Vice President Joe Biden and prospective President Hillary Clinton both gave impassioned speeches in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans—and our stalwart veep managed to squeeze in a rock solid republican diss, too. Clinton won “roaring applause” by promising to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues essential to her presidency, while Biden pointed out that the government had had little to do with recent rapid advancement in gay rights. Click here to continue reading.

Sandra Gibbons Lands TV Repartee Cover


On September 30, 2015, Sandra Gibbons of Trannies In Trouble said, “I never expected to actually be on the cover of TV Repartee when Nina Jay told me that our recent interview was being printed (October 1st, 2015), so it’s a big honor to be so prominently featured. Thanks to Nina, Photographer Keith, and Bella who publishes the magazine. I was still a bit jet-lagged in London when we shot this picture last May, but it was a fun and very memorable visit. Here’s the link to the magazine if you’d like to see more, with another photo on the front of the TV Repartee site that may look familiar.” There are more than 450 galleries containing over 19,000 pictures in the Trannies In Trouble Members’ Area, plus over 24 hours of original video.

Transgender Teen Left ‘Speechless’ After Mom’s Big Surprise


10/1/2015: Dominique Mosbergen, Senior Writer, The Huffington Post: After months of waiting, a transgender teen’s request to legally change her name was finally approved. To celebrate the big moment, her mom organized a special surprise on Saturday. The announcement left 16-year-old Gabrielle Diana Gladu utterly “speechless.” Click here to watch as Gabrielle’s mom, Rose Gladu, unveils a cake emblazoned with a special message. “It took me a moment to process what it said on the cake,” Gabrielle, who lives in Ontario, told BuzzFeed News. “It said, ‘Congratulations, you are now Gabrielle!'”

What’s the Story Behind the ‘Transgender Tragedy’ on Law & Order: SVU?


September 30, 2015 Article by Dawn Ellis – “Transgender Bridge,” tonight’s episode of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is summarized by the network as a tale of “transgender tragedy”: “When a transgender teen is taunted by high school kids, bullying escalates to tragedy.” All too often in its 17 seasons on television, L&O: SVU has portrayed trans characters as sex workers, crime victims, undesirables and caricatures. Tonight, a 15-year-old transgender girl named Avery Parker is shown walking home from school through New York City’s Fort Tryon Park, where she’s surrounded by a group of rowdy boys. “Taunts and jokes intensify to pushing and shoving,” reads the show’s official description, “leaving Avery in the hospital and three assailants under arrest.” When the worst happens and the district attorney’s office decides to try one of the culprits as an adult, “the SVU squad agonizes over whether the punishment fits the crime, and must deal with the pain of both families involved,” according to a spokeswoman for NBC. She told The Advocate the trans teenage girl is played by an actor named Christopher Dylan, who she says has had varied roles, including one in a short film for the band Counting Crows. The Advocate asked Dylan’s manager, through the spokeswoman, to disclose whether Dylan is cisgender (nontrans) and what pronouns would be preferable but did not receive a reply. Avery’s character has what NBC says is “a very supportive and loving family (her parents are played by real-life Tony-nominated couple Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker).” Actress Bianca Leigh plays Dr. Sandow, Avery’s therapist who gives the eulogy at the funeral. Click here to continue reading.

Secrets In Lace – Gennia Glamour


Secrets In Lace won me over by contacting me directly, not to endorse their company, but to buy their lingerie and to tell my friends about their upscale merchandise. I did just that and it’s top shelf intimate product I can stand behind 100%, This company has been running successfully for over 25 years and has been the world’s premier supplier of authentic 100% nylon stockings, elegant lingerie, garter belts, girdles and bullet bras. Best of all, they’re seriously transgender friendly unlike other leading online intimate apparel stores. If you’ve dealt with the others, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Give your business to a store that’s transgender friendly and supportive. The Gennia stockings line is incredibly popular during Spring and Summer. “we’ve upped the glamour factor even more for this pair,” said Secrets In Lace. “This year we added a black welt to this ultra popular stocking to create a soft yet glamorous appearance. Our Exclusive Gennia Stocking is one of the sheerest available anywhere in the world with its 10 Denier 100% nylon knit and Secrets In Lace silky soft finish. This stocking is the choice of some of the most famous and glamorous women in the world. These stockings come in two colors and a wide variety of sizes.”

Trans Models: Inside New York’s First Transgender Modeling Agency


Sep 17, 2015 The Atlantic article by Terence Cantarella: Peche Di, a Thai beauty queen who studied at New York University, spent five years booking occasional modeling gigs and looking for an agency to represent her. “They didn’t understand me,” she says, “so I struggled to find work.” Finally, this past May, she decided to do something about the lack of opportunities for her and other transgender models. The 26-year-old walked into the county clerk’s office downtown and filed the paperwork for Trans Models, creating New York City’s first transgender modeling agency—and one of only three in the country, and perhaps the world. Now, four months later, her agency has signed 19 models—10 men and nine women—and has done shoots for Budweiser and Smirnoff. Consultations are ongoing with a network executive about a possible reality-TV series. Di, who grew up in Bangkok and whose given name is Pitchadapha Phasi, is starting an agency at a time when media is changing many Americans’ understanding of gender identity. The growing prominence of the former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, the TV actress Laverne Cox, the model Andreja Pejić, and scores of other transgender people has made the transgender community much more visible. Click here to continue reading about Trans Models.

Trans Adult Industry Foundation (TAIF)


Los Angeles based non-profit organization, Trans Adult Industry Foundation (TAIF) raises money to distribute funds to charitable organizations who provide life-affirming support services to the trans population. The Board of Directors are advocate and educator Buck Angel, Grooby owner Steven Grooby, and Grooby Marketing Director Kristel Penn. “Giving back is a very important part of my work so joining with TAIF was a no brainer,” said educator and adult industry veteran Buck Angel. “We as adult entertainment producers and performers have been shunned by some LGBTQ organizations when we have tried to donate our money. This makes me sad because essentially they are saying, ‘your money is not good enough to save lives.’ So with that came TAIF, and something good came out of a negative. Excited to see the future of TAIF and helping our community. #gratitude.” “We’ve a long standing history of promoting and donating to causes that are related to our specific niche and I’ve nurtured a few ideas on how we can ‘give back’ to our community without being able to bring them to fruition,” said Grooby founder Steven Grooby. “TAIF has taken the best of our previous ideas and is also born out of frustration on wanting to get funds to those most in need, with some charities refusing to accept money from adult companies. Buck, Kristel, and I are looking forward to reaching out to other companies, models, and fans and have some cool fundraising ideas, as well as funneling a portion of Grooby’s profits directly to the foundation.” Board of Directors Buck Angel, Steven Grooby, and Kristel Penn had been brainstorming for nearly a year before creating TAIF. All agreed on the importance of providing assistance to groups who support trans performers in the adult industry and believed a non-profit organization was the most effective way to ensure funds are distributed where needed. Any contributions made through TAIF will be listed on its website with full transparency. Companies in the adult industry who want to work with TAIF should contact Kristel Penn at Trans Adult Industry Foundation (TAIF) raises money, by fundraising and corporate sponsorships, to distribute funds directly to charitable organizations that provide life-affirming support services to the transgender population. This includes, but is not limited to, groups who work in housing, call centers, emergency shelters, and advocacy. The intention of TAIF is to provide resources to trans people, with a specific focus on the needs of the performers in our community. For more information, visit

Courtney Demone’s “Do I have boobs now?”


At what point do breasts come to be considered “scandalous?” This is the question asked by transgender woman Courtney Demone’s project “Do I Have Boobs Now?” as she documents her gender transition through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Much like #FreeTheNipple, Demone’s focus is on the censorship of women’s bodies — and, of course, their subsequent sexualization. Demone wrote: Dear Facebook and Instagram, I’m a trans woman starting hormones. Are you going to censor me? I’m going to make this awkward for both of us: A few weeks ago, my nipples started to ache. They told me it would hurt, but that didn’t prepare me for the constant dull throbbing and occasional burning sensation I feel when my shirt rubs across my chest the wrong way. I’m going to sound like a masochist, but every little pain is followed by a slight smile. “I’m actually doing it,” I think. “This is actually happening.” As a trans woman on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), I’m starting to grow breasts. Despite the pain it causes, it is exciting. I’m going to have boobs! All the changes HRT is having on my body are confirming my identity in ways I never thought possible. I’m starting to feel comfortable in my body in ways I’ve only prayed for and dreamed about. My excitement often bleeds into confusion. Shortly after coming out as a woman and before I had started HRT, I was sunbathing topless in my yard when a roommate asked, “Since you’re a girl now, does that mean I’m not allowed to look at you shirtless anymore?” Though he said it jokingly, that thought stuck with me. The next day I went swimming and left a top on, because as a woman I feel ashamed when my nipples are showing, regardless whether the world sees them as a problem. When people start to consistently see me as a woman, my privilege to be comfortably topless in public will be gone for good. We can challenge that. You can follow #DoIHaveBoobsNow and visit Demone’s Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter @CourtDemone pages and read the full article on

Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks Transgender Equality and Honored By GLAD


In an article posted on Huffpost Gay Voices on 10/1/15, Charlotte Robinson wrote, “I talked with Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings and activism have significantly illuminated and articulated the transgender experience. Jennifer is being honored by GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) with the Spirit of Justice Award on October 16th at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the best-selling memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. A novelist, memoirist and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for transgender rights. She sits on the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction as well as serving as the National co-chair of the board of GLAAD, the LGBT media monitoring organization. Recently Jennifer had an ongoing role on the groundbreaking E TV Network Reality Show I Am Cait and serves as a consultant on the Amazon Emmy and Golden Globe award winning show Transparent. I talked to Jennifer about being honored by GLAD with their Spirit of Justice Award and her spin on our LGBT issues. Click here for the audio on Outtake Media and here for the full article.