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JOHN SEIGENTHALER AND LAUREN FOSTER DISCUSS HER WEBSITE AND THE EVER-CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF THE TRANS COMMUNITY ON AL JAZEERA AMERICA
THE NEW FACE OF LOUIS VUITTON'S SS 2016 WOMEN'S CAMPAIGN, JADEN SMITH, DISMANTLES GENDER BOUNDARIES
SOUTHERN FOR PUSSY
Over a long weekend, a mother and daughter discuss intimate girl stuff and have fun with a handsome stranger. Starring the talented Zackary Drucker.
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LINA BRADFORD SHARES HER SOULFUL STORY WITH US, AND WE LOVE IT
If you've been to Fire Island, you know DJ Lina. DJ Lina Bradford is a legendary figure on Fire Island, bringing people together in a magical way at her daily tea dance in the Pines. In the latest episode of the PBS Digital Studios series "First Person," Bradford opens up about not only her transgender identity, but the rich history of Fire Island and what exactly makes the place so enchanting. "You really feel the history here," she said. "If you're a connected person you can smell it, you can see it. I mean, you walk these boardwalks and it's just like -- there's a lot of history here. A lot of major people are here and have walked through these woods. It's pretty special." Hosted by Kristin Russo, "First Person" is a web show that focuses on gender identity, sexuality and queer community. Check out the interview with Bradford above to hear more of her captivating story.
THE WHITE HOUSE IS REQUIRING INSURERS TO COVER TRANSGENDER SERVICES. THAT'S A FIRST.
New Obama administration regulations would require insurers to cover gender-affirming treatments for transgender people — for the first time ever. Civil rights laws already bar health plans from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, disability, or age. This new rule would add sex discrimination to that list, including discrimination based on gender identity. And that, Health and Human Services says, will require insurance plans to cover treatments that help enrollees medically transition. It's hard to know how many health insurance plans cover gender-affirmation services right now. What is clear, however, is that the coverage is not uniform — one 2013 paper from the Center for American Progress cited multiple instances in which insurance plans specifically excluded coverage for treatments "related to sexual assignment" or "sex transformations." Click here for full article.
H&M-OWNED LABEL USES TRANSGENDER MODELS IN NEWEST FALL AD CAMPAIGN
Fashion brand & Other Stories— a sister-company owned by Swedish international retail giant H&M — launched a new campaign Friday for their fall collection that uses transgender models at the forefront. But the inclusion of trans professionals didn’t stop at just models. & Other Stories also used trans photographers, stylists, and makeup artists for their newest advertisements. Click here for full article
TRANSGENDER WOMAN TO BE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA'S NEXT TRANS CAST MEMBER
The Real Housewives of Atlanta has cast social media personality Amiyah Scott as the second trans woman to be featured in all of Bravo’s seven Housewives franchises. A report in Vibe Magazine and in Variety incorrectly cited Scott as the first-ever trans cast member. Amiyah Scott joined the cast becoming the first transgender cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Although she has yet to officially comment, reports say Scott has already been seen filming scenes for the show’s upcoming eighth season. Scott fills a casting void left behind when original Atlanta Housewife and vocal LGBT supporter NeNe Leakes announced she was leaving the show earlier this year. Scott is best known for being an Atlanta socialite, and she has more than 800,000 combined followers from both her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
"WE CAN'T LET INCREASED TRANSGENDER VISIBILITY LEAD TO MORE VULNERABILITY"
It’s an unprecedented time in society. Trans women are appearing in the media as Hollywood actresses, writers, innovators and advocates. Increased positive representation of trans people is one of the greatest things that could have happened to trans women as a group. But, in this moment of celebration, we need to ensure that more visibility doesn’t lead to more vulnerability. The lack of representation made such an impact on me, that for a long time I had no idea how to parse my feelings about gender, my body, my sexuality and how I could exist in the world. In my childhood, any trans or gender non-conforming person on television or in film was almost always treated as a villain or a dead body. As graphic as that may be, that was the only representation we had. The rest were in the vein of Buffalo Bill (a serial killer from the movie Silence of the Lambs) or unnamed corpses in Law & Order and shows like that. In ads at the back of New York City’s free newspapers, I can remember seeing trans women who were immensely beautiful and splayed out like models. I remember when the Village Voice had actual backpage ads for transgender escorts. I know some may think it bad that I, as a young adult, had been exposed to images of transgender women who had to do sex work to survive. But that exposure helped me. I learned the words necessary to describe what I was feeling, to describe what I am and would become. It’s where I learned the words transgender and transsexual. Most importantly, I learned the harsh realities that came with being transgender. I learned the steep price one had to pay to be oneself in a society so deeply opposed to transgender people thriving...Click here for full article.
OBAMA APPOINTS FIRST TRANSGENDER WHITE HOUSE STAFF MEMBER - RAFFI FREEDMAN-GURSPAN
ANDREJA PEJIC LANDS NEW SEPHORA BEAUTY CAMPAIGN
Pejic is currently in every Sephora window in North America with a groundbreaking campaign for cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever. “I can’t wait to go to Sephora and take a selfie with my face,” Pejic says. “Makeup contracts are the Oscars of the modeling world. You start out and think, ‘Maybe one day.’ ” The ads — which will appear in all 888 Sephoras from the most conservative pockets of the continent to the most liberal — refer to the transgender model as “Supermodel and Transwoman.” While Caitlyn Jenner’s transition has been front and center in recent months, Pejic is blazing trails, too — in her own way. “For me, I felt you just don’t see many transwomen as the face of a brand, so it’s amazing that it’s happening,” Pejic says. “I just want to prove that I can do anything any other female model can do.”