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Texas Lawmaker Wants To Throw Transgender People in Jail for Using Public Restrooms


A Texas state legislator has filed a bill that would make it a crime for transgender people to use public restrooms according to their gender identity. 

The proposal from GOP Rep. Debbie Riddle (above) would make it a class-A misdemeanor — punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum $4,000 fine — for transgender people to use "a locker room, shower facility, or toilet facility designated for use by persons of a gender that is not the same gender as the individual’s gender."

Riddle's HB 1748 would also make it a state jail felony — punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine — for a building manager to "repeatedly allow" a transgender person to use such a facility according to their gender identity. 

Here's how the bill defines gender: 


Riddle's bill is similar to one filed earlier this month in Florida. 

In Texas, anti-LGBT groups have recently used the issue of transgender restroom use to attack Equal Rights Ordinances in Houston and Plano

Read the full text of Riddle's bill, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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This Trans Model's Recreation of Adam Levine's Iconic Nude Pose Will Have You Sweating: PHOTOS


Trans publication FTM Magazine has published a steamy shot of cover model Aydian Dowling recreating Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine's iconic nude photo shoot for Cosmo UK back in 2011.

In the original photo, meant to raise awareness for a UK prostate and testicular cancer campaign, Levine bared it all, with then-girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna strategically covering up the lil Levine with a pair of well-manicured hands. 

Two more shots of Dowling, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bullied Trans Boy Asks For Support In Video Declaring He No Longer Wants To Live As A Girl: WATCH


Milla Brown's parents and friends originally misinterpreted his preference for Spider-Man and close-cropped hair over dolls and tresses as mere tomboyishness. As he grew older and puberty began to approach, the reality clicked in: Brown is trans. Brown's mother Renée Fabish had nothing but support for her son:

It is not something [he] was talked into and it is not something [he] can be talked out of. We support him wholeheartedly. The only thing that has changed for us is pronouns.

But school life was not so supportive, and Brown alleges being bullied all the time. So, Fabish put together a video calling for tolerance and acceptance of her son. The video went viral and has been viewed over five million times. It's incredibly uplifting, and Brown's family should stand as a model for how to handle a trans child: with love and support.

You can watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Glee's Coach Beiste And 200 Trans Singers Perform 'I Know Where I've Been': VIDEO

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For those of you who haven't been following Glee lately, last month Coach Beiste, played by lesbian actress Dot-Marie Jones, came out as transgender and took some time off began transitioning from female to male. Fast forward to last Friday and Beiste returned to a mixed reception: transphobic bullying from the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, but complete acceptance from trans student Unique.

Unique surprises Beiste with a truly remarkable welcome that serves double-duty as an acceptance lesson for Vocal Adrenaline: a 200 member chorus of trans singers performing "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray. It's uplifting and affirming in an incredible way, and you can see it AFTER THE JUMP...

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Let's Respect The Fact That Bruce Jenner's Story Is About More Than His Body

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We need to have a conversation about the way we discuss and and make sense of the public comings out of high-profile trans-identified people. The prospect of Bruce Jenner’s coming out as transgender carries a significance that’s far larger than Jenner as an individual or us as people who have agreed to pay attention to his life. Much of that significance stems from the way that we (the queer press) and we (the general public) are talking about Jenner the idea as opposed to Jenner the person in relation to a trans identity.

Advocates like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Jill Soloway have made significant inroads in reframing the way that the general public thinks about and understands trans folks. Both Orange is The New Black and Transparent feature narratives that center around trans characters whose identities are complicated and nuanced. Similarly, Janet Mock’s memoir Redefining Realness and her gig hosting MSNBC’s "So Popular" do the very simple yet powerful work of presenting trans people as people rather than reducing them to their gender identities.

In their own ways these creative works have done a significant amount of work in the fight to challenge depictions of trans people that fixate on their bodies. Orienting the public discourse about trans experiences towards stories of everyday humdrum-ness invites people to see trans folks as being a part of the “normal” human experience. The importance of that importance cannot be overstated.

In talking about Bruce Jenner, however, we (the gay media) and we (the general public) are in something of an odd position. As much as we may not want to admit it, much of the speculation and discussion of Jenner’s purported desire to transition has been grounded in a set of assumptions based on his shifting physical appearance. As interest in Jenner’s gender presentation has flourished, the conversation focused on him has become one preoccupied with specific physical characteristics and his bodily features. For every piece speculating about the impact that Jenner could have on the broader trans community, there are more that fixate on Jenner’s body as a spectacle--turning it into something to jeer at rather than celebrate and welcome with open arms.

Much of the aggression directed at trans people is a direct manifestation of the ways in which general society refuses to accept trans bodies as valid. We, as a media producing and consuming public are doing little to alleviate that problem by obsessively focusing on the minute details of Jenner’s purported physical transformation. Through our fixation with his body we pathologize and ultimately demean the story of one of the most potentially important trans people of the 21st century.

In many ways the public’s scrutiny of his life is par for the Kardashian/Jenner course. Bruce Jenner is a high-profile public figure who chose to become a part of an even higher-profile family of people famous for inviting the public to comment on and speculate about their lives.  As Bryan Lowder explained in an all-staff e-mail circulated throughout Slate, however, there is a degree to which the very act of discussing Jenner can quickly turn toxic:

“[C]ertain stories touch on larger issues (e.g. Jenner’s intersects with reality TV, tabloid culture, etc.) and deserve attention in kind, but by participating in those stories we are taking part in a culture that already places trans people under heightened and dangerous scrutiny.

There is nothing inherently salacious or juicy about someone’s being trans. The line between reporting relevant information of interest to our readers and taking part in disrespectful gossip can be thin.”

There is a power in talking about Bruce Jenner that we would all do well to be cognizant of in our day to day discussions of his life. It’s difficult to say what it would mean for trans-visibility were Jenner to come out but the necessity of speaking about him in a measured and thoughtful way is of equal importance. Bruce Jenner’s story, like those of all people who may be transgender, is about more than his body. We owe it both to him and to ourselves to treat it as such.

Transgender Man Describes How Coming Out To His Lesbian Girlfriend Led to Marriage: VIDEO

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A transgender man shared his touching coming out story with I’m From Driftwood, a LGBTQA story archive, on how he came out as a transgender man to his lesbian girlfriend. 

Said Mitch:

"We actually met online, on the site OKCupid. So we had this great dynamic from the start. I was, at the time, really, like, [a] kind of butch - or masculine-identified woman, and she is and always has been - remains - a really feminine-identified woman. It wasn't something, even when I entered the relationship, that I was thinking, 'This is something I need to tell her about me,' it's hard to explain how I had compartmentalized that part of me and just put it somewhere else, and it hadn't come to the fore for several years."

A year into their relationship, Jocelyn’s faith in Mitch gave him the strength to come out to his girlfriend as transgender. Mitch’s coming out was emotional, but Mitch’s courage in coming out led to the two’s engagement and marriage.

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