In honor of National Coming Out Day 2017, we look back at the coming out stories of 14 notable celebs that inspired us from this past year.
Trans gay porn stars were once relegated to niche sites, but now they’re busting into the mainstream, and these men are our faves
Across the U.S. witches are forming covens to protest Donald Trump’s politics, hex his bad politics and cast spells for LGBTQ and racial equality
A new Donald Trump transgender rights memo basically says that they don’t have any, not in the workplace anyway — and trans activists are ready to fight it
Kylie Perez, a transgender teen and student at East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, was viciously beaten by four fellow students earlier this week
Willam Belli came under fire earlier this week after he made some transphobic comments on his web show ‘Suck Less’ with Courtney Act
Earlier this year we profiled Edie DePoorter-Dixon, the Trump-supporting trans woman, and her very hunky husband Daniel Dixon
Transgender actress Alexandra Billings made TV history with her full-frontal nude scene in Season 4 of Amazon’s trans drama series, ‘Transparent’
Several high-profile designers used trans models this season during NYFW as a way to endorse the community’s visibility
This Friday the Pentagon issued a memo saying that trans servicemembers who are currently serving can re-enlist
In our monthly look at news from around the world, we look at Finland continuing to sterilize trans people, plus three heroic drag queens out of Australia
Police discovered the body of legendary trans activist Marsha P. Johnson floating in the Hudson River soon after New York City’s 1992 Pride parade
The transgender community is composed of individuals who have a gender identity or gender expression that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. It also includes people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine, such as those are who genderqueer or nonbinary. As sexual orientation is independent from gender, transgender folks may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, and pansexual.
Historically, the community has faced a great deal of discrimination and violence. According to the Human Rights Committee, 21 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2015, and in 2016 at least 25 were killed. Violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. The community is often deprived of access to housing, employment, healthcare, and other vital services due to a combination of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
Transgender issues have been in the spotlight lately thanks to famous transgender figures such as Chelsea Manning, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and Janet Mock, as well as several recent U.S. laws — laws that both take away and grant rights to transgender people.
One of the most notable is North Carolina’s HB2, which forbids transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Fortunately, there have been a number of laws passed recently which protect the community. As of July 2016, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legislation that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice directed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. President Obama also issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals who work for the federal government or its contractors. In 2016, Oregon became the first state to legally recognize non-binary individuals.
When it comes to knowledge and attitudes about the community and transgender rights, progress has been made, but there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.