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David Hogg Talks About Transgender Issues and Gun Violence at Conference

David Hogg, a gun control advocate and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has consistently used his platform to raise awareness on topics such as gun control, racial inequality, and LGBTQ+ issues. Earlier this month, Hogg attended the US Conference on AIDS and spoke about the connection between gun violence and the transgender community.

At the event, Hogg held up a fan onstage that was styled with the trans flag and had the words “End Trans Gun Violence” written across the front. His action was meant to highlight the high number of trans people, particularly trans women, who are murdered with guns in the United states. According to reports, 2017 was the deadliest year on record for trans women in the US with a total of 28 victims.

When he took the stage, David Hogg said:

“We’re more upset about a pair of shoes than gun violence… or HIV/AIDS. Don’t let politicians divide us. Don’t let our labels divide us. No matter the size of your platform, speak up and then be willing to hand the mic to others.”

In a string of tweets, Hogg brings up that one of the biggest issues the trans community deals with when it comes to gun violence is that often times, transgender people are misgendered by law enforcement, the media, and even family. The media previously reported a transgender murder that took weeks to be labeled as such because they had used the victims dead name.

Murders are all too common in the transgender community and the average life expectancy for a transgender woman of color is around 30 years old.

h/t: David Hogg’s Twitter and Instagram

Trans Woman Found Dead in Florida in Potential Hate Crime

Trigger Warning: Murder, Hate Crime

On the morning of September 8th, the body of Londonn Moore was discovered near a bus stop in Florida on Sawyer Circle in an undeveloped part of Port Charlotte.

After discovering her body, police determined that her death was suspicious and began a search for her car. Her vehicle, a Chrysler 200, was discovered in another part of Port Charlotte. It is unclear where she was murdered.

The police have not classified the case as a hate crime.

Nathan Bruemmeer, the Executive director of ALSO YOUTH in Sarasota said:

“I think it is too early to say if it’s a hate crime, but I think what is important to recognize is that the state of Florida is leading the nation in violence against transgender population, specifically in trans woman and trans women of color.” -ABC affiliate

North Port Police Department officer, Joshua Taylor, said:

“Whether it’s a hate crime or not, you’re going to pay that price.” -NBC, Florida

The story is significant because although the police have not declared it a hate crime, many people feel that this is part of a larger pattern. Hal Trejo of All Rainbow and Allied Youth Inc. said:

“This would mark the 21st person in the nation since the start of the year that a transgender person has been murdered. It’s the fifth person in Florida alone this year, so we see it’s a huge crisis and needs to be addressed and talked about.”

The news media and police have also continued to misgender and “deadname” the victim in coverage in spite of calls from friends and local leaders. Her name was Londonn Moore.

Police are still seeking information.

h/t: ABC Affiliate Florida, NBC Florida

Marco Marco Delivers Dynamite Fashion Show That Features Only Transgender Models

Famed fashion house Marco Marco did something pretty incredible to finish Style Fashion Week New York during NYFW. Their latest line, Collection Seven, was only walked down the runway by fierce and fabulous transgendered models. 

Celebrity designer and underwear guru Marco Morante’s powerful show did this for the first time ever, where notable names in and out of the fashion and entertainment industry strutted their stuff at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night. 

This included icons like Pose star Dominique JacksonAngelica RossMJ Rodriguez, Gigi Gorgeous, Trace LysetteOur Lady JGeena RoceroCarmen Carrera, and Laith Ashley.

“This is an incredibly huge step forward for the LGBTQ community. I’ve never seen a show like this before and I hope more designers take note,” said David Burtka, who sat front row. Other major celebs attended the historic making event including the one and only Paris Hilton.

For more information on Marco Marco, please check out their official website

Was X-Factor's Robbie Williams Out Of Line Asking Trans Singer His "Dead Name?"

X-Factor UK judge and pop star Robbie Williams caught some heat on social media this weekend after asking a transgender contestant his birth name prior to his performance.

Before Felix Shepard of Birmingham could launch into his take on Kodaline’s “All I Want,” he mentioned that he was trans, and it was his hope was to be “more than just a transgender guy” on the show.

The audience roared their support.

Williams took that as his cue to pose some personal questions of Shepard asking him what his birth name had been as well as inquiring, “When did you know you were Felix?”

For those who may not know, asking a transgender person their birth, or “dead name”, is considered “verbally violent” as it is seen as disregarding their gender identity.

From The Advocate: “’Deadnaming' someone who is transgender is the practice of uttering or publishing the name that a trans person used prior to transition. Cisgender people often refer to this as a trans person’s 'real' name, as if the name a trans person either uses or have legally had changed is somehow less real than the one given them at birth, when they were assigned male or female. It is seen as a verbally violent offense that attempts to invalidate a person’s authentic gender identity."

Fans on social media were not amused. Here's just a small sample of the reaction to Williams' questions:

 

 

 

 

But in an interview with The Sun, Shepard explained that Williams had asked in private before he took to the stage if he could pose the question. Shepard asserts Williams was nothing but respectful.

“I was in no way offended by Robbie’s question and he did ask me if it was okay beforehand but they didn’t show that on the episode,” says the 20-year-old singer. “He was extremely sensitive about it and said ‘do you mind me asking?’ It’s a shame viewers didn’t get to see that.”

“After my audition he even came backstage and shook my hand and said another well done,” Shepard added. “He was very much on a level with me. It’s just not a common every day thing to hear about on Saturday night TV and it’s not something people have pocket knowledge about; it isn’t always in daylight for people to see."

"I don’t take it personally; I just know people don’t have a great understanding of it," said Shepard.

Fortunately, the vast majority of the response Shepard has experienced since his performance aired has been very positive.

"It has been overwhelming – the amount of people who’ve messaged me to show their love has been amazing,” said Shepard. "I’ve had messages from a few trans guys who’ve told their families that they’re trans and parents with kids that are going through it have contacted me. I stayed up until 5am replying to every single message.”

Watch Shepard’s pre-performance chat and then his rendition of “All I Want” below.

 

 

(h/t The Sun)

Amazon's 'Jack Ryan' Original Series is Called Out for Transphobic Slur

Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” series starring John Krasinski premiered this weekend, August 31st. It has been making headlines for being the lead actor’s newest project since his successful directoral debut of A Quiet Place and for showing some skin.

However, the series is now garnering criticism for using a trans slur. In the third episode of the series, a character asks a coworker how he got a black eye. His coworker doesn’t want to explain it so she follows up with:

“Did you accidentally pick up another tranny on Freemont Street?”

The issue was brought to light by Eliel Cruz from the Anti-Violence Project, an organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence. Cruz tweeted:

 

 

His perspective reminds us that that as cisgender people use trans slurs, the show could have taught us what is acceptable and what is not but instead:

“decided to affirm the idea that there is something shameful about cisgender men being with a trans woman or that trans women are actually men.” -Cruz

Cruz reminds us that while shows like this may find it easy to use slurs and ignore the difficulties of the transgender community, violence towards transgender people is all too real.

Cruz shared a clip from the episode below:

 

 

h/t: independent, Amazon.com

Transgender Woman Found Dead in Louisiana

Trigger warning: transgender death, potential hate crime

Last Thursday, August 30th, a transgender woman was shot to death in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The police received a call around 4:30 A.M. with a report of gunshots in the area. When the police arrived, they found Vontashia Bell, aged 18. She had been shot in the chest and wrist and was taken to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. There is no reported motive so far.

Her story had not been reported by LGBTQ+ outlets sooner because Bell was deadnamed and misgendered in local media reports of her death. (Meaning that they had used her previous name and identified as a male rather than as female.)

Louisiana Trans Advocates spoke out on the manner and said:

“Dehumanizing language and actions lower the barriers to this kind of senseless violence. Shreveport and Louisiana leaders must speak out against these killings, against the ongoing, systemic devaluation and trans people that pervades our media and politics, and against the institutional racism that places almost all of this burden on trans women of color.”

Vontashia Bell is the 17thtransgender person killed this past year with 4 months left until the year is over.

Investigators ask that anyone who has information call the Shreveport police department at 318-673-6955 or their anonymous number, 318-673-7373. They are offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

May Vontashia Bell rest in power.

h/t: lgbtqnation.com, LA Trans Adocates

Here's What Alex Jones Has to Say About That Transgender Porn On His Phone

Alex Jones has made a career out of fear-mongering and spewing hatred, so none of us should feel guilty for enjoying watching him make a complete, hypocritical ass of himself.

Just over two weeks after Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify removed all content from the 44-year-old Dallas native for violating policies, the internet had a field day when transgender porn was spotted on his phone during a live broadcast of his show Info Wars.

Related Post: Transphobic Alex Jones Caught Watching Transgender Porn

As reported by The Wrap, earlier this week a guest called in to Info Wars and inquired about it.

“Um, what about the trans porn on your phone? Are you gonna talk about that?”

After looking like a deer in headlights for a few seconds, this was Jones’s response:

“I saw a couple of news articles about that, it’s ridiculous. I was, like, looking up some reporter we’re trying to hire today and punched in some number and porn popped up on my phone. Everybody has had porn pop-up on their phone hundreds of times.”

He continues:

“I probably had porn menus pop up 500 times on my phone. There’s [sic] two types of people: people who look at porn and people who lie about it. But I wasn’t looking at porn on my phone. I don’t take phones on air that I look at porn on… Thank you for your call!”

Surely, we can all relate: Don’t you just hate it when 500 porn pop-ups appear on your phone? Also, many phones do you have, Jones?

Jones has been outrageously, madly critical of the trans community in the past. Before his outright ban from the platform, Jones received a strike from YouTube for appearing to threaten people in the trans community.

You can check out a video of Jones violently unloading on the trans community below or with this link.

 

 

 

He likens them to “demon psychopath(s) that make Pennywise look beautiful. And they show up and they have their way with children, in demon outfits. I mean, if you’ve got men that look like 400-pound goblin demons with your children, there’s nothing you won’t put up with!” He yells all of this at the top of his lungs, and the video ends with the Info Wars host becoming so enraged that he picks up his chair and flings it across his set.

Just a reminder: This piece of work, described by New York magazine as “America’s leading conspiracy theorist,” is aggressively opposed to even minimal gun control, he has loudly proclaimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which left 28 people including 20 young children dead, was fake and never actually happened. He also claims that the U.S. government was behind the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 9/11 terror attacks. Oh, and he says the 1969 Moon landing was staged. Of course.

Grab some popcorn and Red Vines, and let’s continue watching this disaster go up in flames together. Watch the gratifyingly awkward call-in here

h/t: The Wrap , NBC News

Transphobic Info Wars Host Alex Jones Revealed Trans Porn On His Phone During Video Recording

It’ll come to no surprise for LGBTQ people that a man who spreads anti-LGBTQ rhetoric is also watching LGBTQ porn.

Alex Jones is still reeling after his company Info Wars was banned from several social media platforms. Not only did Facebook ban the Info Wars account, but so too did Youtube, Apple, and Spotify.

Info Wars was taken down from those sites partially because of his anti-transgender rhetoric. Despite repeatedly condemning transgender people and the acceptance of them, it seems that he actually fetishizes them.

According to the Hill Reporter, Alex Jones recently released a video in which he tried to include an ad for supplements. He tried to share the ad by showing it on his phone. (And he even refers to the phone as “my little iPhone,” so he can’t now claim the device isn’t his).

Jones’s problem came (around the 35 second mark of the video below) when he switched between internet tabs and revealed his past history.

Several viewers noted what looked like porn in one of the panels and clips/screenshots of the scene were later uploaded online.

Turns out, the video’s title says “Naughty tbabe Marissa-” and internet users quickly realized it’s a video of transgender porn star Marissa Minx.

Again, Jones has repeatedly attacked transgender rights and transgender people.

He called Michelle Obama a man and asked if she was a “tr****” back in 2014, he complained when Facebook banned him from using the prior word in 2017, he called the acceptance of transgender kids an act to sexualize them, and he said the trans rights movement would upend society. These are just a few of the anti-transgender things he’s said.

We hope more news sites pick up on this story and don’t sweep it under the rug. Alex Jones watches festishizes trans people by transgender porn while simultaneously critiquing and attacking transgender rights.

h/t: Hill Reporter

Teen Sitcom Star Comes Out As Transgender In Candid TIME Magazine Essay

JJ Totah, who most recently starred in the NBC sitcom Champions helmed by Mindy Kaling, has come out as transgender in a thoughtful and candid essay for TIME Magazine.

Totah begins by sharing she feels she’s been “shoved into a box: ‘J.J. Totah, gay boy.’”

“When I was really young, growing up in a small town in Northern California, people would just assume I was gay,” writes Totah. “On the playground, I was the type of kid who wanted to sing with the girls, not play soccer with the boys."

"Then I found myself playing that role once I got into the entertainment industry, and people kept assuming my identity," she continues. "Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization. I understand that they didn’t really know better. I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself.”

Saying she’s “ready to be free,” Totah signals the readers, “So, listen up, y’all. You can jump on or jump off. Either way this is where I’m heading.”

“My pronouns are she, her and hers,” the 17-year-old states definitively. “I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.”

Totah shares that she remembers all the way back to the age of five wishing she were a girl. But it was seeing the docuseries I Am Jazz, about transgender activist Jazz Jennings, that made it clear who Josie really was.

Watching Jazz Jennings' story unfold, Josie says she turned to her mother and declared, “This is me. I’m transgender.”

Fortunately for Josie, her mother was immensely supportive and said, “Okay, let’s do it.”

In three days time, Josie had seen a specialist who put her on hormone blockers.

Throughout the essay, Josie shares many of the same fears most trans people do: difficulties in changing ID documents; not being allowed to use a restroom that aligns with her gender identity; concerns that living authentically as trans could limit her; and being scared that she’ll be judged or rejected.

Even with all that in the mix, she says when friends and family call her Josie, “it feels like I’m being seen.”

Josie brings the essay to a close writing about upcoming college this fall and plans to continue acting.

“I plan to play roles I haven’t had the opportunity to play,” Totah writes. “And I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate — and a new world.”

Make sure you click over to TIME and read the full essay. Well worth your time.

Mindy Kaling tweeted her support to her former teen star writing, “I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented – I can’t wait to write for you again!”

 

 

Here's Josie being honored earlier this year by the Human Rights Campaign with its Trailblazer Award in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 

Although the series was cancelled in June, check out the original trailer for the series, Champions, below.

Big congrats to Josie for living your life authentically as you are!

 

 

Betsy DeVos Turns Blind Eye on Bathroom Bills

Politico tells the story of Alex Howe, a Texan high school student who hated the walk all the way to the unisex bathroom stalls in the middle of a building far from his classrooms. Since he is a transgender boy, his school district banned him from entering the boy’s restrooms making it inconvenient for him and forcing him to either choose the girl’s restroom or walking to the unisex stalls. As if that were not enough humiliation, conservative parents told the debate coach they didn’t want Howe sharing a room with their sons on trips to competitions. The coach argued that Howe should be treated the same as all of the other kids but the school administrators sided with the parents- Howe was forced to room alone. Transgender students like Howe are forced into a life of isolation because when they decide to be themselves, they are not included.

Howe isn’t the only student across the United States facing issues like this, kids face this every day, adults do, too. However, when students try to make change, the government turns a blind eye. After graduating in 2017, Howe filed a complaint with federal civil rights officials at the Department of Education hoping to make a change. After some research, Politico reports that his complaint is one of at least five involving transgender student rights that was thrown out by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has halted investigations like these.

In 2016, president Trump said:

“[Transgender people] should use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”

However, his policies how otherwise. The Education Department declined to answer questions about how it handles transgender cases but after Politico published their article, they released a statement saying:

“[We are] committed to defending the civil rights of all students and ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to learn in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. [We will continue to use] current law and current regulation to determine if any child in school is being harassed or discriminated against due to race, sex, or disability.”

Politico’s investigation showed at least 107 complaints filed with the Education Department since January of 2014, all connected to transgender students who were treated differently, excluded, or denied benefits.

GLSEN says that most transgender students are required to use bathrooms that don’t match their gender identity. This sort of emotional abuse and exclusion has an effect on the mental health of these children and the Department of Education refuses to act. When Betsy DeVos decides it is easier to look the other way than to act, we must ensure these issues are not forgotten.

h/t: Politico, True Pundit

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