Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. TDoR was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Friday’s hero

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Brandon Teena is my last hero of the week. Murdered in 1993, aged 21, by two ex-convict associates of his girlfriend, Lana Tisdel, his tragic and violent story is the product of ignorance, hate and fear. Brandon’s only crime was passing as a man in a community that did not … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Thursday’s hero(es)

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The first half of today’s hero is Laurence Michael Dillon, a British physician and the first transman to undergo phalloplasty. Michael lived an extraordinary life. He was second in line, after his brother, to the Baronetcy of Lismullen in Ireland; he graduated from Oxford University (as a woman in the … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Wednesday’s hero

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Buck Angel is an adult film producer and performer, an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer. His Wikipedia entry is here. Buck Angel would not be everybody’s idea of a hero. He makes his living producing adult films, often starring himself. This means he gets naked and, in doing so, answers … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s hero

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Billy Lee Tipton was an American jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was assigned female at birth. You can read more about Billy’s extraordinary life here and here. I … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Monday’s hero

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Ian Harvie is an American stand-up comedian who often references being a trans man in his performances. His Wikipedia entry is here. If you like good and different stand-up from a unique perspective then I highly recommend checking out some of Ian’s YouTube videos. There’s a great one here. Ian’s … Continue reading

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