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"...With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out. Austin Smartt is a local trans woman comedian who’s been presenting her bits around town since last July...."
"...It’s been a year and a half since Claire Bow, a transgender activist and advocate, has had her hair cut. After being misgendered multiple times by a previous stylist, the anxiety of it happening again has been too much of an obstacle to overcome...."
"...Tomorrow night, Vice on HBO refocuses its gaze on Texas’ trans youth. The 18-minute segment shares an update on Kai Shappley and her family, which recently relocated to Austin for a more accepting school district...."
"...Coco Coquette – Austin's over-the-top wig and makeup shop known for its knockout wig parties – has been hosting a recurring makeup workshop for trans and nonbinary folks. Though makeup can be a fun, transformative tool, the workshops are more about creating a safe space that celebrates the city's trans and nonbinary communities...."
"...It’s no secret that Austin fosters trans and intersex creatives – just look to Xavier Schipani, Doodle Me Alive, and Ethan Draws Stuff for a start – which partially explains why Gender Unbound’s third annual festival is expanding from one day to a weekend-long event this September...."
"...Seasonal Affective Disorder? Holiday hangups? Sunday depression? Well, stave off those blues, and spend the day with a trans family potluck followed by the third Trans GenderQueer Social...."
"...Taking steps to fulfill that promise, the studio recently partnered with Out Youth, a local nonprofit supporting the queer youth – and parents – of Central Texas, to provide free, weekly salon services to youth enrolled in the organization’s Transgender Wellness Program...."
"...Marfa’s eighth annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love this week announced its lineup for the three-day camping fête, set for Sept. 12-15..."
"...She was 43 and called North Austin home. Now her name, and her death, are again showing up on multiple lists, as Austin, the U.S., and countries across the world prepare for the 18th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday..."
"...By the time she'd turned 35, Beth Westbrook had made her mark on Austin's queer community. A well-known activist and artist, Westbrook fought to empower the transgender community at a time when LGBTQ rights were still unsupported by the general population..."
"...The LGBTQ Studies Program at UT continues to foster queer camaraderie outside the bounds of the University. The program recently sponsored artist Alok Vaid-Menon at this weekend’s Gender Unbound Festival and continues to host an animated monthly Transgender Feminisms Reading Group that will meet again Thursday, at Patton Hall...."
"...A project four years in the making, Trans Youth is a documentary centered around the experiences of several transgender folks living in Austin. Powerful emotions are captured onscreen as seven young adults navigate both daily activities and life-changing events...."
"...Originally from Denver – and an occasional Chronicle contributor – Magyar believes Austin is a great place to be a trans lesbian comedian. “It’s not just a bunch of straight people who don’t want to kill you,” she said..."
"...Drag culture has impact and implications on larger transgender issues. We spoke with local psychotherapist Katy Koonce about these cross-pollinations...."
"...On New Year's Eve, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ordered a nationwide halt to the Obama administration's federal mandate seeking to secure national health care for the transgender community as well as provide abortion-related health care services..."
"...A celebration and exploration of a gender-fluid transgender woman’s life, Transformer, is coming to the Alamo Drafthouse on April 10 as a part of the Austin Film Festival’s Audience Award Winner Series, in partnership with aGLIFF...."
"...If ever there was a time to celebrate our transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex communities it’s now. Texans living outside of the (cis)gender binary have been under a nonstop ambush by the state since the 85th Legislative Session gaveled in on January 10...."
"...Transgender (adjective, not a noun) An umbrella term for most terms associated with gender nonconformity – those for whom identity, expression, and/or behavior does not conform to expected gender norms. (The use of "transgender" as a noun or "transgendered" as an adjective is often considered derogatory.)..."
"...The Austin Police Department is in the process of updating its policy on identifying transgender and gender-nonconforming crime victims to assure officers accurately identify victims (and suspects, when possible). According to Sergeant Michael Crumrine, president of the Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association, APD will adopt a victim neutral affidavit to remove victims' names from search and arrest affidavits to provide all victims with anonymity, and allow officers more time to confirm gender identity..."
"...Weird news out of West Texas, where the Houston Chronicle's David Hunn reports that Peter Hefflin, a Sierra Club affiliate and semi-influential figure in the Trans-Pecos Pipeline protest community, is not actually Peter Hefflin. The person using that name turns out to be Pedro Rabago Gutierrez..."
"...Many people know these images as the legacy of Bort, the trans-feminine, graffiti “trash queen,” who’s quickly become one of Austin’s most iconic street artists...."
"...On an anti-LGBTQ legal rampage, Texas officials have filed yet another anti-transgender federal lawsuit...."
"...Last week, Working Mother magazine named Austinite Meghan Stabler "Working Mother of the Year." Stabler's achievement is particularly notable because she's the first transgender woman to receive the honor. It's "recognition of the work that I do both inside and outside of my job," said Stabler, who is a business executive, a tireless advocate for LGBT rights, a wife, and the mother of a 3-year-old..."
"...Despite the long wait, he considers himself fortunate. For many transgender Texans, it's not that easy...."
"...Even we flub, and it's important to take valuable lessons and teachable moments when offered, especially regarding the dangers of making assumptions about our transgender friends...."
"...The 7th Annual Trans-Pecos Gathering of Music and Love at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas, September 27-30, 2012..."
"...Beau Bridges was the guest star on last Monday's episode of TNT's The Closer, playing a transwoman named Georgette. He played one of the detective's former (male) partners (as in Starsky and Hutch not as in Bette and Tina)..."
"...In the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop, a small child declares: "Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina." That's something Atherton (Ky.) High School principal Thomas Aberli recalls hearing quite often when he started developing a bathroom policy for transgender students on his campus. "I got a lot of nasty emails going, 'How can you be so stupid that you don't understand that?'"..."
"...Konni Burton, R-Ft. Worth, filed legislation last week that would effectively force Texas schools to out LGBTQ students to their parents, a deliberate response to the adoption of transgender-inclusive policies at Ft..."
"...Paula Buls has experienced firsthand the impact of the current right-wing campaign against transgender rights. Buls, a psychotherapist – and the first openly trans graduate of UT's School of Social Work – has seen an uptick in trans and gender-nonconforming clients expressing stress, anxiety, and fear about using public restrooms, aware of the very real possibility of being harassed while attempting to use the bathroom..."
"...In a just world, Senior Police Officer Greg Abbink's story wouldn't be newsworthy, but commonplace. A respected member of the Austin Police Department since 2004, Abbink recently became APD's first openly transgender officer...."
"...Unfortunately, Kylie Jack was not one of them. Jack is a transgender woman, and her account of what occurred when she went in to get fitted for a new bra sparked an Internet conflagration that quickly spread out of control..."
"...Tell ya what. Johansson, a cis actress, was recently cast to play a trans man in upcoming film Rub & Tug..."
"...Her Story, which premieres on January 19, picks up where Showtime's lesbian drama left off, but through a much queerer lens, focusing on the (love) lives of two trans women as well as their place under that big LGBTQIA umbrella. "It's The L Word meets Transparent," director Sydney Freeland exclaimed to co-writer, co-star, and co-producer Zak, after reading the script...."
"...6). The courtroom, filled predominately with members of Austin’s trans and larger LGBTQ community, as well as Loera’s two sisters, rejoiced..."
"...Local artist Drew Riley – known for her Gender Portraits series – is one of two activists speaking at Thursday’s International Transgender Day of Visibility event at Texas State University. Celebrated throughout the world on March 31, TDoV rejoices in the lives and accomplishments of trans folks everywhere...."
"...“Having more trans and non-binary representation in our government would protect our rights and provide better accuracy of our interests." So opens cartoonist Sage Coffey’s recent comic published on the Nib, an online publication that specializes in political cartoons. [image-1-right]..."
"...A Texas trans teacher gets continued mistreatment, Title IX gets a makeover, and Laverne Cox shows us how it's done, as your AggreGAYtor struggles with various attractions...."
"...The title of Ottinger's movie promises action, conflict, and exotic adventure. So does its premise: seven European women, passengers on the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway, are taken hostage by Ulan Iga, a Mongolian princess, and forced to live for the better part of the summer with her band of women warriors on the steppes of that remote land..."
"...The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each November 20 to mourn those lost to acts of anti-transgender violence, most of whom are trans women of color. Since last year’s TDOR, 23 trans Americans have been murdered including two Texans: Brandi Seals of Houston and Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon of Dallas...."
"...The eye is part of Jennifer Raye's interactive art installation, Boa Retina, and her first with a content warning: "Transphobia and emotional/physical abuse." Don't let the disembodied eye make you think the game is an entirely impressionistic telling of a universal coming-out story. Raye clarifies, "I didn't want to just make a game about being trans, but about my experience being trans." It's an experience the eye would like to deny you while navigating Boa Retina, and an experience she admits "was not very nice all the time."..."
"..."Too often, stories of trans and intersex people are centered around our bodies, bathrooms, victimhood, surgeries, and transitions," says Gender Portraits artist and nonprofit founder Drew Riley. Instead of focusing on the negative, Saturday's Gender Unbound Art Fest will spotlight the work of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming artists and musicians..."
"...Oklahoma dukes it out, trans soldiers prove battle-worthy, and tight undies make everyone just go gay all of a sudden, as your AggreGAYtor buries a time capsule...."
"...Whether it be building friendships, romantic relationships, or directing folks to resources and business opportunities, the Trans and Genderqueer Social is a monthly meetup for everyone on the transgender and genderqueer spectrum...."
"...This difficult task is often amplified for those who don’t fall into the long-established fashion industry norms. Newcomer, Leo Roux is trying to change that reality for trans-binary and nonbinary individuals...."
"...The Big Bend Conservation Alliance has launched a presidential petition drive to oppose the Trans Pecos Pipeline, a project still in development that would transport natural gas from a hub near Coyanosa in Pecos County to Presidio, thence to another pipeline in Ojinaga, Mexico, and eventually provide natural gas into Mexico’s interior...."
"...Texas and Louisiana prepare to ignore the will of the people (including Big Business), trans teens get to look pretty, and marriage support goes through the roof, as your AggreGAYtor ties it not...."
"...Duke brings trans rigor, De Niro comes on out, and the T-word just won't die, as your AggreGAYtor looks behind the curtain at Oz and goes, 'Oh, this is all an effin joke.'..."
"...Same-sex families prove good-as-thine, the Westboro clan finds common ground with queer Texans, and gay kids and trans soldiers rock our world, as your AggreGAYtor disturbs the stock...."