South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...As part of their crusade to restrict LGBTQ rights, state officials are fighting back against a recent transgender-inclusive directive from the Obama administration...."
"...In protest of guidelines that would accommodate transgender students, Lt. Gov..."
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton and his anti-LGBTQ cohort have succeeded in blocking a federal transgender-inclusive directive, albeit temporarily...."
"...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...."
"...At 13, Gabriella finally came out as her true self: "I am a boy and have always been a boy. I'm transgender," she told her mother...."
"...Dan Patrick – who has led the charge against Ft. Worth ISD for its transgender inclusive policies – announced the next steps in his crusade against transgender rights..."
"...Florida post-punk outfit Against Me! dropped its first LP since singer Laura Jane Grace (née Tom Gabel) revealed via a well-publicized Rolling Stone profile that she identified as a woman. Now Grace and Vanderbilt are two very different transgender tales..."
"...Members of the gender-diverse community and allies have come to mark Nov. 20 as the Transgender Day of Remembrance..."
"...City Council approved a resolution May 5 directing the city manager to evaluate the Austin Police Department's policies and training on identifying transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Less than a month into the new year, Monica Loera was shot and killed outside her home..."
"...Yes, and the new We’re Still Here may well be the first of its kind: An anthology of original comics created by transgender artists...."
"...The new medical center, set for operation every other Thursday from 5-8:30pm (including today, March 23), within the Kind Clinic at St. David's Hospital on East 30th Street, will explicitly address the health care needs of Austin's transgender and gender nonconforming communities – a population which has been neglected by the city's health care providers – by covering general wellness exams, counseling, and case management referrals and treatment for HIV positive trans patients ("Season of Risk," May 22, 2015)..."
"...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...."
"...22. In the week after her death, widespread confusion about the case gave way to the knowledge that Loera was a transgender woman, and that in death she had been misgendered by the Austin Police Department and a local media that largely reports the department's language verbatim...."
"...Dr. Erica Anderson is a leading expert in transgender medical practices..."
"...On an anti-LGBTQ legal rampage, Texas officials have filed yet another anti-transgender federal lawsuit...."
"...Rose, a transgender kindergartener, told a story Tuesday night about the problems with Senate Bill 6...."
"...The National Center for Transgender Equality released the largest transgender survey ever conducted, with 27,715 respondents nationwide. Of those surveyed, 1,490 call Texas home..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday that he’s more than willing to forgo billions in education dollars in defiance of the federal government’s recent call to protect transgender students...."
"...repealed its discriminatory “don't ask, don’t tell” policy, which banned gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members from serving openly in the military. That reversal, however, didn’t include transgender people, 15,500 of which are estimated to be serving in the military today...."
"...Today we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility. As L and G rights gain more traction, trans rights are too frequently swept under rugs or pushed aside..."
"...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...."
"...Dallas Pride rolls out amid ongoing controversy, Alabama jumps on the bigotry train, and the world's first transgender billionaire makes the A-list, as your AggreGAYtor seeks a rent-controlled sublet on Sgt. Charles H..."
"...Perhaps bored of playing Where's Waldo with the Boston bombing photos, conspiracy demagogue Alex Jones has aimed his sights at new bogeymen – transgender people. On the April 30 edition of his radio show, Jones launched into a rant about transgender rights..."
"...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...."
"...National transgender activist Sandy Stone, one of Austin's most underrated and influential artists, will be accepting the OUTsider Legacy Award of 2017 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of her academic paper The Empire Strikes Back: The Posttransexual Manifesto...."
"...He’s been shunned by his dad (Cubitt), the high school football coach, and denied by his former suck buddy, Joe (Glusman), the team quarterback. Instantly, Danny falls in with a ragtag gang of transgender hustlers and vagabonds who live hand to mouth (so to speak) and show him the ropes..."
"...It’s Christmas Eve on the sun-kissed sidewalks of West Hollywood, and working girl Sin-Dee Rella (Rodriguez) is a woman scorned. Newly sober and back on the block, she and BFF Alexandra (Taylor, both transgender) are sharing a glazed breakfast at Donut Time when an unwitting revelation cuts short their happy reunion: During Sin-Dee’s 28-day stint in rehab, her pimp boyfriend, Chester (Ransone), cheated on her with another sex worker, one who has “a vagina and everything.” From there, the exuberantly one-of-a-kind Tangerine goes full throttle as its determined drama queen strides the L.A..."
"...This just in: Transgender Advocates of Central Texas (TACT) has announced the establishment of The Beth Westbrook Memorial fund, which will raise dough for the group's outreach programs, such as the Transgender Day of Remembrance and workshops for emergency first responders to offer awareness about gender diversity...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Mayor Steve Adler has drawn the ire of a popular white supremacist website after he invited transgender military members to join the Austin Police Department in the wake of President Trump’s currently toothless ban on their service...."
"...The Austin Police Department will soon roll out mandatory training on serving LGBTQ, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities for all 1,845 sworn officers...."
"...I learned of the obstacles she overcame and the day-to-day difficulties she continued to experience being transgender. Super big props to Gabel (taking the name Laura Jane Grace) for taking such a mighty step..."
"...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..."
"...LC: That's where I'm at, but a lot of people in the transgender community don't see that as a valid choice. The older you are, the more likely transsexual means "male" or "female" to you..."
"...Despite the long wait, he considers himself fortunate. For many transgender Texans, it's not that easy...."
"...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..."
"...The group invites bill critics to sign a petition calling on their own state senator to oppose the legislation. “Until kids are not kicked out of their house for being gay or transgender, and until kids are not being beaten by parents for being gay or transgender, we owe it to kids to protect them,” said Equality Texas board chairman Steven M..."
"...• Faced with diminishing returns on their homophobia, wingnuts are increasingly zeroing in their hate beams on the transgender community...."
"...Your Transgendered Neighbors..."
"...• Sarasota police are investigating a possible hate crime against a transgender woman...."
"...Last summer, a group of trans folks, allies, health professionals, clinicians, researchers, educators, activists, and artists came together with the mission to improve transgender health care in Central Texas. Today, they're known as the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition..."
"...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..."
"...Opponents arguments rested on a basic and inhumane understanding of what a trans person's experience is likely to be. The "NO Men in Women's Restrooms" campaigns link transgender folks inexorably with sexual misconduct: rape, assault, pedophilia..."
"...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...."
"...• The New Hampshire GOP is calling for Stacie Laughton, the first openly transgender candidate elected to state office, to step down over newly discovered criminal history...."
"...• Latina transgender organization shaken by recent death threat...."