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CAMP Rehoboth, Beebe team up for LGBT focus groups

CAMP Rehoboth (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Last week, CAMP Rehoboth and Beebe Healthcare partnered to hold focus groups designed to collect …

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This Video Shows How Male-to-Female Sex Reassignment Surgery Really Works

It's truly incredible.<p>The physical transition from male to female is a long one, but a new video shows in detail how male-to-female sex reassignment surgery actually works.<p>The animated video, uploaded to Vimeo by the European Association of Urology, lays out the process of removing a person’s penis …

What It's Really Like To Get Facial Feminization Surgery

<i>Carlisha Gizelle Brown is a 37-year-old MAC Cosmetics employee who lives in Los Angeles. Last year, she underwent a 10-hour facial feminization</i> …

Hormone therapy linked to dangerous health issues in trans women

Researchers set out to examine heart and circulatory health in transgender people, and found that transgender women face a greater chance of strokes, …

Essence Fest Could Be A Safe Space For Black Trans Women, Too

More often than not, black trans women aren’t recognized in spaces dedicated to celebrating and uplifting blackness. Actor Angelica Ross and Activist Raquel Willis discuss ways to change that.<p>For many who attend, Essence Fest is a magical, safe space for black women around the world. The three-day …

"Why I'd rather 'look trans' than like I was assigned female at birth"

It took me years to stop wishing I'd 'pass' as cisgender, but I've learned to love my trans body.<p><b>I knew I was a girl from the moment I'd run around the playground, and the boys would call me a 'pansy'. I was eight-years-old, and I took the name and quite literally ran with it.</b> <b>I remember thinking,</b> …

I'm a surgeon who helps transgender people live the way they feel inside

Surgery can transform the lives of people with gender dysphoria. And when a transgender person is at death's door, talking of suicide, it can even save lives.<p>Early one morning, in the summer of 2005, I entered Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh in a fresh shirt and tie to give Grand Rounds — …

How to Eat Out a Non-Op Trans Woman

Trans women who haven't had bottom surgery and trans sex experts weigh in on oral pleasure.<p>Every body is different, which means pleasure is always complex. And that’s the case even for acts as common as oral sex.<p>For this installment of <i>How to Sex</i>, I interviewed non-op/pre-op trans women—that is, …

I’m a Trans Woman with Gender Dysmorphia, and This Is What it Feels Like

<i>An honest look at the ways women are</i> <i>taking care</i> <i>of their minds and bodies in 2018.</i><p><i>“How much of a difference does a SnapChat filter make?</i>” I found myself wondering as I stared at my face on the iPhone 5 screen. Scrolling back and forth between filter and no-filter, I felt every ounce of confidence …

Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City

At an outpatient lab in Tifton, Ga., where Karen Williams gets her blood drawn, a clerk looked from her computer screen to Williams' printed lab order, then back again.<p>"This is not right," the clerk said, squinting at the lab order. There, the birthdate and address matched the ones on the screen, …

Navigating Beauty Standards as a Trans Woman Is an Impossible Balancing Act

As I took a bite of my breakfast, I heard the guy at the next table at the diner say, “Just give the check to him.” It felt like lightning coursing through my veins. As a trans woman, it'd been months since I’d been misgendered in person, and frankly, I had forgotten the imposter syndrome and …

Daniela Vega

Chile is so proud of Daniela Vega and the team that wrote and produced the movie she starred in, <i>A Fantastic Woman</i>, which was the first Chilean film …

Human Rights

This book is an honest insight into intimacy for trans & non-binary people

In the opening pages of <i>Queer Sex</i>, author Juno Roche gives us a detailed account of her feelings towards her vagina. After years of living without one, she thought that acquiring one as part of her transition might finally bring her inner peace, and get her laid in the way that she’d often dreamed …

Transgender

What To Expect When You Start Taking Estrogen

Estrogen is an important part of many transgender women's transition process. While not everyone feels that they need to be on hormones (sometimes …

The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face

For one patient, facial-feminization surgery gave her what she needed to just be herself.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Abby Stewart sometimes thought that she was born to be a teacher. At the small college in Colorado where she was …

5 #TransWeek Tweets That Highlight the Experiences of Trans People of Color

Transgender Awareness Week seeks to “raise the visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming people, and address the issues the community faces.”

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How transitioning leads to better mental health – and job satisfaction

In the EU and the US there is a growing number of trans people who are beginning to change their outward appearances to reflect their gender …

14 things trans people wish you knew

<b>It’s the new sensation that’s rocking the nation: trans people!</b><p>They’re everywhere: falling out of your kitchen cupboards, hiding in the boot of your …

Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one issue the LGBTQ community doesn't want to talk about

In the back room of a bustling Pride event, Laverne Cox sits on an aging brown leather chair with her legs elegantly crossed. The actress and …

Being Pretty Is a Privilege, But We Refuse to Acknowledge It

<i>Beauty Beyond Binaries is a biweekly column about the intersection of beauty and identity on allure.com by writer, TV host, and activist Janet Mock.</i><p>I knew very early on that I was not pretty. No one ever called me pretty. It was not the go-to adjective people used to describe me.<p>Throughout …

The Trans Woman Who Tried To Replace Paul Ryan

As Ryan Solen she fought Paul Ryan, unsuccessfully, for a congressional seat. Now, as Rebecca Solen, she is contemplating how her transition fits …

The Beauty and Terror of Passing as a Woman

Transitioning from male to female was empowering—but the harassment that followed taught me new things about power and womanhood.<p><i>Passing is a complex and controversial topic.</i> <i>Typically, when people talk of passing—a shorthand for "racial passing"—they are referring to African Americans presenting as</i> …

Should Doctors Be Certified To Treat Trans Patients?

Inside the struggle to make doctors' offices more inclusive.<p>When Chaslyn Heath first started looking for someone to prescribe her estrogen in her west Georgia town of Carrollton in 2014, she ran into a few dead ends. Then 16, she had identified as transgender for three years. She asked her …

Transgender

Transgender Surgeries Are Up 20 Percent

Access to care and awareness may have led to the uptick.<p>The transgender community has gotten more attention in recent years, and now new data suggest that with it has come an increase in surgical procedures as well. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of gender …

5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Transgender People

Despite increased awareness, there are still many misconceptions about what it means to be transgender.<p>An estimated 1.4 million adults in the United …

5 movies and TV shows that star trans actors telling trans stories

Hollywood is facing backlash around casting a transgender role. Again.<p>The new film <i>3 Generations,</i> originally titled <i>About Ray,</i> stars Elle Fanning as a transgender boy and explores the effect his transition has on his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Though filmed several years …

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Plus-size transgender model Shay Neary lands her first UK fashion campaign

Shay Neary, who broke onto the scene in December when she became the first out plus-size transgender model to ever land a fashion campaign, has made …

Dining While Trans: One Woman Describes Humiliating Experience

For more than 10 minutes, Ashlee Marie Preston said she stood outside an upscale West Hollywood restaurant watching patrons walk in, one after another, while she was told to wait on the side near security officers.It was 9:45 p.m. on a recent Tuesday night, and she said she was on time for her …

Laverne Cox: Being Trans Isn't About Blending In -- And That's Beautiful

"I am beautiful because of those things."<p>In a new interview, actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox opened up about the idea of “passing,” transgender identity and why trans people shouldn’t be expected to “blend in.”<p>Speaking to Elle, Cox discussed how, historically, the goal of transitioning …

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