by Lee Hurley
Over the course of my regular working day, I come across a host of articles around the globe about transgender people, most of which are transphobic or covering transphobic events and incidents. I’m going to gather up what I find to post here, along with positive articles, so people can get a feel for the war being waged on trans people in the media.
Latest transgender news and media coverage
Transgender news gathered 13 March 2021
RETAIL – Amazon says it is purging books that ‘frame transgender identity as a mental illness’ [Daily Mail]
USA – ACOG addresses Ob-Gyn care for transgender patients [The Daily Wildcat]
USA – Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday advanced measures banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports teams at school and prohibiting gender confirming treatments for minors, the latest state to take up restrictions targeting trans youth despite objections from health and education groups. [The Sentinel Record]
USA – Transgender youth, their family members, and representatives of a variety New Hampshire organizations testified Tuesday against a bill that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools and colleges in the state, saying it is discriminatory and unconstitutional. [Concord Monitor]
USA – Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Thursday designed to prevent transgender girls and women from competing against female athletes in public schools and colleges, though he could not cite any instance of that occurring in the state. [Tate Record]
Transgender news gathered 12 March 2021
SOUTH AFRICA – Photographing a ‘Difficult Love’ in South Africa – Zanele Muholi has been an activist using photography to champion the rights of black lesbians and transgender people in South Africa [NY Times]
USA – Mississippi became the first US state on Thursday to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s sports teams, a move denounced as discriminatory by LGBTQ groups and likely to face legal challenges. [George Herald]
ENTERTAINMENT – Ian McKellan is ‘happy’ Elliot Page came out as transgender [English Deepika]
BANGLADESH – Islamist groups recruiting among the transgender community [Asianews.it]
AUSTRALIA – ‘Such an indignity’: Trans woman ordered out of nightclub bathroom [The Age]
USA – A bill aimed at deterring Arkansas’ schools from allowing transgender athletes to participate in girls’ and women’s sports won the approval of the Arkansas Senate on Wednesday [Magnolia Banner News]
USA – Athletes call on NCAA to shun states with anti-transgender legislation. [Arkansas Times]
Transgender news gathered 8 March 2021
EVENT, USA/ONLINE – Gender Justice: Perspectives on Transgender Health and Policy, Berkley, Mon Mar 08, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM [More details].
What are the latest developments in transgender public policy and health? Two leaders in these fields, Clair Farley and Jenna Rapues, share professional and personal insights and perspectives on current thinking and strategies. Moderated by Mere Abrams, their conversation will address trans rights locally and nationally, including priorities for the new administration, and building trans-inclusive capacities for systems of care.
USA – Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall wants to amend President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 bill to prohibit funds from going to schools that allow transgender student-athletes to participate in women’s sports [Kansas City Star]
AUSTRALIA – An Auckland transgender activist and artist is calling for an apology from the Wests Tigers after “unsafe” social media posts were made by two of its players [Fox Sports]
ENGLAND -Britain’s first retirement community for older LGBT+ people is to be created in Vauxhall. Housing association Tonic said it would purchase 19 already built flats at the Lord Foster designed Bankhouse development next to the Thames using a £5.7 million loan from the Mayor [Evening Standard]
London is an open, diverse, inclusive city. I'm delighted the UK's first LGBTQ+ retirement community will be here in London – and proud to be supporting @tonichousing to make it happen. #LoveIsLove 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/PxwZcBmyMw
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 2, 2021
INDIA – The Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to respond to a plea challenging blood donation guidelines which ban transgender persons, members of the gay community and sex workers from donating blood [The Hindu]
Transgender news gathered 7 March 2021
BANGLADESH – Meet Tashnuva Anan Shishir: The first transgender woman in Bangladesh to present the news [The Independent BD]
Earlier transgender media coverage
Transgender news gathered 6 March 2021
VIETNAM – Clinics raided over illicit transgender surgeries [The Phenom Penh Post]
INDIA – First Transgender Person To Head Anti-Covid Vaccine Centre In India [NDTV]
AUSTRALIA – Education Queensland has ensured transgender students can feel safe at all state schools. [CQNEws £]
HUNGARY – Hungarian media watchdog targets LGBTQI TV campaign. Hungary’s media authority has initiated proceedings against RTL Hungary media group for broadcasting an advert aimed at boosting acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer and intersexual (LGBTQI) families. [EURACTIV]
NETHERLANDS – Vincent Verwimp writes a book about his transition: ‘I still don’t feel at home in my body’ [Nederlandsdagblad]
USA – Mississippi governor will sign bill limiting transgender athletes [Hattiesburg American]
USA – Meet Erik Wakar, a transgender student aiming to bring representation to IU’s music community [Indiana Daily Student £]
USA – Transgender Youth Speak Against Missouri Proposal to Restrict Sports Teams by Gender [Riverfront Times]
USA – South Dakota Senate ‘smokes out’ a number of bills, giving new life to legislation, including a transgender sports measure [Mitchell Republic]
USA – Senators dismiss ban on transgender girls from girls’ sports [Brooking Register]
USA – Dittrich introduces bill to ban transgender athletes in Wisconsin [GM Today]
USA – Mississippi House passes limits on transgender athletes. Governor expected to make it law [Clarion Ledger]
USA – South Dakota Senate State Affairs committee voted 6-3 to kill a bill that would have barred transgender girls and women from playing on sports teams that matched their gender identity [Argus Leader]
USA – Our View: Stand up to South Carolina’s shameful anti-transgender agenda [Charleston City Paper]
USA – Spearman against trans sports ban bill [The Sumer Item]
USA – States ‘proactive’ in aiming to ban trans athletes [Press Enterprise £]
USA – Idaho transgender athlete ban is template for other states [Daily Hampshire Gazette]
Transgender news gathered4 March 2021
USA – Department of Justice Withdraws from Anti-Trans Lawsuit [Out Front magazine]
USA – Mississippi Passes Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports [Albawaba]
INDIA – Delhi police to fastrack cases of people being charged under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. [Indian Express]
INDIA – Chhattisgarh police recruit 13 transgender people as constables [Times of India]
PANAMA – Miss Panama to accept transgender women from 2021 [New Age BD]
SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s first transgender soldier found dead after she is forced out of military [Independent]
SOUTH KOREA – Death of S.Korea’s first transgender soldier spurs calls for change [Bworldonline]
BANGLADESH – Transgender health in COVID-19 in Bangladesh [The Independent BD]
USA – Dozens protest transgender female athletics legislation [Brooking Register]
USA – Judge dismisses transgender woman’s suit against Miss United States of America pageant [Oregon Live]
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman found that the pageant association cannot be required to allow a transgender woman to participate in light of its mission to promote “natural-born” females.
USA – The Tennessee Senate voted 27-6 Monday night to approve a bill that would effectively ban transgender student athletes from participating in middle and high school sports under their gender identity.
TV – “The Lady and the Dale”; New docuseries on trans history releases, featuring visiting Mills professor Susan Stryker
SOCIAL MEDIA – Twitch apologizes for using ‘womxn’ after online outrage from transgender activists and allies
USA – Newt Gingrich Makes Bonkers Transgender Claim On Fox News – “It’s an America in which transgender dominates Christianity and Judaism.”
UK – Disgraced writer Graham Linehan to discuss free speech in parliament after being banned from Twitter for ‘hateful conduct’ [Pinknews]
UK – The Times misrepresenting once again – Saying that sex is binary risks criminal charge, group claims
GAMING – The game developer Avalanche Software has included the option of being ‘transgender’ in their new game, Hogwarts Legacy. The choices offered are ‘male,’ female’ or ‘transgender’, reinforcing the idea that trans people are something apart from ‘men’ and ‘women’ while non-binary people are completely excluded, as usual.
And what the hell does a ‘transgender’ character look like? Me? Paris Lees?
It seems, and I shit you not, that when you select the ‘transgender option’ you get the ability to give a male character a female voice (and vice versa) and pick your pronouns from ‘he’ or ‘she’.
If ever there was a bunch of white cis men sitting around a table saying ‘let’s throw some trans crap in this to make it inclusive’, then this is it.
As if all that wasn’t enough, it turns out that Troy Leavitt, chief designer on the development team for the Harry Potter game “Hogwarts Legacy,” allegedly used to operate a YouTube channel in which he preached radical anti-feminist views. The channel has now been deleted.
That being said, how many trans people are playing Harry Potter games these days, anyway? No doubt, though, JK will be delighted.
UK – The Daily Mail continues its war on trans people, this time using an anonymous rando from mumsnet to help them. “Posting anonymously on Mumsnet,” The Mail writes, “the UK-based mother-of-three asked for advice about how to help her transgender son, who wants her to fund a mastectomy, hormone therapy and hysterectomy.”
One of the headlines for this piece screamed: Mother with no income reveals she’s locked in an emotional battle with her transgender son, 18, who ‘screams and cries’ over her refusal to use her pension nest egg to pay for private hormone treatment.
INDIA – A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and others to establish a transgender welfare board to address their social welfare issues and also appoint a committee to promptly probe reports of their alleged gross abuse by the police.
Other pieces by Lee you might be interested in
- Transgender men can help the #MeToo movement. Don’t exclude us [Guardian]
- An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic [Guardian]
- Why didn’t any ‘World Cup heroes’ stand up for Russia’s LGBTQ+ people? [Guardian]
- This Trans Courier Is Fighting To Improve Gig Economy Conditions [Vice]
- Why are trans men always left out of the conversation? [Huck]
- Let’s include trans guys in the discussion: Cervical Cancer Prevention week [Metro]
- 5 things you don’t realise about transitioning from one gender to another [Metro]
- Tales from a trans guy: My first time in a men’s locker room [Metro]
- Tips from a trans guy: what men don’t understand about periods [Metro]
- 7 things to ask the next trans person you meet instead of the stupid stuff you’d probably say [Metro]
- 5 transgender myths you’ll hear and why you’re a fool to believe them [Metro]
- International Transgender Day Of Visibility – you’re damn right people should look at me [Metro]
- Are mismatched sex drives a relationship deal breaker? [Metro]
- Why coming out as trans doesn’t make me brave [Metro]
- 21 Questions With… Lee Hurley [Sports Media LGBT]
- Transgender Day of Visibility [BBC Five Live]