This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1700 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing.

There is a detailed Index arranged by vocation, doctor, activist group etc. There is also a Place Index arranged by City etc. This is still evolving.

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30 December 2014

2014 and other stuff: comments

In the 1980s when Thatcher was UK Prime Minister, and perhaps in reaction to her predecessor as Conservative leader whose homosexuality was an open secret,  she caused to be enacted Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1986 to inhibit positive statements about homosexuality, and without saying so transsexuality.  This was not the only similarity of Thatcher to Putin, and it not the only homophobic action of the Thatcher government.  At the same as this opposition to adults joining in consensual loving, there was, we now know, an acceptance or at least a looking the other way with regard to predatory paedophilia.   1) Jimmy Savile, now posthumously openly revealed as such a paedophile, was a close friend of Thatcher, and she tried and tried again against official advice, based on reports of his sexual activities, until she obtained a knighthood for him, and he was a frequent guest at Chequers, the official residence of the Prime Minister, especially at New Year’s Eve.  2) Peter Morrison, scion of a dynasty connected to the Conservative party for many generations, inherited the Isle of Islay in the Hebrides where the Thatchers were invited guests year after year.   Peter became MP for Chester, and after Thatcher became PM he was given various government jobs,  became deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, was given a knighthood and became Thatcher’s Parliamentary private Secretary.  By then his interests in young boys were known and now (he died in 1995) he is regarded as a central figure in the North Wales child abuse scandal.  C) Now the story is coming out that a VIP sex party ring, which included a yet unnamed Conservative minister, actually killed at least 3 boys in the 1980s.    We knew at the time that the Thatcherites were a bunch of hypocrites but it is still surprising how far it went.


In my article about Catherine McGregor I mentioned the support that she got from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.  This does not mean that Abbot is supportive of transsexuals.   In fact he is known for his fierce opposition to equal marriage despite his sister being lesbian.  And in his Australia, Tori Johnson, the heroic cafe manage in Sydney who lost his life in December’s siege, was a second-class citizen in that he was unable to marry his partner of 14 years.   Abbott is supportive of Catherine because she is a mate going back many years.   There is something similar in the position of Ayla Holdom in Britain’s RAF.  While trans persons are permitted in all the UK’s services, Ayla Holdom does seem to get special attention because she is a mate of William Windsor, an hereditary prince.


Articles continue to pop up in the press and on-line re persons who transition and then regret and even detransition (change back).  While many of such articles attempt to spin the facts to suggest that transition is not a good idea, it is interesting that so many mention Alan Finch who reverted 17 years ago, and who has long since dropped out of the public eye.  Example, another.  The reason that Finch is mentioned again and again is that the percentage of transsexuals who revert is actually rather low, and it is difficult for the anti-transsexual polemicists to find recent examples.   As is true of so many aspects of the history of transgender, the most comprehensive list of persons who reverted is found on this site which lists 32 such, persons who reverted for quite a variety of reasons.   Given that over 1000 persons are discussed in some detail, this suggests that less than 3% do in fact revert.
Charles Kane reverted in 2004 giving a sort-of reason:
"In fact, I found being a woman rather shallow and limiting. So much depends on your appearance, at the expense of everything else. I wasn't interested in shopping. My female friends would spend hours shopping for clothes, trying on different outfits. But having been a man I knew exactly what would suit me and appeal to men. I could walk into a shop and be out again in five minutes with the right dress. Nor have I ever been interested in celebrity magazines or the things that interest other women, but when I tried to talk to men about blokey things they didn't take me seriously.”
Which leaves some of us appalled about his conception  of womanhood.  There are loads and loads of women who are not at all described by that, and in fact it would be an insult to describe them in such terms.  I included a person in my Year End Part 2 this year who wants the NHS to pay for a reversal because she finds heels and make-up exhausting.   She, like Kane, should explore some the intriguing and delightful ways of being a woman that do not include high heels or make-up or stereotyped behaviour. 

It is with chagrin that I note that The Danish Girl film has been resurrected.  They have switched from a cis-female to a cis-male actor for the part of ‘Lili Elbe’  - the very idea of using a trans actor seems to be totally alien to the production.  Likewise the idea of using a trans writer.   The following is the first line of the story description from IMDB: “Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife”.   Gerda Wegener was Danish.   The story cannot be true if she is anything else.   The film is fact-free and transsexual-free.   It will be a film to avoid.

What is that you say:  Gerda was from California in the novel by David Ebershoff.   Yes I know that.  He also has her have a first husband and child before meeting Wegener.   In the true story, she was a pastor’s daughter and married Wegener at age 18.   Hardly time to get in a first marriage.   There is a tradition of filming trans stories by filming a novel ‘inspired’ by the story instead of using the original story – examples: Psycho, M Butterfly.    This is not a good tradition.  If they had in fact filmed the ‘true story’ they could have saved paying a fee to Ebershoff.

Charlotte Goiar, whose instincts about what is good for transsexuals are always somewhat askew, was excited when Nicole Kidman was announced for the part, and is still proclaiming “Nicole Kidman will reportedly play the world's first reported case of a woman born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome  … based on the true story”. !!!


I put together the list of books in Part 10 partly by going to Amazon and entering ‘transgender’ as a subject.   This was dispiriting in that for every book of interest there were at least 10 that treat trans topics as if they are a fetish: forced femininity etc.   While such books are an established tradition going back to the 1950s and earlier, one would have hoped that with the present-day opportunities for real life transgender such books would be no longer required.   I suppose that the existence of the books is an indication that many, maybe most, trans people remain crossdreamers, and maybe other terms are required.


Let us return to the quote from Sheila Jeffreys on ABC Radio’s Sunday Night Safran which I mentioned in Part 5:
“Transgenderism for men is about the right to imitate and pretend to be members of the subordinate class even though they are members of – biologically and were brought up in – the superior class. That was problematic for the black and white minstrels. It’s problematic generally when a group of people claim to be another group of subordinate people.”
Whilst this is an Australian academic speaking on Australian radio, this does not seem to address the Australian experience at all.  Without saying so, it seems to be addressing the tradition of blackface in the US.   However in the middle is a reference to the “black and white minstrels”.   The Black and White Minstrels was sing-a-long show on BBC television from 1958-78.  An academic should know better than to mix up cultures like that.   There is the same mishmash on p37 of her new book.   (It is just as well that she is ignorant of the part that US minstrels shows played in the evolution of glamour drag – as I have commented about Janice Raymond’s comments on Jan Morris, the quality of research in transphobic books is usually rather low.)

27 December 2014

Some Events of 2014: Part 10: Archives, Theses, Books

Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons,
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, Magazines & Newspapers, Journal Articles & Studies,
Part 10: Archives, Theses, Books.


Moving Trans* History Forward, University of Victoria, March 21 to 23. Newsarticle.

The Sexual Minority Archives, Northampton, Massachusetts, curated by Bet Power, is fundraising to buy the house where it is located. It gained a University of Massachusetts Creative Economy Initiatives Fund grant and also gained Federal Non-profit status. It will be the home of the Leslie Feinberg Library.

Renée Richards' wooden racket and the original transgender pride flag among other items donated
to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.


  • Ronnie M. Ali. A transpositive approach to therapy with transgender clients: An exploration of therapists' subjective experiences. MA Thesis. University of Western Ontario, 2014. Abstract. PDF.
  • Abby Marie Haak. The Embodiment of Masculinity among Trans* Identified Men. MA Thesis Minnesota State University, 2014. Abstract.
  • Austin Haney Johnson. Doing cisgender vs. doing transgender: An extension of 'doing gender' using documentary film. MA Thesis, Kent State University, 2014. Abstract. PDF.
  • Marie Margaret Keller. Salmacis' alchemical pool: Gender diversity and the transformation of culture. Phd Thesis, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014. Abstract PDF
  • Sergio I. Lagman. "Je suis une Schtroumpfette!": Reading Transgender and Transsexual Identities in Children's Comics: Peyo's "Smurfs" and "La Schtroumpfette". PhD Thesis, University of Lousiana at Lafayette, 2014. Abstract. PDF.
  • Jessica Magallanes. Experiences with formal and informal support: A case study of a female-to-male transgender individual. Psy D thesis, Pepperdine University, 2014. Abstract PDF
  • Andrew Smith. A neuropsychological exploration of autistic traits in a transgender population. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow, 2014. PDF.
  • Emylia N. Terry. An Exclusionary Revolution: Marginalization and Representation of Trans Women in Print Media (1969 – 1979). BA Degree, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2014. Abstract.
  • Jaime F. Veale. Biological and Psychological Correlates of Gender-Variant and Gender-Typical Identities. PhD Thesis, Massey University, Albany, NZ. Abstract PDF


$£¥ €=Excessively overpriced books.
  • Niko Besnier & Kali Alexeyeff. Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay and Other Pacific Islanders. University of Hawaii Press, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Thomas Edward Bevan. The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism: A New View Based on Scientific Evidence. Praeger, 2014.
  • Joanne Borden. The Transgender Monologues: Gender, Sexuality, and LGBT Life. Kindle, 2014.
  • Sara Collins. The History of Transgender People in America. Lulu, 2014.
  • Kirstin Cronn-Mills. Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices. Lerner Publishing Group, 2014.
  • Paisley Currah & Susan Stryker (eds). Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a 21st Century Transgender Studies. Duke University Press, 2014.
  • Paisley Currah & Susan Stryker (eds). Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary. Duke University Press, 2014.
  • Aaron Devor. The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future. University of Victoria Libraries, 2014. PDF.
  • Laura Erickson-Schroth (ed). Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press, 2014. Covers topics like the gender spectrum, US trans history, health, cultural and social topics, and gender theory.
  • Karine Espineira, Maud-Yeuse Thomas & Arnaud Alessandrin. La Transyclopedie : Tout Savoir Sur Les Transidentites. Lulu, 2012.
  • Olivia Garson. Rencontrer des trans: rencontres du 3° sexe. Kindle, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Dan Irving & Rupert Raj (eds). Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. Women's Press, 2014. Review
  • Todd Kachinski Kottmeier & Robyn Walters. CommUnity In Transition: I am greater than a sign, More important than an emblem. Lulu, 2014.
  • Zander Keig & Mitch Kellaway (eds). Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves. Createspace, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Helen King. The One-Sex Body on Trial: The Classical and Early Modern Evidence (The History of Medicine in Context). Ashgate Pub Co, 2014. A re-evaluation of Thomas Laqueur's Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud.
  • Nia King, Jerssica Glennon-Zukoff & Terra Mikalson. Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. CreateSpave, 2014.
  • Brigitte Marcoux. Récits transgenres, Kindle, 2014.
  • Jenny Nordberg. The Underground Girls of Kabul. Virago, 2014. Newsarticle. Afghan families turn a girl into a boy for fear of being shunned thanks to their inability to have sons and to create a useful pair of extra hands in a society where girls are kept behind closed doors at all times.
  • Luise Richter. Transsexualität. Ein gesellschaftliches Phänomen im Wandel. Grin Verlag Gmbh, 2011.
  • Kristen Schilt. Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality. University of Chicago Press, 2011. Newsarticle
  • Hélène Soumet. Les Travesties de l'Histoire: Portraits de ces femmes qui ont choisi de vivre en homme pour rester libres. First, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Jami Kathleen Taylor & Donald P. Haider-Markel. Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption. University of Michigan Press, 2014.
  • Isaac West. Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law (Sexual Cultures). NYU Press, 2013.
  • $£¥ € Chantal J. Zabus & David Coad (eds) . Transgender Experience: Place, Ethnicity, and Visibility. Routledge, 2014.
  • Naval Postgraduate School. Transgenders in the U.S. Military: Policies, Problems, and Prospects. Createspace, 2014.


  • Naomi Zeveloff (ed). Transgender & Jewish. Kindle, 2014.


  • $£¥ € Ally Windsor Howell, with a forward by Phyllis Frye. Transgender Persons and the Law. American Bar Association, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Jens M Scherpe (ed). The Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons. Intersentia Uitgevers N V, 2014.


  • WHO Regional Office. Regional Assessment of HIV, STI and Other Health Needs of Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific. WHO Publications, 2014.


  • Joanne Borden. Transgender Complete,: A Virtual Handbook. Kindle, 2014.
  • Jennifer Corbett. On Becoming a Woman: A Transsexual and Transgender guide for transitioning from male to female. Kindle, 2014.
  • $£¥ € Christine Michelle Duffy. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: A Practical Guide.
  • Jenny Husk. The Ultimate Transgender Before and After Transgender Surgery Survival Guide for Transgender People with Transgender Issues about Transgender Equality. Kindle, 2014.
  • Robyn Kelly. One Woman's Story: A Trans-Activist Sourcebook. Kindle, 2014.
  • Taline Mare. A Trans Popstar's World: When Life Dreams and Being Transgender Collide. Kindle, 2014.
  • Snow McNally. The Transition Process. Kindle, 2014.
  • Carollyn Olson. More Tricks of the Trade -- A Beginners Guide To Cross Dressing. Kindle, 2014.
  • Michelle Spicer. The Transgender Handbook, Lulu, 2014.
  • Dean Thornton (ed). Letters for my Sisters. Transgress Press, 2014. "If you could write just one letter to someone who is beginning their gender transition or to your younger, pre-transition self, what would you say?" 35 trans women answer.
  • Isabella van Vence. Frau sein kann Mann lernen: Das Crossdressing Handbuch. Kindle, 2014.

    Spouses & Family

    • Terri & Vince Cook. Allies & Angels: A Memoir of Our Family's Transition. Hallowed Birch Publishing, 2013.
    • Laurence Hérault. La parenté transgenre. Université de Provence, 2014.


    • $£¥ € Sheila Jeffreys. Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism. Routledge, 2014. Review.
    • Joan Rivers. Michelle Obama "America's First Transgender Lady". Kindle, 2014.


    • Nora Alex. De haut en bas: TG transformation & more! Kindle, 2014.
    • Diane & Jacob Anderson-Minshall. Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders. Bold Strokes Books, 2014. Advocate editor Diane whose wife became her husband over 16 years.
    • Arin Andrews. Some Assembly Required. Simon & Shuster, 2014. Joint publication with Katie Hill.
    • S. Bear Bergman. Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013.
    • Catherine Burns (ed). The Moth: This Is A True Story. Serpent's Tail, 2014. Includes a chapter by Kimberly Reed.
    • Christine Burns. Pressing Matters: Volume 2. Amazon Digital, 2014.
    • Julie Clarke. Becoming Julie. Fledgling Press, 2014. Newsarticle. Webpage.
    • Lovemme Corazón. Trauma Queen. Biyuti publishing, 2013.
    • Elliott Deline. Show Trans: A nonfiction Novel. Createspace, 2014. About trans male sexuality and how trans people are pushed to become 'spectacles,' examining DeLine's experiences with sex addiction, sex work, and navigating the MSM scene
    • Suzanne Falkiner. Eugenia: A Man. Xou Pty Ltd, 2014. The life of Harry Crawford, who was convicted in 1919 of his wife's murder, and demonized as a 'man-woman'. There has previously been a film I, Eugenia, and a play, Eugenia, but that is not reason to continue putting his pre-transition name in the very title of the book.
    • Sophia Maria Flores. Überschreitung der Grenzlinie: Ein Transgender-Leben in Deutschland. Selbstbeschreibung. Kindle, 2014.
    • Natalie Rachel Gale. Being Tom. Kindle, 2014.
    • Katie Hill. Rethinking Normal. Simon Shuster, 2014. Joint publication with Arin Andrews.
    • Dominique Jackson. The Transsexual from Tobago: Where I've Been and Where I'm Going. Createspace, 2014.
    • Mar Cambrollé Jurado. Mar cambrollé, una mujer de verdad. La Calle, 2014.
    • Bobbie Lang. Transgender Christians in Chains. Createspace, 2014.
    • Thomas Page McBee. Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man. City Lights, 2014.
    • Janet Mock. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Atria Books, 2014.
    • Parker Marie Molloy. My Transgender Coming Out Story. Thought Catalog, 2014.
    • Marie-Pierre Pruvot. La Chanson de Bac (Tome 4 de J’inventais ma vie). Ex-Aequo, 2014. Webpage.
    • Marie-Pierre Pruvot. Le Gai Cimetière (Tome 5 de J’inventais ma vie). Ex-Aequo, 2014. Webpage.
    • Kelly Rockhart. Life of a Punk Rock Transsexual from England 1: The Innocent Years. 2: Breaking Chains. Kindle 2014.
    • Judith Rudakoff. TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work. Intellect Ltd, 212.
    • Christian Seidel. Die Frau in mir: Ein Mann wagt ein Experiment. Heyne Verlag, 2014.
    • Rae Spoon & Ivan E. Coyote. Gender Failure. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014. Explores the lived realities of nonbinary masculinity and "failing" at gender expectations -- both within and without trans communities.
    • Tenika Watson with Jennifer Daelyn. My Life is No Accident. Kindle, 2014.
    • Danièlle Weiss. Die vergessene Königin: Leben in Transidentität. Pomaska-Brand, 2013.
    • Cary Wilson as told to Sunny Cook. I Am Cary: A Transgender's Life Story. Kindle, 2014.

    GLB history with Trans Content

    • Robert Beachy. Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity. Knopf, 2014. Newsarticle.
    • Ralf Dose. Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement. Monthly Review Press, 2014 (English translation by Edward H Willis)
    • $£¥ € Genny Beemyn. A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C. Routledge, 2014.
    • Sam Carroll & Maeve Devine (eds). Brighton Transformed. Gemini Brighton, 2014.



    • Sam Orchard. Family Portraits: Stories about who we are and how we love. 2014. Queer and trans in New Zealand. Newsarticle.



    • Alyssa Brugman. Alex as Well. Henry Holt & Co, 2015. Newsarticle.
    • Lizzie Crowdagger. Une autobiographie transsexuelle (avec des vampires). Dans nos histoires, 2014.
    • Tenzin N. Gentso. Two Sides of a Coin: A Story of a Transgender's Emotional Struggle. Outskirts Press, 2014.
    • Rachel Gold. Being Emily. Bella Books, 2012.
    • Armistead Maupin. The Days of Anna Madrigal. Harper, 2014. Digest.
    • Alex Myers. Revolutionary. Simon & Shuster, 2014. About his distant ancestor Deborah Samson/Robert Shurtliff. Review.
    • J W Stextellton. Jane's Intersex Struggle, Kindle, 2014.
    • Irina Theisen. Transberlin. Homo Littera, 2014.

    23 December 2014

    Some Events of 2014: Part 9: Jargon, Magazines & Newspapers, Journal Articles & Studies

    Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
    Part 2: Persons,
    Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
    Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
    Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
    Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
    Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
    Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
    Part 9: Jargon, Magazines & Newspapers, Journal Articles & Studies,
    Part 10: Archives, Theses, Books.


    Utah language school fires blogger for writing about ‘homophones’.

    Cisplaining - To explain, without ever having felt the necessity to investigate the issue, that there are only two genders which are fixed and invariable for every individual at birth. Usually assumes equal lack of introspection on the part of transgender people who are likely to have spent their whole life questioning what gender means. The cisplainer is often shocked and angry when their cisplanation is not taken as absolute fact, criticized or even rejected altogether. Urban Dictionary.

    SWERF - Acronym for "Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist". A person who espouses to be a feminist but who does not believe that women engaged in ANY form of voluntary sex work should be included in the fight for equality, especially in employment or salary parity. This rabid exclusion of an entire class of women is usually a belief based on misplaced uptight morality. Urban Dictionary.

    Transface - When a transgender character in a movie or television show is portrayed by a non-transgender man or woman. Considered to be offensive by some transgender people, analogous to blackface portrayals of people of African descent. Modified from Urban Dictionary.

    Dead Name - The birth name of somebody who has changed their name. Most commonly attributed to trans people, but can be attributed to any person who has changed their name. (sometimes written as two words: dead name). It has not caught on re the maiden name of a married woman. Modified from Urban Dictionary.

    trans*sexual – as the * in trans* = vestite or gender or sexual, to put the * in the middle of trans*sexual is to lose the plot.

    The Tranny words

    Magazines and newspapers:

    Kate Stone, after surviving being gored by a stag, was dismayed by the cavalier way that her past personal life had been featured in some newspapers while she was still in a coma. The Press Complaints Commission accepted her complaint, and six newspapers agreed to amend their online stories.

    Murder victim Mayang Prasetyo, referred to as a 'she-male', and mainly bikini photographs used. Media anlysis.

    Janet Mock named a contributing editor at Marie Clair.

    Grayson Perry was guest editor at The New Stateman.

    Chelsea Manning has written for The Guardian.

    Jillian Page, Montreal Gazette, denounced Chelsea Manning as a 'traitor' and, strangely for a journalist, was surprised to find that her opinion is not universal.


      Afghanistan: Ruth Styles. "The Afghan girls forced to live as BOYS: Families make their daughters dress, act and play like males - all for fear of being shunned because they have no sons". The Daily Mail, 2 October 2014.
      Albania: Annabel Fenwick Elliott. "'I became a Sworn Virgin to inherit my family's land and protect my nine younger sisters': The Albanian mountain women prepared to take a vow of celibacy and forever dress, work and live as men". The Daily Mail, 12 March 214.
      Argentina: Sarah Raphael. "Prostitution Is Argentina's Last Hurdle for the Equality of Trans People". Vice, May13, 2014.
      Ignacia de los Reyes. "Por qué Argentina lidera la revolución trans en el mundo". BBC Mundo, 16 mayo 2014.
      Cambodia: Sean Teehan & Vandy Muong. "‘I know it’s bad for my health, but I want to be a woman’". The Phnom Penh Post, 29 November 2014.
      Costa Rica: Fabiola Pomareda. "Transgender Costa Ricans fight discrimination over name-change rights". The Tico Times, September 6 2014.
      Cuba: Jeremy Lybarger. "New Photobook Documents the Travails of Transgender Cubans: A living hell has become hopeful under Raúl Castro.". Mother Jones, May 8, 2014.
      Europe: Emine Saner. "Europe's terrible trans rights record: will Denmark's new law spark change? Denmark has become the first European country to allow legal change of gender without a medical expert statement. Why are clinical diagnosis and surgery still insisted upon elsewhere?". The Guardian, 1 September 2014.
      India: Murali Krishnan. "Indian transgender community not keen on voting". Deutcher Welle, 26.03.2014.
      Arshiya Khullar. "The transgender community: Legally invisible no more?". CNN World, April 17, 2014.
      Indonesia: Ratna Fitriana. "My Experience Working With Jakarta’s Transgender Community". Jakarta Globe, May 15, 2014.
      Jess Engebreston. "Transgender women find a safe place to practice their faith in Indonesia". PRI, July 03, 2014.
      Iran: "Gay Iranians pressured to surgically change gender, seek asylum". CBCRadio, November 28, 2014.
      Rocelle Terman. "Trans[ition] in Iran". World Policy Institute.
      Ireland: Kat Callahan. "New Report Details Ireland's Problem of Transphobic Violence" Jezebal, 6/22/14.
      Malaysia: "Malaysia: Transgender People Under Threat: Eliminate Discriminatory Laws, Practices; End Violence". Human Rights Watch, September 25, 2014.
      "Malaysia among worst countries in world for transgenders-report". The Daily Mail, 25 September 2014.
      Mongolia: Jordan G. Teicher. "Transgender in Mongolia". Slate, March 3 2014.
      Alvaro Laiz. "The secret lives of transgender Mongolians". CNN Style, 8 April 2014.
      New York: Chris Arnade. "Transgender Latinas' stories reveal how much intolerance they still endure: Facing poverty and with no support network, some Latina transwomen turn to the streets to survive". The Guardian, 18 May 2014.
      Peshawar: Beenish Ahmed. "Pakistan's Transgender Community Is Hiding Out in a Hostile City". Vice, May 16, 2014.
      Russia: Dinah Pavlovna. "Russian drag queens reflect on anti-gay law one year later". Xtra, Oct 12, 2014.
      Yana Sitnikova. "Transgender Activism in Russia". Freedom Requires Wings, January 2014.
      Spain: Raquel Martinex Carrascal. "El 80% de los transexuales de Castilla y León emigran por la discriminación". El Norte de Castilla, 22 noviembre 2014.
      South Africa: Leigh Ann van der Merwe. "There is a Voice that is Silent from Africa". IGLHRC, December 27, 2013.
      Turkey: Jody Sabral. "Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice". Huffington Post, 04/06/2014.
      Ukraine: Nadzeya Husakouskaya. "The sex change commission in Ukraine" ODR, 22 October 2014.
      Vietnam. "Transgenders seek black market sex changes amid Vietnam ban". Thanhnien, May 04, 2014.


      And of course Jack Molay's blog in general, and from a very different approach, Kay Brown's defence-of-blanchardism blog.

      Journal Articles & Studies

      • Horacio Roque Ramírez. "Archives of Sexual Crossings: The Meanings of Puerto Rican Topless Transgender Performer Vicki Starr". American Historical Association, January 3, 2014.
      • Joycelyn Elders & Alana M. Steinman (co-chairs). San Francisco State University's Department of Political Science – Palm Center. Report of the Transgender Military Service Commission. Concludes that there is no compelling medical reason for the US military to continue its ban on transgender service members. Newsarticle. Report.
      • Human Rights Watch. 'I’m Scared to Be a Woman': Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People in Malaysia, September 2014. Report Summary.

      Archives of Sexual Behavior

      • Sari L. Reisner, Katie Biello, Joshua G. Rosenberger, S. Bryn Austin, Sebastien Haneuse, Amaya Perez-Brumer, David S. Novak & Matthew J. Mimiaga. "Using a Two-Step Method to Measure Transgender Identity in Latin America/the Caribbean, Portugal, and Spain". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 8, November 2014: 1503-14. Abstract.
      • John F. Strang, Lauren Kenworthy, Aleksandra Dominska, Jennifer Sokoloff, Laura E. Kenealy, Madison Berl, Karin Walsh, Edgardo Menvielle, Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Kyung-Eun Kim, Caroline Luong-Tran, Haley Meagher & Gregory L. Wallace. "Increased Gender Variance in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 8, November 2014: 1525-33. Abstract.
      • Cecilia Dhejne, Katarina Öberg, Stefan Arver & Mikael Landén. "An Analysis of All Applications for Sex Reassignment Surgery in Sweden, 1960–2010: Prevalence, Incidence, and Regrets". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 8, November 2014: 1525-33. Abstract.
      • Fernanda T. Bianchi, Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Felisa A. Gonzales, Fabián Betancourt, Marcela Aguilar & Paul J. Poppen. "Sex Work Among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Women in Bogotá". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 8, November 2014: 1637-50. Abstract.
      • Jesse B. Fletcher, Kimberly A. Kisler & Cathy J. Reback. "Housing Status and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Transgender Women in Los Angeles". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 8, November 2014: 1651-61. Abstract.
      • Anne A. Lawrence. "Gender Assignment Dysphoria in the DSM-5". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 7, October 2014: 1263-66. Abstract.
      • Sean Roerink, Diane Marsman, Arianne van Bon & Romana Netea-Maier. "A Missed Diagnosis of Acromegaly During a Female-to-Male Gender Transition". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 6, August 2014: 1193-1201. Abstract.
      • Doug P. VanderLaan & Paul L. Vasey. "Evidence of Cognitive Biases for Maximizing Indirect Fitness in Samoan Fa’afafine". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 5, July 2014: 1009-22. Abstract.
      • Lisette Kuyper & Ciel Wijsen. "Gender Identities and Gender Dysphoria in the Netherlands". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 2, February 2014: 377-385. Abstract. "Results showed that 4.6% of the natal men and 3.2% of the natal women reported an ambivalent gender identity (equal identification with other sex as with sex assigned at birth) and 1.1% of the natal men and 0.8% of the natal women reported an incongruent gender identity (stronger identification with other sex as with sex assigned at birth). "
      • Vickie Pasterski, Liam Gilligan & Richard Curtis. "Traits of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults with Gender Dysphoria". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 2, February 2014: 387-93. Abstract.
      • Mathieu Lemaire, Barbara Thomazeau & Frédérique Bonnet-Brilhault. "Gender Identity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder in a 23-Year-Old Female". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 2, February 2014: 395-8. Abstract.
      • Tahiana Signorini Andreazza, Angelo Brandelli Costa, Raffael Massuda, Jaqueline Salvador, Esalba Maria Silveira, Felipe Piccon, Renata Carvalho, Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari, Walter Koff, Paulo Belmonte-de-Abreu & Maria Inês Rodrigues Lobato. "Discordant Transsexualism in Male Monozygotic Twins: Neuroanatomical and Psychological Differences". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 2, February 2014: 399-405. Abstract.
      • Katrien Wierckx, Julie De Zaeytijd, Els Elaut, Gunter Heylens & Guy T’Sjoen. "Bilateral Non-arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in a Transsexual Woman Using Excessive Estrogen Dosage". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 2, February 2014: 407-9. Abstract.
      • Robyn A. Jackowich, Thomas W. Johnson, Pierre Brassard, Maud Bélanger & Richard Wassersug. "Age of Sex Reassignment Surgery for Male-to-Female Transsexuals". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1, January 2014: 13-5. Abstract.

      International Journal of Transgenderism

      • Chiara Manieri, Elena Castellano, Chiara Crespi, Cataldo Di Bisceglie, Carlotta Dell’Aquila, Anna Gualerzi & Mariateresa Molo. "Medical Treatment of Subjects with Gender Identity Disorder: The Experience in an Italian Public Health Center". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,2, August 2014: 53-65. Abstract.
      • SJ Langer. "Our Body Project: From Mourning to Creating the Transgender Body". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,2, August 2014: 66-75. Abstract.
      • Stephanie Beryl Gazzola & Melanie Ann Morrison. "Cultural and Personally Endorsed Stereotypes of Transgender Men and Transgender Women: Notable Correspondence or Disjunction?". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,2, August 2014: 76-99. Abstract.
      • Louis F. Graham, Halley P Crissman, Jack Tocco, Laura A. Hughes, Rachel C. Snow & Mark B. Padilla. "Interpersonal Relationships and Social Support in Transitioning Narratives of Black Transgender Women in Detroit". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,2, August 2014: 100-113. Abstract.
      • Yadavendra Singh, Abhina Aher, Simran Shaikh, Sonal Mehta, James Robertson & Venkatesan Chakrapani. "Gender Transition Services for Hijras and Other Male-to-Female Transgender People in India: Availability and Barriers to Access and Use". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,1, April 2014: 1-15. Abstract.
      • D. Brienne Hagen & M. Paz Galupo. "Trans* Individuals’ Experiences of Gendered Language with Health Care Providers: Recommendations for Practitioners". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,1, April 2014: 16-34. Abstract.
      • Crystal Boza & Kathryn Nicholson Perry. "Gender-Related Victimization, Perceived Social Support, and Predictors of Depression Among Transgender Australians". International Journal of Transgenderism, 15,1, April 2014: 35-52. Abstract.

      Journal of Homosexuality

      • Heidi M. Levitt & Maria R. Ippolito. "Being Transgender: The Experience of Transgender Identity Development". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 12, September 2014: 1727-58. Abstract.
      • François Soyer. "The Inquisitorial Trial of a Cross-Dressing Lesbian: Reactions and Responses to Female Homosexuality in 18th-Century Portugal". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 11, July 2014: 1529-57. Abstract.
      • Jamie Feldman, Rebecca Swinburne Romine & Walter O. Bocktin. "HIV Risk Behaviors in the U.S. Transgender Population: Prevalence and Predictors in a Large Internet Sample". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 11, July 2014: 1558-88. Abstract.
      • Carla A. Pfeffer. "Making Space for Trans Sexualities". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Apr 2014: 597-604. Abstract.
      • Talia Mae Bettcher. "When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Apr 2014: 605-620. Abstract. "This erotic experience of self is necessary for other-directed gendered desire, where the two are bound together and mutually informing. One consequence of the theory is that the controversial notion of “autogynephilia” is rejected. Another consequence is that the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation is softened."
      • Lucas Cassidy Crawford. "Derivative Plumbing: Redesigning Washrooms, Bodies, and Trans Affects in ds+r’s Brasserie". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Apr 2014: 621-35. Abstract.
      • Sara Davidmann. "Imag(in)ing Trans Partnerships: Collaborative Photography and Intimacy". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Apr 2014: 636-53. Abstract.
      • Tamar Doorduin & Willy van Berlo. "Trans People’s Experience of Sexuality in the Netherlands: A Pilot Study". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Apr 2014: 654-72. Abstract.
      • Elijah Adiv Edelman & Lal Zimman. "Boycunts and Bonus Holes: Trans Men’s Bodies, Neoliberalism, and the Sexual Productivity of Genitals". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Dec 2013: 673-90. Abstract.
      • Sel J. Hwahng & Larry Nuttbrock. "Adolescent Gender-Related Abuse, Androphilia, and HIV Risk Among Transfeminine People of Color in New York City". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Dec 2013: 691-713. Abstract.
      • Laura E. Kuper, Laurel Wright & Brian Mustanski. "Stud Identity Among Female-Born Youth of Color: Joint Conceptualizations of Gender Variance and Same-Sex Sexuality". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Dec 2013: 714-31. Abstract.
      • Kristen Schilt & Elroi Windsor. "The Sexual Habitus of Transgender Men: Negotiating Sexuality Through Gender". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Jan 2014: 732-48. Abstract.
      • ELiza Steinbock. "On the Affective Force of “Nasty Love”". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Dec 2013: 749-65. Abstract.
      • Avery Brooks Tompkins. "“There’s No Chasing Involved”: Cis/Trans Relationships, “Tranny Chasers,” and the Future of a Sex-Positive Trans Politics". Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 5, Dec 2013: 766-80. Abstract

       TransQueer Workshop, Sydney, 13-14 February 2014, organized by Peter Jackson, Australian National University, attracted international leaders in the field from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Key note addresses by Meaghan Morris and Raewyn Connell.

      21 December 2014

      Some Events of 2014: Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema

      Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
      Part 2: Persons,
      Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
      Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
      Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
      Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
      Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
      Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
      Part 9: Jargon, Magasines & Newspapers, Journal Articles & Studies,
      Part 10: Archives, Theses, Books.


      Facebook greatly expanded pronoun and gender options.

      As did Google+

      Facebook decided that legal names would be required on profiles which affected a variety of users. Drag queens made the most fuss until the policy was reversed. "Facebook has offered a genuine apology and agreed that our real names are the ones we make for ourselves".

      Jaden Remy joined private Facebook group All Transmen Know Each Other. His name and photograph were taken to sell prosthetic penises. When he objected he was banned and blocked.

      Eva – a transgender voice training App. Newsarticle.

      9,000+ responses on Reddit on how to cope with a magical change to female, and not one consulted a real-world trans person.

      NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde erroneously revealed 86 email addresses of trans clients by not using the BCC feature.

      Lauren Voswinkel is building Transgress, "a tool that lets people bypass web filters to access sites about transgender issues and only transgender issues".

      Art, Photography & Exhibits

      • Mariette Pathy Allen. TransCuba. Daylight Books, 2014.
      Allyson Hamblett, artist.

      April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady. Museum of Liverpool. September 2013 – December 2014.

      Bettina Rheims' photographs of those who flee the categorization of being male or female.

      Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture, San Diego Comic Con, Thursday, July 24.

      Gabrielle Le Roux, Cape Town, exhibited in New York.

      Pep Bonet's photographs of Brazil: Transgressing gender norms can have consequences.

      Photographs of the aging from Home of the Golden Gays, Pasay, Philippines.

      Paola Revenioti exhibited her photographs at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar, 19 October-3 November 2013. In November 2014 the collection was shown in Cyprus, where the exhibition was raided by the police on TDOR after one complaint was received.

      Reinas de Quito, photographs by Raul Chacon of Quito's drag queens at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo.

      Sakimichan has gender-switched Disney characters.

      Wynne Neilly, Toronto, self portraits, Female to 'Male

      Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, transitioning in opposite directions, had their photographs of their transitions exhibited as part of Biennial 2014 at The Whitney Museum of American Art from March 7 to May 25.

      16 Beautiful Portraits Of Humans Who Happen to Be Trans.

      PHOTOS: Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say “Mmmm!”

      How Lucien Freud turned Jerry Hall into a man.


      Stephanie Hirst, presenter of a breakfast show on Capital FM Yorkshire, is in transition. More.

      Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, hosts of the The Breakfast Buzz on 98.9 FM, WBZA, Rochester, New York, "“you’re probably a nut job to begin with” if you’re seeking reassignment surgery. They were fired a day later. In September they had a new afternoon show on 95.1 The Brew.

      The Rush Limbaugh Program, May 29, 2014. A woman, Tina, objects to his linking of same-sex marriage and trans rights, he pretends not to know that 'tranny' is controversial, and he asks how a trans woman might 'trick' a man into having sex. NewsArticle.



      Trans playing trans

      Brothers. Dir/scr: Emmett Lundberg, with Emmett Lundberg as Jack, Jamie Casbon as Davyn, Hudson Karkowski as Aiden and Will Krisanda as Max. US 8 episodes 2014. A web series about four trans-masculine friends in Brooklyn. IMDB NewsArticle.

      Emmerdale. UK ITV 1972 – now. Long-running soap recruited Samantha Valentine for one day's work as a barmaid in a scene where women compete to get other women's phone numbers leading up to the punch line: ‘That’s not fair, that’s a he not a she’. With the help of Press for Change, Valentine complained and the scene was cut.

      The Fosters. Created: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg. With Tom Phelan as Cole. US ABC Family 2 seasons 2013-14. IMDB Cole is a teenage trans boy.

      New Tricks. Scr: Nigel McCrery, Roy Mitchell. Episode 11.5. "London Underground" with Adèle Anderson as Cecily Watkins, a trans woman among the suspects. UK BBC 60 mins 15 Sep 2014.
      BBC A murder mystery of art, occult and the hidden underground Fleet river. Review.

      Orange is the New Black Creator: Jenji Kohan, with Lavern Cox as Sophia Buset. US Netflix 3 seasons 40 episodes 55 mins each IMDB Cox was nominated for an Emmy for this role. Wikipedia.


      Bananas. Scr: Russell T. Davis, with Bethany Black as Helen. UK Channel 4 2015. IMDB
      Underage & Gay and My Million View Sex Change "a project showing young women using Testosterone Diaries to record online the progress of their sex changes " Also Channel 4.
      Boy Meets Girl. Created: Elliot Kerrigan, dir/scr: Eric Schaeffer, with Rebecca Root (18 on IOS Rainbow List) as Judy. BBC 2015. Newsarticle. IMDB.
      Sense8. Dir/scr: The Wachowskis and others. US Netflix 2015. Wikipedia. IMDB. Includes scenes shot at the Fresh Meat Festival in San Francisco.

      Cis playing trans

      Carlotta. Dir: Samantha Lang, scr: David Hannam, with Jessica Marais as Carlotta and Kai Lewins as Richard (young Carlotta). Australia ABC1 19 June 2014. A drama based on the life of Sydney showgirl Carlotta. It is ironic that Carlotta, who pioneered trans playing trans in 1973, is now portrayed by a cis actor. Drag artist Courtney Act had been initially announced for the part. IMDB Newsarticle.

      The Centre, Created by Marian Cullen & Warren Meyler, with Gary Cooke as Nuala Mooney. Ireland RTE2 1 season 6 episodes 2014. A comedy set in a community centre in north Dublin with Nuala as a stereotyped trans character played for laughs. Travellers and Muslims are also laughed at. IMDB Newsarticle Newsarticle   TENI.

      Coronation Street. UK ITV 1960 – now. Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, was the first trans character in a UK soap in 1998. In January, suffering from cancer, Hayley chose to end her life, and was commemorated with a Humanist funeral. Newsarticle. Comment by Hesmondhalgh.

      Dr Who. UK BBC 26 seasons 1963-now 26/8.11. "Dark Water" The Master now played by Michelle Gomez and previously by 8 different male actors, last seen in 2009, has regenerated as a woman.

      Hollyoaks. UK Channel 4/E4 1995 – now. Created by Phil Redman, with Modupe Adeyeye as Blessing Chambers who reveals her past when investigated. Paris Lees also makes a quick appearance. NewsArticle.

      Orphan Black with Tatiana Maslany as a series of identical clones. In Episode 2.8 one of them is a trans man. BBC3 2014 Newsarticle.

      Transparent. Dir/scr: Jill Soloway, with Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, trans actress Alexandra Billings as Davina and trans actor Ian Harvie as Dale. Advised by Jennifer Finney Boylan, Zachary Drucker, Rhys Ernst. US Amazon 10 episodes 2014. Newsarticle.    Interview with Alexandra Billings.   Our Lady J hired as writer for second season.


      Three Generations. Dir Gaby Dellal, scr: Nikole Beckwith, with Elle Fanning as a trans boy just starting transition and Naomi Watts as his mother. Newsarticle. IMDB

      Trans playing cis

      American Horror Story: Freak Show. Creators: Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy, with Erika Ervin as Amazon Eve. US FX 13 episodes 2014. IMDB Newsarticle.

      Trans being themselves

      Lt Col Cate McGregor. "Call Me Cate". Australian Story, ABC1 29 mins 4 Mar 2014. Full Version.

      Conchita Wurst, bearded and in drag, the Austrian entry, won The European Song Contest in 2014 held in Copenhagen. Russia, Belarus and Armenia had protested and threatened to block the broadcast. Paris Lees' comment.   Dusty O's comment.    Zagria's historical summary.

      Dana International hosted Yeshnan Banot on Channel 24 in January.

      Don/Dawn Ennis, ABC News assignment editor, after transition, detransition and transition again, was fired.

      Dennis Croft, a security guard is one of several people featured inSmall Town Security, a docu-reality series filmed in a small town in US Georgia. US AMC 3 seasons 2012-4. IMDB    Newsarticle.

      Grayson Perry's Who Are You? Episode 1, Grayson explores identity, with Alex White among others. Channel 4 22 October 2014 Newsarticle.

      Irish Lives: My Transgender Journey, documentary with Louise Hannon, Sam Balancksee transitioning at 19 with strong parental support, and Kay Bear Boss from Indiana whose mother back home is getting her birth certificate changed. Ireland, TV3 April 16 2014. Newsarticle.   Newsarticle

      Jamaica's Underground Gays. Dir: Andrew Carter. Channel 4 Unreported World 2014. IMDB Newsarticle   Full version.

      Kellie Maloney was on Celebrity Big Brother 14 with. Channel 5 Aug-Sep 2014. The fifth evictee. Newsarticle.

      Lady Valour: The Kristin Beck Story. Dir: Sandrine Orabona & Mark Herzog. US CNN, Sept 4 2014. Newsarticle   More

      True Trans with Laura Jane Grace. US AOL 2014. IMDB   Newsarticle.

      Lavern Cox Presents: The T Word . US MTV/Logo 2014. Documentary about 7 young trans persons. Newsarticle   LogoTV

      On 11 August 2014 BBC's Newsnightattempted to set a discussion re the boxing promoter and UKIP candidate, Kellie Maloney, who had recently come out as trans. They approached some feminists such as Julie Bindel and Sarah Ditum, but based on previous experience none of them would have anything to do with the topic. Therefore Newsnight settled on two trans women and one trans man: Miranda Yardley, Paris Lees and Fred McConnell. Paris took umbrage with the lineup and tweeted that she was “not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves". Fred tweeted that it was a “TERF-filled trap”. Then Newsnight had to inform Miranda that the proposed session was cancelled. Miranda's version.

      Padmini Prakash, 31, Lotus News, Tamil Nadu, became first trans TV news anchor in India. More.
      The Pearl of Africa. Dir: Jonny von Wallström, with Cleopatra Kambugu. Life in Uganda Web TPOATV 7 parts 2014. Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle

      Panti Bliss, Dublin, appeared on RTÉ's The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O'Connor where they discussed homophobia and Panti alleged that some individuals (David Quinn, founder of the Iona Institute, Irish Times columnists John Waters and Breda O’Brien, and Institute members Dr Patricia Casey, Dr John Murray and Ms Maria Steen) involved in Irish journalism were homophobic. Those mentioned threatened RTÉ and Panti with legal action. RTÉ subsequently removed that section of the interview from their online archive. On 25 January episode of the Saturday Night Show, O'Connor issued a public apology on behalf of RTÉ to those mentioned by O'Neill in the interview held two weeks previously. RTÉ paid €85,000 to those named. On 1 February 2014, Panti gave a speech at the Abbey Theatre in response which garnered over 200,000 views in two days. As of March 2014 the video has over 600,000 views.

      Piers Morgan, CNN, Interview with Janet Mock. “Why Is It So Offensive To Just Say That Transgender Women Grew Up As Boys?”

      Pointless. BBC game show. Stephanie, a contestant, was met by transphobic Tweets. Richard Osman, co-host, Tweeted in her defence.

      Rafalala, a 'transsexual poet' and Artur Zawisza, leader of Poland's far-right National Movement, were on a live TV show on Polsat News. Zawisza stormed out when she threw water in his face after he called her a "whore".

      Stephen Fry's Out There in which Stephen visits LGBT persons around the world. Part 2 in India features Hijras.


      Aab Tak, Pakistan opened transmission with ‘Ladies, Gentlemen and She-males’, and then the show Khufia bullied trans persons on the streets of Karachi. Ansar Burney, "human right activist and physician" said trans is "psychological misbehaviour" and that trans persons could be agents of foreign countries.
      Michelle Demishevich, Turkey's only openly trans broadcaster was fired.


      Woody Talkshow, MTV Thailand, asked if a kathoey can be a monk.


      Barneys, New York used photographs by Bruce Weber.

      Indian trans women urge motorists to use seatbelts:


      Tobi Hill-Meyer makes feminist trans women porn.

      Tranny Awards renamed to Transgender Erotica Awards (


      Trans Playwrights & Actors

      Maids! The Transgender Version. Dir/scr: Aleksa Lundberg, with Aleksa Lundberg. Stockholm's Theatre three. GVWW

      Bayside: The Musical. Presented by National Lampoon. Dir/.scr: Bob & Tobly McSmith. Theater80, 80 St Marks Pl (1st Ave). December 17-20.

      On a Stool at the End of the Bar. Dir: Michael Parva scr: Robert Callely, with Antoinette Thornes as Chris, living in stealth with three teenagers and a boyfriend of 10 years. Nov 30 – Dec 14 off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theatres.

      Jo Clifford has adapted Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (opening in February) and several of her plays are being revived by other thespians.

      Cis Playwrights & Actors Exploring Gender Options

      Hamlet. Dir: Sarah Frankcom, scr: William Shakespeare, with Maxine Peake as Hamlet. Several other characters also cross-cast. Manchester Royal Exchange. Review. There have been female Hamlets back to the 18th century. This is a fine example.

      Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy. Dir: Shirley Serotsky, scr: Leah Napolin, based on the short story by Isaac Singer, music by Jill Sobule, with Shayna Blass as Yentl. Theatre J, Washington. Review.

      Casa Valentina. Dir: Joe Mantello, scr: Harvey Fierstein, with Patrick Page as George (Susanna Valentina), Mare Winningham as his wife Rita, Reed Birney as Charlotte (Virginia Prince). Manhatten Theater Club, April-June 2014. Website. Newsarticle. Wikipedia. A gay appropriation of heterosexual cross-dressing – but who else would do it? The first dramatization of the FPE-TriEss story.

      Kava Girls. Dir & Scr: Sani Muliaumaseali'l, with AJ LeRoy as Sinalei, Ninotchka Tingleff, as Debra. World premiere is set for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 10 - Aug 25. Newsarticle. Samoan Fa’afafine struggle to start in London's West End theatre.

      Hedwig and the Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchell, who along with Stephen Trask created the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will return to the stage as the titular East Geman-trans-punk rocker after Michael C. Hall finishes his turn as Hedwig.


      Actor Rüzgar Erkoçlar, Turkey, having completed transition, was summoned for military service, but the military medical board found him 'not suitable for military service'.

      Bobby Darling has announced that she will not be pursuing transgender surgery if it results in less work.

      Kay Brown on why Tootsie and Mrs Doubtfire are transphobic.

      Jonathan Demme, director of Silence of the Lambs, now understands why the film was considered transphobic.

      Paris is Burning, 24 years later.

      Trans Playing Trans

      Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (Me, Myself and Mum). Dir/scr: Guillaume Gallienne, with Guillaume Gallienne as himself and as his mother. France 85 mins 2013. IMDB Newsarticle. An autobiographical film by Guillaume who did not like boyish things, but did like dance and women's clothes. Mother tells him that he is gay, and was annoyed when he dated women and married one.

      Quick Change. Dir/scr: Eduardo Roy Jr., with Mimi Juareza as Dorina Pinedo, Shola Luna (Miss Gay Philippines 1982), Francine Garcia (Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013) as Hazel, Migs Cuaderno as Hiro, Barbie Anderson as Madame Lilia. Philippines 82 mins 2013. Dorina, trans herself, provides collagen injections for pageant queens. IMDB    Trailer    Review    Review    Wikipedia. Mimi Juareza won "best actor" at the Philippine Independent Film Festival.

      Shirts vs Skins. Dir/scr: Terésa Dowell-Vest, with Tajir S. Hawkins as Dale Michels. US 23 mins 2013. IMDB Full film

      Cis Playing Trans/Intersex

      Une nouvelle amie/The New Girlfriend Dir/scr: Francois Ozon short story by Ruth Rendell, with Romain Duris as widowed new father David who starts cross-dressing. France 105 mins 2014. IMDB   Trailer   Wikipedia

      Bruno and Earlene go to Vegas. Dir/scr: Simon Savory, with Miles Szanto as Bruno, Ashleigh Sumner as Earlene. UK/US/France 95 mins 2013. Two persons on a road trip, one of whom, Bruno. is intersex. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Review

      Hai-Hil/Man on High Heels. Dir/scr: Jin Jang, with Cha Seung-won as Ji-wook. South Korea 139 mins 2014. Tough cop wants to be a woman. IMDB    Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle  KoreanFilm   Wikipedia.

      Pierrot Lunaire. Dir: Bruce La Bruce, poem: Albert Giraud, music: Arnold Schoenberg, with Susanne Sachße as Pierrot. Canada/Germany 51 mins 2014. The queercore version with Pierrot as a trans man. IMDB    Trailer   Newsarticle    Wikipedia

      Più buio di mezzanotte/Darker than Midnight Dir/scr: Sebastiano Riso with Davide Capone as Davide Italy 98 mins 2014. Androgynous Davide runs away from home and is adopted by street queens. IMDB   Trailer   Newsarticle   Wikipedia


      Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne (a cis male) as Lili Elbe (Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Gwyneth Paltrow etc had previously been proposed for the part). US 2015. IMDB

      Trans Playing Cis


      Dirty. Dir: Daniel Ringey, scr: Benjamin J Alexander, with Chaz Bono as Jerry the Hoader. US 90 mins 2015. IMDB Newsarticle

      Trans Being Themselves

      52 Tuesdays. Dir Sophie Hyde, scr: Matthew Cormack, with Tilda Cobham-Harvey as Billie and Del Herbert-Jane as her mother James. Australia 109 mins 2014. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle Billie meets her mother one day each week as the latter becomes a man.

      Better Things, Dir: Maria Cabardo, with Jeffrey Catherine Jones. US 2014. GVWW   IMDB   Website   Trailer. The life of the fantasy artist.

      Bevor der letzte Vorhang fäll /Before the Last Curtain Falls, Dir & scr: Thomas Wallner, with Vanessa van Durme, Andrea De Laet, Griet De Backer. Canada/Belgium/Germany 92 mins 2014. Six ageing gay men, drag queens and trans women who are touring Europe in a dance performance called Gardenia. IMDB   Website    Trailer   Review  Review

      Boy. Dir: Stammen, with Laura Hancock as Emilie. Denmark 16 mins 2014. Full film   Newsarticle

      Chuppan Chupai/Hide and seek. Dir: Saad Khan and Saadat Munir. Pakistan 68 mins 2013. Secret, yet open lives of a group of Pakistani sexual minorities, while raising questions about trans activism, religion, underground gay life, social acceptance and collective familial customs of trans people in urban Pakistan. IMDB   Trailer   Newsarticle

      Heaven's Gate. Dir: Coco Solid. NZ 2014. The annual FAFSWAG Ball in South Auckland, an event which celebrates the city's thriving fa'afafine and transgender scene. Website   Trailer   Newsarticle

      I am the T. Dir: Tony Zosherafatain. US 2014. Trailer   Newsarticle

      Karma. Dir: Vana Hem with Krel Pao, with appearance by rights activist Sou Sotheavy and the founder of rights group Licadho, Pung Chhiv Kek, as well as a monk, Ioeung Harmony, who preaches acceptance of LGBT people. . Cambodia 39 mins 2014. NewsArticle

      Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger. Dir/scr: Sam Feder, with Kate Bornstein, Justin Bond, Sandy Stone. US/Canada 72 mins 2014. IMDB   Website   Trailer

      Kumu Hina. Dir: Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, with Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (see Part 4 under Provincial Politics). US/Fiji 75 mins 2014. A mahu Hawaiian inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles with her own relationship. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Newsarticle

      The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies. Dir/scr: Jean Donohue, with James Herndon. US 90 mins 2014. LGBT lives in Lexington, Kentucky. IMDB   Website   Newsarticle   Proposal

      Mala Mala. Dir: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, with Denise “Sandy” Rivera, Ivana Fred, Samantha Close, Soraya Santiago Solla, Alberic Pradoc, April Carrion, Queen Bee Ho, Sophia Voines, Paxx Moll. US 90 mins 2014. Life in Puerto Rico. IMDB   Website   Trailer  Newsarticle Review

      Next Goal Wins. Dir: Mike Brett & Steve Jamison, with Jaiyah Saelua (see Part 4:Sports). UK 97 mins 2014. Turning the American Samoa football team from perennial losers – with a trans woman on team. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Wikipedia

      Mr Angel. Dir Dan Hunt, with Buck Angel, Elayne Angel, Tyra Banks, Dan Savage. US/Canada/Germany/Mexico 68 mins 2013. IMDB   Website   Trailer  Newsarticle  Review

      My Prairie Home. Dir/scr: Chelsea McMullen, with Rae Spoon. A concert tour of the prairies, Canada 76 mins 2014. IMDB  Website   Trailer  Review  Wikipedia.

      One Zero One. Dir: Tim Lienhard, with Morrocan/German Mourad Zerhouni/BayBjane & Antoine Timmermans/Cybersissy. Germany 90 mins 2014. Multi-disabled Mourad was adopted by drag queen Antoine who helped him develop his own drag persona. IMDB   Website   Trailer

      Shunned. Dir/scr: Janice Villarosa, with Mimi Juareza. Philippines/US 70 mins 2014. IMDB   Newsarticle

      TransMormon. Dir: Torben Bernhard, with Eri Haywards. US 15 mins 2014. IMDB   Website  Full film   Newsarticle   Newsarticle.

      A Woman with a Past. Dir: Gwen Haworth, with Vancouver poet activist Antonette Rea. Canada 10 mins 2014. IMDB Website   Trailer  Newsarticle.

      Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens. US Vice 25 mins 2014. IMDB   Full film   Newsarticle Newsarticle

      Who We Become. Dir: Adam Perez & Jan Hendrik Hinzel, with Jace Jones, Kim Watson-Benjamin, Cris Benjamin, Daisey Lopez. US 2014. Life in New York. Website   Trailer   Newsarticle.

      Zanderology. Dir/scr: Megan Rohrer, with Zander Keig. US 42 mins 2014. IMDB   Clip   Newsarticle.

      Spouses of Trans

      The Dog. Dir: Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren, with John Wojtowicz. US 100 mins 2014. Documentary about the main protagonist in the Dog Day Afternoon robbery. IMDB   Website   Trailer   Newsarticle   Review