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31 December 2015

2015 and other things: comments

I didn't intend to have a section on Identical Twins (Part 6), one trans, one cis, but noticed that there were several in the news this year. Of course Mark and Clair Farley in the documentary Red Without Blue, 2007, are identical twins, as are Lavern Cox and M Lamar. There is dispute about Candis Cayne and her twin Dylan McDaniel: Wikipedia and the Daily Mail state that they are fraternal twins, but other sources claim that they are identical. I remember heated discussion some years back claiming that cis-trans identical twins could not happen, but now it is well documented, and consequently any simplistic claims based on DNA alone (certainly if without epigenetics) are no longer on.

PFOX (parents and friends of ex-gays) has been running a claim that “Identical Twins Prove No One Born Gay”. To this end they put up a billboard in Virginia showing what was claimed to be two identical twins, one gay, one not. However it was found out that both photographs were of the same South African model, Kyle Roux, who is gay and not a twin, and understandably objected to his image being used in this way. However even if they had featured a real gay-straight twin couple
a) their argument is as lacking in logic as those who argue that DNA does oblige homosexuality or transgender
b) if it were a choice, it is a perfectly legitimate choice
c) PFOX is associated with churches, and there is something very wrong with religion if it is something inherited and not chosen.

Best of luck to the trans-cast film Happy Birthday Marsha. It does seem like sour grapes to point out that Marsha's birthday was 24 August, not late June.

There have been a lot of trans actors getting parts recently and there is a feel that change is about to happen, and that cis-cast trans roles as in Stonewall (2015), The Danish Girl, About Ray, Transparent, will soon be artifacts of the past. Here is a list of recent trans actors, with apologies to others that I have missed in quickly putting this together:

Mimi Juareza, Rebecca Root, Lavern Cox, Pooya Mohseni, Solange Dymenzstein, Mya Taylor, Eve Lindley, Bethany Black, Jamie Clayton, Kitana Kiki, Yasmin Lee, Rüzgar Erkoçlar, Aleksa Lundberg, Lee Si-yeon, Marlo Bernier, Riley Millington, Annie Wallace, Erika Ervin. 

And here is a partial list of trans actors in earlier decades

Pascale Ourbih, Holly Woodlawn, Alessandra di Sanzo, Maria Clara Spinelli, Sandra Day, Michelle De Ville, Jacqie Sarduy, Candis Cayne, Giorgia O'Brien, Kin August, Bobbi Cameron, Jin Xing, Antonia San Juan, Elizabeth Coffey, Bülent Ersoy, Bobby Darling, Romy Haag, Bibi Andersen, Minette, Eva Robin's, Lazlo Pearlman, Candy Darling. 

Click here for trans actors in the movies whom I have already featured in my encyclopedia:

A few comments on Stonewall (2015):

a) Stonewall (1995) included two actual transsexuals: Candis Cayne and Allyson Allanta, as well as drag performer Sherry Vine. In this respect the new film went backwards.
b) even the major gay male roles were played by straight actors.
c) the plot was so similar to the 1995 film as to give the impression that there is only one story to be told about Stonewall. It is sad that the producers thought that.

A few comments on The Danish Girl.

a) A cis actor in the main trans part and Rebecca Root in a small role as 'the nurse' where the character does not even get a name. If we go back to 1987 we find La ley del deseo/Law of Desire by Pedro Almodóvar with cis actress Carmen Maura playing the lead trans role, Tina Quintera, and trans actress Bibí Andersen (now known as Bibíana Manuela Fernández Chica) played a smaller cis role, Ada. So have we moved forward at all?
b) It has been suggested that Rebecca Root was unsuitable for the part in that the character is male for the first part of the film. I couldn't find a clear statement on this. Of course any trans actor playing a trans character in transition would be expected to play the before and after. Laverne Cox is fortunate in having a twin brother to play the before scenes. We of course expect a trans actor to be an actor first and foremost and to be able to play both genders just as much as cis actors do.
c) It has been said that no trans actor has the reputation to attract the necessary investment. Somehow when a film is about a child, they cast a relatively unknown actor as the child and do not run into that particular problem.

Fame is often fleeting

Mikki Nicholson, 36, Carlisle, UK national Scrabble champion 2010, subsequently suffered frequent abuse, and has committed suicide.

Diana Sacayán (1975 – 2015) Argentinian activist, was given the first revised ID card by President Cristina de Kirchner in 2012, but has now been murdered.

23 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 10: Archives & History, Books

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

Archives & History

Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has awarded a multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest.

Trans historian André Pérez discussed his work as founder of the Trans Oral History Project (TOHP).

Philadelphia, the Defiant Archives exhibit, which highlights trans Philadelphia history and activism, opened at William Way Community Center in late July, and later was transferred to a huge, new prominent venue: outside the mayor’s office at Philadelphia City Hall.


Notable in A Gender Variance Who's Who in 2015:

Toni Ebel, previously ignored but who along with Dörchen Richter and Charlotte Charlaque, was one of the world's first successful surgical transsexuals. Toni survived the Nazi period in Czechoslovakia and became a noted artist in East Germany. First account in English.

Lili Ilse Elvenes, known as Lili Elbe. Part I, Part II, Part III. The GVWW article is the first in English to incorporate findings from the writings of Rainer Herrn and Sabine Mayer. Much closer to the truth than the film currently in release, based not on the 1933 book by Neils Hoyer but on a recent novelization that altered major details.

After news articles about India's 'first' trans mayor, an article on 4 trans mayors in India.

The only article in English on the prominent Mexican musician, Felicia Garza.

An article on Richard Mühsam, the German surgeon who attempted transgender surgeries 1912 – 1924.

An expanded account of Georgina Somerset, Part I, Part II and a discussion of the typology in her 1963 book, the very first book about transsexuals.

An account of Jack Judith Halberstam and his books. Part I, Part II.

An article on Walter Sholto Douglas, the trans-man novelist who was a friend of Mary Shelley in the 1820s.

The only easily available article on Madeleine Pelletier, pioneer woman doctor and male-dresser, who was probably trans, but the concepts were not available. Part I, Part II.

The only article in English on Anton Prinner, Hungarian artist in France.

Article on Sandra MacRae, the first trans political candidate in the UK.

Was Barbara Dayton the sky-jacker, DB Cooper? Part I, Part II.

Revised and expanded feature on World War II. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Francis Bacon, the painter.

Violette Morris, outstanding sports person, executed by the Résistance. Part I, Part II. The only account in English to use the material in Marie-Josèphe Bonnet's biography.

The only account on the web of Robert Allen, pioneer who transitioned in 1944. First out trans person to work in the movies.

Viktor Kalnberz, Latvian surgeon.

Angela Douglas, Canary Conn and the Transsexual Action Organization. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Joe Carstairs, plutocrat boat racer and lord of a Bahamian island. Part I, Part II, Part III. First account to consider Joe as trans.

Who was Bunny Eisenhower?

Solange Dymenzstein, Berlin performer.

Jayne County, singer, performer. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Toupie Lowther, outstanding sports person, real-life model for The Well of Loneliness. Part I, Part II.

Revised and expanded Sports, Gender and Trans. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Bebe Scarpinato, active in both Queens Liberation Front and STAR.

Aaïcha Bergamin, pioneer Dutch trans woman.

Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur. Part I, Part II, Part III.



$£¥ €=Excessively overpriced books.
  • Felix Conrad. Autogynephilia - Everyman's Guide to Autogynephilia, Crossdreaming and Late Onset Transsexualism. Lulu, 2015.
  • Lucas Crawford. Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space. Ashgate, 2015. Combining transgender studies with the ‘neomodernist’ architectures of the internationally renowned firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and with modernist writers (Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf) whose work anticipates that of transgender studies, this book challenges the implicit ‘spatial models’ of popular narratives of transgender - interiority, ownership, sovereignty, structure, stability, and domesticity - to advance a novel theorization of transgender as a matter of exteriority, groundlessness, ornamentation, and movement. Webpage
  • Jim Daems (ed). The Makeup of Rupaul's Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows. McFarland, 2014.
  • Terry Goldie. The Man Who Invented Gender: Engaging the Ideas of John Money. UBC Press, 2014. Chapter 1. Goldie read most of what Money wrote, and presents a balanced report of his insights and his msitakes.
  • $£¥ € Oran Goslan. Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian approach. Routledge, 2014.
  • Eli R Green & Luca Maurer. The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator's Guide To Increasing Knowledge, Reducing Prejudice & Building Skills. 2015
  • Tiffany Jones. Female-To-Male (FtM) Transgender People's Experiences in Australia: A National Study. Springer International, 2015. 1st few pages. Webpage
  • Evelyn Kleinert. Identitätserleben bei transsexuellen Menschen: Zwei narrative Interviews und ihre identitätstheoretische Interpretation. (Transsexuals' Experience of their Identity: Two narrative Interviews and their Theoretical Interpetation) Diplomica Verlag, 2015. Amazon
  • Jack Molay. A Creative Crossdreamer Vocabulary. Blurb, 2015. Webpage
  • Leila J Rupp & Susan K Freeman. Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
  • Yi Sakurazawa. Transgendered People of India: Forsaken Tributaries (Hijra,the Third Gender). Kindle, 2015.
  • Clare Sears,. Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. Duke University Press, 2015. Newsarticle.
  • Deanne Thornton & Andrea James (eds) Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect. Transgress Press, 2015.
  • Jackson Wright Shultz (ed). Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities. Dartmouth, 2015.
  • QWEIN/WASt. ZU SPÄT?: Dimensionen des Gedenkens an homosexuelle und transgender Opfer des Nationalsozialismus. (TOO LATE ?: dimensions of the commemoration of homosexual and transgender victims of National Socialism ) Zaglossus, 2015. Amazon


  • Adrien Bail. Homosexuels et transgenres, chercheurs de Dieu. (Homosexual and transgender, searching for God) Nouvelle Cité, 2015. Facebook

Legal & Imprisonment

  • Joanne Borden. Identical Treatment in The Machine of the Law: the quest for transgender civil rights. Kindle, 2015.
  • Gabriele Celli. La gestione del detenuto transgender. Youcanprint, 2014. About the transgender prison in Rimini.
  • M Dru Levasseur. Gender Identity Defines Sex: Updating The Law to Reflect Modern Medical Science is Key To Transgender Rights. 39 Vermont. Law Rev, 39, 2015: 943-1004. PDF
  • $£¥ € Jans M Scherpe (ed). The Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons. Interentia, 2016.
  • Kristin Schreier Lyseggen. The Women of San Quentin - Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons. BCH Fulfillment & Distribution, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Jami Kathleen Taylor & Donald P Haider-Markel (eds). Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption. University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Health and Medical

  • $£¥ € Tommy Dickinson. 'Curing Queers': Mental nurses and their patients: 1935-74. Nursing History and Humanities, 2015. 2 of the patients interviewed later transitioned. Review
  • Randi Ettner, Stan Monstrey & A Evan Eyler. Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Routledge, 2015.
  • Arnold Hendrix. Hormone Replacement Therapy: The Truth About HRT: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Hormone Replacement For Women And Men. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Sandra Mesics. Clinical Care of the Transgender Patient. Kindle, 2015.
  • Michelle Serena. Gender Dysphoria: Understanding the Symptoms and Treating Gender Dysphoria. CreateSpace, 2015.


  • Anna Kendrick. Transgender: the guy inside. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Sex Change - Male to Female: An Essential Guide for Understanding the Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery & Getting to Know the New You. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Sex Change - Female to Male: An Essential Guide for Understanding the Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery & Getting to Know the New You. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Gender Dysphoria: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Dealing With Gender Identity Disorder. Kindle, 2015.
  • Rylan Jay Testa, Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta &Arlene Istar Lev. The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Instant Help, 2015.
  • Claudia Valsecchi. I Fiori della Transizione - Fiori di Bach per il Percorso Transgender. Kindle, 2014.
  • TGEU. Know Your Rights!: Activist’s Guide on Trans People’s Rights under EU Law. 2015 PDF
  • TGEU. Know Your Rights!: Guide on Trans People’s Rights under EU Law. 2015 PDF


  • Alice Dreger. Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Penguin Press, 2015. Includes her defence, again, of Michael Bailey. Review Review
  • Denise Shick. Understanding Gender Confusion: A Faith Based Perspective. CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Denise Shick. When Hope Seems Lost. CreateSpace, 2015. Shick is founder of a ministry, Help 4 Familes, and author of My Daddy's Secret about growing up in the 1970s with a closet trans father. Newsarticle.



  • Abigail Austen (previously Jan Hamilton) . Lord Roberts Valet: Afghanistan. Kandahar. War. CreateSpace, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Candy Darling. Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar. Open Road Media, 2015.
  • Zoe Dolan. There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart. AM, 2015.
  • Maxim Februari. The Making of a Man. Reaktion, 2015.
  • Big Freedia with Nicole Balin. God Save the Queen Diva. Gallery Books, 2015. Newsarticle The queen of Bounce music.
  • Joe Holliday with Louise Chapman. She's a Boy. Thistle Publishing, 2015. Born without a penis, raised as a girl, now reclaimed his masculinity. Newsarticle
  • Juliet Jacques. Trans: A Memoir. VersoBooks, 2015. NewsArticle
  • Alex Jones. I am the boy that was born a girl - A story of a transgender male. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Stephen Kane. Is She a Boy, Is He a Girl? The Kyra Story. CreateSpace, 2013.
  • Ryan Kennedy & Hazel Edwards. F2M: The Boy Within. ReadHowYouWant, 2012.
  • Kellie Maloney. Frankly Kellie: Becoming a Woman in a Man's World. Blink Publishing, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Thomas Page McBee. Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man. City Lights, 2014. Review
  • Rory O'Neill. Woman in the Making: Panti's Memoir. Hatchete Books, 2015. Review
  • Patricia Ribeiro. Ontem Homem, Hoje Mulher. Chiado Editira, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Lucia Richardson. Lucia: The life of a Transgender Person. Lulu, 2015.
  • Yiscah Smith. Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living. Wooded Isle Press, 2014. Newsarticle
  • Stana. Fantasia Fair Diaries. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. Me Hijra Me Laxmi. Oxford University Press, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Kiara Zindilis. I Am Who I Am: One woman's transsexual journey. Kindle, 2015


  • Jane Baker, with and Afterword by Sarah Ann Baker. Trading Places: When Our Son Became a Daughter. Braefield Press, 2014. Newsarticle
  • Darlene K Bogle. Snapshots of History Volume 2: Courageous Voices of the Rainbow Tribe. CreateSapce, 2015. Includes 4 biographical essays about trans persons.
  • Jamie Brisick. Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina. Outpost 19, 2015. Review
  • Liz Hodgkinson. From a Girl to a Man: How Laura Became Michael. Quartet Books, 2015. A reissue with a revised title of Hodgkinson's classic account of Michael Dillon. Channel 4
  • Sabine Meyer. 'Wie Lili zu einem richtigen Mädchen wurde': Lili Elbe: Zur Konstruktion von Geschlecht und Identität zwischen Medialisierung, Regulierung und Subjektivierung. Transcript, 2015. WebPage Amazon
  • Paige Schilt. Queer Rock Love: A Family Memoir. Transgress Press, 2015. Newsarticle Her wife is musician Katy Koonce.
  • Angela Steidele. Rosenstengel: Ein Manuskript aus dem Umfeld Ludwigs II. Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2015. Anastasius Rosenstengel is referred to in some books by his pre-transition name of Catharina Linck. WebPage

GLB history

  • Douglas M. Charles. Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program. University Press of Kansas, 2015. OutHistory Review
  • Phillip Crawford Jr. The Mafia and the Gays. CreateSpace, 2015. Webpage
  • Giovanni Dall'Orto. Tutta un'altra storia. L'omosessualità dall'antichità al secondo dopoguerra. Il Saggiatore, 2015. Newsarticle Amazon
  • Lillian Faderman. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Simon & Shuster, 2015 Review
  • C Winter Han. Geisha of a Different Kind: Race and Sexuality in Gaysian America. NYU Press, 2015. WebPage
  • Peter Scott-Presland. Amiable Warriors: A Space to Breathe, 1954 - 1973 1: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and its Times. Paradise Press, 2015. Webpage Review Review


Trace Peterson, to pioneer a course in transgender poetry.
  • H Melt. The Plural, The Blurring. Red Beard Press, 2015 WebPage Review
  • TC Tolbert & Trace Peterson (eds). Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Nightboat Books, 2013. Webpage Review


  • Sarah Wong. Inside Out: Portraits of Cross-gender Children. W Books, 2012. Newsarticle.


YA author Heather Brewer, best known for two successful vampire series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles, announced that he is trans, and his name is Zac Brewer.

YA author James Dawson, author of Hollow Pike, Say Her Name and This Book Is Gay, has started transition, but for the moment should still be referenced by male pronouns.
  • Ryan Kennedy & Hazel Edwards. F2M: The Boy Within. ReadHowYouWant, 2012. Newsarticle. Popular author Edwards wrote this YA novel with Kennedy who did transition.
  • Jessica Walton with illustrations by Dougal MacPherson. Introducing Teddy. Bloomsbury, 2016. Newsarticle.
  • Lee Geiger. Pearls of Asia. The Writer's Coffee Shop, 2014. Review Amazon
  • Roz Kaveney. Tiny Pieces of Skull. Team Angelica, 2015. Now available 27 years late. Review Amazon
  • Casey Plett. A Safe Girl to Love. Topside Press, 2014. Review Amazon


    Announced for next year:

  • Abigail Austen. Sticks and Stones. 2016.
  • $£¥ € Michel J Boucher. Transgender Representation and the Politics of the Real in the United States. Routledge, February 2016.
  • Michael Brownstein. Medical Maverick: 35 Years of Transgender Surgery. Transgress Press. 2016
  • $£¥ € Simone Chess. Male to Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature. Routledge, February 2016.
  • Diane Ehrensaft. The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes. The Experiment, 2016.
  • Donna Gee. Why Is My Dad Not Answering Her Phone? CreateSpace, 2015. Preview
  • $£¥ € Aoife Assumpta Hart. Ancestral Recall: The Celtic Revival and Japanese Modernism. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
  • Lee Harrington. Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities. Mystic Productions, May 2016.
  • Makie Hoolboom & Chase Joynt. You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition. Coach House Books, April 2016.
  • Ally Windsor Howell. This is Who We Are: A Guide to Transgenderism and the Laws Affecting Transgender Persons. Ankerwycke, March 2016.
  • Ally Windsor Howell. Transgender Persons and the Law 2nd Edition. American Bar Association, May 2016.
  • Transcender Lee. Woman Incognito: Transsexual Without Transition. Transcender Lee, January 2016.
  • CN Lester. Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us. Virago, 2016.
  • Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel & Sarah Tobias (eds) Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities. Rutgers University Press, 2016.
  • Andrea Pelleschi. Transgender Rights and Issues. Essential Library, January 2016.
  • A Revathi & Nandini Murali. Revathi: A Life in Trans Activism. Zubaan Books, July 2016.
  • Liz Roberts & Alison Mau. First Lady: From Boyhood to Womanhood: The Incredible Story of New Zealand’s Sex-Change Pioneer Liz Roberts. Upstart Press, May 2016.
  • Bruce D Smith. Yours in Liberation: The Queer Life of Trans Pioneer Lou Sullivan. Transgress Press.
  • $£¥ € Jemma Tosh. Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives. Routledge, March 2016.
  • Veronica Vera. Miss Vera's Cross Gender Fun for All. Greenery Press, April 2016.
  • Clayton J Whisnant. Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945. Harrington Park Press, 2016.
  • Hillary Whittington. Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached. William Morrow Paperbacks, February 2016.

21 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies

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


US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to no longer use the term 'anomaly' for trans passengers.

'cisgender' finally in the Oxford English Dictionary.

'cisvestitismus' was used as early as 1914.

'Female/Feminine Embodiment Fantasies (FEFs)' proposed by Julia Serano as less pathologizing alternative to 'autogynephila'.

'hen' neuter pronoun in Swedish.

'Male/Masculine Embodiment Fantasies (MEFs)' proposed by Julia Serano as less pathologizing alternative to 'autoandrophila'.

Mx as an alternate honorific to Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms increasingly accepted.

'transgender' in Collins English Dictionary list of Words of the Year along with binge-watching and manspreading

'pheneticize' - alternate term to passing that shifts the focus from the viewed to the viewer.
“perceiving people based on a subjective examination of their outward appearance”. Article about usage in 'race passing':

Stochastic terrorism: the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.
The formula is perversely brilliant:
  1. A public figure with access to the airwaves or pulpit demonizes a person or group of persons.
  2. With repetition, the targeted person or group is gradually dehumanized, depicted as loathsome and dangerous—arousing a combustible combination of fear and moral disgust.
  3. Violent images and metaphors, jokes about violence, analogies to past “purges” against reviled groups, use of righteous religious language—all of these typically stop just short of an explicit call to arms.
  4. When violence erupts, the public figure who have incited the violence condemn it—claiming no one could possibly have foreseen the “tragedy.”
--- this article does not mention transphobia or homophobia, but obviously we are on the receiving end of both hate in the media, and of apparently unconnected murders.” 

News Media

Psychology Today finally stopped accepting adverts for conversion therapy.

Kate Stone, scientist who took action after some newspapers identified her as trans, has been appointed to the press regulator’s editors’ code committee.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation upheld complaints by Trans media Watch against The Sun which had wondered about blind Parliamentary candidate, Emily Brothers: “Being blind, how did she know she was the wrong sex?”

A series of negative articles in The New York Times.

Zoey Tur, ex-helicopter journalist, was profiled in Los Angeles Magazine, caused a stir with her beliefs about hormonal causation and in dismissing Carlotta Sklodska as a fetishist. In July, in response to transphobic taunting from right-winger Ben Shapiro, Tur made a macho threat.
Jayne Rowlands has a job with BBC Wales.

India Willoughby, who used to present ITV News’ regional Borders programme, has completed transition.

Andrew Guy won a competition to co-host The Project on Channel 10.

Eden Lane, Colorado, reported and television host since 2008.

The Editorial Board of the Amazon-owned Washington Post denounced the fear-mongering that has become a staple of debates over transgender student rights and led to tragic discrimination against transgender students. The fear-mongering is based on the debunked bathroom myth hyped by right-wing media.

Magazines and newspapers:




Journal Articles & Studies

“TERFs get told by author of study that they are interpreting her study wrong, they insist they aren’t”. 2011 study was being used by the right wing and TERFs alike to erroneously claim that trans care causes people to be suicidal, that trans women are rapists or probable rapists and that trans women retain “male behavior” in the form of a criminal predilection.

Judith Butler interviewed about transsexuality.

Archives of Sexual Behavior

  • Angelo Brandelli Costa , Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari, Michelle Moraes Jacinto, Dhiordan Cardoso da Silva, Emilaine Karine Lorencetti, Heitor Tomé da Rosa Filho, Andressa Mueller, Claudia Garcia de Garcia, Henrique Caetano Nardi and 2 more. “Population-Based HIV Prevalence and Associated Factors in Male-to-Female Transsexuals from Southern Brazil”. 44,2, February 2015. Abstract
  • José Guzmán-Parra , Nicolás Sánchez-Álvarez, Yolanda de Diego-Otero, Lucía Pérez-Costillas, Isabel Esteva de Antonio, Miriam Navais-Barranco, Serafina Castro-Zamudio & Trinidad Bergero-Miguel. “Sociodemographic Characteristics and Psychological Adjustment Among Transsexuals in Spain”. 21 May 2015. Abstract
  • Joz Motmans , Koen Ponnet & Griet De Cuypere. “Sociodemographic Characteristics of Trans Persons in Belgium: A Secondary Data Analysis of Medical, State, and Social Data”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Eva Van Caenegem, Katrien Wierckx, Els Elaut , Ann Buysse, Alexis Dewaele, Filip Van Nieuwerburgh, Griet De Cuypere & Guy T’Sjoen. “Prevalence of Gender Nonconformity in Flanders, Belgium”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • William B. SwannJr. , Ángel Gómez, Alexandra Vázquez, Antonio Guillamón, Santiago Segovia & Beatriz Carillo “Fusion with the Cross-Gender Group Predicts Genital Sex Reassignment Surgery”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Annastasia Ediati , Achmad Zulfa Juniarto, Erwin Birnie, Stenvert L. S. Drop, Sultana M. H. Faradz & Arianne B. Dessens. “Gender Development in Indonesian Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disorders of Sex Development”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Alain Giami “Between DSM and ICD: Paraphilias and the Transformation of Sexual Norms”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Cynthia Kraus. “Classifying Intersex in DSM-5: Critical Reflections on Gender Dysphoria”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Vickie Pasterski , Kenneth J. Zucker, Peter C. Hindmarsh, Ieuan A. Hughes, Carlo Acerini, Debra Spencer, Sharon Neufeld & Melissa Hines. “Increased Cross-Gender Identification Independent of Gender Role Behavior in Girls with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Results from a Standardized Assessment of 4- to 11-Year-Old Children”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Simon Goldhill. “The Imperialism of Historical Arrogance: Where Is the Past in the DSM’s Idea of Sexuality?”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Ulrike Ruppin & Friedemann Pfäfflin. “Long-Term Follow-Up of Adults with Gender Identity Disorder”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Zowie Davy. “The DSM-5 and the Politics of Diagnosing Transpeople”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Ali Bozkurt , Ozlem Hekim Bozkurt & Ipek Sonmez. “Birth Order and Sibling Sex Ratio in a Population with High Fertility: Are Turkish Male to Female Transsexuals Different?”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Jamie D. Feusner , Jasenko Dervisic, Kyriaki Kosidou, Cecilia Dhejne, Susan Bookheimer & Ivanka Savic. “Female-to-Male Transsexual Individuals Demonstrate Different Own Body Identification”. 21 August 2015. Abstract
  • Karine Schwarz , Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari, Andressa Mueller, Bianca Soll, Dhiordan Cardoso da Silva, Jaqueline Salvador, Kenneth J. Zucker, Maiko Abel Schneider & Maria Inês Rodrigues Lobato “Neural Correlates of Psychosis and Gender Dysphoria in an Adult Male”. 23 November 2015 Abstract

International Journal of Transgenderism

  • Thomas Stocks. “To What Extent Have the Rights of Transgender People Been Underrealized in Comparison to the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer/Questioning People in the United Kingdom?”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Hale M. Thompson*, Sari L. Reisner, Nicole VanKim & H. Fisher Raymond. “Quality-of-Life Measurement: Assessing the WHOQOL-BREF Scale in a Sample of High-HIV-Risk Transgender Women in San Francisco, California”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Anna Lisa Amodeo, Roberto Vitelli, Cristiano Scandurra*, Simona Picariello & Paolo Valerio. “Adult Attachment and Transgender Identity in the Italian Context: Clinical Implications and Suggestions for Further Research”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract
  • Varsha Babu, G. Pezeshkpour & Run Yu. “Pheochromocytoma in a Male-to-Female Transgender Person”. 16,2,2015. Abstract
  • Shanna K. Kattari, N. Eugene Walls, Darren L. Whitfield & Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Experiences of Discrimination in Accessing Health Services Among Transgender People in the United States”. 16, 2, 105. Abstract
  • Scott D. Rhodes, Jorge Alonzo, Lilli Mann, Florence M. Simán, Manuel Garcia, Claire Abraham & Christina J. Sun. “Using Photovoice, Latina Transgender Women Identify Priorities in a New Immigrant-Destination State”. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Daniel E. Shumer* & Amy C. Tishelman. “The Role of Assent in the Treatment of Transgender Adolescents”. 16, 2, 2015. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Rodrigo A. Aguayo-Romero, Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, Fernanda T. Bianchi & Paul J. Poppen. “Gender Affirmation and Body Modification Among Transgender Persons in Bogotá, Colombia”. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Shelagh Davies, Viktória G. Papp & Christella Antoni. “Voice and Communication Change for Gender Nonconforming Individuals: Giving Voice to the Person Inside”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Gurvinder Kalra & Dinesh Bhugra. “Hijras in Bollywood Cinema”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract
  • Toby Miles-Johnson. “ 'They Don't Identify With Us': Perceptions of Police by Australian Transgender People”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract
  • Mehrdad Eftekhar, Masoud Ahmadzad-Asl, Morteza Naserbakht, Mozhgan Taban, Amirhosein Jalali & Kaveh Alavi. “Bibliographic Characteristics and the Time Course of Published Studies About Gender Dysphoria: 1970–2011”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract

Journal of Homosexuality

  • Andrea M. Hackl, Amy B. Becker & Maureen E. Todd. “ 'I Am Chelsea Manning': Comparison of Gendered Representation of Private Manning in U.S. and International News Media”. 31 Aug 2015. Abstract
  • Katrina Rose. “The Body as a Site of Gender-related Distress: Ethical Considerations for Gender Variant Youth in Clinical Settings”. 07 Dec 2015. Abstract
  • Elijah Adiv Edelman. ““This is Where you Fall off My Map”: Trans-Spectrum Spatialities in Washington, DC, Safety, and the Refusal to Submit to Somatic Erasure”. 07 Dec 2015. Abstract
  • Brandon D. L. Marshall , María Eugenia Socías, Thomas Kerr , Virginia Zalazare, Omar Suede & Inés Arísteguie. “Prevalence and Correlates of Lifetime Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Persons in Argentina”. 13 Nov 2015. Abstract
  • Justine Egner & Patricia Maloney. “ ‘It Has No Color, It Has No Gender, It’s Gender Bending’: Gender and Sexuality Fluidity and Subversiveness in Drag Performance”. )7 Nov 2015. Abstract
  • Jason C. Garvey & Susan R. Rankin. “The Influence of Campus Experiences on the Level of Outness Among Trans-Spectrum and Queer-Spectrum Students”. 62,3,2015. Abstract
  • Tony Kelso. “Still Trapped in the U.S. Media’s Closet: Representations of Gender-Variant, Pre-Adolescent Children”. 62,8, 2015. Abstract
  • Anril Pineda Tiatco. “Performing the Bakla in The Care Divas: Crossdressing, Affective Labor, and the Glimpse of the Cosmopolitan”. 62, 11, 2015. Abstract
Transgender Studies Quarterly
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  • John Parkinson. “Gender dysphoria 'cured' by status epilepticus”. Australasian Psychiatry, 23,2, 02/2015.
  • GS Kranz, A Hahn, U Kaufmann, M Küblböck, A Hummer, S Ganger, R Seiger, D Winkler, DF Swaab, C Windischberger, S Kasper & R Lanzenberger.“White matter microstructure in transsexuals and controls investigated by diffusion tensor imaging.” Journal of Neuroscience 2014 Nov 12; 34(46):15466 –15475. "These results suggest that the gender identity is reflected in the structure of brain networks which form under the modulating influence of sex hormones in the course of the development of the nervous system." Abstract Newsarticle
A new open-access journal Transgender Health has been announced.

19 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Pornography, Theatre, Cinema

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


ICANN again rejected giving control of .GAY domain to a LGBT community group because "the applied-for string does not identify or match the name of the community as defined in the application, nor is it a well known short-form or abbreviation of the community. It therefore does not meet the requirements". It will probably be put up for auction to the highest commercial bidder.

The glbtq Encyclopedia has closed.

The HBS site maintained by Charlotte Goiar has been taken down.

Facebook added fill-in-blank to 58 gender options.

Facebook real name policy, which impacted on drag performers and on trans persons, has been relaxed after protests.

A troll paid Twitter to promote a tweet urging transgender people to kill themselves: “Trannies, your families will never love you. You are living a lie & you know it. End your miserable existence. Commit suicide now”.

Video Games

Assassin’s Creed adds first transgender character

Art, Photography & Exhibits

  • The Museum of Trangender Hirstory & Art at ONE Archives, March 21 – July 11, 2015, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, 909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Organized by the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, or MOTHA, Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects examines objects that hold significance in narrating the history of transgender communities. The project blurs the line between the real and the imaginary, the known and the unknowable, giving visibility to actual people and events that remain foundational for transgender history while embracing partial facts, rumors, and maybes. SFMOTHA
  • I Am: a trans* art exhibit. April 3 – May 25 2015 Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland. 15 trans individuals from across the US share their experience as trans.
  • Looking Out, Looking In. MOCA, London Gallery, Peckham. 4-9 September, 2015. Persons neither male nor female. Newsarticle
  • To Survive on this Shore. Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender-variant older adults. Featured in Alive Magazine, November 2015. PDF.
  • Frank Benson's plastic statue of Juliana Huxtable, at New York's New Museum Triennial for emerging artists.
  • Danielle Villasana's photographs of Peruvian trans women. 
  •  Portrait of Sylvia Rivera, Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray, now hangs in National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Corinna Kern, German-born photojournalist photographed trans persons in Eastern Cape, working with SHE.
  • All TrueTomboys, paintings by Christina Scheslinger, . A pop-up exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum, Soho, New York Late January, 2015. Some of these will be shown at the Schwules Museum, Berlin in 2016.

    Marvel has first trans superhero in Sera.  
    History of trans characters in US comic books  
“Sex Change Spitfire Ace: Secret History” Secret History, Channel 4, 5 Oct 2015. Channel 4 about Roberta Cowell, with Liz Hodgkinson.

Sex Diaries: Trans Lovers. Channel 4. 12 Oct 2015. Newsarticle Two heterosexual men who left their wives to marry a trans woman.

Girls to men. With young men, Alfie, Billy, Ethan, CJ, Sabah and Jamie Raines who took a selfie every day for 3 years. Channel 4. 13 Oct 2015 Daily Mail article   Trailer When participants agreed to be in it, the program was called The Testosterone Diaries. Criticism    More criticism   CJ's reaction. Sabah and CJ who were critical of the final form were not mentioned in the Daily Mail article

Four Corners. With Daniella, Francine, Nora and Divina, all Australian sex workers. ABC, 3 August 2015. Newsarticle   ABC

“Hijabs and High Heels” with Mama Yuli. Dateline, SBS March 29, 2015. Newsarticle Newsarticle

Secret Lives of Twins including Aiden and Brenda Bowers. ITV 15 July 2015. Newsarticle   ITV Brenda still thinks of them as identical, even after Aiden's transition in 1998.

“Growing Up Trans”. Frontline. 12 reports. PBS June 29-July 1 2015. Overview. Video Criticism

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story. Mark Herzog & Sandrine Orabono (dirs), with Kristin Beck US 90 mins Sept 8 2015 Wolfe on Demand and elsewhere. CNN   IMDB   Trailer   Newsarticle

“Transforming Gender”. Doc Zone. Dir: Marc de Guerre, with Carys Massarella and 10 others, CBC 27 February 2015. CBC    DocZone   Newsarticle

“En Cuerpo Ajeno”. With Vinna, Natalia, Christian and Shane. Aquí y Ahora. Univision, April 19 2015. Newsarticle

Young, Trans and Looking for Love. With Claire Green, Arin Andres and Katie Rain Hill. Barcroft/BBC 23 November 2015. Newsarticle    BBC

    Trans writers and directors

    Transparent, second season, Lady J, the show’s first transgender writer, and Silas Howard, its first trans director.


    Trans playing trans

    Bananas, 1,4. Creator: Russell T. Davies, dir: Lewis Arnold, scr: Charlie Covell, with Bethany Black as Helen Brears. Channel 4 2015. IMDB Newarticle Restaurant manageress Helen is plagued by ex-boyfriend. 
    Boy Meets Girl. Created: Elliot Kerrigan, dir/scr: Eric Schaeffer, with Rebecca Root (18 on IOS Rainbow List) as Judy. All 6 episodes, BBC 2015. Newsarticle. IMDB. Newsarticle BBC A 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters. Judy is 40, her boyfriend is 26.
    Elementary. Creator Robert Doherty, with Candis Cayne as Mrs Hudson. blog Newsarticle
    Myrna. Dir: Ted Campbell, scr: Marlo Bernier & Ted Campbell, with Marlo Bernier as Myrna Michaels, Candis Cayne as Holland Hollis. US 30 mins 2015. IMDB Newsarticle Semi-autobiographical drama based on Marlo's own transition.

    Sense8. Dir/scr: The Wachowskis and others, with Jamie Clayton as Nomi Marks, a trans political blogger and hacker. US Netflix 2015. IMDB. Nomi is one of the 8 main characters. Interview
    EastEnders, BBC soap that has been running since 1985 cast Riley Millington to play Kyle, a trans man. BBC
    “The Prince of Nucleotides” Royal Pains. Dir: Michael B Silver, scr: Carol Flint, with Nicole Maines as Anna, a trans choreographer. Newsarticle IMDB

    Cis playing trans

    Black Sails. Creators: Robert Levine, Jonathan E Steinberg, with Clara Paget as pirate Anne Bonny.   IMDB   Historical Anne Bonny
    The Bold and The Beautiful. With Karla Mosley as Maya Avant, revealed by her sister to have started life as Myron. But also Scott Turner as Nick (see above). 

    Penny Dreadful. Season 2. Creator: John Logan, with Jonny Beauchamp as Angelique, a 19th century trans sex worker. IMDB Angelique lasts 5 episodes before being poisoned. 

    “Live Free, Live True”, Ripper Street, 3.7 with Haydn Gwynn as George Tait. Amazon/BBC 60 mins 19 Dec 2014. IMDB Trans man does justified murder, goes to gallows in a dress. Review


    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

    Babilônia. Rede Global, Brazil 2015. Rogéria plays Gabi's grandmother, Úrsula Andressa. Newsarticle
    I am Cait. With Cait Jenner, Candis Cayne, Kate Bornstein, Chaz Bono, Boy George, Janet Mock, Jennifer Boylan, Zackary Drucker, Jan Richards. US E! Online 2015. IMDB   Eonline   Wikipedia    Newsarticle   Newsarticle
    Becoming Us. Producer: Gordon Cassidy, with Carly Lahwald (in transition) and her son Ben. ABC Family 15 June 2015 Newsarticle   IMDB
Transgender in America. Dr Drew's 2 one-hour specials on transgender, with Ian Harvie of Transparent, Dr Marci Bowers, Jessica Taylor, pilot, Yasmin Lee, actress, 13-year-old Zoey and a married couple. US HLN 26-7 August 2015. NewsArticle.

Reality Shows

Amiyah Scott in Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Audrey Middleton, US Georgia, in US Big Brother

Carmen Carrera's wedding to her then boyfriend featured on Couples Therapy with Dr Jenn on VH1

Georgia Ziadie/Lady Colin Campbell in I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here. “[I have been] roped in to be sport for the oiks,”   Newsarticle

Sharon and Macy in New Girls on the Block on Discovery Life, April 11

U Beauty, which pays for plastic surgery for its participants, featured Li Xiongjin, , attempted self-castration three years ago. More


Muslim Drag Queens. Dir by Marcus Plowright, Narrated by Ian McKellen, with Quaraishi/Asifa Lahore, Imran/Zareena Khan and Ibrahim. UK Channel 4 24 August 2015 IMDB Discussion


Singer Autumn Allen moved to Cambodia with her dad when she was six. She hasn't seen her mom for years and believes she lives in Arizona. TV show Penh Chet Ort promised her they would be reunited on air. However, she met cross-dressing comedian Chuop Rolin instead 

Pretty Little Liars Wyatt Hodge, Dylan Garza, Vanessa Ray as CeCe Drake/Charlotte DiLaurentis. NewsArticle NewsArticle In the 6th year, bad guy Charlotte, “He. She. It” is revealed to be trans.




    Local radio station in Prince Edward Island ran ad for local car parts retailer, which talked about “blowing a tranny” and then, “are you sure you mean your car?”. Ad was pulled after complaints from Pride PEI. 

    WOM, Chile, known for their edgy adverts, made one with a travesti. Newsarticle



    James Darling, owner and director of the porn studio FTM Fucker 

    Just Like a Woman. Abrons, New York, Oct 23-5, 2015. A UK-US performance festival “tackling contemporary notions of race and gender, and working at the frontiers of what we might think of as 'performance art'”. 

    Vagina Monologues at Holyoke Colleg, Massachusettes, cancelled after complaints from some trans that it discriminates against women with penises.

    Trans Playwrights & Actors

    Ballad of the Burning Star. Scr: Nir Paldi & George Mann. Premiered at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, In Toronto, 19-24 May 2015 The Theatre Centre. Article. Putting a drag face on the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

    Jo Clifford's Jesus Queen of Heaven was performed at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Northern Ireland. The festival had received £3,500 from the Northern Ireland government which led to questions in the house. Interview

    Viviany Beleboni, São Paulo, criticized for her crucifixion performance against homophobia.

    Te Awarangi “Awa” Puna, NZ/Aotearoa acting student, made YouTube videos about growing up trans, and was awarded the most inspiring young person of the year award at the Wellington Pride Awards. 

    Micheli Matuzzi, 38, actress in city of Paranagua, Paraná, brutally beaten near the bus station.

    Cis Playwrights & Actors Exploring Gender Options

    All-female Othello at Queens Theatre, New York, April 2015.. Lenny Banovez (dir) with Leah Dutchin as Othello. 

    Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story. Scr: Glen Chandler, 15 May to 14 June at Above The Stag in Vauxhall, London. Announcement
    First ever English language production of Michel's Tremblay's Hosanna in Montreal. Comment

    Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese prime minisrr 2009-10, inTokyo musical ‘Waist Size Story’. He played the role of Rosario, a fictional US President who served as the country’s first female Head of State. 

    David Sucher, best known for 25 years as Poiret, played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, from 24 June. 

    Taye Diggs played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre, New York, July 2015. 

    Darren Criss played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. April 19- July 19.

    Kathleen Turner directed and starred in Would You Still Love Me, as the mother of 28-year-old Danya (Sofia Jean Gomez) who is transitioning to male. New Worlkd Stages, 50th St , New York, October 10-26, 2015. Scr: John S Anastasi. 

    Rocky Horror Show 17 September 2015. One-off gala charity performance with Richard O'Brien, Stephen Frye, Mel Giedroy, Ade Edmondson and Emma Bunton.


    Director Michael Cimino denied rumours that he is trans. 
With Clint Eastwood, February 2015
    The Mrs Doubtfire house – see under Doctors. 

    Chris Sarandon speaks about his trans role in Dog Day Afternoon, 1975. 

    Alexander Skarsgård attended San Francisco premiere of his film The Diary of a Teenage Girl in drag. 
    From This Day Forward. Dir: Sharan Shattuck, with her father Trisha Shattuck US 2014. IMDB Trailer Newsarticle

    Treasure. Dir: Dream Hampton, with Shelly Hilliard. US 2015. Newsarticle IMDB Webpage Newsarticle Shelly 'Treasure' Hilliard, Detroit was murdered age 19. The film is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family who are suing for justice.


    Trans Playing Trans

    Boy Meets Girl. Dir & scr: Eric Schaeffer, with Michelle Hendley as Ricky US 95 mins 2014. IMDB
    I. Dir:Shankar, with Vikram as Lingesan amd Ojas Rajini as the trans woman. India 2014. Newsarticle Newsarticle
    Naomi Campbel, No es fácil convertirse en otra persona (Naomi Campbel, It’s Not Easy To Become a Different Person.). Dir: Nicolás Videla & Camila Donoso, with Paula Yermén” Dinamarca. Chile 2014. Newsarticle
    Ricki and the Flash.  Dir: Jonathan Demme, scr: Diable Cody, with Carmen Carrera as ‘hair stylist’.  US 101 mins 2015.  IMDB   Comment  

    Seoul Mates. Dir Nash Ang, with Mimi Juareza as Alice. S Korea 115 mins 2015. IMDB Filipino Lady boy and Korean discreet gay meet and date each other, with the first one pretending to be a cis woman and the latter pretending to be a straight guy. 

    Tangerine. Dir: Sean Baker, scr: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch, with Kitana Kiki as Sin-Dee, Mya Taylor as Alexandra. US 88 mins 2015. IMDB Trailer Newsarticle Newsarticle Trans sex workers in Los Angeles.


    Cis Playing Trans/Intersex

    Trivia: In About Ray, Ramona becomes Ray; in Stonewall, Ray becomes Ramona. 

        Danish Girl. Dir: Tom Hooper, scr: Lucinda Coxon, based on novel by David Ebershoff, with Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe (Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Gwyneth Paltrow etc had previously been proposed for the part). US 2015. IMDB   Trailer   Review   Review (By the film's turgid end, Redmayne has lost all sense of the character, dissolving into a puddle of tears and pained, beatific expressions. It's a capital-P Performance, one that's likely to get the Academy's attention, but it often borders on shallow.) Based not on the historical facts but on a novel that distorts the story. Charlotte Charlaque, Toni Ebel and Dörchen Ritcher, the real pioneer transsexuals are not even in the film. Comment
        About Ray. Dir: Gaby Dellal, scr: Nikole Beckwith, with Elle Fanning as Ramona/Ray. US 87 mins 2015. IMDB   Trailer   Review   Review After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray's mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent. Release in September cancelled; rescheduled for New Year. Dellel stated: "The part is a girl and she is a girl who is presenting in a very ineffectual way as a boy." 

          Stonewall. Dir: Roland Emmerich, scr: Jon Robin Baitz, with Jonny Beauchamp as Ray/Ramona, Otoja Abit as Marsha P Johnson, Richard Jutras as Queen Rooey US 129 mins 2015. Filmed in Montreal. IMDB   Trailer  Review A composite trans woman of color to stand in where Marsha is not. After protests, the film played only selected cinemas. A plot very similar to the 1995 film. Even the gay roles were played by straight actors.


          Trans Playing Cis

          Danish Girl (see above section) also features Rebecca Root in a small part as 'nurse'. Rebecca auditioned for the role of Lili Elbe but a cis actor was chosen instead. 

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

          Films about Hoaxes

          A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile. Dir & scr: Siphie Deraspe. US 84 mins 2015. IMDB Newsarticle Blogger Amina turns out to be not gay, not a girl, not in Damascus. Syrian gay activists feel that real people were put in danger by this prank.

          The Cult of JT Leroy. Dir: Marjorie Sturm, with Laura Albert. US 92 mins 2015. IMDB WebPage Trailer The best-selling teen in transition, actually was not.



          Happy Birthday, Marsha. Dir & scr: Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel, with Mya Taylor as Marsha P Johnson and Eve Lindley as Sylvia Rivera. US 2016. IMDB  Trailer 

          The Neon Demon. Dir: Nicolas Refn, with Jamie Clayton in a cis part as 'casting director'. US 2016. IMDB 

          Tomboy, a Revenger's Tale. Walter Hill (dir & scr), with Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver as the surgeon. US 2017. Transgender assassin bent on revenge on an evil surgeon who changed her from a man to a woman. IMDB   Comment
          Zoolander 2. Dir: Ben Stiller, Scr: Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux, with Benedict Cumberbatch as All. US 100 mins 2016. Trailer   Comment    Apology. Another comedy about modelling. All as seen in the trailer is androgynous, and is asked: ’Do you have a hot dog or a bun?' 

          Director Mike Stabile is making a non-fiction film about Holly Woodlawn.