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Global Outreach
December 14, 2020
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Politics

USA – Biden said he’ll work to advance transgender rights

On Nov. 20, the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, President-elect Joe Biden said that “transgender rights are human rights” and committed to advancing transgender rights as part of his administration’s platform. According to the UCLA Williams Institute, about 1.5 million people identify as transgender in the United States and are likely to be affected by any new U.S. policies.

Read More: Washington Post

Federal judge rules requiring “proof” of gender identity for a passport is unconstitutional

A federal judge just ruled that it’s unconstitutional for transgender people to be required to show proof from a doctor that they’re undergoing transition-related care in order to get a passport with the correct gender marker on it.

Pakistan’s first transgender lawyer goes from begging to fighting in court

“My goal is to become Pakistan’s first transgender judge,” she said.

https://news.yahoo.com/pakistans-first-transgender-lawyer-goes-045447862.html

Trans state senator Sarah McBride’s stunning clapback shut down a Twitter troll immediately

Sarah McBride made history by winning her election to be a state senator in Delaware. McBride will the highest-ranking transgender elected official as the only trans state senator in the nation. It didn’t take long for a social media troll to ask her an inappropriate question. Find out how she shut him down in LGBTQ Nation.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/11/tran-state-senator-sarah-mcbrides-stunning-clapback-shut-twitter-troll-immediately/

Sport

USA – Chris Mosier Represents USA

Chris Mosier has broken the tape on a lot of firsts—the first trans man to represent the USA in international competition, the first trans athlete to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the gender category they identify, the first trans athlete in the ESPN Body Issue, and many more. This Trans Awareness Week, he talks about how important running has been to his transition story and shares advice for runners looking to make the sport more welcoming to trans runners.

I Was Terrified to Come Out as Trans. Here’s How the Running Community Helped. Once I came out, I found more support in my running community than I did anywhere else in my life.

https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a34701669/trans-running-community/

UK  – VICTORIA SMITH has revealed her dream of riding a winner as both a male and a female jockey after coming out as transgender.

Formerly known as Vince Smith, she transitioned in 2017 after a long career as a jockey and a trainer.

Having made history as the first transgender jockey in May 2018, Victoria told At The Races of her experience in horse racing.

She said: “I went a whole year, every day of waking up and saying to myself, ‘If I don’t do this, will I go to my grave regretting it?’.

“And every day I said, ‘Yes, I would’.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/13437700/victoria-smith-transgender-jockey-vince-strictly/

Celebrity & Entertainment

Elliot Page: star of Juno and X-Men announces he is transgender

Actor takes aim at transphobic politicians and ‘those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility’, saying they ‘have blood on [their] hands’

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/dec/01/elliot-page-star-of-juno-x-men-announces-he-is-transgender

Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ Gets Jokes Around Trans Roles Right

Big Mouth might have one of the ugliest visual styles I’ve ever seen, but in the first three episodes of it’s latest season, it’s also got pretty great trans representation in the form of Natalie, a trans girl at summer camp for the first time after coming out, played by the wonderful Josie Totah (Saved by the Bell.)

It’s Big Mouth, so there are definitely jokes about Natalie being trans, and her body, and puberty, but Natalie is rarely the butt of these jokes, and when she is, she ends up getting the last word in. And more importantly, Natalie’s whole story is centered around her feelings, not other camper’s feelings about her or her transition.

This is definitely not your mom’s trans representation. It’s funny, and cutting, and, because it’s Big Mouth, gross. When Natalie gets introduced to the boy’s cabin, where she was bunking last summer, they all ask questions about how she pees (like a normal person), what her crotch looks like (none of their business), and if this is all just a plan to sneak into the girl’s bunk (it’s not.)

https://www.out.com/television/2020/12/09/netflix-big-mouth-natalie-trans-jokes-season-4-josie-totah

‘The Jeffersons’ Featured the First Transgender Character On a Sitcom

The Jeffersons is a TV classic and until 2012 (when Tyler Perry’s House of Payne beat it) was the longest-running sit-com featuring a predominantly Black cast. It ran on CBS for 253 episodes from 1975-1985.

Very few remember that it was a spinoff of All in The Family and is still one of the most successful spinoffs of all time. It was a groundbreaking TV show that would probably have trouble getting on the air today.

It broke through barriers dealing with racism honestly and prominently featuring a married interracial couple. What many people don’t realize is that, according to MeTV, it was also the first sitcom to feature a transgender character.

Although iconic writer and producer Norman Lear would later write a recurring transgender character into his soap opera parody All That Glitters, the first transgender character appeared in a The Jefferson’s episode titled “Once a Friend.”

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-jeffersons-featured-the-first-transgender-character-on-a-sitcom.html/

Pose Actor Indya Moore Launches Campaign to Bring Santa to Transgender Kids: ‘They Are Loved’

Indya Moore is working hard this holiday season to ensure transgender youth don’t miss out on enjoying a very merry visit from Santa Claus.

The Pose actor, 25, recently launched a social media campaign called TranSanta, which connects people with transgender kids who are homeless, in foster care or don’t otherwise have a means of receiving presidents this holiday season.

https://people.com/human-interest/pose-actor-indya-moore-christmas-campaign-transgender-kids/

Allies

Apple CEO Tim Cook quietly added his pronouns to his Twitter profile

Apple CEO Tim Cook quietly added his pronouns to his Twitter profile in late November. Greg Joswiak, another Apple executive, added his as well.

Cook reflected last year on his decision to publicly announce his orientation, saying, “I was getting notes from kids who were struggling with their sexual orientation. They were depressed. Some said [they] had suicidal thoughts. Some had been banished by their own parents and family. It weighed on me in terms of what I could do.”

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/12/apple-ceo-tim-cook-quietly-added-pronouns-twitter-profile/

Healthcare

Another barrier for transgender and non-binary minorities: getting mental-health help

Transgender and non-binary racial and ethnic minorities experience “significant discrimination” in mental-health care access, suggests a new report distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

African-American and Hispanic people who are transgender or non-binary — especially non-binary African Americans and Hispanic transgender women — encounter discrimination when they try to access mental-health care appointments, according to results from the first wave of a still-ongoing study by researchers at Tulane, Texas A&M, American and Georgia State Universities.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/another-barrier-for-transgender-and-non-binary-minorities-getting-mental-health-help-11607372114

Education

This comic series illustrates the lives of transgender people in India’s STEM education system. Check it out!

Salamanders, crickets and zebrafish is different from a lot of your usual comic strips. The characters here are not fictitious. Characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are not products of the imagination but are real. It also documents and illustrates the life of a section of people who are widely underrepresented in science – transgender people.

https://www.edexlive.com/news/2020/nov/25/this-comic-series-illustrates-the-lives-of-transgender-people-in-indias-stem-education-system-16098.html

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