Marina High School Crowns Transgender Teen Homecoming Queen

I’ve been following the story of Cassidy Lynn Campbell in the Los Angeles Times. Friday night she was crowned Queen of her Huntington Beach high school.

If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was,but with all the attention, I realized it’s bigger than me," she said. "I’m doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves.

via Transgender teen crowned homecoming queen at O.C. high school –

California working on nation’s first law to protect transgender pupils

Although CA (and many other states) have general non-discrimination statutes that can be applied in the context of transgender students, they don’t specifically protect them.Which means that the ability to participate in sports or use appropriate facilities is often dealt with in an inconsistent, school-by-school, case-by-case manner. What may be allowed for a student this year in school A, may not be allowed five years later for another student in the same school.

Ashton Lee, a 16-year-old transgender boy from of Manteca, California, testified before the Senate Education Committee last month. Lee wants to play high school football.”I just want to be treated the same as all the other boys, but my school forces me to take P.E. in a class of all girls and live as someone I’m not,” Lee said in a statement. “I can’t learn and succeed when every day in that class leaves me feeling isolated and alone.”

via California lawmakers advance nation’s first law for transgender pupils –

Gender Change of Veteran Accepted by Pentegon

I’d say it’s one of the more dramatic moves that the armed services has made with their new acceptance policies (After the continental shift from exclusion to inclusion). Considering that open service is still in its infancy, it’s a acknowledgement of just how far they will go to live up to their new ideal.

“In a short letter dated May 2, a Navy official told Autumn Sandeen, a veteran and transgender activist: “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System DEERS has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.”

via Pentagon Recognizes Transgender Veteran, Advocates See A “Shift”.

Transgender discrimination in first grade

And on a less positive note for inclusiveness, Coy Mathis who has been living as a female for quite sometime found out half-way through the school year that she will no longer be allowed to use the girls’ restroom…as it’s not a problem now, but might be in the future, and even though no parents or other students have complained.

A transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl.

via Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint –

Fraternity raises money for brother’s sex change

Considering the stereotype of fraternities, its nice to see a positive response to a F2M transition like this.

Phi Alpha Tau members, defying the conventional stereotype of a fraternity, launched a campaign on an online fundraising site — — with a goal of collecting the $8,100 needed for the procedure, scheduled for May.

via Frat pays for brother’s sex change –

Transman Luke A wins Big Brother UK

Not that I watch Big Brother, or frankly any reality TV, but it’s cool to see him pickup 50k in prize money.

‘It’s great to feel acceptance. A big part of it was about acceptance, all my life I have been an outsider, so to win this…..’

via Big Brother 2012 Results: Transexual Luke A wins in the final, shares his love for Adam Kelly, and says it was all about acceptance! | Unreality TV.