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Transsexual Scrabble player crowned as British national champion

I think it says a lot that, in this article, Ms. Nicholson’s gender is almost more sensationalized than her win at a national competition.

Transgender model Lea T lands her first magazine cover

Transgender model Lea T lands her first magazine cover

Transgender teen wants to help

Selena Milligan is living her life exactly the way she wants to and wants to serve as an example to help other teens do the same.

The 15-year-old transgender Lake Township resident, born William Milligan, will appear on the nationally syndicated “Steve Wilkos Show” today to discuss bullying and the suicides of teens, including Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September after fellow students allegedly clandestinely recorded and broadcast over the Internet his encounter with another man.

Selena said homosexual and transgender youth need role models, and she agreed to appear on the show to give them one.

“I really think and hope that I helped some kids out there, because nobody should commit suicide for being themselves,” she said. “I was scared at first, but once I started talking, so many kids got up and shared stories that they had with their friends, and they understood.”

Selena, a former Lake-Lehman student who now attends private school, said she has faced her share of bullying.

“I would always get people saying they would beat me up and stuff all the time,” she said. “It never happened, but I was afraid.”

Her mother, Jen Milligan, added that Selena has lost 90 percent of her friends after she came out.

Dr. Linda Trompetter, director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, said Selena’s experience is not unique. She said she has received increasing numbers of phone calls from transgender individuals about discrimination in recent months and years.

“I think most people now today would say that calling someone names based on their race is horrible,” Trompetter said, “but attitudes about Muslims, and homosexuals and transsexuals; there’s still a significant portion of society that thinks they’re wrong, so you have that societal, institutional backing.”

And institutions themselves often aren’t sure how to cope.

Selena came out as a transgender female this summer, one year after she told others she was bisexual. She attended Lake-Lehman as a female for only one day, but even in that time recognized the school’s inability to deal with her needs.

Selena said teachers would treat her like a female student, but insisted she use the boy’s bathroom. Last year, a male teacher saw her enter the girl’s bathroom during a dance and told her to get out.

“I should be able to use the girl’s bathroom if my gender is female,” she said.

“They must have a horrible time, there’s so little understanding about what it even is,” Trompetter said of area schools. “Sometimes it isn’t that the schools are discriminating purposely, they just don’t know what to do, and so we’re trying to address that.”

The consortium will host a NO BULL Bullying Prevention Conference, open to Luzerne County public school students and their parents, April 11 and 12 to discuss how to deal with bullying in area schools.

Though Clementi’s suicide has thrown the issue into the national spotlight, Trompetter said the issue of bullying was on the minds of area school directors well before September. When she asked what the biggest issue their districts are currently coping with, the majority responded bullying, particularly bullying on the Internet.

“I think the big issue is how public an outing can be. Before, kids would out each other on a small scale; they weren’t able to put up pictures that the world can see. The exposure is enormous now. The entire means of communication change, with the texting and the Internet, has desensitized the students to the human cost of what they’re doing.”

Trompetter said having a support network of people to talk to and sympathize goes a long way in helping victims of bullying cope.

“You can’t go it alone; you need a support network,” Trompetter said. “I think you could withstand an awful lot if you can find the support network, and find other kids your age who can stand up for each other. A parent can fill that role, but it can’t just be the parent. I think the parents have to engage other collectives.”

Selena said she has the support of her parents, who “have been completely accepting about it,” and wants to serve as a role model for other kids, who may be feeling alone.

“There are a lot of kids out here that don’t have any inspiration,” she said. “If you just look for the right help and the right people to support you, it’s there.”

Wisconsin inmate seeks to nix deal in sex-change case

A transgender inmate wants to reject an agreement that would make her the first in Wisconsin given state-issued women’s underwear in a male prison and instead continue her lawsuit seeking a taxpayer-funded sex change.

I’ve been really hesitant in writing this, but I think it’s time…

… because I need to get this off my chest. Since I was about five years old I’ve struggled with thoughts of wanting to be a girl. I’m 22 now and since last year the feelings have been getting worse every month. I’ve spent my whole life trying to bury what I feel, and now its getting to the point where I think I need to start thinking about how to deal with it for the rest of my life, and I want this tumblr to be a part of that process for me.

Since last year I’ve been doing a lot of reading on trans issues and watching stuff on youtube whenever I get the chance. I’ve always been interested in trans-related things, and I’ve always had my own issues, but I never applied the transgender label to myself until recently when I started hearing what other transgender people said about their own experiences. I’ve come to realize that the more I hear others’ stories, the more I realize how much I can relate to them. That’s the part that is very painful for me. I am incredibly jealous of transsexuals. The main reason is that I see them as having found an escape to deal with how they felt, while I still feel trapped in this body that has never felt right.

I started going back to school in January mainly to just buy some time for making whatever decisions I need to make. Occasionally during class or at work I will feel tormented by my transgender feelings. Sometimes I can manage to ignore it for the rest of the day until I’m back at home, alone with my own thoughts. I’m currently living with my parents right now and going to community college. It’s a small town and I have no one that I can talk with about these issues. All the counselors at college know me or my family (small town) so talking to them doesn’t seem like a good option to me. I have three good friends that I know would listen to me, but I can’t handle telling them about this stuff right now. For now, I guess tumblr and the occasional anonymous message board post are what’s getting me by in life for the time being.

My parents are very religious (so am I really, but I can’t help what I feel) so I know they won’t approve of this. I can’t imagine what it will do to my mother who goes out of her way to make my life better every day. My dad has always been very strict, and both of my parents have been getting more and more involved with our church lately. Dad keeps pushing me to go with them to church more than my once a week/Sunday morning visit and to get me more involved with church activities, which is starting to make me very uncomfortable. It might sound shrewd, but if I could just leave this place to go to school and transition, I would to it in a heartbeat. I’ve had enough of the torment in my own mind that I feel every day.

When I tell them, they’re not going to let go of the idea that I need to just repent of my sins and trust in Jesus. I’ve done that. I know exactly what Christianity says about these things, but I can’t help it.. I just can’t. I’ve had my ‘come to Jesus moment’ and lived my life by His words. I completely surrendered my life to God and asked for His help every day to battle these feelings, which was the opposite of my prayers when I was little, when I prayed that I could just wake up as a girl and that everyone would have thought that I had always been that way. Hearing people say I just need to seek God is insulting to me. They just don’t have a clue as to what I’ve been through my whole life.

I really needed to get that off my chest so I’m done for now. I’m desperate for some support since I won’t have any from my own family if I have to come out to them.

Profile: Lil —  Genderfork

You can call me… Lil.

I identify as… the original metalhead leatherdyke transsexual ubergeek SubGenius minister.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … stick with female pronouns if you can, gender-neutral ones if you must, and don’t even try using any others! (read on)

Profile: Lil — Genderfork

You can call me… Lil.

I identify as… the original metalhead leatherdyke transsexual ubergeek SubGenius minister.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … stick with female pronouns if you can, gender-neutral ones if you must, and don’t even try using any others! (read on)

11.7.10 (by Adriana)

gpoy - webcam edition

11.7.10 (by Adriana)

gpoy - webcam edition

I put together a bunch of photos of myself pre and post transition. I think a lot of us do this, the issue of documentation through transition becomes very important. Anyways… I’ve changed A LOT! haha theyre somewhat chronological begining in the upper left and scrolling down to the lower right. The boy side is from sometime 2008 to april 2010, the other side begins July 2010 and goes until oct 2010.

My transition, since early 2009.  I started hormones in May of 2009.

My transition, since early 2009.  I started hormones in May of 2009.

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