Cancer claims trans role model and advocate Andrew Cray

Cancer claims trans role model and advocate Andrew Cray

andrew crayLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A post Thursday on Andrew Cray’s Facebook page brought the news that he passed away following an apparent second bout with cancer. By all accounts Cray was a selfless and tireless advocate for trans people and for many, the news was quite shocking, especially considering he was only 28.

Cray was most recently with American Progress as a Policy Analyst working to…

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Monica Helms, creator of the trans pride flag, donates it to the Smithsonian

Monica Helms, creator of the trans pride flag, donates it to the Smithsonian

monica helmsLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A week ago, Monica Helms, the designer of the transgender pride flag, donated the original flag to the Smithsonian. Along with the flag, there were other transgender artifacts donated, including some from Mara Keisling. These items included DNC delegate buttons designed by Babs Siperstein.

Helms in Smithsonian.comabout the representation of trans history in museums: “

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GOP U.S. House staffers in trouble over ‘Orange is the New Black’ Wikipedia slurs

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Seriously, has it come to this? Anonymous editing of Wikipedia pages by Republican U.S.

GOP U.S. House staffers in trouble over ‘Orange is the New Black’ Wikipedia slurs

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Seriously, has it come to this? Anonymous editing of Wikipedia pages by Republican U.S.

Arkansas robocall: ‘trans people are child predators’

Arkansas robocall: ‘trans people are child predators’

TLC  Michelle DuggarLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — By using a series of blatant lies in a robocall, opponents of a Fayetteville, Arkansas trans protection bill hope to prevent what they describe as ‘predatory behavior’ by transgender people.

A trans/LGBT protection bill is in front of the city council and has yet to become law. Opponents have recruited prominent Baptist and TLC network’s Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids…

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Transphobic writer Gavin McInnes gets boot from company he created

Transphobic writer Gavin McInnes gets boot from company he created

Gavin McInnesLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — You know you’re in hot water when your subordinates push you out the door of the very company you created — and it couldn’t have happened to a better person.

Last week, Thought Catalogpublished a piece written by writer and FOX News contributor Gavin McInnes titled “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural.” In no time at all the piece was universally noted as one of the…

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Mom: school district says trans child can’t return to school as female

Mom: school district says trans child can’t return to school as female

Rachel PepeLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Trans kid Rachel Pepe ‘cannot return to school as a female and no accommodations will be made for her,’ a school official told Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother. The school is question is Thorne Middle School in a Middletown, New Jersey, school district.

Peters said the school official told her, among other things, ‘the school was not equipped to handle Rachel’ and ‘it…

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Deaf transgender woman murdered in Honduras

Deaf transgender woman murdered in Honduras

deaf trans woman hondurasLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — On July 18th, a trans woman was found dead wrapped in a sheet lying next to a roadside on the island Roatan just off the Honduran coast. Reports say she went by the name Lele, was deaf and familiar to people living on the island.

Police initially arrested Winfield Orrin Dixon Elwin and Jacqueline Elwin Valladares, as witnesses claim to have seen the pair beating…

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Full transgender health care to be provided by Oregon Health Plan

Full transgender health care to be provided by Oregon Health Plan

oregon health planLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Earlier today the Oregon Health Plan added transgender coverage to the state Medicaid program following efforts by local trans and LGBT organizations. This builds on the earlier inclusion of pubertal suppression treatment for transgender adolescents.

According a Facebook post by TransActive’s Executive Director, Jenn Burleton, this is the gist of the OHP decision:…

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Renowned UK politician and boxing manager is now trans woman Kellie Maloney

Renowned UK politician and boxing manager is now trans woman Kellie Maloney

Frank Maloney kellie maloneyLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Although reported earlier in British tabloids, reputable news agencies such as the BBC and UK’s The Guardian are also reporting that the rumors surrounding Kellie (formerly Frank) Maloney are true.

Maloney, as published in The Guardian quoting The Sunday Mirror: “… I have always known I was a woman. I can’t keep living in the shadows, that is why I am doing what…

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Red-voting conservative father of transgender child embraces changes

Red-voting conservative father of transgender child embraces changes

Laura Edwards-Leeper Karin Selva  Jenn BurletonLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — And in the embracing of their transgender daughter Lynne, the parents, Albert and Leigh, relocated to Portland, Oregon primarily for the resources offered to trans kids in the area.

The family’s story is told in an in-depth article in Portland’s Willamette Week titled “Transgender at 10″. While I did share this story on my social media sites, I wanted to make note of…

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