Seattle-area trans groups conquer Washington state’s infamous billboard of bigotry

Seattle-area trans groups conquer Washington state’s infamous billboard of bigotry

hamilton billboard chehalisLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Quick, name the three most-seen landmarks in the state of Washington? Automatically the Space Needle and Mt. Rainer comes to mind. And if you guessed Hamilton Farms’ Billboard of Hate as the third, you would be correct.

Nearly straddling I-5, high in the sky at the mid-way point between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, the sign is seen by 100,000+ cars a day. It was a…

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Fired ‘trans are nutjobs’ radio hosts return to the air

Fired ‘trans are nutjobs’ radio hosts return to the air

Kimberly and BeckLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The duo, Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, commonly known by their on-air moniker Kimberly and Beck, fired earlier this year from Rochester, NY radio station WBZA after mocking trans people on the air, have shown up on another local station, Radio 95.1.

The duo’s hateful rant and on-air mocking was triggered by the mayor’s plan to provide health care coverage to…

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Quick arrest follows murder of Memphis trans woman

Quick arrest follows murder of Memphis trans woman

Alejandra LeosLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A suspect was arrested two days after a trans woman was shot to death near her home in Memphis, Tenn. on September 6, 2014. Police arrested Marshall Pegues and charged him with the murder of Alejandra Leos.

TV station WREG stated that a police report indicated that Leos was shot in the back and there was a quarrel between the two prior to the shooting.

Alejandra was…

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Trans-unfriendly DMV finds themselves at the receiving end of a federal lawsuit

Trans-unfriendly DMV finds themselves at the receiving end of a federal lawsuit

Chase CulpepperLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The department of motor vehicles is among the least favorite places for visitation by transgender people — the chances for embarrassment, being outed, or a public scolding, is sky-high. While some states have addressed this, other have not. Over the summer we’ve seen multiple sites where DMV employees told trans people to take off their make-up before they can have…

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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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