Tag: trans

The Complicated Issue of Passing

The Complicated Issue of Passing

I attended a black trans women discussion years ago, and the discussion of appearance and how it relates to physical discrimination and harassment came up.  The moderator, an older black trans woman well into her fifties, directed the group to me and said, “This is how you all need to present yourself to the world.  (In order to pass) you need to represent yourself like this young lady.” Now, this took me by surprise and the idea of me being labeled as ‘passing’ within the group left me with a multitude of complex feelings.

“Dyke Central” Is The Amazing Intersectional Show We Didn’t Know Existed

“Dyke Central” Is The Amazing Intersectional Show We Didn’t Know Existed

Dyke Central is a show (available through Amazon Prime) based in Oakland. It follows a group of gay, trans, and queer characters as they try to find their footing in their love lives and careers. It’s reminiscent of The L Word, except way better because the characters are all people who could actually exist. I’ve met and been friends with people who are a lot like the characters in this show.

Alphabet Soup: M is for MTF

Alphabet Soup: M is for MTF

Featuring Marley Durand. Not everyone’s journey as a transwoman is as smooth as Caityln Jenner’s.  In this weeks addition to Alphabet Soup, Marley Durand talks about her background, her journey, her opinions on trans representation in the media, and the struggles of being a transwoman of color.  Subscribe to our mailing list for updates, news,…

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About Laverne Cox

About Laverne Cox

Industry(ies): TV/Film Years active: 2000–present Hometown: Mobile, Alabama What they do/Genre: Actress, Producer Most known for:  Cox is well known for her role in Orange Is The New Black and became the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category.  Their biggest *splash*: In 2015, Laverne Cox won the Daytime Emmy Award in…

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About Janet Mock

About Janet Mock

Industry(ies): Entertainment, Activism Years active: 2011–present Hometown: Honolulu, HI What they do/Genre: Journalist, Activist, Author, TV Host Most known for: Her memoir and debut book, Redefining Realness. Their Biggest “Splash”: On July 8, Janet Mock made history in directing her first ever TV episode, making her the first transwoman of color to direct an episode. The episode in question is…

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Not So Artful Productions’ Grosse Misconduct Offers Refreshing Take On LGBTQ Representation

Not So Artful Productions’ Grosse Misconduct Offers Refreshing Take On LGBTQ Representation

By Jasmine Lowe 20Gayteen has seen a stream of content in mainstream media with LGBTQ representation. The characters and content have been rich, strong characters, but not every piece of content with representation has done what the digital series, Grosse Misconduct, has done. Grosse Misconduct follows a group of characters working in human resources who…

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Afterellen Supports Scarlett Johansson: Here’s Why That’s Problematic

Afterellen Supports Scarlett Johansson: Here’s Why That’s Problematic

By Camille Ora-Nicole Just in case you haven’t heard, Scarlett Johansson has taken yet another role that she should have thought twice about. This time, she’s playing a trans character in the upcoming film “Rub Tug.” Even better, she’s also producing it! Oh ScarJo. via GIPHY Since that news has been revealed, there has been…

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Racial Preferences In The Gay Community

Racial Preferences In The Gay Community

By Tamika Wright I’m a little late but It’s PRIDE month! Which means rainbows, parades, glitter, “clever” marketing tactics, and an endless stream of complaints against cis white gays. The most popular issue is that many cis white gays have racial preferences, often favoring other white men with Grindr profiles proudly displaying their “No Asians,…

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Coffee and Queers: PRIDE!!!

Coffee and Queers: PRIDE!!!

Coffee & Queers Episode 3: Pride! In this episode we talk about pride, commercialization of pride month, alcohol, and queer ice cream shops. Seriously – we think a queer ice cream shop / bookstore / coffee house would be doooope. What’s your favorite Pride activity? Comment below!