I am Cait, hear me roar.

I haven’t seen the first episode of ‘I Am Cait’ – yet. But from everything that this review reports on it I can’t wait, not just to watch it myself, but to see how this will normalise and educate the public on transgender people both in the US and globally.

Firstly, though tough but legitimate question is asked:

Will a network known for Keeping Up with the Kardashians and other, lighter fare handle this story properly?

And the answer is…

At least for the series’ first episode, I Am Cait is a smash success, both in spite of its reality show format and because of it.

It is simultaneously educational and informative, gentle and transgressive. It takes time to teach its audience about trans issues, through the conduit of Jenner talking to her family.

The show is so soft, you can forget how revolutionary seeing a trans woman’s story being told on TV really is.

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The audacity of normality.

An Italian sports magazine has a groundbreaking cover, showing two gay rugby players in a passionate kiss.

 
The players are a couple who both play for Libera, ‘Italy’s first gay-friendly rugby club’. 

The magazine says the cover is an effort to challenge homophobia in sports, which it describes as the ‘last taboo’

LGBTI Italians have few protections from discrimination – and Italy is the only country left in western Europe that provides same-sex relationships zero legal recognition. But that could be about to change, with the Italian parliament recently passing a motion that could see civil unions introduced in coming months.

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Victoria welcomes LGBT champion of rights.

A round of applause for the Victorian state government who have appointed a gender and sexuality commissioner to fight LGBTI discrimination.

Rowena Allen will “champion the rights” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians.

Only 5 per cent of transgender people kept their jobs after changing gender, Ms Allen said. “I’m looking forward to increasing that number,” she said, adding that she planned to work with company boards to create workplace policies and cultures to help transgender people retain their jobs.

In May the state government announced it would commit $3.2 million to establish Australia’s first equality portfolio within cabinet.

Equality Minister Martin Foley said Ms Allen’s appointment to the role was a “first for Australia”.

Well done Victoria for leading the way.

Reported on Daily Life >

Spread the rainbow of love.

What a great, great, last few days this has been. Rather than include another announcement of the Supreme Court ruling on Friday making gay marriage a constitutional right – the rainbow waterfall that was my newsfeed over the weekend thanks in most part to facebook.com/celebratepride shows me majority of my social circle are pro-equality – instead I thought I’d share this beautiful article of  landmarks around America rainbowing it up!

Enjoy!

http://mic.com/articles/121446/10-photos-of-historic-landmarks-proudly-going-rainbow-for-yesterday-s-scotus-ruling

Not a girl, not quite a man.

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ruby 2Swoon, swoon, swoon. I have a massive girl crush on Ruby Rose (as do now most heterosexual women thanks to OITNB) and have admired her courage to talk openly about being gender fluid (not identifying with either gender) and her commitment to using her exposure to educate people on gender fluidity, with awareness and education helping to breed acceptance.

I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes.

I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I’ll put on a skirt.

Only adding to her achievement list of positive influence on the transgender movement, Rose and her fiancee Phoebe Dahl are launching a gender fluid, gender neutral clothing range called Scallywags.

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The real reason why Caitlyn Jenner is so beautiful.

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I am so impressed with society’s positive response to Caitlyn Jenner. What she has achieved for the trans community by opening her heart to the world is beyond amazing. Much more worthy of breaking the internet than a nude photoshoot…

But our favourite trans activist Laverne Cox does highlight in her blog that we as a society still have a long way to go. Not all trans people have the money and means to turn themselves into Jessica Lange and Lana Del Rey’s love child, or want to, and we need to love and support these trans people as well.

I love working a photo shoot and creating inspiring images for my fans, for the world and above all for myself. But I also hope that it is my talent, my intelligence, my heart and spirit that most captivate, inspire, move and encourage folks to think more critically about the world around them. Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities.

I have always been aware that I can never represent all trans people. No one or two or three trans people can. This is why we need diverse media representstions of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities. I started #TransIsBeautiful as a way to celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans, those things that don’t necessarily align with cisnormative beauty standards. For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don’t align with other people’s ideas about what is beautiful.

Happy Birthday Laverne Cox

Our favourite transgender activist Ms Cox has celebrated her recent birthday by launching the #TransIsBeautiful campaign to help address transphobia and elevate trans identity as beautiful.

 

Trans people and their supporters are taking to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to show their support with the body-positive #TransIsBeautiful campaign. 

 

Laverne herself has posted a makeup-free selfie to support the cause. Check out the gorgeous shot here > 

A carefully curated wall of light and positivity.

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Wow this is great! So eloquently put. Evanna Lynch (the actress who plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films) wrote what is essentially an essay schooling homophobic followers and banishing them from her social profiles.

Some choice snippets below.

I don’t want your poison all over my carefully curated wall of light and positivity.

It is possible to not like the idea of homosexuality, to find it a wholly alien, uncomfortable concept and to not impose this view on the people it affects and above all to not shame people for the way they are.

I encourage you to read more here >

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Two small steps for women and LGBT, two giant leaps for humanity (hopefully).

It’s been an exciting 24 hours in Australian politics with two movements for equality slowly starting to gain some traction for change:

  1. Joe Hockey (Federal Treasurer) has agreed to lobby the states and territories to make sanitary products exempt from GST thanks to an online petition with over 90,000 signatures (originally shared on this blog two and a half weeks ago at which time their were approximately 12,000 signatures). While this is a great first step in the right direction, historically similar past campaigns have not resulted in change. Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed and keep sharing and encouraging sign ups to the petition here.
  2. Bill Shorten (Opposition Leader) has confirmed Labor will move a bill to legalise same-sex marriage next week after the Greens stated they would bring marriage equality up for debate in the Senate later this year.

Exciting times, it’s just about a decade late. Read more at ABC.net.au on the tampon tax and marriage equality.

No chance of Australia playing copycat to Ireland.

As Ireland celebrates the legalisation of same sex marriage, our Prime Minister continues to stick his head in the sand with his ancient ideals and has dismissed the idea of Australia following suit.

Ireland is the 19th country in the world to legalise gay marriage and the 14th in Europe.

Australia is now the only developed, English-speaking country that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.
– Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome

Read more here >

Celebrating same-sex love through traffic lights.

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I love this! Vienna has installed same-sex couple pedestrian lights! Disappointingly they will only be up until June for a host of events including Eurovision, but these are so cute let’s hope we see them pop up somewhere again soon!

 Read the full article here >

Mx. and Mx. Smith.

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A small but positive step in the right direction for transgender and gender nonconformists. Mx the gender neutral honorific (pronounced mux), may soon be added to the Oxford English Dictionary as an alternative to the traditional Miss, Mrs, Ms and Mr.

Sweden are already ahead, recently adding the pronoun ‘hen’ to the official Swedish language dictionary as an alternative to the male and the female pronouns ‘han’ and ‘hon’ respectively.

Read more here >

Brave Bruce Jenner – “I have the soul of a woman”.

Amazing amazing amazing. You must watch Bruce Jenner’s interview, it is so open and honest and educational – Jenner explains how gender and sexuality are two different things.

Also – how Kayne helped Kim become the most accepting of the Kardashian family.

PS the sound gets better.

Bruce Jenner Interview 2015 With Diane Sawyer – FULL Interview – YouTube.

Laverne Cox poses naked for transgender empowerment.

Isn’t she gorgeous? Initially rejecting the proposal to pose naked on the cover of Allure magazine, Laverne Cox then changed her mind…

“I’m a black transgender woman,” she told Allure. “I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”

“Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks.”

Adding to her credentials, Laverne Cox has also been named one of TIME MAGAZINES‘s 100 Most Influential People.

‘The Good Wife’ weighs in on religious freedom when it comes to gay marriage.

I love the good wife, and last week’s episode was absolutely on point.

This episode centers around a case of a , the legalities around where religious freedom ends and anti-discrimination laws begin.

The most impressive thing about the episode, however, is that Diane never preaches from a bully pulpit or turns the courtroom into a soapbox. Instead, and with just the slightest glint of gay rights-crusading twinkling in her eye, she works through a logical, irrefutable legal defense that uncovers the hypocrisy of commercial enterprises that cite religious accommodation as justification for what is so clearly bigotry and unlawful discrimination.

Read the full review of the episode *spoiler alert* here >

Anne Hathaway tells it how it is.

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