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D.C. Debuts Trans Employment Program November 13th, 2011
D.C. Debuts Trans Employment Program

Your eyes are not deceiving you - Washington D.C. did in fact debut a program geared towards building the skills of unemployed trans residents. Project Empowerment, a program run by D.C.'s  Department of Employment Services, is the District's (and possibly the entire country's) first publicly funded effort to train and find full-time employment for transgender residents. The first three weeks focus on interview technique and resume writing seminars followed by a six-month apprenticeship, in which participants are placed with an employer from a wide variety of industries. The first class class, which contains 19 trans females and 2 trans males, began on September 12th, so the participants are only a few months into the program. I think this is a fantastic program that should definitely be replicated in other cities. Too often trans folk are discriminated against in the job market and a percentage are forced into survival sex to make a living. By developing programs that provide training and support to unemployed trans people, local governments will help build their skills so they can find full-time employment in an industry that doesn't jeopardize their health.

ScandaList: Katy Perry – the Part-time “Tranny”? July 13th, 2011
ScandaList: Katy Perry – the Part-time “Tranny”?

Katy Perry is at it again, proving once and for all that she deserves a permanent spot on this website's ScandaList. "But why?" you might be asking yourself. After all, she did write that Christina Aguilera knock-off to Beautiful - er, I mean, that positive, life-affirming "gay anthem" Firework. Perry's questionable song choices aside (You're So Gay, for one), there's a very strong chance you might not be aware of the many faux pas she's made with regard to the trans community. I'm referring to her most recent June 22nd interview with Rolling Stone, where she's actually quoted saying, "You can’t be a full tranny every day of the week. That’s an exaggerated part of my personality.” The quote's referring to her "eccentric" style and stage presence (have you ever heard Gaga refer to herself by that word? No.) but don't go looking for it in the online version - the offending phrase has been scrubbed clean. If you can grab your own copy of the print version, turn to page 74 and you'll see what I'm talking about. Perry has successfully exploited and abused the LGBTQ community more times than she's kissed a girl and liked it, but I can't say that I'm surprised ...

Born This Way Blog June 27th, 2011
Born This Way Blog

I've known about the Born This Way Blog for some time, but I am happy to say that I finally have the opportunity to do a write up on this site. It first came on the scene several months back; around the same time that our little website was, well, born - for lack of a better word. Paul V., a DJ based in California, is the creator of this project and originally conceptualized these sociological accounts as a coffee book back when Prop 8 was first passed in 2008. Since the site launched in January of this year, Paul V. has received a massive amount of submissions from gay men and lesbians wanting to share their stories - and those submissions aren't just restricted to the ol' US of A.  One quick look at the tags section, you'll find stories from Ecuador, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines to name a few. My one small criticism of Born This Way Blog is something that Paul V. doesn't really have any control over. I wish the website had more trans stories (at the posting of this article, the site only has 10 stories tagged as trans compared to 115 lesbian). I ...

Transforming Families May 28th, 2011
Transforming Families

Transforming Families is an organization based in  Los Angeles, California that does some amazing, amazing work. They’re all about providing a supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity. These parents embrace their children's gender non-conforming and trans identities and work together to help one another. Transforming Families has something called The Family Group, which is held once a month and is comprised of several peer support groups - one for parents, one for their youth/adolescents and a play group for their children. They’ve got something for everyone. It’s all about building community and sharing resources – and trust me, they’ve compiled a ton of information about trans identities. Check out their website’s resources page to watch youtube videos, listen to audio broadcasts or read any one of the articles written on the subject. Feel free to contact a representative at: or call at: (818) 254-9654