Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox revealed she is trans in an interview with Sports Illustrated published earlier this week.
With two professional wins under her belt, Fox is poised to become a force in the world of MMA.
Fox claims she was forthcoming about her birth gender when she applied for a fighting licence in California, but when she applied for a licence in Florida, officials said her application is under review.
Representatives are debating whether Fox’s birth gender gives her an unfair advantage in the ring.
Fox says it does not.
Florida officials will hold a special meeting March 15 to discuss Fox’s case. Her next fight is scheduled for April.
Outsports' Fallon Fox documentary.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A fraternity at Boston’s Emerson College is shattering stereotypes by raising funds for their trans frat brother’s surgery.
Donnie Collins came out to members of Phi Alpha Tau as trans, and when his brothers learned Collins’s insurance company would not pay for his top surgery, the frat launched an Indiegogo page. The effort has raised $9,000 so far.
"Donnie means a lot to us, and this surgery really means a lot to him," Phi Alpha Tau member Andy Schlebecker told Queerty. "He is one of those guys who goes out of his way to make everybody feel comfortable, and we just want to allow him to feel comfortable in his own skin, too."
Phi Alpha Tau members on their trans brother.
Donnie Collins says thank you.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Every year designers display their creations at New York Fashion Week, hoping to leave a lasting impression on fashionistas. This year, one pioneering design team is offering a truly unique collection: upstart fashion house Chrysalis will show the very first line of lingerie made by and for trans women.
“A lot of women have been waiting a long time for something like this,” Chrysalis co-founder Cy Lauz told Lingerie Talk.
“Speaking from personal experience, I found no products that specifically cater to transgender women. There are some things for crossdressers and drag queens, but they’re all sexually exploitative. I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical.”
The line will launch officially this spring with bra and panty sets available in five colours. Lauz says Chrysalis garments allow those who have not fully transitioned to accentuate the feminine form.
Watch the promotional video, which features trans models, below.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Milwaukee police have charged five men with the murder of trans rapper Evon Young, known as Yung LT.
The artist’s mother reported him missing on Jan 2 after he failed to show up at work.
Young’s roommate, Billy Griffin, initially told police he saw the 22-year-old rapper enter an unknown vehicle on New Year’s Day. Upon further investigation, police learned members of Griffin’s former gang coerced him into assisting in Young's murder.
The gang members said that if Griffin helped kill the singer, he could rejoin their ranks. Police say Griffin, Ashanti McAlister, Victor Stewart, Ron Allen and Devin Seaberry suffocated, strangled and beat Young before shooting him three times.
Authorities say the gang believed Young was genetically male and his trans identity played no part in his death.
Yung LT, "Room Full"
Monday, November 26, 2012
What a Drag follows Selena Ho-Mez, a relative newcomer to Ottawa's drag scene, as she makes the transformation from average college student to sexy showgirl. The short documentary, directed and produced by John Petti, also features the more established Krystal Caring, who offers her take on the realities of being a trans woman:
"Unfortunately, for transsexuals in this world it's really hard in an everyday atmosphere, dealing with straight people, to move forward. Can you show up at a 9-to-5 office job every day? I don't know if that's always possible. I think sometimes you have to realize that some of these people, by circumstance, they're accepted in the gay communities," Caring says in What a Drag. "They may not believe they're gay or feel they are gay, but they are accepted, so they kind of latch on to doing drag so they can be the woman they want to be. And some of them move forward and get the breast implants and take the hormones. For me, I look at that as you're not a drag queen any longer. You're now moving towards something more; you want to be something else."