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Bent Bars Project

The Bent Bars Project is a new letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain.  The project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities outside and inside prison walls.

Although many overtly homophobic and transphobic laws have been recently overturned in Britain, the criminal (in)justice system continues to target and criminalize queer, trans and gender non-conforming people.  We don’t know exactly how many LGBTQ people are currently behind bars, but we do know queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, particularly those from poor backgrounds and communities of colour, are disproportionately funneled into the prison system as a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and social exclusion.   We also know that queer, trans and gender non-conforming people are subject to increased isolation, harassment, violence and assault when in prison.

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New life beckons for the hijra, Pakistan's transgender community

The transgender hijra community, often known as 'wedding dancers', has suffered decades of discrimination and harassment in Pakistan.  But things have started to change, with new rights and laws offering hope to this long-oppressed minority.

Declan Walsh reports:

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Buck Angel's BodyBuilding Food: Oatmeal

First in a series of Body Building videos for my new website  In this video I talk about the importance of good food and pre-workout eating.  I show you one of my favorite workout foods.

Breakfast Protein Oatmeal.

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India's first transgender beauty pageant begins

Bangalore, Jan 19: The search for ‘Indian Super Queen’ is on. If you wondering what is so great about the yet another talent hunt or another beauty pageant think again as 'Indian Super Queen' is the first ever beauty pageant for the transgender community  in India.

The commendable initiative by Twelve Noon Entertainment, an initiative of Laxmi Narayan Tripathi along with VCare, a diversified business conglomerate saw its launch on Tuesday, Jan 19 with the support of Bollywood stars Celina Jaitley and Seema Biswas.

“'Indian Super Queen' would bring the community of transgenders to unite and give a positive vibe about who and what they are," said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, known as Laxmi, CEO of Twelve Noon Entertainment.

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'We are not men, we have unique needs'

By Ng Wan Ching

IN A bid to differentiate themselves from gay men, transgender women from 10 Asia Pacific countries, including Singapore, have come together and formed the world's first TG network.

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network aims to combat discrimination and marginalisation of TG women by reaching out and educating the public.

On Wednesday , the first of its sub-group meetings kicked off in Bangkok to discuss, among other issues, how to better utilise resources in reducing HIV/Aids among TG women in the Asia Pacific region.

Said Ms Khartini Slamah of the Pink Triangle Foundation, Malaysia: "For a long time, TG women have been represented among the men who have sex with men (MSM) sub-group. Now there is a recognition that we are a distinct demographic with unique needs."

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3 Kings Publications - Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSION - New Deadline April 30th!

Hello Everyone,

We have received some wonderful work for the African American Anthology and we'd say we are a bit more than half way with receiving the number of pieces we need. Please finish your piece and get it in and continue to help spread the word.

See the description below.

(We are pulling together a team for the Latin & Native American Book which you'll hear more about shortly.)


Zion, Fresh! & Sile

3 Kings are three Brown-skinned/Black – male identified trans persons who seek to give voice and page to the array of persons of color* who may have been born female and now live all or a significant portion of their lives as TransMen, FtM, Boi, Daddy, Tranny, Tranny Fag, Butch, G3 (gee cued –gender gifted guy,) ’masculine/masculinized’ women (butches, studs, aggressives, ballers, playas….,) Drag Kings, male illusionists, Transgenders, Transsexuals, gender-queers, stealth, boys like us and the likes**.

When considering works written over the past 25 years, there are a plethora of books addressing the ‘social construction of masculinity.’ About 90 books deal specifically with TransGender identities. To my knowledge only four of the 90, specifically offer more than an obligatory glimpse of what is repeatedly understood as the ‘illusive FtM of color.’ Where are the voices, opinions, insight of all the black, brown, red and yellow ’masculine/masculinized’ women, FTMs and others?

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A Question for the Community

 I've written this a thousand times, at least, it feels as though it's been written a thousand times.

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“Femme Means Attack” Call for Submissions

[From Anarchafemme]

“Femme Means Attack” call for submissions:

“Femme Means Attack” is a collaborative zine of submissions by people who identify as femme and as radical, anarchist, and/or anti-authoritarian.  Femmes are often seen as non-radical or counterrevolutionary in many radical communities, despite the fact that we can take to the streets just as well as anyone else, in heels or steel-toed boots, and are FIERCE while doing it.  As radical femmes, we often find ourselves alienated from mainstream femme discourse that focuses on standards of femme/femininity which are white, homonormative, aspire to be bourgeoisie, and rely on conspicious consumption.  Thus, we radical femmes often find ourselves alienated from both our radical communities and femme communities.

“Femme Means Attack” aims to change that by giving us, radical femmes, a voice.  We welcome submissions from femmes of all genders, trans and cis, binary gendered and genderqueer, of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, both urban and rural, of all dis/ability statuses, etc.  While submissions should touch on both femme identity and radical politics/communities, we leave it up to each contributor to determine what that looks like.  We welcome all types of submissions – essays, personal accounts, poetry, artwork, etc.

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Azeri Transexuals Face Social Stigma

Sex change just the first hurdle as society fails to accept gender reassignment.

By Leyla Leysan in Baku (CRS, IWPR)

Inga Ivanova seems like a normal 23-year-old woman as she sits in central Baku in light make-up, a jumper and jeans, but her story is one rarely heard in Azerbaijan. She was born a boy.

“I felt like a woman in a man’s body ... passers-by used to avoid me. I was never flamboyant, I did not shock people, I tried to hide who I was, that I was breaking away from normal modes of behaviour, but all the same I was different,” she said.

On leaving school, like any young Azeri male, she had to report for military service, and was sent for a hospital examination. Experts declared her unfit to serve in the army, clearing the way for her to do what only 100 or so Azeris had done before her – undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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Buck Angel: Bucking The System (Episode 6)

Welcome to another edition of my new series sharing perspective on gender and sexuality, with the accompaniment of a sign language interpreter.  Each week, I discuss a topic on sex, gender & identity from topics sent to me by viewers like you.  If you have a question that you would like to see answered, please email

In show #5, I talk about body image and the importance of a healthy self-image.

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