LA Times – Bruce Jenner and the shifting dynamics of TV’s transgender moment

The stakes are high for Bruce Jenner, who in a highly anticipated interview airing Friday night is expected to reveal to Diane Sawyer what many have long speculated — that the 1976 Olympic champion is now identifying as a transgender woman.

But the ramifications go beyond Jenner, an American celebrity who’s spent decades in the public eye. For an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans, the interview is a milestone in how TV and the media continue to consider transgender people and issues.

Other breakthrough moments on television dramas and reality series have led to a perception in recent years that attitudes toward the transgendered may be shifting.

“We’re no longer just a punch line for comics, or just limited to that sphere,” says Dana Beyer, a transgender rights advocate and executive director of Gender Rights Maryland. “Stories about us are now of interest to the mainstream media, and not because we’re special but because we’re not just marginalized and ridiculed. We’re actually newsworthy.”

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Kansas City Based Series NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK, Premiered on April 11 on Discovery Life Channel

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Our very own Caroline Gibbs of The Transgender Institute is Executive Co-Producer and cast member of New Girls!

(Silver Spring, Md.)—NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK follows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, MO – all friends, some couples – who just happen to be transgender. After years struggling with their gender identities, they are finally finding themselves and learning what it means to be the women they always knew that they were. Confronting issues with their relationships, their femininity, their families and friendships, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK is an authentic look at lives in transition. As the first series to embed with a real group of female friends within the transgender community, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK offers a transformative look at these women’s lives as they navigate their daily struggles and successes. The five-part series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel on Saturday, April 11 at 10/9c.

 

 

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Growing up Transgender: Your Questions Answered

KSHB 41 in Kansas City hosted a live chat regarding Transgenderism. Caroline was there to answer questions. Click here to check it out!

A huge thank you to KSHB 41 for all of their coverage and helping to bring awareness to this topic!

Growing up Transgender

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – AJ (not a real name) was a typical little boy dressed in football onesies when he was tiny, and sweatshirts and baseball caps as he grew. His parents kept his hair short as he began to walk and run. They had toys they thought were appropriate.

Debi and Tom (we’re withholding their surname as a privacy issue) have two children. Their oldest is a boy. Their youngest, AJ, was, too, until they were convinced by their child. AJ started trying to convince them at age 3.

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Growing up Transgender: Debi Jackson’s speech goes viral

Kansas City mother Debi Jackson gave a speech about her MTF transgender daughter that recently went viral. Debi and her family were a major focus of a 41 Action News special report titled “Growing Up Transgender.”

Open House at The Transgender Institute

1821-celebrationThe Transgender Institute Celebration
Open Houses – 4 times/year

Please check calendar for dates!

There will be food, wine, dancing,
hair styling, fashion design, and make-up applying!

Come be joyful with us.

Kids and teens welcome.

 

An Interview With Janet Mock

janet_mockAuthor Janet Mock talks being a woman, battling against media sound bites, and her new memoir, Redefining Realness.

by Ron Hogan, BuzzFeed Contributor

On the Life Stories podcast (available on iTunes), memoir writers talk about their lives and the art of writing memoir. Janet Mock’s interview took place the morning after her second appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live — where Morgan showed less interest in discussing Mock’s book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, than in attacking her and other trans people for not being sufficiently appreciative of the attention he’d given them, and for getting upset when he said she was “born a boy.” It’s a familiar struggle for Mock. “Ever since I was a child,” she says, “I was fighting, mostly the people I loved, against their ideas of who I should be or who they expected me to be based on what they learned in the world, especially about gender expectations. Trying to explain that to people who want to sound bite my experience in order to entice readers or viewers has been a huge battle.”

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