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Transgendered people in sports and other issues

I'm very iffy about this subject. Someone posted an image of a transgendered bodybuilding contest, which is a bit different from the main topic of this thread, and one of the M-F contestants was very much more physically masculine. If cis men are overall stronger than cis women, how can it be fair if someone M-F is in competition with cis Females? etc

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Federal judge says Idaho cannot ban transgender athletes from women's sports teams
By Madeline Holcombe and Andy Rose, CNN 2 hrs ago

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A federal judge says transgender women and girls in Idaho cannot be banned from sports teams corresponding to their gender, blocking an Idaho law that attempted to do so.

"This is a victory for all women and girls in Idaho. Trans people belong in sports," wrote the American Civil Liberties Union, which provided legal representation in the case.

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Gov. Brad Little signed the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act" in March, which would not allow athletes to participate on a women's team without first verifying that person's "internal and external reproductive anatomy" if her sex is disputed. But Judge David Nye granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the act Monday.

CNN has reached out to Little's office for comment.

From South Dakota to Tennessee to Connecticut, transgender athletes in recent years have fought against legislation aimed at limiting their participation due to their gender identity. Many argue such policies violate Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law in education credited with leveling the playing field for women in sports.


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A federal judge decided Monday to temporarily block an Idaho law that bars transgender women from participating in school sports and requires testing if an athlete's sex is in question.

Idaho's "Fairness in Women's Sports Act" will now be on pause while the judge continues to decide whether the law violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the unlawful searches and seizures clause of the Fourth Amendment.

Idaho Chief Judge David C. Nye, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said those suing Idaho over the law "are likely to succeed in establishing the Act is unconstitutional as currently written." Nye also knocked the Trump administration's own position on transgender athletes, saying that an Education Department threat to schools this year is "of questionable validity."

The Idaho law is the only prohibition in the country against transgender student athletes participating in sports that match their gender identity. The Trump administration has filed a brief in the case supporting the law, which went into effect July 1.

Idaho's "Fairness in Women's Sports Act" will now be on pause while the judge continues to decide whether the law violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the unlawful searches and seizures clause of the Fourth Amendment.

Idaho Chief Judge David C. Nye, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said those suing Idaho over the law "are likely to succeed in establishing the Act is unconstitutional as currently written." Nye also knocked the Trump administration's own position on transgender athletes, saying that an Education Department threat to schools this year is "of questionable validity."

The Idaho law is the only prohibition in the country against transgender student athletes participating in sports that match their gender identity. The Trump administration has filed a brief in the case supporting the law, which went into effect July 1.

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This decision is unfair 2 women........period.

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This decision is unfair 2 women........period.

trans women are women... it is a bit of a Social Justice delima isn't it?

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This decision is unfair 2 women........period.

trans women are women... it is a bit of a Social Justice delima isn't it?

they are not born women...to register to play in sports leagues at the earliest of ages, participants are required to provide a brth certificate...what leagues you will play in are determined by that binding document. people who are born as men, have an unfair physical and psychological advantage while competing athletically against people born as a woman...this whole "equality" movement is going way too far

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trans women are women... it is a bit of a Social Justice delima isn't it?

they are not born women...to register to play in sports leagues at the earliest of ages, participants are required to provide a brth certificate...what leagues you will play in are determined by that binding document. people who are born as men, have an unfair physical and psychological advantage while competing athletically against people born as a woman...this whole "equality" movement is going way too far



yeah as I said it creates a social justice dilemma... I see the argument that it could be exploited... and I have gone over it...


yes some males will exploit this but most will not...

and what about intersex people? Clearly there is more to all this than...

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Is Magic Johnsons offspring Trans Male or Trans Female?

If _ is born male does that make _ Trans Female?

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Is Magic Johnsons offspring Trans Male or Trans Female?

If _ is born male does that make _ Trans Female?



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LMAO!...that boy dont play no sports...bless his heart
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This going 2 have a big impact on women sports in a NEGATIVE way.

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Rugby players around the world take a stand in support of trans women and non-binary athletes

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SB Nation logoRugby players around the world take a stand in support of trans women and non-binary athletes

All this week, Outsports is sharing stories of transgender women who are rugby athletes in stories, podcast episodes and on our social media platforms. We’ll also tell you about allies who, like Outsports, support International Gay Rugby’s rejection of a proposal to ban non-binary and transgender women athletes from competing in women’s rugby competitions.

A Chicago-based rugby club posted its support on Facebook and spoke to Windy City Times:

“The Chicago Dragons cannot accept these discriminatory practices from World Rugby,” said Chicago Dragons diversity and inclusion chair Matt Dela Cruz. “These practices go against the values of inclusion and respect both within our club and the sport of rugby itself.”

Rocky Mountain Rugby is another club standing up to be counted as opposing any ban.

“The draft guideline endangers the privacy of all women as it allows others to publicly call out women who appear ‘too masculine,’ ‘not feminine enough,’ ‘not woman enough,’ or women who appear to have any perceived unfair advantage,” wrote the group’s leaders, who signed their names. “The draft guideline will force untrained administrators, coaches, and officials to determine a player’s gender assigned at birth, which is inherently invasive, discriminatory, and dehumanizing to any athlete called into question.”

Rocky Mountain Rugby’s officers added that they firmly reject the proposed draft guideline because, in their words, “It represents direct and active discrimination against transgender and non-binary athletes. Rocky Mountain Rugby believes that trans women are women and trans men are men.”

The group concluded with this welcoming and comforting message: “To trans and non-binary athletes, coaches, referees, and administrators: During this time of debate on whether World Rugby should adopt this policy change, Rocky Mountain Rugby is of mind that you are welcome here, and you are an important member of our community.”


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Ever since last week, when the International Gay Rugby organization sent World Rugby a 230-pa...by players, support has poured-in from around the globe, echoing the message: #TackleTransphobia

“We at IGR Rugby reject this proposal,” IGR tweeted last week, “and stand with our Trans & Non-Binary players in solidarity to protect their #RightToPlay and call on @WorldRugby to do the same!”

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Transgender athletes don't belong in girls' sports. Let my daughter compete fairly.

If boys identifying as girls left your daughter a spectator in her own sport, wouldn't you speak up?

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Over the past few years, athletes, coaches and parents have been watching in disbelief as girls are being replaced on the winner’s podium by boys who identify as girls at all levels of competition. It’s what prompted Idaho to enact a law to protect female athletes from having their dreams of success on the field taken from them by a male competitor, and it’s what prompted the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to conclude that my home state, Connecticut, is in violation of federal law.

I am the mother of an elite track-and-field athlete in Connecticut. Through our attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, my daughter, Selina Soule, and I filed suit in February with two other female athletes and their mothers to challenge Connecticut’s policy of allowing biological boys to compete in girls’ sports. Connecticut is one of at least 17 states that allow this.

Selina is among the best in the state. Currently finishing her senior year, she has set five school records so far — including an outdoor long-jump distance that had stood since 1976. Selina has high aspirations for track-and-field competition at the collegiate and professional levels.

Selina’s love for competitive track and field started when she was a little girl. By the time she was in 4th grade, Selina was winning events and advancing to state-level meets and races. There’s no question that competing for her school team has been the primary highlight of her high school experience, and her goal of earning her way to the next level would make the women behind Title IX of the Civil Rights Act proud.

Yet, Selina’s future is at risk because the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference allows athletes to compete based on gender identity rather than biological sex in violation of Title IX, as the Department of Education recognized. And she isn’t the only young woman whose ability to compete on a level playing field has been taken away because of this policy.

My family and I have been speaking out about the unfairness that is taking place in girls’ sports, and we have been shocked by the reaction.

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Biology is what matters in sports

At an October 2019 rally co-hosted by radical feminist organization Women’s Liberation Front and the conservative Concerned Women for America during arguments in a Supreme Court case involving gender identity and employment, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, I was one of many female speakers who represented an extraordinarily broad cross-section of beliefs.

During a two-hour span, many speakers at our rally, including myself, were loudly shouted down and berated — the hecklers demanding nothing less than our silence and capitulation — all for saying that women deserve fairness in sports.


Unfortunately, on Monday, the Supreme Court issued a decision conflating sex and gender in employment, but we still have a chance to preserve women's sports.

Whatever you believe about gender identity in general, the simple fact is that biology is what matters in athletics, not a person’s identity. Gender identity can be changed. Sex is embedded in our DNA and cannot be changed. It is reflected in realities like lung capacity and bone density. Sex is not gender.

Women’s sports were created to give girls a fair chance at competition. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. Girls deserve the same opportunity as boys to excel, to advance to the next level of competition, to win, and to stand on that podium. But allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports shatters girls’ dreams and denies our daughters equal opportunities.

Boys will always have certain physical advantages over girls. That’s the reason we have women’s sports in the first place. Boys’ bodies are simply different on average: They’re bigger, stronger and faster, even if the male athlete receives hormones. Science and common sense tell us this. And so do the times at track events.

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Our daughters deserve fairness

Boys with mediocre times can compete in the boys’ category and then completely dominate girls’ events just a few weeks later. I’ve already seen this happening in Connecticut. After a series of unremarkable finishes as a boy in the 2018 indoor season, the same athlete began competing — and winningas a girl in the outdoor season that started just weeks later.

My daughter would have qualified for the New England regionals in the 55-meter dash in Spring 2019, but instead, the top two spots went to biological boys who identify as girls. She lost her chance to compete and instead had to watch from the stands.

Bianca Stanescu's daughter, Selina Soule, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in 2019.

High school girls — as well as collegiate, amateur, and professional female athletes all over the world and in many sports — are being dominated by biological males. We must explore other options and find a solution where young women are not denied their rightful place on the podium.

More:Transgender athletes deserve compassion, but not the right to transform

Too many parents, coaches and authority figures are silent on this issue. Worse, young women like my daughter are being bullied and called “sore losers” or “transphobic” for simply seeking fairness in sports.

Imagine it is your girl who is denied a victory she has earned. Imagine your daughter, who works day and night to shave off mere fractions of a second, is denied a win or a college scholarship — all because she has to compete against boys who identify as girls. And imagine your child is marginalized and ridiculed just for raising questions. Could you overlook the injustice?

We are being bullied into silence. We must speak up in order to stop this takeover of women’s rights. This isn’t fair. Women and girls everywhere deserve a level playing field in sports.

Bianca Stanescu and her daughter, track athlete Selina Soule, filed suit on Feb. 12, 2020, with two other female athletes and their mothers to challenge Connecticut’s athletics policy.

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This going 2 have a big impact on women sports in a NEGATIVE way.

maybe. I need to go look at some of the old Trans topics... one where I mentioned this as an issue... or how males and females in the military have such different physical standards (males have to do like 40? push ups and females 15?) and that a male who failed could just say "I'm female so I passed!"

I would not have cared if my roomie was trans (I am pretty sure at least one was gay--this was before Clinton's "don't ask don't tell").

I also talked about how some men would use this as a way to go into woman's restrooms... (I remember when some idiot tried to get me on that one... the look on her face was priceless)

anyway I have been fine with it forever... *and yes some seem to rub it in our faces but they kind of have too...

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https://www.youtube.com/w...Mvih_KEMWo

36:14 - Are trans-women helping the women and gender equality movement?

37:59 - Do traditional gender roles have a place in society?

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Young transgender man has big plans as a bodybuilder

Transgender bodybuilder Ajay Holbrook is building the body he always wanted and has big plans in bodybuilding.

Ajay Holbrook has a body any 20-year-old man would be proud of and he loves flaunting every peak and vein on his Instagram account. But at one point, Holbrook hated his body.

Holbrook came out as a transgender male at 13, but a compelling profile in Men’s Health details Holbrook’s struggles with his gender identity as early as 3 or 4.

His mother, Holly, says Ajay hated having his hair done and would pull his dresses off because he couldn’t stand wearing them. At his grandmother’s pool, in rural Hempstead, Texas, he once tried swimming with his shirt off, because that’s what the other boys did.

“She yelped,” Holbrook says. “She grabbed me, and she was like, ‘What are you doing, you’re a girl!’ I looked at her like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

When he played video games like the Sims and Grand Theft Auto, he would create his avatar as a ripped man with facial hair and tattoos.

The story details Holbrook’s journey growing up in Texas, the support of his mother and his eventual decision to build his body in the image he always envisioned.

When he was a senior in high school, Ajay started taking testosterone as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Transmasculine people (i.e. people who are assigned female at birth, but identify and present as more masculine) who take testosterone undergo a significant amount of physical changes, including a decrease in chest size, fat loss in the hips and thighs, an increase in muscle definition in the arms and legs, an angular formation of the face, and thickening of the vocal cords, which deepens the voice.

For the first time, Ajay felt like his body aligned with his identity, the version of himself he always saw when he closed his eyes. “I saw muscles, I saw tattoos,” Holbrook says. He started documenting his fitness journey on Instagram and YouTube when he was 18. At first, he thought his Instagram would be viewed as a typical fitness transformation account. But as he quickly amassed a following, he realized his posts carried additional importance: They were serving as inspiration for teenagers looking to transition.

Holbrook now has the physique of a budding bodybuilder and his goal is to one day compete on the Mr. Olympia stage, the pinnacle of men’s bodybuilding. That’s a tall order for anyone, but more so for Holbrook since no trans man has ever competed in a major bodybuilding contest.

The story details the challenges faced by Holbrook in competing in bodybuilding but also shows the strength and resolve he has. He now lives in Los Angeles where he is pursuing modeling and trying to grow his Instagram presence while at the same time working out religiously.

Holbrook is serving as a role model and is acutely aware that big muscles do not define what it means to be a man for everyone.

”This community is fragile, and I try my best to instill strength into them,” Holbrook says. “And if being a man means [physical] strength to you, then that’s what it should be.”

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Young transgender man has big plans as a bodybuilder

Transgender bodybuilder Ajay Holbrook is building the body he always wanted and has big plans in bodybuilding.

Ajay Holbrook has a body any 20-year-old man would be proud of and he loves flaunting every peak and vein on his Instagram account. But at one point, Holbrook hated his body.

Holbrook came out as a transgender male at 13, but a compelling profile in Men’s Health details Holbrook’s struggles with his gender identity as early as 3 or 4.

His mother, Holly, says Ajay hated having his hair done and would pull his dresses off because he couldn’t stand wearing them. At his grandmother’s pool, in rural Hempstead, Texas, he once tried swimming with his shirt off, because that’s what the other boys did.

“She yelped,” Holbrook says. “She grabbed me, and she was like, ‘What are you doing, you’re a girl!’ I looked at her like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

When he played video games like the Sims and Grand Theft Auto, he would create his avatar as a ripped man with facial hair and tattoos.

The story details Holbrook’s journey growing up in Texas, the support of his mother and his eventual decision to build his body in the image he always envisioned.

When he was a senior in high school, Ajay started taking testosterone as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Transmasculine people (i.e. people who are assigned female at birth, but identify and present as more masculine) who take testosterone undergo a significant amount of physical changes, including a decrease in chest size, fat loss in the hips and thighs, an increase in muscle definition in the arms and legs, an angular formation of the face, and thickening of the vocal cords, which deepens the voice.

For the first time, Ajay felt like his body aligned with his identity, the version of himself he always saw when he closed his eyes. “I saw muscles, I saw tattoos,” Holbrook says. He started documenting his fitness journey on Instagram and YouTube when he was 18. At first, he thought his Instagram would be viewed as a typical fitness transformation account. But as he quickly amassed a following, he realized his posts carried additional importance: They were serving as inspiration for teenagers looking to transition.

Holbrook now has the physique of a budding bodybuilder and his goal is to one day compete on the Mr. Olympia stage, the pinnacle of men’s bodybuilding. That’s a tall order for anyone, but more so for Holbrook since no trans man has ever competed in a major bodybuilding contest.

The story details the challenges faced by Holbrook in competing in bodybuilding but also shows the strength and resolve he has. He now lives in Los Angeles where he is pursuing modeling and trying to grow his Instagram presence while at the same time working out religiously.

Holbrook is serving as a role model and is acutely aware that big muscles do not define what it means to be a man for everyone.

”This community is fragile, and I try my best to instill strength into them,” Holbrook says. “And if being a man means [physical] strength to you, then that’s what it should be.”

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so, this person was born a female?...allegedly?...because if that person in the picture is claiming to have been born a female, i call bullshit...

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Young transgender man has big plans as a bodybuilder

Transgender bodybuilder Ajay Holbrook is building the body he always wanted and has big plans in bodybuilding.

Ajay Holbrook has a body any 20-year-old man would be proud of and he loves flaunting every peak and vein on his Instagram account. But at one point, Holbrook hated his body.

Holbrook came out as a transgender male at 13, but a compelling profile in Men’s Health details Holbrook’s struggles with his gender identity as early as 3 or 4.

Holbrook now has the physique of a budding bodybuilder and his goal is to one day compete on the Mr. Olympia stage, the pinnacle of men’s bodybuilding. That’s a tall order for anyone, but more so for Holbrook since no trans man has ever competed in a major bodybuilding contest.

The story details the challenges faced by Holbrook in competing in bodybuilding but also shows the strength and resolve he has. He now lives in Los Angeles where he is pursuing modeling and trying to grow his Instagram presence while at the same time working out religiously.

Holbrook is serving as a role model and is acutely aware that big muscles do not define what it means to be a man for everyone.

”This community is fragile, and I try my best to instill strength into them,” Holbrook says. “And if being a man means [physical] strength to you, then that’s what it should be.”

https://www.outsports.com...dybuilding

so, this person was born a female?...allegedly?...because if that person in the picture is claiming to have been born a female, i call bullshit...

Yeah, the image is shocking.

I mean it's interesting that testosterone can be used to enhance in this situation, but if a man is bodybuilding(non competing) it is illegal for him to use. And in many are arrested and go to jail.

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A trans, undocumented woman is just trying to live her life in 'The Garden Left Behind'

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NBC News logoA trans, undocumented woman is just trying to live her life in 'The Garden Left Behind'

On screen, she plays a Mexican trans woman, an undocumented immigrant, and a Latinx livery driver who is trying to make it in New York. But off screen, Salvadoran-American actress Carlie Guevara urges viewers to look past labels to see her character in all her complexity and beauty—someone who can be your best friend, your sister, your granddaughter, a woman who sits next to you on the bus.

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Guevara says she can relate.

“As a trans woman, I can only speak for myself, that’s not all that I want to be remembered as,” Guevara told NBC News. “It’s just a matter of fact. It’s a lifelong thing. And it can be a mark that you carry on your back. But I think viewers can extrapolate that experience as being anything that is the "other" in society. And when you are the "other," you wear a target on your back.”

Alex Kruz sitting at a table: Image: Carlie Guevara, ALex Kruz (Dark Star Pictures)© Dark Star Pictures Image: Carlie Guevara, ALex Kruz (Dark Star Pictures)

Guevara plays Tina Carrera in the award-winning LGBTQ film “The Garden Left Behind,” which releases in virtual theaters nationwide Friday, and VOD on September 8. It tells the story of Carrera as she starts her transitioning process without health insurance, and struggles to build a comfortable life with her grandmother Eliana (played by Miriam Cruz) in Queens, New York. The movie also stars Michael Masden and Ed Asner.

The movie garnered the Audience Award at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.

Guevara, who grew up in Jamaica, Queens, says that trans women are often shown in movies through a big reveal or a big deception that puts their identity and love relationships in an unrealistic light. That is why Brazilian director Flavio Alves worked with the cast to show Tina and her girlfriends in a natural light that makes them relatable to everyone.

“We took a different approach,” Alves said. “We didn’t want to show Tina only as a trans woman. We wanted to show her with her friends, her family, and the love of her life. We wanted to present her as a human.”

By emphasizing everyday life, “The Garden Left Behind” aims to take away the taboo and stigma of being a trans woman and an undocumented immigrant. And this approach can compel viewers to change the way they see outsiders and connect with them on familiar terms.

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wow I never would have guessed

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Meet Ianne Fields Stewart: The Activist and Actress Who Is Combatting Food Insecurity In The Black Transgender Community

By Jaimee A. Swift

In a white, cisheteronormative, patriarchal, and capitalist world that chronically enacts violence against the Black transgender community, activist, actress, and community organizer Ianne Fields Stewart (she/her/they/them) is catalyzing safe and luxurious spaces where the Black transgender community is not only seen and heard but are being fed.

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There are several words that describe Ianne Fields Stewart: Multifaceted. Talented. Determined. Compassionate. Giving. The list could go on and on. The 26-year old Birmingham, Alabama native, now New York-based, Black, queer, and transfeminine storyteller is not only a rising actress/performer––who by the was featured in the hit FX telvesion series, Pose!––she and they are a theatrical consultant, playwright, director, teaching artist, choreographer, and community organizer who has been featured in outlets such as Buzzfeed LGBT, BBC, Inside Edition, and more.

Working at the intersection of theatre and activism, Stewart is not only a formidable presence in the acting world, she and they are also using her and their talents as a community organizer to catalyze and curate safe and luxurious spaces where the Black transgender community is being affirmed, valued, and fed. Recognizing the strucural issues of food insecurity, racism, transphobia, violence, homelessness, and poverty that chronically impacts the Black transgender community, Stewart founded and serves as the director of The Okra Project, a grassroots, organizer-led initiative with a mission of combating food insecurity in the Black transgender community by bringing free home-cooked, healthy, and culturally-specific meals to Black transgender people in New York and Philadelphia by way of Black transgender chefs. Partnering with institutions and community spaces such as the Osborne Association, The Okra Project also works to help Black transgender people experiencing homelessness or whose homes cannot support the project's chef's cooking by delivering food to Black transgender people in dire need.

Dedicated to disrupting and interrupting the exclusivity of luxury by curating spaces where entertainment, nourishment, and self-care are accessible to the most marginalized in their community, Stewart believes that in a world that is constantly enacting violence and trauma, Black queer and transgender people should be able to experience and center collective emotional, physical, and sensual pleasure.

Read more about Stewart's work with The Okra Project; her and their love and admiration for Janet Mock; why Black femme politics matters; and what a "Black Woman Radical" means to her and them.

Jaimee Swift (JS): What was the impetus of creating The Okra Project and how have you seen the project impact the Black transgender community?

Ianne Fields Stewart (IFS): "The Okra Project actually started on my couch in December of last year. I was in a community organizing meeting and I was being talked over a lot by a masculine-person. While I was disengaging from the conversation, [the idea for The Okra Project] came to my mind. I turned to my friend, Nyla [Sampson] who was sitting on the couch with me, and said, "What do you think about hiring our friend Meliq [Meliq "Zaddy" August], who is a chef and the creator of Zaddy's Kitchen, and collaborating with [Sampson's Black Trans Solidarity Fund], to go into the homes of Black trans people who may be experiencing food insecurity or who are not be able to go home for the holidays and cook for them?" Nyla and later on, Meliq, agreed and were on board with the idea. On Wednesday, December 19, 2019, we launched The Okra Project, with the intention and hope of raising $1,000. We dropped it at 9 a.m. that day. By 2 p.m., we raised $1,000 and by the evening we raised $2,000. That Friday we raised $6,000. Since the launch, I can comfortably say we have probably raised $30,000-$40,000 for our community. We also started creating community events. The Okra Project really has taken on a life of its own and become something in the community that people can lean on and rely on in the community when they need to. It has been really humbling and an honor to do this––creating and curating this space for Black trans people specifically. One of the greatest ironies of The Okra Project is that I can't cook for shit but I started The Okra Project [laughs]."

"Unfortunately, we have a habit that when Black queer and trans people make something, it suddenly becomes a public commodity. When we walk in the world with people seeing our bodies as public commodities, why would our work, our efforts, our productions not be seen as public commodities? We are resisting this in everything we do by saying, "No, this is exclusive to Black trans people."

"However, some challenges we face is the vision [of The Okra Project] is not always clear to folks. A lot people will hear 'Black' and say 'of color', or people will hear "Black trans" and just say "trans". Over time, we realized how people are so determined to live in their anti-Blackness and do not want to acknowledge specification. It is interesting that there is an association with specificity as exclusivity, as if somehow that is a bad thing. I do not think it is bad to be exclusive to the most marginalized people and I do not think it is a bad thing to be specific. Are there trans people of color or who are white who could use our services? I absolutely do think that. My hope is that more organizations and institutions and other programs will pop up. This is not a model we are hiding or feel we have any exclusivity over. What we have always hoped that by doing [The Okra Project] and watching how it has grown, how it speaks to the community and to people as a whole, that other people will say, "I will start something like this as well."

"Unfortunately, we have a habit that when Black queer and trans people make something, it suddenly becomes a public commodity. When we walk in the world with people seeing our bodies as public commodities, why would our work, our efforts, our productions not be seen as public commodities? We are resisting this in everything we do by saying, "No, this is exclusive to Black trans people." We pass on partnerships, organizations, and institutions that have wanted to partner with us because we are exclusive to who we serve. And that is important and necessary."



JS: For so long, so many Black queer, non-binary, and transgender people have been ignored in radical, Black Politics. How would you like to see Black queer, transgender, and non-binary activists centered in Black Politics?

IFS: "It is interesting because we talk a lot about who we center but even in that, there is an assumption that an outside force is centering us. I think the truth is that Black women, Black femmes, and Black non-binary femme people have been at the center from the beginning––it is just whether you see us or not and do you recognize us or not. To be honest, whether people do or do not see us or recognize us is something I am not terribly tied to. I do not feel the need to make people see what is there because the proof is in the pudding, you know? We have been here and we have been doing the work forever. Is it exhausting and frustrating that we have to put up with this shit and put up with people who refuse to acknowledge us? Abso-fucking-lutely. There is this really wonderful quote by Tracee Ellis Ross where she says, "I love being a whole and full woman ... I am more than my parts and we all are. And we all, as women, need to continue to change our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing. in the future of Black women's radicalism, Black women politics and Black femme politics, I would like us to shift that gaze. Rather than attempting to address how we are seen, we need to address how we are seeing."

"In the future of Black women's radicalism, Black women politics and Black femme politics, I would like us to shift that gaze. Rather than attempting to address how we are seen, we need to address how we are seeing."

"Do we see each other? Are we showing up for each other? And often I think the answer is absolutely yes. And if we are seeing each other and if we are showing up for one another, how much do we really need anyone else? And I do not want what I am saying to be a part of a narrative that Black women don't need anyone else and we can do this on our own and play into this 'superwoman' mentality. I don't want us to participate in that type of thinking because I think there is also power in recognizing when you need help and naming it for yourself. But if our priority is to go to our sister or sibling first and say, "I need help", I wonder what power comes from that. I wonder what power comes from prioritizing our sisters and our siblings first and then us discussing as a whole: do need these other niggas? If alright, cool. But truthfully, I have seen more radical change occur when Black women and femmes work together than at any other time. For me, I feel like if Black cis women see Black trans women and Black non-binary femmes, then we are going to be okay. And if Black non-binary femmes and Black trans women can see Black cis women, we are going to be okay."

JS: "What does a 'Black Woman Radical' mean to you?"

IFS: "I think there are so many different things that make you a 'Black Woman Radical', but the simplest thing that makes you a 'Black Woman Radical' is your love and your dedication to Blackness, your love and dedication to your own Blackness, and the Blackness of other Black women. It is your love and dedication to showing up, no matter how hard it gets. Truthfully, being a 'Black Woman Radical' is being constantly in love with being Black and being a Black woman. If you are moving from a place of Ioving Black women and Black femmes and loving Blackness with all your heart, when you move in love in that way––and not in obligation––but love, true and honest love, the way is made clear for you."

"Truthfully, being a 'Black Woman Radical' is being constantly in love with being Black and being a Black woman. If you are moving from a place of loving Black women and Black femmes and loving Blackness with all your heart, when you move in love in that way––and not in obligation––but love, true and honest love, the way is made clear for you."

"When you love Blackness, you cannot love Blackness in singularity because we are not a singular people. Blackness is complex, it is multifaceted: it is an explosion of beauty, culture, strength, survival, history, foundation, legacy, melanin, good skin, great hair––it is all the things. When you love Blackness in all of its complexity––including the things we don't want others to see; including the times where we hate ourselves and we hate each other; including the times when Bayard Rustin was dismissed by Martin Luther King until he could be brought back and be useful again; including when we hate our own sisters and ignore their deaths as they mount. If you can love Black people through all of our complexity, not conditionally, and love us through all that––but not accept those behaviors because those are not behaviors we should accept––but if we can really love Blackness through all of its joys, all of its fears, and all of its woes, I think that is what really makes you radical as a Black woman. That is what makes your work sparkle, shine, and become more important and more effective."

JS: "Who is a Black Woman Radical who inspires you?"

IFS: "Who inspires me the most is definitely the queen, Ms. Janet Mock. Truthfully, any time I see Black women and Black people thriving, I am overjoyed but particularly, when I see Black women and femmes living and getting their life, I am overjoyed. Whether that means they are getting fucked right; whether they are dancing their asses off; whether they are fierce as fuck walking down the street; whether they aren't feeling the ferocity but still choosing to stay in the arena and battle another day––I don't care. Black women and femmes thriving is what brings me so much joy, so any 'Black Woman Radical' activist is someone who inspires me because they are doing the work––as long as they are inclusive of all Black women."

A still of Ianne Fields Stewart hugging author, producer, director, writer, and transgender activist, Janet Mock in Buzzfeed LGBTQ+'s video, "Janet Mock Surprised Some Of Her Biggest Fans."

"Janet Mock is my icon and my idol. Getting to work on set with her on Pose was a dream come true. She inspires me in so many ways. Her honesty and her raw truth that she has shared with all of us is the gift that keeps on giving for me. I love her voice, her truth, her wisdom, and it inspires me everyday."

"But Janet Mock is my icon and my idol. Getting to work on set with her on Pose was a dream come true. She inspires me in so many ways. Her honesty and her raw truth that she has shared with all of us is the gift that keeps on giving for me. I love her voice, her truth, her wisdom, and it inspires me everyday. I can only hope to be a quarter of how brilliant and wonderful she is."

For more information about Ianne Fields Stewart, visit here.

For more information about The Okra Project and to support The Okra Project, please visit here and here.

You can follow Ianne Fields Stewart on Twitter and Instagram.

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I Let My Child Create Their Own Gender Identity. The Experience Has Been a Gift for Us Both

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“What are you having?” I’d be standing in line at the post office or a movie theater, and I’d realize a stranger was staring at my belly. The kind person thought they were asking me a simple question with a simple answer: Is it a boy or a girl?

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If you want to get technical, my partner Brent and I had found out our child’s sex chromosomes in the early stages of my pregnancy, and we had seen their genitals during the anatomy scan. But we didn’t think that information told us anything about our kid’s gender. The only things we really knew about our baby is that they were human, breech and going to be named Zoomer. We weren’t going to assign a gender or disclose their reproductive anatomy to people who didn’t need to know, and we were going to use the gender-neutral personal pronouns they, them and their. We imagined it could be years before our child would tell us, in their own way, if they were a boy, a girl, nonbinary or if another gender identity fit them best. Until then, we were committed to raising our child without the expectations or restrictions of the gender binary.

I have a gender-studies degree and a Ph.D. in sociology. In the decade before Zoomer was born, it was literally my job to study and educate others about gender. There was no shortage of gender-disparity statistics, but I felt confident that progress toward gender equity was gaining momentum. In my Sociology of Gender and Sexuality course, I would lecture on discrimination against queer people, the motherhood penalty, men’s higher suicide rate, violence against transgen...n of color, and the way intersex people–those born with biological traits that aren’t typically male or female–are stigmatized or completely overlooked. But I also taught about the victory of same-sex marriage equality, more women running for office, fathers demanding family leave, the rising visibility of transgender actors in the media, and the movement to end intersex surgery.

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Transgender Athletes Joined Her High School Track Team | Underreported

A growing number of school administrators want to silence women and girls who dare speak out about the ways transgender policies are harming them—but these brave young women refuse to be bullied or made to believe their concerns are hateful. They don't hate anyone. These girls were among the best high school athletes in their region—excited to earn scholarships and opportunities by working hard to perfect their talents on the track. All of that changed suddenly when they were forced to compete against transgender athletes.

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Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press 11 hrs ago

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Transgender activist Sarah McBride won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the state's General Assembly.

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McBride, who interned at the White House during President Barack Obama's administration, made history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention by becoming the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. She later served as national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

McBride defeated Joseph McCole on Tuesday to advance to the November general election. The Senate district in contention stretches from northern Wilmington to the Pennsylvania border, and has been held by Democrat Harris McDowell since 1976. McDowell, who is retiring and endorsed McBride, is the longest-serving legislator in Delaware history.

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by more than 3-to-1, and McBride is the heavy favorite against Republican Steve Washington in November.

If elected, McBride would join a handful of other transgender legislators around the country but would be the first transgender state senator.

"I'm bringing my whole self to this race," McBride told The Associated Press in an interview before Tuesday's primary. "My identity is one part of who I am, but it's just one part."

"I would be legislating based not on my identity," McBride added. "I would be legislating based on my values and on the needs of my constituents."

McBride's campaign has generated interest from around the country and more than $250,000 in donations, eclipsing fundraising totals even for candidates for statewide office in Delaware.

McBride's priorities include paid family and medical leave for all workers, reducing costs and increasing competition in the health care industry, and strengthening public schools.

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Transgender woman cannot be child's 'mother': French court

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Transgender woman cannot be child's 'mother': French court

France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife, in a ruling described as "scandalous" by her lawyer.

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To become one of the six-year-old girl's two legal mothers, the 51-year-old transgender woman would have to adopt her, the Cour de Cassation ruled.

Born male, the applicant was recognised as a woman by French authorities in 2011. She then had a child with her wife in 2014, having not undergone the operation to have her male reproductive organs removed.

She has fought ever since to be recognised as the child's second mother, not father.

In 2018, an appeals court in the city of Montpellier ascribed her the status of "biological parent", a new category.

But the Cour de Cassation threw out most of that ruling on Wednesday, and refered the case back to a lower court for a new hearing.

The woman's lawyer, Clelia Richard, described the ruling as "scandalous" and said it was a "lost opportunity."

"The fight is unfortunately not over," she said.

Another campaigner, Mathieu Stoclet, pointed out the "incoherence" of the woman being recognised as female by the French system, but at the same time as the child's father.

"The ruling is a considerable step backwards towards a concept of parenthood that was believed to be long buried," said Bertrand Perier of the APGL association of gay and lesbian parents.

Lawyers for the woman said they would take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Trans women should not compete in women's sports, because no matter what a person identifies as, it's the biology that counts. You can have gender confirmation surgery, but the Y chromosome is still there, if you were born a male. It's not something that can be changed. When it comes to sports, if trans women are allowed to compete with biological women, it's an unfair competition.

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A happy ending after homeless woman's story featured on TV

By Tricia Escobedo, CNN 5 hrs ago

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Tucked away from Skid Row's main thoroughfare, Q sweeps the sidewalk outside her makeshift tent before her best friend and "angel" arrives with some food.

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"Hey Q-Q!" Shirley Raines calls out. Colorful flowers, potted plants and a "Home Sweet Home" sign adorn the entrance to Q's home.

For more than 20 years, Q has lived on the fringes of Los Angeles' Skid Row, one of the nation's largest concentrations of homeless people, where tents line entire city blocks. She and Raines were recently featured on CNN's "United Shades of A...mau Bell."

Q, who is transgender and HIV positive, says in the episode that she felt vulnerable living in the main part of Skid Row.

"This zone is, to me, much more nicer," Q says. "It is a lot safer for me."

Raines operates Beauty 2 The Streetz, a non-profit that provides haircuts, makeovers and food to Skid Row residents. She's been helping take care of Q for the past four years.

Raines says Skid Row's main area can be "very territorial," so that's why Q and other members of the gay and transgender community live a few blocks away.

"If you can't protect and defend yourself, you don't go to the Row," says Raines. "You stay back here."

Despite the challenges she faces, Q maintains a positive outlook.

"I love life. I love just the smell of nature, the flowers, plants," she says. "This is a world too. We might not have the luxury things that they have down there, but we're human just like they are."

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed supported the Black Trans Lives Matter movement Friday by attending a rally at City Hall, where advocates showed up to raise awareness for all Black lives.

About two dozen people gathered on the steps of City Hall to remember the names of Black trans women who recently lost their lives.

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Breed said too often, when we talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, all Black lives are not centered. She added that it's especially true for Black trans people who are killed, incarcerated and face a number of other challenges at alarming rates.

"Trans people in San Francisco are three-times likely to be unemployed, but Black trans are six-times likely," Breed said. "The disparities are even worse."

During the rally, Breed was approached by a Black trans woman about her concerns over racial equality. The mayor responded back with her commitment to fight for it.

"I take more responsibility for what has not happened, and we are committed to making a change," Breed said.

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