The move ensures gender-neutral students can use facilities “they feel most comfortable with”.
An eight-month-old baby is possibly the first person in the world to have their gender marked as ‘unknown’ on their health card. Searyl Atli’s gender has marked with a ‘U’ on her Canadian health card, standing for ‘undetermined’ or ‘unassigned’. The baby’s parent, Kori Doty, does not identify as male or female and prefers to use the pronoun ‘they’, and wants to raise Searyl’s genderless until the baby has a “sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are”.
Known as one of the world’s first transgender models, Caroline Cossey has paved the way for the trans community. After travelling the world as a showgirl, Caroline embarked on a successful career as a model appearing in major fashion and pin-up magazines. In 1974, Caroline went through her final gender reassignment surgery.
Just days ago, President Donald Trump revoked previously-established guidance allowing trans kids to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity in the US. Cue Rebekah, a transgender girl who has something to say about that, as a photo of her holding a sign reading “I’m the scary transgender person the media warned you about” has become incredibly popular online.
For the first time in the group’s 107-year-history transgender children and leaders will be welcomed into the organisation. In a move to support anyone who identifies as a girl or woman, new guidelines from Girlguiding have been sent out to all leaders stating that children from the age of five can join Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides if they identify as female. Previously transgender children have been able to attend Girlguiding, but parents would have had to speak to leaders on an individual basis. This is the first time the organisation has created an official policy on the subject.
Calls for the fashion industry to increase its diversity are non-stop. 28-year-old Shay Neary is hopefully kickstarting a change. This month, she became the first openly trans plus-size model to front a major fashion campaign.
‘Diversity’ was a real buzzword in fashion this year. In a recent panel orchestrated by The Business of Fashion on the topic of diversity and inclusion, model Joan Smalls used a term that sums up the whole problem with the current focus on diversity: “Sometimes, people jump on bandwagons and do things because it’s cool for the season.
Just when you think we’re beginning to make grounds in breaking down one-body-fits-all beauty boundaries, a body-positive lingerie advert, featuring a transgender model, is rejected by Facebook. The new ad, part of CurvyKate’s new Scantilly campaign aims to give a much needed hit of diversity in the lingerie industry by shunning professional models and instead enlisting eight powerful female role models including a transgender woman, an amputee, an alopecia sufferer, a plus size blogger and a recovered anorexic. Since then a further two shots from the campaign including one of transgender model, Effie, have also been removed.
Photo: Stop trying to make Victoria’s Secret a role model for women everywhere — it’s never going to happen. A Change.org petition is calling on the lingerie company to make Carmen Carrera, a transgender reality star and model, a VS Angel. It has received nearly 50,000 signatures, with the page pleading with the brand to enlist her because having “a transgender model walk would show that trans women are to be taken seriously and that Angels are selected because of their character and talent.” “I want to do this for the 50,000 people who signed the petition on Change.org. Photo: If Victoria’s Secret listens, great.