Throughout history, people with gender-identity issues were either ignored or abused. In fact, until recently, transgender individuals — those who don't identify emotionally and psychologically with the sex they were born with — were regarded as mentally ill and were widely spurned, even by gays and lesbians. The picture is beginning to change, however, with the Obama administration championing transgender rights, the Pentagon signaling it will allow transgender soldiers and sailors to serve openly beginning next year and pop culture favorably portraying transgender celebrities. Nevertheless, transgender people continue to struggle with poor health care coverage, high rates of unemployment, violence — including murder — and suicide.
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When Jay Thomas, 33, decided he wanted to get pregnant in , he spoke to his physician. Thomas, a cook who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, explained to his doctor that he and his wife, Jamie Brewster, 33, a bank employee, are both transgender, and that he had been on testosterone for more than two years. The physician said Thomas had likely gone through early menopause, and that if they were able to conceive at all, he would have to go off the hormone for at least 18 months. One of the most persistent myths transgender men and nonbinary people hear from doctors is that testosterone has sterilized them, experts say. While testosterone generally blocks ovulation, trans men can get pregnant while taking it, particularly if they are not taking it regularly. There is no data on how many transgender men and nonbinary people give birth in the United States each year, because medical systems track them as female, but experts believe the numbers are likely higher than many would expect. The number of people who identify as transgender is growing: A study from the Williams Institute found that 1.
When Kylan Arianna Wenzel takes the stage Saturday for the preliminary round of the Miss California USA pageant, the tall knockout will be representing a lot more than her hometown. Wenzel, 26, will be the first transgender woman allowed to compete in a Miss Universe Organization pageant since Donald Trump changed the rules to allow women like Wenzel to enter officially. Trump made the change last spring, after Miss Canada finalist Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the competition because she was not a "naturally born female.
Talk about a twist! Soap fans are used to dramatic developments happening on a daily basis, but The Bold and the Beautiful introduced a groundbreaking story line for one of its characters that's the first of its kind on network television. Mosley told Us Weekly that she was shocked when producers informed her of her character's new arc. But after she picked up her jaw from the floor, she's been researching, consulting GLAAD, and trying to do the story justice.