Transgender bodybuilders prepare for competition in teaser for documentary Man Made

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The new documentary Man Made follows a group of transgender men as they get ready to compete at Atlanta’s TransFitCon, the world’s first trans bodybuilding competition. The movie, which will receive its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 22, is directed by novelist T Cooper and executive-produced by actress Téa Leoni: http://ew.com/movies/2018/04/16/man-made-documentary-tea-leoni/

Chicago’s drag kings are out to destroy ‘toxic masculinity,’ one sequin and pelvic thrust at a time

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Switch on the TV. There’s RuPaul critiquing Trixie Mattel’s runway look on VH1’s “Drag Race.” Get on YouTube. There’s a whole community of queerdos from around the world giving lessons on how to “beat” your face, contoured cheekbones, exaggerated lip liner and all. Hit up your movie-streaming service of choice. There’s a documentary on Marsha […]

It’s a Theyby! Is it possible to raise your child entirely without gender from birth? Some parents are trying

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For months leading up to the birth of his child, Bobby McCullough was nervous. His partner, Lesley Fleishman, had enjoyed an easy and uncomplicated pregnancy. The couple’s sunny Brooklyn apartment was now stocked with a crib and diapers and soft, tiny clothes. They were as ready to enter parenthood as any two people could be, […]

What It’s Like to Be A Gay Dad in 2018

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A roundtable discussion with today’s modern families: https://melmagazine.com/what-its-like-to-be-a-gay-dad-in-2018-4b5efaf551a1

Boi wonder: Hinduism, transness and masculine anger

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My very first images of masculinity and femininity came from the pictures that hung in my family’s prayer area, inside a small hallway closet with doors that opened like an accordion: http://archermagazine.com.au/2018/01/boi-wonder-hinduism-transness-masculine-anger/

Why I Couldn’t Stop Watching the New Queer Eye

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Earlier this month, a strange thing kept happening whenever I tried to watch a serious, Zeitgeisty, dramatic TV show: I’d put on screeners for the new Queer Eye reboot instead. I watched with the dedication of someone who was unquestionably soothed, even as I actively doubted whether the show was any good. But in 2018, […]

Is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ the Most Radical Show on TV?

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The reality-television competition that began nine years ago has evolved to reflect an era fixated on gender and identity — and the boundary-pushing spirit of its star: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/magazine/is-rupauls-drag-race-the-most-radical-show-on-tv.html

Exploring Japan’s ‘genderless’ subculture

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In the narrow alleys of Tokyo’s ultra-trendy Harajuku district, a growing number of Japanese men who self-identify as “genderless” are boldly broadening their sartorial and cosmetic choices. With faces expertly made up, hair dyed and stylishly coifed, eyebrows plucked and painted, they sashay from one indie boutique to the next: http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/genderless-kei-fashion-japan/index.html

These Drag Queens and Performers Want You to Take Your Toxic Masculinity and Shove It

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While on a recent weekend trip to Vienna with my boyfriend Noah, our friend Lisa turned to me and asked, “Can I be a drag queen?” https://hornetapp.com/stories/toxic-masculinity-drag/

Transformistas Masculinos

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Cuba’s relationship with LGBT communities has historically been rocky, but in the last ten years, things have been on the turn. In large part, this is because of CENESEX, the sexual health and education organization run by Mariela Castro, President Raul’s daughter. She has strongly promoted LGBT rights in Cuba, including making gender affirmation surgery […]