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GT and DIVA publishers launch new digital magazine for trans community
by Peter Lloyd
15 February 2012

The publishers of Gay Times and DIVA magazine launch a groundbreaking digital publication aimed at the transgender community – META.

META is a unique magazine designed for a wide community of gender variant people. It is written by trans people and their friends for trans people and their friends. Through in-depth features, community discourse, arts coverage, celebrity interviews, comprehensive event listings, and charitable causes, META is a celebration of diversity.

META is connected to the UK’s exciting trans activism movement and is committed to challenging bigotry. It’s dedicated to promoting positive self esteem and connectivity among trans people, generating creativity, motivation and aspiration through inspiring imagery and positive ethos.

Cover of META's first issue

In the historic first issue, Vivian Bond, of Kiki and Herb fame, chats about changing personas:

“I am a Mixtress of reinvention. I've thrown everything up in the air many times to see where it lands. As to reinventing myself personally, well… I have always known who I am.”

Reality star Lewis Hancox responds to criticism following his appearance in Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer:

“I outed myself, basically, and put myself in a vulnerable position. People shouldn’t be attacking me for that – it should be encouraged.”

Performance artist Diane Torr discusses traditional sexism:

“I was following a programme about famous dead people and they’d always have men on. I wrote in and said, “What is it, do women not die?”

Editor Paris Lees said:

“Trans writers have been gaining ground over the past few years, appearing in the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Times. Now, with META, we finally have our own platform. Forget ‘editor’ – speaking purely as a trans woman, I can honestly say I’m thrilled. META isn’t just for trans people, it’s for anyone who’s ready for a grown up discussion about gender – something we don’t always see in the mainstream media”.

META’s debut issue is available for digital download from the App Store or Android Market now!

It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate.

META will also feature Del LaGrace Volcano, Natacha Kennedy, DJ Lady Lloyd, Baga Chipz, Christine Burns, Jane Fae, Roz Kaveney, Jennie Kermode and Jay Stewart.
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Commentary: Transgender people are everywhere
By Donna Rose
Special to CNN
updated 3:20 p.m. EDT, Tue June 16, 2009

Editor's note: Donna Rose is a speaker and advocate for transgender and transsexual issues. She is the author of a memoir, "Wrapped In Blue: A Journey of Self-Discovery." Her Web site is http://donnarose.com/ .

Donna Rose says transgender people don't fit the stereotypes society often tries to impose.
Donna Rose says transgender people don't fit the stereotypes society often tries to impose.

(CNN) -- It was only a matter of time. The real-life drama of being transsexual has come to Hollywood. Chastity Bono, the impossibly cute little blond girl who, for many of my generation, remains frozen in time as the sweet, chubby-faced cherub closing many a Sonny and Cher show in the arms of her doting parents, recently announced that he is transsexual and will be transitioning from female to male. He will go by the name of Chaz.

As shocking as this news may be to some, it is yet another reminder that all is not necessarily as it appears and that each of us is more complicated than simply the skin and bones of our bodies. Rather, it is our heart and spirit that defines us.

Transgender people -- that is, people who may not experience or express their gender in ways that are necessarily typical for the physical sex of their body -- have been part of the fabric of cultures for as long as history has been recorded.
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Do you read and write well, or even fluently, in a language besides English? T-Vox needs your help!

As ever, T-Vox is striving to be as internationally accessible as possible. The wiki admins are based in the UK, and the overwhelming majority of contributors are English speakers living in predominantly English-speaking countries. This, obviously, leaves out a huge percentage of the world population. While we have managed to translate a small handful of pages into French or German or Italian or Spanish, the majority of pages remain untranslated, and obviously there are many other languages that haven't been introduced at all.

If you can help at all, whether by translating one very short page or a huge amount of content, or by checking the existing translated pages for translation errors, the community will benefit hugely, and those of us who would love to translate but aren't able to will be forever grateful!

See T-Vox: Languages for instructions on how to create a new, translated version of any T-Vox page. You will need to create an account on T-Vox to be able to create and edit pages; it's free and painless, and your e-mail address is never shared with anyone.

Pages that particularly need translating at the moment: Trans 101; Transsexuality; Main Page; A guide to transition (and the pages linked from there); Legal issues

Please cross-post this wherever you feel it's appropriate!
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'But I will not give up because I won't give the mainstream gay organisations the satisfaction of keeping us down. If we give up, they win. The reason we right now as a trans community don't have all the rights they have is that we allowed them to speak for us for so many damn years and we bought everything they said to us, "Oh let us pass our bill, then we'll come for you". Yeah come for me. Thirty-two years later and they are still coming for me. We can no longer let people like the HRC speak for us. It is not my pride, it is their Pride. I have nothing to be proud of except that I helped liberate gays around the world ... before I die, I will see our community given the respect we deserve.'
-- Sylvia Rivera, a tireless Trans activist who fought at the Stonewall riots in 1969 and passed away in February 2002.

Quote found in Pinned Down By Pronouns (2003, Conviction Books), edited by Toni Amato and Mary Davies.