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15 Apr

‘I am transgender, and I want my voice to be heard’

(CNN) — Rebecca Avery always felt different, even as a child. It wasn’t until the age of 13 that she would even hear the word that explained why she felt out of place — she was transgender.

It would take another 14 years and a new job before she started her transition from male to female.

Avery, 30, works as a graphic designer in Waukegan, Illinois. And even though she has worked in the publishing and design field for 10 years, only the past four have been under her current name and identity.

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12 Apr

Michael Hill girl dreams of getting into chains

Georgina Beyer – the first transsexual MP and mayor in the world – has taken up a job selling jewellery in Masterton.

Ms Beyer, 52, sported the crisp and corporate black suit of a Michael Hill sales assistant in her first week in the job and said her return to the nine-to-five working world was “a step back to being normal, back to the coal-face, as it were”.

However, she is not letting the precious gems bedazzle her and is also eyeing a bid for the Masterton mayoral chains, depending on feedback and support for her bid.

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09 Apr

Transgender Woman Who Told On Police Faces Homelessness

A year after speaking to the media about being mistreated by police, Antonia Lara is facing life on the streets.

Last March, Lara, a 27-year-old pre-op transgender woman, shared a Twins Falls, Idaho county prison cell for about a week with Majid Kolestani, a 42-year-old transsexual Iranian refugee accused of murder. Lara was facing a charge of providing false information to police.

After her incarceration, Lara turned to the city’s paper to complain about their mistreatment at the hands of prison guards.

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08 Apr

Transgender challenge to rules on birth certificates

A SYDNEY transsexual has filed a sex discrimination complaint against state and federal governments over a refusal to change his birth certificate to ”male”.

Conor Montgomery, 50, was born a female in Australia but took male hormones, had a double mastectomy and a chest reconstruction 2½ years ago to become a man.

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02 Apr

Transgender woman Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar found dead in New York apartment

A transgender woman was found dead in her ransacked Queens apartment on Tuesday, her naked body sprawled across the bed, police said.

Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, born Edelbuerto, had not been heard from since Friday.

Her friends got her landlord to let them into her Glendale apartment around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“We found her on her bed. She was naked,” said Barbara Vega, 35, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. “Everything in the apartment was destroyed. All her Marilyn Monroe pictures were destroyed.”

Police said the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Vega, who believes Gonzalez-Andujar was slain, said she had tried in vain to reach her friend since spending time with her on Friday.

“She never had any problems with anybody. She was full of life,” she said. “We need to know who did this to her.”

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20 Mar

Pinkdot Fundraising Tea Party

Dear friends,

We’re gearing up for Pinkdot #2 and you can help by coming to our fundraising tea party:


On 16 May 2009, a pink dot was formed on the little red dot of Singapore, when 2,500 fellow citizens turned up at Hong Lim Park to make a stand against prejudice and apathy. This year, it is our hope that this inspiring beacon of inclusiveness continue to shine – brighter and stronger than before.

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