TMZ.com reporting that Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has filed legal documents in Los Angeles County Court to legally change her name in an effort to be recognized as female, but also as a way to distance herself from her infamous father.
Vivian Jenna Wilson turned 18 in April, and if the court recognizes the petition, she will be issued a new birth certificate reflecting the gender and name change.
TMZ reported that the official reason stated: “Gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
57-year-old gay actor Rupert Everett who currently appears in BBC1’s The Musketeers told the Sunday Times Magazine this week that children showing signs of gender dysphoria should be encouraged to embrace the “ambivalence” of their gender and that parents should take their time and not rush into gender reassignment surgery.
Everett also suggested that Caitlyn Jenner, had made a mistake in undergoing gender transition and had “no clue” what being transsexual involved.
Of his own experience, he said: “I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15 I never wanted to be a woman again.”
Adding that he thinks it is wrong of parents to “get medical”, Everett added: “It’s nice to be allowed to express yourself, but the hormone thing, very young, is a big step. I think a lot of children have an ambivalence when they’re very young to what sex they are or what they feel about everyone. And there should be a way of embracing it.”
Everett, he thought Caitlyn Jenner had made a mistake in going through transition and that she had “no clue” what it meant to be transgender.
As for the possible controversy that his statements might stir up in the transgender community, Everett replied: “It’s just my opinion.”
The New York Daily News is reporting that the seasonal store “Spirit Halloween” will be introducing the Caitlyn Jenner costume to its line of Halloween get-ups this year
‘Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her,’ Trisha Lombardo, the company’s head of PR said. ‘At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that,’
But it seems that trans-activist have a different opinion..
‘There’s no tasteful way to “celebrate” Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters,’ said Vincent Villano, director of communications at the National Center for Transgender Equality.
It comes down to this: People who actually have the gall to buy and wear the Caitlyn Jenner costume are either seeking to demonize Jenner’s courage to come out as a transgender woman, or making a mockery of Jenner’s honest attempt to be herself. It doesn’t “celebrate” her, it makes her the butt of yet another unoriginal joke.
Spirit Halloween knows this, but is willing to overlook the fact to make money. If they’re so desperate for cash, they should try adding more material to their Combat Cutie costume and charging $50 instead of $35 for it. Maybe they can turn more of a profit that way.
THR is reporting that Jared Leto was “heckled” by a transgender woman from the audience while accepting the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award for his performance as transgender AIDS activist Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.
“Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award,” yelled out the unidentified woman, adding that Leto didn’t “deserve an award for playing a trans-woman” because he is male.
Countering from the stage Leto replied “Because I’m a man, I don’t deserve to play that part?” he asked, rhetorically. “So you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian — they can’t play a straight part?”
Leto and the unidentified woman continued the back-and-forth, arguing that straight people always play transgendered characters and receive awards for it. Leto repeated his argument that by her logic, only straight actors could play straight roles. “Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art,” Leto said to applause from the audience.
Though Leto and the woman were spotted after the confrontation having what was described as a “cordial” conversation, both her and Leto’s statements (even though his didn’t t really respond to the point that she was making about trans actresses actually playing trans roles) did make valid points about the state of openly LGBT actors in LGBT roles as well as the role of transformation in art.
Phoenix House, one of New York’s most successful rehabilitation centers which helped thousands of men, women, and adolescents overcome substance and alcohol abuse is finding themselves under fire from the New York-based AIDS services nonprofit Housing Works which has filed a lawsuit against Phoenix House , as well as the director of its Brooklyn facility, claiming that Phoenix House violated both New York State and City human rights laws when it engaged in blatant transgender discrimination on behalf of a transgender Brooklyn resident.
The plantif only known as “Ms. Wilson,” has identified as female since age 14 and entered Phoenix House as an alternative to jail time. Despite her gender identity, Ms. Wilson was prohibited from dressing as a woman, and prohibited from participating in a women’s support group, even after she won the support of the women in that group.
The lawsuit describes Phoenix House’s repeated unwillingness to make accommodations for Ms. Wilson’s gender identity, culminating in the decision to terminate her from the program despite the fact that, during her stay at Phoenix House, Ms. Wilson had made significant – and more than sufficient – progress in her rehabilitation to merit advancement.