The empathy gap, and what it's like being trans in the workplace

An entrepreneur set out to make clear how divergent our workplace experiences are

Excerpted from “The Future Of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World” by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips. © 2020. Published by Little A, February 1, 2020. All Rights Reserved.

This bookshop is making a donation to trans children’s charity Mermaids every time they sell a JK Rowling book

Feminist London bookshop The Second Shelf is donating money to transgender children’s charity Mermaids every time they sell a book by JK Rowling.

The bookshop, which has proudly spelled out its support for trans and non-binary people in the past, announced its plans in a February 12 tweet.

“Making a donation to Mermaids every time we sell J K Rowling,” The Second Shelf tweeted.

The bookshop, which opened in Soho in 2018 and only sells books by women, added: “Donation made this morning! A small amount, but we look forward to more opportunities to contribute to this vital organization.”

Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender

Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender

Some of the first biological evidence of the incongruence transgender individuals experience, because their brain indicates they are one sex and their body another, may have been found in estrogen receptor pathways in the brain of 30 transgender individuals.

(On one hand I am glad there is continuing research into gender, on the other I worry this may lead to unintended consequences.)

A Striking Portrait Series With an All-Transgender Cast

A Striking Portrait Series With an All-Transgender Cast

Photographer Ethan James Green, who is known for his striking black-and-white style, shot a group of close friends for Alexander McQueen. Wearing the spring 2020 collection, the models are Green’s long-term collaborators DaraTorraine Futurum, and Marcs Goldberg. All three are transgender, and all three have made waves in the industry in their own right.

Unprecedented South Dakota Bill Aims to Erase LGBTQ People From Public Life Entirely

HB 1215 would outlaw marriage equality and permanently legalize gay conversion therapy, among other anti-LGBTQ measures.

On Thursday, Republican state Rep. Tony Randolph introduced a bill that would outlaw marriage equality, permanently legalize conversion therapy, ban changes to legal gender markers, and block the passage of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

House Bill 1215 is the third in a trio of anti-LGBTQ bills brought to the state’s legislature this month. On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would criminalize trans-affirming medical care for minors. The other, Senate Bill 88, would require mental health providers to out kids expressing gender dysphoria to their parents. Anti-LGBTQ lawmakers and organizers use the state as a test case for the nation, experts say.

Kara Ingelhart, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, characterizes HB 1215 in particular as one of the most comprehensive bills to date targeting LGBTQ people.