My Transsexual Summer’s Lewis speaks out

Lewis Hancox won over the nation’s hearts following his appearance on Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer, with stars such as Stephen Fry contributing to his fund for chest surgery. But he also faced severe criticism from sections of the trans community, who accused him of setting a bad example by raising the money himself. Lewis tells us why he made his decision – and the pressures of representing a whole community on national television…

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New Toyota advert features sexy and sassy transgender model

We LOVE Toyota’s latest ad campaign, which features 19-year-old model, sassy Stav Strashko. Hot does not cover it.

Starshko joins a host of tran models making waves in the fashion industry, inlcuding Givenchy’s Lea T, American Apparel’s Isis King and the superbly androgynous Andrej Pejic.

We can’t all look like supermodels but, still, three cheers for those who do!

 

META MAGAZINE GOES GLOBAL

META magazine – the world’s only publication devoted to gender and transgender issues – releases its global edition

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Cover star Kate Bornstein, discusses living on a yacht with Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard: 

“We thought we were saving the galaxy – imagine how cool that is. The planet was ours and we were here to save it – so give us your money now or it will be too late and the psychiatrists will win.” 

Britain’s best known TV comic, Jonathan Ross, on being an easy target since Sachsgate (but “getting away with” jokes about trans people): 

“Newspapers seem to see me as someone who is very easy to write a story about if it is in any way seen as provoking or upsetting anyone… The fact that no one picked up on the joke, or crucially the response to the joke… it was more telling to me.” 

Ross on comedy that targets minority groups: 

“People were threatened by people of a different colour moving to this country in the 50s and 60s, so we made jokes about it; and we can all laugh about it; so it’s not a threat… Sometimes that’s a good safety valve for society, sometimes it’s a bad thing”. 

Guardian columnist Julie Bindel apologises for a string of articles that mock trans people: 

“I wasn’t mature enough to know that that was something really that was wholly irresponsible… It was one of those mistakes that had consequences for other people, and it was regrettable.” 

Plus, New York performance artist Joey Arias discusses his upcoming Meltdown appearance, American trans icons Janet Mock and Isis King introduce the Hetrick-Martin Institute and My Transsexual Summer’s Max Zachs stops by for a chat. 

Issue three also features exclusive photo content, a debate on “transgender” versus “transsexual”, feel-good feminisation tips and Helene Hazera on life for trans women in 1950s France. 

META is a unique magazine that celebrates gender diversity. The global issue is on sale 12 July – and will cost £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free. It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate. 

META features: Kate Bornstein, Jonathan Ross, Julie Bindel, Roz Kaveney, Joey Arias, Isis King, Janet Mock, Juliet Jacques, Max Zachs, Jane Fae, Suzan Cooke, Helen Hazera, and Rachel Saunders. 

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

META is the world’s first magazine aimed at the whole of the trans community and people interested in gender. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group. 

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here. 

https://metamagonline.wordpress.com 

MPG is the UK ’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business. 

For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population. 

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK : GT (Gay Times), DIVA and PinkPaper.com. 

http://www.millivres.co.uk 

For more information please contact: 

Stu Hurford 
Marketing and Communications Executive 
Tel: 020 7424 7483 
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk 

META 03 – EDITOR’S LETTER

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

Things are changing. Of course, change is constant, but we’ve noticed a strong feeling of progress recently and it’s moving across the globe. Trans people are taking on the world and winning – and we want to celebrate this.

Of course, it’s important to remember that, worldwide, trans people are still subject to the most horrendous injustice, violence and, sometimes, death. A young trans woman of colour in the United States, CeCe McDonald, is currently facing a 41 month sentence in a men’s prison – for surviving a violent hate crime.

A year ago, CeCe was verbally and physically attacked by a group of white men; her abusers shouted transphobic, homophobic and racist insults while slicing into her cheek. CeCe tried to defend herself, and the man who attacked her died in the struggle. She was the victim, but she fought back. See how you can help her continue the fight by visiting SupportCeCe.wordpress.com, where you can write to her and donate towards her support fund, and follow the #FreeCeCe hashtag on Twitter. As META goes to press, none of her attackers have been charged.

Janet Mock (who we’re pleased to welcome on board this issue) pointed out in the Huffington Post that: “transgender women make up 44 per cent of all LGBT murder victims, most of them trans women of color, despite the fact that trans people as a whole only account for about 8 per cent of the LGBT population.” This must change.

We may lose friends and we may lose battles, but we must never lose hope. Through sheer persistence and the courage of our convictions, trans people are increasingly making our voices heard and challenging anti-trans sentiment. We’re fighting back. This issue, we speak to two very different public figures in Britain – feminist writer Julie Bindel and talk-show host Jonathan Ross – both of whom have come under fire for making jokes about trans people. Both of whom chose META to explain why. Let us know what you think about these full and frank interviews by tweeting @META_mag.

We also continue our series on the My Transsexual Summer boys – so you can catch up with everybody’s favourite Jewish trans man, Max Zachs, (and find out why his nan likes to hug people in the supermarket) on Page 28. Not only that, New York counter-culture legend Joey Arias drops by for a chat ahead of his appearance at this year’s Meltdown festival (Page 8), and our fantastic cover star Kate Bornstein tells us how things have changed for trans people since she last felt so “naked”. Read her boisterously fun (and blisteringly funny) exchange with Roz Kaveney on Page 22.

Like what we do? Then show your friends how with it you are and introduce them to the only magazine that’s aimed at trans people of every gender expression. And congratulate yourself for finding us first.

Things are changing. Be part of the movement.

Paris Lees

Jonathan Ross on transgender people, comedy… and gay sex

META issue 3 is coming.

Catch a sneak preview of our interview with British chat show host Jonathan Ross below. The dialogue on jokes about trans people just got a whole lot bigger…

WHEN JULIE MET PARIS

Julie Bindel. She’s known among the trans community for lines like: “I don’t have a problem with men disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the same way that shoving a bit of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make you a man.” Watch our exclusive interview and see Julie’s surprise apology for a string of articles that mock and ridicule trans people. But does she have anything new or interesting to say about trans identities or gender? We’ll let you decide…

[Read the full interview in issue 3 of META, which hits the digital news-stands next week.]

META MAGAZINE: SPRING ISSUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The second issue of groundbreaking trans publication META magazine is now available to download digitally from the App Store and Android Market.

With summer just around the corner, what better time to kick start our new series on the My Transsexual Summer boys? This issue, we catch up with the fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fox, on life before he transitioned:

“Before I ‘came out’ and began taking hormones, I was depressed and suicidal and, for me, transitioning was a do or die situation. It was my last option to feel better about my own body and the way the world viewed me, as a female.”

On the controversy surrounding his much-reduced role in My Transsexual Summer:


“After six months of the production company gaining my complete trust, I went into total grief when I saw that they had cut my story. I felt completely betrayed… I felt misrepresented and exposed on a national scale.”

In an explosive filmed interview, Julie Bindel apologises for her 2004 Guardian piece ‘Gender benders, beware’:

“I conflated what I think, what I still think, is a valid point, with humour that could incite people to pour prejudice on trans people. I made cheap jokes, I was cruel, and it was completely unnecessary. And I regretted it… I should have known better.”


Bindel on the puberty delay trials for trans teenagers:

“I think that we are abusive to children who we don’t allow to live as they wish in their bodies and that we start to mess with children’s puberty rather than say ‘this isn’t something you need to hate your body about’”.

Plus, New Statesman correspondent and leading human rights lawyer David Allen Green offers legal advice, Juliet Jacques discusses trans people in football and three brave parents share their stories about using puberty blockers for their transgender children.

Issue two also features DJ Mandi Dextrous, photographer Alex Grace and our debate on the benefits and drawbacks of active protest against transphobes.

META is a unique magazine which celebrates gender diversity. Editor Paris Lees said:

“Is it a cliché to say we made issue 2 bigger and better? Sorry, but we did. Enjoy!”

META’s Spring Issue is on sale 24 April – and will cost £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free. It includes features on transgender people in sport, exclusive video content, real life stories and heated debate!

META features: Ralph Francis Fox, Joey “Gender Joker” Hateley, Julie Bindel, David Allen Green, Jane Fae, Sarah Brown, Alex Grace, DJ Mandidextrous, Professor Stephen Whittle, Christine Burns MBE, Roz Kaveney and Stuart Lorimer.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

META is the world’s first magazine devoted to gender and transgender discussion and entertainment. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group.

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here.

www.http://metamag.tumblr.com/

MPG is the UK’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business.
For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population.

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK: GT (Gay Times), DIVA and PinkPaper.com.

www.millivres.co.uk

For more information please contact:

Stu Hurford
Marketing and Communications Executive

Tel: 020 7424 7483
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk

Sam Normington
Marketing and Communications Assistant 

Tel: 020 7424 7462
Email: sam.normington@millivres.co.uk

META MAGAZINE: EDITOR’S LETTER (SPRING 2012)

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Since our last issue, a plethora of transgender stories have flooded the media. But whose place is it to condemn the use of hormone blockers for trans youth? The discussion, so far, has been framed by people with no experience of the issues. We think it’s time to hear from those who’ve been there – and the parents of three beautiful, diverse trans children agree. Read our exclusive interview with the hormone blockers mums on Pages 30-33.

With spring in full force and summer just around the corner we also thought you’d like to catch up with the My Transsexual Summer boys. Our new series on the MTS lads begins with the fabulous Fox on Pages 20-23.

It’s a daunting task launching a magazine, but the response to our historic first edition has been overwhelmingly positive. You helped us find our place and, to say thanks, we decided to make issue two even bigger and better. Don’t miss performance artist Joey Hateley, legal advice from leading human rights lawyer David Allen Green and a trip to the underground dance scene with trans rave pioneer DJ Mandi Dextrous.

There’s more. After trans activists launched glitter into Germaine Greer’s personal body space, Jane Fae and Sarah Brown debate the pros and cons of direct action. We also spoke to another feminist writer, Julie Bindel. Does Julie have anything important to say about trans people? Or, by backing herself into an ideological blind alley, is she missing the real revolution in our understanding of gender? Find out in our exclusive short film.
META thrives with your support. If you love the magazine, please spread the word and let your friends know that we’re the place to be. Get in touch with us too – we welcome your feedback, your criticism and your suggestions on what you’d like to see in future issues. Think we’re perfect? We accept gushing praise, too.

META is your space. Enjoy it!

Paris Lees

META MAGAZINE – EDITOR’S LETTER (ISSUE 1)

Transgender writers have been gaining ground over the past few years, appearing in various respected titles including the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Times. Now, with new digital publication META, we finally have our own platform. META isn’t just for trans people though, it’s for anyone who’s ready for lively, intelligent discussion about gender – something we don’t always see in the mainstream media. Be sure to check out META’s Facebook page, follow META on Twitter, and keep an eye our for when it goes on sale! You can also read META’s mission statement here, featuring a promotional clip with Lewis Hancox from Channel 4′s My Transsexual Summer. Lewis also appears in the magazine, giving his side of the story following criticisms from the online trans community. Sneak preview below.

EDITOR’S LETTER

O what is it in me that makes me tremble so at voices?
Surely, whoever speaks to me in the right voice, him or her I shall follow,
As the water follows the moon, silently, with fluid steps, anywhere around the globe.

Walt Whitman

Isolation can be a real problem for trans people, but even those of us with good social networks can be excluded from mainstream culture. Research conducted by Trans Media Watch revealed that 95% of British trans people feel like the media doesn’t care about them. So welcome, then, to a publication that not only cares, but positively depends on you.

What do we mean by “trans” though? You probably have your own definition, but we use it in the most inclusive sense; covering all types of genderqueer, genderless, transsexual, gender variant and gender non-conforming people, and also those with a trans history, loved-ones, family, friends and allies. It’s an idea which is sometimes expressed using ‘trans*’, but we’ve opted against the asterix. This is partly a question of style, but also a matter of principle. We believe that everyone should feel welcome under the trans umbrella, regardless of punctuation. Roz Kaveney wonderfully outlines this broad concept of family on Page 23.

I believe in our community. I’ve noticed increasing optimism over the past few years, and a growing sense that we can effect real change. So we’re delighted to have Justin Bond on our first cover. A true star, both within and without the trans community, we feel v sums up our outward-looking, upbeat ethos.

META is about having a voice. We’re produced by trans people for trans people – whilst never excluding our allies. We focus on the issues that matter to you, so expect campaigns, politics and, of course, lashings of humour. We have plans to expand our content over the coming months and we want you to let us know if we’re getting it right. We listen.

Indeed, we asked you how you’d feel about a trans magazine using the word “tranny” – and over 60 per cent of you said “unhappy”. So don’t expect to read the t-word in META, apart from when we report other people’s speech. Or indeed when we discuss the term, as Natacha Kennedy and Dru Marland do in our debut debate (Pages 6 and 7).

Issue one has been produced on zero budget. I would personally like to thank our hardworking team of top quality writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and marketers, who have given so much of their time for free. I hope you’ll enjoy engaging with META as much as we did making it. And we loved every minute of it.

Paris Lees

META MAGAZINE: SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

VIEW THE COVER

• 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 is dedicated to promoting positive self esteem and connectivity among trans people, generating creativity, motivation and aspiration through inspiring imagery and positive ethos

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:

“Transgender 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.”

She added:

“META isn’t just for trans people, it’s for anyone who’s ready for lively, intelligent discussion about gender – something we don’t always see in the mainstream media”.

META’s debut issue is on sale 5 February – and will cost £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free. It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate.

META features: Justin Bond, Diane Torr, Lewis Hancox, Del LaGrace Volcano, Natacha Kennedy, DJ Lady Lloyd, Bagachipz, Christine Burns, Jane Fae, Roz Kaveney, Jennie Kermode and Jay Stewart.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

META is the world’s first magazine aimed at the whole of the trans community. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group.

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here.

www.http://metamag.tumblr.com/

MPG is the UK’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business.
For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population.

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK: GT (Gay Times), DIVA and PinkPaper.com.

http://www.millivres.co.uk

For more information please contact:

Stu Hurford
Marketing and Communications Executive

Tel: 020 7424 7483
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk

Sam Normington
Marketing and Communications Assistant 

Tel: 020 7424 7462
Email: sam.normington@millivres.co.uk