Lush Cosmetics Launches Latest Charity Pots Campaign; #TransRightsAreHumanRights

Sabrina Samone, TMP

Lush is a popular, homemade cosmetic company giving back to the community. They advocate for the environment, animals, and people in need, as well as giving back to organizations locally and around the world, through their Charity Pot program, Sustainable Lush Fund, FunD and our people.

This gorgeous self-preserving body lotion does a lot of good—and not just for your skin! With a delicately floral perfume of ylang-ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, Charity Pot will leave your skin subtly perfumed, touchable and soft. This rich and generous cream contains ingredients sourced from some of  Lush’s Sustainable Lush Fund projects that support regenerative agriculture around the world.

Latest donations from Lush’s Charity Pot will go to benefit Transgender Rights. Featured are bath melts and their Philanthropic skin softener for 7.95

With every purchase of Charity Pot,  Lush donates 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. Lush’s latest recipient is supporting grass-root transgender organizations. Their products are extravagant, yet very affordable for us on a transitional budget.

Lush doesn’t just produce amazing cruelty-free products that are fun to use. The brand is dedicated to creating products that bring awareness to important issues and help support the causes. The Lush Charity Pots, in particular, have supported a vast number of important causes, while special products have raised support for different charities. The latest campaign, the #TransRightsAreHumanRights, helps support important transgender rights with a new Bath Melt.

The campaign launched on February 15 and is featured in 250 Lush stores, showing solidarity for the movement by taking away their colorful displays to feature quotes that raise awareness about transgender rights and identity.

To go along with the campaign, Lush is launching an exclusive bath melt, Inner Truth ($5.95) in stores and online. The full purchase price of the bath melt (minus taxes) will be donated to organizations helping to secure transgender rights, including National Center for Transgender Equality, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. The goal is to raise $450,000 for the cause.

The Inner Truth Bath Melt is a sweet pink and blue heart. It’s formulated with orange oil and fair trade organic cocoa butter and uplifting for an uplifting scent. You use it the same way you would use a bath bomb. Simply drop it in the tub and let the oils moisturizer skin.
Even if you have a lot of bath bombs and melts stockpiled, this is one you will definitely want to add to the Inner Truth Bath Melt to your collection.
(Photos courtesy of Lush)

  1. Lush Cosmetics
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Jacksonville’s T.A.P. Transgender Advocacy Group, Calls for Change after Authorites Misgendered Trans Murder Victim

Sabrina Samone, TMP

Jacksonville Florida is a bustling and diverse city. Despite this, there seems to be a lack of organizations supporting and working with the transgender community. Paige Parks, a transgender woman is trying to change that. She is trying to bring awareness and funding to the minority transgender population in Jacksonville which is offered little support. A lot of transgender folks are homeless (with few homeless shelters servicing transgender individuals) and often having to resort to street work to get money for basic necessities. It is difficult for transgender folks to obtain jobs and even harder to get medical service. There’s a real need in this seemingly invisible and ostracized portion of the community. That ostracism was felt hardest on Feb. 4th, when 36-year-old Celine Walker became the fourth trans woman in America killed for their identity as female. Our community was served with a continued attack by police, local news outlets, who misgendered Celine Walker even in death.

Now T.A.P. Jacksonville’s Transgender Awareness Project’¹ is calling for a change in the way transgender people are identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m here to be the voice for her and all of the rest of the transgender women who don’t have a voice that has been murdered,” transgender activist Paige Mahogany Parks said.

Walker’s supporters gathered at a vigil Saturday, at Friendship Fountain to remember her life. Walker’s friends said she was outstanding.

“She lived her life as a woman. She lived her life in peace,” Parks said. “From what I gathered, she was a decent person.”

Walker was killed Feb. 4 at the Extended Stay America on Skinner Lake Drive in Jacksonville Florida’s south side.² Police have not said anything about their investigation since her body was found, but friends believe her death may have been a hate crime because Walker was transgender.

“You have a lot of guys who use the excuse that transgender women are running around here, fooling guys. Honey, this is not 1918. This is not Jerry Springer. Nobody’s being fooled anymore,” Parks said. “You know what you’re getting yourself into.”

Friends met at the Friendship Fountain to honor Walker and to bring awareness to what they call misgendering of transgender people.

Members of Jax’s Transgender Awareness Project

Another member of Transgender Awareness Project and employee of the extended stay Celine was murdered, London Gore, in a statement to Jax news 4³ said, “Me being trans myself, I have a lot to worry about. So I called them and got the response I wasn’t looking for, so I had to resign from my job because I didn’t feel safe going into an environment that did not protect me. We’re human. We love like you love, hurt like you hurt, bleed like you bleed, the same color. We just want to be treated equally and to know our lives matter, to me anybody’s lives matter.”

Jacksonville’s News 4 coverage of vigil demonstration.

Celine Walker is the fourth Trans Woman Murdered in 2018. Say Their Names, former Miss Trans America Christa Leigh, then Viccky Gutierrez, and Tonya Harvey just days before Celine Walker.


  1. T.A.P Transgender Awareness Project Facebook page.
  2. Celine Walker is the fourth Trans woman killed so far in 2018: a former Miss Trans America Christa Leigh, then Viccky Gutierrez, and Tonya Harvey just days before Celine Walker Say Their Names.
  3. Some coverage courtesy of Jax News 4, video embedded in the article.
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A Patient’s Right to Gender Therapy Custody Case Won by Ohio Teen

Sabrina Samone, TMP

A Cincinnati teen won a groundbreaking case that would relinquish parental custody from his parents and given by court order, to his more supportive grandparents. A local Judge on Friday gave custody of a transgender teen to his grandparents in order to allow them to make medical decisions regarding his transition.

His biological parents are not supportive of the 17-year-old’s decision to begin hormone therapy¹ to transition from their assigned birth as female to male, as the young man identifies. The parents also have refused to call him by his chosen name, which has triggered suicidal feelings, according to court testimony. The parents wanted to maintain custody in order to make medical decisions for the teen and prohibit the treatment that his medical team had recommended. According to the parents’ attorney who cited the parents are against treatment as it violates ‘their’ religious beliefs.

Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon has instructed media that the families names not be relased, due in part it being a case involving a minor and privacy. The ruling says that in addition to receiving custody, the grandparents can petition to change the child’s name in probate court, as is the wishes of the teen. Their grandchild will also, now be covered by their insurance.

The grandparents, rather than the parents, will be the ones to help make medical decisions for the child going forward. Before any hormone treatment is to be allowed, the court also ordered, the teen should be evaluated by a psychologist who is not affiliated with the current facility where he is receiving treatment, on “the issue of consistency in the child’s gender presentation, and feelings of non-conformity.”

A team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where the teen has been treated since 2016, advised the court that he should start treatment as soon as possible to decrease his suicide risk.

In the custody decision, Hendon said, the parents will have visitation rights and are “encouraged to work toward a reintegration of the child into the extended family”

She also encouraged Ohio lawmakers to create legislation giving judges a framework they can evaluate a patient’s right to gender therapy.

“What is clear from the testimony presented in this case and the increasing worldwide interest in transgender care is that there is certainly a reasonable expectation that circumstances similar to the one at bar are likely to repeat themselves,” she wrote. “That type of legislation would give a voice and a pathway to youth similarly situated as (the teen) without attributing fault to the parents and involving them in protracted litigation which can and does destroy a family’s unity.”

  1. Resources for Parents and Youth transitioning.
  2. Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital
  3. West Virginia System of Care, state support info for nearby West Virginia LGBTQ youth and families
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One School Kicks Him Out The Other Crowns Him Homecoming King

By Sabrina Samone

I’m sure the readers of TMP are ready by now for some good news, after what has been one sad blow after the next for our community. Recently, The Family Research Center, has launched a petition and campaign titled, ‘Free to Believe’, inserting their belief in a Freedom of Religious right to discriminant. TMPlanet’s senior writer Lynnea  Stuart, recently wrote about the consequences of such actions, and the UN vote titled.  The UN Vote: Is the United States Headed Toward an LGBT Holocaust?  Haven’t we as a human race witnessed this type of state sanctioned hate, and the consequences of legislated hate, against another group of people? Are we doomed to repeat the horrors of World War 2?

Recently a school that dares calls itself a Christian School, expelled a 17 year old Transgender teen. Stiles Zuschlag, was on track to be valedictorian at Tri-City Christian Academy in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

When the 17-year-old met with a school administrator in August about being identified as male, he was shocked when he was asked to “confess his sins, stop taking testosterone treatments, and receive Christian counseling.” If he refused, he’d be forced to leave the school.

Stiles, chose to leave the school, and start over at nearby Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, just seven miles away.

As he began to make friends at his new school, he joked about being nominated for homecoming king. “I asked on Snapchat as a joke to put me in,” he told HuffPost. His peers took his request a bit more seriously than he did. “People actually did it. I didn’t really expect them to. I still can’t believe they did that for me.”

He’d be even more shocked when he showed up to the game and won the homecoming king crown. “After I won at the homecoming game, I almost started crying. My friends all put me in, people I didn’t even know put me in, everyone voted for me on the final ballot,” he said. “This experience feels like a dream. It’s something I never thought could have happened to me.”

The outpouring of love and acceptance astonished Zuschlag.

“I’ve been degraded so much in the past, I’ve conformed to other people’s beliefs and standards just to make them happy and comfortable. I’ve put myself in situations really hurtful to my mental health just to keep peace,” he explained. “God forced me out of that situation, that school, knowing that my mental health was far more important than my education. The only reason I stayed at the school for so long was for my education, for my GPA, and to just learn about God. But I was also dying there mentally and I suffered a lot.”

“God took me away from that to help me be a better person, to breathe again, to be happy again. I’m so grateful He did that for me.”

Despite hate, blindly and blasphemously disguised as Christianity, love does win and it’s true nature of brotherly love, compassion, acceptance and love for thy neighbor does prevail in the end.


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Three Charged with Gruesome Murder of Houston Transgender Teen Ally Steinfeld

By Sabrina Samone


TMP iReporter Grace Ann Ashcraft

Three people are accused of murdering a Houston, Mo teenager who was recently reported missing.

Online court records indicate 18-year-old Andrew Vrba and 18-year-old Isis Schauer of Houston, and 24-year-old Briana Calderas of Cabool, were charged Thursday with first degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. Vrba also faces charges of armed criminal action.

The three suspects are accused of killing 17-year-old Ally Steinfeld of Houston, who has been dead named as Joseph Steinfeld in recent local news reports.

The Houston Herald reports that burned remains were later identified as Steinfeld’s, who had been reported missing the week prior. The remains were discovered by the Texas County Sheriff’s Office at Calderas’ mobile home near Cabool. Vrba reportedly told authorities that he stabbed Steinfield in the living room of the mobile home, and that all three, Schauer, Calderas, and Vrba wrapped up the victim’s body, took it outside, and destroyed the body by burning it. According to a probable cause statement, the women traveled to Walmart in Houston and Mountain Grove to buy items to aid in the burning of the body.

Steinfeld’s cell phone and a knife were recovered at the property, and stains believed to be blood were located inside the home.

Online court records did not indicate any future hearing dates for the three suspects, and no attorneys were listed.

The investigation is ongoing. Officers remained on the scene Friday.

It was quoted as being, “a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused“, said Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr.

Vrba told law enforcement officers that some of the bones were placed in a garbage bag, which was transferred to a chicken coop on the property. Officers executed a search warrant and also found human bones in a burn pile next to the residence. Apparent blood stains were discovered on the living room carpet. Caldereas admitted that the death occurred there, but denied that she wanted the teen, whose preferred name was Ally Steinfeld, according to a social media posting, to die. A cellular telephone belonging to Steinfeld and a knife were recovered at the property.

Facebook messages between the women gave officers a break in the teen’s death, which apparently occurred Sept. 3, six days before Steinfeld’s Birthday.

The women told officers that Vrba bragged about the murder and it’s brutality, according to court documents.

Condolences are pouring onto Ally Steinfeld’s Facebook page, where her last post before being reported missing was on August the 27th, where she wrote, “I feeling little bit beautiful how likes my hair i got it red.”


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