News Updates of 2009 (Jan-June):
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interest to the trans community during the first half of 2009. This
running log of news also serves as a window into areas of media focus and public
interest regarding trans issues during 2009. Let us know if you hear of
news to include in this list. To access to a wide range of trans news, we
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change, gender variance and gender transition.
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"6th Annual March for Transgender Pride" ( Links to pages of
"This year's march marked San Francisco's sixth year since
the event began in 2004 when it was first established to honor Gwen Araujo,
a young transgendered woman who was brutally murdered in Newark, California
in November of 2002."
6-30-09: The National (UAE re Pakistan): "Pakistan to recognise
"After decades of ignominy and exploitation as painted
dancers, singers and beggars, Pakistan’s “third sex” is to be officially
surveyed and registered under the direction of the Supreme Court. Iftikhar
Chaudhry, the liberal-minded chief justice, ordered the establishment of a
commission to conduct the survey after a prominent jurist filed a petition
drawing attention to the plight of Pakistan’s several hundred thousand
eunuchs. Until the registration takes place, the number of eunuchs is
unknown. Community leaders estimate it is at least 400,000."
6-30-09: Townhall.com: “My Idea and Your Consequence” (posted 6-24), by Mike
mirrored by the American Family Association)
“One really bad idea that is thriving in higher education is
the so-called trans-gendered rights movement. It is thriving not because of
the work of trans-gendered persons but because of feminists who are willing
to use them to advance their own ideas about gender and equality. . . The
fact that feminists have few children helps facilitate their silly views
concerning the “social construction” of male/female differences. Of the six
most radical feminists in my department, one has no children and the other
five have only one child each . . . Feminists applaud, rather than treat,
trans-genders who go to the extreme of permanently mutilating their
genitals. And they do so in the name of gender equality. It’s almost as bad
as applauding the dismemberment of children in the name of sexual
[Note: Adams is the University of North Carolina-Wilmington
faculty-member whose hateful transphobic rants were exposed by Lynn Conway
and Leandra Vicci
in an online investigative report in 2005 (
PDF ). Adams
is still lashing out against the professional ostracism he faced following
that exposure. Meanwhile, the 'Christian' right loves his quirky rhetoric,
and apparently think it's helping their cause!]
6-30-09: MyFoxBoston: "State House debates "Bathroom Bill""
"This bill will make the protection of transgender people
explicit, uniform, and visible to the general public. It will include gender
identity and expression in the state's non-discrimination statute and will
amend existing hate crime laws to explicitly protect people targeted for
violence and harassment."
6-30-09: Transgender Legal Defense Fund: "Transgender Woman Brutally
Beaten in Queens Bias Attack - TLDEF Demands Full Investigation Into Hate
"We're sad to bring you the news of another brutal attack on
a transgender woman, this one coming during the height of LGBT Pride month.
On June 19, 2009, at approximately 2:30 am, Leslie Mora was walking home
from a nightclub on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens when she was accosted by two
men who brutally beat her with a belt . . .Throughout the attack, Leslie’s
assailants called her a “faggot” in Spanish. The attack left Leslie with
multiple injuries, including bruises all over her body, and stitches in her
scalp. Police called to the scene found Leslie nearly naked and bleeding on
the sidewalk. They also recovered a belt buckle from the assailants that was
covered in blood. We want you to know that we're working with Leslie to
ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice."
6-30-09: NBC Philadelphia News: "Transgender Riders Take On TransPass"
"The transgender community takes on
SEPTA’s TransPass (ironically enough) Tuesday. That little “M” or “F”
sticker identifying a rider’s gender is enough to cause economic hardship,
harassment and lack of access to public transportation for the transgender
community, according to
Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE)."
6-30-09: WZZM13 (Kalamazoo, MI): "Kalamazoo passes protection for gay,
lesbian and transgender people" (more,
"It's now illegal for landlords and employers in Kalamazoo to
discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."
6-30-09: YouTube: "Church Does Gay Exorcism On Teen"
[More videos of the Gay Exorcism reported on
6-30-09: Express Buzz (India): "Pain, progress and a pride march"
"Shielded by a considerate contingent of police personnel and
volunteers, the 4 km long march, “couldn’t have taken place, if not for the
support of the state government and the police commissioner,” said Sunil
Menon, a health activist, part of the organising committee . . . Mallika, a
transsexual from Anna Nagar, was overwhelmed and as her eyes welled up she
said, “When I was growing up, I was abused, beaten and ragged. Today, to see
people supporting us, hugging us and making us a part of their mainstream
lives is touching.”"
6-30-09: Express Buzz (India): "‘We don’t encourage transgenders’"
"Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Founder, Center for Counselling in
Chennai, attributes the lack of sustainable employment to “prejudice of the
management and a largely intolerant workforce.” . . . A HR professional from
a software consultancy firm who requested anonymity said, “We don’t
encourage transgenders because we have a diverse workforce and it often
offends their religious belief systems and this can lead to lesser
6-29-09: Straight.com (Canada): "Bill Siksay: Sex reassignment surgery
deserves full coverage across Canada"
put a motion before the House to call on the federal government to
ensure appropriate health care is accessible across Canada to transsexual
and transgender people. Anything less than explicit, full, and comprehensive
protection of trans Canadians diminishes Canada’s commitment to equality and
diversity. And the failure to fully cover SRS within medicare diminishes the
fundamental Canadian vision of public health care . . . Bill Siksay is
the member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas and the federal New Democrat
critic for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual issues."
SheWired.com: "Kerry Washington Comes Out on Top in 'Cracktown'"
" . . . she tackles her heaviest role to date -- Marybeth,
the male-to-female transsexual, heroin-addicted prostitute she plays to
perfection in Life Is Hot in Cracktown. From her walk to her talk,
Washington nails the part -- and it’s a sure sign her best roles have yet to
come. Washington sat down with Advocate.com to talk about the film . . . and
how she found her femininity in paying trans."
New York Times: "It’s Time to Learn From Frogs"
"Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health
catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their
sexual organs. . . Now scientists are connecting the dots with evidence of
increasing abnormalities among humans, particularly large increases in
numbers of genital deformities among newborn boys. For example . . . up to 1
percent of boys in the United States are now born with hypospadias, in which
the urethra exits the penis improperly, such as at the base "
6-28-09: Gay Wired: "Remembering Stonewall: 40 Years Later" (more,
6-28-09: Chicago Sun-Times: "Nearly a half-million expected at Gay
"Actor and activist Alexandra Billings is the parade's Grand
Marshal. Considering that Billings, a former Chicagoan who now lives in
Hollywood, is a transgender woman and the Stonewall rebellion was fueled in
large part by transgender people, parade organizers say it is especially
fitting that she is this year's Grand Marshal."
6-28-09: New York Daily News: "Memories of Stonewall are still alive"
"A bartender who was slinging drinks at the Stonewall Inn the
night it was raided 40 years ago says young people need to know how far the
gay-lesbian bisexual-transsexual movement has come - and what the previous
generation sacrificed to get here. . ."They have no idea the older
generation went to jail for them . . ."
6-28-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Sex change ops on the NHS have trebled...
since the procedure became a 'right'" (more)
"Sex changes on the NHS became a right in July 1999 after the
Appeal Court recognised that those who believed they were born into the
wrong body were suffering from a legitimate illness. In 1999, the year sex
changes became free, 49 people had the operation on the NHS in England. But
last year that figure had increased to 137, according to the latest figures
from The NHS Information Centre. . . In addition to the NHS figures . . .
last year at least 150 Britons had their sex-change operations privately,
either abroad or in the UK."
6-28-09: The Hindu (India): "Transgender groups demand right to life"
"BHUBANESWAR: People belonging to lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender groups took out a rally here on Saturday, demanding their right
to life and dignity. . . “Those with alternative sexualities and gender
identities are expressions of diversity of humanity. We are not suffering
from physical or mental illness. Our sexualities and gender are not the
result of western culture or media influence; nor are they indicators of
cultural degradation,” Subham Mishra, a leading gay activist, said. . . At a
seminar earlier, experts and activists hailed the boldness with which these
people started pressing for their rights."
6-28-09: The Gleaner (Jamaica): Block loopholes in proposed sex laws -
" . . . another parliamentarian is urging her colleagues to
block every loophole to prevent a man who undergoes a sex change from
seeking coverage under the definition of sexual intercourse in the proposed
law. . . Government Senator Hyacinth Bennett said the vagina and penis
should in the bill, be stated as the natural sex organs as defined at birth
. . . She argued that a man could claim to change his gender to that of a
woman by having a vagina surgically constructed and then seek coverage under
the definition of sexual intercourse."
[Beware: Jamaica is an incredibly homophobic/transphobic
6-27-09: The Catholic Exchange (posted 6-25): "Legalizing Deception:
Why “Gender Identity” Should Not be Added to Anti-discrimination
"Certain national and international groups are pushing for
the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to
anti-discrimination laws. . . Such persons deceive themselves, deceive
others, and are being deceived by mental health professionals and surgeons.
. . One lie leads to another. A clearly male person presents himself in
public as a woman. He has had surgery and hormone treatments to perfect his
impersonation and he demands that we pretend this makes him a woman . . .
Those who are obsessed with the idea of being the other sex
often resist therapy. They refuse to look at the psychological reasons for
their desires. . . Lawrence also points out that when autogynephiles are not
accepted as the sex they want to be they can be vulnerable to narcissistic
rage . . . If you want to understand the full potential of such wrath,
consider the case of John Michael Bailey, whose book The Man who would be
Queen provoked retaliation from a small group of persons who didn’t like
being labeled autogynephiles. They used the Internet to make outrageous
accusations against Bailey, attacking his children, trying to turn
colleagues against him, and to have him fired from his job. . . Even if only
a small number of autogynephiles are prone to narcissistic revenge, they
could cause incredible harm to anyone who speaks the truth . . .
And it gets worse. . . children who think they are the
other sex are given puberty-blocking hormones so that secondary sexual
characteristics do not appear. Then they are given hormones proper to the
other sex, so that at age 18 they can be surgically mutilated. In other
words, the entire educational, psychological, and medical establishment is
conspiring to see that these children never receive proper treatment."
[This is serious stuff: In the run-up to ENDA, the Catholic
Church is escalating its attack on trans people by exploiting the
Blanchard/Bailey/Lawrence terminology to defame transitioned women as
"autogynephiles." In the process, they are lionizing trans-demonizer
J. Michael Bailey as a great scientific truth-seeker whose life was 'ruined'
by a tiny group of such witch-like people, citing the historical fiction
writing of Bailey-defender Alice Dreger as their 'evidence'. Does this
remind you of something? Like when the Church condemned thousands of women
as "witches", and produced scholarly tomes to 'prove' that they were
6-27-09: WBT (posted 6-26): "Catholic Church as Anti-Trans Hate Group:
The Smoking Gun"
6-26-09: Truth Wins Out: "Church’s Exorcism of Gay Teenager Is Child
Abuse and Fanaticism Disguised as Faith (CNN
video of exorcism)
"Shocking Video Reveals Underbelly of ‘Ex-Gay’ Ministries . .
. The exorcism video shows a teen writhing on the ground as adults implore
so-called “homosexual demons” to get out. The leaders yell at the boy on the
ground saying, “Right now in the name of Jesus, I call the homosexuality,
right now in the name of Jesus.” This scene unfolds for 20 minutes with the
boy in a near seizure, even vomiting."
6-27-09: The Day (Connecticut): "Echoes Of 1969 Still Sound 40 Years
"How could so much happen in one year? And how could it
remain so relevant today? There are landmark years, and 1969 was certainly
one of them. Forty years ago Sunday the Stonewall riots in New York City
marked the start of the modern gay rights movement, and today's continuing
debate over same-sex marriage illustrates that while the cause of tolerance
has made impressive gains, the fight for equal treatment continues."
6-27-09: AARP: "Stonewall 40th Anniversary"
"What Was Stonewall? Considered the official start of the
gay-rights movement, the demonstrations started after police raided the
Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969."
6-26-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders spread the Khwaja's
message at Urs"
"If one visits the bus stand or railway station during the
night, he will be surprised to see beautiful girls chatting fearlessly on
the road." I saw them last night while returning home. They were as
beautiful as bollywood actresses. I realized later that they were kinnars,"
said Laxman Singh Rathore . . . Transgenders have gathered at the Urs since
ages. "Khwaja Garib Nawaz gave us the power to bless people," said Sonali .
6-26-09: Centralia Chronicle (Washington): "Becoming a Woman"
"Transgender: Centralia Resident Relives the Hardship, Joy
and Process of Changing Her Gender Forever"
6-26-09: BBC News (UK): "Transexual wins surgery funding
"A transsexual from Nottinghamshire has won her fight with
the NHS to be given hormone treatment and surgery to change sex from a man
to a woman"
6-25-09: Bay Windows: "Local activists among 40 ’transgender heroes’
honored at Stonewall bar"
"Scott . . . feels that the list is an important step in
reversing a longstanding trend of erasing transgender people from LGBT
history. Many gay people believe that Stonewall was a rebellion led largely
by gay white men, he said, and there is a larger perception that the
transgender community is a relatively recent addition to the LGBT rights
movement. "There’s a lot of history that we’ve been written out of,
particularly in the early gay rights movement. ... That whole assumption
that we just showed up and started doing activism is so dismissive and not
true," said Scott . . . "It’s just about who controlled that conversation,
who controlled that message and who gets counted as history.""
6-25-09: EDGE (Boston): "AARP Celebrates Stonewall 40"
"To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, AARP has
launched a multiplatform media campaign. Online, television, radio and print
content includes contributions from prominent and outspoken members of the
6-25-09: Now Toronto (Canada): "When gender is tender:
Trannies know who they are; it’s everyone else who’s confused"
“When people are in transition, they bring the outside into
alignment with something that already exists. They don’t go through as much
of a change as the people around them do. Internally they remain consistent,
and much of transition is managing everybody else’s experience. The
decisions people make when they transition are based on a very stable,
enduring sense of self. They tend to really know who they are. It just
confuses the rest of us. People may postpone transition because they don’t
want to be shut off from friends and family.”
6-25-09: Indiana Equality Media Release: "Indiana Equality Praises
South Bend Mayor for Executive Order on Non-Discrimination"
"South Bend Mayor
Executive Order on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 to expand the city's
non-discrimination policy for city employees to include sexual orientation
and gender identity. Indiana Equality thanks Mayor Luecke for his decision
and congratulates the entire South Bend community on this step forward."
6-24-09: GLAD: "Inclusive ENDA: Passage is Essential"
"Help Ensure ENDA Becomes Law: You can help build momentum
for the bill’s passage by contacting your legislator today and asking him or
her to become a cosponsor. Becoming a cosponsor shows that the
representative will stand firm with our community in support of this
6-24-09: NCLR: "Action Alert: Take Action NOW to Pass ENDA"
"This historic bill has bipartisan support in the House, but
we need your support to make it a reality. Please take action NOW to contact
your representatives and urge them to support this crucial piece of
legislation that protects all workers."
Sample meeting request letters, and other talking points and
resources for your meetings, are available in the following toolkits (pdf):
Force ENDA Grassroots Toolkit
Center for Transgender Equality’s Making Your Voice Heard
o PFLAG’s Bringing
the Message Home
GID Reform: "Revision Suggestions for Gender Related Diagnoses in the DSM
[A synopsis of a presentation to The World Professional
Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 2009 XXI Biennial Symposium, June
19, 2009 by Ehrbar, Randall D., Psy.D.; Winters, Kelley, Ph.D.; Gorton, R.
6-24-09: Diversity Rules Magazine (July/Augsut 09): "A Mother's Love:
A visit with Kim Pearson, Executive Director, Trans Youth Family Allies,
Inc." (cover story)
Advance for Nurses: "A Sensitive Nursing Subject - Healthcare providers have
victimized transgendered patients in many ways."
"Healthcare providers and society have victimized the
community of transgendered patients in many ways. Often, these patients are
experiencing multiple losses and are surrounded by their own veil of
isolation from their families, friends and co-workers. In addition,
they may not seek preventative healthcare or care for acute illness, as it
will reinforce their negative experiences or perceptions of how they were
treated in the past by healthcare providers. A patient could be bullied,
teased or ostracized by members of the behavioral health milieu, including
staff, and experience the victim role once again. Often these patients
find themselves without healthcare insurance because of unemployment,
homelessness and difficulty obtaining access and insurance coverage for
medically-desired procedures and for follow-up once the insurer learns they
are transgendered . . ."
[An important article to bring to the attention of
medical care providers]
6-24-09: Now Toronto (Canada): "When gender is tender"
"Trannies know who they are; it’s everyone else who’s confused"
New York Times: "New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers"
"Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting
first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against
transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday."
6-22-09: Examiner.com: "'Make-over Camp': good for girls?
"A controversial new summer camp teaches girls ages 10 to 14
how to develop their “presence.” The definition of “presence” appears to
involve fashion, makeup, hostess skills, table setting, and flower
arranging. And while some girls will inevitably want to attend such a camp,
it can present dangers. Parents of transgendered or gender-diverse girls
might send their daughter to such a camp in the hope of “changing” or
“correcting” her, rather than letting her express her true gender identity.
For a girl with gender identity issues or a strong male gender identity,
such a camp could cause enormous emotional trauma."
GID Reform: "Revision Suggestions for Gender Related Diagnoses in the DSM
and ICD": Presentation by
Ehrbar, Randall D., Psy.D.,Winters,
Kelley, Ph.D., Gorton, R.
Nicholas, M.D., WPATH
2009 XXI Biennial Symposium, June 19,
2009, Oslo, Norway
with different beliefs and assumptions about appropriate diagnoses for
transgender and gender variant individuals suffering from gender dysphoria,
the members of this panel have reached similar conclusions about desirable
changes to diagnostic categories in the next version of the DSM and ICD."
6-19-09: Dallas Voice: "Trans-cending time"
"The transgender movement since the Stonewall Riots,
especially in the last 30 years, has gained an almost surprising strength
and a proud sense of validation. Its rich history is closely tied to both
gay and feminist liberation movements, which seek various forms of gender
6-18-09: CBS News: "A Pro Bono Transgender Primer - Dr. Jon LaPook
Explores The Controversy And Confusion Surrounding Transgender Issues"
"Transgender issues have been in the news with the recent
announcement that Cher's daughter, Chaz Bono, is transitioning from female
to male. This subject has been plagued by misunderstanding and fear of the
unknown. Transgender children are often shamed, bullied, and made to feel
totally alone. As adolescents and adults, they face denial of adequate
medical coverage and other forms of discrimination - and worse."
6-18-09: Entertainment Tonight: "Alexis Arquette: A Proud Transgender
Female's Advice to Chaz Bono"
6-18-09: Shanghai Daily (China): "New rules on safety of sex-change
"The rules also require a psychiatrist's diagnosis that the
applicant has a gender identity disorder and is free of mental illness. He
or she must have wanted the surgery for at least five years and lived under
the new gender role for at least two years . . . The No. 411 Hospital
performed 166 sex-change surgeries last year, mostly on people in their
30s."We turn down thousands of people every year because they can't provide
the proper documents or their personal situation is not suitable," said
Zhao, one of He's students."
6-18-09: The Independent (UK): "'I know who I want to be': Why I
decided to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment"
"Vivienne, 42, of Glasgow, is undergoing male-to-female
gender reassignment. She has been receiving counselling and hormone
treatment for 14 months under the NHS, and is planning to have the full
operation in Thailand in October. "
6-18-09: Toronto Star (re South Africa and Uganda): "Ugandan activist
punished for transgender identity"
"Grace and persistence under almost unendurable circumstances
have earned Victor Juliet Mukasa a place at the head of this year's Pride
parade (in South Africa). Still, for someone who's been punished because of
his gender identity, "a transperson," as the 33-year-old Ugandan calls
himself, the prospect of serving as Pride Week's international grand marshal
6-17-09: DNA (India): "You can mark T for transgender in TN"
"Sexual minorities hardly ever have it easy. Marginalised by
the regular Joes and Janes, they live along the fringes of society. But
there is light at the end of their despair-ridden tunnel, at least in Tamil
Nadu, where the state government has introduced schemes to bring transgender
people and eunuchs back into the mainstream."
BBC News (re Laos): "Laos tackles transgender taboos"
A new drive to contain the spread of HIV/Aids in Laos is
forcing officials to recognise a marginalised group - transgender men known
as "katheoy".The BBC's Jill McGivering went to meet some of them in the
[What's with the BBC? Why are they referring to transgender
women as "transgender men"? Good grief, how clueless can you get!]
6-17-09: Hollscoop (re Thailand): "David Carradine's Friend: He Was
Killed by Transsexual Prostitutes"
"Shocking new claims in the death of David Carradine. His
producer friend David Winters believes Carradine was murdered by transsexual
hookers. He tells Globe magazine, "David Carradine was murdered... I
strongly believe Lady Boys are responsible. Lady Boys operate in pairs.
David would not have stood a chance. They can be very brutal.”"
[Here we go: trans-bashing rumors created to deflect rumors
of an autosexual accident]
6-17-09: Examiner.com: "Tri-Ess: The Society for the Second Self"
"Crossdressers are probably as misunderstood in our society as are
transsexuals. But crossdressers are not
transsexuals, nor are they
drag queens. Instead, they are (usually) heterosexual men who dress in
what society considers “female” clothing and take on a female appearance in
order to express a feminine side of their personality."
Southern Voice: "Frank to introduce ENDA next week"
"Diego Sanchez, who is transgender and a senior policy
adviser to Frank, said the bill will be inclusive of sexual orientation and
6-17-09: Wall Street Journal (re China): "China Issues Draft Rules on
Sex Change" (more)
"According to official news agency
Xinhua, there are an estimated 1,000 transsexuals in China. The
China Daily, however, cites experts who put the number of sex changes in
China nearly 2,000 Chinese to date, with another 100,000 to 400,000
considering the surgery"
6-17-09: Women Born Transsexual: "Alice Dreger," by Andrea Brown [PDF]
"Alice Dreger is
a fan and friend of J. Michael Bailey and has defended him completely, every
chance she has got. It is a strange position for someone to take who claims
to be an ethicist . . ."
6-16-09: New York Times: ""Sex Change: Second Chance - Terry Cummings"
(see also video story)
"After a heart problem in 2006, Terry Cummings decided to
face her lifelong gender dysphoria, a psychological discomfort with her sex,
and make the change from male to female."
6-16-09: China Daily (China): "Sex change surgery guidelines drafted"
the surgery must be older than 20 and single, the draft guideline said. They
are also required to prove a persistent desire for a sex change, to live for
at least five consecutive years full-time in the new gender role, and to
engage in mental therapy for at least one year."
6-16-09: TS Roadmap (re China): "Chinese transsexuals now face
regressive Toronto-style requirements"
It is now as
difficult for transsexual people to get access to health services in
communist China as it is via government-funded programmes in Toronto at the
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Fox News: "First Photo of Chaz Bono Surfaces Since Sex-Change Process Began"
Mom Logic: "The Courage of Chaz Bono"
Dr. Michelle Golland: Chaz Bono's decision to go through the
process of becoming a man is one that, as a mental health professional, I
know will benefit other people struggling with the same issue: now they have
an open and public role model to look toward."
6-16-09: CNN: "Commentary: Transgender people are everywhere," by
people -- that is, people who may not experience or express their gender in
ways that are necessarily typical for the physical sex of their body -- have
been part of the fabric of cultures for as long as history has been
recorded. We're a cross-section of society -- pilots, engineers, doctors,
factory workers, artisans and pretty much anything else you can imagine. It
was only a matter of time before we came to Hollywood. Make no mistake --
Chaz isn't the first and certainly won't be the last."
Researchwithpride.org (Toronto, Canada): "Research with Pride: A Community
Forum," Thursday June 18, 2009,
6-8pm, 519 Church Street Community
community sounding will help shape and direct the Research with Pride: A
Community Forum that will be hosted in October 2009.
. . We are
lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans students and allies at the University of Toronto
who are concerned with the health needs of our communities. We come from
different disciplines including public health, nursing and health policy and
we share the recognition of a gap between
LGBTT2IQQ health needs and the health
resources our community actually receives . . .We know that certain members
of our communities have
been exploited, pathologised and made
invisible by research that was supposed to be “for our own good.”. . . As
more LGBTT2IQQ individuals have entered
academia and/or engaged in community-based research, some of us are trying
to redefine what research into LGBTT2IQQ
health can look like."
6-16-09: USA Today: "Christian conservatives fight expansion of
hate-crimes law" (more)
Christian leaders are fighting a bill that would provide federal hate-crimes
coverage to gays and lesbians, prompting questions of who, if anyone, should
be protected by such laws."
LifeSite News (re UK): "Equality Bill’s Emphasis on Medical Reality “Doesn’t
go Far Enough” to Protect “Trans People”: “Trans” Activist to Parliament"
"Stephen Whittle, vice president of the “transgendered” lobby
group Press For Change, and a woman who has undergone surgery to look like a
man, told the bill committee that the law should be applied to “trans
people,” who are only at the “stage of life” where they merely “cross-dress
part-time.” “That goes right through to people who have undergone gender
reassignment,” she said. . . In an article published this weekend in the
Catholic Herald, discrimination law expert Neil Addison wrote that the
Equality Bill is a direct attack on religious freedom in Britain.”
[Yet another hateful rant from the 'Christian' right]
TS Roadmap: "Megan B. McCormick, transsexualism, and J. Michael Bailey," by
Andrea James (more)
engaged in fraud in hopes of obtaining a signed photo from me, so she could
give it to someone I helped bring up on formal charges. Ms. McCormick’s
behavior is analogous to requesting a signed photo from a prominent black
activist on behalf of a nonexistent black admirer, then giving it to white
nationalist David Duke as a gag gift. That sort of fraud is not exactly the
kind of behavior I’d want in my
lawyer, so I believe it’s in the public interest to make available the
unsolicited materials Megan McCormick sent to me via my website. . .
What kind of
person decides on a lark to get involved in a dispute between a
controversial academic and the victims of his pseudoscience? What kind of
person engages in fraud to obtain a signed gift for J. Michael Bailey from
someone who helped file charges against him? Only Megan B. McCormick can
explain her troubling behavior, but she’s been too busy trying to erase
materials she published on the internet. In the same way that shame-filled
crossdressers purge their clothing collection when caught, Megan McCormick
has attempted to purge all online evidence she’s published, but it was too
late. The internet never forgets."
6-15-09: Gotham Gazette: "40 Years After Stonewall: New York's Role in
the Movement," by Andy Humm
Stonewall Rebellion, when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
fought back against police repression at a Greenwich Village bar with a
six-day riot in June 1969 is considered the birth of the modern "gay rights"
6-15-09: Bianet (Turkey): "New Police Chief for Istanbul: Women and
Transgender Individuals Pleased at Cerrah's Departure"
"As Istanbul is preparing for a new Chief of Police, many
segments of the city are happy that Celalettin Cerrah is going. . .
According to transexual Beren, "During the six years that Celalettin Cerrah
has been Istanbul Chief of Police, the violence against transvestites and
transexuals (TT) has risen very noticably. His time in office has been a
turning point for the worse." Compared with the previous Chief of Police, so
Beren, Cerrah has made Istanbul a much more difficult city to live in."
6-15-09: Appleton Post-Crescent (Wisconsin): "Trial set in transgender
civil case that alleges discrimination at Park Central in Appleton"
"Broussard said she was twice denied entrance to Park
Central, 318 W. College Ave., and said an employee told her if she "used
either bathroom it would cause confusion for the other patrons," and that
she should go to a club that caters to "her kind.""
6-14-09: Bangkok Post (Thailand): "One sector of Thailand's tourism
industry is shrugging off the global economic downturn and thriving"
"Thailand's cosmetic and gender reassignment surgery industry
is bucking the global economic downturn, with glamorous international
ladyboy shows a walking advertisement for the skills of local surgeons.
Preecha Tiewtranon, chairman and CEO of the Preecha Aesthetic Institute, the
nation's leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgery provider, said Thailand
remained the world's leading destination for such operations."
6-14-09: Newsday: "Long Island Pride Parade now more 'family
"Hundreds of marchers wound down Main Street in Huntington
Sunday for the 19th annual
Long Island Pride Parade, a celebration that drew more families and
faith groups than divas in drag. "We like that it's more family-oriented,"
said Lauren Malin, 26, of
East Islip, who came with her partner, Angela Reteguiz, 26, and Malin's
niece Jade, 2, who is their goddaughter. "We can bring our niece and show
her tolerance at an early age.""
6-13-09: Bianet (Turkey): "Transsexual Celebrity Acquitted Of
“Alienating People From Military Service"
transsexual singer Bülent Ersoy is acquitted of the accusation of
“alienating people from military service”, which she faced for her words
during a TV show that if she had a son she would not send him to the war
with the PKK in the east."
6-13-09: The Sun Coast News: "Dunedin passes anti-discrimination
"In this city it is now illegal to discriminate against
anyone in a public accomodation based on gender identity, sexual orientation
6-13-09: Contact Music: "Cayne Salutes Bono for Going Public with Sex
tells In Touch magazine, "I commend Chaz for his brave journey, for being
such a public figure and owning his identity."Cayne underwent her own gender
change in her early 20s."
6-12-09: On Top Magazine: "'I Hurt People' Radio Host Says In
Transgender Apology" (more)
“I didn't realize that my words could really affect and hurt
as bad and as negatively as they did,” States said. “I hurt people. And that
wasn't my goal. I stupidly tried to think that I was entertaining people by
the things that I said and I hurt people in the process.” “I think this is
the way we make change – and we don't mean as individuals, but as a
community,” Sandeen said after the program. “Humanity won the day. I think
that's what worked – we all became humans in the same room instead of
6-12-09: CNN: "Commentary: Chastity, 'Good luck, brother!'," a Special
to CNN by Jamison Green
"Welcome, Chaz! . . .Your visibility can bring new
understanding. Where others of us have run from the spotlight, and still
others have been denied a voice by a disinterested public, you have the ear
of the media, and you will not be ignored. But don't be tempted to expose
yourself when you're not ready. Your life must be your own. For me, the goal
of transition was not to become "normal" -- whatever that is -- but to
become balanced as myself. . . My path worked for me; I hope yours works for
you. Good luck, brother!"
6-12-09: CNN: "Born in male body, Jenny knew early that she was
"The desire to be female never went away. At age 48, Madden
confessed these feelings to a doctor, and started seeing a gender therapist
who suggested Madden was transgendered. Through reconstructive surgeries,
electrolysis, laser procedures and voice lessons, Henry Joseph became
Jennifer Elizabeth, known as Jenny. She is a practicing family physician in
Nashua, New Hampshire."
6-12-09: Mom Logic: "What It's Like To Be Transgendered"
"Yesterday, Chaz Bono announced his plans to have a sex
change. Rika, a 17-year-old boy who came out as a girl during her freshman
year, sheds a little light on what it means to be transgendered."
6-12-09: Transgriot: "What If There Was A Trans Trial And Nobody
6-12-09: Feministe: "Trial for the Murder of Lateisha Green Receives
Total Media Blackout"
6-11-09: El Pais (Spain): "Mujeres que han pasado a la historia de la
People Magazine: "Chastity Bono Undergoing Sex Change" (more,
"Political and social activist Chastity Bono – the only child
of entertainers Cher and the late Sonny Bono – began undergoing a sex change
shortly after her 40th birthday on March 4. "Cher is very supportive and has
known about Chastity wanting to do this for a very long time," a source
tells PEOPLE. "This will be a long process but it's something Chastity has
wanted to do for many years." Bono's spokesman, Howard Bragman, told
TMZ, which first reported the story, "Yes, it's true – Chaz, after many
years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true
6-11-09: Gay City News: "Trans Rights Go Global"
“In 2010, the World Health Organization is to conduct a
review of its list of mental disorders,” Tin told Gay City News by telephone
from Paris. “That’s why this year we changed the name of IDAHO to the
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and launched our
global online petition campaign for transgender rights.” The new petition,
entitled “Reject Transphobia, Respect Gender Identity,” includes a call for
the WHO to stop considering trans people as mentally disordered; for the
UN’s human rights bodies to examine the human rights abuses they face around
the world; and for governments to adopt the Yogyakarta Principles in favor
of LGBT rights. The declaration also seeks to insure that transgendered
people benefit from health care, including the right to gender reassignment
if they wish it, and the right to adapt their civil status to their
preferred gender (article contains
the complete text of the petition.) . . .To underscore its support for this
year’s IDAHO events, on the eve of May 17 the French government officially
announced it would no longer classify transgender identity and expression as
a mental disorder, becoming the first government to take that action. "
6-11-09: Stabroek News (): "New OAS resolution condemns violence linked to
sexual orientation, gender ID"
"The Organisation of American States (OAS) approved its
second resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”
at its 39th General Assembly held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from June
6-11-09: Sacramento Bee: "Radio show back today – with transgender
Sandeen, one the mother of a transgender teen and the other a San Diego
transgender activist, told The Bee they will try to put a human face on a
6-11-09: The Korea Times (South Korea): "'3xFTM' Spotlights Sexual
"In the high tide of documentaries here, with the
minor genre gaining an unprecedented momentum, "3xFTM'' by Kim Il-rhan
stands out as the country's first film about the FTM transgender experience.
6-11-09: The Telegraph (re Spain): "Pregnant Spanish 'man' suffers
"A Spanish transsexual who was pregnant with twins has
suffered a miscarriage, a Spanish newspaper said."
6-10-09: LynnConway.com: "Formal complaint of academic misconduct
filed against Ken Zucker: Letter from Lynn Conway to Catherine Whiteside,
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, University of Toronto"
"Not only did Dr. Zucker apparently misappropriate University
legal funds to press a personal action aimed at intimidating and silencing a
transgender critic, thereby defrauding the people of the Province of
Ontario, he also abused his position of authority as a senior faculty member
to co-opt CAMH into enjoining this unethical action – i.e., joining into a
false accusation of libel. Furthermore, he has engaged in a pattern of such
activities, i.e., repeatedly co-opting CAMH into launching libel threats
against his critics – thus terribly frightening and intimidating others too.
The evidence of this is quite clear, for several other transitioned women
have recently posted legal threats that they have received from CAMH and
these are likely just the tip of the iceberg."
NGLTF and ICS Press Release: "Stonewall 40: Trans Heroes" (photo-montage
and links to each of the 40)
honor of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the International Court
System, in collaboration with the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force, is recognizing 40 transgender and gender- nonconforming
individuals for their contribution toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) equality. To mark this occasion, the
International Court System is showcasing these "40 Trans Heroes" on
its Web site at
www.impcourt.org/Trans40/ to highlight the importance of the
transgender and gender-nonconforming community as an equal and
important part of the broader LGBT community.
6-10-09: SX News (Australia): "Place in the world "
"How the story of Lili Elbe, one of history’s most intriguing
transgender pioneers, inspired the work of out author David Ebershoff . . .
“I was really interested in her undergoing this extraordinary
transformation,” he says. “What interested me about Lili was not only that
she was the first to undergo gender reassignment, but that she was lost to
history. What also intrigued me about her was the courage and vision it took
to do that, and her envisioning a future for herself which no one else had
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Transgender person assaulted, teen investigated
for hate crime" (more)
"A group of teens beat a transgender person and threatened to
kill her Saturday on Rainier Avenue, according to Seattle police."
6-10-09: Typically Spanish (Spain): "Transsexual transferred to womens
unit in prison"
"The woman concerned is serving a sentence for rape and still
has male genitalia"
6-10-09: De Bild (re US): "Thomas Beatie's New Son: World's first
'pregnant man' has a second baby"
6-09-09: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism: "Endocrine
Treatment of Transsexual Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice
Guideline", by Wylie C. Hembree, Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, Henriette A.
Waal, Louis J. Gooren, Walter J. Meyer III, Norman P. Spack, Vin Tangpricha,
and Victor M. Montori
"Sex reassignment is a multidisciplinary treatment
in which endocrinologists play an important role. Transsexual
persons seeking to develop the physical characteristics of the
desired gender require a safe and effective hormone regimen that
will 1) suppress endogenous hormone secretion determined by the
person's genetic/biologic sex and 2) maintain sex hormone levels
within the normal range for the person's gender. . . We recommend
treating transsexual adolescents (Tanner stage 2) with
suppression of puberty with GnRH analogues until age 16 years,
after which cross-sex hormones may be given. We suggest
suppression of endogenous sex hormones, maintaining physiologic
levels of gender-appropriate sex hormones and surveillance for
known risks and complications in adult transsexual persons."
6-09-09: Just Plain Sense (UK): "Adopting - A Trans Perspective," a
podcast by Christine Burns
"In this interview I speak to a trans man who, with his wife,
has successfully overcome the obstacles to adopt two young children. He also
now advises other trans people on how to navigate the process too, and to
deal with the general ignorance of social workers in this context."
6-09-09: Sacramento Bee: "Radio hosts say they'll discuss 'hateful'
transgender remarks on air Thursday" (more)
"The trio known
to KRXQ listeners as "Rob, Arnie & Dawn" will not broadcast live again until
Thursday, when they will "say what needs to be said" about references they
made on air about transgender people."
6-09-09: The Times of India (India): "Sirsa singing sensation wants to
be a boy"
"In what has come as a startling decision by one so young,
Diksha Sharma, at 14, and a singing sensation says she wants to change her
sex and become a boy at 18. For one who flaunts a crew cut and is always in
masculine attire, Diksha has already decided on a name for herself once she
undergoes sex-change. "I'll be Daksha Sharma then,'' she told TOI on
6-09-09: Examiner.com: "The Gender Identity Center of Colorado — right
in your own backyard"
"Most people aren’t even aware that the Denver Metro area has
one of the oldest gender centers in the country — the
Gender Identity Center of
Colorado (GIC), founded in 1978 and incorporated in 1980. In fact, most
people don’t even know what a gender center is. So let’s find out …"
6-08-09: Daily Kos: "Transgender Man's Response to Rob, Arnie & Dawn"
YouTube: "2009-05 May 28 KRXQ radio show promotes violence vs trans
children," by Carol Milazzo, M.D. (Video)
"The KRXQ-FM Rob, Arnie & Dawn morning radio show promoted
physical abuse and ridicule against transgender children. After receiving a
deluge of protests from the community, the radio show hosts give for an
excuse "It was a joke." This news report carries the response from the
Sacramento chapter of PFLAG and was broadcast on June 3, 2009 on KCRA-TV in
[An excellent compilation of news videos and
commentary by Carol Milazzo, M.D.]
SPECIAL ALERT: All content on the webpage of the Rob, Arnie and Dawn show at
KRQX was replaced by the message at THIS LINK
[Rob and Arnie run for cover. Looks like they're going to try
to get the public to "take pity on them". Good luck, eh?]
6-08-09: Transpolitical.blogspot (posted 6-04): "You Can Marry, But
You Can't Work", by Vanessa Edwards Foster
"So now we have yet another state that allows gay and lesbian
couples, and even transgenders, to marry on January 1, 2010. You can bet
there will be couples lined up taking advantage of the new law on New Years
morning! However if you're transgender, you won't be able to work. Like
Massachusetts or Connecticut, you can only marry but still be fired for
being who you are."
6-08-09: Examiner.com: "Trans people are the real deal," by Matt
"Transsexual people are not impersonating anyone. We are not
defrauding anyone. We are just being ourselves. . . There are people out
there who do impersonate others, or who make up identities or falsehoods in
order to deceive people. But they are not transsexuals. Any deception on the
part of transsexual people is the years spent deceiving ourselves before
finally accepting and embracing our true identity."
6-07-09: Bilerico Project: "Entercom Communications Corporation: When
Big Business Demonizes Innocent Children," by Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
"The community response to Sacramento radio station KRXQ FM,
following hateful and threatening remarks toward gender variant children on
May 28th, has been overwhelming and gratifying. . . While the bulk of the
community response as been directed at the station management and its major
advertisers, it is the parent corporation that should ultimately be held
accountable. KRXQ FM in Sacramento is owned by Entercom Communications,
Corp., based near Philadelphia, PA." (Entercom
6-07-09: The Age (Australia): "Transsexual takes to the footy field"
"Like many young Victorian males, Will loves his footy. He
dreams of joining the thousands of men who lace up their boots every weekend
and play in amateur competitions. He's just like them in every way but one —
he was born female. When the 25-year-old takes to the field he will become
Australia's first female-to-male transsexual to play competitive football in
a men's team."
6-07-09: Reuters (re US; postged 6-05): "Tough times prompt
transgender job fair in L.A." (more)
"Sydney Dupree came to Los Angeles because, as a young
male-to-female transsexual, she found Memphis hostile. She came to the
transgender job fair because jobs are hard for her to find, even in Los
6-07-09: "Ex-fighter pilot listens to feminine voice he'd tried to
"Darlene, 58, gingerly climbed the
stairs to use the bathroom, past a framed box of
ribbons and medals, military honors presented to
David, the man she used to be."
6-06-09: Huffington Report: "KRXQ Radio Hosts Have
History of Obscenity Involving Children: FCC Report", by Michael Rowe
"On October 15th 2004, the FCC
released its findings in an obscenity complaint
brought against KRXQ . . . The 19 page report cites
two specific instances where they deemed Rob,
Arnie & Dawn in the Morning to have engaged in
graphic sexual obscenity on-air. While Segment 2 of
the report (File No. EB-02-IH-0715) cites "a graphic
and detailed discussion of various methods that men
may employ to disgrace, degrade and humiliate women
before, during, and after sexual intercourse,"
Segment 1 is even more disturbing, especially in
light of States and Williams' recent comments about
transgender children, dealing as it does with a skit
about the sexual abuse of a little boy at the hands
of his father."
[This is getting
creepier and creepier. . . ]
DNA India (India): "'I changed sex for her, but she dumped me'" (more,
woman, who underwent a sex change operation to disguise her lesbian
relationship, is now struggling to find her lost identity after being
deserted by her 39-year-old lover."
6-05-09: GLAAD Blog:
"UPDATE: McDonald’s Is 10th Company to Pull KRXQ Advertising"
"GLAAD just posted a recap of
its activity relating to KRXQ and its
offensive comments against transgender
children. The summary also included a
announcing their decision to pull its
advertising from the radio station. You can
find all of that plus recent media coverage
here. Minutes after posting our
recap, I received an email from
McDonald’s at 9:17pm EST. Soon
after I spoke with a member of the
McDonald’s Public Relations team who wanted
us to post and distribute their statement .
. . The global fast food chain now becomes
the tenth company to either
retract or to not renew its advertising
contract with KRXQ."
The entire listing of
Bank of America
Carl’s Jr (CKE Restaurants)
Nissan North America
6-05-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Ads pulled over radio hosts'
America, Verizon, Chipotle and other companies have pulled advertising from
a Sacramento radio station after talk show hosts referred to transgender
people as "freaks" with mental disorders. . . Transgender advocates and the
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have sought an apology from two
of the show's three hosts, Arnie States and Rob Williams. The third host,
Dawn Rossi, defended transgender people on the show. "Our issue here is that
Rob and Arnie advocated violence against children because of who they are
and have failed to take responsibility for their dehumanizing and defamatory
words," said Rashad Robinson, senior director of programs at GLAAD."
6-05-09: Ham&High (UK): "Caring transsexual in new documentary"
Diokno, 43, is the front woman of Paper Dolls, an extrovert group of
Filipino transsexuals who are the subject of a film that premieres at the
Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn on Monday."
PrideSource: "She ... Amanda Lepore, 'World's Most Famous Transsexual' talks
to BTL about upcoming LP, boob jobs, role model status and her famous
"The "My Pussy"
singer's been plasticized into something of a caricature - she'd probably be
the first to tell you, she modeled herself after Jessica Rabbit - which is
one of the reasons the model/actress/nightlife queen's been dubbed "World's
Most Famous Transsexual.""
6-04-09: The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY): Judge allows DeLee murder
case to go forward as a hate crime prosecution
William Walsh today upheld the constitutionality of the state's hate crime
law in the murder prosecution of Dwight DeLee. DeLee is charged with
second-degree murder as a hate crime in the Nov. 14 shooting death of Moses
Cannon. Cannon was described by his family as a transsexual who went by the
name Latiesha "Teish" Green. The prosecution contends the victim was
targeted because of sexual orientation."
6-04-09 Boston Globe: "N.H. ties gay-marriage knot " (more,
became the fifth state in New England yesterday and the sixth in the country
to allow same-sex marriage, as lawmakers approved and the governor signed
revised legislation designed to balance personal and religious freedom."
KXLY (Spokane, WA): "Living a lie: Gianni's story" (Link
to video interview)
life as a man has made him feel more comfortable than ever before. Now that
the final piece is complete, Giuliani can finally look at himself in the
mirror with confidence. "I see myself finally... looking at the person that
I feel I'm meant to be," said Giuliani. "It feels good, It feels awesome.""
6-02-09: GLAAD Call
to Action: "TAKE ACTION: Demand that KRXQ Radio Hosts Rob Williams and Arnie
States Apologize for Encouraging Violence Against Transgender Children"
"In a lengthy
May 28 tirade on the Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning radio show heard in
Sacramento, California on KRXQ 98.5 FM and Reno, Nevada on KDOT 104.5 FM,
hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States verbally attacked transgender children.
While discussing a recent story about a transgender child in Omaha, Nebraska
and her parents’ decision to support her transition, the two hosts spent
more than 30 minutes explicitly promoting child abuse of and making cruel,
dehumanizing and defamatory comments toward transgender children."
6-02-09: Huffington Post: "KRXQ Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage
Violence Against Transgender Children", by Michael Rowe
". . . the May
28th segment of KRXQ 98.5 FM Sacramento's Rob, Arnie, & Dawn in the
Morning radio talk show makes for a sickening half-hour of ugliness and
cruelty. . . Williams and States took turns referring to gender dysphoric
children as "idiots" and "freaks," who were just out "for attention" and had
"a mental disorder that just needs to somehow be gotten out of them," either
by verbal abuse on the part of the parents, or even shock therapy. "Allowing
transgenders to exist, pretty soon it becomes normal to fall in love with
the animals," they said. For his part, States bragged that if his own son
were to ever dare put on a pair of high heels, States would beat his son
with one of his own shoes. He urged parents whose own little boys expressed
a desire to wear a dress to verbally abuse and degrade them as a viable
response. . . "I'm going to go, 'You know what? You're a little idiot!
You little dumbass!'" States sneered, adding later, "I look forward to
when [the transgender children] go out into society and society beats them
down. And they wind up in therapy". . . If the kid ever gets to be
eighteen," States snarled, "and says 'I still feel like a woman!'
you say, 'Get out! Go be a freak! And understand, SON,
that society will never accept you because we still have some moral
[This attack on
transgender children is a signal of things to come from the transphobic
hate-mongers in our society - as more and more parents
seek alternatives to
Zucker's form of trans-reparative therapy for gender-variant children.
Please raise your voice against this hideous form of bigotry, and
please support TYFA.] [Take
Action: GLAAD & KRXQ contact info]
News (re Venezuela): "Venezuela 'silent' on hate crimes rise" (with
"In a city where
about 40 murders take place every weekend, it may not come as a big surprise
that four prostitutes have been killed on the same stretch of road in
Caracas in recent months. But when you find out that all four were
transsexuals or transgender, it changes the picture . . ."
Health Network (Canada): "Time To Deliver on Trans Human Rights"
Saturday, June 6, 10 am-4 pm, Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne
Street, Toronto, Ontario. Trans community members, supporters, and allies
discuss political strategies to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to
include "gender identity".
Ace Show Biz: "'The Hope Diamond of Transsexuals' Back to 'Nip/Tuck'" (more)
season of "Nip/Tuck" will not only boast a guest performance by Gilles
Marini but also the return of its obsessed transsexual, Ava Moore."
World Net Daily: "Southern Baptists say no to 'hate crimes' - Ask GOP Senate
Judiciary Committee leader to fight bill"
"The head of the
Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has
written to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate
Judiciary Committee, calling on him to battle approval of a "hate crimes"
critics have called "The Pedophile Protection Act." . . . During
arguments in the House while the plan was being adopted, lawmakers pointed
out the representatives were voting for protection for "all 547 forms of
sexual deviancy or 'paraphilias' listed by the American Psychiatric
Right is now exploiting the APA's DSM in their efforts to derail Hate Crimes
6-01-09: Korea Herald (Korea): "Ha Ri-su opens transgender club" (more,
Ha Ri-su (more,
more) has opened up a
transgender club, "Mix-trans" at Apgujeong-dong in southern Seoul. On May
13, she posted the news on her personal homepage. In her blog, Ha said that
she was "trying to make a better place for many people who have hardships
like me." As an owner of the club, she advertised "Mix-trans" by posting
club pictures on the website."
National Health Service video (UK): "Transgender: Jay's story"
"Jay describes his
transition from female to male and how he feels now"
just posted by the NHS on YouTube.]
5-31-09: GID Reform (posted 5-30): "Stop
Sexualizing Us!" - A guest essay by Julia Serano, Ph.D.
". . .
views trans feminine spectrum individuals the way most
movie producers do. To him, we are all either gay men
who become women in order to attract straight men, or we
are male perverts who become women in order to fulfill
some kind of bizarre sex fantasy.
We say, to the APA, stop sexualizing us!
Blanchard not only believes that we are
sexually deviant, but in the psychological literature,
he has forwarded his belief that those people who are
attracted to us—our lovers, partners and spouses—must
also suffer from a paraphilic disorder.
We say, to the APA, stop sexualizing us!
Blanchard’s theories have been challenged
by a majority of trans activists, allies, advocates and
countless trans-knowledgeable psychologists and
therapists. Yet, the APA selected him to play a lead
role in rewriting trans feminine gender expression back
into the DSM"
We say, to the APA, stop sexualizing
us! . . ."
[ Julia Serano's remarkable speech to the
at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric
Association is a guest essay at
Advocates. In "Stop Sexualizing Us!", Julia
Serano explores the hypersexualization of gender
diversity that is promoted by paraphiliac labeling in
the DSM and by psychiatric policy makers. Please
share this link with your friends and
5-31-09: Equality Arizona (posted 5-28):
"Listen up as Emmy Award winning host
Donna Rossi talks with
Kim Pearson of
Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) about their work in
advocating for the rights and welfare of transgender
5-31-09: National Health Service (UK): NHS Choices
"Transgender health - Overview of transgender health
and gender identity"; "Worried
about your child?"; "Real
story:'My trans daughter'"; "Guide
for young trans people in the UK"
[Alert from Christine Burns: "The NHS has
completely reworked their information about transgender
topics. Note the information about children and young
people, which is very open and accepting." (note the
extreme contrast with situation in Australia: see next
5-31-09: Brisbane Times (Australia): "Gender
setters- when doctors play God - Two former patients of
Australia's controversial sex-change clinic say
misdiagnosis and wrongful surgery destroyed their
" . . .psychiatrists worry about the
mounting evidence that surgery may not improve lives. A
review of more than 100 studies of post-operative
transsexuals by the University of Birmingham found there
was no evidence that surgery was effective and in many
cases patients were left more distressed. Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore - which had one of the pioneer
gender clinics - no longer performs sex-change surgery
due to such concerns. A recent British review found
suicide rates of up to 18 per cent post-surgery. Doctors
from London's Portman Clinic say they see many patients
who feel trapped in "no-man's land" after surgery. . ."
[Dark days loom ahead in Australia as
reactionaries campaign to stop SRS - exploiting two
cases of "regrets" and citing the teachings of
Paul McHugh (and the UK's infamous Portman
Clinic) - caricaturing transgender people as
mentally-ill nutcases - and referring to surgical
outcomes as "false vaginas".]
5-31-09: The Week (India): "Dance, gritty ladies,
dance " - "Femininity isn't physical; it's the trait of
"Narthaki's angst was visible in
her kajal-laden eyes. Shakthi was beside her, sitting
coy, and silently agreeing, as she has always done.
Together, they dispelled a silent camaraderie, something
that helped them tide over storms since their birth as
5-30-09: Louis Jackson National Student Writing
Competition in Employment and Labor Law (posted 4-23):
"2008 - 2009 Winners" (more
on the contest and these excellent papers)
Tracy Scholnick Gruber -
Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the
Title of Paper:
Transsexual Discrimination: Discrimination "Because of .
. . Sex"
Susannah L. Ashton - 2nd
Place Winner (more)
Brooklyn Law School
Title of Paper:
Transgender Teachers as
Role Models for a Tolerant Society: The Impact of
Societal Views and Their Influence on Employment
5-30-09: Denver Westword News (posted 5-27):
"Who was Angie Zapata? Her murderer's trial didn't tell
the whole story." (Print
"Those who followed last month's trial of
the man who murdered eighteen-year-old Angie Zapata know
a lot about what her life was like on July 14, 15 and 16
of last year. . . But these details only describe the
end of Angie's life. They don't reveal what she meant to
friends and family or answer questions about who Angie
was before she met Andrade and how she found herself
with him. What follows are vignettes from five people
who knew her, from the time she was a little boy named
Justin to the evolution that turned her into a
confident, sassy and fun young woman named Angie — a
brave young woman who was looking for love. . ."
[A very thoughtful article about Angie's
life, based on interviews of her childhood friend,
her sister, her brother, her mentor and her mom.]
5-30-09: Bangor Daily News: "Transgender woman
5-29-09: Human Rights Watch (re Honduras): ""Not
Worth a Penny" - Human Rights Abuses against Transgender
People in Honduras" (summary,
report (pdf)) (more,
"Nearly every transgender person Human
Rights Watch interviewed during research in Honduras in
late 2008 and early 2009 spoke of harassment, beatings,
and ill treatment at the hands of police. And
bias-motivated attacks on transgender individuals by
private actors are endemic. At least 17 travestis have
been killed in public places in Honduras since 2004;
many more have been beaten, stabbed, or shot."
5-29-09: Bianet (Turkey): "Esmeray Hopes
Transgender People Will Follow Example - Transgender
Esmeray has taken two police officers to court for
"Speaking at the Beyoğlu 2nd
Criminal Court of Peace, Esmeray said that she wanted
the case to set a precedent for the violence that
transsexuals and transvestites experienced on a daily
5-28-09: GIDReform: "ALIGNING BODIES WITH
MINDS: THE CASE FOR MEDICAL AND SURGICAL
TREATMENT OF GENDER DYSPHORIA," by Rebecca Allison, M.D.
"As a physician who has successfully
completed the process of transition from male to female,
I find it strange and inappropriate that I may still be
considered “mentally ill” by those who would take
literally the diagnosis of “gender identity disorder” in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). I believe such a
diagnosis is incorrect, and submit this review to
support my belief."
5-28-09: The Jakarta Post (Indonesia):
"Indonesia’s transgender community faces discrimination"
"The transgender community faces greater
discrimination in public than any other LGBT – lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender – individuals, according
to speakers at a public discussion in Jakarta on
5-28-09: Philadelphia Gay News: "Construction
worker transitions to woman"
"Karen Diane Thomas, a construction
worker, transitioning to the opposite gender hasn’t been
an easy road."
5-27-09: Pink News (UK): "Trans group boycotts
London Pride march"
"The decision comes after trans women
were denied access to female toilets at last year's
Pride and one was allegedly sexually assaulted. The
trans group has also said that an unelected trans
representative is forcing "negative media stereotypes"
on trans marchers at the parade. "
Havana Times (Cuba): "Cuba Permits Sex Change
"After a long effort to gain support,
complete sex change operations are now authorized in
Cuba, announced Mariela Castro, director of the National
Sex Education Center (CENESEX). Previously prohibited by
law, there are approximately thirty transsexuals who
have solicited the operations, reported IPS."
5-27-09: Eyewitness News (Memphis): "Gay
Discrimination Proposal: Transsexual Speaks Up"
"Darlene Fike is a transsexual who
listened to Bunker and the other commissioners. Fike
says “I would love to sit down with Mr. Bunker and talk
about this from a Biblical perspective. I am a
conservative Bible believing woman.""
5-26-09: NCLR: "United We Mourn, United We Stand"
"Today, the California Supreme Court
diminished its legacy as a champion of equality. By
upholding Prop 8, an initiative that stripped the right
to marry from same-sex couples in California, the
Court’s decision has undermined the central principle
that all people are entitled to equal rights and has
jeopardized every minority group in California. No
minority group should have to defend its right to
equality at the ballot, and the Court should not have
permitted such a travesty of justice to stand."
5-26-09: Huffington Post: "The Dallas Principles:
The Best Response To Prop 8"
"It appears that
today the California State
Supreme Court will
uphold Proposition 8--which
banned same-sex marriage. Like
many people around the country,
I will take part in
rallies today to protest
(and, if predictions are wrong,
celebrate) the decision. But,
The Dallas Principles is a
call to arms to begin to end
discrimination. Spread the
5-26-09: In Utah This Week: "Cover Story: Faces of
Pride -- Dominique Storni"
"Dominique Storni is a transsexual
lesbian. He was born a boy and raised in Brigham City
and Ogden in a Mormon household of eight children. He
served a mission, and was married for 17 years, during
which he fathered six children. In 2003, he underwent
surgery to become a woman. She recently sat down with me
at Mestizo Coffeehouse to tell me her story."
5-25-09: Voice of America (re Thailand):
"Thailand's 'Third Sex' Wants Acceptance, Legal Support"
"In Thailand, transgender males, also
called lady-boys, are a common sight in cities and
tourist areas. . . But, despite their high visibility,
transgenders still face challenges in seeking
acceptance. . . what Transgenders really want is the
right to legally change their gender to female so their
ID cards and documents can match the way they feel and
appear. A change in the law would also allow
transgenders in Thailand to get married, which is
currently prohibited between two men." [Note VOA's
appalling use of 'transgender males' to refer to
transgender women in Thailand.]
5-23-09: GIDReform.org: "Call to Action to Urge
Trans-Affirming Position Statements by the APA," by
Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
"In 1973, the American Psychiatric
Association . . . issued a Position Statement on
"Homosexuality and Civil Rights" that had a profound
impact on public opinion and defamatory stereotypes.
Tragically, the APA has never issued a similar position
statement in support of trans and gender variant people.
. . "
" We would like to ask the
trans-community, our LGB and straight allies and
especially our supportive medical and mental health
providers to join us in calling for position statements
that gender difference is not disorder, affirming the
medical necessity of transition care, and recognizing
social gender transition. The American Psychiatric
Association has an opportunity today to reclaim its
compassion for human dignity and its mandate to do no
harm. . . ."
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (Ireland):
"Transforming Attitudes Conference"
Transgender Equality Network
Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and
BeLonG To Youth Service (a national LGBT
youth group) hosted a Transgender Human
Rights Conference and Educational Seminar
entitled ‘Transforming Attitudes’, at the
Law Society of Ireland in Dublin on Friday
17th and Saturday 18th
April 2009. They have now posted the
slides and documents from the conference.
5-23-09: Intersexualite.org (OII): BSTc
NEURON NUMBERS ARE INDEPENDENT OF HORMONAL EFFECTS ON
"There has been much misrepresentation
(1, 2, 3) in the attempt to understand the potential for
hormonal administration to alter sexually dimorphic
human brain nuclei (ed: especially by
Triea in their 2007 article "What
Transgender Activists Don't Want You to Know: and why
you should know it anyway")
In an effort to correct these
misconceptions, OII staff member M. Italiano has
received permission to post an unpublished letter by
Dick F. Swaab, M.D., Ph.D. of the
Research Institute to publicly correct these
To read Dr. Swaab’s response Click here." (more
re Dr. Swaab,
see also this paper)
5-22-09: AEBrain.blogspot: Alert re "Brain Gender
Identity - a presentation by Dr Sidney Ecker, MD FACS"
"A letter I recently received from Dr
Ecker, to whom many thanks:
"Hi Zoe, Yes, we gave our presentation to
60 plus psychiatrists from the US, AU, FR, IT, EU, UK,
Holland etc. We spoke for 2 1/2 hours on why cross
gender identity was a normal inherited variation of
humans. We showed how Transgender Brains think, smell,
and hear like the opposite sex. We presented
internationally accepted guidelines for hormonal
treatment of transsexuals to be published Summer 2009.
Here are my slides and with my participants'
permission I shall send you theirs. We are now in print
in the APA Syllabus and soon in the APA Journal this
summer. . . Hope you can do something with this. Sid
I will indeed endeavour to "do something
with this". Starting with publishing it, broadcasting it
as far and as wide as I can. This stuff needs to be
5-22-09: Seminar at APA Meeting: "Brain Gender
Identity - a presentation by Dr Sidney Ecker, MD FACS"
5-21-09: KOMO News (Eugene, OR): "Photo of
transgendered person sparks controversy" (video)
"In March, a parent complaint about a
photo of a transgendered person (ed: a young trans
woman) prompted officials at a Eugene school to take
down a photo display about diversity and now the halls
at the school are set to play host to the pictures and
artwork once again."
5-21-09: The Washington Post: "In 'Dallas
Principles,' Gay Group Calls Obama to Action"
"They believe the Obama White House and
the Democratic-controlled Congress are not moving fast
enough to address gay rights issues, such as setting a
timetable to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't
tell" policy and passing a federal hate crimes bill that
covers sexual orientation and gender identity. After the
outpouring of spontaneous grassroots support for
same-sex marriage in the wake of the passage of
Proposition 8 in California, "the timing is right,"
blogger and activist Lane Hudson said, "to push for full
civil rights for LGBT people."
the 24-member group launched a manifesto taking its
name from the city where they had gathered:
The Dallas Principles (PDF). It's partly a list of
goals, partly a call-to-arms, and altogether an
ambitious document that boldly lays out the principles
for the LGBT community as the group sees it."
5-21-09: The Advocate: "Did Denny's Break the Law?
"A transgender woman barred from using a
Denny's restroom consistent with her gender identity was
likely the victim of illegal discrimination under Maine
law, an investigation by the state’s human rights
commission concluded this week."
5-21-09: The Sun (UK): "I was a lipstick
lesbian...now I'm a gay man" (more)
"With her sexy curves, perfect pout and
long, blonde hair, gorgeous Katherine Dalton was in big
demand as a model. . . The 31-year-old says: “For years
I was a man trapped in a woman’s body. And although I
was a beautiful woman I felt ugly because I was not who
I wanted to be. Now I feel complete and it is
5-21-09: IndyBayMedia (SF Bay Area): "Pics from
GID reform protest"
"A coalition of gender-variant and
transgender people, medical and therapeutic
professionals, and their allies who have grave concerns
and direction of the APA work group on Sexual and Gender
Identity held a protest outside the Moscone Center in
hopes of rallying people to help them fight the APA's
dirty deeds when it comes to Gender Identity and
5-21-09: AllAfrica.com (re Kenya): "Kenya: The
Fallacies of Identity Politics"
"Deeply concerned about the profound
discrimination experienced by Kenya's transgender
community, Audrey Mbugua berates Kenyan society for its
unjust treatment of a marginalised group."
5-21-09: Beyond Chron (San Francisco): "Being
Transgender is Not a Mental Disorder"
"Ehrensaft minced no words when she later
spoke to Psychiatric Times about the issue of GID: “The
mental health profession has been consistently doing
harm to children who are not ‘gender normal,’ and they
need to retrain.” “We got homosexuality out of the DSM
because of protests at the APA,” Ehrensaft said. “Now
it’s time to do the same with GID.”
5-20-09: The Independent (UK re Ireland): "Thousands
were raped in Irish reform schools" (more,
"Wednesday's report also highlighted the
rarity of human kindness in the institutions. "A word of
consideration or encouragement, or an act of sympathy or
understanding, had a profound effect. Adults in their
60s and 70s recalled seemingly insignificant events that
had remained with them all their lives," the report
said. "Often the act of kindness, recalled in such a
positive light, arose from the simple fact that the
staff member had not given a beating when one was
[We predict that in future years, the
forced trans-reparatism of gender-variant children by
psychiatric clinics will be viewed in the same light.
There is an eerie similarity here in the long-term
effects of constant humiliations on little children's
05-20-09: Pams Houseblend, by Autumn Sandeen: "GID
Reform Now Protest At Annual APA Meeting - Speaker
Madeline Deutch, M.D." (Links to Video)
"Mila Pavlin of
Trans-Ponder has posted the first video from
GID Reform Now protest at the American Psychiatric
Association 2009 Annual Meeting. She edited the video as
well. Here is the approximately
7-minute speech of
Deutch, M.D., that she made to the approximately 150
protesters at the event. A transcription of a large
portion of the speech begins below the video."
[Please watch this important speech, and
pass this link on widely]
5-20-09: Salon: "Are transgender people mentally
"Although it's still unclear what effect
the protests will have on the DSM-V, Ehrensaft is
optimistic. "We got homosexuality out of the DSM because
of protests at the APA," she told Psychiatric Times.
"Now it’s time to do the same with GID." She also noted
that a movement within the association is moving toward
a "more balanced Task Force."
05-20-09: The Boston Phoenix: "Trans fact - When a
person in the center of a media maelstrom has had a sex
change, is it fair game for the press?"
"Aiden Quinn used to be a woman. Now he's
a man. It's a titillating detail — but is it news?"
05-20-09: The Dallas Principles:
"Now it the time for full civil rights for the LGBT
community. No delay. No excuses"
"President Obama and Congress pledged to
lead America in a new direction that included civil
rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Americans. We now sit at a great moment in our history
that inspires the nation to return to its highest ideals
and greatest promise. We face a historic opportunity to
obtain our full civil rights; this is the moment for
change. No delay. No excuses."
05-20-09: Boston Herald: "Panel: Transgender woman
can choose restroom
"The Maine Human Rights Commission says a
restaurant discriminated against a transgender woman by
asking her to use the men’s room until she had sex
05-20-09: GID Reform: "Beyond Conundrum:
Strategies for Diagnostic Harm Reduction"
(Summary of Kelley Winters'
presentation to the APA)
"Since Gender Identity Disorders were
first introduced in the DSM-III in 1980, the focus of
what constitutes psychopathology in successive revisions
of the DSM has shifted further away from distress with
one’s assigned or birth sex toward a greater focus on
gender identity or gender expression that differ from
one’s birth sex. The consequences of conceptualizing
gender identity as “disordered” include barriers to
transition and related medical care, burdens of social
stigma associated with psychiatric disorder or sexual
deviance, loss of civil liberties and social legitimacy,
and false positive diagnoses of individuals who meet no
other definition of a mental illness. The publication of
the DSM-V is an opportunity for APA to affirm that, in
the absence of dysphoria, gender identity and expression
that vary from assigned birth sex are not, in
themselves, grounds for diagnosing a mental disorder."
05-19-09: Psychiatric Times: "Gender Identity
Disorder: Has Accepted Practice Caused Harm?"
"As transgender activists protested
outside the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
meeting, speakers at the meeting were presenting on the
same topic: gender identity disorder (GID). Some of
their words would add clinical weight to the political
Some of the speakers are activists
themselves, including Rebecca Allison, MD, cardiologist
who is transgender, widely published author Sarah
Hoffman, whose son is gender variant, and
Hewlett-Packard engineer Kelley Winters, PhD, founder of
GID Reform Advocates. Winters has called on the APA to
use the DSM-V revision to affirm that “in the absence of
dysphoria, gender identity and expression that vary from
assigned birth sex are not, in themselves, grounds for
diagnosing a mental disorder.”. . .
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, a professor at the
Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif, had a message more
difficult for psychiatrists to hear. “The mental health
profession has been consistently doing harm to children
who are not ‘gender normal,’ and they need to retrain,”
she told Psychiatric Times. . . Meanwhile, she said,
there is a move afoot to change the membership of the
Task Force so that it is “more balanced.” She added that
she hopes the protests do succeed in reorienting
psychiatrists’ thinking about GID."
“We got homosexuality out of the DSM
because of protests at the APA,” she pointed out. “Now
it’s time to do the same with GID.”
[It's FINALLY happening: The call for
reform is now even coming from within the APA!]
05-19-09: Med Page Today: "APA: Major Changes Loom
for Bible of Mental Health"
"Some familiar disorders may be dropped
and diagnostic criteria for others are in line for
substantial revision in the forthcoming fifth edition of
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-V). . . One DSM issue that is
drawing close attention from outside the psychiatric
community is what to do with gender identity disorder.
The condition -- in which people, often during
childhood, realize that their biological gender does not
match what their minds tell them -- is now included in
DSM-IV as a sexual dysfunction alongside pedophilia and
sexual sadism. Not surprisingly, transgender individuals
and the groups representing them are lobbying hard to
have gender identity disorder dropped from DSM-V."
05-19-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Here come the
brides... transvestite groom cuts the cake as 'Susan'
after taking wedding vows as Ian"
"Father-of-three Ian Platt performed the
incredible feat of being both the bride and groom at his
05-19-09: Edge (Boston): "Will trans woman’s
victory bring change to government hiring?"
05-19-09: Stabroek News (Guyana): "Trans people
face daily discrimination"
05-18-09: The Advocate: "Trans Activists Protest
"A group of transgender community leaders
and their allies will protest the American Psychiatric
Association conference Monday night in San Francisco.
Reform GID Now
is demanding that the APA revise its Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to more
accurately reflect gender identity and expression . . .
Reform GID Now advocate Dr. Kelley Winters said in a
statement, "difference is not a disease, nonconformity
is not pathology, and uniqueness is not illness.""
05-18-09: New York Daily News: "Gender identity
disorder leads 8-year-old Omaha boy to live as girl"
more, also see this excellent
"An 8-year-old child in Omaha is tossing
away the last of his boy clothes after finding a school
and church that will accept him for who he says he is
inside - a little girl. Born Ben, he was thrown out of
Catholic school and church when his parents, after
taking him to a shrink, finally let "Katie" live as a
girl, the Omaha World-Herald reports."
05-18-09: ABC13: "Houston center helping
transgenders in need"
"Psychologists say from our first days of
life, we are shaped by which gender we are. But imagine
feeling like you are not the gender you were born.
That's a fact of life for people who identify as
"transgendered" and getting their minds and bodies in
sync is a journey that's often long, lonely and violent.
So people at the Transgender Center in Houston are
hoping to change that."
05-18-09: Yorkshire Evening Post (UK): "Sex-change
group to lobby MPs"
"About 20 current and former patients of
Leeds Gender Identity Service want to raise concerns
about the way it is run."
International Foundation for Gender Education:
"Resolution by IFGE BOD to APA" (A call for DSM
(1) We hereby call on the Board of
Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to
issue a declaration stating that: Gender variance, and
gender non-conforming behavior do not constitute a
(2) We hereby call on the American
Psychiatric Association to remove the diagnosis of so-
called "Transvestic Fetishism," which explicitly
pathologizes gender non-conforming behavior, from their
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual;
(3) We hereby call for the reform of any
diagnosis that can be made solely based on gender
non-conforming behavior, specifically including “Gender
Identity Disorder in Children.”
Resolved this day May 15, 2009 by the
Board of Directors of The International Foundation
for Gender Education (posted online 5-17-09)
5-17-09: Sunday Mail (UK): "Scots police most
modern in Europe for employing transsexuals"
5-17-09: KMEG 14: "Therapist: It's healthier to
live as chosen gender"
"An Omaha therapist who's worked with
more than 200 transgender people in the metro area says
it's healthier to live as one's chosen gender when
there's a discrepancy with the biological gender."
5-17-09: Sydney Morning Herald (re Thailand):
"Tiaras at Thai transsexual beauty contest"
05-16-09: Le Provence (France): "Transsexualism
will no longer be classified as a mental illness in
will no longer be classified in France as a mental
illness, a government decision Saturday qualified as
"historic" by the associations, on the eve of World Day
against homophobia and transphobia. Health Minister,
Roselyne Bachelot, has taken "these days" High health
authority for a decree transsexuality leaving the
category of psychiatric disorders, "said a spokesperson
of the ministry. . . It is symbolic that France chose
that moment to be "the first country in the world" to
"delete transidentité the list of mental illnesses,"
commented the Committee IDAHO (International Day Against
Homophobia and transphobia). This "historic decision" is
also "an explosion of hope for all trans people in the
world," said Joel Bedos, Secretary General of the IDAHO
05-15-09: Bay Area Indymedia: "Community Members
Call for GID Reform - Protesters call to Reform Gender
Disorders at American Psychiatric Association
"On May 18th at 6:00pm, concerned
community members and mental health providers will
gather to protest the handling of the American
Psychiatric Association’s revision of so-called “Gender
Identity Disorder” in its 5th revision of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The APA has
been criticized for a number of moves regarding the
revision, including the appointment of
Kenneth Zucker, an outspoken
reparative therapist of gender variant children, as
head of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work
Danielle Askini said, “We demand that evidence-based
medicine and scientific literature be the focus of how
sexual and gender minorities are considered. That
includes work in related fields of behavioral science,
bioethics, and philosophy of science.”
James said, “We believe trans health services can be
provided without diagnosing gender identity and
expression as disordered. We believe any clinical
distress may arise from attempts to suppress, shame, or
cure nonconforming gender expression and can be resolved
through clinically proven social and/or medical
05-15-09: California Catholic Daily:
"California Senate approves
‘Harvey Milk Day,’ would require public schools to honor
homosexual-rights icon . . . This in-your-face,
indoctrination is definitely not what parents want for
[An example of the mounting hysteria in
the Catholic Church as human rights are more widely
granted to LGBT people.]
05-15-09: San Jose Mercury News: "Castro Valley
schools sued over gay pastor talk"
"Some parents became upset after an
anonymous e-mail was sent, claiming that Nehring gave
step-by-step instructions on how to become gay and
transsexual. Nehring denies those claims."
05-15-09: Today's Zaman (Turkey) "No
transsexuals or conservatives allowed!"
by Orhan Kemal Cengiz
"This pub is not an ordinary one. It is
one of the well-known meeting points in İzmir. Artists,
intellectuals and the elites of the city often meet
there . . . Its decoration and ambience are eloquent,
and the music is marvelous. In short, it is a quite
“modern” pub that represents the “modernity” of the
city. This modernity, however, equally excludes
transsexuals and conservative Muslim women who wear a
[Fascinating commentary on 'modernity' in
05-15-09: St. Petersburg Times: "Clearwater
transgender man's final steps before car killed him
remain a mystery"
05-14-09: Metro.uk (UK): "'I'm scared of coming
out as a transsexual'"
"I'm a female-to-male transsexual. I've
known this since I was around 12yrs old, I'm now 21 and
I recently set the ball rolling by going to the GP to
get referred to the Gender Clinic . . . I'm worried that
I'll be rejected as a friend and a person by everyone I
know. I'm scared I'll end up so uncomfortable at work
that I'll have to leave. I'm scared that I'll be outcast
05-14-09: Eye Weekly (Canada): "Debating
"As Julia Serano writes in her book
Whipping Girl, “Focusing primarily on our
physical transformations keeps transsexuals forever
anchored in our assigned sex thus turning our identified
sex into a goal we are always approaching but never
truly achieve.” To be saddled with what Serano describes
as an “often mundane” experience as one’s defining
feature can be utterly dispiriting as well as enraging."
05-14-09: Boston Globe: "Gender identity has
nothing to do with Green Line crash"
the article "T
crash puts spotlight
on hiring criteria"
(Metro, May 12), the
writer makes a
passing reference to
MBTA operator Aiden
change in legal
gender identity in
the middle of a
inclusion of this
unnecessary at best
05-13-09: Edge (Boston): "Tennessee Inadvertantly
Grants, Invalidates First Same-Sex Marriage"
"The first same-sex marriage in Tennessee
(kinda-sorta) has been declared invalid. The union of Jo
T. Rittenberry and Jeffrey Scott Phillips was
invalidated more than a year after the two were wed
because, the state says, Rittenberry--who claims to have
transitioned from male to female--is still a man."
05-13-09: San Jose Mercury News: "Court upholds
convictions of two men who killed transgender Newark
"A state appeals court today upheld the
murder convictions of two men for the much-publicized
2002 slaying of a Newark transgender teenager."
05-13-09: Southern Voice: "Texas A&M names
diversity award after transgender activist Frye"
"Phyllis Randolph Frye has been fighting
the good fight for LGBT rights for more than 30 years.
She is the most high-profile transgender activist in
Texas and is recognized around the country for her work.
And now she is being recognized by her alma mater, no
other than that bastion of machismo and heterosexuality,
Texas A&M University."
05-12-09: New York Times: "Is My Marriage Gay?" by
Jenniter Finney Boylan
"We accept as a basic truth the idea that
everyone has the right to marry somebody. Just as
fundamental is the belief that no couple should be
divorced against their will. For our part, Deirdre and I
remain legally married, even though we’re both legally
female. If we had divorced last month, before Governor
Baldacci’s signature, I would have been allowed on the
following day to marry a man only. There are states,
however, that do not recognize sex changes. If I were to
attempt to remarry in Ohio, for instance, I would be
allowed to wed a woman only."
05-12-09: Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey): "Birdal seeks
transgender safety norm"
"A Democratic Society Party, or DTP,
Diyarbakır deputy, Akın Birdal, has sent a series of
question proposals to Parliament, asking the prime
minister about details of legal procedures regarding
transgender murders in Turkey. . . In his proposal
Birdal highlighted the increase in attacks against
transsexuals, transvestites and homosexual’s. "In all
social and political systems the right to live is the
most consecrated right, and therefore the government
needs to protect transgender citizens, who are
increasingly being put under threat by society," Birdal
05-12-09: BBC News (UK): "Transsexual goes on
"A transsexual from Nottinghamshire has
warned she will end her life if she is refused hormone
treatment on the NHS. She said she had been prescribed a
one-off supply of the hormone pills by her GP but this
is due to run out this month. . . "I've paid £25,000 out
of my own money and I haven't got anything else - the
health authority have some responsibility to support and
treat me," she added."
05-11-09: ABC News (Boston): "Texting Trolley
Driver Is Transgendered Male - Driver Tied to Boston
Crash Cited Transgender Status Before Hiring"
"The Boston-area transit authority
trolley driver who allegedly slammed into another train
while text-messaging his girlfriend Friday was hired as
a minority because of his transgendered "female-to-male"
status and had three speeding tickets on his driving
record in recent years, ABC News has learned."
05-11-09: GID Reform Now: "A Protest to demand the
APA Reform Gender Identity Disorder" (Monday, May 18
in SF) (more)
"On May 18th, at 6:00pm concerned
community members and mental health providers will
gather to protest the handling of the American
Psychiatric Association’s revision of so-called “Gender
Identity Disorder” in its 5th revision of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The APA has
been criticized for a number of moves regarding the
revision, including the appointment of Kenneth Zucker,
an outspoken reparative therapist of gender variant
children, as head of the Sexual and Gender Identity
Disorders Work Group.
Transgender community leaders and mental
health providers scheduled to speak include Julia
Serano, PhD; Madeline Deutsch, MD; Mara Keisling; Andrea
James, MA; Masen Davis, MSW; Kelley Winters, PhD;
Danielle Askini, MSW; Michele Angello, PhD; Rebecca
Allison, MD; Dan Karasic, MD.
[Please support and spread the word about
this historic event!]
05-11-09: The Transgender Legal Defense &
Education Fund (TLDEF): "Transgender Advocacy Group
Challenges "Doctor's Note" Requirement in Transgender
Name Change Petitions"
"Requirement that NYC Transgender Name
Change Applicants Provide Medical Evidence of Need for
Name Change Raises Statutory and Constitutional
05-11-09: YouTube (re Germany; posted 5-06):
"Kim Petras on The Insider 30 04 2009" (more)
[Interview of young German transitioner Kim Petras by
the tabloid television news program "The
05-11-09: Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey): "Tasmanian
take on transgender issues"
"ISTANBUL -They are often in the media
when they are arrested for prostitution, beaten by a
client or police, or worst of all when they are victims
of a hate crime. But this time transgender people living
in Istanbul are on camera to talk about themselves and
their lives to an independent filmmaker from Australia’s
Tasmania. "By shining a light on a story that is often
neglected or simply not told, as a filmmaker, I hope to
make a film that adds to the cultural vibrancy of
Istanbul, attracts positive attention and breaks down
stigma and negative stereotypes," Poulson said."
05-10-09: Feministing (posted 5-06): "Why
feminists should be concerned with the impending
revision of the DSM", by Julia Serano
"Blanchard is proposing a significant
expansion of the DSM's definition of "paraphilia" to
include: "any intense and persistent sexual interest
other than sexual interest in genital stimulation or
preparatory fondling with phenotypically normal,
consenting adult human partners". . .Thus, according to
this definition, attraction to any person deemed by sex
researchers to be "abnormal" or "atypical" could
conceivably be diagnosed as paraphilic."
"Another frightening aspect of
Blanchard's proposal is that any sexual interest
other than "genital stimulation or preparatory fondling"
is now, by definition, a paraphilia. . . . So, do you
and your partner occasionally role-play or talk dirty to
one another over the phone? Or engage in arousing play
that is not intended to necessarily lead to "doing the
deed"? Do you masturbate? Do you get a sexual charge
from wearing a particularly sexy outfit or performing
any act that falls outside of "genital stimulation or
preparatory fondling"? Well, then congratulations, you
can be diagnosed with a paraphilia!" [For more on the
DSM revision, see
05-10-09: MedIndia.com (India): "Transsexuals
Participate In A Weeklong Festival In Tamil Nadu"
"Transsexuals from across the country are
participating in a weeklong "Koovagam" festival at
Villupuram district in Tamil. The festival that started
on May 3 is held annually at the Koothandavar temple.
The festival draws around 50,000 transsexuals every
year. . . India has some 500,000 transsexuals with Tamil
Nadu alone accounting for 30,000."
05-08-09: Los Angeles Times blogs "Ready for
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Drag Queen'?"
"Daniel Radcliffe, a.k.a. Harry Potter,
19, has a controversial brand new friend. Her name is
J, and she's a blond transsexual performer from New
York City. Her real name is
Jonnah Speidel. They met during Daniel’s "Equus" run
on Broadway, in which the Potter star appears stark
naked. The Sun reports their budding relationship with
the classic headline, "When
Harry met Tranny.""
05-08-09: Greeley Tribune (Colorado): "Andrade
gets life plus 60 years for death of transgender woman"
"Allen Andrade’s prison sentence
continues to grow. Andrade was sentenced Friday to 60
additional years in prison after prosecutors showed he
was a habitual criminal."
05-07-09: TS Roadmap.com: "Trans DSM-V
rally/protest in San Francisco May 18"
Please spread the word about
the upcoming protest and rally at the American
Psychiatric Association meeting in San Francisco.
Monday, May 18, 2009; 6:00pm - 7:30pm; Moscone Center,
747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Email: protestgenderdx at gmail dot com
05-07-09: The Daily Aztec (San Diego State Univ.):
"Living a life that doesn't feel quite right"
"Two orange bottles: one full of estrogen
and the other a testosterone blocker, sit next to a
miniature dragon figurine. Both exist in real and
virtual reality. What do dragons, hormone therapy pills,
reality and virtual reality have in common?
05-07-09: Stopping The Hate: "Steven Gallon,
Grooby Productions," interviewed By Meghan Chavalier
"Steven Gallon is the owner of one the
most popular adult industry companies in the world,
Grooby Productions. I first met Steven in the mid 1990's
and was impressed with him the first time I ever spoke
to him. He is a brilliant man and one of the nicest
people I have ever met and one of the most respected
business owners in the industry. He settles for no less
than the best in the business world and has definitely
left his mark in the adult industry. He has helped
launch many transgender models careers. Beyond the
industry, he is a family man who stands up for what he
believes in and doesn't bite his tongue on issues that
he finds important."
05-07-09: Psychiatric Times: Editorial (posted
04-14-09): "What Should Count as a Mental Disorder in
DSM-V? by Ronald Pies, M.D.
What exactly is a “mental disorder”? For
that matter, what criteria should determine whether any
condition is a “disease” or a “disorder”? . . . Are
categories of disease and disorder fundamentally
different in psychiatry than in other medical
specialties? And—by the way—how do the terms “disease,”
“disorder,” “syndrome,” “malady,” “sickness,” and
“illness” differ? Anyone who believes there are easy or
certain answers to these questions is either in touch
with the Divine Mind, or out of touch with reality."
05-07-09: Milwaukee Decider: "Ashley Altadonna:
When a man becomes a woman"
"Decider talks to the local filmmaker
about her quest for gender reassignment"
05-07-09: Express Buzz (India): "Koovagam
"The idea behind the competition was to
imbibe self esteem in transgenders and to encourage the
community to create a platform to express their
knowledge ,skills and talents in arts and culture."
05-06-09: Feministing: "Why feminists should be
concerned with the impending revision of the DSM," by
recently presented some of his suggestions
to revise the "Paraphilia" section of the DSM.
. . proposing a significant expansion of the DSM's definition of
"paraphilia" to include: "any intense and persistent sexual interest other
than sexual interest in genital stimulation or preparatory fondling with
phenotypically normal, consenting adult human partners.""
concern here is the term "phenotypically normal" (meaning "normal" with
regards to observable anatomical or behavioral traits). Thus, according to
this definition, attraction to any person deemed by sex researchers to be
"abnormal" or "atypical" could conceivably be diagnosed as paraphilic.
. . .Another frightening aspect of Blanchard's proposal is that any sexual
interest other than "genital stimulation or preparatory fondling" is now, by
definition, a paraphilia. . . So, do you and your partner occasionally
role-play or talk dirty to one another over the phone? Or engage in arousing
play that is not intended to necessarily lead to "doing the deed"? Do you
masturbate? . . . Well, then congratulations, you can be diagnosed with a
University Communications (Univ. of Vermont): "Fierce and Fabulous"
"I know that
queer people, transgender people are coming to the university because it's a
safe place for them," Daniel-McCarter says. "People are coming because we
have this progressive gender studies program now — it's really changed the
News-Medical.net (re Australia): "Teenage girl who wants to be a boy wins
right to have breasts removed"
"Reports than a
teenage Australian girl has won the right in court to have both breasts
surgically removed, have made the headlines around the world and evoked some
very strong criticism."
05-05-09: Pams HouseBlend: "Virginia Prince: 1912-2009", by Autumn
" . . . Virginia
Prince was both loved and hated. Many will miss Virginia, and many will
05-05-09: SF Weekly: "Unemployed straight guys attend transgender job
"That guy was
one of about a dozen attendees Connelly noticed throughout the day who
looked suspiciously like the gender they were born with. It was possible,
she says, that some were planning to transition and didn't want to wind up
in a closed-minded employment situation. But it seemed likely that at least
a few were not transgender, and were merely hoping to cherry-pick job
opportunities. "It's a sign of the times," Connelly says, adding that it
didn't bother her."
05-05-09: Times-News (Idaho): "Why we call a male transsexual 'he'"
Press Stylebook advises that when writing about the transgendered, "Use the
pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical
characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does
not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed,
use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly." We
tend to follow AP style, but we're not bound by it."
05-02-09: Chicago Tribune: "Transgender individual from Mich. recounts
05-02-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Sex change Army hero Jan to become
Scotland's first 'transgender' police officer" (more,
"Now living in
Glasgow, she has been accepted by Strathclyde Police to begin two years’
probationary training, making her Scotland’s first transgender police
05-01-09: Washington Blade: "Procter & Gamble bars trans
Gamble, the world’s largest consumer products maker, has amended its
anti-discrimination policy to include gender identity and expression."
"The War Within: CAMH battles notorious reputation of Zucker’s and
Blanchard’s gender clinics with scathing report"
By 2007, CAMH’s
had been widely exposed as a trans-reparatist who claimed to be able to cure
gender variant children, while CAMH’s
openly ridiculed transsexual women as being men without penises. The
resulting outrage all across the transgender community became so intense
launched a study to consider the complaints. The study led to
stinging indictments of CAMH’s gender clinics and made well-reasoned
recommendations on how to alleviate the problems. In response, Zucker
and Blanchard have if anything
intensified their ongoing ‘war
on transgenders’, and are now apparently engaging in a war within CAMH
to sidestep the recommendations of the study."
04-30-09: iomoday.com (Isle of Man): "Transsexuals to enjoy equal
rights after Bill is passed"
look set to enjoy equal rights in the Isle of Man after a Gender Recognition
Bill survived political scrutiny.
The bill, which has already made it through three readings in the House of
Keys, received unanimous backing on its third and final reading before the
Legislative Council on Tuesday."
AllAfrica.com: (re Kenya): "Kenya: Anti-Transsexual Discrimination in
director of Kenya's largest referral hospital's blocking of an operation for
a transsexual person, Audrey Mbugua argues that the director's actions
constitute a basic infringement of a person's human rights. Denouncing the
insistence on a 'no objection letter' from the 25-year-old individual's
parents as 'insane and barbaric', Mgubua underlines that one does not have
to be transsexual to understand the injustices transsexuals face."
04-30-09: New York Times: "Hate Crimes Bill Is Approved"
violence who are gay would have new federal protections under a hate-crimes
bill approved by the House. The vote was 249 to 175, with most Democrats
voting in favor and most Republicans against. The bill defines hate crimes
as those motivated by prejudice and based on a victim’s race, color,
religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or
disability. . . The Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the bill, which
President Obama supports."
04-30-09: MVC Press Release of 4-27-09 (NJ): "MVC Updates Gender
Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington
today announced that customers who are preparing to undergo sexual
reassignment will be permitted to change the gender status of their New
Jersey Driver License to reflect the new gender that they have begun to
identify with prior to surgery. The policy update reflects the understanding
that sexual reassignment is an extended process for the transgender
04-29-09: Los Angeles Times: "Former Army Special Forces commander
wins nearly $500,000 in transgender discrimination suit" (more,
"A federal judge
has awarded a former Army Special Forces commander nearly $500,000 because
she was rejected from a job at the Library of Congress while undergoing a
gender change from man to woman. Diane Schroer of Alexandria, Va., applied
for the terrorism analyst job while still a man named David Schroer. He was
offered the job, but the offer was pulled after he told a library official
that he was having surgery to change his gender. U.S. District Judge James
Robinson ruled Tuesday that Schroer was entitled to $491,190 in back pay and
damages because of sex discrimination."
BBC News (re Thailand): "Thai school offers transsexual toilet " (more)
headteacher, Sitisak Sumontha, estimates that in any year between 10% and
20% of his boys consider themselves to be transgender - boys who would
rather be girls. "They used to be teased every time they used the boys'
toilets," he said, "so they started using the girls' toilets instead. But
that made the girls feel uncomfortable. It made these boys unhappy, and
started to affect their work." So the school offered to build the
transgender boys their own facility, and they welcomed it."
IN THE LIFE: "Revising Gender" (documentary video)
Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) - the
"bible" of mental illness - is currently being reviewed in preparation for
its fifth release. Among its nearly 300 entries is Gender Identity Disorder
(GID), a diagnosis applied to every transgender person who enters the
healthcare system. IN THE LIFE looks at the battles being waged within the
psychiatric and transgender communities over whether to reform or eliminate
GID as a diagnosis, and the implications for transgender healthcare"
[Must see video
regarding the DSM controversy and the selection of Ken Zucker to lead the
04-28-09: Philadelphia Weekly: "Keys of LifeA local trans musician
went through hell to get here." NEW
29-year-old Desiree Hines has a laugh that fills the First Unitarian Church
just as grandly as the pipe organ she plays there. As part-time music
associate, her hands move across three tiers of keyboards, her feet work
pedals and when she pulls out the stoppers, the great hall explodes with
sound. As a transsexual African-American female organist, Hines has
encountered her fair share of discrimination in a field dominated by white
men. But along her rough road she’s developed a commitment to visibility.
The director of the Traverse Arts Project (TAP)’s upcoming LGBT festival,
Hines sat down to talk with PW about her long journey."
04-28-09: American Psychiatric Association (Press Release of 4-23):
"LGBT Issues Discussion Slated for APA Annual Meeting"
to gender identity disorder and its
inclusion in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) will be
featured in a session titled “In or Out? Discussion About Gender
Identity Diagnoses and
the DSM,” on Monday, May 18, from 2
to 5 p.m. "
04-28-09: American Psychiatric Association: "APA Task Force Reviews
Possible Gender Identity Disorder Treatment Guidelines" (more)
Psychiatric Association (APA) Board of Trustees has established a task force
on the treatment of Gender Identity Disorders (GID) to address concerns
about the relative lack of evidence-based treatment guidelines and to
determine if guidelines should be developed. The task force was created on a
recommendation by the APA Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues. .
. Gender Identity Disorders Task Force on Treatment members have been
identified and appointed by APA President Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.
They include APA members William M. Byne, M.D., Ph.D.; A. Evan Eyler, M.D.,
M.P.H.; Edgardo Jorge Menvielle, M.D., M.S.H.S.; Richard Randall Pleak,
M.D.; and David A. Tompkins, M.D. Advisors include Susan Bradley, M.D.; Eli
Coleman, Ph.D.; Richard Green, M.D., J.D., and Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg,
new development in internal APA politics. Not clear yet what it means. More
The Advocate: "Trans Chilean Tennis Player Goes Pro"
transgender woman who once wished to play professional tennis is living out
her dreams after the International Tennis Federation cleared her to play."
04-28-09: Denver Post: "Transgender world sees hope - I think we're
making significant progress regarding basic understanding."
change going on in the transgender world — and not just the obvious one.
Encouraged in part by chinks in the armor of intolerance that their older
peers faced, and in part by the kindred spirits they find online, more
transgender people are beginning decades earlier to live as they believe
they were meant to. For them, especially those going from male to female,
stepping so young into high heels is no less risky than it was for the
previous, hesitant generation. But the risks are different. Their older
peers risked friends, families, careers. This generation risks beatings in
high school and on dates. It risks being killed by the Allen Andrades of a
world that is still squeamish, disapproving or downright hostile.. . .
Despite fear, many young people are forging ahead with changes they say will
make inside and outside match. "The average age of a person I see has
dropped by 20 years," said Karen Scarpella, a clinical social worker who
treats those in transition." [a thoughtful reflection on the trends towards
earlier transitions ]
04-28-09: On Top Magazine (re Dominican Republic): "Dominican Police
Investigate Two Transgender Murders "
"Police in the
Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic are investigating the brutal
double homicide of two transgender women . . . brutally tortured before
being killed in the northern city of Santiago . . one of the victims was
stabbed 40 times, severely beaten in the genitals, arms and face and her
eyes were torn out. The second victim was found bound, stuffed in a bag with
her legs broken. She also was stabbed and burned . . . "
04-27-09: Associated Content: "Is Larry Wachowski Now Lana Wachowski?"
Posts Pictures that Allegedly Show Larry Wachowski Looking like a
Post-Operative Transexual. Rumors have been circulating for years that
"Matrix" co-director and producer Larry Wachowski is in the process of
transitioning from a man to a woman." [link
04-27-09: CNN Money: "When a staffer switches genders"
"Coping with major
changes can flummox a workplace, but you can protect your bottom line and
your employees by promoting tolerance and respect. . . . Back in
Connecticut, Tony Ferraiolo's driver's license still bears an F for female,
even though he sports a goatee in the photograph. To legally change his
gender in Connecticut, he would need to submit a medical diagnosis of
gender-identity dysphoria. Ferraiolo won't do that. "Some say dysphoria,
some say disorder," he argues. "I say, nah, I was just born into the wrong
BBC News (UK re Thailand): "'Etiquette guide' for Thai monks"
preacher in Thailand has announced plans for new guidelines aimed at curbing
the flamboyant behaviour of gay and transgender monks."
Facebook.com: "Close the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic"
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) harbors the most notorious
facility in the world for their reparative therapy of gender-variant
children and regressive policies and theories about transgender adults. The
Gender Identity Clinic and Gender Identity Disorder Service need to be
closed once and for all.
Even their internal memos note the "dismissive, condescending and
authoritarian attitudes of staff." This page exposes the harmful
practices at CAMH and offers alternatives to their archaic policies and
theories. The time has come to close this organization down!"
04-27-09: Canoe.ca (Canada re Idaho): "A woman's quest to erase a past
that won't die"
leaves the cocoon of her trailer about once every 10 days. Payette, a tiny
community of farmers and ranchers in southwestern Idaho, did not know she
existed until a year ago when she decided she could no longer hide."
[feature article about Catherine Carlson]
Thenutgraph.com (Malaysia; posted 4-23): “Kalau you separuh babi pun I
Ariffin has been around the world. Manager of the mak
nyah (trans women) programme at
PT Foundation, she has participated and spoken at
conferences on HIV and sexuality in Indonesia, the
Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Sri Lanka, India,
Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Switzerland. But in her 15
years of working on HIV and sexuality, Sulastri is happiest
when she is working in Malaysia . . . to facilitate
workshops for mak nyahs and sex workers on HIV awareness and
04-27-09: London Student (UK): "A voice of our own"
"I’d like to
think you couldn’t tell from looking at me, but I am transsexual. I don’t
fully agree with the term, since I don’t feel “trans” anything: the idea
that I “wanted to be a girl” is nonsense. Who would want the myriad issues
that blight the lives of people like me, the challenges and the many
hurdles? I didn’t want to be a girl: I simply always was a girl. Am a girl.
There’s no question about it: I just know."
04-26-09: Telegraph.uk (UK): "Transsexual Andrea Paredes beats Chilean
discrimination to play tennis on women's tour"
financial consultant from Chile who this week became the first transsexual
to compete in professional women's tennis since Renee Richards in the late
1970s and early 1980s, and who lost heavily to a British opponent, has told
Telegraph Sport how she was encouraged to play by the American's story. "
Denver Post: "Guest commentary: Hate-crime verdict sends message", by
"Initially, I was skeptical
about the use of the bias-motivated crimes statute. Through my exposure
to the Zapata case, I was persuaded that these crimes are unique.
Bias-motivated crimes are particularly heinous because they target an
entire community of people, not just the actual victim. While the
perpetrators impose violence on an individual, their actions are
actually intended to intimidate a much wider circle and send a message
that anyone who is different could be next . . . It's time to take a
strong stance against that insidious level of violence that goes well
beyond a singular crime. . .
Kenneth Buck is the Republican district attorney of Weld
04-26-09: Medill Reports (posted 4-23): "Health center offers
transgender gynecology exams
"A new, free gynecology program could provide more
sensitive medical care for the transgender community in Chicago. Trans
Gynecology Access Program co-founders and health educators Jess Kane, Riley
Johnson and Terri Kapsalis started the program to provide trans-friendly
gynecological care at the Chicago Women’s Health Center in Lakeview."
04-25-09: GMA News.TV (Philippines): "BB Gandanghari denied entry in
bar for cross dressing"
"I have felt
perhaps the same feeling Rosa Parks felt when she was asked to give up her
seat so a white passenger could sit. We, and countless human beings like me,
suffered and continue suffering the same indignity of discrimination . . .
"I wasn't demanding any special treatment from them. I was just there
looking forward to enjoy the music and performance of Rannie, just like any
other human being inside their bar."
Japan Times (Japan): "Geisha 'trans'-formation more than meets the eye"
female tourists flock to the ancient city of Kyoto to dress up as geisha and
fulfill a lifelong fantasy. But one studio was a little surprised to find
that one of its customers was British transsexual Mary Murdock, who wanted
to have her photos taken in the elaborate costumes."
04-24-09: Emporia Gazette (Lyon County, CA): "Who She Was"
"A message of
acceptance, tolerance and love came through Thursday night, as the mother of
a murdered transgendered teenager talked to a crowd in Heath Recital Hall in
Beach Music Hall at Emporia State University. . . . Guerrero’s 17-year-old
child, Gwen Amber Rose Araujo, was beaten to death at a party on Oct. 3,
2003, after it was discovered that Gwen was physically a man. . . . “At my
daughter’s funeral, I promised her I would be her voice, until people stop
dying for who they are,” Guerrero said during an interview before her
New York Times: "‘Maddy’ Just Might Work After All", by Jennifer Finney
"“We can’t keep
calling you ‘Daddy,’ ” he said. “If you’re going to be a girl. It’s too
weird.” . . . “I know,” he said. “Let’s call you Maddy. That’s like, half
Mommy, and half Daddy. And anyhow, I know a girl at school named Maddy.
She’s pretty nice.”"
04-24-09: HipHopRX: "Rapper Chingy Denies Having Sexual Relations With
"“I don’t have a
secret lifestyle my n-gga, like what is you talking about. I didn’t know
somebody could hate a n-gga that much to where they would actually go and
make this sh-t up…,” stated Chingy in the video regarding the rumors."
04-24-09: Wales Online (Wales, UK): "Funding sex change therapy in
Wales is a life-saver, says transgender journalist" (more,
"New funding for
sex change therapy in Wales will save lives, it was claimed yesterday. Men
and women who feel trapped in a body of the wrong gender now stand a better
chance of getting gender reassignment therapy, following a change in Health
Commission Wales policy."
04-24-09: The Christian Institute (UK): "Welsh NHS to fund more
"But critics of
sex change operations say that gender dysphoria is a psychiatric condition
which should be dealt with psychiatric treatments, not radical physical
surgery. . . Many transsexuals regret their decision to live in the opposite
sex. A Home Office report on transsexualism said: “Many people revert to
their biological sex after living for some time in the opposite sex…”
Doctors from the NHS Portman Clinic – an internationally acclaimed centre –
have stated: “…what many patients find is that they are left with a
mutilated body, but the internal conflicts remain.”"
(unnamed) from the infamous Portman Clinic cited in efforts to forestall
health services to trans people in Wales]
04-24-09: Concord Monitor (New Hampshire): "Committee votes 5-0
against rights for transsexuals"
legal protections for transgender people mounted an all-out campaign for
widening New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws yesterday . . . But their
late push appeared to fall short: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted
unanimously, 5-0, to recommend killing the bill, which would forbid
landlords, employers and others from discriminating against transgender
individuals. The whole Senate will vote on the bill as early as Wednesday."
04-24-09: Edmunton Journal (Canada): "Transgender policy makes
difficult life more difficult"
describes how changing from female to male has freed him and added to his
04-23-09: Greeley Tribune: "Andrade guilty, sentenced to life in
murder of Zapata"
"Maria Zapata, in tears, beamed as a
jury announced Wednesday it had found Allen Andrade guilty on all counts in
the death of Angie Zapata. Tears of grief fell as she addressed Weld
District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow before he delivered a sentence of life
in prison for the man who killed her youngest child. “I’m my baby’s mom,”
she told Kopcow as Andrade looked on in orange jail clothes, his hands
cuffed to his belt. Just an hour earlier, a Weld District Court jury of
eight men and four women convicted Andrade of first-degree murder . . ."
"In a press conference Wednesday,
Weld District Attorney Ken Buck said that adding up
to 60 years to Andrade’s life sentence was meant to
ensure Andrade never got out of jail in a political
climate where the death penalty could soon be over
turned, bringing life in prison next on the chopping
04-23-09: Greeley Tribune: "Zapata family speaks"
"With his sister Ashley, left, and
mother Maria, right, at his side, Gonzalo Zapata reads a family statement
after the trial and conviction of Allen Andrade on Wednesday in Greeley. . .
“Through the last week, we’ve watched as our sister Angie was lied about in
court, angrily as the defense presented an image of my sister that wasn’t
true. Their strategy of tearing down my sister to make a monster look better
will not work. “It is clear: Angie was our sister, an aunt and a daughter.
Life was sometimes difficult for her, and we learned along with her to
understand she was born a girl with a body that was wrong for her. “Above
all else, she was honest. It took such courage to be who she was. She was
strong, there was no reason to believe my sister was anything but strong and
honest with everyone."
04-22-09: ABC7 News (Denver): "Man Found Guilty Of Murder, Hate Crime
In Transgender Killing" (LA
NY Times, Denver
"A man who beat a transgender teen with a fire extinguisher
has been found guilty of first-degree murder and hate crime, in what has
become a landmark court case in the state and the country. Allen Andrade,
32, is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison, which is the
mandatory sentence. . . The jury deliberated for less than two hours
before reaching the landmark verdict Wednesday afternoon. This was the first
case in the country where a hate-crime statute has been used in the death of
a transgender person. Colorado is one of the few states with a hate-crime
law that covers transgender people. Zapata's death has sparked calls for a
national hate-crimes law." - ABC7 News
“Only a monster can look at a beautiful 18-year-old and beat
her to death,” said Ms. Zapata’s brother, Gonzalo. “The message was sent
loud and clear that crimes targeting L.G.B.T. people will not be tolerated
in Colorado.” - NY Times
An eight-man, four-woman jury took barely two hours to
convict Andrade of first- degree murder. Jurors also convicted him of a hate
crime, the first time someone has been sent to prison for killing a
transgender person under a hate-crime law in the country, advocates say. . .
The speed of the conviction stunned many, especially given the conservative
makeup of Greeley and the victim's transgender-oriented life. . . Weld
District Attorney Ken Buck said he was not that surprised at the speed of
the decision. The case, he said, was laid out clearly and concisely and
Andrade deserved a harsh judgment. "We care deeply about human life in this
community," Buck said. "If someone goes after someone here because of their
sexual status, we will come after you with everything we have." - Denver
04-22-09: Autumn Sandeen
on Twitter: "We have JUSTICE FOR ANGIE"
The jury has found Andrade GUILTY on
04-22-09: Autumn Sandeen
on Twitter: "justiceforangie" (RSS
Autumn is attending the Andrade trial
and is disseminating real-time commentary from the courtroom via Twitter.
She will resume her tweets today, at 10am MDT.
04-22-09: North by Northwestern (Northwestern Univ.): "Wallace: NU’s
housing policy pushes transgender students off-campus"
as Northwestern’s that refuse to accommodate gender-variant students are
absolutely discriminatory and ultimately have the effect of pushing
transgender students out of higher education. This is real life stuff,
Northwestern; we are real people. I hope the administration decides to get
some common sense and abide by its own non-discrimination policy."
04-22-09: GidReform.org: "Transvestic Disorder and Policy Dysfunction
in the DSM-V", by Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
"At the Annual Meeting of the Society
for Sex Therapy and Research this month, a “Provisional Report by the DSM-V
Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders,” was presented by
Chairman Kenneth Zucker and a panel of workgroup members. Ray Blanchard, who
chairs the Paraphilias Subcommittee, summarized proposals for
“Pedohebehpilic Disorder” and “Transvestic Disorder” in the DSM-V. While
Charles Moser, Ph.D., M.D., and others have long raised concern about all
paraphilia diagnoses in the DSM, the current diagnostic category of
Transvestic Fetishism is particularly stigmatizing and defamatory for
male-to-female (MTF) cross-dressers as well as many transsexual women.
Unfortunately, Dr. Blanchard’s proposal of Transve6stic Disorder offers
little to allay these concerns."
Important note: Kelley invites
members, allies and affirming care providers of the transcommunity to voice
their concerns by publishing comments to her essay at
gidreform.wordpress.com. She will forward these postings to the
APA and DSM-V Task Force at the APA Annual Meeting in May.
04-22-09: Express Buzz (India): "‘We are always pushed to the margin’"
"There is a lot of fear about
transgender women among the public. While it is a struggle for transgender
women for basic needs, it is also a struggle to gain the general community's
Gay NZ (New Zealand): "Auckland transgender sex workers at risk"
"Video footage showing transgender sex
workers being verbally abused and threatened by a vigilante group aiming to
"clean up" South Auckland is just one example of altercations happening on
the streets every night, says the NZ Prostitutes Collective."
04-22-09: Evening Standard (UK): "Sport: Nicola Slater makes light
work of transsexual"
"The 24-year-old from Ayr beat Andrea
Paredes von Roth, who made her debut in Buenos Aires in a Futures tournament
at the age of 37. The Chilean, born as Ernesto Paredes, underwent a
sex-change in 2000 but was only cleared to play by the International Tennis
Federation after undergoing tests last November."
04-21-09: ABC 7 News (Denver): "Reporter Blog From Transgender Murder
Trial Of Allen Andrade"
"Suspect Accused In Slaying Of Angie
04-21-09: Reality Wanted: Casting Call Information; City: Los Angeles,
"WE tv casting new show!
Looking for Male to Female TRANSGENDER! For a chance to win up to $10,000.
Seven women will go head-to-head to win over the studio audience with their
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Closing On: 04/24/2009
04-21-09: Troy Media Corporation (Canada): "Do you think they cut off
their genitals for fun?" By Janet Keeping
"The government of Alberta
recently announced that public funding for sex reassignment surgery (SRS)
will be eliminated to save about $ 700,000 of a roughly $ 13 billion annual
[Ye gads! Why was this purportedly
trans-supportive article given such an incredibly hideous title? That title
that perpetuates the very worst misconceptions about
vaginoplasty (SRS) as "mutilation" rather than what it is: genital
Janet Keeping owes the trans community an explanation and an APOLOGY for
doing this to us!]
04-21-09: National Post (Canada; posted 04-17): "Colby Cosh:
Mutilating the body to correct a delusion"
"There is a strong bioethical case
against the very existence of surgical gender reassignment . . . It boils
down to this: Gender reassignment constitutes the irreversible surgical
mutilation of a healthy body — and thus violates the traditional prime
directive of medicine — in the effort to correct a delusion, one which may
[Of course it's no surprise that
would misrepresent vaginoplasty (SRS) in this way]
04-21-09: Bianet (Turkey): "Transsexual Melek’s Killer Arrested"
"A 26-year-old has been arrested for
the murder of Melek, a member of the Pink Life LGBTT Association. This is
only the latest in a spate of murders affecting the LGBTT community."
04-20-09: TS Roadmap (posted 04-19): "CAMH internal report:
“Dismissive, condescending and authoritarian attitudes” at gender clinic"
"The Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health is the most notoriously regressive clinic in the world for trans
people. They force gender-variant children into reparative therapy and have
in the past rejected over 90% of people seeking health services. An internal
report has outlined some key issues." [
Link to the full report (74 pages) ;
Link to the executive summary ]
[This report by
CAMH's Diversity Programs Office confronts the stain that Zucker and
Blanchard have brought down on the institution, and recommends remedies for
correcting the situation. Meantime, Zucker and Blanchard have paid no
attention whatsoever to this report , and are
attacking transpeople more widely than ever!]
04-20-09: Baller Status: "Chingy Denies Transsexual Creeping Rumors"
"A transgender rapper -- who goes by
the name of Foxxjazell -- recently called into Street Disciplez Radio,
alleging that St. Louis rapper Chingy was keeping his alternative sexual
lifestyle on the down low, and she's outing him."
04-20-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Only in San Francisco, literally"
"San Francisco school officials have
created a new Web site with resources to support lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning youth. It's apparently the only site of its kind
in the country."
04-19-09: On Top Magazine: "Jury Sees Gruesome Pictures Of Transgender
"The first-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing
a transgender woman last July opened Thursday with the jury being shown
gruesome photos of the victim's beaten body laying in her apartment next to
a bare twin mattress"
04-19-09: Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines): "‘Queen Raquela’
reaps int'l acclaim"
"When Cebuano transsexual Raquela Rios
first met Icelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur Johannesson online, she thought
he was looking for romance, like she was. He gave her a movie role instead."
04-19-09: Vancouver Free Press (Canada): "Vancouver transgender
community to celebrate living at Gender Euphoria"
"Jessica Cooper says transgender
people constantly face negative stereotypes, the risk of violence, and the
threat of losing their jobs, homes, and families. So, the 46-year-old
transsexual woman and transgender-rights activist is helping organize an
event to celebrate the positive aspects of the lives of local trans,
gender-variant, and genderqueer people."
04-19-09: USA Today: "Young adults 'don't want to be defined by
04-18-09: Think Spain (re the
EU): "Common-law unions to carry more clout
"Europe's Council of Ministers has
approved new laws protecting common-law couples and people who have
undergone sex changes. It was announced yesterday in Parliament in Madrid
that all couples in any member state, irrespective of gender, have the right
to register their relationship formally. . . These unions will be recognised
in all EU countries in a similar way to a marriage."
04-18-09: Irish Times (Ireland): "Transgender people earn less -
"Transgender people, ie those whose
gender identity differs from their birth gender, have high suicide rates,
poor experience of healthcare systems and professionals, and
disproportionately low earnings, a new European survey has found. . .
According to Prof Whittle, “trans”, or transgender, people “avoided
accessing routine healthcare because they anticipated prejudicial treatment
from healthcare professionals. “The most consistent theme was that of
improper or abusive treatment by healthcare professionals,” he said.
Transgender people were required to undergo years of psychiatric treatment
before surgery and the condition was classed as a mental disorder, yet a
psychiatrist must ensure the person is not mentally ill before sanctioning
surgery. “Linking ‘trans’ and mental illness is a strong factor in the
mistreatment of trans people,” Prof Whittle said.
04-18-09: Independent.ie (Ireland): "Transgenders seek justice"
"Ireland's record on legal rights for transgender people was
criticised yesterday at a two-day conference which opened in Dublin."
04-17-09: Greeley Tribune (Colorado): "Full coverage: Transgender
murder trial" (more,
Allen Andrade's murder trial is being discussed across the
nation. He is accused of beating his girlfriend to death after finding out
she was transgender. It is the first test of a hate-crime law being used in
a case of violence against a transgender person. Colorado is one of only a
few states in the country that has gender identity protection in its
hate-crime law. The Tribune's continuing coverage, including stories and
daily Twitter updates from the courtroom, are compiled here. Check back for
updates throughout the six-day trial by using our quick link to this page at
"Details On Stu"
"When Stu’s story first erupted onto
the local, then national scene last November the reaction from nearly
everyone, trans community included, was positive and affirming. Last week,
prior to word of the Details article, this email arrived, questioning the
validity of the attention given
04-17-09: Charles Moser, Ph.D.,
M.D., "Autogynephilia in Women", Journal of Homosexuality (in
Autogynephilia, an erotic interest in the thought or image of
oneself as a woman, has been described as a sexual interest of some
male-to-female transsexuals (MTFs); the term has not been applied to
natal women. To test the possibility that natal women also
experience autogynephilia, an Autogynephilia Scale for Women (ASW)
was created from items used to categorize MTFs as autogynephilic in
other studies. A questionnaire which included the ASW was
distributed to a sample of 51 professional women employed at an
urban hospital, 29 completed questionnaires were returned for
analysis. By the common definition of ever having erotic arousal to
the thought or image of oneself as a woman, 93% of the respondents
would be classified as autogynephilic. Using a more rigorous
definition of “frequent” arousal to multiple items, 28% would be
classified as autogynephilic. The implications of these findings are
discussed concerning the sexuality of women and the meaning of
autogynephilia for MTFs."
[This new empirical
research debunks Blanchard's claim that 'autogynephilia' does not
exist in natal women (i.e., it debunks the claim that
'autogynephilia' is 'paraphilia', rather than a natural form of
female sexual expression]
04-16-09: UN Dispatch
(re India): "Transsexual Activist Makes Bid in Indian Elections" (more)
"Kinnar is a
popular figure in Ghaziabad and will stand for election as an independent
candidate. “I don’t mind taking on all the political heavyweights. I was
born in Ghaziabad and people know me. I don’t have children. I will work
only for people. I am going to give a tough fight to Rajnath Singh, who is
an outsider. The sitting MP did nothing for the constituency,” Kinnar said."
04-16-09: NBC (Washington, DC): "GW Argues Over Transgender Rights"
"In 2006, “gender
expression and identity” became a protected group under the District of
Columbia’s Human Rights Act, but the university’s policy has since failed to
04-16-09: New York Times: "A Cheap, Fast and Possibly Deadly Route to
women often seek out silicone injections because they are a quick way of
making bodies more feminine, unlike hormone treatments, which may take years
to work, said Dr. Nick Gorton, an emergency room doctor who treats
transgender patients at the Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic in San
Francisco. . . Although side effects are fairly rare, silicone can migrate
through the bloodstream, creating potentially fatal clots in the lungs, as
it did in Ms. Pichardo’s case".
04-16-09: Edmonton Journal (Alberta, Canada): "Tories exploit pain of
"A week ago
Tuesday, the province announced it would no longer pay for gender
reassignment surgery. . . It was a mean-spirited, gratuitous cut, which
saved a province which just eliminated its $1-billion health- care premium
program a mere pittance. But beating up on transsexuals was easy. It helped
the Tories pander to the constituency of socially conservative voters who
find sex-change surgery icky, if not downright blasphemous . . . And most
strategically, it allowed the government to open a whole new round of the
delisting debate. In other words, the transgendered, the most marginalized
minority, were the perfect scapegoats."
04-16-09: Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan): "Journey to womanhood:
Transgender individual tells her story"
shown here at her home in Alamo Township, had gender-reassignment surgery in
2008 to become a woman. She describes living as a woman in a man's body as
"spiritual dyslexia." "It's not just unhappiness," she says. "Your
sensibilities don't match with how you're being socialized. I felt very
disconnected at a very early age.""
04-16-09: Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan): "Blue Cross won't cover gender
reassignment for some new customers"
"Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Michigan's recent decision to eliminate reimbursements for
gender-reassignment surgeries for new single-payer customers has raised
concerns among gender-equality advocates."
04-16-09: Express Buzz (India): "Transgenders
do 12-hour shift for DMDK in Salem"
"The DMDK seems
to have grabbed the opportunity to harness the keen interest of transgenders
in politics. . . Sporting the party’s uniform saree, the transgenders have
started with the most basic field work— distributing handbills to households
and to passers by during the field campaign of the candidate. They travel
along with the candidate, braving the scorching heat, and talk to the people
as they give away the handbills."
04-16-09: List.co.uk (UK): "Vanessa: Look Mummy I’m Dancing"
"The profile and
representation of transsexuals may have received a boost in recent years
from such acclaimed films as Boys Don’t Cry and Transamerica, but there are
still few opportunities for transsexual actors in the mainstream theatre and
cinema. Belgian performer
Vanessa Van Durme, who was born a boy in 1948 and underwent gender
reassignment when the process was still in its infancy, has sought to
redress this balance and tackle public prejudice head-on by bringing her
highly personal monologue Look Mummy I’m Dancing to audiences around the
world. . . .
04-16-09: List.co.uk (UK): "Look Mummy I’m Dancing"
woman slowly but resolutely peels off her sixty-year-old skin until the
audience find themselves face to face with the reverse side of a soul.
Virtuoso performance from
Vanessa Van Durme (more),
who was one of the first male-to-female transsexuals to undergo the
operation." [Vanessa had SRS with
Burou in Casablance in 1975]
04-15-09: The Shanghaiist (China): "In Changsha: Demonstration for the
right to be a woman"
morning, two young male to female transsexuals took to the streets of
Changsha City, Hunan Province. They carried banners saying: "I want to have
a sex change and live my life as a woman" and "Even if I die from it, I want
a sex change, one day as a woman would be worth it"."
04-15-09: Little Red Book (China): "Chinese netizens respond to
ladyboys publicly crying for help in southern China."
was posted on rednet.cn; following the news article, I also selected some
comment to this news from BBS on Sina.com and 163.com. This is a pretty
“wild” scene in China, let’s see how Chinese respond to it. . . Around 1pm
on April.13th, two strange guys held “I want to change sex” signs appeared
on Huangxing Road, Changsha city. This unusual scene caused the entire
street blocked by people who are watching. One guy’s name is Shen Qingqing,
who seems to be the candidate of a coming sex change surgery; and the other
one calls himself Mei Daizi." [Be sure to read the wide range of interesting
04-14-09: Calgary Herald (Alberta, Canada): "Tory MLA questions
delisting of sex changes"
Alberta's transgendered community who gather in the legislature gallery
today to protest funding cuts may receive some encouragement from an
unexpected source -- a Tory backbencher. St. Albert MLA Ken Allred said he
plans to introduce a transgendered constituent in the house today and has
his own questions about why his government has cut funding for gender
04-14-09: Legislator Laurie Blakeman (Alberta, Canada): "Laurie
Blakeman in Question Period: Gender Reassignment Surgery" (more)
[Video of Laurie
Blakeman challenging the Alberta Minister of Health about the delisting of
04-14-09: Sahodari Foundation
(Tamil Nadu state, India): "Towards Knowledge, Rights and Dignity For
Indian Transgendered People"
"The aim of the
foundation is the social and economical empowerment of the transgenders and
other gender non-confirming people of Tamilnadu. The Foundation is working
towards providing a dignified life for Transgenders with programs which
would initiate high self esteem, self acceptance and social acceptance among
Transgenders. The Foundation is also involved in creating awareness to the
public, especially the youth, in accepting and living with gender variant
people. For this purpose we are in the process of publishing a magazine for
Transgenders in Tamil called 'Sahodari' (Sister). Kindly support us in this
wonderful effort."" [under the guidance of its founder
Sahodari is making amazing strides in advancing trans rights in Tamil Nadu.]
04-14-09: Edmunton Sun (Canada): "Transsexuals to battle over
transsexuals are stepping up their fight for government-paid sex-change
operations. Members of the community will be at the Alberta legislature
today for question period. Tomorrow, they'll march to Alberta Human Rights
and Citizenship Commission offices in Edmonton and Calgary to file numerous
complaints because the government is delisting sex-change operations, also
known as gender reassignment surgery."
Ace Showbiz: "'Gossip Girl' Siren Blake Lively Often Feels Like Tranny"
insecure with her own body, Blake Lively has admitted that her large figure
often makes her feel like a transsexual. Asked on what makes her think so,
the screen beauty states, "I don't know, I'm ... large? . . . I just feel
really big a lot of the time, and I'm surrounded by a lot of tiny people."
At the end she concludes, "I feel like a man sometimes."" [Although her use
of 'tranny' is a bit gauche, Blake's comments are interesting ones.]
04-13-09: Outsports.com: "Intersex player rising up WTA rankings"
intersex (the I in LGBTQQI) player who has been cleared to play on the WTA
Tour. The case is a first of its kind in women’s tennis, as far as we know."
04-12-09: Radio Netherlands (Netherlands): "Transsexual woman pestered
woman from the Utrecht district of Zuilen has moved house as a result of
bullying by a group of about 30 young Moroccans."
04-12-09: Denver Post:
"Zapata: Gender issues to define trial"
this week are likely to argue that Angie Zapata was killed because she
finally unveiled her true self to the man she was dating."
04-12-09: Bernama.com: "Special Toilets For Transsexuals In Chennai"
authorities are preparing to build separate public toilets for the
transgender community, a first of its kind in the populace country. Tamil
Nadu, with nearly 30,000 transsexuals, is the only Indian state to have
recognised gender status of transsexuals, giving them their right to vote,
ration card (to buy essential food items), access to medical care and
housing -- all of which had been deprived in the past for the much
04-11-09: San Francisco Chroncle: "Court OKs out-of-state birth
certificate change" (more)
Los Angeles native, now living in Kansas, won a state appeals court ruling
in San Francisco on Friday that makes it easier for California-born
transgender people to change their birth certificate. . . Gigi Marie Somers
was born male but has lived most of her life as a woman, and underwent
sex-change surgery in 2005. . . Somers then turned to a California court,
only to discover that a 1977 state law requires an application for a sex
change on a new birth certificate to be filed in the county where the
applicant now lives. But Friday, the First District Court of Appeal said the
law violates the rights of someone like Somers to be treated the same as a
transgender person who still lives in California." [An incredible legal
loophole that has long harmed many transitioned people is finally closed]
04-10-90: Broadway World: "Join Henry At The Big Apple Circus On 4/28
To Raise Money For True Colors"
"His name is
Henry. When he came out as transgender, his parents rejected him. He found a
support system in
Offensive’s True Colors: Out Youth Theater troupe. When he performed a
monologue about his gender transition for thousands of his peers in schools
around Massachusetts, he helped himself and his community. . . True Colors
is more than just a theater program. LGBT youth face life-threatening
bigotry. True Colors helps them change it. Join Henry at the
Big Apple Circus
[in Boston] on Tuesday April 28 to raise money for this one-of-a-kind
04-10-09: CTV Calgary (Canada): "Province could be sued for delisting
trans-gender people awaiting surgery are considering legal action against
the province. On Tuesday, the province announced it would no longer fund
gender reassignment surgery."
04-10-09: AngieZapata.com: "End
Hate - Light a Candle for Angie"
was brutally murdered in Greeley, Colorado in July 2008. Angie was a
transgender woman and she was murdered because of anti-transgender bias. On
April 14, 2009, her alleged killer will go on trial in Greeley, Colorado.
The trial marks the first time that Colorado’s gender identity-inclusive
hate crimes statute—and in fact any state’s hate crimes law—has been applied
in the investigation and prosecution of an anti-transgender murder case." [
Light a Candle for Angie (Facebook)]
Denver Post: "Memorial ad for murdered transgender woman vexes DA - Trial
next week" (more)
worried that jury selection in next week's trial of a man accused of killing
a transgender woman in Greeley in July has become a lot more complicated.
That's because 50 groups sponsored a full-page ad in 22 Colorado newspapers
and purchased online advertising to commemorate the life and death of
18-year-old Angie Zapata."
04-09-10: Colorado : "Coalition unfurls ‘End Hate’
campaign ahead of Angie Zapata murder trial"
public information effort kept ads out of northern Colorado: 'We did not
want to be seen in any way trying to influence the jury pool.' . . . A group
of 50 progressive, civil rights and anti-violence groups launched a massive
Internet and print media public information campaign Wednesday across
Colorado to inform readers about transgender murder victim Angie Zapata,
whose accused killer goes on trial in Greeley next week."
04-09-09: Seacoast.online (New Hampshire): "Transgender protections
"The N.H. House
of Representatives reversed its course Wednesday and passed a bill extending
anti-discrimination protections to transgender individuals by a single vote.
The House voted 181-149 last month to kill the bill, but reconsidered
Wednesday after a passionate appeal from House Speaker Terie Norelli,
D-Portsmouth, to include transgendered individuals in the state's
04-09-09: Bay Windows: "Putting
a face on the issue"
"I’m just a boring
accountant," Joanne Herman told
an aide to state Rep. Brian Wallace during the transgender lobbying day on
April 7. Herman was one of hundreds who turned up at the State House to
muster support for the transgender rights bill. . . Herman said that she was
there to help Wallace put a face on the issue. "It really helps to know
somebody," she said. "Yeah, it sure does. I agree," said Houghtaling
[Wallace's aide], adding that she believes there is a lot of fear on the
part of some people about transgender issues.
04-09-09: Boston Herald: "In bathrooms or out, transgenders no threat"
"I mention this
today because the same crowd who’ve tried to demonize gays are back on
Beacon Hill trying to demonize the transgendered, too. . . But here’s what
the demonizers are now reduced to: arguing that this legislation will let
loose the transgendered to prey on kids in public bathrooms. OK, some
reality here: The transgendered are no more likely to attack children than
anybody else. There have been no reports of misbehaving in the 13 states
that already allow them bathroom accommodations."
04-08-09: Associated Press: "Push for transgender protections reaches
Ethan St. Pierre,
allowing someone who is biologically female but self-identifies as male to
use the men's bathroom is a no-brainer. "Look at me," said St. Pierre, who
was born a woman but is now a transgender man with a beard and short hair.
"I don't want to get hurt by some woman who thinks I'm in the ladies' room
for the wrong reasons. I mean, clearly I don't belong there." St. Pierre, of
Haverhill, was one of hundreds of advocates at a Tuesday rally supporting a
bill that would add "gender identity and expression" to Massachusetts'
discrimination and hate crimes laws. He said having this legislation would
have protected him from being fired in 2003 from his job as a security
supervisor because he became a man."
04-08-09: Boston Herald: "Critic: Flush bathroom bill"
"Dude looks like
a lady, but legislation allowing males and females to share public restrooms
in deference to transgender persons’ rights has some arguing equality in
Massachusetts has gone too far. Medford Democratic state Rep. Carl M.
Sciortino Jr.’s proposed bathroom bill “is a line we should not cross,”
cautioned Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute."
04-08-09: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Wash. OKs transgender
"At present, the
hate-crime definition of sexual orientation covers gay, straight or bisexual
people. The bill approved Wednesday adds "gender expression or identity" to
that definition, making the law apply to attacks on transgender people. . .
It now heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it into law."
04-08-09: Calgary Herald (Canada): "Alta. faces rights battle over
sex-change coverage" (more,
of the transgendered, gay, lesbian and bisexual communities are readying
themselves for a human-rights complaint after the Alberta government
delisted gender-reassignment surgery from its funding coverage Tuesday."
04-08-09: Miami Herald: "Transsexual city manager lands new job" (more)
"The former Largo
city manager who was fired after her plans to have a sex change became
public has landed a new job as the city manager for Lake Worth."
04-07-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders to the fore"
"They are excluded
from the so-called mainstream, associated with AIDS and sometimes portrayed
as clowns and criminals. In reality, transgenders are among the most
marginalized minorities in the world."
04-07-09: Independent Online (re Australia): "Police slammed for
outing sex-change woman"
"Sydney - Two
Australian police officers who told a prisoner his girlfriend was once a man
were on Tuesday sentenced to 125 hours community service."
04-07-09: Straight.com (Vancouver Press, Canada): "Jessica Cooper: As
a transsexual person, I have no rights"
"I have no rights.
I have no right to freedom from discrimination. I have no right to secure
employment. I have no right to a safe place to live. I don’t even have the
right to go to the washroom in peace. It’s amazing that I can sit here in
the 21st century, in Canada, and be able to say that."
Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "Minority Groups Feel Snubbed by Candidates"
and legislative candidates have failed to involve vulnerable groups like the
poor, disabled people and transsexuals in this year’s campaign, it was
claimed on Monday."
04-06-09: Houston Press: Movies: "A Small Colorado Town Becomes
"Capital of Transsexuals" And Houston Hears About It"
04-06-09: Augusta Chronicle: "Shelters adapt for transgender homeless"
heading the Salvation Army's downtown homeless shelter had done little to
prepare Janeane Schmidt for the recent night when a soft-spoken biological
male transitioning into a female walked in."
Merinews (India): "Plight of sexual minorities"
"Non-government organisations have to rid themselves
of the notion that they should alienate themselves from politics, to ensure
that the sexual minorities they work for receive the rights that they
deserve and are entitled to."
04-04-09: Poughkeepsie Journal: "Hate crime charge in killing of
Attorney William Fitzpatrick says DeLee shot Moses Cannon dead Nov. 14 after
hearing comments about Cannon’s sexual orientation. Moses Cannon was living
as a woman, using the name Latiesha Green. Relatives have described him as
04-04-09: Paramount Comedy (UK): "We don't like that Wallpaper..."
"Transsexual groups have launched a campaign against
ITV1 comedy Moving Wallpaper claiming it was gratuitously cruel and
offensive to a transsexual character."
04-04-09: Express Buzz (India): "6 aravanis held for abducting
"The CBCID on
Friday arrested six transgenders (aravanis) for abducting a Kovalam
(Kancheepuram) teenager and forcing him into prostitution in Pune after
making him undergo sex change surgery."
04-03-09: Daily Northwestern: "'Gender identity' added to
student requests and similar actions by many peer institutions, Northwestern
added "gender identity and expression" to the language of its
non-discrimination policy." [Hmm. We wonder how Northwestern faculty member
J. Michael Bailey, author of
one of the most transphobic books ever written, is going to react to this
Camp KC: "Must We Fight Over Labels? "
Monterey Herald (California): "Born identity: Locals speak openly about the
"When physical and
mental gender don't match"
04-03-09: ABC News (Australia): "Police face sacking over sex change
"A Sydney court has heard two police officers who told
a prisoner his girlfriend was once a man could lose their jobs."
04-03-09: The Gaurdian (UK): 'My true self has finally been released'
Maurice Pepper had a secret he couldn't reveal, even to his wife. It wasn't
until she was taken into care that he made a life-changing decision."
04-03-09: Concord Monitor: Letter: "Basic civil rights", by Jennifer
E. Madden, Nashua
"As a transsexual New Hampshire resident and family
physician, I was so saddened to see HB 415, the bill that would give
transgender people basic civil rights, fail to pass."
04-03-09: Associated Press: "Shelters slowly adapt to help transgender
heading the Salvation Army's downtown homeless shelter had done little to
prepare Janeane Schmidt for the recent night when a soft-spoken biological
male transitioning into a female walked in."
Pridesource (Michigan): "BCBSM speaks about cutting gender reassignment
insurance company says elimination of surgery was necessary to the bottom
line, advocates rebut"
04-02-09: St. Louis Beacon: "From Mitchell to Michelle: Family,
friends and work react"
04-01-09: St. Louis Beacon: "From Mitchell to Michelle: How do a
person and a spouse make that change?"
X-Press (San Francisco State Univ.): "Transgender issues come out of closet
"The little stick
figures on the doors of public restrooms are an easy indicator for most
people. It is supposed to come down to this: skirts are for girls and
trousers are for boys. But for those who don't declare a gender, it's not so
Inside Higher Ed: "Trans-Ition"
"Andre Wilson considers himself one of the luckier ones. When
he decided to undergo sexual reassignment surgery as a graduate student at
the University of Michigan, Wilson had the financial and emotional support
of his family. While student health insurance didn’t cover the procedure at
the time, Wilson still had the wherewithal to make the change from female to
male that he now says saved his life. “For people to only be able to access
these services because they have privilege is unconscionable,” said Wilson"
03-30-09: The Guardian (UK re Spain): "Transsexual man expecting twins
sparks ethical row"
"A 25-year-old transsexual man in Barcelona has announced
that he is pregnant with twins, prompting debate in Spain about the ethical
use of reproductive technology. Rubén Noé Coronado Jiménez, who is
reportedly nine weeks pregnant, interrupted hormone treatments and postponed
plans to have a full sex-change operation in order to get pregnant because
his 43-year-old girlfriend could no longer have children."
03-28-09: On Top Magazine: "Transgender
Protections Too Hot For New Hampshire"
"Legislators say they have been inundated with vehement
opposition to the bill. One anonymous emailer wrote: “How are we suppose to
take our children into public bathrooms if you pass this indecent
legislation? ... or protect them from the perverted predations of this
bill's sponsors? ... [W]e are not being served by representatives, but being
ruled by misfits, perverts and tyrants.” The rhetoric got too hot for
lawmakers who opted to leave transgender people unprotected."
03-27-09: US Magazine: "Exclusive: Top Model Contestant Opens Up About
Sex Change Surgery" (more)
"Isis King, the first transgender contestant on the CW's
America’s Next Top Model, opens up to Tyra Banks about her sex change
operation, her new life as a woman and her boyfriend, Desmond . . . whom she
met more than three years ago -- before her surgery -- on MySpace. "When we
were just friends, I had a dream I was getting married," he (Desmond) tells
Banks. "As the bride came down the aisle, it was Isis... She’s strong, she’s
beautiful, she’s my soul mate." With that, Desmond gets down on one knee and
proposes to King." (includes video of Desmond proposing to Isis)
03-27-09: Southern Voice (posted 3-26): "Atlanta's largest homeless
shelter grapples with transgender inclusion - Current policy requires
transwomen to present as male"
"More and more male-to-female transgender women are seeking
shelter at the facility, known as Peachtree-Pine . . . The facility houses
an average of 600 men each night. Of that total, approximately 5 percent, or
between 20-25 people, are transwomen . . . But in order for the transwomen
to be able to stay in the shelter, they must “present as male” . . . “No
other shelter will take transgender people except Peachtree-Pine,” said
Akasha, 27, who is going by her birth and legal name, Jason, in order to
stay in the shelter. She has been living as a woman since she was 19."
Southern Voice: "Transman called ‘girl’ on Q100’s Bert Show"
"Former drag king Tristan Skye entered radio show’s
‘Men’s Madness’ competition"
03-27-09: Washington Blade: "Gay donors propose omnibus rights bill -
Organizers of ‘new approach’ say activists too timid with Congress"
"The leaders of a nonprofit LGBT donors group in Florida are
calling on members of Congress to introduce a far-reaching omnibus LGBT
rights bill that combines all of the gay- and transgender-related bills that
have been pending before Congress, some for as long as 30 years. Called the
Equality & Religious Freedom Act, the combined measure also includes new
provisions, including a clause that requires the federal government to
recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships
legalized by states.
“We decided that asking for our rights incrementally was not
enough,” said Juan Ahonen-Jover of Miami, a gay philanthropist and
co-founder of eQualityGiving.org. “We feel the less you ask for, the less
you get.” Ahonen-Jover and his partner, Ken Ahonen-Jover, retained
LGBT-rights attorney Karen Doering to draft the proposed bill after
arranging for her to conduct extensive legal research on whether the bill
should create a freestanding law or amend existing civil rights statutes."
[a new initiative by
03-27-09: Concord Monitor (NH): "Transgender rights defeated - It
sought protections in workplace, rentals" (more)
"House lawmakers yesterday rejected a bill that would
extend protection to transgender individuals under the state's
anti-discrimination and hate-crimes laws. . . Opponents dubbed the measure
the "bathroom bill"; they painted a picture of men and women walking into
bathrooms and saunas as they pleased."
ASUwebdevil (Arizona State Univ.): "Documentary opens dialogue about gender
03-27-09: Kyle's comics (posted 3-24): "Kyle's Bed and Breakfast,
[Latest episode of this
gay comic strip involves a trans
03-27-09: MCGE Press Release (Michigan, posted 3-25): "MCGE/Rainbow
Law Center decries Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy change"
"The Michigan Coalition for Gender Equality expressed deep
disappointment today regarding changes to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
(BCBSM) policies that will eliminate reimbursements for gender reassignment
surgeries for new customers. This change was approved by Michigan’s Office
of Financial and Insurance Regulation without any opportunity for public
comment or input."
Kaos GL (Turkey): "Homophobic Attacks and murders in the cities of
Eskisehir, Bursa and Edirne in Turkey"
"Homophobic and transphobic violence doesn’t stop:
Assault in Eskiþehir, murders in Bursa and Edirne! A transsexual woman was
attacked and beaten in Eskisehir. A transsexual woman was found her head cut
in Bursa. A man has been killed by his friend on the claim that he asked for
Pridesource.com (Michigan): "Transgender Day of Visibility plans erupt
locally, nationwide - Groundbreaking day of events set to take place March
"Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, (Rachel) Crandall
said, the day of visibility aims to focus on all the good things in the
trans community, instead of just remembering those who were lost. "The day
of remembrance is exactly what it is. It remembers people who died," she
said. "This focuses on the living. People have told me they love Remembrance
Day but it really focuses on the negative aspect of it. Isn't there anything
that could focus on the positive aspect of being trans?""
03-26-09: Bangkok Post (Thailand): "Pride and prejudice - Chiang
Mai-based Mplus unveils its mission and ponders the challenges ahead"
"If you see any kathoey on the street, just hit them all on
the head." These brutal words still echo in Pongthorn Chanleun's ears. It
has been one month since the violence erupted against a group of
participants in the Chiang Mai Gay Pride parade, but every image and sound
of hatred on that day remains vivid." [Chiang Mai is the major city in the
north of Thailand, but it lacks Bangkok's cosmopolitan nature.]
03-26-09: Washington Blade"HRC won’t support ‘gay-only’ ENDA
"The board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign
approved a policy statement Wednesday saying the group will not support the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, if it excludes language
protecting transgender persons from discrimination. HRC came under fire from
transgender advocacy groups in 2007 when it announced it would not oppose a
“gay-only” version of ENDA . . ."
Havana Times (Cuba): "Cuba Campaign Fights Homophobia"
"A campaign against homophobia designed for and by young
people began this Thursday with a lecture-debate by sexologist Mariela
Castro, director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX). . . The
previous day, Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro, told the foreign
press accredited in Cuba that the reforms to the country’s Family Code in
terms of sexual rights have found obstacles. Those changes would represent
recognition of legal unions between homosexual persons and the identity of
transsexuals . . ."
03-26-09: Gainsville Sun: ""Students play a key role in city election"
"Voters at polling sites on the UF campus voted
heavily against Amendment 1 on Tuesday."
03-26-09: PrideDepot.com (Re Twin Falls, Idaho; posted 3-22): "Murder,
jealousy, gender identity, and ethnicity on trial in Twin Falls"
"A request for a change in venue was denied in a
murder trial that spotlights gender identity, ethnic diversity, media bias,
and uncomfortable issues all contained within a predominately conservative
03-25-09: Cafebabel.com (Europe): "Queer as transsexual Europe"
"Heterosexuality and unambiguous sexual images remain deeply
embedded in European societies. People who do not fit in with prevailing
ideas, and who are unwilling or unable to squeeze their identity into the
tight corset of the two sexes, are still forced to battle prejudice and
discrimination in today’s Europe. Prejudice ranges from physical aggression
and verbal abuse in public to well-concealed contempt in every day life."
03-25-09: Stopping The Hate: "Transgender Discrimination: The Mirror
Has Two Faces"
Statenews.com (Michigan State Univ.): "Opening new doors"
"Policy gives transgender students options in deciding their
03-25-09: Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho): "Former cellmate concerned
about Kolestani trial" (more)
"Antonia Lara says community bias exists against
03-25-09: Gainsville Sun: "Opponents of Amendment 1 celebrate their
big victory" (more,
"A jubilant cry erupted from Brophy's Irish Pub as City
Commissioner Craig Lowe announced the defeat of an amendment
that would have terminated the city's anti-discrimination
03-24-09: DailyKos.com: "Florida pushes back on gay rights --
Gainesville votes no to discrimination, with one small update"
"Their amendment would have revoked current bans on
discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity and voided any future
legal assurances of non-discrimination on these bases. Their campaign
featured the usual scare tactics, and adopted the mottos "Keep men out of
women's restrooms." It's obvious from the wording of the amendment that this
is not about who goes potty where. Seriously, folks, this was an absolutely
pathetic, only very thinly veiled attempt to derail basic rights."
03-24-09: Queerty: "Gainesville FL Rejects Trans Rights Repeal" (more)
"Voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 58% to 42%. If
passed, Charter Amendment 1 would have repealed existing civil rights
protections for Gainesville's gay and transgender community. For over a
year, backers of the amendment have waged a fear-based campaign filled with
outright lies and media campaigns that dehumanized gay and transgender
people. Specifically, these extremists drew a target on the backs of
transgender people with bigoted messages intended to instill fear in the
hearts of Gainesville citizens."
03-24-09: The Advocate (Re Germany; posted 3-20): "Rising Tennis Pro
Faces Gender Battle" (more)
"Sarah Gronert, 22, was born with both male and female
genitalia but underwent surgery to become female both legally and
physically. However, some coaches, players, and officials charge that she
seems unnaturally strong for a woman and speculate, based on her birth
condition, that she may benefit from a higher-than-average distribution of
male hormones -- and question whether she should therefore be allowed to
compete against women at all." [Note: The way the Advocate chose to spin
this story is already causing further intersex-phobic backlash,
as in this link]
Electronic Design News (posted 2-11): "The book that changed everything", by
Paul McClellan (more)
"Everything changed thirty years ago with the publication of
Mead and Conway’s book “Introduction to VLSI systems.” It is out of print
but it was the most influential book in semiconductor design and design
automation ever." [Articles providing background on what the Ada Lovelace
Day postings are about.]
03-24-09: Cyberspice.org (UK): "Lynn Conway (Ada Lovelace Day 2009)"
"Lynn Conway suffered bigotry in the 50s and 60s,
transitioned and restarted life as a woman forging an impressive career in a
male oriented industry and becoming an inspiration to many. Then, later in
life, she risked bigotry again by revealing her path and has fought for
justice and equality since then."
03-22-09: Just Plain Sense Interview (UK, posted 3-22): "Ada Lovelace
Day Interview - Lynn Conway"
Conway’s best known contribution, 30 years ago, was to invent and
successfully promote a radical new approach which made the chip design
process straightforward and affordable. It is arguable that some of the best
known businesses and many of the products we nowadays take for granted would
not have been possible without Lynn’s historical contribution. In this
interview Lynn talks via a transatlantic Skype call about her vision and the
things that thrill her about engineering. You can also read her
VLSI Archive and about some of her other work and challenges
here." [24 minute audio interview]
03-24-09: The Anti-Violence Project of Massachusetts: "Data Collection
Begins for Anti-Transgender Hate Crime Victimization Survey"
"Responses are requested from transgender victims of
hate crimes in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Please
forward this link to transgender people and organizations in the United
States. The results will be used to develop better strategies to prevent and
combat hate-motivated violence against transgender people."
AceShowBiz: "'Twilight' Star Nikki Reed Talks Transgender Role in 'K-11'"
03-24-09: ABS-CBN News (Philippines): "Transgender women are not gay
"A number of misunderstandings about transgenderism have
recently been displayed in print and on the television by both the unlearned
and the experts alike. Sadly, even some of those in the LGBT community
have contributed to this confusion. Well-intentioned articles that
result in harm simply because of the clear lack of knowledge must be
rewritten to reflect only the facts and the truth."
03-23-09: Blog Sobre Qué Escribiría Si Escribiese: "Wendy Carlos,
pionera de la música electrónica [The Ada Lovelace Day]"
03-23-09: Bay Windows: "Coalition for Marriage to hold anti-trans
"The Coalition for Marriage and Family, which waged an
unsuccessful campaign in 2007 to ban same-sex marriage through a
constitutional amendment, has made the defeat of the transgender rights bill
one of its top priorities."
03-23-09: Queerty: "Pope on the Ropes: Benedict's Blunders Make Him a
"It's no surprise that we take a dim view of Pope Benedict
XVI, but now even the Vatican is turning against him.
A Vatican insider told the London Telegraph last week that the
pontiff is "a disaster" who is "out of touch with the real world". Another
says that he's "isolated and fails to adequately consult his advisers". . .
Just how has the Holy Father mucked up the Church? Let's count the ways."
03-23-09: Oxford News (UK): "1,000 sign up to support four Oxfordshire
men who want to become women"
"The petition, online at petitions.number10.gov.uk/ gdoxpct/
closes on April 7, when the full list of signatures will be given to Prime
Minister Gordon Brown."
03-23-09: Bird of Paradox (UK, posted 3-10):"Petition to protest
Oxfordshire PCT’s refusal to fund core surgical procedures" (link
to petition; note that signatories must be British citizens)
03-22-09: Lulu.com: "The AzioneTrans Manifesto," by Mirella Izzo
"This is the English translation of the most popular Italian
Transgender Manifesto. Mirella Izzo (Genoa, Italy, 1959) wrote the
"Manifesto" trying to find a common feeling, among italian and international
trans Movement about Transgender Cultures. She wrote for Italians but
thinking internationally. . . It's available in english, now, after 8 years,
in an updated version. . . (translated) by Simona Continente"
[Note: You can order the Manifesto at the above link, and
it's available for one month as a free PDF download.]
03-22-09: Express Buzz (India): "Transgenders to find lovers online"
"Kalki (of the Sahodari
Foundation) told The New Indian Express that the website would be simple
and effective. It would contain profiles of transwomen who wish to get
married. Men who wish to settle down with them can send in their profiles.
Kalki said transgenders too wanted to get married and this website would
help. . . The website
www.thirunangai.com, meaning respectable woman, is currently under
03-21-09: Washington City Paper: "GLB Against T: Who’s Man Enough to
Escape a Beating?"
"To the group of (lesbian) women who attacked the pair, Jamie
was a lesbian on his way to becoming a heterosexual man, and a prime target
for ridicule. . .
Rebecca Trinite, 27, a graduate student who
the incident for discussion on local blog
the New Gay, says the sentiment is a familiar one. “I think there is a
general discomfort with gender ambiguity in any sense—especially with
transitioning,” she says."
[Although the title is offensive, this is an important report
on the attack on 2-transmen by a group of lesbians outside the
Fab Lounge in D.C.]
03-21-09: Telegraph (UK re Spain): "Man to become first in world to give
birth to twins" (more,
"A 'man' is set to become the first in the world to give
birth to twins after becoming pregnant following the start of the sex change
03-21-09: Intersex News: "Letter from Zucker's Lawyers at the CAMH"
"OII has received
a request from Ken Zucker's representatives to remove the information about
certain allegations against Zucker. It is important to note that OII never
published any false statements or misleading information on the page in
question. . . The OII Open Letter to WPATH has been online since the early
summer of 2008. Zucker and his WPATH colleagues knew about it all that time,
but Zucker has not complained to OII about it until now. So why now?
Recently, in what appears to have been
an attempt to suppress Lynn Conway's website, Zucker and Petersen
falsely accused Dr. Lynn Conway of "libel" for simply linking to the OII
Open Letter to WPATH from her Trans News Updates. . . it quickly
became clear that Zucker had falsely accused Dr. Conway of libel for simply
linking to that page - especially since Zucker had never complained to OII
about the page in the first place. It appears that Zucker's and Petersen's
letter to OII is an effort in damage control, i.e., an attempt to
retroactively cover up the fact that they had not complained about it
03-21-09: Pattaya Daily News (Thailand): "‘Sisters’ AND ‘Swing’
Provide Anti HIV Support for Pattaya Sex Workers"
"Surang Janyam is the Founder and Director of Swing, a small
organization which provides support for sex workers in Thailand. She
regularly visits the bars in the entertainment areas of Pattaya. Sex work
involves males as well as females and the ever more prevalent transgenders
(‘katoeys’ or ‘ladyboys’)."
03-21-09: Assam Times (India): "India’s Third Sex, citizens without
"Their face is their fortune. Lipsticks and powder are their
regular items. Their ill-fitted blouses and colourful saris make them
awesomely beautiful as they walk the streets for their livelihood. It’s
estimated, India has 1.2 million eunuchs (transgenders). Yet, even after
sixty years of India’s independence, no official data has ever been made to
estimate the actual existence of eunuchs so far. Of this ninety-nine percent
of eunuchs are either illiterate or semi-literate, having no source of
income, except begging. "
03-21-09: USA Today: "Transgender wife gets 4 years for husband's
"An Ohio transgender woman repeatedly blocked her 73-year-old
husband from exiting the pool during an almost two-hour battle that
ultimately led to his death, the
03-20-09: LOGO-TV: "Transgender Stories - Check out real stories about
real transpeople - their lives, relationships, struggles and triumphs in
this collection of films, documentaries, and series"
[Logo has just compiled an excellent online collection of
their trans video programming. Check back for more throughout the year!]
03-20-09: The Electric New Paper (Singapore): "The Lo-DOown on Labels
- Transsexual Leona Lo hates stereotypes, but her first play is all that to
get people thinking"
"She is Singapore's first transsexual to publicly talk about
her experiences. In her book and her past interviews, she has recounted how
as a young man her feminine behaviour was ridiculed by classmates."
03-20-09: USA Today: "Transgender wife gets 4 years for husband's
Pink News (UK; posted 3-16): "Campaign for review of gender dysphoria policy
"Four trans women are campaigning for Oxfordshire Primary
Care Trust to review its policy, funding and practice for the treatment of
Gender Identity Dysphoria . . . They added that the PCT has imposed a
"blanket ban" on surgery through a requirement that patients should reach a
certain level of depression or suicidal feelings in order to have their
gender reassignment surgery, but that official guidelines state that people
should not be allowed the surgery if they are mentally unstable." [Note how
Catch-22 can be used to suppress SRS.]
03-19-09: The Hartford Courant: "Transgender Activists Attempt To Gain
Equal Rights Protection"
"Transgender activists are making their fourth attempt this
year to gain equal rights protection under the state's anti-discrimination
laws." [With video]
03-18-09: The Washington Post: "Administration to Support U.N.
Declaration Decriminalizing Homosexuality"
"In announcing U.S. support, State Department spokesman
Robert Wood said . . . The United States "is pleased to join the other 66
U.N. members states who have declared their support of the statement that
condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender
identity wherever the occur . . .""
03-17-09: CTV-TV (Canada, posted 3-15): "Ontario health plan to cover
"Smitherman says people wanting the procedures must first go
through "very, very sustained psychological evaluations" and must get
approval from the Centres for Addiction and Mental Health." [Zucker
and Blanchard are exploiting government support for SRS to regain control
over trans lives in Canada. The time has come for trans people to
boycott CAMH and
seek help elsewhere.]
03-17-09: GLAAD CALL TO ACTION: "Take Action: Demand that Colorado
Radio Host Trevor Carey Disavow Remarks Condoning Violence Against
"In a disturbing diatribe on KNUS radio on March 14, host
Trevor Carey engaged in a conversation with a caller in which both men
condoned violence against transgender people, blaming slain Greeley, Colo.
resident Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, for her own brutal
Colorado Medamatters (posted 3-16): "KNUS host stated that transgender
individuals who commit "fraud" about their previous gender identity are "at
least gonna get [their] teeth kicked in""
03-17-09: Echelon: "GLSEN Study Harsh Realities Finds Transgender
Youth Face Extreme Harassment in School" (more)
"Harsh Realities demonstrates the urgent need for educators,
policymakers and all who care about safe schools to address the
disproportionate victimization of transgender students . . ."
03-17-09: GLADVideo (posted 3-12): "Everyone Matters: Dignity and
Safety for Transgender People"
"Alishia is a firefighter. Enoch is a university professor.
Dana is a software engineer. Jesse is an HIV prevention educator. Each makes
invaluable contributions in the work place and in the community. And each
faces the threat of losing a job, being denied housing or health care, and
suffering violence and harassment simply for being transgender." [a
wonderful new video]
03-17-09 Bay Windows (posted 3-16): "Video presents personal stories of
"Scott said for many lawmakers this video may be their first
exposure to the stories of transgender people who are successful in their
careers and wary that they could be the target of discrimination or hate
crimes. He said the video also provides an important message to the
transgender community. Too often he said the only public images of
transgender people are victims of hate crimes or discrimination, and while
telling those stories is important, Scott said, "We also need to see some
positive things in our community as well.""
Bloomberg.com (re Egypt): "Transsexual’s Fight for Education Pits Egypt Law
Against Islam "
"To the Egyptian government, to her doctors, and especially
Sally Mursi is a woman. To al-Azhar
University, the most prestigious Islamic school in Egypt and the Middle
East, she’s a man."
The Canberra Times (Australia): "Government's sex files 'need an overhaul'"
"Filling in government forms can be hard enough, but
transsexuals say the experience can also be an "appalling" invasion of
Bay Windows: "A Transitional Dilemma: Some Sex Changes Change Back-Again"
03-16-09: The Times of India (India): "'Third front' in Orissa poll
"It is an insult to the biggest democracy of the world when
an entire community is deprived of its constitutional rights," says Kajal, a
transgender. "If they are not going to give us voting rights, we won't vote
for them. We will field our candidates instead." [Transgender women in the
state of Orrisa fight for trans rights there.]
03-15-09: The University Register (Univ. of Minnesota, Morris, posted
3-11): "Pride Week speaker Lisa Gilinger addresses UMM"
"As an activist for TYFA, Lisa holds many of the ideals of
activism to heart . . . She explained that the message the group tries to
remind the people it works with of was “Love your children!” Such a
sentiment seems so simple, but has such a profound impact on the lives of
03-15-09: Union Leader (NH): "State House Dome: Transgender rights in
"Rep. Joseph Hagan said he voted against it as a conservative
who feels gender issues, "are one small facet of a much broader psychiatric
illness." . . . He said that if transsexuals get more rights, others will
lose them. As an example, Hagan said a private school could not fire a
school bus driver whose sexual issues were confusing children." [Note how
the unscientific psychiatric pathologization of trans people is used as an
excuse for denying us our human rights.]
03-15-09: Black College Wire (posted 3-11): "(Homo)Sexuality in the
AUCity: Another View," by Khadijah Robinson"
"The heterosexual men of Morehouse, such as an SGA member who
shared with me that the display of “feminine” characteristics in a male is
nothing more than “faggotry,” remind me an awful lot of the powerful white
majority of old America that would have liked for Blacks to act as White as
possible and reject any other cultural expression non-complaint with their
03-15-09: Scotland on Sunday (Scotland, UK): "Body of evidence: A
special report into the lives of transsexuals"
"We all want to be loved for who we are, but the fact is that
we are also loved for what we are. When what we are is somehow in doubt, it
means a lifelong struggle for acceptance."
03-15-09: Miami Herald: "Transsexual city manager finalist for new
"The former Largo city manager who was fired after her plans
to have a sex change became public is a finalist for the city manager's job
in Lake Worth."
03-15-09: The Times of India (India): "Citizens without rights come
out of the shadows"
"They are citizens without rights. They don't have the right
to vote or own property; rarely marry and have great difficulty getting
crucial documents such as passports and driving licences, which would mean
they have an official identity. "They cannot be admitted to hospital,
schools and colleges," says Arif Jafar, executive director of Lucknow's
India Naz Foundation International"
03-14-09: The Times of India (India): "A toll-free helpline, an
initiative to integrate" (more)
"What should I do with my boy who is beginning to dress and
behave like a girl? Can I allow a transsexual to be my tenant? If I appoint
a transsexual in my office, will the person be an efficient worker? Those
who are seeking answers to these and other related questions can now call
Manasu at 25990505, a dedicated toll-free helpline . . . The questions will
be answered by a group of counsellors who have worked closely with the
transsexual community. . . According to TAI project director Dr Lakhsmi Bai,
the helpline will not only provide information about transsexuals but also
be a starting point for a host of services to be offered by TAI-VHS. "The
main focus will be to reach out to parents who have various misconceptions
regarding transsexuals and are faced with the dilemma of owning or disowning
them."" [news of dramatic developments in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.]
03-14-09: Indian Express.com (India): "Sex-change for free" (print)
"Tamil Nadu stands out in how it treats transgenders. The
state has set up a Transgender Welfare Board with a budget of 50 lakh rupees
per year. That’s around 100 rupees per eunuch — meagre but without parallel
in the rest of India. More than money, it’s the schemes themselves that are
eye-catching: special ration cards for eunuchs and “admission to
transgenders in Government colleges” . . . But it’s Tamil Nadu’s decision to
pay for sex-change surgery that is truly path breaking."
[Describes the cultural and political factors behind Tamil
Nadu's emerging support of the estimated 60,000 transgender women in that
The Hindu (India): "T. Nadu to bring transgenders under CM's insurance
"The Tamil Nadu government on Friday said it would bring all
transgenders in the state under the Chief Minister's Insurance Scheme.
State Health Secretary V K Subburaj said "apart from issuing voter's
identity card and ration card to transgenders, they would be included in the
Chief Minister's Insurance Scheme so that they get treatment in government
and private hospitals for serious ailments.""
03-13-09: The Michigan Messenger: "Michigan Department of Corrections
announces policy preventing discrimination against gays, transgenders"
03-13-09: The Tribune (Greeley, CO): "Transgender victim may be
referred to in several ways"
"It’s one of the oddest cases in Weld County history: a man,
living as a woman, is found murdered. Charged with the murder is a lover who
discovers “she” is a “he” and is accused of beating the victim to death. The
murder trial of Allen Andrade is set to begin next month, and in the court’s
previous hearings, the pronouns used to describe the victim have been
03-12-09: Human Rights Watch (re Turkey): "Turkey: Transgender
"The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human
rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence
based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to
combat, Human Rights Watch said today."
03-12-09: Children & Young People Now (UK): "Reform of gender
identity support - Moves are afoot to speed up access to support services
for young people with gender identity issues."
"Despite hopes that the changes will lead to big improvements
in access to services, controversy surrounds the way those with a definite
desire to change gender are treated shortly after the onset of puberty.
Christine Burns, a member of the
Department of Health's LGBT advisory group, says the service does not
administer drugs to suspend puberty until the age of 16, a policy which goes
against the practice in other countries, including Holland and the US."
[Even is access is speeded up the NHS will till refer young
trans people to the infamous "Portman
Clinic", where transgenderism is considered a 'sexual perversion' (think
03-11-09: Bianet (Turkey): "Transgender Murder in Istanbul"
"LGBT Rights Platform condemns the killing and protests the
government, which refuses to acknowledge demands for constitutional equality
based on sexual orientation."
03-11-09: SU-Spectator (Seattle Univ., a Jesuit university): "Catholic
publications outraged by transgender week", by Alex LaCasse (print)
"Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly,
speaking with the news agency, said Catholic-identifying universities should
be concerned for sponsoring such events."These obscene abuses of Catholic
values come just as Christians begin a holy season of penance, fasting and
almsgiving," Reilly said. "Faithful Catholics have good reason to be
outraged and heartbroken.". . .
Matthew Smith, ecumenical and multifaith minister at Seattle
U, is disheartened with the suggestion that a transgender awareness week
does not belong on a Jesuit campus. "At Campus Ministry, we are really
committed to serving students of all sexual orientations and gender
identities," said Smith. "When we look at the lives of our transgender
community, there is ample opportunity to see God. I very much see God in the
experience of transgender students."
Reilly disagrees and stated to the news agency, "That
Catholic universities would permit these events on their campuses at any
time of the year is unthinkable.""
[An important article that exposes growing tensions within
American Catholicism regarding the existence of transgender people.] See CNA
link at 3-01-09 and also the following commentary:
03-11-09: SU-Spectator (Seattle Univ.): "Sexuality begs understanding
in Jesuit schools", by " (print)
"It seems to me condemning programs that promote the
understanding of the spectrum of sexuality is contrary to the goal of an
institution of learning, especially when that institution places such a high
value on imparting social justice. Human sexual nature is proven by both
science and history to be encompassing of incalculable nooks and crannies,
which defy any attempt at safe categorization by society. It would seem the
duty of a university that promotes a just and humane world to confer
knowledge of human identity to its attendees and to treat the reality of
sexuality as beautiful and immense. To further marginalize hidden and abused
communities for the greater part of history is not only contrary to our
message of social justice, but oppressive and ignorant as well."
03-11-09: World Net Daily: "Coed showers going statewide? Family group
says 'gender identity' bill threatens women, children"
"A "gender identity" plan for coed showers, locker rooms and
other public facilities already implemented in one suburban Maryland county
could be going statewide, according to alarmed members of a pro-family
Pink News (UK re the Isle of Man): "Manx gender recognition bill moves
"A bill to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the
UK on gender recognition has unanimously passed its first reading in the
03-10-09: The Earth Times: "Stanford Medical Students Want to Help Gay
Patients Be Comfortably ‘Out’ in Doctor’s Office"
“The question always comes up,” said Lunn, 27, a medical
student from North Dakota at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Do
I want to come out or not?” This hesitancy is common with lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender patients when meeting with a doctor for the first
time. Often they’re scared away by homophobic comments, or simply by a basic
lack of knowledge on the part of their doctor as to their unique health care
concerns. “The fear of insensitivity from their doctor has driven many
patients away,” Lunn said. “Sometimes never to return.”. . . "The
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Medical Education Research
Group at Stanford University School of Medicine strives to improve
healthcare for LGBT patients by conducting groundbreaking research to
improve today's LGBT-related medical curricula."
03-10-09: 365 Gay News Video (posted 3-06-09): "Transgender Crusader"
"A professor at the University of Michigan is taking on the
psychiatric community’s ideas about transgendered people and mental illness.
Chagmion Antoine reports."
[LOGO/365 Gay News has
posted the interview in which
Lynn responds to Ken Zucker's bizarre attempt to suppress her website.]
this YouTube video,
and the original story at 3-03-09.]
03-10-09: The Bilerico Project: "HRC Corporate Equality Index
Revisions are Great, But 2012 is Much Too Late"; Filed by Kelley Winters,
"I believe that the practice of awarding 100% scores to
companies with trans-targeted health benefit exclusions is unconscionable
and always has been. I ask that the HRC, starting today, never again award a
fraudulent 100% CEI score to an employer with policies that specifically
exclude coverage for hormonal or surgical transition care."
03-10-09: The Hill: "'I was not a pretty girl, and I felt like I was a man'
"The newest addition to Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) staff, Sanchez also
boasts an impeccable résumé. Named one of the 100 most powerful Latinos in
corporate America by Hispanic Business magazine, Sanchez carries 29 years of
experience in corporate public relations, diversity management and
healthcare policy work. But what the new legislative aide’s Capitol
colleagues may not know is that Sanchez was born a female."
03-10-09: JoonAng Daily (Korea): "Gay sex worker traffickers arrested"
"Police yesterday arrested a group of traffickers who allegedly recruited
Korean men and transgenders and illegally transported them to Japan to work
in the sex industry there. . .An investigator in charge of the case said
most of those booked for participating in the sex trade told police they
went Japan to “earn a large amount of money in a short period of time to get
a sex exchange operation.”"
Herald (Vallejo, CA): "Vallejo intersex poet Bryant finds truth about self,
gender" - the story of Rocky Michael Bryant (more)
"Shortly after their new child was born, Sam and Marie Bryant
made a fateful decision. They cut off his penis. They gave him a feminine
name -- Rosland Marie -- put him in dresses and sowed the seeds for his
lifelong search for identity. . . "When I was a kid, I felt different,"
Bryant, 45, recalled. . . ."
"He rebelled against the femininity his mother demanded of
him, hating the dresses and hating the stares of the other children. "I felt
out of place, like I do now," he said. His mother also made him take
estrogen pills to encourage his body to become female. Bryant spent much of
his time in front of the mirror, examining his face and envying the bodies
of her male relatives. Then, at the age of 10, the revelation came as her
reflection stared back at her. "I'm a boy," he said."
03-09-09: Chicago Flame (Univ.of Illinois, Chicago): "UIC scores 'A'
on higher-ed gay visibility report"
"As opposed to numerous other institutions in the state, UIC
includes gender identity and sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination
policies. "Many schools don't have either, but even more so don't have
gender identity," said Koster."
03-09-09: The Cornell Daily Sun: "Conference Explores New Field of
"On Friday afternoon, there was standing room only in the
Goldwin Smith English Lounge as Prof. Masha Raskolnikov, English and
feminist, gender, & sexuality studies introduced TransRhetorics, a
conference exploring interdisciplinary approaches within the field of
Transgender Studies and the rhetorics that represent transgender lives." [An
in-depth report on an important conference]
03-09-09: India Express (India): "Chennai: Move on toilets for
transgenders sparks off debate"
Lynnconway.com: “Disordered” No More: Challenging Transphobia in Psychology,
Academia and Society”: Report on the IFGE 2009 Conference Workshop
Joelle Ruby Ryan, Ph.D.
Serano, Ph.D. and
Kelley Winters, Ph.D. (Alexandria, VA, 2-06-09)
This panel featured three papers that
"challenge current models of understanding transgenderism and demand an end
to the continued oppression of transpeople in psychology, academia and
society". The papers "examine the stigmatizing Gender Identity Disorder
(GID) diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM) . . . the sexualization of transwomen . . . and the exploitation,
colonization and appropriation that many cisgendered academicians have
engaged in when researching and writing about transpeople’s lives.” [These
presentations really wowed the IFGE audience. We hope to post videos soon,
so you can experience them too.]
IFGE 2009 Workshop Presentation: “The Transgender Tipping Point: It is Not
the Transperson Who is “Disordered” but the Society in which S/he Lives”, by
Joelle Ruby Ryan [PDF]
“ . . .
I believe we are in the midst of a
paradigm shift that is incredibly momentous: the gaze is shifting.
Whereas as once transgender people were studied, pathologized and analyzed
by so-called experts, now we are turning the lens back on to them and
analyzing those who have analyzed us for so long. . . .”
[An essay for our times – please
03-08-09: IFGE 2009
Workshop Presentation: “Top Ten Problems with the GID Diagnosis”, by Kelley
Winters, Ph.D. [PDF]
"This is my personal list of the most
egregious problems with the current Gender Identity Disorder diagnosis.
While far from comprehensive, it is perhaps a starting point for dialogue
about how harm reduction of gender nomenclature might be possible in the
[These ten points completely undermine the
credibility of the GID diagnosis.]
03-08-09: Florida Times-Union: "Training on lesbian, gay, bisexual,
"Event focuses on foster care system representatives."
03-08-09: ABS News (Philippines): "Wage 'all-out war' vs
discrimination, LGBT group urges AFP"
"The Armed Forces
of the Philippines (AFP) is being challenged to "wage an all out war"
against discrimination. . . The LGBT group also urged AFP chief Gen.
Alexander Yano to introduce anti-discrimination reforms in the military if
they are "truly serious" with its pro-LGBT stance. "
03-07-09: Belfast Telegraph (N. Ireland, UK, re Ireland): "Donegal
farmer's 20-year battle to be accepted as a woman"
"A 20-year battle
by a farmer to become recognised and treated as a woman has highlighted the
huge difficulties facing people who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder
03-06-09: CNN.com: "On Twitter, is it 'he or she' or 'they' or 'ip'?"
English-speakers just agree upon a gender-neutral pronoun?" attorney Paul
Easton recently Twittered. "Tired of PC grammar gymnastics.""
The Bilerico Project: "Bulletproof", by Kathy Padilla
"I wanted to
follow-up on my guest post from last week discussing
concerns over language being proposed for the hate crimes
legislation. The definitions of gender identity &
expression in the Hate Crimes Bill were conflated and seen as less well
crafted then the language in last years ENDA; leaving the very real
possibility that gender expression would be covered - but not gender
identity. This conflation would potentially leave those who medically
transition out of the bill. . ."
"We don't want
to risk the language being imported into ENDA and having people argue that
they fired someone for the same reasons and that the law doesn't apply. We
don't even have to go outside our community to find examples of people who
support gender expression equality, but might be happy to have an excuse to
discriminate against transsexuals.
Jim Forratt comes to mind." [more
03-06-09: Typically Spanish.com (Spain): "Transsexuals can now be
admitted into the Spanish armed forces"
needed in medical admission procedures were approved on Monday, and became
law when they were printed in the Official State Bulletin on Wednesday."
03-05-09: Washington Blade: "Anti-trans assault reported at D.C.
gay bar - Women allegedly attacked trans men outside Fab Lounge"
"Jaime said in a
telephone interview that he was likewise “shocked that anything like this
would happen here — that somebody from our own LGBT community would want to
hurt somebody else from that same community.”"
03-05-09: Human Rights Watch (re Guyana): "Guyana: Stop Dress Code
halt arrests and police abuse of transgender people and repeal a repressive
law that criminalizes wearing clothes considered appropriate only for the
opposite sex, six human rights organizations said today in a letter to
President Bharrat Jagdeo."
03-05-09: WPIX (New York City): "Tranny Teens Terrorizing Downtown
"Police say a
roving pack of transvestite teens has been targeting females living in a
tony West Village building. According to authorities, the trannys would
steal the women's purses and use their stolen credit cards to buy wigs and
03-05-09: Mount Holyoke News: "How far can gender be bent?"
03-05-09: The Maneater (Univ. of Missouri): "Transgender clause
proposed for MU discrimination protection"
03-05-09: OUTFEST: "STILL BLACK:
A PORTRAIT OF BLACK TRANSMEN (Dir. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, 2008, USA, 77 min.)
multicultural and gender-inclusive
FUSION 2009 festival this weekend has a number of groundbreaking films,
including a great documentary on black transmen. In this film six black
transmen in the US discuss their professional and personal lives as artists
and lawyers, fathers and husbands. An exploration of race, sexuality and
transgender identity, this honest and original documentary is a portrait of
the lives of these men and allows them to tell their own unique stories":
Mar 7, 2009 at 3:30 PM PST,
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA
03-05-09: The Times of India (India): "Free sex-change operation gives
hope to transgenders"
Board members said they were delighted. "We are sure the number of deaths
due to crude surgeries will now come down. Those who can afford scientific
surgeries go abroad but the rest have no other option but to visit quacks.
We will be urging government to increase the strength of the surgical team
to make it on par with international standards," said Noorie, a transgender,
also a member of the board."
03-05-09: Bay Windows: "Experts at Harvard Law conference bemoan lack
of survey data on LGBT health disparities"
03-04-09: HRC: "Human Rights
Campaign Foundation Announces New Corporate Equality Index Criteria"
criteria raise the requirements that businesses must satisfy to achieve a
100 percent rating on the Index in four primary areas including: health
insurance access for transgender employees; equal benefits for same-sex
partners and spouses; competency training and accountability on LGBT issues;
and external engagement with the LGBT community."
03-04-09: Sophie OP3 (Dutch television documentary-interview show):
An interview in
Dutch of two transmen, two transwomen and a crossdresser - with a small
cameo on very young transitioners and comments by Jos Megens, coordinator of
the Amsterdam gender clinic. You can grasp the gist of the interviews even
without understanding Dutch. [video, 40 min]
03-04-09: MCV (Australia): "Concern over ‘misconceived’
"Transgender activists are concerned about media
representations of a man who underwent gender reassignment surgery but is
now suing psychiatrists at the Monash Medical Centre. . . “It’s similar to
heart surgery if one person dies on the operating table you don’t start
getting these implied hints that heart surgery is wrong.”"
03-04-09: The Mirror (Drury University, Springfield, MO): "Walking
with the Hijaras: Third sex" people of India live in constant ridicule"
CommonDreams.org (Press Release): "Equality California Launches Statewide TV
Ad Campaign on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Movement - Ad to inspire
Californians as EQCA continues efforts to achieve full equality"
03-03-09: Minneapolis City Pages: "Transgender kids: How young is too
young for a sex change?" [print]
Bockting, the real question is how to help kids who suffer from the
condition. Most children grow out of gender identity disorder by their
teens. As adults, many are gay, some are heterosexual, but only a few become
transsexuals. Because the diagnosis usually goes away, psychologists rarely
recommend that a child with gender identity disorder live as the other sex.
But in some cases, when young children are extremely depressed, even
suicidal, an early switch may be the best option, Bockting says."
people who encourage young people to take hormones are, in my opinion,
hurting that child, and not helping them see the reality of this world,"
says Paul McHugh,
a physician at Johns Hopkins and an outspoken critic of sexual reassignment
surgery. . . And allowing a child to live as the other gender?"Well, that's
terrible," he says. "That's a form of child abuse.""
03-03-09: Chicago Sun-Times: "Ken Starr vs. transsexual in Prop 8
Shannon Minter, lead attorneys in the California Supreme Court case that
will decide the fate of same-sex marriage in the state, are as different as
the competing sides they represent. Starr, dean of Pepperdine University
School of Law, is best known for leading the inquiry into President Bill
Clinton's affair with a White House intern. Since then, the former federal
judge and U.S. solicitor general has dedicated himself to conservative
causes, including writing briefs for the Mormon church in a previous gay
marriage case in California.
director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, is a
transsexual who spent his first 35 years as a female. He was a lead counsel
in the state Supreme Court case decided last May that allowed same-sex
couples to marry, a ruling that was reversed in November when voters
approved Proposition 8."
FindLaw.com: "Sex-Stereotyping and Dress Codes Under Title VII: Why Courts
Can't Get it Right"
03-03-09: CNN.com: "U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriages"
advocacy group sued the federal government Tuesday, seeking benefits for 15
gay and lesbian Massachusetts residents who wed after the state legalized
same-sex marriage. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders -- the same
Boston-based group that successfully argued in 2003 for same-sex marriage
rights in Massachusetts -- filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court
in Boston on behalf of six couples and three men whose husbands have died."
University LGBT Studies Program: "TransRhetorics Conference", Friday, March
6 - Sunday, March 8"
TransRhetorics Conference celebrates the diverse interdisciplinary
approaches used within the field of Transgender Studies, and the multiple
rhetorics that go into the work of framing and representing transgender
lives. With this conference we hope to bring together and engage people in
cross-disciplinary dialogue about lived trans experience." [An important new
form of conference: intro,
03-03-09: Express Buzz (India): "Exclusive dept for sex change mooted
Government General Hospital (GGH) is all set to send a proposal to the State
Social Welfare Department seeking funds to set up a separate department for
sex change surgeries, known in medical parlance as sex re-assignment
03-02-09: Express Buzz (India): "Sex change surgery on transgender"
03-02-09: 365Gay News: "Obama to repeal Bush ‘provider conscience’
groups say the regulations could impair LGBT patients’ access to care
services if interpreted to permit providers to choose patients based upon
sexual orientation, gender identity or family structure."
03-02-09: ABC15.com: "Transgender vets in Tucson still hidden
03-01-09: Catholic News Agency: "Jesuit universities criticized for
‘obscene’ events promoting sexual ideologies"
“At Seattle University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs
and the student Trans and Allies Club are sponsoring “Transgender Awareness
Week” which includes a session on supposedly transgender Bible heroes and
heroines. . . These obscene abuses of Catholic values come just as
Christians begin a holy season of penance, fasting and almsgiving,” said
Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly. “Faithful Catholics
have good reason to be outraged and heartbroken.”"
03-01-09: Logo 365Gay News:
""Staying Sane": Lynn Conway interviewed on Logo's 365Gay News regarding Ken
Zucker's attempt to suppress her website" (video,
On Jan. 30,
2009 an attorney representing
Dr. Ken Zucker of
(aka The Clarke Institute) in Toronto falsely accused Lynn of libel and
threatened her with a lawsuit. . . in a blatant attempt to disrupt Lynn's
postings on the internet and defame Lynn amongst her colleagues. Lynn called
exposing the false accusations in an investigative report on the
Chagmion Antoine of Logo/CBS News followed up on the story on Feb. 26,
2009, interviewing Lynn on Logo television's 365Gay News.
02-28-09: The Vancouver Sun (Canada): "Growing up different: B.C.
transgender patients queue for surgery, but the doctor who can do it is
denied operating room time"
"The province made a commitment to
transgendering patients who are "really struggling with a chronic health
issue" and it's not living up to it, Ballem says. "It is troubling that
there remains a gap in care for these patients . . . and I'm perplexed when
seemingly the elements were seemingly put in place, it not being
02-27-09: Religion Dispatches: "ENDA Times: LGBT Groups, Echoing the
Civil Rights Era, Approach Churches"
"For the HRC, the passage of an
inclusive ENDA bill is paramount if they are to regain the trust of many in
the LGBT community. HRC became something of a pariah after they supported
the “non-inclusive” version, which sparked accusations that they were
willing to throw transgender people under the bus in the name of political
expediency. Even today, there are some LGBT people and organizations that
won’t trust HRC or contribute to them for their perceived “betrayal” of
02-27-09: Queercents (posted 2-20): "Transgender Job Bank Offers
Transgender Employment Resources"
02-26-09: PamsHouseblend: "Hate Crimes & ENDA: Bad Bills Come and Bad
Bills Go", by Kathleen
"Perhaps the greatest hopes of the
lgbt communities on the national level are the inclusion gender
identity/expression and sexual orientation in federal employment
nondiscrimination legislation and hate crimes legislation. . . .The obverse
would be applicable here – expression being covered, but identity being
excluded. . . Which in the real world would present the likelihood that
gender variant gay, straight and transgender people who don’t medically
transition would be covered by the Hate Crimes Bill (and ENDA if it imports
the language). Transsexuals would not be covered. . ."
"So – why are legislators considering
these definitions that don’t unequivocally cover all trans peoples? When
things happen in politics one should always look at money - when they happen
to trans people in politics – one should always look at bathrooms. If those
who medically transition aren’t included, interests that want to continue to
exclude transgender related health care from insurance coverage are
mollified. And if those who medically transition are excluded – politicians
can say the bathroom issues don’t apply to this legislation . . ." [an
important essay to read and ponder]
02-26-09: Dallas Voice: "Resource Center offering counseling for
"10-session program is part of RCD’s
partnership with SMU’s Center for Family Counseling . . . The group will
focus on helping members set realistic life goals for education, career, and
relationships. It will also help each member explore gender identity issues
and live more comfortably within their identities."
News: "'Invisible' transgender vets emerge from shadows"
"A study titled
the Military: Flight Into Hypermasculinity" . . . by Dr. George R. Brown
. . . noted that late adolescence — the stage when cross-gender feelings can
become so confusing that some feel an urgent need to escape them — coincides
with the prime recruiting age for the predominantly male U.S. military."
Law.com: "Rare Transgender Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against
Burlington Coat Factory"
02-26-09: Warrington Guardian (UK): "Success at last for transsexual
made famous by John Terry email"
"Lucy came to the Warrington Guardian to highlight her drive
to get a series of NHS posters depicting a man in make-up
removed from buses. . . “The support I’ve had has been
unbelievable,” said Lucy, who added that some bus drivers
were refusing to drive buses with the poster on and were
stopping her to offer their backing."
02-26-09: Globe and Mail (Canada): "Gym owner hit with rights
complaint over gender" (more)
"Preop transsexual files grievance
over request to join women-only gym; owner says he was still thinking about
02-25-09: Queerty: "The Curious Case of Mike Penner: The Man Who
Wanted to Be a Woman Is Staying a Man"
"Though there's no data available on
how many transgender people abandon their new gender, psychologist Ron
Lawrence of the Community Counseling Center in Las Vegas says about 5% of
his transgender patients revert. [International Foundation for Gender
Education executive director Denise] Leclair echoes that estimate."
02-25-09: Outsports.com: "USA Today explores Penner's transition back"
02-25-09: Iomtoday.com (Isle of Man): "Clergy's rights over
transsexual weddings in the spotlight"
"Why should the clergy's right to
refuse to perform a marriage ceremony for a transsexual be enshrined in
02-25-09: USA Today: "For some, shadow of regret cast over gender
"Penner's public acknowledgment in
April 2007 that he was transgender and would soon live as a woman shocked
the world of sports journalism and turned his new identity, Daniels, into an
instant celebrity. Daniels gave speeches, was profiled in Sports
Illustrated, collected honors for courage from transgender groups and wrote
a blog for the Times titled "Woman In Progress." Except that the transition
didn't last. In mid-October 2008, after a lengthy leave of absence, Penner,
51, returned to the sports pages and the Times newsroom as a man. And just
as suddenly, Penner's story, heralded in its early days as a triumphant
example of transgender progress, has instead become a cautionary tale of the
lesser-known phenomenon: transgender regret." [an important cautionary
02-25-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders hail government
promise of group housing but fear isolation"
"Despite the government
announcement, a few in the community are wary. "The location should not be
remote, it should be secure. We hope the concept does not result in
segregating us, because integratiuon with society is what we are aiming at,"
says Isabel. Nethra,
a transgender, says she would like the government to discuss the issue with
them before starting on the project. "Only then will we be able to put forth
our needs and find an apt solution.""
02-24-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Transsexual sues Burlington over
"A transsexual former employee of
Burlington Coat Factory filed a discrimination suit against the company
today, claiming she endured seven years of verbal and physical abuse from
supervisors, colleagues and customers after undergoing sexual reassignment
02-24-09: The University Daily Kansan: "Panel to discuss transgender
"The day and the
panel are meant to encourage dialogue about gender, gender roles and gender
identities to advocate safe, inclusive schools for all students."
02-24-09: The Times of India (India): "Public toilets for transgender
"The transgender now has another
reason to smile. After benefitting from the creation of a separate welfare
board, issue of a ration card and employment training . . . the transgender
community would . . .soon have access to an exclusive public
toilet-cum-bathroom in the city."
02-23-09: Washington City Paper: "Menace to Sorority"
"From the time that Devin
Alston-Smith became involved in George Washington University’s Zeta
Phi Beta sorority, he made it clear that he was not your typical sorority
02-23-09: Council on Hemispheris
Affairs (re Colombia): "Parading Towards Equality: Transcolombia Awakes", by
Rachel Godfrey Wood
"In the last several years, Colombia´s
LGBT movement has come of age. The fruits of years of struggles can be seen
in recent Constitutional Court rulings in favor of allowing homosexual and
lesbian civil unions and allowing transsexuals to change their genders on
their ID cards. Nowhere are LGBT advances more evident than in Bogotá"
[important essay on trans politics in Colombia]
Arizona Star: "VA reviewing policy against transsexual surgery" (more)
"In June, the American Medical
Association approved a new policy on the care of transgender patients,
effectively putting VA policy at odds with the recommendations of the
nation's largest doctors group. . . A spokesman for national VA
headquarters, in a recent e-mail to the Arizona Daily Star, said the VA is
taking a second look at its policy banning transsexual surgery at veterans
02-23-09: Sabah (Turkey): "Transsexual candidate for district
"District officer candidate Belgin
Çelik: "As a transsexual woman, I believe I will be able to secularly
fulfill my duties. I plan to determine the problems present and solve them
with the public. There are two men also up for this position, but I believe
I am going to win.""
02-23-09: Sidelines (Middle Tennessee State Univ.):"Rapper educates
"Athens Boys Choir draws
attention to transgender issues"
02-22-09: Gratefulness.org re OII: "Light a Candle for Jeannie Kay
Hinkle, Curtis Hinkle's wife and life-partner"
02-22-09: Legacy.com (Spartensburg, SC): "Jeannie Kay Hinkle"
"Jeannie Kay Mebus
Hinkle died Friday, February 20, 2009 . . . Survivors include her husband
and loving companion for 30 years, Curtis Eugene Hinkle; two daughters,
Landya McCafferty of New Hampshire and Arienne Boyer of Virginia; a son,
Galen Boyer of Massachusetts; a brother, Stephen Mebus of Virginia; six
grandchildren; one great-grandson; and her cherished pets, Sensen and
02-22-09: The Guardian (UK, orig. posted 2-17): "Who do you think you
are?" If the human rights of gay and lesbian children in our schools are
routinely ignored, then the rights of transgendered children are not even
recognised as existing"
"Looking at feedback on your own articles is a bit of a
Pandora's box. Ordinarily, those who make contributions to
EducationGuardian.co.uk can be relied upon for a pretty
measured and intelligent standard of comment. . . I'll
sometimes read through them, either nodding sagely in
agreement or shaking my curls emitting a wild, cockney cry
of, "Nahmateyougotthatallwrong". . . Last month, however,
one comment got more than a cursory gesture or utterance. It
"Natacha" wrote so movingly of the challenge facing
transgendered children in our schools that I feel it's
only right to make a public apology and to address the
issue." [An important essay from the UK; see also the
Star: "Transgender vets a hidden population: Men with gender struggles drawn
to macho military"
"A study titled
the Military: Flight Into Hypermasculinity" . . . by Dr. George R. Brown
. . . noted that late adolescence — the stage when cross-gender feelings can
become so confusing that some feel an urgent need to escape them — coincides
with the prime recruiting age for the predominantly male U.S. military."
02-22-09: The Daily Gazette (Swarthmore College): "Transgender Photo
Narratives: The Art of Activism;" open hours through March 2; Sponsor: Kitao
"My Right Self is a photography
exhibit that includes stories and photographs from five individuals or
couples who identify as trans or gender-variant. The five participants span
much of the diversity within the trans community/ies; transitioning from
lesbian to male, heterosexual female to gay male, from male to lesbian, male
to heterosexual female, and female to genderqueer."
02-21-09: Salon.com: "I Changed Sex and Died"
"The day dawned cold and rainy. I woke
when it got light. These days I wasn’t getting much sleep; a few hours here
and there – that’s it. Discomfort and stress kept me from getting a good
night’s sleep. It’s not easy living in a car. I was living in my car where
it ran out of gas, under a freeway overpass in West Los Angeles. Though I
woke bleak and depressed on that rainy Thanksgiving day, I had no idea it
would be my last."
02-20-09: AllAfrica.com (re Kenya): "Kenya: Social Injustice And
Transsexual People", by Audrey Mbugua"
"Outlining the essential differences between sex and gender, Audrey Mbugua
discusses the damaging general incomprehension of transsexualism within
02-20-09: Washington City Paper: "D.C. Jail Establishes New Procedures
For Transgender Inmates"
"Today, the D.C. Department of
Corrections issued a “program statement” establishing new procedures in how
it classifies and houses transgendered inmates at the D.C. Jail. This is a
huge step, and a surprisingly progressive step for the D.C. Jail."
02-20-09: The Daily O'Collegian (Oklahoma State Univ.): "Transgenders
speak about identity"
"They had to sneak
around to find freedom. This was the speakers’ opening sentiment at Thursday
night’s presentation of “Who I Am,” an event focusing on the lives and
struggles of two transgender people — two women who became men."
02-19-09: Santa Barbara Independent: "Understanding the Complex Lives
of Our Transgender Community"
"Sexuality is a
strangely incendiary topic in our culture. People tend to get edgy around
variations of sexual expression that they don’t understand from their own
experience." [an important major feature article]
02-19-09: Santa Barbara Independent: "A Transsexual Talks"
"Perry Norton Interviews Lisa Gilinger, a Santa
Barbara Attorney and Transsexual" [audio interview]
02-19-09: Santa Barbara Independent: "Michael Seabaugh - Lifting the
life is like for any fringe community can be a challenging task. But when
writer and psychotherapist Michael Seabaugh met some transsexuals as part of
a UCSB project, he knew their story needed to be told, and soon realized
that they too wanted to get the word out."
02-19-09: LGF News (UK): "Home Secretary bans homophobic church from
entering the UK"
02-19-09: Chosun Ilbo (South Korea): "Landmark Ruling in Rape of
"A court on Wednesday convicted a man of raping a
transsexual in an unprecedented ruling affecting the legal definition of
02-18-09: Quackbusting (blog): "The Riddle of Peter Jacobsen", by
observed that this behavior on the part of Jacobsen and those he is
representing formed a distinct pattern of what is clearly intimidation. We
don't really have to look very long and hard to see why Lynn Conway came to
this conclusion. . . . They employ a range of methods including threatening
emails, barring people from debate in numerous public fora and the use of
agitators to confuse or disrupt debate that may go against the "Clarke
02-18-09: Lynnconway.com: "Kenneth Zucker's legal threats: Part of a
pattern of silencing transgender critics", an Investigative Report by Lynn
"And something else has begun to happen: Other transwomen have begun coming
forward, revealing that they too had received similar threats from Zucker’s
attorney. Two women have already agreed to allow their letters to be posted on
the internet and under their real names. It seems that Lynn wasn't singled out
to receive such a letter after all. Her letter was instead part of a pattern
of threats and intimidation that CAMH has been using to silence critics of
Zucker’s reparatist therapy." [Oh my, this is starting to get really strange]
02-18-09: IOMTday (Isle of Man): "John Houghton resigns from Whitley
"Mr Houghton, who
has been in the headlines recently following remarks he made in the House of
Keys regarding the human rights of transsexuals, remains chairman of the
Civil Service Commission." [looks like they got this widely unpopular man on
02-18-09: The Bismark Tribune (North Dakota, posted 1-26): "Putting
the pieces together"
"It is like I'm
experiencing life for the first time, with the sadness lifted," Jude said.
"I want to play in the world for the first time. This has given me life. I
rather would have been dead than be related to as a woman a second longer."
[Story about young FtM coming out in North Dakota]
02-17-09: TSRoadmap.com: "Disclosing your transgender status: a
married reader shares her thoughts " (more,
relationships. Ah, the excitement, the romance... the dilemma. You know the
dilemma I mean -- whether or not to disclose that certain very personal fact
about yourself to the other person." [From "A Rock and a Hard Place", one of
the pages in this series]
02-17-09: American Bar Association Journal: "Nearly Half of Nation’s
Largest Law Firms Bar Gender Identity Discrimination"
02-17-09: KHOU News (Houston, TX): "Transgendered HPD officer: I'm the
same cop I've always been"
02-17-09: Michigan Daily (Univ. of Michigan): "Seeking a post-gender
society: University life for transgender students — what it is and what it
"For all its relative openness, the University’s
campus reflects the view that gender is a black-and-white
binary. Everything from on-campus housing to student
questionnaires unconsciously balk at any shade of grey, which
makes life as a transgender student difficult."
02-17-09: Today in India (India): "Transgender to face BJP chief in ‘
her’ first LS fight"
"This is Kinnar Daya Rani’s first shot at the general
elections. Considering her novice status and the political heavyweights she
will be pitted against, she is surprisingly confident. “Hundreds of people
approach me with their complaints. Murders are committed every day. The
roads are in poor condition. There is a shortage of power supply. Women are
scared to walk alone on the streets. The sitting MP has done nothing in the
past five years,” says Daya Rani.""
02-17-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders get sympathy from
SC, but no relief"
demand by transgenders for notional equality in society through a
constitutional compensation package, akin to that for scheduled castes and
scheduled tribes, evoked sympathy from the Supreme Court on Monday, but it
said that the government alone could help them. . . Blaming the governments
for being traditionally insensitive to the pitiable plight of the
transgenders, the petitioner demanded setting up of a commission to
determine the legislative corrective measures needed for upliftment of this
forgotten branch of society."
02-16-09: The Bilerico Project (posted 2-10): "Surrender Dorothy: the
Clarke Wags a Broomstick at the Trans-Community", Filed by: Kelley Winters
"We trans people
who transition to affirmed roles, who do not acquiesce to the bonds of our
assigned birth-roles-- we lose our jobs, our homes, our children, our health
care and our civil justice to defamatory stereotypes of mental disorder and
sexual deviance promoted by the
those of us who do not acquiesce to these maligning stereotypes, who dare to
speak out against our own oppression, are threatened by the same
the loss of our life savings, our homes and our possessions by punitive
02-16-09: The Bilerico Project (posted 2-06): "Dr. Zucker Fights Back,
and the APA's Special Exemption on Reparative Therapy Remains," Filed by:
"If Dr. Zucker's
complaint against Dr. Conway seems to hold little water, one finds a more
likely basis for a grudge in the fact that in her news feed, Lynn Conway has
continued to point out the reports of his use of reparative therapy . . .
Even though a number of these reports appear neutral or supportive of the
therapy discussed, there are still signs that reparative therapy is forcing
these kids to submerge and hide identities and anguish, in order to smile
for the doctor and look "cured...""
02-16-09: lynnconway.com: "Lynn Conway's Trans News Updates: La page
web que K. Zucker essaye de supprimer"
[French translation of the
News Report of 2-03-09]
02-16-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Transsexual wife 'exercised' her elderly
husband to death"
02-15-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Bon voyage madame president? It
might seem hard to imagine, but San Francisco is in danger of losing Theresa
Commission president and transgender activist seems as almost uniquely San
Franciscan as Good Vibrations, the woman-friendly sex toy retailer that she
used to be chief executive officer of. . . Cleveland-based adult store
operator GVA-TWN bought Good Vibrations in late 2007, and by August, Sparks
was out of a job. She, like millions of Americans, is now job hunting in a
recession, never a fun time."
02-15-09: Wales Online (UK): "True-life story of the macho sports
editor who became a transsexual"
Organization Intersex International (OII): "Hontas Farmer File: Background
information and links to evidence"
efforts to slip into Deirdre’s condo while Deirdre was away from home and to
befriend Juanita while incognito, combined with Hontas's coordination with
Cantor on hacking various wikipedia pages, suggest that Hontas has become an
collaborator. Given the attention and encouragement that
is showering on Hontas, we wouldn't be surprised at anything Hontas might do
next – especially when considering
past record of arrest and institutionalization for threatening to kill
people with firearms. Therefore, we would appreciate alerts and
information about Hontas’ ongoing activities, especially any following and
snooping around the homes of intersex and transgender people."
[Detailed OII report on the activities of Hontas
Farmer, a friend of
Bailey and a major participant in the
02-15-09: The Bilerico Project: "HRC Throws Trans Health Equity Under
the Bus - Again", Filed by: Kelley Winters
"Despite years of
objection by health advocates for the trans-community, the HRC continues to
omit medically necessary transition care as a requirement for a perfect 100%
CEI score. Employees who suffer distress with their physical sex
characteristics or ascribed gender role (often termed gender dysphoria) are
singled out by many employers for exclusion from coverage for corrective
procedures that are not excluded for other employees. By rewarding these
employers with 100% scores, the HRC perpetuates this discrimination."
2-15-09: The Malta Independent (Malta): "There’s no going back"
"The Pope’s recent
utterance sent shivers down the spines of liberal people everywhere. It
also, perhaps all too quickly and perhaps it was rather far-fetched,
re-ignited fears from well over half a century ago about the fate of gay
people even in the 21st century. . . At a time when gays were finally
feeling safe in the knowledge that the world no longer sees them as
criminals or dangerous human beings, even in ultra-conservative Malta that
is still without a divorce law, let alone same-sex marriage, out comes the
head of the universal Catholic Church to abruptly drive them back into
persecution mode." [This very powerful essay should be read by all LGBT
CarlaAntonelli.com (Spain): "Zucker, el “medico” que dice “curar”
transexuales amenaza con censura a Lynn Conway"
"La secuencia de
pasos que dio Zucker sugiere que ya tenga el objetivo de suprimir, por
cualquier medio disponible, la libertad de palabra de Lynn (y especialmente
su capacidad de publicar por medio de Internet), a fines de minimizar tanto
su desenmascaramiento como un práctico de psicoterapia trans reparativa,
como el cuestionamiento creciendo sobre su jefatura de la actualización del
DSM. . . Enfrentando esta amenaza, Lynn busca el apoyo de Uds. para proteger
sus derechos constitucionales y para garantizar su acceso libre y abierto a
Internet, para que su sitio Web quede libremente disponible a todo el mundo
en apoyo a nuestra comunidad."
02-14-09: The Jamestown Sun (North Dakota): "SB 2278 is about basic
rights of residents"
Dakota Legislature is about to vote on an important bill. If passed, SB 2278
will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation — including gender
identity — in areas such as employment and housing. . . A little less than
half the country extends these basic rights. If North Dakota turns to its
values of fairness and an appreciation of a hard day’s work — no matter who
does the work — we would set a fine example: value your citizens, all of
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Press Release:"New Transgender
Education Resource for Churches from the Institute for Welcoming Resources"
for Welcoming Resources (IWR), a program of the National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force, today announced the release of transACTION, a new curriculum
designed for churches and religious institutions to help congregants and
members understand and welcome transgender persons into their congregations
and faith settings. "
02-13-09: Queerty: "Katelynn Finally Tells the Entire Real World House
"Our new favorite
person on The Real World: Brooklyn? Ryan. He's the straight Iraqi veteran
who's taken a keen interest in all things Katelynn, the MTF transgender
roommate, who until last night's episode had come out to everyone but the
straight guys . . . But then Ryan approached her directly — and learned all
about the process of transitioning."
02-13-09: The Brown and White (Lehigh University): "Students talk
"Men and women
gathered Tuesday at the Women's Center to discuss issues surrounding
transgendered people and their role in "The Vagina Monologues," as part of
02-13-09: Ninemsn: Celebrity Fix: ""I look like a transsexual" — Lady
Gaga says what everyone's thinking"
"Most people think
Lady Gaga is pretty hot, but she thinks she looks more like a tranny!
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer says she can't understand why
people think her outrageous fashion sense gives her sex appeal. "I just
don't feel that it's all that sexy. It's weird. And uncomfortable. I look at
photos of myself, and I look like such a tranny! It's amazing!"
02-13-09: Daily Mail (UK re Italy): "Transsexual Mafia boss who wears
lipstick and calls himself Kitty arrested by Italian police"
Mafia boss has been arrested by police in what is believed to be the first
case of its kind. Ugo Gabriele, 27, who insisted on being called Kitty, was
held by armed officers in a raid which also saw 27 other mobsters arrested."
02-12-09: Dallas Voice: "Sheriff adds LGBT protections to department’s
"With more than
2,000 employees under her direction, Valdez oversees Dallas County’s largest
2-12-09: Alameda Sun (California): "Schools Plan to Teach Tolerance"
School District officials recently presented a proposed curriculum that will
address sexual orientation and gender identity in the elementary schools.
The district hopes to teach values that will prevent anti-gay violence and
help students better accept fellow students from gay families."
02-12-09: Out In America: "HRC Foundation Report: Number of businesses
protecting transgender employees growing"
"60 of the Fortune
100 largest businesses and nearly half of the nation's largest law firms,
best colleges and universities now prohibit discrimination based on gender
The State (South Carolina): "City worker claims she was fired because of sex
"CHARLOTTE -- A
former city operations assistant at a Charlotte maintenance facility has
sued the city, claiming she was fired because she had a sex change. Anne
Marie Clukey, who worked for the city for nearly two years, said she was
fired because she did not conform to her supervisor's “gender stereotype”. .
. Mac McCarley, the city's attorney, said a legal response has not yet been
filed, but that the city will deny any liability. “Transgendered individuals
do not have any rights under the federal employment discrimination laws,” he
02-12-09: On Top Magazine: "An Intimate Portrait Of A Transgender
"Last we heard
from Dr. Marci Bowers, the woman behind the city labeled “the sex change
capital of the world,” was in World of Wonder's Sex Change Hospital, a six
part docu-drama that focused on the people going under the knife. Tonight,
Discovery Health turns the lens around to give us a look at the doctor
holding the scalpel. In tonight's premiere presentation of Discovery
Health's Transgender M.D. we get a bird's eye view of the life of Dr.
Bowers, a world-renowned gender reassignment specialist."
02-12-09: San Francisco Bay Guardian SEX-SF (The Guardian's
Caution: this article contains sexually
explicit material: "Porn god Buck Angel talks FTM realness"
started his entertainment career way back in ‘80s as a super skinny, super
hot, fashion model named Susan. Seriously, he was so hot even Howard Stern
wishes he could go back and “do him” (although the feeling isn’t mutual).
Modeling was great for a while, but Susan knew she’d never be happy as a
woman. So she became a Buck instead." [An amazing article about an amazing
Choices (UK): "Transgender: Ruth's story" (a YouTube video)
"Ruth, 22, was
born in a male body but knew from the age of 16 that she wanted to be a
woman. She describes her hormone treatment and surgery, and how she feels
now. " [NHS Choices (http://www.nhs.uk) is
an online information service which complements Britain’s front line health
02-11-09: Trans-ponder.com: "Zucker vs. Conway, Round 1000:
Cease! Desist! No Hyperlinking!", by Jayna Pavlin
[A great cartoon
by Jayna Pavlin summarizing recent bizarre events]
02-11-09: Typicallyspanish.com (Spain): "Spanish Defence Ministry to
allow transsexuals to enter the armed forces"
"The change in
medical legislation is being planned following the second rejection of a 28
year old transsexual from Jaén who was not recruited because of his lack of
a penis" (more)
World Net Daily: "Elementary announces janitor sex-switch - Letter to
parents includes 'resources' for transgender children"
"The school is
pushing a radical and dangerous agenda on the fragile minds of young kids,"
Camenker told WND. "It's utterly reprehensible."
02-10-09: St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "TV talk shows for Feb. 13"
"9 a.m. Jerry
Springer: A woman tells her boyfriend she is a transsexual; a mother objects
to a transsexual love-affair; transsexual secrets."
[What with this guy and his obsession with transwomen? Will he ever get off
Manx Radio (The Isle of Man): "MHK appalled by colleague's bigotry"
comments about the rights of transsexuals provoked outrage in the House of
Keys today." (more)
02-10-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders to assemble
"In a couple of months, Jinda, a transgender, hopes to put
down her begging bowl for good and pick up a mobile phone not to make a call
but to repair and assemble them. The Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, along
with Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS) and Manpower
Awareness Social Service (MASS) Trust, has collaborated with mobile phone
companies Nokia, Motorola and Foxconn to find alternative employment for
transgenders. About 100 of them will be trained for a month and will then
assemble parts for the phone companies. "
02-10-09: lynnconway.com: "El Noticiero Transgénero de Lynn Conway: El
Sitio Web que Zucker Trató de Censurar"
"Estamos difundiendo este reportaje para alertar a nuestros
lectores y para buscar su apoyo para mantener la libertad de palabra de Lynn
contra esta tentativa de suprimirla y limitarla. . . No es necesario que
Uds. escriban cartas ni que hagan reclamaciones. Es mejor que utilicen
su propia libertad de palabra para difundir ampliamente
carta de Jacobsen,
como prueba del ataque que hizo Zucker. Por informarle a la gente sobre la
tentativa de Zucker de suprimir la libertad de palabra de Lynn, Uds. pueden
mostrarlo por lo que es, y dejar que la historia lo juzgue." [Spanish
translation of the Special News Report of 2-03-09]
02-10-09: ThinkSpain (Spain): "Army rejects transsexual for lack of
"Aitor G.R., the
transsexual who was declared unfit for the Army in 2007 for not having any
male genitals, has been rejected again today in Córdoba, in what will have
to be his last attempt in view of the fact that next month he will turn 29,
the maximum age for entry into the Army." (more)
02-09-09: News from Des Moines University (Iowa): "Learn About Issues,
Health Concerns of Transgender Individuals"
"You are invited
to attend a free event at Des Moines University on Monday, February 16 about
the issues and needs of transgender individuals.
Dr. Christine McGinn of
Pennsylvania will be speaking about her own personal experience and about
her clinic where she provides all types of care for transgender patients."
02-09-09: New Haven Independent: "Campaign Puts The “T” Back In
"“The ways in
which gay and lesbian and queer identities are intertwined with gender
non-conformity has a long history and a rich life in the gay community.” He
said for the latter to separate itself disavows much of what the gay
community has historically included."
02-09-09: Galesburg Register-Mail (Illinois): "Discrimination,
rejection common themes for transgendered"
"A lot of people
think there aren't transgendered people here. But that's not right. We're
everywhere. We're your neighbors, the person at the store checking your
groceries, your social workers. We're not just in big cities like Chicago.
We're everywhere." [extensive article with photos and videos]
02-09-09: Galesburg Register-Mail (Illinois): "Stories from living a
Trey Polevsky's story of being institutionalized and undergoing
trans-reparative therapy at age 9]
02-09-09: Pattaya Daily News (Thailand re US): "The Transgender Issue
in the USA"
often forthcoming through the Internet, where applicants don't have to
identify their assumed gender. However, unlike Thailand, where clinics
abound, sex-change facilities in the States are few and far between"
02-08-09: Independent (Ireland): "Children aren't guinea pigs"
"Society has a duty to protect its young, not subject
them to scientific experiments, says Eilis O'Hanlon." [The trans-reparatist
point of view on the Kim Petras story]
02-07-09: Queerty: "Dr. Kenneth Zucker's War on Transgenders", by
"Lynn Conway is
one of the trans community's great heroes. . . her website has been the
go-to place for transgenders looking for the latest news about their
community. . . On Jan. 30th, she received a letter from Peter M. Jacobson, a
lawyer for Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who is leading the revisions to the DSM-V,
the standard text used by clinicians and psychologists to determine mental
disorders. Zucker is accusing her of using libelous language in one of her
web posts. The only problem? There's nothing libelous on the site.
Why is Dr. Kenneth Zucker trying to silence Lynn? And more importantly,
why is he determined to make sure the psychiatric code book keeps saying
that gender identity is a mental disease?"
02-07-09: Nashua Telegraph (NH): "Transgender people plead for
years, Robert Blanchette worked as a computer programmer at St. Anselm
College. He was a reliable employee, often working weekends and holidays to
keep up. He received commendations for his professionalism. Then suddenly,
Blanchette found himself out of work. . . "I felt like I'd been thrown to
the wolves," she said. "What happened to me is why this is so important.""
02-06-09: The Bilerico Project: "Dr. Zucker Fights Back, and the APA's
Special Exemption on Reparative Therapy", by Mercedes Allen
"Q: When is
reparative therapy not reparative therapy? A: When the patients are
gender variant children. Then it's okay, or so the implicit judgment from
the American Psychiatric Association would still seem to say. "
02-06-09: Gender and Technology (Bryn Mawr): "Indigenous Americans and
02-06-09: OII Intersex News: "OII supports Dr. Milton Diamond's
suggestion that VSD be used instead of DSD"
OII wishes to
thank Dr. Milton Diamond for his brilliant contribution to the debate
surrounding the new terminology that was elaborated by the Chicago Consensus
Statement, DSD or Disorders of Sex Development. Dr. Diamond has suggested
that Variations of Sex Development would be a better term and most members
of OII agree because it is more accurate and NOT STIGMATIZING."
02-05-09: New York Times: Letters to the Editor re "What Do Women
Want?" (see NYT article of 1-22-09)
will eventually be viewed as we view “race science” today: as 19th-century
eugenic pseudoscience produced to justify oppression. Sexology oppresses
women and sexual minorities by describing their desires and behaviors as
exotic and diseased. Genital plethysmography and functional magnetic
resonance imaging are the latest technologies misused in the service of
biological reductionism and neo-eugenics (euphemistically called
sociobiology and evolutionary psychology). Meredith Chivers once worked at
the world’s largest “clinic” for reparative therapy of gender-variant
children, where they are busy revising the psychiatric manual that will
catalog the latest “disorders” of women and sexual minorities. What do women
want? We want to stop being objectified by quacks and unsophisticated
reporters who fail to provide journalistic balance when presenting critical
21st-century bioethical debates." - Andrea James, Los Angeles
02-05-09: Amnesty.org.uk (re Honduras): ""Honduras: Transgender women
beaten, threatened and murdered"
International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran
transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened
with death if she reported what happened to her."
02-04-09: Telegraph.co.uk (UK re Germany): "World's youngest
Kim Petras has become the
world's youngest transsexual after undergoing an operation at the age of
just 16. . . The procedure – carried out in secret and paid for by the
German health service – was authorised after psychologists confirmed that
she was "without doubt a girl in a boy's body". It is the world's youngest
ever full sex change operation and Kim – born Tim -had been undergoing
hormone therapy since the age of 12." [Wonderful story about a teen
transitioner who obtained modern humane medical treatment] (more)
Productions Announces "Transproofed"
Addams) is a transsexual woman who has recently completed her
transition. Her friend and mentor Joyce (Andrea
James) has long advised her to get her apartment “transproofed,” a slang
term for hiding all the evidence that she’s trans. In Ava’s case, that’s a
tall order: Ava came up through the club scene as a showgirl, and both Ava
and her apartment are vibrant, sexy, and full of clues. . . Will Ava be able
to walk away from everything that made her who she is and start fresh? Or
will she risk losing another guy she really likes by telling him she’s
trans?" [Some good news for a change: the announcement of a cool new short
film to premiere this summer!]
02-04-09: Intersex News Blogspot: "Kenneth J. Zucker"
Posted by OII: http://www.intersexualite.org/ at 3:26 AM: "It has come to
our attention that psychologist Kenneth J. Zucker, Ph.D. may have violated
ethics regulations of the American Psychological Association of which he is
a member (see
and of the certification requirements as a certified psychologist of the
Ontario College which grants his certification enabling him to practice as a
psychologist . . ."
02-03-09: TSRoadmap.com: "Ken Zucker nastygram to Lynn Conway
threatening a libel lawsuit"
coined a cool word for it: a "nastygram"!]
02-03-09: OII: "Kenneth J. Zucker's attack on free speech"
"Dr. Lynn Conway received the following legal letter from Kenneth Zucker's
lawyer. This letter is relevant to OII and our mission in favor of
diversity and allowing as many people as possible the right to speak on
intersex and gender issues. Since we don't all have the same
perspectives and experiences, a real commitment to freedom of speech is
essential to OII's mission. To read our policy:
A Special News Report by Lynn Conway: "The Trans News Updates: The webpage
Zucker attempted to suppress"
"We are posting this report to alert our news-feed readers
about this situation – and to seek readers' support in maintaining Lynn's
internet access and freedom of speech against what is clearly an attempt to
suppress and infringe upon them. . . You do not need to write letters or
make demands. You should instead exercise your own right of free speech to
this news report and
the Jacobsen letter. By simply spreading the news of Zucker's attempt to
suppress Lynn's freedom of speech, you can expose Zucker for what he is –
and let history be his judge." [En
The Advocate (March issue): "Frank’s New Face"
"Barely over a year since transgender activists
labeled Barney Frank a turncoat, he’s hired the first openly transgender
legislative staff member on Capitol Hill. . . .Sanchez, U.S. representative
Barney Frank’s new legislative assistant and the first openly transgender
person to work in a federal congressional office, is charged with helping
Frank pass an all-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- a bill that
covers not just sexual orientation but gender identity as well -- in the
first Obama Congress."
02-03-09: YLE Uutiset (Finland): "Transsexual Identity Case May Set
Back Gay Marriage" NEW
precedent-setting court ruling declares that a marriage becomes void if one
person is transsexual and applies for an official change of gender. In a
decision likely to anger the gay community, the court said that marriage
only applies to unions between men and women."
02-03-09: Same Same (Australia): "100% Pure Love"
"The Tiwi Islands in Northern Territory is home to one
of Australia’s most inspiring drag performers. Crystal Love, also known as
Crystal Johnson Kerinaiua, has performed all over the country delivering
inspirational shows whilst tirelessly educating people on gay, bi and
transgender issues. The term ‘yimpininni’ or ‘sistergirl’ is used to
describe a transgender person in Aboriginal culture. It’s a very old term
and one that’s dear to Crystal’s heart. White invasion not only wiped out
many indigenous people, it also had an impact on indigenous culture and
understanding of sexual and gender expression. As Catholicism took hold and
many traditions were lost, this term became a thing of the past."
02-03-09: ThaiIndian News (re Nepal): "First transgender choir strikes
gay rights chord in Nepal"
"“It is meant to
get together and have some fun afternoons.” The transgender choir has also
brought out its first CD. “It’s not a commercial venture,” Sjoerd explains.
“It’s more to create awareness about transgenders - that they have the same
human rights as any others.”"
02-02-09: Mercator.net (Australia): "Suppressing
puberty with a view to sex-change surgery"
"Some have opposed this course of action.
Kenneth Zucker and Susan Bradley, experts in the
treatment of children with sexual identity problems,
argue that if treatment begins early and if the parents
cooperate the problem can be resolved and the desire to
be the other sex usually disappears. However,
adolescents whose problems have not been addressed early
are difficult to treat. According to Zucker and Bradley,
“Seeking sex reassignment surgery is a defensive
solution and a mechanism for control of anxiety”. . .
These adolescents resist working with therapists and
demand an immediate transition. The question is: Should
medical professionals give in to these demands?"
02-02-09: Insciences: "Why Don’t More Animals
Change Their Sex"
"Most animals, like humans, have separate
sexes — they are born, live out their lives and
reproduce as one sex or the other. However, some animals
live as one sex in part of their lifetime and then
switch to the other sex, a phenomenon called sequential
hermaphroditism. What remains a puzzle, according to
Yale scientists, is why the phenomenon is so rare, since
their analysis shows the biological “costs” of changing
sexes rarely outweigh the advantages."
Out&About: "Tough times for transgender Tennesseans"
"James is a man
birthed into a woman's body. He and his trans-brother Levi Vincent,19, are a
part of small but growing group of teens who have realized early in their
lives that they are transgendered."
02-01-09: World Net Daily (posted 1-31-09): "Driver's licenses let
applicants pick gender - State allows men to identify themselves as women"
conservative/evangelical-Christian viewpoint on the Massachusetts RMV
02-01-09: Boston Herald: "RMV backs up on gender rule - License
designation made easier"
"The Registry of
Motor Vehicles has quietly reversed a Romney-era policy that advocates said
made it nearly impossible for transgender people to change their gender
designation on driver’s licenses and state identification cards. In a Jan.
21 letter to Solomon, Registrar Rachel Kaprielian wrote that transgender
people no longer need to present medical proof of sex reassignment surgery
or amended birth certificates in order to change the gender designation on
driver’s licenses and state identification cards."
02-01-09: Guardian (UK): "Pope promotes pastor who said hurricane was
God's punishment - New Catholic bishop called Katrina 'divine retribution'
for New Orleans' permissive sexual attitudes"
"In 2005, the
54-year-old was quoted in a parish newsletter as saying he was convinced
that the death and destruction caused by Katrina that year was "divine
retribution" for New Orleans' permissive sexual attitudes and tolerance of
sad news from Belgium: "Professor doctor ingenieur Femke Olyslager: 24
November 1966 - 28 January 2009"
are kindly invited to the cremation ceremony on Thursday 5 February 2009 at
14 o'clock in the crematorium to Turnhout, Steenweg on Merksplas 68.
Meeting in the crematorium 13.45 hour. After the ceremony, there one's
condolences can be offered to the family. The burial will take place in
intimate circle in the cemetery at Wechelderzande."
[Our dear friend
Femke Olyslager has passed away. She was in very poor health and was
suffering from depression at the time. We have no further details, but will
post additional information as it comes in. Be advised that the family has
chosen to include Femke's old male first name in obituary notices such as
the one above. Out of respect to Femke's memory we will, where possible,
delete that first name from notices before posting them.]
01-31-09: Salt Lake
City Tribune: "Off the Agenda: Men driving as women posing 'a big problem'"
"Rep. Carl Wimmer,
a Herriman Republican, has dropped his plan -- at least for now -- to stop
transgender Utahns from switching the sex designation on their driver
licenses until they've absolutely and irreversibly completed a sex-change
operation. The state's current policy allows an applicant to swap the "M"
for "F," or vise versa, by submitting written verification from a physician,
psychiatrist or therapist that the applicant is in the process of a gender
01-31-09: This Is Cheshire (UK): ""NHS is exploiting my life" - claims
angry at an NHS advertising campaign that depicts a man wearing makeup, says
her lifestyle has been exploited for the sake of a poster. Lucy Smith thinks
the NHS should have been more sensitive to the transsexual community in
Warrington when it developed a poster warning women drinkers they could end
up looking like men." [click on lower right photo-thumbnail to see the
01-31-09: Daily Mail (UK): "The upmarket country town that has been
invaded by transvestites"
Pink News (UK): "MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders"
"Members of the
European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence
against trans people with the Honduras government. Transgender women who
work as sex workers in Honduras are frequently attacked by clients or police
officers. Three trans women have been killed in the last three months . . ."
01-30-09: Bangkok Post (Thailand): ""Activist urges end to sex change
"This draft regulation deprives transgender people of their
basic rights," Yollada Suanyot, chairperson of the
Transgender Women of Thailand group, said yesterday. "We
wonder whether our rights and our need to have gender
reassignment should be controlled by the council" . . . The
regulation states that gender reassignment surgery is
actually a treatment for a mental illness. Ms Yollada said
this term should be defined more broadly otherwise it would
bring about more social stigma against transgender people.
01-30-08: The Greeley Tribune (Colorado): "Man accused in transgender
killing faces riot charge" - "The charges against a man accused of
killing a transgender woman last summer continue to mount."
01-30-09: Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "The Real Tale of Jakarta’s
'Srikandi Sejati', a foundation that focuses on the issues of
(transgender women) in Jakarta]
01-29-09: Daily Telegraph blog (UK): "Traditional Anglicans 'to be
offered personal prelature by Pope'", by Damian Thompson
"History may be in
the making", reports
The Record. "It appears Rome
is on the brink of welcoming close
to half a million members of the
Traditional Anglican Communion into
membership of the Roman Catholic
Church. Such a move would be the
most historic development in
Anglican-Catholic relations in the
last 500 years. But it may also be a
prelude to a much greater influx of
Anglicans waiting on the sidelines,
pushed too far by the controversy
surrounding the consecration of
practising homosexual bishops, women
clergy and a host of other issues."
[It appears that the
demonizing of GLBT people is now a
primary unifying and recruiting
theme for the Catholic Church under
the new Pope.]
01-29-09: GLT (San
Diego): "Man receives 12-year prison sentence for sexual battery, robbery of
"One of the
victims knelt down in court to illustrate how Edward Terry Wallace, 25,
ordered her to the floor in her home and put a stun gun to her head before
robbing her. “He was there to rape me, and rob me. He took $730 from me,”
she told San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth. The victims described
themselves as transgendered and submitted a personal ad on Craigslist in
April, 2008. . . They said Wallace came to their homes with robbery and
sexual assault on his mind . . .Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza
told the judge Wallace chose the victims because “of who they were.”
Espinoza added that Wallace later said he thought transgendered people were
“immoral” and “he had less guilt in stealing from transsexuals.” "
01-29-09: Io9: "The Biggest Sexology Breakthroughs of the Past 130
Years," by Annalee Newitz
01-29-09: Bay Windows (Boston): "10,000 Dresses celebrates transgender
the vibrant sunburst and smiling child on its cover,
Marcus Ewert’s 10,000 Dresses is a joyous book about self-acceptance and
identity. It is also the only children’s picture book that features an
openly transgender protagonist, and does so with both sensitivity and
01-29-09: Bay Windows (Boston): "Boston
City Council supports passage of trans rights bill"
01-29-09: Bay Windows (Boston): "Faith leaders strategize for
transgender rights at Newton forum"
Indybay: "Groundbreaking legal guide to assist transgender immigrants"
Law Center and Immigration Equality have released the first immigration law
practice manual for attorneys representing transgender clients."
01-28-09: Just Plain Sense blogspot (UK): "Is the Equality and Human Rights
Commission trying to “forget” trans people?", by Christine Burns
"In spite of a
succession of legal judgements upholding the rights of trans people in the
UK (including a unanimous decision by the European Court of Human Rights in
July 2002) they remain subjected to constant oppression and denial of the
same rights expected by everyone else." (link to
reply by Chief Executive of EHRC)
Florida Baptist Witness: "Gainesville citizens fight ‘gender identity’ law"
"Concerned that a
year-old “gender identity” law will jeopardize the safety of women and girls
in public restrooms, citizens in Gainesville have mounted a referendum
campaign to overturn the ordinance in March 24 city elections."
01-28-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Sean Dorsey tells transsexual gay
movement with story, the 36-year-old Dorsey tells finely crafted, poignant
tales of transgender life. In "Uncovered: The Diary Project," premiering
this weekend at Dance Mission Theater, Dorsey turns his attention to the
life of Lou Sullivan."
01-28-09: Sheffied Telegraph (UK): "What did transvestite Dean
and his new wife do next? (more,
"SouthYorkshire cross-dresser Dean Dudley and his wife
Robyn have signed up to appear on Channel 4 programme Wife Swap."
01-27-09: GLAAD: "GLAAD Announces Nominees, Special Honorees for 20th
Annual GLAAD Media Awards"
lives and stories received significant attention in the media this year.
Nominees addressing the transgender experience include Ugly Betty,
The L Word, "Tandem Repeats" ER, America's Next Top
Model, I Want to Work for Diddy, Transamerican Love Story,
"The Pregnant Man" The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Transgender Triumphs"
and "Gays in the Ghetto" from The Tyra Banks Show, "Becoming" from
WCAX-TV3 in Burlington, Vt., Born in the Wrong Body: All in the Family,
Sex Change Hospital, Karen Lovett and Ashley Smith's "Special
Report: In Transition" in The Telegraph [Nashua, N.H.], Daisy
Hernández's "Becoming a Black Man" ColorLines, Ben Ehrenreich's
"Death on Terminal Island" Los Angeles, and Maximillian Potter's
"Second Nature" in 5280."
01-27-09: Medill Reports (NU Med School): "Transsexual women sue to
change gender on birth certificates"
[Includes photo of
complainants Victoria Kirk and Karissa Rothkopf (click on photo to enlarge)]
01-27-09: Earth Times (re Illinois): "ACLU Asks Court to Order New
Illinois Birth Certificates for Two Women Following Sex Reassignment Surgery
"For more than
four decades, Illinois has permitted individuals who have gender
confirmation surgery to change the gender “marker” on an original birth
certificate; the Department of Vital Records, however, recently started
interpreting the law to provide this option only if an individual has the
surgery by a United States-licensed physician." (more,
01-27-09: African Path (re Kenya): "Human Rights Violations on Kenya’s
" . . .because
of the conflation of transgenderism and homosexuality, the common fallacies
that come out when we look into the history of “transgender hate” oppression
is that it’s mostly labeled as “gay hate” oppression. But, on a closer look,
a vast majority of these “gay hate” crimes are actually atrocities done on
Kenya’s transgender community."
Paly Voice (Palo Alto High School, CA): "Humanities project challenges
definition of gender" - "Paly student spends day in drag for
experience, explores challenges transgender teens face"
01-26-09: QNotes (North Carolina): "James uses anti-trans slur, voices
‘concern’ over Meck. domestic partners" - "Meck. Co. Commissioner Bill
James says bisexuals are promiscuous, state law criminalizes homosexuality"
01-26-09: Chennai Online (India): "59 Trasgenders given free house
transgenders were today given free house site pattas, totally worth about Rs
6.12 lakh, by district Collector P Amudha at Chettikarai village near here."
01-26-09: Kaos GL News
(Turkey): "Press Declaration on the Reasoned Decision of Lambda's Court
"For the last 20
years, it is not the number of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and
transvestites increasing, rather it is their individual and organized
visibility that has been pressured and silenced until today. It is thus,
unfortunate, that the court of appeal considers the organized visibility and
rights struggle of the ignored LGBTT's, who are subjected to pressure and
othering because of their sexual identity and sexual orientation, as a risk
01- 26-09: GLAD News: "MA RMV Updates Policy for Changing Gender
"Now, instead of
having to submit medical proof of sex reassignment surgery as well as an
amended birth certificate, transgender people will be able to change their
gender designation by submitting a Gender Designation Change Form signed by
a medical provider, “attesting to the gender that individual considers him
or herself to be.”" (more)
01-25-09: New York Times: "7 Years for Psychologist"
"A former mental hospital psychologist who said he
became interested in child pornography while treating sex offenders was
sentenced Friday to seven years in prison." [Interesting example of the
voyeuristic psychologists who make careers out of obsessing over people's
01-26-09: Daily News Egypt (Egypt): "New committee to approve sex
number of gender operations does not exceed two cases a year, the new
decision “was needed to regulate the procedures in the future,” he added.
The new regulations are binding to both public and private hospitals and
clinics. Doctors that don’t inform the syndicate before conducting such
operations will charged with violating syndicate regulations . . ." [i.e.,
Egypt has in effect shut down legal access to SRS in that country]
01-25-09: Times Colonist (Vancouver, Canada): "Growing up different:
B.C. transgender patients line up for surgery but doctor who can do it is
denied OR time"
writes about British Columbians living with gender identity disorder who
continue to face expensive surgery and long stays at a private Montreal
clinic now that plans for a publicly funded sexual reassignment clinic on
the West Coast have collapsed."
01-25-09: The Washington Post: "The Ways of Some Flesh" - "Portraits
of adults who won't settle for "vanilla sex.""
"Bergner takes us
into the "anarchy of lust" that consumes his subjects. He discusses their
strategies for dealing with their obsessions, from the foot fetishist's
tortured shame to the Baroness's flamboyant celebration of her talents. He
also provides a layman's overview of current theories about paraphilia's
causes and treatments. . . Bergner, a New York Times Magazine staff writer,
keeps his prose simple and straightforward. He's the old-fashioned fly on
the wall. Except for noting how "repelled" he is by the pedophile with a
victim exactly the age of his own daughter, Bergner does not dwell on his
own reactions and interactions. Given how much of paraphiliac experience
involves the twin poles of mortification and exhibitionism, Bergner might
have engaged in a little more metajournalistic revelation about his
presence, as a witness, at a group session for sex offenders or at an S&M
sex party." [More about Daniel Bergner , the controversy-book writer
Zucker's ASB and CAMH clinic (see 1-22/23-09)]
01-24-09: Guardian (UK): "I used to be a man"
(interview with Kate Craig-Wood)
01-23-09: Gay City News: "Trans Dress Code Loss"
discrimination claim by a gender-transitioning retail sales employee fired
for using make-up and letting her hair grow longer than her employer deemed
appropriate for men has been rejected by the US District Court for the
Northern District of Indiana."
01-23-09: Express Buzz (India): "Punishing difference"
01-23-09: New York Times: "Surveying the Outer Reaches of Lust"
"“The Other Side
of Desire,” which comes out on Tuesday, is about people most of us would
call perverts or weirdos. The main characters, all of whom Mr. Bergner
interviewed extensively and some of whose identities are disguised, are a
man with a foot fetish; a woman called the Baroness, who runs an S&M dungeon
and designs latex fetish attire; a man with a fixation on his 12-year-old
stepdaughter; and a photographer who is turned on by women with missing
[Here we go
again: Yet another notoriety-seeking sex-obsessed "straight white divorced
male" controversy-book author (who worships
and the gender clinic at CAMH) is pumped-up by the New York Times (see
01-22-09: Editor and Publisher: "Coming Attraction: Preview of 'NYT
Magazine' With Semi-Shocking Sex Images on Sunday"
envelope, as least in its use of images, The New York Times Magazine this
Sunday features a provocative feature story on “female desire” titled, “What
Do Women Want?”" [Note how this commentary promotes a 'controversy' about
the NYT piece.]
01-22-09: New York Times: "What Do Women Want?"
[Note: In this
article about the work of
Chivers, author Daniel Bergner proclaims that the "Archives
of Sexual Behavior" is "the world’s leading journal of sexual research"
and the "Center
for Addiction and Mental Health" is "a prestigious psychiatric teaching
hospital" - in a highly biased deification of
sex-obsessed trans-reparatist sexology clique. An interesting example of how
Zucker's clique aligns with and exploits the media.]
01-22-09: The Daily Northwestern: "Cover Story: Self, Sex and
Politics" - "Transgender students and faculty fight for equal rights and
equal protection. Will a new university president make this a reality for
the last unprotected minority on campus?"
Note: We wonder
how NU transgenderism-denier
Bailey will react to this initiative. Recall that
on p.174 of his book Bailey teaches that transwomen "are
almost all autogynephiles" and
on page 180 he
denies the existence of gendered identities. Would Bailey support full
and equal rights for transgender people? We don't think so.
students should beware of criticizing Bailey's teachings, because part-time
NU faculty member and Bailey-defender
Dreger is likely to charge them with
attacking Bailey's 'academic freedom' if they openly challenge his
01-22-09: BBC News (UK): "Transsexual's murderer gets life"
DNA India (India): "City transgenders hail Delhi PIL"
Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "PAN Lawmaker Calls for 14% of Jobs to Be
Allocated to Transgenders"
legislator from the moderate Islamic National Mandate Party, or PAN, said he
wanted to ensure that as many as 14 jobs out of every 100 are allocated to
members of Indonesia’s large transgender community."
01-22-09: Houston Press: "Attagirl: Transsexual Police Officer
Nominated Grand Marshal of Pride Parade"
"The nominees for Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade
were announced recently and Houston Police Officer Julia Christina Oliver is
among the women named. That couldn't have happened two years ago when Oliver
was still a male. "
"Book Announcement: Gender Madness in American Psychiatry, Essays from
the Struggle for Dignity", by Kelley Winters, Ph.D. [announcement
"More than three decades after the American Psychiatric
Association voted to remove the classification of homosexuality as a mental
disorder, those who do not conform to their assigned birth-sex, either by
inner identity or outer social expression, are labeled mentally ill in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with
grave consequences to their human dignity and civil liberties. For
transsexual individuals, the current diagnostic categories of Gender
Identity Disorder (GID) and Tranvestic Fetishism also pose barriers to
access to medical transition procedures. As the APA works toward its fifth
revision of the DSM in 2012, these gender diagnoses provoke growing
controversy while perpetuating harmful stereotypes that fail to explain the
existence of countless well-adjusted transsexual, gender queer and gender
transcendent people who have contributed to society for millennia.
Gender Madness in American Psychiatry: Essays from the
Struggle for Dignity provides an overview of the
literature and attitudes behind the current diagnostic nomenclature and a
historical snapshot of the issues and challenges faced by gender
transcendent people on the eve of publication of the Fifth Edition of the
DSM. This book contains a collection of essays from the struggle for
transgender dignity and health care access. They are expanded from pieces
posted to the GID Reform Advocates web site in 2008 and incorporate the
generous feedback and discussion from advocates and critics.
For students of psychology, sociology, anthropology and
gender studies curricula, this book provides an overview of the literature
and social context that led to the current diagnostic nomenclature. It
offers a historical snapshot of the issues and challenges faced by the
trans-community on the eve of publication of the DSM-V. For gender
transcendent people, this book is a call for respect and celebration of the
broad diversity that exists within our community. Yet, it is also a call for
unity and solidarity in demanding change for psychiatric policies and
stereotypes that harm all trans-people. For mental health clinicians who
work with transitioning clients, this book is intended to provide some
insight, from a trans-perspective, into the barriers to social legitimacy
and access to medical care that are posed by the categories of current
Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism."
01-19-09: Queerty: "Transgenders, Transgenders Everywhere"
"Are we in the
middle of a transgender renaissance? Of course not—a renaissance would
require an original time when transgender men and women were treated with
normalcy. But maybe we're heading down the path toward the first era
where MTF and FTM folks won't be treated as outsiders, but just another
demographic group children grow up with."
01-19-09: Metro.co.uk (UK): "Antony Hegarty's truly natural
"The music world
seemed to swoon in unison when Antony Hegarty's outfit Antony And The
Johnsons won the Mercury Music Prize . . . This indie paean to transgender
identity and beauty became a Top 20 hit . . ."
01-19-09: BBC News (UK): "Man guilty of transsexual murder"
"A roofer has
been found guilty in the 11-year-old murder case of a transsexual prostitute
Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "Transgenders Hold First National Conference,
Demand End to Discrimination"
"In the first-ever national conference of transsexuals
and transvestites, Indonesians from 23 provinces are meeting . . . to
discuss ways to improve their legal rights and stop discrimination."
01-18-09: Broadway World: "Emmy Winning and Oscar Nominated Arranger
Angela Morley Passes Away at 84"
Angela Morley, who won Emmys for
arranging two of Julie Andrews television specials has died at 84 in
Scottsdale, Arizona. She's said to have passed away from complications of a
fall and a subsequent heart attack. The three-time Emmy winner, also
received Oscar nominations for adaptaing the songs in the musicals "The
Little Prince" and "The Slipper and the Rose". This prolific woman also
wrote her own official bio for her web site, which we reprint below. A very
full life! Our thoughts and prayers go out to her partner
with her son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during this difficult
time. For more information, visit
01-18-09: The Stage News (UK): "Composer Angela Morley dies"
one of the UK’s leading musical arrangers and composers, has
died at the age of 84. In 1953 she began a long association
with Philips Records, arranging for the company’s leading
light-entertainment artists . . . She also wrote the theme
tunes for Hancock’s Half Hour and was the musical director
for The Goon Show. In her later career she wrote the theme
tune for the top US soap Dynasty. She orchestrated and
arranged the music for the film of The Little Prince and in
1978 was music supervisor for the Sherman’s Brothers’ film
of The Slipper and the Rose. She won Oscar nominations for
both films. Morley was a transsexual woman and was born
Wally Stott. She underwent gender assignment surgery in
1972. She died on January 14, 2009. A full obituary will
appear in The Stage newspaper." (more,
01-17-09: Associated Press (re Brazil): "Transgender model steals the
show in Fashion Rio"
Television's Web site called the 25-year-old Araujo "the star" of the show's
final day, and model Isabeli Fontana told O Dia that Araujo "is the
greatest."" [note the two beautiful photos; click to enlarge]
Organisation Internationale des Intersexués (OII): "The self-proclaimed
experts on intersex: Zucker and Lawrence", by Curtis Hinkle
"I am sure that
many intersex people were aware that the
APA had brought out a booklet on intersex. However, I am not sure that
many understand how problematic it is to many intersex people to see some of
the following names associated with this booklet: Margaret Schneider, Walter
O. Bockting, Randall D. Ehrbar,
Anne A. Lawrence, Katherine Louise Rachlin and
Kenneth J. Zucker. At
first glance, the booklet seems apparently harmless. However, that is what's
so clever about it. It's a way for the
Clarke/Northwestern clique to get their nose under the (intersex) tent
and then later "come on in"."
01-17-09: Bleacher Report: "Under Which Category of Sport Should a
Transgender Surgery Person Compete"
01-16-09: Detroit Examiner: "Meet TS Performer And Star Kimber James"
Florida Baptist Witness: "Gainesville citizens fight ‘gender identity’ law"
- "March 24 referendum would overturn ‘government gone wild’"
Press Service (re Mexico): "RELIGION: Catholic Church Family Meet Slams Door
Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said the
family is a gift from God that is threatened by error and sin, and by
"relativism." . . . His remarks were read by analysts as more or less veiled
criticism of new Mexico City laws that legalised same-sex unions and
abortion on demand up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and allow transsexuals
to change their identity and gender on their identity documents. "
01-15-09: KCBS: "San Francisco Makes Municipal ID Cards Available"
the program will aid undocumented immigrants, as well as homeless residents,
transgender individuals, seniors, students and children who often lack
01-15-09: Bay Windows (Boston): "MTPC town hall meeting addresses
status, strategy for passing trans rights bill"
Committee chair Nancy Nangeroni told the audience that MTPC has learned that
someone anonymously e-mailed every member of the state legislature a copy of
a video created by the Gainesville, Florida-based Citizens for Good Public
Policy . . . The commercial shows a young blond girl walking from a
playground into a public restroom. A few seconds after she closes the door,
a menacing man wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses walks into the
bathroom behind her. A message on the screen links the video to the city’s
gender identity ordinance, reading, "On January 28, 2008, your City
Commission made this legal. Is that what you want in Gainesville?""
01-15-09: IFGE Press
Release: "International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Announces
Plans for Transgender 2009 – the 23rd Annual Conference"
01-15-09: Gazette Live (UK): "Denise to take final step in bid to
become a woman"
Pam's House Blend: "10,000 Dresses", a review by Autumn Sandeen"
Dresses by Marcus Ewert is a charming tale of a "boy" named Bailey who
dreams of wearing dresses. His parents and brother tell him that boys don't
wear dresses and Bailey is sad because she doesn't feel like a boy. Bailey
finally meets a friend that understands the desire to wear dresses and helps
her achieve that goal. It is a story with beautiful illustrations by Rex Ray
that uses just enough words to say what is needed. I highly recommend it for
children of all ages (adults too), although it is definitely a book that
would be enjoyed by the under 10 crowd. 10,000 Dresses helps us understand
the workings of the gender variant child's mind from their point of view and
it is very nicely done."
01-14-09: Southern Voice: "Openly transgender woman elected to party
position in Ore. - Calvo will serve as state's Democratic Party treasurer"
01-14-09: NCLR: "From Tragedy, Resolve"
"In the wake of
these nightmares, and the media speculation and community discussion
surrounding them, the questions about how the sexual orientation and race of
the victims may have influenced their fate keep coming up."
01-14-09: Focus On The Family: "Answering Parents' Questions on Gender
Confusion in Children"
explains, "Gender dysphoria (confusion) is increasingly understood [by
some]…as having biological origins [in] small parts of the brain. In terms
of empirical data, this is not true. It is just dogma.""
01-13-09: The Vancouver Sun (Canada): "Convicted 'dangerous' rapist
starts sex-change controversy in Ont."
01-13-09: Queerty: "Dr. Phil Invites Bigots On TV To Taunt Mother of
01-13-09: VirtueOnline (The Voice of Orthodox
Anglicism): "Sex And Seminary"
"Almost half of
the schools queried indicated that worship experiences in chapel at least
occasionally focused on gay, lesbian, or bisexual experiences. Seven of the
36 schools also offered worship focused on transgender issues. . . All this
adds up to a huge effort to redefine what is normative in theological
education, but the larger agenda is to remove the churches as obstacles to
the deconstruction of biblical sexual morality. Obviously, many of these
schools have already joined that bandwagon . . . and transformed
Christianity into a form of sexualized paganism."
01-12-09: Human Rights Watch (re Hondura): "Honduras: Investigate
Murder of Transgender Activist - Authorities Should Act Against Increasing
fought tirelessly to secure basic rights protections for transgender sex
workers, the authorities need to find and prosecute the perpetrators of this
and previous attacks against the trans community."
01-12-09: MetroWeekly (re Florida): "Florida conservatives using scare
tactics against transgender restroom rights [video]"
links to the video ad. See also NYT article of 1-10-09]
Point Foundation Mentoring Messenger (Dec. 2008 issue): "Working
Together on LGBT Community Service Projects"
"Last year, in
the face of direct threats to her future academic career,
Joelle Ruby Ryan courageously chaired a National Women’s Studies
Association panel discussion on
resisting transphobia in academia. Her mentor,
Lynn Conway was by her side before, during and after the endeavor."
to online copy of the full newsletter]
New York Times (re Florida): "Foes Say Law Protects Predators" (more,
"A blond girl
heads from a playground into a women’s restroom. A scruffy-looking man,
lurking outside, darts in behind her. “Your City Commission made this
legal,” the words on the television screen read. The advertisement came from
opponents of a gender-identity provision added last year to Gainesville’s
01-10-09: Republican-American (Waterbury, CT): Crossdresser leads
police on high-speed chase" (a sad example of what 'not to do' in
response to potential embarrassment)
01-09-09: Broadway World: "CHRISTINE JORGENSEN REVEALS Makes Its
Historic Return 2/26"
"In 1958 CHRISTINE JORGENSEN walked
into a recording studio in New York and allowed herself to be interviewed -
for 51 minutes. Arguably the most revealing, truthful and riveting 51
minutes ever set down on vinyl. . . It is absolutely riveting. She backs
away from nothing. She faces each question head on. She never flinches. With
eyes wide open she blinds her audience with complete candor. The result is a
theatrical triumph of what almost became a lost treasure of communication."
01-09-09: Associated Press (re Florida): "Fla. conservatives fight
transgender restroom rule"
01-09-09: OII (re Mexico): "Mexican intersex woman sets precedent for
privacy for transsexuals on birth certificates: Summary of articles from the
Mexican press by Curtis E. Hinkle, founder of OII"
articles re this important development in Mexico]:
01-09-09: ESMAS (Mexico)(01-05-09): "SCJN aplaza decisión sobre amparo
"Ministros de la
Corte decidirán este martes si se concede o no el amparo a un transexual,
quien pretende obtener un acta de nacimiento con su actual sexo"
Universal (Mexico)(01-06-09): "Ampara Corte a transexual; podrá tener nueva
01-09-09: Terra (Mexico)(01-07-09): "Suprema Corte respalda privacidad
de la identidad anterior de transexuales"
01-09-09: Xtra.ca (Canada): "New NDP MP Megan Leslie had activist
roots" - "Rainbow Warrior/ No time for status trappings of life on the
Hill" (article about a newly-elected supportive MP in Canada)
AllAfrica.com: (Africa): "Africa: Hyprocrisy on Human Rights, Sexual
Orientation And Gender Identity"
01-09-09: AFP (re Switzerland): "Court orders Swiss health insurance
to pay for sex change"
01-09-09: MM Agency: "Real World Brooklyn May Bridge Transgender
The Real World Brooklyn may be to Transgender awareness what
Pedro Zamora was for both AIDS and
Homosexual understanding on the same show 15 years earlier, was my
impression after watching the first episode of the 21st Real World season"
01-09-09: World Net Daily: "'Puberty blockers' pushed on children", by
provides insight into the evangelical-conservative opposition to modern,
compassionate treatment protocols for transgender teens)
John Birch Society: "Man Allowed in Women’s Athletic Event . . . and Wins It
"A man undergoes
the mutilative procedure known as “gender-reassignment surgery” and then
wins the women’s division of golf’s premier long drive championship." (Hmm.
I thought the Birchers went away long ago. Guess they're still lurking
around on the right-wing fringes out there.)
Media Matters: "Savage on SF Police Dept. transgender sensitivity training:
"brainwash[ing]" by a "freak," "sort of like toilet training for adults"
"Radio host Michael Savage continued his attacks on
the transgender community during the January 7 broadcast of The Savage
Nation, declaring that a sensitivity training program for San Francisco
police detectives on transgender issues is "sort of like toilet training for
adults" and describing the program as a "class ... to teach normal men how
to have sensitivity to a psychopathic sex-change operative who should be in
a mental hospital.""
01-08-09: Dallas Voice: "Memorial set for homeless trans woman"
"Gale’s death highlights problems in how shelters deal
with trans people; Bridge director promises not to turn away any trans
person. A memorial service for Jennifer Gale, the homeless transgender woman
who died on the streets of Austin on Dec. 17, is planned for Saturday, Jan.
10 at the Resource Center of Dallas."
San Francisco Bay Times: "New Gay-Friendly Laws Take Effect in California in
"New laws that took effect in California Jan. 1
protect GLBT seniors and foster youth, and insert “sexual orientation” and
“gender identity” language into several civil rights laws that lacked
comprehensive lists of protected groups."
01-08-09: The Canadian (Canada): "Transgender People Need Advocacy At
01-08-09: The Canadian (re Sweden): "Sweden: Former Women, now
Transsexual Men, get free prosthetic penises"
"A decision to
allow transsexual men in Sweden to get prosthetic penises free of charge
from local health authorities has drawn criticism because the prostheses on
offer don’t get erect."
01-07-09: Metro Weekly: "'Real World: Brooklyn' features bisexual MTF
transgender geek, and gay Latino dolphin trainer"
01-07-09: Yorkshire Evening Post (UK): "Gruesome scene after
"The flatmate of
a transsexual was found sobbing in a pool of blood after discovering her
friend's body, a court heard."
01-07-09: The Nation (Thailand): "Medical council to decide on sex
Council of Thailand will tomorrow consider an orchiectomy criterion for sex
change operations, which allows those over 20 to get them at will. Those
aged 18-20 seeking to have their testicles removed, however, need to obtain
parental permission and submit themselves to a one-year transition period of
living as a woman . . ."
01-06-09: Council of Europe Website: "“Discrimination against
transgender persons must no longer be tolerated", by Thomas Hammarberg (more)
The Council of
Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights released a powerful statement about
trans rights on the council's website yesterday:
seem to have a problem with the mere existence of human beings whose outer
expression of their inner gender identity is not the same as their gender
determined at birth. Aggression against transgender persons cannot however
be excused as resulting from ignorance or lack of education. These attitudes
cause serious harm to innocent and vulnerable people and must therefore be
countered. . . . There is no excuse for not immediately granting this
community their full and unconditional human rights. Council of Europe
Member States should take all necessary concrete action to ensure that
transphobia is stopped and that transgender persons are no longer
discriminated against in any field." (please read the page above, and pass
on the powerful statement there)
01-06-09: Gender Identity Center Of
Colorado: Announcing the Colorado Gold Rush gender conference, March 26 -
29, 2009" - "Come join the Gender Identity Center for our 11th annual
Colorado Gold Rush"
01-06-09: BBC News (UK): "Murder accused 'left palm print'"
A man accused of killing a transsexual prostitute was
arrested a decade later because he left his palm print at the scene, the Old
Bailey heard." (more,
01-06-09: The Boston Globe: "Cross-dressing doctor who killed wife found
sentenced in 2001 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for
the murder of his estranged wife, Karen, to keep her away from his $5
million in assets. The case drew national media attention when photographs
of Sharpe wearing slinky dresses and fishnet stockings were widely published
after his arrest."
01-05-09: Merinews (India): "Eunuchs: Vulnerable or extortionists?"
"There are approximately 50, 000 to 1.2 million
eunuchs in India. The community is hated by society and they are forced to
lead a pathetic life. However, it also is true that these eunuchs victimise
and harass other people to extort money."
Blindeyemysteries.com: "Blind Faith" - "The third in The Blind Eye Mystery
Series, by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall" (more)
"There are dozens of unlicensed, lock down schools for
"troubled" kids in this country, where abuses like shock therapy and forced
confinement are being done in the name of treatment. Their crimes? Being
queer or transgender."
01-05-09: Express India (India): "Hope of legal status leaves some
gay, others cold"
"When sex change
is legitimate in many other countries, transsexuals in India do not enjoy
any legal support if they wish to change their sex. Even if they undergo a
sex change operation, when it comes to getting a passport or any identity
documents done, they face a lot of difficulties."
01-05-09: Edge (Boston): "Transgender Rabbi Blazes Trail for Observant
community has largely embraced its GLB members, with transgendered Jews now
also being more widely accepted."
01-05-09: PR Newswire: "Proposition 8, Same-Sex Rights Examined at
2009 AALS Annual Meeting"
of American Law Schools (AALS)
2009 Annual Meeting will feature programs devoted to the discussion of
Proposition 8, as well as Same-Sex Rights. The Annual Meeting will take
place on January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego. . .
A day long program entitled Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Across
the Curriculum: The Challenges of Keeping Law Schools Current with
Recent Developments in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues will
feature sessions on: recent developments in sexual orientation and gender
identity issues, transgender issues, employment discrimination and the
Solomon Amendment. "
01-04-09: Sunday Herald (UK): "Keeping up with the Johnsons"
(interview with UK singer-songwriter
"I think things
will keep slowly evolving. People are starting to realise more and more that
trans-gender kids are just as much part of the family as all the other kids.
I think 95% of families that have transgender kids feel this myth that they
are created somehow somewhere in adulthood; but the fact is it's really
about kids that are three or four years old, kids that have been identified
as different from when they first said a word."
01-04-09: Brooklyn Daily Eagle: "Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Resonate Through
Brooklyn and Nation"
most often are other young men with feminine demeanors or transgender women,
said Wilchins. “These assailants are looking to eradicate and exterminate
something that enrages them, and that is what makes them hate crimes”"
01-03-09: The Independent (UK): "First person: 'I used to be a man' -
Kate Craig-Wood, 31"
"I was unhappy
from the start of puberty. My sister was developing one way, and I another.
This was the point when our fundamental differences became apparent, and it
was quite distressing." (an interview with entrepreneur
Kate Craig-Wood) NEW
Press (MN): "Transgender people often face a legal labyrinth when changing
gender on identity documents"
People who move
from one gender to another — with surgical changes or without — face a
confounding maze of legal challenges. One of the greatest is changing
identity documents, including birth certificates, driver's licenses, Social
Security records and passports. It doesn't stop there. Issues involving
employment, health insurance and even bathroom use are among the top
concerns facing transgender people, advocates say.
01-03-09: TS Roadmap.com: ""Janelle Laren": Kiira Triea sockpuppet"
(yet ANOTHER "transkid"
supporter of BBL has been exposed as a fake).
Tree (also known as
created a number of sockpuppets and bogus identities while perpetrating the
hoax site. One of these was alleged “transkid” Janelle Laren. Tree posed
as "Janie" online and used a number of screen names for this persona"
01-03-09: The Canadian (Canada): "Pope Benedict XVI declares clerical
agenda against homosexuals and transsexuals"
Monthly Review (re Cuba): "Interview with Mariela Castro on the Future of
Sex and Socialism in Cuba" - "Mariela Castro is Director of the National
Center for Sex Education in Cuba. . . . "We're also working on a gender
identity decree law that will make it easier for transsexuals to change
their sex and identity papers, regardless of the sex change surgery.""
01-02-09: Huffington Post: "Arrest Made in Taysia Elzy Case;
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to Establish LGBT Liaison" (more)
01-01-08: Xtra (Canada): "A transsexual woman's perspective" -
"Inclusion isn't inclusion if it stops at the bedroom door"
"Trans women are
in a tremendously difficult position: if we're too feminine we're acting as
sexist caricatures, whereas if we're too masculine that just proves we're
not women in the first place. If we speak up, we're aggressively grabbing
the microphone, and if we don't we're supporting the premise that women are
meek and submissive." (an
01-01-08: The Canadian (Canada): "Transsexuals: The Long Path To
01-01-08: IFGE 2009: "The
23rd Annual Conference of the International Foundation for Gender Education,
Alexandria, Virginia, February 4-8" -
IFGE 2009 Workshop: “Disordered” No More: Challenging Transphobia in
Psychology, Academia and Society", Friday, February 6, 3:45 PM.
"This panel will
feature three papers that interrogate cultural transphobia and insist on the
need for social change. As a whole, the essays challenge current models of
understanding transgenderism and demand an end to the continued oppression
of transpeople in psychology, academia and society. In particular, the
papers examine the stigmatizing Gender Identity Disorder (GID) diagnosis in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the need
for the elimination of GID from the DSM-V to oppose the continued
pathologization of trans youth and adults; the sexualization of transwomen
in the controversial theories set forth in the taxonomic classification
known as autogynephilia; and the exploitation, colonization and
appropriation that many cisgendered academicians have engaged in when
researching and writing about transpeople’s lives. In addition to discussing
these problems, we will discuss solutions to engender positive change and
proffer innovative paradigm shifts to promote the well-being, psychological
health and empowerment of the transgender community."
Joelle Ruby Ryan and
Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
attending this important workshop too; please come and join us if you can!]
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