News Updates of 2009 (Jul-Dec):
This page links to news of general
interest to the trans community during the second 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 recommend "Google News",
searching on keywords such as transgender, transsexual, sex reassignment, sex
change, gender variance and gender transition.
Aug, Sep, Oct,
Link to first half of 2009
Click here to access the currrent Trans News Updates
12-31-09: Examiner.com: "Amanda Simpson: transgender woman appointed
to Department of Commerce" (more,
"Amanda Simpson, who has served on
NCTE's Board of Directors for the past three years, has been appointed by
the Obama Administration as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of
Commerce. She'll be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security . . .
Simpson brings considerable professional credentials to her new job. For 30
years, she has worked in the aerospace and defense industry, most recently
serving as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon
Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz."
12-31-09: NCTE News Bulletin: "Presidential Appointment Announced -
Amanda Simpson appointed to Department of Commerce"
"Amanda Simpson, who has served on
NCTE's Board of Directors for the past 3 years, has been appointed by the
Obama Administration as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of
Commerce. . . "I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am
eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same
time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal
government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this
appointment opens future opportunities for many others.""
12-31-09: Philadelphia Gay News: "LGBT provisions in question for
"The Senate version, which passed
strictly along party lines with all Democrats and two independents voting
for it and all Republicans against, is considered the more conservative
version of the legislation, dropping the House’s “public option” and
numerous provisos that would have benefited the LGBT community."
12-31-09: Baltimore Sun: "MVA delays policy change on transgender
documentation: New rule would require court order or amended birth
certificate to change gender on license"
"The Maryland Motor Vehicle
Administration has postponed a policy change that, starting Jan. 1, would
have required transgender residents to obtain a court order or amended birth
certificate to change the gender on their driver's license or identification
card. The delay drew praise Wednesday from gay rights advocates who
mobilized to protest altering the policy that's been in effect since 2000
and allows applicants to change their designation if they provide a
physician or psychologist's report confirming they are undergoing a sex
12-31-09: St. Louis Today: "TV talk shows for Jan. 1"
"11 a.m. Jerry Springer: A man learns
his girlfriend is a transsexual; a man unknowingly hooks up with a
transsexual; a man cheats on his wife with a transsexual."
[Springer never lets up on his
obsessive sexploitation of transwomen.]
12-30-09: Broadway.com: "Holly Woodlawn Musical to Premiere
"The Village Voice is reporting that
plans are in the works to bring a new
musical to an off-Broadway theatre . . . the writing team will include Penny
Rockwell and Lance Cruz, who will also star as Holly . . . Holly Woodlawn is
a transsexual and former Warhol superstar, who appeared in his movies Trash
(1970) and Women in Revolt (1972). Her life was summarized by Lou Reed in
his song "Walk on the Wild Side""
12-30-09: PrideSource.com (Michigan): "Between Ourselves"
"Jena Lewis is an activist, trans
educator and mother. The Grand Rapids-based woman also participates in the
Bells of River City dance team, paints and is active in the United Church of
12-29-09: AFP (re India): "India's transsexuals try Internet dating"
""We feel love and passion like anyone
else and we want to have a family and a husband, even though we can't bear
children. We'd like to adopt children," says
Kalki . . . she had about 200 responses from men in India, Europe, the
United States and Middle East, including doctors, engineers, journalists,
scientists, teachers and businessmen. She has high hopes of selecting
someone suitable for the women after a "very serious" screening process.
"Out of the six girls, if one person gets married I'll be totally happy,"
12-28-09: BoingBoing.net: "Welcome to the Boing Boing guestblog,
"I am very happy to introduce Boing
Boing's latest guest blogger, Andrea James. She explains.... I'm a writer,
activist and filmmaker. I wrote ads in Chicago for ten years, which led me
into consumer activism that focuses on quackery and fraud, especially in
medicine and academia.""
12-28-09: New York Times: "Helping Youths Who Struggle With Identity"
"Vidari DeGuzman was a New York City
teenager searching for acceptance when he first came to the
Hetrick-Martin Institute, a service organization for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender youths. Now 24 and with reassignment surgery behind
him, he is a youth worker at the institute, located in the East Village."
12-28-09: City Pages (Minneapolis/St. Paul): "Pawlenty angers
transgender group with Newsweek comments" (more,
"Pawlenty has seriously pissed off a
national transgender rights organization with his assertion that little kids
are going to be "confused" because of legislation he once signed."
12-28-09: Schorer (Netherlands): "“Moving from Intentions to Action”
Second International Expert Meeting on HIV Prevention for Men who have sex
with Men (MSM), Women who have sex with Women (WSW), and Transgenders (TG)
Amsterdam, 5-6 November 2009" (PDF
"Reclassification of transgenderism: Gender identity variance
(“transgenderism”) should be reclassified from its current classification as
a mental health disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the World Health Organisation’s
(WHO) International Classification Of Diseases (ICD). Instead it should be
classified as a medical condition. This would provide a diagnostic category
in the ICD that would accommodate the needs of those gender identity variant
people who require medical care for their condition, but without the stigma
attached to mental disorder." -
on page 19 of the report
12-28-09: Global Times (re China): "A natural woman" (more)
"A cross-dressed male college student
named Liu Renwei who longs to release his inner female spirit stands on the
pedestrian lane of Shengli Road in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province holding a sign
that reads: "I won't give up my dream of having a transsexual operation even
if I die, because I want to be a real woman.""
12-27-09: Atlanta Progressive News: "Legislative Editor Fired over Sex
Change, Seeks Reinstatement"
"A former legislative editor for the
Georgia House of Representatives is suing her former employers after she was
fired for announcing her intent to transition from a man to a woman."
12-27-09: SiluetaX.com (Ecuador): "El Grupo Femenino Silueta X, se une
para participar en esta casa abierta organizada por la Defensoria del
[SiluetaX in Ecuador provides
transgender information and support in a major new Spanish-language website
(you can use the 'translate' function in your Google toolbar to read the
12-27-09 CNNGo.com (Asia re Japan;
are okay so long as they're pretty' - A Japanese blogger explores changing
attitudes towards male cross-dressers"
"In response to an
article by Japan's Sankei News about increasing numbers of young men
choosing to dress as women in Japan,
posted a round-up of some of the country's top cross-dressing bloggers. The
general consensus? "It's okay so long as they're pretty." Truth be told,
Japan has always had a live-and-let-live attitude towards transvestitism.
Onna-gata, male actors in drag, are a beloved part of the Kabuki theater.
But the recent explosion in interest among young urban men is a different
12-26-09: The Jakarta Post (Indonesia): "Court approves sex change for
"The Batang District Court in Central
Java has approved a request filed by a man to change his sex. Agus Widodo,
30, now officially is Nadia Ilmira, tvOne reported. Agus underwent a sex
change operation in Dr Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, East Java, in 2005."
12-26-09: The Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "Indonesian Mullahs Says Sex
Change is Haram"
"Nadia, who went by the name Agus
before having gender reassignment surgery, filed a court petition and won
her fight for legal recognition as a woman. But now Nadia, and other women
like her, has another battle on her hands with the religious establishment.
The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) has publicly raised concerns over the
verdict . . . MUI chairman Amidhan said on Friday that gender
reassignment surgery was considered haram , or forbidden, by Islam."
12-26-09: Daily Contributor (Pakistan): "Pakistan Supreme Court
Recognizes Third Gender" (more,
"The Supreme Court of Pakistan has
ordered the national government to recognize the hijra community as a
distinct third gender. The hijra community consists of transgendered people,
transvestites and eunuchs. The court ruled that the federal government
starts allowing the people to register as “hijra” when applying for the
national identity card . . . An estimated 300,000 hijras live together in
slum areas as they are shunned by the large Muslim community. They commonly
live as beggars or work as dancers in weddings and carnivals while some
resort to prostitution."
12-25-09: Daily Times (Pakistan): "Medical examinations to sort out
"Authorities says hesitation to get
registered encouraging impostors to queue up for govt assistance"
12-25-09: The Arizona Republic: "Transgender activist leaves legacy -
Death of de LaFreniere quiets major voice in gay community, friends say"
"Considered one of Arizona's most vocal
transgender activists, de LaFreniere is famous for the national media storm
she ignited in Scottsdale when she filed a discrimination complaint against
the owner of a downtown nightclub, Anderson's Fifth Estate. "
12-24-09: Gay City News (re Honduras): "Honduran Regime Martyrs LGBT
Leader - Walter Trochez played pivotal role in bringing queer issues to fore
in Resistance", by Doug Ireland (see
also original alert of 12-14)
"Walter Trochez . . . knew he was
taking his life in his hands when he began a militant campaign to document
and publicize 16 murders of LGBT Hondurans since the illegal June 28 coup
d’etat that . . . unleashed a reign of terror on civilian opponents .
. . The assassination of Trochez “is really a warning for all those involved
in reclaiming the human rights that have been taken from us — and this does
not just pertain to Walter’s death, because . . . they have taken the lives
of 18 people in the LGBTI community in threatening and terrifying ways that
have included the dismemberment of our travesti sisters . . .referring to
the fact that, two days after the assassination of Trochez, the castrated
and decapitated body of a
in his early 20s was discovered in two plastic bags by a highway near San
Pedro Sula . . .
. . . This reporter would like to thank
Pine for multiple translation services in the preparation of this
article. Pine’s blog, which contains the full texts of a number of Walter
Trochez’s writings, articles and statements on his murder, and other updated
human rights news from Honduras in translation, is at
http://quotha.net/node/3. The Spanish-language web site of COPRADEH (the
Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights in Honduras) is
12-24-09: "Drag ornament sparks "controversy" on Obama's Tree"
"An ornament featuring well-known
Hedda Lettuce has the right-wing
outraged the night before Christmas."
12-24-09: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "East Point adds
protections for gay, transgender workers" (more)
"East Point has become just the second
city in Fulton County -- and one of a handful statewide -- to adopt
protections for its gay and transgender employees."
12-23-09: drmaxwellanderson.com/blog (by Stormie): "Maxwell Scott
Anderson: Medical Updates"
Update of 12-24: "He knows that he is
dying. He accepts it and he cares so deeply for all of us that he doesn’t
want us to hurt… true form for Maxwell… at the heart, a tender and caring
man above all else."
[This is such sad news: our friend
Anderson is suffering from a very serious brain tumor. Please leave a
message for him in the comments section of the medical updates.]
12-23-09: YouTube: "Words from Maxwell Anderson to his friends"
[A video from Max's bedside]
12-23-09: Daily Triplicate (Northern CA): "Ending an inner ‘war’:
Former DN music director discusses being transgender"
12-23-09: Transgender Asia (re UN): “Opposing grave human rights
violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”
Transcript of the memorable speech by
Sass Rogando-Sasot, Filipina transpinay (woman of transgender
experience), delivered at the United Nations Headquarters, New York,
Thursday, December 10th 2009.
12-23-09: YouTube (re UN; posted 12-12): "Fight against discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity"
An highly eloquent and moving
affirmation of the right to gender variance, and a denunciation of the
prejudice, discrimination, harassment and violence which gender variant
persons suffer worldwide. Delivered, at the United Nations in New York, by
Sass Rogando-Sasot. [A must-see video of Sass Rogando-Sasot's moving speech]
12-23-09: ATPN Press Release (Thailand): "World's First Asia Pacific
Transgender Network Launched to Champion Health and Rights of Transgender
Women in the Region−Diverse groups from warias, kathoeys and hijras to be
"Transgender women from 10 Asia Pacific
countries and areas are coming together to say “No!” to discrimination and
marginalisation by forming the world's first Asia Pacific Transgender
Network (APTN). After three days of intense meetings, it was decided that
the APTN, composed entirely of transgender women across the region, will
champion transgender women's health, legal and social rights." [See also
Prof. Sam Winters'
TS Asia website)
12-23-09: Open Press: "First Event 2010 to feature a TransMasculine
"Jamie Haley, chairperson of
First Event 2010, announced that FE 2010 will offer more programming for
the FTM community than ever before. Said Jamie, “With the TransMasculine
Track, we are increasing the choices in programming for FTM folks at the
conference . . . Initiated and coordinated by Anderson Clark, a FTM activist
seeking to increase resources for the transmasculine community, the FTM
track features a lineup of speakers and workshops. that will address many of
the challenges that transmen face."
12-23-09: Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Free Press staff leaves"
"The art director,
graphic designer and most of the writers at the Chicago
Free Press left the gay publication Monday after the
company stopped paying its employees, according to Matt
Simonette, who also left his position as editor. The
news follows financial struggles and decreased ad sales
for the paper, which is geared toward the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender communities."
12-22-09: Edge Boston (re Denver): "Transgender Activist Pleads Guilty
to Democrats’ Office Vandalism" (more)
"A transgender anarchist has pleaded
guilty to smashing windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters
office in Denver."
12-21-09: DNA (India): "Kareena is Transgender Miss India" (more)
"Mumbai: Transgenders from across the
country vied for a beauty crown during a contest in Chennai on Saturday.
Kareena Shaline of Mumbai was crowned as Transgender Miss India."
12-21-09: Bangkok Post (Thailand): "No skirts for sex-change
"The Council of University Presidents
of Thailand (CUPT) meeting on Monday has refused to allow male-to-female
transgender graduates to wear woman's clothing to receive their degrees.
CUPT chairman and Chulalongkorn University president Pirom Kamolratanakul
said all 23 university presidents agreed that graduates should dress in
normal uniforms and that there should be no change in the regulations."
12-20-09: New Straights Times (Malaysia): "Embrace diversity of
"The story of transsexual Fatine Young,
36, who married a British man and is about to be deported to Malaysia for
overstaying, is yet another plight of a transgender. But as the world
evolves and society advances, is it time we got off our high horses and
started acting more humane? Whether their courage and lifestyle is right or
wrong, admirable or sinful, do transgenders deserve less respect and dignity
than anyone else?"
12-19-09: AFP (re India): "India hosts its first ever transsexual
beauty pageant" (more,
"More than 100 hopefuls vied Saturday
for the title of India's most beautiful transsexual at the country's first
such pageant for members of the marginalised community, an organiser said.
The event in the southern city of Chennai was unique in a country where
transsexuals live on the fringes of society, drawing 120 contenders between
the ages of 20 and 35 from across India"
12-19-09: AsiaOne (re UK and Malaysia): "Fatine's story"
"Things appear to be looking up for
Fatine, the Malaysian transsexual who caused a furore back home over her
marriage to a Briton. The 36-year-old make-up artist has just received an
acknowledgement from the Home Office about her application for a Right to
Family Life under the Human Rights Act in Britain. Although it did not state
the processing time or the chances of approval, Fatine believed that she did
not fear deportation to Malaysia for the time being."
12-18-09: Wisconsin Law Journal: "Commentary: What About Roberta?"
"Whether transgender employees are
afforded protections under state and federal laws has not always been clear
and, in many jurisdictions, is still not clear to this day. According to the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, “transgender employees have historically
faced nearly unchecked amounts of discrimination [and harassment] in the
12-18-09: Bilerico.com (posted 12-15): Building The LGBT Alliance:
Transphobia in the LGBT Community Part III", by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss
"There is transphobia in the gay
community in the US, and it threatens our political solidarity for the
accomplishment of our political objectives, such as the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act and marriage equality . . . The truth is that we in
the LGBT community have been doing very little to build alliance with and
among each others' communities. Some people have pointed out that there is
no true "LGBT community." It is time to start building one, and not living
with the fantasy of one. "
12-18-09: Bilerico.com (posted 12-13): "Transphobia in the Gay Community,
Part II", by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss
"When Christine Jorgensen made
headlines in 1951, she was viewed as a homosexual by all, including her
doctors. She understood her identity very differently. Today, in our LGBT
world, the difference may seem abstract, particularly to younger people born
in a different social climate. I will try to recreate here from the dry
historical facts the climate of the times in which transphobia took root in
the gay community. Please read this not as a history of facts, but as a
history of emotions, and powerlessness, and how those led us directly to the
situation today. "
12-18-09: Bilerico.com (posted 12-11): "Transphobia in the Gay
Community (Part I)", by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss
"Recently, an icon of gay activist
history, Ronald Gold, posted a transphobic diatribe on The Bilerico Project
. . . The post hurt many of our readers across the spectrum of sexual
orientation and gender identity. It received literally hundreds of comments
describing the pain they felt. Like many readers, I was very disturbed by
the post. I woke up in the middle of the night struggling for a response."
12-18-09: PamsHouseBlend.com (posted 12-13): "Does anti-trans bigotry
in some men stem from penile amputation anxiety?", by Lurleen
"Seriously . . . the fact is that Gold
was so preoccupied with severing a penis is indicative of the unattended-to
misogyny in that slice (no pun intended) of gay men who don't understand or
socialize enough with lesbians or trans folk to work through it. "
12-18-09: Bilerico.com (posted 12-10): ""No" to the notion of
transgender", by: Ronald Gold
"Let me state it categorically. There
is no such thing as a male or female personality. Personality is not a
function of gender. So where does that put the concept of transgender? In my
view, down the tubes! . . . I would, however, get after the doctors - the
psychiatrists who use a phony medical model to invent a disease that doesn't
exist, and the surgeons who use such spurious diagnoses to mutilate the
bodies of the deluded."
Gold is an older-generation gay man who played a role in the removal of
homosexuality from the DSM. His thinking is a good example of the
reactions of such men to "sex changes" back in the early days of transsexual
12-17-09: Houston Press: "Transvestites Are Robbing Banks In Wharton.
"We're guessing -- and we freely admit
we could be wrong -- that the population of black transvestites in the
sleepy rural town of Wharton does not threaten to reach double digits. But
one of them -- or maybe just a crossdresser with wanderlust -- robbed the
Texas Gulf Credit Union yesterday."
12-17-09: The Oakland Tribune: "My Word: Treating transgender children
as mentally ill creates the problem"
"As parents of a beautiful, happy and
healthy transgender child attending school in Alameda, our hearts are broken
by the thousands of gender-nonconforming children who face violence, verbal
and sexual harassment, increased dropout rates and institutional bias — and
who take their own lives at three times the rate of their peers — largely
because they have been diagnosed as mentally ill and treated accordingly . .
. If they face psychological problems, it's because they experience an
inner sense of not belonging along with external discrimination and denial
of basic human rights."
12-17-09: CNN World (re Gaza): "Rare gender identity defect hits Gaza
"At birth, doctors identified Nadir and
Ahmed as girls, because they appeared to have female genitalia. As a result,
they spent the first 16 years of their lives dressing and acting like girls.
It was a role that grew increasingly difficult to play, as they hit puberty
and their bodies began generating testosterone, resulting in facial hair and
increasingly masculine features . . . Dr. Jehad Abudaia . . . has diagnosed
nearly 80 cases like Nadir's and Ahmed's in the last seven years. "It is
astonishing that we have [so] many cases with this defect, which is very
rare all over the world," Abudaia says. He attributes the high frequency of
this birth defect to "consanguinity," or in-breeding."
12-17-09: Express Buzz (India): "Health hubs for trangenders"
hubs named Arokiya Vazhvu Maiyam exclusively for trangenders will be set up
in government hospitals in 12 districts."
12-16-09: New Scientist Magazine (UK): "New Scientist Calls For End Of
The DSM" (more)
12-16-09: Frontline - India's National Magazine (India): "Seeking
identity - Interview with Priya Babu, transgender activist."
"Priya Babu has been working for the
welfare of transsexuals as the leader of the
. . . She hit the headlines five years ago when she filed a writ petition in
the Madras High Court demanding voting rights for members of her community."
12-16-09: Barcelona Reporter (Spain): "National Police break organized
group forced foreign transsexuals into prostitution in Barcelona"
"The twelve detainees brought up to 50
men from South American countries, notably Brazil, to Spain where they were
sexually exploited to recover travel costs"
12-16-09: Queensland Pride (Australia): "Radio row goes superNova"
"The row over on-air jokes about
transsexuals on Brisbane’s Nova 106.9 FM has ramped up considerably, with
the Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland lodging a
complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland."
12-15-09: TLDEF Press Release: "Transgender Legal Defense & Education
Fund Hails Governor Paterson's Signing Tomorrow of Executive Order Barring
Discrimination Against Transgender State Employees" (more)
"New York will become the ninth state
to protect public employees from discrimination based on gender identity or
expression, after Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan,
Ohio and Pennsylvania."
12-15-09: Weekend Post (South Africa): "Transvestite raped in court
"A transvestite was gang- raped in a
Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court holding cell minutes before his court
appearance yesterday. Court staff said the 29- year-old man, due to appear
on a theft charge, was severely traumatised and was taken to Dora Nginza
12-14-09: Wired.com: "Move to National ID Cards Delayed"
"None of the states are in full
compliance with the law, first adopted in 2005, requiring state motor
vehicle bureaus to obtain and internally scan and store personal information
like Social Security cards and birth certificates for a national database .
. . About half the states oppose the mandate, or have said they would never
12-14-09: Beyond Chron: "Shrinks at War
"The effort to update the book,
designated DSM-V, is being described as a “civil war.” It is contentious, to
say the least. And well it should be. A lot is at stake."
12-13-09: MalaysiaKini (Malaysia; posted 12-09): "There is a place for
transsexuals in Islam"
" . . .
the best way for Fatine and other
trans-women to try and sway Malay 'public-opinion' which has traditionally
frowned upon her gender issue is by using religious arguments . . . it
is about time people knew that there is room for Fatine and other transwomen
and transmen in Islam. It is time for intelligent journalists to go read
Fatwa for Freedom."
12-13-09: Out in Baltimore (posted 12-11): "MVA Threatens to Change
Policy on Gender Markers"
"The Maryland Vehicle Administration
(MVA) is currently considering an update to their policy regarding changing
the gender marker on a driver's license effective January 1, 2010. Current
Policy: To change the gender marker, an applicant must provide a physician
or psychologist's report to confirm that the applicant is in active
treatment . . . New Policy: The new policy would require an amended birth
12-13-09: Bangkok Post (Thailand): "Katoeys told put on pants"
"A meeting of Rajabhat Institutes has
rejected a request by cross-dressing katoey students to wear female outfits
at their commencement ceremony."
12-12-09: AlterNet: "The Religious Right's Potty Paranoia"
"The next big culture war battle is
about to be waged in an unlikely place: the restroom. After many years,
Congress may finally have the votes to pass the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The measure . . . would ban
workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgendered people.
But Christian right groups are fighting the legislation -- on the grounds
that it would force businesses to allow transgendered and "transitioning"
men and women to use opposite-sex restrooms or face lawsuits . . . "
12-12-09: The Local (Sweden): "Gender-reassigned face health hurdles:
"This year 60 people have applied to
change their sex in Sweden . . . “For most transsexual people, their life
improves, but it’s not easy immediately after the operation,” Cecilia
Dhejne, a scientist and doctor at Karolinska University Hospital . . ."
12-12-09: Tampa Bay Online: "Woman proves not all angels wear halos"
"Jean Batronie started out privately
helping the homeless. Now she operates St. Jude Helping Hand Foundation. . .
. If that's all there was to this story, we could just smile and think
pleasant thoughts about Jean's selfless deeds. But there's more to the
63-year-old, and some of it is bound to leave some people uncomfortable . .
. Jean Batronie used to be Gene Batronie."
12-12-09: Earth Times (re Brunei): "Arrest of transvestites spurs
debate in Brunei"
"The arrest of seven cross-dressers by
Brunei police this week has sparked debate over the rights of the individual
vs religious mores in the Islamic sultanate, observers said Saturday . . .
The arrests outraged transgenders in the country, who objected to "unfair
marginalisation by the authorities.""
12-11-09: America's Most Wanted: "Strange Twist In Hollywood Murder"
"For many, California dreaming begins
-- and often ends -- in Los Angeles. It's sandy shores and bright lights
were a place where 24-year-old Paulina Ibarra felt she was free to be
herself and start life fresh when she moved there a few years ago. On August
28, 2009, Paulina’s happiness ended in a scene right out of a horror movie."
12-11-09: Times Online (UK): "Schools told to act on ‘transgender
"Children who engage in “transphobic”
bullying in the playground or classroom could be guilty of a hate crime and
investigated by police under new government guidance. Pupils could be
expelled and their parents forced to attend counselling if they refuse to
accept that such behaviour is wrong."
12-11-09: New Scientist: "Psychiatry's civil war "
". . . the DSM is in the midst of a
major rewrite, and feelings are running high. Two eminent retired
psychiatrists are warning that the revision process is fatally flawed. . . .
Some of the harshest criticisms have come from those who led previous
revisions of the DSM, in 1980 and 1994. In
July, Robert Spitzer and Allen Frances, both now retired, wrote a stinging
letter to the APA, accusing it of planning unworkable changes and making
grandiose claims. In a separate
editorial in the magazine Psychiatric Times,
Frances complained that most of the authors are university-based researchers
who are cut off from typical doctors and patients."
12-11-09: New Scientist (Editorial): "Time's up for psychiatry's
"The American Psychiatric Association
(APA) is in the midst of rewriting the mammoth tome called the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
. . . and fights are breaking out all over . . . It doesn't have to be this
way. With the advent of the internet, there is no longer any compelling need
to rewrite the diagnostic criteria for the whole of psychiatry in one go.
Yes, diagnoses should be revised as new scientific findings come in. But for
this, specialists can be assembled when necessary to address specific areas
that have become outmoded."
12-11-09: APA News Release (posted 12-10): "DSM-5 Publication Date
Moved to May 2013"
"The American Psychiatric Association
revised the timeline for publishing the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, moving the anticipated release date
to May 2013. “Extending the timeline will allow more time for public review,
field trials and revisions,” said APA President Alan Schatzberg, M.D. “The
APA is committed to developing a manual that is based on the best science
available and useful to clinicians and researchers.” The extension will also
permit the DSM-5 to better link with the U.S. implementation of the
ICD-10-CM codes for all Medicare/Medicaid claims reporting, scheduled for
October 1, 2013."
[The APA goes on the defensive, as
pressure mounts against many upcoming DSM revisions.]
12-11-09: Human Rights Watch (re UN): "UN: Landmark Meeting Denounces
Rights Abuses Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity"
"A United Nations General Assembly
panel that met this week broke new ground and helped build new momentum for
ending human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender
identity, a coalition of sponsoring nongovernmental organizations said
12-11-09: Espicopal Life (re Uganda): "Proposed law potential
'genocide' for LGBT Ugandans"
"As the Ugandan Parliament considers
anti-homosexuality legislation that could require the execution of some gay
and lesbian people, I can't help but wonder what it will take for the cries
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks in Uganda to be heard. Who
will act to stop it? What will the role of the church be?"
12-11-09: The Telegraph (UK): "Battle of the sexes - one gene keeps us
either male or female, scientists find
Women and men are constantly battling to suppress their masculine and
feminine sides - at least biologically, claim scientists." (more,
"Researchers have found that the body
is in a constant fight to remain either female or male and the suppression
of just one gene could cause it to "flip" from one to the other. The
remarkable findings refute the generally held view that sex is determined at
birth and is irreversible in later life."
12-11-09: "Scientists find single ‘on-off’ gene that can change gender
"When this gene was artificially
“switched off” in adult female mice their ovaries began to turn into testes
and they started to produce a level of testosterone found in healthy male
mice . . . The research,
published today in the journal Cell, challenges a common perception that
gender is determined purely by the X-chromosomes and Y-chromosomes. The gene
that was switched off, known as FOXL2, lies on a non-sex chromosome that is
shared by males and females."
12-10-09: The Arizona Republic: "Miss Indian Transgender competition"
"Mesa resident Ricki Quintero gazes
proudly at two Native American dresses in her apartment . . . These dresses
are meaningful to the 30-year-old member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Not only did she make them, but she wore them when she won the 2007 Miss
Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant, a title she has held for two years . . .
The event started in 2005, and each winner reigns for two years. A
transgender person is one who identifies and lives as a member of the
12-10-09: Metro Weekly (DC): "Punch-Line Politics - Riki Wilchins's
''one trans show'' takes her from serious to stand-up, but her mission stays
12-09-09: Examiner.com: "Jenny Jones chooses Houston TG Center for
'Jenny's Heroes' grant"
"Talk show host
surprised Cristan Williams, director of Houston’s
Transgender Foundation of America (TFA), on December 7 with a phone call
informing Williams that she had been chosen as a “Hometown Hero.” Williams
applied to receive a “Jenny’s
Heroes” grant of $5,000 to purchase trans-related books for the
TG Center library and was chosen from thousands of applicants to receive
12-09-09: Southport Visitor (UK): "Transgender work scheme in Sefton
gains national praise"
"The Transgender Volunteer Programme is
thought to be the first of its kind in the country. It supports Sefton’s
transgender (trans) residents to gain workplace experience within the local
health service whilst, at the same time, improving their physical and mental
health and wellbeing."
12-09-09: Edinburgh News (UK): "Interview: Transgender playwright Jo
12-08-09: The BWOG (Columbia Univ.): "In Transition"
been a lot of
ink spent in the
press on the recent gender-neutral housing proposal, but most of it has
ignored one targeted community: trans students. But gender-neutral housing
is just one of several issues facing the trans community at Columbia."
12-07-09: The Sentinal Online (North Idaho College): "Gender neutral -
Transgender student shares path, self discovery"
"Stern moved here last December,
leaving parents there and a stepsister in Illinois. Not having family here
Stern has found support in other ways, including the GSA and religion."
12-07-09: Miami Herald: "‘We do not hire faggots’: McDonald’s in
Orlando accused of not hiring transgender 17-year-old", by Steve Rothaus
Legal Defense & Education Fund today filed a Complaint with the Florida
Commission on Human Relations against an Orlando McDonald's restaurant for
refusing to hire 17-year-old Zikerria Bellamy because she is transgender . .
. On July 28, after managers at McDonald’s learned that Zikerria is
transgender, she received a
from one of the managers telling her, "You will not get hired. We do
not hire faggots.""
12-07-09: TS Roadmap: "New book: ‘Facial Feminization for the
Transgendered Woman’ by Douglas Ousterhout"
" I just got my preview copy of
Facial Feminization Surgery: A Guide for the Transgendered Woman
by FFS pioneer Douglas Outserhout. It’s an excellent 185-page overview of
available procedures, with many illustrations and images. I highly recommend
it for anyone considering these procedures, as it is the definitive consumer
guide . . .It is scheduled to be available in December 2009 and is already
available for pre-order." - Andrea James
12-07-09: CNY Link (Syracuse, NY): "Remembering LaTeisha Green"
"On Thursday, Nov. 12, people from
across Syracuse filled the Syracuse University Warehouse auditorium to
commemorate LaTeisha Green’s life on the first anniversary of her death."
12-07-09: BRU Direct (Brunei): "Transgender Irked Over Tests"
in Brunei are crying foul as reports of law enforcement agencies conducting
HIV/AIDS tests targeting the transgenders have begun to circulate . . .
12-07-09: Thenutgraph.com (re Malaysia): "Why Fatine can’t come home"
"The Malaysian authorities are being
discriminatory and ignorant in their treatment of transsexual woman Fatine,
who is facing visa problems in the United Kingdom. Instead of assisting
Fatine in negotiating with the UK authorities, the Immigration
director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman has instead threatened her with
stern action for overstaying in the UK."
12-06-09: The Star (Malaysia): "Live and let live"
. . . transsexuals in Malaysia have normalised a lifetime of abuse. It has
become a part of their daily living to be taunted in the streets, groped,
harassed by enforcement officers, physically assaulted, and discriminated
and laughed at in school, at work, in clinics and hospitals and by
landlords. It is no fun to show your identity card or driving licence with
the face of a man, sexually identified as a man, the name of a man and you
look and dress as a woman. The sniggering and abuse begin immediately."
12-04-09: Xtra.ca (Canada): "Celebrated genital surgery doc retires -
Montreal's Yvon Ménard passes reins to his protégé"
"At the end of November, one of the
world's most celebrated gender reassignment surgeons retired after more than
30 years of performing genital reconstruction and other transition-oriented
surgeries. His work has profoundly changed the lives of thousands of trans
men and women all over the world. "We take care of them as if they were our
children, our brothers and our sisters," Dr Yvon Ménard once said of his
team at Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) Montreal."
12-04-09: Namibia Economist (Namibia): "Raising awareness on human
Namibia has been raising awareness on equal human rights of LGBTI people
throughout regular features in the bi-monthly Sister Namibia magazine,
weekly radio show Women’s Voices on Base Fm and recently also in their youth
magazine REAL! . . . "Families and communities put pressure on LGTBTI people
to conform to heterosexual norms by getting married to a straight partner or
at least producing children to prove they are ‘normal’ is still very strong,
and those who resist are still at great risk of all sorts of violations of
their dignity and rights."
12-04-09: Malaysia Kini (Malaysia): "Transsexual a 'great shame'? What
about our hypocrisy?"
"What is truly shameful about
Fatine's situation is what it reveals about our prejudices.
Discrimination against transsexuals in this country runs the gamut from
violence to official restriction on changing their gender identity or photos
in their documents. This discrimination is further perpetrated by how they
are portrayed in the media. We are deeply disappointed in some members of
the press and in the authorities for referring to Fatine as a 'he'. Fatine
clearly identifies as a woman."
12-04-09: The Star (Malaysia): "Transsexuals: The paperwork is just
"For some transsexuals, it is easier to
have their sex reassigned but it is almost impossible to change their gender
and photograph from male to female in their identification papers.
Expressing support and empathy for transsexual Mohammed Fazdil Min Bahari,
popularly known as Fatine who is embroiled in a controversial wedding to a
Briton, they have spoken up on the plight of those like her."
12-04-09: Manchester Evening News (UK): "Sex change trucker: At last I
"Nikki Jane Weston, formerly known as
Nigel, hopes to soon complete a sex change that will forever alter her and
her family’s life."
12-03-09: Herald-Sun (Australia re Japan): "Transsexual queen calls
"Japanese TV personality
Ai Haruna said she wants her country to be more tolerant toward people
of diverse sexual orientations, a month after she was crowned the world's
most beautiful transsexual."
12-03-09: The Jewish Daily: "From Jewish Exiles to Sexual Exiles"
"Longtime refugee advocate, Neil
Grungras, founded the
Organization for Refuge, Asylum, & Migration last January and it is on
the verge of launching a historic global survey about prevailing attitudes
toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender migrants. Starting in January
2010, ORAM will query more than 100 NGOs worldwide about their protocols for
helping gay and transgender individuals — “the most persecuted group on the
planet,” according to Grungras . . . The son of a Polish-born mother who
survived Auschwitz, and a German-born father who survived Polish work camps,
he sees “striking parallels” between the persecution of Jews in the
Holocaust and the persecution of gay and transgender people in many
countries . . . “I’m trying to help them find a place where they can
be safe. Jews immediately get it. Few groups are so hated just for being
12-02-09: AFP (re Vatican City): "Gays 'will never go to heaven':
"VATICAN CITY — Homosexuals and
transsexuals "will never enter the kingdom of heaven", a leading Roman
Catholic cardinal said on Wednesday . . . and it is not me who says this,
but Saint Paul," the cardinal said, in comments reported by the Ansa news
agency. . . It may not be their fault, but acting against nature and the
dignity of the human body is an insult to God," he said."
[The Roman Catholic Church further
escalates its demonization of LGBT people.]
12-02-09: Mediaite: "Mourning for Christine Daniels"
complicated story of the death of Los Angeles
Times sports writer Mike
Penner–who famously transitioned to
in 2007 and then apparently detransitioned back to Penner in 2008–raises
complicated questions as the media is grappling with telling the story
of one of its own, but also the complexity of talking about transgender
12-02-09: Toronto Sun (Canada): "Chilling portrait of transgendered
"It's taken nearly three decades, but
thanks to technological advances investigators are finally able to put a
face to the skeletal remains of an apparently slain transgendered man who
was found in a rural part of town. "
12-02-09: Chicago Now (posted 11-17): "For transgender people,
acceptance is hard to find-even in LGBT community"
"A transsexual woman with a shy smile,
King, 21, moved to Lakeview earlier this year in hopes that gay-friendly
Boystown would offer a haven safe from the harassment and abuse she suffered
South Side neighborhood. But Boystown wasn't always safe, and it wasn't
always friendly. "
12-01-09: The Star (Malaysia): "M’sian transexual in Britain may face
action if deported"
"The Malaysian transsexual, who married
a 30-year-old man in Britain, may face action by the Immigrations Department
when he returns to Malaysia if he has violated laws here, said department
director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman. Abdul Rahman said the department
could not take action as long as Mohammed Fazdil Min Bahari was in Britain
but would investigate him if he was deported back to Malaysia by British
12-01-09: Manila Standard Today (Philippines): "Amazing and fabulous"
Ride a jeepney and see what happens
when a transgender comes aboard: the other people will snicker, whisper to
each other or throw dirty looks at that person. In worse cases, these people
will call out “bakla!” The mainstream belief is that being a transgender is
wrong and is a sin. But a more radical school of thought says that the
standard treatment for diagnosis of being a transgender is to reassign the
individual to a physical sex congruent with his or her gender identity, a
process involving the administration of appropriate hormones and surgery."
12-01-09: Plain Dealer: "Cleveland City Council approves
anti-discrimination protection for transgender citizens"
anti-discrimination laws will grow to protect transgender citizens under an
ordinance passed Monday by City Council . . . Activists in the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender community had lobbied for more than a year to
include gender identity and expression."
12-01-09: Middle-East Online: "Lebanon's other women 'out' in force"
"Group of lesbian, bisexual,
transgender women have braved law, social taboo in Lebanon with little
pink-and-white book. They remain anonymous, but their voices are out in
force and bold print: a group of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women
have braved law and social taboo in Lebanon with a little pink-and-white
book. . . . The book, the first such initiative in the largely conservative
Arab world, is published by
support group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning women in
11-30-09: Pink News (UK): "Trans recognition laws to come before Irish
"Cat McIlroy of
Network Ireland (Teni), told the Irish Examiner: "Having your identity
validated and respected by the government and the rest of your peers is
important for everyone. Trans people can have their passport amended or have
their name change, but not their birth certificate and that is crucial to
the identity of many people."
11-30-09: Washington City Paper: "Should We Remember Mike Penner or
"On Saturday, Nov. 28, Los Angeles
Times sportswriter Mike Penner was found dead in his Los Angeles home, the
victim of an apparent suicide . . . the writer’s public profile skyrocketed
in April of 2007, when he came out as transgender . . . and changed his
byline to Christine Daniels. The world lost Christine Daniels before it lost
Penner: In 2008, Daniels quietly detransitioned back to Mike. Penner’s
impermanent gender transition left obituary writers with an identity
problem. Whose obituary to write: Mike Penner’s or Christine Daniels’?"
11-29-09: The Huffington Post: "Mike Penner Dead: "LA Times"
Sportswriter, AKA Christine Daniels, Committed Suicide At 52, Colleagues
Angeles Times sports writer Mike Penner, who
announced two years ago he was a transsexual
and was changing his name to Christine
Daniels, has died at age 52, the newspaper
reported Saturday . . . The Times said in a
story Saturday Penner was believed to have
committed suicide. Penner had returned to
using the name Mike Penner last year and was
a Times columnist at the time of his death.
11-29-09: Right Side News: "ENDA Threatens the Practice of Religion
and Our Nation's Children "
"If ENDA passes, transsexuals, drag
queens, cross-dressers and she-males will be federally-protected minority
groups and can freely exploit our nation's public school kids. ENDA is
proposing newly invented rights for individuals who engage in a
bizarre sex acts..
ENDA pits constitutional rights of religious freedom and free speech against
individuals who cross-dress or engage in dangerous sexual activities."
[Example of scare-tactics used by the
religious right against passage of ENDA, including exploitation of the
DSM to demonize transpeople.]
11-29-09: Daily News and Analysis (re UK): "Daughter finds long lost
dad, living as a woman"
"London: A daughter was left with eyes
wide open after reuniting with her long lost father who was living as a
transvestite and called himself Chloe."
11-29-09: The Salt Lake Tribune: "Transgender officer living his dream
-- as a cop and a man"
"As a child, Kerry Bell dreamed of
growing up to become a policeman -- both a police officer and a man.
Becoming a cop was relatively simple -- Bell joined the Bountiful Police
Department 14 years ago. Becoming a man took more time. Born female, Bell
came out as transgender about a year and a half ago and started a transition
to a new life as a man. He always had felt male, but did not think switching
genders was a viable option until he saw transgender people gaining wider
acceptance, along with advances in medical technology."
11-28-09: The Star (UK): "Transvestite students allowed to cross line"
"Cross-dressing students at The
University of Sheffield are to be allowed to join the women's committee -
after the union passed a motion to treat 'self-defining women' as females.
The decision means membership of the women's committee will be open to all
students who consider themselves to be female - even if they are
11-27-09: YourNabe.com (New York City): "Woodside men indicted in
transgender attack: DA"
"Gilberto Ortiz, 32, and Trinidad
Tapia, 19, were arraigned Friday on seven counts, including assault as a
hate crime, attempted assault, weapon possession and harassment. If
convicted, each faces up to 15 years in prison . . . At 4:20 a.m. June 19,
Leslie Mora, 31, a transgender woman, was walking near 72-11 Roosevelt Ave.
when Tapia and Ortiz, who perceived Mora to be gay, allegedly hit her on the
head with a metal belt buckle, the DA said."
[New York does not yet protect
transender people from hate crimes. In this case the perpetrators perceived
Moya to be gay and she came under state protections for sexual orientation.]
11-27-09: The Independent (Ireland): "Collusion of Church and State
led to huge loss of faith"
"A systemic, calculated perversion of
power and trust inflicted on helpless and innocent children. This is how the
Government has described the shocking report of the Commission of
Investigation. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has vowed that the offending
clerics will continue to be pursued. He has warned them "there is no hiding
place" and that "justice -- even where it may have been delayed -- will not
be denied." These stirring words contrast with the long period of cosy
Church-State collusion -- and an era of 'kid glove' treatment of the
Catholic Church by gardai."
[See more below]
11-27-09: Irish Times (Ireland): "30 years of church and State
cover-up of child sex abuse" (more,
"The abuse of children in Dublin was a
scandal. The failure of the archdiocesan authorities to penalise the
perpetrators is also a scandal,” it notes. The report says it is abundantly
clear that child sexual abuse by clerics was widespread throughout the
30-year period it examined. It says there was no doubt the reason for
covering up information was to ensure as few people as possible knew of
priests’ problems. "
[Next to the
community and its DSM, the Roman Catholic Church is the most powerful
worldwide force behind the
demonization, ostracism and mistreatment of transgender people - and yet
this same RCC has long tolerated and actively covered up the worldwide
predations on young children by huge numbers of their priests. What is wrong
with this picture? How on earth can the RCC maintain any semblance of
"authority" in matters of gender and identity?
In the meantime
Paul McHugh, the Vatican's scientific authority on sexual matters and
himself an obsessive defamer of transpeople, has been defending such priests
by saying that their accusors suffer from 'False
11-27-09: The Korea Times (South Korea): "Transsexual Model Fights
Han-bit, a 22-year-old male-turned-female fashion model, has recently added
her energy to what critics call a "fruitless" campaign with the hope that
her efforts will help advance the equal treatment of people regardless of
their sexual identity . . . Asked the way to cope, she simply answered:
"Self-confidence. During this period, I have found many sexual minorities
who distanced themselves from society to avoid public exposure," Choi said.
"I would like to advise them that not to hide and come out. With a fear of
public attention, it's all but impossible to change people's attitude toward
11-27-09: The Sun (UK): "I fell for the woman of my dreams... and she
turned out to be a he"
"Ian, 30, who owns his own property
maintenance company, says: "I know it is hard for people to understand but I
love Fatine. I feel lucky to have met such a caring, wonderful person. "It
doesn't matter to me that she is a transsexual - it's the person she is
inside that I care about and love."I can't contemplate the idea of us not
being together. I look at her and see a beautiful woman.""
11-27-09: Reuters AlertNet (re Colombia): ""They love us at night,
they hate us the rest of the time": the story of Colombian transgender
"Her name is Pamela. She is one of the
dozens of transgenders selling their bodies in what the locals call "Calle
del Pecado" (The street of the sin") near the historical centre of Cali,
Colombia's third largest city . . . Even if she officially became "Pamela"
only a few years ago, since the age of 6, the boy that she was at that time
immediately felt that he was different from the other boys and wanted to be
considered as a "she"."
11-26-09: Ham&High (UK): "Tragic story of murdered transsexual, whose
uncle was one of the Guildford Four"
"Destiny Lauren, 29, born Justin
Samuels, was found dead at around 1am on Thursday November 5, in her flat on
Leighton Crescent. It was almost four years to the day since her mother
Elizabeth Hill took her own life outside the same flat. During her life
Belfast born Elizabeth Hill had to cope seeing her brother Paul, one of the
Guildford Four, suffer a gross miscarriage of justice when he was wrongly
convicted in 1975 of two pub bombings. She was questioned herself and then
had endure the strain of relentlessly campaigning for the innocent man's
release over the next 15 years."
11-26-09: The Harvard Crimson (posted 11-24): "Doctor Promotes
Medical View of Transgenderism - Clinic founder decries labeling
transgenderism as a psychological issue"
"Norman P. Spack, a pediatric
endocrinologist who works with transgendered youth, promoted the treatment
of transgenderism as a medical condition, as opposed to a psychiatric
disorder, during a talk hosted by the Harvard Transgender Task Force
yesterday evening. During the event, which was held to kick off Transgender
Awareness Week, Spack said that looking at transgenderism from a medical
perspective will change the public perception that it is a psychological
problem . . . Spack said that he and other members of the medical community
recognize transgenderism as a medical condition and are pushing to have it
viewed the same way by psychiatrists, insurance companies, and the general
public. “These people aren’t crazy,” Spack said. “It’s a medical
11-26-09: IGLHRC (re Turkey; posted 11-19): "Turkey: Change Law of
Misdemeanors to End Abuse of Trans People"
"In recent months, the harassment of
transgender and transsexual persons in Turkey has intensified as police
abuse the country's Law of Misdemeanors to legitimize daily fines,
extortion, eviction, detention, and police brutality . . . Join the Pink
Life LGBTT Solidarity Association in Ankara and the International Gay and
Lesbian Commission (IGLHRC) in requesting that the Law of Misdemeanors in
Turkey be rewritten to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual
persons to move, associate, and express themselves freely."
11-26-09: Indian Express (India): "Match made in heaven"
"A site tries making the impossible
look within reach — it facilitates tansgender marraiges . . . the website
has been flooded with queries from all across the country—men who want to
marry the featured women in the website, and transsexuals who want to put up
profile in the website."
11-26-09: Latin American Herald Tribune (re Argentina): "Transsexual
Is Argentina’s “Woman of the Year”
"A transsexual who recently prevailed
in a 10-year-long court battle to receive a new identity document
recognizing her as a woman has been honored by lawmakers as Argentina’s
“Woman of the Year.” “I am what I am. The right of one person is the right
Marcela Romero said during Tuesday night’s event in the Argentine
11-25-09: AFP (re Thailand): "Thailand tightens sex change laws"
"Growing up in Thailand, a country with
one of the largest transgender populations in the world and surgeons who
have pioneered ever cheaper and quicker sex change techniques, Punlop's
ambition was always within reach. For as little as 2,000 dollars, he became
a woman. But the government is making it tougher for patients like Punlop to
undergo the procedure, forcing them to prove they are psychologically fit to
change sex. From Wednesday, anyone wanting to swap gender in Thailand must
live as a woman for at least a year, take a course of female hormones, and
obtain the approval of two psychiatrists."
11-25-09: Xtra.ca (Canada): "A steamy night with trans pornstar Buck
Angel - Exposure festival shakes up conservative Edmonton"
"So imagine Buck Angel, unstoppable
trans pornstar, stopping in Edmonton with his brand of unapologetic queer
sexuality. Imagine the Exposure Fest organizers having the balls to invite
him. And imagine the thrill of local queers who rarely get kink of that
stature in their midst."
11-24-09: Telegraph (UK): "April Ashley: 50 happy years for
sex-swap pioneer - Britain's first transsexual is, in a new exhibition,
again challenging ideas about gender, identity and DNA."
"'It always makes me laugh when people
say I was born a man," says April Ashley, who in 1960 became the first
Briton to undergo sex-change surgery. "I was born a baby, not a man. From
the year dot, I knew I was female, so as soon as I could kneel down to say
my prayers, it would be 'God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, and please let me
wake up and be a girl.' ""
11-24-09: Reuters Blogs (UK): "The wrong pronoun?"
"A Brazilian transsexual … found burned
to death in his home Friday.” His? Shame on you. This is transgender week of
remembrance. I’m astonished that Reuters of all organizations could do
11-24-09: Edge: "Intersex Las Vegas resident Tia Owen makes her mark
if Tia Owen is gay and you are likely to get quip and simple answer. "My
answer is no, but I’m mildly elated," Owen, 61, said. "I don’t consider
myself gay or lesbian. To be a lesbian you need to be a woman; to be gay you
need to be a man. " Owen isn’t just being facetious. Owen, who now is the
chief operating officer for a publicly-owned nutritional company in Las
Vegas, was born with both female and male reproductive organs."
11-23-09: WeHo News: "First In Nation Transgender Memorial Plaque
Unveiled In WeHo"
"West Hollywood, California (November
23, 2009) - West Hollywood unveiled the first Transgender Memorial Plaque in
America last week during a commemoration of The Transgender Day of
Remembrance at the Matthew Shephard Memorial Triangle in the Creative City."
11-23-09: Daily Mail (UK): "'Give my 14-year-old son sex change
treatment on the NHS', demands mother" (more,
"The mother of a 14-year-old boy who is
desperate to undergo sex change treatment has hit out at the NHS for
refusing to give him hormone blockers. She wants her son to receive the
medication now to stop his adolescence from progressing. By the time the
youngster, who wears make-up and dresses like a girl, turns 18 it will be
too late for him to look like a woman, the mother believes."
11-23-09: Transgender Asia: "Una Llamada a Favor de la Remoción de Identidad
de Género de los Manuales Diagnósticos Psiquiátricos", Escrito por Sam
Winter en el Día de Conmemoración Transgénero"
"El tiempo va transcurriéndose en el
debate sobre psicopatalogización. La OMS (Organización Mundial de Salud) y
la ANP (Asociación Norteamericana de Psiquiatría) van actualizando,
respectivamente, la CIE (Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades) y el
MDE (Manual Diagnóstico y Estadístico de Trastornos Mentales), la campaña
cada vez más internacional STP-2012 (Termine Patalogización Transgénera) se
refuerza, cada vaz más artículos científicos esclarecen los vínculos que
conducen de psicopatalogización para enfermedad y muerte"
[Spanish translation by Sonia John of
the recent alert by
Winter of the Univ. of Hong Kong]
11-23-09: India Today (India): "Transsexuals win identity battle"
"First it was the Election Commission
and now the universities across the country have suddenly woken up to the
fact that India's population includes a few million transsexuals that do not
want to be categorised as either male of female. In a historic move
universities like the Shivaji University in Kholapur have taken a lead in
asking colleges to admit transsexuals and stop the discrimination against a
section of the population. The battle has gone on for over half a century
and 62 years after Independence."
11-23-09: Global Times (China): "Sex change rules mended"
"The rules about who can and cannot get
permission for a sex change operation has been changed. Only those 20 or
above with documented psychological reasons will be allowed to become a
transsexual. And only surgeons with at least 10 years of related experience
in hospitals approved by health authorities may carry out such procedures,
according to the new regulations unveiled by the Ministry of Health . . .
"Some institutions performed surgeries without the correct process," Chen
said, adding 60 percent of his patients sought corrective surgery after
11-23-09: AfterEllen.com: "Should I not let on I can tell he's
transsexual?? Advice please!"
"So I'm a clueless cisgender person and
yesterday I was at this meeting at an LGBT center and this guy walked in
late and I could tell he was transsexual, post-op most likely. I found
myself really wanting to keep looking at him, because I really haven't been
around or even met a lot of transsexuals(that I know of obviously), and I'm
not used to seeing a sort-of feminine face with a beard and a male body . .
. Anyway I wondered if he realized I was staring and if he would call me out
on it and hate me or something."
11-23-09: Washington Post: "New U.S. civil rights chief pulled back
into transgender staffer fight in Montgomery" (more)
" . . . the former Maryland labor
secretary and Montgomery Council member was given a little welcoming gift
Friday by council member Duchy Trachtenberg: a letter seeking to bring him
a messy Montgomery dispute regarding ethics proceedings against a
transgender council staffer.
Dana Beyer, a doctor and top Trachtenberg aide, says claims she
threatened or tried to intimidate opponents of a 2007 transgender rights law
11-23-09: Adnkronos International (Italy): "Italy: Transsexuals to be
deported after prostitute's death"
"Italian authorities are moving to
deport 10 Brazilian transsexuals who were reportedly friends of Brenda, the
prostitute at the centre of a sex and drugs extortion scandal found dead in
Rome on Friday. According to Italian media, nine of the transsexuals were
living illegally in Italy. They are expected to be deported from Italy
within a week and return to Brazil."
11-22-09: MomLogic (posted 11-20): "Transgender Kids: Girls Will Be Boys"
"If your child longed to be the
opposite sex, would you let them "switch teams"?"
11-21-09: Santa Barbara Independent: "Killed Because They Were
Different - Santa Barbarans Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance"
"Community members gathered in the
courtyard at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on Friday evening in recognition
Transgender Day of Remembrance, a date on which people around the world
are asked to think about those who have been killed because they were
11-21-09: Forbes.com: "South African Runner Keeps Medal But Loses
"Until this Summer, Caster Semenya was
simply a woman who could run fast. Now her gender has thrust her into an
international media circus.This week, South Africa’s sports ministry issued
an announcement that 18-year-old runner Caster Semenya would keep her medal
for this summer’s much-contested 800-meter win in Berlin, along with $60,000
in prize money and title of World Champion. The issue at stake? Not her
ability, but her gender."
11-21-09: San Franscisco Chronicle: "Suspect's DNA sat in lab as rapes
"The San Francisco police evidence lab
failed to process DNA samples from the 2007 slaying of a transgender
prostitute for two years, leaving the suspect free allegedly to rape and
brutalize at least three other transgender women before being arrested . . .
Donzell Francis, 41, of San Francisco, is now in custody and awaiting trial
on kidnapping and sex assault charges stemming from an attack that happened
six months after Ruby Ordenana was raped and strangled."
11-21-09: Independent Online (South Africa): "Woman who was born as a
"Laura Meads is slim, sexy and very
feminine. It's almost impossible to believe she was born a boy. "
11-20-09: Transgender Asia: "A call for the removal of gender identity
variance from the psychiatric diagnostic manuals," posted by Sam Winter on
this Transgender Day of Remembrance , 20th November 2009"
"Time is pressing on in the
psychopathologisation debate. The WHO and APA proceed in revising ICD and
DSM respectively, the increasingly international STP-2012 (Stop
Transpathologisation) Campaign gathers force, more and more research
articles detail the links in the chain leading from psychopathologisation to
illness and death . . . I and an increasing number of others (both
within the transgender community worldwide and among many professionals
working in the field of transgender rights, welfare and healthcare)
therefore call on organisations concerned with the health and welfare of
transpeople (APA, WHO, WPATH etc) to note our widespread and increasing
alarm that, some decades after the removal of homosexuality from the
American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
(DSM) and from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International
Classification Of Diseases (ICD), gender identity variance (transgenderism )
continues to be regarded as a mental disorder.
11-20-09: TS Roadmap.com: "Paul McHugh on transsexualism"
Rodney McHugh (born
1931) is an American psychiatrist who is a key historical figure in the
academic pathologization of sex and gender minorities. A noted Catholic
conservative, McHugh famously shut down the gender identity clinic at
in 1979, based on a follow-up study by
Jon Meyer that claimed there was no real benefit to these services.
McHugh argues that gender variance is essentially a lifestyle choice or an
ideology, and that offering trans health services is effectively
collaborating in a patient's delusion."
[An updated exposé
of the infamous Catholic trans-pathologizer.]
11-20-09: XPress Magazine (SFSU): "Journeys through Transition"
"Marissa Martinez felt out of place
most of her life because she was born in a man's body. Her discomfort did
not stem from some sexual attraction to males. Instead, she truly felt she
was meant to be a woman . . . The most misunderstood aspect of gender
transition is the motivation, because the catalyst is not defined by want.
On the contrary, the feeling, absent of casual desire, is a need to correct
a mistake. "It's something you can't escape and no matter how hard you try
to suppress it, it won't go away," explains Martinez, who completed her
surgical transition from male to female three months ago."
11-20-09: Windy City Times (re Puerto Rico): "Chicago and national
vigils Sunday to remember murder victim" (more,
"On the night of Nov.13, 19-year-old
Jorge Steven was beheaded, dismembered and burned in a senseless act of
hate. Communities across the country have expressed outrage by calling for
an end to this type of crime . . . "We must work to address the violence in
all our communities and mobilized because we could not just stand back and
do nothing," said Dulce Quintero, board member of Orgullo en Accion. "Puerto
Rican, Latino of Color, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Queer communities of
Chicago stand in solidarity to Puerto Rico and rise to take action against
the death of George Steven Lopez Mercado. We are taking action to honor the
passing of this Puerto Rican teen and all of the souls who left this world
because of homophobia and transphobia""
11-20-09: Telegraph (UK re Italy): "Transsexual prostitute in Italian
political sex scandal burns to death"
"'Brenda', a transsexual prostitute
linked to a sex and drugs scandal which brought down the prominent Italian
politician Piero Marrazzo, has been found burned to death in her apartment .
. . Police are investigating what may have started the fire which
engulfed the Brazilian prostitute, known only as Brenda . . .Magistrates
were treating the death as murder, according to court sources quoted by the
11-20-09: The Globe and Mail (Canada): "Becoming a woman is only the
beginning of this personal transformation"
"Transsexual writer and star Nina
Arsenault became a minor celebrity for an incident at Toronto's Ultra Supper
Club where she ended up sitting on the lap of an unwitting Tommy Lee doing
tequila shots. Arsenault plays that out in full in her autobiographical
show, but the event turns out to be as tense and emotional as it is comical.
She also digs into unsettling questions about modern male sexuality. What
does it mean that Pamela Anderson's ex was attracted to her? "Pamela is a
caricature of a woman. And I am a caricature of her.""
11-20-09: Tampa Tribune: "Tampa Council approves transgender
"Opponents of the measure framed it as
a thinly veiled assault on the Christian faith that would open the door for
sexual predators and all sorts of abhorrent behavior. Supporters argued it
was needed to protect a group that faces rampant discrimination. Following
two hours of testimony from grandmothers, ministers, transgendered people
and representatives of Fortune 500 companies, the city council voted 5 to 1
on Thursday to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public
facilities based on "gender identity and expression.""
11-19-09: Metro Weekly (DC): "Trans Awakening - Earline Budd's journey
has been difficult and dangerous -- and led her to bring compassion to her
"It's a discharge-planning volunteer
effort Budd started more than six years ago and it's become one of her many
duties as a treatment and healing specialist for Transgender Health
Empowerment (THE), an organization that she helped found in 1996."
11-19-09: Medill Reports (Northwestern Univ.): "Giving voice to the
silent 'T' in LGBT"
"Transgender individuals still face
many hurdles, even within the LGBT world. And the photo identification
policy at northwest suburban Hunters Nightclub has come to represent some of
11-19-09: The Times (UK): "Caster Semenya and the middle sex" (more)
"As athletic leaders meet to decide the
sex of the South African runner, our writer reveals that the NHS has
pioneered a new approach to the hundreds of UK babies born each year of
unclear sex . . . for the past ten years British parents have been
discouraged from surgery purely for reasons of social acceptability, thereby
allowing the child a decision when they are older. It’s not always easy. One
surgeon said the parents of a genetic girl, with an enlarged clitoris, were
begging him for surgery, “rather than the other way around”. Creighton says
that the risks have to be carefully explained — surgery will affect any
future sex life, for example. “We are leaders in this field, worldwide, in
terms of disclosure to the parents and child, and challenging surgery,” she
Transgender Europe: Press Release (Europe): "Transgender Europe’s Trans
Murder Monitoring Project reveals more than 160 murders of trans people in
the last 12 months"
"In the first 10 ½ months of 2009
already 150 murders of trans people have been reported. Yet, we know,
even these high numbers are only a fraction of the real figures. The truth
is much worse. These are only the reported cases which could be found
through internet research. There is no formal data and it is impossible to
estimate the numbers of unreported cases."
11-16-09: Asia Times (re Hong Kong): "Hong Kong plays transgender
"In the biggest challenge yet to
traditional Chinese values about sex in this city of 7 million people, a
male-to-female transsexual is suing the government for the right to marry
her male partner. Moreover, because the plaintiff makes such a compelling
case, traditionalists find themselves on the legal defensive. No matter the
ultimate ruling in this unprecedented courtroom drama, it is another
indication of how attitudes toward sex and sexual orientation are changing
in Hong Kong and all over Asia. Such a conjugal union is already legally
sanctioned in Singapore, Japan and South Korea - and even in some places on
the Chinese mainland."
11-16-09: Chicago Tribune: "Ill. amends rules on giving new birth
"Illinois has made it easier for people
who have had sex reassignment surgery to change their birth certificates to
reflect their new gender . . . The ACLU says the Illinois Department of
Vital Records has changed its policies and now allows transgender people who
had sex changes overseas to get new documents. Previously, people could only
change their birth certificates if their surgery was performed by a
physician who's licensed in the United States."
11-16-09: Bay Windows (re Bolivia): "Bolivian transvestites win battle
over ID pictures"
"Until now, police have forced
transvestites to be pictured in keeping with their biological gender. The ID
cards will still list Bolivians’ legal names."
11-15-09: Dallas Morning News: "17 years on the job, Officer Joe
became Officer Debbie"
"Because the city of Dallas does not
offer health insurance coverage for sex-change operations, Grabowski paid
for the costly procedure herself. In recent years, a few cities – and a
growing number of private employers – have decided to cover the cost of
these surgeries, and the city of Fort Worth is considering whether to join
11-14-09: ENDAblog: "Has Alice Dreger Gone Neo-Con?", by Joelle Ruby
"There are so many things wrong with
Dreger’s piece that it is difficult to know where to begin. What I do know
is that is Dreger is obsessed with unleashing a torrent of hatred against
transgender women, women who have dared to speak out and who have dared to
speak truth to power."
11-13-09: OpenPress.com: "Dr. Jillian Weiss to be Keynote Speaker at
"Paula Howard, Chairperson of the
Tiffany Club Board of Directors, announced that
Dr. Jillian Weiss, noted expert on
transgender workplace issues, will be the keynote speaker at Tiffany
Club’s FE January 13 – 17, 2010 . . . Her message to First Event attendees
will be that we must come together and rise up as a community to demand
respect, especially in regard to respect from the law. The ability to get
and keep a good job without fear of discrimination is essential for success
in life. The federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),
which would stop job discrimination based on gender identity or gender
expression, requires our full participation in order to pass into law in
11-12-09: ENDAblog (posted 11-11): "The Dredge Is At It Again"
"Yes, Alice Dreger - J. Michael
Bailey’s one-woman, Guggenheim-funded Greek chorus of anti-transsexual
hatred – is at it again. This time its in the
October newsletter of the – get your gag reflex ready – History of
Science Society. And The Dredge is now not simply misappropriating scholarly
victimhood, she’s shooting her wad, going for broke, yadda yadda yadda . . .
In the Service of Galileo’s Ghost: A Short Guide to History, Assault, and
Ideology (see p.10-13)
Sorry Alice, but you long ago stopped
being curiouser or even merely a curiousity. You’re light-years beyond
Wonderland on the wackadoo scale."
[This is a representative example of
trans-community reactions to
Alice Dreger's obsessive defense of
J. Michael Bailey.]
11-12-09: AlterNet: "Transgender Asylum-Seeker Caught in Immigration
"Kept in a segregated cell with other
transgender detainees, Esmeralda never realized that her experience in
detention would match the trauma of discrimination she had faced back home."
11-12-09: AllAfrica.com (re Kenya) "Kenya: Hardships Faced by
Transsexual People", by Audrey Mbugua
"Transsexual people face an array of
hardships in Kenyan society . . . These can take the form of name-calling,
physical assaults, rape and the destruction of one's property . . .
Transsexual Kenyans face entrenched prejudice in Kenya's medical sector . .
. There have been numerous cases of police officers beating up transsexual
Kenyans . . . Cases of members of the public orchestrating violent attacks
against transsexual Kenyans . . . Additionally, consider the hostility some
doctors face from their colleagues whenever they try to offer the right
medical services to transsexual Kenyans."
Mbugua is a member of
Education and Advocacy, a Kenyan organisation formed to address social
injustices committed against the country's transgender community.]
11-12-09: BBC News (re India): "Indian eunuchs given separate IDs"
"India's Election Commission has given
eunuchs an independent identity by letting them choose their gender as
"other" on ballot forms. The commission said it had received representation
from various individuals and interest groups on the subject. So far, eunuchs
were forced to put down their gender as either male or female. There are
about 500,000 eunuchs in India. Known as hijras, they comprise the
hermaphrodite, transvestite and transsexual communities."
[Note how the BBC continues to this day
the despicable British colonial practice of referring to Hijra as "eunuchs",
even though this very article says they are actually "known as hijras" in
11-12-09: MTSU Sidelines (TN): "Transgender student finds haven -
James Huff discovers identity, acceptance through his attendance at MTSU"
"James, 20, is a typical college
sophomore: he makes good grades, hangs out with his friends and spends time
with his girlfriend. Each day he makes the commute from Nashville to
Murfreesboro for work, because he says that MTSU makes him feel like he
belongs. James is transgender, a term describing an individual who feels
that the gender assigned to them at birth is not correct or a complete
description of what gender they truly are. He says while times are still
hard, MTSU is one of the first places he’s ever been fully comfortable to
not only be different but free to be his self."
11-12-09: PrideSource.com (MI): "Celebrating Crandall - Birthday
fundraiser honors Transgender Michigan founder's life of giving"
"It would be hard not to call Rachel
Crandall a giving person. She is a busy psychotherapist who sees low income
clients and volunteers her services, the helpline coordinator at
Affirmations LGBT community center and the founder of Transgender Michigan,
a statewide organization that connects transpeople throughout the state with
support and information, advocacy and social events."
11-12-09: The Temple News (Temple Univ.; posted 11-10): "Trans-sexual
author tells students what makes life worth living"
"Temple students swarmed the Women’s
Studies Lounge in Anderson Hall last Wednesday to listen to notorious
trans-sexual author, playwright and performance artist Kate Bornstein speak
about gender and queer-related issues. . . . Students were so captivated by
Bornstein and filled the room to capacity to the point where students were
willing to sit on the floor to listen to the author speak. Amanda Ramsaran,
a junior film and media arts major, said Bornstein’s speech was, “very
empowering because it pointed out that it’s OK to have any identity you
choose, even if you are just in between.” Junior religion major Cody Long
said he was enamored with Bornstein’s talk. “Nothing else mattered today but
seeing Kate Bornstein,” he said."
11-12-09: Islington Gazette (UK): "Trans sex prostitute is found
strangled in flat" (more)
A murder investigation has been
launched after a transsexual prostitute was found strangled in her own home.
Destiny Lauren, 29 - who was born male but had become legally female - was
found collapsed in her flat . . . Police have confirmed that she worked as a
prostitute. On an internet posting, a "sex worker" going by the name of
Destiny TS described herself as a "slim, elegant, sensual, London Pre-op
Transsexual escort" and offered services starting from £150 at a "discreet
flat in Kentish Town""
11-11-09: Earth Times (re Hong Kong): "Hong Kong transsexual battles
for right to marry after sex op "
"A Hong Kong transsexual was preparing
Wednesday for a High Court battle for the right to marry a man after having
a sex change operation to become a woman. The transsexual, who is in her 20s
and has asked to remain anonymous, has been told she cannot marry her
boyfriend because Hong Kong law only recognizes marriages between a couple
born as male and female . . . Marriages of transsexuals to people of their
original gender are possible in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and parts of
mainland China as well as countries in Europe. However, in Hong Kong,
transsexuals can change their identity cards and school certificates to
their new sex, but they do not have the right to marry someone of their
birth gender. "
11-11-09: Star-Telegram: "Fort Worth votes to expand
"The City Council voted 6-3 late
Tuesday to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance to include transgender
people, capping a marathon debate over a series of gay-rights proposals that
were forwarded after a controversial inspection of a gay bar."
11-10-09: Affirmations: Gay and Lesbian Mormons: "Gay Mormons Applaud LDS
Church Action" (more,
"Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
applauds the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for endorsing the
employment and housing non-discrimination act now before the Salt Lake City
(Utah) Council. Discrimination based on a person’s identity, including race,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability, has always been
wrong. It is commendable that the LDS Church is taking a step toward living
up to its own teachings . . . “We pray that the words spoken tonight are to
be followed up with positive action,” said Affirmation Assistant Executive
Director Micah Bisson."
11-10-09: Bay Windows: "Bostonian author of ’Transgender Explained’ to
hold book signing"
author of the new book Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not, will
hold a reading and book signing Nov. 17 at Fenway Health (1340 Boylston St.)
from 7 to 9 p.m. The 148-page book explains in unpretentious language what
it means -- and how it feels -- to be transgender. The text is aimed at just
about anyone who wishes to better their understanding of transgender
11-10-09: The Vancouver Sun (re Ontario, Canada): "Ontario gym owner
fumes after transgender bathroom battle"
"A fitness club owner in southwestern
Ontario said Tuesday he has wasted tens of thousands of dollars fighting a
legal battle with a transgender woman over which washrooms she should use,
only to have the case thrown out by the Ontario Human Rights Commission . .
. "I have been a proud supporter of gay, lesbian and transgender issued for
the past decade in St. Catharines," he said. "They're picking on the wrong
guy. The OHRC (rights commission) needs to be rejigged . . . before other
people end up being in a situation where they feel like they're being
11-09-09: Wired Magazine: "Engineered Rabbit Penises Raise Human
"Using tissue grown in a laboratory,
researchers have engineered fully functional replacement penises. The organs
were made for rabbits, but the technique may someday be useful for people.
“This technology has considerable potential for patients requiring penile
construction,” wrote researchers in a study published Monday in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
11-09-09: Bay Windows: "Boston
to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance"
"Boston residents will be remembered
Friday, Nov. 20, in Allston, as the LGBT community gathers in honor of the
worldwide Transgender Day of Remembrance."
11-09-09: The Mindanao Examiner (Philippines): "Rain Marie Madrigal:
The Reigning Queen" (YouTube
"Professional title-holder Rain Marie
Madrigal eventually wound up wearing the most coveted Queen-Universe crown,
after edging out her fellow veteran contestants during the first-ever Queen
pageant held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino . . . As "the"
Queen, Rain's biggest dream is"...for Cebu society to fully acknowledge and
respect our sector which is the LGBT community, and for our country to fully
respect our human rights as well."
11-09-09: Gay NZ (New Zealand): "Trans student needs $14,000 for top
"23-year-old transgender student Max
Prendergast's breast removal operation next month will cost $14,000 - so
he's doing his best to fundraise for the surgery he says will be "the end of
an era and the beginning of something new and exciting"."
11-09-09: The Philidephia Inquirer: "Finally a Lady"
"A small but growing number of people
are identifying themselves as transgender. Richard/Renee Ramsey is likely
the oldest to make the surgical switch."
11-09-09: Destructoid.com (re China; posted 11-05): "Chinese MMO sex
verification: Gender identity system" (more)
"You know you've made an
character that was not the same sex as your own. Don't lie. Boy playing as a
girl? It's fine, right? Not in China . . . For some reason, Chinese MMO
King of the World has a new Gender Identity System that checks your
face, via webcam, to see if you're a guy or a gal. I guess they don't want
any Queens of the World, if you catch my drift."
11-08-09: Kalamazoo Gazette: "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW TAKES EFFECT
City works on process for filing grievance"
"Kalamazoo voters approved an expanded
anti-discrimination ordinance Tuesday, but the process for filing a
complaint alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity is still a work in progress."
11-07-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Theresa Sparks running for S.F.
"Sparks was married twice and fathered
three children before undergoing sexual reassignment surgery and moving here
to live as a transgender woman in 1997. She's also an impressive public
speaker and a well-connected political advocate in the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender community"
11-07-09: CBC News (Canada re US): "Paltrow joins Kidman's transsexual film
The Danish Girl" (more,
"Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured here
in February in New York City, will portray a painter who asks her husband to
pose as a woman, starting his journey to becoming one."
11-07-09: The Star (Malaysia): "Roxanne walks on the wild side"
"Life as an occasional drag queen can
be a drag, Roxanne said. “Malaysia – unlike Thailand and the Philippines –
is not open to transvestites, and they tend to look down on
Ah Kua (Malaysian slang for transvestite)."
11-06-09: New York Times: "Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?"
"In recent years, a growing number of
teenagers have been dressing to articulate — or confound — gender identity
and sexual orientation. Certainly they have been confounding school
officials, whose responses have ranged from indifference to applause to
11-06-09: Kansas State Collegian: "Transgender therapy coming to
"Campus Creek Complex, located behind
Justin Hall, is home to a new program called the Transgender Therapy
Program. It was created by K-State students and its goal is to help
transgendered individuals. The Marriage and Family Therapy program at
K-State is starting a new specialized treatment team, called the Transgender
Therapy Team. The program will train students in the MFT master’s and
doctoral programs to provide therapy services to transgender individuals and
individuals who are questioning their gender."
11-06-09: Examiner.com: "Great news for Tampa's transgendered!"
"Tampa is adding gender identity to
it's human rights ordinance. The city council members voted 6-1 in favor of
adding it, late this afternoon Council member Joseph Caetano changed his
vote to a "Yes" to make it unanimous. It is technically not quite a done
deal because there will be a final vote in 2 weeks."
11-06-09: Oregon Live: "White House boosts Merkley's
anti-discrimination bill" (ENDA)
"The Obama Administration Thursday
endorsed full-scale protections for gay and transgender workers from job
discrimination, giving a major boost to legislation written by Sen. Jeff
Merkley that is based on similar protections offered in Oregon. ``No
American should be denied a job or the opportunity to earn promotions, pay
raises and other benefits of employment because of his or her sexual
orientation or gender identify, which have no bearing on work performance,''
Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights told a Senate
11-06-09: The Hill: "ENDA will provide critical employment protections
for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers," by Jaime Grant, NGLTF
"The state of the U.S. workplace for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people — transgender Americans
in particular — is absolutely shameful. Thankfully, our nation is on the
cusp of seriously addressing this injustice: Congress is currently
considering the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would
prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
11-06-09: Philadelphia Gay News: "Trans teen files complaint against
"According to the complaint, L.P. was
repeatedly intimidated, threatened and harassed by boys in her unit and
feared for her safety. The complaint states that other residents often
called her a “faggot,” “gay” and “wannabe girl” and that, while YSC staff
instructed the youth not to call each other names, they did not follow up
with any other reprimands. . . . “Given the inadequate response by YSC
staff, the YSC residents not only continued but escalated the harassment,”
the complaint states. “YSC staff allowed [the] complainant to be subjected
to ridicule and cruel and degrading verbal treatment on a daily basis,”
which the complaint said escalated to “physical assaults.”" [an update with
more details on this case]
11-05-09: Daily Illini (Univ. of Illinios re Maine): "Mainers need to
get a grip," by Phil Reese
"On Tuesday, voters in Maine approved a
bill establishing second class citizenship for millions of American citizens
by a slim margin. Despite the tireless work of organizers, fundraisers and
the amazing turn-out by the supporters of equality, in the end,
discrimination won over fairness. We see across the country voters choosing
to create two types of citizenship: the folks we’re comfortable with get
first tier, and those we aren’t comfortable with get second tier."
11-05-09: UConn Daily Campus (Univ. of Connecticut): "Lecture explores
obstacles facing transgendered people seeking medical help" (print)
"The Rainbow Center's "Out to Lunch"
lecture series continued yesterday afternoon with a lecture from speaker
Pauline Park. . . . "I don't think I have a gender identity disorder," she
said. "I think society has a gender identity disorder." Nevertheless, in
order for transsexual and transgendered people to receive transitional
treatments as hormone replacement therapy and sexual reassignment surgery,
they must first be diagnosed with GID. While many individuals seeking such
treatment consider the diagnosis of GID as a necessary step in the process,
the implications speak to the greater issue of transgender's cultural
stigmatization. "In order to get access to hormones or surgery, you have to
get yourself declared mentally ill," Park said."
[A thoughtful article about this
important issue, with great quotes by
11-05-09: The Times (UK): "Evangelical outrage over play featuring
transsexual Jesus" (more,
"A controversial play which portrays
Jesus as a transsexual woman was defended yesterday by its writer who has
herself crossed the gender barrier to live as a woman.
Jesus, Queen of Heaven, has caused a storm of protest from Christian
evangelical groups, who picketed the Tron Theatre in Glasgow when it opened
11-05-09: XTRA! (Canada): "Pretty, amazing - ON STAGE / Nina Arsenault
is truly a self-made woman"
"Becoming the woman she is today is the
subject of The Silicone Diaries, Arsenault’s solo show opening at Buddies on
Tue, Nov 17. Originally commissioned by the Saint John Theatre in New
Brunswick, the play is based on a series of autobiographical columns she
wrote for Fab magazine about her experience transitioning, undergoing 60
surgeries and working in the sex industry to pay for them. . . . “A lot of
people have told me that the type of woman I want to be is not a real
woman,” she says. “Why do I have to be someone’s idea of what a woman should
be? Can’t I just be what I want to be?" (Nina's
11-04-09: Politico: "Conservatives shop sex ops ban to GOP"
"The federal government would be banned
from funding sex change operations and other services for transgender
individuals if social conservative activists get their way. . .
.“Unfortunately, some insurance companies broadly interpret language
excluding transgender-related care and services to deny coverage for
non-transition-related procedures for transgender individuals. Insurers
justify these exclusions by stating that your current medical problem is
somehow related to your transition,” the Transgender Law Center wrote in a
fact sheet posted on its Website. "
11-04-09: The Salt Lake Tribune: "Gay-rights group pulls Mormon-style
handcart to make point - Load of petitions presented at LDS office building"
"It's way past time to send out the
rescue committee," said Gary Watts, a former Mormon who has two gay children
among his brood of six, "and bring these gay brothers and sisters back into
the fold." The group, comprised of present and past Mormons, contends that
LDS policies on homosexuality have had a harmful effect on many Mormon
families with LGBT members, contributing to estrangement, suicide and
homeless youths. . . . The trek drew its inspiration from the famed efforts
of LDS Church leaders to rescue members of the Martin and Willie handcart
companies, who struggled to reach Utah late in 1856, suffering from food
shortages and cold-weather exposure."
11-04-09: WZZM13 (Kalamazoo, MI): "Anti-discrimination lawsuit passed
in Kalamazoo protecting gays, lesbians and transgenders" (more,
"Overwhelming turnout in Kalamazoo
helped pass an ordinance that includes gay, lesbian, and transgender people
in an anti-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance passed with 62-percent
voting yes, and 38-percent voting no."
11-04-09: GID Reform.org: "Update: Statement on Gender Identity
Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism in the DSM-V"
"I strongly urge elimination of the
scientifically capricious and socially punitive Transvestic Fetishism
diagnosis from the DSM-V. I am especially troubled by a September report
from Dr. Raymond Blanchard, chairman of the Paraphilias Subcommittee of the
DSM-V Task Force. He proposes to retain the TF diagnosis, renamed
“Transvestic Disorder” with its existing diagnostic criteria that
ambiguously label all “behaviors involving cross-dressing” by those assigned
male at birth as sexually deviant on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Moreover, Dr. Blanchard proposes to add the deeply offensive and
inflammatory term, “autogynephilia,” as a specifier to the diagnosis. I ask
the DSM-V Task Force and elected officials of the American Psychiatric
Association to reject his proposal."
11-04-09: The New York Times: "Loss in Maine Sets Back Gay-Marriage
"They had far more money, ground troops
and political support, and geography was on their side, given that New
England has been more accepting of same-sex marriage than any other region
of the country. Yet gay-rights advocates suffered a crushing loss in Maine
when voters decided Tuesday to repeal the state’s new law allowing gays and
lesbians to wed, setting back a movement that had made remarkable progress
nationally this year."
11-03-09: New York Times: "Gender Identity in Kids"
"Where is the line between pushing your
child and following his or her lead? Not just when it comes to gender, but
to any preference in their life?"
11-03-09: Times Out New York Magazine: Kids: "Gender identity - Got a
cross-dressing kid? Ease up on the validation, experts say—it may not be
what you think."
"Among parents and child psychologists,
“there’s a tendency to want to forecast a child’s future based on current
behavior,” says Ken Corbett, a professor of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
at New York University and the author of the new book
Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities (Yale University Press). . . .
“We’re stuck between advocacy and reactive pathologizing,” he says. . . .
there is one oft-cited study—which is outdated, according to Corbett—used to
address questions of sexual orientation among gender-variant youth. In 1987,
Richard Green, M.D., published . . .
The “Sissy Boy Syndrome” and the Development of Homosexuality . . .
The small study validated, for many, the practice of “reparative
therapy”—the baseless attempt to make “sissies” more interested in football
than fairies—which resulted in countless kids growing up filled with shame
and self-hatred . . . "
11-03-09: BBC New (UK): "Transsexual Jesus sparks protests"
"About 300 protesters held a candlelit
protest outside a Glasgow theatre over the staging of a play which portrays
Jesus as a transsexual."
11-03-09: The Telegraph (UK): "Transexual burglar escapes jail"
"A burglar caught stealing make-up and
women’s clothes has been spared a prison sentence after a judge decided she
had endured “a rotten life” as a transsexual."
11-02-09: TS Roadmap: "What motivates Ray Blanchard’s oppression of
sex and gender minorities?" (more)
"What drives this key figure in the
oppression of sex and gender minorities? Since he feels entitled to ascribe
labels and motivations to others, let’s turn the tables. Why is
Ray so reticent about revealing his own sexual interests and behavior,
when his career involves “catching” people not being open and honest about
their sexual interests and behavior?
This article examines Ray’s childhood,
family life, sexuality, Catholic upbringing, and interest in penile
tumescence. It also examines how
became the world’s largest publicly-funded forced feminization sex dungeon
and transgender reparative therapy clinic. Finally, it examines what
Blanchard’s most important legacy will be: the broad expansion of
“paraphilia” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM-V) to further oppress sex and gender minorities as mentally
[A must-read discussion about the
motivations of one of the trans-community's greatest tormentors.]
11-02-09: On Top Magazine: "Anti-Gay Dobson To End Radio Career"
"The announcement comes on the heels of
several rounds of lay offs at the ministry and the summer announcement that
it was exiting the “ex-gay” business. In an August letter to donors, Daly
explained that the group is about $6 million in the red for the year . . . "
11-02-09: The Advocate: "Kalamazoo Ordinance Foes Target Transwomen"
"Opponents of the LGBT
non-discrimination ordinance on the ballot Tuesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan
launched an ad singling out members of the transgender community to claim
that the measure, Ordinance 1856, would allow men to use women’s restrooms."
11-02-09: Times Online (UK re Japan): "Girly men of Japan just want to
"Definitions vary, but the new
herbivores could be described as metrosexuals without the testosterone.
Although most of them are not homosexual they have in common a disdain for
the traditional accoutrements of Japanese manhood, and a taste for things
formerly regarded as exclusively female . . . Sociologists worry about the
effect on the shrinking population of a generation of men who are not
interested in girls. Marketeers ponder how to sell to this new, unfamiliar
demographic. Cultural commentators have produced volumes attempting to
explain the phenomenon to the rest of Japan, with titles such as
Love Study of Herbivores,
The Men Who Wear Bras and the Women Who Don’t
and Herbivorous Girly Men Are Changing Japan.
11-02-09: Straights Times (Singapore re Thailand): "Transsexual beauty
"Shimmering in a gold evening gown, a
Japanese television host wept and called for greater tolerance as she was
crowned the world's most beautiful transsexual at a pageant in Thailand.
Ms Haruna Ai, 37, beat 20 other contestants at the
Miss International Queen 2009 who came to the Thai beach resort of
Pattaya from as far as Brazil and the United States. . . .Millions of Thais
watched the show live on television on Saturday as the beauties - all born
men but whose sexual identification is entirely with the opposite sex -
strutted their stuff at
Tiffany's Show Pattaya,
billed as the world's largest transsexual cabaret."
11-02-09: New York Daily News: "This transgender custody battle is
odd, even for New York"
"In an unusually tangled custody
battle, a Brooklyn mom is fighting her ex - a woman who lives as a man - for
custody of her 7-year-old son."
11-01-09: Malta Today (Malta): "The luxury of diversity"
"Actress, campaigner and politician
VLADIMIR LUXURIA is in Malta for an international conference on gay rights.
She talks to Raphael Vassallo about her struggle against prejudice, both in
and outside politics."
11-01-09: Gazette Live (UK): "Nicholas Darroch thanks Gazette readers
for their support"
"A TEESSIDE transgender patient has
thanked Gazette readers for their messages supporting him in his bid to join
the army as a man."
11-01-09: Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland): "Shock as Kevin
becomes counsellor Keira"
"Meet the TRANSSEXUAL rape counsellor
who saw vulnerable victims while wearing HIGH HEELS, LEGGINGS and LIPSTICK.
Burly Keira McCormack, 47"
11-01-09: Wales Online (Wales, UK): "Millionaire businesswoman had to
fight after she had a sex change"
“When it first came out, I became a
pariah overnight,” she recalled. “All the companies who wanted to headhunt
me suddenly didn’t want to know. It’s far harder for women than men to get
to the top and for a transsexual it is almost impossible. “I lost my job and
my family and everything . . . There were happier times ahead, though, as
Stephanie married David and the two built up one of the most respected
business partnerships in North Wales with their portfolio of six hotels
considered the jewel in the crown. “Most people who meet me are fine,” she
said. “We have a home in Spain and the neighbours there are very welcoming.
I live by the mantra that people who mind don’t matter and people who matter
11-01-09: Philadelphia Inquirer: "DHS discrimination against
transgender teen alleged"
"A transgender teenager who identifies
as a girl said she was subject to constant abuse and discrimination during
18 months in the custody of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services . .
. The complaint contends she was physically attacked by other residents and
orally abused by staff every day for almost a year and a half."
10-31-09: IPS News (re Bahrain): "Q&A: "Guardian Angel" of Gulf
Transsexuals - Suad Hamada interviews Bahraini lawyer Fawziya Janahi"
"Transsexuals in the Gulf call Bahraini
lawyer Fawziya Janahi "guardian angel". She is the Arab world's only female
lawyer who takes up cases on behalf of clients who want to change their sex.
Janahi's clients want legal permission to undergo sex change operations.
While the law is quite straightforward on this in Bahrain, the lawyer says
it is more difficult in other countries in the region."
10-31-09: "Transsexual wins apology over passport" (more)
"Ms Imbruglia had lived for two years
as a woman before applying for a passport to travel to Thailand for sex
realignment surgery in October 2007. She wanted her passport to identify her
as a female. But the Howard government rescinded an established practice of
issuing transsexuals who were to travel abroad for surgery a one-year
limited passport in their nominated gender."
10-30-09: The Morning Call (PA):
"Group says transgender teen
was abused in Philadelphia agency's custody"
teenager who identifies as a girl said she was subject
to constant abuse and discrimination during 18 months in
the custody of the Department of Human Services . . .
The complaint contends she was physically attacked by
other residents and orally abused by staff every day for
almost a year and a half."
10-30-09: News Channel 3 (Kalamazoo, Michigan): "Living in Transition"
""In the first part of Newschannel 3's
special report . . . we introduced you to a transgendered man and woman from
West Michigan. . . . to better understand their lives and what they have to
deal with. Both have been taking hormones and going through therapy to make
their transition, but they have not had their gender reassignment surgery .
. .To better understand that part of the transgender experience, Newschannel
3 traveled to Pennsylvania to meet a surgeon who specializes in gender
confirmation surgery. . . "
[Includes an excellent video interview
Christine McGinn, M.D.
and two of her patients.]
10-30-09: Anti-discrimination struggle in Kalamazoo turns on gender
identity - Fear and misunderstanding of transgender issues fuels opposition
"A debate is simmering in Kalamazoo
over an anti-discrimination ordinance up for a vote in Tuesday's elections.
. . Over the last several weeks in Kalamazoo, campaign mailings and door
hangers have revived the same molesters-will-prey-on-women-in-the-bathroom
approach from Gainesville – even utilizing some of the identical graphics .
. . Mara Kiesling, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based
Center for Transgender Equality, is well aware of the tactic. . . . Most
of these people are still uncomfortable with straight men being in a
restroom with gay men. And there are a lot of people who are uncomfortable
about being in restroom with people of different races,” she said. None of
that, Keisling argued, is a good reason to indulge discrimination."
10-30-09: MSNBC: "Chaz Bono’s girlfriend supports sex change" (more)
"‘I feel really grateful to be going
through this with a partner,’ says Bono . . . He adds: “Our relationship
always modeled a heterosexual relationship, emotionally and intellectually.
So now it does physically as well.” Bono has said he felt male from the time
he was a child. “I feel like I’m living in my body for the first time, and
it feels really good,” he tells “ET.”"
10-30-09: The Sun (UK): "A SEX-SWAP patient is waiting for a breast
removal op - to join the Army as a man."
Nicholas Darroch, 21, who was born a
girl called Siobhan, hopes to be able to fight on the frontline . . .
Nicholas, of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, said: "My dad calls me crazy but I want to
be with all the other lads fighting for my country.""
10-30-09: Pams Houseblend (posted 10-24): "Is It Transphobia Or Just
Bad Journalism At Seventeen Magazine?" by Autumn Sandeen
"I just knew I was not going to
like the take on trans people when I had an article entitled
My Boyfriend Turned Out To Be A Girl
. . .The gist of the article, from the article headline to the bolded and
highlighted text, seemed to be that female-to-male transsexuals are really
females who are deceiving others."
"Letter campaign to Seventeen Magazine"]
10-29-09: Richmond Times-Dispatch: "At W&M, transgender homecoming
queen is ‘no issue’"
"Those folks inclined to vent over
Vasold's election by W&M students would be advised to save their energy. The
civil-rights movement of the 21st century has left the station and is
barreling down the tracks. Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law
the extension of federal hate-crime statutes to include sexual orientation
and gender identity. Vasold -- who prefers the transgender pronoun ze
instead of he or she -- represents America's future. So do the students who
supported Vasold and others who didn't but see the election as nothing to
panic about. "It's a general change across the country, not just at William
and Mary," said Myron Kimble, a senior and a friend of Vasold's. "We're
tired of the old way.""
10-29-09: BBC News (UK): "Born in the wrong body"
"Doctors in Britain are reviewing
guidelines for the treatment of people under 18 with gender dysphoria. This
is a condition where someone is born one sex but feels they are really the
other. A key issue is the age at which young people can be prescribed drugs
which pause puberty. . . . Over the past ten years, doctors in several
countries have begun prescribing blockers in the early stages of puberty, at
around 12 years old. This gives adolescents more time to explore and make
decisions about their identity. This approach was pioneered by the Amsterdam
Gender Clinic for Children and Adolescents in the Netherlands. "If you wait
too long, the adolescents go through their puberty and have changes they
don't want to have," says the clinic's head, Professor Peggy
10-29-09: Bangkok Post (Opinion)(Thailand): "Nothing sick or abnormal
"Ask any transsexual in Thailand what
happened to him on military conscription day, and he will painfully tell you
how he had to bear with humiliation, ridicule, and - quite often - sexual
harassment. As part of the physical examination, for example, transsexuals
are required to take off their shirts and have their bare breasts measured
in full public view. The sight is considered "hilarious" and the photos of
bare-breasted "katoeys" often appear in newspapers the following day . . .
The pain did not end with the conclusion of conscription day. Since
transsexuals are legally male, they are required to show the conscription
exemption papers to their prospective employers. How much chance do they
have when the official papers routinely describe transexuals as mentally
[Article points to serious problems in
Thailand (though unfortunately using male pronouns), problems made more
serious now that psychiatrists' letters are required for SRS (i.e., a formal
diagnosis of "mental illness" is required)]
10-29-09: Bay Area Reporter: "Report: Even with protections,
transgenders in California"
"More than five years since state
legislation to ensure employment and housing protections for transgender
people went into effect, many still face discrimination, according to a
recently released report . . . 67 percent of the people who responded to a
2008 survey said they had experienced workplace harassment or discrimination
directly related to their gender identity."
10-28-09: Miami Herald: "‘A
historic milestone’: Gay activists, allies cheer presidential signing of
Matthew Shepard Act"
"Today marks a historic milestone for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and for the entire country.
With the president’s signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate
Crimes Prevention Act, both sexual orientation and gender identity have, for
the first time in U.S. history, been explicitly included in federal law."
10-28-09: "Mattress Factory brings back Greer Lankton's 1996
installation for permanent display"
"Like the artist herself, Lankton's
dolls and environments possess a disarming mix of innocence and decadence,
hope and pathos. She said her work was "all about me," reflecting her life
as an artist, a transsexual and a drug addict. But beyond this, from her
position as an outsider, Lankton eloquently explored and questioned accepted
norms of gender and sexuality, as well as the powerful imagery of popular
culture and consumerism. After it was exhibited, her piece was placed in
storage. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Lankton family, it has been
donated to the
for permanent display."
Memoir on ArtNet,
10-28-09: National Public Radio: "Obama Set To Sign Bill Widening Hate
Crime Laws" (more)
"At a ceremony in the White House Rose
Garden Wednesday afternoon, President Obama plans to sign a bill into law
that was more than a decade in the making. It is an update to the federal
hate crimes statute that Congress initially passed in 1968. For the first
time, the law that had previously protected people from attacks motivated by
race, religion or ethnicity will include gay, lesbian, transgender and
disabled people. "
10-28-09: The McGill Daily (McGill Univ., Canada; posted 10-26):
"Birth certificates: a gendering apparatus"
"Generally speaking, the state assumes
that all people are cis (or “non-trans”). As a result, it sees no problem in
assigning each citizen a perceived sex via the birth certificate, then
putting this assigned sex on subsequent documents, such as driver’s licenses
and passports. In order to reverse this assignment of sex on all gendered
documents, it’s often necessary to change it on the birth certificate first.
This legal gendering reinforces the gender binary, providing a bludgeon
against people who don’t conform to their legal sex. "
10-28-09: Xtra (Canada): "Sex reassignment surgery in Canada: what's
covered and where - Province-by-province breakdown of SRS coverage"
interactive map reveals that CAMH not only controls the fate of gender
transitioners in Ontario, but in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland
too. It also reveals that CAMH requires a two-year RLE in all cases,
in non-compliance with the
WPATH Standards of Care].
10-28-09: AsiaOne News (Singapore): "New sex change regulations set to
"Areeya Milintanapa, a 26 year old
transvestite, had hoped to undergo sexual reassignment surgery at a private
clinic in Bangkok next year, but her plans have hit a setback - new
regulations by the Medical Council of Thailand. The council moved recently
to strictly control sex change operations and require that transgender
people consult a psychiatrist, live as a woman for a year and receive
hormone therapy before being such an operation is allowed. For Areeya the
new rules are an inconvenience. "I have already spent my whole life as a
woman - since I was a little boy - and why (do) I have to live as a woman
for another year to undergo sex change surgery?" she said."
[The psychiatric community has
succeeded in extending its power to demonize and control "sex changes" even
10-28-09: Philadelphia Inquirer: "Asylum bids cite sexuality - More
immigrants who are gay or transgender say that imperils them in their
10-28-09: The Spartan (San Jose State Univ.): "Transgender student
finds support at SJSU"
10-27-09: Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (posted 10-23):
"Victory on Federal Hate Crimes Legislation!"
that the bill has passed both the House and the Senate, it's on to President
Obama for his signature. He has promised to sign the bill into law. This is
huge. Our supporters have spoken out, written letters to elected officials,
and signed petitions demanding hate crime protections for our community.
Your efforts have paid off in a big way."
[President Obama will sign the bill
tomorrow, Wed. Oct 28th]
10-27-09: The Times of India (India): "Training and placement for
"In an attempt to help transgenders
stand on their own feet, members of the Dojo Chakra, a private organisation,
have found placements for 30 of them as security guards in apartment
complexes, hotels and corporate offices in the city. A six-day training
programme in self-defence, yoga and meditation, and confidence building was
organised here to give them the basic physical skills and mental outlook
that would help them fare well in a their position."
10-26-09: Michigan Messenger: "Anti-discrimination struggle in
Kalamazoo turns on gender identity - Fear and misunderstanding of
transgender issues fuels opposition"
10-26-09: Independent Online (re Italy): "Priest suspended after
"An Italian priest who blessed the
marriage of a 64-year-old transsexual to her 58-year-old male partner has
been suspended, the Archbishop of Florence said in a statement on Monday.
Father Alessandro Santoro, a priest based in Piagge . . . married Sandra
Alvino - who underwent a sex change more than 30 years ago - and Fortunato
Talotta in a religious ceremony on Sunday. . . Cardinal Renato Martino, a
senior Vatican official, had strongly criticised the decision to wed the
couple. "I do not understand how something like that can be done. It's
against nature and it does not bring anything to the church . . . Biology,
that God made man and woman, cannot be changed by trickery," he said."
10-26-09: Daily Press (College of William and Mary, VA): "Spotlight
still on transgendered William and Mary homecoming queen - "It's (the
crowning) allowed the conversation to happen," Vasold said." (more)
"Moments after Jessee Vasold was
crowned homecoming queen Saturday, the College of William and Mary junior
quickly was engulfed by a media frenzy. The crowning of the university's
homecoming queen usually happens without much publicity, but by Monday it
had attracted the attention of the Fox News television show O'Reilly Factor
and newspapers as far away as Australia — who all wanted to hear about the
20-year-old college student's quest for the title."
10-26-09: Daily Press (College of William and Mary; posted 10-24):
"W&M crowns first transgender homecoming queen - Vasold makes homecoming
history at William and Mary" (more)
"Jessee Vasold, William and Mary 's
first transgender homecoming queen, took the field at halftime of the
Tribe's game against James Madison U. today in Williamsburg. "
10-26-09: Washington Blade: "Obama to sign hate crimes bill Wednesday"
"President Obama intends to sign into
law Wednesday a long-sought hate crimes protection measure as part of a
major defense bill, according to an administration source . . . The measure
would make illegal hate crimes based on actual or perceived sexual
orientation and gender identity, among other categories, and would allow the
Justice Department to assist in the prosecution of such crimes."
10-26-09: Radar Online: "New Photos: Chaz Bono Steps Out In West
"She was the blonde haired little girl
who stole America's hearts when she appeared on stage with her famous
parents Sonny Bono and Cher. But these days, Chaz Bono is almost
unrecognizable as she morphs into a man before the world as part of a very
painful transgender switch."
10-26-09: Bianet (Turkey) "Transsexuals Complain at Prime Ministry
about Police Violence"
"About 80 people gathered in Ankara
upon the call of the Pink Life Transgender Association. Despite police
resistance they managed to hand their petition for redress to the Human
Rights Presidency of the Prime Ministry. The petition is concerned with
police violence against transvestites and transsexuals and rights violations
occurring in the Act on Misdemeanour"
10-26-09: Independent Online (re Italy): "Transsexual marriage blessed
"Rome - A priest in Italy on Sunday
blessed the marriage of a 64-year-old transsexual to her 58-year-old male
partner, in defiance of Vatican guidelines, the ANSA news agency reported .
. . Father Alessandro Santoro gave his blessing to the marriage, which was
attended by some 200 people, despite the Roman Catholic Church advising him
not to go ahead with it."
10-25-09: The Scotsman.com (Scotland): "Interview: Jo Clifford,
"One of Scotland's most respected
playwrights, Jo Clifford talks about the long, painful journey to becoming
an 'out' transgendered woman""
10-25-09: Telegraph (UK re Italy): "Italian Left in turmoil after
governor quits because of transsexual prostitute blackmail case"
"Italy's main opposition party was in
turmoil yesterday as its supporters voted in a primary to select a new
leader after one of its high profile politicians was forced to step down
because of a video apparently showing him with a transsexual prostitute."
10-25-09: Dawn.com (re Pakistan): "Kiss and tell"
"An official selection at the 2009
Berlin International Film Festival and shown at the 33rd Festival des film
du monde Montreal (Montreal World Film Festival), Chan di Chummi (Kiss the
Moon) is a revealing documentary about the lives of transsexuals in
Pakistan. In the opening scene, script writer and director Khalid Gill says
that as a child he was mystified by the transsexuals and he has tried to
demystify them in the film.
10-23-09: The Portugal News Online (re Portugal): "Campaign launched
to end classification of transsexualism as ‘illness’"
"A campaign that aims to end the
classification of transsexuals as individuals who suffer an ‘illness’ as
well as educating the general population that sexual diversity not limited
to the male and female genre was launched in Lisbon this week.Identical
events were held simultaneously in 38 cities in Europe, Latin America, the
USA and Asia, to promote the Stop Trans Pathologisation 2012 movement that
has been organized by more than 180 international associations."
10-23-09: The Gothamist (New York): "Ruling Eases Name Changes For
"The State Supreme Court ruled
yesterday that a transgender person seeking a name change does not have to
provide proof of any medical procedure justifying the change, striking down
an earlier ruling."
10-22-09: The Advocate: "Senate Passes Hate-Crimes Measure"
"The Senate voted 68 to 29 Thursday to
pass a Defense Department funding bill that includes a measure extending
hate-crimes protections to people targeted on the basis of their gender,
gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The National Defense
Authorization Act now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for his
10-22-09: The Local (Germany): "Court rules insurance must pay for
ex-soldier's breast surgery"
"A transsexual has won a lawsuit
against her German health insurance, which will now have to pay for the
former British soldier's re-constructive breast surgery, news magazine Der
Spiegel reported late on Wednesday."
10-22-09: The Canadian Press (Canada): "Transgendered soldiers fall
into grey zone for otherwise open Canadian military"
"Chris already has manly muscles,
facial hair, a baritone voice and was accepted years ago by family and
friends as a man. But he's been told he cannot work for the Canadian
military until he also gets a penis. The story of this transgendered
applicant to the Canadian Forces suggests that even in the far more liberal
climate of recent years, there are still grey areas when it comes to sexual
identity and the military."
10-22-09: The Times (UK): "From Erika to Erik, a long journey of
"It is a long way from the subtropical
valley cradling Pretoria to the snow-clad mountains of Carinthia, in
Austria, but if there is anyone who knows how Caster Semenya feels, as the
800 metres world champion awaits the results of her sex tests, it is Erik
Schinegger . . . Without wishing to prejudge Semenya’s test results,
Schinegger hopes his story, with its themes of renewal and defiance in the
face of public opinion, will be encouraging. “It is still an issue,” he said
of discrimination. “All those who enter the world with inter-sex conditions
are at a disadvantage. People still react as if you’re an alien.” "
10-21-09: TS Roadmap: "$325,000+
in salaries for Zucker & Blanchard to pathologize trans people", an exposé
by Andrea James
" Transgender taxpayers in Canada help
foot the bill for their own pathologization, helping to pay nearly $328,000*
in 2008 to two conservative Toronto psychologists working to turn back the
clock on the rights of sex and gender minorities worldwide.
Public disclosure documents show that
Ray Blanchard was paid over
$172,000 in 2008, and
was paid over $155,500. Both men work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH) in Toronto. This former “lunatic asylum” is home to the most
notorious and regressive facility in the world dedicated to preventing and
“curing” gender non-conforming behavior in children and adults.
Both Blanchard and Zucker are also
heavily involved in the political push within psychology to continue
labeling sex and gender minorities as disordered and diseased. Homosexuality
was depathologized in 1973, but these men have an obvious and substantial
financial interest in not just maintaining the status quo, but in expanding
the definitions of sexual “disorders” that can be applied to all people.
Their CAMH clinics are major recipients of taxpayer funds via the provincial
and federal healthcare systems in Canada, so more “disordered” people means
more money for their clinics and themselves.
The full article discusses their
reactionary opinions about sex and gender minorities, why both men headed to
Canada during the Vietnam War, and why their “support” for transpeople is
tied to their job security. " (*Canadian dollars)
10-21-09: Reading Post (UK): "We will never stop loving Andrea
"Tributes have been paid to a former
Reading School student whose strangled body was discovered in a flat fire in
Brighton . . . The family said: “Andrea was often incapacitated by pain and
unable to work, and we know she was concerned about how to make a living and
be indepenent. “If her decision on how to achieve this took her down unusual
paths, who are we to judge?” They added: “Our lives will never be the same
again but we will never stop loving her, being proud of her and being
grateful for having her with us for 29 years."
[Finally we're beginning to see
compassionate treatments of this tragic story.]
10-21-09: Detroit News (re The Vatican): "Pope offers Anglicans a
place in church" (more,
"Pope Benedict XVI approved a church
provision that will allow members of the Anglican church -- known as the
Episcopal Church in the United States -- to become Catholics while
maintaining many of their distinctive spiritual and liturgical traditions .
[In a historic development, the
Catholic Church exploits the schism in the Anglican/Episcopal Church -
moving to increase its power and further spread its misogynistic and
Newsweek: "The Kindest Cut - In Colorado, a surgeon helps restore
feeling—and so much more—to victims of female genital mutilation."
"Sila, a patient at Mt. San Rafael
Hospital in Trinidad Colorado, prepares for her clitoroplastal reversal
surgery . . . The surgery, (center) performed by Dr. Marci Bowers, reverses
the effect of female genital mutilation and attempts to rebuild the
clitoris, eliminate pain and restore pleasure."
10-21-09: Xtra.ca (Canada): "An exclusive interview with Patrick
"Patrick Califia has been pushing the
boundaries of queer culture for a couple decades now. Committed to opening
up new choices, he advocates for change and expands awareness of lives
lived on the margins of queerdom"
10-20-09: Examiner: "Kings County Supreme Court rules transsexual
father has standing to petition for custody of child"
"In a complex decision released
yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kings County ruled that a transsexual father
has standing to petition for custody of a non-biological child."
10-20-09: Washington Post: "Which side are you on? In athletics and
elsewhere, the line between male and female can be hazy"
"Researchers say it's difficult to know
how common cases of conflicting gender indicators are: Some people are
reluctant to make their conditions public, and others may live and die not
knowing they have them. In total, scientists estimate, one in every 100
people has some kind of "disorder of sex development," in which one
indicator of sex is subtly or severely out of step with the others."
10-20-09: Washington City Paper: "Transgender Shoplifting Story
Inspires Absurd Corrections"
"NBC Washington shows what happens when
news outlets fail to confirm the correct gender identity of their subjects
before publication. The outlet has just posted another story about the two
shoplifting suspects who were shot by police near the University of Maryland
last Friday. Here’s the absurd lede: Upon closer review, it appears two
shoplifting suspects shot by a Prince George’s County police officer weren’t
men, as originally reported, or cross-dressers, as was later reported, but
10-20-09: Edge (Boston): "U.N. Terrorism Report Cites Transgender
"Notes the report, "Enhanced
immigration controls that focus attention on male bombers who may be
dressing as females to avoid scrutiny make transgender persons susceptible
to increased harassment and suspicion." "
10-20-09: People's Daily (China): "American 8-year-old child becomes
world's youngest transsexual" (more)
"At the age of six, Josie was referred
to a gender specialist who confirmed the diagnosis and the family began
accepting Josie as a real girl. After making a brave and painful decision,
her parents allowed their 8-year-old son to live life as a girl."
[It is interesting to see China
disseminate this very positive media coverage of a childhood transition.]
10-19-09: Edge (Boston): "Fresh Controversy Surrounds 8-Year-Old’s
10-19-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Agony of sex-change prostitute's
middle-class family after she is found murdered in her flat" (more,
[Comment: Even though this story
reveals what a remarkable young woman Andrea Waddell was, and how much she
suffered from physical disabilities, the Daily Mail continues to trash her
memory in tabloid-style headlines. Why can't people visualize that she was
very likely seeking a tiny bit of warmth and affection in life - in what may
have been the only way she could find it?]
10-19-09: Mirror.co.uk (UK): TV: "Age Eight And Wanting A Sex Change -
"People who go through sex changes
often talk about enduring years of misery as youngsters convinced they were
trapped in the wrong body . . . This film travels to the US, where we meet
boys and girls as young as eight who are certain this isn’t just a phase
they’ll grow out of. Doctors prescribe one set of hormones to stop puberty
and another set of hormones to start the transition process. In the
meantime, their parents let them live as the opposite sex and, despite the
additional problems that entails, the kids – Kyla, Josie, Bailey – seem far
happier than they would otherwise have been."
10-19-09: Channel News Asia (re India): "Transgenders in Chennai
launch their own marriage website"
"Kalki Subramaniam said: "Our website
is an initiative; it is a hope that we are all women and we should have the
right to marry. We can have a family, we can have a husband and we can have
adopted children. And we are sick and tired of this exploitation." The
matrimonial website is one of the many small initiatives being taken to
integrate transsexuals into mainstream society."
10-19-09: Vietnam.net (Vietnam): "Hanoi welcomes back transsexual
"The Pattaya group’s five transsexual
models made an appearance at a special fashion show held at the Dong Son
Restaurant in Cau Giay district on October 15. “Our earnings are modest, but
we love working as models,” one model observed. “I wish that people would
not view people of our “third world” so strictly.”"
10-18-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Sex-change graduate working as a
prostitute strangled before killer set fire to her flat" (Telegraph,
"A murdered student who had been
working as a prostitute had once been a man, her family has revealed. Andrea
Waddell's body was discovered by firefighters called to tackle a blaze at
the address. The 29-year-old had been strangled. As detectives hunted her
killer, her grieving relatives disclosed the troubled life the murder victim
had suffered before her untimely death."
[This is an incredibly sad and tragic
story about a young woman who suffered terribly in life - made all the worse
by the awful headlines the Mail and the Telegraph used to trash her memory.
Note how the BBC handled the story more respectfully.]
10-18-09: Daily Titan (Cal State Fullerton): "That’s So Gay:
"Midway though my junior year in high
school, a transgendered transfer student shocked the student body when she
enrolled in our school. . . . I had never seen her walk to class with a
friend or eat lunch with the girls. As midterms began to wrap up, I decided
I would invite her to sit with my friends during lunch. But as quickly as
she came to our school, she was gone. I never saw her again. . . . As it
turned out, she had been bumped from school to school because of the
ridicule she encountered regularly. Looking back, I wish I could have stood
up for her or at least have come to my realization about her loneliness
[Look beyond the topline, and you'll
find a compelling story.]
10-17-09: Blabbeando (re Spain): "Spain: Calendar features transgender
models posing as the Virgin, controversy follows" (Link
to Calendar photos)
"Of course, the predominant factor that
sets these images apart is the use of transgender models posing as the
Virgin. The include
Carla Antonelli, a leading Spanish transgender rights activist . . . "I
posed myself the following scenario: Why is it that a transsexual woman
can't represent a religious icon given life by so many other actors and
actresses throughout history? To not do it would be akin to internalizing
the same discriminatory principles that people want to throw against us",
10-17-09: El Mundo (Spain): "'Vírgenes' transexuales - Indignación
entre los católicos por 'la ofensa'" (Link
to Calendar photos)
"Ésa es la escena que ha protagonizado
en el calendario laico la mítica Carla Antonelli, reconocida activista de
los derechos de los homosexuales. Vestida en la foto de pies a cabeza,
tocada a su vez por una corona fálica, la artista canaria relata que aceptó
prestar su imagen a la causa tras sopesar que probablemente generaría
polémica. "Me hice el siguiente planteamiento: ¿por qué una mujer transexual
no puede representar un icono religioso al que han dado vida otros tantos
actores y actrices a lo largo de la historia? Negarme a hacerlo sería
interiorizar los propios principios discriminatorios que quiere cargar la
gente contra nosotros", alega."
10-17-09: Intersex News (re Uganda): "SIPD Uganda contests III World
Congress in Toronto" (more)
an intersex African and a rights activist for intersex children and people
in Uganda, it concerns me greatly that convenings aimed at discussing
intersex issues never have intersex representation . . . The time is ripe
that a human rights approach is applied when addressing intersex people and
issues and that we - as intersex people - are involved in . . . Intersex may
not be the typical but how 'disorderly' it is, is a debatable subject. SIPD
Uganda challenges the
3rd World Congress on Hypospadias scheduled for November 12-15 2009, to
consider intersex in its entirety and to desist from painting a medically
biased and stigmatising picture . . . We strongly contest the live
non-consensual surgical demonstrations of intersex infants as part of the
- by Julius .K. Kaggwa, Program Director
10-16-09: Southern Voice: "What not to wear to school? - Student told
his female attire ‘disruptive’ at North Cobb High"
"Nothing in the North Cobb High School
student manual bans students from wearing opposite-gender clothing, but one
recent arrival from Miami says he was told not to report to school unless he
was dressed as a boy."
10-16-09: The Grio: "A mother's story: Hate crime brings new bond with
" everything changed in December 1999,
the day my daughter Michelle became the target of a hate crime. While
standing in line with her friends at a club in Atlanta, Michelle was struck
in the head with a metal pipe by a stranger who did not like the fact that
she was a transgender woman. She fell to the ground and her skull split
open. . . . I was fully aware of the homophobia that haunts our community.
However, it was not until my child was beaten and left for dead did I ever
truly believe that having the courage to be true to oneself could result in
10-16-09: TES Magazine (UK): "A girl on Friday, a boy by Monday"
" . . . vicious bullying is almost a
rite of passage for transgendered pupils . . . The most recent victim in the
UK was 10-year-old Cameron McWilliams from Doncaster, who hanged himself
last year having expressed a desire to be a girl. Two cases of bullying also
featured in the media last month when a 12-year-old and then a nine-year-old
boy went to their respective schools dressed as girls.
Parents of transgendered children have
reacted angrily to the coverage, saying it fails to differentiate between
transgendered and transsexual children. Both may feel trapped in the wrong
body, but the vast majority of transgendered people (95 per cent) will never
have gender reassignment surgery. The reports also make out that this is a
very rare occurrence . . . In fact, whether they know it or not, teachers
are likely to encounter a number of transgendered children during their
career. A primary school of 300 children will usually have three
transgendered children on roll - a large secondary even more."
10-15-09: YouTube (Spain, re Germany): "Kim Petras, adolescente
transexual. Part 1" (
"Kim Petras comenzó el tratamiento para
la reasignación de sexo a los 12 años; además cuenta ya con varios sencillos
como cantante juvenil de pop en Alemania. Entrevista durante su primer viaje
Kim Petras was interviewed on Telecinco
(TV5) on 10-15-09. Someone has posted video on Youtube of the entire
interview and subsequent discussion in three parts (about 27 minutes
total.). It appears she was wearing an earpiece, hearing translations of the
talk show host's questions and answering in English. Her answers are
voiced-over by a Spanish translator, but with a little effort (and by
following her lips) you can understand her responses. Brief comments by
Norman Spack, M.D. and Carla Antonelli are included in Part 1, and Kim
performs a song in Part 2. Part 3 includes a discussion of the issues
surrounding early transition. The overall effect of the interview is a
profound demonstration of the advantages of early transition.
10-15-09: The Daily Mail (UK re US): "Pictured: Josie Romero, the
eight-year-old 'sex change girl' who was born a boy"
"The transgender youngster, then called
Joseph, knew at the age of four that she was the wrong sex and even told her
parents: 'I am really a girl. . . . By the time she reached six, Josie had
been diagnosed as transgender and was beginning her transition to becoming a
female . . . 'We discovered a site called Transgender Youth Family Allies
where there were 100 children who were all going through the same thing as
Josie.' Venessia started giving Josie options about how she wanted to
live. . . . Her case has already been referred to Dr Norman Spack at Boston
Children's Hospital a top specialist in transgender children. Josie said: 'I
am happy that everyone knows I am a real girl, and that I don't have to
pretend to be a boy anymore."
10-15-09: Stop Trans Pathologization-2012 (International campaign):
Press Release: International Trans Depathologization Network: "Action Day
October 17th 2009 – STP 2012 Campaign"
"On Saturday, October 17th 2009,
demonstrations and other actions will take place in 38 cities in Europe,
Latin America, North America and Asia, to support the campaign Stop Trans
Pathologization STP 2012, which was initiated by the International Trans
Depathologization Network. To date (date of information: 15/10/2009), 181
groups from 40 countries in different world regions and 7 international
networks declared their support of the campaign. The principal demand of the
campaign is the removal of Gender Identity Disorders from the international
diagnostic catalogues (DSM-IV y ICD-10)."
[For more information, see this
link to the
STP 2012 website]
10-15-09: Edge (Boston, re
international news): "’Stop
Trans Pathologization’ campaign kicks off Oct. 17"
"The Trans Depathologization Network, a
group committed to the removal of ’gender identity disorder’ from the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the World Health
Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, has been joined by
seven international networks and 161 trans groups in the two weeks leading
up to its campaign kick-off on Oct. 17. The groups hail from 37 countries in
Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The ’Stop Trans
Pathologization’ campaign kick-off will be held 30 cities in 18 countries
around the world."
10-15-09: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Documentary of Western
Pennsylvania Transsexual's journey part of Lesbian & Gay film fest
"A man born as a woman and the
filmmaker documenting the transition that began on a bucolic Western
Pennsylvania farm are coming to Pittsburgh for a showing of their film
10-15-09: Telegraph.co.uk (UK re US): "Boy, 8, has 'sex change'"
"An eight-year-old boy, Joey Romero,
has become a girl called Josie in a remarkable US gender-swap case that
features in a new Channel 4 documentary. "
10-15-09: National Post (Canada): "Sex changes for inmates a touchy
10-14-09: Channel 4 (UK re US): "Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change"
"As experts consider a review of UK
guidelines for treating transgender children, this film follows a number of
children in the US who told their parents they were born in the wrong body.
In America, children under 16 can be prescribed hormone 'blockers' to
prevent the onset of puberty, with a view to then follow with hormone
treatment to become their new gender. This film follows the American
experience . . . These children and their parents reveal what it is like to
face life-changing questions, giving a frank insight into a subject most
people never have to consider."
10-14-09: BeyondChron: "Gay Activist Divisions are Political, not
"The strategic wisdom of last Sunday’s
national gay march in Washington DC is worthy of debate. But the common
framing of this question in generational terms plays upon long discredited
perspectives of young activists as questioning and radical vs. older
activists who prefer working through the system and are politically
moderate. Such a dichotomy has little basis in reality. . . . It was
the ACT UP generation that . . . laid the groundwork for the more militant
and activist politics whose legacy includes events like Sunday’s march. But
despite the ACT Up Generation’s activist legacy, Congressman Frank was the
only person above age 36 quoted in the Times account of the march, and he
disparaged its effectiveness . . . countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender activists over fifty could have given a more subtle and
perceptive assessment of the march than Barney Frank . . . But framing a
story around a gay generational split required ignoring these voices."
10-14-09: The Age (Australia): "Survivor revisits her battle of the
"Transsexual actor Vanessa Van Durme
has turned her life story into a critically acclaimed touring show . . . Van
Durme is a tall, 60-something woman of handsome looks and slightly imposing
manner who comes across as an amalgam of Vanessa Redgrave and Germaine
Greer, though somewhat warmer. Like those two redoubtable leaders of public
life, the Belgian performer tours the world's stages holding forth before
adoring audiences. But unlike the British actress and the Australian
intellectual, Van Durme tells a story that is at once dramatic, deeply
personal and a reflection of how Western mores have changed in the past 30
10-14-09: ABC News: "Transgender Man Posed as 15-Year-Old Boy, Cops
"Jack Kaiser, Formerly Jennifer May,
Allegedly Tried to Hoodwink School, Police and Child Protective Services"
10-14-09: Mirror.co.uk (UK): "Alex Reid: It's fun to dress up as
"Jordan's cagefighter boyfriend Alex
Reid has finally admitted he's a secret cross-dresser . . . "I've got
nothing to hide and I'm proud of who I am. If I go out and wear a dress, so
f***ing what? I don't want a sex change.""
10-13-09: Se7en Magazine (UK): "The true meaning of ‘identity crisis’
in the UK"
"The recent gender debate surrounding
South African athlete Caster Semenya has sparked off much media interest the
world over, no less so than here in the UK. However, the reaction in the
press is not simply emblematic of the usual tabloid hysteria which
accompanies cases of gender ambiguity. It also highlights that anyone who
appears to lie outside the bounds of what is considered ‘normal’, is
automatically treated with apprehension, fear and often outright
10-13-09: BBC News (re Uruguay): "Uruguay approves sex change bill"
"Transsexuals in Uruguay will soon be
able to legally register a change of name and gender after the country's
senate approved a controversial bill. The law, which was passed unanimously,
is strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church . . . Under the new
legislation, transsexuals will be able to change their name on all official
documents, from birth certificates to passports, to reflect the gender of
10-12-09: "Schwarzenegger Approved Gay Rights Bills, But Not
"Although two major gay rights bills
were signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this weekend, two dealing with
transgender issues were vetoed. One would have aided transgender people to
revise their birth certificates and the other would have provided
protections for transgender people in prison."
[Now we know how Arnold feels about
10-12-09: The Bilerico Project: "The Day After: Where Are We On ENDA
Now?" by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss"
"Our next step in our federal agenda
should be focusing on ENDA in the Senate. Of all our initiatives, that will
affect the largest number of people in our community in the most important
area of our lives: the ability to get and keep a job. And it's achievable in
the next few months . . . The real fight on ENDA is in the Senate, where
there are only 49 confirmed yes votes . . . We can do it, if we as a
community get focused on calling our Senators. (Calls are much more
persuasive than emails.) Names and contact info of the legislators to target
after the jump . . . pick up the phone and call one."
10-11-09: "Two Men Arrested in Assault on Transgender Queens Female"
10-11-09: The New York Times: ".Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in
"Impatient and discouraged by what they
see as a certain detachment by President Obama on their issues, gay rights
supporters took to the streets Sunday in the largest demonstration for gay
rights here in nearly a decade. The rally was primarily the undertaking of a
new generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates who have
grown disillusioned with the movement’s leadership."
10-11-09: Associated Press: "Gay rights advocates march on DC, divided
10-11-09: Southern Voice (posted 10-09): "Time to march - National
Equality March serves as a reminder of the work that remains "
10-11-09: Washington Blade (posted 10-09): "Equality March
leader seeks end to ‘incrementalism’"
10-11-09: Associated Press (posted 10-10): "Frank says D.C. gay rights
march misses mark"
10-11-09: The Independent (Ireland): "Transexuals graft against the
odds", by Donal Lynch
"I've been thinking about transsexuals
lately. Not because I would actually want to have my genitals hacked off in
some clinic in Morocco, you understand, but I have to admit it would be
really cool to have access to a completely new pool of guys. I'm tired of
trying to truffle-hog out the decent gays from the measly 10 per cent of the
male humanity I have to work with. Transsexuals, it seems to me, have
bravely refused to take these odds lying down."
Fourattist-type gay guy bashes transwomen, using 'humor' as a pretense
for his actions. And in Ireland this %#&^ gets published in a national
10-11-09: Mirror.co.uk (UK): "He's done it since he was a boy.. his
"The ex-girlfriend of Katie Price's
lover Alex Reid today reveals the jaw-dropping moment she stumbled into his
room to find the macho cage-fighter dressed as a woman... in full make-up
and painstakingly painting his nails. Danielle Sims, 34, suspected
muscle-bound Alex was cheating on her and had another girl in his life. But
when she stormed round to his house to confront him, she discovered she was
only half right - because the other woman was HIM."
10-10-09: OII (re Canada): "Toronto hosts conference that will
stigmatise and promote non-consensual surgery and hormonal treatments for
"Zucker is moderating two of the talks
at the upcoming conference on
Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development in Toronto, and he is
giving one himself. Notice the way he titles his sessions, using 'disorders'
over and over again, and mentioning "brain development" and "psychosexual
differentiation and disorders" so as to insinuate that intersex kids are
"mental cases" too. I think Zucker is now attempting to initiate a new
patient flow - i.e., to have the parents of intersex kids who have been
surgically "corrected" to send them to him for "mental corrections" too."
to conference program, where you'll find the titles of Zucker's talks.]
10-10-09: CitizenShift (Canada): "Engendered Questions for T.O.’s Sick
''Curtis Hinkle, a spokesman from
Intersex International, said the IHSID (the International Society on
Hypospadias and Intersex Disorders) recommends ‘correcting’ sex ambiguity in
infants within the first six months of their lives. Hinkle said the
University of Toronto’s is legitimizing IHSID’s recommendation and this
should send a chill down the backs of Canadians. “Most Canadians aren’t
aware of the retrograde practices coming out of Ontario,” he said."
10-10-09: Southern Voice (posted 10-08): "Ga. legislative counsel
explains why he fired transgender employee" - "Brumby: It would be
'unsettling' to think of trans woman's 'male sexual organs'"
"A recently filed deposition is
shedding new light on the discrimination lawsuit filed against legislative
leaders by a transgender woman who was fired from her job as an editor for
the Georgia General Assembly.
Brumby . . . expressed personal
concerns about his reactions to Glenn’s transition . . . “It makes me think
about things I don’t like to think about, particularly at work … I think
it’s unsettling to think of someone dressed in women’s clothing with male
sexual organs inside that clothing.” Brumby couldn’t explain to Cole Thaler,
the Lambda Legal attorney representing Glenn, why it was upsetting. “It's
not something that I enjoy thinking about, and I think it would have been
unsettling to have a constant reminder to think about something I don’t like
to think about,” he said."
[A rather typical situation: The creepy
thinking of a boss is used as an excuse to fire a trans employee.]
10-09-09: Gay People's Chronicle (Ohio): "Ohio makes it easier to
change gender on licenses"
"Since mid-September it has been easier
for transgender Ohioans to correct the sex marker on their driver license
and photo identification cards. A regulatory change at the state Department
of Public Safety creates uniform procedures and a new form for making the
corrections . . . The change does not affect the prohibition on correcting
Ohio birth certificates. Ohio remains one of only three states, with Florida
and Idaho, that will not change a birth certificate or issue an amended one,
even for post-surgical transsexuals."
10-09-09: On Top Magazine: "After Election Loss, Mayor Admits To
10-09-09: XTRA (Canada): "Firing "blindsided me": trans teacher" -
"Jan Buterman takes on Catholic school board"
""Since you made a personal choice to
change your gender, which is contrary to Catholic teachings, we have had to
remove you from the substitute teacher list," wrote deputy superintendent
Steve Bayus in an Oct 2008 letter to Buterman. The reason for this decision
. . . is that "the teaching of the Catholic Church is that persons cannot
change their gender. One's gender is considered what God created us to be."
Buterman met the response with shock. "It's very difficult to put into words
how you feel when you're given something like this, it's pretty
overwhelming," he tells Xtra.ca. "It blindsided me quite honestly.""
10-09-09: Nursing Times (UK): "New book tells extraordinary tale of
sex change nurse"
"A 76-year-old ex-soldier who underwent
a sex operation before becoming a nurse has had her life story published . .
. Despite being up against social prejudices from colleagues, friends and
her own family, Miranda went on to become a highly regarded nurse who has
not missed a single shift in two decades of nursing."
10-09-09: UK Gay News (re U.S.): "Gay Rights March: Out of My Black
Church, Into the Streets", by Rev. Irene Monroe
“Because of religion-based bigotry
spewing from the pulpits of many black churches, we have a crisis in the
African American community: an epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.”
10-09-09: UNAIDS (UN): "Michel Sidibé congratulates Indian sexual
minority communities for uniting against Section 377"
"UNAIDS Executive Director Michel
Sidibé attended an event in Delhi today to recognize the activists whose
efforts contributed towards the recent annulment of Section 377 of the
Indian Penal Code. The law, which criminalized consensual sex between men
and transgendered people, was overturned in a historical judgment by the
Delhi High Court on 2 July 2009"
10-09-09: WSIL-TV (Illinois): "Woman Arrested for Posing as
"We have an adult that came in last
Friday to our High School and attempted to enroll what he said was a 15 year
old student." The student claimed to be Jack Stones. In reality, Stones,
otherwise known as Jack Kaiser or Jennifer May, is in fact a 24-year-old
transgender woman. Hudgens says, of course, office staff asked for ID on the
student, but the adult with her said there wasn't any available... "
10-08-09: Philadelphia Inquirer: "The march to end a century of
persecution - Gay-rights advocacy must shift to the national stage"
"This weekend, thousands of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans will march in the nation's capital.
They won't be marching for marriage rights alone. They'll be marching for
complete federal equality - an end to second-class citizenship.
Few realize how long that history
actually is, but federal hostility to homosexuality is at least a century
old . . . In 1909, an immigration official named Marcus Braun sat down to
type out a report warning of a "new species of undesirable alien" who he
believed should be barred from entering the country: "the moral degenerate,"
or homosexual . . . After Braun stood up from his typewriter, the
architecture of second-class citizenship for homosexuals was gradually
constructed across the federal bureaucracy. By the middle of the 20th
century, the U.S. government had distinguished itself from other Western
democracies in its hostility to homosexuality."
10-08-09: The New York Times: "House Votes to Expand Hate Crimes
"The House voted Thursday to expand the
definition of violent federal hate crimes to those committed because of a
victim’s sexual orientation, a step that would extend new protection to
lesbian, gay and transgender people . . . The new measure would broaden the
definition to include those committed because of gender, sexual orientation,
gender identity or disability . . . The hate crimes legislation would give
the federal government authority to prosecute violent crimes of antigay bias
when local authorities failed to act."
10-08-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Thugs attack two transvestites... who turn
out to be cage fighters wearing fancy dress"
"Two thugs who attacked what they
thought were a pair of transvestites picked on the wrong men - when their
intended victims turned out to be cage fighters on a night out in fancy
dress. Dean Gardener, 19, and Jason Fender, 22, singled out the two men
walking along a street in wigs, short skirts and high heels . . . Gardener
was caught on CCTV confronting one of the men in a pink wig, black skirt and
boob tube - then seen swinging a punch, a court heard. But the other
cage fighter, wearing a sparkling black dress and matching long wig, sprang
to his friend's help, delivering two lightning-quick punches to the two
stunned yobs . . . Gardener and Fender were left dazed and seen staggering
to their feet after their failed attack."
10-08-09: The Smith College Sophian: "Transgender coeducation: Smith
is more than just a women's college"
"The transsexual, transgender and
gender queer populations of Smith College are valid and flourishing, whether
they make it onto the "I Am Smith" Web page or not. In an age where
single-sex education is a niche market and a deep source of pride at Smith
College, the transient population and all forms of masculinity on campus
simply must be addressed."
10-08-09: Telegraph (UK): "Transsexual in court appeal for
breast enlargement" (more,
"A transsexual refused breast
enlargement surgery on the NHS is to take her case to the High Court, at a
cost of tens of thousands of pounds to the hospital's budget."
10-06-09: Calgary Herald (Canada): "Sex change teacher as equal as
"Here we go again. You'd think in this
day and age, in Alberta, that people should no longer have to fear losing
their jobs because of who they are . . . Apparently not, because Jan
Buterman, 39, a substitute teacher with the Greater St. Albert Catholic
School Board, has lost his job for being transgendered . . . All the St.
Albert students have learned from this current ugly scenario is that if
someone is different from you, you can treat him as less worthy by
discriminating against him and depriving him of his job."
10-05-09: The Edge (Boston): "How the Gay Community Is Complicit in
"Loree Cook-Daniels, a program manager
for FORGE, a Milwaukee-based transgender advocacy group, commented on the
attacks. She said that, though violence is rare, day-to-day discrimination
and exclusion were common among the transgender community’s gay and lesbian
peers. "Of course LGB people aren’t innocent of transphobia," Cook-Daniels
said. "It even makes sense that they may be more transphobic, due to gender
allegiance - to be a "gay man" you have to assert both your own male gender
and the male gender of those you love - and to the popular conflation of
sexual orientation with gender identity." "If you’ve spent a lot of time
asserting how your gender identity is normative, you may well develop a
prejudice against those whose identity is not normative," Cook-Daniels
10-05-09: The Temple News (Temple University): "Translating Gender"
"Since last year’s merge with
TransAction Student Network, Queer Student Union has expanded both its
membership and diversity. Still, some issues in the transgender community
are beyond reach of a student organization . . .when transgender students
are forced to disclose a gender with the choice of only “male” or “female,”
it can create embarrassing and awkward situations for those who don’t
identify with either. “The invitation still happens to trans people in the
classroom is that question: ‘Are you a boy or a girl?’” said Scott Gratson,
director of undergraduate studies in the School of Communications and
Theater. “It’s an intimate question that gets into medical issues. Do people
realize that question is as invasive as asking any other personal medical
10-05-09: Pink News (UK; publ 10-02): "Raped trans woman
'harassed in public and on the internet'"
"A Welsh trans woman who was raped has
said she was forced to move house after her identity became public. The
unnamed victim saw her attacker, Kiron Singh, Chand, jailed for eight years
this week . . . However, the woman has said she received verbal abuse in the
street and was subjected to a humiliating poster campaign. She added that
she was vilified on social networking websites such as Facebook. . . . "My
family and I have been through hell because of it. "I was the victim and I
was being treated like the criminal.""
10-05-09: Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia): "Gender correction surgeries
"The number of “gender correction”
operations conducted at hospitals in the Kingdom has risen markedly in
recent years, according to specialists in the field . . . a 2008 Saudi study
showed that in one year 60 such operations were carried out compared to only
300 in the previous 25 years. . . Operations that “correct gender” . . . are
to be distinguished from “sex-change operations”. . . “Sex-change operations
are not permitted in Shariah, whereas there is no prolem with gender
correction as it addresses faults in the reproductive organs ”"
10-04-09: The Christian Post: "Upcoming Film Follows a Transsexual's
"The journey of a transsexual woman
seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been documented
on film, which is set to release next year. "Thy Will Be Done: A Transsexual
Woman's Journey Through Family and Faith" follows Sara Herwig, who
transitioned from male to female and is seeking to "fulfill God's call." . .
. The film points out that conservatives recognize Herwig not as a female
but as a gay man. At the same time, they maintain that Herwig is in a
same-sex relationship with a woman and thus cannot be ordained. Robert
Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary and a conservative ordained elder of the PC(USA), argued in a 2007
paper that "transsexuality is in some respects an even more extreme version
of the problem of homosexuality" as it is a denial of one's own sex and "an
overt attempt at marring the sacred image of maleness or femaleness formed
10-03-09: CBC (Canada): "Teacher's sex change firing 'wrong message':
"An expert in gender identity says the
firing of a transgendered teacher by a Roman Catholic school board in
Alberta sends the wrong message to students . . . "The question could be
asked, 'Would the school board, if it's adhering to the tenets of its faith,
fire those teachers who are divorced?'""
10-03-09: The Edmunton Sun (Canada): "Transgender teacher fired by
Catholic school board"
"She said she was removed from the
substitute teaching list of the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools board
after receiving a letter from a deputy superintendent who wrote, "Since you
made a personal choice to change your gender, which is contrary to Catholic
teachings, we have had to remove you from the substitute teacher list."
The official said the gender change "would create confusion and complexity
with students and parents as a model and witness to Catholic faith values.""
10-02-09: Southern Voice: "‘It's like my world’ - Southern Comfort
Conference provides safe space for trans people"
"Angel Sparks was born and raised in
Marietta and now lives in rural North Georgia near Bartow County. Finding
people like her, people who are transgender, is not easy where she lives.
She built a community via the internet and has known about the annual
Southern Comfort Conference, but in years past was too afraid to venture
to Atlanta. This year she did, with the help of the SoCo scholarship
10-02-09: MassLive.com: "Gender rights focus of'Hamp march
"Downtown Northampton will become the
epicenter for the revolution in gender rights Saturday as transgender people
from throughout the region march through the streets in the second annual
New England Trans United Pride March and Rally."
10-01-09: Times of India (India): "Transgenders get their own beauty
"Welcome to Queer Beauty Parlour,
probably the first beauty treatment centre run exclusively for transgenders
in and around capital. And by the looks of it, this unique centre which
gives gays not only beauty solutions but also their own free space, is a
runaway hit with the community."
10-01-09: "Sex change op rapist is jailed"
"An eight-year jail sentence has been
handed to a Llanelli man who orally raped a male awaiting a sex change
operation. Kiron Singh Chand carried out the sex attack after beating up his
victim in a lane in Llanelli . . . Passing sentence, the judge said Chand
had realised the complainant was a transsexual and had carried out the sex
attack to punish and humiliate her."
10-01-09: CBS News: "Minister Admits Transgender Secret" (Video)
"A Methodist minister made a surprise
announcement during a church sermon: He was actually born female. Rev. David
Weekly, of Epworth United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore., recently
revealed during a sermon he was a transsexual. He admitted was born a girl,
but after a difficult childhood, he had gender reassignment surgery. . .
Since the revelation, Weekly said he felt a burden had been lifted. "I feel
like I have more ability to pastor to my congregation, and also other people
that come to me," he said. "I've had so many e-mails and cards from people
all over the country and world saying they would like to return to a
spiritual community and my being out there gives them some hope to do
9-30-09: Miami Herald (Blog by
Steve Rothaus): "CIGNA
cardiologist Rebecca Allison, M.D., becomes president of Gay and Lesbian
"When the Gay and Lesbian Medical
Association (GLMA) meets this week in Washington, D.C., for its 27th annual
conference, CIGNA cardiologist Rebecca (Becky) Allison will become the
organization’s president after serving as president-elect for the past year.
CIGNA (NYSE: CI) is the top-level Diamond sponsor of this year’s conference,
which the GLMA calls the world's largest scientific meeting focusing on
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health. "
9-30-09: The Open Press: "Mona Rae Mason to Present Findings of the
Transgender Project at Tiffany Club FE 2010"
Rae Mason, the project coordinator for the recently completed
Transgender Project will present the findings of this landmark study at two
back to back workshops at
First Event 2010.
The Transgender Project was a longitudinal study from 2004 – 2009 of the
male to female transgender population of the greater New York City
metropolitan area. . . . To date, it is the most in depth and largest study
of its kind . . . Five hundred fifty volunteer male to female transgender
persons between the ages of 19 and 59 years of age from different social and
cultural backgrounds and of all of the transgender community, as well as
numerous stages of transition were interviewed. The study looked at a number
of areas: mental health, suicide ideation, sexual identity, employment,
income levels, education levels, HIV/STI prevalence, family relationships,
hormone use and more."
9-30-09: KOCO (Oklahoma City, posted 9-29): "Local Transgender
Attorney To Challenge Kern - Brittany Novotny To Oppose State Rep. Sally
"State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Bethany --
known nationally for statements suggesting homosexuality is a greater threat
to America than terrorism -- hopes to keep her state House seat in District
84. "It's a moral decay that's going to destroy our nation from within," she
said of homosexuality in 2008. To stay in office, the former school teacher
will have to defeat local attorney Brittany Novotny. Novotny is a Democrat,
and she is transgender -- meaning she was born a male but has transitioned
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9-30-09: The Sun (UK): "Secret ... how do I tell my parents I want for
a sex change?"
"I'm a 15-year-old boy and live like
every other normal boy in my town except for one huge secret. I want to have
a sex change and it's tearing me apart. I have wanted this ever since I was
12 and the hope of having this has kept me going since then."
9-30-09: Bianet (Turkey): "Transsexuals Take Position against Chief of
Police Hüseyin Çapkın"
"About 100 people protested in
Istanbul's district of Beyoğlu, claiming that the pressure on tansvestites
and transsexuals has increased ever since Hüseyin Çapkın became Chief of
Police. . . The transsexuals and transvestites argued in the meeting in the
early evening hours on 28 September that every day arbitrary fines have been
issued to them under the excuse of disturbing the environment. They
announced that they are not going to give way to these applications."
9-29-09: Digital City: "Transgender Comic Ian Harvie Shares His Tales"
"Ian Harvie has been a stand up comic
for seven years. He has a wealth of material as he is the first
female-to-male transgendered comic. He is currently on tour with Margaret
9-29-09: Edge Boston: "Violence Against the Transgendered Only Getting
"Nearly a month has passed since the
Aug. 26 murder of Ty’lia "NaNa Boo" Mack, a 21-year-old transgender woman,
in Washington, D.C. But the violent crime remains on the top of the minds of
transgender advocates nationwide. . . Mack’s death, in broad daylight on a
sidewalk near the Transgender Health Empowerment (T.H.E.) office is the
latest in a series of high-profile killings of transgender people in recent
9-29-09: Journal&Courier (Lafayette, IN): "Transgender child, job are
focus of complaint against TSC"
"In the complaint, Paxton claims that
she lost her job and her daughter was forced to change schools because of
discrimination against her daughter."What it all boils down to is my child's
situation and the fact that she is transgender," said Paxton, who had worked
for the TSC as a bus driver. "I never thought that after nearly 10 years of
driving I'd be looking for a new job.""
9-28-09: American Thinker: "Our Sexual Identity Crisis"
"So what are we to conclude about
"gender" science? Decades ago its "experts" said society could turn your boy
into a girl if it felt like it; now they say he can turn himself into a girl
if he feels like it. Is it just a coincidence that Dr. Money's "gender
neutrality" theory accorded with his day's feminist claim that sex roles
should be discarded because the sexes are essentially the same? Is it just a
coincidence that the current "transgender" theory accords with our day's
homosexual claim that sex roles should be discarded because everyone and his
values are essentially different? It is at all possible that these theories
have less to do with sound science than the spirit of the age?"
[Here cultural conservative
misinterprets recent findings that gender is innate, by assuming that innate
gender feelings are always consistent with gender assignment at birth. In
reality, transgender children experience the same form of cognitive
dissonance regarding their incorrect gender assignment as did David Reimer.]
9-28-09: KATU.com (Portland, OR): "Transgender pastor tells all"
"The Reverend Weekley continues to
preach at the Epworth United Methodist Church, where he hopes his message of
acceptance will be heard beyond the church's walls."
9-28-09: Electric News (Singapore): "'I'd rather die as an ugly man
than a handsome woman' - Female-born transsexuals speak up at first-ever
forum that addresses their plight" (more)
"They live on the fringes, shunning
attention, like this Singaporean transsexual. Only last month did he and
three others summon enough courage to tell their story at an open forum. The
forum, the first of its kind, was organised by SgButterfly, a group for
transsexuals here. The speakers were all born women and want or subsequently
got a sex change."
9-28-09: The Age (Australia, re Belgium): "How the other half lives"
Van Durme began life as a man, became one of Belgium's first
post-operative transsexuals and is now wowing audiences with the stage
version of her tale . . . Van Durme is 62. At 27, she took a wad of cash to
Casablanca, handed over her jewellery when the bargaining started and soon
became one of the first Belgians to have a sex change. She was already
living as a woman, which meant she had had to give up her prized position as
an actor with the prestigious theatre company Nederlands Toneel Gent. She
worked as a prostitute. They all did, the men dressed as women, even those
with strings of degrees. ''In those days, it was unthinkable you could have
another job. And there are a lot of men - really, a lot - who like
9-28-09: On Top Magazine: "East Cleveland Mayor's Transgender Life
"East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer's
apparent transgender life has been exposed days before a primary election is
to be held, the Cleveland Leader reported. Brewer is livid after photos
allegedly of him dressed in sexy female lingerie and makeup were leaked to
various media outlets."
9-28-09: Telegraph (UK, re Spain): "Man who become first in world to
become pregnant with twins seeks new round of IVF treatment"
"A Spaniard who became the first "man"
in the world to become pregnant with twins has spoken of his determination
to try again after suffering a miscarriage."
9-27-09: The Gleaner (Jamaica): "Caster Semenya: Why, God, why?", by
"Is Semenya a human being? Should there
be a debate with regard to Semenya's entitlement to human rights
consideration? What if 'other Semenyas' wanted to be married to each other?
What if Semenya was your child? How do Christians - those with all the
answers - respond to these questions? Is this an unfortunate situation? If
'yes', is God unfair? If 'no', would you marry someone like God's Semenya?
It is my hope that we will find compassion for Semenya. Let us use this
reality to move beyond dinner table and bar counter jokes, to a more
reasoned dialogue with ourselves. Let us engage that strange and often
challenging place between faith and other life experiences."
[Fr Sean Major-Campbell is former
rector of the Anglican Church in the Cayman Islands]
9-27-09: Thaindian News (re Nepal): "Miss Gay Nepal now eyes the
"They became the first sexual minority
in South Asia to wrest the right to same-sex marriage and have a say in the
new constitution. Now Nepal’s transgender community is aiming to conquer the
world outside by taking part in the international pageant for transgenders
to be held in Thailand next month."
9-26-09: Independent Record (Helena, MT): "250 pack church for
"A capacity crowd of nearly 250 people
packed Plymouth Congregational Church on Friday to screen a documentary film
Sons) directed and produced by Helena-born filmmaker Kim Reed . . .
Getting a ticket for Friday's screening wasn't an easy task, as Margo Brooke
pointed out. She had waited for more than a month from the show and said the
church was a perfect place to show the film. "I'm Catholic, and I saw many,
many Catholics here," Brooke said. "That line might be a lot thinner than we
thought between male and female. It's amazing to see how Kim looks and talks
exactly like her mother.""
9-26-09: Examiner.com: "Atlantic City prostitution sweep nets 27
people, three transexuals"
9-25-09: Metro Weekly (re East Cleveland, OH): "Mayor's private
transgender sex life exposed: East Cleveland Mayor calls pics "gutter
poltics" days before election [video]"
"Local TV staion WKYC reports that
nearly 50 photos emerged, many of a male who closely resembles the mayor in
women's lingerie, some sexually explicit"
9-25-09: ABC News: "Workplace Discrimination: Transgender Woman Urges
Lawmakers to Pass Reforms"
"When Vandy Beth Glenn, formerly Glenn
Morrison, was summoned to her boss's office Oct. 16, 2007, she was not
prepared for the exchange that followed. "He asked me if what he had heard
was true: did I really intend to come to work as a woman? I told him yes, it
was true". . . "Mr. Brumby told me that people would think I was immoral. He
told me I would make other people uncomfortable, just by being myself. He
told me that my transition was unacceptable. And over and over, he told me
it was inappropriate.""
Southern Comfort: "Southern Comfort Conference 2009"
[This major transgender conference is
now underway (September 22 - 27) at the Crowne Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta GA]
9-24-09: People Magazine: "Who's That Girl? It's Jude Law – in Drag!"
"With his matinee idol looks,
is one of Hollywood's reigning heartthrobs. But in the movie
Rage, the handsome actor shows off his
feminine side as a sultry transsexual supermodel named Minx. Virtually
unrecognizable in a black wig, a black strapless dress, scarlet lipstick and
smokey shadow highlighting his blue eyes, Law, 36, delivers what may be one
of his most dramatic screen transformations to date."
9-24-09: Seattle Post Intelligencer: "Chart of the Day: Most LGBT
people hide sexual orientation at work"
9-24-09: Vancouver Free Press (Canada): "Best of Vancouver
communities: Transitioning to a bright future" "
9-24-09: Associated Press: "Gay rights supporters seek anti-bias bill"
"Two openly gay members of Congress on
Wednesday urged their colleagues to pass a sweeping job discrimination bill
that would — for the first time — protect gays and transsexuals from
workplace bias. The testimony from Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Tammy
Baldwin, D-Wis., comes as supporters of the measure believe Congress is
closer than ever to banning discrimination on the basis of sexual
9-24-09: Southern Voice: "U.S. House hears ENDA testimony"
"The House Education & Labor Committee
heard testimony Wednesday regarding ENDA, which would bar job bias based on
sexual orientation and gender identity. Vandy Beth Glenn, a Georgia woman
who is suing the state legislature for firing her for being transgender, was
among those who argued in favor of the bill." (with video of Vandy's
9-24-09: Just Plain Sense (UK): "Trans Kids News Update", by Christine
"The central issue is about how to deal
with Puberty. If clinicians don’t do something to prevent normal puberty
occurring then a trans child will undergo changes that are impossible – or
at least painful and expensive to reverse in adulthood. Some children say
they would rather commit suicide and their parents are understandably
frantic. British clinicians have been ultra cautious and . . . Clinicians at
the UK’s only specialist centre for child and adolescent gender identity
patients say they will still only prescribe blocking therapy once puberty
has largely completed at the age of 16 – by which time irreversible changes
have occurred. What has altered, however, is that the advocates for change –
mostly parents of trans children – are getting more of a hearing for their
case. In this show we feature a recent interview from BBC Radio Four’s
flagship “Today” programme and afterwards I reflect on what mature media
coverage does for the debate."
9-24-09: Colorado Springs Independent: "Gender Blender - New law
aside, straddling the sexes can be a bitch"
" . . . there are clear signs of
greater understanding that gender identity doesn't always parallel outward
biology: Inside/Out is working with local families looking at helping
children as young as 5 and 6 make the switch. But teens like Nico, and even
adults, still face harsh treatment and incomprehension from those who prefer
the rigid familiarity of society's gender boxes. Some find themselves
jobless, homeless and lacking the money for hormone treatments and surgeries
that can make a transition complete."
9-24-09: New York Times - Letters: "What Makes a Woman a Woman?", by
K. J. Rawson
"Defining “woman” is always risky
business, and I applaud
Peggy Orenstein for taking the plunge. While Orenstein tempered the
typical risk through her skillful use of personal narrative, I found
her analogy of her own situation to transsexuality rather offensive"
9-24-09: Thaindian News (re India): "Many gays opting for sex change:
"Gautam, a gay activist in Delhi, said:
“Society’s pressure is so much that some gay couples may be going for sex
change to stay together. Though I don’t know of a particular case, this
could be the reason.” He, however, added: “There could also be some gender
identity mismatch.” Psychiatrists too say there is generally a gender
identity disorder among some gays. Sameer Malhotra, a senior psychiatrist in
Delhi, said: “Many of these couples are committed but depressed about their
image. Hence they go for this makeover. The gender identity disorder is a
key factor.” “Some of them believe they have a male body but a female soul.
They face depression over a period of time by thinking about the image of
their self. This is one of the reasons behind cross-dressing too,” he
9-23-09: Windy City Times (re NCLR press release): "Think Tank on
Transgender Student-Athletes Equal Opportunity to convene in Indianapolis"
"A groundbreaking think tank sponsored
by the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) in partnership with the
Women's Sports Foundation . . . will gather national sports leaders, legal
experts, and policymakers to address equal opportunity for transgender
9-23-09: SX News (Australia): "Deaths and Entrances", Written by
"There’s no easy to tell family
members about transitioning from male to female. Some take the news openly;
others not quite so. Author Josephine Emery recalls the moment she told her
mother what she had been afraid to say all those years. I was here in this
small coastal South Australian town to be with my mother one more time
before she died . . . I clutched the phone and finally said what I had been
afraid to say for all those years."
9-23-09: Boomerang Books (Australia; publ. 8-19): "The Real
Possibility of Joy: A Personal Journey from Man to Woman by Josephine Emery"
"Ever since the author was a child, a
small boy called John, an undeniable feminine presence was trapped inside."
[A review of Josephine Emery's new
9-23-09: New America Media: "On the Road to Refuge - A radical church
reaches out to queer communities"
"“There are so many congregations
across the Washington, D.C. metro area where GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender] persons are forced to check an essential part of their
being at the door, while their gifts and talents are exploited Sunday after
Sunday,” he says. In the City of Refuge, his passionate weekly sermons
indicate that this ain’t your granddaddy’s Pentecost."
9-22-09: New York Times: "When Gender Isn’t So Clear"
"Tests on the South African runner
Caster Semenya continue, as race officials try to decide whether the
18-year-old athlete — who says she is female — is a man or a woman. Martha
Wilson, an American writer living in Canada, is not a runner, and she thinks
she is certain of the sex of her daughters. But, as she writes in a guest
blog today, the case feels very personal nonetheless, because it raises
questions of concern to any parent."
9-22-09: San Francisco Chronicle: "Chaz Bono writing sex change
"Cher's daughter Chastity Bono is
writing a memoir to document her sex change from a woman to a man."
9-22-09: The Boston Globe (published 9-20): "Project ‘Gaydar’"
"At MIT, an experiment identifies which
students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy"
9-22-09: NBC Chicago: "Gay Bar's New ID Policy Is a Drag - Club
requires ID that matches "gender presentation""
"The new policy at Hunters Nightclub
(1932 E Higgins Rd) requires all customers to show a valid photo ID that
matches their "gender presentation." In other words, if you show up looking
like a boy or like a girl, then that must match your government-issued ID as
well. This is a major problem for those who cross-dress or who perform in
9-22-09: The Independent (UK): "Sarah Graham: My intersex
"In an open letter to the South African
athlete, Sarah Graham, who was born intersex, offers advice and
encouragement for the years to come"
9-22-09: St. Petersburg Times: "Autopsy finds low level of medication
in transgender man hit, killed by car"
"Silverwolf died after he stepped into
the path of a car on Roosevelt Boulevard about an hour after he was released
from the Pinellas County Jail . . . His close friend, Ed Smith . . . said
Monday he doesn't know whether Silverwolf tried to commit suicide that
morning or if he simply wasn't paying attention when he walked into the
road. But Smith contends that Silverwolf likely would still be alive if he
hadn't been arrested for "a very, very minor incident" in a Wal-Mart parking
lot, he said."
9-22-09: In2Town Lifestyle Magazine (Canada): "Why Do Wise Grown Men
Long For To Wear Womens Clothes"
"What do the words cross-dresser or cross dressing conjure up in your mind.
For greater, it's practicably Dame Edna Everage, weird sexual fetishes, or
men who don't know what or whom they want to be. It's strange how the very
mention of cross-dressers or cross-dressing seems to be solely associated
with men." [A rather bizarre article]
9-21-09: Examiner.com: "U.S Congress: transgendered rights more
important than business owners"
"The Obama administration and its
liberal accomplices in the United States Congress continue to advance a
relentless agenda of legislation that undermines the will of its citizens
and the basic foundation of our society . . . In certain segments of the
economy, construction for example, businesses would be devastated by
enforcing such a policy. Certain transgendered sales people whose gender
masking was obvious, would likely be shunned by customers and the resulting
economic loss would be inflicted on the business owner who would face the
repercussions of violating federal civil rights laws if they terminated such
[An example of the escalating anti-ENDA
9-21-09: The Independent (UK): "Gender reassignment: 'I always wanted
to be a girl...'"
"Kim Petras is a model and an aspiring
pop star. She is also the youngest person in the world to undergo gender
9-21-09: The HeraldScotland (Scotland): "Richard O’Brien lays himself
"The Rocky Horror Show creator reveals
all . . . “All my life, I’ve been fighting, torn in two and battling –
never belonging, actually. Never being male. Or female. Wondering if I was
born transgender? Did it happen in the womb? That might have made it easier.
I don’t know. Or was it psychological? I’d been going to therapy, treating
what I was as though it was some kind of illness – getting more and more
depressed, wondering, ‘could I be cured?’ I went mad, really” . . . He feels
sorrow and exasperation at the way society imposes a sense of “being
abnormal or perverted on those of us who are, as I like to think of myself,
a ‘third sex’. Once I’d settled on that concept, I found it freed me from a
lot of inner conflicts. But what a shame, that you have to hide yourself
away. Become a shadow, so as you don’t make any waves."
[This story helps expose the terrible
self-pathologizing effects of psychiatric "therapy" in years past]
9-21-09: The Star (UK): "The courage of Rachel" (see
" . . . all too often, within the gay,
lesbian and transgender community, it is youth and beauty that takes centre
stage, and the older members of the gay and transgender communities often
get sidelined and forgotten . . . for those like Rachel who are very
frail and require round the clock care, it is fantastic to hear that she is
enjoying such high quality care and respect at a Sheffield care home"
9-21-09: Express Buzz (India): "Aravanis’ stall at exhibition a hit"
“We as a group, wanted to be a model to
society, besides changing the negative image about transgenders, prevalent
among the public, and therefore, we started this venture. We produce nearly
750 kg of
per month and it is being marketed to Tirupur, Coimbatore, Chennai, Erode
and Bangalore. Recently, we received orders from Kolkata. We are ready to
provide employment opportunities to other transgenders.”
9-21-09: The Joplin Globe (Missouri): "Exhibit explores transgender
"Medical students at Washington
University will have a chance to learn more about the needs of gay and
transgender patients from a traveling exhibit making its way to St. Louis."
9-20-09: The Independent (UK): "Hormone 'blockers' could be offered to
under-16s seeking sex change"
"Sex-change experts are considering
reviews to current UK guidelines that could see treatment with "hormone
blockers" extended to under-16s and transgender surgery to under-18s. The
moves, if approved, would be taken as a positive response to campaigning led
by Kim Petras, currently the world's youngest transsexual, who at 16
succeeded in lobbying the German government to allow her to undergo a sex
9-20-09: The Independent (UK): "Semenya: The mystery grows"
"The saga of Caster Semenya, the
women's world 800m champion whose gender is under detailed and forensic
questioning, burst into renewed and sorry life yesterday. It was revealed
that, contrary to repeated denials by South African officials, Semenya
underwent gender tests in Pretoria before the world championships. The team
doctor was sufficiently concerned to recommend she did not compete. This
advice – and qualms about her expressed to the South Africans by the
International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) – were ignored;
18-year-old Semenya competed, and every shred of her own privacy and
intimacy are now a matter of worldwide conjecture."
9-19-09: Telegraph (UK): "Sex change for children guidelines
under review" (more)
"Guidelines for children wanting a sex
change are under review, it can be disclosed, as it emerged that a
12-year-old British boy is hoping to become one of the world's youngest
transsexuals . . . Some doctors are pushing for them to be changed to allow
the use of hypothalamic blockers, entirely reversible hormones which delay
the developments associated with puberty, at an earlier age than 16.
International guidelines issued earlier this year by The Endocrine Society
say that doctors should be able to use their clinical judgement and give the
blockers earlier in puberty, if they deem necessary, potentially even as
young as 12. "
9-19-09: Q-Notes (North Carolina): "ObamaCare Scare"
"Healthcare debate in this country
hasn’t gone from the ridiculous to the sublime; rather, it’s become
progressively and inexorably more insane: death panels, euthanasia and
eugenics. Of course, trans people have not escaped the foray unscathed. In
the course of dealing with Neo-Christian fundamentalist zealots, we
encounter many vitriolic and seemingly possessed pontificators."
9-19-09: Vindy.com (Ohio): "No surgical sex change? No problem at BMV
to alter gender on licenses" (PDF
of the new form)
"Ohioans wanting to change their gender
on state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards no longer have to
have their body parts medically altered, under a new policy introduced by
the Bureau of Motor Vehicles this month. Under the new policy, launched this
week, affected residents submit a form signed by their physician or a
licensed therapist or psychologist that they are living as the opposite
gender, whether surgical procedures have been completed or not"
The Sun (UK): "Now boy, 9, is a girl" (more)
"ANOTHER boy has turned up at school as
a girl, it emerged yesterday - this time aged NINE . . .One concerned mum
said: "My son came home from school and asked why one of his friends had
become a girl. I thought he was joking, but he kept asking - that's when
alarm bells began ringing . . . "My son is too young to really understand
the significance of what's happening. It's hard to explain to him. "He
doesn't understand the differences between girls' and boys' bodies yet. I'm
terrified he'll ask me if he can become a girl as well.""
[This story reveals an important
dimension of irrational parental fear: i.e., that their own child will want
to "change sex" if they hear about another child doing so.]
9-18-09: Telegraph (UK): "Sex swap children: gender dysphoria at a
"A 12-year-old boy in England has
started the new school year as a girl. But he is not the first one, as our
9-18-09: Los Angeles Times (publ. 9-17): "Treating transsexual kids:
wait for, then delay puberty to treat"
"The nation's oldest and largest
organization of endocrinologists has recommended that physicians treating
children with gender identity disorder intervene to delay puberty at its
first signs and wait until a child is at least 16 before offering hormonal
therapy that would begin his or her gender transition."
[This is a much more humane method of
treatment than in the UK, where trans teens are denied puberty-blockers and
are forced to go through the wrong puberty]
9-18-09: The Sun (UK): "Boy, 12, turns into girl" (more,
"A BOY aged 12 turned up at school as a
GIRL - after changing sex during the summer holidays. Teachers called an
emergency assembly to order fellow pupils to treat him as female . . . Angry
parents told yesterday how their kids were left tearful and confused after
school staff announced the boy pupil was now a girl. . . . Transgender
counsellor David Hawley last night paid tribute to the pupil's "strength of
character". He said: "It is very unusual for a child of that age to be that
clear about what they want to do. She has had a lot of support from her
parents. So I imagine she was comfortable with herself before going to
school and now she is discovering it can be a nasty world . . ."
Psychotherapist James Caspian said the child would not be allowed hormone
treatment in the UK until passing puberty. Meanwhile he and the other kids
would have to cope with the shockwaves caused by the switch."
[The school handled this situation
incredibly poorly, and this will be made only worse when the child is forced
to go through the wrong puberty under the UK medical system.]
9-18-09: Alert from Inclusive ENDA Facebook Group: "Hearing on
Inclusive ENDA next Wed., Sep 23 - YOU can help!"
"The House Committee on Education and
Labor will host a Full Committee hearing on HR.3017 Employment
Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 on Wednesday September 23rd. We need passage
of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal
bill that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to
promote employees simply based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We
need to encourage all members of the committee to support the passage of
this Bill. YOU can help. We encourage YOU to contact each member of the
committee as often as you can." [with details on how to make contact]
CampAranu'tiq: "CampAranu'tiq is a weeklong, tuition-free, overnight summer
camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15."
"Our mission is to provide transgender
and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during
which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and
connect with others in similar situations. Camp Aranu'tiq . . . was
born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe
place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural
setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun.
Camp is located in Southern New England, a 2-hour drive from both New York &
Boston . . . Aranu'tiq will celebrate its inaugural year in summer 2010.
Dates: Campers arrive Sunday, August 22 and depart Saturday, August 28,
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: "Declaration of Gender Change" (PDF
of the new form)
"Correspondents in Ohio are pleased to
report that the Ohio BMV has changed their policy, and will now change
gender on the Ohio Drivers License for appropriate individuals without
surgical intervention. This is particularly useful for individuals during
the "Real Life Test," as well as transitioners who cannot or chose not to
have SRS. They have been working on this for over 2 and a half years, and
its finally come to fruition!"
9-17-09: Georgetown Voice (DC): "Gender-bending art"
"Within the stark walls of the
Hillyer Art Space, a hole-in-the-wall exhibition site in Dupont Circle,
Serafin seeks to explore the small but significant moments where we
judge and are judged by others. Her new installation Multiplying the Body:
Gender Performance Remembered and Reconstructed is on display until October
31. . . . With her exhibit, Serafin challenges us to look at the world
through a purposefully unbiased lens, making it possible to see much more
than gender, sexuality, clothing, and physique. “What if there was a place
where there weren’t these boundaries?” Serafin asked. “Maybe we could be a
little bit more true to who we are.”"
9-17-09: The Carolinian (UNC, Greensboro; posted 9/15): "Transgendered
people often find acceptance difficult in society"
"Upon coming to college, many students
for the first time have the opportunity to review things they have
encountered throughout their youth, and decide what to keep and what to
alter. There are many opportunities to reassess gender identity and look
more closely at the mores in American society pertaining to gender roles . .
. One female-to-male transgendered person describes the time in his life
when he realized he was more comfortable as a boy than as a girl. He goes on
to talk about confiding is his best friend who is female and telling her for
the first time that he needed to be a man . . . "
9-17-09: First Post (UK): "Why we're frightened of Caster Semenya"
"The public are fascinated by
hermaphrodites, but also horrified. Psychoanalyst Coline Covington explains
. . . The sports world is a microcosm of the world at large - the confusion
and fiery passions surrounding gender ambiguity touch a raw nerve that
reverberates within each of our psyches and throughout our society. When the
distinction is clear between who is a man and who is a woman, we know how to
relate to each other. When this distinction is blurred or eroded, we become
anxious and disorientated."
9-17-09: St. Louis Today: "Traveling exhibit focuses on transgender
"Arthur Robinson Williams wants his
fellow medical students to know more about the unique challenges of patients
who are lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual. So he has produced a
traveling documentary exhibit, "My Right Self: Transgender Considerations."
It's composed of 25 photos and personal stories. On Monday, Washington
University School of Medicine will be the next stop on its U.S. tour. "The
average medical school spends three to four hours on transgender issues,"
said Williams, a fourth-year medical student at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "I've run across schools with no coverage
of gay, lesbian or transgender issues.""
9-17-09: Korea Times (South Korea): "Conscription Rules for
"South Korea will lift its requirement
for transsexuals to undergo group physical examinations before they are
exempted from conscription, an official said Thursday. The examinations pose
the risk of breaching the rights of those who have undergone sex changes
from women to men, said Kim Duk-ki, a Military Manpower Administration
9-16-09: EDGE: "Murder underscores anti-transgender violence in D.C."
"As local police to investigate Tyli’a
"Na Na Boo" Mack’s murder, transgender activists and others in the District
of Columbia continue to demand an end to anti-trans violence in the city."
9-16-09: The Tennessean: "Nashville council bans gender identity
biases - Metro gives workers protection"
"Current and future Metro employees are
now officially guaranteed protection from discrimination on the grounds of
sexual orientation and gender identity."
9-16-09: ABC News (Australia): "Timber group apologises over intersex
"A national lobby group has publicly
apologised for a advertisement which offended gay, lesbian and intersex
Tasmanians. The controversial advertisements ran in the lead up to the 2007
9-15-09: Fox News: "Changing Genders: An Interview With the World's
Leading Sex Change Surgeon"
"Ever since Cher’s daughter Chastity
Bono — now Chaz Bono — announced she was beginning the process of becoming a
man – many have wondered what exactly a sex change involves. In order to get
that answer, FOXNews.com talked to Dr. Marci Bowers, an internationally
renowned surgeon who performs more than 200 gender-related surgeries a year
at her clinic in Trinidad, Colo."
9-14-09: Mirror.co.uk (UK): "I feel for Caster Semenya - I am a
woman with male chromosomes"
"As controversial world champion runner
Caster Semenya is reported to have both male and female sexual
characteristics, Sarah Graham, 40, writes about her own life as an intersex
9-14-09: Variety: "Alfredson right helmer for 'Danish'"
"Let the Right One In" helmer Tomas
Alfredson will direct Nicole Kidman in
true-life sex-change drama "The Danish
Script is written by Lucinda Coxon,
based on David Ebershoff's novel about
Danish painter Einar Wegener (Kidman),
who in 1931 became the first person to
go through a sex-change operation to
become a woman."
9-14-09: Daily Mail (UK): "'I'm Britain's oldest transsexual', says
ex-coal miner, 75"
"Now a resident at Haythorne Place Care
Home on Sheffield, Rachel wears lipstick, nail varnish, and women's clothing
every day. 'The staff dress me up around the home,' Rachel said. 'I've got
skirts and things in my wardrobe, and they will dress me up and take me down
Connecticut Post: "A transgender's life in transition"
""It's not a choice. It takes place
whether you like it or not," Beon said. "When it happens late in life it's
like a race horse coming out of the gate. You can only hold it back for so
9-13-09: HRC: "Corporate Equality Index"
"The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's
eighth annual Corporate Equality Index shows an unprecedented 305 major U.S.
businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent, up from 260 last year -
despite the economic downturn. "
9-12-09: XTRA (Canada): "Police seek convicted killer of trans sex
9-12-09: AsiaOne News (re Thailand): "New sex change regulation in
"From November 29, the Medical Council
of Thailand will strictly enforce new regulations allowing only those
transgendered people aged over 18 to undergo a sex-change operation,
secretary general Dr Samphan Komrit said yesterday. Transgendered people
aged 18 to 20 must have parental consent, while those over 20 can decide for
themselves. Transgendered people must also consult a psychiatrist, live as a
woman for a year and receive hormone therapy before being allowed to undergo
a sexchange operation."
9-11-09: Pams House Blend: "From A Respected Online Law Journal: A
Throw-Away Line Of Antitrans Sentiment", by Autumn Sandeen
"What I "hear" as I read Ms. Colb's
statement is her calling trans women self-deluded "fake women." I also
"hear" her excising trans people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement by identifying only gays and
lesbians as our movement's civil rights activists. . . In arguing for gay
civil rights methodology in her argument for vegan activism,
seems to me to have slammed other
identity-community people (trans people in general, and transsexuals in
specific). Whether she did this with sincere ignorance or conscientious
stupidity, I can't tell -- but it looks to me at a minimum to be one or the
9-11-09: FindLaw (posted 9-02): "What Vegans Can Learn from the Gay
Rights Movement's Successes" by
Sherry F. Colb"
"Once we recognize that it is the vegan
– rather than the nonhuman animal – who occupies the space parallel to that
of the gay rights advocate, we immediately see some important commonalities.
One is that, unlike race and sex, gay identity and vegan identity are, in
part, chosen. In saying this, I do not mean to suggest that people "decide"
whether to be gay or straight, in the way that they decide what books to
read. What I mean is that in the absence of surgery or other kinds of
mutilation, a person who is white cannot decide to be African-American, and
a man cannot decide to be a woman: sex and race are, in that sense,
immutable. By contrast, part of what makes the gay rights movement
distinctive is that it is possible for a gay man or a lesbian to live
(unhappily) as though he or she is straight. "
[Legal website publishes outrageous
transphobic commentary by self-obsessed 'vegan activist'. What could they
have been thinking?]
9-11-09: Guardian (UK re Iran): "Iran set to allow first transsexual
"Iran is set to allow what is believed
to be its first transsexual marriage after the would-be bride asked a court
to override her father's opposition to the match. The woman, named only as
Shaghayegh, told Tehran's family court that she wanted to wed her best
friend from school, who had recently undergone a sex change operation to
become a man, but was unable to obtain her father's blessing, as legally
9-11-09: JoongAng Daily (South Korea): "Transgender rape charge deemed
"The Supreme Court yesterday reaffirmed
a lower court’s suspended jail sentence for a man found guilty of raping a
transgender woman . . . The ruling marked the first court verdict in a
sexual assault case involving a transgender woman."
9-11-09: National Post (Canada re South Africa): "Caster Semenya: the
plot thickens" (more)
9-10-09: YNET News (Israel re Gaza): "Gaza teen undergoes sex change
"Fifteen year-old Fatima Abed Rabbo
from Jabalya becomes 'Odai' after Spanish specialists perform gender
reassignment surgery. 'I feel much more comfortable now, I feel free,' he
9-10-09: ANSA (Italy): "Sex- change choirmaster sacked - Organist
claims 'no explanation' for cathedral's move
"A Catholic choirmaster who was sacked
after changing sex says he's still waiting for an explanation from the
cathedral in the southern Italian city of Lecce.''They gave me the boot
without any explanation, beating about the bush without coming out with the
real reason . . .''"
9-10-09: VUE Weekly (Canada, re Seattle, US): "Queermonton:
Transgender Conference - The journey to acceptance"
"One set of workshops, known as
is for transidentified people, their partners and their allies. The other,
Spectrum, is for families with children or teens who are trans and
gender variant . . . Conference attendees all seemed to agree that the best
and most important place to instigate acceptance and understanding was
inside the grade school system. A number of parents that I spoke to
mentioned that it seemed that the younger kids were, the easier it was for
them to understand why a classmate would be arriving to school in a dress
now or would be using a different name. It seems an obvious choice to
parents at this conference to fully commit themselves to supporting and
nurturing their transidentified child. To them, it's clearly no choice at
all. As one mom so eloquently put it, "The gifts are seeing my child enjoy
life. Because she was living a lie.""
9-10-09: Examiner.com: "Transgender & Transsexual Issues 101: Five
appropriate questions to ask a transsexual person"
Top Five Silliest Questions to Ask a Transsexual Person"
was almost all in fun (with a layer of truth hiding just under the surface),
but for non-trans people who are now more worried than ever, relax. There
are some questions that are appropriate when a transsexual person comes out
to you or tells you that he or she is going through or has gone through a
9-09-09: Feministe: "Why Black Transgender Role Models Are Important",
by Monica Roberts
"It’s important in any marginalized
community, especially as a transperson of color to have role models that
share your ethnic heritage. They give you a concrete example of the fact
that you aren’t alone for starters. Their existence lets you know they are
proud to be who they are, a roadmap to living your own proud life and the
strength to persevere against adversity . . . That has what’s been denied us
through intentional and unintentional whitewashing of transgender history .
. . It’s a negative pattern that needs to be reversed, and it starts with
us. We have to claim and fiercely defend our history, trumpet our
accomplishments, and document what’s happening for current and future
generations to read as well."
9-09-09: Express Buzz (India): "A transsexual match"
When Kalki Subramaniam,
founder-director of the Sahodari foundation (an organisation to support
transgenders), launched a matchmaking site recently -- the world’s first it
has been said -- exclusively for transsexual women, she showed the world
that the voices against the injustice are getting louder. . .
“People will understand we feel like
women, we are not weird and we also want to find a loving partner and have a
9-09-09: Windy City Times: "TransEpiscopal: Making the church more
inclusive - Extended for the Online Edition of Windy City Times"
"They were a party of nine: five
transgender women, two transmen, a gay man and a straight woman ally. They
told friends, "We're going to Anaheim," not too far away from Disneyland.
They were also change agents. By the end of the their church's triennial
gathering ( July 8-17 ) , this band of sisters and brothers made
Episcopalian history with the advent of trans-inclusive action and
convention-floor testimony from a 19-year-old transman believed to be the
first openly transgender deputy."
9-09-09: h+ Magazine (Fall 2009 issue): "Bringing About HET" (link
to PDF version, 21mb)
"Human Enhancement Technology ("HET")
is the term given to any non-therapeutic attempt to temporarily of
permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through
natural or artificial means"
[An interesting special issue of h+
Magazine that reflects on gender transitions as an early important example
9-09-09: h+ Magazine (Fall 2009 issue): "Who Put the TRANS in the
TRANSition to Post-Humanity"
"As we move into an age of shifting
identities, where we can be whatever or whoever we choose to be in our
second lives: where biotechnology might soon offer changes in skin melanin
bringing about the age of the transracial, as people start to evolve novel
body ornamentations and eventually parts, as we learn how to control our
hormones to amp up our estrogen or testosterone to suit the needs of the
day, we should always remember to thank the transgendered. They have walked
point for our basic rights to self-alter."
[From the introduction to the special
issue on page 10]
9-08-09: Change.org: "A Transgender Political First"
"A transgender political glass ceiling
is about to be busted wide open this week, with the official appointment of
Babs Casbar Siperstein to as a member of the Democratic National
Committee (DNC). Gov. Tim Kaine, the chair of the DNC, appointed Siperstein
to fill one of the 75 at-large seats available on the DNC, making her the
first openly transgender person ever to serve on a major national political
9-08-09: Feministe: "Stealth Was A Mistake", by Monica Roberts
"One of the ongoing arguments in the
transgender community that’s guaranteed to generate heated debate one way or
the other is the stealth vs out one. Basically, stealth is the transgender
equivalent of what we call in the African-American community ‘passing’. Back
during the bad old days African-Americans who had features and skin tones
light enough to be mistaken for white would just cut ties with the
African-American community and fade away into white society so they could
access opportunities for a better life. . . Even though they became part of
white society, they always lived in fear that someone, someday and somehow
would discover their Black heritage."
9-07-09: GayNZ.com (re Pakistan): "Razor Crescent? LGBT Pakistan"
"Although India has just
repealed its antigay Section 377 of the colonial era Indian Penal Code,
Pakistan is still opposed to LGBT rights... although there are some signs of
9-06-09: Wales online (Wales): "Transgender couple defy convention for
a happier life"
9-05-09: The Times of India (India): "Transgenders enthused by
response to their matrimonial site"
""Want a sophisticated groom with a
decent job in the age group of 25-30. He should give respect to my feelings.
He should sport a moustache but should not be overweight." The expectations
of Deepika about her future partner are no different from most others. But
she has something more to add: "He should not feel ashamed to take me out
and introduce me as his wife to his friends and relatives. He should shower
me with love and affection which I am deprived of at my home." The
23-year-old is among a handful who have posted their profiles on
www.thirunangai.net, said to be the first exclusive matrimonial website for
transgenders. The website, launched only a few days ago, has received
tremendous response, as men from across the globe are sending in their
queries, says Kalki, a transgender who has designed the portal."
9-05-09: Agence France-Presse (AFP) (re Malaysia): "Twilight life of
Malaysia's Muslim transsexuals"
"With her tight jeans, elaborate
make-up and flowing hair, Tasha looks for all the world like a striking
young woman. But her all-important Malaysian ID card declares she is a
Muslim man."In Islam, there are only men and women, there are no
transsexuals, and this is an Islamic country so that makes life very
difficult for us," says the 28-year-old who has been cross-dressing since
she was a child. Like many transsexuals in Malaysia, a conservative and
mostly Muslim country, the clash between ID card and appearance means Tasha
is shunned by employers, and forced to make her living as a sex worker."
9-05-09: Associated Press: "Transgender activist runs for mayor of
9-04-09: Washington Blade: "Vigil for slain trans woman draws 250 -
Police working ‘non-stop’ to find killer in ‘possible’ hate crime"
"About 250 people gathered amid
raindrops in Northwest D.C. last week to remember a 21-year-old transgender
woman who was stabbed to death as she and a friend were walking to the
offices of a transgender services organization."
9-04-09: BBC News (UK): "Transsexual wins prison transfer"
"The refusal to move a transsexual
prisoner from a men's jail to a women's prison is a violation of her human
rights, rules the High Court. Deputy Judge David Elvin QC quashed Justice
Secretary Jack Straw's decision to keep the 27-year-old, who cannot be
identified, in a male prison."
9-03-09: Dallas Voice: "Homophobe Kern to face transgender challenger"
When anti-gay Oklahoma state Rep. Sally
Kern, pictured, runs for re-election in 2010, she will face transgender
lawyer Brittany Novotny. Novotny plans to officially announce her candidacy
in late September or early October. Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern made
headlines when she warned the audience at a Republican fundraiser that “gays
are infiltrating city councils” and “they are winning elections.” Kern won’t
have to worry about that menace in her upcoming 2010 race for re-election.
Her main opponent, Brittany Novotny, is not gay. She’s transgender."
9-03-09: DrDrantz-ScienceSexuality.blog: "Ending Professional Bigotry
Against Transsexual People", by Veronica Drantz, Ph.D.
"In this video I present the scientific
evidence showing that transsexuality is a natural variation and that
transsexual people are simply different, not disordered. Consequently, the
American Psychiatric Association should remove "gender identity disorder"
from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. My thanks to
Chicago's Gay Liberation Network. This video of the cable television
broadcast is in four parts. (orig. posted 8-30)"
9-03-09: Religion Dispatches: "Transgender and Christian: Finding
"The idea of transgender Christianity
shocks people on both sides of the divide: conservative religious reject any
kind of gender variance and the LGBT community can be suspicious of
organized religion. In all of this, trans-Christians are forging a new
9-03-09: West Linn Tidings (Oregon): "New year, new gender for
WLHS teacher - Nicholas Kintz is now Nicole as WLHS staff scrambles to
explain sex change"
"After two decades teaching math at
West Linn High School, Nicholas Kintz will now stand in front of the
classroom as herself. For the first time, the teacher will introduce herself
to students Tuesday, the first day of school, as a woman: Ms. Nicole Kintz."
9-03-09: West Linn Tidings (Oregon): "Guest Opinion: WLHS not honest
in teacher sex change"
"It’s no secret that West Linn High
School math teacher Nick Kintz is returning this fall as a female. But from
a student’s point of view, that’s just what the school wants it to be – a
9-03-09: Australian Broadcast Corp. (Australia): "WA fights
"The WA Attorney-General will appeal
against a court decision which allowed two women who have changed their
gender to be legally considered men, despite still having female
reproductive organs. The transsexuals were denied legal recognition of their
sex change, and appealed against the decision. The WA Attorney-General,
Christian Porter intervened, arguing that until they had hysterectomies,
they could not be considered men under the Gender Reassignment Act."
9-03-09: The Timesonline (UK): "Berlin 36 tells how Nazis replaced
Jewish woman athlete for man in drag"
"The film Berlin 36, which will be
shown in German cinemas from next week, tells the extraordinary story of
Gretel Bergmann, who was heading for an Olympic gold medal before she was
bounced out of the squad. The Nazis wanted to ensure that Hitler would not
be embarrassed by a Jewish athlete winning a gold medal for Germany. Her
room-mate and eventual replacement, the film reveals, was Dora Ratjen — real
name Horst Ratjen. “Dora”, despite his male hormones, managed to gain only
9-02-09: The Womens' International Perspective (re the Middle East):
"Transsexuals in the Middle East Await the Wave of Change", by Suad
"It might sound tough for transsexuals
here, but there is more hope now than ever before of improved rights. With
more public awareness through the Internet and newspapers, transsexuals have
found a voice and have begun to demand respect and recognition. Created in
2006 by Salim, a Kuwaiti man who identifies as a woman, the Arabic-language
blog Transhelp is just one example of a growing community of support. Since
its launch three years ago, the blog has attracted 120,000 members and has
had over 200 million hits. Called a “guardian angel” by many of Transhelp’s
members, Bahraini lawyer Fawziya Janahi has dedicated her career to helping
transsexuals across the Arab world and says she is the first lawyer in the
region to specialize in sex change cases."
9-02-09: The Times of India (India): "Now, a Miss India beauty pageant
for transgenders in city"
"About 150 beauties with a difference
will congregate in the city when it hosts the first Miss India contest for
transgenders on December 19, 2009. Chennai-based Indian Community Welfare
Organisation (ICWO) is in talks with NGOs and AIDS control societies across
the country to organise the pageant which it hopes would help strengthen the
community's network and fight social stigma. . . Community members are
visibly thrilled. The country's first transgender television host Rose feels
such events go a long way in motivating transgenders to look good and feel
good. "A lot of men and women turn up as audience for such events and that
gives a boost to the transgenders' self esteem. And of course, there is a
glamour element to the event," says Rose, who came runner-up in a Chennai
pageant organised in 2007"
9-01-09: The Independent (UK re Italy): "Will they learn to live
and let live on the Lido?"
"No one in Lido di Classe can remember
why transsexuals first chose to migrate to their town 20 years ago, but
their nocturnal activities are starting to worry the village's increasingly
elderly residents. . . In this little town on the Adriatic coast, among the
tiny, tree-lined streets and bars and bucket-and-spade shops, the locals
could soon be outnumbered by transsexual prostitutes. There are now thought
to be more than 200 "trans", as they're known in Lido di Classe, with many
coming from South America and beyond. "
8-31-09: Examiner.com: "The Rev. David Weekley: Methodist minister
comes out as transsexual man"
"In the early 1970s, David Weekley
began his transition from female to male. And in 1982, he began the process
of becoming a Methodist minister. For 27 years, Weekley, now 58, married,
and the father of five adult children, did not reveal his trans status to
the church or to his congregations. But on August 30, he finally told his
congregation at Epworth United Methodist Church in Oregon that he had been
born female with a male gender identity and had transitioned decades ago."
8-31-09: Washington City Paper: "Who Botched the Gender Identity of a
D.C. Homicide Victim?"
"Mack was not a “transgender male,” a
“transgender man,” or a “transgender.” Mack was a male-to-female transgender
woman who clearly appeared to be female. On the reward poster for her
homicide, she’s shown wearing eye shadow, shaped eyebrows, and two long
braids. “Of course, when the one young lady was murdered and the other was
hospitalized, we were quite upset [with the media coverage] because they
aren’t transgender men—they are transgender women,” says
Brian Watson, the director of
Empowerment, which counted both victims as clients. “I know both of the
young ladies that were attacked, and they lived their lives as transgender
8-30-09: Sherwood Gazette (Oregon): "Congregation embraces transgender
minister as his secret is revealed - Rev. David Weekley hopes his story will
help change United Methodist Church doctrine" (more)
"Until now, there has been just one
openly transgender Methodist clergyman in the U.S. to retain his ordination
(That man, Drew Phoenix, 50, had his ordination challenged by members of the
church after coming out publicly in 2007 to his congregation in St. John’s
of Baltimore United Methodist Church in Maryland.) Today, Sunday, Aug. 30,
Weekley — who leads the congregation at the Epworth United Methodist Church
in the Sunnyside neighborhood in inner Southeast Portland — became the
second. Just months after telling his own children that he was not their
biological father, Weekley, who is in his late-50s, came out to his
congregation of 221 members."
8-30-09: Globe and Mail (Canada): "Transgender children -
Mourning a daughter, celebrating a son"
"If there's one thing a mother never
dreams her daughter will say, it's “Mommy, I want to be a boy.” When Julia
O'Dwyer heard these words, she couldn't dismiss them as a tomboy phase
because her 12-year-old daughter had rejected girls' clothing and toys for
years, she says. So instead, the Vancouver mother of three consoled her
eldest child and waited for what came next. Months later, her daughter came
home from school and announced she was transgender. Ms. O'Dwyer says she had
a brief moment of “Gee, why me?” but her first instinct was to contact local
health professionals. After months of psychological assessment, followed by
hormone treatments, her daughter became known as a boy named Cormac. Last
week, at age 15, he had surgery for breast removal."
[Article about treatment options for
transgender teenagers (i.e., alternatives to
Zucker's trans-reparatism at CAMH) now emerging in Canada, including
quotes by Dr.
Melady Preece, a Vancouver psychologist and Clinical Assistant
Professor, Dept. of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC]
8-30-09: Conducive: "Trans Health Care Reform - It's About Life and
"“There are people out there who are
denied respectful, quality-driven healthcare because they refuse to walk
around in a body that doesn’t fit well with who they are. Specifically,
transmen with female sex organs have been shamed away from even the most
routine, preventative, gynecological healthcare.” A perusal of transsexual
websites and blogs bears this out. Transmen and women describe being derided
as freaks, and write of being called fiends and sickos by medical
professionals. Several report being asked to leave medical facilities
despite high fevers, acute respiratory distress, or other symptoms because
their presence would disturb other patients. Regardless of whether their
illnesses correlate with their transgender identity, they speak of rampant
discrimination as the rule, and compassionate care as the exception."
8-30-09: Associated Press (published 8-27): "Transgender Vt.
teen wants genderless bathrooms" (more)
"A transgender teenager is lending his
voice to a movement in Vermont to require the state's middle and high
schools to offer genderless bathrooms. Kyle Giard-Chase, 16, asked the
Vermont Human Rights Commission on Thursday to endorse the effort. He said
that before he came out last year as transgendered, he was a three-sport
athlete and the co-captain of the field hockey team, a girls' sport, at
South Burlington High School. At an away game, he said he was verbally
harassed and threatened by the members of the host school's football team
for using the girls' restroom. "The harassment only stopped when I was
reduced to tears and told them I was in fact a female," said Kyle, now a
8-30-09: The Mercury (Australia): "Bend it like gender"
"Man-turned-woman Martine Delaney says the science of gender is not just
black and white."
8-29-09: Examiner.com (published 8-27): "Man's 'secret love' of
transsexual women: Do new trends predict a second sexual revolution?"
"Research gathered from more than a
dozen major sources – including Alexa, Google and Internet World Stats –
reveals that nearly 190 million heterosexual men are attracted to
transsexual women and actively seek romantic contact with or sexually
explicit images of them annually . . . According to the latest Internet
statistics, interest in “transsexual” topics has risen more than 5,000
percent in the past five years, and interest in “transsexual dating” has
surged more than 400 percent. In the past 90 days alone, combined traffic
from the top 10 adult sites and top 10 dating sites catering exclusively to
trans-loving males has risen 350 percent. While some crossover invariably
exists, heterosexual male visitors to these 20 websites now top 188 million
annually. And this figure doesn’t include traffic counts from the additional
300+ transsexual sites already in existence."
8-29-09: Guardian (UK): "'I've felt like a boy for a long time'"
"He suffered years of depression and
bullying. Now, as he begins the process of becoming a man, Jon wants to help
other transgender teenagers. . . . This week Jon and his mother Luisa, 46,
appear in a Channel 4 documentary, which follows Jon as he starts the
testosterone treatment that will push his female body into male puberty. It
is the first time in the UK that a family with a transgender child has
agreed to be identified on camera."
8-29-09: Deccan Herald (Pakistan): "The first step in the Pride walk"
"Transgenders in Pakistan are not only
ostracised but also feared. Will the recent Supreme Court ruling change the
way people perceive them, wonders Zofeen T Ebrahim . . . Hailing the
Pakistan Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in July that gives transgender
people citizenship rights, Sapna said it was a step long in coming but one
that is in the right direction . . . Yet, there is some scepticism. In a
country where special groups, that include women, religious minorities and
Ahmadis (who have been declared as non-Muslims), are routinely discriminated
against, and where laws are often abused to persecute people or to settle
personal scores, it is hard to imagine how the ruling could bring about
8-29-09: The Times of India (India): "First of its kind: A clinic just
"Even as a group of transgenders in
Chennai launched a matrimonial website exclusively for them, in Puducherry
the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute showcased a
clinic, which, they claimed was the first such medical facility for
transgenders in south India. The clinic boasting of providing complete
health care services for transgenders will offer consultation and treatment
free of cost in the disciplines of gynaecology, urology, dermatology,
psychiatry and paediatrics."
8-29-09: Hypergrid Business: "Virtual Gender: Q&A with Jamison Green"
"To what extent can companies impose
dress codes on their employees’ virtual representations? In particular, can
they insist that employees have an online gender identity consistent with
their offline identity? To answer these questions, we checked in with
Jamison Green, chair of the Gender Education & Advocacy organization."
8-28-09: Hypergrid Business: "Virtual drag a thorny issue for
"In recent years, companies have begun
using virtual worlds such as Second Life, OpenSim, Forterra and Qwaq to hold
virtual meetings — and employees have begun using avatars, or cartoonish
animated online characters, to represent themselves in these meetings. Some
companies and employees pick avatars that reflect their real identities —
but other avatars are fantastical, whimsical, or gender-bending. As virtual
worlds become serious business, however, corporate dress codes are being
extended to the virtual worlds in a variety of ways — some more
controversial than others. For example, in many jurisdictions, a company may
not discriminate against employees who are in the process of changing their
gender, or who have already done so. The laws do not cover casual
crossdressing by non-transgender employees, however. As a result, companies
are allowed to insist that employees have avatars that reflect their offline
identities, or to comply with the same dress code that is in place for
physical workplaces. However, many companies, including IBM, are taking a
more progressive approach and allowing employees more flexibility with how
they express themselves, including changing genders in an online
8-28-09: News Channel 8: "D.C. Transgender Community Outraged After
"There's fear in D.C.'s transgender
community after a stabbing that left one person dead and another injured
[See articles of 8-26-09]
8-28-09: Washington Post: "Stabbings Probed as Possible Hate Crime -
One Victim Dies; Both Identified As Transgender"
8-28-09: Lancashire Evening Post (UK): "Sex change cabbie quits new
"Andre Edwards, 51, walked out of her
job at Leyland-based Eco Cabs following a series of rows with her new bosses
– and they don't want her back . . . after Andre quit, Mr Chapman said: "I
gave her a decent, honest chance – I did really try to look out for her and
Andre was getting a fair crack of the whip. "As far as I'm concerned she's
quit – there's been no explanation, no calls and no text messages. "There's
no way I would be taking her back.""
8-27-09: Associated Press: "New impetus for bill banning anti-gay bias
"Momentum is building for Congress to
pass the first major civil rights act protecting gays and transsexuals,
supporters say, and one of the stars in the debate is a barrier-breaking
transgender staffer on Capitol Hill."
8-27-09: New York Times (published 8-17): "Special Issue: Saving the
World's Women - How changing the lives of women and girls in the developing
world can change everything", by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (print
"In the 19th century, the
paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was
totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many
women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride
burnings and mass rape. . . The global statistics on the abuse of girls are
numbing. It appears that more girls and women are now missing from the
planet, precisely because they are female, than men were killed on the
battlefield in all the wars of the 20th century. The number of victims of
this routine “gendercide” far exceeds the number of people who were
slaughtered in all the genocides of the 20th century. For those women who
live, mistreatment is sometimes shockingly brutal."
[An important article to read and
8-27-09: VietNamNet Bridge (Vietnam): "Pattaya ‘girls’ draw big crowds
at Hanoi cafe"
"Among Hanoi’s thousands of cafés, the
Dem Vong Café has enjoyed an unusual popularity – for nearly a year, it’s
been the venue for fashion shows by ‘Pattaya,’ a group of five openly
transsexual Vietnamese ‘girls’ . . . In HCM City, transsexuals are no longer
uncommon. They often appear at cafes, bars, hairdressing salons and
tea-shops. Not so in Hanoi. The show at Dem Vong Café is unique. The
‘Pattaya’ shows take place every Monday and Thursday night at the 200 square
meter café on Vong Street in Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung District, not far from the
Polytechnic University. Since this café began such fashion shows, it has
attracted a lot of curious, mainly male, customers. The café’s staff say
that it is always standing room only whenever the Pattaya group performs."
[A supportive article about transwomen
performers in Vietnam, with many photos]
8-27-09: Examiner.com: "Transgender & Transsexual Issues 101: Are
there more trans women than trans men? Part one", by Matt Kailey (Link
to Part two)
"Frequently asked question: Why do we
often see transsexual women (born male, transitioned to female) in the media
and in public life, but we rarely see transsexual men (born female,
transitioned to male)? Are there more trans women than trans men? It would
appear that way, but the answer is much more complex than appearances."
8-27-09: Times of India: "World's first matrimonial site for
"Kalki Subramanian is young, liberated
and looking for an Indian man who is loving, compassionate, educated. Oh,
and one more thing — he should be OK with marrying a transsexual. But Kalki
isn’t leaving her hopes for a suitable boy to destiny. The founder-director
of the Sahodari foundation, that works for transgenders, is setting up a
matrimonial website for transsexual women — the first of its kind in the
8-26-09: "Transgender Man Killed in Northwest Stabbing: Sources - Two
apparent transgender men stabbed"
[NBC News hideously defames a murdered
transwoman by calling her a "man."]
8-26-09: MyFoxdc.com: "Q Street Double Stabbing Leaves 1 Dead - Two
transgender women stabbed in broad daylight"
[However, Fox News gets the story
8-26-09: Swiss.info.ch (Switzerland): "Doctors "playing God With
"Swiss intersex activist Daniela
Truffer is spearheading a campaign to stop genital surgery and hormone
treatment on children born with indeterminate sexual organs. "These
surgeries are painful and irreversible and most likely to reduce or remove
sexual feeling. Non-consented cosmetic surgeries violate the right to
physical integrity and self-determination. It's a human rights issue,"
Truffer told swissinfo.ch. A condition that is seen in one in 2,000 births,
people born neither fully male nor female have been an acknowledged part of
society since Antiquity. But over time they became an invisible minority,
particularly since "corrective" surgical intervention became the norm in the
8-25-09: Xtra (Canada): "Policing Caster Semenya's gender"
"Once of the competitors who lost to
Semenya, sixth-place Elisa Piccione of Italy, complained to media: "to me,
she is not a woman." Those grapes are worse than sour — they're bitter. And
they were only a first wave of a bilious tide of commentary around the world
from media sources and internet pundits, ranging from cruel and predictable
jokes to demands that the public be allowed to examine her genitals. Though
the debate has been described as concerning fairness to the other female
competitors, it reveals much about what happens when the realities of
people's lives butt up against the limits of our socially constructed
8-25-09: National Sexuality Resource Center (published 8-23): "Caster
Semenya - An Intersex Perspective", by Cary Costello
"The main thing that saddens me about
this story is the emotional tone of the commentaries. Other athletes, people
on the street, and low media blogs are full of sneers and winks and
nosewrinkled disgust. The major media bring in scientists and voice
patronizing sympathy for how humiliating this must be for Caster, meanwhile
capitalizing on the prurient interest in the story to gather viewer
attention. Underneath it all is a widespread impulse to yank down Caster's
pants and let everyone have a good look. It's a freakshow, with an intersex
person the object of millions of prying eyes."
[An important and illuminating essay
from the intersex perspective.]
8-25-09: Associated Press (re South Africa): "South Africans rally for
gender controversy runner" (more,
"Several thousand fans sang and danced
at the airport Tuesday in support of Caster Semenya as the runner, who is
undergoing gender testing after her 800-meter win at the world
championships, returned home to South Africa . . .Semenya's victory came
after world athletics officials said they were conducting gender tests after
questions arose about her muscular build and deep voice. South Africans have
embraced her achievement, despite the questions. . . Semenya is not
accused of trying to cheat, but of perhaps unknowingly having a medical
condition that blurs her gender and gives her an unfair advantage over other
female runners. . . Semenya's supporters say the allegations against her are
motivated by jealousy and show racial discrimination against Africans. "We
are not going to allow Europeans to describe and define our children,"
Chuene said . . . On Sunday, Lamine Diack, the IAAF president, said the
affair was handled badly. "I deeply regret that confidentiality was breached
in this case and that the IAAF were forced into a position of having to
confirm that gender testing was being carried out on this young athlete,"
Diack told reporters in Berlin."
8-25-09: Kuwait Times (Kuwait; published 8-14): "This Boy's Life:
Being Transsexual in Kuwait"
"Transsexuals in Kuwait face a variety
of abuse, including arrest for dressing and acting like a woman. "The police
caught me in the street, wearing a female outfit and then I discovered that
my father was behind [the arrest] to scare me; they took me to the police
station and shaved my head. Then they force me to remove my silicone breasts
because of the law here and that really hurt me deeply because I felt that
they where denying me of my femininity and my choice of freedom," he said
with a lump in his throat."
8-25-09: Los Angeles Times (published 8-19): "New York man gets 25
years for transgender killing"
"Dwight DeLee was found guilty of
manslaughter in the shooting death of Lateisha Green, who was born Moses
8-25-09: Arizona Daily Star: "Tucson man convicted in attack on
transsexual Vietnam veteran "
8-24-09: Beliefnet.com: "With Whom Should the Intersexed Have Sex?
Even More on the Complexity of Gender"
"Seriously, this stuff is a mind-bender
for me. It changes everything, really. Why? Because it's the exceptions into
which the norms need to fit to make them "norms." The doctrine of imago dei,
the hallmark of which is so often misconstrued as rationality must take into
account the human being with Down Syndrome. Is that human being, lacking the
reasoning facilities of other human beings, also created in the image of
God? Of course. And, so, when dictating with whom a person can and not have
sex, we simply must deal with the gender ambiguity that afflicts many of our
fellow human beings."
8-24-09: Inside Costa Rica (re Argentina): "HEALTH-ARGENTINA:
"Buddies" Ease Transgenders' Hospital Visits"
"Keeping a hospital appointment in the
Argentine capital is a far less fearsome ordeal for transgender persons, a
sector of the population that according to doctors had "dramatic" statistics
of illness, when they are accompanied by trained health promoters who, like
them, have chosen a different gender identity. "It's easier to communicate
among ourselves than with hospital staff," Valeria Ramírez, a transgender
promoter with the city of Buenos Aires' Programme to Facilitate Access to
the Health System for the Transgender Population, told IPS."
8-24-09: Merinews (India): "Transgenders also exist "
"Why do we limit ourselves to just two
genders when we are all aware there are more than two. Do transgender
individuals not exist? Or are we not able to understand them beyond their
existence as objects of ridicule?"
8-24-09: ENDAblog (posted 8-13): "The Sarah Palin of AIS
(Autogynephilia Insanity Syndrome) is at it Again"
Dreger writing at the
Bioethics Forum: "As a wizened gender rights advocate, I know better…."
OK – that’s all I can stomach quoting. Not even through a single complete
sentence and we have three heapin’ helpin’s of crazy. . . Does anyone else
find it interesting that
Bailey’s Bouncing Ball of Nuttiness is – via his DS (designated shill) –
again rolling back into the field of
play right as discourse should be veering toward passage of an inclusive
8-24-09: Hastings Bioethics Forum (posted 6-22): "How and Why to Take
“Gender Identity Disorder” Out of the DSM"
"As a wizened gender rights advocate, I
know better than to assume the activists making the most noise are actually
representative of “the community” they insist they represent. So, while
American transgender activists have lately been fairly unified and very
vocal about the need to remove “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID) from the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), I know that not
all trans people agree."
Alice Dreger, staunch defender of
J. Michael Bailey and promoter of the 'science' of notorious CAMH
Ken Zucker, has the audicity to dismiss all past work regarding GID
reform by American "transgender activists" and then interject herself into
the debate as if she were a major "gender rights advocate". This is quite
curious, for Dreger has never been involved in the struggle for trans rights
except as a defender of opposition trans-pathologizers.
Also note how Dreger oddly refers to
herself as 'wizened', perhaps thinking this a clever way to announce herself
as being "wise and experienced" - when wizened actually means
"withered; shriveled: a wizened old man; wizened features." ]
8-24-09: The Herald (re Scotland): "NHS in Scotland spent £1.5m on sex
"Doctors in Scotland have spent
more than £1.5m over the past five years referring transsexuals for
sex-change operations on the NHS. More than 100 patients have undergone
"gender reassignment surgery" at private clinics and hospitals in England
because Scotland lacks the specialist facilities needed to carry out the
8-23-09: The Sunday Times (UK): "No sexing, please – let’s all race
8-23-09: Kate Bornstein's Blog: "Has Germaine Greer Become A Ghastly
"The price of being a writer of vitriol
is that it reveals your most private fears, which you've penned in the form
of an attack on someone else. And sadly, that makes Ms. Greer a ghastly
parody of herself. What she wrote was painful and destructive. But the loss
of her fierce presence on the front lines of feminism is more to be mourned
[Kate Bornstein responds to
transphobic feminist Germaine Greer's exploitation of the Semenya story
Greer launched a rant against transitioned women.]
8-22-09: Feministe: "Germaine Greer Paints a Portrait of Transphobic
"One moment she seems to rightly accept
that a person who understands herself as a woman and identifies as a woman
is a woman, and the next she is mocking and undgendering women who don’t
meet her own personal, cis-supremacist standards. I don’t know what she
ultimately thinks about Caster Semenya, but I do know blatant, unapologetic
transphobia when I see it screaming out at me from the page."
[For more on
transphobic feminist Germaine Greer's exploitation of the Semenya story
to launch a rant against transitioned women, see the
Kate Bornstein's response of 8-23-09.]
8-21-09: Organisation Intersex International (OII): "Statement on
"OII wishes to express its solidarity
with other advocates working to preserve the genital integrity of children.
It is the position of OII that modifications of one's genitals should be a
decision made by the individual concerned in consultation with a medical
practitioner who provides the patient with all the necessary information to
make an informed decision. We suggest that you check out the following pages
to learn more about circumcision."
8-20-09: AAP (Australia): "Review into male circumcision legality"
"Laws protect girls from genital
surgery but parents wanting to circumcise boys can "go around willy-nilly
chopping up bits of their sons", a state children's commissioner says.
Tasmania's commissioner for children Paul Mason and the Tasmanian Law Reform
Institute have embarked on what they say is the largest review into the
legalities of male circumcision in Australia's history."
8-20-09: Guardian (UK): "Caster Semenya sex row: What makes a woman?"
""Nowadays we are all likely to meet
people who think they are women, have women's names, and feminine clothes
and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody,
though it isn't polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for
female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man's
delusion that he is female""
[Here we see
transphobic feminist Germaine Greer exploiting the Semenya story to
launch a rant against transitioned women.
For a response by Kate Bornstein, see 8-23-09.]
8-19-09: New York Times: "Gender Test After a Gold-Medal Finish"
"On the blue track at the Olympic
Stadium, all three medalists celebrated after the women’s 800 meters at the
world track and field championships. But when it came time for the postrace
news conference, the gold medalist, Caster Semenya, was nowhere to be seen.
. . Earlier in the day, I.A.A.F. officials had confirmed that Semenya, a
muscular 18-year-old from South Africa competing in her first senior
championship, was undergoing sex-determination testing to confirm her
eligibility to race as a woman."
8-18-09: Indian Express (re Australia): "Australian transsexual pair
win legal recognition as men."
"Two Australian transsexuals have won legal recognition as men despite the
duo still having female reproductive organs."
8-18-09: TLDEF: "TLDEF Statement on Sentencing in Lateisha Green
"The Transgender Legal Defense &
Education Fund (TLDEF) today welcomed Judge William Walsh's sentencing of
convicted killer Dwight R. DeLee to the maximum term of 25 years in prison
in connection with the shooting death of Lateisha Green. Green, a
22-year-old African American transgender woman was shot and killed by DeLee
on Nov. 14, 2008 in Syracuse, NY. On July 17, a 12-member jury found
20-year-old DeLee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime
and criminal possession of a weapon."
8-18-09: The Korea Times (Korea): "Transsexuals Will Have Easier Legal
"Male-turned-female transsexuals will
no longer need to fulfill their military service before changing their legal
sex in family records. The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it had revised a
regulation on transsexuals' legal sex change approval to delete the clause
stipulating that when a man changes his legal sex to female, he should have
already fulfilled military service or been exempted from it. The
clause was designed to prevent men from dodging the mandatory service by
getting a sex change. Male-turned-female transsexuals, who have not changed
their legal sex, used to be exempted from the service due to their ``mental
8-16-09: Denver Post: “Trinidad assault in midst of transgender
“When she was first found —
seen through the cracked opening of a Trinidad motel room door — she was
lying on the floor naked, bleeding and bound at the hands and feet with
telephone cords. She had been sexually assaulted with a coat hanger.
Inside the room, police discovered a hair dryer in the "on" position with a
tripped circuit breaker. She told police that her assailant held her down in
a filled bathtub, then tried to electrocute her, according to a report. In
Trinidad — a town of about 9,000 people in southern Colorado that sees no
more than a couple dozen serious assaults a year — the attack last month is
shocking enough. But that the victim was a transgender woman who traveled to
the town's famed sex-change clinic strikes at the heart of something many
Trinidad residents pride themselves on: the community's unblinking tolerance
for and acceptance of the transgender community.”
8-14-09: The Advocate: “New Laws Add Hassle for Trans Fliers”
“New flight requirements will
mandate that all passengers declare their full name, age, and gender to book
travel, leaving some transgender advocates worried about the implications to
come. The first phase of the initiative, implemented this year, required
that airlines collect the names of all passengers, shown verbatim as they
are featured on government-issued identification. The next phase, which
begins on August 15, will require passengers to declare their gender at the
time of booking their flights. . . Kristina Wertz, the Transgender Law
Center's legal director, said the new regulations will likely exacerbate
airport hassles that some transgender people already face while traveling.”
8-14-09: Examiner.com: “Transsexual woman brutally attacked in
“A 25-year-old transsexual
woman is reported to have been physically and sexually assaulted in a hotel
room in Trinidad, Colorado, on July 15.”
8-13-09: PubMed.gov (abstract): "Autogynephilia in Women", by Charles
Moser, Ph.D., M.D., Journal of Homosexuality,
"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. . . 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."
Moser's paper has just been published in the JoH. By determining that
many if not most natal women experience so-called "autogynephilia", Moser
undermines Blanchard's claim that it's a male sexual paraphilia.
read the full paper, see this link.]
8-10-09: Seattle Times: "State reverses policy that made it harder to
get ID reflecting gender change"
"It's hard to say for sure how many of
the 80 or so transgender Washingtonians who change their driver's-license
information each year might be terrorists. But just in case, the state was
ready. In January — after three years of discussion — the Department of
Licensing made it tougher to change gender information on driver's licenses,
citing goals of fighting terrorism and reducing identity theft. Last week it
abruptly changed course, not just reverting to the original policy — but
even making it easier than before."
8-09-09: Express Buzz (India): "Transgenders
launch chain of idli outlets"
"Tai Vighudugal Federation has provided
transgenders in the Salem district with a chance for self-employment with a
soft loan of Rs 9 lakh to start a chain of idli shops. . . Talking about the
venture, Sudha, programme officer TAI Programme said that transgenders in
the district had an innate ability for the culinary arts and that many of
them were already in the catering business."
8-07-09: Pams Houseblend: "And, Allen Ray Andrade Back On MySpace
Again", by Autumn Sandeen
let us know that even though Allen Ray Andrade lost his previous MySpace
webpage, he and/or his family have created a
new MySpace webpage. The second comment on the left hand side -- from
the webpage owner -- is "I'm back haterz!! Lovin
having cells in the cell." "
[This is a hideously obscene
development: With the help of his sister, the murderer of Angie Zapata posts
a MySpace page taunting Angie's family and the trans community - with
Andrade updating the page via a cell phone from his prison cell!]
8-07-09: CNN (re Pakistan): "Eunuchs begin fight for Pakistan rights"
"Shazia belongs to Pakistan's community
of eunuchs. It is a term here that loosely refers to transsexuals,
transvestites or hermaphrodites, like Shazia, who are born with both male
and female sex organs. For Shazia what nature created, has made a life of
hell. "I get so confused. I feel very strange that Allah could have made me
a boy, or he could have made me a girl, but this way, neither boy nor girl.
This life is very strange." . . . Shazia has found a champion, human rights
lawyer, Muhammad Aslan Khaki. Dr. Khaki presented a petition to the Supreme
Court, leading to the first register of eunuchs in Pakistan."
8-06-09: Feministing: "Snarky answers to invasive questions
transgender folks get asked way too often"
"Getting asked inappropriate questions
framed in a way that completely erases one's identity over and over again
can get incredibly exhausting and frustrating. That's why I absolutely love
the below video, "2 Hot Transsexuals Finally Give Some Answers!" Charles and
Red respond to a number of these questions in a hilarious way that reveals
the problematic assumptions that go into asking them in the first place."
8-06-09: ABC News International (re Turkey): "Choosing My Religion:
Finding God on Reality TV"
"Channel T is not exactly one of the
major players in the Turkish television business. And the niche station . .
. has made headlines primarily because of the woman who runs it, Seyhan
Soylu. Often simply called "Sisi" by the press, the 36 year old is a former
police officer and journalist, a transsexual and the enfant terrible of
Turkey. . . So perhaps it comes as no surprise that Sisi also happens to be
the force behind the country's most controversial television program."
8-06-09: Transworkplace: "The Senate Version of ENDA, S1584, is
introduced - What's the Math?"
"There are 44 Senators with confirmed
as you can see on the
Facebook Inclusive ENDA Senate spreadsheet. Another 16 votes must be
found before S 1584 can be passed. 16 votes doesn't sound like a lot, but
it's a big chunk of the Senate. Some Senators will require a lot of
persuading, like someplace very hot freezing over or certain oinking mammals
sprouting wings and flying. If your Senators are unconfirmed, you should be
on the phone right now, asking them to co-sponsor S 1584."
here for a list of the unconfirmed Senators with contact info.]
8-06-09: VPRO (Netherlands; posted 6-9-09): "Een nieuw seizoen Over
vaders en zonen! - Kelly en Anton van der Veer" (A new season concerning
fathers and sons! - Kelly and Anton van der Veer)
[Hugo Borst conducts a moving interview
of Kelly van der Veer and her father about her growing up as a boy and
transitioning into a women. Although the interview is in Dutch, much of the
story-line can be followed in English as one watches the interactions of
father and daughter.]
8-06-09: Ventura County Reporter: "Girls and bois - Life is a drag for
female dance troupe"
"Drag queens may have stolen the
spotlight, but a new group of headstrong women from Ventura County have come
to take it back. Although they have been around for the last couple of years
performing under the radar,
(pronounced Her Boys) — the seven-member drag king dance group — have been
garnering a lot of attention lately. " (video)
8-05-09: Dallas Voice: "Breaking News: ENDA introduced in Senate"
"Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon
introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. Senate
today. It marked the first time that a transgender-inclusive version of the
bill has been introduced in the Senate. An inclusive version of ENDA was
introduced in the House in June. "
8-04-09: Denver Post Editorial: "Gender identity and basic rights"
"The Colorado Civil Rights Commission
is moving in the right direction as it crafts rules to protect transgendered
[See also the comments section
following the editorial]
8-04-09: Daily Star (UK): "Sex Change Pop Teen to Hit UK"
"The world's youngest sex-change pop
star has revealed she is planning a move to Britain as soon as she finishes
8-04-09: KGW-TV (Oregon): "Transgender Silverton mayor reprimanded for
dressing too racy"
city council voted 4-3 Monday evening to reprimand transgender mayor Stu
Rasmussen for violating the dress code for city leaders. . . Rasmussen did
not apologize, but reported telling council members earlier that "I will be
more careful with my attire in the future when I represent the city of
8-04-09: Reuters Blogs (UK re Mexico): "A different world, just as
real." (with video)
"The first time I met Angelica I didn’t
know how to address him, as a man or a woman. To call him Angelica and then
hear his man’s voice was very strange. The first thing I asked was how he
wanted to be treated. He said that it depended on how I felt more
comfortable. For me she was Angelica."
8-04-09: Denver Post: Editorial: "Gender identity and basic rights -
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is moving in the right direction as it
crafts rules to protect transgendered people."
"It's difficult for the average person
to understand the personal pain experienced by transgender people who are
just trying to get along. We think the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is
going in the right direction in its efforts to write rules extending
non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation."
8-03-09: KansasCity.com: "Cross-dressing murder case surprises
"Transgender issues, such as cross
dressing, often perplex people. But this case surprised even the experts.
Cross dressing, they said, seldom leads to violence. If it does happen,
“it’s usually the cross dresser that gets killed,” said Helen Friedman, a
clinical psychologist and professor at the St. Louis University School of
8-03-09: Examiner.com (re UK): "Rob Newbiggin fighting for a
change...of sex" (more)
"He intends to change his sex from male
to female after his next fight. This has caused great trepidations for his
friends or should I say ex-friends . . . somehow I think the last name would
have worked better if he was originally a girl and had a sex change to
become a man and thus the new appropriate name as he would have a
“newbiggin”. Anyway, good luck with your new life, hope the head tattoos
don’t get in the way of your new modeling career."
8-02-09: Jerusalem Post (Israel): "A black day for Israel's gay
"On Saturday night a black ribbon was
tied to the pride flags that flew across the country. Because on Saturday
night two young people, Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Tarbishi, 17, were murdered in
cold blood and another 11 were wounded, four of them critically, for being
who they were."
8-01-09: Mainichi Daily News (Japan): "Majority who register gender
change go abroad for the operation"
"According to the JSPN, less than 20
percent of 1,263 people who changed their gender in family registration
records are believed to have undergone gender reassignment surgery in Japan
since the Law on Special Cases in Handling Gender for People with Gender
Identity Disorder went into effect in July 2004. . . those who want to
undergo such surgery in Japan "have to wait for more than four years, and
many of them opt to undergo surgery abroad" . . . "
8-01-09: Denver Post: "State rule would allow use of restrooms
consistent with gender identity"
"Social conservatives and advocates for
transgender rights squared off Friday over a proposed state rule that would
give transgender individuals legal protection to use the public restrooms or
locker rooms for the gender they identify with . . . Social conservatives,
though, expressed concerns the rule would be a loophole that sexual
predators could exploit to gain access to women's restrooms"
[Note that every time the "bathroom
bill" comes up, the religious right expands even further a fearful public's
image of transitioned women as themselves being "sexual predators"]
8-01-09: Out and About: "TTPC reviews legislative efforts to date,
plots strategy for election cycle in 2010"
legislation is faring well at the federal and local levels, members of the
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) continue to keep the
pressure on at the state level, as well.
7-31-09: Liminalis (issue 2009-03): "DSD
Debates: Social Movement Organizations’ Framing Disputes Surrounding the
Term ‘Disorders of Sex Development’"", by Robert J. Davidson.
"A medical discourse on intersex is
traced based on a Foucauldian perspective. A textual framing analysis of the
websites of three intersex SMO's (social movement organizations) is then
presented to examine the the internal frame disputes between them over the
proposed terminology 'Disorders of Sex Development' or 'DSD'. . . "
[A new way of looking at the DSD
controversy. Highly recommended.]
7-31-09: On The Issues: "Our Genders, Our Rights”
[A special issue of On The Issue
Magazine. Links to some of the interesting articles follow below.]:
7-31-09: On The Issues: "Our Genders, Our Rights”, From the Editors
“This edition of On The Issues Magazine
– Our Genders, Our Rights – discusses a topic that is both utterly
fundamental and wildly revolutionary: gender norms and gender identity. This
subject has many contours and nuances, and we have tried to explore
7-31-09: On The Issues: “Trans Health Care Is A Life and Death Matter”, by
Eleanor J. Bader
“By offering low cost gynecological
exams during Southern Comfort, organizers felt that they were not just
paying tribute to Eads, but were encouraging participants to take better
care of themselves. In the eight years since the program began, it has grown
from a once-a-year offering to a year-round program called the
Trans Health Initiative of the Feminist Women’s Health Center. Since
opening in June 2008, more than 200 transmen have been served by the
7-31-09: On The Issues: “How A Feminist Found Her Sexism”, by Helen Boyd
“I’m a woman who found myself with a
female husband – the man I married is trans and currently transitioning to
living as female in the world . . . I’ve been surprised by a lot of aspects
of this process, not least of which is our relationship surviving it.”
7-31-09: On The Issues: “Asylum Pitfalls May Await the Transgender
Applicant”, by Victoria Neilson
“At the interview, the male asylum
officer told Cristina: “You’re a beautiful woman, what problems would you
have if you went back to your country?” The asylum officer could not imagine
what harm will befall Cristina based on her transgender identity because she
doesn’t “look transgender.” She looks like a “regular” woman. Essentially,
the comment indicates that she will lose her asylum case, at least at the
first stage, because her transition has been too successful”.
7-31-09: One The Issues: "What's in a name? Everything - Intersex: Why
Naming Matters, Or What to Call It”, by Thea Hillman
“Promotion of the term “DSD” by people
who had originally spearheaded the intersex movement shocked many who
identify as intersex. They believed that the term “intersex” to be integral
to who they are, their identity and their healing. To call them “disordered”
felt like the ultimate betrayal. Others, including trans activists fighting
to depathologize gender non-conformity, objected to what they viewed as
coining another gender variation as a pathology.”
7-30-09: Organization Intersex Internationale: "The Witch Hunt", by
[An essay by Sophia Siedlberg on the
teachings of the Catholic Exchange]
7-30-09: Catholic Exchange (posted 6-25-09): "Legalizing Deception:
Why “Gender Identity” Should Not be Added to Anti-discrimination
Here we observe the Roman Catholic
Church exploiting the teachings of
Dreger as central propaganda in its ongoing war against transgender
people. And if transitioned women make the slightest complaint about these
teachings, they are labeled as "enraged autogynephiles"- much as the Church
labeled many women as "witches" in earlier times.
"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. He wants us to use female pronouns when
speaking of him and to allow him to use the ladies’ restroom. He also wants
to change his birth certificate and driver’s license. While some persons who
present as the other sex are obviously not the sex they pretend to be,
others are able to deceive their sexual partners without informing them of
their true sexual identity. . .
Those who go through mutilating surgery
— who sacrificed so much to achieve their fantasy — have to continue the
deception even though their unrealistic expectations are often not met.
Anne Lawrence, a post surgery autogynephile, explains how the fantasy
breaks down . . . 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. . .
Even if only a small number of
autogynephiles are prone to narcissistic revenge, they could cause
incredible harm to anyone who speaks the truth. They would see injury
everywhere, file complaints, and institute lawsuits. . .
If “gender identity” is added to
anti-discrimination legislation, the lie of “sex change” will be taught in
the schools. . . Confused children with G[S]ID who need treatment are
already being pushed down the path to surgical mutilation. Schools are being
told that if an elementary school boy or girl believes that he or she is the
other sex everyone should go along with this fantasy. . . And it gets worse.
In some places, at age 11 these 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.
It seems like such a small change –-
just add “gender identity” to anti-discrimination laws, but such a change
discriminates against the truth and endangers children. We have an
obligation to oppose it with all our energy."
reactions by Elise Hendrick summarize the situation well:
"It does occur to me that the Catholic
Church - which had to have an actual debate to decide whether there was
anything wrong with priests raping kids - perhaps isn't the best institution
to go around accusing other people of having paraphilias. Particularly
hilarious in this regard is also the line "one lie leads to another"" -
7-30-09: Washington City Paper: "When Gender Transition Requires a
Long, Strange Trip"
Clayton, like many transgender women, finds the “journey” metaphor
helpful in talking about her gender transition."
7-30-09: Daily Advance (Albermarle, NC): "Navigating the ultimate
identity crisis - Chowan man struggles through change of gender"
7-30-09: The Worthing Herald (UK): "Transgender asylum seeker fears
"The Home Secretary has agreed to
reconsider a decision to refuse refuge to an asylum seeker living in
south-east London who says he is "a man in a woman's body" and fears
persecution in his homeland. Human rights lawyers believe the case could set
a precedent for other transgender applicants from Muslim countries who say
they fear ill-treatment because their condition is not understood in the
7-30-09: The Local (Sweden): "Sex change ops under review in Sweden"
"The Swedish Board for Health and
has launched a review of the healthcare alternatives available to
transsexuals seeking to change gender. . . Criticism has centred on issues
such as the long delays in the sex reassignment process with variations of
up to several years depending on locality."
7-30-09: Gay & Lesbian Times: ""She … Amanda Lepore - ‘World’s
Most Famous Transsexual’ on her upcoming LP, boob jobs, role model status
and her famous vajayjay"
7-29-09: The Advocate: "Pitch Perfect"
"At her Los
Angeles audition for Making the Band, transgender contestant Jaila Simms
wowed Sean "Diddy" Combs with her soulful voice -- even if he did notice
that her range ran a bit lower than expected."
7-29-09: Bay Windows: "Gender police at the gym"
advocacy organization opposing the bill, the conservative Christian group
Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), has argued that the bill would allow
any individual to claim the right to enter any bathroom or locker room
facility they choose."
7-29-09: KUAM.com (Guam): "School won't apologize for turning
transgender student away at prom" (Video,
7-29-09: Anne Lawrence: "An excerpt from: Lawrence, A. A. (2009).
Erotic target location errors: An underappreciated paraphilic dimension.
Journal of Sex Research, 46, 194-215."
" . . . the diagnostic features of GID,
or whatever diagnosis replaces GID, should emphasize that, in nearly all
cases, the key symptoms of GID in nonhomosexual men can be understood as
manifestations or direct outgrowths of autogynephilia, a paraphilia of the
ETLE type . . . Emphasizing that autogynephilia lies at the core of nearly
all cases of GID in nonhomosexual men would make it clear to clinicians that
GID in nonhomosexual men is best understood as a paraphilic phenomenon and
that fetishistic transvestism and nonhomosexual MtF transsexualism can be
understood as different manifestations of the same underlying dysfunction."
is lobbying hard to get an introspective vision of Lawrence's own paraphilic
disorder into the DSM, and project it onto many others in the trans
7-29-09: CNN Larry King Live: Transcript of "Born Into the Wrong
Note: This program aired July
24, 2009 at 21:00 ET, with Drew Pinsky as the Guest Host. The transcript
includes rather candid interviews of Alexis Arquette, Gary Alter, M.D., Ryan
Sellens, Isis King, Stu Rasmussen and 15 year old Ryan and his mom.
7-29-09: Council of Europe: "Human Rights and Gender Identity -
Issue Paper by Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human
"Gender identity is one of the most
fundamental aspects of life. The sex of a person is usually assigned at
birth and becomes a social and legal fact from there on. However, a
relatively small number of people experience problems with being a member of
the sex recorded at birth. This can also be so for intersex persons whose
bodies incorporate both or certain aspects of both male and female
physiology, and at times their genital anatomy. For others, problems arise
because their innate perception of themselves is not in conformity with the
sex assigned to them at birth. These persons are referred to as
‘transgender’ or ‘transsexual’ persons, and the current paper relates to
this group of people. . . The challenge of protecting the human rights of
everyone is to apply a consistent human rights approach and not to exclude
any group of people. It is clear that many transgender persons do not fully
enjoy their fundamental rights both at the level of legal guarantees and
that of everyday life. Therefore, there is a need to take a closer look at
[See especially "Section V.
Recommendations to Council of Europe member states" (pages 18-19 of the
7-29-09: San Gabriel Valley Tribune: "West Covina resident finds faith
at gender crossroads"
7-29-09: Catholic News Agency (re Italy): "Transsexual attacks priest
during Mass in Italy"
"Milan detained a Brazilian transsexual
on Sunday after he stripped naked in front of the altar during Mass and
began to attack the priest who was presiding over the Mass"
7-28-09: NJ.com: "Transsexual bashing: An ugly reality in the closet"
7-28-09: Law.com: "Federal Judge Says State Not Obligated to Pay for
"New York state is not obligated to pay
for gender reassignment surgery for a Medicaid recipient, even though it
provided coverage for individual procedures that are necessary preliminaries
to the change, a federal judge in Buffalo has determined."
7-28-09: Star-Bulletin (Hawaii): "UH center to incorporate gender
"The Board of Regents adopted the
policy at its June meeting. UH joins more than 260 colleges and universities
that have added the category to their policies to prevent harassment and
affirm the university's "commitment to tolerance and respect for gender
diversity," the university said in a news release. . . Cameron Miyamoto,
coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender Student Services
Office, said the university has been working on the policy for about five
[It's amazing how difficult it can be -
and how long it can take - to revise these policies in some universities.]
7-28-09: Boston Herald: "Survey: Third of Mass. transgendered weigh
to PDF of study)
compares the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to
heterosexual and non-transgender residents. It found that about 31 percent
of transgender respondents said they have considered attempting suicide in
the past year, compared to just 2 percent for heterosexual residents, 4
percent for gay and lesbian residents and 7 percent for bisexual residents."
7-28-09: GLAAD: "UPDATE: Dr. Phil Show Agrees to Pull Problematic
Segment on Transgender Children"
evening we heard back from the Dr. Phil Show producers. They told us they
were pulling the show titled, “Gender Confused Kids” and instead reairing
their other program on transgender children. That show, which originally
aired in January, includes our GLAAD trained spokesperson, Dr. Michele
Angello, an expert on transgender children. As you’ll see if you watch the
show, Dr. Angello eloquently counters the misinformation put forth by Focus
on the Family and the so-called “ex-gay” activist, Joseph Nicolosi. We
appreciate The Dr. Phil Show listening to our concerns and making this
decision to pull the original program."
7-27-09: GLAAD: “Dr. Phil to Re-Air Problematic Transgender Episode”
Dr. Phil program plans to re-air an October 2008 episode that
misrepresents transgender children and features the biased view of an
anti-LGBT activist . . . The show featured two guests,
Dr. Dan Siegel from UCLA who specializes in pediatrics and transgender
issues, as well as Glenn Stanton, research fellow for the anti-LGBT
Focus on the Family. While Dr. Siegel offered credible insight on
transgender issues, backed by research and medical experience, Stanton
baselessly asserted that children develop transgender identities after
parents fail to enforce gender roles.”
7-27-09: New York Magazine: Daily Intel: "The Female-to-Male Pre-Op
"Daily Intel looks behind doors
left slightly ajar. This week: The Female-to-Male Pre-Op Transsexual, 28,
male, Brooklyn, queer, in a longterm, sometimes-open, relationship with a
7-27-09: Colorado Daily: "Transgender prisoners sentenced to rape"
academic study of the experiences of hundreds of transgender women in
California's men's prisons -- a survey that was commissioned by the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation -- revealed that 59
percent of male-to-female transgender prisoners had been sexually assaulted
while incarcerated. A shocking 0 percent of these inmates considered prison
officials to be allies in protecting their physical safety."
7-27-09: Express Buzz (India):
“Transgender gets admit card for teacher training”
for reaction, Bharathi, said, `my parental name was `Pandeeswaran’. I had
left my parents nearly eight years back. Subsequently I got my name changed
as `Bharathi’ and I have a family card and ID card in that name. People like
me can achieve greater things in life had our parents bestowed their
affection on us in a greater degree. My parents do not even know whether or
not I am alive.”
Lezgetreal.com: “A Mother’s Tale: Life With An Adult Transsexual Child, pt
7-26-09: Al Arabia News (re Egypt): “Prosecutor launches
investigations into stolen case file - Egyptian man-turned-woman sues
Egyptian man-turned-woman has filed a lawsuit with the prosecutor general
against the president of al-Azhar University for refusing to re-admit her
after the sex-change operation. Sally Mohamed Abdullah, formerly Sayyed,
accused Dr. Mohamed al-Tayeb, president of the oldest Islamic university of
stealing the case documents that contained a verdict allowing her to
re-enroll in medical school, where she had been student before the
7-26-09: NY1: “Transgender Activists Protest Recent Attacks”
“Dozens rallied in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, following reports of
two recent alleged attacks against transgender women, to demand that Albany
pass legislation to stop the violence.”
7-26-09: Examiner.com: “Renee Ramsey: what her transition means for
understanding trans issues” (more)
Renee Ramsey has become one of the oldest people to undergo gender
reassignment. Ramsey, who was born male but has a female gender identity,
says she has waited all her life to be able to transition and live as a
woman. It appears that she felt the freedom to do so after her wife died.
While Ramsey’s story has heartwarming implications for both trans and
non-trans people — that it is never too late to make changes or to follow
the life path that is right for you — there is a much more serious concept
represented here, and that is that gender identity issues do not go away.”
7-25-09: New York Times: “An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death”
expert, Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, then
discussed the files — though not identities — in a videotaped interview
arranged by anti-abortion activists that quickly made its way to Mr.
O’Reilly and others in the news media. . . “I can only tell you,” he said in
his taped interview, “that from these records, anybody could have gotten an
abortion if they wanted one.” Yet Dr. McHugh’s description of the
files left out crucial bits of context. He failed to mention, for example,
that one patient was a 10-year-old girl, 28 weeks pregnant, who had been
raped by an adult relative. Asked about this omission by The New York Times,
Dr. McHugh said that while the girl’s case was “terrible,” it did not change
his assessment: “She did not have something irreversible that abortion could
[Catholic ideologue Paul McHugh
is exposed as opposing an abortion for a 10 year old girl who had been
Lezgetreal.com: "A Mother’s Tale: Life With An Adult Transsexual Child, pt
to part 1]
7-24-09: Examiner: "Trans Bathroom Safety: The "Pee in Peace"
"Earlier this month the DC Trans
Coalition launched their “Pee
in Peace Campaign.”
This campaign aims to spread the word and start enforcing the DC laws that
are already in place regarding restroom use in public spaces - Laws the [sic]
protect the [sic] harrassment of DC Residents
who attempt to use public restrooms which match their gender identity or
7-24-09: Examiner: "Transgender mayor accused of showing too much skin
7-24-09: Boston Globe: Editorial "Another front for fairness"
"Unlike those whose religions or sexual
orientations expose them to discrimination, transgendered people might not
be able to avoid the issue when applying for jobs, apartments, or loans. The
truth may become evident from a check on a Social Security number or a
search of credit reports.Transgender advocates aren’t looking for sympathy.
The goal of the legislation, introduced by Representative Carl Sciortino, is
to give transgender residents of Massachusetts space to live without
discrimination or violence. The bill responds sensibly to a real problem,
and deserves to pass."
7-24-09: Brisbane Times (Australia): "'Gay hate' nurse under
"The Queensland Nursing Council has
launched a review into the competence of a registered nurse who wrote a
letter to his former school calling for "a world free of homosexuals".
Australian Coalition for Equality spokesman Rodney Croome said he could
understand why gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual patients would worry
about receiving treatment from a nurse who espoused such views."
[Note: This story raises an important
fact that few want to acknowledge: i.e., that there are many homophobic and
transphobic nurses out there. One of the greatest fears we have is
encountering such a person during a medical emergency, and triggering a
7-24-09: New York Daily News: "After recent attacks gay advocates'
rally in Queens to support victims"
""We want to show people that
transgender people still fight for survival," said local transgender
activist Melissa Sklarz of Woodside. "With these two attacks in Queens, it
forces us to reexamine our relationship with our neighborhoods." "
7-23-09: San Francisco Bay Times: "Calpernia Addams is Transfixed"
"Having gained national notoriety after
the traumatic 1999 murder of her military boyfriend as documented in the
feature film A Soldier’s Girl, Addams - a one-time Tennessee
Entertainer-of-the-Year drag star - found herself spending more time as an
advocate and activist than actress and showgirl. In the years since, she has
etched a name in Hollywood as a feature film consultant, documentary subject
and LOGO reality TV star. Most recently, with partner-in-crime Jer Ber
Jones, she pokes fun at a twisted, fictionalized take on her life in the
uproarious and very tongue-in-cheek two-woman stage show Transfixed. After
playing to critical acclaim in Los Angeles, the duo brings their act to San
Francisco for a July 24-25 run in the intimate parlor setting of Finn’s
Funhouse (814 Grove Street)."
Lezgetreal.com: "A Mother’s Tale: Life With An Adult Transsexual Child, pt
"Sometime before 1999, Cher gave an
interview in which she was asked how she had handled being told that her
only daughter, Chastity Bono, was a lesbian. Cher responded that her
reaction had been “primal.” I kept remembering that interview on a six-hour
road trip that my son used as an opportunity to explain to me that he was
transgender. Okay, if the coolest lady in the world (at least to my
generation) could go “primal,” then I was entitled to my roller coaster of
idiot questions, guilt trip, denial and pointless suggestions. In the end, I
had only one request. Paul had to tell his father himself."
7-23-09: Independent (Ireland re US): "Sex change: The last time
they'd seen her, she was a star quarterback named Paul McKerrow ... "
"Living her new life as a woman,
Kimberly admits that she found conducting relationships difficult at first.
"I guess I just dreaded the conversation," she says. "But I really found
that the more at peace I was with it, the easier it was for other people to
Kimberly Reed and her remarkable new documentary,
7-23-09: Pink News (UK): "British churches performing 'exorcisms' on
"Rev John Ogbe-Ogbeide, who runs the
United Pentecostal Ministry in Harrow, said he carried out exorcisms on gays
four or five times a year and that the procedure always worked. He said:
"The evil spirits are telling you what's wrong is right, the opposite sex is
7-23-09: Bay Windows (Boston): "Local
media swallows ’bathroom bill’ rhetoric"
by Ethan Jacobs
"Dan Kennedy, a professor at the
Northeastern University School of Journalism . . . said that given the
larger scope of the transgender rights bill, media outlets were wrong to
refer to it as a "bathroom bill" in their reporting . . . "To call that a
bathroom bill is irresponsible. It wouldn’t be if it were a bathroom bill.
... Why would you describe it that way unless you’re trying to snicker and
be demeaning about it?" said Kennedy."
7-23-09: Ecommerce Journal: "Shemale porn market: get the best of both
"Do you want to taste something exotic,
reveal hidden secrets and try forbidden fruits? Shemale porn offers the best
of both sexes! This niche has become extremely popular – and profitable - in
the last few years."
[Mainstream e-financial site posts a
rather tasteless, voyeuristic story about the trans-porn industry.]
7-23-09: Examiner: "Stu Rasmussen: transgendered mayor gets clothing
"“I identify mostly as a heterosexual
Rasmussen told KGW of Portland upon his election as mayor last November.
“But I just like to look like a female.” Apparently the people of Silverton
were more concerned about what Stu Rasmussen could do for their city than
what he looked like or chose to wear, because they elected him. But now
Rasmussen is in hot water with the city for his clothing choices — at least
for what he chose to wear to a recent youth leadership training event."
7-22-09: Associated Press: "Transgender teacher in NJ retiring in
"The schools' 2006 decisions to keep
her on as a substitute were hailed around the nation as a model of tolerance
and acceptance of transgender Americans. But the storybook ending never
happened: She got only a handful of assignments since then and is resigning
7-22-09: "Gender clinic reopens"
"Transgender activists have welcomed
the decision to reopen the Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the Monash Medical
Centre. The clinic was closed for review in June following claims that
people have been misdiagnosed as transsexual. Sally Goldner, spokesperson
for TransGender Victoria, told MCV fundamentalist Christians had been behind
the move to have the clinic closed. . . . Goldner said the review has
resulted in minimal changes to the clinic . . .“It has been reassuring that
the trans community and its allies have been able to stand up to this.” "
7-21-09: All Headline News: "Report Warns Murder Rate Against
Transgendered People Is Rising"
"A new report has found an estimated
200 transgendered persons were murdered from January 2008 to June 2009;
which is enough to say that every three days a transgendered person is
killed somewhere in the world."
7-21-09: Pink News (re Venezuela): "Venezuelan government moves to
establish greater LGBT rights"
"The current wording states: "Every
person has the right to exercise their preferred sexual orientation and
identity freely and without any form of discrimination, and as a
consequence, the state will recognise co-living associations [civil unions]
constituted between two people of the same sex by mutual agreement." The law
would also allow gender reassignment surgery and to create framework to
recognise a legal change of identity between genders."
7-21-09: Boston Globe: "Opponents of transgender rights bill employ
"In the 13 states that have this law,
as well as the District of Columbia and municipalities including Boston,
Cambridge, Amherst, and Northampton, no such incident of the type of assault
they are alluding to has ever happened."
[I.e., why does the religious right
keep scaring people about "bathroom Bill", when on one's ever seen him?]
7-21-09: ABC News: "Family Navigates Unchartered World of Gender
"Sons Learn Why Daddy Became Mommy:
'She Had a Girl Inside Her ... So She Went on a Surgery to Get It Out' . . .
Watch the full story on
"Primetime: Family Secrets," TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET"
7-20-09: ABC News: "'He' Becomes 'She': Husband's Transformation Into
"Small-Town Ohio Family Opens Up About
How Life Changed With Husband's Sex. Their story is similar to that of most
couples struggling to balance work, finances and raising young children. But
Chloe and Rene live with a secret that has affected their relationship,
their families, their friends and even their children: Chloe was born a
[Why do news stories report that
transwomen are born as fully-grown men? Seems to me most are born as
7-20-09: Physorg: "Nature? Nurture? Scientists say neither"
"It's easy to explain why we act a
certain way by saying "it's in the genes," but a group of University of Iowa
scientists say the world has relied on that simple explanation far too long.
. . "The nature-nurture debate has a pervasive influence on our lives,
affecting the framework of research in child development, biology,
neuroscience, personality and dozens of other fields," said lead author and
UI psychologist John Spencer. "People have tried for centuries to shift the
debate one way or the other, and it's just been a pendulum swinging back and
forth. We're taking the radical position that the smarter thing is to just
say 'neither' -- to throw out the debate as it has been historically framed
and embrace the alternative perspective provided by developmental systems
[Which reminds us78: Whatever happened
to the 'gay gene', and to the $2.5 million dollars spent at
Northwestern University trying to 'find it'?]
7-20-09: Bay Windows (posted
rights long over-due",
"I would not have introduced this
legislation if I didn’t see a compelling need for it here in the
Commonwealth. Transgender and gender non-conforming people are targeted
mercilessly for harassment on the streets, discriminated against in the
workplace both during hiring processes and when they decide to transition on
the job, and denied housing due to their status as transgender. Even in our
liberal state, acts of discrimination and violence happen every day."
[See related blog-posts by
GLAD attorney Jennifer Levi and
GLAD volunteer Alyson Lie]
7-19-09: The Republican (Massachusetts): "Larger turnout sought for
"Last year's inaugural New England
Transgender March and Rally was a surprisingly big success, according to
organizers, but they are hoping for a larger turnout this year. Although the
June 2008 parade and rally drew more than 1,000 people from the region, it
took place while students in area colleges were away on summer break. That's
one of the reasons this year's event has been moved to October, said Bet
Power, one of the founders and organizers of the march."
7-19-09: Union-Tribune (San Diego): "Pride Parade puts emphasis on
"Gabriel Mason helped build a float
with the facade of the Stonewall Bar behind the cab of a flatbed truck, with
the letters L-G-B-T emerging from the front door of the club. They placed
the T in the back of the flatbed, as if it were leading a march into the
street, Mason said, because he and his friends have suffered more
discrimination than most. “The transgender community has been knocked under
the bus,” said Mason, 44, a Golden Hill resident who lived as a woman until
he was 38. “But it's our turn now. Transgender is the new gay"
7-18-09: Los Angeles Times: "Conviction in shooting death of
"The manslaughter and hate crime
verdict and Congress' recent moves to expand hate crime law bolster
activists' hopes that the country will become more understanding of
7-17-09: TDLEF Press Release: "TLDEF Statement on Verdict in Lateisha
Green Court Trial"
"Today, justice has been delivered for
Lateisha Green with DeLee's conviction for committing a hateful act of
violence," said TLDEF Executive Director and attorney Michael Silverman.
"The jury's verdict provides Teish's family with the closure that they
deserve and need, and sends a clear message that hate violence targeted at
transgender people will not be tolerated."
7-17-09: Associated Press: "NY man guilty of hate crime in transgender
"A jury on Friday convicted a man of
manslaughter as a hate crime for killing a transgender woman he shot outside
a house party last year. Dwight DeLee was found guilty of first-degree
manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Lateisha Green outside a
Syracuse house party in November because of anti-gay bias. He becomes just
the second person in the U.S. convicted of a hate crime that involved the
death of a transgender victim."
7-17-09: Associated Press: "Senate votes big expansion of federal hate
"The legislation broadens federal reach
to protect those physically attacked because of their gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity or a disability. Current law is limited to
crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or religion. The Senate approved the
measure on a voice vote immediately after voting 63-28 to overcome
Republican-led opposition to considering the measure an amendment to a
defense spending bill. Sixty votes were needed to clear that procedural
7-17-09: Daily Mail (UK): "Call me Delores, says MI5 whistleblower
"A little over a decade ago David
Shayler was a renegade MI5 agent turned whistleblower who was facing
prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. Today the 43-year-old has become
a squatter - and yesterday showed off his 'alter ego' as he dressed as a
transvestite complete with false breasts, mini-skirt and ginger wig."
7-16-09: The Korea Times (South Korea): "Transsexual — Qualified for
Beauty Contest or Not?"
"Is sex by birth a qualification for a
beauty pageant? It appears not, as a male-turned-female transsexual has
passed the preliminary stage of the 2009 Super Model Contest.
Choi Han-bit, 23, was among 50 participants selected from a list of
1,200 candidates at the preliminary stage of the contest on July 2. She
still has to pass another preliminary on July 28 to be included in the final
selection . . . A dance major at the Korea National University of Arts, Choi
underwent a sex change operation in 2006, and was legally recognized as a
woman by a court. She also changed her name from Han-jin to Han-bit."
7-16-09: Newsday: "Transsexual sues NYC Parks Department over firing"
"A former mail room clerk for the New
York City Department of Parks and Recreation says she was fired from her job
because she is a transsexual. Chanel Birden says co-workers made fun of her
and called her vulgar names because of her gender change."
7-16-09: China Daily (China): "Red tape to test transsexuals' desire"
"It was revealed last month officials
at the Ministry of Health plan to set clear criteria for people who qualify
for the surgery, as well as the hospitals and staff allowed to carry it out.
Some in the transgender community, however, have raised concerns the new
rules could be too strict. "The idea of guidelines is a good thing, sex
change operations would be legalized," said Yang. "But it cannot be so
strict as it makes it harder, or even impossible, for people to have the
surgery." His fears center on the fact that, if the rules are approved,
patients will have to prove they have had the desire to swap their gender
for at least five years, and have lived full-time as their chosen gender for
7-15-09: Endocrine Today: "Endocrine Society released guidelines for
treatment of transsexuals" (more)
"Guidelines include recommendations for
hormone therapy, surgery and long-term care for all ages"
7-15-09: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (UK): "Kids Slam Tabloid
"Queer Youth Network make formal
complaint about The Sun's transphobic description of singer Kim Petras."
7-15-09: ABC News: "When Dad Becomes a Woman On "Primetime: Family
Secrets," Airing Tuesday, July 21"
7-14-09: The Denver Post (posted 7-12): "Grace Notes: Taking
note of a lovely woman can be the start of kindness", by Natalie
"Once or twice someone has said, "What
are you thinking about?" "Nothing," I've said. Once I said, "I met this
pretty woman . . ." but I trailed off. It seems important to say
"pretty." And she was. But she's not in my head, like a tissue-paper flower,
because she was pretty. She's in my head because she used to be a man.
That she stuck in my head for this
reason, at first, bothered me. It seemed small-minded, rude and voyeuristic
to note such a thing — even to myself. I was startled. But lots of
startling things are OK, and that I noted her for such a reason is OK too.
We note each other. Or at least we should. Then kindness follows. If we
could just do that all day — note each other, then follow with kindness,
imagine. . . "
[A wonderful story . . . a sign that
times are changing.]
7-14-09: Sydney Star Observer (Australia): "Trans passport laws eased"
"The Australian Passport Office has
reviewed its policy to make it easier for transgendered people seeking a
passport in their preferred gender. The Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade has provided information on its website indicating a more flexible
approach to determining sex as stated on passport documents."
7-14-09: The Star (Malaysia): "RM25 fine for cross-dressing"
"A 26-year-old man was fined RM25 by a
Magistrates Court here on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to dressing up
like a woman."
7-13-09: The Sun (UK): "Teen tranny's debut video"
"Pop sensation Kim Petras has caused a
stir, as not only does she have an incredible voice - she used to be a boy
7-13-09: The Hindu (India): "Bihar to involve transgenders in
"The Bihar government is trying out
innovative ways to involve the transgenders in socially useful work.
"Transgenders will be provided literacy and vocational training to prepare
them for respectable regular employment. It will give them the opportunity
to enhance their socio-economic status," said Masood Hassan, director of the
social welfare department. "We have suffered a lot for centuries and most of
us live in abject poverty. We want restoration of our recognition on the
pattern of the Mughal era," Kali Hijra said."
7-13-09: 6ABC News (Philadelphia): "Police: Death at voodoo cleansing"
"Action News uncovered exclusive
details about a voodoo ceremony gone bad. Police say seven people
participated in the ceremony Saturday night and went to sleep. Hamilton,
whose photo Action News found on her MySpace.com page and had confirmed by
her family, never woke up. Attempts to revive her failed. Family members
also say Hamilton is transgendered and used to be known as David."
7-13-09: The Times (UK): "An officer and a gentle woman: the
sex-change aristocrat" (more)
"He led a life of privilege — game
hunter, Guardsman and gentleman farmer. But Rhodri Davies had only one
desire: to be a woman. So he changed his gender, lost his family, and found
a new career as a nurse"
7-12-09: The Independent (Ireland): "Face to face with new ideals of
"As Dr Daniel
Simon, a surgeon who, with his partner Dr Norman van der
Dussen, practises Facial Feminisation Surgery (FFS),
told me, "It takes only a fraction of a second for a
face to be recognised as a man or a woman. The sexual
organs are hidden, the face is not". . . Last year,
doctors Simon and Van der Dussen began to practise FFS
in Marbella (at
the Agave Clinic). The surgery takes between four
and eight hours and covers areas of the face that most
display "masculine" features, such as the forehead,
brows and hairline, cheekbones, chin and jaw -- and, of
course, the Adam's apple . . .They now have on average
one patient a week. Dr Simon is in the process of making
his FFS available in Dublin (The Hospital Group). So is
it a vanity project? Hardly. As one transgender woman
put it, "I want to make my body my own, and I want to
have more feminine features. Transwomen do not give
consent to their first masculinising process in puberty.
FFS is a way of reclaiming the body and undoing that
development towards making FFS more widely available.]
7-11-09: Daily Mail (UK re Russia): "Furious man shoots dead
girlfriend after discovering she had once been a man" (more)
"A Russian man murdered his girlfriend
after discovering she had once been a man. The killer, identified as
Vladimir F by police, shot Camila several times, deliberately targeting the
parts of her body altered during a sex change operation. He had only found
out about her previous identity after she turned down his offer of marriage.
The 33-year-old believed she had a secret lover and, in a jealous rage,
checked her post. It was at this point he discovered letters from old
friends . . ."
7-10-09: Straight.com (Vancouver, Canada): "Transgender ban at
Vancouver women-only pharmacy may violate profession's code of ethics"
"A spokesperson for the College of
Pharmacists of British Columbia has said that she doesn’t think the code of
ethics governing pharmacists permits a pharmacy to deny its services to
transgender people. But Lori DeCou, director of communications for the
college, which licenses and regulates the profession in the province, told
the Georgia Straight that the only way to know for sure is for someone to
submit a complaint."
7-10-09: Straight.com (Vancouver, Canada): "Transgender rights
activists to protest ban at Downtown Eastside pharmacy" (more)
7-10-09: Femininjas (Vancouver, Canada): "Lu’s Pharmacy Protest — News
7-10-09: Facebook: "Milli Görüş changed the name of the group "Protest
Anti-GLBT Ken Zucker for DSM-V Planning Committee" to "(HACKED)Hooray East
Turkestan! China death!WE ARE OTTOMANS"."
[In a Facebook e-mail at 2:51pm EDT
today, we learned that the "Protest Anti-GLBT Ken Zucker for DSM-V Planning
Committee" Facebook group page, with 924 members, had been hijacked (hacked)
- and the hacked-group may now be in self-destruct mode, as members begin to
withdraw. Rather than withdraw from the group, hang in there and stay
tuned. Investigators are zeroing in on who did this, and hope to
expose them soon.]
7-10-09: WCBS-TV (New York City): "Transgendered Woman Beaten With
Rocks, Bottles - Queens District Attorney Says Justice Will Be Served In
Hate Crime Committed Against Haitian Immigrant" (more,
"Beaten with rocks and bottles, a
transgendered woman from Queens on Thursday spoke out about a chilling hate
crime. At Queens County Court two men were charged with assault as a hate
crime. Their alleged victim, scared and scarred, said she called police on
her cell phone while she was being attacked.
I'm pretty traumatized by this,"
Carmella Etienne said. Etienne, 22 moved to Queens from Haiti six years ago
and soon after began her transformation from male to female. Now medically
and legally a woman she thought taunting and teasing were in her past. But
on Wednesday night she said she was verbally and physically assaulted on
[Carmella is very courageous for
calling the police; in the past most such attack-victims have suffered in
silence, fearful of being outed.]
7-10-09: The Progressive (orig. posted 6-29): "Transgender people
should not be sentenced to rape"
"A recent academic study of the
experiences of hundreds of transgender women in California’s men’s prisons —
a survey that was commissioned by the California Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation — revealed that 59 percent of male-to-female transgender
prisoners had been sexually assaulted while incarcerated. A shocking 0
percent of these inmates considered prison officials to be allies in
protecting their physical safety. These statistics, alas, tell only one part
of the story. Transgender women who have been raped behind bars speak about
the additional abuse they suffer once they file a sexual assault report or
request medical and mental health treatment. Rather than receiving
assistance, many are met by cynical corrections officials who blame the
survivors for the abuse, faulting them for being provocative or “asking for
it.” In the worst cases, transgender women who report a rape are themselves
punished — for having engaged in prohibited sexual activity."
7-10-09: Mid-day (India): ""A tragically complicated love story"
"Swathi and Sneha were men who became
women in the hope of finding male lovers. They've now found each other and
want to marry."
7-10-09: Daily News: "Chaz Bono shows off girlfriend Jennifer Elia at
7-09-09: Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF):
"Justice for Lateisha Green"
"On Monday, July 13th, the trial for
the murder of Lateisha "Teish" Green - a 22-year-old African American
transgender woman - will begin in Syracuse, New York. Beginning tomorrow and
continuing through the end of the trial, TLDEF staff members will be on the
ground in Syracuse, working with Lateisha's family to ensure that the public
learns as much as possible about Lateisha's life, the tragic circumstances
of her death, and the tremendous violence that transgender people continue
"We've posted a lot of information
about Lateisha and violence against transgender people in our
online resource kit. We also want to make sure that you're the first to
know what happens at the trial. We'll be posting daily updates about the
our web site.
We'll also be sending out frequent
updates from the courtroom. You should
follow us there
if you want the quickest access to trial information. Finally, we'll also be
Justice for Teish Green Facebook page regularly."
7-09-09: Straight.com (Vancouver, Canada): "Transgender activist
opposes Downtown Eastside pharmacy ban"
"The Vancouver Women’s Health
Collective says transgender women will not be served at its new pharmacy on
the Downtown Eastside. And that has a neighbourhood transgender activist
alleging that the collective is discriminating against women like herself."
7-09-09: Edge: "Transgender Chicagoans find refuge in their city"
7-09-09: ABC2 News (Baltimore): ""New Efforts to Deal With Transgender
Prostitutes in Old Goucher
7-08-09: The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA): "Tranz-Central Coast:
Providing support for transgender residents - The local group is creating
network of therapists, doctors and experts as well as educating public"
"A few years ago, when Atascadero
resident Kari Graton searched for health care professionals equipped to deal
with her unique situation, she came up short. “You go through a period of
ostracism when you go through that transition,” Graton said. Unable to find
qualified care on the Central Coast, she turned to professionals as far away
as Los Angeles and the Bay Area for help. Now people like Graton can rely on
a revamped local resource:
7-08-09: Miami Times: "Transsexual Charged Again with Back-Alley
7-08-09: Jerusalem Post (Israel): "Dana International accused of
7-08-09: AfterEllen: "Transphobia & Cisgender Privilege"
7-08-09: TVOParents.com: "Child Gender Identity"
[From a May 1, 2009 debate on TV
Ontario's online resource for parents of preschool and school aged children;
also posted on
"Controversial gender identity
Dr. Ken Zucker
discusses typical and atypical gender behavior and identity in children on a
panel with a mother whose daughter exhibits some dissatisfaction with her
gender and Hershel Russell, a female-to-male trans man and psychotherapist."
almost painful to watch as Zucker dances around the questions, bites his
tongue and struggles mightily to avoid admitting that
his clinic engages in the trans-reparatism of gender variant children -
even though he's built
his career on doing just that!]
7-07-09: Facebook: "Close the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic" - group
reached 1000 members today!
"Toronto's Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health (CAMH) harbors the most notorious facility in the world for
the reparative therapy of gender-variant children. They also promote
regressive policies and theories affecting transgender adults worldwide. The
Gender Identity Clinic and Gender Identity Disorder Service need to be
closed once and for all."
[Help spread the word - tell all your
friends to join
this Facebook group!]
7-07-09: Rainbow Health (Ontario, Canada; see posting at 7-02-09):
"Calling 1000 Trans People in Ontario: An open letter to all Trans community
members in Ontario from Anna Travers, Director, Rainbow Health Ontario and
formerly Director of LGBT Services at Sherbourne Health Centre"
"This study was initiated in 2005 when
my organization, Sherbourne Health Centre, was overwhelmed with the numbers
of trans people seeking health care - especially people from places far
outside our catchment area of Toronto. At that time, I consulted with our
Trans Advisory Committee and we decided we had to try to create more
services where trans people could receive respectful health care, including
hormones and social support, right across this province."
TransPulse project is seeking input from Ontario transpeople regarding
their access to health care and transition services there. This is a vital
step towards improving the situation in Ontario and especially for finding
alternatives to the notorious
(aka the "Clarke Institute").]
7-07-09: The Vancouver Courier (Canada; posted 7-02): "Women's only
pharmacy offers safety, comfort"
"Located between Funky Winker Beans and
the Army and Navy, it's the site of Lu's: A Pharmacy for Women, and it
claims to be the first of its kind in North America . . . Starting Tuesday,
any woman who was born a woman can visit the pharmacy to have
prescriptions filled." (bold for emphasis)
[Now this is indeed a first: A pharmacy
that specifically denies services to transitioned women, and is proud of the
7-06-09: Edge (Boston): "Feather Ruffled, Rights Upheld in Restroom
Case Involving Transgender Child"
"Controversy surrounds the finding by
the Maine Human Rights Commission that a transgendered child should have
been allowed to use the girls’ bathroom because she identifies as female."
7-06-09: Reality TV: "When Dad Becomes A Woman On "Primetime: Family
Secrets," Airing Tuesday, July 7 On ABC" (more)
7-06-09: Colorado Daily (Univ. of Colorado): "CU's 'Transgender 101':
Born in the wrong body"
"CU staff hopes to broaden views with
7-06-09: Examiner: "'Luna' -- transgender issues for young adult
"Today’s teens lead complex lives and
are faced with issues that their grandparents, as adolescents, would not
have been able to fathom — and it shows in their reading material . . . But
are teens ready to deal with transgender issues? Denver area author
Julie Anne Peters
says yes. Among her award-winning young adult books is
which deals with transgender issues from a sister’s point of view"
7-06-09: Daily Express (UK): "£10M NHS Bill As Sex Change Operations
"More than 1,000 have had the surgery
in the last decade, according to new figures obtained by the Daily Express.
The number has trebled since the procedure became a “right” 10 years ago."
7-06-09: BBC News (re Iraq): "Saddam's rule 'better' for gay Iraqis
"Investigating reports of the murder
and torture of gay men in Iraq, Ashley Byrne found that some gays found
Saddam Hussein's dictatorship preferable to the threat of violence they face
today. Some readers will find parts of his report
7-06-09: Same Same (Australia re US): "Buck Angel: Self Made Man"
"He is one of the most famous porn
stars in the world with an impressive collection of films under his belt. He
has been photographed and captured by many artists worldwide. He is ruggedly
handsome, layered in stunning tattoos and his pierced sexy muscled body is a
stunning example of manhood. But there are plenty more other reasons why
Californian born Buck Angel is so captivating and fascinating. Buck is a
self made man like no other. He was born and raised as Susan."
7-06-09: Independent (Ireland): "Transsexual Rebecca finds joy with
end to family feud"
7-05-09: New Scientist: "Review: Sex in shades of grey"
""I AM satisfied with a wild free
Nature," the psychologist-philosopher William James once wrote to a
quarrelsome colleague. "You seem to me to cherish and pursue an Italian
Garden, where all things are kept in separate compartments, and one must
follow straight-ruled walks." I've always admired the way James challenged
what he perceived as scientific dogma. In this case, he raised a conundrum
we still wrestle with today. Science, with its love of classification, seeks
to impose a strict order on the world around us. Yet life on Earth is
(forgive the pun) by nature tangled, messy and, in James's words,
"everywhere gothic". This Jamesian perspective pervades Gerald Callahan's
smart and compassionate book. Callahan's argument arises from the fact that
human sexuality spans a slippery biological spectrum. The stereotypical view
of two sexes - me Tarzan, you Jane - is not only cartoonish, it limits our
understanding and appreciation of our own biology."
[Review of the new book
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the myth of
two sexes, by Gerald N. Callahan]
7-05-09: MosNews.com (Russia): "Intersex baby born in Moscow - a
dilemma for geneticists and parents to tackle"
""In this case, only geneticists can
tell whether this baby is predisposed to either the female or the male end
of the gender continuum, " tried to explain the young father. "We’ll love
our baby all the same, boy or girl." According to the experts, the paramount
task is to correctly identify the underlying genetic predisposition of the
person. The actual gender assignment surgery is fairly straightforward."
[Russians physicians are apparently
strict essentialists, and enforce strict physical gender conformity on
intersex babies, in contrast with emerging understandings as in the New
Scientist article above.]
7-04-09: Telegraph.co (UK): "Award-winning female manager was born a
"Of all those named in a new
list of young female business leaders, Kate Craig-Wood has perhaps the most
unusual success story. She was born male, and was able to afford a £50,000
sex change operation after developing a career in technology. . . People do
judge you based on your appearance," she said. "In the past few years, I
have become progressively more attractive. My hips have developed more and I
have this blonde hair and it has become more difficult to establish
credibility with male colleagues who don't know me. They will often make the
presumption that I don't know my maths or technology.""
[In an otherwise very positive article,
we see the media incredibly dismissing this transitioned woman by saying
that she was "born a man". After all, how many boys do you know who
were "born a (full-grown) man"? Seems to me that most were "born as a
boy", just as Kate was.]
7-04-09: The Times (South Africa): "The quest to be one"
"Am I a he? Am I a she? Oliver Roberts
speaks to three South Africans about the torment of achieving identity when
you are both male and female."
7-05-09: Asian Times (re India): "Sunday Celebrity:Transgender Noori
is a ‘leading light’"
"Although Naz Foundation fought the
case in Delhi, our search went on for some leading personalities among the
LGBTs in Chennai. Thirumangai (transgender) S. Noori settled for a chat with
the Asian Tribune. Her social activism impressed us. All electronic media
has had her programmes or interviews on sex awareness."
Brisbane Times (Australia): "Transgender woman heads back to UK for school
7-03-09: Sindh Today (India): "No longer labelled criminals, says
Bangalore’s sexual minority"
"Monica, a transgender said her
family abandoned her as she was born as a boy, but started living the life
of a girl. “My parents hated me. They were embarrassed of my identity. One
day I left home and danced and begged to earn my livelihood . . . “Now,
transsexuals too can lead a normal life. After the Delhi High Court’s
verdict, the existence of transsexuals has been legitimised,” said Revathi,
a transsexual activist. “We will no longer be considered criminals,” smiled
Sumathi, member of Sangama, fighting for the rights of transsexuals."
7-03-09: Southern Voice: "Judge: Trans lawsuit against Ga. lawmakers
can continue - Transgender woman claims she was illegally fired from job at
General Assembly "
"“I’m very satisfied with this ruling,
and I look forward to the case continuing to go our way,” said plaintiff
Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn. “I think the day that days when transgender people
can be treated as disposable people are coming to an end.” . . . While the
case progresses, Glenn continues to accept freelance assignments and work
part time as she looks for meaningful full-time work. “It’s been a difficult
year and a half, but I’ve been making things work and I’ve been clinging to
the hope that this was going to resolve itself in a favorable way,” she
7-03-09: Gay People's Chronicle: "ENDA is back - Federal anti-bias
measure has a chance to pass this time"
"With Democratic majorities in the
House and Senate, this bill is expected to make it to President Barack
Obama’s desk and be signed into law . . . National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force director Rea Carey called ENDA’s introduction “a critical milestone
for our community and our country. Passage of this critical legislation
would help ensure that people are allowed to participate on a level-playing
field in the workplace,” Carey said."
7-03-09: ABC2 News (Baltimore): "Old Goucher Transgender Prostitute
"Prostitution is an on-going problem in
parts of Baltimore, and in one neighborhood, a very specific kind of
prostitution has become a serious concern."
7-02-09: Scientific Blogging (posted 7-01): “Michael Jackson: Erotic
Identity Disorder?” By Michael Bailey
I seriously suggesting that Michael Jackson was a homosexual autohebephile
whose erotic goals included resembling Peter Pan and having sex with
pubescent boys? I sure am . . . Does my theory say anything about the
origins of Michael Jackson's tremendous talent? There are some correlations
between sexuality and abilities. For example, gay men are vastly
overrepresented among professional dancers and fashion designers. This may
reflect their increased interest in and dedication to dance and fashion,
rather than natural talent per se. Autogynephiles tend to be gifted in
technical, mathematical, and scientific pursuits, with computer scientist
being the prototypic autogynephilic occupation. But we don't really know
anything about the occupational interests of hebephiles, much less
autohebephiles. Although there have been rock stars accused of child
molestation, it doesn't seem as if there has been an excess of such
accusations (in the way, say, that a disproportionate number of figure
skaters died during the AIDS epidemic, presumably because they were gay).” –
J. Michael Bailey
[J. Michael Bailey is a very
angry, unfulfilled man. He couldn’t wait until Michael Jackson was in
his grave before launching this sexualized, over-the-top pop-psych analysis
of possible “paraphilic” sources for the entertainer’s wondrous talent.
However, dreaming up ridiculous witch-like labels for the creative
gender-variant people whose talents he so deeply envies does not alter the
reality that the muse speaks to them – and not to Bailey. In the end,
Bailey’s only hope for escaping such ongoing humiliations
is the promotion of
his teachings on eugenics, so that such people
are not allowed to exist in the first place – and embarrass him by their
7-02-09: TS Roadmap.com (posted 6-21): "Trans community hoaxes: 20
clues and how to avoid getting scammed"
"In June 2009, a “transkid” murder hoax
perpetrated by “KuryousKyooty” aka "Rachel" aka “Roo” aka “Raychel Edeyn
Wilson” was greatly exacerbated after being spread by a number of normally
credible people who didn’t bother to confirm any basic facts independently"
hallmarks of fake trans personae;
Twenty hallmarks of fake trans personae]
7-02-09: Associated Press (re India): "Indian court decriminalizes
consensual gay sex"
"A court ruled Thursday to
decriminalize homosexuality in the Indian capital, a groundbreaking decision
that could bring more freedom to gays in this deeply conservative country.
The Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual gay sex as a crime is a
violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. The
ruling, the first of its kind in India, applies only in New Delhi. "I'm so
excited, and I haven't been able to process the news yet," Anjali Gopalan,
the executive director of the Naz Foundation (India) Trust, a sexual health
organization that had filed the petition, told reporters. "We've finally
entered the 21st century.""
7-02-09: The Huffington Post: "Obama White House Not Appealing
"The Justice Department let the
deadline to appeal the decision pass Tuesday, a day after President Barack
Obama hosted gay supporters at the White House and promised to be their
"champion." . . . Schroer said she saw the administration's decision not to
appeal as a recognition that transgender discrimination must end and "gives
me renewed hope and restores some of my shaken faith in what our country
stands for." "This case put employers on notice that discrimination against
transgender individuals is like any other form of discrimination _
counterproductive and against our principles as a nation," she said in a
7-01-09: NBC News (Philadelphia):
Finds Dead Man Dressed in Drag"
"A jogger found a dead man, wearing
women’s clothing, in Fairmount Park Wednesday morning . . . The victim was
shot multiple times and the body was still warm when cops arrived, police
sources told NBC 10. He was believed to be in his late 30s, according to
[This incredibly insensitive article
re-victimizes the murder victim.]
7-01-09: Bangor Daily News: "State rules in favor of young
"The Maine Human Rights Commission
ruled Monday that the Orono School Department discriminated against a
transgender child by denying her access to the girls bathroom . . . “This
ruling is a huge step forward for a vulnerable population that is entitled
to the full protection of the law,” said Zachary Heiden, legal director of
the Maine Civil Liberties Union. “There will always be voices who claim
we’re not ready, we’re not there yet, the time to end discrimination is next
year, or next session. But victims of discrimination should not have to
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