Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Point Foundation Announces 2007 Scholar Class

LOS ANGELES, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Point Foundation -- the nation's largest publicly-supported organization granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students -- today announced awarding the largest number of scholarships in its six-year history. The diverse group of 38 recipients includes many firsts for the organization.

"Since taking the helm at Point earlier this year, I have been pleased with the high caliber and diversity of candidates who applied for support," said Executive Director Jorge Valencia. "This class represents many 'firsts' for the Point Foundation: our first male-to-female transgender Point Scholar, our first Muslim Point Scholar and our first Point Scholars who are also parents. This class expands on the current diversity among our scholars and we are excited to begin working with them," concluded Valencia.

"As someone new to the scholar selection process, I was immediately struck by the profound impact it has on everyone involved," commented Valencia. "For example, after the panel interview with a finalist who appeared particularly nervous, I approached him and asked, 'It wasn't all that bad, was it?' The young man replied, 'No, not really. It is just that I have never been surrounded by so many people who were accepting of me and who simply wanted me to succeed.'" Valencia concluded, "If that does not underscore the importance of our work with these bright and promising individuals, I don't know what could."

Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT individuals who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. As of June 2007, a total of 84 Point Scholars will be currently enrolled in school, and 26 alumni will have continued on to pursue their life goals. . . .

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R. Nick Gorton, MD, Jamie Buth, MD, and Dean Spade, Esq

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Gay Trans Man Collaborates With Feminist Mom

By Jacob Anderson-Minshall
Published: April 5, 2007

“Perception,” trans man Aaron Raz Link remarks, “is in the eye of the beholder. It legitimately belongs to them,” he says of his new book What Becomes You, an unusual trans memoir, which offers both Link’s perspective and the perspective of his mother, renown feminist scholar and poet Hilda Raz. “We’re all unreliable narrators,” Link argues. “Which is, ultimately, what the book is about. Both art and family teach a larger vision, a shared vision, of identity.”

A Nebraska native currently directing Portland’s Museum of Nature, Link has been a lot of things in his life: a professional clown, museum preparator, writer, HIV tester, theatre teacher, butterfly wrangler, social service worker, jeweler, mask maker, teacher, forensic entomologist’s assistant, object puppeteer, sex educator and performance artist.

The gay man also co-founded Portland’s Transgender/ Identity Resource Center (TiRC), which provides gender-related services and resources. TiRC offers a reference library, peer counseling, referrals, support groups and ResourcesPDX (www.resourcespdx.org) The latter, provides listings of professionals and service providers educated about and supportive of unique challenges facing trans and genderqueer individuals. . . .

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Connecticut: Transgender Rights Bill Loses Momentum

June 5, 2007
By COLIN POITRAS, Courant Staff Writer

An effort to give transgender individuals equal protection under the state's anti-discrimination laws got bogged down in debate Monday, leaving the bill's future in doubt with the legislative session scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday.

The proposal had made its way through several legislative committees earlier this year and was approved by the state Senate May 23. But after nearly three hours of House debate Monday afternoon, the bill was set aside, a sign that the legislation is in trouble. . . .