Sunday, July 01, 2007
• Video: Transgender in the San Gabriel Valley
POMONA - Cal Poly Pomona graduate student Olympia Tveter is busy getting everything in order for her expected graduation in a couple of months - going to classes, finishing her thesis, and making sure her diploma bears the correct name and gender.
For Tveter, getting her diploma right is unusually difficult.
Olympia enrolled as Jared, but has since transitioned to living full-time as a female. Her dress, speech and walk are feminine. Her credit card, bank account, and student loan are in her new name, and she checks the box marked "F" on forms asking her sex.
But Cal Poly Pomona isn't ready to see her that way without a court order or government-issued identification, a university official said.
It's just one of the many challenges Tveter faces as a result of her transition. Anecdotal evidence shows she is one of a growing number of people who are going public with their decision. . . .
Kerry Downey wants a less curvy profile (left) for her androgynous look (right).
photo: Alana Cundy
In the back room of Galapagos, a young, artsy crowd watched the queer-friendly, all-girl rock band Marla Hooch perform a raucous pop-punk set. Lights cast a pink blush on the space, and the crowd—a mix of tattooed-and-pierced dykes, fresh-faced collegiate straight boys, and fashionable girls in sexy dresses—danced to the band.
In the center of it all was Kerry Downey; it was her party, and well-wishers came up to the lanky woman to give her kisses and hugs. Dressed in a button-up shirt, bow tie, top hat, and slim-fitting pants, she was beaming, but not nearly as much as her breasts were, lit up by LED lights to call attention to them. Downey hoped, however, that this would be one of the last times in her life that her 34-Ds would be the focus of attention. . . .
The small Colorado town of Trinidad has more than three decades of experience with lantern-jawed, 6-foot-3 women in magenta tube tops and strappy platform sandals passing through.
The town's deep and unlikely attachment to the procedure that turns men into women could have ended in 2003, when Dr. Stanley Biber, a one-man industry, put down his scalpel after 35 years of performing his signature surgery.
But Marci Bowers, a gynecological surgeon in Seattle, decided to train with Biber shortly before he retired.
And that's when sex-change in Trinidad moved from a cottage industry into the big time. . . .
Gender Variance or Nonconformity is Found Wherever One Finds People
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Some Links for More Information:
- Bay Area Gender Associates
- CCIES at the Kinsey Institute
- Critical Dictionary of Sexology
- Dimensions Clinic
- FTM International
- FTM Resources
- Gender DynamiX (South Africa)
- Laura's Playground
- More FTM Resources
- Mostly MTF Info Links
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Transsexual Women's Resources
- TS Roadmap
- Two-Spirit Cultures
- WPATH (HBIGDA)
- Google News
Books you may find interesting:
Benjamin, Harry. (1966). The Transsexual Phenomenon. New York: The Julian Press, Inc. Full text and photographs available as an electronic book: http://www.symposium.com/ijt/benjamin/
Blanchard, Ray and Steiner, Betty W. (1990). Clinical Management of Gender Identity Disorders in Children and Adults. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
Bolin, Anne. (1988). In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage. South Hadley, Massachusetts: Bergin and Garvey.
Boenke, Mary, (Ed). (2003). Trans Forming Families. Hardy, VA: Oak Knoll Press.
Bornstein, Kate. (1994). Gender Outlaw: On men, women and the rest of us. Routledge: New York & London.
Brill, Stephanie & Pepper, Rachel. (2008). The Transgender Child. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
Brown, Mildred L. & Rounsley, Chloe Ann. (1996). True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Brownmiller, Susan. (1984). Femininity. New York: Linden / Simon Schuster.
Buss, David M. (1994). The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. New York: Basic Books.
Califia, Pat. (1997). Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
Cameron, Loren. (1996). Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
Colapinto, John. (2000). As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl. New York: HarperCollins.
Cromwell, Jason. (1999). Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders and Sexualities. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Devor, Holly. (1989). Gender Blending: Confronting The Limits of Duality. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
Devor, Holly. (1997). Female to Male Transsexuals in Society. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
Docter, Richard F. (1988). Transvestites and Transsexuals: Toward a Theory of Cross-Gender Behavior. New York: Plenum Press.
Ehrensaft, Diane. (2011). Gender Born, Gender Made. New York: The Experiment, LLC.
Green, Jamison. (2004). Becoming a Visible Man. Nashville:Vanderbilt Univerrsity Press.
Griggs, Claudine. (1996). Passage through Trinidad: Journal of a Surgical Sex Change. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Co.
Griggs, Claudine. (1998). S/He: Changing Sex and Changing Clothes. Oxford: Berg.
HBIGDA, Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders, Sixth Version. (2001). http://www.hbigda.org/socv6.html#top
Kessler, Suzanne and McKenna, Wendy. (1978). Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Serano, Julia. (2007). Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Women on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. San Francisco: Seal Press.
Stuart, Kim Elizabeth. (1983). The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender. Portland, Oregon: Metamorphous Press, Inc.
Available from Metamorphous Press, Inc. P.O. Box 10616, Portland, Oregon 97210-0616. Fax (503) 223-9117 or Toll Free 1-800-937-7771
Sullivan, Lou. (1990). Information for the Female to Male Cross Dresser and Transsexual. Seattle, Washington: Ingersoll Gender Center.
Available from Ingersoll Gender Center. 1812 E. Madison Seattle, Washington 98122-2843. (206) 329-665
Williams, Walter L. (1986). The Spirit and The Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture. Boston: Beacon Press.
Zucker, Kenneth J. and Bradley, Susan J. (1995). Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents. New York: Guilford.
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