Saturday, March 15, 2008

016 My transgender voice-03

In my opinion, voice is one of the most important areas to help in transition. I created the vids to show that even with a deep male voice, you CAN sound female. candiFLA

The trouble with gender

by Gwendolyn Ann Smith


When I reflect upon being transgender, I often find myself musing about how – in simply being myself – I end up creating a gender space that both fits into stereotypes of gender, and goes against those same stereotypes. Sometimes at the same time. The same is true – maybe even more so – for other transgender men, women, and others.

You see, a gender is a slippery concept. It's not so much a thing as it is a collection of beliefs. We cannot take a gender out of a case and examine it – we can only describe gender. What's more, those descriptions largely boil down to "I'll know it when I see it." Further still, many have differing definitions, based on a viewer's own perceptions and history. . . .Read More

Book Reviews: South Beach: The Novel

March 14, 2008

"South Beach: The Novel"



Many are the sparkly charms of the opera. The live camels, the castrati. The preoccupation with the world's oldest profession. The implication that narrative gathers its force from the combined efforts of caterwauling and wig tape. The plots that are not unleavened by coincidence and melodrama. The assertion that overweight people, when dying, brim over with song.

"South Beach: The Novel," Brian Antoni's candy-colored and warmhearted second work of fiction, would make a terrific opera. Though "South Beach" isn't camp -- it lurks in the wings thereof, its bejeweled turban only slightly askew -- it revels in a kind of surface detail that might easily be mistaken for it. Rich with club scenes and descriptions of offbeat forms of physical congress, this story of one man's moral and sexual flowering might best be described as an arrested bildungsroman with a predilection for the psycho-sexual. . . .Read More

Singer Ersoy to leave fortune to military foundations


Singer Bülent Ersoy has announced she has amended her will to donate her fortune to the Mehmetçik Foundation -- in support of Turkish soldiers -- and the Turkish Education Foundation (TEV).

Ersoy, a transsexual singer and popular television host, told journalists on Thursday that she has decided to leave her whole fortune to these two foundations and penned her will to this end. Ersoy's remarks came after she made her deposition at a prosecutor's office in İstanbul's Bakırköy district over the allegedly unpatriotic remarks she made last month. . . .Read More

Labor of Love

Is society ready for this pregnant husband?

By Thomas Beatie

From The Advocate April 8, 2008

 Labor of Love

To our neighbors, my wife, Nancy, and I don’t appear in the least unusual. To those in the quiet Oregon community where we live, we are viewed just as we are -- a happy couple deeply in love. Our desire to work hard, buy our first home, and start a family was nothing out of the ordinary. That is, until we decided that I would carry our child.

I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy. Unlike those in same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, Nancy and I are afforded the more than 1,100 federal rights of marriage. Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights. Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire. . . .Read More

POV, Critique, Opinion: Friday Five: Randy Thomas


'Gender identity is very important to God.'

Parents of children who struggle with gender confusion are being encouraged to raise their kids according to the gender they want to be.

Nationally, organizations are adopting gender-neutral restrooms.

And in California, students now can “choose their own gender” when deciding whether to use the boys’ or girls’ restroom and locker room.

According to the American Psychological Association, “transgender” is a term used to describe people whose self-perception differs from their biological gender. This condition is commonly referred to as gender identity disorder.

Randy Thomas is executive vice president of Exodus International, the largest worldwide Christian outreach to those affected by homosexuality. He spoke with CitizenLink about transgenderism and his own journey out of homosexuality.

1. Why are transgenderism and gender confusion so prevalent today?

With my parents' generation — the boomers and older — there were deeply taught gender roles, but that started breaking down with Gen X. Now people don’t know how to teach being a male or a female to younger males or younger females. We’ve lost our history of what it means to be a man and our history of what it means to be a woman, and activists have worked to obliterate that history because they feel it’s sexist. So if a man doesn’t know how to teach a little boy how to be a man, there’s a void there.

These activists are preaching this very strict worldview that there is no gender, and people are left confused. It’s no wonder that they come up with all kinds of ways to identify. . . .Read More

Fashion Tips, Prom Advice, Period Planning and Transgender Talk

Fri Mar 14, 2008

by Megan Feldman

Mark Graham
High school sweethearts Amber Burden and Jacoby James

A few months ago, I got a call from an editor at Seventeen who‘d come across a story I wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park about a female-to-male transgender teen who began living as a boy while attending an Irving high school. The editors wanted to feature Jay in the magazine, so I put them in touch. . . .Read More

Reading in the dark - Finalists for 20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced


* Transparent, Cris Beam (Harcourt
* Male Bodies, Women's Souls, LeeRay M. Costa, PhD, (Haworth)
* The Marrow's Telling, Eli Clare (Homofactus Press)
* What Becomes You, Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Raz (University of Nebraska Press)
* Nobody Passes, Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Seal Press). . . .Read More

Transgender people confront a puzzle of identity in a veil of secrecy

By Valryn Warren

Staff Writer

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Transgender people have existed for at least as long as there is written history, but the term "transgender" is relatively new, coined in the 1990s.

It broadly encompasses a number of ways a person's biological sex can differ from their gender identity — the sense of who they are, the things they're drawn to and the way they prefer to appear.

But many people are still uncertain exactly what it means to be transgender — and that sometimes even includes those who are. . . .Read More