Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kim Pearson Interview On CNN Concerning Transgender Student

Change gender/sex virtually. . .

The Sims 3 will launch in 2009

EA confirms 2009 for Sims 3

Third installment to sport brand new engine

Written by Guy Dixon

"It is this type of open-ended gameplay that inspires endless creative possibilities"
Ben Bell Executive producer, The Sims 3

Electronic Arts has released the first official details of the next version of The Sims, one of the world's best selling computer games, which will launch in 2009.

With 98 million games sold around the world in 22 languages, the transgender appeal of the franchise has made The Sims the third best selling game in history, behind Mario and Pokemon. . . .Read More

Trans job fair

compiled by Cynthia Laird


. . .The San Francisco LGBT Community Center will host its next transgender job fair Wednesday, March 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., at 1800 Market Street. Organizers said that this event has 25 employers signed up, and that there are many more private sector employers attending the event.

Ken Stram, director of the center's economic development program, said that a new feature for next week's event is a "Dress for Success" component, where hair and makeup professionals will be on hand to help job seekers look their best to meet and greet prospective employers.

The event is part of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, a collaboration between the center, the Transgender Law Center, Jewish Vocational Services, and SF Transgender Empowerment Advocacy and Mentorship. . . .Read More

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Slain transgender woman to be remembered

by Seth Hemmelgarn


A demonstration to remember a transgender woman whose naked body was found on a San Francisco sidewalk last year will be held Friday, March 21.

Ruby Ordenana, 24, whose legal name was Rudy Ordenana, was found dead in the 1600 block of Indiana Street, near Interstate 280, on March 16, 2007, according to police. The death was ruled a homicide.

Community United Against Violence is inviting people to remember Ordenana and others who've been lost to violence. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the 24th Street BART station on Mission Street.

San Francisco Police Department spokesman Sergeant Neville Gittens said the investigation remains open but there are no leads in the case.

Mayor Gavin Newsom's office has authorized an increase in the reward. . .Read More

Counselors should target discrimination and be advocates for transgender clients

University of Oregon doctoral students address workplace and psychological issues for overlooked population

Alison Cerezo, left, and Maya O'Neil, University of Oregon doctoral students, studied transgender issues, with ramifications for counselors and for dealing with issues in the workplace.
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Two University of Oregon doctoral students dove into issues of transgender identities -- in the workplace and professional counseling -- and surfaced with a call for psychologists and vocational counselors to not only treat but to act as advocates for their clients -- and to help end discrimination in the workplace.

"One of the main points of our paper is that not only do we need to be, as vocational psychologists or career counselors, working with transgender people at an individual level to help them get hired, but we also need to be doing a lot of social advocacy work -- working with employers and workplaces -- improving antidiscrimination policies and doing legal advocacy," said lead author Maya Elin O'Neil.

The study, co-authored by their doctoral adviser Ellen Hawley McWhirter, a professor of counseling psychology, provides transgender-issue terminology related to gender identity, suggestions for addressing problems of both clients and on-the-job difficulties and lists available resources -- filling a void in both the academic literature and support possibilities. The study appeared online in February and in print in the March issue of the Journal of Career Development.

"We've had lots of requests for reprints of the article from people who have heard about it, and they've repeatedly said that there is nothing out there about the workplace angle," O'Neil said. Request for copies have come from psychologists, vocational counselors, university administrators, especially those dealing with diversity issues and planning, and even workforce managers, said co-author Alison Cerezo.

O'Neil and Cerezo both are pursing doctorates in counseling psychology. O'Neil also is a statistician and works as a therapist with at-risk youth. Cerezo also studies issues related to college retention and career self-efficacy among Latino/Latina college students. . . .Read More