Monday, March 31, 2008
By KAREN LOVETT, Telegraph Staff
March 30, 2008
The countdown began more than 100 days before.
Back in September, a thick cushion of weeks separated Cynthia Tebbetts from the moment her life would be transformed.
Landmark days came and went.
Christmas was a blur.
New Year’s a mere flash.
Then came her last day of work. Her last dinner out.
Finally, in late January, it was time.
As a boy growing up in west Manchester, John Jay Tebbetts felt something wasn’t right.
As a teenager, he realized he didn’t want to be a boy.
As an adult, nearing his 40th birthday, he plummeted into a depression that ushered him to the brink of suicide.
That scare forced him to throw a light on a secret he’d been keeping even from himself: in order to live, and to be happy, John Jay would need to change. And so, he embarked on a transformation to become Cynthia Nicole. . . .Read More
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
In August 2007, he did a tummy tuck. On January 10, 2008, it was breast augmentation, completing the sex change he has always wanted.
A sex change happens when a male or female undergoes hormonal or surgical manipulation to change his or her outward appearance to that of the opposite gender.
A trajectory of Peter Kugouri's* sex change shows one year of psychological and hormonal treatment for the 27-year-old man, who now sports a pierced navel, dangling earrings, waist-length hair and a female form. "I have 11 piercings in total on my body," he boasted to the Flair Magazine.
A former 'son' of a St Mary family, Kugouri, who spent his early years in Montego Bay and now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, goes by the alias 'Sade'. His well-manicured acrylic nails, permanent make-up and Indian features scream feminine allure. "When I go out, I am not recognised as anything other than female.". . .Read More
30 March 2008
Mar 29, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO — As the lights dimmed and the bass from the speakers filled the SomArts Gallery, the sold-out crowd rose to their feet in applause as Tita Aida, the self-proclaimed transgender “hostess with the moistest,” made her way down the 60-foot-long runway to kick off the first annual “Catwalk,” a male-to-female transgender beauty pageant, on March 22.
The event showcased 16 beautiful and classy transgender models, each representing different parts of the world.
Lally Lacy, a transgender program specialist at the API Wellness Center and a transgender woman herself, said Tita Aida (known as Nicky Calma during her day job as an API Wellness Center program supervisor) formed the idea for the event a year ago as a means to empower the transgender community Lesbian-and-Gay-Executives , because there were not enough venues for transgender people to meet. “We just wanted to make a positive influence on the transgender community, especially for Asian Pacific Americans, and showcase the transgender community’s love for beauty, fashion and self,” Lacy said. “We want to show what we have and what we can do.” . . . .Read More
31 March 2008
The media coverage of Thomas Beatie, the transgender man from Oregon who claims to be pregnant, has been plentiful, but Beatie himself hasn't given an interview yet (besides the initial one he gave to The Advocate). Beatle still has his female reproductive organs, though he has been transitioning for ten years with hormone therapy.