Tuesday, April 01, 2008
March 28, 2008
By Nicholas C. Stern
Many people wouldn't be able to tell just by looking at her.
TerriLee Bell grew up as a man, married twice, divorced twice and fathered two children, a son and a daughter.
"At one point, I was living on the fringes, and just wasn't received in society or by my friends," Bell said. Some people categorized her as a freak, not knowing what to make of her.
That began the slow yet steady process, which has taken about 10 years, for Bell to become a woman, an identity she said was never really in doubt.
Bell, 56, will tell her story at the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meeting on April 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. . . .Read More
31 March 2008
These are the amazing before and after photographs of "pregnant man" Thomas Beatie.
They show the 34-year-old and his "wife" Nancy posing for gay magazine Odyssey in skimpy bikinis before his operation and then, just four years later, in a mocked up wedding-style picture.
The images were released as the Hawaiian native insisted his pregnancy was real and claimed he is "perfectly capable" of giving birth - despite years of hormone treatments to make him a male. . . .Read More, including Comments
By Rosie Shelley
March 31 2008
Women today face a bewildering amount of health advice -- but not many of us realise that when it comes to overall wellbeing, nothing is more important than our hormones.
These powerful chemicals control everything -- from the way we make energy out of food and how efficiently we burn it up, to our sexual, reproductive and mental wellbeing. An upset endocrine (hormonal) system can mean obesity and diabetes, fatigue and depression, poor skin and hair quality, premature ageing, menstrual and menopausal problems, even heart disease and certain cancers.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, a leading nutritionist specialising in women's health, says there has been an upsurge in diseases caused by hormonal imbalances, and that "regulating those hormones would be the single most important measure to take".The rise in conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis and breast cancer, as well as falling sperm counts are, she says, directly linked to our being bombarded with "gender-bender" chemicals found in non-organic food and cosmetics. As well as this, our lifestyles, with increasing reliance on caffeine and other stimulants, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol, are playing havoc with our most important hormonal systems . . . .Read More
By Maura McGraw
1 April 2008
Dressed to impress in wigs, stockings, and heels, student and professional drag kings and queens entertained a highly energized crowd of more than 200 people at Allied in Pride’s first ever annual Glitter Ball.
Last week's event was a fundraiser honoring the memory of four youth killed across the country in February in anti-gay, anti-transgender attacks -- Soneesha Stewart, 25, Simmie Williams Jr, 17, Lawrence King, 15, and Adolphus Simmons, 18. Allied said it raised more than $400 during the night for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, a non-profit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the Washington-metro area. . . .Read More
31 March 2008
Please consider contributing an essay for an anthology on the subject of Jews and Transgender. I am eager to hear from representative Jewish voices in trans, gender variant and intersex communities. Persons of any gender or no gender or shifting gender, please feel welcome to contribute. Jews with no relationship to Judaism, secular Jews and Jews along the denominational spectrum should feel equally welcome to reply. Political voices and religious voices all encouraged to respond. Please forward this call for submissions to appropriate lists.
If you have already written an essay on this broad topic that has been published elsewhere, please be aware that I am also interested in reprinting selected pieces that track transJewish voices in history.
I am looking both for new essays AND for permission to reprint certain essays from other sources. . . .Read More