Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Transgender Army veteran Diane Schroer

"CNN News reports on transgender Army veteran Diane Schroer and her discrimination case against the Library of Congress (Jan. 5, 2008)" StephanieKayStevens

Transgender Army Veteran Sues Library of Congress for Discrimination

August 19, 2008

by Anne Szustek

Retired Col. Diane Schroer claims the national library rescinded a job offer after she disclosed that she was receiving gender therapy.

Trial Begins on Potentially Landmark Employment Case

A federal court in Washington, D.C., is set to start hearings today as to whether the Library of Congress was in violation of legal precedent on sex discrimination when revoking Col. Schroer’s offer of employment.

David Schroer served 25 years in the Army, and was an Airborne Ranger and headed a classified national security operation. The retired officer was recently hired as a senior terrorism research analyst with the Library of Congress. . . .Read More

Teenager acquitted of murdering transvestite

August 19, 2008


Kellie Telesford

KINGSTON, Jamaica - AN 18-year-old Jamaican who was charged with the murder of a transgendered woman, Kellie Telesford of Thornton Heath, United Kingdom, was found not guilty on August 14, 2008.

According to the Met Police press release, on November, 21, 2007, officers in Thornton Heath responded to reports of concerns from friends for the occupant of 81 Leander Road, Thornton Heath.

After arrival and forced entry they found the body of the 40-year-old who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The release also went on to say that a post mortem conducted at the Mitcham Mortuary the following day revealed that death was caused due to strangulation.

Shanniel Hyatt, 18 of Northborough Road, Norbury, was subsequently charged with Telesford’s murder.

The trial had begun on August 1, 2008 and, according to the prosecution, Hyatt’s motive for the murder came after Telesford performed oral sex on him and he became angry after discovering that she was a transsexual. . . .Read More

Gender games


August 19, 2008

If a man has a sex change, can he compete in the Olympics as a woman? —Stephanie Ketchum

In our enlightened age, when science has made it possible to be the sex you feel like rather than the one nature stuck you with, some think it stuffy to insist on doing things the old-fashioned way. Why not let transsexuals compete as the sex they change to? Obvious rejoinder: Because it’s no fair letting a hulking genetic male go up against smaller genetic females just because he now calls herself Kathy. But as always it’s not that simple.

There’s a history of men sneaking into women’s sports, typically ordinary guys trying to take advantage. One was German high jumper Hermann Ratjen, who competed in the 1936 Olympics under the name Dora Ratjen, placing fourth. Soviet gold medal-winning sisters Tamara and Irina Press, sometimes called “the Press brothers,” were widely suspected of being males in disguise. . . .Read More