Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fox News: America's Newsroom 08.15.08 -- Apology

"Fox News host Gregg Jarrett apologizes for inappropriate comments made on August 14, 2008 about a transgender contestant that will appear on America's Next Top Model." glaadvideo

America in Transition: A Transgender Special Forces Colonel vs. the Library of Congress

Wed Aug 20, 2008

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project. Originally posted at the ACLU Blog of Rights.

Diane Schroer’s case against the Library of Congress went to trial on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in D.C. The basics of the case are pretty well known. As David, Schroer spent 25 years in the Army, and retired as a decorated full Colonel in the Special Forces. Her specialty at the end was counter-terrorism.

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After retiring, she applied for a job as a Research Specialist in Terrorism and International Crime at the Library of Congress. She got it. But when she told her prospective boss that she was transitioning from David to Diane, and wanted to start work as Diane to minimize any fuss, things changed. The Library decided that as it turned out, she was "not a good fit" and yanked the job away. Diane came to the ACLU LGBT Project and we sued.

There’s not much dispute about what happened, just about what it means. First, there is a disagreement about the law. The government insists that the law allows it to refuse to hire someone because she or he is transgender. The ACLU says (to simplify a bit) that what the Library did is sex discrimination because the Library was more than happy to hire Dave, but wouldn’t hire Diane with the exact same abilities and qualifications. . . .Read More

Dressing like a harlot isn’t the half of it on Village stroll

By Laurie Mittelmann

August 20-26, 2008

On Staten Island, 20 wigs crowd the public housing unit of transgender model and prostitute Shawn Rachel, 28.

In the West Village on a recent late night/early morning, long, straight black hair, pushed back with Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, framed her face. It matched her “devil” bag: a black leather purse with spikes around the strap, one small remnant from her gothic period.

Thirty blocks south of Fashion Ave., Christopher St. is the runway for transgender divas strutting down sidewalks blowing kisses and hollering at each other, “Hey Sexy, I like what you wearing.” Fashion is their social lubricant and how they embrace female glamour — it’s their key to beauty, self-esteem and money. . . .Read More

South African Trans-woman in beauty pageant furore

By Jamie Skey • August 21, 2008

A row has erupted over a transgender woman who has apparently been snubbed by the organisers of the Miss South Africa pageant.

The transgender woman, Lindiwe Ringane, reportedly wanted to enrol in a workshop for potential participants but was made to feel unwelcome by the organisers, Sun International, reported Beeld, an Afrikaans daily newspaper.

While the organisers say that there is no clause in the rules of Miss South Africa to prohibit a trans-woman from taking part, participants must also sign contracts for international pageants such as Miss World, which the winner would be expect to take part in.

Sun International explained that these pageants specifically bar anyone who is not a natural-born woman from participating. . . .Read More

Marriage Equality, Transgender Medical Access Poll Well in Jersey

In a Zogby poll of 803 likely New Jersey voters taken August 7 to 11, 59 percent said they would "be fine with" public officials legislating full marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state. Thirty-six percent voiced opposition. Even when reminded specifically that the state already has a civil union scheme in place, the response to a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling, voters polled preferred full marriage rights 50.1 to 42.3 percent. Fully 69 percent of New Jerseyans said marriage equality is inevitable in the state.

Garden State Equality, the state's LGBT rights lobby, commissioned the poll, but emphasized that Zogby collected the data independently. A clear majority of respondents - 52.6 percent - said insurance companies unfairly discriminate against transgendered people by not covering the medical treatments vital to gender transition. 52.6 percent said this denial by insurance companies is unfair, while only 35.8 percent said it is fair. This poll is likely the first ever to ask about this issue. . . .Read More