Sunday, August 24, 2008
Who watched the Oprah show on
transgender families and gender identity ?
Dear readers, meet Jake. I mean, Julia. A little girl who likes trucks, climbing on tree and pretend to be the dad of the family when she plays. Now, meet Jake. 16 years-old who once though she was lesbian but finally understood that she wanted to be a male role model, a husband and a father. Julia started her transformation to become Jake at a very young age when at 13, a friend of hers told her he was a transgender. That was exactly what she wanted to be! Now, Jake is happy, and I believe that this is what is really important. I mean, I have been really depressed as a teenager and now that I’m all good, I can easily say that depression is one of the worst thing ever. I wish that to nobody. . . .Read More
I had an interesting and coincidental, brief encounter yesterday in High Point, NC's Wal-Mart with a former acquaintance. Out of all the checkout lanes in the store, I happened to choose one with a female clerk probably in her mid-50s with long reddish-blonde hair. I happened to look at the name tag, "Robbi", and something clicked.
I knew this woman from years ago, late-1996, I believe, but at the time, she was "Rob," a guy. At the time I was a staff writer with a regional business weekly, and we frequently wrote business profiles on interesting entrepreneurs and owners. Rob and his wife had a thriving business following the Grateful Dead around and taking photos of the performances (licensed and approved by the Dead organization)and then selling quality photos, often framed, to the Deadhead followers. She also made jewelry and sold that, too. . . .Read More
In the fall of 2000, I promised my daughter the freshman that I wouldn't write about Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) until she graduated. As a result, you readers learned nothing from me about the naked dorm, the transgender dorm, the queer prom, the pornography-for-credit course, the obscene sidewalk chalking, the campus club named crudely for a woman's private part, or the appearance on campus of a traveling anti-Semitic roadshow, loosely described as a pro-Palestinian conference.Instead of hot news items like these, you usually just hear that Wesleyan is very "diverse." Newsweek once hailed the school as the "hottest" diversity campus in America, apparently using the word diversity in its normal campus meaning of "no diversity at all." A one-liner about the campus is that "Wesleyan is so diverse that you can meet people here from almost every neighborhood in Manhattan." And the students tend to have opinions from every known corner of MoveOn.org. . . .Read More
August 15, 2008
Following on the success of the "Born in the Wrong Body" series, MSNBC premieres "Born in the Wrong Body: A Change of Heart," Sunday, August 24th at 10 p.m. ET. In this riveting hour-long documentary, MSNBC invites viewers into the lives of Josef Kirchner and Michael Burke, also known as "Judy" and "Michelle," and shares the story of their extraordinary journey from man to woman... and back again.
Josef Kirchner appears to be the epitome of masculinity. With his large frame and enormous muscles, it is difficult to believe that he lived as a woman for 20 years. Growing up as a boy was difficult for Josef. He was attracted to men, but didn't feel he was gay... he believed he was a heterosexual woman born in the wrong body. But two decades after having sexual reassignment surgery to become "Judy" he had a drastic change of heart. Josef now lives -- again-- as a man. . . .Read More