Monday, August 25, 2008

Born in the Wrong Body-Change of Heart

"MSNBC's latest show on transgenders changing back--part of the story that was left out."


Make houses of worship truly inclusive

By Jody M. Huckaby, August 20, 2008

The doors to our houses of worship ought to be open to all. That includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, who often feel that religion has been used to divide and conquer their families and their rights.

On Saturday night at the Saddleback Church forum, Pastor Rick Warren asked both candidates about their definition of marriage, and both said that it was between one man and one woman.

This felt like exclusion, if not discrimination, to many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. And unfortunately, neither presidential candidate was asked about how they would welcome the LGBT community into the conversations about faith.

That’s too bad because history and progress are often made in the pews. The struggle for civil rights for blacks began largely in our churches — and was led largely by clergy — and was born out of a deep sense of religious conviction, rooted in the tradition of loving thy neighbor as thyself.

Today, however, LGBT Americans struggle to find the same passion for equality within some communities of faith. . . .Read More

Day Zero: I’m in Denver

By Marisa Richmond

25 August 2006

Well, I’ve made it & I have survived the first full day.

I was taken to the airport this morning by my friend Mark, whose partner, Julie, usually cat sits for me. My plane had several TN delegates including Congressman Lincoln Davis & House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. There were also delegates from NH & VA. After I finally got to the TN hotel, I picked up my delegate package, which included up to date information, & lot of little gift, including a bottle of Jack Daniels. . . .Read More

Man faces torture for dowry charge despite sex change

Aug 25th, 2008 | By Sindh Today | India

Patna, Aug 25 (IANS) A Bihar court has framed a charge sheet alleging that a man tortured his wife for dowry before their divorce, officials said Monday. The accused then underwent a sex change operation and married a man.

Phul Sharief, in his 30s, is a resident of Sonepur village under Rosra police station in Samastipur district, some 100 km from here.

Sharief’s sex change came to light last Friday when he appeared in a local court dressed as a woman.

‘Phul Sharief stunned everyone including the judge and lawyers in the court when he informed them that he had undergone a sex change operation after being divorced by his wife. Sharief then married a man,’ a court official said. . . .Read More

Trapped in a male body: Maxine about her life as a transsexual team Sat, 23 August 2008

Maxine’s dream is to have a complete sex change so that one day she starts living her life as a woman, the way she felt since she was born.

In a full interview, to be published in Sunday paper Kullhadd, Maxine Attard, 25, who won the first edition of Ms Klozet 2008, speaks about how difficult it is to get a sex change in Malta.

“To have a sex change is my life’s dream. I want it so that one day I can say I am myself. But despite Malta being an EU member, I still have to buy pills which are too expensive. Sometimes I feel that everybody is closing the door in my face, especially when I know that in other European countries they [transsexuals] find help,” says Maxine.

Maxine describes herself as a woman trapped in a male body, and that at times she cannot express her real self, “what I really am.” . . .Read More