Wednesday, August 27, 2008
28 August 2008
Transgender and marriage rights advocates have welcomed Senator Louise Pratt's commitment to LGBT rights.
The newly-elected WA Senator, whose partner is a transgender male, made her inaugural speech yesterday, saying, "I look forward to a time when we have removed at a federal level all discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and sexuality.
"A time when my partner isn’t denied a passport because his gender’s not recognised under our laws, when my friends’ children all enjoy the same rights and protections under Commonwealth law, regardless of whether their parents are straight or gay, and a time when my gay and lesbian friends who wish to be legally married can be.". . .Read More
27 August 2008
In case one Britney Spears wasn't enough, there's now another taking on America.
Derrick Barry left talent judges open-mouthed when he donned a schoolgirl outfit and danced to the pop star's hit Baby One More Time.
The male impersonator, who has performed as Britney for five years, made it through auditions for America's Got Talent earlier this year with a rendition of the singer's hit Toxic. . . .Read More
Your article ('My body is wrong', G2, August 14) sensitively reports the anguish of the young teenage transsexual as the body changes in the direction of the wrong sex. That anguish is medically treated in other countries. But in the UK the "wrong puberty" is allowed to progress for years before treatment. Not only are these unwanted body changes traumatic as they develop, but if the teenager goes on to live as an adult of the other sex, they pose additional hardship. Aptly, the article tells of a mother whose (now) daughter was denied hormone treatment "until the age of 16, by which point she already had an Adam's apple, a deep voice and facial hair".Having spent a decade heading the adult gender identity clinic at Charing Cross hospital, the world's largest treatment programme for transsexuals, I have interviewed many patients who regretted not having treatment during their early teens. . . .Read More