Tuesday, September 09, 2008
For many prospective Elis, the toughest question on a college application is the personal essay or the short-answer statement.
But for Ian R. from New York City, the hardest question is not a question at all — just two empty boxes marked male and female.
“Going into the college process, what I really hate is filling in the gender boxes on applications,” he said.
That’s because Ian R. is a queer, transgendered high-school senior applying to Yale, and while he identifies primarily as male, he is physically female. Academics are a high priority for Ian when choosing a college, but as is the case with many transgender applicants, other social factors weigh heavily on his mind. . . .Read More
September 8, 2008
By Wong Kim Hoh
A DEGREE from Curtin University, Western Australia, and a regional management position in a large logistics organisation.
While laudable, Juliet's achievements are not likely to make most people sit up and take notice.
'When you say transsexual, a lot of people immediately think of Changi Village and Desker Road,' she says, referring to two of Singapore's most notorious vice haunts.
'People harbour so many stereotypes. Not all of us are prostitutes. In fact, a lot of us lead and want to lead very normal lives,' says the articulate professional whose company and colleagues know of her status.
Transsexuals - people who do not identify with the gender they are born in and sometimes change their bodies through surgery or hormone therapy - in Singapore have Bugis Street to blame for this albatross hanging around their necks. . . .Read More