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Thursday, September 11, 2008
A Thai school has added a third option to the standard'boys' and'girls' bathrooms' a 'transvestite toilet'.
The Kampang School unveiled a unisex restroom designated by a human figure split in half' part man in blue and part woman in red with words "Transvestite Toilet" written below, after 200 students said they considered themselves to be transgenger.
Although most rural Thais are conservative in many ways, the initiative at the school reflects Thai society's tolerance for transgender communities. "These students want to be able to go in peace without fear of being watched, laughed at or groped. . .Read More
11 September 2008
Commentary by Ann Woolner
Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- For a manly man, you could do worse than David Schroer, if you will pardon the sexual stereotype.
A full colonel when he retired from the Army in 2004 at the age of 47, Schroer qualified as an Airborne Ranger with 450 parachute jumps and won too many medals to name. He had commanded Special Forces in Haiti and southern Africa.
After the terrorist attacks on the U.S. seven years ago today, he was picked to create and direct a classified, interagency group to track terrorism and plan U.S. responses. He briefed officials up the line to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Schroer seemed a perfect fit when, in retirement, he applied for a job at the Library of Congress analyzing terrorism and international crime for Congress.
His high-powered references praised him and he wowed the Library of Congress interviewers. His qualifications made him ``significantly better'' than the other applicants, Charlotte Preece, the library manager who decided to hire him, told Schroer over lunch in 2004. . . .Read More
by Jessica Carreras
Just over ten years ago, Rachel Crandall was married, living as a man and unhappy. Then, she made the choice to be true to herself and lost her marriage, her job, her home and her life. But in the end, she says, she got all her happiness back - and then some.
On Sept. 17, the Michigan Bar Association will celebrate not only everything Crandall has gone through, but everything she has given. That night, she will become one of only two LGBT people - and the only transgender person - to receive the Liberty Bell Award, honoring her work as co-founder and executive director of TransGender Michigan.
The Liberty Bell Award is given to local citizens who have excelled in providing service within the community. It honors non-lawyer citizens who have donated their time and resources to help further the rights of others. They have been given out since 1986, but only once before to an openly gay man - Jeff Montgomery - in 2006.
"What was going was 'Wow,'" Crandall said of hearing that she had been chosen to receive the award. "I mean, it's really quite an award. It's quite prestigious. I was thinking have I really done things to really earn this award." . . .Read More
Visual artist Georgette Freeman titles her current exhibit, Up From the Depths: Triggered. When I reach the sixty-one-year-old artist by phone in the same 275-square-foot San Francisco apartment she’s resided in for 33 years; she suggests, “We both know the word triggered. Mine was retirement. What was your trigger?”
When Freeman talks about things surfacing and about awareness—and actions—being triggered by significant life events, she’s speaking not only about her transgender identity but also her creative spark.
The duality is ironic because the aptly titled exhibit features Freeman’s collection of stereo card photographs. Captured by a single camera with two lenses set the same distance apart as the human eyes, the black and white stereo photographs offer dual images of the same subject that, when viewed through a stereoscope or special glasses, produce a 3-D image. . . .Read More