Monday, September 22, 2008

How To Help A Transgender Child.

"Alaina and her mom Carolyn discuss helping children who may be transgender."   TheTyraBanksShow


'The Transgender Child' New handbook has tips for parents whose children don't fit the societal mold, and probably never will

Talia Kennedy
September 18, 2008

A child may be born with female anatomy, but what if her first words are "I'm a boy," and she wants to live as a boy as she gets older?

Or a boy enjoys playing with girly toys and sometimes expresses himself in traditionally feminine ways?

Two Bay Area women who have worked with transgender and gender-fluid children have written a handbook for parents whose kids aren't typical boys or girls.

"A parent can't change a child's gender identity but can change how they respond to it. It requires a lot of respect, kindness and support," says Stephanie Brill, who, along with Rachel Pepper, wrote "The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals" (Cleis Press; 200 pages; $16.95).

Some parents have a hard time accepting their transgender and gender-variant children's identities, but Brill stresses that children's genders are usually a permanent part of who they are. . . .Read More

The Real World Brooklyn Cast Gets Transgendered

Sep 21, 2008 by Michael Martin

The cast of The Real World Brooklyn looks to differentiate itself from the previous twenty seasons on MTV by having the first transgender cast member.

The cast’s head shot compilation was posted on Vevmo and combined with my sources indicate the naming of the cast is as follows - starting clockwise from the top left.

Unfinished Business

22 September 2008

. . .I love football. 

Many who know me, or who know my politics, are surprised by this fact. After all, as the director of a women’s center, and a committed feminist, shouldn’t I feel ambivalent about—if not downright opposed to—the degree to which American culture celebrates such a brutal, macho sport, and glorifies those who play it? Shouldn’t I want a kinder, gentler game—like synchronized swimming, or equestrianism—to rule the day? 

Not really. I am in awe of the both graceful and guttural physicality of the game, the full-contact, heady delirium of the pileup, and the breathless climax of a perfectly executed 60-yard Hail Mary pass. Just about the only thing I don’t like about football is the knowledge that women will likely never get to play it side by side with men. 

Since 1982, when the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus was founded, the movement for gay rights has come a long way. For most of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) at Harvard, we can live openly and without fear in our jobs and as students. We can pursue both our degrees and employment with the protection of the law behind us, we can hold high positions of leadership and esteem, and we can even legally marry our sweethearts in Memorial Church. Although I wasn’t at Harvard in 1982, I understand that it was a very different place then, and that silence and social sanction were de rigueur for virtually all queer folks.
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