Wednesday, October 08, 2008

No Reservations - French Polynesia

"Tony Bourdain takes a look at transgender culture in French Polynesia."  wenkaimc

A Paleo-Feminist on Transgender Sexism Studies

by Debra Dickerson on 10/06/08

An extremely 'well intentioned' young white guy I work closely with said to me the other day that, appalled as he was by this "new" notion of white privilege he'd just heard of, thank god he'd never been its beneficiary. Others had, of course, but not him and man! would such a thing suck if it actually did exist.While trying not to either laugh at him or slit his throat, I informed him about a study done by U of Chicago and MIT professors. In that study, identical resumes were sent in response to their local papers' want ads. Identical, that is, but for names like "Jennifer" v. "Tanisha," and "Jamal" v. "Joe". Let's just sum it up thusly:. . .Read More

A positive change on reality TV

By Vanessa E. Jones
Globe Staff / October 7, 2008

Levi Valentine had never watched a full season of Tyra Banks's reality show "America's Next Top Model" in the 10 seasons it's been on the air. Then Valentine heard that a transgender woman, Isis Tsunami, was going to be one of the contestants. That was enough to persuade Valentine, a 29-year-old transgender man who lives in Jamaica Plain, to tune in.

"Top Model" isn't the only reality show featuring a transgender woman this season. On VH-1's new show "I Want to Work for Diddy," Laverne Cox battles other contestants to become the rap mogul's assistant. Even before the shows premiered, their casting was applauded by groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the gay news website AfterElton, and local organizations such as Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, which works to end discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression in the state.

Once the shows began airing, the two women gained a strong following among viewers.

"They've presented themselves pretty well," Valentine says, "but they're not doing this for the community; they're doing this for themselves, which is great to see. It's about time actually." . . .Read More

Opinion, Critique, POV: Schwarzenegger Signs Homosexual-Bisexual-Transsexual Bills

by cwnewz network, on 07-10-2008

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed three bills squashing moral values and religious freedom. By elevating the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda above the rights of everyone else, Schwarzenegger has confirmed his legacy is being the most anti-family Republican governor in California history.

"There is no gay gene, but religious freedom is a God-given right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. So it's wrong and unfair to create new laws which make homosexual-bisexual-transsexual 'rights' superior to everyone else's rights," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a leading West Coast family issues organization.

"The words 'discrimination,' 'harassment,' and 'tolerance' have been redefined and are actually resulting in reverse discrimination and intolerance against people with moral values," said Thomasson. "Under these new laws, foster parents, nurses, doctors, health insurance plans, city and county commissions, and court-appointed children's advocates must abandon their moral, social or financial values at the alter of the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. This crate load of homosexual-bisexual-transsexual laws embodies the same intolerant spirit of the recent California Supreme Court ruling that trampled the religious freedom of doctors at the behest of homosexual 'rights.'" . . .Read More

A life shunned

by Sharmila Billot

Poh Si Teng with Natasha (right).
Poh Si Teng with Natasha (right).

SHARMILA BILLOT speaks to Poh Si Teng about her winning short film on transsexuals.

FOR a young filmmaker, Poh Si Teng is bold and courageous when it comes to tackling controversial issues.

Poh’s short film, Pecah Lobang, was one of the winning entries at the Freedom Film Festival (FFF) 2008.

Pecah Lobang, which means “busted”, is about transsexual sex workers in Malaysia. It is also a term commonly used by transsexuals.

“They are just normal people who had no choice but to become sex workers in order to earn a living,” said Poh Si.
“Life is hard for them as they can’t secure proper jobs. To add to their misery, their families and society shun them.
. . .Read More