Wednesday, October 08, 2008
"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
"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
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