Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A local Imatra vicar's announcement that he plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery is forcing the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church to take a stance on sex change.
The minister, Olli Aalto, who is taking a temporary leave of absence, intends to begin hormone treatments. After this, he will undergo surgery and physically become a woman.
Voitto Huotari, the bishop of the local Mikkeli diocese, says Aalto can no longer continue in his job. Aalto considers this view to be blatantly discriminatory. . . .Read More
Opinion, Critique, POV: Will Federal Female Employees Be Safe from Cross-Dressing Men Using Ladies' Restrooms in the Obama Administration
Contact: Peter LaBarbera, 630-717-7631; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO, November 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Americans For Truth reacted to the news that an Obama Administration will likely enact "gender identity" as a nondiscrimination category by questioning whether federal female employees will be protected from transsexual men wearing dresses who demand to use ladies' restrooms on the basis of their self-perceived "female identity."
"Men who believe they are women, and vice versa, will be officially protected based under Obama on the basis of their 'gender identity' (read: gender confusion)," said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality. "Cross-dressing, 'male-to-female' activists already demand the right to use female restrooms on the basis of this same notion of 'gender identity'-based rights. So will an Obama Administration allow these big-boned men in female clothing to use ladies' restrooms in federal buildings? . . . .Read More
November 11, 2008
"Bi-now, gay later," "shim," "it" and "tranny" were some of the stereotypes of bisexuals and transgenders written on a white board in the Speak Out meeting Monday night.
Speak Out, a queer political activist group at Penn State, held their biweekly meeting in the HUB-Robeson Center to discuss "bi-phobia and trans-phobia," co-president Alex Yates said.
The meeting began by addressing the stereotypes written on the board and deconstructing them.
Yates (sophomore-secondary education) said the people being called these names are "obviously a person" and should be treated as such.
This brief discussion segued into an open forum addressing everything from bisexuals' acceptance in the LGBT community to asexuality. . . .Read More
By Joe Preiner
November 12th, 2008
Debra Davis is a hugger. She describes herself as a parent, grandmother, good friend and good neighbor. She’s also a transgender person.
Davis will be relating her experiences in her presentation “Transgender: The New Face on Campus” tonight at 7 at the Courtside Room in the Burge Union.
The presentation, of which Davis has given more than 1,000, has taken her to campuses across the Midwest, including previous visits to the University. Davis said she enjoyed speaking at each school because of the experiences she had at each one.
Davis focuses her presentations on her life as a transgender person. She said people often asked her what it was like to transition from male to female. Davis dedicates a portion of her time to tell stories about her life and the transition process, which started when she was a high school librarian. She also reserves time for questions from the audience. She said being led in new directions by the students’ curiosity was the most exciting part of her tours around the Midwest during the past several years. . . .Read More