Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"Dr. Phil invites anti-gay activist Glenn Stanton to discuss medical issues involving transgender people, despite lacking a background in that area. Stanton makes a number of inaccurate statements about transgender people." glaadvideo
By GINA DINUNNO
New reality series Sex Change Hospital (WE tv Tuesdays, 11 pm/ET) follows patients — from retired grandfathers to construction workers, businessman and office managers — as they undergo surgery to transition from one gender to another. We caught up with Dr. Marci Bowers (formerly Mark Bowers), who has performed over 550 male-to-female sexual reassignment surgeries, to find out more about the life-changing operations at her clinic in Trinidad, Colo., the compelling docudrama and the social stigmas involved with transgender patients.
TVGuide.com: How did Trinidad, Colo., where the show is based, become the "sex change capitol" of the world?
Dr. Marci Bowers: That goes back to the days of Dr. Stanley Biber, my mentor and predecessor. He actually had done his first sex reassignment on a male-to-female local patient back in 1969. At that time, many universities had an active gender reassignment program, but they gradually closed down shortly after some study was designed to show it didn't help people. But of course, the problem didn't go away, and there was a need for Dr. Biber to continue his work. I'm not sure who dubbed this little tiny mining town of 9,000 people the 'sex change capitol,' but at one point, he had done more two thirds of all the world's sex reassignments. He did about 3,500 of the surgeries in his career. . . .Read More
12 November 2008
by Nick Cargo
In what is being viewed as a strong signal to activists nationwide, the transition office of President-elect Barack Obama has issued a non-discrimination policy including sexual orientation and gender identity.
"The Obama-Biden Transition Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law," says the website of the Office of the President-elect, Change.gov.
While Executive Order 13087, signed by President Clinton in 1998 to amend President Nixon's Executive Order 11478, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in hiring for the federal civilian workforce, it does not mention gender identity. "The inclusion of gender identity is a bold departure from the past," said ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Christopher E. Anders, "and it sends a clear message." . . .Read More
Looking for love but finding lust in the city of menby Spencer Morgan | August 26, 2008
A while back, a friend of mine boasted that he was spending time with a hot transsexual. Now, my friend—let’s call him Ryan—is quite the ladies’ man. Despite his perplexing androgynous style—tight jeans, guy-liner, the occasional wig—Ryan always shows up with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.
Now he was dating a tranny, and talking about it as casually as if he’d recently begun incorporating onions in his scrambled eggs. He went on and on about how she was “totally fucking hot, man. Probably one of the hottest transsexuals in the world; it’s probably between her and some Thai boy.”
On a recent evening, I met the woman in question, the beautiful Jamie Clayton, at a bar in the Lower East Side. She is 5-foot-10, has long, wavy red hair, porcelain skin and big blue eyes. She sat upright in her stool, long bare legs draped on top of each other exposing upper reaches of thigh under a gray cloth miniskirt. . . .Read More