Monday, November 17, 2008
Whenever Aaron Cross would look at his naked form as a child, he would cover up his private parts, convinced they weren’t supposed to be there.
Aaron, now Josephine, felt for his entire life that he had been born in the wrong body, and should have been born female.
“Trying to go through everything in this guise of masculinity was really difficult for me. I couldn’t even use my real voice,” the 24-year-old receptionist said. “By the time I hit university, I was so depressed that I could barely leave my house. I decided it was time to do something.”
After four years of intense hormone treatment and making the transition to living as a woman every day, the then 23-year-old man travelled from his Edmonton home to Montreal for a sex-change operation. . . .Read More
Globe Staff / November 18, 2008
The idea of a man getting pregnant and giving birth is fabulously provocative. It implies some kind of biological miracle. No wonder America has been a little bit obsessed with Thomas Beatie, the "pregnant man," the guy in the People magazine photos with a hairy belly and a massive baby bump. He represents a challenge to the very basics of human reproduction.
Of course, it's a little inflammatory to call Beatie "a pregnant man." The more accurate description would be "a pregnant female-to-male transgender who identifies as a man but whose female reproductive organs are intact," but that probably wouldn't sell as many tabloids or draw as many viewers to "Oprah," "20/20," or, tonight at 9, the Discovery Channel documentary "Pregnant Man." When it comes to grabbing eyes, detailed descriptions can be inconvenient. . . .Read More
This week, the University of Tulsa Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Alliance is putting on Transgender Remembrance Week.
It is a week of remembrance for all transgender and gender-nonconforming people who have been victims of violence as a result of their gender identities.
The week is centered on the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20.
The day is a nationwide event that honors the victims of anti-transgender violence.
Throughout the week, the group will be outside the bookstore in the Allen Chapman Activity Center distributing pamphlets with information about transgender violence and Transgender Awareness Week. . . .Read More