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"17 months on T (cant believe its been that long!) and 2 months post op!! Hope you guys and gals have a great Thanksgiving!!!"

A sex difference in the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus: relationship to gender identity.

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A sex difference in the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus: relationship to gender identity.

Garcia-Falgueras A, Swaab DF.

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands and Departamento de Psicobiología de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain.

Transsexuality is an individual's unshakable conviction of belonging to the opposite sex, resulting in a request for sex-reassignment surgery. We have shown previously that the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTc) is female in size and neuron number in male-to-female transsexual people. In the present study we investigated the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus, which is composed of two subnuclei, namely interstitial nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus (INAH) 3 and 4. Post-mortem brain material was used from 42 subjects: 14 control males, 11 control females, 11 male-to-female transsexual people, 1 female-to-male transsexual subject and 5 non-transsexual subjects who were castrated because of prostate cancer. . . .Read More

Silverton rebuffs protest of transgender mayor-elect

by Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian

November 24, 2008

SILVERTON -- The counterprotesters outside City Hall in this Marion County town today significantly outnumbered the protesters who inspired them: three young women and a man from a Kansas church, here to register their disdain with the recent election of the nation's first openly transgender mayor, Stu Rasmussen.

The quartet spread out along one side of North Water Street, feet planted on American flags spread on the sidewalk and hoisting large laminated posterboards on each arm. Double-sided and easy to read from passing vehicles and local television trucks positioned half a block away, the signs offered assorted damnation -- "Barack Obama = Antichrist," "God Hates You," "You're Going to Hell" and "Fag Media Shame."

Protest in Silverton

It wasn't the first time anti-gay evangelicals from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., had come to Oregon to protest. That was two years ago, when followers picketed the funeral of Navy Seal Marc Lee, killed on patrol in Iraq. Among other right-of-center beliefs, Westboro's Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers claim U.S. combat deaths are God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. . . .Read More

Doraville won’t discriminate against transgender employees


November 20, 2008

Doraville has become the latest Georgia city to add transgender employees to its nondiscrimination policy.

The move means transgender workers — those whose biological and gender identity are not the same — cannot be fired or mistreated in the northern DeKalb County city. “We have never discriminated against anyone, and we never will,” said Mayor Ray Jenkins. “We want to stay ahead of the issue.”

The policy puts Doraville in rare company. Atlanta and Decatur are the only other cities in the state that protect transgender workers.

In fact, while the protections have become more common in private business, they are more unusual at the municipal level. That is why, to advocates, it’s symbolic for a former industrial city of just 10,000 to approve the policy.

The change comes on the heels of a federal lawsuit by Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn, a transgender woman who said she was fired from her job at the Georgia General Assembly because of her decision to change her gender from male to female.

Jeff Graham, who heads Georgia Equality, consulted with city leaders when fashioning the policy.

“Businesses have understood it for years, but it’s important to see a city make the statement that, as a public entity, they will protect all of their citizens,” Graham said. . . .Read More