Monday, December 29, 2008

Transman Diaries (18)

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Art show celebrates memories of homeowner’s lost love

by David Ertischek

December 29, 2008


A recent art show inside a Park Street home wasn’t just about the works on display. For the home’s owner, Gina Sage Kennedy, it meant so much more.
Not only were several artists’ works on display, but also Kennedy’s deceased wife Jayne’s art was on display for the first time ever.

“Jayne painted in oils on canvas,” said Gina. “Her work has never been showed before. I don’t know why… she never got around to doing it. She really loved her work with a therapeutic value for it. It was one of those places that when she did her artwork she was able to create something.”

Many people may remember Jayne, who owned the former Centre Street business Tranquility, where Gina worked as a massage therapist. Before closing because Jayne became ill in 2006 from breast cancer, the store sold organic products such as soaps, oils, as well as textiles and paintings.

Gina is selling the home they shared together for several years after getting married in 2002, and the art show served several purposes.

“To honor Jayne. To close the house and the funds raised [will go to the Elizabeth Stone House and Lynn’s House],” said Gina. The Elizabeth Stone House offers programs for battered women and transitional housing. Lynn’s House was started by Jayne’s good friend, Bernadette Kelly, and is a temporary home for women in need. . . .Read More

Transgender Bangladeshis to vote today

by Rachel Charman • December 29, 2008

Today's general elections in Bangladesh will be the first ever to allow transgender people to cast ballots.

A Bangladeshi court ruled that transgender people are fully-fledged citizens and must have the right to vote.

100,000 transgender people are expected to be amongst the 81 million voters predicted to turn out to vote.

Transgender social worker Joya Shikder said: "We've always been overlooked in previous elections.

"It's exciting to be given this recognition but the authorities have stopped short of acknowledging us as a third gender."

Security has been tightened ahead of the election, following an outbreak of violence at a motorcade on Saturday which injured nearly 200 people. . . .Read More

Family Rejection a Health Risk for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Youth

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Dec 29, 2008

Editor's Note: Early intervention and acceptance makes a critical difference in helping to maintain many LGBT adolescents in their homes and reduce their risk for mental and health problems. Viji Sundaram is health editor at New America Media.

SAN FRANCISCO--Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth whose families have rejected them because of their sexual orientation are at far greater risk for mental and physical health problems than those who come from families who have accepted them, according to a recent study.

“For the first time in the world, research has established a predictive link between specific negative family reactions to their child’s sexual orientation and serious health problems for these adolescents in young adulthood, such as depression, illegal drug use, risk for HIV infection and suicide attempts,” said Caitlin Ryan, lead author and researcher of the study titled, “Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Gay and Bisexual Young Adults.”

Ryan conducted the study, called the Family Acceptance Project, with a team of researchers at the Cesar E. Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University. Their findings will be published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

One of the major findings of Ryan’s research is that Latino males reported the highest number of negative family reactions to their sexual orientation in adolescence. Such a response could take the form of religious beliefs that being gay is sinful, or a belief that their child’s homosexuality is a medical or psychological condition that can be cured.

It was poignant to see how adolescents felt rejected when their parents tried to change the children’s sexual identity or gender expression, she said. . . .Read More