Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Transgender: Ruth's story

Ruth, 22, was born in a male body but knew from the age of 16 that she wanted to be a woman. She describes her hormone treatment and surgery, and how she feels now.

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Panel to discuss transgender issues

February 24th, 2009

Four transgender people will share their experiences at a panel discussion Wednesday night. “Tranny Talk,” hosted by Queers and Allies, is being held in observance of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s “Transaction Day” this Friday. The day and the panel are meant to encourage dialogue about gender, gender roles and gender identities to advocate safe, inclusive schools for all students.

Jayne Henson, junior and panelist for the event, said the panel was meant to educate students and community members on the importance of transgender rights and issues.

“This panel is important to me because I am transgender and have personally felt the effects of transphobia, which I believe is the direct result of ignorance,” Henson said. “I think the best way to combat this and help put an end to it is through education and giving people a face and a voice to go along with the term ‘transgender.’ ” . . .Read More

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Transgenders hail government promise of group housing but fear isolation

25 Feb 2009, M Ramya, TNN

CHENNAI: Ten years ago, Rajini, who now lives with another transgender in Mogappair, felt alone. Only 18 then, she was turned out of her home by

her parents. She had no choice but to join an older transgender who persuaded her to beg and earn her livelihood.

On budget day this year, when the Tamil Nadu government announced the allocation of Rs 1 crore to construct group houses for the transgender community, Rajini rejoiced.

"Life was tough. I was forced to make a lot of wrong choices. It took me some time to find my feet. Now I do DTP work, but the announcement in the budget to build houses for us will benefit many and help bring down the number of those who beg or engage in commercial sex for a living," she says. Rani, a transgender who lives in Tiruvottriyur, says, "When we approach landlords for houses on rent, most of them refuse outright. Those who agree charge exorbitant rates." . . .Read More

For some, shadow of regret cast over gender switch

By Steve Friess, special for USA TODAY

February 25, 2009

A variety of personal, social, economic and religious pressures can make some transgender people reverse transition, but "going back doesn't automatically clear the conundrum that causes you to get there in the first place," says Donna Rose, a female-to-male postoperative transsexual.

The day Mike Penner left the Los Angeles Times made the news. The longtime sportswriter wrote the article himself, a personal essay explaining that he was taking some time off and, upon his return, he would be known from then on as Christine Daniels.

Penner's public acknowledgment in April 2007 that he was transgender and would soon live as a woman shocked the world of sports journalism and turned his new identity, Daniels, into an instant celebrity. Daniels gave speeches, was profiled in Sports Illustrated, collected honors for courage from transgender groups and wrote a blog for the Times titled "Woman In Progress."

Except that the transition didn't last. In mid-October 2008, after a lengthy leave of absence, Penner, 51, returned to the sports pages and the Times newsroom as a man.

And just as suddenly, Penner's story, heralded in its early days as a triumphant example of transgender progress, has instead become a cautionary tale of the lesser-known phenomenon: transgender regret. . . .Read More

Monday, February 23, 2009

Transgeneration, Episode Six, Part Three

Four college students switching more than their majors.

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VA reviewing policy against transsexual surgery

By Carol Ann Alaimo
Arizona Daily Star

"You people don't exist."

Air Force veteran Diane Steen, who was born male and had surgery to become a woman, still gets steamed when she recalls the comment from a staffer at Tucson's veterans hospital, where Steen is a patient and a longtime volunteer.

The remark came, she said, when she asked the staffer, who had a military background, how much training he had received about people like her.

Officially, transgender patients barely do exist in the Veterans Affairs health care system. They often are denied treatments that experts say could help them most.

National Department of Veterans Affairs policy — now under review — specifically forbids veterans hospitals to perform or pay for "transsexual surgery." It also does not provide for the related health care that experts recommend, such as psychotherapy, hormone treatment and other measures.

Officials at VA headquarters, given 10 business days to answer, said they couldn't determine how many transgender patients are in the VA system nationwide.

Officials at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System — Tucson's veterans hospital — said 48 VA patients in Southern Arizona are transsexual or have been diagnosed at some point with "gender-identity disorder," the medical term that covers such cases.

A national advocacy group estimates that about 300,000 active or retired military personnel are transgender, though experts say an accurate count is impossible because many live under the radar to escape social stigma.

In June, the American Medical Association approved a new policy on the care of transgender patients, effectively putting VA policy at odds with the recommendations of the nation's largest doctors group.

The association said gender-identity disorder is a "serious medical condition . . . which causes intense emotional pain and suffering" and can lead to stress-related illness, chronic depression and suicide if not properly treated.

The group urged all public and private medical insurers to cover the cost of mental health care, hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery whenever doctors deem them medically necessary.

Experts worldwide "have rejected the myth that such treatments are 'cosmetic' or 'experimental,' " the AMA said. . . .Read More

Rapper educates against hate

Athens Boys Choir draws attention to transgender issues

Byron Wilkes


The morning is still in Warrington, Mo. The inside of Harvey Katz's Super 8 Hotel room looks like every other Super 8 Hotel room in the country. Only his belongings and toiletries mark some sort of individuality.

Harvey wakes up at 5 a.m., slightly groggy from a Nyquil hangover and possibly coming down with the flu. His fever was 102 degrees for most of the day before. He feels sick for the next few hours, but manages to pack up and leave the hotel to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road for Columbia, Mo. for his next show.

He sits down at Denny's after picking up a St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Harvey orders the Grand Slam Breakfast - a Denny's classic.

The restaurant's patrons are much like the rooms at the Super 8 Hotel. You see them at every Denny's around the country. There are people of all sorts, and, much like other Denny's, none of them know one another. They are strangers in a place they identify with, hungry for familiarity.

Yet the veil of anonymity draped over the occupants provides more than just erratic ends of conversations and idle glances. For Harvey it is a safety net. It allows him to be himself.

Harvey's legal name is Elizabeth. Anatomically a transsexual, Harvey identifies himself as a transgender who is pansexual. The factors of anatomy, self-awareness and association are integral to the transsexual population and culture. . . .Read More

Kenya: Social Injustice And Transsexual People

Audrey Mbugua

20 February 2009


Outlining the essential differences between sex and gender, Audrey Mbugua discusses the damaging general incomprehension of transsexualism within Kenyan society. Drawing upon personal experience of prejudice in the field of work and life at large, Mbugua states that transsexual people deserve the same respect and treatment as any other member of society, and urges those uneducated about transsexuals to think before opening their mouths.

A transsexual person is someone who experiences deep and long-lasting discomfort with his or her anatomical (genital) sex and wishes to change their physical characteristics, including genitals (through hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery), to the opposite of those usually associated with their anatomical sex in order to live in the gender role opposite to that normally associated with their anatomical sex. It is not a form of sexual orientation but a clinical condition whose basis is the existence of sex and gender conflicts. It is best managed by a psychiatrist, a urologist and a gynaecologist. Contrary to public misconception, sex and gender are two entirely different entities. Sex refers to the type of genitals one has. Gender refers to one's internal perception as male, female or something else (like androgynous). . . .Read More

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008) - Movie Trailer

about the film

Raquela is a transsexual from the Philippines who dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life and true love in Paris. She spends much of her time on the internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come, but time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport. . . .Read More

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True-life story of the macho sports editor who became a transsexual

Feb 15 2009 by Rachel Mainwaring, Wales On Sunday

WHEN sports journalist Gerry Greenberg married his wife Lynn in 1969, he was a self-confessed rugby-loving macho man.

Forty years on, they are preparing to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary – but theirs will be a celebration with a difference.

Because proud husband, father and grandfather Gerry is now elegant transsexual Donna Gee, who takes fashion advice and swaps lipstick with the woman he married.

Gerry, now Donna, 64, spent 50 years wishing he was a woman – cross-dressing in secret and fantasising about girlie trips to the cinema while at the same time trying to prove himself in the macho arena of sports journalism.

By day, as a man, Gerry grew a beard and shaved his head to emphasise his masculinity but by night, the former Western Mail sports editor was secretly trying on Lynn’s clothes, constantly terrified that someone would discover his guilty secret. . . .Read More

Richie Rich

cityfile New York


The ice skater-turned-club kid-turned-fashion phenom founded trash-chic clothing label Heatherette with Traver Rains, and now has solo lines of clothing and shoes.


Richie Rich, of course, isn't his real name: Once upon a time, the Northern California native was known as Richard J. Eichhorn. According to Richie, he was just two when he first took up ice skating and went on to train with Kristi Yamaguchi, becoming the 12th ranked skater in the U.S. before touring the world with the Ice Capades. (Sadly, the records of his extraordinary accomplishments on the ice seem to have been lost to history.) But wherever he was in his teenage years, by the early '90s Richie had emerged as a promoter on the San Francisco club scene and later decamped to New York, where he joined Michael Alig's merry band of scenesters, promoting parties at venues like the Limelight and befriending other club fixtures like Amanda Lepore, James St. James, and Kenny Kenny. . . .Read More

SKorea court convicts man for transsexual rape

18 February 2009

SEOUL (AFP) — A South Korean court Wednesday handed down a landmark verdict, convicting a man of raping a transsexual woman.

The court in the southern port of Busan sentenced the 28-year-old to three years in prison but suspended the sentence for four years. It also ordered him to do 120 hours of community service.

The man was found guilty of raping the 58-year-old transsexual after breaking into her home in Busan last August.

In its ruling quoted by Yonhap news agency, the court said the victim should be considered a woman because she had maintained normal sexual relations with her partner since her sex-change operation in 1974.

The criminal code does not recognise the concept of homosexual rape. . . .Read More

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Houston's Transgendered Cop

After serving nearly 30 years in the Houston Police Department, veteran Sgt. Oliver announced that he was becoming a she. KHOU's Ron Trevino reports on Oliver's transition.

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A Somber Singer Reveals a Different Set of Colors Offstage

February 18, 2009

LONDON — For the last few years Antony Hegarty, the ethereal torch singer of Antony and the Johnsons, has been obsessed with what he calls unconscious lines — “a line that you can’t see, a line that you don’t even know exists.” Mr. Hegarty has followed these lines creatively as much as possible, literally tracing them on paper, filling sketchbooks. Some of the results are hanging at Isis Gallery, a small second-floor space in the Fitzrovia neighborhood here, where Mr. Hegarty had his first solo show of visual art.

“The Creek” has 13 pieces, mostly large photo reproductions of his collages and drawings. The titular work uses a found image of a creek over which Mr. Hegarty has drawn black, red and green dashes, inspired, he said, by the imagined history of the pastoral scene, the inner life of the trees and rocks. . . .Read More

I'm transgender...should I tell?

by Chase on February 18, 2009

Yeah. I feel like I should be a boy, which is what makes joining this site kinda weird, because I'm not a lesbian. If I liked girls only, I would consider myself straight. Makes this site confusing to me...

Well, anyways, I'm mentally a boy. The only people who know so far are my roomate, my crew, and my neighbor friends. My mum was kinda told by my roommate, but she's pretty much the person I don't want to tell.

After my roomate kinda told, my mum agreed to have my hair cut in a boy way, something I've been asking for for a while now. I don't think it's a conicidence.

I've been concidering soon doing the whole pack-and-wrap deal...But, of course, my mum would surely notice. . .Read More

Transgendered HPD officer: I'm the same cop I've always been

February 18, 2009

by Ron Trevino / 11 News

HOUSTON—Sgt. Julia Oliver serves and protects the public. She’s been called an excellent police officer, but she’s also been called other, less-flattering things.

In 2006, Oliver, a 27-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, announced that he was becoming a she.

A lot has happened since then.

At the age of 16, Oliver – then called Jack – said she saw herself as a woman.

Ever since she can remember, she said she’s considered herself a female trapped in a man’s body.

“I just didn’t think it was right for me not to be able to be who I am,” Oliver said. . . .Read More

Transsexual wife 'exercised' her elderly husband to death

By Daily Mail Reporter
16 February 2009

A transsexual woman has admitted exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in a swimming pool by repeatedly refusing to let him leave the water.

Surveillance video showed Christine Newton-John, 41, pulling James Mason around the pool by his arms and legs.

But Newton-John, who used to be John Vallandingham before a sex change operation in 1993, stopped her husband from leaving the water 43 times.

The tape showed Mr Mason resting his head on the side of the pool several times while gasping for breath.

'The video is bone-chilling. The whole case is very sinister,' said police chief Joseph Stehlik. . . .Read More

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Transgenders in the news

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Students call for new transgender policy

by Alli Hoff and Emily Cahn
Hatchet Staff Writers


The Student Association joined an LGBTQ student organization last week in demanding explicit protection for transgender students in the University Code of Conduct.

Members of the Allied in Pride student organization have been fighting to alter the University's anti-discrimination policy to include transgender students - and won a major victory on Jan. 27 when the SA voted unanimously to support the change.

The vote came after junior Devin Alston-Smith testified during an SA public comment session that he was harassed by the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, of which he was a member, and later forced to withdraw from the multicultural sorority for dressing and identifying himself as male - though he was born female.

"All of a sudden, it was just a huge problem - the way I dress, how I identified," Alston-Smith later said in an interview.

Zeta Phi Beta President Vanessa White challenged Alston-Smith's assertion, saying that he was suspended from active participation in the chapter because he failed to provide their graduate chapter with his transcript, adding that she was unaware harassment had been an issue. . . .Read More

Even Transsexuals Need To Pee Somewhere

Feb. 5 2009

If you're a transsexual and you gotta pee, there are at least 21 locations in Houston where you won't run into any problems - at least according to, a website that lists 1,848 transsexual-friendly bathrooms in 476 cities.

Hair Balls tried to get in touch with the person who started the site, but we haven't heard back. But in the FAQ section, ze writes:
"So the story goes something like this: Back in Fall 06 there was a really bored queer. Ze had a lot of extra days off, and roaming corners of san francisco by bicycle, was in need of safe (gender neutral) places to pee. Ze remembered reading about PISSR years before, but was not able to find the site anymore, and could not contact the great people behind it.... and so the idea occurred to create a fun, new dynamic gender neutral bathroom resource! The project grew as the community added hundreds of bathrooms and others joined, wanting to work to add more features and improve the site."
The Houston section lists some places you'd expect - JR's, the Mining Company, Baba Yega - and some other places that just seem random, like the Popeyes on Harrisburg and a couple of Jack in the Boxes. . . .Read More

Isle of Man politician compared to Nazis over trans comments

By Staff Writer, • February 11, 2009

A member of the Isle of Man's parliament has been accused of using language more akin to the Nazis during a debate about the rights of transexuals.

John Houghton, a House of Keys member for Douglas North, spoke out against a gender recognition bill that will bring Isle of Man legislation into line with the UK.

"It defies common decency," he said.

"I can't support it, I won't support it. It takes human rights too far."

Fellow MHK Peter Karran (Onchan) told

"It's what the Nazis used to say about the Jews.

"I thought we had got away from this Island being seen as a fascist, reactionary backwater." . . .Read More

Spanish Defence Ministry to allow transsexuals to enter the armed forces

By h.b. - Feb 11, 2009

The change in medical legislation is being planned following the second rejection of a 28 year old transsexual from Jaén who was not recruited because of his lack of a penis. . . .Read More

Sunday, February 08, 2009

SF Lifestyle Changes

February 7, 2009. Talks about some lifestyle changes I've been making since being in San Francisco. Going veg, exercise, reading, etc.

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Window Into Why Girls Will Be Boys and Vice Versa

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Danielle Teutsch

February 8, 2009

A SYDNEY researcher has begun the first study of its kind on what are known as gender-variant children - boys who act like girls and girls who act like boys.

Sydney University doctoral student Elizabeth Riley is conducting an online survey, which will take in the views of families, health professionals and transgender people, and is setting up a support group. She has already had about 25 inquiries.

Ms Riley said in the past, professionals working in the field of gender identity disorder would not see patients until they were older teens or adults. But now, a new generation of more enlightened parents0 were seeking advice on the best way to deal with a young son who has a clear preference for long hair and dresses; or a girl who says she wants a boy’s body.

“There’s a real unmet need for help,” Ms Riley said. “Parents want to do the right thing by their children. There’s a fear their child could be teased or bullied and anxiety about what other parents will think.” . . .Read More

'My goal is just to be the girl next door'

of the Journal Star

Feb 08, 2009

Transgendered people in central Illinois trying to be true to self

Living in a small central Illinois town, Audri Brooks, 28, considers herself a woman in a man's body.

And though Brooks has always known she's different, all she really wants is to fit in.

"My goal is just to be the girl next door," Brooks said. "I don't want to be noticed. I want to blend in and be totally normal."

Trey Polesky, a 27-year-old Bloomington man, says he was born a man in a woman's body.

"A lot of people think there aren't transgendered people here. But that's not right. We're everywhere. We're your neighbors, the person at the store checking your groceries, your social workers. We're not just in big cities like Chicago. We're everywhere." . . .Read More

Transsexual Woman Fights For Rights At Health Club

Feb 4, 2009

Steve Miller / WBBM Newsradio 780

A Chicago Ridge resident - born a man but now a
woman - says she is still fighting discrimination, eight years after she won the right to compete as a female athlete.

You can't put it any simpler than Tammy Wronski, 49, herself does.

"I do have a vagina downstairs," she said.

In 2001, she won the right to compete as a woman in canoe paddling in Hawaii. Now back in her native Illinois, there's controversy at her health club, X-Sport Fitness. . . .Read More

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Re: Transgenderism (Dr. Phil Edition)

My thoughts on Dr. Phils show on transgender youth.

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Teen pop star reveals secret sex-change surgery

Feb 5 2009

By ninemsn staff

A 16-year-old pop singer's four-year transformation from "Tim" to "Kim" is finally complete after a secret sex change operation.

German teen Tim Petras underwent the surgery last November and is believed to be the world's youngest transsexual, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports.

She is now speaking out about the final hurdle in gender transformation.

"I was asked if I feel like a woman now — but the truth is I have always felt like a woman — I just ended up in the wrong body," Petras, who now identifies as Kim, was quoted as saying.

"I can enjoy swimming, and bikinis, go in the changing rooms without a problem, everything has changed because of this operation. . . .Read More

Transsexual women sue to change gender on birth certificates

by Dante Mozie

Jan 27, 2009

Two Illinois-born women filed a lawsuit against the state Tuesday, asking it to issue new birth certificates that correctly identify their gender following sex reassignment surgery.

The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, challenges a 2004 policy change by the Illinois Department of Vital Records to a 1961 law allowing the state to change the gender on an original birth certificate. The department’s policy change only allows this option if the surgery is performed by a United States-licensed physician.

Karissa Rothkopf, who lives in Wisconsin, and Chicagoan Victoria Kirk, the two plaintiffs in the suit, had their surgeries done in Thailand. . . .Read More

Crossdress Store Hosts Fall Community Event and Diva Contest

February 4, 2009

Genie, The Crossdress Store is proud to announce an alluring Affair, a celebration of the transgender, transsexual, transvestite and crossdress community. This weekend event, held at Deerhurst Resort, a premier resort in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario, offers workshops, accommodations, group meals and the extravaganza that lauched Shania Twain, in an all-inclusive registration.

Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) February 4, 2009 -- Canadians are known around the world for their support of diversity and November 2009 will be a great example. The first annual an alluring Affair, an event for the transsexual, transvestite, transgender and cross-dress community, will deliver a rousing, exciting weekend of 'goings-on' tailored to celebrate all that is wonderful about the community.

"We're really excited to be hosting this event," said Nicolle Robinson, owner of Genie, The Crossdress Store. "There are small events in Canada currently, but we wanted to do something that would knock people's socks off. We've arranged some great workshops, but on top of that, the entertainment will inspire and energize everyone."

Located at Deerhurst Resort, a premier resort in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario and home to the extravaganza that launched Shania Twain, the event has been designed to be practically all-inclusive.

"For most events in North America, you have to find your own rooms on top of the cost of registering for the event. We've included all the workshops, group meals, entertainment and accommodations, which are gorgeous by the way, in the price," added Ms. Robinson. "Folks will have to arrange their travel to Deerhurst but once they get there they'll be able to have a great time without spending any more money if they choose, other than their alcoholic beverages.". . .Read More

Transgender marriages: Priests win opt-out right

5 February 2009

By Ben Quérée

ANGLICAN priests will be able to ‘opt out’ of marrying couples where one of the partners has had a sex change.

The States have agreed a Gender Recognition Law that will let people who undergo sexual reassignment surgery to be legally treated as belonging to the sex of their choosing, not their birth. . . .Read More

Monday, February 02, 2009


i talk about passing during transition

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The Dangers Of Loose Silicone Injections: My Own Personal Horror Story

by Meghan Chavalier

February 3, 2009

I don't usually speak openly about silicone injections because honestly I never thought it was anyone's business what I may have or not have had done to my body to physically transform myself to who I am today. But, after hearing of yet another young transgender woman who died recently from loose silicone injections I thought it best to speak about it openly to let others in the transgender community know just how dangerous this can be.

As a young transgender woman, in the early 1990's I decided to get loose silicone injections in my breasts and hips and buttocks area. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time, opting to try and achieve the look I was going for, without having to spend the money it would normally take to get there through the proper medical paths.

I went to my first "pumping party" in a run down house in New Orleans with two other transgender women. I laid on a dirty bed, took off my clothes and proceeded to let someone I had met only twice take liquid from a bowl, put it into a large needle, and stick it in my chest and in my lower regions. At the time, I thought the results were fantastic. I couldn't have been more thrilled, but what would happen later to me as a result, would forever change my mind on loose silicone injections. I had nine "treatments" of loose silicone put into my breast area and buttocks. Nine times I actually laid on a bed, without a medical doctor, and let someone who wasn't trained stick needles in me and pump me full of a liquid that I personally had no idea where it was coming from. Think about that for a moment. I wanted to become feminine so badly I took a drastic measure like this to do it. . . .Read More

Frank’s New Face

Barely over a year since transgender activists labeled Barney Frank a turncoat, he’s hired the first openly transgender legislative staff member on Capitol Hill.

By Anne Stockwell
From The Advocate March 2009

Frank’s New Face

Before diego sanchez came to washington, d.c., he was a PR executive for Fortune 100 companies. “I introduced Diet Coke, which was an elation,” he says, “and then I introduced ‘new Coke,’ which wasn’t so hot.” Sanchez, U.S. representative Barney Frank’s new legislative assistant and the first openly transgender person to work in a federal congressional office, is charged with helping Frank pass an all-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- a bill that covers not just sexual orientation but gender identity as well -- in the first Obama Congress. . . .Read More

Nepalese choir with a difference

By Charles Haviland

2 February 2009

A concert has just taken place by a Nepalese transgender choir - something possibly unique in South Asia.

The choral group, called Poesie and the Fags, was founded by two Dutch men with Nepalese members.

It put on its first performance after several months of rehearsal in the capital, Kathmandu.

A few choir members are lesbians. Most are what are known as transgendered - born male but dressing or taking hormones to make themselves feminine.

Like 21-year-old Swastika.

"I like the choir because in this choir we can scream and we can sing and we can dance so whatever we want we can do. And all this can happen at the choir only," Swastika told the BBC. . . .Read More