Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FTM Mama Speaks

My Mama surprised me with a video she made. It touched my heart, and I hope it touches you. If you have family members that need some help, show them this. My Mom has come a very long way in such a very short time. She is the greatest and I love her more than she will ever know. Thank you, Mama.
Make sure to watch part 2

Student Suspended for Dressing Like Girl

31 March 2009


A male 11th-grader who came to school dressed in feminine clothing was removed from class on Friday, but nonetheless made the point he wanted to make.

Justin Reynolds said that one day prior he had told a teacher of his plans to show up at Dunnellon High School dressed in a simple black shirt, jeans, high-heeled boots, and a few accessories, according to Ocala.com.

The teacher said she would allow Reynolds the opportunity to speak to other classmates about gay and transgender rights. . . .Read More

Transgender a no go for Ladette to Lady

April 1, 2009

By Emily O'Keefe, ninemsn

Transgender reality TV aspirant Samantha Stratford's dreams of becoming a true lady appear to have been dashed after missing the shortlist of contestants for the next season of Ladette to Lady.

Despite providing a much-needed twist at the Sydney auditions for the show last week, the 28-year-old was a surprising omission from the final call back of 19 ladettes yesterday. . . .Read More

A pregnant man? Spain embroiled in sex identity debate - Feature

31 March 2009

by DPA

Madrid - His name is Ruben Noe, and he is nine weeks pregnant. The case of the 25-year-old, reportedly the world's first transsexual to be expecting twins, has sparked a debate in Spain on the limits of human sexual identity.

Ruben Noe Coronado was born Estefania Coronado. Like many transsexuals, the young woman from the southern region of Andalusia felt trapped in the wrong body, and realized eight years ago that she wanted to become biologically a man. Today, Ruben has a beard, a shaved head and looks as male as any man, after undergoing hormonal treatment and having his breasts surgically removed.

He has, however, not yet had a sex change operation to remove his female reproductive organs, a situation he decided to take advantage of after agreeing with his female partner Esperanza to have a child. At age 43, Esperanza felt too old to become pregnant, she told the daily El Mundo.

The mother of two is also losing her eyesight, and feared that a pregnancy would make her go completely blind. "This is my last chance," Ruben said to Esperanza about having a child before completing the transition into a man. "I can still make use of my body." . . .Read More

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dr Michael Brownstein Talks Top Surgery

Dr. Michael L Brownstein is a Board Certified plastic surgeon, and a member of ASPS, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, specializing in plastic, reconstructive, and gender related surgery. In this interview he talks about FTM top surgery.

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Transgender summit in San Diego this week

Nicole C. Brambila • The Desert Sun • March 24, 2009

About 200 transgender people are expected to meet in San Diego for a leadership summit on Friday.

The 4th annual Transgender Leadership Summit will be held in San Diego to identify community leaders and push for transgender rights during the economic downturn, which makes transgender people more vulnerable to un- and underemployment, according to a news release.

A 2008 Transgender Law Center study found transgender Californians are twice as likely to be below the federal poverty line.

The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization that advocates for transgender people and works to change laws to incorporate the needs of the transgender community.

“We are thrilled to host this year's Transgender Leadership Summit in San Diego,” Vicki Estrada, host committee chair, said in a news release. . . .Read More

Spanish Transsexual to be First ‘Man’ to Give Birth to Twins

ChattahBox.com March 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Telegraph reported today that a Spanish transsexual man, born a woman named, Estefania is due soon to give birth to twin boys after becoming pregnant from fertility treatments. Twenty-five year old Ruben Noe Coronado put off completing his gender reassignment surgery that would have removed his female reproductive organs, so he could become pregnant. His female partner, 43-year-old, Esperanza Ruiz was unable to have any more children. The couple will raise the twin boys together in Barcelona. The twin boys are due in September, and when they are born, Coronado will become the first transsexual man in the world to give birth to twins and the first Spanish transsexual to become pregnant. The couple plans to marry over the summer. . . .Read More

Rising Tennis Pro Faces Gender Battle

By Michelle Garcia March 20, 2009

Tennis insiders are grappling with issues of sexual identity and biology regarding an up-and-coming German star on the international circuit.

Sarah Gronert, 22, was born with both male and female genitalia but underwent surgery to become female both legally and physically. However, some coaches, players, and officials charge that she seems unnaturally strong for a woman and speculate, based on her birth condition, that she may benefit from a higher-than-average distribution of male hormones -- and question whether she should therefore be allowed to compete against women at all. . . .Read More

Mixed reviews for 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'

By JILL LAWLESS 3.25.2009

LONDON (AP) — Has "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" conquered London's theater critics? Not exactly.

The sequin-spangled musical, which had its gala opening Tuesday, is adapted from the 1994 Australian movie about two drag queens and a transsexual on an odyssey across Australia's Outback. That film helped make a cheerful brand of kitschy camp a major Aussie export, and the subsequent stage version was a big hit Down Under.

Now the show has landed at the West End's Palace Theatre, former home to hit musicals including "Les Miserables" and "Monty Python's Spamalot."

The musical stars Australian singer and actor Jason Donovan as Tick, a slightly tattered drag artiste who travels from Sydney to Alice Springs in a battered bus for a reunion with the son he barely knows. On the road he and his companions — drama-loving diva Adam and mature transsexual Bernadette — encounter hatred and love, animosity and acceptance en route to a show-stopping musical finale. . . .Read More

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kelly on growing up transgender

Peorian Kelly Shore talks about the challenges of growing up transgender in Central Illinois.

Tick a box: male, female, unspecified

Katrina Fox | March 18, 2009

Are you male or female? For most of us, answering that question is no problem, although whether we want to is another matter. But for some people, these categories simply don't fit. They consider themselves neither male nor female - essentially, genderless.

Take Norrie May-Welby, an activist and performer in Sydney, who says: "Some of us have found it better to identify in non-gender-specific ways; it's not our life and those roles don't fit us."

May-Welby uses pronouns such as "zie" in place of "he" or "she", and "hir" in place of "him" and "her", and says: "Some people get angry with the idea that I'm not a man or woman. It's fair to say there's sexual anxiety underneath it: they're thinking, 'If I'm attracted to this person who is neither male nor female, they've shattered my idea of myself as straight or gay.' "

Rejecting such deeply entrenched cultural norms has its challenges. Aside from being branded a freak and suffering the occasional physical attack, genderless people claim they are forced to lie every time they fill out a form. Whether it's a job application or government document, they, like the rest of us, are required to tick the "M" or "F" box, with no other options. . . .Read More

Transsexual gamers fight for their rights

SXSW 2009 PMS meets World of Warcraft

17 March 2009

SXSW INTERACTIVE is certainly dealing with the most pressing of issues this year. Case in point: an hour-long session on girl gaming where, amongst other things, it was unanimously agreed that transsexuals could also use the coveted title 'girl gamer', if they felt the urge.

Yes, that's right boys, no need to sweat it. You can be a girl gamer even if you channel Lara Croft more than you fantasise about her. Good to know. . . .Read More

TV Review: True Stories: Tears, Tiaras and Transsexuals, More4, Tuesday, 17 March, 10pm

by mofgimmers on March 18, 2009

Once, in an article, I said I was going to dump my girlfriend for Ching-He Huang of Chinese Food Made Easy. Of course, I didn't because that would be silly of me. However, not as hare-brained as my new scheme to run off to America to hound the lovely ladies featured in True Stories: Tears, Tiaras and Transsexuals (More4, Tuesday, 17 March, 10pm). Hot diggity dawg! The post and pre-op gals featured in this marvellous film were seriously stunning. Better than their obviously fine looks, was their even more impressive stories. . . .Read More

Monday, March 16, 2009

. . . a ramble on my new hetero male life

. . . feeling 'not quite right' in the gay/lesbian AND straight community, but i really mean bars and the social scene . . . more updates on this topic to come.

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Walking, talking female robot to hit Japan catwalk

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

Mar 16, 2009

TSUKUBA, Japan – A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.

Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organization, said their "cybernetic human," shown Monday, wasn't ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people — as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.

"Technologically, it hasn't reached that level," said Hirohisa Hirukawa, one of the robot's developers. "Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure."

For now, the 158 centimeter (62.2 inch) tall black-haired robot code-named HRP-4C — whose predecessor had weighed 58 kilograms (128 pounds) — will mainly serve to draw and entertain crowds. . . .Read More

Transgender healthcare at LC

March 13, 2009

by Maisha Foster-O'Neal

Lewis & Clark College likes to wave its “We Are Progressive” banner. We have a functioning antidiscrimination policy, we have an active gay-straight alliance (United Sexualities, a.k.a. Unisex), and we have comprehensive health care available to all students. Well, to all students except transgender-identified ones.

The current LC health care plan through Aetna states that it “neither covers nor provides benefits for … expenses incurred for, or related to, sex change surgery or to any treatment of gender identity disorders” No other group is explicitly excluded like this in our health care plan.

However, there is a new policy on the table this year that proposes to “add coverage for medically necessary gender reassignment care (hormones, surgery) to the benefit plan. This would add about $9 to the per-semester premium” per student. A $9 increase is nearly negligible when compared to next year’s projected cost of the health plan ($670) and cost of tuition (more than $33,000). If the proposition passes, it will allow transgender students access to medical treatments that would otherwise cost them a minimum of $20,000. The proposition will be put to the vote on March 15. “[If this proposition passes, it will mean] that L&C is actually living up to its non-discrimination pledge,” said a transgender-identified student who wished to remain anonymous. . . .Read More

Canada: Transsexual left in limbo

Taxpayers won't fund sex-change assessment: Judge

14th March 2009

BARRIE -- An inmate of an institution for the criminally insane was left in limbo yesterday after a judge refused her request to have the government pay for a $15,000 assessment that would qualify her for a sex change.

"It's pretty upsetting," said Shauna Taylor -- formerly named Vance Egglestone until she got a legal name change -- an inmate at the maximum security Oak Ridge Division of the Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene. "I don't know who should pay, but somebody should pay."

Except for a brief stint of freedom, Taylor, 52, has been incarcerated since 1976 after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for the brutal rape of a Toronto woman.


This past year she and her lawyer, Michael Davies, have been battling in court to try to get the judge to order the Attorney General to pay for a complicated assessment that will determine whether she should qualify for an orchidectomy -- the surgical removal of the testes -- to complete her transition into a female. . . .Read More

Body of evidence: A special report into the lives of transsexuals

15 March 2009

By The Catherine Deveney interview

The up trapped in the wrong gender causes hundreds of people to take their own lives. Surgery gives others a new start, but in many cases the price of happiness is still very high.
HE IS clearly a man. I say 'clearly' because when James Morton walks towards me in an Edinburgh hotel he is dressed like any young professional male, in a suit and tie, he has light beard growth on his face and myriad little signals he transmits suggest masculinity. Should I tell you that once he had breasts, a womb capable of bearing children, that in fact he was female, your eyes would tell your brain that this is a lie. You would feel the confusion that James has felt all his life. Growing up, when he looked in the mirror and saw a female body, he thought, 'Who is that?' For in both his conscious and unconscious mind, even in his dreams as he slept, he was male. "Waking up was just like… 'Oh my God, yes, of course. Back to the complicated mismatch that I have.'"

Even now, things are still confused. James has a legal certificate saying he is male. Underneath the 28-year-old's suit, breasts have been removed, his chest reconstructed. He no longer has a womb. But he does not have a penis. Two gender experts in Scotland, and one internationally renowned expert, Dr Griet De Cuypere, in Belgium, have approved him for surgery. But despite continuing to fund male-to-female surgery, Lothian Health Board has refused to fund phalloplasty, the surgical construction of a penis, which would complete his transition from woman to man. "It's a nightmare situation," says James's doctor, Lyndsey Myskow, associate specialist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary's sexual problems clinic. "There are a number of people in Lothian who have found themselves in this position." . . .Read More

Friday, March 13, 2009

GenderVision: Trans Partner - Gender & Relationship

An extended, in-depth interview with well-known transgender advocates Helen Boyd and Betty Crow. Helen is the author of the book "My Husband Betty", which explores the relationships of crossdressing men and their female partners, as well as a follow-up, "She's Not the Man I Married", a more serious and expansive examination of gender roles in relationships. Betty Crow is a professional actor who has appeared on daytime TV in "All My Children" as a transgender woman, who also works as a web designer and 3D animator.

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Sex-change for free

by Vinay Sitapati

March 14, 2009

Ippadiku Rose (Yours, Rose) is by any yardstick, an unusual TV programme. The Tamil talk show deals with sexuality and sexual taboos. And its host, the lovely Rose — formerly Ramesh Venkatesan, graduate of Lousiana Technical University — underwent a sex-change operation and is now a transgender icon. It’s no coincidence that the show’s a hit in Tamil Nadu. The state has perhaps the world’s most creative schemes for transgender welfare.

It’s not easy defining who a ‘transgender’ is, but the term broadly includes those whose self-identified gender and physical gender don’t match. The pedant may quibble over precise definitions, but society doesn’t — India’s one million transgenders (colloquially called eunuchs, or more uncharitably hijras) are targets of focussed discrimination. Officialdom is slowly waking up to this injustice. In 2005, the Centre introduced the category ‘E’ in passport forms for eunuchs, and in some states they’ve entered politics. But they still face social ostracisation and economic boycotts, and attempts for even a national census have faltered. The Supreme Court last month refused the plea, by a eunuch, to set up an All-India Commission for Transgenders, similar to those for scheduled castes and tribes . . . .Read More

Opinion, Critique, POV: Catholic publications outraged by transgender week

Alex LaCasse


Produced by Seattle University's Trans and Allies Club, Transgender Awareness Week included everything from a Transgender Bible study to a day reserved for criss-cross dressing-encouraging students to dress in their best "gender bending outfits."

While the week itself was calm and uncontroversial on Seattle U's campus, national Catholic organizations have taken to the Web, expressing concerns over the awareness week and its place on a religious campus.

The Catholic News Agency, in a story published March 1, highlighted several Jesuit universities who have recently sponsored events described as "obscene events promoting sexual ideologies" by the news agency. Among those schools were Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago and Seattle University.

Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly, speaking with the news agency, said Catholic-identifying universities should be concerned for sponsoring such events. . . .Read More

Transsexual a Finalist for City Manager Job in Lake Worth

By Deirdra Funcheon in Palm Beach, 13 March 2009

Susan Stanton was the city manager of Largo, Florida for 14 years until she announced she was becoming Steve Slanton. She was subsequently terminated. Stanton's case made huge headlines two years ago. Now Stanton is a finalist for the city manager job in Lake Worth.

According to a story in the Palm Beach Post, "Stanton's gender was not mentioned by city commissioners Thursday during a discussion of city manager finalists."

That alone makes Lake Worth more open-minded than Largo. "We're a wonderful community, says Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill, who I reached by phone today. "We're an accepting community." . . .Read More

Looking Back: Susan Stanton's lonely transformation

A year after Steve Stanton became Susan, the physical and emotional changes are surprising sources of wonder and pain.

By LANE DeGREGORY, Times Staff Writer
December 31, 2007

SARASOTA -- Every morning, Susan Stanton wakes early and takes three pills. They help her suppress who she was and become the person she believes she should be.

At 9 a.m., still in her pajamas, she climbs the stairs in her Sarasota bungalow, clicks on her computer and goes to work. Looking for a job.

"I miss the 16-hour days, working with so many bright people, leading the city. I still love Largo," she says.

"I think I'm suffering from 'Pretty girl syndrome': People assume I'm making tons of money, traveling around speaking. But the truth is: I need help. I'm starting to approach people I know in the area, which I never thought I'd be doing.

"Maybe that's the last part of the transition: Losing my male ego." . . .Read More

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Natural Transitioning: EXERCISES (Part One)

The founder of TransAmerica Tristan Skye provides EXERCISES part one **(I had just trained for over an hour so forgive my lack of energy in this one guys)** -- also, make sure to read Tristan's blogs, they detail out everything on supplements, testosterone, weight training and pretty much everything else to help answer at least 90% of your questions. Also, Chef Franky has blog on TransAmerica of testosterone boosting recipes. Can I just say...ROCK ON?!?!

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Transsexuals can now be admitted into the Spanish armed forces

By h.b. - Mar 6, 2009

The recent case of a 29 year old transsexual from Jaén has highlighted the matter in Spain

Spanish Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón, has kept her word and changed the law so that transsexuals can be accepted in the armed forces in Spain.

The changes needed in medical admission procedures were approved on Monday, and became law when they were printed in the Official State Bulletin on Wednesday. . . .Read More

Stanford Medical Students Want to Help Gay Patients Be Comfortably ‘Out’ in Doctor’s Office

10 Mar 2009

Stanford University Medical Center

STANFORD, Calif. - (Business Wire) Every time he goes to a new doctor, Mitchell Lunn faces the question anew: Should he tell his doctor he’s gay?

“The question always comes up,” said Lunn, 27, a medical student from North Dakota at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Do I want to come out or not?” This hesitancy is common with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients when meeting with a doctor for the first time. Often they’re scared away by homophobic comments, or simply by a basic lack of knowledge on the part of their doctor as to their unique health care concerns.

“The fear of insensitivity from their doctor has driven many patients away,” Lunn said. “Sometimes never to return.”

In an effort to continue the ongoing struggle of LGBT health activists to get adequate training of medical students on the unique health care needs within their community, a group of four Stanford medical students including Lunn have organized their own on-campus research group, called the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Medical Education Research Group.

In the spring, the group will send out surveys to the deans of medical education at schools in the United States and Canada to determine what is being taught, before moving forward with recommended improvements.

“Right now, it’s just not known exactly what is being taught in medical schools,” Lunn said. “We have a little bit of content at Stanford, which is good. But nobody knows for sure about what other schools are teaching.”. . .Read More

Transgender, and Looking for Work...During A Recession


by Michael Lamb

The civil rights movement is constantly evolving. This past century saw advances among women, African Americans and even Gays and Lesbians. These groups are still fighting for equality in many ways and with each step towards acceptance; the “fear of difference” slowly ebbs from the human psyche. Part of their success is due to the concept of promoting an understanding of a group’s differences, challenges and similarities as key to forming a positive perception by the majority.

Although the transgender community is embraced by many LGBT organizations, their outreach to be understood has not been as progressive as Gay and Lesbian voices.The plight of the transgender community still struggles with acceptance and may be years behind.

Stephanie Dykes, a male to female transsexual, seeks to join the ranks of other transgender activists, like Donna Rose and Jamison Green by coming out of her closet. After working as a market research professional spanning the past 13 years, Dykes was displaced this past October from Wachovia and is now facing what many Americans are now struggling with: a job search.

In addition to continuing her pursuit of another market research position, Dykes has opted to make her gender identity public by speaking to the media and offering herself as a consultant and speaker to progressive companies and like-minded organizations on transgender issues in the workplace. Among the many topics she offers is “Transgender 101.”

Although she counsels a cautionary path of tempered disclosure to her peers, Dykes is going public to advance the outlook on the trans community and possibly land herself another market research opportunity at the same time.

ECHELON – What prompted you to come out and tell your story? . . .Read More

Monday, March 09, 2009

Spot with transgender woman.

This is a spot from Argentina which includes a transgender woman. It talks about tolerance and teaches us that all people are the same even if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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Conference Explores New Field of Trans Studies

March 9, 2009
By Alex Berg

On Friday afternoon, there was standing room only in the Goldwin Smith English Lounge as Prof. Masha Raskolnikov, English and feminist, gender, & sexuality studies introduced TransRhetorics, a conference exploring interdisciplinary approaches within the field of Transgender Studies and the rhetorics that represent transgender lives.

“… Trans studies remains a relatively new field, even if many of us can make the argument that transgender people have an ancient history in many if not all of the world’s cultures. The relative newness of transgender studies as an academic field means that we, here, are still figuring out what the field is going to look like and where it’s going to go,” said Raskolnikov, who is also the director of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender studies program.

The conference that took place Friday through yesterday included two keynote speakers and seven thematically organized panels with topics ranging from the medical treatment of intersex bodies to the Employment Non-discrimination Act to Nietzsche and transphobia. Approximately 20 panelists from a wide array of disciplines and backgrounds came from across and beyond the country to present papers, including invited speakers Paisley Currah, Leah DeVun, Shannon Minter law ’93, Vic Muñoz, Matt Richardson, Gayle Salamon and Prof. Susan Stryker, gender studies at Indiana University.

Stryker, an Emmy-award winning director of “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria,” gave the first keynote in Lewis Auditorium on Friday night. Stryker, whose talk was titled “We Who Are Sexy”: The Transsexual Whiteness of Christine Jorgensen in the (Post)Colonial Philippines,” showed clips of the Filipino film We Who Are Sexy, a 1960s movie about seven gender deviant effeminate brothers, and discussed a cameo made by Christine Jorgensen, a 1950s international transsexual celebrity, in the film.

'Katastrophic': Rocco Kayiatos, also known as “Katastrophe,” takes the stage in Lewis Auditorium on Saturday night as part of the “F to eMbody” show.

'Katastrophic': Rocco Kayiatos, also known as “Katastrophe,” takes the stage in Lewis Auditorium on Saturday night as part of the “F to eMbody” show.

Stryker expounded on how Jorgensen’s Eurocentric transsexuality interacted with the local, Filipino transsexuality, and the implications of Eurocentric domination in a postcolonial context.

Minter, the lead counsel for the same-sex marriage case in the California Supreme Court and legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, presented the paper “Category Mistakes: Why Gender Theory Should Not Guide Transgender Advocacy” in the second keynote on Saturday evening. . . .Read More

Chennai: Move on toilets for transgenders sparks off debate

by Chinki Sinha

9 March 2009

New Delhi: Besides “ladies” and “gents”, public lavatories in Chennai may soon offer a third option — for transgenders. The Chennai Municipal Corporation has set aside Rs 45 lakh for a pilot project to build three such lavatories for transgenders in the city.

While the construction is expected to begin after the polls, the officials have already identified areas with a considerable transgender population in south and central Chennai. The first will be built in Saidapet, where it will cater to those living in Kothamedu, Theedeer Nagar and Athuma Nagar.

Each lavatory, with both male and female urinals for those who have undergone sex change as well as those who are yet to do so, is estimated to cost about Rs 12-15 lakh. Muncipal Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said that more such toilets would be built, depending on the response.

For the moment, the response has been rather mixed. While there are some who have welcomed the move, many feel that it would lead to more isolation of the transgender community.

“I don’t agree with this. We want to mingle with the mainstream. We don’t want to be separated like this,” said Aasha Bharathi, president of the Tamil Nadu Aravanigal Association. “Using separate toilets will open the way for discrimination. We want to be considered as females. In our hearts, we are women.”. . .Read More

How your looks betray your personality

11 February 2009 by Roger Highfield , Richard Wiseman and Rob Jenkins


THE history of science could have been so different. When Charles Darwin applied to be the "energetic young man" that Robert Fitzroy, the Beagle's captain, sought as his gentleman companion, he was almost let down by a woeful shortcoming that was as plain as the nose on his face. Fitzroy believed in physiognomy - the idea that you can tell a person's character from their appearance. As Darwin's daughter Henrietta later recalled, Fitzroy had "made up his mind that no man with such a nose could have energy". Fortunately, the rest of Darwin's visage compensated for his sluggardly proboscis: "His brow saved him." . . .Read More

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

7yr. old Jazz's thoughts on being a Transgender Child

For More on Jazz Go to: http://www.transkidspurplerainbow.com...
Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation...please help us, and donate $5 today! There needs to be more research, education and studies about Transgender children.

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Ambiguous procedures

Surgery is appropriate option for intersexual individuals

by Andrew Geist Vanguard Staff

March 3, 2009

Fall 2008 brought a controversial change to what is covered in the supplemental PSU health plan (not the mandatory one): gender reassignment surgery for “true” transsexuals.

Or, it should be controversial. The policy, under the insurance company Aetna, covers elective surgery for transsexual individuals but not intersexual people, of which the latter ought to be the appropriate case.

The reason for the one’s appropriateness and not the other’s lies in responsibility and choice. Born intersexual, those with ambiguous combinations of genitalia, secondary sex characteristics or sex chromosomes are often “given” a sex and gender as infants.

Notable cases include Cheryl Chase, founder of the Intersex Society of North America. According to The New York Times, Chase was raised as a boy for 18 months, and then parents and doctors decided on gender reassignment surgery, as she had female chromosomes. Now, Chase essentially lives as a homosexual female. . . .Read More

Transgender kids: How young is too young for a sex change?

Erin Carlyle delves into the often blustery worlds of transgender youth

By Erin Carlyle

March 03, 2009

ON HER THIRD birthday, Sarah Barnett tore open a package from her grandmother that would delight most girls her age. Gently folded on a pillow of tissue paper lay a frilly, ruffled dress. Sarah looked up at her mother, Kathy, perplexed.

"Mom, why did Grandma give me a dress?" she asked.

A perfectly reasonable question, since Sarah had refused to wear girls' clothing as soon as she knew the difference. Kathy explained that Grandma was just trying to be nice—Sarah didn't have to wear the dress.

"Why don't you tell Grandma that I'm a boy?" Sarah asked.

Kathy marveled at her child's logic. The mother chalked the child's comment up to the imaginative reasoning of a toddler.

A few weeks later, Sarah asked her Sunday school teacher to label her nametag "Steven." Soon, she was insisting that her parents call her Steven and refer to her as "he." Kathy and her husband, Joe (names have been changed), gently explained to their daughter that she was a girl, not a boy. But the toddler became so upset that they eventually conceded to calling her Steven at home. . . .Read More

Of Clothing and Being Transsexual

Lez Get Real

by Sei

March 2009

The most difficult thing for any transwoman is finding clothes that fit. Most women’s clothing is designed around a woman who is, typically, around 5′5 to 5′7. I, for example, am 5′11, and I am lucky. My frame is built like any woman’s but grown from 5′5 to 5′11. That means, well, for one thing, it’s hard to find pants that fit. For another, it’s hard to find shirts that fit. In fact, it is rather hard to find any clothes that fit. What’s worse is that this isn’t unique to being transsexual. Many a woman tall of stature has had trouble finding decent clothing.

My biggest issue has been finding pants. Now, most transsexuals have a big issue with making sure that, well, they aren’t showing. That is, that the danglely bits between the legs aren’t obvious. There are numerous methods from tucking between the legs and wearing tight undergarments to the use of specially designed undergarments which level off all the bits and pieces. Unfortunately, this is something of a baffling issue for me since my weight makes it unusual for anything there to show up, and I wear skirts anyway due to a combination of my height and weight. . . .Read More

Ken Starr vs. transsexual in Prop 8 case

March 3, 2009


Kenneth Starr and Shannon Minter, lead attorneys in the California Supreme Court case that will decide the fate of same-sex marriage in the state, are as different as the competing sides they represent.

Starr, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, is best known for leading the inquiry into President Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern.

Since then, the former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general has dedicated himself to conservative causes, including writing briefs for the Mormon church in a previous gay marriage case in California.

Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, is a transsexual who spent his first 35 years as a female. He was a lead counsel in the state Supreme Court case decided last May that allowed same-sex couples to marry, a ruling that was reversed in November when voters approved Proposition 8.

Starr and Minter will square off Thursday in the most closely watched California Supreme Court hearing in a generation. They're set to deliver oral arguments in three suits in which supporters of gay marriage contend that Proposition 8, which limits marriage to a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Minter, 48, representing gay rights groups, will be the first attorney to address the court in San Francisco. Starr, 62, will deliver the final arguments on behalf of the Yes on 8 campaign. . . .Read More

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Transgender Confusion.....Help!!!!!!!!

This is just a thought...

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6 weeks T update

. . .showing my progress on Testosterone after being off for one year.

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Transgender activist Nemecek to speak at local PFLAG

by Jim Larkin

Originally printed 2/26/2009 (Issue 1709 - Between The Lines News)

FLINT - John Nemecek never had a problem displaying his athletic prowess. It was when he decided to become true to himself and become Julie Nemecek that the difficulties began. The pain. The suffering. The very public lawsuit. And, finally, hope and love. That amazing transformation will be detailed at the 2-4:30 p.m. March 8 meeting of Genesee County PFLAG at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2474 S. Ballenger Highway in Flint. Nemecek's inner world came tumbling to the forefront in November of 2003 while going online and discovering there was a life available for transgender persons. It led to an immediate, very frank discussion with his wife, Joanne. "The next six weeks there were a lot of tears, a lot of hugs," Julie, 57, recalls. "She (Joanne) said at the end of that six weeks that 'I love the person, not the package.' And we're more in love now than we've ever been." But it was when she told her employer of 16 years, Spring Arbor University, that she identified as a woman and intended to live her life that way, that her story became very public. Spring Arbor reacted by removing her as assistant dean of adult studies in 2006, slashing her salary by 20 percent, and threatening to fire her. . . .Read More

Transgender star recalled as muse

February 27, 2009

Colin Moynihan

She was baptized James Lawrence Slattery in 1944 but reinvented herself as Candy Darling in the late 1960s after leaving suburban Long Island for the streets of New York's West Village.

She hung out with artists such as Andy Warhol and crossed paths with musicians such as David Bowie. Filmmaker Paul Morrissey put her in two movies. Lou Reed wrote the Velvet Underground song Candy Says with her in mind and included a verse about her in his Walk on the Wild Side.

And she inspired Jeremiah Newton -- the film, television and video liaison at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University -- to assemble the only known archive of items associated with Candy Darling, including diaries, letters, photos and her cremated remains. He gave the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh part of the collection more than a year ago and delivered the rest this month. . . .Read More

Being Molested Did Not Make Me Lesbian (Or Transsexual)

Sei, 2009

At the age of eleven, I was molested.

It is a statement open to so many misunderstandings. I was molested. I was not raped.

You see, many people make an assumption that being molested means that I was raped by a child predator. The reality is that molestation can run a gambit from simply being forcibly fondled by an adult to being raped. In my case, the man who molested me fondled me. He was obviously aroused, but did not go to the step of rape. In some ways, I was lucky. I know that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but I was lucky. From what I have been able to piece together about this man, who worked as a guidance councilor for my sixth grade school, is that his next victim was raped. And, again, luckily, he was arrested four years later while purchasing child pornography and did not escalate to murder. Luck is such a relative thing. . . .Read More