Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Critique, Opinion, POV: Dr. Phil Show on gender identity disorder - Does reparative therapy fit?

"In this clip, a mother of a transgender boy provides evidence that contradicts the expectations of reparative therapist Joseph Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi describes his belief that transgender males are overly enmeshed with their mothers and distant from their fathers or other male figures. Toni, the mother of the transgender boy, says she was not close with her son and that the step-dad was close. Focus on the Family researcher, Glenn Stanton also provides commentary."

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Trans Activist Laura Calvo Chosen as Treasurer for Democratic Party of Oregon

January 13th, 2009

by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Democratic party booster and outspoken trans activist Laura Calvo has ascended another rung on the Oregon political ladder.

At a Jan. 10 executive committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Calvo was chosen as the statewide party’s new Treasurer, a position which puts Calvo in elite company: she is now among only a handful of openly LGBT statewide political party officers across the country.

“It’s a pretty huge role,” Calvo says of her new post, which includes managing campaign finance compliance rules, supporting County party organizations, and fundraising for the state party. “It really gives me a chance to roll up my sleeves and move democratic issues forward. We still have the war in Iraq, healthcare, marriage equality, ENDA, all those things that need to be pushed forward on the national agenda.”. . . .Read More

University offers toilets for transsexuals (VIDEO)

January 14, 2009

TRANSGENDER university students have been given their own set of toilets at their union's nightclub.

Staffordshire University Students' Union nightclub, LRV, is believed to be one of the first in the country, and the first venue in Stoke-on-Trent, to have gender-neutral toilets.

They were introduced for the first student night of the new semester last Wednesday.

A decision was made by the student council in December to trial the toilets.

The nightclub at the university's Leek Road campus, in Stoke, is now trialling them for the rest of the semester.

If it proves successful, gender-neutral toilets could be rolled-out in other union venues at the university. . . .Read More

True to life Transamerica?

by Joanne Clarke - 15th January 2009

Transamerica plays on TV2 this Monday, but is it an accurate depiction of a trans journey? Chch transgender broadcaster Joanne Clarke takes a look.

Transamerica shows us the journey of a trans woman working towards her surgery when a week out she receives a phone call from a son she never knew she had.

He is in trouble with the law and she unwillingly goes to help before her therapist will release the paperwork for her surgery. It is sort of a Trans, road trip, buddy, love story kinda movie. And it works.

"This is the voice I want to use" repeats Bree, a post-op transsexual trying to create a more feminine voice.

Transamerica is one of those rare movies that doesn't sensationalise the trans journey. We see a trans woman dealing with the cards she has been dealt, from the dysfunctional relationship with her dominant mother, to someone learning who they are. . . .Read More

Megan Fox: Transsexual Posing as Alan Alda?


Megan Fox gave a bizarre interview to E!'s Giuliana DePandi Rancic on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night that included her physically comparing herself to Alan Alda and spewing forth other odd neuroses.

"I am pretty sure I am a doppelganger for Alan Alda. I'm a tranny. I'm a man. I'm so painfully insecure. I'm on the verge of vomiting now. I am so horrified that I am here, and embarrassed. I'm scared," she said.

Whoa! Have a glass of champagne and settle down. Alan Alda? Trannies? What?

Fox, 22, explained that her alleged fiance Brian Austin Green didn't accompany her to the ceremony because "he's a man, he has an ego" and couldn't put up with being her purse carrier. . . .Read More