Monday, January 19, 2009

Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen - "This Land is Your Land" - The Obama Inaugural Celebration Concert

Bruce Springsteen, with folk legend Pete Seeger, is back to sing Woody Guthrie's, "This Land is Your Land.

International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Announces Plans for Transgender 2009 – the 23rd Annual Conference

International Foundation for Gender Education
Stephanie Battaglino
201.704.2996 (cell)

Waltham, MA, January 15, 2009 --( The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), in association with the Transgender Education Association (TGEA) of Greater Washington, D.C., is proud to announce the 23rd annual conference to be held at the Hilton Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, February 4 – 8, 2009. “We are very excited to be staging this year’s conference right next door to our nation’s capital at such a pivotal time in our country’s history,” noted Denise Leclair, Executive Director of IFGE. “We believe it is very significant that the entire transgender community will be gathering in the Washington, D.C. area just a mere two weeks after the presidential inauguration,” Leclair continued. “2009 is a critical year for our community in terms of securing the same employment rights and protections enjoyed by the rest of society, and we firmly believe that this year’s conference will create momentum for change that will carry through the rest of the year.”. . .Read More

Meet TS Performer And Star Kimber James

January 16, 2009

by Jeremy Meyer

It was hailed as a first for a major adult talent agency in the industry, when L.A. Direct Models signed its first Transsexual performer; Kimber James.

James who originally hails from Miami Florida, moved here to L.A. from New York, and comes from a typical upbringing, but James says her parents took a long time to adjust to her change.

“My mother always said I was promiscuous, but they still haven’t accepted all of this yet” stated James

James credits Gia Darling as the person who gave her the start in the industry, James worked as Darling’s assistant, and they are still close friends.

James’ first film was “Transsexual Babysitters 4” for Devil Films, and James has a total of ten scenes under her belt to date.

“I’m really excited and very honored to be the first transsexual performer to be signed with L.A. Direct Models” says James “I hope this will break barriers within the adult industry on how the industry perceives transsexuals, and take it more seriously.. . .Read More

Under Which Category of Sport Should a Transgender Surgery Person Compete?

January 17, 2009

Saraswathi Sirigina

Okay, I am not going to claim any priori or knowledge here, all that I want is honest opinion and debate. I have not googled it nor have I studied any precedents, except one case.

Let's debate on the ethical constraints and if there is any scientific or medical evidence that helps or hurts the case of transsexual rights.

The field of sport to my layperson's knowhow is limited to a gender-based segmentation/categorization.

Be it Track & Field, Tennis, Basketball, or Baseball, it has always two distinct areas of division. You have Men's Tennis/Women's Tennis, Men's Track & Field/Women's Track & Field, etc.

Some of these sports of course, do have mixed sport, where a male participant and a female participant team together and face off against a team of similar combination.

So in this distinct scenario of variant clauses, we come to the case of transgender people or transsexuals or people who have gone through Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).

SRS is a term for the surgical procedures by which a person's physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered to resemble that of the other sex. (wiki). . .Read More

Composer Angela Morley dies

January 2009 by Patrick Newley

Angela Morley, one of the UK’s leading musical arrangers and composers, has died at the age of 84.

In 1953 she began a long association with Philips Records, arranging for the company’s leading light-entertainment artists, including Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield. She also wrote the theme tunes for Hancock’s Half Hour and was the musical director for The Goon Show. In her later career she scored several US drama series including the top soap Dynasty. . . .Read More