Sunday, April 26, 2009


A woman who underwent a sex change several years ago prepares to testify on a bill that would provide civil rights protection for transexual and transgender people in Connecticut.

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Transgender / Transsexual Men on the Maury Show / Lando FTM

We were on the first show about transgender / transsexual men. My sister joined me to give the perspective of what it's like to have your sister become your brother.

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Reporter Blog From Transgender Murder Trial Of Allen Andrade

Suspect Accused In Slaying Of Angie Zapata

Lance Hernandez, 7NEWS Reporter

April 21, 2009

7NEWS reporter Lance Hernandez is blogging from the first-degree murder trial of Allen Andrade, who is accused of killing Angie Zapata, a transgender teen. Tuesday was the fourth day of the trial.

11:47 a.m.
Lead investigator, Greg Tharp of the Greeley Police Department is on the stand.

He's talking about his interview techniques. Tharp told the court that police want the defendant to know that they know more about the crime than he thinks they do, but they don't want him to think they know everything.

He said investigators threw out a "lifeline" of self-defense to the defendant to get him to talk. Tharp said that allows the defendant to believe he has some leeway to begin providing his statement of facts.

The investigator talked about a conversation he had with the defendant's girlfriend, Angie Tyree. He said he told her that Andrade was going to be arrested for murder in this case. He said they discussed that the victim's PT Cruiser was related to the homicide case. He said she told him she remembered a suspicious conversation with Andrade. She said Andrade told her that he was scared and needed to skip town.

The prosecutor said that was in contradiction to what the girlfriend testified about on Monday.

Tharp also told the court that he acquired the recordings of the jailhouse phone calls made by the defendant from the Adams County and Weld County jails. He said the phone calls obviously provide information police might not otherwise have.

Felicia Mendoza was the recipient of one of the phone calls. She and Andrade had an intimate relationship. She asked the defendant if it was OK to keep something he had given her or if she should get rid of it. Tharp said as he listened to the call he believed that they were discussing potentially destroying evidence in the case. . . .Read More

Transsexual Andrea Paredes beats Chilean discrimination to play tennis on women's tour

A 37-year-old financial consultant from Chile who this week became the first transsexual to compete in professional women's tennis since Renee Richards in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and who lost heavily to a British opponent, has told Telegraph Sport how she was encouraged to play by the American's story.

By Mark Hodgkinson

26 Apr 2009

Andrea Paredes also disclosed how she has suffered from years of discrimination in her own country, "as they are not very advanced in Chile". "I'll get more comments in Chile after this tournament, but I'm tough. I've had to be."

When Richards featured at the 1977 US Open, she created a controversial piece of tennis history by being the first transsexual to play in the women's game, and now Paredes is the second after she was given a wild card into a low-level tournament in Buenos Aires where she was beaten 6-0, 6-0 in 25 minutes by a Scottish qualifier, Nicola Slater. Paredes, who was born Ernesto, had a sex-change operation in 2000. She was intrigued to hear about Richards, who was born Richard Raskind, had an operation to change sexes, was initially blocked by the American tennis authorities from playing at the US Open, and then successfully sued them through the Supreme Court to have the ban overturned. A year after her first appearance, Richards made the quarter-finals of the grand slam in America. . . .Read More

A woman's quest to erase a past that won't die

30 years after gender-reassignment surgery, woman's past as a man lingers

By Jessie L. Bonner


PAYETTE, Idaho - Catherine Carlson threads through the discount store, her hiking boots clopping against the linoleum. She is numb to the shoppers who glance curiously as she plucks a pair of long underwear from a sales rack.

Cold sneaks through the walls of her trailer home, but this is the only remedy she can afford. At checkout, Catherine writes a $15 check. The clerk with the "Deb G" name tag examines the signature and runs her eyes over Catherine — the side-swept, faded blond hair, large knuckles, blue jeans and plaid work shirt.

Under the harsh fluorescent lights of the Bi-Mart, Catherine's narrow face is mapped with fine lines and abandoned by cosmetics. She ignores the unwelcome survey of her appearance.

Catherine, 52, leaves the cocoon of her trailer about once every 10 days. Payette, a tiny community of farmers and ranchers in southwestern Idaho, did not know she existed until a year ago when she decided she could no longer hide. . . .Read More