Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Interview With An Angel. . . Part 1

My friend Angel talks about his top surgery.

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Cover Story: Faces of Pride -- Dominique Storni


by Kelly Ashkettle

Dominique Storni is a transsexual lesbian. He was born a boy and raised in Brigham City and Ogden in a Mormon household of eight children. He served a mission, and was married for 17 years, during which he fathered six children. In 2003, he underwent surgery to become a woman. She recently sat down with me at Mestizo Coffeehouse to tell me her story.

What's the difference between transsexual and transgender? We like to believe that gender is between your ears and sex is between your legs.

Are there different terms for pre-op and post-op? That's what we call it. "Pre-op" means before you've have surgery. "Post-op" means you've had surgery. And then there's another option called "non-op." I know some transsexual women who will grow breasts or have breast implants but never do anything to the bottom. Some of them are married to women who identify as heterosexual and want to enjoy the heterosexual benefits of intimacy. So the transsexual partner will say, "Well, I'll live as a woman but keep the male parts for our marriage," and the wife will go, "I'll allow you to live as a woman, but please be at least boy enough to satisfy my heterosexual needs." I think it's a beautiful arrangement of people that really love each other. . . .Read More

Bethany Black


by Jay Richardson

As the UK’s foremost goth, lesbian, post-op transsexual stand-up, Bethany Black worries about being pigeonholed. So it’s a ‘recovering alcoholic, drug addict and love addict too’ who will be showcasing material from her forthcoming Fringe show this fortnight. After an admission of two botched suicide attempts in her debut, Beth Becomes Her, it’s reassuring to know that Love and a Colt 45 doesn’t presage ‘lucky’ number three but an American malt lager favoured by the comic in her youth. Her debut recalled Black’s transformation from Ben Horsley in intimate, sometimes queasy, detail and she explains that ‘because that show was really personal, I thought I’d go with something a bit more accessible this time, about all the stupid things I’ve done because of love and alcohol.’ . . .Read More

Gay Discrimination Proposal: Transsexual Speaks Up

by Jeni DiPrizio


MEMPHIS, TN -- Shelby County Commissioners are considering passing an ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of his or her sexual orientation, identity or expression. The ordinance would protect all county workers. Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal Monday, June 1, 2009. On Wednesday, June 27, 2009, commissioners debated the issue.

Commissioner Wyatt Bunker told fellow commissioners, “You would have to be in a cave to know this isn’t just the issue.” Bunker added, "It's part of a bigger movement. It's part of the homosexual agenda that’s being debated across the country.” He added “the homosexual agenda undermines family values and the family values this country holds dear.”

Darlene Fike is a transsexual who listened to Bunker and the other commissioners. Fike says “I would love to sit down with Mr. Bunker and talk about this from a Biblical perspective. I am a conservative Bible believing woman." . . .Read More