Wednesday, June 10, 2009
By Matt Kailey
This trans thing I’ve been writing about isn’t some modern invention, folks. Transgendered people have been around since the dawn of time (at least I have — or I feel like it most days).
But Colorado, as conservative as its reputation has been in the past, has actually been at the forefront of a lot of progressive social movements, and trans issues has been one of them.
Most people aren’t even aware that the Denver Metro area has one of the oldest gender centers in the country — the Gender Identity Center of Colorado (GIC), founded in 1978 and incorporated in 1980. In fact, most people don’t even know what a gender center is. So let’s find out …
What in the heck in a gender center?
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and sometimes you want to go where nobody does. A gender center provides both through weekly support meetings where you can meet your friends and talk about specific issues, or come to listen and learn, remaining anonymous and saying as much or as little as you want. . . .Read More
by Dan Aiello6/11/2009
Sacramento morning drive time radio show will devote an episode to transgender issues today (Thursday June 11), after a broadcast last month was widely criticized as anti-transgender and 11 companies subsequently pulled their ads from the program.
After the May 28 broadcast, Rob Williams and Arnie States, two of three talk show hosts of the "Rob, Arnie and Dawn in the Morning," heard in Sacramento on KRXQ 98.5 FM, came under fire following a discussion about an 8-year-old transgender boy in Omaha. Both men justified the use of violence to "correct the behavior" of "drama queen" transgender and gay youth the men called "freaks of nature."
The third host, Dawn Rossi, tried in vain to convince her co-hosts that no child would willingly choose to be different or the subject of ridicule and repeatedly apologized to "any listeners who are transgender."
The live show was pulled from broadcast for several days this week. . . .Read More
Rashad Robinson of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Monday that the general manager of station KXRQ-FM told him that talk show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States also plan to apologize during Thursday's show. . . .Read More
PREGNANT man Thomas Beatie yesterday gave birth for the second time - to a boy.
Transsexual Thomas had conceived through artificial insemination.
Sources said it was a "natural childbirth" and that the boy was healthy and well.
Thomas, 35, was born a woman and became the first man to give birth after having daughter Susan Juliette last June.
Thomas, of Bend, Oregon, changed sex in his twenties.
He had a breast removal op and legally became a man - but kept his ovaries. . . .Read More
An Aussie Rules football fan is looking to become the first transsexual to play the competitive sport, according to an article in Sunday's edition of The Age.
Will, who asked not to use his last name, told The Age writer Jill Stark, "I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to play football, just with slightly different circumstances of how I came to be a guy."
The 25-year-old had a sex change two years ago and has had a double mastectomy. He takes hormones to induce body hair growth and to lower his voice. The article stated that Will "does not feel the technology is advanced enough to create a functioning penis."
The Australian would-be footballer has gained the support of Victorian Country Football League's president Glenn Scott, who told Will that in order to play he would need to legally change his birth certificate to reflect his male sex, but that otherwise his attempt, if successful, would be allowed. . . .Read More