Monday, June 29, 2009

No Dumb Questions - 5 Years Later (Trailer)

The Sundance award-winning documentary film No Dumb Questions is being updated. We've gone back to re-interview the family 5 years later and find out how Uncle Bill's transition to Aunt Barbara went and has affected everyone.

Watch this trailer and consider helping us finish the film.

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First photo of Chaz Bono (and BFF Jennifer Elia) since sex change news

The Dish Rag by Elizabeth Snead

June 16, 2009

. . . There has still been no comment from Cher's camp regarding her child’s announcement about his sex change.

But GLAAD has released a statement "both for him personally and for all who are committed to advancing discussions about fairness and equality for transgender people."

Keep reading to see a photo of Chaz, as he wants to be called, from, reputed to be the most recent photo taken of the transitioning celebrity. . . .Read More

Kerry Washington Comes Out on Top in 'Cracktown'

by Ross von Metzke, | 06/29/2009

In an industry that loves to pigeonhole talent, good luck putting Kerry Washington into a box. Since making her motion picture debut in Save the Last Dance and rising to fame with her critically acclaimed performance in Ray, the actress, now 32, has gone gay on film twice, dabbled in comedy with the Wayans brothers, played the tortured wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, and faced off with the Fantastic Four.

Now, always one for a challenge, she tackles her heaviest role to date -- Marybeth, the male-to-female transsexual, heroin-addicted prostitute she plays to perfection in Life Is Hot in Cracktown. From her walk to her talk, Washington nails the part -- and it’s a sure sign her best roles have yet to come.

Washington sat down with to talk about the film, her time on the road stumping for Obama and how she found her femininity in paying trans. . . .Read More

Bill Siksay: Sex reassignment surgery deserves full coverage across Canada

June 29, 2009

By Bill Siksay

What are the limits of medicare coverage? Does prejudice against an identifiable minority affect decisions about who gets covered? Does “medically necessity” not apply to minority communities?

These questions are raised when members of the transsexual and transgender community are denied medical coverage for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and related therapies, including hormone therapy, hair removal, and breast augmentation.

Transsexual and transgender folks have a different experience of gender than many Canadians. Some trans folks experience their gender opposite to their physical sexual characteristics, a feeling of being in the wrong body. To correct this, they look to SRS. Others experience their gender in ways that are different to the accepted binary theory of gender that says you are either male or female. These folks find their gender on a continuum between or beyond male and female. Some trans folks feel no need to change their physical sex, and may live out their lives as neither traditionally male or female. . . .Read More