Friday, August 28, 2009

Sen. Ted Kennedy speaking at 2008 HRC Equality Convention

Sen. Ted Kennedy speaking at 2008 HRC Equality Convention

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The LGBT community remembers Ted Kennedy

August 26, 2009

by Hannah Clay Wareham

Notes from leading community members (locally and nationally) recall the late Senator as a lion-hearted advocate for LGBT issues.

  • "If there ever is a gay Mount Rushmore, Ted Kennedy needs to be chiseled in that stone. He was our champion, our defender, our protector from the moment he went to Washington. But if our bond ran deeper, it was also because of his own flaws and tragic losses. Many of us have also lost loved ones, we’ve misstepped along the way, we’ve had regrets because we weren’t always honest about who we were.

    "Yet, there was Teddy rising to the floor, bringing us to our feet, reminding us of what we could do and accomplish. That’s why his loss is so deep and so wide. He made everything possible, within reach and he embraced all of life. And that was a big part of the connection many of us felt." - Mary Breslauer, longtime Democratic activist and principal, Communication Solutions . . . .Read More
  • World's first matrimonial site for transsexuals

    August 27, 2009


    Kalki Subramanian is young, liberated and looking for an Indian man who is loving, compassionate, educated. Oh, and one more thing — he should be

    OK with marrying a transsexual.

    But Kalki isn’t leaving her hopes for a suitable boy to destiny. The founder-director of the Sahodari foundation, that works for transgenders, is setting up a matrimonial website for transsexual women — the first of its kind in the world.

    With the Internet matchmaking portal, to be launched on Thursday, she also hopes to create a debate about the issues of matrimony and adoption for transgenders. “There has to be legal clarity for transsexuals to live a better life. We have been discriminated against and exploited for very long”, she says.

    Unlike, other dating services in the world, where transgenders are set up with other transgenders, will give transsexual women a chance to find a man of their dreams. Thirunangai, incidentally, means respectable woman in Tamil. . . .Read More

    Guess Who's Coming To Lunch?

    I meet and interview a transgendered Anglican lady.
    You will be stunned at what I learned.

    By David W. Virtue


    Dear VOL readers,

    LITTLE DID I KNOW what was in store for me when I accepted a lunch invitation from a VOL reader whom I had never met. Soon, I found myself seated at a nearby Chinese restaurant, opposite a lady who proceeded to tell me that she is a transgendered person.

    Specifically, she believes she was born with a condition called gender dysphoria, commonly known as transsexualism. I have never had an in-depth, face-to-face conversation with a person who had had a sex change operation, a person who was once a man and is now very much a woman. This may well be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.

    I won't lie to you. Unless she had told me, I would never have guessed that she was not born a woman biologically or that she had ever appeared to be a man.

    The lady in question, whom we shall call M, as she wishes to protect her identity, is tall, of German American origin, an attorney who had worked for a number of high level financial firms. She had been married, raised two sons and is now divorced. . . .Read More

    Man's 'secret love' of transsexual women: Do new trends predict a second sexual revolution?

    August 27, 2009

    by Madison Claire

    PART 1 of 2

    “Whether they want to admit it or not, the numbers on the web show us that there’s definite interest,” says Alex Ladd, co-owner and head of production for In an interview with adult-industry newssource, Ladd couched the trend in the language of his trade: “Straight men want trannies.”

    Research gathered from more than a dozen major sources – including Alexa, Google and Internet World Stats – reveals that nearly 190 million heterosexual men are attracted to transsexual women and actively seek romantic contact with or sexually explicit images of them annually.

    “The Internet really has made the whole thing more popular in the last few years,” says Steven Gallon, owner of Grooby Productions, one of the first transsexual sites launched a decade ago. “You’re now seeing [transsexuals] in mainstream advertising and on TV shows. That and the Internet have made it [socially acceptable for transsexuals] to be out there on display.” . . .Read More

    Transgender & Transsexual Issues 101: Are there more trans women than trans men? Part two

    28 August 2009

    by Matt Kailey

    Trans women seem to be turning up everywhere in the media and are sometimes quite visible in everyday society, but trans men are frequently unseen, leading non-trans people to believe that there are far fewer trans men than trans women.

    While this could be the case, there are some estimates that the populations of people whose gender identity does not match their physical body are about equal. But even if this is true, there are many reasons why this does not play out in visibility.

    In part one, we talked about why trans men might be statistically underrepresented. But, statistics aside, trans men are simply not as visible in society as trans women are. . . .Read More

    Transgender & Transsexual Issues 101: Are there more trans women than trans men? Part one

    27 August 2009

    By Matt Kailey

    Frequently asked question: Why do we often see transsexual women (born male, transitioned to female) in the media and in public life, but we rarely see transsexual men (born female, transitioned to male)? Are there more trans women than trans men?

    It would appear that way, but the answer is much more complex than appearances.

    The American Psychological Association (APA) says, “Current estimates of the prevalence of transsexualism are about 1 in 10,000 for biological males [people identified as male at birth] and 1 in 30,000 for biological females [people identified as female at birth].” These are updated numbers, but Professor Lynn Conway has far higher estimates.

    One of the problems with statistically identifying transsexual people — both women and men — is that those statistics are reported by professionals in the mental health and medical fields (therapists, physicians, and surgeons) who work with transsexual people and facilitate transition. There is no other way to gather these statistics. The census takers certainly don’t ask. . . .Read More