Monday, December 14, 2009

Genderqueer, Gender Querying

Jason talks about exploring gender, growing up as a genderfluid person with a penis, the fun that can be had playing with gender, and being a trans activist.

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GenderVision: Transgender in the Workplace

The 10th installment of the cutting-edge video program, GenderVision, dives into employment issues faced by transgender persons. As transgender people work towards fair and equal protection of their right to work, at both state and federal levels, many grapple with the realities of being singled out for mistreatment in the workplace. Ethan St. Pierre, former police officer & security supervisor, and female-to-male transsexual talks about his experience of being harassed and fired simply because of his gender. Alishia Ouelette, firefighter and male-to-female transsexual talks about her experience as a firefighter in Danvers, where she remains on the job after undergoing intense public scrutiny.

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TransFM celebrates "The 13 Days of Christmas"

December 13, 2009

by Matt Kailey

TransFM Internet Broadcasting Network, a “network of voices who share experiences, thoughts and ideas on the topics of gender, sexuality, politics and much more,” will broadcast live during the holiday season with “The 13 Days of Christmas,” beginning Sunday, December 13 and running through December 25. Broadcast hours will be 5 p.m. to midnight EST from December 13-24, and 10 a.m. to midnight EST on December 25.

TransFM founder and creator Ethan St. Pierre says, “We have a wide variety of shows planned, with guests that will surely entertain, intrigue, and provoke emotion. We realize that the holiday season can be a lonely time for people in our community, and we would like to bring you friendly voices from people who care about our community and care about you. We will have our phone lines open 24/7 during our holiday broadcasts for those who wish to join in the conversation either on or off the air. Please give us a call at 978-518-1835.” . . .Read More

Jenny Jones chooses Houston TG Center for 'Jenny's Heroes' grant

December 9, 2009

by Matt Kailey

Talk show host Jenny Jones surprised Cristan Williams, director of Houston’s Transgender Foundation of America (TFA), on December 7 with a phone call informing Williams that she had been chosen as a “Hometown Hero.”

Williams applied to receive a “Jenny’s Heroes” grant of $5,000 to purchase trans-related books for the Foundation’s TG Center library and was chosen from thousands of applicants to receive the money. . . .Read More

Gender-reassigned face health hurdles: study

December 12, 2009

by Stuart Roberts

This year 60 people have applied to change their sex in Sweden. Most gender-reassigned people achieve a better life through their surgery, but a new study shows that the risk of attempted suicide and psychological problems remains high, Dagens Nyheter reports.

“For most transsexual people, their life improves, but it’s not easy immediately after the operation,” Cecilia Dhejne, a scientist and doctor at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, told the newspaper.

Her study shows that transsexuals have a five times higher risk of being treated for attempted suicide compared to a control group. They also receive psychiatric care three times more frequently than others, the study, which has not yet been published, reveals. . . .Read More

New discovery: gene keeps ovaries from turning into testes

December 11, 2009

by Matt Kailey

British and German scientists believe they have discovered a gene that maintains the function of the ovaries, according to the UK's Daily Mail.

When the gene was switched off in adult female mice, another gene became active, literally changing ovarian cells to those found in testes, which also led to the production of testosterone in the mice.

Scientists say that this could have implications for delaying menopause — and motherhood. In addition, it could have implications for transsexual people as far as manipulating the hormones that the body is able to naturally produce.

The article says that it could eliminate the need for some surgeries for transsexual people, although it does not really explain how. It’s possible that ovaries could be turned into testes that produced testosterone for female-to-male trans people. . . .Read More

Fatine remains resilient

"I will never leave Ian….for only death can tear us apart"

by Joe Lee

December 14, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Fatine Young has not said much to the Malaysian media after the story of his immigration woes were picked up by local news agencies two weeks ago.

Many parties have chastised Fatine, a pre-op transsexual whose real name is Mohammed Fazdil Min Bahari.

The 36-year-old has been living in Spondon, Derby with his partner Ian Young, 30, since December last year.

After they met in Kuala Lumpur, Fatine had gone to England on a six-month tourist visa. It quickly became obvious to the couple that long-term arrangements would have to be made. Ian proposed to Fatine, and they applied to the Home Office to marry and subsequently had a civil ceremony in June at the Derby Register Office.

Since then, Fatine had twice applied for a visa to remain permanently in England but has been turned down by British government officials.

Now, he is hoping it will be third time lucky after sending another application, this time appealing to stay under the Human Rights Act and the right to a family life. . . .Read More