Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
10 February 2010
World famous transsexual icon Amanda Lepore will be the Chief of Parade at this year’s Mardi Gras, it has been announced.
The role will see Lepore, arguably the world’s most famous transsexual, lead the floats up Oxford and Flinders Streets on Saturday, February 27 for the 32nd annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be invited to be Chief of Parade,” Lepore said. “I can’t wait to be a part of Mardi Gras and the celebration of our community.” . . . Read More
February 2, 2010
In the late 1960s, Millie C. Bloodworth was a city boy from Detroit who didn't like guns, the Army, snakes on field trips, or the looming prospect of getting shipped off to Vietnam.
What he really wanted was a sex-change operation and a wardrobe of pretty dresses. Bloodworth, who describes her offbeat, coming-of-age tale in her 2008 book, The Exceptional, Impossible Woman Indeed! will chat about her life and society's evolving view of transsexuals during a free, city-sponsored event on Friday, February 19. . . . Read More
February 9, 2010
Chelsey Mikimoto, a transgender showgirl from Melbourne, was crowned Miss Transsexual Australia 2010 in the country’s first-ever beauty pageant for transsexuals and transgenders, held at Melbourne’s Bar 362 last week.
Contestants were judged on their creativity, talent, wit, beauty and confidence. Singapore-born Mikimoto, who performs at cabaret shows, nightclubs and entertainment venues around Melbourne, wowed the judges with her poise, talent and quick wit. She was announced winner over runner-up Patricia Licaros, a hospitality sales associate from Southbank. . . .Read More
There is a ghost that has traveled with me all of my life. He has haunted the deepest recesses of my mind and is a part of the core of my soul. His name is Melton Bernie; as a young child he was my outer self that the world saw. Melton carried me through a childhood that was fraught with the frustrations of living in a discriminatory and prejudice filled nation which suffered the assassinations of political and religious leaders. Melton also helped carry my inner self through those times when fantasies of escape to places filled with hope were my only comfort. I had always had faith in God and myself to be true to myself and others. I have always felt that it is up to the parent, teacher and religious persons to teach all children that it is not only okay to be who we were meant to be, but to embrace all the diversity that is humanity. . . .Read More
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Presented by Audi USA
DIR Kim Reed
PROD Kim Reed, John Keitel
This is a family reunion film like no other. it involves two rivals who were once like brothers, and are now like brother and sister; and the dna of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. this film is an unforgettable, moving first-person excursion into family dynamics, identity, gender and the past.
by Paul Harris
February 7, 2010
Paul McKerrow was an all-American boy. Raised in Helena, Montana, he was the quarterback for his high-school football team, which is as close to being idolised as many small-town Americans come.
He was also his class president, the valedictorian of his year in 1985 and voted most likely to succeed by his classmates. He was tall and ruggedly good-looking. McKerrow, in short, had it made and great things were expected of him.
So it was with some trepidation that McKerrow recently attended his 20-year high-school reunion as Kimberly Reed, a lesbian, New York-based film-maker who had had reassignment to become a woman.
"It was very emotional. I wanted it to go smoothly. People get freaked out enough by going to their high-school reunion. But having a new gender is a big surprise for a lot of people," Reed said. . . .Read More
by Robbi Cohn
February 5, 2010
I think one thing many will agree upon is the critical need for change — personally, publicly, politically and socially. If these times seem to portend great decisions, a fork in the road perhaps, I think many of us have felt it coming. I don’t mean this in any kind of apocalyptic sense, merely that we are at a crossroads and that making a conscious effort to pay attention to what’s going on may be more important now than it has been in the recent past. We may be called on to have a bit more intentionality than the kind of whimsical existences to which we’ve become accustomed.
With that in mind, this new year I have decided to take my writing in a more personal direction. Over the past year, we have heard the word “reset” ad nauseum. It seems to me that what is really needed is a return to basics: honesty, tolerance, compassion, empathy and love. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate what “values” really mean, given how that word gets bandied about.
I’m a child of the ‘60s. I guess you could say I was/am a “dyed-in-the-wool” hippie — a denizen of avant-garde, cutting edge and what has come to be called “counter culture.” We lived our beliefs and we wore them on our sleeves. We had a dream. I will admit to a sense of naiveté we might have had, but we also had passion and guts and, above all, vision. We saw a world that embraced diversity, believed all living beings had rights and didn’t worship acquistion. We saw an end to poverty and hunger and embraced equal opportunity for all. We saw a world in which love prevailed. . . .Read More
February 7, 2010
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Taunted at home, Sanhya ran away at age 12, searching for acceptance as she sees herself - neither male nor female, but a member of a third gender.
Pakistan's transgender community has long lived on society's margins, harassed by police, ridiculed as freaks, pitied as the outcast people of Allah and often rejected by their own families. Now the Supreme Court is giving them hope through a petition for their rights to be respected.
"People are recognizing that we are also human beings," said Almas Bobby, who acts as head of the community and fights for equal rights. . . .Read More
by Joanne Herman
The United States Tax Court, in a decision reviewed by the full bench, has affirmed that medical treatments for Gender Identity Disorder (GID), including surgery and hormone therapy, are deductible medical expenses. The Court found that the Internal Revenue Service's existing position that such treatment is cosmetic in nature "is at best a superficial characterization of thecircumstances that is thoroughly rebutted by the medical evidence.
The case stemmed from the IRS's denial of Rhiannon O'Donnabhain's 2001 deduction of her sex reassignment surgery costs. The IRS called her surgery "cosmetic" -- like teeth whitening or hair transplants.