Friday, January 08, 2010

Should your school’s dress code address transgender students?

Fisher & Phillips LLP
Danielle Urban

January 1, 2010

Teenagers who push the limits of school dress codes are nothing new. Experimenting with clothing, hairstyles, and even make-up is a way for teens to explore their identities and test the limits of socially-acceptable behavior. Although school officials might find dress code enforcement challenging, dress code violations in the past tended to be fairly routine and usually revolved around prohibiting overtly sexually suggestive clothing or outward signs of gang affiliation.

But a new wrinkle in the dress code debate has developed, with some students demanding to express their gender or sexual identities by cross-gender dressing. Although cross-gender dressing is not particularly widespread in schools, a growing number of students throughout the country have begun dressing according to the gender identity they have chosen, which may not necessarily reflect their biological gender.

Whether the student is gay, lesbian, transgender, or just testing the limits of a school dress code, the issue has emerged as a dress-code challenge for many school officials, and schools must face competing demands and evolving ideas of acceptable dress. . . .Read More

Autogynephilia . . .

. . . in the actor, the filmmaker, the audience?

Where is it?

Who owns it?

Also, see: "Autogynephilia" and the Clinical Gaze

Transgender 101 part 1

Interview of Joanne Herman and Diego Sanchez about what it means to be transgender - 6/21/06

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ABC Dating Show Features Transgender Contestant?

By Steven Avalos - Jan 6th 2010

Anyone watch 'Conveyor Belt of Love' on Monday night during ABC's 'Marry Me' Monday night line up after 'The Bachelor'? No? Just us?

ABC describes their new reality show as "five women [who] take a shot at finding love when 30 men are given the chance to impress them as they pass by on a moving conveyor belt." Why? Why not? Because why should you have to get out there and look for love when it can be brought to you on a fully stocked assembly line? But hold onto that remote -- was one of those men actually a transgender performance artist? . . .Read More