Monday, January 11, 2010

Obama Names "Transgender" Appointee to Commerce Department - Part 1

ABC News: President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. In a statement, Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equalitys board of directors, said that as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.

In this three-part series that aired in May 2008, Political Perspectives host Cynthia Dickstein talks with transgender guests Amanda Simpson and C. Michael Woodward about the issues that they must confront as a result of their decisions to change their genders.

Kindergarten Complications

By Megan A. Gex

January 2010

Editor’s Note: Silverton native Megan A.Gex is a fourth-year magazine journalism and digital art major at the University of Oregon. Her mother, Susie, was Oliver’s Kindergarten teacher and was intimately involved in his transition into grade school, as well as his gender identification process. Over the past two years, Gex and her mother have continued to be in contact with the family, and follow Oliver’s progress. The family’s last name has not been included to respect their privacy. Gex can be reached at:

At first glance, Oliver is a healthy, jovial seven-year-old boy.

In the schoolyard he’s known for his gelled faux-hawk, and his favorite color is blue. His favorite book is The Dangerous Book for Boys. He loves to sprint the 200-meter in track and watch Sponge Bob on the weekends with his best friend. His rambunctious attitude and boyish tendencies belie a core reality: Oliver was born a girl. . . .Read More

More On Transgender Regret

Joanne Herman

7 December 2009

With the post-Thanksgiving apparent suicide death of Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner (also known for a year and a half as Christine Daniels), gender transition regret is again a topic on the blogosphere. I explainedwhy regret happens in my book "Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not". Bloggers have brought up some additional points that I thought were worthy of mention.

As background, few people regret their gender transition but it does happen. In "USA Today", Ron Lawrence of the Community Counseling Center in Las Vegas was quoted as saying that about 5 percent of his transgender patients revert. The few studies I could find on the topic had an even lower percentage. . . .Read More