The technology gossip/information site ValleyWag had in interesting post about a Microsoft manager, Megan Wallent, who is transitioning from male to female, called "Microsoft's Sex Change." What I find most interesting about the article is that the trans-issue takes a backseat to the basic gender question: "Can a woman, transgendered or otherwise, thrive at Microsoft? Has the culture moved away from its testosterone roots and embraced a way that's more friendly to women as managers?"
It was refreshing that the article moved beyond what most media would focus on, the transition, and got to the deeper issue of gender-based discrimination within the company, all the while referring to Wallent as a woman in a very factual matter. The article moves beyond the usual bias that comes with trans-stories and focuses on what Wallent might face after her transition, stating, "How will Wallent's developers react when they come to work on January 2 and it hits them: They're working for a girl?"
Of course, some of the comments on the post descended into the usual "What about bathrooms" talk that usually accompany trans-issues (sigh...), but the article is worth a read for the matter of fact way it deals with the story.
Thanks to fellow blogger Ron Mills for bringing this story to my attention!