Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Trans News Timeline: 2009

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 01, 2010 11:00 AM | comments

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Here are some highlights from a Google News Archive timeline search on "transgender" for 2009. Reading through the list, I see news of social evils bedeviling trans people and the fight against them, but also more positive portrayals of trans people in pop culture and politics.

The Google News Archive timeline search has a selection process that left out a number of stories I considered important. I added them in. I'm sure I've forgotten some.

What do you think are the most important trans news stories of 2009? What do you think we'll see more of or less of in 2010?

Jan 2009

Jan 9, 2009 - A blond girl heads from a playground into a women's restroom. A scruffy man, lurking outside, darts in behind her. "Your City Commission Made This Legal," the words on the TV screen read. The dark ad came from opponents of a gender identity provision added ...
From Fla. conservatives fight transgender potty rule

Jan 14, 2009 - The block is being trialled at Staffordshire University union's nightclub, and could be rolled out across the campus. They are believed to be among the first dedicated transgender lavatories in Britain. Members of the student union council voted in December to try them out and they ...
From Transgender lavatories trialled at a university

Jan 17, 2009 - Rio closed its main fashion event of the year with less attention to the clothes than the model _ a transgendered actress. Patricia Araujo received a standing ovation after parading along the runway for the Complexo B brand late Friday to end the weeklong event in a city that delights ...
From Transgender model steals the show in Fashion Rio

Feb 2009

Feb 14, 2009 - An Ohio transgender woman has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in an apartment complex swimming pool. Middlefield police say surveillance video shows 41-year-old Christine Newton-John pulling James Mason around the pool ...
From Ohio Transgender Woman Pleads Guilty to Homicide

Feb 20, 2009 - When two teenage boys last month assaulted Jamie Rondeau, a transgender resident of Lowell, the case seemed to cry hate crime. But because transgender is not a classification in the law, the two escaped the hate-related charge. The Legislature is now poised to change that ...
From Bill aims to protect transgender people from hate

Feb 22, 2009 - Activists working with transgender groups in the city have complained to the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) about the poor quality of condoms being supplied to them, which is leading to a higher rate of infection. Gauri Nandan of NGO Sakhi Chaar Chaughi said the ...
From Poor-quality condoms upset transgender groups

Mar 2009

Mar 12, 2009 - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate ...
From Turkey: Transgender Activist Murdered

Mar 30, 2009 - The controversial, first transgender contestant on "America's Next Top Model" visited "The Tyra Banks Show" today to reveal all about her sex reassignment surgery and new life as a woman. Isis King, who appeared in cycle 11 of the modeling competition show as a pre-op ...
From TYRA BANKS PAYS FOR TRANSGENDER 'TOP MODEL' ISIS

Apr 2009

Apr 3, 2009 - Having seen few such cases, however, and with limited space that winter night, she wasn't sure where to place the transgender woman. ... Activists say help is even harder to find for the transgender homeless, whose nontraditional gender status raises questions about sleeping ...Activists point to the deaths of homeless transgender women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, to underscore the need...
From World news Feed Article

Apr 7, 2009 - The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition supports legislation that would add "gender identity and expression" to the state's anti-discrimination laws. The bill has more than 100 legislative co-sponsors. But a coalition opposing the measure is ...
From Groups spar over Mass. transgender bathrooms

Apr 9, 2009 - Silverton, Oregon, is the first US city to have an openly transgendered mayor. In just a matter of weeks, it might also become the first city in America to have a transgender mayor as a star of his own reality show for educational purposes, as Komo News informs and Oregon Live can ...
From First openly transgendered US mayor to get...

Apr 14, 2009 - Angie Zapata was a tall woman with striking black hair and eyes who would attract the attention of men, even those who knew she was biologically male. But prosecutors say when Allen Andrade found out, he beat her to death with a fire extinguisher. ...
From Trial set to begin in slaying of transgender woman

Apr 15, 2009 - Organizers say a lack of awareness on the unique health care needs of transgender and transsexual patients led to this week's conference at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Janelle Fischer of La Crosse says she began her transition from living as a man to a ...
From Transgender Health Care Falls Short

Apr 18, 2009 - TRANSGENDER PEOPLE, ie those whose gender identity differs from their birth gender, have high suicide rates, poor experience of healthcare systems and professionals, and disproportionately low earnings, a new European survey has found. The Transgender EuroStudy was presented by its ...
From Transgender people earn less - survey

Apr 24, 2009 - Former corrections officer Toni Maviki choked on her words as she described being pummeled against a concrete wall by a fellow guard who learned she was transitioning from being a man to being a woman. The 52-year-old from Danbury filed ...
From NH Senate panel rejects transgender bill

Apr 24, 2009 - Plain clothes police officers will be travelling on buses on Teesside to tackle hate crime against the transgender community. Cleveland Police said a small group of commuters had been subjected to verbal abuse while travelling to transgender meetings in Middlesbrough. ...
From Bus transgender abuse is tackled

Apr 28, 2009 - New guidelines aimed at curtailing the behavior of transgender and gay monks will introduced in Thailand, the BBC reported. A senior monk told the BBC there is a concern over such activities as wearing tight, revealing robes, having effeminately-shaped eyebrows and, wearing make-up and ...
From Gay, Transgender Monks to Get New Behavior

May 2009

May 9, 2009 - A man convicted last month of murder and a hate crime in the slaying of a transgender Colorado woman has received another 60 years in prison after being found a "habitual criminal." Allen Andrade of Thornton was convicted of beating 18-year-old Angie Zapata to death with ...
From Man gets more prison time in transgender slaying

May 13, 2009 - Tennessee authorities have invalidated the 18-month marriage of a transgender woman and a man, saying the state considers them both men. Jo T. Rittenberry, 46, was born a man and claims to have had sex reassignment surgery in Canada. ...
From Marriage of transgender woman, man nixed

May 14, 2009 - A state appeals court upheld the murder convictions of two East Bay men Wednesday for their roles in battering and strangling a transgender teenager after learning she was biologically male. The killing of 17-year-old Gwen Araujo of Newark in 2002 drew ...
From Verdicts upheld in murder of transgender teen

May 20, 2009 - A west Omaha couple says their 8-year-old son has asked for years to wear dresses and change his name, so they're enrolling him in a new school where he can live openly as a girl. The parents say their middle child is transgender, and he's asked to be called girl since ...
From Nebraska Couple to Let Transgendered Son, 8, Live...

Jun 2009

Jun 5, 2009 - Bank of America, Verizon, Chipotle and other companies have pulled advertising from a Sacramento radio station after talk show hosts referred to transgender people as "freaks" with mental disorders. During a May 28 show, one of the three hosts on KRXQ's "Rob, ...
From Radio Station Hit by Advertiser Backlash Over...

Jun 11, 2009 - Chastity Bono, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, has started the process of becoming a transgender individual. ... Bono is one of many stars who have revealed they are transgender or are in the process of having gender reassignment surgery. ...
From Cher's daughter undergoing sex reassignment

Jun 18, 2009 - Grace and persistence under almost unendurable circumstances have earned Victor Juliet Mukasa a place at the head of this year's Pride parade. Still, for someone who's been punished because of his gender identity, "a transperson," as the 33-year-old Ugandan calls himself, the prospect ...
From Ugandan activist punished for transgender identity

Jun 23, 2009 - Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday. The guidelines will be in an updated federal handbook for managers and ...
From New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers

Jul 2009

Jul 1, 2009 - The Obama administration is not fighting a nearly $500000 judgment for a Library of Congress hiree who lost the job while undergoing a gender change from a man to a woman. The Justice Department let the deadline to appeal the decision pass ...
From White House not appealing transgender ruling

Jul 27, 2009 - Nearly a third of transgender residents in Massachusetts have considered suicide according to a new survey by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The study compares the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to heterosexual and non-transgender ...
From Survey: Third of Mass. transgendered weigh suicide

August

Aug 19, 2009 - Dwight DeLee was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Lateisha Green, who was born Moses Cannon. Syracuse, NY - An upstate New York man has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison for the hate-crime killing of a transgender woman. ...
From New York man gets 25 years for transgender killing

Aug 28, 2009 - Frank pushed ENDA in 2007, but it foundered because of insufficient backing in the Senate and a split within the gay and transgender communities. Many activists were irate ...
From New impetus for bill banning anti-gay bias at work

Sep 2009

Sep 8, 2009 - After living for more than three years as a man, the person known on his drivers license as Leah Winn-Ritzenberg decided to change his name to match his identity. A New York court clerk asked for a doctor's note proving Winn-Ritznberg's "need" to change his birth name to Olin. ...
From ... from demanding doctor's notes in transgender...

Sep 30, 2009 - The sermon the Rev. David Weekley delivered late last month to his congregation in Portland, Ore., took, he said, "more than half a century to write." The Rev. David Weekley opens up to congregation years after changing his sex. Calling it the most "deeply personal ...
From Congregation Embraces Transgender Minister

Oct 2009

Oct 22, 2009 - The Senate voted 68 to 29 Thursday to pass a Defense Department funding bill that includes a measure extending hate-crimes protections to people targeted on the basis of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
From Senate Passes Hate-Crimes Measure

Oct 25, 2009 - Students at the College of William & Mary in Virginia have elected a transgender student their homecoming queen for the first time, a school official said. William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said the homecoming victory by junior Jessee Vasold is ...
From College's homecoming queen is transgender

Nov 2009

Nov 2, 2009 - In a complex decision released yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kings County, NY ruled that a transsexual father has standing to petition for custody of a non-biological child.
From Kings County Supreme Court rules transsexual father has standing to petition for custody of child

Nov 2, 2009 - Opponents of the LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance on the ballot Tuesday in Kalamazoo, Mich., launched an ad singling out members of the transgender community to claim that the measure, Ordinance 1856, would allow men to use women's restrooms.
From Kalamazoo Ordinance Foes Target Trans Women

Nov 3, 2009 ... Good news for gays and transgender people in Kalamazoo, Mich., as voters keep an antidiscrimination ordinance on the books.
From Kalamazoo Keeps Antidiscrimination Ordinance

Nov 11, 2009 - The Fort Worth City Council voted 6-3 late Tuesday to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance to include transgender people, ... City staffers will be trained on dealing with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and the police department has appointed a ...
From Fort Worth council votes to expand anti-discrimination policies

Nov 16, 2009 - A new policy adopted by the Illinois Department of Vital Records now permits many transgender individuals in Illinois and across the nation, ... In addition, the Department started in about 2004 to require those female-to-male transgender persons who request an accurate birth ...
From Policies, Illinois Issues Accurate Birth Certificates

Nov 17, 2009 - A House committee vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, was postponed so that lawyers could adjust the legal language regarding issues of disparate impact, double recovery, and attorney's fees.
From Lawyers Tweak ENDA Language

Nov 21, 2009 - The San Francisco police evidence lab failed to process DNA samples from the 2007 slaying of a transgender prostitute for two years, leaving the suspect free allegedly to rape and brutalize at least three other transgender women before being arrested, The Chronicle has learned. ...
From Suspect's DNA sat in lab as rapes multiplied

Nov 21, 2009 - Will Tampa's decision Thursday to broaden its policy on discrimination to include transgendered individuals lead to a review of personnel procedures for Hernando County, the city of Brooksville and the school district? ...
From Tampa's transgender ruling elicits uncertainty

Nov 23, 2009 - The Middletown, Conn., board of education adopted a policy last week to address transgender athletes' participation in school sports. ...
From Conn. City Rules on Trans Student Athletes

Nov. 29, 2009 - Penner had been a columnist and covered the Olympics, the Angels, World Cup soccer, tennis and sports media for The Times. In 2007, he announced that he was a transsexual.
From Mike Penner dies at 52; Los Angeles Times sportswriter

Dec 2009

Dec 1, 2009 ... Next year council members may consider expanding the nondiscrimination ordinance to allow transgender citizens to use either a men's or ...
From Cleveland Approves Trans Protections

Dec 9, 2009 - A transgender teenager says a McDonald's restaurant in Florida discriminated against her when managers refused to interview her for a job, according to a complaint filed. One of the managers left Zikerria Bellamy a voice mail saying: "We do not hire faggots." Photo: Brian Smith ...
From Transgender teenager says McDonald's discriminated

Dec 16, 2009 ... NY governor David Paterson signed an executive order Wednesday that broadens nondiscrimination protections for transgender state employees.
From N.Y. Extends Transgender Protections


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Just wanted to comment on a few of the stories...

Patricia Araujo at Rio Fashion Week: 1) Teri Toye walked on many major runway shows 25 years ago... Roberta Close walked in major runway shows in Brazil almost 20 years ago...how is this suddenly a big story? 2) None of the people commenting on Patricia noticed that she walked the Runway when MEN were walking. She didn't walk at the same time as other women. This is just plain offensive and everyone was writing about it as though Rio fashion week did something so progressive. She was stuck there for publicity. Period. We should be ashamed of ourselves for buying into their cynical exploitation of a beautiful transwoman.

Zapata trial: The big story behind the Angie Zapata trial was the fact it was nationally broadcast. This was more important than the hate crime aspect or anything else. This was huge. Community media advocates need to work as hard as possible to get other transphobic murders televised... this will have a more profound influence on attitudes towards anti-trans crime than any hate crime legislation will (which, in Andrade's case, only added a couple more years to his sentence).

How about the large-scale murders of transwomen in Honduras? This, to me, is a huge story, which also impacts issues in the US of how asylum is granted.

Jillian, thanks for the reminders about these important stories... it's too easy to have them fade out when the next big story comes along to take its place.

Some huge local events (Alberta, Canada), if they qualify:

April 7th, the Province delists funding for GRS as the start of slash-and-burn of the health care system. Human rights complaints filed.

March to June, discussions surrounding Bill 44, adding GLB protections to the Human Rights Act. Includes the first ever anywhere "Parental rights" clause assuring that before sexuality or anything that contravenes anyone's faith is to be discussed in school, a notice must be sent home so that children can be evacuated and only those with explicit permission can hear it. In June, an amendment to add trans protections is proposed and voted down.

October or start of Nov., a former substitute teacher files a human rights complaint with a publicly-funded school board for being fired explicitly because his transition to male violates Catholic teaching.

That may not be big news elsewhere, but these things have a huge impact on local communities. I'm sure there are more elsewhere. i.e. Manitoba follows Alberta's lead and declines to fund GRS. Lu's Pharmacy for Women opens in Vancouver and uses a locked-door method to screen out transwomen. Federal bill C-389 filed proposing to add trans protections across Canada, due to be heard soon, provided the gov't doesn't collapse.

Thanks for putting those up, Mercedes. Alberta's action in delisting GRS and the "parental rights" section of Bill 44 are certainly chilling. I'm a bit more hopeful about Mr. Buteman's challenge to Alberta's Human Rights Commission, although that process comes with enormously costs attached, both financial and emotional.

Since Prime Minister Harper has simply suspended Parliament until after the big Olympic circus show is over, at which point he'll provoke the opposition into triggering an unpopular election, I fear for the future of Bill C-389. He's also packing his office with ideologically driven Christian fundamentalists. He's Charles the First and Oliver Cromwell rolled into one!

November 20: On the 11th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, the community had to read around 100 names of transgender people who had been murdered across the world since the last TDOR. This was nearly three times the number of names usually read each year.

Thanks for noting these important additional stories, everyone. And of course, one not on the list because it came after I wrote the post...the appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Department of Commerce. I'm guessing it came so late on a holiday eve to give the Administration more time to cover and duck, and hope that it get buried in the news cycle. We'll know more on Monday as to how the press will be reporting on that.

After I read about this, I called Amanda to congratulate her. She is not just an appointee, but has a high enough job to be part of the senior staff. I'm so proud of her.

Jill - what do you think was the biggest trans story of '09?

Well, Bil, it's hard to say because "biggest" can mean so many things. But if I had to pick one, I would say it's the ballot box wins in favor of trans rights, as well as LGB rights, in Gainesville, Florida (by 16 points) and Kalamazoo, Michigan (by almost 2 to 1). Knowing that we can win at the ballot box is money in the bank, these days.

Hm. Old thread. Text was mine, c&p from earlier in the comments, and link is spam.