Transgender & Intersex: May 2007

Poland pardons Tinky Winky

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2007 | 1:41 PM | comments

Poor Tinky Winky can still carry his purse on Polish TV. Remember how government endorsed cultural watchdog Ewa Sowinska decried the children's television show earlier this week? Yeah, the Polish government was not amused. In fact, Ms. Sowinska's assistant got...Read More


Call for submissions -- Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 30, 2007 | 1:59 AM | comments

Thought I'd forward this call for a new anthology my friend Eric Stanley is working on: Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex Edited by Nat Smith, Eric Stanley Currently, at least 65% of transwomen and 29% of...Read More


The stars go round and round

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2007 | 5:12 PM | comments

So much happened in the world of gay celebrities over the long weekend! I was going to do separate posts on all of these, but they do seem to morph right into each other... First, Paul Lynde Charles Nelson Reilly...Read More


Cambridge mayor comes out as trans

Filed by Bil Browning | May 26, 2007 | 10:52 PM | comments

Now here's a twist... The newly elected mayor of Cambridge was forced to "come out" as transgender after a newspaper reporter approached her asking questions. But as an added bonus, not only the mayor was forced to reveal her original...Read More


Words Mean Things: You've Been Transgendered!

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 24, 2007 | 11:12 AM | comments

When I hear "This is my friend _____ , she's transgendered", I cringe. It may seem innocuous, but using the word "transgendered" indicates that being transgender is something you have done to you. Imagine someone saying "this is my friend...Read More


A Week of Direct Advocacy

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 23, 2007 | 12:27 PM | comments

If nothing else, last week was historic in that the three major transgender advocacy organizations (National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition) brought in citizen lobbyists to Washington D.C. from across the...Read More


Transgender Youth Family Advocates Public Service Announcement

Filed by Bruce Parker | May 18, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wednesday I posted some of the guidelines for dealing with gender variant youth from the Transgender Youth Family Advocates Website. In the comments section, Kelly mentioned that they had a good public service announcement titled "Out of the Shadows." I...Read More


Gallup Poll: Most Americans support hate crimes laws

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2007 | 12:35 PM | comments

Today Gallup released a national poll that points out what we've been saying all along: the majority of Americans support the hate crimes legislation. The May 10-13 poll found that: 78% percent of Americans support federal hate crimes laws68% favor...Read More


Ohio Guv protects state workers

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2007 | 10:38 AM | comments

Just as predicted yesterday, Ohio's Democratic Governor Ted Strickland signed an executive order this morning protecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees from discrimination. No one could be fired from or denied a state job on the basis...Read More


A few questions about hate crimes legislation

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 17, 2007 | 9:05 AM | comments

Obviously, the US criminal "justice" system is racist, classist, homophobic and transphobic to the core (if you're not sure of this, just take a brief look at who is in prison, who gets the longest sentences, who ends up on...Read More


Ohio to move closer to equality

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2007 | 8:03 PM | comments

Fresh in off the tip line... Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will issue an executive order tomorrow protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees from discrimination. Ohio, like Indiana, does not have any laws protecting the LGBT community from...Read More


Know or Love a Gender Variant Kid?

Filed by Bruce Parker | May 16, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Transgender Youth Family Advocate (TYFA) website includes a list of top ten tips for dealing with gender variant kids. Folks should check out all ten and the other neat resources available on the TYFA website. I am including below...Read More


Transgender Candidate for City Council

Filed by Bruce Parker | May 15, 2007 | 11:36 AM | comments

As a part of a fairly impressive and definitely exciting discussion of transgender issues on the Newsweek website there is a story about Pam Bennett. Pam is a transgender woman who is running for a city council seat in Aurora,...Read More


The Ghost of Chris Crain: Gayjacking the Hate Crimes Bill

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 11, 2007 | 1:10 PM | comments

When Chris Crain left his position at Window Media, I thought the voice of "transjack" was dead. I couldn't have been more wrong. Today the Washington Blade published an op-ed by a long time Democratic gay activist and Washington D.C....Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Howie Klein

Filed by Ed Team | May 11, 2007 | 6:43 AM | comments

"Interestingly, several closeted Republicans refused to oppose the bill-- Phil English (PA) and Jim McCrery (LA) actually voting with the Democrats and Denny Hastert abstaining. Dreier, the best known of the Republican closet queens in the House, voted against the...Read More


Guest post by HRC President Joe Solmonese

Filed by Joe Solmonese | May 10, 2007 | 7:26 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE] The following is a guest post by Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. HRC has been working for years on the federal hate crimes bill. Mr. Solmonese asked for the chance to respond to Congressmen Donnelly and Ellsworth's...Read More


Guest post by Congressman Brad Ellsworth

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 10, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Congressman Brad Ellsworth. Representative Ellsworth recently voted against the federal hate crimes bill that passed the House of Representatives. Only fourteen democratic legislators voted against the bill; two were from Indiana....Read More


Hate crimes in the Senate

Filed by Bil Browning | May 09, 2007 | 3:09 PM | comments

While Representative Joe Donnelly is guest blogging here on bilerico.com today and Rep Brad Ellsworth will blog tomorrow, the vote is already over in the House of Representatives. They voted against our community and are explaining their actions. You do...Read More


Don't Let The Door Hit Ya In The @!#*!!

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 09, 2007 | 2:49 PM | comments

Like a herpes sore, certain arguments pop up continually in the transcommunity and never seem to go away. Recently Gwen Smith wrote the editorial "What's In a Name?" that discussed the term "women born transsexual (WBT)" or "Harry Benjamin Syndrome."...Read More


Guest post by Congressman Joe Donnelly

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 09, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Congressman Joe Donnelly. Representative Donnelly recently voted against the federal hate crimes bill that passed the House of Representatives. Only fourteen democratic legislators voted against the bill; two were from Indiana....Read More


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Congressmen Donnelly and Ellsworth to respond about hate crimes

Filed by Bil Browning | May 08, 2007 | 2:06 PM | comments

When bilerico.com readers ask, they receive! You charged me with asking Representatives Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth about their recent vote against the federal hate crimes bill. While I talked to them about it that night, both of them wanted...Read More


Go vote!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 08, 2007 | 10:54 AM | comments

It's Primary Day in Indiana and while you might think that this year is a snoozer, your vote is still just as important as always. This year's races are city-level, and Indy, for example, has been pretty darn good to...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Barney Frank

Filed by Ed Team | May 06, 2007 | 6:14 AM | comments

"It makes it apparent to a lot of people that as long as you have George Bush as president, nothing that tries to promote fairness for gay and lesbian people has any chance." -- Representative Barney Frank speaking about the...Read More


Colorado legislature endorses non-discrimination

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2007 | 3:55 PM | comments

Yesterday the Colorado Senate passed legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter. Colorado will become the 20th state to protect workers from sexual...Read More


Bush to veto hate crimes bill?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2007 | 11:54 AM | comments

Just sent in from a reader... A tip for you, don't know if you heard this. I was flipping radio stations in my commute home from work last night when I landed on Christian radio. (The show was called Prime...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Margaret Cho

Filed by Ed Team | May 04, 2007 | 6:31 AM | comments

"For me, it's transmen. I'm doing a few things, like working with Ian Harvey. It's not even FtM -- it's FtX. There's a band from Toronto called The Clicks that's all transmen, and it's like a hot boy band. The...Read More


Hate Crimes Bill Passes The House

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 03, 2007 | 1:46 PM | comments

Now we wait for the Senate vote. I wonder how our Indiana Reps voted? *update* Visclosky - Yes Donnelly - No Souder - No Buyer - No Burton - No Pence - No Carson - Yes Ellsworth - No Hill...Read More


Religious Right Fights For The Right To Hate

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 03, 2007 | 9:25 AM | comments

The title of this post sounds pretty inflammatory, doesn't it? But it's closer to the truth than the fiery rhetoric, half truths, and outright lies that the Christian religious extremists are using to obscure the truth about H.R. 1592 (The...Read More


Fundies forget the 9th commandment! Call now!!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2007 | 6:54 PM | comments

The religious right has launched a massive blitz to derail the federal hate crimes bill and you need to help stop it in it's track. From an HRC press release this afternoon: As the U.S. House of Representatives is set...Read More


The truth about hate crimes laws

Filed by Bil Browning | May 01, 2007 | 12:22 PM | comments

With a vote on the proposed federal hate crimes legislation possible this week, the far right fundies are foaming at the mouth and spewing lies and extremist rhetoric again. Check out this video sent to us by the Human Rights...Read More