Transgender & Intersex: February 2008

Too Funny -- HRC Nominated for Pink Brick Award

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 29, 2008 | 12:35 PM | comments

I gotta say, there are moments when I really love our community. So much sass. So much, well, nominating the largest "LGBT" civil rights organization for San Francisco Pride's Pink Brick Award, intended to dishonor folks and organizations who set...Read More


Remembering a life and demanding change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 29, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Community leaders, family, friends, and LGBT activists gathered yeserday at an emotional vigil to honor the life of 17-year-old gay teenager, Simmie Williams Jr, at the spot where he was murdered last week in what many consider a hate-crime. Among...Read More


Trans101 For Dumbasses

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 28, 2008 | 6:13 PM | comments

If you're wanting to ask your favorite transgender person questions and you're not that bright... this video is for you. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dr. Aviva Nubel

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 28, 2008 | 5:04 PM | comments

Dr. Aviva Nubel returns to "The Rebecca Juro Show" to update us on new developments in her case. Dr. Nubel was forced to give up her license when a couple of selfish transwomen reported her to the New Jersey State...Read More


Tribeca's crossdressing lawyer/hooker

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Discuss. It's a busy day, but I didn't want to leave you hanging. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


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Black LGBT History Day 26: Kylar Broadus

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 26, 2008 | 1:27 PM | comments

Kylar W. Broadus is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. He is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he serves as chair of the business department. Kylar...Read More


I'm Pissed Off

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 26, 2008 | 10:50 AM | comments

I'm not a happy camper this morning. A little after midnight EST I received a long distance phone call from a dear friend, who proceeded to shock me by revealing how despondent she was over some accumulated negativity in her...Read More


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Transgender History: Into the Modern Age (1700s - 1932)

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 26, 2008 | 9:55 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


The Tide Is Turning

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 25, 2008 | 9:09 PM | comments

New York's Gay City News is reporting that over fifty people protested outside the Human Rights Campaign's annual Midtown Manhattan Dinner this Saturday, and that the event was snubbed by every single gay, lesbian, and bisexual elected official in New...Read More


$2 for the bus and he never came back

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2008 | 10:10 AM | comments

Another sad case of a gay youth gunned down in public. What's the headline? "Gay teen shot dead while dressed as woman in Fort Lauderdale". "I gave him $2 for the bus and he never came back," said Denise King,...Read More


Hate Crimes Laws-Needed and Necessary

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 22, 2008 | 5:11 PM | comments

One of the things that irritates me is when somebody on the GLBT side of the equation (usually white) starts making these BS arguments that hate crimes laws aren't needed, are a waste of time or they start echoing the...Read More


Educational Initiative, Charlotte, NC

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 22, 2008 | 3:08 PM | comments

[Editor's note: This guest post is from Monica Helms, president of the Transgender American Veterans Association.] Since this article will find its way to various non-trans-specific blogs, I should begin with describing what an Educational Initiative is and a little...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 21, 2008 | 5:47 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Obama's surging...he's now won ten in a row! Is Hillary finished? We'll get into that and...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Transgender Law Center Opposes Trying McInerney as an Adult

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 4:43 PM | comments

The Transgender Law Center, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has come out against charging Brandon McInerney--the 14-year-old charged with killing Lawrence King--as an adult. In a document circulated via e-mail yesterday, they wrote, While we in...Read More


Transgender Law Center Opposes Trying McInerney as an Adult

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 4:43 PM | comments

The Transgender Law Center, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has come out against charging Brandon McInerney--the 14-year-old charged with killing Lawrence King--as an adult. In a document circulated via e-mail yesterday, they wrote, While we in...Read More


Angry Brown Butch: "Hate Crimes Legislation Won't Help"

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 20, 2008 | 1:25 PM | comments

Over at Angry Brown Butch (a blog well worth checking out, if you haven't already), Jack offers a queer, prison-abolitionist take on responses to the murders of Sanesha Stewart and Lawrence King. Jack writes, I cannot see how hate crimes...Read More


CA: Vigils for Lawrence King

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 19, 2008 | 6:22 PM | comments

Several vigils are being held throughout California for Lawrence King, the gender-nonconforming teenager who was shot and killed in Oxnard last week. Details after the jump....Read More


Gender and the Holy Protestant Empire

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 19, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

While the ENDA uproar goes on, evangelicals are desperately figuring out how to wrap the Bible around their vehement "no" on civil rights for people with gender issues. A recent article in Christianity Today lays out their developing position. Author...Read More


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Transgender History: The Rise of Hatred (the Middle Ages)

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 19, 2008 | 8:10 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


Let's Talk About Transsex

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 18, 2008 | 11:40 PM | comments

Monica Helms wrote an interesting February 6 post called Sex, Love and Transsexuals in which she discussed her thoughts on why most transpeople are squeamish about the issue. I have a different take on it for you dear Bilerico readers...Read More


Stop asking for it…

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 18, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Look at the recent coverage of hate crimes against the LGBT community (when there is any coverage) and one theme is clear: We are asking for it. With the senseless death of 15 year-old Lawrence King, the phrase “a personality...Read More


Remembering Our Dead, Echos From Our Fallen Sisters

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 17, 2008 | 2:23 PM | comments

I was looking at videos for my YouTube post and found this video titled "Twin Boys Living As Girls". It was taped in the early nineties, and is from the Jenny Jones show. I sat there thinking this was just...Read More


Donna Rose: A Self-Introduction

Filed by Donna Rose | February 16, 2008 | 8:33 PM | comments

A new relationship starts with an introduction, so I suppose I should start my Bilerico contributions by introducing myself. My name is Donna Rose, and I am perhaps most widely known as a transgender activist. I hesitate to pigeon-hole myself...Read More


LGBT Media Matters...Or Not

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 15, 2008 | 9:38 PM | comments

Back when I first came out transsexual and began getting involved and familiar with community-relevant media in the mid-90’s, there really wasn’t a heck of a lot of out there for transgender and gender-variant people. With the exception of the...Read More


10 Year Old Gender Variant Child Commits Suicide

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 15, 2008 | 7:21 PM | comments

Being a board member and on staff for TransYouth Family Advocates plugs me into an entirely different network within the transgender community that more traditional adult-oriented activism did not. Just a few minutes ago, Shannon Garcia, President of TYFA, passed...Read More


Beyond Violence: On School Shootings, Domestic Abuse, Hate Crimes

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 15, 2008 | 11:18 AM | comments

As Gina posted yesterday, a reportedly gender-nonconforming teenager was shot and killed by a classmate in Oxnard, CA, this week. Today, the LA Times is reporting that prosecutors want to charge the 14-year-old who shot him as an adult, for...Read More


Back To Oz

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 15, 2008 | 11:06 AM | comments

I really do hesitate to even write this post, as the topic is a rehash of one of the ugliest times for GLBT unity I've ever seen. But recently Matt Foreman said the following on the Michelangelo Signorile Show...Read More


Christian, But Not Christ

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 15, 2008 | 6:27 AM | comments

Recently Christianity Today posted a story titled Walking a Fine Line:Pastors wrestle with transgender issues. According to the story, the pastor of the church where the former Spring Arbor University professor Julie Nenecek attended, said: 'They were welcome to worship...Read More


Broward County Gender Identity Ordinance

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 14, 2008 | 7:23 PM | comments

Waymon has already posted about the great news coming out of Broward county earlier this week. I just wanted to take a moment to link to an article and video featuring one of the local organizers in Florida named Tobias...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Vanessa Edwards-Foster

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 14, 2008 | 6:03 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be activist, blogger, and former Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Vanessa Edwards Foster. Vanessa's been a respected leader in the LGBT and transgender rights movement for many years, and since leaving the reins of...Read More


Protest, HRC, and My Investment Portfolio

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 14, 2008 | 11:40 AM | comments

I like to think of my advocacy/political work in much of the same way as I think of how to invest my money. I see activism as an investment in my community and my future. With that in mind, I...Read More


A Call to "Universal Marriage"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 13, 2008 | 5:27 PM | comments

As I said in my recent post "Gender, Gay Marriage and Galileo" -- we have to get past the mental obstacle that marriage is for specifed categories of people. We have to stop tying it to notions of gender or...Read More


Florida’s Broward County Passes Trans Protections

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

Transgender and gender-non-conforming residents of Broward County, Florida, are now protected from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public venues, such as restaurants and hospitals. Broward, home of Fort Lauderdale, becomes the largest Florida community to outlaw transgender discrimination and...Read More


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Transgender History: Trans Expression in Ancient Times

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 12, 2008 | 8:38 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


Transgender Woman wins Election in Tennessee

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 11, 2008 | 9:54 AM | comments

Marisa Richmond has become Tennessee’s first openly transgender person to win an election in the history of the state. Richmond won over 99% of the vote to become the Davidson County Democratic Committeewoman to represent District 23. She is also...Read More


Living A Second Life: Rising To The Top

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 10, 2008 | 4:25 PM | comments

(The first two parts of this series can be found here and here) I’d finally reached the point in my experience with Second Life when I felt comfortable enough within it as an individual to really start exploring the outer...Read More


Hillary Talk, Not Gender Talk, Not Frank Talk

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 08, 2008 | 7:54 AM | comments

In the past week or so I've noticed increasing heat (see also: infighting) from the supporters in the GLBT Clinton camp. Tuesday they pointed towards Hillary Clinton's "fully inclusive" ENDA statement as a sign that Hillary is a more GLBT...Read More


Sex, Love & Transsexuals

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 06, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is from Monica Helms. Monica is the President of the Transgender American Veterans Association. "Arrrrggg! Monica said the other s-word! She will burn in Hell for this!" Okay, so that is a bit melodramatic, but...Read More


Gender, gay marriage...and Galileo

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 06, 2008 | 2:34 PM | comments

The righters are stamping their foot again, to keep marriage "a man and a woman." Next week, on Feb. 11th, the Arizona State Senate Committee on Government will vote on a bill that would write marriage discrimination into the state...Read More


Two One last items on the LGBT issues just before Super Tuesday

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2008 | 6:56 PM | comments

[ED NOTE:] I've updated Alex's post to link back to Senator Clinton's guest post here on the Bilerico Project. I hadn't had a chance to put up the guest post before Alex posted about it. [ED NOTE from Alex: Meh,...Read More


The Gender Anarchist

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 04, 2008 | 1:01 PM | comments

Many of you know my interest in writing about and discussing gender issues. It seems I have been labeled by some as a “gender anarchist”, looking to tear down old paradigms of “man and woman” to make myself more comfortable....Read More


Finnie's Ball

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 04, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

New York wasn't the only place having drag balls. When the Great Migration began out of the rural Deep South, African-Americans congregated in large northern cities such as New York, Detroit and Chicago. That migration also included Afican-American SGL peeps...Read More


What Man and What Woman?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by Mark Casey, a cultural and political commentator whose work can be seen in such places as the Baltimore Sun, The Santa Monica Daily Press, and The Flyer Group. He welcomes comments and can...Read More


Hillary Dodges The Trans-Inclusive ENDA Question Again

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 02, 2008 | 1:33 PM | comments

Check this video out. Kudos to Jason Bellini for at least asking the question. A pity he didn't bother to follow-up and press for an actual answer when Clinton completely ignored the actual question and went off about hate crimes....Read More


The 1965 Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit-In's

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 02, 2008 | 12:02 AM | comments

When I first read about this event in Marc Stein's book, City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 I shared it with my TransGriot readers. It's the first documented instance of people protesting over anti-transgender discrimination....Read More