Transgender & Intersex: June 2008

Fetish, the Other F Word

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 30, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The most important things I ever learned about dating and relationships came from the leather community. So it bothers me when I see people and lifestyles trashed as "disgusting" or "a tarnish on our community." Or when the medical community...Read More


Congressional Blackout

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 28, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

This is a picture of the participants in Thursday's historic subcommittee hearing on transgender unemployment issues on Capitol Hill. Can you detect what's wrong with it? What's wrong with this picture is that with the exception of Diego Sanchez, every...Read More


Albanian Women Defy Traditional Gender Roles

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A recent story in the New York Times reveals that what we currently define as transgender identity has existed in different cultures around the globe for centuries. Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to...Read More


Some Quick Thoughts About The Congressional Hearing...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 26, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

It ended about ten minutes ago as I write this, and I have to say I was, for the most part, impressed. At some points, even proud. Opening statements made by Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank were both powerful and...Read More


Black Media Fails its LGBTQ Community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

By now many in the LGBTQ community have heard of the news about the cop beat down of Duanna Johnson in a Memphis booking room that was captured on a surveillance video. Those of us of African descent, who don't...Read More


Can we really define "bride" and "groom"?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monica Helms guest posted a couple weeks ago about how we cannot define "man" and "woman" in marriage; Mercedes Allen posted this weekend about how defining marriage as between one man and one woman leads to confusing policy towards transgender...Read More


Duanna Johnson: The tip of a "tremendous number" of cases in Memphis

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just got off the phone with Murray Wells, the lawyer representing Duanna Johnson. You might remember Johnson from the video last week of her being held down by one cop and beaten by another. After the incident she was...Read More


The Death of United ENDA Part III: The Funeral

Filed by Marti Abernathey | June 24, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

In March I wrote a post called "The Many Faces Of Mara Keisling: The Death of United ENDA?" in which I put forth the theory that the coalition of over 300 groups was dead. In April I wrote "Starting From...Read More


Thank You NBJC!

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 24, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

I wrote a post yesterday in which I questioned why two African-American organizations had at the time, not commented yet on the Duanna Johnson case. One of them (the NAACP) still hasn't. But the National Black Justice Coalition has....Read More


It's Our Flag, Too. Use It!

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 23, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

One of the things I have consistently griped about is the lack of American flags at GLBT community events. It would have been more appropriate to post this on Flag Day (June 14), but I was still gathering my thoughts...Read More


Flying Marriages Under the Radar

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 23, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I recently had the pleasure of attending and helping out with the wedding of some close friends in the trans community (or at least until I threw my back out and hit a bout of dehydration and shock that messed...Read More


Yo NAACP, NBJC...Where Y'all At?

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 23, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's been a few days since the video of a Memphis police officer beating down an African-American transwoman was released, and I have yet to see any statement released about it from two organizations claiming to represent me as an...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Mercedes Allen

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 22, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More


Stop Trying to "Fix" Trans People

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Matt Kailey is the author of Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide the Transsexual Experience, the editor of Focus on the Fabulous: Colorado GLBT Voices, and the managing editor of Out Front Colorado, Colorado's oldest and largest GLBT...Read More


The Bloggerist, #2: If you offer a free widget, I will take said free widget

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The RNC wants you to use their town hall meeting count-down widget: I can't argue with that. I mean, a widget told me, so it's gotta be important. What Hunter said about the RNC's count-down clocks: Of course, all the...Read More


First ever hearing on gender identity in the workplace

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor's subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on gender identity in the workplace on Thursday, June 26. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) will chair the first ever congressional hearing to...Read More


Pink Lotus Bathrooms

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's a novel idea: a high school in rural Thailand has provided gender-neutral toilets to protect and support the school's transgender students, not out of a desire to offer solace to the non-trans students. Tolerant "I'm so happy about this,"...Read More


Friends I Know: Social networking for equality

Filed by Simon Aronoff | June 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Online social networking sites are nothing new for most people these days. Between sites like MySpace and Facebook, it is hard to keep up with all that goes on, not to mention escape all that you really don't want to...Read More


Duanna Johnson update

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I posted yesterday about Duanna Johnson, a black transwoman who was severely beaten by police in a police station while everyone, even a nurse, ignored her. I don't think I was clear there that the event happened on February 12th,...Read More


Good News from the AMA

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Good news from the American Medical Association regarding the care and treatment of transgender people. Resolution 122, called "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients," was approved by the Reference Committee and subsequently by the entire House of Delegates....Read More


Black transwoman got beaten by cops and no one cared

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Check out this video of a brutal police beating in a police station. A Memphis police officer didn't like the fact that Duanna Johnson, a black transwoman, didn't respond to the names "faggot" or "he/she," so he beat her with...Read More


A great day for LGBT Californians!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 17, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

I've been watching Bilerico's slide show of California marriages, fighting back tears of joy and wishing I could be in San Francisco on this historic day, rather than stuck at a desk at a temp job which couldn't feel farther...Read More


An open letter to today's happy newlyweds

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lena Dahlstrom is a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay area who also performs as a drag queen under the stage name "Joie de Vivre." She always gets teary-eyed at weddings. First let me offer my congratulations on...Read More


It's Always About the Restrooms

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Zythyra is an acoustic musician, writer and activist who lives in rural NH. Zie has had considerable practice over the past few years trying to construct sentences without using any gender pronouns. Recently, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed...Read More


Hello again....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I haven't had a chance to post here in what seems like ages! The kind editors, however, (thank you!!) have kept my name "on the masthead" in the hope I'd once again surface and be able to contribute. A number...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Melissa Sklarz

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Tonight, we welcome New York transactivist Melissa Sklarz. We'll be talking with Melissa about GENDA and much more! Plus, news, commentary, and fun with Becky, Mike, and Rye!...Read More


Transgender Pride

Filed by Donna Rose | June 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

June is PRIDE month in most cities and states across the country (Phoenix PRIDE is in April - by June it's too hot). All manner of celebrations, parades, and other activities are planned to observe this month set aside to...Read More


Monica's NE Transgender Pride Speech

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Projectors, Last weekend I had the honor along with fellow Bilerico contributor Donna Rose of speaking at the first annual New England Transgender Pride March and Rally in Northampton, MA. I wrote a blog post about my exciting history-making weekend...Read More


Free SRS a todos!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

From Cuba: New horizons opened up for transsexuals in Cuba with the approval of a Public Health Ministry resolution that establishes guidelines for their health care, including free gender reassignment operations. "It was just approved. The operations will begin to...Read More


Can We Really Define "Man and Woman"?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest poster and TAVA president Monica Helms explores various definitions of "man" and "woman" and their relationship to the law. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force map, 40 states have some form of law...Read More


Can We Really Define "Man and Woman"?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest poster and TAVA president Monica Helms explores various definitions of "man" and "woman" and their relationship to the law. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force map, 40 states have some form of law...Read More


The Incrementalists Dirty Little "Secret"

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign hopes you're not paying attention. Barney Frank hopes you'll look the other way. John Aravosis is crossing his fingers that you won't draw the only logical conclusion. These folks - and those who think about basic...Read More


New York State Assembly Approves GENDA

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Great news from New York!! The New York State Assembly approved a bill affording civil rights protections to the transgender community by an overwhelming vote of 102-33. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) would bar bias based on gender identity...Read More


Get Busy. Get Equal.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU LGBT Project recently launched Get Busy, Get Equal , an online toolkit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. Get Busy, Get Equal is designed to equip activists who don't necessarily have much experience organizing with the tools...Read More


A Father By Any Other Name

Filed by Donna Rose | June 02, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Every year just before Father's Day I get a call from a news agency wanting to interview me about how transsexual parents celebrate this annual celebration of dads. I certainly can't answer for all transsexuals - I can only answer...Read More