Transgender & Intersex: September 2008

Trans for Obama fundraiser

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Helen Boyd is a partner of a trans person and queerio in her own right. She is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married. Her blog (en)gender can be found...Read More


Fallout from the ENDA debacle?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | September 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I volunteered for "Equality Now, the No on 8 Campaign" yesterday, as I've been doing on recent weekends, and I met an amazing 17-year-old FtM. I'll call him "M," as I didn't ask him if I could write about him....Read More


Dear Isis

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 26, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Hey I know this cycle of America's Next Top model was shot during the summer and the winner has already been determined . But I still cried and I'm disappointed about seeing Isis eliminated during Wednesday's broadcast. I'm writing this...Read More


Barney Frank writes Library of Congress about Schroer case

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank's office sent us a statement from the Congressman hailing the recent court decision confirming transwoman Diane Schroer was discriminated against by the Library of Congress. Schroer was courted by the library, but when she told them she...Read More


Banning the "Trans Panic Defense"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 23, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The gay panic defense, and its cousin, the transgender panic defense, have been criticized by many, and yet it still survives to rear its ugly head again and again. Cases in which these defenses are raised become high profile, with...Read More


My Family Gender Odyssey

Filed by Paige Schilt | September 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lesbian and gay family events are not always comfortable spaces for me and my fam. That's partly because some folks don't know what to make of my genderqueer sweetie, with her man-chest and her female pronouns. It's partly because the...Read More


Better Know a Contributor: Brynn Craffey

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | September 21, 2008 | 6:00 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


Schroer v. Billington: What Does It Mean For Transgender Employees?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 21, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

There was a wonderful post by Nan Hunter earlier on this court opinion from the United States Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. I'd like to raise the question of what this opinion means for transgender employees. The...Read More


Court rules that Title VII prohibits gender identity discrimination

Filed by Nan Hunter | September 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, in the first ever victory directly on this point, the ACLU won a federal court decision holding that discrimination against a transgender person constitutes per se sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. In Schroer v Billington, Judge James...Read More


Beyond Denial: GID Diagnostic Criteria and Gender-Conversion Therapies

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy, founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Advocates. She has presented papers on the psychiatric...Read More


Trans Explanations from Thailand

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | September 17, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I received an email from America on the recent "Miss Thailand" contest from an 80+ year old friend. Gene is married to Jenny for over sixty years and has a "Chicago Italian" way of looking at things that is often...Read More


The bathroom issues

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was talking to my boyfriend the other day about this and he was telling me how in Parisian public pools, the showers and changing rooms were crazy cruising grounds about a decade ago. Turn around and see a pair...Read More


The Fight for Equality in Gainesville, FL

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 14, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The group fighting the repeal of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents in Gainesville, Florida has taken their cause to the web! Equality is Gainesville's Business has launched a website: http://equalitygainesville.com. Our readers have been following this case...Read More


NCTE survey on transgender discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The NCTE is conducting a survey of transgender experiences with discrimination in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University. If you identify as trans, please take a few minutes to help them out....Read More


The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Montgomery County trans law finally being implemented is wonderful news to all of us working toward and looking forward to the day that all transgender people, no matter where we reside have civil rights coverage. Congratulations to all of...Read More


From Fat City to Tent City

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Remember when many of us kept lists of names of lovers and friends who died of AIDS? Not long ago, I sat down and made a list of people I know -- some students, mostly educated professional people -- who...Read More


Montgomery County ballot victory more important than it looks

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Nan D. Hunter is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Her scholarship focuses on health law and state regulation of gender and sexuality. She's the author of Sexuality, Gender and the Law, and blogs at...Read More


Please consider writing your own letter about "biological sex"

Filed by Gina de Vries | September 11, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dear Cassandra, My name is Gina de Vries. I am writing because I am disturbed by the exclusion of male-to-female (MTF) transgender women from your survey on romantic and sexual relationships between women. I would like to respectfully ask you...Read More


Is 'Tranny' Offensive?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | September 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm happy to be a part of the Bilerico team now, and I thought I'd start off by reposting something I wrote in my own blog a couple weeks ago. It was inspired by a reoccurring conversation I've seen on...Read More


Trans-friendliness in the workplace: The 2009 Corporate Equality Index

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss is an Associate Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College and is the author of Transgender Workplace Diversity, a resource for HR professionals on how to support transgender employees. She blogs regularly about...Read More


An Open Letter To Joe Solmonese

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 08, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dear Joe, I've heard you might be posting on the Bilerico Project again, so I'm writing this in the hopes that you'll read it and respond. First and foremost, before you read any further, let me say this: I'm not...Read More


Isis' Trailblazing Burden

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I've never been a big fan of reality TV shows, but over the last month and a half I've had to seriously reconsider my hard line disdain for them in light of two African-American transwomen having prominent turns on two...Read More


I don't know nothin'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: While readers are still encouraged to join in this discussion thread, the first question resulting from the post can be found at: "What IS the LGBT community? Who are we?" Earlier today I published a post about Sarah Palin...Read More


Top Ten Problems with the Gender Identity Disorder Diagnosis

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy, founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Advocates. She has presented papers on the psychiatric...Read More


Transgender Themes in Science Fiction

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Cheryl Morgan is a science fiction critic who takes a particular interest in feminist and gender issues. Her online book review magazine, Emerald City, won a Hugo Award in 2004. While the magazine has now ceased publication, Cheryl...Read More