Transgender & Intersex: January 2009

Best Creating Change Swag EVER: The Amazing Transgender Equality Pen!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

So the best swaggy giveaway at the Creating Change Conference is by far the National Center for Transgender Equality's "Amazing Transgender Equality Pen." (click the photo to enlarge). For those that can't make out the writing in the picture, here's...Read More


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Best Place to Work? Not if you don't offer benefits to LGBT partners. (Even if you're married!)

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 29, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Daryl Herrschaft has overseen the Workplace Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation since 1998. He monitors and evaluates corporate policies surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. In its February 2 issue,...Read More


Bilerico gets GLAAD kudos in WTHR-TV transgender reporting controversy

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2009 | 8:18 AM | comments

Bill and Jerame are at the Creating Change conference in Denver this week, and have asked me to "mind the store". (All of us make imperfect decisions once in a while.) In rummaging through their inboxI came across this piece...Read More


Is It Justice Yet?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editor's update: After some quirkiness with the comments earlier, they're working fine now. Sorry about the delay. Nope, not yet. So here we are, as of this writing just over one week into the Obama Administration. While it would be...Read More


Would It Kill You To Look Like A Man? Transgender Employees in Indiana

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Judge Robert L. Miller, a Reagan appointee who sits on the federal district court for the Northern District of Indiana, has recently issued yet another curious decision in the case of Creed v. Family Express Corp. Amber Creed was fired...Read More


Just Say No to Civil Unions -- Hard Evidentiary Version

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Regarding civil marriage vs. civil unions, a few of us have been crying in the wilderness about things like ... separate ain't equal and never will be and what faux equality does to people's heads and that self-imposing more of it would be just plain shoot-yerself-in-the-foot dumb. Now we've got gummint-sponsored proof by way of the New Jersey Civil Union Commission.Read More


Indiana Employer Can Fire Transgender Employee for Violating "Dress Code"

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Arthur S. Leonard is a professor at the New York School of Law. Professor Leonard is also the editor of the Lesbian/Gay Law Notes and blogs at Leonard Link. Chief Judge Robert L. Miller of the...Read More


Thomas Beatie Bedtime Story

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The other night, my 5-year-old son, Waylon, was sitting on the toilet and reading Us Weekly. (Normally I would not confess that our home harbors such toxic tabloid sludge--much less that we expose our child to it--but since it is...Read More


Oops. We were just kidding.

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Kalamazoo City Council knuckles under. When Kalamazoo, Michigan had passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or access to public resources on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the American Family Association and others led...Read More


Trans Youth Discussed on Dr. Phil

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger Monica Helms is the president of TAVA, the Transgender American Veterans Association. First of all, I have to say up front that I am not a fan of Dr. Phil. Never have been. He comes...Read More


Body Talk

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A year ago, I was joining the cast of a personal theater show, Body Talk, which was designed to provide a similar opportunity for empowering women as the Vagina Monologues, but with the freedom to write our own pieces. Despite...Read More


Author of Trans Workplace Study Speaks Out

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 12, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Back in October, the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy published an article examining the salary and workplace experiences of transgender men and women "before and after" transition. The article, which was co-authored by economist Matthew Wiswall and sociologist...Read More


Savage thoughts on transgender detective

Filed by Donna Rose | January 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Michael Savage is an ass. I looked for another word to put there but that is, in fact, the kindest one I can find. He's one of those people who's so consistently hateful, abrasive, ignorant, and just plain foul that...Read More


Autogynephilia: The Infallible Derogatory Hypothesis, Part 2

Filed by Kelley Winters | January 09, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: This is part two of a two part series on autogynephilia. Part 1 is here. Dr. Blanchard's taxonomy of "autogynephilia" and "homosexual transsexualism" follows a long tradition of dividing transsexual women into categorical buckets based on sexual orientation....Read More


Autogynephilia: The Infallible Derogatory Hypothesis, Part 1

Filed by Kelley Winters | January 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association explained the reasons for removing the diagnostic category of homosexuality: [1] "The crucial issue in determining whether or not homosexuality...Read More


The Future of Transsexual Medical Care

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 06, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This article has been a long time coming. Each time I've revised it, some new discovery added a pertinent dimension that needed to be addressed. But one thing is certain: the future of medical care for transsexuals is changing --...Read More


2009: The Year of Trans

Filed by Donna Rose | January 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The beginning of a New Year always seems to be a time of predictions. It's a time when people try to guess what's going to happen over the next 365 days so they can look back at the end of...Read More


Kudos to the Indy Star's Francesca Jarosz

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Indianapolis Star reporter Francesca Jarosz is a professional journalist. I say this, not because she works for the Indy Star, but because unlike every other Indianapolis media source, Jarosz reached out to ask how the Star could report on the...Read More