Transgender & Intersex: April 2009

Photoshoot with Claudia Charriez

Filed by Jeff Sheng | April 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

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Fortune Small Business Magazine on Transgender Workers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 28, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Fortune Small Business magazine put out an article on transgender workers today, available on the CNNMoney.com site. Entitled "When a staffer switches genders," the subtitle emphasizes tolerance and respect: "Coping with major changes can flummox a workplace, but you can...Read More


Craiglist killer Philip Markoff also targeted men & transwomen

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Another reminder that the closet and the constant socially reinforced shame of a non-heterosexual orientation can warp an individual: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy But that won't be the story... Instead, it'll be...Read More


Dwight DeLee Trial To Start June 11

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that Allen Andrade is rotting in jail for the rest of his life, it's now time for the transgender community's attention to focus on the other alleged murderer facing hate crimes charges for killing a transwoman. "The decision to...Read More


Transvestic Disorder and Policy Dysfunction in the DSM-V

Filed by Kelley Winters | April 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

While the current psychiatric classification of "Gender Identity Disorder" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has drawn global GLBTQ concern and controversy, the equally defamatory classification of "Transvestic Fetishism" has been largely overlooked by transadvocates and allies....Read More


Zapata Family Statement

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 24, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

The family of Angie Zapata makes a statement after the conviction of her murderer. Have tissues handy....Read More


Why the Jury Had No Trouble Convicting Angie Zapata's Murderer

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 23, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Abigail Jensen is a trans woman and attorney in Prescott, Arizona. She is also President of QsquaredYouth, a member of the boards of directors of the Prescott Area Women's Shelter and TransMentors International, and a general...Read More


Angie Zapata murder: Guilty on four counts

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Breaking news: Allen Ray Andrade has been found guilty of first degree murder, car theft, identity theft and committing a hate crime for the murder of transgender woman Angie Zapata. The sentence will be life without parole. Justice is served....Read More


Stuck in Loneliness

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 22, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender Americans Veterans Association. We all know that loneliness does not limit itself to LGB or T people. This feeling probably strikes 100% of the human population at one time...Read More


Disposable

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's not really "murder" if the victim is disposable. That's the theme that keeps resurfacing when trans panic defenses are used to effectively stave off any chance of serious sentencing for the murder of a woman who happens to have...Read More


Jury Duty

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Paula Keiser transitioned in 1987 and is President of TransYouth of Kansas. She also maintains the imatyfa.org website. She lives in Topeka with her partner of 13 years, their cat and their two cocker spaniels. Last week I received a...Read More


Angie Zapata's Murderer is About to Cook His Own Goose

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Abigail Jensen is a trans woman and attorney in Prescott, Arizona. She is also President of QsquaredYouth, a member of the boards of directors of the Prescott Area Women's Shelter and TransMentors International, and a general...Read More


National Car Rental Responds To Harassment And Threats Story Of Sarah Vestal

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 14, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of my co-bloggers, Autumn, received a response from the national office of National Car Rental regarding the post "National Car Rental Employee To Trans Customer: "Screwed-Up Man Faggot"." by Autumn Sandeen, Pam's House Blend I received an update from...Read More


Stuck in Binary

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 14, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. This is the second part of her "Stuck in..." series. Think of how dull the world would be if everything came in just twos. We would only...Read More


National Car Rental Employee To Trans Customer: "Screwed-Up Man Faggot"

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 13, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Note from Pam: This is a post by Pam's House Blend contributor Autumn Sandeen, who was contacted by the victim in this case to expose this atrocious treatment by a National Rental Car staffer and the Little Rock Police Department....Read More


Alberta Finance Minister: "I Didn't Know We Covered That"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

When Finance Minister Iris Evans discussed the Province's decision to delist Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) on the day after the budget was handed down, she said, "I didn't even know we covered that." Reportedly, there was a look of hate...Read More


Ruthie Johnson Is Confuzzled

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Ruthie Johnson seems to be a little confuzzled. Back on April 3rd, when asked about equal rights for gay and lesbian people, she remarked, "If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them." Now,...Read More


Transgender Constitutional Rights: How Justice Kennedy Killed the Sex Police

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I will be giving a talk, titled as above, at Hampshire College on April 17 in Western Mass. The working title was "Lawrence v. Texas and the Constitutional Right to Gender Autonomy," but that put even me to sleep, and...Read More


Susan Stanton working again

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congrats to Susan Stanton, the woman who lost her job as city manager two years ago because she began the process of transitioning. She's working again in her field of expertise. Susan Stanton, fired two years ago from her job...Read More


Susan Stanton Named City Manager for Lake Worth

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 08, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Equality Florida congratulates both the City of Lake Worth and Susan Stanton on her selection to fill the position of Lake Worth City Manager. Susan was selected for the job from a group of 50 candidates. We're pleased that the...Read More


Alberta Delists Gender Reassignment Surgery Funding

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 08, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This is a quick note for Canadian readers and those interested on the way of things for transfolk up here. On April 7th, 2009, the Province of Alberta has delisted funding for GRS surgery. I'm awaiting confirmation as to whether...Read More


The dissociation point: On manners and pronouns

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm probably going to open a huge can of worms with this post. I guess every person going through transition has to get to the pronoun question sometime. In my experience, this hits like a rock: one day you don't...Read More


TransTuesday on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm sure that the right-wing is having conniptions over what they likely see as the LGBT take over of Twitter. First, there was #samesexsunday and now there's #transtuesday. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone trans. Each Tuesday recommend...Read More


I'm sorry, you're just not manly enough for this interview

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 06, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I was really hoping the Tayisa Elzy reporting issue would simply be an isolated Hoosier incident -- no such luck! They scheduled an interview with me for this morning with an 8:50am arrival time for a 9:20am live air interview....Read More


Stuck in Transition

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. I'm sure that many of the readers have been in a situation where they needed to make a left turn at an intersection with a left-turn...Read More


I'm Joining HRC

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

This may come as a shock to all of you who've known me for years as one of HRC's most virulent critics, but I'm pleased to announce that I am joining the Human Rights Campaign outreach team to the African-American...Read More