Transgender & Intersex: August 2009

Update: police searching for killer of trans woman

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: There will be a candlelight vigil for the trans victims tomorrow night (Friday) at 6:30pm 209 Q ST NW. Wash, DC. Here's an update my post yesterday about the stabbings of two transgender women in DC. One woman...Read More


Breaking: two trans men stabbed; one dead

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 26, 2009 | 5:31 PM | comments

From the DC Fox News affiliate: Police are at the scene of a double stabbing in Northwest Washington that left one man dead and another injured. Police say two people were stabbed in the 200 block of Q Street Northwest...Read More


Moni's Ah Kua Show Commentary

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was surprised when I received an e-mail from Leona Lo, my sis in Singapore, a few months ago with a request. She asked me to compose a comment for the program of her Ah Kua Show she was putting...Read More


How Legitimate is the "Gender Complaint" Against Caster Semenya?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 24, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

As an Outsports.com writer who has been covering gender testing in sports, I'm tracking the controversy over South African teen track star Caster Semenya and whether she should compete as a woman. The complaint against tall, muscular Semenya has been...Read More


Transgender "Comics": "Ouran High School Host Club"

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 24, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Ed Note: Transgender Comics is a regular Monday feature on Bilerico-Indiana. We bumped this one up to the main site to give folks a flavor of the series. I debated on this one for a little while; it's not a...Read More


LGBTI Health Summit: Where are we now?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger David Phillips is a poly Leather shaman, kink evangelist, and Queermen's health advocate living in Arlington, VA. A survivor of relationship abuse, David co-founded the Rainbow Response Coalition, addressing intimate partner violence among LGBTQ people in...Read More


The Gender Police Strike Again

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

A South African runner, Caster Semenya, 18, is being forced to prove that she is, indeed, a young woman and not "a man," as her detractors allege. Semenya, whose athletic performance recently improved greatly and who, it seems, was a...Read More


Disqualifying the Gender Binary in IAAF Track & Field

Filed by Keri Renault | August 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Can victory in the woman's 800 meters by an obscure teenager from a small South African village signal defeat of the big, bad gender binary at the IAAF World Championships? Probably not, but it's nice to dream. Amidst allegations that...Read More


High school sweethearts, present day ironies

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 19, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's note: names have been changed to keep anonymity. Anyone who talks to me about transition knows that I prefer to emphasize the positive aspects of change, rather than focusing on all the pitfalls. Plenty of people on the Internet...Read More


As Different as the Next Girl

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | August 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sparked by a trans woman's call for submissions for a zine titled "How to F*ck a Trans Woman," I recently wrote a piece about trans women's sexuality and specific things to consider when getting sexual with a trans woman. I...Read More


"Two Hot Transsexuals Finally Give You Some ANSWERS!"

Filed by Gina de Vries | August 11, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Red and Charles, two trans artists/activists/media makers/hotties (hey, they said it -- I'm just agreeing!) answer a series of the obnoxious but unfortunately usual questions that trans folks often get from clueless non-trans people. I love how smart, funny,...Read More


Encouragement for a Young Gender Sojourner in Crisis

Filed by Kelley Winters | August 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

1. Face your truth. Embrace your truth. Live your truth. 2. Like all people, you are a unique, distinctive blend of feminine and masculine. 3. Nature is diversity. Difference is not disease. Uniqueness is not illness. 4. All human beings...Read More


How A Feminist Found Her Sexism

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married. Her own blog is (en)gender and she writes for many magazines and online outlets. Currently she can be found in...Read More


Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

Filed by John Shields | August 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

For the first time in history, an Employment Non-Discrimination Act prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has been introduced into the United States Senate. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and...Read More


Why "Sex Change" Surgery is Medically Necessary

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The panic machine is in full swing, from far-right conservatives trying to terrorize Americans out of wanting universal health care. There are half-truths, such as the story of Ontarioan Shona Holmes who had to abandon Canada's public health system and...Read More


Angie Zapata's Murderer Has A MySpace Page

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Autumn Sandeen is a transgender activist living in San Diego. She is a regular barista at Pam's House Blend where she covered the Angie Zapata trial at length. Tomorrow would be Angie Zapata's 20th birthday. I'm...Read More


Angie Zapata's Murderer Has A MySpace Page

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Autumn Sandeen is a transgender activist living in San Diego. She is a regular barista at Pam's House Blend where she covered the Angie Zapata trial at length. Tomorrow would be Angie Zapata's 20th birthday. I'm...Read More


Lu's Womyn-Born-Womyn-Only Policy: The Ongoing Discussions

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 04, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

On July 6th, I noted the story of Lu's: A Pharmacy for Women, operated by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) , and noted how the Vancouver pharmacy's policy to serve only "women who were born as women and live...Read More


This just in: transgender acceptance in its "trendy," "chic" phase

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

That's right, folks. If we're lucky, knowing a trans person may finally edge out that tired old "I'm not bigoted because have a gay friend" excuse people sometimes march out in the name of tolerance. Chaz Bono's transition announcement tipped...Read More


Transgender Comics: Interview with Erin Lindsey

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I know I covered Venus Envy on this column before, but I wanted to let everyone know that the comic is about to start updating again. It just so happens that I recently interviewed the comic's creator, Erin Lindsey, about...Read More


A Road Trip, Told as a Series of Pit Stops

Filed by Paige Schilt | August 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's the kind of truck stop where a voice on the loudspeaker calls out "Customer 47, your shower is ready." In the back, plywood covers a large hole in the wall, a monument to some past collision. In the front,...Read More