Transgender & Intersex: February 2010

What if... Reloaded

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 26, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Not too long ago I wrote about the situation with the Dallas Trans gal who had her gender marker changed. There have been been developments and some additional information. To start with, she's post op, and it was after her...Read More


Vintage drag: Boyz will be Can-Can Girlz

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 23, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Love this merry 1930s cabinet card. Shall we dance?...Read More


What If...

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 20, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

What if one day you went into work and your name on everything there is different, your sex on all your records was changed, and you discovered that although you had just gone to the trouble to get everything fixed, you find out that your employer had just gone ahead and changed all of that for you since they didn't agree with the way you went and did it?Read More


Trans Bathroom Scare Smear used against Gay Gainesville, FL Candidate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 18, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our readers may remember last year's battle in Gainesville, Florida where anti-LGBT forces came together to try to repeal Gainesville's Human Rights Ordinance, which included sexual orientation and gender identity & expression. The fierce battle at the ballot box included...Read More


Compromise 3 - Analysis of the DSM-V PRs

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have looked at some of the more simple aspects of the PR's thus far in the first and second parts of this series. This time around, I will look at the little things in there that are both good...Read More


Vintage drag: 1920s chamber maid

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 15, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Sad that the background stories on images like this are lost to history but delighted, at least, to find this 1920's cabinet card. Was this a stage actor in role? Or someone just doing what came naturally? Thousands, perhaps even...Read More


Compromise 2 - Analysis of the DSM-5 PRs

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 13, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is part two of a series of columns analyzing the impacts of the DSM-V revisions on LGBT people. The proposed revisions to the DSM-V are out, and they are a startling compromise. If compromise is the art of given...Read More


Compromise: Analysis Of The DSM-V Revisions, Part 1

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 12, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A multi-part series on the finer points of the DSM-V proposed revisions to certain disorders and the clinical structure behind them. It is a mixed bag, this proposal for revision. Make no mistake, it is not fixed in stone (although...Read More


What's the holdup in getting ENDA through the House?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

What's the hold up on ENDA? Why hasn't it been moved to a full vote in the House of Representatives? What language was being "tweaked?" Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Advocacy, and I talked...Read More


Would the World be Better Off Without Any Trans People?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 11, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Alice Kalafarski is a law school graduate and transgender activist. She volunteers with Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), SpeakOUT Boston, and spent a month with Maine's No on One campaign. Of all the places she helps out,...Read More


Is "Gender Incongruence" the Cure for What Ails?

Filed by Keri Renault | February 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The American Psychiatric Association has released a draft of proposed diagnostic criteria for its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual-V (DSM-V). A 90-day review period is now underway with feedback solicited prior to creation of a final draft which will be published...Read More


The End Of Disorder

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

On February 9th, 2010, The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 5 (DSM-V) revision working groups released their Proposed Revisions for the areas in the manual under consideration for deletion, removal, revision, and addition. The current version of...Read More


DSM-V Task Force Releases Proposed Diagnostic Criteria

Filed by Kelley Winters | February 10, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

After months of delay, the American Psychiatric Association released proposed diagnostic criteria for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). A period of public review and comment begins today and ends April 20th. Readers...Read More


When Will African Descended Trans People Get To Tell Our Stories On HBCU Campuses?

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

One of the things I and other transsisters enjoy doing is telling the story of African descended trans people to college students around the nation. Since only one side of the story has been told for the last 50 plus...Read More


A Taxing Question of Medical Necessity

Filed by Kelley Winters | February 08, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Many trans and especially transsexual Americans were relieved this week by the U.S. Tax Court decision to reverse earlier IRS positions and allow costs of hormonal and surgical transition care to be deducted as medical expenses. The ruling concluded: Petitioner...Read More


All eyes on disordered taxes

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Above all else, I always try to be a practical woman. Maybe it's my Hoosier upbringing; maybe it's my family's small-business, by-the-bootstraps mentality; or maybe it's just my interactions with money in a time of recession; but I have always...Read More


A Tax Break Isn't Worth Having the Government Treat Being Trans as a Disease

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Alice Kalafarski is a law school graduate and transgender activist. She volunteers with Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), SpeakOUT Boston, and spent a month with Maine's No on One campaign. Of all the places she helps out,...Read More


The Real Life Experience of Rhiannon O'Donnabhain: "It's such an affirmation."

Filed by Keri Renault | February 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

"I'm almost at a loss for words here," said an emotional Rhiannon O'Donnabhain, after being introduced to a national phone conference audience Wednesday evening. "This is an affirmation that my cause was a right cause, and that I was right...Read More


U.S. Tax Court Rules in Favor of Transsexual Woman

Filed by Keri Renault | February 03, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rhiannon O'Donnabhain finally got the tax break she deserved from the IRS in 2001. Tuesday, Federal Tax Court ruled in favor of the petitioner, a transsexual woman in the landmark case of O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The favorable...Read More


This trans rapper is Heaven

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

No, seriously. This trans rapper is Heaven. While I'm not sure if she's a drag queen or a transwoman, she calls herself a Super Tranny. The song is rather annoying, but the story she tells is comic, disturbing and realistic....Read More