Transgender & Intersex: June 2011

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Meet Tona Brown, Who Sang For President Obama

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tona Brown is an African American Transgender violinist and vocalist who has had a career spanning both North America and Europe.Read More


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AZ Trans Social Services Provider Faces Foreclosure

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

This property, home to eight residents who are members of the most underserved population in the Phoenix metro area, faces foreclosure.Read More


Transgender Community Win At The VA

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Veterans Health Administration has released the much anticipated directive toward transgender and intersex veterans. Read More


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Hate Crime Against MN Trans Woman Lands Her In Jail On Murder Charges

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Chrishaun McDonald was accosted by a group; her attacker wound up dead. She's in solitary.Read More


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The New Republic Cover Story On Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The New Republic, a magazine of politics and the arts, reaches older, influential establishment liberal types, who don't read much about transgender or transsexual people. Read More


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See, Now I Have A Problem With This

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 23, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I am compassionate for all forms of gender expression. But I do not support this, and it frankly undermines the entire movement. Read More


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Oregon Trans Health Benefits Lawsuit Points To Prejudice

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 22, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Oregon prohibits private insurers from excluding trans health benefits, but they won't extend them to their own state employee. "Irrational" defines the State's position here. Read More


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Trans in Afghanistan: Update on Jenn & Transgender Military Service

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 18, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Pam Daniels updates us on her friend Jennifer who has a little more than a month to go for her deployment in Afghanistan and is still transitioningRead More


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Misguided Policy for Transgender Residents in NYC

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Jen Pula, MD, discusses NYC's 40-year old health code requiring individuals to have genital surgery before changing their legal gender on their birth certificates.Read More


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Video: TSA Fires Trans Employee

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

When Ashley Yang worked for the TSA as an airport screener, they insisted that she cut her hair or wear a "male wig" and would only let her pat down male passengers who regularly sexually harassed her.Read More


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Why the Umbrella Failed

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 17, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Evaluating the balance between sameness and shared advocacy and the decolonization of trans in this follow-up to "The Death of the Transgender Umbrella."Read More


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Two Spirits: The Last Thing Fred Saw

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since the brutal murder of Fred Martinez. Seeing the spot where he was killed was a gut-wrenching sight, even with experience dealing with the hallmark of hate crimes called "overkill."Read More


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Access to Health Care Expanded for Trans Veterans

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Veterans Health Administration announced a directive on Thursday that acknowledges the unique health care needs of transgender and intersex veterans and establishes new policies to ensure that trans and intersex people are treated without discrimination by health care providers.Read More


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Poem: Walking for Samantha

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 09, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In honor of all the bathroom bill scares out there. Read More


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Maine Rejects Anti-Trans Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Maine rejected a bill to prevent trans people from filing complaints.Read More


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City of Portland Gets Trans Inclusive Healthcare

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 08, 2011 | 5:45 PM | comments

Earlier this morning the Portland, Oregon City Council unanimously voted to remove the trans exclusion clause in their employee health coverage and implement a trans inclusive policy, a proposal brought by mayor Sam Adams.Read More


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A 'Thank You' Note After Reassignment Surgery

Filed by Drew Cordes | June 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Upon completion of my sex reassignment surgery, I want to thank publicly all those who helped make my gender transition happen. Transitioning is not something one can do alone.Read More


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Two Recent Entries in the Transgender Literary Renaissance

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | June 08, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Books by or about transgender people are experiencing a literary renaissance, and two of them - Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Balancing on the Mechitza - are excellent looks at diversity within the trans community. Read More


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Proposed Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis in DSM-5

Filed by Kelley Winters | June 07, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Although the APA has responded to concerns about the "Gender Identity Disorder" diagnosis in the new edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, they have not addressed concerns about their "Gender Dysphoria" diagnosis.Read More


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The Female Impersonator: Vintage Magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Incredibly beautiful models in this vintage (ca. 60s?) magazine. A sweet note of irony that Sonny and Cher, parents of the amazing Chaz, appear on this cover.Read More


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PBS Documentary 'Two Spirits' Interactive Map

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 06, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Thoughts on the film's site, which includes an interactive map of "Gender-Diverse Cultures" pinpointing global cultures that have "recognized, revered, and integrated more than two genders."Read More


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Comment of the Week: Jessica Max Stein on the Barbershop Queer Issue

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 05, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

What's a "queer issue," and are we all under the "queer umbrella" now?Read More


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Eminem Revives Lady Gaga Trans Rumor

Filed by Bil Browning | June 05, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

No matter how many times he sings with Elton John, Eminem just can't help being a horse's ass.Read More


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CT Passes Trans Rights Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 04, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

After several years of trying, the Connecticut State Senate has passed a trans rights bill, which now heads to the Governor's desk for signature, and he has said he will sign it. Read More


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The Death of the 'Transgender' Umbrella

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 01, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

If you've read trans or LGBT blogs in the past year or three, you've inevitably come across an ongoing battle over labels - particularly "transgender" as an umbrella term. It seems to be a conflict without end or compromise.Read More