Transgender & Intersex: August 2012

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Trans Advocate Kylar Broadus Appointed To DNC Committee

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 31, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Kylar Broadus is an amazing man who has had the honor of being selected for the important Rules Committee for the Democratic National Committee 2012 Convention Platform Committee. I am proud to be supporting him as he heads to Charlotte to represent all of us and our concerns.Read More


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Does Ignoring Trans People Make Your Point Look Bigger?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | August 30, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

The focus and action on women's rights in this political season has been heartening. However, it's given rise to many over-simplified discussions of bodies and rights that pose a problem for a movement that intends to include trans women. Read More


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Third Annual Trans Law Institute, and the Fifty Top Trans Law Developments

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

The third annual Trans Law Institute was held last week at Lavender Law, and I presented my annual "Fifty Top Developments In Trans Law" Read More


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Zenker's Extraordinary TransMontana [Review]

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 29, 2012 | 1:45 PM | comments

The book cover says it all. It portrays the author standing on a granite boulder, against a background of alpine meadow and Montana timber, with her hair blowing in the wind and her arms raised in victory. Read More


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Lavender Law Begins Conversation on Trans Military Service

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The National LGBT Bar Association hosted military recruiters for the first time post-DADT, which is troubling because the military still excludes open trans military service. At the same time, the Association held the first discussion by a national organization on the subject.Read More


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Gay Couple Sues United Airlines for Intentional Harassment

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The leadership of United/Continental Airlines basically "flipped" the bird to innocent victims and victimized them yet again - even though they claim to be LGBT friendly. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.Read More


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APA Issues Historic Position Statements on Trans Issues

Filed by Kelley Winters | August 21, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

On May 18, 2009, trans community members and allies gathered outside the Annual Meeting of the APA to protest diagnostic policies that psychopathologize gender diversity. This week, the group announced two new public position statements.Read More


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Why Marriage Needs to Take a Backseat to Workplace Rights

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 16, 2012 | 3:15 PM | comments

In order to really make progress on the marriage rights front, the first thing that needs to be accomplished is leveling the economic playing field.Read More


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Transgender People Ejected in Jacksonville

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

A nondiscrimination ordinance in Jacksonville, Florida, is expected to be voted on in the coming week. As some have expected, transsexual and transgender people were bartered away when "gender identity or expression" was dropped from the bill.Read More


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Power, the Male Gaze, & the Catch-22 of Trans Gender Presentation

Filed by Drew Cordes | August 10, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

When a trans woman begins presenting as female, the sudden increase of those stares is palpable. It can signal anything from sexual attraction and not recognizing she's trans, to the person reading her as trans and wanting to hurt her. Read More


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Dexamethazone: Sex 'Normalization' of Intersex Babies in Utero

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 09, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Pregnancy is a time when joy can turn to panic in the blink of an eye, and wanting a "normal, healthy baby" can leave families with difficult choices. Read More


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On Trans Celebrities: From Lana Wachowski & Before

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 06, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

"Cloud Atlas" will be winding its way to movie theaters shortly, but it's in danger of ending up buried under an avalanche of press distracted by the fact that a promo video is co-filmmaker Lana Wachowski's first public appearance since transitioning in 2006.Read More


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Trans Power

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

What are the barriers to transgender people achieving the measure of power necessary in democracy for the recognition of the human rights to which we are entitled? Why are we so far behind the gay community in rights, economic power and cultural acceptance? What do you think?Read More


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Disclosing Anti-Trans Dating 'Preference'

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | August 02, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

A while ago I floated the idea of writing an advice column. I have so many projects going on that I ended up letting this one slide. But I recently got one letter that I simply had answer. Read More


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Defending Lana Wachowski

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 01, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Lana Wachowski's transition was news five years ago. Now, it is not news, but something else entirely. It is prurient, zoo-specimen gawking of the worst type, something that trans people must endure all the time. Read More