Hi Sara - LTNS. Yep.. that's exactly what has happened to me on several occasions. I have found that sometimes simply reloading the page solves the issue. I have yet to apply any rhyme or reason to why or when it happens. It neither happens everytime, nor does refreshing page work each time I come up with a blank. Chances are, this is something that Lori may have to have tech support look into since it seems to have happened at the same time as the failed upgrade. She was having problems even then getting help out of tech support. -Michael
"This in fact makes it legal to use facilities based on that M or F on your I.D.. It may circumvent HB2 even if that piece of legislation stays on the books for a little while longer. Just a thought." - Erica It may make it legal in NY, and perhaps in other places. But if I understand that HB2 correctly, nothing trumps what is recorded on one's legal BC. As far as NC is concerned, you are what you were labelled at birth... and that's it. Though they apparently will allow one to get a BC changed/amended (not sure which), it sounds as if the only way to get that accomplished is after GCS. I have no doubt that NC officials would be more than happy to toss one's buttage in the pokey if that person was found using (or found to have used) a bathroom intended for the alleged "opposite sex."
Because you mentioned "breast reduction" and binders, I got the impression that your friend a trans male. If that is the case, perhaps you could suggest [he] join this forum and check out the threads on binders and other items for us guys in the FTM discussion forum. That is... if your friend identifies as male. -Mike
Sometimes, I find some things so incredulous, so unbelievable, so mind-blowing, that the words I need to adequately express my feelings leave me and take a slow boat trip around the world. That's what happened when I first read about NC's soon-to-be former governor and HB2 which not only enshrined discrimination primarily towards trans people, but also nullified the nondiscrimination ordinace passed by Charlotte, NC. After reading this latest article, that boat finally returned and docked. I found the words I wanted ... It takes a level of bigotry that is totally unimaginable to me, to create and pass a law to deny a people something that all others enjoy and take for granted. But it takes a deep, vile, unmeasureable amount of hate, to create and pass a law, meant to keep someone from treating another person right. And while NC may repeal HB2, it's sad that McCrory may still get some of what he wanted, in that Charlotte has agreed to do away with their nondiscrimination ordinance if the bill is repealed. Has anyone really won here? I mean... anyone except bigots like McCrory??
"The details can be learned by Googling "Southern Comfort Transgender Conference," and reading some of the websites that discuss it. Can't vouch for any of their accuracy." -- Monica Sad indeed... I had hoped to make it there one day. Anyway... here's a wiki page, and the SCTC own facebook page, both with limited info on what happened. Seems that a "gag order" was part of a settlement on a rather lengthy lawsuit that recently concluded. -Michael
Just as the survey showed the U.S. average in the "Psychological Distress/Suicide" category, it would be nice to see averages in the "Harassment and Abuse" and the "Housing, Employment and Poverty" categories, as I'm willing to bet those are very much above the U.S. average.
Hey Everyone - Is anyone having trouble accessing the blogs on occasion? I've been having trouble ever since the failed upgrade attempt not long ago. Some days I can get to the blogs, other days I can't. Please post here if you are having trouble on occasion so that it can be looked into. -Michael
Just my opinion... but I'd say the lawmakers of Tennessee are wasting their time on such a law, because for the most part, it is recommended that people suffering gender identity issues, see a therapist experienced in... well, gender identity issues. So, their law is worthless, 'cause most of us don't wanna see a regular, inexperienced therapist anyway. So let them pound on as many bibles as they want, as often as they want. Chances are, some people probably already knew where such therapists stood on the matter anyway....
News like that makes me angry. I am so sick of hearing the "sexual predator dressing as and claiming to be a trans women to get into the womens' restrooms" scare tactic. How ignorant do you have to be NOT to know that this is not happening. Oh wait... I forgot - they don't consider trans women, women, and [from the sounds of it] trans men don't exist so there's no issue in that regard. It will be hillarious when they start busting trans men for going into women's restrooms because their idiot laws requires they do. I still say that all out trans men should set up an event somewhere in the country where the law says a person must use the restroom that corresponds with their birth sex, have a "bathroom bill convention," and be sure to use the women's restrooms everywhere in that city/state they go. Some of these moron law makers and fear mongers need to be awakened to their idiocy and ignorance.
"Given the results of the election here in the US, we are aiming to help as many US-based trans people get their paperwork / legal documents (especially passports) in order in the time they have to do so before the rules surrounding those documents change. We’re primarily focused on giving financial aid to people...." -- transrelief.com
David Michael Conner | 11/11/2016 11:36 am ET "I can’t say whether he is one of the abusers who called me a faggot, who kicked me, flicked my ears, pinched and punched me in the locker room, and who ultimately caused me to read the suicide textbook “The Final Exit” and stockpile pills throughout my youth as an emergency escape hatch." -- huffingtonpost.com I Am Gay. I Will Not Be Tortured Again
""I was trying to see if I could get back into that program as a trans man, because I had the woman parts, but since I switched my identity over to male, everything says 'male,' then it doesn't count anymore," he added." -- nbcnews.com It's one thing to know what ailments affect certain groups the most.. but maybe it's about time that medicine, and especially insurance, stop dictating who can or can't be treated for what, and what someone will or won't be covered for. "...there is limited research to assess their risks for developing breast cancer, according to Deutsch. She said transgender women who are taking female hormones can develop the disease, but their overall risk remains a mystery." --nbcnews.com Does there have to be research done and completed before transwomen can be treated? Biological males can get breast cancer also - it's just not as common as in females, so either way, the chance is there. They can do research, but in the meantime, transgender women shouldn't be denied preventative care or treatments. Based on what appears to be practices that are quickly becoming antiquated and reasons for denying medical care being illogical, we could soon have large numbers of transgender people (at least in the US) dying from certain forms of cancer that insurance will not cover, and doctors do not/will not/can not screen for just because of the "M" or "F" on a person's records, with no regard to the parts they were [unfortunately] born with.
TG Guide has been my "home away from home" also. It's very rare that I don't sign in. And yes, I feel bonds with people here too. It is comforting to know that I can come here and read posts and makes post knowing that most everyone here understands most everyone else. There is little judgementalness, and there is always someone with an encouraging word, or a sympathetic word. Ooh... and nail polish does not the woman make. That's in your heart. The polish is just so much window dressing -Michael
"The prestigious school is finally distancing itself from its anti-trans reputation." Zack Ford |  October 2016 "In 1965, Johns Hopkins made history as the first academic institution to offer gender-affirming surgical procedures. Though the surgeries were experimental and geared toward research, they served as a model for teaching surgeons about the procedures that other schools then adopted." -- thinkprogress.org Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years