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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsFuneral for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn Moved Because of 'Threats'"The funeral for an Ohio transgender teen whose death and suicide note struck a chord across the country was moved Friday and held privately after threats against the family. Leelah Alcorn, 17, died Sunday after writing in an online diary that her parents didn't accept that she identified as female.
Tim Tripp, the family minister at Northeast Church of Christ in Cincinnati, told NBC News the funeral had been moved to a private location because "the times and dates had been publicized, and the family's received threats." Tripp wouldn't specify what threats surrounded the funeral, other than to say the family had heard there would be "disruptions." Mourners arriving at the church Friday found a sign on the door announcing the service's postponement. Jeff Hartmann, of Hodapp Funeral Home, said the private service was held there Friday morning. He said Alcorn's body was to be cremated..."
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsGender-bending fairy doll sparks outrage in Argentina
A fairy doll that has a female body with male genitalia has sparked outrage in Argentina.
The toy came to note after a mother shared pictures of it on Facebook, after her three-year-old was playing with it.
In addition to having long hair, a dress, make-up and fairy wings, peeking under its clothes reveals a bulge in the shape of male genitalia.
It is not known whether the extra feature of the doll – which was made in China and sold in a discount shop – was intentional, or whether it is a manufacturing defect...
Read more: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/12/22/gender-bending-fairy-doll-sparks-outrage-in-argentina/
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsNew York's Transgender Residents Will Now Be Able To Change Birth Certificate Sex Designation Without Surgery"Members of New York's transgender community and advocates are praising the city council's vote to pass legislation making it easier for residents to correct the sex designation on their birth certificates.
The bill, which passed passed 39-4 with three abstentions, will allow transgender New Yorkers to change the birth certificate designation without proof they have had gender confirmation surgery, officials from the Empire State Pride Agenda confirmed to The Huffington Post in an email statement..."
Read More: http://www.huffingto..._n_6290590.html
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsRight-Wingers Want Constitutional Amendment Banning Trans People"Members of the Family Research Council have called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would forbid the federal government to legal recognizing anyone's gender if it was not consistent with what the person was assigned at birth..."
Read more: http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/12/11/right-wingers-want-constitutional-amendment-banning-trans-people
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsCalifornia Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' DefensesBY PARKER MARIE MOLLOY | SEPTEMBER 29 2014 4:19 PM ET
"In a groundbreaking move, the state takes a stand against defendants being able to use a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity as justification for murder.
With the stroke of Governor Jerry Brown's pen, California has become the first state in the U.S. to officially ban the use of "trans panic" and "gay panic" defenses in court..."
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsGene Therapy a Possible Alternative Future Transition Route?"On the surface, it looks as if our identity as male or female is determined in the womb. The decision seems final – a genetic switch flicks towards either setting, and locks into place for the rest of our lives.
This tidy image is wrong. Two recent studies in mice have shown that the switch isn’t locked – it’s held under constant tension by two rival genes – DMRT1 and FOXL2. It’s a tug-of-war fought over sexual fate, which goes on throughout our lives. Take away either contestant, and its adversary pulls the switch to the opposite setting. Ovaries can transform into testes and vice versa, even in adults..." read more
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender CrimeCop Arrested After Altercation Involving Gun, Trans Women"More details are now emerging regarding an early morning shooting involving an off-duty police officer and three individuals, two of whom are transgender. The police officer involved in the incident, who has not been identified, has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated -- and LGBT advocates are planning an immediate response..."
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender CrimeIn NYPD Custody, Trans People Get Chained to Fences and Poles"A trans woman says that when she was arrested for a minor subway violation, NYPD officers belittled her, called her names, asked about her genitals — and kept her chained to a fence for 28 hours. Now she's suing. And it turns out she's far from alone..."
Read the article: http://jezebel.com/5...ences-and-poles
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings'Trans-parency' in the workplaceStudy finds that transsexuals who are open about their gender identity have greater job satisfaction and commitment
Transsexual individuals who identify themselves as such in the workplace are more likely to have greater satisfaction and commitment to their job than transsexuals who do not, according to a new study from Rice University and Pennsylvania State University.
"Trans-parency in the Workplace: How the Experiences of Transsexual Employees Can Be Improved" will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Vocational Behavior. For the study, researchers surveyed 88 transsexuals across the nation about their workplace experiences to determine what factors impact their job satisfaction and organizational commitment.
"The workplace is becoming a much more diverse place," said Michelle Hebl, study co-author and professor of psychology at Rice. "The demographic makeup of employees is shifting due to a host of factors, such as flexible work hours, increased telecommuting, greater accessibility and protective organizational policies. Almost no empirical research has been done on transsexuals' experiences whatsoever. Our research sheds light on this severely understudied population's common workplace experiences and how such experiences can be improved."
The study's main finding revealed that transsexuals who are open with others about their gender identity in the workplace are happier and more productive workers than those who are not open. In addition, individuals who were more open with their family and friends about their lifestyle and who identified strongly as transsexuals were more likely to disclose their gender identity in the workplace than transsexuals who were less open and did not identify as transsexuals as strongly.
Co-author and Rice graduate student Larry Martinez said the study demonstrates the importance of a strong support system, both in and out of the workplace...
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsIndonesia's transgender couples surrounded by fear and persecutionKate Hodal reports on the dangers of defying taboos in the world's most populous Muslim country
It was anything but a normal wedding. The identity cards were forged, the groom's parents refused to attend, and only a handful of friends were invited. The event was so taboo it could have end with the bride and groom in jail.
"That day I felt like a freedom fighter, like liberty itself," says 28-year-old Noah of his Indonesian wedding, with the photograph album of last year's ceremony spread open across his knees. "But the truth is, we have no choice but to keep it a secret."
"It" is the fact that Noah, a small-boned man with teenage acne, a gelled-back crew cut and wispy moustache, is not yet – in the eyes of his government – a man.
One of a growing number of Indonesia's transgender people, Noah – who was born female, but is now pre-op female to male – is defying considerable sociocultural taboos in the world's most populous Muslim country to become who he feels he is: "A man who just wants to be with the person I love."
"There's no shortcut for this," he says, quietly, of his transgender life. "You have to plan everything – how to fit into society, how to act like a man, how to behave 'normally'. If you don't, you face discrimination – and physical, sexual and verbal abuse."
There are no official figures for the number of transgender people currently living in Indonesia. "She-males" – or waria – are some of the most socially visible, with the most famous among them, talkshow host Dorce Gamalama, considered the Indonesian Oprah.
But the transgender life is not easy in Indonesia. While legally allowed to marry, they can do so only after successfully completing realignment surgery, a prohibitively expensive process which costs 200m rupiah (£14,300). They must also wait for a government-issued identity card declaring their new gender.
In a nation where the average annual income is 20m rupiah, (£1,430) many transgenders and their partners are forced instead to lead what are, technically, same-sex relationships.
"This is a grey area in Indonesian law," says Yuli Rustinawati of the Jakarta-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity Arus Pelangi (Rainbow Stream). "The national government recognises sex but not gender, or – in other words – the result of realignment surgery, but not the process."
While neither LGBT persons nor same-sex relations are prohibited by the Indonesian state of 240 million, 80% of whom are Muslim, local governments vary in how they handle it.
Many states, such as south Sumatra, use anti-prostitution laws to restrict the rights of LGBT people, where "prostitution" is widely defined to include homosexual sex and lesbianism, as well as pornography and sexual abuse. In the sharia state of Aceh, gay sex is punishable by jail, while waria, once nationally deemed cacat, or mentally ill, are now categorised along with the homeless as a "social welfare problem".
According to Sardjono Sigit, of Gaya Nusantara, an LGBT rights group based in Surabaya, east Java, such laws simply prove that "LGBT people in Indonesia are still regarded as freaks who are part of some 'special community'."
"As an 'entertainer', an LGBT person can be free to express their sexuality as part of their 'performance'," he says. "But in daily life, they're still expected to behave as heterosexuals..."
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsNot conforming to gender is not a disorder, says groupPeople who do not conform to their gender roles or cultural expectations do not have a disorder, declared the health association for professionals who treat transgender patients.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, composed of doctors, psychologists and others professionals, updated its standard of care for the first time in 10 years and announced its revisions this week at its conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This international group, called WPATH, meets every two years.
“People who don’t fit cultural expectations of what it means to be male or female are not inherently disordered,” said Eli Coleman, who chaired a committee to update the WPATH standard of care. “Society stigmatizes these individuals and we have prejudice and discrimination. This causes a lot of people distress.”
But some people have gender dysphoria, a condition in which they feel uncomfortable with their bodies because they don’t match their gender. This causes mental distress that can be relieved by making changes to their appearance, body or hormones, Coleman said. At other times, gender dysphoria does not need medical interventions.
“It’s not a lifetime diagnosis,” said Coleman, professor and director of Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “Some people learn that they can feel comfortable if they’re allowed to express their gender in some manner that doesn’t necessarily require hormonal or surgical sex requirements.”
WPATH also called reparative therapies – those that seek to change the person - “unethical.” Coleman likening them to treatments that were designed to turn gay people into heterosexuals.
“Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success, particularly in the long term,” the guidelines stated. “Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.”
Also another controversial issue around transgender health is when children should receive medical interventions.
Hormone treatments prevent children from experiencing puberty of their sex. Girls who feel more like boys take hormone-suppressing medications so they will not develop breasts and start menstruating. Boys who identify as girls can take blockers to avoid developing broad shoulders, deep voice and facial hair. The drugs put their puberty on pause, so they can figure out whether to transition gender.
The protocol is that hormonal interventions should not be given to a child until he or she has started puberty and has a documented history of gender dysphoria, Coleman said. The guidelines do not state an age when it’s OK to start hormone-blockers, because puberty starts at different ages for all kids.
Here are the guidelines for hormone treatment for teens:
• The teenager has a long-lasting pattern of gender nonconformity or gender dysphoria
• Gender dysphoria emerged or worsened with the onset of puberty. Tanner Stages are predictable sequences of puberty. Children should be at least be at Tanner Stage 2, in which boys will get enlarging scrotum and testes, and girls will see the signs of breast development.
• Any co-existing psychological, medical, or social problems that could interfere with treatment have been addressed.
• The teenager has given informed consent or parents or guardians have consented to treatment and support the individual.
The Endocrine Society also has recommendations – for endocrine specialists and also advises that hormone blockers start only after girls and boys show signs of physical changes confirmed by levels of estrogen and testosterone.
Hormone blockers are reversible, because once a child stops taking drugs, natural puberty begins.
If a teen decides he or she wants to transition to the other gender, that individual can elect to receive either estrogen or testosterone. The use of cross-gender hormones is partially irreversible and that decision should be made with the teenager, the family and the treatment team.
But irreversible interventions like gender reassignment surgery should be held off until adulthood, the group recommended.
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsViolent Attacks On Transgender People Raise Alarmby Beenish Ahmed
September 29, 2011
A series of shootings and violent attacks put Washington, D.C.'s transgender community on edge this summer. Police hesitate to call the attacks hate crimes, but they've stepped up their patrols. Still, the transgender community is demanding more action.
It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Dix Street in northeast Washington. The neighborhood is a popular gathering place for transgender women, but tensions arose when Lashai Mclean, 23, was murdered here in late July.
Days after the shooting, transgender activists Earline Budd and Ruby Corado held a vigil for Mclean. Today marks the first time they've returned to the site since then — and they are shocked by what they see.
The singed and severed legs of a teddy bear are strewn across the street, and floral bouquets are charred black. Corado and Budd find that the makeshift memorial they had left behind has been torched.
Budd sees the vandalism as an omen.
"It was a clear message to us that we're not welcome, and that what happened to Lashai could happen to any of us," she says.
Days after Mclean's murder, another transgender woman was shot, just one block away.
And on Aug. 26, an off-duty police officer stood on the hood of a car and shot through its windshield, hitting two transgender women and a male friend, wounding one critically. The officer is a 20-year veteran of the city's police force and is currently in jail, awaiting trial.
The most recent assault in the area took place Sept. 12, when a transgender woman was shot in the neck.
Although police do not believe these crimes to be related, for Corado, they signal a culture of hate. She thinks the police need to do more.
"We have become the target, and someone has to be responsible for it," she says. "In my opinion, it really starts with the accountability of those that are out there to protect us."
As we talk in the street, police arrive at the vandalized memorial and begin collecting parts of it as evidence. D.C. Police Commander Robert Contee is among those who arrived on the scene.
"We've definitely stepped up patrols over here in this area. We've assigned additional resources," he says. "There are quite a few things that are going on over here. [We're] just talking to a lot of people to see if we can gain more insight into the offense."
The violence that has struck Washington's transgender community is alarming, but not unusual, according to a national poll released this year.
"There is no safe city — there is no safe state — for transgender people in the United States," says Lisa Mottet, a co-author of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.
The study, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, surveyed nearly 6,500 transgender Americans.
"Overall, we found that 26 percent of transgender folks had experienced some type of physical assault because they were transgender," Mottet says.
And well over half of those polled said they have experienced serious discrimination. This includes being incarcerated, evicted, or fired because of their gender identity.
Washington, along with other jurisdictions, has extended legal protections to transgender people.
Ten years ago, only two states had such laws. Now, 15 states do.
But Mottet says it isn't up to policymakers and police officers alone to curb discrimination against transgender people: It's up to society as a whole.
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsFor Transgender Americans, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Not EnoughThe discriminatory military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially came to an end early this morning.
For 17 years, the law, originally an attempt to help gay and lesbian servicemembers instead forced them into the closet and resulted in thousands of dismissals. The legislation meant that closeted LGB people could serve free of harassment, but that servicemembers could be discharged if their sexual orientation became public.
Now that the much anticipated repeal is finally taking effect, soldiers are coming out, marching in pride parades, telling their stories, and rightly celebrating.
We should celebrate this victory for what it is: One step along the road to justice for LGBT people.
And while that’s reason to applaud the repeal, it’s vital that we also cannot ignore the fact that transgender people are still unable to serve.
The law banning people from serving in the military based on sexual orientation (included in various forms since the Revolutionary War) was the only thing amended by DADT and then again by its repeal. The U.S. military considers transgender people medically unfit to serve based on diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder” and/or genital surgery, labeled by the military as “major abnormalities and defects of the genitalia.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network issued a joint statement last week reminding transgender servicemembers the risks involved with coming out.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the NCTE says, "While we are happy to see the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' we are troubled that the military still expels some members of our community simply because of who they are. Transgender people continue to serve our country honorably, and our country needs to do the same for transgender service members by reexamining this outdated ban."
"Transgender Americans defend our nation every day, serving with pride and distinction at home and abroad. As we celebrate the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on September 20, we also recognize that ending this terrible law is not enough to secure full LGBT equality in the military, and at SLDN, we are committed to ensuring that every qualified American who wishes to serve our nation is able to do so," said Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis...
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Shannon added a topic in Transgender News & HappeningsChaz Bono: Fox Anchor Battles O'Reilly To Support Transgender Communityby David Badash on September 16, 2011
in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly battled fellow Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last night, and reiterated her support of Chaz Bono and the transgender community in an on-air segment. Kelly earlier had interviewed fellow Fox associate Dr. Keith Ablow and excoriated him for his online Fox column and later comments that children could become transgender just by watching Chaz Bono on “Dancing With The Stars...”
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