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  1. "Two rival male news helicopter pilots embroiled in a bitter feud over OJ Simpson’s infamous car chase have bonded 20 years later — over their choice to both become women..." Read more: http://nypost.com/20...n-best-friends/
  2. "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..." More: http://www.nbcnews.c...threats-n278541
  3. 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/
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. Then again, back in the day... :)
  7. BY 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..." http://www.advocate.com/crime/2014/09/29/california-becomes-first-state-ban-gay-trans-panic-defenses
  8. As I understand it, the problem with piercing guns is that they use the stud itself as the piercing needle. This method creates a puncture wound, which basically equates to localized trauma of the tissue (i.e., a micro-bullet wound). Such puncture wounds can easily heal improperly, which, in turn can lead to infections, sensitivity and other problems down the road. The better alternative is to use a hollow needle, like a hypodermic needle, which simply punches out a small core and tends to heal faster and cleaner. This is even more important in regards to cartilage piercings. I think most places that do tattooing and body piercings use hollow needle method. Just make sure the place is clean , reputable and properly licensed. ~Shannon
  9. "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
  10. Looks like this person has some transgender issues of their own, and they have been convinced by some church charlatans that being trans is somehow a sin. To be honest, I have neither the stomach nor the patience to watch all of his videos, but from what I did see, as much as he is externalizing his religiously-driven transphobia by posting these videos, it also seems pretty obvious that he has very heavily internalized it as well. While he definitely seems like an ignorant tool, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for this person. The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one.
  11. Sadly, this isn't the first time I've seen reports of transgender individuals being harassed or discriminated against by DMV employees. What I'm wondering is when, exactly, did the Department of Motor Vehicles become the Department of Gender Enforcement? <_<
  12. "The homosexual agenda is destroying this nation; it's just a fact," Kern declares." Article: http://www.365gay.com/Newscon08/03/031008ok.htm Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPB7bTdz2xQ
  13. "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..." More: http://dcist.com/201...ns_violence.php
  14. The term 'transsexual' (third gender or she-male as they are locally known) is often mistaken for homosexuality in the Arab world and is considered highly sinful in Islam. This is why most Arab transsexuals, especially men, prefer keeping a low profile. In some Arab countries, they can face jail sentences for dressing or acting like the opposite sex. In some cases they can even be punished or killed by their families. It is far easier for a woman to have a sex change operation and become a man. For instance, the recent Yemeni case of Nabila who discovered after a two-year marriage that she had been born male with a deformed masculine reproductive organ that had been reversed into her body since birth. On the other hand, a man who becomes a woman is seen to have dishonored the family since women are more vulnerable than men in the Arab world. Locally, In January 2003, the first case of its kind in Kuwait, an unnamed transsexual submitted papers to the court proving that she had a sex-change operation and asked for a legal gender change to become a female. In April 2004, in an unprecedented ruling, a Kuwaiti court ruled that a 25-year-old man who underwent a sex-change surgery could be officially considered a woman. The judges were apparently guided by a religious edict allowing gender change if there are medical reasons for it, according to an Al-Azhar fatwa (religious edict). The ruling was approved by a higher court before it was finalized. In an attempt to 'protect its youth' in June 2008, the Kuwaiti government stepping up a campaign to 'rid' the country of gay and transsexual citizens. This came after Kuwait's Parliament passed a law criminalizing 'imitating the appearance of the opposite sex' in December the previous year. The amendment states that "any person committing an indecent act in a public place, or imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex, shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding KD 1,000." Kuwait does not allow transgender people to change their legal identity to match the gender they live, or to adapt their physical appearance through gender reassignment surgery. As a result of the new dress-code passed in December 2007, 14 transsexuals were arrested and reportedly ill-treated in detention, according to the Human Rights Watch. All of those detained were held in the Tahla Prison, where police and prison guards reportedly subjected the detainees to physical and psychological abuse. Reportedly, according to prison authorities, the 'confused men' were held in solitary confinement and their heads were shaved as a punishment. A number of them later met with several parliamentarians. They handed them a petition and asked for their support because they suffered from an 'illness.' They complained that the current legislation does not take their psychological and physical circumstances into consideration... http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=MTIzNjc2MzI2MQ==
  15. The University of Pennsylvania has approved health-insurance coverage for students who want sex-change surgeries and related treatments, officials said Wednesday. Penn president Amy Gutmann recently approved the coverage, which the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee had recommended, university spokesman Ron Ozio said. The benefit applies to students who participate in the Penn Student Insurance Plan, which is available to students who do not have health coverage through their families or other means. All Penn students must have some form of health insurance. About 8,000 to 9,000 of Penn's more than 20,000 students annually buy the school insurance, Ozio said. The transgender coverage will be available this fall. The coverage for surgery is capped at $50,000, Ozio said. The benefit also would pay for psychotherapy and hormonal treatments that go with the surgery. Ozio said the premium increase for students would be small because very few - if any - students would likely take advantage of the coverage. "It's going to end up being a few cents [more] per student," said Dennie Zastrow, 22, a senior and former board chairman of Lambda Alliance, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Penn. Zastrow said students who had the school insurance - largely graduate students - paid about $2,000 a year for coverage. He said he had pushed for the insurance benefit to bring more attention to the needs of the transgender community. He added that the coverage would bring the health benefits in line with the university's nondiscrimination policy. The university's policy is to not discriminate based on "gender identity," Ozio said. Bob Schoenberg, director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Penn, said employees at the university should also have the coverage. "Frankly, I think it's only a matter of time," said Schoenberg, a Penn employee. "It's a little bit inequitable to have coverage for students but not for staff." http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/pa/20100415_Penn_OKs_coverage_for_sex-change_surgeries_for_students_in_health_plan.html
  16. "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
  17. Thank you Lori! I really like that you've added this feature - and I think a lot of other people will like it too! :)
  18. Shannon

    When Kathy is Keith

    I think that perhaps the reason the word "want" grates on you so badly when it is used in this context is because it is so easily twisted into the language of our detractors - the language that says that being transgender (or gay or lesbian or bisexual) is a choice and not simply how someone was born. Once something becomes a choice, instead of being a perfectly natural part of human diversity, it becomes quite simple to assert that some other choice would be the superior choice. The very suggestion that gender identity and sexual orientation are choices that people make also sets the stage for demonizing those who are different as being wrong or immoral. To this end, such language also helps to create and maintain a fascade of credibility for the reparative therapy movement, as well as other anti-GLBT organizations. A little aside to this story: A few weeks ago an acquaintance mentioned to me that a certain person in my community apparently does not approve of my lifestyle. Usually I let these things roll off my back, and just reply with something like "Well, that's their problem". This time, however, it really stuck in my craw. Not because somebody doesn't approve of me (I'm quite used to that). What irritated me was the erroneous assumption that my identity somehow equates to a lifestyle. :angry:
  19. Study 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... http://www.eurekaler...ru-it111711.php
  20. I have probably posted this somewhere here before, but since we now have a special section for transgender videos I thought it might bear re-posting. ~Shannon "Many babies are born intersex with genitals that did not fully develop in the womb. In such situations, most doctors declare a state of medical emergency, and quickly move to operate in an effort to "fix" the child and give it the appearance of either a male or female. But this intervention is not always welcome: Many intersex adults that were surgically changed in infancy now insist they should have been given a choice in the matter. In many cases the gender they were assigned at birth does not match the gender they grew to believe they were. This begs a larger question: How much of our gender identity is formed by nature and how much by nurture? "Sex: Unknown" delves into the complex world of gender identity."
  21. Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison (USA). Documentary by Janet Baus & Dan Hunt. (2006) IMDb: Imagine being a woman in a men's prison. For many individuals, this is a grim reality because the U.S. prison system decides where to place inmates based on their genitalia, not their gender identity. This award-winning documentary makes an unflinching examination of transgender women in men's prisons. PART 1: PART 2: PART 3: PART 4: PART 5: PART 6: PART 7:
  22. Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. Two Spirits tells compelling stories about traditions that were once widespread among the indigenous cultures of North America. The film explores the contemporary lives and history of Native two-spirit people — who combine the traits of both men and women with qualities that are also unique to individuals who express multiple genders. The Navajo believe that to maintain harmony, there must be a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and the masculine within the individual, in families, in the culture, and in the natural world. Two Spirits reveals how these beliefs are expressed in a natural range of gender diversity. For the first time on film, it examines the Navajo concept of nádleehí, “one who constantly transforms.” In Navajo culture, there are four genders; some indigenous cultures recognize more. Native activists working to renew their cultural heritage adopted the English term “two-spirit” as a useful shorthand to describe the entire spectrum of gender and sexual expression that is better and more completely described in their own languages. The film demonstrates how they are revitalizing two-spirit traditions and once again claiming their rightful place within their tribal communities. Two Spirits mourns the young Fred Martinez and the threatened disappearance of the two-spirit tradition, but it also brims with hope and the belief that we all are enriched by multi-gendered people, and that all of us — regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or cultural heritage — benefit from being free to be our truest selves. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/two-spirits/film.html *** Unfortunately, the above link just goes to the page for this documentary. At the moment I can't find the entire documentary on line (it is, however, available for $3 rental fee at iTunes). When it becomes available for free I'll update this thread with a link. ~Shannon
  23. Kate 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..." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/16/indonesia-transgender-couples-persecution
  24. People 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. http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/27/not-conforming-to-gender-is-not-a-disorder-says-group/
  25. Shannon

    Cried last night

    That was very sweet of your fiancé!!! I hope she is recovering well. :)