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  1. Pearson McKinney | June 19, 2016
    "The Navajo refer to Two Spirits as Nádleehí (one who is transformed), among the Lakota is Winkté (indicative of a male who has a compulsion to behave as a female), Niizh Manidoowag (two spirit) in Ojibwe, Hemaneh (half man, half woman) in Cheyenne, to name a few."  --  bipartisanreport.com
    Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
  2. Janell Ross May 18 at 7:30 AM
    "So too is the fact that Grace did so in protest against North Carolina's so-called bathroom law. Grace said she wanted to voice her opposition to what she considers North Carolina's "ridiculous law," requiring people to use public restrooms which correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate or run the risk of criminal charges. Grace told reporters she wanted to make a point: Trans people will not live in fear."  -- washingtonpost.com
    How easy is it to change the sex on your birth certificate?
  3. By Daniel Reynolds
    January 13 2016 4:24 PM EST
    "“Our community got really small-minded when it decided to breakdown this very inclusionary ordinance to just who is using the restroom next to me and what sex they are,” Ghazi told Comer. “The sole focus became restrooms and locker rooms. This is such a bigger human rights issue than just who’s in the stall next to you. It’s none of your business.”"  --advocate.com
    Patrons Praise a Pizza Shop's Gender-Neutral Bathroom
  4. Dear Friends,
     
    There are some excellent researchers that would like to in-depth interview and photograph transgender people over 50, preferably in their homes, but anywhere they feel comfortable.
     
    Please check out their website: http://www.tosurviveonthisshore.com
     
    Thank you in advance to all those who participate!
     
    Yours truly,
     
    Monica
  5. “Not so for Harmonix games, which have made admirable strides in bringing culturally-universal musical experiences to the living room. Interestingly, when it comes to Dance Central, allowing players total freedom to choose how they physically express themselves -- including the extent to which they want to gender their movements -- has been a considered and intentional process.” - Leigh Alexander

    Harmonix on gender, self-expression
  6. California

    “Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October legislation clarifying the definition of “gender” in California. The law, AB 887, makes it clear that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and “gender expression” is prohibited.” - The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

    State law tweaks definition of ‘gender’
  7. Swartmore College, PA

    ““Guys wear a dress, girls wear less” may not be the best (albeit informal) slogan for a party with good intentions, even if it has been a pretty accurate description of Genderf#<ks of years past. And while it even has this year’s planning committee cringing, it is clear Genderf#<ks is going to have to change more than its slogan if it’s going to f*** anything this year.” - Maxwell Nesterak

    Administration Won’t Consent to Genderf#<king, Yet
  8. Posted: 04/20/2012 9:36 am Updated: 04/20/2012 9:36 am
    "The preliminary study by Laura Case, Ramachandran’s student, raises the prospect of a new category of transgenderism. “Alternating gender incongruity (AGI),” the neuropsychiatric term the researchers have tentatively proposed, describes the involuntary change of gender identity, along with perceived phantom sex characteristics, a tendency toward ambidexterity and bipolar disorder, all signs that suggest a biological basis for AGI."

    'Alternating Gender Incongruity' Causes Rapid Shifts Of Gender, Scientist Claims



    Read more on Ramachandran's studies in the thread begun by Shannon in April 2008. The topic sparked quite a bit of discussion.
  9. By Anna Edwards
    PUBLISHED: 07:08 EST, 25 October 2012 | UPDATED: 19:22 EST, 25 October 2012
    A city is proposing to ban titles such as Mr, Mrs, Miss and Ms in case they offend the transgender community.

    Councillors in Brighton will vote on the proposal to remove the words from official forms and paperwork after complaints that they forced people to ‘choose between genders’.

    The proposal is backed by Brighton and Hove City Council deputy leader Phelim MacCafferty, who has called the titles 'useless'.

    But the new proposal has been branded 'political correctness gone too far' by an opposition councillor who says the idea is 'ludicrous'.. -dailymail.co.uk

    Brighton Council plans to remove Mr and Mrs titles from all documents to protect city's transgender community from offence
  10. BY Lucas Grindley, December 21 2012 4:02 PM ET
    "Then the Pope goes on at some length to insist that God created a "duality" in gender that is "an essential aspect of what being human is all about." He said people are trying to "decide" their genders, calling transgender people a "manipulation of nature."" --advocate.com

    In Christmas Speech, Pope Rants About Gender





    I wondered when the Pope would get around to us, so wrapped up and concerned about gay/lesbian issues as he has been...


  11. The Social Security Administration announced Friday a policy change long sought by advocates that will protect the privacy of transgender people and make it easier for transgender people to update their gender designation on necessary Social Security documents.

    http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2013/06/social-security-to-ease-requirements-for-transgend.html
  12. Okay, Finally SSA makes Changes to Policy on Gender marker.

    Yup you read that right. It's a new day and the sun just came out, So finally your in for getting this one done then going to the drivers licence office and getting that fixed as well ( because most states wont change gender marker or name unless it has been changed at Social Security first. Congratulations it is Glorious I tell you.

    So Read this from SSA:

    http://ssa-custhelp....security-record


    Here's the cool section and what that means to you:

    "or a medical certification of appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition in the form of an original letter from a licensed physician)."

    Now, what this means is your no longer required to have SRS and a letter stating such action has occurred by the preforming Surgeon, Now you simply need a Letter From your Doctor, or Psychologist, both of whom have Degree's stating they are either A, Ph.D or Psy.D both will suffice in the Licensed Physician aspect of the ruling .

    Now for the Letters They should look something like these examples:


    I,' (physician’s' full' name),' (physician’s' medical' license' or' certificate' number),' (issuing' U.S.'
    State/Foreign' Country' of' medical' license/certificate),' (DEA' Registration' number' or'
    comparable'foreign'designation),'am'the'physician'of'(name'of'patient),'with'whom'I'have'a'
    doctor/patient'relationship'and'whom'I'have'treated'(or'with'whom'I'have'a'doctor/patient'
    relationship'and'whose'medical'history'I'have'reviewed'and'evaluated).'
    (Name'of'patient)'has'had'appropriate'clinical' treatment' for'gender' transition' to the'new'
    gender'(specify'new'gender'male'or'female).
    I'declare'under'penalty'of'perjury'under'the'laws'of'the'United'States'that'the' forgoing'is'
    true'and'correct.
    Signature
    Typed'Name
    Date

    2nd:


    I,'(physician’s'full'name),'(physician’s'medical'license'or'certificate'number),'(issuing'U.S.'
    State/Foreign'Country'of'medical'license/certificate),'(DEA'Registration'number'or'comparable'
    foreign'designation),'am'the'physician'of'(name'of'patient),'with'whom'I'have'a'doctor/patient'
    relationship'and'whom'I'have'treated'for'____________.
    _______________ has'been'diagnosed'with'GID'and'meets'the'DSMPIV'criteria'for'Gender'
    Identity'Disorder'(302.85);
    According'to'international'guidelines'set'forth'in'the'World'Professional'Association'for'
    Transgender'Health'(WPATH),'it'is'now'necessary'for'the'patient'to'live'fullPtime'for'at'least'one'
    year'in'the'new'gender,'in'preparation'for'the'upcoming'Gender'Reassignment'Surgery;
    __________ is irrevocably committed to'the'sex'change'procedure;'(exact'wording'is'extremely'
    important)
    It'is'appropriate'at'this'time'to'grant'the'patient’s'request'for'name'change'and'gender'marker'
    change,'and'that'doing'so'will'provide'the'ability'to'correct'his/her'personal'identification'to'
    reflect'his/her'new'role;

    (Name'of'patient)'has'had'appropriate'clinical' treatment' for'gender' transition' to the'new'
    gender'(specify'new'gender'male'or'female).
    I'declare'under'penalty'of'perjury'under'the'laws'of'the'United'States'that'the' forgoing'is'
    true'and'correct.
    Signature
    Typed'Name
    Date

    The second letter will work as well for petitioning the court for a legal name change/gender change, do them both at the same time and have the same case code on both or you'll end up paying twice for the documents to be processed through the court.

    So recap:

    First Get Name Change and gender if allowed in your state, if not that's a matter for later.

    Second get Letters from doctors I suggest one of each from Both doctors. the letters are to be originals on the doctors letterhead , get an additional copy if you wish to do your passport because it requires the same letter to make proper changes.

    Third get Drivers license done . Using a copy of letters should get this done as well as the courts name change. All have to be original's or certified Copies.

    Fourth take your new SS card, Drivers license, and name change to all respective locations that have you under old name and gender. ie: Bank, Utilities, Lease or Mortgage co, Phone, you get it.

    So cool I can't stop grinning.

    All the best
    Stephani
  13. Mitch Kellaway | June 02 2014 3:01 PM ET
    "Being misgendered after death "sends a message, really a pretty strong signal to the rest of the community, that your wishes around your gender, your identity, your life as this person, who you are doesn’t matter and can be completely erased once you’re not here to stand up for yourself," Ilona Turner, legal director for the Transgender Law Center, told The California Report." --advocate.com

    Calif. Assembly Passes Bill to Respect Trans People’s Gender on Death Certificates


  14. http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/09/28/new-law-gives-trans-californians-respect-after-death