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  1. Hi all, Well, since last I wrote I have become unemployed – YAY! It was by choice, I had been planning on going back to school part-time when my employer offered a reasonably generous “buy out” package, so I took it – this way I can go back to school full-time and finish in 2 years instead of 3 (I’ll be attending NYU in the fall, going for a Masters in Social Work). So for the next 2 months, until Orientation on August 31, I am completely free. What I hadn’t considered was the “identity crisis” that would create – let’s face it, most people identify by their job, and I currently have none, and although I’m registered for classes, I haven’t really started being a student yet either. That brings me to the main point of this entry!!! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I now have GRS (or SRS if you prefer) scheduled for December 27. Because this is sooner than we had been discussing, my therapist asked if we could start meeting twice a week for a while – she’s (hopefully) writing one of the letters I’ll need, so she wants to make sure we cover what needs to be covered. I’m fine with that – I have the time, I like her, and I think it’s important work (I don’t like the fact that the WPATH standards call for more than informed consent for surgery, but I still think it’s important to make sure you know what you’re getting into. As a starting point, I started a “list” of things that I think I should be aware of, considering, etc., in connection with GRS – I wanted to post that here and seek feedback – either additional items for the list, comments on the things I listed, whatever – and hopefully this can be of some help to others who are planning or even thinking about GRS J So here’s my list – just bullet-point form, for now without any details on my thoughts - and in no particular order: · How will peeing be different? · How will orgasms be different? · Clothing will fit different · I will feel more completely – fully a woman · I’ve had a penis all my life – is it possible I’d miss it? · What will care and “maintenance” be like? · Are there new health issues to be concerned about? And are any health concerns being eliminated? · There’s no going back = unlike other parts of transitioning which are, more or less “reversible” · I probably have a better chance at a relationship as a gay man than as a straight woman – and this removes being able to “present” as a gay man · Could I handle regret if it lasted long-term? And I really, really want to emphasize that these are literally any thought or question I could think of – some of them seem more important to me, some of them barely register in terms of importance, but I think it’s necessary to address everything that you can think of. At this risk of sounding prematurely defensive, I say that just to preclude anyone from saying that “if X is really important you shouldn’t proceed with the surgery!”
  2. Peter Hancock | June 2, 2016 "His remarks came during debate over a nonbinding resolution condemning the Obama administration's new guidelines on Title IX compliance that instruct schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms and to participate in other sex-segregated activities that correspond to their gender identity." --ljworld.com Psychiatric consensus: Kansas lawmaker’s claim that transgender people are ‘insane’ is false, misguided
  3. 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?
  4. Krystin Arneson | April 26, 2016 12:00 pm "Of course it's not just a human-rights issue they're taking a stand on: Businesses can suffer if discriminatory laws pass. In Nashville, for example, leaders in tourism and entertainment are worried about boycotts that could lead to lost hotel rooms and shows pulling the productions from the city. They might be right: Viacom—Country Music Television's parent company—has also been publicly condemning discriminatory bills. And Lionsgate, which films Nashville, in, well, Nashville, moved 100 jobs from North Carolina after the state passed a similar bill." --glamour.com These 70 Companies You Use Every Day Are Among Those Taking a Stand for Transgender Rights
  5. "Questioning your gender identity can be at once terrifying and liberating. Here’s a starter pack of 10 awesome books that span a range of experiences, and can be incredibly affirming when you’re having 'gender trouble.'" --shewired.com 10 Must-Read Books When You’re Having Gender Questions
  6. 28 May 2015 | David Hudson "But does that reasoning really hold true? The ever-evolving state of the law in this area shows this reasoning is weak and provides strong support for employers, including protections in equal employment opportunity (EEO), anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation policies for all their LGBT employees." --gaystarnews.com Why your company needs to get its sexual orientation and trans policies in order
  7. February 9th 2015 Aron Macarow • @aronmoshe_m "Facebook was able to acknowledge the need for alternate gender choices, giving users 50 new gender options in 2014. Non-binary, trans, and intersex Americans are still waiting for the US government to recognize the complexity of gender identity, however, and will likely continue to wait." -- attn.com These Seven Countries are Way Ahead of the US on Trans Issues
  8. Hi everyone, how's life treating you? I put up a previous post about my biography book in Transgender Spotlight - Transgender Books & Print Media. with a link to a positive article featured in a tabloid newspaper so you could get a feel for my story. Below is a link for the radio interview I did, discussing the book and my views in depth; with poignant backing tracks. http://www.mixcloud.com/vinnyhurrell/to-say-my-mum-was-horrified-would-be-an-understatement-alicia-perry-on-her-journey-as-transgender/ I'm trying hard to promote positivity, inspiration and education to the world stage, 1 reader/listener at a time. I hope you will join in on my journey and take comfort in knowing, no matter what you have or what you don't, it's what's on the inside that matters. And remember there's always someone here fighting for you and your right for acceptance. I salute you brothers and sisters! Stay Blessed for now, Alicia
  9. Rebecca Juro | July 11 2014 "“Well, most Americans don’t think about their ID much. They bring it out all the time. You have to use it a couple times a day in many cases,” Keisling told Holmes, “In our post-9/11 world, you can’t have a job … you can’t go shopping, you can’t, you know, buy a beer, you can’t open a bank account. So you can’t participate fully in society unless you have ID that matches who you are.”" --advocate.com Mara Keisling on MSNBC: Trans People Need Proper ID to 'Participate Fully in Society'
  10. Parker Marie Molloy | June 03 2014 4:21 PM ET "Less than 10 percent of Americans know someone who is transgender. Just Gender seeks to put a face to the often abstract idea that many associate with the word "transgender," focusing on the various experiences and challenges many trans people face regularly." --advocate.com Trans Documentary Just Gender Launches Nationwide Screening Series (w/Trailer)
  11. Parker Marie Molloy | June 05 2014 10:42 AM ET ""This is tremendous news for transgender people across the country who were born in New York State," said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. "A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. This will ensure that transgender people can obtain accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are. It also means they will stop being subjected to harassment and discrimination in areas like employment where identification is essential to proving eligibility to work.”" --advocate.com Trans New Yorkers Celebrate Birth Certificate News
  12. 08 January 2014 | Greg Hernandez "Sharon Brown, director of human resources at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, watched the exchange on Couric's show and tells Gay Star News she is surprised such a veteran journalist would ask such a question." --gaystarnews.com Katie Couric asks transgender guests about their private parts, gets an education ______________________________ Okay... so maybe Couric's guests didn't really "castigate" her in the absolute sense of the word...but they certainly put their point across. Hopefully, Couric and other journalists will learn from this interview, and we will never again have to hear someone being asked about SRS - especially when it's clearly being asked for the sake of gossip or sensationalism, or because someone believes they have a free pass to ask anything and everything simply because s/he is a journalist. Which personally...I think sensationalism is the only bill such a question can fill, as it otherwise serves no purpose except to sate the public's greed for being all up in peoples' business! Sharon Brown, LAGLC, indicated that she was surprised that a veteran journalist of Couric's caliber would ask about one's genetalia. On the contrary... I can't say that I am surprised, because historically that seems to be nearly the first question asked of transpeople no matter the interviewer's experience, position, reputation, etc. What is a nice surprise is that it seems transpeople are developing a change of heart, and letting others know it's no one's concern what genetalia they have. This is a stark contrast to a time when many seemed to be quite anxious to tell everyone what was in their underwear. I've always believed this reduced a person's credibility and value as a person deserving of the same respect as other members of society. --Michael
  13. We asked the Transgender Law Center whether new health care regulations help, hurt. or ignore trans people and their families. BY Alex J Davidson | November 01 2013 5:00 AM ET "After I wrote recently about how Obamacare will affect LGBT people and their families, I received a number of comments asking about how new health care regulations will specifically affect the trans community. I turned to Anand Kalra, Project Health program manager at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, Calif., to get answers." -- advocate.com How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families
  14. "Typically progressive Dutch legislators were once frontrunners when it came to transgender rights, making the country among the first European countries to grant the community legal recognition of gender identity in 1985. "But the legal recognition came at a cost: a sex change operation had to be completed before legal status was granted." --news.yahoo.com* Repeatedly, we see where other countries are crucified by the media and [American] human rights organizations because they require SRS of their transgender citizens before granting legal recognition of peoples' gender identities. And of course, we have even had discussion here on the forums on this same issue, condemning those countries. But maybe it's time we stop trying to force other countries to do what's right, and spend more energies on trying to make American do what's right... as we have states that will NOT do so much as even notate a BC unless a person can prove that s/he has undergone SRS - and some of those states require full blown SRS - that, to the best of my knowledge, means/includes (for all intents and purposes) sterilization. And of course, there are those few states that won't allow any change in designation of sex/gender, no matter what. Would we in the U.S. be better off if we if we got our own house straightened up before we go cleaning house in other places of the world? Wouldn't we have a more powerful influence in helping TGLB people in other countries when we remove the ability of those other countries to call the U.S. hypocrit? Isn't the U.S. as bad as the schoolyard bully by trying to intimidate other countries into embracing their TGLB community, when the U.S. itself doesn't do it? -Michael *From the article linked in post number 5 of the thread,
  15. Staff Reports | Tuesday, September 10, 2013 "The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, comprised of more than 50 national and international unions representing more than 12 million workers, voted in favor of the provision during its 2013 convention being held this week in Los Angeles." --lgbtqnation.com AFL-CIO adds protections for transgender workers to its constitution
  16. Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action 04 June 2013 | By Greg Hernandez "Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal." --gaystarnews.com Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden wants legal protections for transgender people
  17. April 25, 2013 by Trans News Editors "The Kalamazoo Township (MI) Board of Trustees voted this week to add language to its equal opportunity employer policy that states that the township will not discriminate against gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetic information." --transnews.org Gender Identity Added to Kalamazoo Township Equal Employment Policy
  18. 07 March 2013 | By Joe Morgan " The possibly underage girl found out the truth when another girl from Stonehaven emailed her a copy of Wilson’s passport – which gave Wilson’s birth name Christine. The two kissed but it went no further." --gaystarnews.com Scottish transgender man admitted to 'obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud' in two cases, meaning he will face jail time
  19. Filed: Monday, March 11, 2013 "Jones said the deputy yelled at her to leave immediately. Jones complied, but said she told the deputy she had a legal right to use the restroom. Jones said the deputy replied she had to leave “regardless of what the law is.”" --lgbtqnation.com Iowa judge says transgender woman faced discrimination
  20. Filed: Monday, March 4, 2013 "The bill adds gender identity or expression to the list of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability and sexual orientation. If a jury finds a crime was motivated by one of these qualifiers, the offender faces an additional charge carrying the possibility of 20 years in prison." --lgbtqnation.com Nevada lawmakers consider adding gender identity to hate crime statute
  21. 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...
  22. 23 January 2013 | By Anna Leach "South America could have its first transgender legislator if Valentina Verbal wins a seat in congress in next November's election." --gaystarnews.com First transgender congressional candidate in Chile
  23. The case of transgender Catholic school teacher Mark Krolikowski: Keeping the faith while gender notions evolve By Jim Fitzgerald Mark Krolikowskiwore his hair at shoulder length, his nails long and well manicured, and his ears pierced. His appearance, which evolved over the 32 years he’d spent teaching at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, had always been considered a bit unconventional for a Catholic school teacher, but it had caused no problems until October 2011 when the parent of a freshman student complained, setting in motion a series of events that culminated in Krolikowski’s dismissal. The former teacher says he was laid off because he informed school officials that he was transgender. He has filed suit. The school’s attorney says Krolikowski was fired for “nondiscriminatory reasons.” http://www.washingto...510a8_blog.html
  24. by Trans News Editors on Dec 15, 2012 Members of a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization announced late Thursday afternoon that Charlotte, North Carolina City Manager Curt Walton has made the decision to add protections for transgender workers to the city’s non-discrimination policy. --transnews.org Transgender Protections Added to Charlotte NC City Policy
  25. Posted: 01/08/2013 10:12 am EST "A New York City-based transgender teacher was allegedly fired from the Catholic school where he'd taught for 32 years after being branded "worse than gay" when he revealed his gender identity." --huffingtonpost.com Mark Krolikowski, Transgender NYC Teacher, Sues School After Allegedly Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'
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