Transgender & Intersex: September 2007

Don't Fear the Whip Count

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 30, 2007 | 11:21 AM | comments

It is important to remember the dynamics of a whip count. It is a tool of political gamesmanship and often a very bad idea when faced with a bill that has a slim majority or hard won support. It is...Read More

ENDA - To Support It or Not?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 29, 2007 | 9:51 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Peter Rosenstein. Peter has worked for Congresswoman Bella Abzug, the Carter administration, and the White House Conference for the Handicapped Implementation Unit. In addition, Peter has been a member of the...Read More

A Moment of Truth

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 29, 2007 | 2:50 AM | comments

Don't get angry, get organized. That's an old activist slogan to remind us that in a fight we do better to get strategic than to simply lash out. Are you upset to hear that gender identy and expression has been...Read More

Guest post on ENDA from Congressman Barney Frank

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 28, 2007 | 5:45 PM | comments

This guest post comes to us from Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). Congressman Frank is one of two openly gay House members, is the Chair of the Financial Services Committee, and has been a leader in the development of the Employment...Read More

Police Brutality at SRLP Anniversary Party: Hold the Cops Accountable

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | September 28, 2007 | 2:46 PM | comments

On Wednesday night, NYPD officers attacked without provocation members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an organization that works on behalf of low-income people of color who are transgender, gender non-conforming, or intersex. The SRLP's press release reported, "two of...Read More

Why do Barney Frank & Tammy Baldwin, HRC, Nancy Pelosi & the Dems, and the Civil Rights Powers That Be Hate Gays?

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | September 28, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

... smart people don't compromise themselves out of the picture and, even if you could pass for straight enough to get on the HRC Board of Directors, taking gender inclusion out of ENDA is going to leave a bill that could well end up not protecting you.Read More

Here We Go Again...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 28, 2007 | 3:52 AM | comments

...and it's just oh-so-familiar, isn't it? Of course, by now you've heard that House Democrats are expected to strip protections for Transgender-American citizens from ENDA. You've probably also heard that the Human Rights Campaign and the Leadership Council on Civil...Read More

Argentine teen's gender transition authorized

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2007 | 9:58 PM | comments

The Bioethics Committee released a ruling today that Nati C. can undergo a gender transition after a three year legal battle. Nati is 17, the youngest person to undergo a surgical transition in Argentina. She said: I'm very relieved. I...Read More

A non-transgender-inclusive ENDA? No way!

Filed by Matt Foreman | September 27, 2007 | 1:25 PM | comments

IIf media reports from the last 24 hours are accurate, it is unconscionable that congressional leaders would rush to a decision to strip protections for transgender people at the same time as states across the nation are adding these protections...Read More

It's Put Up Or Shut Up Time

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 27, 2007 | 1:41 AM | comments

According to the Washington Blade: "House Democratic leaders are strongly considering dropping anti-discrimination protections for transgender persons from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, after an internal Democratic head count on Wednesday found that the bill would likely be defeated...Read More

Where Is Our Culture?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 22, 2007 | 11:56 PM | comments

Yesterday, I had an experience that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. I was outside for a few minutes, and a kid, probably about eleven or twelve, pedaled by on his bicycle. He kept looking over his...Read More

Chris, I'll Say It Again: You're Wrong

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 22, 2007 | 10:05 AM | comments

With a vote coming soon on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, I'd like to revisit something Chris Crain said a while back in his post "A trans activist tees off on ENDA" that was in reference to my post "You...Read More

Transwoman loses her job over the bathroom issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2007 | 2:45 PM | comments

I remember a few months back one of the commenters on this site, who's a transwoman, was exasperated that all trans activists talk about is "the bathroom issue". I'm certainly not in a position to judge these activists, but it...Read More

Nothing Says Patriot Like Hiding... Your Children

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 21, 2007 | 2:23 PM | comments

That ever popular bastion of Jesus freedom, WorldNetDaily, is hiding a Transgender Patriot! In their "Letter of the Week" they showcase the anonymous patriot. She starts out by saying: "First, before I begin, I just want to let you know...Read More

The Blue and Yellow Stepchild

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 20, 2007 | 10:58 AM | comments

Every year around this time I start seeing the GLBT media get in a feeding frenzy about the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Story after story is told of how American corporations are getting better and better for GLBT Americans....Read More

Taking The Good With The Bad

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 13, 2007 | 10:51 AM | comments

According to, Idaho Inmate Jennifer Spencer has won a small battle in the fight to get hormone replacement therapy in prison. While this is definitely a win for humane treatment of prisoners and for transsexuals that are incarcerated in...Read More

Passing Politics

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 10, 2007 | 3:02 PM | comments

I originally wrote and posted this to my own blog but in light of the discussions regarding Marti's recent post I decided to post it here as well. Today, while driving home from a shopping trip, a truck driver passed...Read More

ICE Must Investigate Victoria Arellano's Death in Custody

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | September 10, 2007 | 2:27 PM | comments

(I've been swamped lately, so I'm late on posting about this -- been sitting in my inbox for a week -- bad blogger.) We, the undersigned organizations, write to you today to express our outrage over the July 20, 2007...Read More

Closets Are For Clothes, Stealth Is For Planes

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 09, 2007 | 6:06 PM | comments

Recently, I read a blog post about an FTM complaining about being judged by other transgender people about living "stealth." For those who don't know what stealth means, it's the equivalent of "living in the closet." To those of you...Read More