Transgender & Intersex: October 2007

A Death in the Family

Filed by Bruce Parker | October 31, 2007 | 3:49 AM | comments

One of the four most courageous, strong and beautiful women I have ever met lost her son earlier this week. He was a sixteen-year-old transgender male who was supported by his family. He was intelligent, handsome and had so much...Read More

ENDA Update: Where We Are Now

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 30, 2007 | 4:42 PM | comments

Earlier today, the National Center for Transgender Equality released Executive Director Mara Kiesling's latest update on where we in the battle for an inclusive ENDA. I include her entire statement here for reasons I'll go into afterward: "There hasn't been...Read More

Mass Equality Forgets To Come Back For Transgender People?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 29, 2007 | 3:33 PM | comments

The Boston Globe is reporting that Mass Equality is debating whether or not to disband the organization, after winning marriage equality in Massachusetts. The debate is creating tensions among onetime allies. Some gay leaders believe MassEquality should broaden its mission...Read More

ENDA Update: The Fork In The Road

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 27, 2007 | 2:30 AM | comments

If latest reports are true, the Baldwin amendment may be DOA. House leadership is remaining quiet thus far, but if this is actually the case, the House Democratic leadership will have basically two options: They can proceed with the non-inclusive...Read More

At last...!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | October 21, 2007 | 4:55 AM | comments

Lydia Foy, an Irish dentist who underwent sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) 15 years ago, won a major legal victory on October 19th for herself and for other Irish transsexual citizens in her 10-year legal battle with the state to have her...Read More

LGBT in the ROI....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | October 20, 2007 | 4:00 AM | comments

First off, let me thank Bil and the Bilerico Project again for welcoming me onboard! It’s both a pleasure and an honor to be a part of such a distinguished blog. And then let me introduce myself. As I’m a...Read More

ENDA Update: Barney Frank Says He Supports Passage Of Baldwin Amendment, Frank & Foreman Talk ENDA On LOGO

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 20, 2007 | 12:01 AM | comments

The spin continues...on both sides. Today, Barney Frank issued a press release saying that he supports Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's proposed amendment that would restore gender identity and expression protections to the "rights for straight-looking and acting gays and lesbians only"...Read More

ENDA Update: Tammy Baldwin To Introduce Amendment To Restore Transgender Protections to ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 16, 2007 | 10:31 PM | comments

From the United ENDA coalition: United ENDA Supports Congresswoman Baldwin's newly announced efforts to restore gender identity protections to Employment Non-Discrimination Act Monday, October 16, 9:45pm WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that she has secured an...Read More

True Community

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 16, 2007 | 2:02 PM | comments

Don't blink or you'll miss it. Whether you've been a part of this community for fifty years or five minutes, understand that we're in the midst of a moment in our collective history as a community significant enough that it...Read More

Tech Gossip Magazine Tackles Trans-Issue

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

The technology gossip/information site ValleyWag had in interesting post about a Microsoft manager, Megan Wallent, who is transitioning from male to female, called "Microsoft's Sex Change." What I find most interesting about the article is that the trans-issue takes a...Read More

When Will The GLB join the T?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 14, 2007 | 4:41 PM | comments

You might think I'm going to post about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but I'm not. I would like to discuss the infamous Northwestern professor, Michael J. Bailey and his book, "The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of...Read More

ENDA Update: Pelosi Promises Inclusive ENDA Vote Once Enough Support Is Secured

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 13, 2007 | 12:02 AM | comments

HRC, taking credit for the move, and labeling it a success, released this statement earlier tonight. The Human Rights Campaign has collaborated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to craft a solution to the controversy surrounding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Today,...Read More

It's All About Trust

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 12, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

Feel the breeze? They're spinning faster than Lance Armstrong's bicycle tires on the last leg of the Tour D'France. First, Joe Solmonese issues a press release I can only describe as "willful misdirection" on his part. It seems like this...Read More

Aravosis: Whitewashing The Transgender Movement

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 09, 2007 | 2:50 PM | comments

When Barney Frank decided to remove gender identity out of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the GLBT community responded on an unbelievable scale. Most of the community has been positive about this, but there are some detractors of the “ENDA, not...Read More

ENDA: The Volokh Conspiracy Gets It Wrong

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2007 | 2:31 PM | comments

Editors Note: This guest post comes to us from Dr. Jillian Weiss. Dr. Weiss is an associate professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College in New Jersey, specializing in transgender workplace diversity issues, and she has conducted research involving...Read More

ENDA Action Alert From The Task Force

Filed by Matt Foreman | October 09, 2007 | 1:35 PM | comments

Congress is paying attention: Make your voice heard – again! Last week, thousands of LGBT people and their friends – just like you – delivered an uncompromising message to Congress: Vote for an ENDA that protects all lesbian, gay, bisexual...Read More

ENDA Update: Keep It Up, It's Working!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 07, 2007 | 7:08 PM | comments

Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, is reporting that we now have over 300 organizations on board on the United ENDA list (though the list on the site needs to be updated), and Congress is...Read More

ENDA Update

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 06, 2007 | 1:03 PM | comments

The number of organizations supporting an inclusive ENDA has now grown to over 200, with dozens more signing on every day. It's truly amazing...every day, I check the United ENDA website and am thrilled to see yet another long list...Read More

Identity Politics and Our GLBT Family

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 06, 2007 | 12:50 PM | comments

So many labels and stereotypes get thrown around in the "GLBT" community. I've navigated most of those labels in a certain time period of my life. Working on the ENDA controversy has really made me think about why it is...Read More

UPDATED - Rep. Baron Hill Supports ENDA with Trans-Inclusion After All

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 04, 2007 | 12:25 PM | comments

UPDATE: This post was edited for clarity and new information was added after the jump. Previously, I mentioned 3 members of the Indiana Congressional delegation as holding up the original trans-inclusive ENDA. Today, I spoke with Rep. Baron Hill's press...Read More

Transgender HRC Board Member Resigns

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 03, 2007 | 2:51 PM | comments

The only transgender person on HRC's Board of Directors resigned today. The current situation regarding ENDA is nothing short of a politically misguided tragedy. A tool that could and should be a unifying beacon on the heels of the historic...Read More

Say It Ain't So, Joe!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 03, 2007 | 4:08 AM | comments

Ok, so have we finally had enough NOW? Once again, the Human Rights Campaign has sunk to the community's lowest expectations, and turned a willful blind eye to anti-transgender discrimination. Thing is, this is exactly what they promised us they...Read More

Accept No Substitutes: Stripped Down Version of ENDA is Dangerous and Wrong

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 02, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been put on hold by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., while talks continue over whether transgender people will be included in the measure. The talk of removing trans-protections by taking out gender expression and...Read More

Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water?

Filed by Bruce Parker | October 02, 2007 | 3:58 AM | comments

The first term I was a student at Antioch College, I had the remarkable opportunity to take an independent study in masculinities with a sociologist named Francis Hasso. She could recite bibliographies around many sociological themes, including masculinities, off the...Read More

Congress Postpones ENDA Vote!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 01, 2007 | 7:55 PM | comments

This was just released: From: Speaker Pelosi Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 5:43 PM Subject: Pelosi, Miller, Frank and Baldwin Statement on ENDA Monday, October 1, 2007 Pelosi, Miller, Frank and Baldwin Statement on ENDA Washington, D.C. -- Speaker Nancy...Read More

An open letter to Barney Frank

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 01, 2007 | 3:30 PM | comments

Dear Congressman Frank: I am your constituent. I vote for you. I have voted for you since I moved to Newton in 1985. That’s a lot of elections. I cannot believe you are supporting a gutted version of the Employment...Read More

Don't Forget…Gender Identity and Gender Expression Protect Us All

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | October 01, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

It has been disturbing this week to hear about the dismantling of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by its sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank. ENDA is meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from being discriminated against on the...Read More

G, L, B and T Rights: Each Sold Separately! Collect All Four (if you feel like it)!

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2007 | 8:24 AM | comments

Wow. Last week was the big gay news week, wasn't it? With all the posts that have been on the site, I thought I'd do a quick roundup of some of our best posts in case you missed them the...Read More