Transgender & Intersex: January 2008

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Monica Helms

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 31, 2008 | 5:01 PM | comments

Tonight it's activist, writer, and Transgender American Veterans Association President Monica Helms. We'll be talking politics, issues, and getting some insight on the issues faced by Transgender-Americans who have served this country. Also, Marti Abernathey joins us for her segment!...Read More

The (lack of) space between homophobia and transphobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2008 | 7:21 PM | comments

Through an unlikely chain of blog posts, Waymon's entry about a gender identity inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a discussion that made it halfway across the blogosphere to one of the more popular radical feminist blogs out...Read More

Coming to a theater near you

Filed by Edward Fox | January 27, 2008 | 10:56 AM | comments

Recently there was a dust up on lists and blogs in and around Indy about the inclusion of The Gendercator in the upcoming LGBT film festival. Many people stated that the film was transphobic and should be pulled from the...Read More

Stella Walsh's Secret

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 27, 2008 | 4:00 AM | comments

When the Beijing Olympic Games kick off in August we will hopefully see history made with the first open transgender athlete to win a medal. Note I said open. Hall of Fame sprinter Stella Walsh competed in the 1932 and...Read More

It's A White Transwoman Thang

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 26, 2008 | 7:35 PM | comments

One of the things that's been a contentious issue ever since I transitioned in 1994 and have been around the transgender community is this ongoing battle between the pre-ops/non-ops and post-ops. Frankly, that's more of a white transwoman thang that...Read More

My Sistahs Can Do More Than Just Shows

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 25, 2008 | 7:23 PM | comments

One of the things that irritates me when I'm out and about in the world is when some white GLBT (or non-GLBT) person either mistakes me for an illusionist they're acquainted with or asks me if I know ___________. (Fill...Read More

No Show Tonight :(

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 24, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

A double-whammy...I've got a cold kicking my butt and my Internet is wonky, so no show tonight, gang, but check in at our regular time for a rerun. Sorry, but be sure to tune in next week!...Read More

Confessions of a Middle-Aged Transinista

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is by Mercedes Allen. Mercedes' guest post from last week, Transbigotry, was one of the most popular posts of the week. For today's entry, Mercedes asked to blog about some of the controversy surrounding her...Read More

With Apologies to Radical Feminists

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 24, 2008 | 6:53 AM | comments

Recently, I commented on a post at Bilerico: You want to get technical Sue? In the strictest definition, you're not female. The distinction between the "sexes" is that a female has the ability to produce ova, and the male has...Read More

Enron Activism

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 19, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's note: This guest post is by Monica Helms, an Atlanta based transgender activist. Monica is past executive director of Tran=Action and co-founder of Transgender American Veterans Association. After ten years as an activist for the transgender community, I am...Read More

Are We Ready For Prime Time?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 18, 2008 | 2:55 PM | comments

With the announcement from the Democratic National Committee of the appointment of a record number of LGBT members to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Standing Committees, an obvious question for transgender activists and supporters is are we ready for prime...Read More


Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 17, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This post comes to us from Mercedes Allen. She lives in western Canada and blogs at Dented Blue Mercedes. When I was about three or four years old - enough to be talking but not enough to be...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Steven Goldstein

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 17, 2008 | 4:44 PM | comments

Tonight, Steven Goldstein, Chair of Garden State Equality, joins us to talk to the passage of the new hate crimes and anti-bullying bills in the New Jersey legislature. GSE, along with the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey and...Read More

Shower Scare from Anti-Trans Group

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 16, 2008 | 10:49 AM | comments

In response to a recently passed act banning "discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, cable television service, and taxicab service on the basis of gender identity" in Montgomery County, Maryland, the group Citizens for a Responsible Government has started a...Read More

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Accepts HRC Grant

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 10, 2008 | 10:48 PM | comments

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTCP) announced today: MTPC is buttressed by milestone grants, including a $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Boston Foundation and $25,000 total in four phases from Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), including $10,000 immediately as a...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 10, 2008 | 5:33 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Two primaries happened this week, who are you supporting? I endorsed a candidate this week...I'll read...Read More

Why I Believe: Barack Obama For President

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 07, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Let’s start with some basic, honest facts: I didn’t start out here. I had to reach this place, and I had to be shown the way. At the start of this Presidential campaign season, I was an ardent supporter of...Read More

New Jersey makes transgender inclusion unequivocal

Filed by Matt Foreman | January 07, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

By a 65-10 vote, the New Jersey Assembly today approved legislation making the state’s anti-bullying and hate crimes laws two of the strongest in the country by making transgender-inclusion unequivocal and significantly bolstering the two laws’ enforcement mechanisms. The National...Read More

The Breast Holy War

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 06, 2008 | 6:06 PM | comments

Apparently the next fight in the American holy war is against women's breasts. The war front in this battle is a Catholic hospital in Dale City, California. The first shot across the bow (or breasts) hit Charlene Hastings in the...Read More

The Double-Screw Is In: Ted Kennedy and Senate Dems Set To Wimp Out On ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 05, 2008 | 2:08 AM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that a spokesperson for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy has said that he will push for passage in the Senate of the crippled, non-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which passed the House last November....Read More

This Week's Rebecca Juro Show With Guest Marti Abernathey Now Available For Download!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 9:57 PM | comments

Hey everyone, this week's Rebecca Juro Show with guest Marti Abernathey is now available for download here. Be sure to tune in to next week's show for a very special announcement!...Read More

Susan Stanton Responds

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 7:10 PM | comments

On a page on her personal website titled "Message to TS Community", Susan Stanton, the transwoman who came under fire from the transgender community for comments that were published in a story on her in the St. Petersburg Times that...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 03, 2008 | 4:38 PM | comments

Yes, she's back again! Marti Abernathey, Webmistress of, Bilerico Project contributor, podcaster, and all-around radical transactivist and mediamaker joins us tonight! Barney Frank says no trans-inclusive ENDA in '09, no matter what happens! Is it already a done deal?...Read More

Largo Was Right To Fire Stanton

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 03, 2008 | 10:13 AM | comments

Last night I was thinking about what Susan Stanton said in this interview. If you follow her line of reasoning about transgender inclusion in the Employment Non Discrimination Act, the city of Largo did the right thing in firing...Read More

Susan Stanton: Americans “Not Ready” To Treat Transpeople As Equals

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 02, 2008 | 5:29 PM | comments

In an article published in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times, Susan Stanton, who was fired last March from her job as City Manager of Largo, Florida shortly after she announced that would be beginning her transition from male to female, said...Read More

You Aren't Like Me, Susan Stanton

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 02, 2008 | 5:14 PM | comments

One of the many rumors flying around the transgender blogosphere is that the next Human Rights Campaign (HRC) golden (or token, if you like) transgender person is Susan Stanton. If true, it's an sign of just how desperate the HRC...Read More