Transgender & Intersex: July 2008

Possible meeting between HRC and trans activists

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The comments on my recent post about the HRC dinner dust-up have gotten off-topic with discussion of a possible meeting between HRC staffers and some transgender representatives. I thought I'd open up this post to be a thread about the...Read More

Defining men and women at the Olympics

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The NY Times is reporting that the Olympics in Beijing this summer will be testing female athletes to see if they're actually women or men posing as women: Organizers of the Beijing Olympics have set up a sex-determination laboratory to...Read More

Diego Sanchez's speech at the HRC San Francisco dinner

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 31, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Diego M. Sanchez is the Director of Public Relations & External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc. Deigo was a featured speaker at HRC's San Francisco gala dinner. This is a copy of those...Read More

Fandango, I Want My Money Back

Filed by Simon Aronoff | July 30, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Warning: this post is one big plot spoiler. I was a fan of the X Files while it had its run on television. The show was an entertaining ride through all manner of paranormal experience--from UFOs to changeling monsters and...Read More

Back and forth on the HRC dinner dustup

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

After I posted about the older lesbian who was pitched out of the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign dinner this weekend, the comments section and mailing lists lit up. Several readers accused me of sensationalism and simply attacking HRC for...Read More

Transgender Health Law 101

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

On August 9, 2008, The Center OC, in collaboration with Transgender Law Center, will offer the first in a series of Know Your Rights workshops to the transgender community in Orange County. The workshop will run from 10:30am-12:30pm. This first...Read More

Not a fake headline: "NY Post prints fair, respectful article about transgender community"

Filed by Cathy Renna | July 29, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Isn't it nice to be thrown for a loop every once in a while? I would ever in my life thought I could write a headline like that, but it seems to be a special day. Yesterday, the NY Post...Read More

Elderly lesbian assaulted at HRC gala by hired thugs

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Catherine Cusic, a 63 year old lesbian from San Francisco, was forcibly evicted from this weekend's HRC dinner gala after she stood up during Joe Solmonese's keynote speech. According to witnesses and Ms. Cusic, while she had leaflets in her...Read More

HRC and the Need for a "Second Stonewall"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 27, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

"The rage against the HRC is not fuelled by one deception last year, but by a legacy of exclusion.... The HRC's insistence on adhering to the old patterns of disregard is why a second Stonewall has literally erupted at their...Read More

My Support

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 26, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Readers of this blog are probably not surprised that I'm supporting the boycott of the Human Rights Campaign's San Francisco Dinner. What you might find surprising is that I'm supporting my friend Diego Sanchez, in speaking at the event. I'm...Read More

Why Black Transgender Issues Are Black Community Issues

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute..." - Justice Thurgood Marshall As a proud African-American that also happens to be a transwoman, there is no doubt- and I make it quite clear on...Read More

Florida Fundies using Trans-Scare Tactics

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The rightwing group, Citizens for Good Public Policy (insert eye roll here), have launched a campaign to repeal the recently passed gender identity protection clause in Gainesville, Florida. In January, commissioners voted to include the phrase "gender identity" in the...Read More

Pregnant man gives birth to a beautiful baby girl

Filed by Bil Browning | July 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pregnant transman Thomas Beatie recently gave birth to an absolutely gorgeous little girl. The proud father shows off he and his wife's newborn in the latest issue of People magazine. Congratulations to the happy parents! While they were subject to...Read More

Families on the Frontlines

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 22, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In preparation for tomorrow's historic Congressional hearings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," PFLAG invited family members and veterans from across the country to be part of its Families on the Frontlines series at the PFLAG National blog. And, we wanted...Read More

In Response To Meghan Stabler

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the Human Rights Campaign's Backstory blog published the full unedited text of a letter to the editor of the Bay Area Reporter in support of HRC written by transgender activist and HRC Business Council member Meghan Stabler. Unfortunately, Backstory...Read More

It's the Weekly Round-up!

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yeah! Monday Bathroom Politics, Again - Simon Aranoff Me: Queer-identified, proudly out, emotionally articulate, feminist man. (Oh, and I'm FtM.) . . . You? - Brynn Craffey Tuesday The Importance of the West Village and Those God-damn Christopher Street Kids...Read More

HRC's Project Win Back, Part II

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 19, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I recently wrote about the lead role the Human Rights Campaign took in the historic transgender hearings, and it looks as if their project win back strategy is coming to fruition. The Human Rights Campaign has hired ordained Baptist minister...Read More

A Turning Point for Troops & Their Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Next Wednesday -- July 23 -- may well mark a critical turning point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal ban on open service that has cost our country the talent and skills of more than...Read More

Stunning: Talking with Calpernia Addams

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Ambiente Magazine has a cover story on actress, activist (and PFLAG spokeswoman) Calpernia Addams, the star of Transamerican Love Story and one of the country's most visible, and outspoken, transgender advocates. Calpernia, who is also the cover girl for PFLAG's...Read More

We'll Come Back, Really....

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

When explaining why Congress will have a hard time passing a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Congressman Barney Frank loves to point out that: In fact, many States in this country still have laws that protect only against sexual orientation,...Read More

TRANScending Identities - A Resource for Transgender Literature

Filed by Bruce Parker | July 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have recently been working on a research project and publication that combines my work with TransYouth Family Allies and my Ph.D. studies in education. The study addresses portrayals of gender variant and transgender characters in young adult literature. A...Read More

Emasculation consternation

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm loathe to have this non-issue spread out into two posts, but I was surprised when i saw this video at how stupid some people in the media can be. They need to grow the fuck up....Read More

Me: Queer-identified, proudly out, emotionally articulate, feminist man. (Oh, and I'm FtM.) ...You?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | July 14, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Transitioning as I did in San Francisco did not prepare me for dating in the real world. In 1990's San Francisco--and probably more so today--being FtM was considered cool. Way cool. A definitely desirable dating category to be in. And...Read More

Bathroom Politics, Again

Filed by Simon Aronoff | July 14, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Like many of you, I've had my personal bathroom run-ins. Snidely concerned citizens (aka, gender police) letting me know that I was in the "wrong bathroom" throughout my life (too butch as a woman, too fey as a man). And...Read More


Filed by Eric Leven | July 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tonight's episode of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List followed her to the San Francisco International Bear Rendezvous where she did a cover shoot for A Bear's Life Magazine and preformed before a hefty crowd of 1500 at the...Read More

New Studies Reveal Interesting Gender Patterns

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 11, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

The latest issue of Psychology Today has some articles about gender that I find highly entertaining, if not mildly offensive if they're not taken with a grain of salt. The first article is called "Money Ain't a Thing." It summarizes...Read More

Girl, Interrupted

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

One of the things that bothers me from time to time is the fact that I didn't get to experience growing up female. Sometimes it's triggered when I see a little girl walking hand-in-hand with her mother. Other times it...Read More

Congrats to the parents of the healthy baby

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Thomas Beatie, the pregnant transman who appeared on Oprah, gave birth to a baby girl this past Thursday. ABC has video of them being all paparazzi outside the hospital. It's actually entertaining when you realize that how ridiculous ABC is....Read More

Transgender Inclusion Goes Mainstream

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 07, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

If there's anything you can count on the city of San Francisco for when it comes to LGBT rights and community support, it's that even when they're not on the very leading edge of something, they'll still do it bigger,...Read More


Hell Hath No Fury Like A Community Divided

Filed by Donna Rose | July 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

One thing clearly evident everywhere in San Francisco for PRIDE this past weekend: In many ways, it is a world unto itself. From the moment I landed at the airport (when someone greeted his boyfriend with a big hug and...Read More

GLB and T are all at risk to be discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 03, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger and TAVA president Monica Helms explores the application of DADT to transgender servicemembers. Tomorrow we once again celebrate one of our country's patriotic holidays, Independence Day. Inevitably, on the three major patriotic holidays, LGB people...Read More

Free Sex-Change Surgery in Cuba

Filed by Brynn Craffey | July 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The first week of June saw the beginnings of a dramatic reversal of decades of oppression toward transgender people in Cuba when the government of the new president, Raúl Castro, began offering free hormone treatment and sex-change operations for transsexuals....Read More

Indiana's Historic Moment

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The recent post over at Indiana Equality blog was enough of a kick in the pants, reminding me to post about some recent events. If you know me, you know how jazzed I am about Barack Obama. The first time...Read More

Black transwoman found dead in Memphis: Will there be justice?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A black transwoman in Memphis was found dead. This is the same city that Duanna Johnson was beaten by police: iPhone users: Click to watch This happened in the same city with a police department that is more concerned with...Read More

HRC once again tries to put ENDA down the memory hole

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 01, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Lena Dahlstrom is a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay area who also performs as a drag queen under the stage name "Joie de Vivre." Don't make her angry... you wouldn't like her when she's angry....Read More