Transgender & Intersex: August 2008

Gainesville Florida LGBT Rights Repeal to go before Voters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Supervisor of Elections has certified that enough valid signatures were collected by Citizens for Good Public Policy to put a repeal of civil rights protections for the city of Gainesville's LGBT population. The issue will now go before voters....Read More

The History of SLDN and Transgender Service Members

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 29, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: TAVA president and frequent guest blogger Monica Helms describes the history and upcoming efforts for collaboration between transgender servicemembers and SLDN. The year was 1993. Clinton was president. Gay, lesbian and bisexual people felt they finally had a...Read More

The Song Remains the Same

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday I attended the HRC/Victory Fund luncheon and on Wednesday I attended the LGBT caucus at the convention center in Denver. Many stories were broke in the past few days, but one event passed by without a word. In...Read More

Blinded Me with Science: Devolution of the DSM

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy, founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Advocates. She has presented papers on the psychiatric...Read More

The Center OC Hosts Employment Workshops for the Trans Community

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

On September 27, 2008, The Center OC, in collaboration with Transgender Economic Empowerment Project at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, will offer the second in a series of Know Your Rights workshops to the transgender community in Orange County....Read More

Scenes From the Trans Struggle

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 25, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some of this is belated again, my apologies, but is important to note: 1) Sweden is drafting a plan to legislate mandatory physical sterilization of transsexuals, 2) The potty wars rage on in Jacksonville and Cleveland, 3) Murders of transfolk...Read More

Who's Looking Forward to This Year's Southern Comfort?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 24, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I know that October is still over a month away, but I am so excited to be going to the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta! With this year's cruise theme, I'm thinking I might need to do a little shopping...Read More

Survey reveals Veterans Administration discriminates against Transgender Veterans

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger and TAVA president Monica Helms reports on recent findings of a survey of transgender veterans. The Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara has released the findings of a survey, conducted by Transgender...Read More

A Trans Story of Support and Acceptance

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

If only all stories of transition turned out this way... An article in Massachusetts's Worcester Telegram tells the story of Brianna Bonin, a 54 year-old transwoman who is a night custodian at Clara Barton Elementary School. The article is about...Read More

The Killer, Not The Killed

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Once again, Lawrence King is in the news. His parents have filed a lawsuit against the school for "not enforcing the dress code." I think I'm going to scream. Lawrence King wore feminine attire to school. He wore what all...Read More

Fox News Smears Next Top Model Transgender Contestant

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

A transgender woman will be one of the 14 women who will compete on the new season of America's Next Top Model on The CW (returning September 3). 22 year-old Isis, a former non-profit worker who identifies herself as "a...Read More

Book Review: The Riddle of Gender

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just when you think you've got the mystery of sex and gender all figured out, a new study or a book comes along that throws a monkey wrench into the equation, and you've got to start all over again. Deborah...Read More

Larry King's parents are suing school for shooting

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Let's see, a Nazi-obsessed and troubled 14-year-old boy gets a gun, takes it to school, and shoots a femmy kid. Do you get stuck at the "femmy"? Do you think that if that was removed from the equation everything would...Read More

A Trans Woman at Michigan Women's Music Festival

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 15, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Tobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial, queerspawn, genderqueer, transdyke, colonized mestiza, as well as a regular Bilerico reader. She is a trans activist and writer who volunteers for Basic Rights Oregon and sits on the board of COLAGE. She...Read More

Valparaiso? Seriously?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

When this showed up in feeds, I clicked through to the Valparaiso Times - shocked that I hadn't heard more about this debate turned dangerous - and started to read the story. GAY RIGHTS GROUP OUTRAGED AT 'TRANSPHOBIC' COMMENTS Written...Read More


Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Recently I received an email from the Stonewall Democrats. This fundraising letter lauded the newly-released draft of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, calling it "...the most pro-LGBT proposed platform in Democratic Party history." The list of relevant platform planks seems...Read More


The Angie Zapata Vigil

Filed by Donna Rose | August 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Angie Zapata had the eyes of an angel. To look at pictures of her are to see beautiful, deep, soulful eyes that speak in ways that transcend words. They speak of a difficult life, but also of a sense of...Read More

Womyn Born Womyn

Filed by Eric Leven | August 10, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Right now my best friend and 1st cousin Randee Riot is at her all-time favorite event, The annual Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, otherwise known as Fest or Michfest. According to the Michigan's Womyn Festival Wikipedia page the festival was set...Read More

The Cause of Anger in the Transgender Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger and TAVA president Monica Helms tackles the subject of anger in the T part of LGBT. Recently, there has been a heated discussion on The Bilerico Project about the emotion of anger. I have written...Read More

Daily Assaults on Personal Dignity

Filed by Donna Rose | August 08, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As transgender people feel more and more empowered to come out of the shadows to take their rightful place as contributing and accepted members of society, incidents against us based on discrimination, hatred, and ignorance are on the rise. These...Read More

Damned If We Do - Damned If We Don't

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 06, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the wake of the Angie Zapata killing in Greeley last week, the debate raging in the blogosphere and beyond that has emerged since her tragic and untimely death has depended on who's doing the interpretation of it. For non-transgender...Read More

Religious Right Targets Transgender Community

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 05, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

This morning's Washington Examiner includes a front-page story about the effort in Montgomery County, Maryland, to roll back legal protections for the transgender community. Right-wing groups, the paper reports, are pushing a November ballot initiative to repeal a measure that...Read More

Safe Dating, the Silent Alarm, and Signs of Predation (draft)

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 04, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is a draft for comments, and I invite discussion of any additions that are needed. It will eventually be posted to DentedBlueMercedes and archived at (brochures will also likely be printed for local distribution as well as available...Read More

Murderer of Young Transwoman Says He Killed "It"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The rage and tragedy continue over the murder of Angie Zapata, a 21 year-old transgender woman in Denver. The alleged killer, Allen Ray Andrade, has admitted to bludgeoning Zapata to death with his fist and a fire extinguisher when he...Read More