Transgender & Intersex: October 2008

DC Set to Rollback Trans Rights

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the past couple of years there have been several failed attempts to repeal gender identity non-discrimination policies in jurisdictions where they have already passed. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Maryland are the most recent and most public sites of our...Read More

Trans-Activism Blossoms in Unlikely Environment

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rhodes Perry is the field and policy manager for PFLAG. Before joining PFLAG, Rhodes worked for the US Office of Management and Budget, focusing on federal benefit programs and policies that provide assistance to low-income communities....Read More

Transsexual "gene"?

Filed by Donna Rose | October 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

It seems that every year or two there is an article somewhere that some scientist or doctor has identified a biological "cause" for being gay or transgender. These kinds of things seem to get a significant amount of attention and...Read More

New study links genetics to transsexuality

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cathryn Platine is a Pagan Crone and aging hippy chick who lives in the Catskills as the founder of a Goddess tradition. A lifelong gadfly and civil rights advocate, the government considers her an "aging ineffectual...Read More

Transition Regret - Some Thoughts

Filed by Donna Rose | October 27, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week news became public that Christine Daniel's very public transition as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times had come to an end. She quietly returned to work as Michael Penner. The pressures and high visibility of her transition...Read More


Filed by Guest Blogger | October 25, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zythyra is an acoustic musician, writer and activist who lives in New Hampshire. I read the news yesterday of Christine Daniels re-transitioning back To Mike Penner. As a person who did RLT for over a year...Read More

A High-Profile De-transition

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 24, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Some time ago, news came out at the Los Angeles Times that sportswriter Mike Penner would be taking a hiatus and returning as Christine Daniels. This was followed by a short transition diary, and then silence for awhile. Now, it...Read More

A Learning Experience In Workplace Diversity

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 24, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

That's the way I'm trying to look at it anyway. Last Friday, I was fired from my job. This was, unfortunately, not a surprise. I'd known for some time by then that I wasn't a management favorite and that fact...Read More

The Burden of Proof: The Politics of Gender, Science, and the DSM

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 24, 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

Harvard Business Review weighs in on transgender workplace issues

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 20, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Note: The Harvard Business Review blog is now up. I remember reading in 1996 an advice book for transsexuals that read like Cassandra and Nostradamus reminiscing about the End of Days: "You're starting over as a woman, so you need...Read More

Transphobia exists: Kids pulled from transitioning teacher's class

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's a new study currently being worked on about discrimination against women: A recent study has found a new way to examine pay disparities between men and women: Comparing the salaries of transgender employees before and after their gender changes....Read More

Coming out: the agony and the ecstasy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 12, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

She opened the door of the apartment where we had made a life together, her eyes steady, but ready to fill with tears. She knew that I had something to tell her, but I had refused to say what in...Read More

What's left to come out as...

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've come out as so many things over the years. Bisexual, queer, trans, kinky, poly -- not to mention the odd identity shifts through a dozen different related identities. Sometimes I'm left feeling as if there's nothing left to come...Read More

Mercedes Joins the Gender Binary

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 03, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

As it seemed so important to people to get offended at my surgical decision not to have GRS, for whatever reason, I suppose that it's only fitting to say this here. In the beginning, I had reserved the right to...Read More

Balancing Views on Gender Diversity in the DSM-V Process

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer and civil justice advocate on issues of gender diversity in medical and mental health policy. She is the founder of GID Reform Advocates, a member of the World Association for...Read More

TBP Meet Up at Southern Comfort Conference

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 01, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Just a quick note about this weekend's Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta. A lot of contributors and readers responded to my last post about having a Bilerico get-together, so let's make a date, ya'll! Let's meet up outside the SOCO...Read More

Trans for Obama: Is the trans community becoming a "community?"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's something brewing in the trans community, and I think I like it. It has long been a question as to whether the transgender community really constitutes a "community", as commonly understood to mean a coherent group with common interests....Read More

Good News From the Toilet Wars

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

We've had a lot of articles on TBP talking about the negative side of the toilet wars. In fact, toilet issues are one of the most commonly cited concerns about anti-discrimination laws that include gender identity. With that being said,...Read More