Transgender & Intersex: November 2008

Learning About Trans People

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

My post last Sunday about rules for answering GLBTQ questions generated a heated back and forth over what trans people prefer to be called (among other trans issues). The exchange just confirmed for me that when I'm asked questions about...Read More

From Mangos with Chili: "Mangos Shout Out for Help: La Migra Wants $3,000 from us"

Filed by Gina de Vries | November 29, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Mangos with Chili is a brilliant and beautiful touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color artists, writers, performers, dancers, radicals, rabble-rousers, perverts, sluts, and sweethearts. A few of my most beloved friends and favorite performers have done the...Read More

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Employees Show Their Love For The GLBT Community

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Well. I have a feeling that I should post this here, because now that the original link is out in the blogosphere and the backlash is happening, I expect the original thread to be deleted soon. After all, it is...Read More

Call for Volunteer Researchers: Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Laws and Public Lavatory Climate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 28, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

As a professor of Law and Society at a liberal-arts institution, one of my major functions, in addition to teaching, is to conduct research on questions of major importance in my field. One of these questions is regarding the effect...Read More

Remembering Two-Spirits this Thanksgiving

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 26, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Ed Note: This is a reprint from last year's Thanksgiving post. Rev Monroe adds, "It's always timely in my opinion, because not enough it said about this." As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal...Read More

South Florida Transgender Day of Remembrance Video

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 25, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This past Saturday, the South Florida LGBT community and our allies gathered to mark the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Organized by TERI, the Transgender Equality Rights Initiative, the memorial was heart-wrenching and cathartic, angering and sobering, moving and...Read More

Isn't Oppression Bad and Calling it Out Good?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Or did I get it backwards. In an LGBT online support community I participate in a few participants were purposefully using the wrong pronouns for a trans person in the media who they did not like. When several people pointed...Read More

HRC: A comment from Dyssonance

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | November 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Note from Bil: I'm trying out a new feature with our software that allows me to take a comment and move it up to the front page as a post. Serena's post about HRC's Transgender Day of Remembrance video from...Read More

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Ten Years - 400 Dead... And Counting

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 22, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Thursday was the tenth anniversary of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It's the day transgender people around the world pause and remember our fallen brothers and sisters along with our allies and friends. It was also a day of mixed...Read More

HRC Posts Video for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 22, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The HRC posted a video on its website this week to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. It co-opts the images of Lawrence King and Robert Eads, and urges our community to demand hate crimes legislation. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More

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Remembrance into Action: Honoring Trans Women of Color

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Amanda Morgan is a Vaid fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Transgender Day of Remembrance feels especially sad this year, with Duanna Johnson and Latiesha Green, two black trans women, murdered...Read More

Disposable People

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last night I gave this speech at Day of Remembrance, addressing the way trans identity, race, gender, immigration, sex work, and police brutality have all become major factors in anti-trans killings. Every year we take this time to review the...Read More

TDOR: Some Personal Thoughts

Filed by Donna Rose | November 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Another Transgender Day of Remembrance (or TDOR, for short) is upon us. It occurs on Nov. 20 each year in commemoration of the murder of trans-woman Rita Hester and is our opportunity to celebrate the lives and mourn the deaths...Read More

Remembering our Dead

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 20, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today, people across the world are observing the 10th Transgender Day of Remembrance, day when we look back and honor the lives lost to anti-transgender hate and violence. In 2008, the violent murders of transgender people and people targeted for...Read More

Not just a name on a list

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 20, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a solemn day where our community comes together to remember and honor those lost to anti-transgender hate and violence. The list is horrifically long this year, with 16 new names added...Read More

What Thomas Beatie Doesn't Understand

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I watched Thomas and Nancy Beatie on Barbara Walters last week. They described their struggle with the state of Oregon over how they would be identified on their child's birth certificate. They want Thomas listed as the father and Nancy...Read More

The Value of a Life

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today marks the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, with commemorations happening through today and some into the weekend. Thanks to Tobi for giving the day-before link to what's happening. The following was originally written for GayCalgary and Edmonton Magazine,...Read More

A Gender Primer

Filed by Michele O'Mara | November 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: With Transgender Day of Remembrance coming up, it seemed appropriate to re-post Michele O'Mara's great primer on gender from last year. She works with transgender clients in her private practice. What is gender identity? Gender identity occurs from...Read More

Trans Day of Remembrance

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Tomorrow is the Tenth International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize the trans people who have been killed due to anti-trans hatred or prejudice. Events will be happening all over. Look around your local community listings to see...Read More

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize and honor those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off...Read More

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | November 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize and honor those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off...Read More

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

At least, I hope it is anyway. Stonewall didn't do it. The Briggs amendment didn't do it. The Defense of Marriage Act didn't do it. The horrific misuse of Don't Ask Don't Tell to facilitate the most intense anti-gay witch...Read More

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Duanna Johnson: Your Outrage, Support Needed

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 15, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition has set up a way to donate to the fund for Duanna Johnson's funeral online. Please help share the funeral expenses as a community. And please read this: "Can the LGBT Community Spare Some Outrage...Read More

Duanna Johnson found Murdered in Memphis

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Reports are coming out of Memphis, Tennessee that Duanna Johnson was found shot to death yesterday. Our readers may remember Duanna Johnson's story- she was the black trasnwoman who was severely beaten by police in a police station while everyone,...Read More

Back to Mike: Money, Career, Transitioning and Tolerance

Filed by Nina Smith | November 09, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

"There is always more to be learned about tolerance." - Mercedes Ruehl, commenting on her Lifetime movie role as the mother of transgender child Before starting Queercents, I had never interacted with anyone from the transgender community. Perhaps, it's just...Read More

Traditional media still has trouble covering transgender issues

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I saved this NY Times article in my "to post" list election night after I read the first part of it because I wanted to point people's attention to what seemed to be an interesting article on transgender voting issues....Read More

Mean Times

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 08, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

So, the election is over and like so many in our community I'm still not sure whether to be happy, sad, both, or neither. Not only did our guy win, but the Democrats took virtually complete control of Congress, reducing...Read More

ENDA, marriage equality and moving the ball forward

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I am elated at President-elect Obama's (how I love saying that phrase) resounding electoral college win, slightly dismayed at the margin of the popular vote (although it is...Read More

Julie Bindel and the Trans vs. Feminism Tug-of War

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Feminism and transsexuality have long pushed each others' buttons. Feminism often seeks to break gender roles and stereotypes, break gender barriers, and yet transsexuality says that "there's something inborn in me that I can't escape or deny," at which point...Read More

Voting Rights for Transgender People

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I wanted to make sure everyone saw this important info put out by the National Center for Transgender Equality: At NCTE, we believe in the importance of voting and we believe that it makes a difference in our work for...Read More