Transgender & Intersex: December 2008

Arrest made in Taysia Elzy case; IMPD to establish LGBT liaison

Filed by Bil Browning | December 31, 2008 | 4:45 PM | comments

CBS station WISH-TV is reporting that a suspect has been arrested in the double homicide of Taysia Elzy and Michael Hunt. The news station continues to refer to the victims as "two men" and, although new photographs are easily available...Read More

BREAKING: Arrest being made in Taysia Elzy case

Filed by Bil Browning | December 31, 2008 | 12:40 PM | comments

BREAKING NEWS I just got off the phone with a source in the Indianapolis Police Department. A suspect is currently being arrested in Ft. Wayne, Indiana of a suspect in the double homicide of Taysia Elzy and Michael Hunt. The...Read More

The Media, the Legislature and the Police Are Guilty Too

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My post, "Transgender woman and her boyfriend murdered in Indianapolis," has created quite a bit of conversation - both here on the Project and in certain circles in Indiana. I've just finished an interview with an Indianapolis Star reporter about...Read More

Transwoman and her boyfriend murdered in Indianapolis

Filed by Bil Browning | December 28, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Updated at the end of the post Two Indianapolis residents were killed over the holidays. While details aren't definite, it would appear one or both individuals were specifically targeted. If the double slaying is a hate crime, nothing will be...Read More

Harvard Business Review and the Interest Convergence Dilemma

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 26, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I recently wrote a laudatory post about Harvard Business Review's case study on gender transition in the workplace. A reader of this blog raised a strong objection, apologizing for "raining on my parade." Dr. Weiss, According to the 2008 2nd...Read More

All Powerful Trannies Threaten Humanity

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

In his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff, Pope Benedict XVI, head of the 1.13 billion person-strong Catholic Church,has warned of the dangers of "gender theory," saying it threatens humanity's existence and equating its potential destructive power to that of...Read More

Why I don't donate to the Salvation Army bell ringer

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 23, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Stuff like this just makes me sick: Equality Texas mourns the death of Jennifer Gale, a 47-year-old transgender homeless woman who died yesterday. Jennifer's body was found Wednesday morning. She was lying in an outdoor walkway at the First English...Read More

Dear Diego

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 22, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Dear Diego, This may come as a surprise that you're seeing this open letter from me, one of the more vehement critics of HRC and your new boss, but congratulations on your new senior legislative policy adviser job starting January...Read More

A Poem For Barack Obama

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I am not a poet. In fact, while I've been writing for years, this is my first attempt ever at this kind of thing, so I ask your indulgence. Bad poetry it may be, but it's how I feel. I...Read More

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2008-The Year Of the Black Transperson

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 20, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ever since Christine Jorgensen stepped off the plane in New York from Denmark in 1953, the media coverage concerning transgender people has been disproportionately focused on white transgender people. What little coverage we have garnered has been limited to African-American...Read More

Diego Sanchez Named As Senior Advisor To Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today is reporting that FTM transgender activist and business leader Diego Sanchez has been named to replace Joe Racalto as Congressman Barney Frank's senior policy advisor. As you would expect, this news is receiving mixed reaction from many in...Read More

Irish Equality Authority Budget Cut by 43%

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I was shocked to read today that the Irish government has cut the budget of the Equality Authority -- a civil service organization tasked with enforcing non-discrimination legislation in Ireland -- by 43%! The Equality Authority's CEO, Niall Crowley, resigned...Read More

71 names, thus far, and an addendum to my last post about Day to End Violence

Filed by Gina de Vries | December 17, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Oh, God. I'm letting out a long and sad breath. I spent my morning researching names of murdered sex workers for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Melissa Gira Grant from Sex Workers Outreach Project sent me a...Read More

"Muxe" is a zapotec word pronounced Moo-shay

Filed by Father Tony | December 12, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I hope I was the only one who missed this article in the New York Times last week. Fourteen amazing photos and some equally amazing comments from the parents of the muxes who simply believe that God sent these children...Read More

Transmen on Film: DC Premiere of Israeli Documentary

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

On December 8th, I had the privilege of participating in the post-film discussion of Mom, I Didn't Kill Your Daughter at the 19th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival in DC. The film and panel discussion were organized by the DC...Read More

New International Guidelines Recommend Hormone Blockers For Transgender Youth

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | December 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new report from the Endocrine Society issued this week recommends hormone blockers for children and teens diagnosed with gender identity disorder. Hormone blockers would essentially delay puberty and give children and their parents time to decide the best course...Read More

Sorority Boys: Trans Guide for Fraternities and Sororities

Filed by Simon Aronoff | December 08, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

On December 3rd, Campus Pride and the Lambda 10 Project announced the release of a resource guide to raise awareness of transgender students and the issues they face within the Greek system of campus life. The goal of the new...Read More

The Gender Gulag: Voices of the Asylum

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 04, 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

Santa Baby (Transgender Version)

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 03, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Merry Christmas, Projectors! Just in time for the holidays is one of my oldie but goodie song rewrites. Eartha Kitt's classic Christmas song 'Santa Baby' has always been a favorite of mine, and one day while listening to it I...Read More