Transgender & Intersex: March 2009

The Catch 22 of Transgender Care and Acceptance

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 31, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Finding yourself is financially stupid. Being financially independent is a long-term goal of mine. I'm sure it's on the minds of many people, but I've made a hobby of reading financial advice. Dave Ramsey has helped me turn my finances...Read More

Erotic Trans Embroidery

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 30, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Some readers might remember I had promised a follow up to my Porn For Education post that would go into the details of my more recent work in video. With everything going on this week, I've had to put it...Read More

Call Out Blue Cross Blue Shield's Ridiculous Policy Change

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 26, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently removed the coverage of gender reassignment surgery from their "covered" list. "Michigan Messenger reported Tuesday that BCBS of Michigan had received permission from state regulators to change insurance coverage offerings, and elimination of...Read More

Breaking: HRC board issues statement on new ENDA policy

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Hot off the presses and presented without commentary since I know y'all will have plenty of opinions... The HRC board announced a new policy on ENDA today: HRC Board ENDA Policy 3/25/2009 It's the policy of HRC that the organization...Read More

Men in Dresses? In the Military? I don't think so!

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 25, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. The impending repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell hangs over Bigot Americans like a specter of doom that will reach Biblical proportions. In other words, they lack...Read More

What Transmisogyny Looks Like

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 25, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is a topic that has been vital to my understanding of the world over the past few years, but it's still relatively unknown outside certain circles of activists. When I mention it as an area of my work, I...Read More

Reportback from MEChA's National Conference

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 23, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I spent this last weekend at the national MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) conference which was held in my home town of Eugene. The theme celebrating MEChA's 40th anniversary was Retomando la Historia Desplazada de la Mujer, Reclaiming Displaced...Read More

Gender Autonomy, Transgender Identity and Substantive Due Process: Finding a Rational Basis for Lawrence v. Texas

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation. I just finished an article that is coming out in the Touro Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. That's the title of the article above....Read More

Video: Vigilante mob attacks transgender woman and gay man

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dante Alencastre is a filmmaker and activist of Peruvian descent. He emigrated to the United States in 1976. Dante is currently working on a documentary on American transgender role models and recently premiered his documentary En...Read More

Support the G, L, B, and T troops

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Brandon Friedman, vice chair of, wrote a post on the HuffPo opposing DADT entitled "No, Gay Soldiers Won't Be Allowed to Cross-dress While on Duty." Normally I'd leave this sort of thing alone, but our allies apparently need a...Read More

Transgender students face a high rate of bullying and harassment in schools

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

GLSEN has a new report out that asked nearly 300 trans students about how they're getting along in school: Nearly nine out of 10 transgender students experienced verbal harassment at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation...Read More

The New Adventures of Aunt Christine

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Buppert's work has appeared in Frontiers, Drummer and The Family Business Report, as well as BuzzFlash and on stage at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica; his story on gay adoption will appear in the...Read More

What can he do?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Friend of the blog Meghan Stabler sent me a copy of an e-mail an old co-worker sent her recently. Meghan transitioned while they worked together and the letter will bring a tear to your eye. Her former co-worker asks Meghan...Read More

Focus on the Family gives away free books!

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Or: Doctor Dobson's Dead Fish Handshake File this one under "surreal, messed-up Focus rhetoric." I could go on for a country mile about Focus on the Family's positions on gay marriage, reparative therapy, and the social degradation created by LGB...Read More

Trans 101

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 16, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This is an amazing video put together by my organization, Mass Equality, with GLAD and Mass Transgender Political Coalition. Watch. Please. And then go call your state legislator, regardless of where you live, and demand protections for Transgender people....Read More

ACTION ITEM: End The H8, Within The LGBT Community

Filed by K Travis Ballie | March 16, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm Pissed, I'm Angry And I'm Not Gonna Take This Anymore. Two female-to-male transgender patrons of the Dupont Circle gay bar Fab Lounge told police they were verbally harassed and assaulted by two female customers who denounced one of the...Read More

A Picture from a New Perspective - Inside the White House

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mara Keisling is the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara was recently invited to the White House to witness the signing of a presidential executive order. This picture represents something you have...Read More

Porn for Education

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sex education is an under-discussed topic in our community, so I'm really glad to see Alex's week-long series on the subject of abstinence-only education. With such poor education in the schools, it's no wonder so many people are getting their...Read More

General Outcry Expected

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: This guest post comes via The New Gay. Alex Blaze also wrote a post for the Bilerico main site which you can read here. Something deeply upsetting happened outside of Fab Lounge last week and we all need...Read More

Judge throws out confession in Angie Zapata case

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 12, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The judge has thrown out the confession of Allen Ray Andrade, who's accused of beating Angie Zapata to death when he found out she was a transwoman. In the taped confession, he allegedly told investigators that he grabbed Zapata's crotch...Read More

The Amber that furry built

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 12, 2009 | 9:45 AM | comments

Okay. So before we go any further with this topic, let's get the Big Three Questions out of the way. Yes, I own a fursuit. No, I don't have sex in it. And no, I don't believe I'm an animal...Read More

TAVA Update

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 11, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. She blogs at Trans Universe. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote "Transgender veterans and navigating the VA system" about the two wonderful articles written by Carol...Read More

HRC Corporate Equality Index Revisions are Great, but 2012 is Much Too Late.

Filed by Kelley Winters | March 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced long awaited revisions to its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) that would address some of the current inequities in transgender health benefits. Employers receiving a perfect 100% rating would be required to remove...Read More

Respect versus acceptance

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I changed someone's opinion about trans-women the other day. This guy had originally called me disparaging names and trolled my online accounts because I was transgender. When I gave him a harsh "don't-screw-with-me" conversation, he apologized. I surprised him by...Read More


Filed by Guest Blogger | March 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kathy Padilla has been advocating on transgender issues since 1984. She's been a key leader in passing local civil rights legislation, served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic Presidential Convention and as a Commissioner on...Read More

Been Awhile

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

January 28 was my one year anniversary as a blogger on the Project and it's been awhile since I posted over here. I know you Projectors have inquiring minds and want to know why it's been several weeks my last...Read More

The Potty War Comes to Canada

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 05, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Is it me, or did the circus come to town? Canadian media from The Globe and Mail and The National Post on down have all seized upon a case in which the Ontario Human Rights Commission's mere willingness to hear...Read More

Maryland Transgender Civil Rights Bill Advances

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Transgender equality is making advances in Maryland, where the House of Delegates will soon vote on House Bill 474. HB 474 is more expansive in scope than the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. HB 474 would add "gender identity" to existing...Read More

HRC: Corporate Equality 3.0

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Samir Luther is an expert on employment non-discrimination policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers in the United States. In his capacity with the HRC Workplace Project, he works with employers to develop...Read More

NJ Gov. Corzine Announces New Regulations For Transgender Drivers

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Transgender drivers in New Jersey will have an easier time changing our documents to conform to the genders we live in thanks to new regulations regarding gender marker changes on New Jersey driver's licenses NJ Governor Jon Corzine announced on...Read More

Finally A Good Bank: Bank Ad Teaches Transgender Inclusion

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

A friend passed this you tube posting of an Argentinian bank advertisement that is simply jaw-dropping and touching. What an interesting take for an advertisement - a bank being generous to you, makes you reconsider your own bigotry and lack...Read More