Transgender & Intersex: May 2009

MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty Vetoes Safe Schools Bill

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 31, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nearly one week ago, Minnesota Governor (and rising GOP star/presidential hopeful) Tim Pawlenty vetoed the "Safe Schools for All" bill, a long overdue update to the state's anti-bullying and harassment laws governing schools. Anyone familiar with Pawlenty's politics might shrug...Read More

Rory: Then and Now

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Projector Rory Gould sent in this Then & Now. If you'd like to participate too, send in your before and after photos and lists. THEN: (1986) I was a dyke. It was very much a part of my...Read More

Parental Rights Clause Gives the Right a New Weapon Against Diversity

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Thursday May 28th, The Alberta Government passed Bill 44, which makes changes to the Province's Human Rights Act. Bill 44 includes a proposal to extend to parents the right to exempt their children from any teaching about "subject-matter that...Read More

TransLondon backs out of Pride celebration

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

TransLondon, the largest trans org in London, voted a week ago to boycott Pride in that city. Apparently, the pride organization thought this would be a good way to have a trans float in the parade: The 2009 pride participation...Read More

Trans Youth and Color Lines

Filed by Simon Aronoff | May 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

A long time ago (the 1990s), in a galaxy far, far away (Northampton, MA), I was a young trans person. This week is "National LGBTQ Awareness Week," and it's got me thinking back to the days when I qualified as...Read More

Rethinking Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As any LGBT who follows American politics knows, with the Democrats running things in Congress and Obama in the White House it's supposedly a new day in America for LGBT people and rights. At the same time, however, we also...Read More

Call to Action to Urge Trans-Affirming Position Statements by the APA

Filed by Kelley Winters | May 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

On May 18, I presented a paper to the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association on the diagnostic categories of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and Transvestic Fetishism (TF) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Coauthored...Read More

Nella Larsen, Passing, and transgender issues

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 25, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Justin Allendale didn't know Angie Zapata's past when they first met - he only saw a woman. This was intentional; Angie made a conscious effort to appear female, to the point that nobody would know that she was ever male....Read More

A Trans Person's Photo in the Hall

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | May 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I've heard of administrators or parents complaining when a trans speaker talks to a class, when a teacher comes out as trans, or even when a student does - but I never expected that the mere presence of a photograph...Read More

Austin goes full time

Filed by Bil Browning | May 22, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Bilerico-Indiana's Austin Crowder! Austin announced this morning that she is living full-time as a woman now. She was worried about her employment situation, but even in Indianapolis her new employer accepted her transition without batting an eye. I...Read More

From boy to girl in one week or less

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I didn't really have much time to consider the consequences or the potential pitfalls; sometimes, when an opportunity presents itself, you just have to follow your gut. It is with this thought in mind that I want to announce that...Read More

Senator Duane: Where are you on New York State's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Bill?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It was hot weather when I met Senator Tom Duane at a picnic last summer up in Sullivan County, New York, where my partner and I live. I shook his hand and asked him about the New York State Gender...Read More

Goodbye, Octavia St. Laurent

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The first time I saw Octavia St. Laurent , I was at the River Oaks Theater back home watching the 1990 blockbuster documentary Paris Is Burning. I was starting my own transition at the time and the movie was on...Read More

France demedicalizes transsexuality

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

France has demedicalized transsexuality by taking it out of its list of mental disorders. I don't know if this is just a net or an unadulterated positive for French trans people, considering the French have one of the best universal...Read More

Protesters call for Reform of Gender Disorders at American Psychiatric Association Convention

Filed by Kelley Winters | May 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Thanks to Danielle Askini for this media advisory: What: A coalition of transgender community advocates and mental health providers will gather in San Francisco May 18 to protest how the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is handling revisions to "gender identity...Read More

On the 89th anniversary of the canonization of Joan of Arc

Filed by Father Tony | May 16, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

She heard voices when she was twelve years old. She was a peasant girl who demanded audience with feuding French royals. She rode into battle in a man's armor. A political casualty, she was imprisoned by the English and continued...Read More

How to Flummox the System

Filed by Father Tony | May 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

This report in the Pink News suggests one possible strategy for achieving gay equal rights. Here's an excerpt: A trans woman in Tennessee has had her marriage declared invalid after the state refused to recognise her female status. Terri Jo...Read More

A lesson in "spoonfuls of sugar"

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 13, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I always keep my eye out for positive stories of transition. While this may not be the most, say, "realistic" portrayal of that terrible coming-out moment, I do want to post it here for one simple reason. Sometimes, when trying...Read More

Texting Boston trolley driver is transman

Filed by Bil Browning | May 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The texting trolley driver that caused an accident in Boston is transgender. Forty six people were injured in the crash. He was texting his girlfriend at the time of the collision. ...Aidan Quinn, is a female-to-male transsexual, according to a...Read More

Stay there. We will come to you. Every day.

Filed by Father Tony | May 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

You know it's so easy to subscribe to Bilerico-Florida that even an old-school Remington portable dude like me can do it....Read More

Tennessee could invalidate transwoman's marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Leaf Chronicle has a story on their site now about a transwoman who married a cis-man in prison in Tennessee in 2007, but whose marriage was overturned because she's legally considered male in the state of Tennessee. The Chronicle...Read More

Moni Goes To Washington

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've spent the last three days since my May 4 birthday in our nation's capital exercising my constitutional right to petition my legislators for 'redress of grievances'. Translation: I've been lobbying. Lobbying isn't just for high priced hired guns working...Read More

Genderqueer Mommy

Filed by Paige Schilt | May 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Lately, when I've been blogging about my wife, Katy Koonce, it's been about her role as dynamic front man for the "silicone cock rock" band Butch County. In honor of Mother's Day, I asked her to talk with me about...Read More

Stuck in Fear

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Monica Helms is the President of the Transgender American Veterans Association. The music changes to deep bass tones and the woman on the screen backs up slowly into the dark living room of her dark house....Read More

Stuck in Fear

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Monica Helms is the President of the Transgender American Veterans Association. The music changes to deep bass tones and the woman on the screen backs up slowly into the dark living room of her dark house....Read More

Col. Diane Schroer Awarded Half A Million In Anti-Discrimination Ruling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Colonel Diane Schroer had an offer of a job at the Library of Congress rescinded when the person who was hiring her learned that she planned to transition from male to female. Schroer successfully sued the government for damages for...Read More

We matter

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Lena Dahlstrom is a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay Area who also performs as a drag queen under the stage name "Joie de Vivre." Wednesday was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me....Read More

The bathroom argument wins again

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The New Hampshire Senate voted this week to legalize same-sex marriage. They also voted to unanimously reject a bill to ban discrimination against transgender people. (The Union-Leader article says "sexual identity issues," but I think they meant "on the basis...Read More

Six things I wish I knew six months ago

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

April marked six months of hormones for me. This makes me a fair shake less experienced than many of the trans activists peppering the Bilerico site; where they have had years to cogitate over the issue, I'm dragging everyone along...Read More