Transgender & Intersex: June 2009

Transgender Comics: "Abstract Gender"

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

There are two types of transgender comics in the world. This fact is not a judgment of quality so much as it a statement of taxonomy. I've featured the first kind in the past two weeks' posts; "Closetspace" and "Venus...Read More

The "New" NJ Trans Drivers License Regs, Part 2: Buying My Identity

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The first part of this story can be found here. Shortly after my first unsuccessful attempt to take advantage of the new, less stringent regulations regarding changing gender markers on drivers licenses in New Jersey, I met with a gender...Read More

TransLondon back in Pride

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I posted about a month ago that TransLondon pulled out of Pride London because of issues with representation (the theme for the transgender float was "Priscilla"), a bathroom incident in which security asked transwomen for Gender Recognition Certificates, and an...Read More

5 "I can't help it" excuses that need LGBT help

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Austin Crowder is a Bilerico-Indiana contributor. We thought this post should be lifted up to the main site so more people could see it and add their own lists of common excuses and how to deal with them....Read More

Next Action Steps on ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 23, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act juggernaut is slowly moving forward, set to be introduced, so I hear, on Wednesday. I call it a "juggernaut" because the size and number of pieces to be managed is truly daunting. Almost hardly noticeable among...Read More

The Murder that Didn't Happen

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last week I wrote about the reported murder of a young trans woman. But as time went on and the facts could not be verified, suspicions rose about whether it could be a hoax. There is now verification that it...Read More

Transgender rights, the President's memo and legal history

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I've gotten so many questions about legal issues related to federal employees in the past week of Obummer-ness that I thought it might be useful to provide a bit of historical context. In my blog's post about the memorandum that...Read More

Transgender Comics: Venus Envy

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

This is part two of Austen's ongoing Transgender Comic review. Be sure to check out Closetspace as well! The picture says it all. If I were to pick any one comic, novel, or show to give to a young trans-person,...Read More

See Update -- Another Brutal Murder

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 19, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Further Update: There is now concrete evidence that this murder did not happen. For more details see an updated post Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the original source on this story has pulled it because they cannot...Read More

Passing (Or Not) at the Pool

Filed by Paige Schilt | June 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

It feels like 95 degrees in the shade. We're standing in line at the municipal pool. The mom in front of us has three kids and a tattoo on her cleavage that says "Ivan" or "Juan," I can't tell which....Read More

The Advocate Joins in Transphobic Media

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

It was bad enough when the New York Post ran the transphobic article "Wedding Crashers" which erroneously describes a trans woman and her cis male partner, Kimah Nelson and Jason Stenson, as a gay couple and how they "duped" the...Read More

Transgender Comics: Closetspace

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

This is part one of Austen's series on Transgender media: comics, movies, etc. Stay tuned for updates every Monday! I've wanted to do a series about transgender webcomics for a long while. Much of my decision to transition was born...Read More

Pride? Yes. Prideful? No.

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Keri Renault is a broadcast writer/producer credited with creating & distributing two PBS-oriented television series, and blogs on the power of self advocacy in personal & relationship transitions. The burgeoning LGBTQ community has much to celebrate...Read More

Chaz Bono Transitions: A Few Memories of His Work at GLAAD

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

It was announced yesterday to much fanfare that Chaz Bono is transitioning from female to male. The child of Sonny Bono and Cher, Chaz was someone many of us grew up with when his parents hoisted him on stage at...Read More

Sacramento Radio Show Comes Clean

Filed by Kelley Winters | June 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

After three days off the air, the Rob, Arnie and Dawn Show returned to KRXQ FM radio Thursday morning to apologize for defamatory remarks about transpeople on their May 28 broadcast. Hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States outraged the transcommunity...Read More

Chastity Bono starts transition process

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Congratulations to Chaz Bono on his decision to transition from female to male. This is a deeply personal commitment that obviously isn't taken lightly and is probably made even more difficult by his celebrity. Bilerico Project family sends warm wishes...Read More

Rob, Arnie, and Dawn really go all out

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you have a chance, please listen to Rob, Arnie, and Dawn's response to the transgender controversy. Even if you can't listen to the whole broadcast, at least catch the first twenty minutes. I am genuinely impressed....Read More

Thomas Beatie becomes America's favorite trans dad... twice

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Thomas Beatie, who gained some fame last year as he spoke with the Advocate, Oprah, and Barbara Walters about the details of being a transman who kept his reproductive organs, went off hormone, and became pregnant, had a second baby...Read More

Is D.C. Mayor Fenty Our Friend?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Tim Newman is a DC-based activist working primarily on economic justice and global justice issues. Gay pride month has a particularly important significance this year as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on...Read More


Transtastic in The District

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 09, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Laura McGinnis is a staffer at Renna Communications. This past weekend, hundreds of transgender, queer, and trans-tastic allies descended upon the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Capital Trans Pride. By all accounts, it...Read More

LGBT organizing WIN

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The other day Dr. Kelley Winters posted an action item about the KRXQ radio hosts who attacked trans youth on a segment on their morning radio show. Check out her post for the description of what they said if you...Read More

Join Our Inclusive ENDA Campaign on Facebook

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last week, Rep. Barney Frank stated in a Washington Blade interview that he is going to re-introduce ENDA this month in the House and the vote will take place in the fall. I experienced a vivid flashback to November 2007:...Read More

The cost of defamation: Rob, Arnie & Dawn show pays dear cost

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I think its important to point out victories on the GLBT front wherever they arrive. Thanks to action taken by GLAAD and well-meaning activists, the Rob, Arnie & Dawn show has been taken to task on defamatory remarks made on...Read More

Entercom Communications Corporation: When Big Business Demonizes Innocent Children

Filed by Kelley Winters | June 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The community response to Sacramento radio station KRXQ FM, following hateful and threatening remarks toward gender variant children on May 28th, has been overwhelming and gratifying. A GLAAD Call to Action and a remarkable report by Michael Rowe of the...Read More

The transgender row to hoe

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I had a strange experience at a drag club the other night. I had gone with friends to see the show, see, and we were having a great time of it. During the end-of-show monologue, the queen onstage asked how...Read More

How did the gay partners get in immigration reform?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like an ever-expanding mushroom cloud of diversity, every few years another diverse group of people want to enter the United States. It has created a complicated history in which there are many people who are different in the US. In...Read More

The "New" NJ Trans Driver License Regs: A Step Forward, If You Can Afford To Take It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last Friday, I drove down to New Jersey Motor Vehicle Department headquarters in Trenton and tried to take advantage of the new, less oppressive identity regulations for gender markers on New Jersey driver licenses. I got a pretty rude awakening...Read More

What would Justice Sotomayor do with a transgender plaintiff?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I was tired; I was wearily correcting the proofs of a long academic article that I have finally, after three years, shepherded to publication, when the news of Justice Souter's resignation came. My article discussed the question of what the...Read More

My Two Moms <3 Their Trans Daughter

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 01, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I consider myself really blessed to have such a strong queer family. Recently, I got a chance to interview one of my moms about being a lesbian mom of a trans daughter for the public radio program Story Corps. A...Read More

Listen to the (Trans) Kids: EQAZ Interviews Kim Pearson

Filed by Simon Aronoff | June 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week, Equality Arizona Radio broadcast a long format interview with Kim Pearson, Executive Director of TransYouth Family Allies. TYFA is the first national organization exclusively dedicated to supporting, educating and advocating for gender variant and transgender children. Hosted by...Read More

My Impossible Father

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

As part of the 4th Annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day, here is an essay by a teenager about his LGBT family. I thank him for sharing it at my request, and I think we can all learn something from...Read More

Codenamed "Not even trying"

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 01, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is a bit old, but projector boi polloi sent this in. The Herald-Sun wrote an article about a transboy who, at age 17, got a court order for a double mastectomy. Not really news, but if they were going...Read More