Transgender & Intersex: January 2010

O just might like the T more...

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 27, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Is President Obama more willing to treat trans people better than GLB people? The question is fairly simple and doesn't have much deeper subtextual value, but the things it makes one look at in order to answer it effectively are...Read More

Maxum-um Overdrive

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Belgian ad campaign for Maxum candy bars. The French comment "It'll make a man out of you" pretty much insults everyone -- which is a kind of equality, I guess, but not exactly what we're aiming for.......Read More

Orientation labels peel away

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | January 25, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

If a heterosexual guy finds himself attracted to a non- or pre-operative trans chick, is he gay? The vast majority of people I interact with routinely inquire about this whenever I tell them that I have a date with a...Read More

Rep Paul Scott Blows Smoke on Transgender Michigan

Filed by Keri Renault | January 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A fledgling politician, 27-year-old Michigan Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has a precocious grasp of social conservatism's #1 rule. All is fair in the war. Politics is war. Entering his sophomore year as a Michigan congressman, Scott, a rising star...Read More

Trans man banned from Facebook is back

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The transman who was first kicked off Facebook for uploading a picture of himself without a shirt, and then had his account reinstated but was told not to upload the offending picture again, has been told he can upload the...Read More

Italy's All-Transgender Prison: That's Amore?

Filed by Keri Renault | January 16, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Italy plans to designate a former women's prison specifically for transgender inmates. The proposal may be the first globally to separate gender variant inmates from the cisgender criminal population. My first reaction was wariness. I tend to sniff for ulterior...Read More

Transphobia In Mainstream Media: Are The Right-Wingers The Real Problem?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 14, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

It seems like all too often when you tune your radio or television to mainstream news and talk shows these days, there's good reason to be at minimum pretty annoyed, and sometimes even genuinely pissed off and angry if you're...Read More

Erasing Marriage

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm in the process of writing the last of my articles in my series on foundational stuff, but I'm not quite finished. In the interim, I'm going to talk about other stuff. In this case, the trial regarding marriage equality...Read More

The Politics of Being Transgender: GRITtv panel

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and blogger at Feministe, and filmmaker Jules Rosskam of Against a Trans Narrative, were on Laura...Read More

Pre-trial begins in Duanna Johnson beating

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Local TV is covering the the cop's trial, but I do wonder if they got two independent sources to verify their accusation that Duanna Johnson, who's dead and therefore cannot defend herself, was a prostitute. Sure, she was arrested on...Read More

Remember Chris Crocker?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 10, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was surfing to avoid working, and looking up random videos. I came across a beautiful young trans woman talking about the kind of hate speech that has been employed against her. Some people said they wanted to kill her....Read More

Humor Rights Watch: Rachel Rocks, Letterman Doesn't

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 07, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The appointment of Amanda Simpson by President Obama to the Commerce Department is now making the rounds on the TV show circuit. Interestingly, as revealed last night by Rachel Maddow, she's not the first. Rachel also displayed her usual witty...Read More

The punishment doesn't fit the crime: More on transgender women, prison, and Maria Benita Santamaria

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I posted the other day about Maria Benita Santamaria, a transgender woman sent to prison after she was found with ten pounds of meth on her. She was sent to a men's prison, put in solitary confinement, and denied hormones...Read More

Description, Affinity, Politics, and Identity

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 06, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

This is a continuation of previous columns: What Is Trans, What Is Sex, What Is Gender, and Situational Membership. For the next couple columns, I will examine aspects of group dynamics within the LGBT milieu that are affected by the...Read More

Marriage equality safe in Iowa until at least 2014

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Democratically controlled Iowa legislature will not put Iowa's April 3, 2009 Supreme Court decision legalizing same gender marriage up for a debate. Iowa's founders brilliantly made it difficult to change the state constitution. Two...Read More

How a transgender prisoner gets tougher punishment because of her gender identity

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Six years of prison, solitary confinement, and denial of medical care, all for a nonviolent drug offense? Thank you, War on Drugs. You gave us such sane ways to deal with addiction. Officials at Central Virginia Regional Jail said they...Read More

New rights for trans people in Pakistan

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 04, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pink News Reports: The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their...Read More

Should We Scrap the Word "Transgender"?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 03, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The definition of "transgender" is not universally agreed upon. Some define it very broadly, to include anyone with a history or a hint of gender variance. Women who like sports. Men who like to cook. Some people take issue with...Read More

Found on Youtube: "She Was Never He" by Boy George

Filed by Austen Crowder | January 03, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've always been a fan of Boy George. Mind you, I kinda missed the Culture Club boat by a few years, but looking back I do like his music quite a bit....Read More

Amanda Simpson, The DC Power Elite, and the Cultural Imaginary

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The announcement of President Obama's appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Department of Commerce on the last day of 2009 is a significant event for LGBT rights in the U.S. But what does it, in fact, mean? What, if any,...Read More

Trans News Timeline: 2009

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 01, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here are some highlights from a Google News Archive timeline search on "transgender" for 2009. Reading through the list, I see news of social evils bedeviling trans people and the fight against them, but also more positive portrayals of trans...Read More