Transgender & Intersex: March 2010

Happy Transgender Day Of Visibility

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 31, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today is the first celebration of what founder Rachel Crandall hopes will be an annual event, the International Transgender Day of Visibility. One of the problems I've long complained about that has had serious repercussion with trans people's levels of...Read More

Phil Black, vintage female impersonator

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Another gem I picked up along my surfing adventures, a trans performer bringing joy and entertainment to a private suburban New York gathering, ca. 1950s....Read More

Join The Club, Lt. Choi

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 30, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

DADT repeal activist and founder of the West Point GLBT group Knights Out Lt . Dan Choi was recently quoted in a Newsweek interview as saying he felt "so betrayed" by HRC. I have great respect for her (Kathy Griffin)...Read More

The Evils Of Political Correctness

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 29, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I took the last week more or less off for some personal reasons, but even when I take time off I pay attention to things going on. I also get involved in comments, as many are aware, and sometimes the...Read More

Trans student suspended from school and chased out of town

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 26, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Dan Savage reported about a tragic example of transgender hate from the same Mississippi high school that canceled prom for Constance McMillen, Itawamba Agricultural High School: Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural--for a grand total of four hours....Read More

Shirtless Pics!

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 24, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

As the face of Bilerico while Bil's away for the week, I have a contractual obligation to post a certain number of shirtless pics. But that doesn't stop me from mentioning that ENDA is on the move! But to get...Read More

Lady Gaga, Intersex, and The Real World vs. The Unicorn World

Filed by Gina de Vries | March 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Lisa Harvey at Questioning Transphobia wrote a great blog post on the rumors about Lady Gaga being intersex. Lisa articulates pretty much all of my feelings on the subject way more eloquently than I could hope to. Take a gander,...Read More

Re-introducing Effie Dropbottom: vintage drag humor

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Found this intriguing comedienne, but not much info available, just this album cover and a grainy photo that's after the jump. Anyone know this 1950s-era performer?...Read More

Will Health Care Reform Resuscitate ENDA?

Filed by Keri Renault | March 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Transgender advocates and allies across America gathered Tuesday on Capitol Hill in support of ENDA while opponents of Health Care Reform sounded an entirely different alarm. Both may see action as early as Sunday. The ENDA support coalition was organized...Read More

Why The Transgender Community Had To Take Out Susan Stanton

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 18, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's something you hope you'll never have to do, but you do it when you have to. I watched "Her Name Was Steven" on CNN Saturday night, and it's taken me until now to decide how I want to discuss...Read More

From the TG Archive: Media, War and Life History

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editor's note: Cristan Williams, the director of the Transgender Foundation of America, a transgender nonprofit based in Houston, Texas, is sharing some of the recent acquisitions of her organization's historical collection. The TG Archive has acquired rare original newspaper from...Read More

Ask the APA to Remove "Transvestic Disorder" Diagnosis from the DSM-5

Filed by Kelley Winters | March 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) has posted an online petition calling for removal of the Transvestic Disorder diagnosis (302.3) from the pending Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Please help put an...Read More

Kiss of Androgyny: vintage poster

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

A much-reproduced 1920's poster for Ramos-Pinto wines, titled "The Kiss." According to this article, the company continues to use this image on some of its wines today....Read More

In binary-deconstructing news

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year we saw Pakistan approve a new gender class on its ID's for hijras and India allow voters to declare themselves "O" for "Other." Now NSW, Australia, has changed its records on someone to identify hir as nongendered: The...Read More

Making Trouble: Trust, part one

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is part of the Making Trouble series, although it takes a different tack as I get ready to end it this week. This time, I talk about differences between now and several months ago. Trust. It's been just shy...Read More

Transgender Celebrity: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Filed by Keri Renault | March 13, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

This post began in response to a comment I received from an acquaintance in the Netherlands. Angela referenced a recent blog of mine about transsexual woman Susan Stanton, exploring her sudden rise to the national media's center stage in 2007....Read More


The "Trans Mafia" stifles allies

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Bil made an excellent comment regarding trans allies on one of Antonia's recent posts. I want to repost it it here because I think its an important sentiment in the LGBT community: Even in a previous post from this week...Read More

Get Your Sexism off My Gender Expression. Or Else.

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today I suddenly realized I spend a lot of time having sudden realizations. I'm weird like that. I also have not-so-sudden realizations. Some realizations happen every single day, and my reaction is an extremely predictable and unvarying one -- I...Read More

1954 African-American Transwomen

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 06, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In honor of Black History Month, I did research on some of the sexy pin-ups that appeared in 1950s magazines for African American audiences. Found several gems, including these fascinating scans. Source: 1954 Black History As Seen Through Magazines Another...Read More

Think Pink

Filed by Paige Schilt | March 04, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Katy's mother, Donna Koonce, wanted a baby girl. The year was 1962. Donna and her husband, a small-town Texas football coach called Big Phil, already had two strapping young sons. But Donna yearned for a soul mate, a confidante, a...Read More

Question of the day: pride, shame, and beauty

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I wrote this post on my personal blog a few days ago about an art photography project by the wonderful Molly Landreth. I didn't want to post it here, and I'm still not going to post the essay entirely; it's...Read More

REAL ID & Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 01, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

I suspect you'll be hearing about Comprehensive Immigration Reform off and on over the next few weeks. If for no other reason than I'll be talking about it. The good and the bad. One of the bad parts has me...Read More

VH1 to bust out the beautiful trannies

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | March 01, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Trans girls have to be beautiful. Isn't that what most people want? That's certainly what people are going to get when they watch a new cable TV reality show set to debut on March 15 on VH1. The eight-show series,...Read More