Transgender & Intersex: April 2010

Uniting the T and the LBG

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last year I celebrated my birthday in Washington DC with hundreds of friends and readers at the National Equality March. This year, I'll be celebrating in Phoenix, Arizona, and, of course, you're all invited. I'll be a plenary speaker at...Read More

Bad B movie poster: I Hate My Body

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Transexploitation! This actually looks like something I'd want to watch, if only to find out if they really deal with the issue. Any Bilerico friends know this film?...Read More

Sexual Orientation And Trans People

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 25, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I often hear said to me when I am out in the community, or read in comments and articles placed before me on blogs and in magazines and newspapers, a comment from some people who think that they have nothing...Read More

Congrats Number Four!

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 2010 International Foundation For Gender Education (IFGE) Capital Conference started yesterday and will be running through the 25th. IFGE is a long time iconic organization in the trans community. It publishes the quarterly magazine Transgender Tapestry, does education on...Read More

MA trans rights bill gains momentum

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I hit that place in vacation where I actually calm down. It feels good. Only problem is, Jake has a fever. Poor baby. We were supposed to go parasailing today- perhaps it's the gods telling us no. It's been great...Read More

ENDA & Hostile Work Environments

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

After discovering that my laptop has some rudimentary video capabilities, I thought I'd spare ya'll the usual wall of text post and give you a long video. You get to see me in my usual form when I write posts...Read More

Mistrial in Duanna Johnson's case

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The jury failed to come back with a verdict in the case of Bridges McRae, the cop who punched her and used pepper spray on a transgender arrestee after calling her a "faggot" and "he/she" and by her former first...Read More

The Return of the Pods

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yes, finally, after much delay, my first new podcast in about two years is up! Even cooler, you don't need to get it with I-Tunes or download it anymore. There's a nifty little player after the jump, with which you...Read More

University of Pennsylvania will cover gender confirmation

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The University of Pennsylvania's insurer will start to cover GRS related costs: In the next academic year, the Penn Student Insurance Plan will begin offering a new benefit for transgender students -- it will cover the cost of the gender...Read More

GLEE: Go Call Your Congressman

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: I stand in the dock accused of defamation, of discrimination, by maligning the good intentions of GLEE, that favorite television show of the gays, by that most savage means and instrumentality of slander --...Read More

We're Paying Our Dues- So When Do We Get The Privileges Of Membership In American Society?

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today is April 15 as many of you perusing this post are aware of. With the midnight deadline looming to get that check mailed off to the IRS, depending on whether you owe Uncle Sam or are waiting for a...Read More

Is GLEE Really A Friend of the LGBT Community?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 14, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

In yesterday's episode of Glee, there is a comment about she-males. The thoroughly despicable, cartoonish Coach Sue is seen cutting a nerdy male student's ponytail and utters "there, you no longer confuse me with your shemale looks". "She-males" is a...Read More

Coming Out: Trans

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 09, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Coming out is a pretty important process. And it is a process. For trans people, coming out is made a little more complicated, and the degree of complication follows the sort of trans person they are. For some trans people,...Read More

Officer who held Duanna Johnson down testifies

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updated after the jump with contact information for the newspaper. It's been almost two years since that disturbing video of one cop holding down while another cop beat a black trans woman, sending her to the hospital, was released. Both...Read More

Trans woman decapitated in Mexico

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 08, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The body of a trans woman was found decapitated in Chihuahua, Mexico. Her body was found a kilometer away from her head. Authorities believe she was still alive during the decapitation because fear was frozen on her face. According to...Read More

African-American drag comedy: vintage albums

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two now-obscure performers hamming it up to hilarious effects. I know nothing about them but their truly strange album covers speak volumes. Hope anyone doing research in this area can tell us more about them. So much has been lost:...Read More

Turn of the 20th Century Transformist

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 07, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I've found some fascinating vintage trans images from the 1890s - 1920s, including this gem. A bit of googling yielded the info that a postcard of Grandsart is in the Andrew M. Schwartz Collection on Cross-Dressing of the One Archives...Read More

A Prom and Pretty (Ugly) Things

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Secret proms being disguised as birthday parties. Social outcasts being left out and exiled. A school that has lied in court. And, once more, an example of some of the issues that surround all of this, and a reason why...Read More

"Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives" Fails, as a Movie and as a Concept

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 06, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's rare that a three-and-a-half-minute trailer tells you just about everything you need to know about a movie, but in the case of "Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives" the movie is everything you see in those few minutes but more... and...Read More

Fraternity, Sorority, Gender: 19th Century Lesbiana

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Something tells me there is more to this late 19th century postcard than meets the eye, though what meets the eye is certainly enchanting....Read More

Mark Angelo Cummings - Songs in the Key of F2M

Filed by Father Tony | April 06, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Within five minutes of my arrival at the Hollywood home of folk rock vocalist and acoustic guitarist Mark Angelo Cummings and his wife Violet, Mark took off his shirt to display his remarkable physique. (May all the handsome men I...Read More

Follow-up on a Flawed System: Is HRT in Prison Life or Death?

Filed by Keri Renault | April 05, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last week's court decision overturning Wisconsin law that precluded transsexual inmates from receiving transition-related care raised the age old question of equality. Even fair-minded American tax-payers harbor conflicted feelings about subsidizing medical care for transgender inmates. I doubt I'm going...Read More

HRT in Prison: Life or Death?

Filed by Keri Renault | April 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Inmates aren't denied life saving drugs or medical care in Wisconsin prisons. Insulin is in ready supply for the diabetic inmate. Angina sufferers receive nitro quick same as asthmatics have access to an inhaler. Even in prison the right to...Read More

Beautiful Darling: A Positive Transgender Media Portrayal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

With all the talk about negative portrayals of transgender people in movies lately (and by the way, did you hear they're changing the trailer on the trashy one?), it's heartening to hear that some directors have class. From Wednesday's New...Read More

I'm Joining The NCTE Board

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have an announcement to make that is probably going to come as a shock to people who have known me for a while. It's also going to come as a surprise to those individuals in the trans community who...Read More