Transgender & Intersex: May 2010

Making Change One Story at a Time

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 30, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Masen Davis is the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization advocating for California's transgender communities. California has been a real leader in transgender civil rights. We have legal protections in employment, housing, schools,...Read More

Vintage Trans Book: Man Into Woman

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

I found this intriguing old book listed among pulp fiction titles (what?!) on eBay. Despite the tacky cover, it is a serious biography about the sex change of Einar Wegener, husband of artist Gerda Wegener, whose work I blogged here...Read More

Incrementalism Shoe on the Other Foot on DADT

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

John Aravosis of Americablog yesterday called out the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP). As he notes, CAP has been on a rather public campaign to take credit for the entire Don't Ask, Don't Tell compromise that has much of...Read More

Am I A Smug, Privileged Jerk?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 28, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Recently, someone suggested to me that I am condescending and obtuse towards low-income transgender people of color. She noted that I insist on putting white wealthy trans women as the judges of what is legitimate, and worthy of further action....Read More

Darling Man Dance: Early 20th century gay/drag ball

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 28, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Another fabulous find, this vintage photo seems to be ca. 1920s-30s. I love everything about this precious piece of history -- except for not knowing the story behind it. A private event? A gay nightclub? US? Berlin? Agh! Any thoughts,...Read More

Open thread: positive trans blogs

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'll be honest: sometimes, I need to see proof that others are being successful in transition. I need to see people happy, talking about their lives in their chosen gender, sharing stories. (Yes, I focus on the trans female spectrum,...Read More

(You Gotta) Fight For Our Right (To Potty)

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Projectors, been a while since I posted one of my infamous song rewrites here. It was originally triggered by an idea from Ethan St. Pierre and Bet Power, and I quickly came up with the remixed lyrics for it. The...Read More

WPATH Statement on Gender Identity Disorder

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

There's been a lot of controversy in the trans community over whether "Gender Identity Disorder" should be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, and from the World Health Organization's psychiatric manuals as well. I've...Read More

Hindsight is 20/20: Vintage Cher poster

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 26, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

With apologies to Chaz for dredging this up from the dusty closets of cinema history. But, seriously, how could one resist?...Read More

Smart, Sexy and Making A Difference: Transgender Legal Defense Fund Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

In my role as your fabulous celebrity style correspondent, I attended a benefit for the New York City-based Transgender Legal Defense Fund last night. This was smart, sexy and making a difference, but it was no empty, glitzy, shallow fund-raiser....Read More

The kind of girl I am

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | May 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

A lot of guys, I make them abruptly blurt out, "What's your name?" after talking to me for a mere minute or two. They are overcome with excitement because I am a bubbly type and also naturally friendly to the...Read More

The VA has a New Directive on the Treatment of Transgender Veterans

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 24, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender Americans Veterans Association. The VA has a new directive on the treatment of Transgender Veterans, but they won't release it. This is becoming a theme with the Obama Administration....Read More

Nevada DMV debuts new form to change gender marker

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | May 23, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Transgender Nevadans had reason to celebrate recently as the state's motor vehicles department decided to no longer require documentation of genital reconstructive surgery in order to switch applicants' gender marker on their driver's licenses. Local activists hailed it as a...Read More

Bitch Pulled From Festival Lineup

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | May 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

After discovering her transphobic history, the musical performer Bitch, previously of Bitch & Animal, was unceremoniously told that she would not be performing at OUT/LOUD, a queer women's music festival which she had previously been set up to headline tonight....Read More

Drag-tacular! Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 18, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

No idea of the date or place or people, and I'm hoping perhaps at least one of these ladies look familiar to one of Bilerico's readers. Looks like quite a frolicsome affair, possibly 1950s?...Read More

Get the facts before you rant, or: ENDA will not exterminate trans women

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Ryan Blackhawke is a board member and the director of online communications at the Ingersoll Gender Center. Those of you who have ever met me can tell you that I can be impetuous and impulsive. I can be...Read More

Sacramento Activists Demand Employment Protections

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists entered public bathrooms Friday afternoon at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, CA. They handed out fliers and engaged the public in conversation about the importance of employment nondiscrimination policies, like the ENDA. Organizer Sara...Read More

Dominic's YouTube video is back up

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week I posted about Dominic Scaia, the transsexual man whose video was removed from YouTube for "nudity," even though he was only shirtless in it. I remarked that YouTube didn't seem to have a problem with male shirtlessness,...Read More

Trans teen's killer gets 99 years

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 13, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

The man who pled guilty to killing Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado got sentenced to 99 years in prison: A man accused of decapitating a gay teenager and burning his body pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday and was sentenced...Read More

UPDATE: The Pres, the Prom, and the Alliance

Filed by Amy Hunter | May 10, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

If you read my original post: "The President, the Promise and the Alliance" from last Thursday, then you know it was about the Kalamazoo Michigan high school where President Obama will be delivering the commencement address this June. That post's...Read More

History Repeating: Family Guy goes transphobic

Filed by Bil Browning | May 10, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

After watching last night's extremely transphobic Family Guy episode, I'm reminded of the Propellerheads song that features Shirley Bassey. Once again, Seth McFarlane has resorted to transphobic "humor" in what seems to be an increasingly desperate grasp for ratings. After...Read More

The catch-22 of trans activism

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | May 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing that there have been many transgender folks who have struggled with this dilemma at some point: they're mistreated because of who they are, they subsequently want to do something about it, but then they ultimately decide against it...Read More

Can men go shirtless on YouTube?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dominic Scaia, the Canadian transsexual man who was blocked from Facebook for showing his chest after top surgery a couple months ago, went and did it again and got a video blocked from YouTube for the same reason. He emailed...Read More

The Cosplay of our Mothers: vintage photo

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

Another beautiful but enigmatic find, and appears to be turn-of-the century. Not sure if this is a scene from a play restaged into a photo or just a humorous postcard having fun with gender roles. Love that white satin suit!...Read More

Crossdressing Chinese reality show contestant gets rude treatment

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

China's Super Boy is a spinoff of their Super Girl reality show. The two hits, like American Idol, are based on England's popular Pop Idol franchise. Liu Zhu (??), a regional contestant from Nanchong, Sichuan province, didn't get a very...Read More

Texas considers another transsexual-cissexual marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Texas's AG, who recently stepped into a court case from a married, same-sex couple asking to divorce in Texas, is being asked to consider a marriage license for a cis woman and a trans woman. The trans woman, Sabrina Hill,...Read More

Current ENDA Language Regarding Transgender Workers Revealed, Concerns Mount

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

During his show Sunday night, TransFM founder and host Ethan St. Pierre received a call-in from International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) Executive Director Denise LeClair, who revealed for the first time what the current language regarding transgender workers and...Read More

Dada and Gender: Rrose Selavy

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I recently did a blog show about Man Ray, notoriously strange and sexually libertine Dadaist artist. For me, one of Ray's most interesting Dadaistic excursions was his collaboration with another famous Dadist, Marcel Duchamp. Together they created a portfolio of...Read More