Transgender & Intersex: June 2010

Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative Funding Restored: We Need More Programs Like This

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Unemployment and poverty rates among transgender people are far higher than the national average. In California, the rates are twice as high as the state average. That makes news from San Francisco especially welcome. According to the Los Angeles Times,...Read More

Lounge Ladies of the Jewel Box: Vintage drag photo

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

A Bilerico reader recently asked if I knew of any images of Butch Ellis, one of the fine 1950s-era ladies featured at the Jewel Box Lounge in Kansas City. I did not but throw me a name and I must...Read More

500 March for TransJustice in NYC

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I wrote yesterday about my plans to attend the march organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project. It was well-attended and inspiring. 500 is my conservative estimate. There could have been more - I'm not a practiced crowd estimator....Read More

Today's Trans Day of Action in NYC - What Racial Divide?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 25, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today at 4pm, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color and allies will take to the streets of NYC once again and demand justice to let the world know, that the rebellion is not over and we will continue...Read More

The Nibbler-In-Chief Promises To Keep On Nibbling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As with his Pride Month Proclamation a few weeks ago, President Obama yesterday lauded the minor incremental baby steps his administration has taken to protect a relative handful of LGBT Americans while relegating the workplace rights of the vast majority...Read More

Open Letter to The Advocate

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 22, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yesterday I received an apology from Christopher Harrity, Manager of Online Production, apologizing for misidentifying my photo as Briana Freeman. It's quite clear that it was not malicious, but simply a matter of not paying close enough attention while google...Read More

Irish Law Moving To Recognize Transgender Identity

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Irish government this week removed its objections to a 2007 Irish High Court judgment. The High Court held that the Irish government violated Irish law by failing to make provisions to recognize sex reassignment for transgender people. The Irish...Read More

Wikileaks source Bradley Manning considering transition?

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Baghdad helicopter footage Bradley uncovered was as amazing as it was horrifying. However, new evidence in the form of chat logs shows that Bradly may be considering transition: (1:11:54 PM) bradass87: and... its important that it gets out... i...Read More

Drag Memorabilia: Club O-My and Pat Waters

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Just love finding these great old images of transpeople looking proud and strong. Do any of you recall this 1950s drag club or its performers? The ladies aren't just "smart," they're gorgeous....Read More

Meet Stephen Ira Beatty, America's second most-famous trans man

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Not everyone has the most supportive parents: Kathlyn Beatty, 18, is now known as Stephen Ira and is said to be planning a sex-change operation. According to reports in the U.S., Hollywood veteran Beatty, 73, is 'crushed' by his child's...Read More

The Advocate Thinks I'm Brianna Freeman

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 20, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week a story a story went around the blogosphere of Brianna Freeman, a 45 year old trans woman in Maine, who was suing Denny's after a manager refused to let her use the restroom. The Advocate ran the story...Read More

Grading the Trans Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 18, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm busy today grading essays for my online summer courses. I'm in a grading mood. I've also been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the trans community's recent failures with regard to ENDA and the New York State...Read More

Ms. T-DART And The Dallas TBLG Community Get Screwed

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 18, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Never underestimate the determination of people who wish to oppress and discriminate against others. It's a lesson that the GLBT community has painfully had to be reminded of repeatedly over the last 40 years in our civil rights struggle. The...Read More

Maine Court Favorable Ruling on Trans Bathroom Use

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

On May 27, the Maine Superior Court, Androscoggin County, ruled on a case involving a claim of unlawful public accommodation discrimination by a transgender person. In this case, the public accommodation involved was the bathroom of a Denny's restaurant in...Read More

Covenant House Humiliates Homeless Youth, Again

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Several years ago, Covenant House in New York was in the news because of its rejection of transgender homeless youth. As noted in the Village Voice article, workers at Covenant House genuinely want to help homeless youth, but often bring...Read More

At Last, The Rebecca Juro Show Returns! Live Test Show Tonight 7pm Eastern

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

It took a while longer than we'd anticipated, but it's finally here! The Rebecca Juro Show returns to the cyber-airwaves for a live one-hour test show tonight, Sunday, June 13th at 7PM Eastern, and we need your help! We've got...Read More

Incarcerated Transgender Woman Can Pursue Case for Appropriate Medical Care

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Federal, state and local authorities in charge of jail and prison inmates are responsible for their health care. This is a big responsibility, because the U.S. incarcerates about 2.5 million people, more than any nation on earth. Appropriate medical care...Read More

The Grio's Trans Free LGBT Leaders List

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 11, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I'm usually paying attention when black LGBT leaders lists are put together by media outlets geared toward people of color. I've found these lists are heavy on the gay and lesbian side of the community, forget the bi part or...Read More

Can An E-Cigarette Really Help You Quit Smoking?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 10, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

That's what I'm going to find out, very soon. When people tell me, as they so often do, that I should quit smoking, I like to joke that I'm an expert on quitting smoking since I've done it seven times...Read More

The Significance of the New State Department "Gender Change" Policy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 10, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: Here is a link to the new policy. See comments for discussion. The U.S. Department of State has announced new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The previous policy, which was never...Read More

Troy Walker, Whatever: 80's trans performer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 08, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Arguably, one of the odder ads I've come across. Do any of my fine friends recognize this fashion plate?...Read More

NY GENDA B-team Goes Down In Flames At Senate Judiciary Hearing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 08, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Hearing webcast available after the jump, and New York Daily News article reports on Democratic allegations of double cross by Senators Lanza and Maziarz. A hearing was held today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill was voted down...Read More

Action Alert: NY Senate Vote on Gender Identity Protections

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 07, 2010 | 9:00 AM | comments

In 2002, New York State passed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Law. There was a bitter fight at the time regarding transgender inclusion. Ultimately, the decision was made to pass the law without transgender inclusion, with the promise that a separate...Read More

Sex Reassignment Surgery: When Things Go Wrong

Filed by Amy Hunter | June 06, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sometimes, things go wrong with the surgery. It has many names and many acronyms, SRS, GRS, GCS-Sex Reassignment Surgery. Whatever you call it, it is an irrevocable commitment and irreversible step should you choose to take it. Male to female...Read More

Am I A Smug, Privileged Jerk? Part II

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is Part II of a series. Part I can be found here. I am sometimes smug, and sometimes a jerk, but always privileged. The concept of "privilege" is a bit confusing. Few people are born into families with great...Read More

One thing we all agree on: If children see a breast, they die

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The story about the group of trans women who supposedly went topless on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware ("supposedly" because no one's talked to them and the only people saying they did are the cops) has now been picked up by...Read More

Like a bad game of Telephone

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 01, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I read lots of LGBT news, both in LGBT and straight media. And lots of times the way stories about transgender people in straight media are covered makes it impossible to know what's going on. One would think that out...Read More