Transgender & Intersex: November 2010

Dressing Up in the 1950s: Vintage trans photo

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

A sweet and bittersweet photo, showing the humble beginnings of trans community in repressed times, probably ca. late 1950's. They look like they're attending a party together. My first thought was the legendary annual "Texas T Party" (which stopped running...Read More

My Words from Baton Rouge's Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Bruce Parker | November 29, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I had the privilege to be the lead organizer of this years Transgender Day of Remembrance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This was my first time organizing a day of remembrance and my first time speaking at the event. There were...Read More

Guidance for Transgender Air Travelers re New TSA Policies

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The National Center for Transgender Equality has issued the following advisory regarding the new scanners and pat-down searchers for transgender people using airlines this holiday. As transgender people and our families prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, many have...Read More

Houston David Welch

Texas Bathrooms Have Transsexuals In 'Em

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As promised in a previous Bilerico post, I'm giving Projectors an early Christmas present in another one of my infamous song rewrites. I've actually done a rewrite of the ''Texas Has a Whorehouse in It' song from The Best Little...Read More

Canadian Government Halts Funding of GRS For Trans Inmates

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 26, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Conservative government has ordered Correctional Services Canada to halt all medical coverage for gender reassignment surgery. The change took effect immediately, on Friday, November 19th. "The courts have ruled that CSC must provide essential medical services to inmates. However,...Read More

The Best Little Trans Bathroom Controversy In Texas

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 24, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Projectors, time to do a post with a twist. It's now blown up into a kerfluffle that involves local hater Dave Welch and his right wing "Christian" minions, Mayor Annise Parker, a transphobic TV reporter, our local Fox Noise outlet...Read More

Disclosing Trans Status

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Originally written for SexIs Magazine, this last March. The music at the club was pounding and we were dancing close. It wasn't exactly a date, as the friend I was with wasn't exactly available, but I was happy just to...Read More

In Honor of our Fallen Brothers and Sisters

Filed by Kelley Winters | November 21, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Excerpted from the Denver Transgender Day of Remembrance Observance, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado, on November 20. Tonight, we gather once again on this Twelfth International Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives to hatred and...Read More

On The Day Of Remembrance

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A few years ago, I wrote a Transgender Day of Remembrance post for Bilerico Project which connected the issues of employment rights and hate crimes. With today's economy and political situation being what they are, I think it's time to...Read More

Do you know a trans person murdered because of their gender identity?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have been struggling to find words appropriate to this Transgender Day of Remembrance. I can find no fitting words of my own. I am too far from the days when I wanted to die, when people stopped to point...Read More

Straight(ish?) Talk About Trans + Sex Work

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This reprises the trans-specific portion of "Sex Work and 'Human Trafficking' in Canada" at my site, DBM, which was both a response to the Ontario ruling that overturned sex work laws this past Fall and to inform a growing group...Read More

I'm the Wrong Dress Size

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A dear friend of mine, Tucker Rafferty, after reading from Surfacing, a collection of essays I had penned, asked permission to adapt them into a one-woman show. The following was adapted from an essay titled "I'm the Wrong Dress Size"....Read More

TDOR Is A Memorial Event, Not A Party

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the things that I've heard over and over from some quarters of the trans community about today's worldwide celebration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance is that it's 'too somber' or 'depressing'. Um, hello! It's a memorial to...Read More

Making Meaning of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jaan Williams is a policy assistant with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He's also a friend of mine and one incredible guy. It was 2004, and I had volunteered for my school's Queer Straight Alliance...Read More

Phyllis Frye becomes Associate Judge of Houston Municipal Court

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Transgender attorney and activist Phyllis Frye was appointed yesterday as an Associate Judge on the Houston Municipal Court. Appointed by Mayor Annise Parker, Frye was unanimously confirmed by the Houston City Council. Right-wing spokespeople of course accuse Mayor Parker, an...Read More

Remembering Self-Violence on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 18, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Pete Subkoviak is a policy coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) where he works on health care access and other AIDS policy and advocacy. As I enter my 30th year of life, something is...Read More

The Three Mysterious Misses: antique theatre photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

One of the great frustrations of sex research is finding wonderful estate pictures like this and not having any idea who the people are or the story behind their poses. Were they transgenderists away from the cameras or actors who...Read More

An Online College Course in Gender and the Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 17, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm offering an elective course on gender and the law this Spring at Ramapo College. It's nice when your job and your interests coincide, so it's especially sweet to be teaching this course. The course will examine the law's role...Read More

Upcoming Senate TSA Oversight Hearing

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 17, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

News about the TSA "grope" policy have been spreading like wildfire and many hope that they will be the subject of a Senate TSA Oversight Hearing today. In case you haven't heard, they've implemented bodyscanners that take naked pictures of...Read More

Maine Human Rights Commission Rules For Trans Student Bathroom Access

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled Monday that Orono Middle School unlawfully discriminated against a sixth-grader during the 2008-2009 school year by not letting the male-to-female transgender student use the girls' bathroom. The commission's investigator cited in her report derogatory...Read More

Susan Sarandon, Joy Behar, Michaelangelo Signorile discuss "tranny"

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

Susan Sarandon likes the word "tranny" and thinks GLAAD shouldn't be criticizing Glee's use of it (no word on what she thinks about Glee censoring the word "transsexual"): Sarandon, who starred in the original film version of the musical, defended...Read More

The Gender Play's the Thing: 1905 theatre stills

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 09, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Stumbled across one of the images below, which led me to google the names of the actors. I learned about the tragic life of Gabrielle Ray on Wiki, and wondered if there is more of a secret history to her...Read More

Iranian Trans Woman Hoping to Seek Shelter in Canada

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Mahtab Mirghaderi and her partner, Saleh Shahsavar, are seeking asylum. Mahtab is trans, and the couple hails from Iran. Currently, they are in Turkey and in danger of being deported. The Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees and EveryOne Group are...Read More

Canada's Trans Rights Bill: Quick Facts and Answers to Opponents

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 08, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The following is some things I've written previously at DentedBlueMercedes, with a bit of updating. This is free to distribute, far-and-wide, for anyone interested in presenting the facts of what Canada's Trans Rights Bill, C-389, proposes to do (it doesn't...Read More

We Exist

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Today's guest post comes to us from a midwestern transman who asked to stay anonymous. He is not comfortable having his name attached publicly, but felt compelled to write about this topic. I wrote this post in response...Read More

Beautiful Lucie: Vintage trans actor

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

Another wonderful and mysterious find, this beautiful late 19th century Dutch cabinet photo of a biological male who performed under the name Lucie. I'm hoping one of the scholars out there has seen or heard of this gorgeous person and...Read More

3 Things You Can Do After the Election to Move Us Forward

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 03, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm going to keep my election postmortem short. Look, it sucks that the Dems lost. It was expected, and in many ways necessary to put the Dems in check. But it's not all bad in the end; with conservatives slowly...Read More

Media still has a ways to go in reporting on transgender people

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 02, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Updated below the jump. I was just going to post on a case of police brutality against a transgender resident of Portland, Oregon, but once again the media is so not up to speed on these issues that it's hard...Read More

Halloween: The Transgender Christmas

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I half-jokingly refer to Halloween as "The Transgender Christmas." I consider it our biggest holiday. It's the one time of year mainstream society gives a free pass to gender-benders. Open and closeted crossdressers, trans and genderqueer people can express themselves...Read More