Transgender & Intersex: March 2011

3 Ways to Improve ENDA Advocacy: Take the Fight to the States

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tico Almeida is a civil rights litigator at the boutique law firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP, which was recently named by Law360 as the only plaintiff-side law firm on the 2010 list of the...Read More

Maryland House Passes Gender Identity Bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The controversial gender identity anti-discrimination bill in Maryland that doesn't include protections for public accommodations protections was passed by the house yesterday. It goes on to the senate and then to the governor. Interestingly enough, even though public accommodations was...Read More

Canada's Trans Rights Bill C-389 Dies At Election Call

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

On June 8th, 2010, Bill C-389 moved onward from Second Reading in Canada's Parliament to the next stage. On February 9th, 2011, it passed. With Friday's election call, Bill C-389, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and...Read More

Texas Voter ID Law Will Disenfranchise Transgender People

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Texas house just passed a bill requiring voters to present identification at the polls, harsher than any state has passed in recent years, including Indiana. The goal of these sorts of laws is to decrease the number of voters...Read More

The Rebecca Juro Show with HRC Press Secretary Michael Cole-Schwartz

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 24, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

On tonight's show we welcome Human Rights Campaign Press Secretary Michael Cole-Schwartz. We'll talk with Michael about HRC's advocacy of LGBT rights, where they are now and where they're going. There's been a lot of discussion about HRC's past and...Read More

Philadelphia Keeps Genders Separate on Bus Passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

When you buy a monthly public transport pass in Philadelphia, you have to choose if you want a boy-pass or a girl-pass if you're buying online. In person, the agent at the counter will judge for herself whether you should...Read More

Flushing the 'Bathroom Bill' Fear Once and For All

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 22, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

As I write this, the LGBT community is struggling with a situation in Maryland where the provision for "public accommodations" has been removed from a bill that proposes to extend human rights to trans people, due to the ongoing "bathroom...Read More

Modern Medicine Now Able to Bestow Constitutional Rights

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 21, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

If there's anything that illustrates the inanity of our nation's policies on queer rights, it's what I'm about to go through. In two months, I'll be trekking up to Canada for sex reassignment surgery. (Yes, Canada. That's what I think...Read More

Trans Rights Group Announces Lawsuit Over Refusal to Correct Birth Certificates

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 22, at the New York State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the City of New York...Read More

Dana Beyer Cleared of Ethics Charges

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

After several years of a political battled riddled with discrimination, spin, and security breaches, Dana Beyer, senior aide to Montgomery County, Maryland Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, has been exonerated of all ethics charges. While it's great that the charges were finally...Read More

In Another Time, He Would Have Been Honored, But Instead He Was Murdered

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The murder of Fred Martinez, Jr., shocked all of us back in 2001. A 16 year old Navajo living near racist Cortez, Colorado, Fred left to go to see the rodeo, and never came back. Fred was "nadleehi," a Navajo...Read More

Broward Public Schools add Protections for Transgender Students and Teachers

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 16, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

More than a year ago, as an openly gay appointee to the School Board of Broward County's Diversity Committee, I visited a high school to witness their inaugural Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) meeting. I held back the tears when a transgender...Read More

Thai Trans Reality Show Contestant Stuns Audience

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

What a voice. This transgender Thai reality show contestant stuns the judges by singing both parts in a beautiful song that brings the audience to their feet. According to a translation posted in the comments section on YouTube, the contestant...Read More

Chloe Dzubilo

My Friend Chloe

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

In 1996 or so, I went after a long day in the law office to a place called the Manhattan Gay Community Center to get counseling at the Gender Identity Project, where transsexuals could go to get help. Wearing my...Read More

Like a Virgin, Post-SRS?

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

My sex reassignment surgery is two months away, and as you might expect, I have a lot of things on my mind. Most of them I'm trying not to think about: complications, pain, infection, how much sensation I'll have, my...Read More

Comment of the Week: Darren Cohen

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

In Joe Mirabella's post on the horrendous events in Forrest City, Arkansas, in which 25-year-old trans-woman Marcal Camero Tye was found dead in Forrest City, Arkansas, after being shot and dragged by a car, Joe wrote about the apparently improper...Read More

Women of Trans Berlin: Two 1920s Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 09, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Historic 1920s photo of a sophisticated group of transwomen, taken at the Eldorado Night Club on Berlin's Motzstraße. The Nazis shut the club down in 1933....Read More

Trans Woman Shot and Dragged to Death in Arkansas

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 09, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Tuesday morning the body of 25-year-old Marcal Camero Tye was found dead in Forrest City, Arkansas. According to the local police it appeared she was shot and dragged by a car. Sheriff Bobby May, told WREG Channel 3, "We're going...Read More

Clarification in New York Marriage Rules for Transgender People

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 08, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

One of the most understated barriers to equality for trans people isn't animus - it's ambiguity. Some of our biggest steps of progress come from the clarification of rules regarding gendered institutions like marriage. Take TLDEF's latest victory regarding policies...Read More

Not Welcome: A Transwoman and the Plasma Center

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sera Wohldmann is a 23-year old recently post-operative transgender lesbian, a working musician by day, and a security guard by night. She currently lives in Hollywood, CA with her unemployed trans fiancée just trying to scrape...Read More