Transgender & Intersex: April 2011

Why Hate Crimes Charges May Be Appropriate in the Beating of a Trans Woman at McDonald's

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 29, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There have been calls for "hate crimes" charges in the brutal assault on Chrissy Lee Polis in a Maryland McDonald's. Those charges would allow a longer sentence for those convicted of committing a crime, such as assault, found to be...Read More

Why Hate Crimes Legislation Is Still Not a Solution

Filed by Yasmin Nair | April 29, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The brutal assault on Crissy Lee Polis in a Maryland McDonald's has led to a long and sustained conversation here and elsewhere about how best to seek solutions to the ongoing problem of harassment and violence inflicted upon trans and...Read More

An Open Letter to My Genitals in Advance of Surgery

Filed by Drew Cordes | April 28, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Well, here we are, coming to the end of our time together. In a month you'll be gone, and things will be different. I don't know the ways in which they'll be different, and that's a bit intimidating in the...Read More

Trans Woman Banned from Hotel for Life for Going to Bathroom

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

A woman from New York who was in Las Vegas was banned for life for using the women's room at The Cosmopolitan's bar: Here's what happened. Stephanie goes to the Cosmo in the early hours of the morning - about...Read More

Texas Republicans Propose Law to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

That headline is the gist of this story from the Austin Statesman, even though it says the law is to "strip away transgender marriage rights." The law, as the Statesman describes it would explicitly allow certain marriages involving transgender people...Read More

Life After Lock-up: Tips for Trans People

Filed by Toshio Meronek | April 27, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Queer prison activists like Angela Davis and Miss Major have long emphasized that trans people are among those most severely mistreated by the prison industrial complex. Oppressive gender norms of the outside world are replicated inside prison walls, with discrimination...Read More

Take Heart: Something Has Changed In Maryland

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dana Beyer, a retired eye surgeon, is a trans activist and co-author of The Dallas Principles. She serves on the boards of the National Center for Transgender Equality and Keshet, the national Jewish LGBT education and...Read More

Chrissy Lee Polis: The New Kitty Genovese?

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | April 26, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I couldn't sleep Friday night after watching the video of Chrissy Lee Polis being beaten by two teenage girls at a Baltimore McDonald's. As I lay awake at 3 am, cartoonishly wide-eyed in the dark, I couldn't stop picturing Polis...Read More

Dallas County Gender Identity Protections Pass

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2011 | 12:13 PM | comments

John Wright reported on Twitter that the Dallas County Commissioners Court just passed an ordinance adding gender identity to its antidiscrimination rules for county employees on a 3-2 party line vote. Dallas County passed protections for sexual orientation in March...Read More

Oklahoma English Prof Denied Tenure at Public College Based On Gender Identity

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 26, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dr. Rachel Tudor, Assistant Professor of English, Humanities and Literature at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma for the past seven years, is an accomplished scholar. According to Dr. Tudor, she has been recommended for promotion and tenure twice...Read More

Video: Trans Victim of McDonalds Attack Speaks

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The victim of last week's vicious attack at a Baltimore McDonalds is speaking to the media. Crissy Lee Polis, a transgender woman who was severely beaten by two teenagers, spoke with the Baltimore Sun about the incident and what led...Read More

McDonald's Beating Updates: Victim Identified, Cameraman Fired

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

The police report has been released in the case of the woman who was beaten in McDonald's yesterday, although redacted. And the victim was identified as female in it. The Smoking Gun identifies her as Chrissy Lee Polis The police...Read More

Transgender Woman Severely Beaten at Baltimore McDonalds While Employees Watch

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is absolutely disgusting. After an unidentified transwoman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald's, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. What did the employees do? They filmed it on their...Read More

The Case for a Truly Progressive Third Party

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

If there's anything progressives have learned over the last generation or so, it's that the Democratic Party can't be trusted to lead on the issues its members campaign on any more than the Republican Party can. The vast divide between...Read More

Injustice at Every Turn: Video Story of Two Transgender Women

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

In The Life Media produced an insightful video about two transgender women, Ja'briel and Michelle (a Native American from Los Angeles), that illustrates the findings from a comprehensive transgender discrimination study completed by the National Center for Transgender Equality and...Read More

Naked Emperor Alert: Trans Employment Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

When Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller, the Democrat who was supposed to be on our side during the recent transgender protections battle said this on Maryland Public Television's State Circle, people were shocked: "...The problem is this: I have...Read More

OUT Lists 'Power 50': Forgets People of Color & Trans Folk

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Out Magazine has released this year's "Power 50" with rankings of various gay and lesbian people dubiously ranked by their "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person's media profile." While the publication's listings...Read More

Louis Vernassier: 1906 'Excentrique'

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 14, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

A gem of a publicity card from 1906, listing the talents and marvels of the eccentric French musical prodigy, Louis Vernassier. In addition to playing a multitude of instruments, he performed dressed as a woman....Read More

Dr. Phil on Those 'Confusing' Girly Toys

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

A couple months ago an item appeared on Dr. Phil McGraw's website where he told a mother to take away girl toys from her son because they're "confusing" him. The Advocate interviewed McGraw about that advice: You know, it's interesting...Read More

The Bathroom Issue Gets a Bill in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Maine rep. Kenneth Fredette has proposed a bill would "allow the operator of a restroom or shower facility to decide who can use which gender's restroom," basically to reduce legal protections for transgender people (although it does sound like a...Read More

The J. Crew Transgender Plot to Destroy America

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

It looks like not only do the wingnuts know that trans people exist now, but they're learning how to make everything about trans people in the same way they've been making everything about gay people for four decades. Here's a...Read More


On the Ali Forney Center

Filed by Jake Weinraub | April 12, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As Ali's story makes starkly clear, the ability of homeless LGBT youth to access safe shelter and housing is a matter of life and death. Of the tens of thousands of LGBT youth who suffer homelessness in our county, fewer...Read More

The Ali Forney Story

Filed by Jake Weinraub | April 12, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

Today, Tuesday, April 12th, the Ali Forney Center - New York City's largest shelter for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) homeless youth - marks what would have been the 36th birthday of its namesake, Ali Forney....Read More

An Educational Campaign for Trans Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a nifty little educational campaign started by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. It's called I AM: Trans People Speak. This is a multi-media campaign aimed at raising awareness about the diverse communities of trans individuals, families, and allies. It's...Read More

New York Times Tells of Trans Job Lawsuit

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The New York Times op-ed section brings word of an unusual lawsuit this morning. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) has brought a lawsuit on behalf of El'Jai Devoureau (first name pronounced like LJ). El'Jai was hired by...Read More

Distinctions Are Important in Fired Trans Teacher's Dispute

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 11, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's not unusual for parties in a legal dispute to seek a non-disclosure agreement, in which the dollar amount or specific terms of an agreement are not for discussion. That kind of non-disclosure agreement was not what the Greater St....Read More

Her Own Payette Idaho Revisited

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 10, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, Catherine Carlson's trial begins. She could potentially receive a life sentence for first degree arson, unlawful possession of a bomb or destructive device, using a hoax destructive device, and indecent exposure. She could receive up to 35 years...Read More

Maryland Nondiscrimination Bill Marks Potentially Life-Saving Advance

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Mara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Lisa Mottet is the Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force An important thing we have learned from "Injustice...Read More

Gay-Friendly Restaurant Says Susan Stanton Is Harassing Them

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here's a situation between a Florida gay-friendly restaurant that runs a gay tea dance on Sundays and city manager Susan Stanton. Long-time Bilerico readers will remember Stanton from our five bazillion posts on her, including when she was fired from...Read More

Forbes: Abused transvestite prostitutes and "chocolate action"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 06, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Forbes, the enormous business magazine, published a blog post by James Altucher last week, entitled "Why Google Never Bought My Company." In it, he uses the following phrase: "chasing down abused transvestite prostitutes who wanted to share their 'chocolate action'."...Read More

QNotes: Marriage Equality or Bust?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Robbi Cohn, a strong advocate for the trans community, has written an important piece in QNotes. ...this will probably be deemed contentious and recalcitrant. I know how important the issue of marriage equality is to many within the gay and...Read More

How to Make Love to a Trans Person

Filed by Bil Browning | April 05, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I stumbled across this poem when Projector Ed tipped me to it. We don't usually post poetry or fiction or Bilerico Project, but I thought our readers would really enjoy this one. It will resonate with quite a few Projectors....Read More

Her Goal: Ending 'Trans' Bias at Work

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a piece on the work of Vanessa Sheridan, a consultant who provides diversity training for companies on transgender diversity issues. I've read Ms. Sheridan's book, The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace,...Read More