Transgender & Intersex: May 2011

An Open Letter to Employers

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 31, 2011 | 9:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Jessica Bussert, the mother of Betsie Gallardo, has experienced incredible barriers to employment in Indiana. Here, she pleads for employers to give her - and other transgender people - a chance. Read More


(Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak

Filed by Jason Tseng | May 31, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Black, trans, and living in rural Ohio is not what you usually think of when you think of the LGBT movement. Read More


Model Andrej Pejic Bashed by FHM Men's Magazine

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 29, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

FHM named gender-bending model 98th sexiest woman in the world to the excitement of many, but it turns out the joke's on them.Read More


Transvestic Disorder: The Overlooked Anti-Trans Diagnosis

Filed by Kelley Winters | May 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders features two entries regarding the trans community. While Gender Dysphoria is already well-known, Transvestic Disorder is less discussed. Both merit attention and action from advocates. Read More

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Nikki Araguz Arrested on Theft Charges

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

A Texas court ruled this week to invalidate the marriage between Thomas Araguz, a firefighter killed in the line of duty, and Nikki Araguz, a transexual woman. Now Ms. Araguz has been arrested in connection with the theft of a Rolex watch.Read More

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Widow Araguz Denied Death Benefits by Texas Court

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 26, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a perhaps unsurprising development, a Texas court ruled yesterday against Nikki Araguz, an intersex transsexual woman married to firefighter Thomas Araguz, who was killed in the line of duty.Read More


A Trans and Cis Queer Women's Dialog

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | May 25, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

There's a joke going around that events, community spaces, and resources labeled "women and trans" have an unwritten addendum "(but not both)." The reality is that there are few queer spaces specifically for trans women and cis women.Read More

Hao Hot: Vintage Male Impersonator

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A stunning photo of vintage Chinese actress Ting Hao in perfectly tailored drag. I love the shadow. via More


Nevada Governor Approves Gender Identity Protections

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 25, 2011 | 11:45 AM | comments

Nevada becomes the fourteenth state to outlaw employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.Read More

Largest Trans Fundraiser. Ever.

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund raised over $100,000 in a single night. Read More

The MSNBC Anti-LGBT Hate Connection

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 24, 2011 | 11:15 AM | comments

Have you ever wondered why you never, ever see transgender-identified guests appear on supposedly liberal and progressive MSNBC? Don't you think it's kind of odd that even lesbian and gender-variant Rachel Maddow completely erases trans people from her coverage?Read More

FOX News' Medical A-Team Attacks Chaz Bono

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Building off of Austen Crowder's post earlier today about how right-wing media is taking up Chaz Bono's increased visibility, we have yet another violently transphobic statement from Dr. Keith Ablow, member of FOX News' "Medical A-Team." FOX News published the...Read More

Trans Visibility Sparks Right-Wing Blogosphere Explosion

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

They say that no press is bad press, and Chaz Bono's making lots of press. The good news? He's using his fifteen minutes to plant discuss the need for protection and understanding. (He's also pimping his book, but how can...Read More

Kye Allums to Leave College Basketball

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Kye Allums, the trans man who made headlines last year when he announced his transition but decided to put off physical transition and continue playing college women's basketball to keep his scholarship, has quit the basketball team his senior year:...Read More


ACLU Files Suit On Illinois Refusal To Correct Birth Certificates

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 19, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Illinois Department of Public Health for refusing to correct birth certificates of transgender and transsexual people, requiring proof they have undergone a series of sex-reassignment surgeries before they can change the...Read More

Police Officer who Beat Duanna Johnson Gets 2 Years Prison

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bridges McRae, the police officer caught on video beating Duanna Johnson, a black, trans woman who was being detained on prostitution charges that were later dropped, has been sentenced to two years of prison and two years probation. That time...Read More

Harvard LGBTQ Policy Journal on Trans Identification

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

Harvard University's LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Kennedy School of Government recently published an article by Harper Jean Tobin, Fair and Accurate Identification for Transgender People. Ms. Tobin, a lawyer who works for the National Center for Transgender Equality as...Read More

McDonalds Attackers Indicted on Hate Crimes Charges

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Teonna Brown, one of the two women seen attacking a transgender woman in a Baltimore McDonalds, will be facing serious legal charges after a grand jury indictment Monday. Equality Maryland sent over a statement shortly after the grand jury's decision...Read More

A Thank You Note to Projectors

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This excellent thank you note hit my inbox recently. It's meant for you guys. Remember Chris Mosier, the trans athlete competing for a sponsorship from an athletics company? Bil, I wanted to follow up with you and say thank you...Read More

Reluctance about Chaz Bono, 'The Reluctant Transgender Role Model'

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | May 13, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Chaz Bono seems to be having his fifteen minutes of media, with the recent documentary Becoming Chaz, his new book Transition, and a flurry of accompanying publicity, including Cintra Wilson's dismaying New York Times Sunday Style section cover story "The...Read More

Chaz Bono on David Letterman About His New Book

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Chaz Bono appeared on the David Letterman show on CBS Wednesday night, May 11, promoting his new book, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man. This is Part One (thanks to indigenous2logic): Part two is after the jump....Read More

Chaz Bono Comes Out For ENDA

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

Chaz Bono gave an interview to New York Magazine on Tuesday, talking about his documentary, shown on the OWN Network. In the interview, he was asked "What do you think is the main issue for the trans community right now?"...Read More

Seattle Mayor Says Transitions Should Be Covered for Employees

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Seattle LGBT Commission has an effective way of talking about how some healthcare providers deny medical treatment related to transitioning. From The Slog: When most of the city's approximately 10,000 employees seek mental health care, steroid treatments, or a...Read More

What Does Discrimination Cost?

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

A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the Commonwealth millions of dollars each year. The findings...Read More

Action Alert: Texas Legislature Mulls Voiding Marriages, And One In Particular

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 10, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Texas law allows transsexual and intersex individuals to get married upon the presentation of a court order recognizing sex reassignment. This change honors the self-identification rather than basing access to marriage licenses on sex assigned at birth. The Texas Senate...Read More

Trans Woman Attacked at McDonald's Meets Woman who Saved Her

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Chrissy Polis, the woman attacked in a Baltimore-area McDonald's, meets the woman who saved her....Read More

The Cheerful Miss Nikki Adams

Filed by Father Tony | May 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Sunday, April 3rd, in honor of her work at Fort Lauderdale's Broward House, the often crowned Nikki Adams was named a "Community Star of the Year" at the Pride Center's annual "Stars of the Rainbow" awards ceremony. A new...Read More

NY Governor Paterson To Be Honored At Trans Event. Why?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The progress of transgender and transsexual civil rights has been slow and halting in New York State, but there is no surer mark of progress than when the powerful bend to notice our struggles. On Monday, May 23, 2011, the...Read More

Camille Paglia Says Chaz Bono 'Mutilated' his Body

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 06, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

While I appreciate commentators who eschew popular opinion and conventional wisdom, priding oneself in being a contrarian-for-the-sake-contrarianism doesn't necessarily mean that someone is right. Which is probably why I never really got into Camille Paglia's work, although it should be...Read More

Trans Golfer Gets Golf Associations to Change Policy

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 04, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lana Lawless, the trans woman who sued the LPGA and the Long Drivers of America after she was refused the ability to compete as a woman, has settled her case. Both organizations have both changed their rules on trans women...Read More

Transgender Law Institute 2011 Schedule Announced

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 04, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Soon, it will be time again for the Transgender Law Institute at the National LGBT Bar Association Conference and Career Fair. Last year's TLI, our first, was a great success, with over 75 lawyers in attendance. Our planning committee has...Read More

Allegations of A Hoax: Was A Trans Woman Banned For Life From The Las Vegas Cosmopolitan?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In my dozen or so years in the trans community, I have seen many surprising things. One consistent phenomenon is the willingness of people to act out dark fantasies of prejudice, discrimination and violence against trans people. Another consistent phenomenon...Read More


Comment of the Week: Jane Fae

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Alex Blaze's entry Trans Woman Banned from Hotel for Life for Going to Bathroom, discussing the case of a Las Vegas casino, The Cosmopolitan, Projector Jane Fae commented: I SO don't get this. Just what is the US obsession...Read More