Transgender & Intersex: May 2012


IDAHO Has Come & Gone But the Work Continues

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 30, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) we recognized the tireless work of human rights defenders around the globe. In the face of harsh discrimination and persistent human rights violations, activists and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people everywhere demonstrate extraordinary resilience.Read More


Why Did I Change My Birth Certificate?

Filed by Drew Cordes | May 30, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

I recently changed the sex on my birth certificate. I did feel a sense of closure and relief, though it was mostly in the legal, official, my-ass-is-now-bureaucratically-covered sense. On the more personal side of things, I felt a little conflicted. Read More


NY Times to LGBT Community: 'That Will Be All There Is From Us'

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 16, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

"For a man, he was gorgeous." That's the quote the New York Times chose to go with when Lorena Escalera, a transgender woman, died in a suspicious late night fire. How about "She was gorgeous for a lesbian" in reference to a fire victim? Or "she was gorgeous for a Jew"? Would those simply be problems with word choice?Read More


Mommy in the Middle (of Gender)

Filed by Paige Schilt | May 13, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

A couple of years ago, I interviewed my wife about life as a genderqueer mommy. Things have changed since that interview. In honor of Mother's Day, I decided to post an updated conversation about mothering in the middle.Read More


A New Writer on

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I want to tell you a story about boys, girls, and macho bros raging at fighting game tournaments.Read More


Rocker Tom Gabel Comes Out as Transgender

Filed by James Holmes | May 09, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

In this Friday's issue of Rolling Stone, Tom Gabel of the band Against Me! comes out as transgender and discusses her plans to transition. I'll admit, I have never been a fan of Against Me!, but I just may buy a record. Read More


Another Trans Health Insurance Victory

Filed by Drew Cordes | May 07, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Beth Scott, a trans woman who was denied coverage by her health insurer for a mammogram, has won her fight against Aetna. Cases like this make up the small footsteps we must take on the path to equal treatment.Read More

Why I Joined The Board of Lambda Legal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 07, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

This past weekend, I was elected to the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal, a national legal organization dedicated to achieving full equality for LGBT people. Trans people have had difficult experiences with some national organizations over the years, so I thought it apropos to explain my decision.Read More


Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund Marks Seven Years

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 03, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

TLDEF, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, is celebrating its seventh year. The hundreds of trans people being served by TLDEF deserve our support. Read More


Death & the Maiden

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 02, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

A crowd of rowdy, jeering, older white men in night-time Minneapolis, including a vicious racist with a swastika tattooed on his chest, closely surrounded the slight, feminine 23-year old trans woman, moved in, sliced her cheek open with broken glass. And she's the guilty one?Read More

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May Day Activists Spotlight the Cece McDonald Case

Filed by Toshio Meronek | May 02, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

CeCe McDonald's trial started April 30, but her supporters have been working for months to get the Minnesota judge overseeing her case to drop it. Yesterday, activists brought Ms. McDonald's fight to the May Day protests.Read More