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    Monday, June 29th, 2009
    12:29 pm
    Call for translators!
    Do you read and write well, or even fluently, in a language besides English? T-Vox needs your help!

    As ever, T-Vox is striving to be as internationally accessible as possible. The wiki admins are based in the UK, and the overwhelming majority of contributors are English speakers living in predominantly English-speaking countries. This, obviously, leaves out a huge percentage of the world population. While we have managed to translate a small handful of pages into French or German or Italian or Spanish, the majority of pages remain untranslated, and obviously there are many other languages that haven't been introduced at all.

    If you can help at all, whether by translating one very short page or a huge amount of content, or by checking the existing translated pages for translation errors, the community will benefit hugely, and those of us who would love to translate but aren't able to will be forever grateful!

    See T-Vox: Languages for instructions on how to create a new, translated version of any T-Vox page. You will need to create an account on T-Vox to be able to create and edit pages; it's free and painless, and your e-mail address is never shared with anyone.

    Pages that particularly need translating at the moment: Trans 101; Transsexuality; Main Page; A guide to transition (and the pages linked from there); Legal issues

    Please cross-post this wherever you feel it's appropriate!

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:29 pm
    Australia: Transsexual takes to the footy field

    Transsexual takes to the footy field
    Jill Stark
    June 7, 2009

    Will, 25, who has been living as a man for two years, hopes to play competition football.
    Will, 25, who has been living as a man for two years, hopes to play competition football. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

    LIKE many young Victorian males, Will loves his footy. He dreams of joining the thousands of men who lace up their boots every weekend and play in amateur competitions. He's just like them in every way but one — he was born female.

    When the 25-year-old takes to the field he will become Australia's first female-to-male transsexual to play competitive football in a men's team.
    Read more... )

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:29 pm
    Swedish parents keep 2 year old's sex secret
    Sex, not gender. Pop will make Pop's gender known pretty clearly at some point, whether or not it aligns with Pop's sex. Either way, this reminds me strongly of Baby X - A Fabulous Child's Story, which I think is fantastic.

    Swedish parents keep 2-year-old's gender secret
    Published: 23 Jun 09 16:24 CET

    A couple of Swedish parents have stirred up debate in the country by refusing to reveal whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child is a boy or a girl.

    Pop’s parents [see footnote], both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few – those who have changed the child’s diaper – nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information.

    In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, the parents were quoted saying their decision was rooted in the feminist philosophy that gender is a social construction.

    “We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mould from the outset,” Pop’s mother said. “It's cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead.”
    Read more... )

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:29 pm
    Local activists among 40 ’transgender heroes’ honored at Stonewall bar

    Local activists among 40 ’transgender heroes’ honored at Stonewall bar
    by Ethan Jacobs
    Bay Windows staff reporter
    Thursday 25 June 2009

    Gunner Scott, Nancy Nangeroni and Grace Sterling Stowell
    Stonewall’s legacy: (from left) Gunner Scott, Nancy Nangeroni and Grace Sterling Stowell will be immortalized as ’Transgender Heroes’ at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. (Source: Marilyn Humphries)

    Historians have long credited poor and working class drag queens, bull dykes and other transgender and gender-non-conforming people as key participants in the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, but within the wider LGBT community that defining moment is all-too-often remembered as a gay, rather than LGBT, milestone. The International Court System and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hope to change that. On June 25, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the riots that marked the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement, the two organizations will hold a dedication ceremony at the fabled New York City bar to unveil a plaque featuring the names of 40 transgender heroes past and present.

    The plaque will go on permanent display at the bar, and Bay State visitors will likely recognize a few familiar names on the list. Among the 40 heroes are Gunner Scott, director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC); Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY); longtime activist Nancy Nangeroni, former president of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), former co-host of GenderTalk Radio and current host of GenderVision; and Cole Thaler, an MTPC founder who is now the transgender rights attorney for New York’s Lambda Legal.

    "It will be permanent, so people going into the Stonewall Inn will be able to see this plaque and see the names of these, to me, true heroes of our community," said Nicole Murray-Ramirez, a longtime San Diego-based activist who presides over the International Court System as Empress Nicole the Great. The International Court System was founded in 1965, four years before Stonewall. Member courts in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the Imperial Court of Massachusetts, hold events in which members don campy and outrageous costumes and adopt royal titles, all while raising money for LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations.
    Read more... )

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:06 pm
    US: Chaz, 'Good luck, brother!'

    Commentary: Chastity, 'Good luck, brother!'
    By Jamison Green
    Special to CNN

    Jamison Green is an educator, adviser and advocate on transgender issues, and the author of "Becoming a Visible Man" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004).

    Welcome, Chaz!

    Before the word "transsexual" had been coined in English, an intrepid young person whose family belonged to the British nobility set out to transform herself from female to male. He received a medical school education, obtained hormones -- relatively new substances that were poorly understood at the time -- and independently began living as a man in the early 1940s.

    Eventually, he found a plastic surgeon to help him, and his physical changes were complete by 1949, but his family rejected him. The British tabloids hounded him. To escape publicity, he was forced to carve out a life for himself virtually alone. He became a Buddhist monk, and died in Tibet in 1962 at the age of 47.

    His name was Michael Dillon, and he one of the Western world's first transsexual people, that is, someone who changes sex and/or gender by medical means. His extensive writings were suppressed and destroyed by his family -- only fragments survive.
    Read more... )

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:06 pm
    US: Chaz Bono Gives Voice To An Often 'Invisible' Community

    Chaz Bono Gives Voice To An Often 'Invisible' Community
    Trans Activists Say Chaz Bono Could Be Rare Face for Transgender Issues
    ABC News Medical Unit
    June 13, 2009

    Transgender men fighting for legal protections say Thursday's announcement by Chastity Bono, child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, that she will be transitioning from female to a male as Chaz Bono is a welcome break from an all too common "invisible" paradox.

    For reasons that are part biology and part society, transgender men say in some ways they have an easier time being accepted and recognized as masculine than transgender women have being perceived as feminine.

    Yet at the same time, there has been a virtual black hole in public awareness of female-to-male transgender people.
    Read more... )

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:06 pm
    Call for Submissions – ‘Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation’
    From [info]q_transphobia.

    Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman are co-editing a new book, “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation“, which aims to:

    [...] collect and contextualize the work of this generation’s most forward-thinking trans/genderqueer voices—new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world’s most respected mainstream news sources.

    Kate and Bear have issued a call for submissions from “non-normatively gendered/sexed voices” but add that they will “include all the good stuff we can, regardless of current identifiers of the author”.

    The deadline is 01 September, and payment will be $50 and two copies of the book on publication by Seal Press later next year.

    The full text of the call for submissions may be found over at Bear’s LJ – link here.

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:06 pm
    US, TN: Trans person shot in Memphis
    From [info]transgriot.

    TransGriot Note: This news is courtesy of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, and it's less than 24 hours after several Shelby County Commissioners loudly said there was no need for an anti-discrimination ordinance in Memphis.

    We were contacted by a reporter with Channel 3 (WREG-TV) who provided a copy of an affidavit of a shooting that occurred in South Memphis on Wednesday, May 27. The man arrested for the shooting, Terron Taylor, told police that he did it because the victim “misrepresented his gender.”

    The victim, identified as Kelvin Denton, is in critical condition after being shot in the nose and throat.

    At this point, we do not know any details about Denton’s life, but regardless, we abhor this sort of violence for any reason. Our thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition go out to Kelvin, family and friends, for a speedy recovery.

    We urge Shelby County authorities to prosecute Taylor aggressively and not permit the use of the trans-panic defense.

    We also urge members of the Tennessee General Assembly to pass HB0335 by Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) and 21 others, and SB0253 by Sens. Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) and Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis), as soon as they return in January. This bill would add “gender identity or expression” as a hate crimes sentencing enhancement factor to Tennessee Code Annotated 40-35-114. Passage of this bill will make it easier for state and local authorities to track and prosecute hate crimes against all LGBT Tennesseans.

    If you do not know the names of your state legislators, go to .

    Federal Legislation:

    In addition, we urge swift passage in the United States Senate of S.909, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The House of Representatives has already passed this legislation, which is supported by President Obama, by a vote of 249 to 175.

    Please contact both of Tennessee’s Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and tell them you want to them to support S.909.

    We also ask everyone to continue talking to both Representatives and Senators about the importance of the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We anticipate that ENDA will be introduced in the coming weeks. It is time to end job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. If LGBT people can find, and hold, decent paying jobs, then we are less likely to end up on the streets where we become vulnerable to hate crimes.

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    12:06 pm
    Australian national conference: Queer Collaborations 2009
    What: Queer Collaborations is a national queer conference. It's full of educational and activist-y fun, with something for everyone.

    Who? All Trans, intersex, lesbian, bisexual, gay, etc. people are welcome. Usually about 90% of the delegates are university students.

    Where? Canberra

    When? July 13-18

    How much does it cost? $45 + accommodation + food + travel

    Is it really that great? Yes! You will learn cool stuff in the workshops, and meet lots of interesting young people from around the country. It's super fun.

    For more info, contact

    If you are coming, please register by July 1st. If you're travelling far, you should book your travel tickets really soon, because airlines charge way too much if you leave it to the last minute.

    Please pass this on!

    Current Mood: okay
    Current Music: Absolute Radio
    Monday, January 26th, 2009
    4:54 pm
    Here's something for everyone to take a peek at. It's not about sex, or orientation. Just gender. More like, what gender means to you, personally. It's the Gender Aptitude Test, originally written by Kate Bornstein in My Gender Workbook (which I don't actually have, to my dismay.) Kate did give permission for it to be reproduced on one site, but almost all of that site's content is down, including the test. I found it again on another site, but I am not sure how long it will stay up there, so I am copying the text here.

    Kate Bornstein's Gender Aptitude Test )

    (Edit: Sorry. Apperently IJ decided that when I said something should be made bold, that what I *really* wanted was to create another cut.)
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
    8:11 pm
    Public Service Announcement
    Sunday, October 26th, 2008
    12:24 pm
    Keep Dobson out of the Hall of Fame
    Sunday, August 24th, 2008
    7:57 pm
    The moderator of [info]no_gender_war  asked me to post a link to his asylum. In exchange, a link to here will be posted in that asylum.

    So a happy welcome to anyone wandering over here from there! This place isn't exactly the busiest asylum on IJ, but it can get better in just 2 easy steps!
    Step 1: Join!
    Step 2: Post things!
    Bonus Round: Tell your friends to sign up too! Pimp this asylum!

    For everyone already here, here's the info for [info]no_gender_war:

    The goal of this group is to help men and women understand each other. Men and women voice frustrations and ask each other questions in this community.
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
    11:56 am
    Doctors can refuse to provide abortions.

    not also that the article says that the law also applies to sterilization, which means hysterectomies and vasectomies. Anti-trans healthcare slipping in under the radar, because more people give a shit about fetuses.

    just ya know. an fyi.
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
    12:28 am
    Radio about gender variant children
    Recently my friend linked me to this radio show (aired in the Pacific North-West, which is her area) about gender variant children. It includes a guy who started hormone replacement therapy early enough to go through male puberty, the doctor who helped him and a lady whose credentials I can't recall. All are well-spoken and very interesting to listen to. There are some very good questions and comments from listeners as well.

    Current Mood: full
    Monday, June 16th, 2008
    10:27 am
    we have 27 members, and i'm the only one who ever posts anything. >.>
    i'm trying to get this group going, but a little help would be nice.
    Monday, May 12th, 2008
    1:02 am
    On the American Psychological Association's website, in an article about transgendered people, genderqueers are mentioned.

    "Other categories of transgender people include androgynous, bigendered, and gender queer people. Exact definitions of these terms vary from person to person, but often include a sense of blending or alternating genders. Some people who use these terms to describe themselves see traditional concepts of gender as restrictive."

    Do you think that genderqueer people are transgendered or transsexual?
    What does transgender mean to you? How about genderqueer?

    The article also says:
    According to the diagnostic standards of American psychiatry, as set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, people who experience intense, persistent gender dysphoria can be given the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder. This diagnosis is highly controversial among some mental health professionals and transgender people. Some contend that the diagnosis inappropriately pathologizes gender variance and should be eliminated. Others argue that, because the health care system in the United States requires a diagnosis to justify medical or psychological treatment, it is essential to retain the diagnosis to ensure access to care."

    What do you think about the GID diagnosis?
    If you think it should be eliminated, how should we justify treatment to doctors and insurance companies?
    If you think it should stay, how do you counter people who say that because it's a psychological 'disease' that it can and should be cured?
    Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
    7:29 pm
    Happy Free Comic Book Day!
    Happy Free Comic Book Day!

    This was the first time I'd ever done any kind of comic book event... growing up I wasn't allowed to have comic books because I'm a "girl."
    Thank God for good guy friends lol! One has a huge comic book collection, and has been letting me borrow comics to read through.

    It was amazing to finally get to do something I never could as a kid.
    Thursday, April 17th, 2008
    7:27 pm
    Androgynous traits are those that either have no gender value, or have some aspects generally attributed to the opposite gender. Physiological androgyny (compare intersex), which deals with physical traits, is distinct from behavioral androgyny which deals with personal and social anomalies in gender, and from psychological androgyny, which is a matter of gender identity. A psychologically androgynous person is commonly known as an androgyne, although there is a politicized version known as genderqueer. link

    Some people use "genderqueer" as a politicized version of the term androgyne, which describes persons who have the gender identity of both a man and a woman or neither. This understanding of the term coincides with the term "multi-gendered", which is used more frequently as a term of distinction rather than a phrase for self-identification by individuals. link

    Personally, I've always thought of "androgyne" as a physical thing, a way to describe how someone looks, like masculine or feminine, and "genderqueer" as an identity, to describe how someone is, like male or female. Am I the only one?

    It bothers me that in the genderqueer article, it mentions that some people use it as a political thing, yet in the androgyne article it implies that genderqueer is *just* a political thing. I'm aware that it's a wiki and I can go and change that... but it's the fact that that i've seen that idea over and over. that genderqueer isn't a valid gender, but androgyne is, or that "real" between-gender people are andrognyes and genderqueers are attention-whores.

    So, what I'd like to know is how ya'll define genderqueer and androgyne. What do you think about how those two pages describe the terms? Why do you consider yourself genderqueer instead of androgyne? Or do you consider yourself both?
    Saturday, April 5th, 2008
    10:05 am
    US, CO: 'It's me in a different way'

    'It's me in a different way'
    By Jeff Kass, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
    Photos by Matt McClain, Rocky Mountain News

    Originally published 12:30 a.m., March 1, 2008
    Updated 03:13 a.m., March 1, 2008

    On the first day of eighth grade, Melaina Marquez wore a polo shirt, wedge shoes and denim skirt with ruffles.

    The year before, that outfit would have been out of the question. At that point, Melaina was a boy known as Manuel.

    Melaina, now 15, is considered to be transgender: a person who does not identify with the sex based on his or her genitalia. She decided to tell her story after news reports last month about a 7-year-old Douglas County girl who attended school last year as a boy.

    At age 2, Melaina recalls playing with Barbies and her favorite toy, a kitchenette. When she played house in pre-school, "I would always want to be the mom."

    Melaina says she never struggled with her identity. But her mother, Michelle Benzor-Marquez, cannot say the same.
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