SOFFA Meeting, January 18th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is January 18th is at 6.30pm in Study Room 116 at Leawood Pioneer Library.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, January 4th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is January 4th is at 6.30pm in Study Room 115 at Leawood Pioneer Library.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

New Rare Photo of Christine Jorgensen Performing at the Silver Slipper, 1955

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I’ve added a very rare photograph to the collection – I found this this one on the second floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, in a photo gallery of scores of Las Vegas alumni. It was a very dramatic moment for me actually – I was going to a client reception hosted by my company as “out and proud” myself, when I exited the escalator and suddenly was face-to-face with this gorgeous photo print. I just stopped cold, and stared…and stared…I think it was nearly 5 minutes that I spent, just standing there looking into the past of my people. After the event, when I had had far too much to drink, apparently I spent some more time in front of the work, until hotel security asked me if I was alright, and helped me to a taxi.

The photo print is nearly 4 feet high, and has glorious detail, but sadly it is not very well-lit, and the photograph was spoiled by reflections from overhead lamps that I could not block out. I have a small version above, and a link to a much larger version right here.

There was a small silver plaque to the right of the photo, which said in full “December 9, 1955. Entertainer Christine Jorgensen performs on stage at the Silver Slipper.” And note this very important bit – they only refer to her as an “entertainer,” not “transgender woman” or anything else. I think that is really very incredible in a mundane, normal way.

More photos, media, and information about Jorgensen can be found on our Christine Jorgensen page.

December 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI


Hello everyone! Today’s show has a special holiday theme, being a friends and family show. First we will be speaking with Samantha Ruggles about her life, challenges, and successes as a transgender woman. Samantha is a friend of ours who is the final guest in our Transgender Kaleidoscope series of 2016. Next, Fiona will lead a discussion about family and the holidays with Samantha and our other dear friends in the studio with us today: Marsha, Suzanne, Gus, and Finn.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, December 24 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

New Historical Upload: Jorgensen, Johns Hopkins, and SRS in 1967

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I’m starting the processing of hundreds of archival transgender media, which I’m providing in high-resolution scans and with no watermarks. So let’s begin with this: in the April, 1967 edition of Uncensored magazine, we find an article which purports how Christine Jorgensen is doing in life as a woman, and reports on Johns Hopkins Hospital starting sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and establishing their Gender Identity Clinic. The article features several photographs from Christine Jorgensen’s past, but mainly focuses on the recent history of SRS (well, recent in 1967 anyhow), with some interesting facts and figures.

There is a quote from Jorgensen at the end of the article, referencing the Johns Hopkins programs, where she says: “I am glad I lived to see it happen. The biggest problem I have encountered since my operation is disbelief. Some people refer to me as ‘it.’ This is a smart-alec approach to a serious medical problem. I have received thousands of letters from people who don’t know where to turn. Now at least some of these poor souls have a place to go.”

You may read and download the entire article, scanned in high-resolution, either by going to the Transas City Christine Jorgensen page, or directly from this link here.

SOFFA Meeting, December 21st

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The next meeting of SOFFA is December 21st is at 6.30pm in Study Room 116 at Leawood Pioneer Library.  Seasonal nibbles to share are welcome, I’m bringing cookies.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

Danish Prime-Time Advertisement Celebrates Transgender Acceptance

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about things not concerning KKFI and Trans Talk. It’s not been a good year for us here at Transas City, not at all. But the election…debacle has convinced me that I need to get the energy to rejuvenate Transas City, and get my hundreds of backlogged historical and science items out in the public.

But first I wanted to highlight a current television advertisement from Denmark – inarguably the home of Western transsexual history – showing a father trying to reach out to his transgender daughter at Christmas time. The advertisement is for Danish electronics retailer Elgiganten, and is titled (after translation) “Let the Gifts Talk.” The advertisement shows a transgender teenager or woman spending a tense Christmas with her parents, obviously scared and uncomfortable.
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The entire family seems tense as her father grimly presents her with a gift, that as she hesitantly opens turns out to be a hair straightener/curler set. There’s a shy smile from her, and an almost-smile from the still grim father.
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Some have criticized the advertisement for the father not showing “enough” acceptance, not being as friendly and welcoming to his daughter as he should be. But in my experience, as I’m certain that of innumerable others, acceptance and welcoming are such a gradual process, and every family works on their own timetable. Sometimes it goes in fits and starts – the old “two steps forward, one step backward.” But other times, it is just a very slow, gradual evolution, like ice melting. The latter is what I believe this advertisement is showing.

You can view the advertisement below via YouTube.

November 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

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Hello everyone! We have two guests for our show this weekend – first, we will be speaking with Julie, the mother of a transgender young man, who is suing the Odessa Missouri school district over discrimination against her son. Next, we will be talking with Dr. Peter Raphael, a surgeon with the American Institute of Plastic Surgery who serves the transgender male and female community, about his practice and developments in transgender surgery.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

SOFFA Meeting, December 7th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is December 7th is a combined meeting with the UMKC Trans + Allies group, at their Family Roundtable.  That’s at 6pm in the UMKC Student Union, room 402.  Speaking in the roundtable is entirely optional, and it’s ok to be late, since it is earlier than usual – but you might not get the best choice of the free pizza!  There will be no meeting at Leawood Pioneer.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, November 16th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is November 2nd at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, November 2nd

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The next meeting of SOFFA is November 2nd at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 116, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

October 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

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Hello everyone! We are devoting the entire show this month to a special guest and those who are supporting her. JoAnna Ramsey is a transgender woman who experienced a harrowing time incarcerated in Kansas within the male prison population, and she will be speaking with us about herself, what she went through in prison, and her transgender activism behind the wall. Also with us will be Caroline Gibbs, founder of the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, who will discuss how the Institute worked to help JoAnna, as well as plans for a future outreach project for transgender prisoners. JoAnna is also joined by her friend Tyga McHenry, who will talk with us about JoAnna’s experience.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

SOFFA Meeting, October 19th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is October 19th at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, October 5th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is October 5th at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 116, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

September 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

carmen3Hello everyone! We begin this month’s Trans Talk edition of the Tenth Voice speaking with Haley Bridges, the Director of TrueGender, which is a new local organization working to tackle the problem of high medical costs for transgender families. Next we will continue our Transgender Kaleidoscope series, speaking with Carmen Xavier, a transgender woman with a wonderful outlook on life and local political aspirations to help the community.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.