Monthly Archives: March 2014

Study Urges U.S. Military to Reconsider Ban on Transgender Personnel

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This study, conducted by the Palm Center, part of San Francisco State University, find little to be concerned about and much which could be improved if the ban on transgender military personnel was lifted. The study will likely take some serious heat from accusations of bias, however, because the person who funded it was Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire transwoman.

One vocal critic of the report has this to say:

Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, a woman who had previously argued that the human rights violations at Abu Ghraib happened as a result of women being allowed in the military, and was one of the loudest opponents of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, voiced opposition to Palm Center’s report.

“This is putting an extra burden on men and women in the military that they certainly don’t need and they don’t deserve,” Donnelly told the Associated Press. Donnelly also suggested that allowing transgender servicemembers would lead to an increase in sexual assault.

Of course transgender persons already are serving in the military, they’re just doing it in stealth…and yet, where is all that sexual assault? And how come other countries can somehow manager it, such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Kingdom?

Study Urges U.S. Military to Reconsider Ban on Transgender Personnel | Advocate.com.

Transgender Student Athlete Takes the Field in California

MTF transgirl plays on her school's softball team

With the passage of Assembly Bill 1266 in California, transgender athletes like Pat Cordova-Goff are now able to play on the sports teams of their assigned genders.

Opponents of A.B. 1266 like to say the “rights of the few shouldn’t infringe on the rights of the many” and that locker room privacy and bathroom safety issues exist. But they also claim that transgender students have an unfair physical advantage in sports.

Judy Chiasson, the coordinator in Cordova-Goff’s school district’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity correctly points out that there is more of a difference in the range of talent among girls and boys separately than there is between the two genders.

Experts, officials address concerns over transgender student athletes

Arin Andrews & Katie Hill, Transgender Former Couple, to Release Memoirs

They made such a happy-looking couple when their story broke last summer. They’ve now each written their memoirs, which at their age might be a little premature, I may read and review anyhow.

Arin Andrews & Katie Hill, Transgender Former Couple, to Release Memoirs – Books, Real People Stories : People.com.

Transgender Athlete Sues CrossFit for Banning her from Female Contest

This is silly, ignorant, and discriminatory. I wish I could be that kind about 95% of the 1,543 comments on the article, which are transphobic, hateful, scientifically illiterate and ignorant, and in some cases scary.

Ms. Jonnson would easily qualify under even the IOC’s rules, and she’s suing in California, which from my research has plenty of precedent for anti-trans discrimination in this and other cases. I’m fairly confident she will win her suit; the real question is how much money will she make off of it, and will it have a lasting impact?

Transgender athlete sues CrossFit for banning her from female contest – CNN.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Una Interviews Author, Socialite, and Actress Eve Golden

EveGolden04In a Transas City exclusive, Una sits down with Eve Golden, an accomplished woman with a transsexual history. Miss Golden discusses her transition in detail for the first time in public, as well as her life and work in the Big Apple, and some details on her biographies and other literary efforts. We at Transas City are very grateful for this exclusive look at the life of “one of us” who not only survived, but excelled.

You can read the entire interview at this link here: Eve Golden – Queen of the Dead.

Transgender Arkansas Episcopal Priest Severed from her Church

The Episcopal Church received many accolades over the last couple of years for reputedly being welcoming and non-discriminatory towards LGBT persons. However, this incident outlines what clearly seems to be at best a “difference in interpretation,” and at worst outright religious gender discrimination.

I’ll let the story tell itself, but basically a transgender priest was “severed” (meaning “fired”) from her church for coming out to her congregation as transgender. The bishop, claiming that the acceptance policy of the Episcopal faith somehow didn’t apply in this circumstance, severed the priest from the church, in a letter which misgendered her at the same time.

Transgender Arkansas Episcopal Priest Severed from her Church.

Good News! D.C. Mayor Expands Trans Health Care to Cover SRS!

More and more lately, Washington D.C. seems to be cleaning up its image and its actions. In this latest news, by executive order of the Mayor of Washington D.C., all health insurance companies serving those who live and work in the District must offer coverage for transgender-related health services, including surgery!

One would assume that standard deductibles and co-pays still exist as they would for any surgery, and the insurance company can steer you towards specific surgeons who they feel are “economical.” Moreover, this executive order does not take effect until the next renewal period for all policies, giving time for Congress to interfere, should it choose to do so.  However, for many transgender folks too poor to have their much-needed SRS, which has been proven to be beneficial to their quality of life, this is a hopeful godsend.

D.C. Mayor Makes Major Move Expanding Trans Health Care | Advocate.com.

TIME: Don’t Applaud Jared Leto’s Transgender ‘Mammy’

I confess I’m completely ignorant of this film. I never saw it, and on the advice of friends who were turned off by Leto’s performance, I never even wanted to see it. Time magazine is running an editorial which really casts the film in a damning light, especially with the revelation that the character of Rayon, the flighty transgender drug addict and AIDS victim, was created out of whole cloth for the film. Apparently so she can portray every single negative stereotype about us on the big screen.

What’s worse, more stereotyping is coming.

Hollywood has long found humor in aspects of transgenderism — be it simple cross-dressing or actual transexuality — and shows no signs of letting up. From “Some Like It Hot” to “Tootsie,” a guy in a dress is always deemed clever and funny. And the trend, if anything, shows signs of escalating from benign and misinformed to threatening. As Jos Truitt notes at feministing.com, the trailer for the upcoming film “Bad Words” shows Jason Bateman telling a young South Asian boy to shut his “curly hole.” That’s slang for female genitalia and allegedly funny for its callout to Thai lady-boys. Meanwhile, the “22 Jump Street” trailer doesn’t even cloak its transphobic “humor” in allusions, with characters cracking wise about the prison rape of trans women. These are the coming attractions, the parts the filmmakers or their marketing consultants think are the most enticing. “Most of the increased visibility trans women are getting in Hollywood right now is not a good thing — it’s cruel and it’s dangerous,” Truitt wrote.

Um…yeah. Hoo-ray for Hollywood, I, um guess?

Don’t Applaud Jared Leto’s Transgender ‘Mammy’ | TIME.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Research Answers the Hard Question, Does Transition Make Our Lives Better?

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In a new research article posted today, we answer the hard question of whether or not transition improves and saves lives. From the article:

In debates and discussions with those who are unfamiliar with or unfriendly to the transgender community, a frequent point which is brought up is “but hormones and surgery don’t help transgender people! I read an article somewhere that said that!” Typically the article cannot be cited or found, but in some cases it can, and using that one source someone makes a personal policy decision on an issue so complex and multifaceted that even most transgender people don’t really understand it.

My goal in this article is to perform a study on the studies which are out there in the public arena, to summarize their results, and to give my critical take on each of them to answer these final questions:

1) Does hormone treatment result in a greater quality of life for transsexuals?

2) Does sex reassignment surgery result in a greater quality of life for transsexuals?

3) Do either of the above result in a reduction in the suicide rate of transsexuals?

This article would be hopefully very useful to any of you who get caught up in debates online or off, in Facebook or on message boards. While the results won’t convince most haters, they can lower the boom on the science portion of the argument.

Quality of Life in Treated Transsexuals