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Jul. 5th, 2009 @ 01:32 pm Transgender people are everywhere
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http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/16/rose.transgender/

Commentary: Transgender people are everywhere
By Donna Rose
Special to CNN
updated 3:20 p.m. EDT, Tue June 16, 2009

Editor's note: Donna Rose is a speaker and advocate for transgender and transsexual issues. She is the author of a memoir, "Wrapped In Blue: A Journey of Self-Discovery." Her Web site is http://donnarose.com/ .

Donna Rose says transgender people don't fit the stereotypes society often tries to impose.
Donna Rose says transgender people don't fit the stereotypes society often tries to impose.

(CNN) -- It was only a matter of time. The real-life drama of being transsexual has come to Hollywood. Chastity Bono, the impossibly cute little blond girl who, for many of my generation, remains frozen in time as the sweet, chubby-faced cherub closing many a Sonny and Cher show in the arms of her doting parents, recently announced that he is transsexual and will be transitioning from female to male. He will go by the name of Chaz.

As shocking as this news may be to some, it is yet another reminder that all is not necessarily as it appears and that each of us is more complicated than simply the skin and bones of our bodies. Rather, it is our heart and spirit that defines us.

Transgender people -- that is, people who may not experience or express their gender in ways that are necessarily typical for the physical sex of their body -- have been part of the fabric of cultures for as long as history has been recorded.
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May. 5th, 2009 @ 02:58 pm Virginia Prince: 1912-2009
Current Location: Boston, MA, United States
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From pamshouseblend:

http://pamshouseblend.com/diary/10799/virginia-prince-19122009

Dr Richard Docter announced at dinner last night, here at the Liberty Conference, that Virginia Prince had died at the age of 96. She was in good health and mentally acute until about a month ago when her health began a steep decline. Docter was her biographer as a well as a friend.

I met the grand dame here, in this Philly Airport Hilton hotel, about five years ago, and I am a little surprised by how moved I have been to hear of her passing. She was an imperfect person, as we all are, but rocked where it counted: having the cojones to be an out-transvestite in the 1950s. Her bravery is something we'd be fools, as a community, not to acknowledge.

Imperfect, problematic, heroic. You often don't get one without the others. We have lost an important pioneer.

--Helen Boyd at en/gender, 03 May 2009

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Further reading:
* Article: Pioneers of Transgendering: The Life and Work of Virginia Prince</>
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Apr. 8th, 2009 @ 11:31 am "Angie Zapata was our sister, our aunt, our daughter. She was brutally murdered last July."
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See also http://angiezapata.com/ .

From pamshouseblend:

This is a media ad that GLAAD, and the coalition working for Justice For Angie, paid to put in targeted mainstream media publications for today's issues. It's an important component in reminding broader society that Trans people are human. (Select image to see full sized PDF of the ad.)

Zapata Newspaper Ad
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Apr. 7th, 2009 @ 02:33 pm US: Vermont legalises gay marriage
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http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090407/NEWS03/90407016

Vermont legalises gay marriage
From staff, wire reports • April 7, 2009

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate after the legislature overrode Gov. Douglas&apos; veto of the bill at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont, on Friday April 7, 2009.
Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate after the legislature overrode Gov. Douglas' veto of the bill at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont, on Friday April 7, 2009.

MONTPELIER — Vermont has become the fourth state to legalise gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature’s vote.

The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

It’s now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are the others. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.
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Apr. 3rd, 2009 @ 11:34 am US, IA: Unanimous ruling: Iowa now allows same-sex marriage
Current Location: Boston, MA, United States
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http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090403/NEWS/90403010

Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman
Register Staff Reports
03 April 2009

The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays’ right to marry.

“The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,” the justices said in a summary of their decision.

The court rules that gay marriage would be legal in three weeks, starting April 24.

The court affirmed a Polk County District Court decision that would allow six gay couples to marry.

The ruling is viewed as a victory for the gay rights movement in Iowa and elsewhere, and a setback for social conservatives who wanted to protect traditional families.

Read the summary: Iowa Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.
Read the full opinion: Iowa Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

The decision makes Iowa the first Midwestern state, and the fourth nationwide, to allow same-sex marriages. Lawyers for Lambda Legal, a gay rights group that financed the court battle and represented the couples, had hoped to use a court victory to demonstrate acceptance of same-sex marriage in heartland America.
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Apr. 2nd, 2009 @ 08:44 am Sweden legalises same-sex marriage
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Sweden became the 7th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. The Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Canada, and South Africa also allow same-sex marriage. (Civil unions are allowed in more countries.) The new law will take effect on 1 May 2009.

http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/International/nyhetssidor/artikel.asp?ProgramID=2054&Format=1&artikel=2739765

Gays Win Marriage Rights

A happy couple
Photo: Jurek Holzer/Scanpix

Same-sex couples in Sweden will be allowed to marry as of May 1st. Following a parliamentary vote Wednesday afternoon, MPs voted by a huge majority to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in civil ceremonies. If they want to get married in a church, however, then they will have to find a vicar who will agree to marry them.

Same-sex couples have been able to become civil partners in Sweden since 1995, and the law change doesn’t automatically make them husband and husband or wife and wife, if they want to get married they will have to either have a new ceremony, or send in an application to get the partnership converted into a marriage.

The government was split on the issue, with coalition partner the Christian Democrats the only party in the Swedish parliament to oppose the extension of the term ”marriage” to include non-heterosexuals. But in a free vote in parliament 261 MPs voted in favour of the reform, 22 voted no, while 16 abstained.

Religious groups in Sweden are split on the issue. Some Lutheran Church of Sweden vicars have said they will marry same-sex couples, and the church will take a common stand on the issue at a Synod in the Autumn. Roman Catholic, Muslim, and other religions have been much more sceptical to the law change in their comments. (kb)
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Nov. 26th, 2008 @ 08:27 am US: Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional
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http://www.miamiherald.com/459/story/786605.html

Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional
By Carol Marbin Miller
cmarbin@miamiherald.com

A Miami-Dade circuit judge Tuesday declared Florida's 30-year-old ban on gay adoption unconstitutional, allowing a North Miami man to adopt two foster kids he has raised since 2004.

In a 53-page order that sets the stage for what could become a constitutional showdown, Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman permitted 47-year-old Frank Gill to adopt the 4- and 8-year-old boys he and his partner have raised since just before Christmas four years ago. A child abuse investigator had asked Gill to care for the boys temporarily; they were never able to return to their birth parents.

''This is the forum where we try to heal children, find permanent families for them so they can get another chance at what every child should know and feel from birth, and go on to lead productive lives,'' Lederman said in court before releasing the order. ``We pray for them to thrive, but that is a word we rarely hear in dependency court.''

''These children are thriving; it is uncontroverted,'' the judge added.
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Nov. 19th, 2008 @ 08:21 am Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008 Names List
Current Location: Boston, MA, United States
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Remembering Our Dead


Courtesy of Ethan St. Pierre, as of November 16, the list of people being memorialised for the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday. For further info you can contact Ethan at radicalguy@gmail.com.


*IMPORTANT NOTE FROM ETHAN - (In case I don't get the details posted in time) There were 2 other Iraqi Transgender women who were executed at the same time as Ali. Please remember them at your TDoR event.

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Nov. 16th, 2008 @ 10:57 am Transgender Couples: Changing the Face of Family
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http://www.abcnews.go.com/Health/Story?id=6249290&page=3

Transgender Couples: Changing the Face of Family
A Spectrum of Paths to Parenthood, Long Before Pregnant Man Thomas Beatie
By ALAN B. GOLDBERG and JONEIL ADRIANO
14 Nov. 2008

Is Thomas Beatie the first legal pregnant man? That's a question that can't be answered with absolute certainty.

Stephanie Brill, director of Maia Midwifery & Preconception Services and founder of Gender Spectrum, told ABC's Barbara Walters that Beatie was "by no means" the first pregnant
man.

"He is the first man to go public with his pregnancy on such a widespread level," Brill said.

For more of Beatie's story, watch for a documentary airing this coming week on the Discovery Health Channel.

But how does one define who is a pregnant man? For one thing, there is a bewildering array of requirements for legally changing sex and these vary from state to state, making it difficult to say who is legally male and who isn't.

Also, the few transgender men who have become pregnant do not make their pregnancies public, so it's unclear how many have gotten pregnant before Beatie, and whether they were legally male at the time of their pregnancy.

The Village Voice reported on one pregnant man several years ago. Matt Rice, a female-to-male transsexual, conceived using artificial insemination and gave birth to a baby boy in 1999.

And then there is the case of Daniel Burghammer. Christened and raised as male, Burghammer became a blacksmith, husband and Italian soldier more than 400 years ago. But in 1601, he scandalized his regiment when he gave birth to a baby girl.

According to biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling, who discussed this story in her book, "Sexing the Body," Burghammer was a hermaphrodite, meaning he had both male and female reproductive organs. That made his pregnancy, and even breastfeeding, possible.
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Nov. 15th, 2008 @ 09:37 am US: Trans in the Red States
Current Location: Boston, MA, United States
Current Mood: okayokay
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http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=trans_in_the_red_states

Trans in the Red States
A grass-roots movement for Transgender rights is flourishing in some of America's most conservative regions. And if successes like these are possible here, they're possible anywhere.

Jeremy Bearer-Friend and Daniel Redman | 12 November 2008

Michelle and her daughter M.J. sit in a coffee shop in a Wyoming strip mall, just over the border from their small town in Colorado. M.J., an eighth-grader, shyly sips her iced mocha and speaks with the "likes" endemic to junior-high hallways. Michelle talks with a calm and slightly tired maternal presence. She and M.J. take turns explaining how they learned to remake the boundaries of their own hometown.

M.J. was born a boy, Michelle explains, but as M.J. grew up, she made it clear to Michelle that she didn't feel like one. "I knew something was going on at age two," Michelle says. "But I couldn't accept it at the time. So I put a lot of time into changing her or suppressing her." But M.J. didn't change, and she continued to insist on wearing skirts and dresses and play with "girl typical" toys. In sixth grade, the school counsellor called Michelle to tell her that the other kids were teasing M.J. and that it was only getting worse. "They were concerned because she was being open about who she was. The way she acted, the way she dressed," Michelle explains. That's when she knew that it wasn't a phase, and it wasn't a "problem." This was who M.J. was.

In Loveland, Colorado -- population 61,000, 92 percent white and heavily evangelical Christian -- Michelle didn't know what to expect when she began to work with the school to facilitate her daughter's transition from a boy to a girl. At first, it was difficult. The school "freaked out when I told them," Michelle says. "When we started with M.J.'s transition, I was envisioning riots." And so Michelle became an advocate for transgender people -- those who identify as a gender different from the one assigned at birth. Michelle organised trainings for the faculty and staff and prepared "cheat sheets" in case any of their students asked prying questions.

But on the first day of school, nothing happened. No flood of calls, no angry protests, and no bullying. Michelle was "happy and shocked" that M.J.'s classmates seemed to get it. When one student made a mocking comment to another using M.J.'s former name, one eighth-grade boy dismissed him with a simple insight. "That person doesn't even exist anymore," he said. "You're talking about somebody who's imaginary."
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