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The Bridge: A short film about being gay in Georgia

A gay couple from Tbilisi, Georgia (former USSR) escapes homophobia in their home country by immigrating to Australia.  One has his application for permanent residency in Australia approved but their future together hangs in the balance awaiting the arrival of the second letter from immigration.

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CFP: “What Pertains to a Man”? Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law

Call for Papers

“What Pertains To a Man”?

Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law

Conference to be held at the University of Chicago Law School

Monday March 1, 2010

This small one day conference will be structured around two documentary films, Praying in her Own Voice and Paper Dolls (Bubyot Niyar), each centered on ways in which Israeli law and culture deal with individuals and groups who transcend the gender boundaries of Jewish law.  The conference title is taken from Deuteronomy 10:22, which declares it to be an abomination for a woman to put on what pertains to a man and for a man to wear women’s clothing.

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Research opportunities for Gay/Bi/Queer Guys 16-20

Crew450 is currently recruiting guys 16-18  years old that have a strong Gay/Bi/Queer social network.

Crew450 is a 2 year study exploring risk & protective factors associated with HIV transmission among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).  We are trying to find out more about health problems affecting YMSM and the different factors that might contribute to these problems.
Participants can get up to $295 in cash for meeting with us every 6 months for the 2 years and referring people they know to the study.  Only 450 guys will participate in the study and you can be part of a great initiative to help us provide better services for more guys like you. 

Give us a call to see if you are eligible for the study!

Interested people should contact:

Camdin Gray
(773) 572-6986

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Help Needed For Gender Perceptions Dissertation Recruiting

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University, San Diego. For my dissertation, I am examining gender perceptions among people with various sexual orientations/gender identities.

The research study was developed in consultation with my dissertation committee, LGBT individuals, and was approved by the institutional review board (IRB) at Alliant International University.

I am looking for CA residents (18+ years old) to complete an anonymous online questionnaire, available at: (instead of .org or .com).  More specifically, I am recruiting (a) heterosexual individuals, (b) parents of heterosexual individuals, and (c) parents of transgendered individuals. 

(I have fortunately already gathered enough responses from transgendered individuals, gay/lesbian individuals, and parents of gay/lesbians.)

I hope that this study will contribute to further understanding of the understudied and underserved population.  I also believe the knowledge gained from this study will help therapists in addressing issues related to sexual and gender orientation.

I would appreciate if you could help circulate this information.  Additionally, I would be happy to provide more information or fliers upon request.

Thank you,

Jennifer Mato, M.A., LMFT
Marital and Family Therapy Doctoral Candidate
Alliant International University (San Diego)

Dissertation chair: Narumi Taniguchi, Ph.D.

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Gender Identity Project: Transgender Basics (video) and Glossary

Transgender Basics – an amazing video from The Center in New York City.


Here we identify and explain differences between the separate continuums of sex, gender role, gender identity, and sexual orientation; in addition to articulating basic transgender terminology.

We want to try to use language that people consider affirming to themselves. Based on the understanding that this is actually a more accurate way to speak about people, that transgender individuals are experts on their own lives and we’re going to try to sustain language in the same level of expertise. We’re also confirming the NYC Human Rights law.

The following terminology is taken from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as well as various Gender Identity Project materials. The original GLAAD text may be found on GLAAD’s website.

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First Asia-Pac Transgender Network Launched to Promote Rights & Health in Region

World’s First Asia Pacific Transgender Network Launched to Champion Health and Rights of Transgender Women in the Region

Diverse groups from warias, kathoeys and hijras to be represented

22 December 09, Singapore.  Transgender women from 10 Asia Pacific countries and areas are coming together to say “No!” to discrimination and marginalisation by forming the world’s first Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN).  After three days of intense meetings, it was decided that the APTN, composed entirely of transgender women across the region, will champion transgender women’s health, legal and social rights.

Ms. Khartini Slamah, Founding Working Group member and Core-Group Chair of the Transgender Programme in Pink Triangle (PT) Foundation, Malaysia, says this represents a milestone in the history of transgender women in the region.  She says, “For a long time transgender women have been represented among the MSM (men who have sex with men) sub-population group, but there is now a recognition that we are a distinct demographic with our own unique needs.  We wish to be separated from the MSM umbrella and inform The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to stop clustering us under the MSM umbrella.  Transgender women are not men – we have different issues and needs.  Thus we have formed a network addressing the needs of transgender women only.”

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IGLHRC and Lambda Legal Consulting with Nepali Government on LGBTI Rights Protections

(Los Angeles, December 21, 2009) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Lambda Legal are working with Nepali government leaders as they explore how to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country's laws. Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and National Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal, returned this week from two weeks in Kathmandu at the invitation of Nepali lawmakers to advise the government's eight-member study and drafting committee. The committee will present its recommendations to the Nepali Parliament in 2010. Pizer’s trip was organized and sponsored by IGLHRC, and continues that organization’s technical support of LGBTI advocates in the Himalayan nation and across Asia.

"Nepal has become a world leader in LGBTI rights," said Cary Alan Johnson, IGLHRC's Executive Director. "We commend Nepali lawmakers for their outreach to and consideration of the LGBTI community and we congratulate the civil society in Nepal on their advocacy and success. These efforts should be a model for nations seeking to develop legal protections for LGBTI people."

Prior to the 2007 Supreme Court ruling that directed Nepal's Parliament to end all forms of legal discrimination against the LGBTI community, police abuse was common, including the 2004 murder of a meti (transgender woman) by a police officer. Resulting from the ruling was a study and drafting committee which includes representatives of the ministries of law, population and environment, as well the National Commission on Human Rights and national police. According to the Supreme Court's direction, the committee will consider how other countries have extended full rights – including the right to marry – to their LGBTI citizens.

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Colombia Diversa To Accept 2010 Felipa de Souza Award

The 2010 recipient of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Felipa de Souza Award is Colombia Diversa. IGLHRC’s Felipa de Souza Award recognizes the courage and effectiveness of groups or leaders dedicated to improving the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and other individuals stigmatized and abused because of their sexuality or HIV status.

Based in Bogotá, Colombia Diversa is an NGO that works for lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender human rights in Colombia. Colombia Diversa has improved the lives of Colombian LGBT people through a variety of channels, working effectively in political, social, cultural and academic spheres. They have produced human rights reports and training materials for journalists, teachers, and government officials, created an on-line virtual LGBT community and implemented wide-ranging advocacy campaigns to achieve legislative change.

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Sex and the Fatine factor

By New Strait Times

BUT for a few sexily-dressed individuals who flaunt their dubious assets in certain streets of the city to earn a precarious living, by and large these controversial members of our society keep very much to themselves.

Until someone like Mohammed Fazdil Min Bahari, or Fatine Young as he calls himself now following his same-sex marriage to a doting Briton after they were issued a certificate to marry by the British Home Office, comes along and triggers the nation into a polemic over the issue of transgender.  It may not have been Fazdil's wish to be in the limelight but for the very fact that he is a transsexual and that another arm of the British government, the UK Border Agency, is not allowing him to stay in the country because immigration procedures were not followed.  Fazdil is now awaiting deportation pending his third application to remain in Britain.

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Buck Angel: Bucking The System (Episode 5)

Welcome to another edition of my new series sharing perspective on gender and sexuality, with the accompaniment of a sign language interpreter.  Each week, I discuss a topic on sex, gender & identity from topics sent to me by viewers like you.  If you have a question that you would like to see answered, please email

In show #5, I talk about the difference between gender and sexuality and how I identifies myself. 

Please visit for more info.

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