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GritTV discusses gender in wake of Amanda Simpson appointment.

Naomi Clark, Julia Serrano & Jules Rosskam join Laura Flanders discuss the impact of gender identity in the public discourse. 

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How Do Transgender People Suffer from Discrimination?

This is posted at HRC's website and I think it bears repeating.

Workplace discrimination. As in all forms of employment discrimination, transgender people may experience bias during application, employment, promotion and/or termination. An employee may experience gender identity-based discrimination upon coming out as transgender, transitioning on the job, discovery of their birth sex or even mere suspicion of transgender status.

For example, suppose an individual named Mario interviews for a job. The interview goes well and he expects a call back from his prospective employer. However, upon reviewing Mario’s job history, the employer finds out that his former name was Maria and, being unfamiliar with the legal processes associated with changing one’s name and sex, the prospective employer suspects Mario of fraud. He then asks Mario invasive and illegal medical questions, says he thinks Mario is mentally ill and in the end, refuses to hire him.

Repeated instances of this kind of prejudice result in chronic unemployment and underemployment for many transgender people, especially those who do not pass well in their new gender.

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Lovely commercial about trans persons

I saw this and loved it.   It is an advert for Renault and incorporates trans persons in a lovely way.  I am so happy that we are moving forward in this world, away from ignorance and hatred.  Some days, it seems like we're making no progress at all.  But, then something like this comes along and I can see that we are moving to a society of acceptance and embrace.

- arvan

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Risky Thinking: The Implications of Sex and Gender Minority Advocacy

(My apologies for self-quoting so much here, but this article brings together some threads made before, and therefore need to be linked)

We're experiencing an interesting moment, even if it sometimes brings heavier negative $#!t than we've ever expected.  As a transsexual during the societal coming-out of transsexuality, it's kind of one of those rare glimpses within the split second of the rite of passage from obscurity to awareness.  Of course, it's longer than a split second relative to our own lives -- gays and lesbians made this transition in the early 1970s and are still not completely past the repercussive effect -- but it's still a moment on the cusp of a revolution, where we can look forward at those who trod the path toward acceptance, and then back at those who hide in the shadows, wishing to follow.

At this moment, several different subcommunities are self-defining to the point of excluding others, sometimes vilifying and refusing to associate with them, all in the name of determining their own identity.  We've seen it before, I detailed a lot of how the transsexual vs. transgender rifts forming mimic the self-defining-to-exclusion that occurred in other minority groups in "Rocky Horror and the Holy Grail" and won't reopen that here.  But one thing I've kept hearing is about how trans is the "last great unprotected minority" and that kind of thinking boggles my mind.  Because in stepping back and looking at this from a perspective of sex and gender minorities, it seems to me that we are only just starting to come out.  And if we can't learn from those previous mistakes, we risk repeating the mistakes of the past in a tragic way.

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Stephen Hammond: Helping Transgender and Gender Variant Youth

One of the most difficult things to accept, even today, is the idea of transgender.  Add the notion of children and youth to it and it raises all kinds of questions for each of us.

I happened to be in Seattle Washtington at the same time as the Gender Spectrum Family Conference was going on.  I read about a transgender youth from Vancouver in an article in the Globe and Mail by Adriana Barton and tracked down this conference.

I didn't want to interfere, but in the middle of the conference I was able to get a few minutes of time of the founder, Stephanie Brill.  With no prep or warning at all, this articulate woman was able to sum up more wisdom for parents (and all of us wanting to learn more) in a couple minutes, than I thought was possible (one take). 

I can't wait to read her book, The Transgender Child (which I bought there) and find out more.  If you want to know more, go to

There's so much to learn and so many ways we can make the lives of people better - especially those who are often marginalized. - (Stephen Hammond)

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Flexible ID status suggested for Swedish trans teens by Dr. Rydelius

By David Landes
The Local

Young Swedes who suspect they are transsexuals ought to be issued special ID cards allowing them to hide their undesired gender during their trial phase as the opposite sex, according to one of the country’s most respected child psychiatrists.

“This has to do with the practical aspects of living life as the opposite gender,” Per-Anders Rydelius, chair of the maternal and child health department at Karolinska Institutet’s Astrid Lindgren's Children Hospital, told The Local.

“They must be able to show their ID card without people thinking they are being deceived.”

Since 2001, Rydelius has led a team of doctors, including an endocrinologist, a reconstructive plastic surgeon, and a gynaecologist, which is overseeing a two-year long “real-life test” or “real-life experience” for young Swedes who think they may fit the clinical definition of a transsexual.

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Original Plumbing TV: Episode 1 - The Bedroom Interview

Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos introduce themselves to you via Original Plumbing TV. In honor of Original Plumbing magazines's first issue titled "The Bedroom Issue", they talk to you from the bedroom and show off their top surgery scars, and tell you a little bit about themselves.

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Islam and Trans / gender / sexual / vestite...persons

By Mohammad Hashim Kamali


ISLAMIC jurisprudence provides only some detail on the treatment of persons who combine the characteristics of both sexes: transgenders and hermaphrodites (khuntha), and men with innate effeminate tendencies (mukhannath). Issues of concern over their inheritance rights, qualification as witnesses, and rules of female privacy (satr) are discussed.
I shall review some of these, but then also pose the larger question of fairness over the stigma and prejudice that such persons face in our midst. Some of these were highlighted in a New Straits Times editorial (Dec 20), and several interviews and responses given by religious leaders and others on the subject.

Both khuntha and mukhannath are qualified to be witnesses if they are upright (‘adl) and do not actively exhibit or exaggerate their masculine or feminine tendencies, but not so if they do, as that would undermine their rectitude.

Yet the leading schools of Islamic law have differed due to a renowned hadith proclaiming that “Muslims are upright in relationship to one another”, which means that people are presumed to be upright unless proven otherwise.

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On transsexuals and transvestites and Ray Blanchard's urge to classify everything as a perversion

The DSM manual is up for revision, and the psychiatric urge to label so-called "paraphilias" is very strong.

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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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