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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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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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Transphobia is bad for our health. Pass it on.

The Trans PULSE Project is an exciting community-based research (CBR) project that responds to problems identified within Ontario trans communities regarding access to health and social services.  They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which social exclusion, cisnormativity (the belief that trans identities or bodies are less authentic or "normal"), and transphobia shape the provision of services for trans people.  They also want to know how these in turn may affect health.  Some of the things they will be studying are income stability, housing, relationships and family, sexual health, HIV vulnerability, mental health, community connectedness, access to social services, health care services, and hormone use.

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More updated from "One Day, One Struggle"

We are still documenting the events that took place during the One Day One Struggle campaign and we wanted to inform you about a few updates.
Campaign updates including the seminar on the new Aceh law that violates Islam and women’s right to bodily autonomy in Indonesia. 

The launch of a campaign for the abolishment of a penal code article that discriminates against women’s right to control their own sexuality in Malaysia.

A queer-straight alliance meeting in Pakistan.
Campaign updates from Bangladesh include:

     The national launch of a pioneering research on sexuality and rights;

     A discussion on the place of sexuality and pleasure in the Koran,

     A panel and cultural show on what it means to be a hijra (transgender) in Bangladesh.
We hope this information is helpful and once again, thank you very much for your support!

Best, Iraz & Emre


A pioneering research on sexuality and rights in Bangladesh

The Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS (CGSH) at the James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) of BRAC University shared the findings of a pioneering research project on sexuality and rights in urban Bangladesh.  This exploratory study, the first of its kind, maps the manifold and changing understandings of sexuality, identity and rights among university students, factory workers, and sexual and gender minorities in Dhaka city.

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IFGE 2010: Call for Conference Presenters & Provider Day Posters

The Capital Conference 2010, IFGE’s 24th Annual conference, will have two segments.  A Providers Day will be held on April 22nd in collaboration with the George Washington University's Department of Speech and Hearing Science with a theme of “Building Competencies for Serving TransPeople and their Families”.

There will also be a poster presentation session that evening.  The Provider Day will allow those who provide speech, medical and mental health services to the transgender community, to share their knowledge to an audience of other providers.  We welcome applications for participation in the Provider Day Poster session. Poster presenters will receive a discount off the full registration fee.

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Life's a drag act for the TV presenter challenging homophobia in Pakistan

(via The Independent)

Arifa Akbar meets the unlikely celebrity forcing an intolerant society to confront its prejudices

A finely groomed woman in a sparkling turquoise sari sashays through the doors of Asia House to rapturous applause. Her sari twinkles under the glare of TV cameras and a queenly smile breaks through heavy face-powder. She bows to the audience of British Asians and Pakistani embassy dignitaries, then looks Wajid Shamsul Hassan, the high commissioner, squarely in the eye. "I'm so sorry I'm late, my dears, but this," she says, casting her hand over her face and outfit, "took two hours. The pressures of being a woman: men expect so much from us."

Some of the audience titters. This impeccably dressed guest, was introduced as Begum Nawazish Ali, the stately widow of an army colonel, and he is Pakistani's first television transvestite. Begum, otherwise known as Ali Saleem, is a 30-year-old television presenter who has made a name for himself as Pakistan's first open bisexual, a highly transgressive act in a country where overt homosexuality is banned under sharia law. 

His show has become a flagship series for Aaj channel, and he has gained an unlikely fan-club of Pakistani politicians, film stars and army dignitaries in Pakistan who tune in or turn up as guests to his Dame Edna Everage-style chat show every week.

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A First Timer's Guide to Playing with Trans Guys

eros: the center for safe sex published this.  I found it over at Trannywood Pictures recently and think so much of it that I am posting it here in its entirety.  It's a written for participants in public sex gatherings, but really it applies to anyone.  You can download the .pdf original here.  They also have a guide to safe sex here

By Niko Kowell

So, why a first timer's guide to playing with trans guys?

In San Francisco, and many other places around the world, more and more transguys are coming out as gay men.  Since transguys are now a much bigger part of the gay male community, we thought it was time to sketch out a bit more of a road map.  We developed this guide in a gay safer-sex club setting that is trans-inclusive in its employment, policy and environment.  In an effort to make the guide accurate and comprehensive, it was developed by transmasculine people and reviewed by those in the gay community, both trans and non-trans.


Transmasculine folks come in all different packages.  We are incredibly diverse.  We are femme, butch, faggy, masculine, straight and queer.  We all fuck differently; some of us are tops, others bottoms or switches.  It's important to note that you can't always tell transmasculine folks apart from non-trans men just by looking.  Don't assume that someone is or isn't trans or non-trans.  Sleeping with a transguy is different but only because everyone is different.  It still requires communication about sex and boundaries.  Our hope here is to give you some insight on some of the specific concerns of the transmasculine community.  Please be aware that because we are all different, so are our concerns.  When in doubt ask, but do it respectfully.

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Interview with Nick Bostrom and David Pearce about Transhumanism

By Andrés Lomeña [HedWeb]

Dave and Nick are the co-founders of the World Transhumanist Association, a nonprofit organization aiming to improve human capabilities with high technology

ANDRÉS LOMEÑA: Transhumanism, or human enhancement, suggests the use of new technologies to improve mental and physical abilities, discarding some aspects as stupidity, suffering and so forth. You have been described as technoutopian by critics who write on “Future hypes”. In my opinion, there is something pretty much worse than optimism: radical technopessimism, managed by Paul Virilio, deceased Baudrillard and other thinkers. Why is there a strong strain between the optimistic and pessimistic overview?

NICK BOSTROM: I can’t recall any instance of me personally being labeled “technoutopian”, although certainly it’s a term that has been applied to transhumanism by some critics.  In fact, there is some justice in this criticism.  Transhumanism is a very diverse movement, and some individuals who call themselves transhumanists might fairly be called “technoutopian” in the sense of “uncritically accepting of the view that technology will inevitably soon solve all big problems”.

I don’t know whether technopessimism is worse or better than technoutopianism.  It seems to me that we should try to overcome biases in either direction --- biases towards positive as well as biases towards negative outcomes --- and assign probabilities based on evidence and honest judgment rather than on the basis of ideological or temperamental prejudice.

DAVID PEARCE: Is our quality of life in technologically advanced societies better than life for our hunter-gatherer ancestors on the African savannah? The answer might seem obviously ‘yes’.  Technopessimists might reply that evidence suggesting we’re on average any happier is thin – and then go on to extrapolate accordingly. Such extrapolation is premature. We’re on the eve of a profound transformation of human nature itself. In theory, we can even recalibrate the hedonic treadmill and become constitutionally happier – relegating pessimism to history.  Technopessimism can sometimes be useful when it encourages deeper thought on unanticipated consequences of new technologies, worst-case scenario planning and better risk-reward analysis. But if humans were all depressive realists, then we’d still be living in caves. Transhumanists believe that we can overcome our physical, intellectual, emotional (and moral?) limitations as human beings via the responsible use of technology.

For what it’s worth, I’m a pessimist by temperament. But I (tentatively) believe that infotech and biotechnology will deliver billions of years of invincible well-being far richer than anything feasible today.

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