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Stop Trans Murders in Guatemala

Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and OTRANS Reinas de la Noche in calling on Guatemalan President, Mr. Alvaro Colom, and other authorities to condemn and seek justice in the murders of Kenia Mayli, Jessica Andreina and Sabrian Garcia Cajas, as well as to take measures to prevent the murders of trans people in Guatemala in the future.

Three trans women murdered in Guatemala

Three trans women were brutally murdered in Guatemala in just one week between October 26 and November 2, 2009.

On Monday October 26th, Kenia Mayli was shot to death in the center of Guatemala City. Her body showed signs that she was tortured by being hit by a car around her head and shoulders before she was shot.

Then, on Saturday, October 31, Jessica Andreina's body was found by other trans women colleagues, in the city of Puerto Barros, departament of Izabal, in the north of the country. She was also killed by gunfire.

Shortly thereafter, on Monday November 2nd, Sabrina Garcia Carjas, was stoned to death. Sabrina was a member of the organization OTRANS — Reinas de la Noche.


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Interfaith Commemoration Service for International Transgender Day of Remembrance, 11/20/2009

Please join us in marking the 11th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the memory of transgendered, transsexual, genderqueer and gender non-conforming people who have been killed as a result of their gender identities and expressions.  Please pass this open invitation along to your friends, communities and institutions.

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[Survey] Sexism as Experienced by Transgender Individuals

Here is a survey being conducted to measure sexism from a trans perspective.  The link is at the bottom and some information about the staff and the survey should indicate if this is something that you can add to. -a

Hello, my name is Caitlyn Benoit, and I’m a member of a research team out of the Psychology Department at Southwestern Illinois College, an accredited school in the St. Louis Metro East area.  Our research group is conducting a study about sexism as experienced and viewed by transgender individuals.

The best way to address what we hope to learn from this study is by starting with what we’re not trying to accomplish.  We are not trying to document the transgender experience; we are specifically studying sexism.  We believe that transsexual individuals – having experienced life as both genders – can offer valuable insight as to how members of each sex are perceived and treated in the workplace, relationships, schools, and other areas.

This study is being headed by Dr. Barbara Hunter, a psychology professor and active ally to the LGBT community.  All student members of the research team are psychology students and either allies to or members of the LGBT community.

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Buck Angel: Bucking the System (Episode 4)

It's time for another episode in Buck Angel's new series sharing his perspective on gender and sexuality, with the accompaniment of a sign language interpreter.

IN this week's show, Buck talks about Gender Identity and what it means to be a man or a woman.

Buck answers questions from readers every week.  If you have any questions that you would like to hear Buck talk about, please email

Please visit for more info. 

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Operation: Sex Change

Hello!  You’ve may have noticed that I’ve changed my sex on Facebook.  Were you surprised?  Annoyed? Intrigued?  Disgusted?  Outraged?  Did you think it was a joke?  Did you perhaps think it was a mistake?

Actually, I’m glad you asked.  Today is the international day of action for sexual and bodily rights across Muslim societies: “One Day, One Struggle.”  To mark the occasion, I’ve changed my sex on Facebook to raise awareness around challenges facing transgender people everywhere in the world.  And I’m going to keep it that way till November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance.  My message is simple:

  1. I want you to know what “transgender” means.  It is a term used to identify the many people who do not fit into society’s strict gender roles of “male” and “female.”  The term represents a variety of identities that include cross-dresser, transvestite, androgynes, genderqueer, people who live cross-gender, drag kings and drag queens, and, frequently, transsexual.  Please take the time to click on these links to learn more about different gender identities and expressions.
  2. I want you to know that transgenders and transsexuals exist among us – no matter where we are in the world.  They have the same rights as everyone else to express their gender the way they see fit.  If a person is born with a female body, for example, but identifies as a male, he has the full right to do so and you have the full obligation to address him as such.
  3. I want you to know that transgenders face a lot of crap from everyone: their families, their colleagues, the people on the street, the police, the public, the state – everyone!  Transgender identity is still considered a mental illness, and, most of the time, transgenders face severe violence and discrimination just for not conforming to the strict gender roles, although they are not doing anything to hurt anybody.

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Update: Statement on Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism in the DSM-V

Kelley Winters, Ph.D.
GID Reform Advocates

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, is regarded as the medical and social definition of mental disorder throughout North America and strongly influences the The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).  The current psychiatric classifications of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and Transvestic Fetishism (TF) in the Fourth Edition Text Revision of the DSM (DSM-IV-TR) inflict great harm to gender variant, and especially transsexual, people in three ways:

Unfair Social Stigma. The GID and TF diagnoses falsely label identities and expressions that differ from assigned birth sex as mental illness and sexual deviance. Behaviors and emotions considered ordinary or even exemplary for other (cisgender) people are mis-characterized as madness for gender variant people.  Transwomen (those who identify as women and were birth-assigned male) are consequently maligned as crazy and sexually suspect “men” by this stereotype and vice versa for transmen.  The defamatory classification of Transvestic Fetishism particularly targets transwomen, including a great many transsexual women (whose gender identities are dramatically incongruent with born physical sex characteristics), as "paraphiliac" or sexually perverse. 

Across North America, these diagnoses are cited directly when gender variant people are denied human dignitiy, civil justice, and legal recognition in their affirmed gender roles.  Gender variant people lose jobs, homes, families, access to public facilities, and even custody and visitation of children as consequences of these false stereotypes.

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Seventeen Magazine Calls Transgendered Teen a LIAR!?

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Apparently the November issue of Seventeen magazine has a transphobic article in it so people have started a letter campaign about it. We're way too old to be reading Seventeen magazine so we didn't notice the original article and the campaign has already been going on for a few weeks... but think this issue is important enough to be passed on. 

Apparently the November issue featured a story entitled "My BOYFRIEND turned out to be a GIRL!"

(You can check out the full article at the Facebook event page here.)

From the original call-to-arms on Facebook:

Rather than use this opportunity to educate readers about transgender issues, it never once even uses any terminology (well, unless you consider the slur "he-she") but instead furthers the common transphobic assumption that someone who's gender does not match their sex assigned at birth is a deceptive liar and even compares them to perverts, drug addicts, and older dads trying to get someone young w/o disclosing their parental/age status.


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Trans Rights Declaration endorsed by ILGA-Europe in Malta

This Declaration was adopted by great majority of the participants of the Trans Rights Conference in Malta on October 28th 2009.  It was endorsed on by ILGA-Europe and will be used as policy documents guiding the future work of both organisations.  
We, the participants of the European Trans Rights Conference, yearn for a Europe free from all discrimination(1), where all people are valued equally irrespective of their gender identity and gender expression.  We envision a Europe where people of all gender identities and gender expressions are fully respected and can live freely without any violations to their human rights and institutions’ interferences in their private lives, in accordance with the Yogyakarta Principles(2).  We want a Europe where health insurance funded adequate hormonal and surgical medical assistance is available in a non-pathologizing manner to all those trans people(3) who seek it, and where no trans person is required to undergo any compulsory medical treatment (such as sterilization or gender reassignment surgeries) or a mental disorder diagnosis in order to change legal gender and/or name.

Commissioner for Human Rights' ‘Gender Identity and Human Rights’ Issue Paper

We unanimously welcome the ‘Gender Identity and Human Rights’ Issue Paper(4) published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, in July 2009.  Commissioner Hammarberg’s Issue Paper is a significant step forward in articulating the human rights and equality that national governments should provide to trans people. We endorse all of Commissioner Hammarberg’s twelve recommendations and urge all 47 Council of Europe Member States to implement these recommendations at their national levels, including the implementation of legislation/procedures that allows to change name and gender without compulsory medical treatments, or any form of diagnosis, and including strong anti-discrimination legislation inclusive of gender identity and gender expression.
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Not Trans Enough? A Special Genderqueer Chicago Safe Space Meeting

You ever feel like you're not trans enough?  Or not queer enough?  Or not (insert identity here) enough?

Maybe you pass under the radar so well that you feel invisible and excluded?  Or you question if your life decisions betray the ideals set forth by trans histories?  Or you can choose when to be visibly queer?  Or you want to be "read" in ways you are often not?

This Wednesday, we will break down the myth of "trans enough," both as a concept and lived insecurity we share.  We'll be asking: what makes us policy ourselves?  How can reconcile our many intersecting identities with gender variance?  What expectations do our queer communities place on us?  How do we find our truth in all of these mixed signals?

Join Genderqueer Chicago for this special safe space discussion.

This Wednesday at the Gerber/ Hart Library
1127 W. Granville, Chicago, IL (off the red line Granville Stop)

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"Guardian Angel" of Gulf Transsexuals

Suad Hamada interviews Bahraini lawyer Fawziya Jahahi

MANAMA, Oct 31 (IPS) - Transsexuals in the Gulf call Bahraini lawyer Fawziya Janahi "guardian angel". She is the Arab world's only female lawyer who takes up cases on behalf of clients who want to change their sex.

Janahi's clients want legal permission to undergo sex change operations. While the law is quite straightforward on this in Bahrain, the lawyer says it is more difficult in other countries in the region.

"But that wouldn't stop me from helping transgendered trapped in their bodies," she says. "I'm ready to challenge the odds!"

Janahi, 47, spoke with IPS about her unusual practice, her future and hopes of greater acceptance of transgendered/transsexuals in Gulf societies. Excerpts from the interview.

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