Christina Engela's picture

The Human Race


The issue of Caster Semenya, the 18 year old female athlete who has won two gold and one silver medal for her country - South Africa - makes me wonder. It makes me wonder how far we have come in the past 15 years post Apartheid, and how far we have come since the inclusion in the Constitution of certain phrases which are supposed to guarantee equality for people on the grounds of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation with everyone else.

Despite certain shortcomings in the wording of this document, which still allows a degree of hate crime and hate speech to slip through the loopholes, it seems clear that such a shift still has not taken place in the mindset of the people of South Africa. Clearly this also has not taken place in other countries either.

It has been reported that this fracas had a prequel three years ago in SA, and that the questions that arose now around Caster's gender could have and should have been answered then.

Following the abysmal treatment of a star athlete, SA is now making all sorts of complaints about the way she was handled - or should I say - manhandled?

SA is supposedly complaining to the UN about it, and the papers are filled with notification of outrage at the handling of this woman’s' human rights. But I have to ask a question:

Is this outrage because she is a woman who has been accused of being a man - or is it outrage because of the transgender issue?

Jack Molay's picture

Autogynephilia: The Dark Side

 In my blog post over at Confessions of an Autogynephiliac I presented the concept of autog

Lori D Ariz's picture

Over the Mountain: So What Does It Feel Like to Change Your Name?

This being Day One of the rest of my life, I've asked myself and have been asked by a couple of people, "So what does it feel like now that you've changed your name legally?'

Lori D Ariz's picture

Is Isis Distancing Herself from the Trans Community?

 Last Friday Larry King featured several trans guests in a show called "The Secret Life of Transgenders." Included were Alexis Arquette, Stu Rasmussen, Ryan Sallans, and Isis King.

glam.riot's picture

Transgender and Statism

Transgender (pronounced /trænz?d??nd?r/, from (Latin) derivatives [trans <L, combination form meaning across, beyond, through] and [gender <ME <MF gendre, genre <L gener- meaning ki

arvan's picture

Request: Transgender folk for upcoming podcast

I received an email from a podcaster seeking a transgender individual or two who are willing to be interviewed for an upcoming podcast.  If you are interested, please reply to



As per the earlier twitter, I’m attempting to locate someone willing to be on my podcast show, Closet Talk. Preferably, this Wednesday at 8pm Central Time as I had a cancellation somewhat last minute, but the 15th will work as well if that notice is too short. The podcast is intended to offer an inclusive forum for all members of the LGBTQA community to tell their stories, discuss their own coming out and answer questions and expose myths about the community they reside it. It is a call in show, so no travel will be required.

One particular aspect I would like to cover is a transperson’s coming out. I imagine emotionally, it is similar to a gay man’s coming out (of which I am). A few months ago I ran into an old friend of mine. When I knew him, he identified as a lesbian woman, but has since “come out” as a transman. Is that a typical progression for transpeople, to identify as gay prior to trans? That would, of course, be the focus of the conversation, but not the entirety of it.

You mention placing a call for it on the site, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I’ll be happy to write something up for that purpose, but appreciate suggestions/information.

In solidarity,


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Lance A Worth's picture

Un/Supportive II

After further emails from my friend, I believe I may have sourced the problems:

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