Sunday, December 7, 2008

Transexualism Explained

This is my little way of explaining my transexualism. I usually say this to a "normal" genetic female who is comfortable with her gender, but it also works on "normal" genetic males also.

I take it you are comfortable with your gender, and wait till I get a response of "yes". Now imagine looking at your body and it is a very masculine male body, you have no breasts, you have a penis between your legs, but you are the same woman you always knew yourself to be, how would you feel? Now if that isn't bad enough, now imagine society expected to dress as a male, act as a male, take on the male role, use the men’s restrooms, how would you feel?

If you didn't live up to societies expectations, you would be subjected to discrimination and ridicule. You could be denied employment, be fired from your job, loose your housing, denied appropriate health care and appropriate insurance coverage, beaten up or even murdered, how would you feel?

If that isn't bad enough you have no ability to bear children. If you have children as a male you could loose custody and or visitation of your children. If you transition after being married most likely your spouse would divorce you, normal relationships would be extremely hard to find. How would you feel?

Overwhelmingly, the response I get is "I could not imagine". People in general have no clue of what transexuals have to deal with on a day in and day out basis. They just can't imagine...

Friday, November 28, 2008

NY court removes bar to transgender name changes

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Associated Press Writer
November 26, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. - A midlevel appeals court ruled Wednesday that a transgender individual can change from traditionally male to traditionally female first and middle names, regardless of potential confusion.

The case involved Earl William Golden III's petition to change names to Elisabeth Whitney Golden. A lower court had concluded the proposed change was "fraught with possible confusion." more...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Transgender Murder, Safety and Dating

I really hate saying this, but it needs to be said...

There are many young transgender women who are not careful about dating guys. They think that because they are young, pretty and passable they are free to date as they wish. The truth of the matter is, we have to be concerned with our safety the same as any other woman and even more. Even genetic women have to be concerned with being raped, assaulted and becoming victims of domestic violence.

As a transgender woman things can become even more riskier, especially if we are pre or non-op. If we are found out men can get very upset, angry and often very violent. No man likes being lied to, but even worse the "thought" they have had sex with a person of the "same sex" and committed a "homosexual act" can drive them to become very angry and often resulting in brutal assault and even murder. Such is the case in the murder of Angie Zapata.

All the hate crimes legislation in the world will do little to help us in this type of situation. I feel that many transgender murders could be prevented if only they had been upfront about their gender and screened their dates a little bit better. Does this justify these gruesome murders, positively not, but it is a very sad reality that may very well have been prevented with a bit more caution and honesty.

As a transexual woman I get many requests for dates. Many of these hits are online and through social networking sites such as myspace and facebook. Even though my profiles are as transgender oriented, I get many hits from very straight men. My very first reply to any person who hits on me is "I am a male to female transexual woman and give a brief description of myself. This way no one can say I lied to them or deceived them about my gender. Usually the response back is a quick no thank you or no response at all.

As much as we all like to go "stealth", I feel it is very important to be upfront about our transgender status. We need to be just as cautious as any other genetic woman and even more. Lastly, we need to screen our dates and know who we are dating.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Congress to Hold First Ever Hearing on Transgender Issues

Today the US House of Representatives announced America's first Congressional Hearing on transgender issues. The hearing, "An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace," is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 10:30 am in room 2175 of Rayburn House Office Building. Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) called the hearing as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor.

Committee hearings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend in person if you are in the area, but please be aware that space is limited. Some hearings are broadcast on CSPAN and streamed live through their internet site - we will keep you informed as we hear more details about the hearing.

For more information on the Committee on Education and Labor see their website:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

RESOLUTION 122 Has Passed

Subject: Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients

Whereas, Our American Medical Association opposes discrimination on
the basis of gender identity; and

Whereas, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a serious medical condition
recognized as such in both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV) and the International
Classification of Diseases (10th Revision); and is characterized in
the DSM-IV as a persistent discomfort with one's assigned sex and with
one's primary and secondary sex characteristics, which causes intense
emotional pain and suffering; and

Whereas, GID, if left untreated, can result in clinically significant
psychological distress, dysfunction, debilitating depression and, for
some people without access to appropriate medical care and treatment,
suicidality and death; and

Whereas, The World Profession for Transgender Health, Inc. (WPATH) is
the leading international, interdisciplinary professional organization
devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity
disorders, and has established internationally accepted Standards of
Care for providing medical treatment of people with GID, including
mental health care, hormone therapy, and sex reassignment surgery,
which are designed to promote the health and welfare of persons with
GID and are recognized within the medical community to be the standard
of care for treating people with GID; and

Whereas, An established body of medical research demonstrates the
effectiveness and medical necessity of mental health care, hormone
therapy, and sex reassignment surgery as forms
of therapeutic treatment for many people diagnosed with GID; and

Whereas, Health experts in GID, including WPATH, have rejected the
myth that such treatments are "cosmetic" or "experimental" and have
recognized that these treatments can provide safe and effective
treatment for a serious health condition; and

Whereas, Physicians treating persons with GID must be able to provide
the correct treatment necessary for a patient in order to achieve
genuine and lasting comfort with his or her gender, based on the
person's individual needs and medical history; and

Whereas, Our AMA opposes limitations placed on patient care by third-
party payers when such care is based upon sound scientific evidence
and sound medical opinion; and

Whereas, Many health insurance plans categorically exclude coverage of
mental health, medical, and surgical treatments for GID, even though
many of these same treatments, such as psychotherapy, hormone therapy,
breast augmentation or removal, hysterectomy, oophorectomy,
orchiectomy, and salpingectomy, are often covered for other medical
conditions; and

Whereas, The denial of these otherwise covered benefits for patients
suffering from GID represents discrimination based solely on a
patient's gender identity; and

Whereas, Delaying treatment for GID can cause and/or aggravate
additional serious and expensive health problems, such as stress-
related physical illnesses, depression, and substance abuse problems,
which further endanger patients' health and strain the health care
system; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association support public and
private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity
disorder as recommended by the patient¢s physician. (New HOD Policy).

GLAD Applauds AMA's Support for Transgender Health Care

AMA Resolution Calls for Insurance Coverage

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) applauded the American
Medical Association' s (AMA) support for transgender health care, declared
today by a resolution passed by the AMA's House of Delegates.

Meeting in Chicago, the House of Delegates passed a resolution
entitled "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients,
" which states "Resolved, that our American Medical Association support
public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity
disorder as recommended by the patient's physician."

Getting appropriate medical care, from psychotherapy to hormone
therapy to any range of surgeries, is a struggle for most transgender people
due to prejudice, ignorance, and simple discrimination, said Jennifer Levi,
director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project:

"This resolution is hugely important, coming from the country's most
respected medical organization. Transgender people have to climb over so
many barriers in order to get appropriate care, not the least of which is
insurance coverage. The AMA resolution should help providers, insurers,
courts and legislatures put gender identity disorder in itsproper context –
as a treatable health condition that insurers should cover without
discrimination. "

GLAD's work to challenge bias in health care against transgender
people includes its current litigation of the U.S. Tax Court case,
O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, in which the IRS
refused to consider deductible the medical expenses associated
with care of treatment of Rhiannon O'Donnabhain' s gender
identity disorder.

"The questions that were raised in Rhiannon's case about the
legitimacy of the GID diagnosis and appropriateness of its care and
treatment are all answered in the affirmative by this AMA resolution,"
commented Levi. "This resolution firmly contradicts the IRS's
position that gender identity disorder is without a medical basis or
that there is any question about the effectiveness of the established
treatments for it."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New England Transgender Pride March Press Coverage

Out of the closet and onto the streets
By James F. Lowe, Daily Hampshire Gazette

NORTHAMPTON, June 09, 2008 They wore short shorts and stiletto heels, pulled off their shirts to reveal mastectomy scars, displayed name tags that also gave each wearer's preferred pronoun, and carried signs that read "I am a child of God" and "Gender isn't binary." more...

I had to pay a $1.99 subscription to read the article.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2008 Transgender Legislative Agenda

(Washington) Members of Congress began returning to Washington on Monday with two bills that effect the transgender community still in play - the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Whether any of them advance will be up to the will of the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate. The Democratic-led House reconvenes Tuesday. The Senate returns January 22.

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Act

Was named for the 21 year old college student who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. It would have added sexuality to the list of categories covered under federal hate crime law.

The bill passed the House in May and the White House threatened to veto it. (story ) In an effort to get around a veto the Senate version was tied to the 2008 defense authorization bill.

It passed in September and then went to conference where it was stripped out.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) has pledged to reintroduce the bill before the session ends.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA

Passed the House in November. but without protections for the transgendered.

The legislation would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in hiring, firing, promoting or paying an employee.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) has indicated he wants to introduce a Senate version before the session ends but it is unlikely it would come to a final vote before the session ends in the fall. The White House also has indicated the President would veto ENDA if it is passed.

Both bills could be pushed aside as Democrats struggle to deal with a sinking economy, the Irag war and election-year politics.

"I'm deeply saddened by the fact the "T" was left out of this bill. I feel we need to do everything in our power to force the ENDA bill to fail as long as the "T" is left out. This is our once in a lifetime chance to get this important piece of legislation passed. If we don't get it right we may never have a chance like this for a very long time to come and may never see it in our lifetime. I'm very disgusted in what the HRC has done to us here. I feel we need to actively block every bill going forward that has the "T" left out." Lynn