[International] 7 Tips: Responding to Transphobia Online
1. Do not comment when you are angry or heated.
Take some time to cool down and collect your thoughts. Typing out your comments in a word processor ahead of time helps you slow down, and comes with spell check!
[Brasil] Transexual é morto por companheiro em Minaçu
Um transexual foi morto pelo companheiro em Minaçu, nesta quinta (28).
A vítima, de 40 anos, foi esfaqueado durante uma discussão com um homem de 31 anos. Os dois mantinham um relacionamento. O homem se entregou à polícia e confessou o crime.
[NC, USA] Salem College transgender policy unclear
Two months after Salem College announced it was developing a policy on transgender students, a letter from the chairman of the trustees is being interpreted by some in the college community as an indication that no overt policy will be adopted.
[TX, USA] Black Transmen launches female group at 2nd annual advocacy conference
The Rev. Carmarion D. Anderson is a trans woman known for many things in Dallas: minister, mom and activist.
Anderson grew up in Dallas in a strict Pentecostal family. She had a calling to the ministry at a young age, but she said her gender identity prevented her from ministering at the church she grew up in when she came out as trans to her family at 16.
[VA, USA] Spa World Policy Remains Muddy
Spa World, the suburban Centreville, Va., Korean-style spa at the center of a public-relations storm in recent days following news surfacing of a November incident in which it asked a patron, Riya Suising, to leave due to complaints of her perceived gender identity, posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday in an attempt to further clarify its policy regarding LGBT patrons.
[Argentina] El Inadi falló a favor de una transexual concordiense
La resolución del organismo nacional estableció que autoridades del hospital Felipe Heras, en Concordia, habían “vulnerado derechos consagrados”. La transexual, quien posee título habilitante desde 1992 para ejercer la enfermería, siempre tuvo escollos para encontrar trabajo.
[Turkey] Ruzgar Erkoclar: Sex Change Operation Tests Turkey's Limits Of Tolerance
The most-talked about celebrity in Turkey these days is a 26-year-old actor named Rüzgar Erkoçlar. The actor’s career had started at age 10, followed by a popular sanitary pad commercial at 15 that lead the way to stardom. But what has made Erkoçlar the center of attention these days has nothing to do with the screen, but a sex-change operation.
[Mexico] Rendirán homenaje a Agnes Torres en congreso sobre sexualidad
El Consejo Nacional de Estudiantes y Profesionales de Psicología (CONAPEP), la organización Prodiana AC, y el proyecto ciudadano Humana Nación Trans, rendirán un homenaje a la activista y psicóloga transgénero Agnes Torres, asesinada hace un año en Puebla.
[Costa Rica] Concentración por respeto a la diversidad sexual
El Movimiento diversidad realiza una concentración esta tarde en el parque de la Merced, a manera de manifestación por la declaratoria de interés de la Conferencia de bioética que se efectúa en nuestro país, la cual posiciona la homosexualidad como una enfermedad y criminaliza la Fecundación in vitro.
[Brasil] Desconhecido encontrado morto em Porto de Galinhas
Um corpo de um homem foi encontrado na noite desta terça-feira (26), em Porto de Galinhas, no litoral sul de Pernambuco. O cadáver estava em estado de decomposição e foi achado em um matagal, nas terras da Fazenda Gameleira. De acordo com a polícia, o homem que não foi identificado e estava apenas com a camisa, pode ter sido vítima de um assassinato. Segundo a perícia, o corpo estava parcialmente queimado.
[NY, USA] Profiled by NYPD, Transgendered People in New York Fear Carrying Condoms
Three years ago, Bianey Garcia was on 86th Street in Jackson Heights with her boyfriend. It was late at night, and they were holding hands and kissing. A van slowly pulled up next to them, and they quickly realized it wasn't any regular van: Garcia says that eight police officers got out and pushed her to the ground, and one of them snatched her purse. "Some condoms spilled out," she says, adding that the police officer told her, "You're a fucking prostitute. You're doing sex work." She was not, but was arrested anyway.
[International] Transforming Health, From Serbia to Sacramento
Many of us already know the appalling examples of trans people being denied medical care. There's the story of Roberts Eads, a trans man who was the subject of the film Southern Comfort. He developed ovarian cancer and went to doctor after doctor who refused him treatment because they worried that his presence would harm their practices. Then there's the story of Tanya Hunter, a trans woman who was the victim of a car accident. As she lay bleeding on the street, the first responder only mocked her. She died not long afterwards, when even the ER doctor refused to help.
[France] Mariage pour tous et parents trans’: Chloé Avrillon lance l’alerte
Dans sa rédaction actuelle, le projet de loi «mariage pour tous» pourrait mettre en danger les liens de filiation entre les parents trans' et leurs enfants. Ces liens pourraient être remis en question lors de la demande de changement d'état civil. Pour attirer l'attention du législateur sur ce problème, Chloé Avrillon a écrit aux parlementaires. Nous reproduisons sa lettre ci-dessous.
[CA, USA] Jock Talk: Trans volleyball player breaks barriers
Life can be a challenging puzzle at times, but Peachy Tabilos says she's long known two things for certain: in her heart she was born to be a woman, and she was born to play volleyball. These days that means playing volleyball on the City College of San Francisco men's club team.
[TX, USA] Gallery owner Nikki Araguz is practicing the art of living
Art covers the walls from floor to ceiling at the Starving Artist, a new Montrose-area gallery. Tables and glass cases display jewelry, sculpture and trinkets. Sunlight beams through big windows in the converted house on West Alabama, and a toy poodle named Bentley greets visitors at the door.
[Turkey] Mothers' Group Works to Broaden LGBT Tolerance
In Turkey, when parents discover that their child is gay, violence and even murder can result. But one Istanbul-based organization is fighting to reverse that trend by appealing to the parents themselves.
[USA] NCTE Leads Effort to End LGBTI Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention
Last week, the National Center for Transgender Equality, with our partners at Just Detention International led advocacy efforts urging Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen protections against sexual abuse of LGBT people and people with intersex conditions in immigration detention. In addition to organizing over 800 individual comments and dozens of organizational comments, NCTE joined eight other national LGBT and allied groups in filing over 30 pages of public comments on the proposed regulations that address this problem, which is part of the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
[CA, USA] Student promotes transgender awareness at CSUN
Cadence Valentine is no wallflower.
When it comes to transgender issues, she is a proactive advocate. By prioritizing, organizing and having the courage to persistently challenge the status quo, she brings about awareness and positive change.
[MA, USA] NCTE and 7 Other LGBT Groups File Brief in Michelle Kosilek Case
The National Center for Transgender Equality is proud to have joined seven other organizations last week in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the First Circuit federal appeals court in the case of Kosilek v. Spencer. The case, which has received significant public attention in recent months, is the latest in a series in which Massachusetts prison officials have refused to provide medically necessary treatment to transgender prisoners. In September, a federal court ordered the state to provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek after prison doctors determined it was the only adequate treatment for her severe gender dysphoria. One Massachusetts hospital signals interest in performing sex change surgery on Michelle Kosilek
[International] End Trans Discrimination: the Survey
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey is the most extensive survey of transgender discrimination ever undertaken. Over 6,450 responses are included in the survey, which explored discrimination in all aspects of life.
[Portugal] Terapia da fala para trans
O transvoicetherapy.com pretende ser um espaço de partilha de conhecimentos destinado a profissionais de saúde que trabalham na área da Identidade de Género, pessoas transexuais e seus familiares, bem como a outros interessados no tema.
Simpatizantes/aderentes do Grupo Transexual Portugal poderão usufruir de descontos que vão de 25 a 100%. As pessoas interessadas deverão contactar o GTP por email ou por msg privada no Facebook.
[MN. USA] CeCe has moved to Stillwater!
As of March 2013, CeCe has transferred from the Minnesota state prison in St. Cloud to the prison in Stillwater, MN. She anticipates that she’ll be in Stillwater until her expected release date in December 2013. If you write CeCe, send her books, or visit her, make sure to check for her updated address!
[India] Maharashtra to constitute transgender welfare board soon
Breaking the jinx of gender insensitivity in India, a formal recommendation for a dedicated board for the welfare of transgender community would be made to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan soon. The Maharashtra government is also making efforts to educe a sensitisation programme for police, doctors and even teachers.
[India] 12-yr-old castrated, forced to be part of eunuch group
When their missing son came back home after six months, his family was unable to decide whether to celebrate his return or grieve his plight. Their son Apurva Singh (name changed) was a victim of forced castration, carried out by a group of eunuchs.
[Canada] Accused in Lapuz murder returns to court in March
The man accused of murder in connection with the Sept 29 death of a New Westminster transgender woman will return to Provincial Court March 13, at which time a date will be set for a preliminary hearing.
[EUA] Parejas del mismo sexo y personas transexuales, incluidas en la ley estadounidense de violencia contra las mujeres
El Congreso de Estados Unidos ha aprobado la renovación de la Ley de Violencia Contra las Mujeres (VAWA, Violence Against Women Act), aprobada por primera vez en 1994, bajo el mandato de Bill Clinton, y prorrogada ya en dos ocasiones. Esta vez, sin embargo, lo hace con una importante novedad: entre otros grupos minoritarios, han sido incluidas como beneficiarias las víctimas de violencia en el seno de las parejas del mismo sexo (de hombres y de mujeres) y las personas transexuales.
[Turkey] Parents Get on Board With Turkey's LGBT Movement
In Turkey, the word “family” often carries coded messages. A “good family girl,” for instance, denotes a virgin, and a “family restaurant” usually means one with no alcohol on the menu. Director Can Candan has now made what he calls a “family film.” But far from catering to taboos, his documentary breaks one: Parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Turkey are speaking out for the first time in support of their children, marking a new milestone for the movement in the country.
[GA, USA] LGBT state employment protections reintroduced in Ga. General Assembly
Ga. State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) reintroduced the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act this week. The bill, first introduced in 2011, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected statuses for public employment under the Fair Employment Practices Act.
[VA, USA] Spa World, Virginia Bath House, Admits Discriminating Against 'Abnormal' Gay, Transgender Visitors
UPDATE: Spa World manager James Lee said reports his business had admitted to refusing gay and transgender customers was inaccurate. Though he did not deny Suising's claim, Lee said President Sang Lee had misinterpreted the question, had meant to write only that sexual activity, either gay or straight, is not allowed at Spa World. "The Korean-English barrier just made a small miscommunication," he told Washington City Paper. (as of March 4 at 11:07 a.m.)
[Mexico] Agnes Torres, un activismo con-ciencia
eguramente con la intención de comprenderse a sí misma, emprendió un serio trabajo científico para demostrar que la transexualidad no es una condición anómala y, desde ahí, incidir en las leyes y las políticas públicas
[Colombia] “Soy travesti poque así naci”
Diana Caballero es una persona travesti heterosexual de 65 años. Desde hace un tiempo decidió hacerse visible para intercambiar experiencias con personas que comparten su identidad.
[Argentina] No es cosa de nenas
La convocatoria llamaba, a todas aquellas mujeres que recordaran alguna “escena chonguita” en sus infancias, a buscar el registro fotográfico y tratar de decodificar el significado de esa imagen y esa vivencia que tan poco concordaba con lo que se espera de una niña, hecha y derecha. Así nació el libro Chonguitas: masculinidades de niñas (La Mondonga Dark), con 44 imágenes y testimonios, compilado por fabi tron y valeria flores.
[CO, USA] Pediatricians see growing number of crosss-gender kids like Coy Mathis
Experts say increasing numbers of little kids are showing up in doctors offices insisting they were born into the body of the wrong sex — kids like Coy Mathis, the 6-year-old child banned from using the girls' bathroom at her Fountain school because she is biologically male.
[MS, USA] Bigotry On Display: Mississippi Students Protest Transgender Classmate
In her senior year at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, one transgender student decided it was time for her to fully realize her gender identity and began dressing as a girl. The ACLU applauded the school’s interim superintendent, Mike Foster, for supporting the student and recognizing her as the gender with which she identifies. But one group of students, clearly uninformed about what it means to be transgender, decided that she was getting “special treatment” — permission to violate the dress code — and held a protest in which they actually violated the dress code themselves by simply wearing athletic clothing:
[PA, USA] Company defends dismissal of trans employee
LSI Corp., an Allentown electronics firm, filed a lengthy appellate brief Feb. 22 defending its decision to dismiss transwoman Janis Stacy.
Stacy worked for the company as an engineer for about 10 years prior to her January 2008 dismissal.
She filed suit in federal court in 2010, claiming unlawful discrimination due to her gender, gender identity and disability.
[France] Les transsexuels sont-ils emprisonnés dans la prison pour femmes ou pour hommes ?
Bonne réponse du riverain Zirghapok : c’est l’état civil qui détermine la prison (hommes ou femmes) dans laquelle sera détenue une personne transsexuelle. S’il est inscrit sur ses papiers qu’elle est un homme, elle sera incarcérée parmi les hommes – peu importe s’il a une poitrine de femme, des attitudes de femmes, et se sent femme. (Il peut même avoir un sexe de femme, les procédures de changement de l’état civil sont longues.)
[CA, USA] Unique challenges for transgender player
When the Mission College Lady Saints tip off their playoff game Friday night, 51-year-old Gabrielle Ludwig will mostly be worried about her injured ankle and how it might affect her team's winning streak.
[MA, USA] At 59, New Bedford woman still fights the bigotry
Amanda Medeiros, 59, poised and dressed to the nines, sipped lemon tea by the front window in Lydia's Bakery on The Avenue Thursday afternoon. If she was noticed, fine with her. But getting noticed isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Medeiros says she has been bullied, taunted and shunned, even by family members, since she arrived in this country from the Azores at the age of 15.