Thursday, October 25, 2012
The world is changing so fast its hard to keep up. I had previously written about "What a Difference A Decade Makes," and what I point out in that is now old news. With a line of successful professionals continually coming out, the transgender ceiling has been raised yet again.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) today released a report entitled, “Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender Inclusivity.” Are they correct?
According to Toni Newman the answer is a resounding "Yes." The author of I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman is featured in an interview with Michelle Burford, founding senior editor of O, The Oprah Magazine the November 2012 issue of Ebony -- which features President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover. The article under the Spirit Quest section is called "Transgender and God's Child"
She blogs about the interview in an article for Huffington Post. In it she exclaims that "Ms. Burford interviewed me about how I overcame homelessness, poverty and constant rejection and despair while transitioning from male to female with no support at all. The simple answer is my strong, deep faith in God and my ability to realize that if God is for me, anything is possible."
Saturday, October 20, 2012
You'd think that in the U.S.A, land of the free and home of the brave, that we'd be most progressive when it comes to individuality. Yet, it is countries like Nepal that provide a third sex recognition; though they don't have a real place in society beyond the designation, they do have a beauty pageant!
Monday, October 8, 2012
In what seems like a fast-following of U.S. and European policy, Taiwan says the possibility of loosening regulations defining transsexual people is being considered after the Presidential Office’s Human Rights Consultation Committee said a panel of experts would be invited to discuss the feasibility of such a move, the Department of Health said.
Friday, October 5, 2012
I've been a long-time fan of both Rick Skye and Tommy Femia; I reviewed Rick's impersonation of Liza Minnelli in his show A Slice of Minnelli for GIRL TALK MAGAZINE years ago, and reviewed Tommy as Judy Garland with Steve Brimberg (as Streisand) in Judy and Barbra. And now ...
Last year Tommy and Rick came together with an act called Judy and Liza Together Again, for which they won the MACC Award for best duo. TGreporter had reviewed that show not once, but twice after it was extended at Don't Tell Mama in NYC for the second time.
Both are multiple individual winners of both the MACC and Bistro Awards, and in addition, Rick also won Best Performance Award at the Dublin Theater Festival.
The two were just featured in NEXT Magazine, and now they have a whole new show entitled Judy and Liz Live! Ok, well, the titled are not so original, but they're performances are terrific; I promise you won't be disappointed. Check out their schedule HERE.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In what is supposed to be the open, liberal, pursue your dreams country, transgender people still struggle to find their way to not a great life and career, but just a basic life and career. Ten years ago my friend killed herself because of the negative view of trans-people and she couldn't live with it; another friend has stabilized with a great paying job, but for years lived in fear of being found out as a transsexual. Yet, in other countries.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
In a recent article it noted that a growing number of companies are changing their health insurance plans to include benefits for transgender employees. Yet even though professional groups such as the American Medical Association recommend coverage of services for transgender people —who identify with a gender other than the one they were born as—many companies continue to hold back. One of their big worries is cost.
I first saw her on stage at Don Hill's. My friend Dahlia insisted we go see her and her band "You'll really dig' em." I did. And her stage show blew me a way. No wonder Siren Magazine called them "the most visually arresting band you'll ever see." The sound, then, was part The Cars, with a dash of Bowie, spiced up with punk and all mixed into a concoction of dark glam. I interviewed her shortly thereafter, and we have been friends ever since. Some months back, just before the release of her latest album 10 Bones, we caught up for breakfast and a chat at Yaffa Cafe in NYC's East Village.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Much as he has denied it over the years, Kelsey Grammer has been dogged by rumor and conjecture. His X-wife Camile has relentlessly been telling people Kelsey likes to cross-dress.
So on Next Chapter, what Pop Watch refers to as "the new-and-improved Oprah Couch Confessional Tour," Oprah asks him flat out in an August 26th interview.
Isn't it funny how if a guy cross-dresses for laughs, or art -- like appearing in film or on stage -- all is forgiven, but should he do so simply because he likes to, well, then the world is on your heels to confirm whether its true or not.
If it came out that he was, would it hurt his career?
The idea of suicide never resonated with me. When my mother was going through a rough patch after my dad left, she often spoke of it: I always saw it as a stunt for attention. But a new study of transgender people in Virginia has found that experiencing physical or sexual violence significantly contributes to individuals’ suicidal thinking and substance abuse. The study, conducted by the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research, found that over 70 percent of respondents had a history of suicidal ideation, with about 28 percent having reported a past suicidal attempt.
In a recent article it was reported that State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her "serious medical need," a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
"Michelle Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Kosilek was named Robert when married to Cheryl Kosilek and was convicted of murdering her in 1990. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate," the article stated.
While as transgender people we tend to support one another, I was curious about how any of you feel about this? Should the state fund Cheryl's GRS? Comment below.
Generally speaking, though I have lots of gay friends -- and love them all -- they have never really understood me, often asking why I wanted to be someone else; my friend Lauren Foster -- the stunning Vogue model whom I interviewed some years back -- was revered by the gay community, though she too claims they never understood why being born male she wanted to be a woman.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In a recent letter hailed by advocates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, the Department of Health and Human Services clarified that provisions in the Affordable Care Act prohibiting sex discrimination in health insurance apply to transgender people.
Would American transsexual woman endorse a third gender designation? In Pakistan, transgender women have long been considered good luck for both newborns and newlyweds — and perform both at baby showers and weddings. Despite this, they continue to face discrimination in this otherwise conservative Muslim country.
The second annual Gender Reel is just around the corner, September 7-9 in Philadelphia.
The first of its kind on the east coast, Gender Reel is the only multi-media festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming and transgender artists in film, photography, art and performance.
In Paris Lees notebook she notes that "As Julia Serano notes in the eminently sensible Whipping Girl, traditional media have set stories to tell." It’s true, she says, "I was due to appear on morning TV last month but was dropped after I declined to share “before” photos. Must I be reduced to shock, surgery and before-and-after shots? Trans people won various legal rights in 2004, including the right to marry, but, unlike the gay marriage debate, this received scant press. That same year the tabloids were saturated with “jokes” about Big Brother contestant Nadia Almada. There is public appetite for stories about trans people after all: point-and-stare ones."
According to Paris there are six lies that journalists use that can be easily spotted. Read her blop here to read them.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
I came across this little diddy, but didn't get it.I watched the entire video and while Blanco has a scene in a wig and some female mannerisms, is this really a transgender performer?
It's the sixth night of Lautoka, Fiji's annual Sugar Festival, and they're crowning the queen. Not the Sugar Queen -- that's tomorrow night -- but the Priscilla Queen, the winner of a series of competitions by transgender contestants to raise awareness about the transgender and gay community, at what is known widely in Fiji as Priscilla Night.
It’s not even Labor Day but the toy industry is already laying the groundwork for a brisk holiday season. And this year, it’s making a play for all the little gay boys and girls—well, mostly boys—with some pretty queertastic dolls. Just invite Magic Earring Ken over and you’ll be ready to kiki in the Dream House!
See all the other dolls for the holiday season here
Manila Luzon DollThis mini-Luzon (actually a pimped-out Barbie) sports an adorable pineapple dress with Swarovski crystals, metallic sequins, an emerald mermaid flounce—and a hefty $700 price tag. We hear the limited edition Imelda Marcos version comes with 40 pairs of shoes.
See all the other dolls for the holiday season here
Friday, August 24, 2012
continue reading in The Advocate).
In the history section of TGreporter.com there is a full account of this -- the nation's first transgender protest -- which occurred three years before the legendary Stonewall Riots in New York city that spawned the gay rights movement. Read about people in transgender history.
A representative of KBS Joy stated on August 23rd, “Shin Dong Yup and Hong Suk Chun have been chosen as the MCs for a new transgender talk show on KBS Joy called ‘XY That Girl‘.”
‘XY That Girl’ will be about those living out their lives as a transgender and the struggles they face as they live as one who is familiar with both the lives of men and the hearts of women. The fact that a show like this will be airing in Korea has already brought much attention.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
19-year-old Ukrainian-born male model Stav Strashko – who identifies as transgender – struts in front of the camera, long hair flowing, and with a girlish demeanor turns to reveal her flat-chested maleness.
The tagline for the new Toyota Auris is ''not in trend, not casual, not for everyone.''
Why its great that trans-models are getting work, it is troubling when they get it to portray something off, something different.
Following up on guidelines generated by a report on transgender healthcare last month, the American Psychiatric Association has issued official position statements on the care and civil rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The new statements reflect this year’s editions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-V) that will identify being transgender as “Gender Dysphoria,” removing the classification of “Gender Identity Disorder.” The APA explained the importance of standing up for the trans community, citing the “significant discrimination, prejudice, and the potential for victimization from violent hate crimes, as well as denial of many basic civil rights, protections, and access to health care, to the severe detriment of their mental health. Here are the new position statements: Read the position statements here
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
An Interview with Maria Gabriela Blanco, Alianza sexo-género diversa revolucionaria (Revolutionary Alliance of Sex-Gender, and Diversity, ASGDRe)
Under Hugo Chávez, there have been many gains in the struggle for liberation, including for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people (LGBT). Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was outlawed in the 1999 Labour Organic Law but anti-discrimination proposals were dropped from the 1999 Constitution due to pressure from the Catholic Church; same-sex couples cannot marry or adopt children and several proposals that would have advanced such struggles were defeated in the Constitutional referendum of 2007. There have always been diverse political currents within the LGBT community, but three years ago, the first revolutionary LGBT collective was formed.
We caught up with one of its founding members, activist María Gabriela Blanco, at a meeting of the Alianza Popular Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Popular Alliance, APR) in Caracas. Source: The Bullet