Thursday, September 27, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
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.