"We are seeing the emergence of a new variation on an old, cissexist theme: 'No, it’s not a good time for you to transition. This is going to be so hard on us. Oh won’t you wait or reconsider this choice for us normal people?'. Their subtext is plain and unambiguous to nearly every trans person: 'Maybe you should never transition.
'" [more inside]
posted by cp311
on Jan 22, 2012 -
A Series of Questions
is an ongoing photo project that "explores
the power dynamics inherent in the questions asked of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender-variant people."
posted by lullaby
on Aug 17, 2010 -
"The Kindest Cut"
A Colorado surgeon is helping to restore sensation, biological structure and self-esteem to victims of female genital mutilation. She's "Trinidad's Transgender Rock Star"
Bowers performs the surgery free of charge, and the hospital caps its fees at $1,700. "...you cannot charge money to reverse a crime against humanity," she says. "Sexuality is a right." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Editor Marty Halpern looks back at the career of George Alec Effinger (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
), a prolific author best known for his work set in the Budayeen
, a walled city in a future Islamic state, teeming with gangsters, hustlers and transsexual prostitutes, many of them habitual users of plug in personality modules. The noirish tone and exotic technology of the Marîd Audran
books (When Gravity Fails, A Fire In The Sun, The Exile Kiss) made Effinger one of the leading lights in the cyberpunk movie, and spawned a videogame
- a rare attempt at a graphical adventure from Infocom - and an RPG setting
. Sadly Effinger faded from prominence
after that, and he suffered from a number of health and financial setbacks before passing away
in 2002. His work has had somewhat of a resurgence in popularity of late, with the Marîd Audran books coming back into print in 2007, a long with a collection
containing The Wolves of Memory, Effinger's personal favourite amongst his novels.
posted by Artw
on Jun 9, 2009 -
A fascinating story
of the first known, Western transsexual, Tibetan Buddhist novice monk: Laurence Michael Dillon (born Laura Maude Dillon, May 1, 1915 - May 15, 1962) was a British physician and the first female-to-male transsexual to undergo phalloplasty. His brother, Sir Robert Dillon, was the eighth Baronet of Lismullen in Ireland. The editor of Debrett's told Time Magazine that Dillon was unquestionably next in line for the baronetcy: The unwanted press attention led Dillon to flee to India, and then to a Tibetan monastery
. Girls Will Be Boys
, a review of The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution
, by Pagan Kennedy. Photograph of Michael Dillon as a monk
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Sep 8, 2008 -
People with a History
is "an online guide to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history." Ranging from the first stirrings of civilization
to the modern day, People with a History gathers together original sources and academic articles dealing with queerness throughout history. To give you a feel for the wealth of material on the site, here are a few pages that caught my interest: The Vikings and Homosexuality
, Coptic Spell: Spell for a Man to Obtain a Male Lover
, an acount of a gay marriage ceremony described by Michel de Montaigne
, But Among Our Own Selves
(an 18th Century gay ballad), a chapter from The Life of St. Theodore of Sykeon
, a 7th Century Byzantine monk and bishop, which mentions adelphopoiesis
, or the rite of brothermaking
, Wu Tsao
, 19th Century Chinese lesbian poet, and finally Polari: The Lost Language of Gay Men
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 2, 2008 -
Official transgender blessings --
Kulanu -- the newly-revised manual for LGBT issues and ceremonies put out by the Union for Reform Judaism
(1.5 million US Jews are Reform) now includes 2 blessings (written by a Rabbi now male) for those transitioning and who have completed the change, alongside the already existing same sex marriage liturgy and other documents and procedures. A first? (blessings text inside)
posted by amberglow
on Aug 9, 2007 -
It puts the lotion in the basket. [nsfw]
You know how in that movie, The Silence of the Lambs,
the serial killer they're trying to catch is skinning women because he wants to make a suit out of real girls?
If this product was around, perhaps we could have saved the lives of a lot of fictional victims.
posted by Sully
on Jul 25, 2007 -
M. is a girl living as a boy
and his school is helping to keep his secret. Is that just asking for trouble? And should a 13 year old be considered for gender-reassignment therapy or is this just an extreme case of tomboy-ism that s/he'll grow out of? [NYT mefi/mefi]
posted by mdn
on May 26, 2002 -
"If you've got ovaries, you're a female. I'm just old fashioned."
Acknowledging that there may be more to sex than chromosomes, a Kansas appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling invalidating the marriage of a transsexual to someone of the (now) opposite sex. Some in the Kansas legislature think this is just some gay radical's way of skirting the same-sex marriage ban. There's an opposing Texas precedent that the Supreme Court refused to hear last year, so this one may go all the way. Sadly, it'll probably fall under the much-maligned equal protection clause. Anyone think this poor woman has a chance?
posted by Gilbert
on May 11, 2001 -
is one of the major talents in the history of the development of computers, responsible for major advances
without which computers we buy now would be much different. She's
also a transsexual
, born physically male. While working for IBM she had her sex-change operation, and IBM immediately fired her for it.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Dec 10, 2000 -
New Zealand breaks ground with the world's first Transsexual Member of Parliment (formerly the world's first Transsexual Mayor). Her maiden speech included the circumspect "I was quoted once as saying this is a stallion that became a gelding and now she's a mayor. I do have to say that I've now come full circle and become a member."
found on :::..::: Cortex
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Feb 10, 2000 -