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“Matrix” director Larry Wachowski now a woman called Lana – NYPOST.com

more and more high profile people are ‘coming out’!
the director of one of my all time favorite films, ‘matrix’ is among the latest to show her true self to the world!

“Matrix” director Larry Wachowski now a woman called Lana – NYPOST.com.


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can’t get much more prestigious than this! every little bit of positive press, especially that makes it to mainstream media outlets, will help transfolk like my daughter have less to deal with.

in the future, my nine-year-old transdaughter will walk through doors that are being opened for her by others today

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A British academic bastillion, Oxford University, has caved on their strict dress policy and adopted rules allowing transgender student to wear the ceremonial clothing of the gender they present in. These new rules go into effect next week.

Oxford has a long tradition of requiring students taking exams to wear gender-specific uniforms or sub fuscs. This dress code is also followed during formal occasions at the university.

However, concerns of the rules being unfair to trans students, especially with the harsh punishment that follows wearing the wrong attire, prompted the university to change the policy. It was a student LGBTQ organization that pushed for the change.

Oxford’s LGBTQ Society’s Jess Pumphrey: “In future there will be no need for transgender students to cross-dress to avoid being confronted by invigilators or disciplined during their exam.”

Oxford University is the second oldest university in the world and…

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i look forward to a day when gender isn’t an issue at all…where an affirm female can simply, safely use the ‘girls’ room. but until then, this app seems apropos. hope android makes one, for those of us who aren’t apple cultists

National Center for Transgender Equality's Blog

Finally, there is an easy way to find gender neutral restrooms while on the go. A new app, TranSquat, allows users to search for nearby gender neutral restrooms using their iPhone. The app is powered by safe2pee, a nationwide directory of gender neutral restrooms. Users can add and share new locations to help build the directory.

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 22% of transgender and gender nonconforming people were denied access to restrooms appropriate to their gender at work. Using gender-specific restrooms as a trans or gender non-conforming person may lead to stressful, embarrassing, and even threatening situations. And transgender people who regularly delay restroom use out of fear can develop urinary infections and other health problems.

What’s the downside? For now, the app is only available on the iPhone and costs $2.99. Other smartphone users can access the safe2pee database through the mobile site at 

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this is important progress..i was in a woman’s prison, with a transsexual woman who had been threatened with placement in a male prison, and who had already suffered placement in solitary confinement instead of in the women’s section of the county jail prior to sentencing, her horror stories still ring in my ears!

National Center for Transgender Equality's Blog

More than 200,000 youth and adults are sexually abused in prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities each year, and a disproportionate number are transgender and gender nonconforming people. Hard work over several years by NCTE and other trans, LGBT and intersex advocates paid off in May with the release by the Department of Justice of final National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, which have the potential to be a big part of the solution. NCTE has created a fact sheet regarding the new standards, which were called for by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), and which facilities across the country will have to follow in order to maintain federal funding or required accreditations.

LGBT People and the Prison Rape Elimination Act highlights and explains the sections most relevant to transgender people, the broader LGBT community, and those people with intersex conditions such as:

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great piece! happy to reblog this

Stuff Queer People Need To Know

Photo: Queer youth performing in "What's The T?" Image source: The Qu, Google Images

What’s The T? is the latest  production of About Face Youth Theatre, an offshoot of the queer theater company aimed at engaging young people to tell their stories and create community through the stage. Every two years the youth ensemble selects a new topic to tackle, drawing on their own stories and interviewing community members to create a script.

For this production, the ensemble had originally intended to craft a play solely on transgender identity.

“The AFYT ensemble and I wanted to create some space for positive, real trans narratives. We needed to step it up as allies,” wrote Sara Kerastas, the playwright who collaborated on What’s The T? with the youth ensemble.

Following an influx of crime in the Boystown and Lakeview area, residents began singling out queer youth of color, particularly black transgender women, who access social services in the neighborhood. Lakeview and Boystown have become…

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too little – too late

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yesterday i was shocked to open my yahoo page and find a story about autism and vaccines. the usual story one finds in the mainstream media about these two things is one that refutes a link, maligns proponents of a possible link and denigrates the ignorant parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

so imagine my surprise when this particular offering was one that had a link to recent research proving that indeed there is something to a causal relationship bewteen vaccines and autism, among other neurological deficits.

it seemed likely the story wouldn’t spend more than a day on yahoo news, despite the fact that they routinely devote at least a week to other important stories, like say the tomkat divorce. so instead of copying the link to the yahoo story, i copied the link to the research.

the abstract here and the full study here

even tho it is exciting that finally the mainstream media is reporting about this issue without intimating that anyone who believes in a connection between neurological deficit and vaccines is a kook, it is still too little – too late.

autism rates have soared in the past two decades. big pharma has attempted and succeeded in steering research away from a link between the increasingly aggressive ‘vaccination schedule’ and a corresponding rise in the incidence of autism and other brain injuries. even in this study, the focus is on the thimerosal (that’s mercury, folks) and not on the other nasty ingredients in those vials and syringes. researchers have been maligned, doctors have been ridiculed, parents have been villified and denigrated for daring to suggest that mercury isn’t something one should inject into our babies and toddlers.

despite the anecdotal evidence often discounted, despite the number of children who have suffered brain injury that suspiciously occurs at or shortly after receiving their ‘shots’, the myth continued that there is no link between vaccines and autism or other neurological deficit.

make no mistake. there has been a battle to keep research from being able to establish a link. big pharma has behaved in much the same way big tobacco did decades past when they tried to keep under wraps the fact that nicotine…their money-maker, cigarettes and other products, could be linked to cancer.

but thimerosal isn’t the only reason that the recently ever increasing ‘vaccination schedule’ should be scrutinised. after all, according to the industry they no longer use thimerosal, which begs the question; “why?” and what replaced it? the very effectiveness of these poisons has to be called into account when the diseases for which vaccinations are supposed to provide life-long immunity are increasingly ‘coming back’, infecting the populations that are supposed to be protected by them. so the industry answer? you all need ‘booster shots’…more money for big pharma, by the way.

it’s funny the way the recent whooping cough epidemics can’t be traced to us ‘crazy vax refusers’. indeed, our children aren’t getting the disease at anywhere near the rate of those who have been ‘protected’ by the vaccinations.

maybe nature and not big pharma has a better way to see to immunity. after all, in the past when mothers ‘exposed’ their kids to other kids who had contracted the chicken pox, they didn’t do it by injecting the germ under the skin. and our immunity seems to be truly one that is lifelong. and for myself, my daughter and her daughter, my grandchild,we’ve simply never contracted the disease. even tho we were exposed and never vaccinated.

maybe too, as the last statement in the abstract above suggests, alot more research needs be done, not only to explore the “duh” of not poisoning our children’s developing brains with mercury, but also as to the real impact of vaccines.

of course, as with the tobacco industry, be ready to see big pharma pull out all the plugs to ensure its profit margins.


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more progress. it will be many stepping stones like this one to take us forward to a world that sees trans-folk as real people.

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A HUGE thumbs up to Ed Beardwell, the director of UK’s CartoonStock Ltd, for agreeing to remove trans-exploiting cartoons from their database after members of the trans community voiced their concerns to him.

Heck, even I was a bit lukewarm on the idea of calling for the censorship of artwork when I first saw a social media post urging a protest of some sort against these derogatory cartoons. I believe I said ‘we had other things to worry about’. Well, lo and behold, enough of you contacted the privately owned site and the owner agreed that they were being insensitive to trans people and would make policy changes.

I missed this call completely, so my hats off to all of you who thought this was important enough to care about.

I’m reproducing the entire response from the site’s director:

To those who have contacted CartoonStock…

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more tomato, tomahto?

the news in the article in my previous post is definitely a step in the right direction. but is it enough? it seems to continue to define our trans-folk in terms of psychology, when evidence continues to mount that indicate it is physiological, coded for in genes even.

take for example the fact that transgender/gender identity fluidity occurs at a ratio much higher in autistic persons than for the rest of the neuro-typical population. take for example the fact that in the brains of transgender woman the size of certain brain structures are closer to what is seen in cis-women than in cis-men. functional mri also provides evidence that physiologically, not psychologically, something is going on.

homosexuality used to be considered a mental disease or defect that had its very own entry in the ‘bible of psychiatry’ until 1987, when it was removed from the dsm. altho this may have removed some of the stigma of being homosexual, and thereby afforded us queers a bit more dignity, it really didn’t do much to affect our social standing immediately, or save us from discrimination or endow us with the same rights as straight folk enjoy. but it definitely put us on the path to attaining better standing within the world at large, simply because we couldn’t be consider ‘crazy’ anymore.

of course, being gay is not the same as being transgender. there isn’t a lot in the way of necessary ‘treatment’ that homosexuals would need an insurer to cover…perhaps some therapy to deal with the ongoing rejection by friends, family and much of the straight world, esteem issues that may arise due to still being allotted only the status of second class citizens in many areas of society.

lacking research to definitively prove that transgender issues are physiological, removal from the dsm 5 completely would likely result in services being denied that are a part of the therapy needful to a trans-person. insurers overwhelmingly seem to have to be wrangled into covering the needs of those they are supposed to help. no amount of obamacare is gonna change that.

tho research is certainly providing more and more evidence for a physiological basis for being transgender, it is usually a tangent, not a focus of research. transgender issues just aren’t broadly researched. perhaps as more trans-folk enter the hallowed halls of scientific and medical research this will change. in the past, women’s medical issues were likewise discounted and sparsely researched by the predominantly male professionals. that has been changing lately. none too soon, and in some cases too late to help women who have died because male physiology had been the focus of research.

for now, we are at least happy that gender identity issues are no longer consider a disorder. but still…gender dysphoria?

my daughter has no gender dysphoria! she is a girl, despite the cruel birth defect of male genitalia. she has ‘genital dysphoria’ perhaps. changing the name from gender identity disorder to gender dysphoria still implies something mentally wrong. there is nothing mentally wrong with transgender people…there’s something physically wrong with them. and for this there is a protocol of recommended treatment.

i don’t think its straining at a gnat to point out the difference. it is less a case of tomato and tomahto than an issue of straight society’s cis-centric perception imposed upon transgender reality.


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a bit of good news…so happy there’ve been trailblazers for zee.

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Trans student Ashlyn Parram is only 16 years-old, but she’s one up on her teachers at UK’s Giles Academy in Boston, Lincolnshire when it comes to knowing the law on sex discrimination.

After Parram showed up for a school exam she was told by a teacher that she needed to leave and change into a boy’s school uniform. Parram then reportedly printed out a copy of  the UK’s Equality Act and showed it to the school’s headmaster who reversed the teacher’s decision and allowed Parram to return and take the exam.

Reputable sources about this incident is scarce at this writing and I’m not going to rely on the sources I found for details beyond this. If you’re curious, you can read one of the articles below — but be forewarned — the gender IDs and pronouns usage in this article may leave you a…

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