Op-ed: I’m a Trans Man Who Doesn’t ‘Pass’ — And You Shouldn’t Either | Advocate.com

Op-ed: I’m a Trans Man Who Doesn’t ‘Pass’ — And You Shouldn’t Either | Advocate.com:

“Out of all the words in the transgender lexicon, ‘passing’ is the one I hate most. And that’s no small feat.

In our rapidly evolving digital world, language is changing faster than ever. Words that seemed to be standard terminology as little as four years ago are now out of fashion, or even taboo. When I began my gender transition in 2011, for example, I called myself a ‘transsexual,’ a word I no longer use because of its implied connection between gender identity and sexuality. Yet as words like ‘tranny’ slink out of circulation, ‘passing’ remains frustratingly well-used, even among the trans* community.”

Illinois House passes conversion therapy ban, moves to Senate

(As much as I acknowledge this as an important issue for LGB youth, I find I am disappointed to see “Gender Identity” being used interchangeably with “Sexual Orientation.” I see this as an example of the continued confusion one finds when talking about “Trans” issues.)

 

Illinois House passes conversion therapy ban, moves to Senate:

“Springfield, IL — A bipartisan Illinois House majority on Tuesday approved a measure to protects minors from anti-gay ‘conversion therapy.’  “

(Via. Chicago Pride)

 

Increasingly Visible, Transgender Americans Defy Stereotypes – NYTimes.com

Increasingly Visible, Transgender Americans Defy Stereotypes – NYTimes.com:

“The day she got a lucky break, the kind budding New York actors dream about, Harmony Santana was living in a Harlem shelter for homeless youth and contemplating what she stood to lose by starting to live as a woman permanently.”

Transgender rights versus feminism: What makes a woman?

Transgender rights versus feminism: What makes a woman?:

“Kat Haché, from Tennessee, is a transgender woman and an advocate of women’s rights – two identities which some radical feminists believe are mutually exclusive.

‘In the past, I have had some people tweet at me,’ she says. ‘I normally don’t take them too seriously and have mostly ignored them, but I have heard horror stories of doxing [hackers revealing personal contact information online] and coercive outing of people as trans.’

For the most part, Haché says, feminists see transgender women’s rights as a natural extension of feminism. Yet at a time when trans rights are on the rise, a number of radical feminists insist on regarding trans women as men, denying them basic access to health care, women’s facilities and anywhere considered a women’s space.”

(International Business Times)

Transitioning into Tomorrow: Saturday May 16, 2015 – Participating in Academic Research

Transitioning into Tomorrow: Saturday May 16, 2015 – Participating in Academic Research:

“I was thinking about how I can help the public gain a better understanding of our community. We are making great strides and I feel blessed to be living in these times. I think the future will find even more acceptance for our community.

I have decided to pay it forward by participating in academic studies of our community. Since so many of us are in the closet, our numbers appear low and our voices low”

Susan King