Review Article Provides Evidence on the Biological Nature of Gender Identity » Public Relations | Blog Archive | Boston University

Review Article Provides Evidence on the Biological Nature of Gender Identity » Public Relations | Blog Archive | Boston University:

“(Boston)—Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity that may change physicians’ perspective on transgender medicine and improve health care for these patients.

The article was led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).”

(Via.)

About Transparenthood | Transparenthood

About Transparenthood | Transparenthood:

“Transparenthood™ was a long time in coming, something I have wanted to do since we began our search for answers back in 2004 and found very little good information about transgender children (or gender variant children, which is the more common name used by the medical community).    What I uncovered back then terrified me and proved less than accurate to be kind, or flat out wrong if I were to be completely candid.  It was at that point that I knew I needed to capture what we have learned to make things easier for others someday.  Fast forward seven years, throw in an unexpected retirement from a 21-year corporate career and the accumulation of what already feels like a lifetime of experiences, and the time was finally right for me to share our story.

I am the mom of a transgender child.  Put in the most simple of terms Sam’s mind and biology do not match.  Sam was born female but has identified as being male since he could speak and is now living his life as one.  It is my hope that in sharing our uncommon journey through this blog, it will help families in the same situation find solace, and for society at large to discover acceptance for people who really are just like you and me.”

Off the Sidelines

I’m sitting here thinking about what to post; there has been so much bad news recently and as much as I hate to admit it, my simply reposting the information isn’t doing anything to alleviate the problems. I know I cannot get out and march anywhere, nor can I organize a protest or vigil. What I can do is to reach out through my writing and make people aware of one simple fact, I and all transgender individuals are human beings. Regardless of how someone may feel about the choices we make in life, we have a right to not only live but to do so with dignity.

I’m not sure how much I can add to the conversation, but I have to try. 

Someone Tell Me That I’ll Live: On Murder, Media, and Being a Trans Woman in 2015 – xoJane

Someone Tell Me That I’ll Live: On Murder, Media, and Being a Trans Woman in 2015 – xoJane:

“It feels strange that there was, very recently, a time when dying trans women never made the news — when mainstream media simply wouldn’t report on their deaths, or would identify them as men. Nowadays, it seems like the story of a young, tragically dead trans woman appears in the media at last once a year, almost like a sacrificial lamb to assuage the guilt of liberal cis folks who would never have known the names of those same trans women when they were alive. The reactions are always the same: outrage, sadness, cries for change. Then nothing happens, and trans women continue to die.”

(Via. www.xojane.com)

Transforming Gender – Doc Zone

Transforming Gender – Doc Zone:

“The battle over the rights and freedoms of transgender individuals is the first great civil rights struggle of the 21st century. In the last five years, mainstream culture has woken up to the vivid presence of transgender people in their midst. From a generation of gender variant children and pop culture celebrities, to transitioning superstar athletes and soldiers, trans people have never been more visible.

Behind the headlines though, a darker picture emerges. Transgender people are among the most persecuted, least protected people in our society. Many transgender people live in fear of being evicted from their homes, being fired from their jobs, and being denied medical treatment. A 2011 survey of 6,000 transgender individuals found that more than half reported experiencing harassment in public accommodations, including bathrooms, restaurants, and hotels. More than one in three transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Violence is a constant threat, especially against transgender women.”