“LIKE MANY OTHER surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the 30-year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina. A surgeon in New York City may have pioneered and performed Anthony’s procedure—but the idea to try it in the first place was all hers.”
“A transgender woman who escaped abuse in Chechnya and found asylum in America is speaking truth to power in Washington in hopes of helping others, even if it means putting herself at risk all over again.”
“The UK’s first mental health helpline offering emotional support and information to people who identify as transgender, non-binary or gender-fluid has been rolled out nationwide, with project leaders confident the pioneering scheme will become a permanent fixture as of early 2018.”
“Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed into law measures to ban the so-called gay panic defense in criminal proceedings and make it easier for transgender people to change the sex listed on their birth certificates, but he vetoed a bill that bars potential employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary.”
“‘The political climate is a catalyst to our danger,’ said Ms. Paige, 58, who lives in Lake Worth, Fla., and is a buyer for a company that manufactures ventilation systems for ships. ‘Generally, people want to see you as male or female. Nothing in-between seems to be acceptable.’”
There are times when no matter how hard I try, the words I want to say slip away like mist before the morning sun. I have spent days on end trying to find them, those words which would describe where I am at this moment in a way others could understand when even I cannot always understand myself.
One way is imagine yourself standing at the edge of a pool with jet black water where there aren’t any depth markers so you have no way of knowing how deep it is… (oh, and you can’t swim.) At the same time there is a wall, covered in spikes, razor blades, and all sorts of nasty, painful things just a hairs breath behind you, steadily moving closer, forcing you to make a choice, jump in or try and go back over that wall (which you climbed just to get to this point.)
Looking from the outside it may seem the answer would be obvious.
From the inside it you know it is anything but obvious, simple, or easy.
I know all too well the price for climbing that wall. I know what awaits me on the other side just as I know at some point in the future I would find myself back in this exact spot.
When I read this, there was so much I identified with, until the end. I realize I haven’t reached the point where I can say I want to live, not where it matters, not in my heart.
“Mila Madison reflects on her journey, facing fear, and reaching the next step in her transition in “The Weekly Rant”.
Science AMA Series: I’m Cecilia Dhejne a fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine, from the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. I’m here to talk about transgender health, suicide rates, and my often misinterpreted study. Ask me anything! : science:
“I am a MD, board certified psychiatrist, fellow of the European Committee of Sexual medicine and clinical sexologist (NACS), and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I founded the Stockholm Gender Team and have worked with transgender health for nearly 30 years. As a medical adviser to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, I specifically focused on improving transgender health and legal rights for transgender people. In 2016, the transgender organisation, ‘Free Personality Expression Sweden’ honoured me with their yearly Trans Hero award for improving transgender health care in Sweden.”
“On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted an announcement that trans people would no longer be able to serve in the United States military.
The response was overwhelming from across the political spectrum. But the fact of the matter is that trans people have always contributed to civic life and collective security — what has changed, however, is popular acknowledgment of it.”
(Via. All That’s Interesting)
“The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN — the latest indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President’s announcement.”