Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gwen Araujo

Gwen Araujo, the Newark boy who identified and lived as a girl and was killed because of it. Life time movie " A Girl Like Me"

Imagine feeling like you're trapped in the wrong body, that there's been some sort of mistake — that you're supposed to be a girl instead of a boy. How would you tell your family and friends that you wanted to change genders? Would you bring it up with someone you had a crush on? And what would you do when society not only refused to accept the new you, but was violent toward you? Well, Eddie Araujo didn't know the answers, but he did know he was supposed to be female, so he began to dress as a girl and changed his name to Gwen.

You won't believe what Gwen endured just to live her life as who she was and feel normal. It's a shocking true story about courage and tolerance.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010




Tuesday, March 9, 2010

'Beauty' of Transgender Plastic Surgery

I have such mixed feelings about Amanda. As a "transgender person" I support her right to her gender expression, and I think it's cool that she has no fear. But as someone who's interested in a normal life (though I'm not sure what's "normal" in 2008), and who works for GLBT civil rights, I feel squeamish about being in the same identity space. I wonder how most straight people with heteronormative gender expression feel on seeing that picture? Are they, like, a) I celebrate diverse lifestyles, b) this is one of those crazy cool fashionistas who's supposed to look outre, c) this is a sad train wreck and I can't stop looking, d) I'm disgusted by this fetishistic portrayal of femininity, or is it something I haven't even thought of? Of course, your post gives a clue with the adjective "freakish". What do you think most people associate with the picture you posted?

Posted by: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss on August 27, 2008 10:19 AM

Darrell Walls and now it's Isis King

September 16, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie,
The woman pulled her resume from a pink file folder and handed it to a recruiter. Across the top of the page, in bold type, she had printed her name twice: first as "Mark," then as "(Meghan)." She was not quite sure if this was appropriate. At the nation's first transgender Career Expo, job seekers were encouraged to use their new gender names on resumes.

April 19, 2009 | DeeDee Correll
To her sister, Angie Zapata was a teenage girl in every sense but the biological one. She spent hours spraying her long hair into compliance with Aqua Net, painting her eyelashes with L'Oreal and her skin with Cover Girl. She combed discount stores for clothes that would emphasize her curves. The effect was stunning. When the 18-year-old visited the store where her older sister, Monica, worked, men would make excuses to hover.

Man guilty of hate crime, first-degree murder in transgender slaying

April 23, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
A Colorado man who says he bludgeoned his date to death out of rage and shock after discovering she was biologically male was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and a hate crime. Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Allen Ray Andrade, 32, guilty of killing Angie Zapata, 18, of Greeley last July. District Judge Marcelo Kopcow swiftly sentenced him to life in prison without possibility of parole -- the state's mandatory sentence for first-degree murder.

Methodist church says transgender pastor can stay

October 31, 2007 | By Liz F. Kay
The highest judicial body of the United Methodist Church announced Tuesday that a transgender man can remain pastor of a congregation in Baltimore. The ruling by the Judicial Council affirms last spring's decision by Bishop John R. Schol to reappoint the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- formerly the Rev. Ann Gordon -- to St. John's United Methodist Church.