HB 6599 protecting the transgenders from discrimination was signed by the Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy.
I recently returned from a trip to Europe, a graduation present from my family. Prior to the trip I was a bit wary as to how I would be received by transportation security because I could not change my legal name on my passport in the time between graduation and leaving for Europe, which was only a couple of weeks. I thought it would be difficult to get through airport security presenting as I do with the name Mary Catherine. There is no room for gender ambiguity in that name.
One of those new stories I have been seeing over and over when searching gender through the news is about parents in Canada attempting to raise a genderless baby. It has become one of the biggest gender stories of the year. Is this a valid approach to raising a child? Is it even possible? Here’s my take.
A bill was voted by the Senate of Connecticut in order to provide a gender identity protection to transgenders of the state.
When I begin thinking about what I want to write about for the week, I generally start by searching gender in the news databases to see if there are any recent articles about hate crimes, new laws and protections, or just the publishing of someone else’s story. A clear definition of gender, though, has not been reached by the news media. There are often two types of stories: those discussing gender as it is defined in the bounds of these articles, and then those discussing gender in regards to the social differences between men and women. How different are these definitions of gender?
One of the main questions about gender is: Is gender socially constructed? I believe a lot of the factors going into gender are socially constructed, but not all. When we discuss being genderqueer here, that is something outside of societal norms, and so is something inherent to the individual, not to how that individual has experienced gendering throughout his or her life.
I graduate on Sunday. It is strange to think that such a large part of my life is about to be over. I have spent 18 of the 22 years of my life in school. I just don’t even know how to think about it. I don’t even think it will seem real to me until I am just working. It will be so nice not to have to juggle work, school, and all of my other obligations, but learning, reading, writing—I don’t even know what I will do without them. The question now, though, becomes: how do I go about transitioning now that I am not being constrained by the guidelines of my college?
I am about to graduate from a women’s college in Virginia. I have always loved it here: the people, the community. Generally, I feel safe. I feel secure. I know I can walk around campus holding hands with my girlfriend and no one will care. But trans issues at a women’s college are complicated. Again, I know I am safe, but there are constraints to that safety.
According to transgenderlaw.org, almost 400 colleges and universities have protections for genderqueer students. Some states are more progressive than others. It’s always a good idea to look up the policy at any college or university you are considering.
When thinking about gender identity, we often discuss it as being separate from sexual orientation, but these two aspects of identity do intersect in some ways. What happens if I have always identified as a lesbian, but now my gender identity is male? It is definitely a complex question.
Throughout my struggle with my identity, whether it be with my sexuality or my gender identity, my mom has always stood by me. No matter how I have felt or how distraught I have been, she has always reassured me. I know it is hard for her. I know she is scared that I will be hurt physically, and she wants to protect me from whatever pain I might go through. It means so much to me to know I have that support in place when most people are not as lucky. So many of my friends have had bad experiences with their parents when it comes to accepting them as LGBTQ. After meeting a friend of mine the other night and hearing her story, my mom wrote this open letter to parents:
Hawaii is still advancing more and more LGBT rights, the Hawaii House voted a project of law which would protect from discriminations during employment based on the gender identity.
So I decided on a name: Jacob Cael. Jacob to keep a name my mom and dad agreed upon and Cael to keep my C. Cat has been my nickname for a very long time, so I wanted to keep the spirit of it.
When you are identify as any form of genderqueer and don’t fit within the bounds of your given name, the process of legally changing your name is a good one to know. The law and cost differ from state to state and also county to county. Based on my research for myself, I will list the process in Virginia to give an outline of what the procedure entails. For more information on individual states and counties, contact a local circuit court, local lawyer, or visit a local government website.