Two bills awarding the LGBTQ community more rights have just been signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
Almost every day, I spend at least 30 minutes in research for these articles. Generally a bit more than that, looking through Google news, the trans* tag on tumblr, the Huffington Post. I find so many interesting articles, some great news, some not so great news. But I cannot write about it all, so here is an overview of recent news including a trans*man in New York who was never notified of his cancer diagnosis and then was denied care, UC Berkeley making its new residence hall trans* inclusive, the FAA stopping psychological testing to certify trans* pilots, and the APA issuing a statement in support of trans* rights.
A bill to protect transgenders was approved by the state Senate.
The committee of the senate met yesterday in Maryland about the gender identity anti-discrimination act.
During my research for this week, I found many articles relating back to recent posts, so this will be an update on many things: the trans* facilities policy at University of Pittsburgh, ENDA, how other colleges and universities are handling gender issues, trans* rights in Baltimore County, and the I AM: Trans People Speak Project.
As I continue to think about myself and my gender, there are certain questions which sprawl through my mind. I often find myself quoting in my head Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet” (Shakespeare II. ii. 47-48). These lines are important to remember, meaning that no matter what the name, the make up of the individual remains the same. Names are assigned, only a signifier of the person you are. So why am I discussing names?
I am slowly admitting to myself that I really am trans, that I do want to transition. I feel more comfortable with male pronouns, with a masculine chest, with my hairy legs. So how do you tell someone that? How do you explain to someone that your gender is not truly female, the sex you were born, that you are really male? What can you say to someone to get a person to understand?
I have written before about societal expectations and how they affect the way gender is interpreted. Now that I present as a male, though, what is expected of me has changed. I do not visibly reside outside the lines of normal anymore, so I must think about what society wants to require of me as a male.
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.
Lucas Silveira, the openly transgender lead singer of Toronto alt-rock band The Cliks, returns to the music scene after a 5 year-hiatus with a highly-anticipated new LP dubbed "Black Tie Elevator" dropping March 2013.