Jordan Hanson, of Lawrence, is afraid that when she goes to the polls for the Aug. 5 primary, she will be turned away without being able to vote.
For many trans* folk, a lack of legal recognition of their identity can result in undue harassment as well as the potential for undue physical and psychological harm.
Something as simple as a drivers license has the potential to significantly harm individuals by failing to recognize their identity.
From Kansas Administrative Regulation 7-46-2(D)(2):
"The election board worker shall compare the photograph to the voter to determine whether the voter is the person depicted in the photograph, considering hair color, glasses, facial hair, cosmetics, weight, age, injury to the voter, and other physical characteristics."
The regulation has the potential to force many of gender diversity to not participate at the poles because their gender presentation may not be congruent with their legal identity. This also puts potential for many to be outed at the polls, which can create potential for even more harm.
Everyone should have the right to be legally recognized for who they truly are, regardless of their gender presentation, gender expression or physical sex.
The attack by self-identified radical feminists on trans people’s participation in feminism and the LGBT movement has never been a response to any bad behavior by trans women or trans men.
In 1973, some radical women called for trans woman Sylvia Riveira, one of the leaders of the Stonewall Riot, to be ejected from the platform at New York Pride. At the West Coast Lesbian Feminist conference in Los Angeles that year, poet Robin Morgan called for the expulsion of trans woman Beth Elliott, one of the conference organizers. She lost the vote but Elliott left to prevent further disruption.
Even today, unfortunately, trans exclusionary radical feminists still exist and continue to reject the reality that trans women are women.
Trans people are not going away. We will go on contributing as part of feminism and gay liberation. Its unfortunate that some individuals which call themselves feminists have lost the very basis of feminism; To create understanding and equality for ALL, simply put.
Creating exclusions against men, against trans* folk, against individuals that do fit into the ‘perfect’ box of the cisgender female are problematic and counterproductive to the feminist movement. TERFs are people to, but its quite unfortunate that their work can be so destructive to the feminist movement.
Are you a person? Do you believe that everyone should be treated with fairness, equality and understanding regardless of whats between their legs, how they appear on the outside or how they identity?
Be proud, call yourself a feminist, and continue to support the true basis of feminism.
A truly touching speech by the mother of a 6 year old transgender girl.
"My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.”
And so begins the absolutely beautiful speech Debi Jackson gave earlier this year about her transgender daughter, AJ, at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City. As Jackson continues, she outlines how her family came to realize that AJ is transgender, what happened the first day she went to school “in girl clothes” and the bigotry her family faced.
But the best part of the video may be when Jackson addresses the comments she’s heard about her daughter and sets the record straight about statements like you “wanted a girl so you turned your child into one” and “kids have no idea what they want or who they are — my kids wants to be a dog, should I let him?”
Spend six minutes and get to know Jackson and her family a little better. You’ll be happy you did.
You can write a personalized letter and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure its delivered to the city council meeting.
If you can make it to Billings, we urge you to attend this important meeting to show your support. The city council meeting will be held at the Billings City Council chambers, located at 210 N. 27th St., Billings, MT at 5:30pm.
The U.S. Department of Education closed (and ostensibly denied) Jayce’s complaint, granting George Fox college an unusually speedy “religious exemption,” and for the time being dashing any hope Jayce had of living on campus with his peers.
The Department of Education grants George Fox University a religious exemption allowing the college to refuse trans* and gender diverse students on-campus housing.
No college should be granted the right to discriminate on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, gender presentation or physical sex. George Fox University, which is publicly funded with taxpayer money, is the the first Christian college to ask the federal government for permission to openly discriminate against trans* and gender diverse students.
Gender is fluid and societal. It cannot be defined into neat boxes, its not determined by sex, nor sexuality; its how individuals define themselves. Gender is determined by the individual and the individual alone. Society cannot truly gender individuals.
The Gender Map: A great look at the systems of gender by Dr. Doe.
These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
In response to recent discriminatory actions of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles toward two transgender women, Transgender Legal Defense is calling upon them to allow transgender individuals to take their photos as their true selves and to be free of harassment, rather than to have their identities rejected and be subjected to undue harassment, both by those individuals at the DMV, as well as the potential undue harassment and harm, shall they have photo identification that does not match their true identity.
On May 10, 52-year-old Mount Storm resident Trudy Kitzmiller visited the DMV office in Martinsburg to update her drivers license to reflect her new legal name and her appearance in her license photo. She brought with her court documents verifying her name change and documents from her doctors stating that was she under their care as part of her gender transition. But Trudy was met with hostility by DMV staff who called her and ordered her to take off her wig, makeup and jewelry before they would take her photo for a new license. She protested their actions, but they denied her request to be photographed as her true self. Trudy left the office despondent and still retains her old drivers license that does not reflect her legal name or appearance. This has caused her great difficulty on a day-to-day basis, including when applying for jobs, which require that she provide accurate identification.
“This is who I am – a transgender woman - and I have overcome many obstacles to become my true self. DMV staff not only denied me the right to appear in my license photo as myself, they used dehumanizing language to address me,” Trudy said. “The experience was humiliating and wrong. I am asking the DMV to allow me to retake my license photo as I regularly appear and to treat transgender people fairly moving forward. I want to move on with my life and participate fully in society with an ID that accurately reflects who I am.”
New research dispels previous statistics of a high prevalence of health risks from cross-sex hormone replacement therapies for individuals of gender diversity and states that such therapies are truly safe when done under the supervision of a medical professional.
More than 2000 patients from 15 US and European centers participated in a retrospective study, called Comorbidity and Side Effects of Cross-Sex Hormone Treatment in Transsexual Subjects.
As third graders at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham got ready for their break in December, they had no idea they would be hearing the name of their classmate - a quiet boy who often played with a group of girls - called for the final time.
The transgender student returned to class in January with a new moniker and wardrobe, living as a girl.
Helping the young with gender transitions.
Providing support for gender diverse youth means providing support to the youth and all those around them.
For Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, this means providing training and direct support to schools who are transitioning with gender diverse youth.
A great article on providing support for gender diverse youth.