24 Aug 2013

Thoughts On Chelsea Manning’s Coming Out

I have some thoughts on how Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s gender dysphoria was rolled out. Let me begin by saying I’m going to give, and I’m going to advocate for, respect for Manning’s chosen name and publicly embraced gender, and I’m going to use female pronouns and call her Chelsea. That;

16 Aug 2013

Transsexual Separatist Slacktivism Doesn’t Win Legislatively

Call them classic transsexuals or women of operative history; call them true transsexuals or transsexual separatists — whatever you call them, you can also call them ineffectual slacktivists. Over at LGBT Weekly where I write the Trans Progressive column, the August 15, 2013 column is about this year’s California Transgender

16 Aug 2013

Progressive Talking Heads Not Talking About California School Success And Opportunity Act

It’s kind of sad, really. Progressive talking heads on cable television aren’t talking about Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signing AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act. (The act will become law on January 1, 2014 — the tenth anniversary of California’s first transgender rights bill, AB 196, the Gender

07 Aug 2013

Transitioning Back To One’s Assigned Sex At Birth

In the past few months there have been two public transitioners who transitioned first from men to women and then back to men. One was Michael Wallent (F.K.A. Megan Wallent; second transition announced in her March blog entry News), and the other was Don Ennis (F.K.A. Dawn Stacey Ennis; reported in

26 Jun 2013

DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Case Rejected On Jurisdiction

Ruling for DOMA: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Ruling for Prop 8 case: HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Statement from the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Statement by the President

06 Jun 2013

Transgender Soldier Meets the President

Crossposted with permission from OutServe Magazine, the magazine of OutServe-SLDN. By Anonymous Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have

22 May 2013

A Bathroom Story That Doesn’t Involve The “Bathroom Bill” Meme

There’s an interesting, but sad story found on the Army Times website entitled West Point sergeant charged with filming naked female cadets. From the article: A sergeant first class on the staff of the United States Military Academy at West Point faces charges for allegedly filming numerous female cadets without

21 May 2013

Changing My Recorded Gender With DOD

After my surgery and later issuance of a new birth certificate last November, I wanted to apply to the Department of the Navy (DON) to change my recorded gender. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) keeps track of servicemembers and retirees genders, so I wanted, for gender affirmation and

03 Apr 2013

Leaving Notes On Arizona’s Bathroom Doors

While on layover at Phoenix’s airport waiting for her flight to yet another city to attend yet another meeting, OutServe-SLDN‘s Executive Director Allyson Robinson taped the following sign on one of the airport’s bathroom doors: Dear Arizona, A transgender woman used this restroom today and everything is fine. No one

01 Apr 2013

Moving Past Détente Between The HRC And The Trans Community

On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost