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• The Georgia Voice‘s WPATH announces new standards of care for transgender and gender nonconforming people:

There were champagne toasts and rounds of applause as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health released on Sunday its newest Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People at a symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.

WPATH revision committee chair Eli Coleman launched the 7th version of the standards of care to some 300 people who attended the symposium as part of a partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and the Southern Comfort Conference, the largest transgender conference in the nation that takes place annually in Atlanta.

…We’ve made a clear statement that gender nonconformity is not pathological,” a pronouncement greeted with another round of applause from attendees.

“We’ve set a whole different tone. It’s more about what the professionals have to do” and not about transgender people having to prove their health needs to the professionals, he explained.

And when Coleman announced that the new standards of care state in no uncertain terms that “reparative therapy is unethical,” there was even more applause…

Lots of good stuff to read in that article.

• This relates to the previous article: the National Center For Transgender Equality’s (NCTE’s) Advancing Transgender Equality blog’s The Top 10 Things Trans People Should Know About the New Standards of Care:

…Significant features of the new edition include:

  • Recognition that gender nonconformity in and of itself is not a disorder.
  • Strong affirmation that attempts to change a person’s gender identity through “reparative” therapy are ineffective and unethical.
  • Strong affirmation that transition-related treatments such as hormone therapy and surgery are medically necessary for many individuals and should be covered by insurance.
  • Continued emphasis on the individual nature of transition-related care and the flexibility of treatment guidelines.
  • Additional guidance on the treatment of adolescents and children, including guidelines for puberty-delaying treatment.
  • Near elimination of the “real-life experience” requirement as a prerequisite criteria for medical transition in adults, with the exception of some genital surgeries.
  • Discussion of a wider range of treatment options, including voice and communication therapy.
  • Discussion of the preventive care needs of transgender people.
  • Clarification that the Standards of Care should be applied in their entirety to those who are incarcerated or otherwise living in an institutionalized setting.
  • A call for health professionals to advocate not only for their patients – for example by helping them obtain updated identity documents – but also for larger policy and legal reform promoting tolerance and equality.

MIT News‘s MIT Explores LGBT Content in Video Games; Popular games still haven’t shown they can handle lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender representations. Research at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab wants to change that:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content has found acceptance in every medium of American popular entertainment … that is, all but one: video games.

New research efforts at MIT takes that problem head-on.

The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, with its newly released game “A Closed World,” seeks answers to seemingly straightforward questions: How can video games present LGBT content? What are the challenges that a development team faces when trying to include content about someone different from the perceived norm?

To answer these research questions and others, teams worked for a demanding eight weeks during GAMBIT’s summer program as producers, designers, programmers, musicians and artists on experimental games. Todd Harper, the GAMBIT product owner of “A Closed World,” led a team of nine interns, hailing from Singapore, MIT, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Berklee College of Music…

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All Media NY‘s Cher’s Fumbled Pronouns: Star Calls Son Chaz ‘She’:

Everybody makes small mistakes with pronouns once in a while—even Cher.

The legendary singer, who has recently been defending her now-son Chaz Bono’s spot on Dancing With the Stars, slipped up today and called him a “she.”

“Chaz is Nervous about her Next Dance,” she posted. “It’s called ‘The 2 Step’ I don’t even know what that dance IS GOD I HOPE SHE ACE’S IT NOW IM NERVOUS.”

Well, apparently Twitter users have way too much time on their hands and gave her a bit of trouble for the slip—but as Chaz’s mother, shouldn’t she be allowed to mess up once in a while? I mean, Chaz was born Chastitiy. The transgender star began to transition from female to male in 2008, previously living as a lesbian before realizing his true sexuality.

My Mom gets special dispensation to get my name and gender wrong — I know she loves me, and she has known me since giving birth to me.

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Hot dog company sued for sexually harassing two female employees:

We typically stick to Texas stupidity on Watchdog Bytes, but a Macon, Ga., company is getting a kick in the buns after two women complained about harassment from a female general manager and were fired. Yes, it was a hot dog company, Nu-Way Weiners (motto: “I’d Go a Long Way For a Nu-Way”), one of the oldest such restaurants in the country.

Two female employees were harassed with a daily barrage of lewd comments, gestures and inappropriate physical touching, according to a suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The general manager groped the women’s breasts and buttocks and frequently asked them to accompany her to a gay club…

Emoticon: Thumbs downAs always, “The weenie tempts you!” — but apparently workplace conditions at one particular hot dog factory may not be all that tempting to female employees.

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

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