Transgender Warning: Transgender stuff to follow!

Transgender Warning: Transgender stuff to follow!
There are now hundreds of articles, neat pictures and videos here, that are mostly trans* related.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jennifer Finney Boylan has a new website

A week ago Betty (of Helen and Betty fame) announced on their MyHusbandBetty site. I just found it today:

So, it gives me great pleasure (amidst much trepidation) to announce that Jenny Boylan's New Website can be found here:

Lots of good stuff including some fun readings by Jenny on YouTube videos. Good job Betty!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Warning Political Stuff to Follow!

Randi Rhodes' "We Believe" speech in Michigan, November 11 2007.

Randi Rhodes (of Air America) addressed The 50th Anniversary party of PEACE ACTION of Michigan, November 11 2007. Her speech "WE BELIEVE" was received with standing ovation after standing ovation and her thoughts are shared through out the peace now & forever community. I am very proud & honored to share her thoughts & words with the "thinking & principled" of the world.

I love her more!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mara Keisling on C-SPAN

NCTE Executive Director on C-SPAN


Last Saturday, November 10, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The forty-five minute show is now available on C-SPAN's website for viewing. It appears that this link may be available for only another week or so.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. The National Center for Transgender Equality is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, please visit

How to walk like a lady

Move the top slider to change the way she walks. Lots to learn here! It is a whole class in feminine movement in one movie.

Rev. Drew Phoenix on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Rev. Drew Phoenix is the transgender pastor St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD

He was allowed to keep his job!

Rev. Erin Swenson on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Rev. Erin Swenson is a transgender Presbyterian pastor.

Good job Rev. Swenson!

I found her story here! It made me cry.

It starts with:

The Rev. Erin Swenson's heart thumped wildly. She was so close to panic that her fingertips tingled. The crowd inside Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta stared at her in disbelief. Swenson, an ordained minister and father of two daughters, had just walked to the front of the church in a green dress, heels and an eggshell-white blouse. She was going to speak publicly for the first time about a 42-year-old secret that had driven her at times to thoughts of suicide.

Swenson told the hushed crowd that she was a woman born in a man's body. Now that she had taken steps to correct that, she made an unprecedented request before the assembly of Presbyterian church leaders: Allow her to retain her ordination as a minister, even though she had switched genders.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Khadijah Farmer Lawsuit from The TransGriot

Monica Roberts just posted this at The TransGriot today. I hope she wins big!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Khadijah Farmer Lawsuit

TransGriot Note: Here's an example of what I and Lambda Legal have been talking about in terms of the transgender-free ENDA the House just passed NOT covering everyone in the GLB_t community.

Check out this New York Times article about Khadijah Farmer and her lawsuit against a New York City restaurant for throwing her out of the women's restroom hours after the NY Gay pride parade because of the bouncer's PERCEPTION that she was a man.

Sexual Stererotypes, Civl Rights, and A Suit About Both

Published: October 10, 2007
Women have been thrown out of men's bathrooms, men who identify as women have been thrown out of women's bathrooms and, of course, men have been known to get into trouble in men's rooms. But women minding their own business inside women's rooms have rarely been an issue, until now.

Yesterday, a New York woman filed suit against a West Village restaurant for being thrown out of a women's room there by a bouncer who, she said, did not care she was really female.

The woman, Khadijah Farmer, 28, who lives in Hell's Kitchen, said in an interview that she was at the Caliente Cab Company restaurant on Seventh Avenue with her companion and a friend after the gay pride parade on June 24 when she left the table to go to the women's room. While she was there, a male bouncer burst in.

"He began pounding on the stall door saying someone had complained that there was a man inside the women's bathroom, that I had to leave the bathroom and the restaurant," Ms. Farmer said. "Inside the stall door, I could see him. That horrified me, and it made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I said to him, 'I'm a female, and I'm supposed to be in here.'

"After I came out of the bathroom stall, I attempted to show him my ID to show him that I was in the right place, and he just refused to look at my identification. His exact words were, 'Your ID is neither here nor there.'"

Ms. Farmer said she often is mistaken for a man, but her New York State nondriver photo identification card clearly lists her as female.

She said the bouncer followed her up the stairs and back to the table, asked her party to pay for the appetizers they had eaten and made them leave the restaurant.

Telephone calls to the management at Caliente Cab Company were not returned yesterday. The bouncer was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Farmer in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. It accuses the restaurant of discriminating against Ms. Farmer because her appearance did not comply with society's norms concerning gender identity.

A 2002 amendment to the city's human rights law protects the rights of city residents whose gender expression is different from their sex at birth. The state's civil rights law does not include a similar protection. But the defense fund argues that it should be interpreted as protecting New Yorkers against sexual stereotyping, in which people are expected to conform to gender-appropriate behavior.

Although Ms. Farmer is not transgender, the legal defense group considered the suit to be a strategically important case with the potential to set a precedent, said Michael D. Silverman, the organization's executive director and general counsel. The lawsuit's claims are being made under both city and state law.

The fact that the bouncer refused to look at Ms. Farmer's identification card before ejecting her showed that he was judging her simply by how she looked, Mr. Silverman said.

Sexual stereotyping, he said, was expanded as a legal concept under a 1989 decision by the United States Supreme Court. In that case, Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, the court found, 6 to 3, that a woman had failed to make partner at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in part because she was considered too "macho." The court ruled that male supervisors discriminated against her on the basis of stereotyped notions of appropriate female appearance and behavior.

"We're asking the court to say that sex stereotyping by public accommodation is just as harmful when practiced by a public accommodation like a restaurant as it is when it is practiced by an employer," Mr. Silverman said. "If Khadijah were wearing pearls and white gloves, would the bouncer have treated her like that?"

Kenji Yoshino, a Yale Law School professor who studies gender and sexuality under the law, said Ms. Farmer's claims were much stronger under the city law. "The New York City statute is so much more directly on point."

Ms. Farmer said she is mistaken for a man on a daily basis — especially in bathrooms and locker rooms, where she often gets funny looks. "I have a script that is almost routine," she said. "I say, 'I am a woman, and I'm supposed to be here.'"

"Usually," she added, "they are embarrassed."




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If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
       Callan Williams

"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
       Ambrose Redmoon
      (by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)


Joe My God winner of the Best LGBT Blog for 2007.

Two random quotes from the blog Joe My God, winner of the Best LGBT Blog for 2007.

Charlie Crist - "Marriage is a sacred relationship. Like I had, before I got divorced."

Dan Savage - "Have you gotten a good look at Heather Poe, Mary Cheney's partner of 15 years? My son has two fathers, but Heather Poe's left labial lip is butcher than both of us put together."

Just too funny!




Yahoo IM: vickiecd
Website Director of

If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
       Callan Williams

"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
       Ambrose Redmoon
      (by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bono, Edge & Brian Eno - One

I love this song! Love it! Love it! Love it!

It always makes me tear up, if not cry. It is probably the hormones, but I don't care, I love it!

Until today I did not understand the words. Today I searched and found these lyrics and read them again. I get it this time. The last time I read them it must have been a bad transcription. It is about a relationship that has gone bad. Been there, got the scars.

Artist: Bono
Song: One

Is it getting better, or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you, now you got someone to blame?
You say one love, one life, when it's one need in the night.
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you baby if you don't care for it.

Did I disappoint you or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love and you want me to go without.
Well, it's too late tonight to drag the past out into the light.
We're one, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other... one

Have you come here for forgiveness,
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much, more than a lot
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got.
We're one, but we're not the same.
Well, we hurt each other, then we do it again.

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on to what you got, when all you got is hurt.

One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.
One life with each other: sisters, brothers.
One life, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other.
One, one.

One Response to “Dyke”

I just made this comment to Callan Williams post in her blog about being a femme trans-woman.

One Response to “Dyke”

  1. Vickie Davis Says:

    “Double Queer,” what an awful thought! But I guess that describes me too. Hot guys never “make me melt,” although it does for several of my trans friends. I guess that does give them more to choose from out there.

    I had been wondering for a while now, if I was to attempt to attract a lesbian, which I am ready to try to do, do I present as the femme or the butch? or does it matter? I don’t have either an answer or a prospect yet. I am every bit at a loss, much the same way I was as a guy. So you know I did not go out much. I had to be asked out when I presented as a guy, so I guess that makes me the femme. Now what do I do?




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