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Unfit to Serve

With the anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell just passed, questions are arising over the military's continued stance that transgender people are unfit to serve.

The Advocate tracked down some current and recent transpeople who are serving or have just finished serving.

In the interest of full disclosure, this author must admit to serving in the US Army during the Vietnam Era (1971-1973). She did not serve oversees , but rather was stationed at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where she was a correctional specialist who rose to the pay grade of E5 (Spec-5, which is equivalent to sergeant). She separated with an Honorable Discharge and a Presidential Commendation.

This was all around two decades before she transitioned.

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Murdered young transwoman identified as Philadelphia trans activist

A body of a transwoman found on Labor Day in the Frankford neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia with a gunshot wound to the head has been identified as Kyra Cordova, 27, who also used the name Kyra Kruz on social media. Her body was found in a wooded area near a Wawa where she was last seen purchasing food and drinks.

Kyra was a volunteer and former employee at the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALLAEI). According to Facebook, Kyra graduated from North Penn Senior High School in Lansdale, PA in 2003 and was attending college, majoring in biology, with "aspirations of opening her own transgender medical facility".

Cordova began volunteering at GALLAEI in 2010 and was soon hired as an HIV tester.

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A Father Joins His Child

Here's a great story. Before I delve into it, I'd like to point out that there is some controversy over it. At base it is about a boy who likes to wear skirts and the actions of the boy's father. Now, the story is in German at the feminist magazine EMMA. oneandonlygabriel has provided a rough translation. Then Gawker picked it up. And Aravosis added his two cents about whether or not the child is transgender.

In my view, it doesn't matter whether or not the child is transgender. Because the child was born with a boy's body and likes to wear dresses, the child is gender-variant. And the father in question still gets my applause.

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The Coffee and Donuts Riots

On June 18, 2010 I published a diary about the Compton Cafeteria Riots of 1966. On August 20, 2012 there was a gathering/march in San Francisco honoring the survivors of those riots and the decades to follow.

Lest one try to parse the difference between the drag queens of the time and today's transwomen, one might note that the participants who showed up have mostly transitioned since that time.

That original diary follows.

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Trans News Dump

Every so often I find there is a series of stories which just aren't likely to get their own diary…even though they very well may deserve one. Time is a limited quantity after all and it's about to become a much more limited quantity quickly, what with the new semester about to run us over. Syllabi are due next Thursday and classes start the following week.

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Gender Prison: FAA amends rules about transgender pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration has amended its Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners to change the medical certification process for transpeople. The psychological testing previously required transgender applicants to take a battery of tests, including personality, projective, and intelligence tests…believing, apparently, that being transgender intrinsically caused one to be a potential safety risk. This resulted in transgender pilots being grounded and even losing their jobs under previous criteria.

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On Being Reborn

I had a major brain fart on Tuesday and I am extremely embarrassed…especially so, since I have a PhD in mathematics and made a subtraction error.

I understand why it happened. Twenty years ago this year (on September 30, to be exact), I began my transition from male to female. That was in my mind as the anniversary of my surgery approached…but my surgery was only 2012-1994 = 18 years ago. My face is very red.

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Weaving Reality XV: The Brakeman had a bony countenance

The Storyteller remembered an ancient story, a story that came from many cultures on many worlds. Thanatos, the Angel of Death, Grimnir, la Morte, the Grim Reaper, Śmierć, यम, 閻魔王, Susan's grandfather...the list goes on and on. It was the story of Death, come to life.

As the Storyteller spun the tale, the Brakeman reached out of the cab. A bony finger grazed a strand of the tapestry.

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