Rhode Island Catholic Day School reverses exclusion of trans students

Mount Saint Charles Academy is a catholic junior/senior high school in Woonsocket, Rhode Island run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

A week ago concerned alumni noticed that since October of last year, the parent-student handbook included the following, without any explanation:

Mount Saint Charles Academy is unable to make accommodations for transgender students. Therefore, MSC does not accept transgender students nor is MSC able to continue to enroll students who identify as transgender.

Transgender status was, in fact, the only stated exclusion listed in the handbook.

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SEX CHANGE SHOCKER—WACHOWSKI BROTHERS NOW SISTERS!!!

 photo LillyWachowski.0_zpsxkebeoul.jpgThat title is the one Lilly Wachowski wrote for her own coming out yesterday. Her sister Lana came out in 2012.

There's the headline I've been waiting for this past year. Up until now with dread and/or eye rolling exasperation. The "news" has almost come out a couple of times. Each was preceded by an ominous email from my agent—reporters have been asking for statements regarding the "Andy Wachowski gender transition" story they were about to publish. In response to this threatened public outing against my will, I had a prepared a statement that was one part piss, one part vinegar and 12 parts gasoline.

It had a lot of politically relevant insights regarding the dangers of outing trans people, and the statistical horrors of transgender suicide and murder rates. Not to mention a slightly sarcastic wrap-up that "revealed" my father had injected praying mantis blood into his paternal ball-sac before conceiving each of his children to produce a brood of super women, hellbent on female domination.

Okay, mega sarcastic.

But it didn't happen. The editors of these publications didn't print a story that was only salacious in substance and could possibly have a potentially fatal effect. And being the optimist that I am, I was happy to chalk it up to progress.

--Lilly Wachowski

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Uterus transplants open new world of possibility for trans women

 photo bowick_zpsvcviuweo.jpgSurgeons at Cleveland Clinic transplanted a uterus into a woman identified only as Lindsey in late February. The clinic plans to perform ten such transplants in a clinical trial. Recipients at this time will be women who can't get pregnant because their uterus is damaged or missing.

But transgender women are watching.

I hope it becomes a reality. I absolutely would be willing to do it.

Ever since I was old enough to understand the concept of parenting, I wanted to be a mother. I didn’t know how that would ever happen, but that’s what I wanted.

--Chastity Bowick, 30, a medical case manager in Worcester, Mass

Bowick began her transition when she was 19.

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Pharmacological management of transgender patients

Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor of Pharmacy Times, has written a call for Pharmacists to educate themselves on the "unique needs" of transgender patients: 5 Ways Pharmacists Can Help Transgender Patients

Transgender patients have unique health needs, but few health care professionals have received adequate training on how to best care for these patients.

--Ross

Bryan Bishop, PharmD, BCPS, clinical assistant professor at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently wrote about pharmacotherapy considerations in the management of transgender patients in Pharmacotherapy.

Not being a peruser of that no-doubt fine journal, I'm glad Ms. Ross is.

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DeBlasio mandates that NYC stand by its values

Mayor Bill DeBlasio today signed an executive order declaring that all city-owned buildings that have single-sex facilities would allow transgender people to use the facility of the gender with which they identify. That order includes schools, city offices, gyms and recreation centers, public parks and some museums.

People will not be asked to show identification or otherwise prove their gender, the city said, and employees will receive training to assist them in meeting the requirements.

The city’s public hospitals and public housing buildings, which are not technically covered by the order because they are run as independent authorities, have also agreed to implement the rules.

Today, the executive order will make loud and clear that New York City is a city for us all: cisgender, transgender, non-binary.

--Carmelyn Malalais, chairof the NYC Human Rights Commission

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TSA Institutionalizes discrimination against trans folk

The Transportation Security Administration has identified the greatest danger to your travel: it's us transgender people.

TSA officials announced a new (and they say, final) rule that sets forth the discrimination we are due and you should be be safer with.

The rule implements the widespread use of body-scan technology which requires a TSA agent to choose a pink or blue button based on the perceived gender of the person traveling through U.S. airports. Transgender people, as a result of the policy’s gender bias, are stopped by TSA agents and forced to undergo pat downs and inspections of genital areas and chests.

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Transgender youth 4 times as susceptible to eating disorders as cis youth

Eating disorders have historically been associated with young, white women of privilege. However, this is a myth—eating disorders do not discriminate. While more research is needed in this area, we do know that the prevalence of eating disorders is similar among Non-Hispanic Whites, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians in the United States, with the exception that anorexia nervosa is more common among Non-Hispanic Whites.

--NEDA

TeenVogue Magazine has published an article investigating why trans kids are more susceptible to developing eating disorders than their cisgender, heterosexual, female peers (the latter being the poster version for eating disorders). The TeenVogue article, in a classic example of "better late than never" is based on a December essay from Broadly, which itself was based on a study published in Journal of Adolescent Health last summer.

It turns out eating disorders are most common among those who we have selectively ignored: A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health earlier this year found that transgender youth were four times more likely to report an eating disorder diagnosis than their cisgender heterosexual female peers—the next leading eating disorder group. The study involved over 200,000 heterosexual students, 5,000 who are "unsure," 15,000 who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and 479 who are transgender.

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Overture. Dim the Lights

I hear it all the time. We transgender people just have to wait for our time; We're just too new.

A team of trans people are busy putting the lie to that. We've Been Around is series of documentary shorts that chronicle the lives of Lucy, STAR, Albert, Little Ax, and Lou. They are directed by Rhys Ernst, produced by Christine Beebe and the narration is done by transgender people. The team includes Transparent actress Alexandra Billings, writer and filmmaker Susan Stryker and trans historian Monica Roberts.

I know it's terribly bad form to write a diary that asks the readers to go somewhere else and then come back. But I sure hope you do. The videos do not embed well.

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Spirit murder

 photo demarkis-stamsberry-x750_zps83vorvty.jpgDeMarkis Stansberry was a 30-year-old black transgender man residing in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

On Saturday, DeMarkis was fatally shot in the head by Nicholas Matthews, who just turned 24 on Monday.

Matthews was booked by sheriff's deputies for negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Spirit murder

 photo demarkis-stamsberry-x750_zps83vorvty.jpgDeMarkis Stansberry was a 30-year-old black transgender man residing in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

On Saturday, DeMarkis was fatally shot in the head by Nicholas Matthews, who just turned 24 on Monday.

Matthews was booked by sheriff's deputies for negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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