Whitewashing and Cisplaining...the movie

I began my transition in 1992. Part of what came with that was the meed for a hair stylist. I found mine at the Pink House in Conway, Arkansas. It was owned by John Schenck and Robert Lloyd, Their story is here at Freedom to Marry.

 photo Marsha_P_Johnson-650x500_zpsbnwbrgag.jpgJohn used to tell me stories from the old days. He was well positioned to do so since he worked as a bar back (i.e. bartending assistant) at the Stonewall back in the day. He told me about the night of June 28, 1969, when the police raided (not such a common occurrence at the Stonewall since there were payoffs) and especially began to hassle a Puerto Rican drag queen John only knew as José.

On that night there was a private party going on at the Stonewall. Regular patron Marsha P. (Pay it No Mind) Johnson was turning 25. Guests included other drag queens and some "girls who were serious" (in John's terminology; he means "transgender women") Some of the transwomen also did drag in order to make a buck...like Ms. Johnson.

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Lack of rights associated with adverse health outcomes

Milbank Quarterly is a healthcare policy journal published four times a year by John Wiley & Sons. The lead article in the most recent edition is Legal Protections in Public Accommodations Settings: A Critical Public Health Issue for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People. This study examined the healthcare consequences of the 2012 Massachusetts law which provided legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public education and business, but not in public accommodations such as transportation, retail stores, restaurants, health care facilities and bathrooms.

In 2013 452 transgender or gender nonconforming adults were interviewed for the survey, aged 18 to 75. The survey found that discrimination in public venues was not only common but associated with adverse health outcomes (abstract).

Lead researcher for the study was Dr. Sari Reisner of The Fenway Institute and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with colleagues from Yale School of Public Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

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Can't be an -ology without a journal

Coming this fall from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. will be the first ever scientific transgender health journal. Transgender Health will be an open access journal.

Transgender Health is the premier open source for authoritative, multidisciplinary research, discussion, and debate on the healthcare needs of this patient population. The Journal publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation. All articles in Transgender Health are rapidly reviewed and published online within 4 weeks of acceptance.

The journal will be edited by Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, professor in pediatrics-adolescent medicine and preventive medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Five advocacy organizations join together to assist transgender students nationally

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gender Spectrum, the National Education Association, the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined forces to produce Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools for distribution to various school administrations.

The publication's aim is to provide an informative guide to help school officials as well as parents assist and encourage transgender students.

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Transgender students suffer more eating disorders

The August issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health includes an article entitled Eating Disorders and Non-Gender Conforming Youth

This study examined associations of gender identity and sexual orientation with self-reported eating disorder (SR-ED) diagnosis and compensatory behaviors in transgender and cisgender college students.

Data was derived from 289,024 students from 223 U.S. universities participating in the American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment II.

Rates of past-year SR-ED diagnosis and past-month use of diet pills and vomiting or laxatives were compared among transgender students (n = 479) and cisgender sexual minority (SM) male (n = 5,977) and female (n = 9,445), unsure male (n = 1,662) and female (n = 3,395), and heterosexual male (n = 91,599) and female (n = 176,467) students using chi-square tests. Logistic regression models were used to estimate the odds of eating-related pathology outcomes after adjusting for covariates.

The study was done by members of Washington University in St. Louis.

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Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

In this September's Trains magazine{+}, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast.

This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail services, which include the Carolina services, some of which extend through to Florida, and also the planned Rapid Rail All Aboard Florida hourly daytime passenger services between Orlando and Miami. And the western connection ties this into the previous Congress-mandated study of upgrades to the existing Sunset Limited, which proposed to replace the current route by extending the Texas Eagle through to Los Angeles, connecting to a New Orleans corridor service at San Antonio.

{+: Note that online access to Trains! magazine is mostly paywalled for subscribers to the print edition.}

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Massively Ironic

Dr. Michael Brown ended July by asking what he calls A Sincere Question for Those Who Identify as 'Transgender" at Christian Post and Charisma News. I feel the need to point out that the scare quotes that bely the sincerity at Christian Post are absent at Charisma.

Brown has some things right.

If you identify as transgender and have read my previous articles or book chapters dealing with transgender issues, you almost certainly count me as an enemy, not a friend, a transphobic bigot lacking empathy—or even worse.

And I understand why you feel like that.

After all, I still refer to Bruce Jenner as Bruce and use male pronouns when speaking about him.

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The Breakfast Club (a lounging muskrat)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.  

 

 

 

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"I'm going to kill this faggot" --12 year old in Orlando

A 12 year-old Orlando boy sneaked out of his grandmother's house last night...taking a gun he had stolen along with him.

Cheyenne West, a transgender woman who was walking down a street near the Citrus Bowl heard him talking into his cell phone. She heard him say "I'm going to kill this faggot," so she started to run.

She said she was running for her life but when she realized the shooter was out of bullets, she turned around and began chasing him.

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