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One might think she's the most fearsome creature in America

 photo Lucy_zpss1gjege0.jpgYou should meet Lucy Tidd. She is 8. It is unusual for such a young child to be scaring the bejeezus out of adults across the land.

Because looking at the behavior of those adults...adults who enough people judged to be sufficiently mentally competent that they elected them to public office, you'd think she was a serial killer.

It was the first day of third grade and 8-year-old Lucy was sitting in the principal’s office with her parents, crying her heart out. She was terrified. Mark and I sat with her and said: ‘This is your journey. We will go and do whatever you want.’ She had this blue bunny and she just held onto that and sobbed and sobbed. And then Mark carried her to the classroom.

--Briget Tidd

The scariest thing is that nobody knew except for the teachers. The kids saw Benjamin walk into school dressed like a girl, and they were like, ‘Hey, Benji.’ They were confused, but there was no malicious intent.

--Mark Tidd

Lucy didn’t relax until recess, when her mother helped a group of curious girls understand what was happening.

I said to them, ‘This is the same person you played with last year, that you played four square with, that you played jump rope with, that you ran around and played ball with. This is the same exact person.’ Only now, Benji wants to be just like you...like a girl.

--Briget Tidd

“I said, ‘Do you think that we can let her be herself and do this?’ ” Bridget asked the girls, who nodded in agreement. “Then the next thing I know they took her hand and they ran and that was it.”

I stood there with tears in my eyes, trusting that the rest of the day would be OK, and I let her go. And at that moment she was completely free, and we’ve never turned back.

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Public art to be created as tribute to transgender victims of violence

Los Angeles-based sculptor Heath Satow has been commissioned by the Transgender Community Coalition to create a tribute to transgender victims of violence to be displayed as public art somewhere in Palm Springs.

 photo clinton_zpsezlhbyzq.jpgThe original rendering of the statue was created by coalition director Thomi Clinton and R. J. Taylor.

The original iteration of the transgender sculpture illustrates a life-size figure, made of steel butterflies, lying on its side. Where exactly the statue will find a permanent home in Palm Springs is still to be determined.

 

 

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Olympics to allow transgender athletes in 2016

The International Olympic Committee is expected to adopt new guidelines concerning the participation of transgender athletes before this years summer Olympics in Rio. The new guidelines have grown out of an under-the-radar meeting this past November called Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism.

The new guidelines will completely eliminate restrictions for trans men. Triathlete Chris Mosier's participation in the World Duathlon Championships, for which he has qualified as part of the American team, had been in doubt. The International Triathlon Union will decide Mosier's fate by which set of standards it adopts.

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Addressing the anti-trans concern trolls

Two University of Washington researchers, working out of the Social Cognitive Development Lab on what is called the TransYouth Project have tired of the near constant alarm being raised about transgender children being spurred on...even "created"...by their parents. An example of such alarm resides in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, The Transgender Battle Line: Childhood.

So Kristine Olson and Lily Durwood have written a response, Are Parents Rushing to Turn Their Boys Into Girls?.

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India's first transgender band drops Pharrell Williams cover

6-Pack Band comprises six transgenders singing original songs, including a cover version of Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy". They have been joined by Bollywood star Sonu Nigam for their debut collection.

We are taking one step at a time. There are total six songs. I felt very happy singing with them. They were singing my songs all the time, they have a very good vibe. I really enjoyed their innocence and child-like energy.

--Sonu

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Cruz: Transgender students an "infliction"

Ted Cruz put in his claim for the transphobic vote yesterday.

Not that he hasn't had some sterling competition from Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio.

Rubio seems to imply that employing LGBT people and serving LGBT customers were themselves sinful actions.

it is “most baffling” that anyone could thoughtfully defend the notion that it is normal — that it is perfectly legitimate — for a person just to declare oneself to be a different gender. It borders on laughable, and I know to say it’s laughable would bring great contempt because people would say you’re being insensitive. I’m not being insensitive. I’m exercising just a little bit of common sense.

--Huckabee

Carson opposes allowing transgender people to serve in the military, "worrying that the military is being used as “a laboratory for social experimentation.”

“Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”

Last month, Carson similarly said that trans people don’t deserve “extra rights,” like equal access to safely use the bathroom.

Focusing on Cruz:

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Mummers Parade group pushes transphobia, attacks Jenner

 photo Cereal_zps7rl7wvrn.jpgIncoming Mayor Jim Kenney has denounced the Mummers group Finnegan's Wake for its attack on the transgender community...and specifically Kaitlyn Jenner.

Kenney called the signs carried "bad" and "hurtful" and said that the Philadelphia transgender community did not deserve "that form of satire."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making me feel old

Esquire magazine has an article about a time long ago: 5 Transgender Americans on the Hardships of Transitioning, Then and Now.

Transgender men and women have lived openly for decades in America. Most of them transitioned before it was remotely acceptable to the wider culture—and so made possible the social transformation in gender identity that we are seeing today. The three women and two men on these pages lived much of their lives as one sex and then, along with thousands of others, have lived long, accomplished (and dangerous) lives as another. They are a comment on the abiding nature of the human impulse to change sexual identity (at a moment when it's almost regarded as a fad) and also emblematic of those who did so when it was so much harder.

Full disclosure: The author of this diary began transition 23 years ago.

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Outside Society

 

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As we approach a time of year which is holy for most religious for one reason or another, the Pew Research Center has taken a look at where transgender people stand in relation to them.

As we can see from Pew's handy-dandy summary image, the Episcopal church, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Church and Reform Judaism have all issued specific edicts saying that transgender people should be included in the life of the church and that they can be ordained as ministers.

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What you gonna learn today?

It seems to be a day for skimming the news involving the trans community. What do we discover?

The PP shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, is not transgender, but this won't stop right-wingers from using the claim, or anything else they can grab on to in order to demonize transgender people as threats to public safety.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton has been found guilty of choking and then drowning transgender woman Jennifer Laude in Olangapo City, The Philippines.

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