June 16, 2013 |
There was a time not that long ago when it would have seemed far-fetched to suggest that the law should protect gay and lesbian students in public schools from bullying or discrimination. It wasn't just that homosexuality was still regarded as undesirable, even pathological. There was also a reluctance to recognize that children and adolescents might identify themselves - and be identified by their tormentors - as gay. (The children knew better, of course.) Today it's obvious that gay, lesbian and transgender students exist and that they are often the victims of bullying and harassment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Californians are about evenly divided on a proposal that would require schools to allow transgender students to participate in sports and use bathrooms based on their gender identity and not their sex, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Forty-six percent of registered voters said they opposed the measure. Forty-three percent were in favor. The margin of error is 2.9 percentage points in either direction. The proposal was approved by the Assembly last month and is now headed to the state Senate.
May 16, 2013 |
Jennifer Finney Boylan was the father of two young boys, a devoted husband, a keyboard player in bar bands, the author of three published novels, and an English professor in Maine when she began the process that would make her outwardly - anatomically and socially - the woman she felt she had always been on the inside. Her book about life before, during and after that transition, "She's Not There" (2003), made her a guiding star for many transgender readers: Here was somebody who made all the changes she needed and, despite all the growing pains, got to keep most of her life.
May 3, 2013 |
Society is only beginning to understand transgender identity. For a young person who feels at odds with the physical gender that he or she sees in the mirror, there are major obstacles to be faced in the world at large, where acceptance is just about where it was for gay people 30 years ago. Even for those transgender children or teenagers who have supportive parents - and many don't - it's not an easy existence. The state of California and the California Interscholastic Federation have stepped up on behalf of these young people in admirable ways.
May 3, 2013 |
Question: I have been renting an apartment to a man named Michael, who recently asked me to start calling him Michelle because, he says, he now identifies as a woman. He has also started wearing makeup and women's clothing. Both the name change and the change in dress make me uncomfortable, and I'm worried that it may make my other tenants want to leave. At least one of the other tenants has commented about the "freak" in Apartment 201 and has asked me if the "freak" has any plans to move out. Michael has been an otherwise good tenant for several years.
April 12, 2013 |
UFC fighter Matt Mitrione was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for disparaging comments he made about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey agrees with him, though not with the language he used. She told the New York Post on Wednesday that Fox, who was a man until undergoing gender reassignment surgery seven years ago, "can try hormones, chop her ... off, but it's still the same bone structure a man has. It's an advantage. I don't think it's fair.
March 7, 2013 |
As head of Georgia's small state athletic commission last year, Andy Foster sat through an Assn. of Boxing Commissions discussion he believed was a bizarre waste of time: How to deal with post-operative transgender athletes. Now, Foster is the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission and the topic has never been more relevant. Transgender female fighter Fallon Fox told Sports Illustrated on Monday that she was a man before undergoing surgery in 2006. Fox has won two pro women's mixed martial arts fights, including a recent knockout victory in Florida, where she is scheduled to fight again April 20. Her fight promoter, Championship Fighting Alliance, has announced it will keep Fox in its MMA tournament despite the revelation.
February 28, 2013 |
A rally for the transgender community echoed from an unexpected corner of the country this week: a Boston fraternity. Members of Emerson College's Phi Alpha Tau fraternity made national news by raising money to pay for Donnie Collins' gender transition surgery. The 20-year-old visual media arts student, who was born a girl, figured there was only one group that could make his $8,125 female-to-male breast surgery happen: his insurance company. Then came the dreaded phone call.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2013 |
The last that Cassidy Vickers' street friends saw of him was about 10 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011, outside the Donut Time shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. He was waving and saying he'd be back in a bit. A transgender prostitute whose legal name was Nathan, Cassidy had come down from the San Francisco Bay Area to work the Hollywood streets. That night, on Lexington Avenue, 10 blocks from the doughnut shop, Vickers was shot to death by a man on a bike. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier online version of this article contained a typographical error inserted during initial editing of the text, referring to Cassidy Vickers as "heshe.
January 24, 2013 |
Thailand's transgender residents are displeased with Swedish furniture retailer Ikea because of a new ad they say is “disparaging” and “disrespectful” to their way of life. The commercial - titled “Luem Aeb,” or “Forgot to Deceive” - began running on YouTube and Bangkok's BTS Skytrain system in late December. In the ad, a middle-aged man shops in an Ikea store with his long-haired, willowy, minidress-wearing partner. The partner is chatting in a sweet, high voice when she suddenly lets out a low-pitched exclamation upon seeing the discount section.