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February 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Clearwater granted child custody to a female-to-male transsexual in a bitter divorce and ruled he is a man under state law. The ruling confirms Michael Kantaras is the legal parent of the couple's two children, a boy whom he adopted and a daughter he bore before his sex change.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A transsexual woman's accusation that an El Monte police officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty last year is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, officials said Thursday. The woman recently filed a federal civil rights and assault lawsuit against the unnamed officer and the El Monte Police Department. In it, she said she was groped by the officer in October, forced to perform oral sex on him and then raped after being stopped while walking on a city street between 4 and 6 a.m. Oct. 23. The officer was in a marked patrol car and ordered the woman into an alley behind a business at Central and Garvey avenues, where he attacked her, the lawsuit said.
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September 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman and a transsexual who was born a man obtained a marriage license in San Antonio, taking advantage of a court ruling that defines gender only by chromosomes. Jessica Wicks and Robin Manhart Wicks, who took Jessica's surname this year, were allowed to pay $36 to get their license, even though they consider themselves a same-sex couple. Had Jessica Wicks been born a woman, their marriage, set for Sept. 16, would be illegal under state law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson
Karen Black, the bravely offbeat actress who burst into the public consciousness in such iconic counterculture films as "Five Easy Pieces" and "Easy Rider," has died. She was 74. Black, who was found to have ampullary cancer in 2010, died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her husband, Stephen Eckelberry. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said Black died at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Canoga Park. She died at West Hills Hospital.
NEWS
February 20, 1993 | Associated Press
Young people who surgically switch their genders can now legally change first names to match their new sex, Germany's Constitutional Court ruled Friday. The high court struck down a 1980 clause in the constitution that prevented transsexuals from changing their first names before their 25th birthdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2008 | Colleen Barry, Associated Press
VENICE, Italy -- Organizers of the Venice Film Festival waited to announce "Khastegi" (Tedium) by first-time Iranian director Bahman Motamedian until the last minute to avoid alerting authorities to its sensitive subject: transsexuals in modern-day Iran. The struggles of seven transsexuals depicted in the film are made more complicated by Iran's strict gender codes and cultural obstacles. But Motamedian, who is best known in Iran for theater work, insists the problems they face are universal to transsexuals anywhere in the world: finding their identity and seeking acceptance from their families.
NEWS
July 25, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Margaret Lamacz, a sex researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, remembers her confusion when she began working with transsexuals at the Medical Academy in Krakow, Poland. For every male desiring to be a Christine Jorgenson, she found five females who wanted to become men. "We were always puzzled," Lamacz said. "That did not agree with the literature," which held that transsexualism was primarily a male phenomenon.
NEWS
April 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
Voters in several Bay Area cities and school districts voted Tuesday on a variety of issues, but in the Napa Valley town of Yountville, the focus of election day was whether transsexual Terri Pohrman would win her race for mayor. Although her presence in the race captured media attention throughout the region, almost complete returns showed that Pohrman lost her bid for the office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A woman identified as the man wanted for a 1979 slaying in South Carolina denied Thursday that she is the suspect as a judge ordered a new fingerprint comparison to settle the issue. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Jacob Adajain ordered the tests after Valerie Nicole Taylor's lawyer asked for them. The lawyer, Walter Krauss, said Taylor was once known as Freddie Lee Turner--the name of the suspect in the shooting death in the small town of Gaffney, S.C., 17 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1989
Carla Leigh Salazar, a 35-year-old Santa Ana woman who was discovered stabbed to death in her apartment Thursday, was a transsexual who had originally been a man, police said Friday. "She had had the full sex change operation," Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said. Salazar's fully clothed body was found on the living room floor of her apartment in the 1600 block of North Bush Street about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
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March 6, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
I Am J A Novel Cris Beam Little, Brown: 326 pp., $16.99, ages 14 and up When individuals identify with the opposite gender instead of their biological sex, it is often misunderstood, vilified or worse. Although transsexualism is often confused with homosexuality, it is really about being born with body parts that don't match an individual's gender perspective. It is a situation that sometimes leads to gender reassignment surgery. Invariably, it's fraught with conflict, as transsexual individuals wrestle with their self identity and struggle to fit into a society that prefers clear-cut gender roles.
WORLD
March 5, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The governor made off to a monastery after having affairs with transsexuals, but not before the cops videotaped a tryst, all flesh and white powder, and offered to sell copies to a magazine owned by the prime minister, who, at the time, was rumored to be entangled with an underage Neapolitan model. Then one of the transsexuals, a Brazilian named Brenda, turned up naked and dead, her laptop computer submerged under a running tap. Oh, yeah, and the drug dealer who supplied cocaine to the governor and Brenda would meet his own demise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 | By Keith Thursby
Mike Penner, a longtime Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made headlines in 2007 when he announced that he was transsexual, has died. He was 52. Penner was pronounced dead Friday evening at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said. The cause of death has not been determined but was believed to be suicide. "Mike was a first-rate journalist, a valued member of our staff for 25 years, and we will miss him," Times Editor Russ Stanton said.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
A Colorado man who says he bludgeoned his date to death out of rage and shock after discovering she was biologically male was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and a hate crime. Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Allen Ray Andrade, 32, guilty of killing Angie Zapata, 18, of Greeley last July. District Judge Marcelo Kopcow swiftly sentenced him to life in prison without possibility of parole -- the state's mandatory sentence for first-degree murder.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2008 | Colleen Barry, Associated Press
VENICE, Italy -- Organizers of the Venice Film Festival waited to announce "Khastegi" (Tedium) by first-time Iranian director Bahman Motamedian until the last minute to avoid alerting authorities to its sensitive subject: transsexuals in modern-day Iran. The struggles of seven transsexuals depicted in the film are made more complicated by Iran's strict gender codes and cultural obstacles. But Motamedian, who is best known in Iran for theater work, insists the problems they face are universal to transsexuals anywhere in the world: finding their identity and seeking acceptance from their families.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2007 | Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant
Gay people on TV are old hat. By now, Entertainment Weekly reports, 61% of college freshmen, who grew up with "Will & Grace," approve of gay marriage. The finding in the national poll is up 10 percentage points from a decade ago.
NEWS
April 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
A jury awarded $755,000 in damages Monday to a transsexual who was strip-searched by sheriff's deputies to confirm her gender. The seven-member U.S. District Court panel awarded Victoria Schneider $750,000 for emotional pain and suffering for the strip-search at the county jail on June 13, 1996. They also imposed $5,000 in punitive damages against Deputy Fred Lew for ordering the search. After the verdict, Schneider told the jury that it was "life transforming" that they believed her.
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April 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Transsexual and ex-Las Vegas female impersonator Terri Pohrman lost her bid for mayor by an overwhelming margin, but vowed to give Yountville voters another chance. "I thought the people had more brains than they did," said Pohrman, 37, wearing a tight, low-cut gown with red sequins at a restaurant gathering with 50 disappointed supporters after her loss. The election may have drawn a turnout as heavy as 80%, one of the highest ever in the tiny Napa wine country town.
WORLD
August 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazil's public health system will begin providing free sex-change operations in compliance with a court order, the Health Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Edmilson Oliveira da Silva said the government would not appeal Wednesday's ruling by a panel of federal judges giving the government 30 days to offer the procedure or face fines of $5,000 a day.
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May 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Steve Stanton was fired as city manager in Largo two months ago after announcing his plans to become Susan Stanton. On Wednesday, Stanton, wearing a white skirt, pumps and makeup, vied for the top job in this cosmopolitan tourist town, and was turned down. The Sarasota city commissioners instead picked another one of the five candidates. Stanton was their third choice. "It's just too soon. It's too soon for a transgendered city manager....
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