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January 8, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
As an 8-year-old boy in Pontiac, Mich., Michael Clark wanted to become a nun. This week Clark, who changed his name to Joanna following a sex change operation in 1975, took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in a service officiated by an Episcopal priest in a San Clemente church. Taking the name Sister Mary Elizabeth, Clark inaugurated her own order, the Community of St. Elizabeth. But on Thursday, Acting Episcopal Bishop Oliver B. Garver Jr. repudiated the event.
There is something disarming about Kate Bornstein's "The Opposite Sex . . . Is Neither," the one-person show that Thursday launched Ecce Lesbo/Ecce Homo, the Fourth Annual National Festival of Lesbian and Gay Performance at Highways in Santa Monica. Despite this festival's formidable title, Bornstein's show is an inviting exercise in plain old human relations. With a twist.
September 27, 1990 | United Press International
A transsexual actress who once appeared as a James Bond playmate has no legal right to marry a man because she was born a boy, a European court ruled today, upholding British law. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, said Caroline Cossey's rights under the European Convention on Human Rights had not been breached when Britain refused to alter her birth certificate.
November 16, 1990 | TINA DAUNT
An Oxnard man who shot and killed a transsexual three years ago for dancing with his brother was sentenced Thursday to 17 years to life in prison. Howard J. Asher, a public defender representing Daniel Montenegro Delgado, 24, said he would appeal the case, adding that the second-degree murder verdict handed down by a jury last month was unfair because of cultural differences.
October 19, 1990 | MACK REED
An Oxnard man who shot a transsexual three years ago for dancing with his brother was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder but not guilty of first-degree murder. Jury foreman Robert G. Taylor said Daniel Montenegro Delgado, 24, was acquitted of first-degree murder because he was not quite rational on Christmas night, 1987, when he fired six rounds point-blank into Rosando Sanchez-Reyes, a pre-operative transsexual who called himself Crystal.
January 15, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Episcopal Bishop-elect Frederick Borsch said Thursday that he would consider the application of Joanna Clark, who underwent a sex change operation 13 years ago, if she formally applies to establish her own religious community in south Orange County. Her status as a transsexual would not automatically disqualify her from forming her own order, nor from becoming a sister in the Episcopal Church, he said. But he would take the operation into account in his decision, he said.
September 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A transsexual is suing United Airlines, claiming he was ordered to get off an airplane and change into men's clothing before re-boarding. Richard Ward, also known as Sarah West, was on a flight from Omaha to Chicago, where he was scheduled to take a connecting flight home to London.
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....
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.
December 31, 1994 | From Times wire services
San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan signed a city measure into law Friday barring discrimination against transsexuals and transvestites. Several other cities have similar laws, but San Francisco's is the toughest in the nation. It prohibits discrimination based on "gender identity" in employment and housing. Companies breaking the law could be banned from city contracts.
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