On Thursday, Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, announced to NBC’s Today that she wanted to be referred to as female.
I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.
Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning. She will be referred to as “she.” She made this clear.
This isn’t difficult.
Misgendering Manning is more than a newspaper style choice. It’s an unethical journalistic practice that silences the transgender community. Worse, it perpetuates a harmful cycle of violence by sending the message that it’s okay for others to dismiss and override individual gender expression.
Because this is a deliberate harmful choice being made by the media, and it needs to stop right now.
Kate Bornstein has cancer. The good news, direct from the team of skilled doctors on her case, is that the cancer is curable. However, the treatment plan that gives Kate the best chance of beating cancer is incredibly expensive. Kate has spent the past thirty years helping the rest of us Stay Alive—now it’s our turn to give back.
Let’s HELP KATE BORNSTEIN BEAT CANCER AND STAY ALIVE!
I’m sure most of you know who Kate Bornstein is (and if you don’t, you should). Please take a moment to donate a buck or ten to save her life. I’m sure she will appreciate it, and it will mean a lot to her and the community.
(EDIT: there have been donation scams recently, so I want to point out this was cross-posted on Kate Bornstein’s official Facebook page, which means it’s for real. in case you were wondering.)
“The Administrative Court of Appeals in Stockholm, Sweden announced today, December 19th 2012 that the requirement in the Swedish Law on Legal Gender Recognition that a person wishing to change gender marker must undergo sterilization indeed violates the Swedish Constitution (Regeringsformen 2 kap 6 §) as well as the articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.”
Transsexuals and eunuchs have finally won recognition following some three years of interest shown by the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry disposed of the case and ruled that eunuchs were entitled to all the rights guaranteed in the Constitution to all citizens including the right of inheritance.
The apex court order said that eunuchs should not be deprived of their legitimate rights — particularly the right of inheritance of all movable and immovable properties and the right to adopt any profession.
The court directed that the judgment be forwarded to the chief secretaries, as well as the inspectors general of all provinces, for their information and to ensure adherence of their fundamental rights.
The issue had surfaced back in 2009 after police arrested some eunuchs by raiding a party in Taxila.
Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki, an Islamic jurist and human rights activist, stood up for their rights upon discovery that not a single human rights group or non-governmental organisation (NGO) was working for the rights of this community in the country.
Consequently, Dr Khaki had filed a petition seeking the establishment of a commission to safeguard the rights of the transgender community.
He contended that these people were denied the right of inheritance and other fundamental rights that citizens of Pakistan enjoy.
While concluding the proceedings, the bench appreciated the appointment of focal persons among the eunuch community in all the provinces to represent the community and help address issues being faced by them.
The chief justice also directed the interior secretary and provincial police officers (PPO) to appoint a focal person in every district and tehsil to look after security-related issues of the neglected community.
In addition, the court directed all federal and provincial health and education secretaries and the chief commissioner of Islamabad to coordinate with the representatives of the transgender community in order to provide free healthcare and education to them.
In November last year, the court directed the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to speed up the process of issuing CNICs to eunuchs and later directed the Election Commission to register eunuchs as voters as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 26th, 2012.
Fernanda Milan doesn’t need a mask - she doesn’t need to hide. She is visible, a symbol of strength and tenacity, a woman to be admired and loved, a person worthy - like any of “saving.”
“I have a right to a safe space where I can develop as an activist & a human being,” Fernanda says in her demonstration video in Denmark where she’s fighting her deportation back to her native Guatemala where she fears for her life. “If I go back to Guatemala, I will get killed, get prosecuted, might get tortured.”
In this image, taken by Mette Kramer Kristensen, Fernanda is demonstrating to stop her deportation (scheduled for TODAY - I hear from activists that it’s been pushed back a few days) on August 25, 2012 in Copenhagen. The protest was organized by the T-louge Society with more than 200 people in solidarity with Fernanda.
Fernanda Milan says, “I deserve a safe space to develop as a human being.”
Sign her petition to protect her from deportation to Guatemala, where she fears returning to a hostile country that offers her no protections as a trans activist.
Fernanda is a shining portrait of beauty, grace and intelligence under heaps and heaps of oppression and odds.
Also, for those of you signing the petition that don’t speak Danish, the translation for the form is as follows:
- First/given name
- Last/family name
- E-mail address
- Should your name be published? (yes/no)
You will then get a confirmation e-mail (may be delayed) - click the link that says “For at BEKRÆFTE din underskrift eller SLETTE denne, besøg venligst denne side:” to confirm your signature, otherwise it won’t be included.
Several years before Lindsay Morris photographed the gender-fluid children featured in our recent cover story, the Dutch photographer Sarah Wong was documenting children in her country who said they felt they were born in the wrong body.
Wong’s ongoing project, which she began in 2003, led to “Inside Out: Portraits of Cross-Gender Children,” with text by the Dutch medical journalist Ellen de Visser. The book, which came out in the Netherlands in 2010, follows children who have changed or are in the process of changing their gender and includes multiple portraits of them over the course of seven years. The individual portraits shown below are of children who were born male; the group shots include two children who were born female and now present themselves as male.
13 July 2012| By Dan LittauerThe French senate has unanimously voted to prohibit discrimination against transgender people.
During a session of the Senate to adopt of a bill against sexual harassment, discrimination against transgender people was added to the French penal code.
Before the vote Michelle Miller, Socialist Party Senator pleaded: ‘Transgender people have alerted us to high frequency of harassment and assaults they experience, particularly during the transition period that can last several years. It seems necessary to me to complete the law on discrimination and to add recognition of transphobia’.
Several other senators from both right and left of the political spectrum made similarly impassioned appeals.
The criteria ‘sexual identity’ was inserted into the legislation that prohibits discrimination yesterday (12 July). Sexual orientation is already covered.
Inter-LGBT, France’s largest LGBT rights group welcomed the vote as the step in the right direction, although stating that legislation is ‘imperfect’.
In an interview with the French daily Liberation, Nicolas Gougain, spokesperson of Inter-LGBT said: ‘This is a very important decision.
‘Until now, Article 225-1 of the penal code, which defines the contexts of discrimination, did not include discrimination based on gender identity - a term used in European legislation.
‘The Senate amended the code using the term “sexual identity”, a term which is less satisfactory, but it is a first step.’
In a press release the French Transgender National Association protested against the use of term ‘sexual identity’ which it claims will leave the determination of discrimination entirely to the judge’s discretion as the concept is not defined by law.
This was echoed in the discussion during the Senate’s session where Senator Annie David (Communist Party) stated: ‘The debate needs to be opened.
‘Gender identity is not sexual identity: one can be born into male or female without a corresponding gender identity.’
In 2010 France became the first country in the world to delist transsexualism from the category of mental illness.
A recent poll of young transgender people in France found that 34% said they have attempted suicide, while 19% have been disowned by their family.
According to the US National Transgender Discrimination Survey of 2011, 26% of transgender people lose their jobs following an announcement of their transition. And 52% reported incidents of discrimination with 19% finding themselves homeless as a result.