Archive for the ‘Trangender’ Category

>Prodigal Sons and A/X ads

February 12, 2010

>Today begins the Great Backyard Bird Count. Get out your checklists. birds are easy to spot in the snow. Oh wait. Misled again, it seems. Maybe we’ll still see some. But we know we will see birds.

You can count birds today, tomorrow, Sunday, and/or Monday.

Prodigal Sons

Well Oprah was not off base, the show yesterday featured the former high school quarterback standout Paul McKerrow, who is now Kimberly Reed, and is indeed a lesbian, and in a relationship with her partner Claire.

Kimberly has produced a documentary, described as “Superb” (San Francisco Chronicle), “Jaw dropping” (The Independent), “Exceptional” (the Village Voice), “Amazing” (Variety), about her and her brother, called Prodigal Sons.

Here she is in an interview taped during the 2009 Florida Film Festival about the movie.

Prodigal Sons is not yet scheduled for viewing here, but there are screenings in Atlanta and other cities. Dates can be found on the web site.

A/X and Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and advertisers are trying to target the LGBT market, it seems.

I have a few comments about the Armani Exchange ad, which appears as a 10 foot poster in the window of their stores.

1. Nobody I know is celebrating Valentine’s Day with anyone who looks like any of these people.

2. We’ve seen more skin and sex than this in many hetero ads for clothing, perfume and beer. Abercrombie, Marky Mark…to name a couple.

3. A mother’s support group is claiming the ads “poison children with 10 foot posters that are nothing but soft porn.” No, not teaching your children about the diversity of humanity is poisoning them with bigotry and in some cases, hatred.

4. One of the comments about this poster at the link above: “Posters like the AX ones are needed, to help us remember that people are not made of society – society is made of people. And people, in all their combinations, must come first.”

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Thomas Gave Birth

July 3, 2008

Thomas Beatie had his baby, a little healthy girl. Contratulations to Thomas and Nancy.

From ABC News

Thomas Beatie, the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called “pregnant man,” gave birth Sunday to a healthy baby girl, ABC News has learned.

The birth, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, was natural, according to a source, who added that reports that Beatie had had a Caesarean section are false.

“She’s really cute, really pretty,” the source told ABC News Thursday afternoon.

The source said Beattie was resting and the family was focusing its attention on the new baby.
Born a woman, Beatie, 34, who had had his breasts surgically removed and legally changed his gender from female to male, leaped to prominence around the world in April when the wispy bearded man revealed he was pregnant.

Despite years of taking hormones and living outwardly as a man, Beatie maintained that he retained his female sex organs because he intended one day to get pregnant.

“I actually opted not to do anything to my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day. I see pregnancy as a process, and it doesn’t define who I am,” Beatie told Oprah Winfrey in April.
“I feel it’s not a male or female desire to have a child. It’s a human need. I’m a person and I have the right to have a biological child,” he said.


Beatie was caught on tape leaving the hospital. He was not carrying the infant.

A woman who appears to be a nurse carried a combination car seat-baby carrier with a white blanket over it. Beatie walked a few yards behind her. The new dad walked easily, although he appeared tired, and despite the warm weather he wore a white hooded sweatshirt along with sunglasses and black shorts. Someone opened the car door for him.

Beatie was impregnated with sperm from a donor. His wife, Nancy, inseminated him at home with a device she said was like a syringe without the needle. They bought it from a veterinarian and it is typically used to feed birds.

>Thomas Gave Birth

July 3, 2008

>Thomas Beatie had his baby, a little healthy girl. Contratulations to Thomas and Nancy.

From ABC News

Thomas Beatie, the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called “pregnant man,” gave birth Sunday to a healthy baby girl, ABC News has learned.

The birth, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, was natural, according to a source, who added that reports that Beatie had had a Caesarean section are false.

“She’s really cute, really pretty,” the source told ABC News Thursday afternoon.

The source said Beattie was resting and the family was focusing its attention on the new baby.
Born a woman, Beatie, 34, who had had his breasts surgically removed and legally changed his gender from female to male, leaped to prominence around the world in April when the wispy bearded man revealed he was pregnant.

Despite years of taking hormones and living outwardly as a man, Beatie maintained that he retained his female sex organs because he intended one day to get pregnant.

“I actually opted not to do anything to my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day. I see pregnancy as a process, and it doesn’t define who I am,” Beatie told Oprah Winfrey in April.
“I feel it’s not a male or female desire to have a child. It’s a human need. I’m a person and I have the right to have a biological child,” he said.


Beatie was caught on tape leaving the hospital. He was not carrying the infant.

A woman who appears to be a nurse carried a combination car seat-baby carrier with a white blanket over it. Beatie walked a few yards behind her. The new dad walked easily, although he appeared tired, and despite the warm weather he wore a white hooded sweatshirt along with sunglasses and black shorts. Someone opened the car door for him.

Beatie was impregnated with sperm from a donor. His wife, Nancy, inseminated him at home with a device she said was like a syringe without the needle. They bought it from a veterinarian and it is typically used to feed birds.

Great Day for Dems and Gays

June 27, 2008

While the Bush economy is falling through the cracks (Stocks tumble) it is a banner day for democrats and gay rights.

Start with the democrats. Obama and Clinton appeared together in Unity, New Hampshire today. From CNN,

“We may have started on separate paths … today our hearts are set on the same destination for America … to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States,” Clinton said.
“We are one party, we are one America.”


She said the the way to get her issues addressed was to elect barack Obama as the next president. So come on, the rest of you Hillary supporters, join! There are events all over the country tomorrow, including in Bessemer. From the Barack web site:

UNITE FOR CHANGE
Please join Alabama Barack Team Bessemer for our UNITE FOR CHANGE RALLY.
We will kicking off the opening of our local official Barack For President Headquarters in the city of Bessemer. We will be doing a voter registration drive and planning for future activities. We will be selling Barack t-shirts, buttons and other paraphernalia.

Saturday, June 28 at 9:00 AM

Location:
Alabama Barack Team Bessemer Headquarters (Bessemer, AL)
Unity flowers and gifts
2301 9th Avenue North Bessemer, AL 35020

Other local events can be found at Barack Obama .

As for GLBT equality,yesterday for the first time in the history of our country a hearing was held on transgender issues Advocate article
“For far too long, transgender people have lived with the fear of losing their job simply because of who they are,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. “Today’s hearing marks a critical step in addressing this travesty once and for all.”

Let’s hope this leads to an inclusive ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act) .

And also, today Michelle Obama spoke before the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council.

From the article: ”We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union,” she said at the event, held days before the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots between gays and New York police, and the city’s annual gay pride parade.

Chris sent me this picture of her two good friends at their civil ceremony in Thurso. Wonderful people she says, I hope we get to meet them when we travel to Scotland. No, Chris, we don’t have travel plans yet, just wishes.

Congratulations, guys!!!

>Great Day for Dems and Gays

June 27, 2008

>While the Bush economy is falling through the cracks (Stocks tumble) it is a banner day for democrats and gay rights.

Start with the democrats. Obama and Clinton appeared together in Unity, New Hampshire today. From CNN,

“We may have started on separate paths … today our hearts are set on the same destination for America … to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States,” Clinton said.
“We are one party, we are one America.”


She said the the way to get her issues addressed was to elect barack Obama as the next president. So come on, the rest of you Hillary supporters, join! There are events all over the country tomorrow, including in Bessemer. From the Barack web site:

UNITE FOR CHANGE
Please join Alabama Barack Team Bessemer for our UNITE FOR CHANGE RALLY.
We will kicking off the opening of our local official Barack For President Headquarters in the city of Bessemer. We will be doing a voter registration drive and planning for future activities. We will be selling Barack t-shirts, buttons and other paraphernalia.

Saturday, June 28 at 9:00 AM

Location:
Alabama Barack Team Bessemer Headquarters (Bessemer, AL)
Unity flowers and gifts
2301 9th Avenue North Bessemer, AL 35020

Other local events can be found at Barack Obama .

As for GLBT equality,yesterday for the first time in the history of our country a hearing was held on transgender issues Advocate article
“For far too long, transgender people have lived with the fear of losing their job simply because of who they are,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. “Today’s hearing marks a critical step in addressing this travesty once and for all.”

Let’s hope this leads to an inclusive ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act) .

And also, today Michelle Obama spoke before the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council.

From the article: ”We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union,” she said at the event, held days before the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots between gays and New York police, and the city’s annual gay pride parade.

Chris sent me this picture of her two good friends at their civil ceremony in Thurso. Wonderful people she says, I hope we get to meet them when we travel to Scotland. No, Chris, we don’t have travel plans yet, just wishes.

Congratulations, guys!!!

The "T"

June 5, 2008

Last night a Town Hall Meeting was held at Covenant Community Church and several issues were presented by panelists as well as members of the audience. Inclusion of the “T” was a hot topic. “T” is the T in GLBT and means “transgender” and one aspect is whether “T” can be included in Alabama’s hate crimes law…which someday may pass*. Of course, the immediate response is “Duh,” of course transgender people should receive the same protections as other sexual minorities, but the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) of the issue requires analysis of what version of the bill could actually pass, etc.

* The house version of the bill did pass this year, but senate filibustering did not allow it to be brought up in the senate.

Transgender is always a topic that interests people, for a variety of reason, whether they admit it or not. That is why this post (Thomas Beatie) was my most popular post ever, and still gets hits on a daily basis. Some people are interested because they have a family member or friend who is dealing with such issues. Others are interested only because they see an issue of human rights. Some just think it is hot.

The Lady Chablis, in her book “Hiding My Candy”, defines “T” as “[n.] The truth”, and certainly, that is a part of a transgender person’s conflict. Discovering themselves and determining how and when to let others know. The Doll (The Lady Chablis’ stage name) defines “My T (to know my T, to tell my T)” as “[n.],[v.phr] Knowing where my candy’s hidden; knowing that I even have candy”. OK.

If you saw the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil“, The Lady Chablis played herself in the movie. I met The Lady Chablis in Savannah and saw her show at Club One.

Watch this clip, and in addition to learning about The Lady, you will hear her say “One thing I believe in with every human being is if your soul and your spirit says its the right thing, then it is the right thing.”

The Lady Chablis “pours the tea” or tells the truth, as she defines the phrase in the book.

Jim Berendt, author of “Midnight…” says “In the South, people regard other people’s lives as works of art.” That may be the “southern way” of looking at others, but it sure has been lost here in Birmingham. One only has to follow the story of Larry “Flip Flop” Langford and the Pride flags. After refusing to allow the flags on city property, he said that the flags could be put up after some pressure from William Bell and other councilors. But late yesterday, he reversed himself again and said the city would not put the flags up.

We have been assured by Central Alabama Pride that the flags will be up, however, in time for the parade (of course they were supposed to be up during all of Pride Week) but that could mean Pride Committee members on ladders which might not be a good thing. Let’s hope they find a bucket truck to use.

This parade on Saturday will include a 100 foot rainbow flag from Atlanta, and another large flag from Memphis, so we will not be short on rainbow color that day. Come join us (6:30, line up, 8:30 Parade, Five Points), and show the Mayor that Birmingham does support the gay community. With Pride.

>The "T"

June 5, 2008

>Last night a Town Hall Meeting was held at Covenant Community Church and several issues were presented by panelists as well as members of the audience. Inclusion of the “T” was a hot topic. “T” is the T in GLBT and means “transgender” and one aspect is whether “T” can be included in Alabama’s hate crimes law…which someday may pass*. Of course, the immediate response is “Duh,” of course transgender people should receive the same protections as other sexual minorities, but the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) of the issue requires analysis of what version of the bill could actually pass, etc.

* The house version of the bill did pass this year, but senate filibustering did not allow it to be brought up in the senate.

Transgender is always a topic that interests people, for a variety of reason, whether they admit it or not. That is why this post (Thomas Beatie) was my most popular post ever, and still gets hits on a daily basis. Some people are interested because they have a family member or friend who is dealing with such issues. Others are interested only because they see an issue of human rights. Some just think it is hot.

The Lady Chablis, in her book “Hiding My Candy”, defines “T” as “[n.] The truth”, and certainly, that is a part of a transgender person’s conflict. Discovering themselves and determining how and when to let others know. The Doll (The Lady Chablis’ stage name) defines “My T (to know my T, to tell my T)” as “[n.],[v.phr] Knowing where my candy’s hidden; knowing that I even have candy”. OK.

If you saw the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil“, The Lady Chablis played herself in the movie. I met The Lady Chablis in Savannah and saw her show at Club One.

Watch this clip, and in addition to learning about The Lady, you will hear her say “One thing I believe in with every human being is if your soul and your spirit says its the right thing, then it is the right thing.”

The Lady Chablis “pours the tea” or tells the truth, as she defines the phrase in the book.

Jim Berendt, author of “Midnight…” says “In the South, people regard other people’s lives as works of art.” That may be the “southern way” of looking at others, but it sure has been lost here in Birmingham. One only has to follow the story of Larry “Flip Flop” Langford and the Pride flags. After refusing to allow the flags on city property, he said that the flags could be put up after some pressure from William Bell and other councilors. But late yesterday, he reversed himself again and said the city would not put the flags up.

We have been assured by Central Alabama Pride that the flags will be up, however, in time for the parade (of course they were supposed to be up during all of Pride Week) but that could mean Pride Committee members on ladders which might not be a good thing. Let’s hope they find a bucket truck to use.

This parade on Saturday will include a 100 foot rainbow flag from Atlanta, and another large flag from Memphis, so we will not be short on rainbow color that day. Come join us (6:30, line up, 8:30 Parade, Five Points), and show the Mayor that Birmingham does support the gay community. With Pride.

Thomas Beatie…revisited

April 4, 2008

By far, and I mean really far, this post on Thomas Beatie has brought more visitors to Bessemer Opinions than any previous post. I track those kinds of things, when I have time. Not more comments than other posts, but more visitors. And from countries, literally, around the world. Lots of interest in the story.

There have been some interesting comments, and I am going to copy one of them here, and my response which I also posted as a comment.

A reader had this to say:

I am a heterosexual woman with VERY liberal views on the LGBT community. But this situation is where I draw the line. There is no miracle about Thomas’s ability to carry a child she’s a woman – that’s what we do! Thomas needs to see shrink, she wants to identify as a man but have the rights of a women! WTF?? Stop being greedy either you are or your not. Thomas is trying to play God – defy nature what he is doing is mocking the cycle of life. SHAME ON THEM!!

And here is my response:

I remember in 1978 when Louise Brown was an embryo in a test tube and the news of her successful implantation into the uterus of her natural mother took place. I remember the same types of comments, that Steptoe and the other doctors involved were playing God. Of course, Lesley Brown was the natural parent, so there are differences. No wait, Thomas is the natural parent also. And his baby was not concieved in a test tube, outside of the body.

Now in vitro fertilization is commonplace, and no one, well almost no one, thinks anything of it, except maybe questioning the multiple births that usually take place with these techniques. But is it playing God when we use a woman as a breeding machine to produce a litter? Is that mocking the human cycle of life, and mocking God? After all, the human uterus is not designed to carry 4 or 5 fetuses, yet the fertility Gods..docs…deem it so.

Also common are surrogate pregnancies where a woman carries the fetus of another woman and has the baby and then just gives it up. Is that healthy for the woman (the surrogate)or the baby? Is that playing God?

When Sarah (Sarai) couldn’t bear Abraham’s (Abram’s) child he tried that surragacy thing, sort of, with Hagar. Who was playing God there?

Of couse they had that whole incest, who’s your daddy thing going on with Sarah and Abraham having the same father (oh, really?) and rumors about Abimelech being the daddy of Isaac.So unusual pregnancies and relationships did not begin with Thomas Beatie, and they won’t end there.

Oh, the flower pictures will have to wait till later in the weekend..

>Thomas Beatie…revisited

April 4, 2008

>By far, and I mean really far, this post on Thomas Beatie has brought more visitors to Bessemer Opinions than any previous post. I track those kinds of things, when I have time. Not more comments than other posts, but more visitors. And from countries, literally, around the world. Lots of interest in the story.

There have been some interesting comments, and I am going to copy one of them here, and my response which I also posted as a comment.

A reader had this to say:

I am a heterosexual woman with VERY liberal views on the LGBT community. But this situation is where I draw the line. There is no miracle about Thomas’s ability to carry a child she’s a woman – that’s what we do! Thomas needs to see shrink, she wants to identify as a man but have the rights of a women! WTF?? Stop being greedy either you are or your not. Thomas is trying to play God – defy nature what he is doing is mocking the cycle of life. SHAME ON THEM!!

And here is my response:

I remember in 1978 when Louise Brown was an embryo in a test tube and the news of her successful implantation into the uterus of her natural mother took place. I remember the same types of comments, that Steptoe and the other doctors involved were playing God. Of course, Lesley Brown was the natural parent, so there are differences. No wait, Thomas is the natural parent also. And his baby was not concieved in a test tube, outside of the body.

Now in vitro fertilization is commonplace, and no one, well almost no one, thinks anything of it, except maybe questioning the multiple births that usually take place with these techniques. But is it playing God when we use a woman as a breeding machine to produce a litter? Is that mocking the human cycle of life, and mocking God? After all, the human uterus is not designed to carry 4 or 5 fetuses, yet the fertility Gods..docs…deem it so.

Also common are surrogate pregnancies where a woman carries the fetus of another woman and has the baby and then just gives it up. Is that healthy for the woman (the surrogate)or the baby? Is that playing God?

When Sarah (Sarai) couldn’t bear Abraham’s (Abram’s) child he tried that surragacy thing, sort of, with Hagar. Who was playing God there?

Of couse they had that whole incest, who’s your daddy thing going on with Sarah and Abraham having the same father (oh, really?) and rumors about Abimelech being the daddy of Isaac.So unusual pregnancies and relationships did not begin with Thomas Beatie, and they won’t end there.

Oh, the flower pictures will have to wait till later in the weekend..

Thomas Beatie

March 27, 2008

I have considered writing about this subject for days, ever since I first read a story in The Advocate about Thomas Beatie, who is transgender. I have a not too distant relative who like Thomas is female to male trangender and I thought about him when I read the article.

Today the Birmingham News had an article about Thomas, but since they could not tell the whole story, here, in The Advocate is a link to it. By commenting on this, I don’t feel I am exploiting his situation, since he writes about himself in the first person in the article.

Thomas is legally a male in Oregon and is married, with full rights and benefits to his wife, Nancy. Thomas is now carrying their child. You can see a picture of the pregnant man at the link above. Thomas was born with female reproductive organs, and at the time of sex reassignment did not have those parts removed, although he did have chest reconstruction.

He and Nancy wanted to have a child, but Nancy, due to a medical condition years ago, had a hysterectomy and could not bear children. Thomas stopped his hormone treatments and more than a year later he is pregnant with their daughter.

Thomas says they saw nine different doctors before finding one who would work with them. His own brother questioned “what kind of monster” he might produce.

They realize their situation “sparks legal, political and social unknowns.” Still, they also know that their daughter will be born around July 3, 2008, and so far the pregnancy is free of complications.

Thomas and other transgendered individuals deserve the same respect and rights that the rest of us deserve. He has put himself out there for the world to see to make a point, and he does it well.

Only by sharing stories such as this will people begin to understand and accept people of sexual minorities. The most recent issue of Out magazine was devoted to Trans issues. I commend the media (at least this part of it) for presenting this information, even when the LGBT rights organizations are sometimes struggling with it. For Thomas, for my “cuz”, for the rest of you, I am with you.