License — Finally!

April 28, 2008

I finally got my California Driver’s License with my new name and gender!! more to follow… stay tuned!

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I am just now starting to do my own research on Transgender lobbying and organizations out there fighting the good fight for trans inclusive bills and being more proactive. Found this on the NCTE webpage today– these things need to be more public at sites like FTM ALLIANCE and FTMi so more Trans people can help with the cause or raise awareness.

See Below

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Were you frustrated, angry or disappointed at Congress’ decision to set aside the transgender-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

Were you excited by the passage of a transgender-inclusive Hate Crimes bill?

Do you believe elected officials need to hear directly from transgender people about the bills and issues that impact our lives?

If so, come to DC for Lobby Day on April 14 & 15!

Members of Congress have said that more education is needed in order to convince their colleagues to vote for legislation that includes gender identity and expression; let’s make sure they hear from us loudly and clearly this year that only full equality under the law is acceptable to our community. Our community needs — and deserves — full protections against the rampant discrimination we face. Will you help us send this message?

We must make sure our elected officials understand who we are and why our community needs protetions agains workplace discrimination and violence. To do this, we need as many diverse members of the transgender community as we can gather, and our families and allies, to come to Washington, DC on April 14-15 to speak directly to our members of Congress.

We must tell legislators why a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act is absolutely essential.  We need to share the real story of trangender lives: our need for basic health care and employment; the right to raise our families and have safe homes; and the chronic harassment and violence that many of us face on a daily basis.  Our representatives need to know that there are transgender people living in thier districts, voting and participating in the civic life of our nation.  And we need to show our politicians and the other organzations in our nation’s capital the strength of our commitment to stand up for transgender civil rights.

Join us on April 14-15 for what we are sure will be the largest transgender Lobby Day to date. Last year broke records, but this year we need your presence even more. This year’s event will include:

  • A comprehensive training session to make sure you have all of the information you need for an effective and positive visit with your member of Congress
  • A rally on the Capitol steps for transgender rights
  • A briefing on all of the major public policy issues impacting the transgender community right now
  • A reception at the National Press Club (separate ticket)
  • If this is your first time visiting your member of Congress, we’ll provide assistance in making the appointment and getting you started

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Plan to come to Washington, DC April 14-15
  • Help organize a delegation from your city, town, or state
  • Volunteer to help make appointments and assist others for whom this is their first lobbying experience; please contact us at ncte@nctequality.org to let us know if you are willing to volunteer
  • Spread the word to others in our community by forwarding this information and future announcements about lobby day; let people know why you think this is an important event
  • Raise funds to help people come to lobby day who would not otherwise be able to afford it; you can donate money or frequent flyer miles to the scholarship fund or assist others through a local organization
  • Write about it in your blog or newsletter; send e-mails to your friends and colleagues about why it is vital for the transgender community to send this message to Congress

Participating in Lobby Day, including the training, policy briefing and rally, is free. We do need you to register in advance so that we can plan for your participation and make sure that you are able to meet with your member of Congress. Once you register, we’ll send you a comprehensive packet of information about how to prepare for your visit. Click to register today!

There will be a ticket charge for the reception, to defray our costs and to help raise funds to support this and ongoing efforts to educate Congress about the need for transgender-inclusive legislation. Scholarships are available; please contact us at ncte@nctequality.org for more information. Click for more information.

gender terrorist

April 14, 2008

So I’ve recently been denied a US Passport because I do not have the necessary surgeries required under the Patriot Act to change my gender on my passport.  I also don’t have the necessary surgeries to change my birth certificate either.  However, I am on testosterone and live full time as a male member of society– this grants me a gender change according to the more liberal practices of the CA state DMV.  So basically, If I have a license and photo ID claiming me to be male and then a passport that says differently, this will create even more of a headache and red flag in my opinion and of course does not make sense.  Why are you so worried about my gender? Am I really a gender terrorist?

The surgery you (government, people that vote these laws into practice, the uninformed masses..etc.) require me to get is close to $8,000. It is something I would get in a heart beat if I had the proper finances. However, the insurance company does not cover it. So US Dept. of State, are you going to cover the cost in the surgery you’re requiring me to get so I am allowed to freely leave my country? No, didn’t think so. I am a prisoner, trapped and stripped of my rights to come and go freely.

If I send a letter stating my intent to get surgery, I MAY be allowed a LIMITED passport book. thank you for that. I feel less like a gender terrorist already.  Thank you for your genorisity. It really means a lot that I MAY be allowed to leave the country and that it will be a LIMITED time so my rights will then be taken away again.  But please, by all mean, let the actual terrorists in, the ones planting the bombs, infiltrating our government and blowing up our buildings. By all means, allow them safe passage in and out of the country. But definitely fear the gender terrorist trying to go visit friends in Sweden or take a weekend trip to Mexico.

The Pregnant Man

April 10, 2008

So I needed a few days to compose my thoughts about this subject before blogging. On Thursday, 4/3/08 Thomas Beatie and his wife Nancy, announced to the world via the Orpah show that they were pregnant. The catch was that Thomas is transgendered and was carrying the child himself. So the media pull was that this man was pregnant. Well the headlines were correct. He transitioned and to coin the Oprah phrase is transgendering (thank you Oprah for inventing that word for me). He was on testosterone for 8 years and then went off it for 2 years before he became pregnant. [now of course, I am not his doctor nor do I know this for a fact, but this is the information I am able to gather from reputable news sources]. He did have top surgery to remove his breasts, but opted to not have bottom surgery leaving his uterus and ovaries in tact. This afforded him the ability to reproduce and thus he is pregnant with a child.

My feelings on this subject:

1. I don’t think the subject was approached correctly by the media / Oprah or even Thomas. I think the circus display of “pregnant man” was a bit too much. They should have explained the idea behind transitioning and being transgendered a bit. At least Thomas got to say his piece that his sexual orientation and attraction towards women had nothing to do with his gender identity. Point for the trans community. And he got to say that his desire to carry a child had nothing to do with his feelings of masculinity or femininity but it was a human desire. Point for the trans community!

2. I think it left much of the world with lots of questions and a very IN YOUR FACE situation. Which I”m all about, the world needs to know. and I’m grateful everyone was talking about it. But more needs to then be said about it, more follow up, not just the freak show and we’re out. It was great to hear people call me and say “i saw a pregnant transman on Oprah”. or the questions I fielded the next day on how this was possible and why, etc. Those were great life challenging, society changing questions. But I’m not sure where the support from his fellow transmen are or the trans community in general since I only found one semi-supportive blog about it on FTMI.

3. I am completely supportive of him and his wife. Their desire to have a child is a human right and I say good for him. Could I go off testosterone for 2 years? No probably not it’s not something I desire. I’m not even sure how his hormones can’t be all crazy with the increase or progesterone and estrogen and the residuals of testosterone. But he seemed perfectly happy and content. I say — way to go Thomas for bringing your story to the world– even if the media did make it into a circus– and hopefully you make it through your pregnancy safely.