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Old 02-11-2013, 07:13 AM
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UK trans student verbally abused, shoved out of university restroom

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Two females in a restroom at the Student Union in UK’s Leeds University apparently grabbed a trans woman’s breasts then shoved her out while verbally abusing her. The university’s security was called and the issue resolved to the victim’s satisfaction.

A Student Union spokesperson said security explained to the two females of the university’s respect for transgender students’ needs and choices. According to a student newspaper, the two females then understood the error of their ways. The victim, Alexis, says ‘misgendering is something I expect, but grabbing my breasts and shoving me is completely unacceptable.’ However, Alexis did not wish further action taken against the two females.

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While this incident ended well, it could have easily gone the other way as in the case of a Maryland McDonald’s incident which a trans woman was brutally beaten by two female customers for using the female’s restroom. Captured on video, the beating resulted in one adult female getting sent to a lengthy prison term and a minor sent to juvenile hall.

Read about the McDonald’s beating here: [UPDATE] 19-year-old attacker sentenced to 5 years for beating transgender woman in McDonalds THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes
UK trans student verbally abused, shoved out of university restroom THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes

Every time I use the restroom, I think of how I would react if something like this were to happen to me. This article says that after having things explained to them by security, the two cis females then understood the error of their ways, so I guess education is key here.
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Every time I use the restroom, I think of how I would react if something like this were to happen to me. This article says that after having things explained to them by security, the two cis females then understood the error of their ways, so I guess education is key here.
What kind of moral level do they have to do this in the first place, regardless of 'learning the error of their ways'?
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Just another day in the life for some of us. I am one of the extremely lucky ones. I have a job, a home and people who care about me.

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I was working at a spa while I finished transitioning, and my boss insisted I couldn't present myself as female at work -- and even bought me men's polo shirts to wear as soon as I bought women's shirts.

It created such a hostile work environment that I left in mid-December and I've been looking for work since.

I've applied for 213 jobs. A coffee equipment company offered me a job a couple days ago and I just needed to meet with the technician to get trained. But after I discussed the name change with the employer on the phone, I got a call saying 'we changed our mind,' and they gave me some excuse.

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There weren't very many options for me as a transgender woman -- or kid, really -- of color. Because I was homeless, the only thing I could find was the sex trade. I had no education, no jobs, no parents I could go to -- I had no one to turn to. And now from age 16 to 45, I've been homeless on the street on my own.

I've interviewed for over 100 jobs -- entry-level jobs like a server, cook, dishwasher, cashier -- no jobs that require a school background. I'm lucky to get to the interview, and once I get to the interview and my name doesn't match my ID and my body doesn't match what it says on my ID, I never hear back. And I believe it's because I'm a woman of color and a transgender woman of color.

'I'm transgender and struggling to get by' - 'It's tough to get by' (1) - CNNMoney
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Republicans in U.S. House kills inclusion of trans women in Violence Against Women Act

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Stripped from the House VAWA bill by Republicans was language to specifically include trans women and lesbians. The Senate has already passed a VAWA bill that includes both groups of people — a bill that got support from both sides of the aisle. Democrat leaders have denounced the actions of the House Republicans for making this anti-violence act a partisan issue.

The VAWA first became law in 1994, however, it needs to be reauthorized and House Republicans are derailing the reauthorization of bill after it was modified to include gender identity and sexual orientation. If the House version passes, it appears likely the transgender inclusion in the Senate bill will become a topic of prominence in Congress.

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This doesn’t look too good. The GOP controls the House and I don’t see them backtracking on this easily, if at all. But one never knows.

Stay tuned.

Republicans in U.S. House kills inclusion of trans women in Violence Against Women Act | THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes
But it's not all bad news. Sometimes things do get better.

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Stanford, Penn, Harvard and Brown University all offer student sex reassignment surgery coverage — who will be next?

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT – Also offering SRS coverage for students: Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and Emory. While I don’t have a comprehensive list of all colleges that offer students SRS coverage in their health insurance plans, I am curious about the exact number of colleges that currently offer this coverage — and ones that are considering it. My research on this resulted in inconclusive numbers.

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I’ve a hunch there may be other colleges flying under the radar with student SRS benefits. If anyone knows of others, feel free to make note of it in the comments section.

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Tip of the hat to Emma Violet Todd for this list!

TLPI: College and University Policies

36 Colleges and Universities Cover Hormones and Gender Reassignment/Confirmation Surgeries for Students

Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Cornell University
Emerson College
Emory University
Harvard University
New York University
Northwestern University
Portland State University
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
University at Buffalo
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis

Stanford, Penn, Harvard and Brown University all offer student sex reassignment surgery coverage — who will be next? | THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes
Hmm, I may be rethinking my decision to attend Humboldt State University. UCSF? UC Berkeley? University of Oregon?... U of M????? Really?! Go Blue!!!

And lastly, a 12yo Australian girl will be allowed to take puberty blockers, says judge.

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Australian judge says adverse consequences for trans child likely, rules for puberty blocking drugs

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A twelve-year-old transgender girl who has received mental health care for a decade and has identified as female for 6 years, will be allowed to be given puberty blockers following a ruling by the Family Court of Australia.

According to a report in an Australian newspaper, “Jodie” is at risk for ‘self harm’ which likely prompted the judge to make this ruling. Jodie will be the 4th youngest Australian to be given the drug.

Justice Christine Dawe: ” . . . evidence is compelling and clearly indicates that the child is likely to suffer significant, detrimental, psychological and emotional effects” if stage 1 treatment is not commenced.”

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Australian judge says adverse consequences for trans child likely, rules for puberty blocking drugs | THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes
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Just a link to another thread with a poll....

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I used to be a transphobic gay man. In the fall of 2011, I was sitting in my car with a friend, parked in front of my yellow San Diego house, talking about dating and gay bars and all the new things I'd learned about myself since coming out the year before. At some point, trans* people came up. "I know I'm supposed to get it because I'm gay," I said, "but I just don't understand the whole trans* thing at all. It makes me feel so weird." I remember a co-worker telling me that her sibling had just come out as transgender and not knowing what to say to her. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. I am grateful to no longer be that person, yet I'm aware of the progress I still have to make. I must always be accountable to change.

Something seismic shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in October 2012. For the first time, I heard a transgender person speak with candor and vulnerability about her experience, and I realized -- with painful clarity -- that much of the LGBTQ movement, for which I care so deeply, and to which I am giving my energy and my paychecks, was getting it wrong. Trans* voices are conspicuously absent, and too many uninformed and insensitive lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer persons are doing harm to the trans* community while simultaneously purporting to speak for them. Just because I have experienced one kind of oppression does not mean that I understand all oppression.

Early in her speech, Lana reflects on a dinner she went to with a group of friends and strangers. "Throughout the dinner," she says, "they repeatedly refer to me as 'he' or one of the 'Wachowski brothers,' sometimes using half my name, 'Laaaaaa,' as an awkward bridge between identities, unable or perhaps unwilling to see me as I am." I have been that person, I thought.

It was at this moment that I understood, that I felt for the first time the privilege to which I am heir as a cisgender person -- that is, as someone whose assigned sex at birth matches my self-perceived gender identity. Like some religious revival, Lana's story converted me, opening my eyes to a world and a reality to which I had previously been completely ignorant. I couldn't help but see the deeply embedded gender binary, the one that hems trans* persons in with anxiety and fear, everywhere, even in queer communities.

Todd Clayton: The Queer Community Has to Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege
I have seen that Lana Wachowski speech at least 3 times. It continues to inspire me.

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And sometimes it's not all bad news and discrimination and ****.

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Fraternity brothers pay for sex change
Boston-area college student Donnie Collins was disappointed when his insurance company refused to pay for his sex-change surgery, but his fraternity brothers stepped in to raise the funds to pay.


The members of the Phi Alpha Ta fraternity at Emerson college stepped up to--quite literally-help a brother out when he was told his insurance wouldn't cover a sex-change operation.

Donnie Collins, 20, was born a female but has been living as a male since he was 17. Collins, a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston decided to undergo hormone therapy and a sex change.

"I spent years suffering from gender identity problems not knowing what was wrong,” Collins told WHDH Boston. "Coming out was a huge relief to me. I knew right away that I wanted a name change, hormone replacement treatment and I wanted top surgery."

But after his insurance refused to cover the surgery, Donnie's brothers stepped in to help.

The brothers set a goal to raise $8,000 to cover the cost of the surgery. So far, they've raised more than $12,000.

"Donnie's status as a trans student was a non issue," said Tau Zaman, a senior. "It wasn’t even an afterthought. We just thought he was an outstanding man."

"We wanted to show him in an act of solidarity that we supported him," said Christian Bergren-Aragon, a sophomore. "It’s not about raising the money it's about telling a story of transformation, self discovery and brotherhood."

The surgery will take place in May and any leftover money raised will be donated to charity.



Read more: Fraternity sex change: Frat pays for brother's sex change - UPI.com
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I know this may sound really bad, and I apologize for it, but I don't understand why transgender is always included when it comes to talking about gay people--and the reason I don't understand it is because, as some of the articles you posted suggest, most gay people are just as clueless about transgender issues as straight people are. It's always the "LGBT" community, which assumes that everyone is all together in solidarity in that regard, and they're not.

I really had to do a lot of self-examining to be able to understand that I will never be able to fully relate with the concept of being in the wrong gender. What I mean by this is that I used to be worried that if I looked deep enough, that I would somehow find that I was transgender--but no matter how deep I looked, that was not the case. I mean sure, I've sometimes wondered what it would have been like if I would have been born a woman, but that's TOTALLY not the same thing--that's more like a kid fantasizing about being their favorite cartoon character. I won't be able to *fully* relate, but I DO understand, and it took me questioning myself to get that understanding.

I mean, it's good that transgender issues get attached to anything at all (LGBT)--it brings more awareness, but still... it's not very accurate to group them together.
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I didn't think it sounded bad. There's a debate in the trans community about exactly the same thing.
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Crosslink, keeping OC's very useful thread alive.

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