- Her Name Was Steven (MetaCafe.com)
Tells the story of one man's conversion from a male to a female. 03-10
- A Transsexual Vs. the Government: What Is Gender? (Time.com)
"At the trial last month, Schroer's expert witness, a University of Minnesota psychologist named Walter Bockting — the incoming president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health — testified that sex is a multifaceted notion comprised of several elements, one of which is one's mental gender identity. Part of his evidence was that thousands of babies are born each year with uncertain sex. They have XY chromosomes but no visible male sex organs. Or they have XX chromosomes but do not appear, outwardly, to be normal girls. Or they have even more complicated chromosomal constructions — XXY, for instance — which render their sex entirely indeterminate."
"These individuals, who are called intersexed, are usually assigned a gender by the obstetricians who deliver them. As intersexed children grow up, they and their parents must decide whether they agree with the sex assigned to them at birth."
"It seems likely that sex is some combination of chromosomes, psychology and environment." 09-08
- First Transgender Athlete to Play in NCAA Basketball (CNN News)
"George Washington University junior Kye Allums will play women's basketball again this year. But he will now play the role of a brother, not a sister, to his teammates." 11-10
- Intersex Rights (CNN News)
"I'm intersex because, while I have ovaries, menstruate and can get pregnant, my genitalia is somewhat male-looking (simply put, I have a clitoris that's much larger than average.)" Another term sometimes incorrectly used is "hermaphrodite." 09-09
- Intersex Rights (TheDailyBeast.com)
"They prefer the term 'intersex.' And now that a South African track star has thrust them into the spotlight, this surprisingly large minority group thinks their Stonewall moment just may have arrived."
"The intersex-rights movement seeks the same things most civil-rights struggles seek: mainstream acceptance, equality under the law, the right to safely be 'out.' And, oh yeah: They don’t want to be called 'hermaphrodites.' "
" 'The term "hermaphrodite" is stigmatizing and confusing,' says Alice Domurat Dreger, a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University who is cited regularly by intersex individuals and advocates. 'It usually suggests to people that someone has all the organs of males and females—but that is not physically possible. The medical profession came to a consensus about three years ago to get rid of all terms based on the root ‘hermaphrodite’ (including ‘pseudo-hermaphrodite’) because they are stigmatizing and confusing.' ” 09-09
- Parents of Transgender Child File Complaint (CNN News)
"A prominent transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl." 02-13
- Transgender (Wikipedia.org)
"A transgender individual may have characteristics that are normally associated with a particular gender, identify elsewhere on the traditional gender continuum, or exist outside of it as 'other,' 'agender,' 'intergender,' or 'third gender'. " 04-07
- Transgender Catholic Teacher Sues Prep School (CNN News)
" Mark Krolikowski has shoulder-length brown hair. He likes to wear multiple earrings and French manicure his nails. Students call him Mr. K."
"He alleges that he was discriminated against because he is transgender and that the school's attitude toward him changed in the eight months after he came out." 01-13
- Transgender Celebration in France (Time.com)
"Several decades have passed since the West stopped considering homosexuality a mental illness. But for transsexuals, this kind of milestone has been elusive — until now. Last month, France became the first country in the world to remove transsexualism from its official list of mental disorders — a major victory when it comes to acceptance of this oft-misunderstood condition." 03-10
- Transgender Sports Writer Announces Gender Switch (CBS News)
"A veteran sports writer for the Los Angeles Times said in his column Thursday that he is a transsexual." 04-07
- Transgender Woman Files Suit (ABC News)
"A Ramona, Calif. transgender woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that a Bureau of Land Management ranger used a Taser on her because she used to be a man." 11-12
- Transgender Youth (ABC News)
"Doctors are divided over the best way to treat transgender children. Some believe that puberty, despite the extreme distress that accompanies it, is crucial for a child's development and should be allowed to take its natural course."
"But a growing number of specialists, including Dr. Spack, believe that early intervention is a better option, and the Grants say that Riley can't wait to undergo this protocol." 04-07
- Transgender and Androgen-Insensitivity Syndrome (Time.com)
"In his paper 'Intersex and the Olympic Games,' Rob Ritchie, a urological surgeon at Oxford University, notes that in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta — the last Games in which all female athletes were subjected to gender testing — eight female athletes were found to be genetically male. Seven of them had androgen-insensitivity syndrome (AIS), a condition in which a genetic male is resistant to androgens, the male sex hormones that include testosterone." 11-09
- What Awaits Manning in Prison? (Truth-Out)
" '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.' These were the words of Chelsea Manning, the day after she was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified military documents. (Manning had been arrested, tried and sentenced in a military court as Bradley Manning.)"
- Woman Wins Transgender Discrimination Suit (CNN News)
"Transgender groups are applauding a court ruling in favor of a Georgia woman who sued after claiming she was fired from her state position because of a sex change." 12-11