News Archives 2009
TYFA News Archives
This is a collection of articles of interest to TYFA friends and allies. These items originally appeared on the website’s home page, and are listed by date, the most recent first. View 2008 Archives
December 31, 2009 – ACLU – A Year In Human Rights Achievements: State Legislative Round-Up: Youth & Schools and Transgender: “Just as the school year ended, Oregon passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to its anti-bullying law, becoming the seventh state to specifically protect LGBT students from harassment.“
December 28, 2009 – The New York Times – Helping Youths Who Struggle With Identity: “Vidari DeGuzman was a New York City teenager searching for acceptance when he first came to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a service organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths. Now 24 and with reassignment surgery behind him, he is a youth worker at the institute, located in the East Village.”
December 18, 2009 – The Oakland Tribune: The City of Alameda, CA, recently considered an anti-bullying policy which would require elementary schools to teach, among other things, about gender and sexual orientation. A “Letter to the Editor” soon appeared opposing the inclusion of a “mental illness” (GID) as a natural condition. This drew a response from the parents of a transgender child, refuting the position of the earlier writer. The curriculum in question is to be implemented in the fall of 2010. December 15, 2009 – The New York Times: New York Gov. David A. Paterson is preparing to issue an executive order that would include transgender people in antidiscrimination policies that govern state agencies.
December 7, 2009 – TLDEF: TLDEF Files Employment Discrimination Complaint with Florida Commission on Human Relations Against McDonald’s for Refusing to Hire Transgender Woman.
December 11, 2009 – Pink News (UK): Gene discovery could make gender reassignment easier“
The discovery of a single gene which controls gender could pave the way for simpler treatment of trans people.
November 24, 2009 – The Harvard Crimson: Doctor [Norman P. Spack] Promotes Medical View of Transgenderism. “… looking at transgenderism from a medical perspective will change the public perception that it is a psychological problem.“
November 19, 2009 – MomLogic: Transgender Kids: Girls Will Be Boys. If your child longed to be the opposite gender, would you let them “switch teams”?
October 22, 2009 – Andrew Solomon, author of “The Noonday Demon – An Atlas of Depression,” spoke at the Let’s Breakthrough Together 2009, at the Harvard Club in NYC. Solomon spoke on the families of transgender youth and the hardships many face as they come of age. Andrew is also on the board of Trans Youth Family Allies, a great non profit organization that empowers and gives support to children and families in which gender may be expressed and respected.” (Video included)
October 29, 2009 -BBC News: Doctors in Britain are reviewing guidelines for the treatment of people under 18 with gender dysphoria. A key issue is the age at which young people can be prescribed drugs which pause puberty.
October 28, 2009 – Lambda Legal: Kevin Cathcart, President of Lambda Legal, writes to Kim Pearson: “Dear Kim, This is an historic day: President Obama has signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law — the first federal law in our nation’s history that specifically protects the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community”.
October 27, 2009 – The Flat Hat: Transgender-Identified Student Jessee Vasold Elected Homecoming Queen at the College of William and Mary. The election demonstrates a rejection of the “gender/sex binary” view.
Hate Crimes Bill Passes: Historic First Federal Protections of Transgender People
October 22, 2009, Washington, DC In an historic move, the United States Senate, by a vote of 68 to 29, joined the House of Representatives in passing The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will be the first federal law to include gender identity and transgender people. Once signed by the President, this law will add sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability to the categories included in existing federal hate crimes law and will allow local governments who are unable or unwilling to address hate crimes to receive assistance from the federal government. President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill into law.
October 19, 2009 – Miami Herald: Students nationwide address anti-gay bullying as GLSEN’s Ally Week, a week of activities designed to encourage people to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment at school, kicks off.
October 8, 2009 – Gay & Lesbian Times: U.S. Census Bureau reaches out to GLBT community. 2010 form will recognize married same-sex couples who live together .”
October 6, 2009 – Examiner.com: Cross Dressing Teen Drops Out of Cobb County [GA] School
“What was Jonathan Escobar wearing that violated the school’s dress code according to school officials?…Girls Clothes.”
His friends have now started a Facebook group “Support Jonathan Escobar.”
September 17, 2009 – L. A. Times: Treating transsexual kids: wait for, then delay puberty to treat
“The nation’s oldest and largest organization of endocrinologists has recommended that physicians treating children with gender identity disorder intervene to delay puberty at its first signs and wait until a child is at least 16 before offering hormonal therapy that would begin his or her gender transition.”
[undated] – 60 Minutes “This is a story that at first glance seems quite unbelievable. It’s about a little girl called Jazz. She’s only eight years old and she was born a boy.“
Jazz’ parents agreed to do this segment to demonstrate that their daughter is being allowed nothing more than to be herself.
August 19, 2009 - Since August 15, airline passengers on all domestic flights are required to provide identifying information, which now includes gender, at the time of booking of the flight. NCTE has issued a document to provide guidelines for transgender passengers, which will also be helpful to parents traveling with trans teens.
August 3, 2009 – TYFA announces that Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kim Pearson, was honored at the recent 18th Annual Equality Arizona Awards Dinner by being named the Northern Arizona Activist of the Year.
July 17, 2009 – Anaheim, CA Trans Episcopal: For the first time in its history, the Episcopal Church has taken official actions in support of transgender civil rights and inclusion at its 76th General Convention.
July 18, 2009 – Bay Windows (New England): Women’s and children’s groups rebut ’bathroom bill’ rhetoric: “But let me also address the relationship of this bill to the terrible scourge of child sexual abuse. Simply put, it has none,” said [Nancy] Scannell.
Marie Turley, executive director of the City of Boston Women’s Commission, said in the years since Boston passed a citywide transgender-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in 2002 there has been no increase in victimization of women and children in public bathrooms.”
July 16, 2009 – NBC’s The Listener: Taking on Trans Youth (The Bilerico Project): “This particular episode (“Lisa Says”) deals with the heavy issues facing trans youth: homelessness, not accepting parents, and lack of medical help. In fact it revolves around a young female to male trans youth, something else that has been rather unheard of on prime-time TV.“
July 8, 2009 - Wichita (KS) Examiner: Transgender people are coming out at an increasingly younger age, thanks in part to the Internet, which provides information, resources, and connections that trans youth need in order to help them figure out who they are and to find their place in the world.
July 8, 2009 - TYFA MEDIA RELEASE: ACCLAIMED AUTHOR JOINS TRANSYOUTH FAMILY ALLIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HOLLAND, MI, June 30, 2009 – TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA), a national organization empowering transgender
and gender variant children and their families, today announced that the Board of Directors welcomed medical lecturer
and journalist Andrew Solomon of New York City, NY. Nationally recognized psychotherapist Moonhawk River Stone,
M.S., LMHC of Albany, NY, who previously served as a Director has been elected to serve as Vice President of the
Board of Directors.
July 1, 2009 - Bangor Daily News, ME — State rules in favor of young transgender: The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled Monday that the Orono School Department discriminated against a transgender child by denying her access to the girls bathroom. “At the very heart of it is the issue of basic human dignity and fundamental civil liberties.”
June 28, 2009 - In a followup to her interview in Diversity Rules magazine , Kim Pearson describes Why I Do What I Do: To create understanding, to build bridges, to shine light on the fact that we, the inhabitants of this planet and this community, are much more alike than we are different .
June 25, 2009 - This month’s cover story in Diversity Rules magazine is A Mother’s Love, an interview with Kim Pearson. Kim discusses her experiences as the mother of a transgender child. She also provides a brief primer on the nature of transgender and an outline of the mission of TYFA.
June 14, 2009 – GIRES Report (U.K.) Shows Astounding Rise In the Number of Diagosed and Treated Transgender Cases
The report reveals the rapid growth in the number of people, of all ages, who are seeking medical care. It also estimates the number of people who experience some degree of gender variance
June 7, 2009 – KRXQ’s Rob and Arnie Come to Their Senses
“To our loyal Rob, Arnie and Dawn followers,
We have failed you. As a show, as people, as broadcasters, we have simply failed on almost every level.”
June 6, 2009 - The Huffington Post: KRXQ Radio Hosts Have History of Obscenity Involving Children: FCC Report – “As of this writing, at least ten national companies have withdrawn, cancelled, or decided not to renew their advertising contracts with KRXQ. They include Chipotle restaurants, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, SONIC, Verizon, the Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain, Wells Fargo, Nissan, AT&T, and McDonalds.”
June 2, 2009 - The Huffington Post: KRXQ Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage Violence Against Transgender Children – “A school nurse called the other day about a trans child who will be starting 5th grade in the fall. She was looking ahead to ways they could work over the summer to prepare so that the child will have a positive experience.” .
June 1, 2009 - Sacramento Based Radio Hosts Defame, Advocate Violence Against Transgender Children – GLAAD is currently working with the Trans Youth Family Allies to respond to a highly defamatory radio broadcast on KRXQ-FM in Sacramento, California on May 28.
June 2, 2009- GLAAD follows through with a Call To Action. June 1, 2009 - National Center for Transgender Equality: Working Together for Transgender Children – “A school nurse called the other day about a trans child who will be starting 5th grade in the fall. She was looking ahead to ways they could work over the summer to prepare so that the child will have a positive experience.“.
June 1, 2009 - The Bilerico Project – Listen to the (Trans) Kids: EQAZ Interviews Kim Pearson – Last week, Equality Arizona Radio broadcast a long format interview with Kim Pearson, Executive Director of TransYouth Family Allies.
May 22, 2009 - The Bilerico Project – A Trans Person’s Photo in the Hall – “I’ve heard of administrators or parents complaining when a trans speaker talks to a class, when a teacher comes out as trans, or even when a student does – but I never expected that the mere presence of a photograph would cause a similar reaction.”.
May 14, 2009 - The New York State Psychiatric Institute has begun a study of Gender Identity in children and adolescents using MRI, and is inviting potential participants to contact them. Click “more” for further details.
March 18, 2009 – Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools This important new report, issued by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), contains an in-depth account of the experiences of transgender students.
February 21, 2009 – Thanks to ABC for their sensitive portrayal of the birth of an intersex child. “The way intersex was discussed on this episode was really a breakthrough as far as prime time US television.“
February 21, 2009 – GLSEN Dallas TransAction! Day Breakfast Discussion, Friday, Feb. 27th @ 8-10:30am. An interactive discussion covering the basics of gender identity to ensuring that transgender students feel safe in schools. Breakfast Provided.
February 17, 2009 – “Who Do You Think You Are?” If the human rights of gay and lesbian children in our schools are routinely ignored, then the rights of transgendered children are not even recognised as existing.
[added] February 12, 2009 – A study exploring the childhood experiences of transgender adults, experiences of parents who are raising or who have raised a child with gender variance and opinions of professionals working with the transgender community.
January 26, 2009 — Mother Of Hate Crime Victim Treated With Hostility By Fayetteville School Board In Meeting. Repeated cases of anti-gay sexual harassment and violence against students and failure to comply with the office for civil rights resolution to title 1x complaints prompts parent to organize protest.
January 26, 2009 — The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has amended its policy regarding changing gender markers on state issued identification such as driver’s licenses or Massachusetts ID.
January 5, 2009 — CHEVY CHASE, Maryland – An international medical organization has recommended that children as young as 12 who question their sexual identity should be given drugs to block the physical changes of puberty.