News Archives 2010
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 2009 Archives
October 31, 2010 – Michigan Radio - Bullying, gender discrimination in schools could jeopardize federal funds: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students are protected under Title IX. (Audio available: 43 sec.)
October 14, 2010 – KING-TV, Seattle - Family Embraces “Princess Boy”: The Kilodavis family talks about how they came to accept and embrace their son, five year-old Dyson, who likes to dress up like a princess. Cheryl Kilodavis authored a book called “My Princess Boy” which Dyson’s school now uses as an anti-bullying tool. (Video: 10:34)
October 14, 2010 – The Huffington Post - Combating Gay Teen Suicide: What Parents Can Do. “Teens want to be like everyone else, and when they see a gay student getting bullied for some perceived difference, they worry that their own differences — and we all have them — will be targeted by bullies next.“ …Dr. Harold Koplewicz, national leading child and adolescent psychiatrist; president, The Child Mind Institute
October 7, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC - More than half of transgender and gender non-conforming people who were bullied, harassed or assaulted in school because of their gender identity have attempted suicide, according to just-released findings from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality. “… my suicide attempt had a lot to do with the fact that I felt hopeless and alone in regards to my gender identity.” - Survey respondent
October 5, 2010 – Claim your right to equal education - When it comes to schools, as in many other areas, federal law does not yet fully protect LGBT people – yet there are some legal protections in place that many people are not aware of.
September 28, 2010 – SFGate: School robs teen of homecoming king title - Oakleigh Reed received the most votes for homecoming king at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Mich. The transgender teen, who friends call “Oak,” let the school community know he was running for homecoming king on Facebook. But then last Monday the principal called the 17-year-old into her office.
September 20, 2010 – Bangor Daily News: Panel rules against Orono [ME] school in transgender bathroom access - “The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled Monday that Orono Middle School unlawfully discriminated against a sixth-grader during the 2008-2009 school year by not letting the male-to-female transgender student use the girls’ bathroom..”
September 19, 2010 – The Orlando Sentinel: How should schools handle transgender kids? Increasingly, schools are having to wrestle with how to accommodate children who live as the opposite gender. - “As a result, school districts are having to make some controversial changes.”
August 31, 2010 – The Miami Herald: Should a parent seek therapy for a child who crosses the gender divide? – “It’s not so much that younger children are exhibiting this behavior… [i]t is something that has already existed. There is just more research and visibility.”
August 31, 2010 – Transgender Equality: Moving Forward on Accurate Identification – The new passport policy announced by the State Department in June will make a difference in the lives of many transgender people around the country. Many transgender people who previously were unable to do so can now obtain identification that accurately reflects who they are, and makes it less likely that they will encounter discrimination or harassment .
August 17, 2010 – TeenNick: Groundbreaking Degrassi Episone Is Available Online – The two recently broadcast episodes of Degrassi: The Boiling Point, featuring the story of a transgender student who is accidentally “outed,” can now be viewed on the TeenNick website.
August 3, 2010 – Glaad Blog: “GLAAD Applauds TeenNick For Transgender Teen Story” – “As Degrassi launches its tenth season this month on TeenNick, it also introduces Adam, the first transgender teen character to appear as a series regular on a scripted tv show.“
July 19, 2010 – Edge (Boston): “When Is It Too Early to Decide to Change Genders?” – “The decision to transition from one gender to another should be among the most private matters. But when you’re the offspring of Hollywood power couple Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, it becomes a matter of public debate.“ EDGE spoke with a number of national leaders on the topic.
June 21, 2010 – KETV, Omaha: “Young [Omaha] Boy To Publicly Live Life As Girl” – “Therapists and the child’s parents say the second grade student is transgender… It’s a decision that means the child is no longer invited to attend Catholic school.”
June 21, 2010 – Medscape Today: “Care of the Child with the Desire to Change Gender” This series of articles, intended for use by medical professionals, outlines the nature of the transgender condition and describes protocols for the treatment of transgender children. It summarizes currently evaluation methods and treatments of both trans-boys and trans-girls. (Free registration on the site is required) (Part 1: Abstract and Introduction) (Part 2: Female-to-Male Transition) June 16, 2010 – WPATH issues a statement of policy regarding gender markers on official documents: “No person should have to undergo surgery or accept sterilization as a condition of identity recognition.”
June 9, 2010 (Rev. 6/11/10) – Department of State – State eases rules for changing gender on passports:” The State Department has revised its policy on changing passports for transgender people, announcing Wednesday night that a doctor’s note will now suffice in such cases.” Read the guidelines here. June 3, 2010 – New Hampshire Public Radio – Transgender Children: “Even as a toddler, little Brandon Simms liked to dress up in his mother’s lingerie and shoes”
“The average age of people seeking treatment for the disorder has plummeted in the past four years, raising controversial questions about biology and destiny.” (Audio version)
June 1, 2010 – Athletic Business – Student ID: Citing inclusivity, administrators are moving ahead with policies for transgender student-athletes.
May 25, 2010 – Radio Boston – Transgender Kids Face Challenges While The Adults Argue: “In June, the first camp of its kind for transgender kids will be held in New England. We speak with a panel of experts about the challenges these children face.” (Audio: length=18.59)
May 22, 2010 – lezgetreal.com – Senators Franken And Gilibrand Introduce Bill To Protect LGBT Youth From Bullying: Senator Al Franken is joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and twenty-one other Senators in introducing the Student Non-Discrimination Act.. According to Senator Franken, “Kids need to feel safe in their schools in order to learn.”
May 21, 2010 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – Franken bill would protect gay students: The legislation is aimed at stopping bullying and harassment in schools. “Long awaited by gay activists, the Student Non-Discrimination Act also would add bisexual and transgender students to the groups federally protected against school violence and harassment.“
Summer Camp for All Kids (Indianapolis/Lafayette, IN) – Jesus Metropolitan Community Church has secured the Sycamore Valley campground in Lafayette , Indiana for a camping experience tailored specifically for children coming from LGBTQ families or children who identify as LGBTQ themselves. Because of the inclusive nature of the camp we are naming our camp experience “ Camp ForUSt !” so that all children may know this is a camp for them!”
May 13, 2010 – WWLP, Springfield, MA (video) – Gender Identity Disorder: “From the moment we’re born, our gender is no secret. Pink for girls, blue for boys, but for some children, what’s biologically on the outside, doesn’t match what’s on the inside. Doctors call them transgender children.”
May 12, 2010 – XM (ch. 119) and Sirius (ch. 114) satellite radio will broadcast a segment on transgender kids on Friday, May 14, 2010 LIVE from 9:30-10:00am Eastern, replaying 9:30-10pm Eastern on Friday night. TransYouth Family Allies Executive Director, Kim Pearson will be interviewed live on the show and you may call in with questions and comments.
If you’re not a Sirius/XM subscriber, you can still listen LIVE online by registering for a free trial on the Sirius/XM website .
April 29, 2010 – Philadelphia Gay News – Local publisher launches LGBT tween series : Mason Crest, an educational publishing company, will this fall launch a pioneering series of books that seeks to empower LGBT students — and educate other young adults on the LGBT community. The series, “The Gallup’s Modern Guide to Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Life” will be available in September.
April 28, 2010 - Bay Windows – Parents offer support for Transgender Rights Bill : Parents of transgender people, along with state representatives and members of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), came together at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, April 27 to show their support for the Transgender Civil Rights Bill .
April 27, 2010 – The Minnesota Independent – Franken to introduce bill addressing anti-gay bullying: “Al Franken asked testifiers at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee how the nation’s public education system can address bullying targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. “ (Includes Video)
April 27, 2010 – Bay Windows – Commission calls for support for LGBT youth : “The Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth has called on House Representatives to pass budget amendments and transgender rights bills on behalf of LGBT youth. “
April 24, 2010 – PR Newswire – Key to Successful Treatment of Transgender Patients May Involve Delay of Puberty: “Complications from transgender procedures may be significantly minimized when treatment of a patient with severe gender identity disorder begins prior to puberty, according to expert opinion today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 19th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress.”
April 21-23, 2010 – The New York Times – Answers About Transgender Issues: Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth is working on “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide for transgender and other gender-variant people. This article could be called, “Transgender 101,” as she answers the most basic questions with clarity and sensitivity. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3 April 2, 2010 – Philadelphia Gay News – The Attic revives trans youth programming: The Attic Youth Center is calling all transgender and questioning youth to be active participants in the revitalization of a program that seeks to educate and empower the young trans community.
March 26, 2010 – Trans Student Suspended from Same School in Mississippi That Canceled Prom, Later Hounded Out of Town: “Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural—for a grand total of four hours.”
March 25, 2010 – The Daytona Beach News – Journal: (Editorial): “Framing transgender issues on neuroscience research”
“...it is my understanding that neuroscience research has provided clear and strong evidence that humans (and other animals) are born with sexually dimorphic brains.”
March 14, 2010 – The Daytona Beach News – Journal: ‘I am a boy’ insists child born a girl. “He doesn’t say ‘I want to be a boy’; he says, ‘I am a boy,” explained the youngster’s mother, who wants to remain anonymous to protect her child’s identity. .”.
February 26, 2010 – In a conference sponsored by the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and hosted by the University of Texas Law School’s Continuing Legal Education program, Phyllis Randolph Frye delivered a message that she hopes “will positively influence the respectful treatment by schools of both transgender kids and teachers during the next decade.”.
February 22, 2010 – EQUAL Empowerment Summit 2010 – The EQUAL Empowerment Summit is an exciting day-long event for Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), queer youth and straight allies, and educators across the Kansas City metro area. February 22, 2010 – Yale Daily News: News’ View: The power of students – Gender-neutral housing shows the impact student activism can have.
February 18, 2010 - GLAADBlog: “The Dr. Oz Show” Raises the Bar for Transgender Talk Show Coverage – “In the introductory segment of his hour-long health show, Dr. Mehmet Oz hosted two transgender children and their families to discuss their process of realizing and embracing their respective identities“ (Video link below)
February 18, 2010 – Please join GLAAD and Trans Youth Family Allies in thanking Dr. Mehmet Oz and his show’s producers for ensuring that these children and their families were represented in such a rich, meaningful, and respectful manner.
Sign the letter HERE. Groundbreaking Dr. Oz Show on Transgender Children
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who rose to fame as a regular medical correspondent on Oprah, talked with two transgender youngsters and their families about their experiences growing up and their parents’ decision to support them. Watch the video HERE.
February 15, 2010 - WorldNetDaily: Maine considers banning biology-based restrooms – ‘Transgender ID’ in schools under scrutiny by human-rights commission. ”A proposal by the Maine Human Rights Commission to establish a broad right for “transgender” boys to use girls restrooms in all Maine schools will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled by the commission March 1.”
February 13, 2010 - Trans Talk: One Million Transgender Youth And Young Adults In the US?
In statistics extrapolated from the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau figures by San Francisco School Board member Rachel Norton, this figure seems highly likely.
February 13, 2010 - The Japan Times: School lets boy with gender identity disorder try attending as girl.
“An 8-year-old boy who suffers mental woes caused by gender identity disorder has attended a public elementary school as a girl since last fall”
February 11, 2010 - Tranifesto: Transgender kids and sports: what’s fair for everyone?
“When I was in sixth grade, both my nemesis and my idol were the same person–Mary Louise. “
February 3, 2010 - Boston.com: Case backs need for sex-change surgery, US tax court rules costs deductible.
“The US Tax Court ruled yesterday that a Massachusetts woman should be allowed to deduct the costs of her sex-change operation, a decision that could have wide implications for transgender people.” January 27, 2010 - Human Rights Campaign:Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. House. The measure would prohibit discrimination against public school students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity..
January 24, 2010 - studentpulse.com: “I spoke with Kim Pearson, the executive director of the national advocacy organization TransYouth Family Allies, to learn more about the struggles faced by transgender and gender-variant children in schools2. The first thing she mentioned was transgender children being diagnosed with nonexistent conditions.”
This is an in-depth evaluation of the the lack of a basic understanding of trans youth in our nation’s schools.
January 20, 2010 - NCTE: “The U.S. Department of Justice [has joined] a landmark federal lawsuit on behalf of a gender non-conforming middle school student who faced a two-year ordeal of harassment and abuse because of his gender expression. The Department’s action last week marks the first time in a decade the US government has gone to court to combat discrimination based on gender expression.”
January 12, 2010 – AcceptingDad: New Study Confirms Supportive Parenting Does Not Hurt Gender Non-Conforming Children. Barbie won’t hurt your boy.
January 8, 2010 – JustOut.com – Kindergarten Complications : Reporter Megan A. Gex tells the inspiring story of 5 year old Oliver, a kindergarten student and transboy in Silverton, OR, as he transitions successfully both at home and in school. January, 2010 – Fisher & Phillips, LLC – Should Your School’s Dress Code Address Transgender Students? : “Although school officials might find dress code enforcement challenging, dress code violations in the past tended to be fairly routine....”
“But a new wrinkle in the dress code debate has developed, with some students demanding to express their gender or sexual identities by cross-gender dressing.”
January 6, 2010 – The New York Times – U.S. Job Site Bans Bias Over Gender Identity : “The Obama administration has inserted language into the federal jobs Web site explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity.”
January 1, 2010 – Pam’s House Blend – [Transgender] Amanda Simpson Appointed Senior Technical Advisor For The U.S. Bureau Of Industry And Security: “I’m truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, it demonstrates a commitment to hire the best qualified for a position and thus this appointment is symbolic of future opportunities for many others.”