Come On Already, NYC

Honestly, we need someone to do groundbreaking stuff – don’t let Iowa beat you to it again, okay? Shoot, NYS has already beaten you to it. A proposed law that would allow individuals to change the sex on their birth… Continue Reading

AMA: Birth Certificate Changes Shouldn’t Require Surgery

Great, great news. Not only is this requirement unfair and biased in favor of people who transition medically – not everyone does, or wants to – it also creates a problem with socioeconomic status, where those who can afford surgery… Continue Reading

CA Trans Students: Good News

Well, this is indeed good news: Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state. Assembly Bill 1266—which… Continue Reading

Argentina Raises the Bar

Argentina set the new standard for changes in gender markers on identity documents for trans people: “The fact that there are no medical requirements at all — no surgery, no hormone treatment and no diagnosis — is a real game… Continue Reading

Both Ways

A trans woman is insisting a Tennessee DMV can’t have it both ways: either they decide she’s a man and she should be legally allowed to go topless, or she is a woman & then they need to change her… Continue Reading

Texas Marriage Law

Monica Roberts has been covering a proposed bill call SB 723; her most recent update is here. It’s in the Senate, & what it will do is make it illegal to use a court order about name/gender change to apply… Continue Reading

Leave Animals Out of It

I don’t know if many people saw this, but recently, The Washington Times published an attack on identity document changes of the type sought by transgender people: I won’t bother to reproduce their text here, but did want to say:… Continue Reading

Revised Passport Requirements

From NCTE: New News on Passport Requirements The U.S. State Department has announced some small but important additional changes to its policy for updating gender on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs). The changes make clear that… Continue Reading

This TDOR: Why Not “Tranny”?

& To close this year’s Trasngender Day of Remembrance, a note from Mara Keisling of NCTE on what the day means, why not “tranny,” and what next: The Day of Remembrance, which we commemorate tomorrow, is a time of mourning… Continue Reading

PA Changes Gender Marker Rules

Good news in PA! HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is changing its policy on how transgender people identify themselves on driver’s licenses. The department and Equality Pennsylvania announced a settlement Wednesday that allows people to change… Continue Reading

New Guidelines for Gender Marker Changes on US Passports

This just in from NCTE: Last night the US Department of State announced new guidelines for issuing passports to transgender people. Beginning today, applicants for a gender marker change on their passports will need to submit certification from a physician… Continue Reading


A Lawrence student has been taking photographs of faculty, staff & students who wanted to participate in the NOH8 campaign, and yesterday, on our 12th anniversary, we decided to (finally) get ours taken. Here are some of the shots. Photographer:… Continue Reading

Pelosi Doesn’t Have Balls

Fantastic rant from ultrageek over at Daily Kos: She has courage. She has guts. She has a spine. She has tenacity. She has fortitude. BUT, she does NOT have balls. The inner feminist in me, long hidden in my workaday… Continue Reading

Egg Nog Made With Romulan Ale

Happy Christmas Eve! Check out this amusing post from 2004 about the 10 Least Successful Christmas Specials. Here’s my favorite: Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas (1951) In this hour-long radio drama, Santa struggles with the increasing demands of providing gifts… Continue Reading

New MVA Policy Detrimental to Trans Marylanders

Equality Maryland is Maryland’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. They recently sent out this information about the proposed changes to the rules for changing gender on MD driver’s licenses. The Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA) is currently considering an update to… Continue Reading

Morehouse Crossdressing Policy

Morehouse College has chosen to have a clothing policy that prohibits crossdressing: The dress-wearing ban is aimed at a small part of the private college’s 2,700-member student body, said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services. “We are talking… Continue Reading

NCTE: Flying Now Requires Gender

From NCTE: Washington, DC, August 17, 2009-The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rolled out a new phase of their Secure Flight program over the weekend. Passengers will now be required to provide their birth date and gender when they book an… Continue Reading