I’ve been doing daily checks of the news to see what news, if any, is out there on trans individuals or issues facing trans individuals. I recently found these two. The first is about changes to identity laws in Europe. Now this may not have impact here but don’t be surprised if someone figures out the extra money that could be made off of trans individuals by forcing them to have one federal ID with original birth gender and one with “true” gender. One of the speakers at the NYC TDOR mentioned how in India they are trying to get a third gender, T, identified for federal items such as passports, etc. That actually has appeal to me to a degree but I know for some trans individuals this would remove their stealth abilities.
The European law makes it more difficult for most trans individuals to get proper ID and adds far more paperwork to a system already rife with it. From a security point of view, it will probably create new loopholes for abuse. Either way, it will be unpleasant and very possibly traumatic experience for more trans individuals.
Meanwhile the family of Dwight DeLee contend that he didn’t kill Teisha Cannon and that he doesn’t hate those with different sexual orientation. They continue with the belief that if he did kill it was because he was provoked or intoxicated. While I’m a strong proponent of innocent until proven guilty, I’m hesitent to accept this as is. Discovering that someone is transgendered is enough “provocation” for some to kill another. It shouldn’t be a justification or an excuse, however. Murdering someone because of who they are is just plain wrong.
Last but not least is the showing of XX Why in the Toronto Film festival. It’s an interesting look at one transguy’s journey in life in a 50 minute documentary. If you get to see it, try to.