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Bay Area transgender

2002-11-04 17:53:18+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Over at Utopia with Cheese, Columbine had some commentary and a link to David Steinberg's article on Gwen Araujo, the transgender teen killed in Newark California (near Fremont). In today's SF Chronicle there's an article titled "Jack Thompson Isn't a Girl", about an out teen in Berkeley, showing that "the Bay Area" is a lot larger than "San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin", and that yes, it is easy to get caught up in the relative freedom of our tiny enclaves and forget that some of us live in an amazing culture that is not the norm.

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#Comment made: 2002-11-05 15:31:44+00 by: Dan Lyke

It's transgender week over at the Chronicle, today's article on the topic is Transgender study finds bias, but S.F. still found to provide more protections than any U.S. city (That's a mouthful of a headline...).

#Comment made: 2002-11-05 23:16:07+00 by: Kevin Fox

I love the pronoun game. Two interesting bits from this article: "A few months later, on Easter weekend, he blurted out to them that he was a lesbian. " Actually, 'he' was a 'she' back then, so when you reassign your own gender, is it historically grandfather(err, mother)ed in?

Second, in the paragraph: -- "The most publicized case of rage against a transgender youth was the 1993 killing of Brandon Teena, 21, of Nebraska, who was born a female but identified as a male. Her murder was the subject of the movie "Boys Don't Cry."" -- Shouldn't that be 'His murder...'? It seems that posthumously calling him a her is to say that you're only using their chosen gender identiy for their own sake, and once they're gone, you can go back to their 'real' gender. Though I'm hoping that was just a slip-up.

at any rate I dropped the author a line on that last one when I read the article yesterday. Didn't get any response...