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Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival | Keiko Lane

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Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival

California-Institute-of-Integral-Studies Posted on May 29 2014

By Keiko Lane 

The following article will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of CIIS Today.

We were on our feet long before Laverne Cox walked onto the stage. Karim Baer, Director of Public Programs & Performances, introduced the evening, shouting out the LGBTQI organizations that helped with the event. He told us who was in the theater with us, and who had tried to be in the theater with us: an activist in London who had heard about the event and raised funds to ensure that young trans people who might not otherwise be able to attend, could, and two trans activists from Sudan who couldn’t get visas. “We’ll get them here next time,” Baer promised.

“As a university, one of the things that we want to do is use arts and ideas to promote change,” Baer continued. “We wanted to honor Laverne, and what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by hosting Laverne Cox.”

The audience of 1,200 cheered. Then we quieted long enough for him to introduce Theresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and the first trans woman named “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly.

“We need to change the public’s perception of how they see us and who we are,” said Sparks. “Media is the most powerful way to do this. We need strong voices, courageous spokespeople—and we need them to be visible. Laverne Cox is one of those individuals emerging as our face, our voice, and our very integrity.” >>> FULL ARTICLE 

“When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality) now available online

The pre-production draft of “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation” (to be published in Journal of Homosexuality this Spring 2014) is now available Learning Trans. Among other things, this article puts an end to Blanchard’s transphobic theories once and for all.

Talia Mae Bettcher, Ph.D.

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FIRIpjIPC6UbnJAn2Avm/full#.Up1qP8RDuSo

Journal of Homosexuality

When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

DOI:
10.1080/00918369.2014.865472

Talia Mae Bettcher PhD*

 

Abstract

In this article, Bettcher argues that sexual attraction must be re-conceptualized in light of transgender experience. In particular, Bettcher defends the theory of “erotic structuralism,” which replaces an exclusively other-directed account of gendered attraction with one that includes a gendered eroticization of self as an essential component. This erotic experience of self is necessary for other-directed gendered desire, where the two are bound together and mutually informing. One consequence of the theory is that the controversial notion of “autogynephilia” is rejected. Another consequence is that the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation is softened.
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Talia Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles, Philosophy) just uploaded a paper on Academia.edu:

When Selves Have Sex: What The Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach About Sexual Orientation

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11/22/13: TransVisible – Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society

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Getting to Wellness: A Roadmap for Improving the Health of Transgender Individuals in Los Angeles County

Getting to Wellness: A Roadmap for Improving the Health of Transgender Individuals in Los Angeles County

In response to HIV prevention priorities conveyed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP), the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) recently convened an independent time-limited consortium to identify best practices and potential models to address the health and wellness needs of transgender people in Los Angeles County.

Building upon foundational work previously conducted by others in the transgender and service provider communities, the CHIPTS Transgender Consortium developed a report that outlines the status of transgender health and wellness, particularly with respect to HIV disease; provides an overview of some of the services available to transgender people in Los Angeles County; and describes opportunities to both strengthen and transform Los Angeles County’s response to the health and wellness needs of transgender people.

Please download the full report: Getting to Wellness: A Roadmap for Improving the Health of Transgender Individuals in Los Angeles County

Social Security Gender Change Changes for Trans People

Social Security Gender Change Changes

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Posted on June 25, 2013 by Loree

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued new guidelines that make it far easier for transpeople to change their gender marker.

Previously, changing the gender marker on your Social Security account generally required proof of having undergone sex reassignment surgery; no more!  Now people can update their gender marker using any of four documents:

  1. A U.S. passport showing the correct gender;
  2. A birth certificate showing the correct gender;
  3. A court order recognizing the correct gender; or
  4. A signed letter from a physician stating the person “has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to (the new male or female) gender.”

The physician letter does not have to specify what clinical treatment has been done, and what is “appropriate” can remain private between the patient and their doctor.  The physician letter needs to be on the physician’s letterhead, include their medical license or certificate number and the jurisdiction that issued it, and the statement, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality has written a plain-English fact sheet that includes additional details and links for those who are interested.  It’s available athttp://www.transequality.org/Resources/SSAResource_June2013.pdf


Loree Cook-Daniels
Policy and Program Director

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Milwaukee, WI  53201
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