Some positive news from the past week…
This first article actually appeared in The Boston Phoenix about a week and a half ago, but since i missed sharing it last week, i wanted to add it this week. Thanks to Zander Keig and to Pasupatidasi for posting this:
How Norman Spack Transformed The Way We Treat Transgender Children
“Gender dysphoria is a condition that can be treated rather easily,” he says. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to take care of a transgender patient.” I guess i don’t have to state how thankful i am for the work of this man.
Another piece of news that’s over a week old, but that i still wanted to share:
“Activists attended Gay Pride events this weekend in Uganda despite the country’s antigay climate, and their bravery earned the admiration of many worldwide.”
Two steps forward as we work for equality for trans* people:
FAA Eliminates Unnecessary Psychological Testing for Transgender Pilots
“The Federal Aviation Administration has released new medical certification guidelines for transgender pilots, eliminating several rounds of unnecessary psychological testing that were once required.”
APA Issues Official Positions Supporting Access to Care and the Rights of Transgender and Gender Variant Persons
“Transgender Law Center is thrilled to announce that the American Psychiatric Association is publicly advocating for access to care and civil rights for transgender patients.” You can read the press release at the Transgender Law Center (link above) or download the .pdf directly from the American Psychiatric Association’s website.
And in other news:
Campus Pride Lists the Top-10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities in the U.S.
Student Creates Network to Provide Housing for Transgender People
“A new online resource for transgender students facing discrimination and homelessness came from an unlikely source: one USC student’s blog on Tumblr, a popular social media website.”
Trans Man Luke Anderson Wins Big Brother
I don’t follow the show, but i have a friend who does and she was really excited to share this news with me. I guess i’d like to see a day when people could just be known for their achievements without having a label attached to the front of their name (e.g. transgender Big Brother winner Luke, transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova, transgender child of Sonny & Cher Chaz Bono, lesbian talk show host Ellen Degeneres, etc.) but for now, i guess it is still news to a lot of people and the fact that LGBTQ folks are being positively portrayed in the public eye is hopefully a good thing.
Did i miss any good news? If you have something to share, or thoughts about any of these articles, please let me know!