Oh cool I’m a fraudster in Oklahoma. “Citing the Bible, Judge Bill Graves says transgender men and women are changing their names for ‘fraudulent purposes’”
ANDY PLUMB KNEW he was different when, at age 9, he plucked his mother’s clothes out of the laundry basket and put them on. It felt good, but he didn’t know why.
On Christmas Eve the year he was 16, his mother discovered his secret. But it wasn’t until he was studying English at Sonoma State University in the ’70s that the longtime Greenbrae resident embraced being transgendered. He calls himself Selena Rose when he dresses in drag.
Recently, Plumb published “Bootleg Poems,” a slim volume of his poetry and photographs that explore his feelings and the reactions of others to his world. “I don’t think anyone honestly understands transgenders unless they’re transgender themselves,” he says.
Plumb, 60, is an avid contra dancer and works as a writing consultant.
Q: What inspired you to write a book of poetry?
A: I’ve been writing poetry for about 20 years and thought about doing it years ago but never quite had it together. Then I started meeting people and I got a whole bunch of good responses from people who aren’t transgendered.
Q: Was it hard coming out to your parents?
A: My mother and I, we really didn’t talk for about six months. My dad didn’t know what to do. But my mother did want to know what was going on so she’d gotten some books from the library on human sexuality and she was underlining stuff and left themout for me to see. She had to go through the period of trauma and grief and denial: “Who is this kid of mine?” Now, she’s my biggest fan when it comes to my writing.
Q: In one poem, you seem to enjoy challenging people who want to box you into a gender; is that how you really feel, or do you seek understanding?
A: There was definitely a big anger stage and a lot of resentment that I had been given this gift — I call it a gift on some levels — and yet not knowing what to do with it and people not understanding it. But I do like having fun testing people’s ideas on gender, challenging them. I find it amazing how much energy goes into identifying someone as male or female.
Q: What’s it like to be transgender in Marin?
A: I feel like a novelty item. I don’t really go out a lot in Marin. But it’s OK to do pretty much what you want, up to a point. If I were to go to restaurants and clubs in full drag, it would be different. … It does amaze me how many men in Marin, and I have no numbers, who cross-dress at different levels, whether it’s just wearing pantyhose every once in a while to actually going out to the city in drag and how much they’re pretty much in the closet. That’s one of my biggest things; I wish more cross-dressers would be more out there.
THIS is how trans* education starts. With OUR kids showing them that we are ok, we are well, we are beautiful and we are moving towards happy. Then they spread that knowledge in an organic way.
BRILLIANT & ESSENTIAL!
Now we need transmale and non binary versions to make the full set then get them published into one of those mini book box sets x
Websites for Trans* People
The Human Rights Campaign:http://www.hrc.org/
Scottish Transgender Alliance:http://www.scottishtrans.org/
I Am: Trans People Speak:http://www.transpeoplespeak.org/
The Gender Center: http://gendercentre.org.au/index.htm
Fenway Health: http://www.fenwayhealth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homeNational Center for Transgender Equality:http://transequality.org/index.html
Tumblr’s for Trans* People
Fuck Yeah FtM’s: http://fuckyeahftms.tumblr.com/
Fuck Yeah MtF’s: http://fuckyeahmtfs.tumblr.com/MtF Confessions: http://mtfconfessions.tumblr.com/Trans Parrot Fish: http://transparrotfish.tumblr.com/Fuck Yeah Trans* Pride: http://fuckyeahtranspride.tumblr.com/FtM Passing Tips, Tricks and Stories: http://ftmpassingtipstricksandstories.tumblr.com/
Tucking and Other Skills: http://tuckingandotherskills.tumblr.com/
Binders 101: http://binders101.tumblr.com/
Blitz Trans*: http://blitztrans.tumblr.com/
Trans* Body Pride: http://transbodypride.tumblr.com/
Trans Quotes: http://transquotes.tumblr.com/
Non-Fiction Books for Trans* People
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - Kate Bornstein.
Just Add Hormones: An Insiders Guide to the Transsexual Experience - Matt Kailey
Cross Dressing, Sex and Gender - Vern.L.Bullough and Bonnie Bullough
Sex Changes: Transgender Politics - Patrick Califia.
Becoming a Visible Man - Jamison Green.
Whipping Girl - Julia Serano
Transition and Beyond - Reid Vanderburgh
Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits - Loren Cameron
Self-Made Men - Henry Rubin
The Phallus Palace - Dean Kotula
Self-Organizing Men - Jay Sennett
The Testosterone Files - Max Wolf Valerio
What Becomes You - Aaron and Hilda Raz
Both Sides Now: One Man’s Journey Through Womanhood - Dhillon Khosla.
FTM Transsexuals in Society - Holly Devor
Transmen and FtM’s - Jason Cromwell
The Riddle of Gender - Deborah Rudacille
How Sex Changes: A History of Transsexuality in the United States - Joanne Meyerowitz.
Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People - Joan Roughgarden.
GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Binary - Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clair Howell.
Fiction Books with Trans* Characters
Luna - Julie Anne Peters
10,000 Dresses - Marcus Ewert
Almost Perfect - Brian Katcher
Debbie Harry Sings in French - Meagan Brothers
Parrotfish - Ellen Wittlinger
Trans* Related Products
Underworks FtM: http://ftm.underworks.com/
Mango Products: http://www.mangoproducts.net/
DJ Knows Dicks: http://djknowsdicks.com/The Breast Form Store: http://www.thebreastformstore.ca/
The big list of resources for Family and Partners of Trans* people coming soon!
On November 11, 1933, the Hamburg City Administration asked the Head of Police to “pay special attention to transvestites” and to “deliver them to the concentration camps.”
Nazis burning Hirschfield Institute documents along with other books and materials that were deemed to be “un-German”
Nazi Germany did not make distinctions between transvestites and transsexuals. Most of the time, Nazis referred to gender-atypical behavior as homosexual behavior. When they did consciously choose to distinguish between gays and transgenders, Nazi’s referred to all transgenders as “transvestites.” Indeed, in 1938 the Institute of Forensic Medicine recommended that the “phenomena of transvestism” be “exterminated from public life.” The Institute went on to state, “draconian measures by the government against stubborn and hard-headed transvestites are … adequate.”
In Nazi Death Camps, interned homosexuals and transgenders were forced to wear upside-down pink triangles. On the 24th anniversary of the burning of the Hirschfeld’s Institute’s library, the post-Hitler German government upheld Nazi laws used to oppress the homosexual and transgender community stating that “homosexual acts unquestionably offended the moral feelings of the German people.”
Ich habe zwei Bücher über Homosexualität und der NAZI Zeit aber es gibt eigentlich fast nichts über Trans Leute und unsere Geschichte in der NAZI Zeit.
I find it a heartbreaking and terrifying that we were not represented and still aren’t today.
There is essentially no good information on the internet about trans people persecuted during this time.
A New Jersey man was acquitted Friday of the 2010 murder of transgender lingerie model Victoria Carmen White.
A jury in Essex County, N.J., found Alrashim Chambers, 25, of Newark, not guilty of murder, bias intimidation, and two weapons charges, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper reports. Chambers, who took the stand in his own defense, denied having anything to do with the killing and painted another man, Marquise Foster, who took a plea deal in exchange for testimony against Chambers, as the perpetrator.
White, 28, was shot to death September 12, 2010, in her cousin’s apartment in Maplewood, N.J. She had met Chambers at a bar earlier that evening, and he had gone to the apartment with her. Also present were Foster and two women, including the cousin. But the women were in another room at the time of the shooting and did not directly witness it. The women said they heard someone yell “You a dude?” and heard gunshots, but they could not identify the speaker or the shooter.
Foster had testified that Chambers had been hugging and kissing White and became enraged when he suspected she was transgender, then shot her. But Chambers said he was not in the apartment when White was shot, having stepped out and been unable to return because a door in the vestibule was locked. He said he saw Foster come running out, but Foster didn’t tell him what had happened. Chambers also said he didn’t know White had been killed until he saw news reports two months later that described him and Foster as suspects. Both men turned themselves in to authorities shortly thereafter. The gun used in the killing was never found.
Prosecutor Eileen O’Connor said White’s gender identity provided the only motive for her killing, yet the bias intimidation charge did not figure significantly in the trial, the Star-Ledger reports. White had undergone gender-reassignment surgery 10 years earlier.
O’Connor told the paper that she and White’s family were disappointed in the verdict, “but we put forth all the evidence in the case and did the best we could under the circumstances.”
(By Trudy Ring, The Advocate)
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