Author: patrick

‘I used to wish I’d just wake up a girl and everything up to that point had been a dream. Or that aliens would abduct me and make it happen.’

  RACHEL HOSIE @rachel_hosie We live in a world that is becoming increasingly tolerant of gender fluidity, but it’s still often disconcerting to feel like the gender you were physically born doesn’t match up with who you are. And if you’re cisgender (someone whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex), what must it be like to feel born into the wrong gender? People are now sharing their memories of when they first realised they were transgender, and their stories are powerful, moving and insightful.   Many who were born female admitted to wishing they...

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America is at something of a turning point when it comes to issues of gender identity

Though messaging from the White House has become hostile, transgender Americans are slowly gaining more societal acceptance. But a related, less well known medical debate is also reaching a pivotal moment. It involves children born with a congenital condition termed intersex. Intersex refers to people whose chromosomes, gonads, or genitals who don’t meet conventional definitions of what it means to be male or female., According to the Intersex Society of North America, roughly 1 in 2,000 children are born intersex, and while it is often not a condition that requires immediate medical attention, doctors are permitted to perform surgery to rearrange...

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Transgender Man Shares Incredible Before & After Progress Photos, Loses His Friends And Family

This is Jaimie Wilson, a 21-year-old transgender man and country musician from Florida by Stella If you walked past Jaimie Wilson on the street, you’d probably take him for an all-American heartthrob; muscular build, deep blue eyes, and casual scruff. You would probably never guess that he’s one of approximately 1.4 million transgender adults living in the US today. In 2015, Jaimie made the brave decision to start transitioning from female to male, shocking and alienating most of his friends and family. “At first I was scared to come out as transgender because I didn’t give any ‘signs,’ as...

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Senate inquiry examines claims transgender people ‘humiliated’ during airport security checks

Senate inquiry examines claims transgender people ‘humiliated’ during airport security checks By Giselle Wakatama  ‘dehumanised’ during airport security checks. (AAP: Dean Lewins)   The National LGBTI Health Alliance has raised several concerns in a submission to a Senate inquiry into airport and aviation security. The submission detailed the experience of one anonymous person whose prosthetic was detected in their underwear while they underwent a body scan. The situation created a chain of events that ended with officers forcing the person to remove it and place it in a tray. The officers allegedly made a spectacle of the person before putting...

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Chief of Staff says “No change on military policy” despite ban of transgender personnel by Trump

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance,” Dunford, said in the written message to service chiefs, commanders and senior enlisted leaders, first reported...

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