Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gay and Bisexual Identity Development Among Transmen

A new journal article is out on FTM sexuality.  Thought it might be of some interest to everyone.  I read the article, which is deecent.  My favorite part, however, was when the authors describe that roughly (maybe the wrong word to use here) 33% of the sample like it in their front hole.  Cheers to that fellows!

Bockting W, Benner A, Coleman E.,

Gay and bisexual identity development among female-to-male transsexuals in North America: emergence of a transgender sexuality.

Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Oct;38(5):688-701.

(I've figured out how to allow folks to download the PDF from my blog!) 


We studied a North American sample of female-to-male (FtM) transsexuals sexually attracted to men, aiming to understand their identity and sexuality in the context of a culture of transgender empowerment.

Sex-reassigned FtM transsexuals, 18 years or older and attracted to men, were recruited via an FtM community conference and listserv. Participants (N = 25) responded to open-ended questions about identity development, sexual behavior, and social support.
Data were analyzed by content analysis. Scores for sexual identity, self esteem, sexual functioning, and psychological adjustment were compared to those of a comparison group (N = 76 nontransgender gay and bisexual men). Of the 25 FtMs, 15 (60%) identified as gay, 8 (32%) as bisexual, and 2 (8%) as queer.
All were comfortable with their gender identity and sexual orientation. The FtM group was more bisexual than the nontransgender gay and bisexual controls. No significant group differences were found in self esteem, sexual satisfaction, or psychological adjustment. For some FtMs, sexual attractions and experiences with men affirmed their gender identity; for others, self-acceptance of a transgender identity facilitated actualization of their attractions toward men. Most were “out” as transgender among friends and family, but not on the job or within the gay community. Disclosure and acceptance of their homosexuality was limited.
The sexual identity of gay and bisexual FtMs appears to mirror the developmental process for nontransgender homosexual men and women in several ways; however, participants also had experiences unique to being both transgender and gay/bisexual. This signals the emergence of a transgender sexuality.

Re-post from roham a. bear, "My Tranifesto: An Ongoing Self Exam Sans Stirrups"

An amazing individual I know wrote this, "My Tranifesto:  An Ongoing Self Exam Sans Stirrups"  and, becuase I feel like more folks should get the chance to read it, they gave me permission to repost it here. 

A little sample....(I really am putting this on my bathroom mirror!)

4. i have a right to be in this body, and to use the language i choose to define it. i will consistently challenge myself around the words i choose, i will continue to learn, to listen, to adapt, to honour.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fat Love on Display

A website dedicated to displaying images and stories of couples (where at least one of them is fat self-identified). 

Check it out and submit your story.  There are a couple of queer couples, but they could always use more! 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ferndale Magic Bag and Royal Oak Music Theatre Go SMOKEFREE!

Cheers to both businesses!  More employees and concert goers can breathe easier. 

The Royal Oak Music Theatre will kick off its smoke-free rule this Saturday night during their Kemons Night event, which will raise money for the American Cancer Society.

APPALLING anti-trans ad out of Kalamazoo

This is APPALLING.  I can't believe this is actually being used in Kalamazoo.  This is all becuase of an Ord. up for a vote on Nov. 3rd, sexual orientation and gender non-discrimination.  I wasn't following what was going on to closely, but after seeing this I'm planning on donating money to the One Kalamazoo campaign/org

(Ad paid for by Kalamzoo Citizens Voting No to special rights discrimination.  http://www.responsiblevoters.org/ )

APPALLING anti-trans ad out of Kalamazoo-- donate so we can c... on Twitpic

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sarah Graham: My Intersex Experience

I like this a lot....

In an open letter to the South African athlete, Sarah Graham, who was born intersex, offers advice and encouragement for the years to come

"You are a very special woman: an extraordinary athlete and an inspiration to your South African nation. That has not changed and nothing the International Association of Athletics Federations tests find under their microscope will ever take that away from you.

Whatever happens in these next few weeks, whatever the truth behind all the rumours, media leaks and gossip, I promise you will discover the truth that most human beings are kind-hearted and that the human heart is by far the most important human organ; it has no gender and it's not interested in your sex.

When I was 25 I found out suddenly that I am an intersex XY woman. I have a very rare condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS). This shocking revelation, after years of lies from my doctors, nearly killed me."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"I saw this really, really interesting documentary last night."

Yesterday I was at an all day training for NVivo8 (a qualitative data analysis software). There happened to be two folks from my department, or at least folks that work with the faculty that I support. Anyway, we all decided to go to lunch together. While eating, the conversation turned to movies and documentaries. Colleague 1 is Indian, and they were talking about representations of gender in bollywood films with colleague 2. Suddenly colleague 2 announced,

"I saw a really really interesting documentary last night"

Suddenly, I knew it was trans related. I don't know how, but I just did. This could not go well...I thought. Every time someone says a sentence like that I brace myself. lol.

"It was all about these transvestites....errr, I suppose they were transsexual women from somewhere in Southeast Asia who were now in Israel, who performed in dance/drag shows in the evening and worked as caretakers for very orthodox older adults during the day to make a living."

Now, if you can follow all of that, you win. They discussed trans identity (awkwardly) for the next few minutes. It was very strange. But I mean, what was I going to say, "Hey, interesting....and guess what?...I'm transgender too!"

I feel so torn in those situations. It's not that I want to be "stealth" for goodness sakes, but having intense conversations with colleagues, who I'm not even sure how long, or how well I will get to know, about my identity seems very strange. It's not relevant, but again, it is. I mean, if they ever ask me about my own personal research interests I don't think I would be able to fully share with them my passions without providing some sort of context.

Eventually I'll talk to folks at this new job....it will just be interesting to see what that eventually looks like....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Is health care reform an issue for nonprofits? (Duh)

Reposted from MNA's blog:

Is health care reform an issue for your nonprofit?

Michigan Nonprofit Association says yes and nine out of ten responding nonprofits to our recent health care survey agree. MNA and the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University assessed how the current health care system is affecting nonprofits as employers.

If you agree health care reform is an issue for your nonprofit, the results may seem obvious, but there are two striking findings that deserve repeating:

1. Health care costs impact Michigan nonprofits’ ability to attract and retain talent while responding to shrinking revenues.

2. Reform of the current health care system is near universally important to Michigan nonprofits.

It is critical the nonprofit sector has a voice in the health care reform debate. Today, MNA’s Board of Trustees met and adopted the following statement in regards to MNA’s position on health care reform. Michigan Nonprofit Association believes that health care reform should embrace the following set of principles:

• Health care reform should ensure high-quality health care;
• Health care reform should have as an ultimate goal to provide universal access to affordable health care;
• Health care reform should address the needs of the nonprofit community and the people it serves; and
• Health care reform should not add financial burdens to the nonprofit community that are not shared by other sectors of society.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Are Cripples Screwed?"

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored celebrates people with disabilities as sexual beings.

Check out this great short (15 minute) student video here.

This new student film features participants of the discussion panel sponsored by University of California Berkeley's Disabled Students Union called "Are Cripples Screwed?" The film also features other Bay area community members and comedian Josh Blue (winner of Last Comic Standing) as they share their personal experiences with sex, dating and intimacy. (Sex)abled reveals that while not everyone will choose to be sexually active, everyBODY is capable of being sexual.
This video is posted at a great site called "Sex Smart Films:Promoting Sexual Literacy"

I think one of my favorite lines (by Jackson in the film) "until I sees Stephen Hawking on the cover of a trashy romance novel, I'm forced to make beautifully crafted dick jokes."

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Sick-Leave Racial Disparities: A Flu Endemic's Best Friend

Sick-Leave Racial Disparities: A Flu Endemic's Best Friend

I see endless reports on Flu prep in public health news, but I've seen very little on the impact racial disparities have on workplace benefits (sick days) and the H1N1 public health impact.

I did a little checking, and Nationally--the numbers are pretty similar to California: across the country, 38% of African Americans and 53% of Hispanic workers do not receive paid sick days - a much higher rate than among white folks.

I'm interested to see what happens with the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act. (introduced this year by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. This bill is a commonsense public health prevention strategy that would guarantee all California workers the right to earn and use paid sick days for personal illness, to care for a sick family member, or to recover from domestic violence or sexual assault, without fear of losing their jobs.)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

No laughing matter

No laughing matter

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I'm so excited about this. very impressed that business are taking initiative before a state law is passed. Seriously, they will get so many more customers!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

UM Faculty weigh in on healthcare debate

Check out the new U of M webpage on the healthcare debate.

Also, my supervisor was on a Flashpoint roundtable discussion on Local4 about ethics and healthcare. It's about a 15min video. Check it out.