Monday, November 04, 2013
Would you like your words of wisdom to be published in a book alongside noted trans leaders and writers? Here’s your chance!
Our submission deadline is Friday, November 15, 2013. If you plan to submit something, please contact us via the information below this week.
Here is the original announcement:
Deanne Thornton and Andrea James are seeking submissions for a collection of letters from trans women to trans women. This is a companion piece inspired by Letters For My Brothers, the collection of wisdom from trans men edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig.
Specifically, we are interested in letters that are:
• Written to yourself or others at the start of your transition.
• Discussions of why transition was the best choice.
• Things you found out about yourself through transition.
Other relevant topics on transitional wisdom in retrospect will be considered. Just follow these guidelines:
• Letters should be 1,000 words or fewer.
• Be searching and fearless.
• Be honest about your mistakes and heartaches as well as your surprises and joys.
• Consider writing about things you did right as well as things you could have done differently.
• Do not specifically name service providers, good or bad.
• If you include people in your life make sure that they approve (in writing) or use aliases not real names.
• Humor is greatly appreciated, but we are not seeking vulgar or sexually explicit material.
• Include your name and title for your letter. If you do not wish to be identified, we may publish your work under a pen name, but we will require that you verify your identity.
The ideal letter will be about you, but it should be something to which others in the community can relate.
For more information, or to make a submission, please contact:
Email: sister_letters at icloud.com (change “at” to @, no spaces)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Carys Massarella M.D. (presenter of The Depathologization of Transgender Identity” ) notes two more important shifts in Ontario health services for transgender youth: a new clinic at Hospital for Sick Children, similar to the program in Ottawa at the Diversity Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She writes:
The child and adolescent gender clinic just opened officially on Friday at the Hospital for Sick Children. The physician is Dr. Joey Bonifacio who I know well and uses a gender affirming approach to Gender Independent/Transgender youth.
Also at the Diversity Clinic at CHEO (the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) in Ottawa, Dr. Margaret Lawson and Dr. Steve Feder also provide similar care. And finally I also see and provide support to children and families at my clinic at Quest in St. Catharines , Ontario and use a gender affirming model as well. Although I do refer to supportive providers for puberty blockers and cross gender hormone therapy. I also see adults in my clinic and provide cross gender hormone therapy in an informed consent model.
Also I forgot to mention that we have a large group of intersectional researchers who have met twice in the last year (from across Canada) to discuss ways to engage in research with families to better meet the needs of Gender Independent Children. We also have a committee in Ontario through a Rainbow Health. Ontario that meets to improve care for gender independent children in Ontario.
Hope this helps update some of the exciting things going on in Ontario.
Posted by Andrea James
on 10/16 at 04:44 PM
Monday, September 23, 2013
The UCLA Williams Institute notes:
Employers report zero or very low costs and yet substantial benefits, for them and their employees alike, when they provide transition-related health care coverage in their employee health benefit plans,
according to a new study by Jody L. Herman, Williams Institute Manager of Transgender Research. The report, Costs and Benefits of Providing Transition-related Health Care Coverage in Employee Health Benefits Plans: Findings from a Survey of Employers, released today, finds that a majority of employers reported that they would encourage other employers to add the coverage, and none would advise against it.
“This study explored the experiences of 34 employers providing transition-related health care coverage for 2 million individuals,” noted Herman. “The findings based on such a large sample should reassure employers they will incur little to no cost when extending such coverage.”
Thirty-four employers participated in a survey to describe their transition-inclusive health benefits plans, how much these plans have cost them, and what, if any, benefits they receive from providing their transition-inclusive plans. Key findings from the survey include:
• Eighty-five percent (85%) of the 26 employers that provided information on costs of adding coverage to their existing health benefits plans reported no additional costs to add the coverage.
• Two-thirds of the 21 employers that provided information on actual costs from employee utilization of the coverage reported zero actual costs due to utilization.
• Based on the experiences of surveyed employers, we would predict that 1 out of 10,000 employees (among employers with 1,000 to 10,000 employees) and 1 out of 20,000 employees (among employers with 10,000 to 50,000 employees) will utilize transition-related health benefits annually when they are available.
• The type, number, and cost of services accessed by individuals will vary, yet as described above, the costs of these benefits, if any, are very low, as is the utilization of the benefit.
The report identified some potential issues in regard to access to coverage and health care that would be medically necessary if clinically indicated for an individual, according to the WPATH Standards of Care. While 100% of the employers covered most hormone therapies and genital surgeries for transition, only 59% covered breast or chest reconstruction and only a quarter covered electrolysis, certain facial procedures, and voice-related procedures. Further, 48% had some restriction on access to transition-related health care provided out-of-network. Notably, providing broader coverage did not result in higher costs for surveyed employers.
“Ensuring that employees are covered for the full range of medical treatments or surgical procedures that they may need, and have access to the healthcare professionals that provide them, deserves additional attention from business leaders and policymakers,” said Herman.
Employers further reported a variety of positive motivations for providing this coverage:
• 60% reported it would help them compete as an employer within their industry and would help with recruitment and retention.
• 60% stated it reflected their corporate values, including equality and fairness.
• 48% said they were motivated to improve employee satisfaction and morale.
• 44% noted it demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
These findings are consistent with prior research that has shown employers generally benefit from providing LGBT-inclusive workplace policies.
Survey participants for this study were all employers known to provide transition-related health care coverage for employees through their health benefits plans. To identify these target participants, we relied on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign and existing knowledge networks to identify city, county, and university employers. The survey was announced via email in December 2012 to a total of 243 employers, utilizing personal contacts and LGBT employee resource groups.
Calpernia notes, “We are looking for trans women who are NOT from LA or NYC.”
Beautiful. Professional. Brave. Fabulous
The new faces of transgender women are wanted for a groundbreaking Docu-soap reality series by Doron Ofir Casting, the legendary outfit behind such shows as “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “A-List” and the Emmy-nominated “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys,” along with prolific Emmy-winning producer Gay Rosenthal (“Little People Big World,” Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series “Push Girls,” and “Behind the Music”), push the envelope once more to redefine sex in the city with a Transgender twist.
This once in a lifetime opportunity seeks to explore the lives and loves of a group of dynamic and fashionable transwomen. Our ‘divine sisterhood’ is open to all women in the transitioning spectrum who are eager to share their stories, passions and friendships in an attempt to both educate and entertain.
From redefining stereotypes, exploring the complicated world of dating, to your chosen family: the sisters and misters who’ve been by your side during your journey, we want to hear the triumphs, joys, and struggles of the everyday trans career woman.
This could be your moment! Website coming soon, in the meantime write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Andrea James
on 09/23 at 02:34 PM
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality and American Jewish World Service (an international donor that supports grassroots human rights groups), in collaboration with researchers from Strength in Numbers. The survey is about the funding situation for groups working on trans* and intersex issues around the world. GATE notes:
Thank you to the hundreds of trans* and intersex activists around the world who have completed GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality and American Jewish World Service’s survey on the funding situation for trans* and intersex groups around the world! We are grateful for your time.
We are reaching out to North American contacts specifically, because we have relatively few responses from the USA and Canada, compared to the rest of the world. If you are an independent trans* or intersex group or initiative or if you are a trans*/intersex project of a larger organization- funded or not, registered or not - please contribute your data. If you are not a trans*/intersex group, please pass this e-mail on to your contacts.
If you have begun the survey and not yet completed it, please do complete it! It takes 15-35 minutes, and you may want to have your group or organizations’s overall spending for the last 2 years handy - just the grand total number (or a rough idea thereof) is enough, even if it is 0. It’s so important that we compile a data set that represents the diversity and realities of our movements, so we can show donors the needs and opportunities of trans* and intersex groups on the ground.
To complete the survey, please click on this link:
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you so much for your time! Again, please fill it out!
GATE – Global Action for Trans* Equality
American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
Posted by Andrea James
on 09/03 at 07:55 AM