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BAGLY celebrates 30 years, 3 generations, and 30,000 youths

The organization enters its third decade with grace and promise for Boston’s queer youth community.

by Annette Montalvo
Bay Windows contributor

Since the inception of the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) 30 years ago, 30,000 kids and teens have come through the organization’s doors, either through participating in weekly meetings, leadership roles, special event dances, or volunteering. BAGLY is a community-based, youth-led organization that offers programs for LGBT youth age 22 and under.

On April 8, BAGLY will host a cocktail event to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston. Distinguished leadership awards will be presented to both an individual and an organization for work that has had a positive impact on the LGBT community.

Grace Sterling Stowell, the executive director of BAGLY, said that the 1970s offered LGBT groups for adults that sometimes included youths, but weren’t solely focused on youth issues. Several youths approached adult members with an idea of starting a youth-led organization, and BAGLY was born. "Young people had different ideas about what they wanted," said Stowell, who describes BAGLY as a youth-led group that is supported by adults.


The Phoenix (Swarthmore College), PA, USA


SEPTA policing gender, drag show held in protest
Published April 1, 2010

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, is not known for its modernity or outstanding customer relations, but a recent protest on Tuesday has called special attention to the companya's discriminatory treatment of transgender and queer persons. On the monthly SEPTA transportation passes known as transpasses or trailpasses, the company places stickers with the letter M or the letter F to indicate the gender of the cardholder. This policy, a weak attempt to reduce prohibited sharing of passes, unfairly forces transgender and gender-non-conforming riders to identify as either
male or female. It also compels SEPTA conductors to act as gender police as they are responsible for judging whether or not
cardholders gender matches the category indicated on their pass, resulting in many a situation in which a rider whose gender is misperceived by the conductor may be denied the card discount if not denied access to SEPTA transportation entirely.


Trans program goes independent

by Jen Colletta

The Trans-health Information Project, a joint program of two local agencies for the past seven years, is branching out on its own this spring.

TIP, launched in 2003 by the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative and Prevention Point, is closed for two weeks and will reopen April 19 at its new location, 21 S. 12th St., 10th floor.

Rick Feely, who began as a TIP outreach worker in 2003 and two years later became the agency’s program director, will serve as the executive director of the newly rebranded organization.

Feely said he will work with Prevention Point executive director Jose Benitez to recruit a board of directors and, later this year, will begin the process of having the agency certified as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.


The Attic revives trans youth programming

by Jen Colletta

The Attic Youth Center is calling all transgender and questioning youth to be active participants in the revitalization of a program that seeks to educate and empower the young trans community.

Young, Trans & Unified will host Revived! from 7:15-8:30 p.m. April 8 at The Attic, 255 S. 16th St., a free celebration with pizza and music for participants ages 13-23, to mark the program’s new direction and leadership.

Damon Constantinides, who is also a social worker at Mazzoni Center, has overseen the program for about a year and will now be joined by co-facilitators Qui Alexander and Kyra Cordova, both of whom who were connected to the program through other leaders in the local trans community.

Constantinides said he wanted to bring in extra hands to help him refocus the group on the needs of the community it serves.

“I’ve really loved doing this, but I thought it’d be great if we could bring in some new people who were even more hooked into what was actually going on in the trans youth community,” he said. “They both have so much energy and so many good ideas, and the best thing about this is having people working with me so we can all say, ‘What do you think about this?’ and work together.”


Gender-blind housing to become an option

Casey Wilson/The Daily
Friday, April 2, 2010

OU will offer gender-neutral, coed residential housing this fall, a representative for OU Housing and Food Services said.

The housing will be a community where male and female students live on the same wing of a floor, in separate suites, said Lauren Royston, Housing spokeswoman.

Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Friends has been organizing a campaign to push for gender-blind housing, said Matthew Bruenig, society president.

“The main reason we support gender-blind housing is that we believe that OU has an obligation to create comfortable and safe living environments for all of its residents,” Bruenig said.

Bruenig said there are intersexed and transgender students who might be forced to “pass” in order to live under the current arrangements.

There are also gay and lesbian students who are not comfortable living in sex-segregated floors due to the social stigma of being gay that exists, especially in Oklahoma, he said.


Bryn Mawr Now, PA, USA
Inside Bryn Mawr

Author to Discuss History of Medical Approaches to Intersex
Posted April 1, 2010

On Tuesday, April 6, at 4:15 p.m. in Carpenter 21, Elizabeth Reis will discuss her new book, Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), which addresses the origins and implications of today’s medical management of intersex.

Reis, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and history at the University of Oregon, examines the the history of responses to intersex bodies and argues that doctors have been and continue to be influenced by the worries and anxieties of the larger society, particularly concerning marriage and homosexuality, rendering any medical management a cultural, rather than simply a scientific, endeavor.

Reiss’ talk is sponsored by the Department of History, the Center for Science and Society, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Class of 1902 Lecture Fund.

Copyright © 2010 Bryn Mawr College


Schoenburg: A population the census does not count

By Sam Schoenburg
Guest Columnist

How many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live in the United States? Though the Constitution mandates a count of every person in the country every decade, we don’t know the answer. The federal government has never made an officially sanctioned count of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In order to measure the size and begin to address the struggles of the LGBT community, federal surveys, including the census, should include a question about sexual orientation and gender identity.

By excluding the LGBT identity on the census, the government excludes a mechanism to advance initiatives that address inequities faced by LGBT individuals. To make policy, you need numbers, and right now, we don’t have the numbers. Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau collects data through random sampling on a whole host of issues, gathering information on geographic area, race, income level, relationship status, health, housing quality and immigration status, to name a few.
Data collected by the Census Bureau determines the distribution of $400 billion in federal funds every year. If there is no accurate count of LGBT people in communities across the country, programs to improve LGBT lives will have no information for allocating resources.


Homophobia now rife in Merseyside schools warn teachers after Liverpool conference

HOMOPHOBIC bullying has reached an “endemic” level in Merseyside’s secondary schools, teachers have claimed.

Almost one in three teachers in Wirral, Liverpool and Warrington schools claim to hear pupils openly using homophobic language on a daily basis while 15% witness a pupil being abused every day just for being gay.

Union chiefs called for more training and resources to be devoted to tackling homophobia.

The claims come in a North West survey of the National Union Of Teachers – around a third of which hailed from high schools in Liverpool, Wirral and Warrington.


Northwestern to pilot gender-neutral housing program

By Lark Turner

Northwestern will implement gender-neutral housing on campus next fall after the University approved a student-led proposal Friday.

Under the Gender Open Housing pilot program, a small portion of  housing in a suite or hall on campus will not be assigned based on gender. The amount and location of the housing will depend on interest, said Mugsie Pike, Gender Protection Initiative president.

“I’m really excited,” the Communication senior said. “I’ve been working on this for three years and I’m just happy I can say it
happened before I graduate.”

The program will be initially available to upperclassmen only, said William Banis, vice president for student affairs.

“They’re already adjusted to Northwestern,” he said. “We could work with them to see how we could improve.”


University Daily Kansan (University of Kansas), KS, USA
Pride Week events demonstrate need for gender-neutral bathrooms

By Roshni Oommen
Monday, April 5, 2010

The routine task of choosing a restroom couldn’t have been more difficult for Matthew Blankers, a senior from Claremont, Calif. He says he was born in a woman’s body, but as a masculine woman who was often mistaken for a boy. Even before he knew it was possible to be transgender, Blankers noticed that he acted, dressed, and talked, in away that was more masculine than feminine. Sometimes others would be alarmed when he would walk into a women’s restroom — the one supposedly for him.


Harvard Crimson (Harvard University), MA, USA
Law Panels Stress LGBT Unity

By Alice E. M. Underwood, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
Published: Monday, April 05, 2010

Law students, legal rights activists, government officials, and interested individuals from around the globe gathered at Harvard Law School for the fifth annual Harvard Lambda Legal Advocacy Conference, “Diverse Sexualities/Disparate Laws: Sexual Minorities, the State, and International Law.”

The conference featured panels examining a range of issues on how the law can help or hinder sexual minorities. Panelists discussed issues such as sodomy criminalization, same-sex marriage, asylum for sexual minorities under refugee law, and perspectives on lesbians’ rights, women’s rights, and sexual rights.


Mississauga high school balks at awareness day after students suggest trans speaker

EDUCATION / Students 'not ready' for trans guest
Greg Beneteau / Toronto / Monday, April 05, 2010

For the past five years, students at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga have been encouraged to learn about social justice causes through Social Awareness Day, the highlight of which is a talk by a prominent activist.

But there will likely be no Social Awareness Day (SAD) at Cawthra this year — and organizers are accusing the school administration of scuttling the event rather than invite a transgender speaker to the school.

"My administration made the wrong decision by declining my speaker, and their reasoning has made it clear that it is because they are uncomfortable with her being trans," said Grade 12 student Andrew Randall, coordinator for SAD and a member on the Cawthra School Board.

Randall said the student group in charge of organizing the talk, Leaders Empowering All People (LEAP) settled on University of Toronto student Nikki Stratigacos as their choice five months ago for a discussion on the difficulties facing transfolk in society.


Student Life (Washington University), MO, USA
Laclede Gas moving in the right direction

By Staff Editorial
Posted April 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Two months ago, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation rated Laclede Gas Company as the worst place of employment in the nation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers, tied only with ExxonMobil. After a March 26 protest championed by Show Me No H8 and other local activist groups, Laclede has officially changed its company policy to include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation.The official changes include a clause appended to the company’s non-discrimination policy outlining specific protection for workers “without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), or other protected status, in accordance with Federal, State, and local laws.” Laclede Gas spokesperson Robert Arrol has also issued a statement inviting HRC to do another survey with the newly implemented policies.


Oklahoma Daily (University of Oklahoma), OK, USA

Students urged to stand strong against prejudices

Ricky Maranon/The Daily
Friday, April 9, 2010

Prominent figures of the Oklahoma gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community encouraged a group of students Thursday night in the OU College of Law to stand strong against prejudices.

As a part of its Equality Week celebration, United Students hosted a discussion panel consisting of Oklahoma City attorney Brittany Novotny, News 9 Reporter Rusty Surette, State Reps. Al McAffrey and Ryan Keisel, and OU law professor Kathleen Guzman.


The Herald (Arkansas State University), AR, USA
'Are there really only two sexes?'
Writer observes growing variety of gender identity issues

Morgan Crain

With a high school diploma and almost one entire year of college under my belt, I've learned a lot of useful things.

I owe youtube.com for introducing me to one of the most thought-provoking and unique individuals I've admired from afar,
youtube star Chris Crocker. Though most of Crocker's videos are made strictly for laughs, some of his material does have strong messages, encouraging open-mindedness and individuality.

The other day I was doing my homework and listening to the TV when I heard the phrase "appropriate for both sexes" on a commercial. I don't recall anything about the commercial except that phrase.


Gay and Lesbian Times, CA, USA
San Diego
College students organize conference on GLBT people of color

Theme emphasizes traditions, leadership and pride
by Rick Braatz, Staff Reporter
Published Thursday, 08-Apr-2010 in issue 1163

Local GLBT graduate and undergraduate students of color are planning the fifth annual Queer People of Color Conference (QPOCC) to take place at the San Diego LGBT Community Center and San Diego State University on May 7-8.

Beginning at the University of California, Berkeley; and then moving to the University of California, Davis for its last two conferences; the QPOCC is a forum for GLBT people of color to come together and celebrate their cultural traditions and discuss issues/challenges impacting its diverse communities.

“As people of color, there are very limited forums, spaces to dialogue and opportunities to connect. This conference, we hope, will allow us to network with one another, as queer people of color, from various ethnic and sexual backgrounds so that people can feel a sense of community,” said QPOCC co-organizer Gibran Guido, a graduate student at SDSU. “It will also allow us to discuss issues of racism, sexism and classism within the LGBT community.”


Bryn Mawr Now (Bryn Mawr College), PA, USA
Arlene Istar Lev to Present Lecture on “A Family Systems View of Gender-Variance”

Social worker, family therapist, educator, and writer Arlene Istar Lev will give a lecture titled “A Family Systems View of Gender-Variance” as the Annual Anita D. Lichtenstein Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Dalton 300.

Lev’s work addresses the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She is a highly recognized and dedicated leader in the field of LGBT therapy and has received various awards and recognitions for her work and achievements.

This lecture is a part of the 2009-2010 Scott Lecture Series hosted by the Center for Child and Family Well-being at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. It is free and open to all, but seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by calling (610)520-2605 or by e-mailing Peggy Robinson. For those attending for continuing education or Act 48 credit, there will be a $15.00 processing fee.


Bryn Mawr Now (Bryn Mawr College), PA, USA
Transgender Filmmaker Jules Rosskam to Screen “Against a Trans Narrative”

Transgender Filmmaker Jules Rosskam
will screen Against a Trans Narrative, followed by a Q&A session, on Wednesday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Thomas 110. This event is presented by the Program in Gender & Sexuality .

The film uses documentary technique, dramatic reenactment, spoken-word performance and meta-level commentary by the participants to discuss trans-masculinities in the United States.

In the film, a multiracial, multigenerational, multigendered group of 36 people give voice to many pressing issues, such as relationships in transition, access to health care, passing and privilege, conflicting interpretations of feminism, the impact of queer theory and the ongoing realities of sexism.

The Feminist Review calls Against a Trans Narrative “arguably the best movie about gender.”

For more information, email Rebecca Farber or Sara Alcid. RSVP on Facebook @


The “Mean Prom” Masquerade Continues, Constance Not the First to Face Discrimination

Lisa Derrick Friday
April 9, 2010 12:18 pm

A number of students from Itawamba Agricultural High School have  joined the discussion on the post The MEANEST Town in America.  According to the most recent comments, there were three

 "  parent run proms"

for students on the night of April 2, the night of the country club prom that Constance attended with five others. The student, screen name fentdog goes on to say:

  " I don’t much about the school run prom. I do know that everyone went to Evergreen because more work was put into it."

As the photos show, a lot of work went into the Evergreen prom, including a marquee tent with decorations like huge cut outs of masks seen above, balloon arches and disco lights.


Development, Risk, and Resilience of Transgender Youth

Kimberly A. Stieglitz, PhD, RN, PNP-BC
(Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, -, 1-15) Copyright 2010 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Transgender youth are a group of people who are interesting, curious, passionate, and self-motivated. Like their peers, transgender youth strive for independence and take risks. However, they experience some unique challenges in figuring out who they are and who they are attracted to in a society that does not understand them.


Daily Northwestern (Northwestern University), IL, USA
1835 Hinman, Kemper selected for gender-neutral housing

By Lark Turner

Students applying for gender-neutral housing in the 2010-11 school year will live in 1835 Hinman or Kemper Hall, student leaders said Tuesday.

The pilot program, open to upperclassmen in 2010-11, will place students in both dorms regardless of gender. The Gender Protection Initiative chose the suites in collaboration with Mark D’Arienzo, associate director for University housing, said Gender Protection Initiative President Mugsie Pike.

The housing initiative may help solve problems that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students face in the residential housing system, as well as provide a housing option for students with opposite-sex friends, Pike told The Daily in early April.


The Missoulian, MT, USA
UM student talks about life as a transgender woman, helping others find their way

By KEILA SZPALLER of the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:02 pm

Meet Bree Sutherland.

Sutherland, 23, is a University of Montana student. She's a painter and a carpenter, an artist and an athlete. She's a student of computer science. The reason you're meeting her, though, is because she's a transgender woman.

Sutherland grew up in Kalispell. Her body was male but she never felt like a man, and before she started to transition, she tried to take her own life six times. The last time, she used a .50-caliber pistol.


Drag show raises donations for GLBT youth organization

By Jose Aguilar

A night of illusions brought Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and even Ariel and Ursula of the Little Mermaid, among others, to the University Center’s Houston Room on Thursday. Gloria Estefan also made an appearance, leading her own conga line around the crowd.

UH’s Third Annual Drag Show, produced by the University’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group, GLOBAL, moved to the main stage this year, complete with lights and a soundsystem. This was quite a move from where they hosted the previous two events — on platforms in the Cougar Den.

“I had personally performed on the platforms, and it just wasn’t professional enough for my taste,” outgoing GLOBAL president Phillicia Karie said. “Plus, trying to walk in heels on a wobbly stage is an invitation for my neck to break.”


Mom to talk about transgender child at Cal State

Bee Staff Reports

The mother of a transgender teen who was killed in 2002 will give a talk Thursday at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock as part of the campus' Social Awareness Program.

Organizers said Sylvia Guerrero, above, will discuss the acceptance of transgender individuals and lifestyles as she shares her story.

Gwen Amber Rose Araujo, Guerrero's transgender daughter, was murdered in the Bay Area.

The event is free and open to the public and will be in the Event Center at 6 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, contact the Warrior Activities Center at 667-3815.



Central Florida Future (University of Central Florida), FL, USA
Seeking gender identity at UCF

Students propose change to Golden Rule
By Bianca Fortis

The non-discrimination policy in the Golden Rule Student Handbook may soon be changed to include protections for gender identity and expression.

Currently, the non-discrmination policy states: “The University of Central Florida values diversity in the campus community. Accordingly, discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, parental status or veteran’s status is prohibited.”

Michael Freeman, a training coordinator in the Office of Diversity Initiatives has spent more than two years working on a proposal to change the policy.

“The way the Golden Rule is presently written, gender identity and expression is not included as a protected class,” Freeman said. “A number of our students feel that that needs to change, so I’m working with them to get that added.”


Central Florida Future (University of Central Florida), FL, USA
All students need protection

By Our Stance

Discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated, which is why the National Day of Silence rally this Friday is important.

If you have time, please stop by the Student Union between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to participate in the wall of hate activity. Students, faculty and guests are welcome to write a hateful or derogatory comment on a brick. The bricks are assembled into a wall that is then knocked down to symbolize UCF’s fight against discrimination.

You don’t have to participate in the wall of hate, but you should at least stop by and sign the petition to make gender identity part of UCF’s non-discrimination policy.

UCF’s current Golden Rule handbook states that the college will “promote equal opportunity policies and practices” for all students and faculty, but lacks any protection for gender identity and expression.


The Montclarion (Montclair State University), NJ, USA
Transgender Student Promotes Awareness

Julie Shilling
Staff Writer

Transgender is an “umbrella term used to define someone who is uncomfortable with their assigned biological sex,” says a 19-year-old sophomore student at Montclair State University.

“My biological sex is male, but my gender is female,” she says proudly.

Her name is Dana Marie, and she is the secretary of SPECTRUMS: Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect and Unity at Montclair State University.

Dana Marie hopes to make people recognize that she is “just like everyone else, and gender identity does not define who you are.”

Dana Marie realized at 17, after experimenting with feminine clothing, that she felt more comfortable wearing female outfits. She felt she could only show “that side” with her best friend in secret.


Windy City Times, IL, USA
Students, allies rally for safe schools at CPS

by Micki Leventhal

Demanding that the Chicago Public Schools immediately implement a grievance procedure for "students experiencing violence at the hands of the school system," protesters marched and chanted in front of the offices of CPS chief executive officer Ron Huberman on Tuesday, April 13. The action was part of the youth-led Safe and Affirming Education Campaign developed by Gender JUST ( Justice United for Society Transformation ) , a grassroots social justice organization.

Huberman and Renae Ogletree, CPS director of student development, first met with the activists on June 15, 2009 at the Gender JUST-sponsored Safe and Affirming Education Community Forum. At the forum, the two openly gay CPS administrators heard testimony from students about harassment, bullying and discriminatory behavior toward LGBT and NGC ( Non Gender Conforming ) students. Members of Gender JUST and several ally organizations presented demands that included: gender identity and expression be added to CPS's non-discrimination policy; creation of a district-wide accountability officer; additional training for teachers and other CPS employees on LGBT issues; and implementation of a student-developed grievance procedure [ WCT, June 17, 2009 ] .


School nears settlement with transgender student prevented from attending prom in dress

Posted by duy on April 14, 2010 11:23 AM

   ''In his lawsuit, Logan said he had worn female attire during school throughout his junior and senior years and went by the
gender-neutral nickname of K.K. No one ever bothered him because of how he dressed, he said in his lawsuit.... Then-Principal Diane Rouse, however, told him he couldn't wear a dress and instead said he could wear a female pants suit. Logan showed up at the May 2006 prom at Avalon Manor in Hobart, wearing a long pink dress and $200 worth of manicure, pedicure and hair styling. Rouse "stretched her hands across the entrance and advised Logan that she would not permit Logan to enter," the lawsuit says.''


Bill O’Reilly Mocks “Bogus” Transgendered Student Who “Should Use the Men’s Room”

Reported by Priscilla - April 14, 2010

Fox “news” media knows that “real Americans” are concerned about how the evil, librul gay agenda is threatening America’s bathrooms. Fox Nation was the first to “break” the story with “Will Bathrooms Be Illegal In Maine

The article, incestuously sourced (journalistically speaking) from uber right wing Fox radio personality, Tod Starnes, was about how “If the Maine Human Rights Commission has its way, transgendered students would be allowed to choose the bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams of their choice.” Starnes, who thinks that this will result in teenage boys wearing thongs, did cite the 2009 decision by the Maine Human Rights Commission that a Maine school district “discriminated
against a boy who was denied access to the girl’s bathroom.” Not noted by Starnes was that the boy was transgendered. Last week, Fox Nation followed this up with  “What? Proposal in Maine Schools to Ban Gender-Specific Bathrooms”


The Daily Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania), PA, USA
U. adds transgender insurance

Student Insurance Plan will now cover costs of gender-confirmation process up to $50,000
by Karen Aquino | Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 12:40 am

In the next academic year, the Penn Student Insurance Plan will begin offering a new benefit for transgender students — it will cover the cost of the gender confirmation process, also known as gender reassignment or transition.

The benefit covers triadic treatment, the term used for the three-step process of gender confirmation. Triadic treatment consists of psychotherapy, estrogen or testosterone hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery, which involves the changing of genitals.

The benefit covers the costs of surgery for up to $50,000. According to a research report by the organization Transgender At Work, the cost of male-to-female surgery can average around $20,000.


Penn OKs coverage for sex-change surgeries for students in health plan

By Robert Moran
Inquirer Staff Writer

The University of Pennsylvania has approved health-insurance coverage for students who want sex-change surgeries and related treatments, officials said Wednesday.

Penn president Amy Gutmann recently approved the coverage, which the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee had recommended, university spokesman Ron Ozio said.

The benefit applies to students who participate in the Penn Student Insurance Plan, which is available to students who do not have health coverage through their families or other means.

All Penn students must have some form of health insurance. About 8,000 to 9,000 of Penn's more than 20,000 students annually buy the school insurance, Ozio said.

The transgender coverage will be available this fall.


The National Day of Silence 2010 - Help Stop Anti-LGBT Bullying in Our Schools

posted by: Steve Williams

This Friday, April 16, is the National Day of Silence, when students across America can show solidarity with their peers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) by taking a vow of silence so as to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

What is the National Day of Silence?

The idea is simple. Students from middle school right up to college age and beyond choose to take a vow of silence so as to draw attention to the debilitating effects that bullying and harassment has on LGBT students and those that are perceived to be LGBT. In essence, the silence is representative of that which is forced on the often unheard victims of bullying.


Should Colleges Ask?
Sexual orientation should stay off of the Common Application

By Ryan M. Rossner

Harvard’s attitude towards homosexuality has changed dramatically over the past century.  In 1920, the University, under the leadership of Abbott L. Lowell, Class of 1877, established a secret court  to discover and expel homosexuals within the community.  During the 1950s, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Wilbur J. Bender ’27, tried to improve the admission office’s “ability to detect homosexual tendencies and serious psychiatric problems.”

Now, sexual orientation is again becoming a controversial subject for elite college admissions officers. The LGBT interest group Campus Pride has proposed  adding an optional question about sexual orientation to the Common Application.  


UPenn To Cover Sex Change Operations
Sexual Re-Assignment Surgeries Now Covered

The University of Pennsylvania is extending its student health coverage to include sex change operations. The university says its part of their non-discriminatory practices.

Fox 29’s Julie Kim reported from UPenn’s campus, speaking to one health care expert who said this type of coverage is very rare.

The Human Rights Commission says most insurance plans exclude most or all coverage pertaining to sexual re-assignment surgeries.

UPenn has now joined a small but growing club of institutions and companies that provide health care coverage for all or some transgender surgeries.

Coverage begins in Fall 2010 and is capped at $50,000.


FOX News Distorts Trans-Inclusive Guidelines in Maine Public Schools
Opinion by GLAAD in Society / Gay Issues

Over the past two days, FOX New Channel has contributed to increasing public misconceptions about the efforts of the Maine Human Rights Commission to make the state’s public schools safe and comfortable for all students. Fox aired  two irresponsible segments on the commission’s proposal to issue guidelines on “Sexual Orientation in Schools and Colleges”
to all Maine public schools.

The proposed guidelines direct administrators to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms and to participate on gender-segregated sports teams in accordance with their gender identity. These guidelines were developed in response to a case, currently before a Superior Court in Maine, of a transgender girl who was denied access to the girls’ restrooms at school. coverage is transgender surgery, hormonal therapy and counseling.


Daily 49er (California State University Long Beach), CA, USA
Identity explored during LGBT event

By Amy Paradise
Assistant Online Editor

Diversity Week’s final event, “Queer Transgender Identities”, shed light on the common misconceptions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities and gave Cal State Long Beach students a better understanding of what those terms mean.

According to Jennifer Reed, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the idea of what gender means is becoming more complex. Since new terms such as queer, transgender and bisexual have emerged in society over the last 20 years.

“There’s a lot of confusion about terms I think,” Reed said. “Transgender…implies a gender expression that can be disconnected from physical attributes. Transgenders want to live full-time as in another sex without medical intervention.”

The majority of people don’t know how to classify the term transgender, Reed said. She calls it an identity, as claimed by
transexual activists.


Office of Student Life Develops Gender-Neutral Housing Policy
Harvard Crimson (Harvard University), MA, USA

Office of Student Life Develops Gender-Neutral Housing Policy
By Alice E. M. Underwood, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER

From choosing blocking groups to navigating the rooming lottery, Harvard housing can be stressful. But the process can cause even more worries for students who feel out of place living with people of the same gender.

To alleviate at least that aspect of housing anxiety, the Office of Student Life has been working in concert with various student groups to develop a gender-neutral housing policy in which mixed-gender living arrangements could help students feel safer and more comfortable in their House.


Key to Successful Treatment of Transgender Patients May Involve Delay of Puberty

BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Complications from transgender procedures may be significantly minimized when treatment of a patient with severe gender identity disorder begins prior to puberty, according to expert opinion today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 19th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress.

The reason, according to Dr. Norman Spack of Children's Hospital Boston, is that transgender people treated at a younger age often have a much easier time adjusting into society than those who undergo treatment later in life.  A pediatric endocrinologist can administer treatment to delay puberty, giving the patient the time to make a permanent decision later in their teens.

"The body is in a state of 'pubertal limbo' while the patient undergoes psychological assessment to determine the best course of action," Dr. Spack said.  "Their bodies can't run away from them."


Transgendered student attacked on LB campus
Saturday, April 24, 2010

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Police are asking for the public's help to find the person who attacked a transgender student on the California State University, Long Beach campus.

Authorities say that the 27-year-old victim was approached in a campus bathroom April 15.

According to police, the suspect pulled the victim's T-shirt over his head, pushed him into a stall, and then slashed his chest with a sharp object. The attacker then fled the area.

The victim was treated at a hospital and released. Police believe the attack was an isolated incident.


Posted on April 26, 2010 4:59 AM
LGBT graduation displays campus climate

With record breaking numbers in attendance, 29 students graduated.

By Lauren Ingeno
Collegian Staff Writer

There was hardly a dry eye in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center's Heritage Hall by the end of the ninth annual Lavender Graduation, hosted by the LGBTA Student Resource Center.

The Lavender Graduation occurs at multiple universities, as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of LGBT and ally graduating seniors, said Allison Subasic, director of the LGBTA Student Resource Center and an event organizer.


The Daily Orange (Syracuse University), NY, USA
Beyond the Hill | Change to change: Penn expands health care to provide for student sex changes

By Katie McInerney
Presentation Director

The University of Pennsylvania will extend its health insurance coverage beginning in the fall to cover the costs of a gender change for undergraduate students.

The coverage will include unlimited psychological coverage, such as therapy sessions and hormonal treatments. Surgeries, called gender confirmation, up to $50,000 will also be covered. The decision comes after two years of planning and will only increase student health insurance costs by a few cents.

The Lambda Alliance pushed for the change in policy, said Tyler Ernst, a sophomore chemical and biological engineering and finance major and the chairman of the Lambda Alliance, Penn’s main LGBT organization. The idea was not proposed to fight the administration, he said, but to address an issue that affects a small yet significant portion of the Penn community. The idea for funding gender confirmation surgery was in the works for around two years, Ernst said.


Illinois House Approves Gay, Trans-Inclusive Anti-Bullying Bill

By On Top Magazine Staff

On Friday, Illinois House members joined Senators in approving an anti-bullying bill that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Illinois House of Representatives ­ which includes 48 Republican members ­ voted unanimously in favor of the measure. The bill was approved in the Senate on March 24 over the objections of two Republicans: Minority Leader Christine Rodogno and Assistant Minority Leader J. Bradley Burzynksi.

Under the law, schools will be required to fight bullying by adopting anti-bullying policies and creating resistance education for students.


Commission calls for support for LGBT youth

by Hannah Clay Wareham
Associate Editor

The Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth has called on House Representatives to pass budget amendments and transgender rights bills on behalf of LGBT youth.

"The state’s GLBT youth are in trouble," Commission Chair Arthur Lipkin said. "[Department of Public Health] support for its Safe Spaces program is admittedly inadequate and the Safe Schools for GLBT Students Program has had zero funding for the last year. Without any money...there is virtually no help for our youth."


Transgender student accuses Salem State of discrimination

By Tom Dalton
Staff writer

SALEM — A transgender student has accused Salem State College of housing discrimination after being refused a request to live in a dorm with female students.

The unidentified student met with college President Patricia Meservey this week, and also has spoken with a statewide transgender support group about the case. It is not known if any legal charges have been filed against the college.

Salem State officials have received protest letters after an appeal for action was posted on a website, Join the Impact MA.

"A transitioned female student and member of Join the Impact MA is being discriminated against regarding equal rights to housing," the Internet posting begins.

"After applying for school housing at Salem State, she was denied fair entrance into female housing on campus, and forced to provide unnecessary documentation. This is blatant discrimination and an attack on her privacy."


New group provides safe haven for gay youth

By ANNA TURNER - The Marlborough Express

A new group in Marlborough is providing a support network for gay, transgender, intersex and questioning youth.

Qyouth meets once a week during school term time at the HQ youth centre. It is aimed at 12 to 19-year-olds.

About 10 people regularly attend meetings, with more coming less frequently. As the group is still in the development stage, they are hoping this number will grow.

Marlborough Police diversity liaison officer Kirstin Norton said the meetings provided access to good information and were held in a safe, supervised environment where people could relax and play pool or table tennis.

Discussion is not mandatory, but meetings allow people to "take a load off, talk to someone about things before they become overwhelming".

There is no time-limit set on group meetings. "It's a drop-in place. People can come for five minutes or two hours."


The Montclarion (Montclair State University), NJ, USA

LGBT Community Speaks

I was browsing on The Montclarion website last week, after the article on Dana Marie Lindholm and Transgender Activism on campus came out, and I read something where someone actually questioned the fact that there is a Trans-community. It dawned on me that maybe this person  isn’t ignorant. Maybe, there are people out there that really don’t know that there is a transgender community out there. I am here to prove them wrong.


Transgender student attacked at Cal State Long Beach defends school

April 28, 2010 |  6:44 pm

A transgender student who was slashed at Cal State Long Beach said Wednesday that he supported the school's handling of the incident after it was criticized by some community groups for not quickly releasing information about the case. Transgender attack suspect

Colle Carpenter, a graduate student who was attacked April 15 in a campus bathroom, credited the university with the way it has investigated the incident.

"I’m aware the university has come under some criticisms regarding communications and response, in general," Carpenter said in a statement released by the school. "But again, I feel that the administration's response has been focused on the investigation and my wellbeing."


Salem State Student Claims Housing Discrimination by College

By Brett Nolan / Log News Editor

Note: It is generally the Log's policy to quote sources only if they agree to go on the record. However, in this case we felt the issue was important enough to cover even though the subject declined to have her name be used.

A transgendered undergraduate student at Salem State claims that school officials treated her unfairly and unequally when she applied for on-campus housing.

Karen Cady, associate vice president of market and communications for Salem State, responded that the school is sensitive to the needs of transgendered students and is equipped to help them through gender-neutral housing, which the student has been granted for the 2010-11 academic year.


Parents offer support for Transgender Rights Bill
Mothers and fathers of transgender children join together to demand equality.

by Hannah Clay Wareham
Associate Editor

Parents of transgender people came together at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, April 27 to show their support for the Transgender Civil Rights Bill along with state representatives and members of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).

"It is a great source of frustration to my wife and I that the Legislature has moved so slowly in providing protections in the realm of gender equality," said Dave Hardy, a retired Boston Public Schools teacher and father of three sons, one of whom is transgender.


Man attacks transgender college student, carves "IT" into his chest

by Joseph Erbentraut
EDGE Contributor

A violent attack on a transgender student in a men’s restroom on the California State University-Long Beach campus earlier this month came as a shock to both the university and city’s vibrant LGBT community.

The attack happened around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, when the 27-year-old graduate student encountered a man who addressed him by name inside a men’s bathroom outside the lecture hall in which he had a class. The attacker slammed the student against a stall, pulled his t-shirt over his head and carved "IT" into his chest with a sharp object before fleeing the scene. CSULB police continue to investigate the incident as a hate crime.


CU non-discriminatory policy facing criticism

Students seek amendments to the language of the policy
By Sarah Simmons on April 29, 2010

Members from the Queer Initiative, Gay-Straight Alliance and the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) groups on campus have been working for over a year to make changes to CU’s non-discriminatory policy.

These student groups, along with others, have been working with the help of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues to include “gender identity and expression” to the non-discriminatory policy, according to their presented resolution.

As of now, the university’s non-discriminatory policy, Article 10 of the Law of Regents, reads as follows:

“The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.”


Transgender SDSU student to be honored for outstanding academic record

Father, stepmother refused to help with college
by Kenneth Harvey

Published Thursday, 29-Apr-2010 in issue 1166

Transgender San Diego State University (SDSU) student, Jessica Compton, will graduate in May as the first Transgender student to receive the honor of Outstanding Baccalaureate Candidate of the Computer Science Department ­ and is graduating Summa Cum Laude.

“I will be first in line of all the undergraduates to get my diploma,” Compton said. Professors in the Department of Computer Science voted to award Compton with the honor in recognition of her excellent academic record.


Debating transgender rights in schools
Sarah Delage, Multimedia Journalist

DEXTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Rick Bilodeau has a close relationship with his two children, Gabbie and Corbin. He is not afraid to answer tough questions about topics like sexual orientation or gender identity.

But when he heard that the Maine Human Rights Commission was suggesting schools let girls who identify as boys use the boys' bathroom, and vice versa, he felt that was going too far.

"I don't have anything against that lifestyle just, I just feel that if you're a man, anatomically a man, you go to the men's room," Bilodeau said. "And that's how I would like it in the schools with my kids and what not."


Students might want to consider sexual orientation in choosing a college

Friday, April 30, 2010


Some colleges are now reaching out to prospective students who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and letting them know that they will find a welcoming environment on campus.

Times have changed, and there are many LGBT-friendly colleges. But some campuses are more comfortable than others, and students need to make sure they are choosing a college where they will feel safe and accepted.

While college applications don't ask about a student's sexuality, some applicants write essays that indicate they are gay or are interested in LGBT issues. Admissions officers at the University of Pennsylvania arrange for such newly admitted students to be contacted by members of Lambda Alliance, the gay umbrella group on campus, so they can get answers to any questions.


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