In Memoriam

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On Thursday, October 8, 2009, eleven years after Matthew’s death, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 281-146, to give final House passage to the Defense Spending Bill that included the Matthew Shepard Act, which added gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability to the federal law prohibiting crimes motivated by hatred or minority bias.

For background, see my posts “Sexual Hate Crimes” and “Hate Crimes Legislation Debate.”

Also: yesterday was the 11th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Check out Bird of Paradox for this Transgender Europe press release.

A photographic exhibition at the Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles, shows a comparative study between teenage girls and adult male-to-female transsexuals
A photographic exhibition at the Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles, shows a comparative study between teenage girls and adult male-to-female transsexuals
Noble Savage points out in “Transforming Our Views of Transgender” that some feminists do not consider male-to-female transexuals to be female simply because they say so (or because they have the operation relieving them of their male “equipment”). This convoluted viewpoint comes from the supposed feminist “belief” that gender is not biologically determined, but rather socialized behavior. This black-or-white way of thinking only serves to marginalize transgender individuals and deprive them of their human rights.

For example, Julie Bindel writes in Standpoint.com thatdespite campaigning against gender discrimination, rape, child abuse and domestic violence for 30 years, I have been labelled a bigot because of a column I wrote in 2004 that questioned whether a sex change would make someone a woman or simply a man without a penis.” (Read her recent article, “The Operation That Can Ruin Your Life,” here.)

Go here to read more about this exhibition.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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