poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Sunday, June 27, 2004

and if you think gender is not policed and enfoced on our bodies... read the following...

who are these people any ways, to tell us what gender is, or what my gender is.. or, who has the right to marry... and/ or fuck whom ever they want..... who are they and what closet are they hiding in... or what is hiding in their closet...

Court rulings on marriage and gender switch (sic) vary among states
The Courier-Journal

Are people who change their gender entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws? For legal purposes, do they remain the sex to which they were born?

Courts in various states have provided different answers to those questions.

The few opinions rendered involved people who had sex-change surgery before they were married to spouses who knew they had the operations.


you have to get the title of the following article as transphobic..

just because this is about biologist doing the work that no straight person would do, means nothing more then another blind spot in the world. . . but because this person is trans it is suppose to mean something, right?

it means nothing more then not-straight, which means, suspect, doubtful, not-right, queer.

is it relevant to know this person is trans as part of the article..? no!!..

we stopped doing this will race and ethnicity years ago...... . . .. so why do we need to label those with gender and sexual diversity as part of a title of a news item?

would we say..."george bush is a flaming heterosexual?"

Nudging Darwin over the rainbow
Nature is diverse. There are gay sheep and lesbian lizards. A transgendered Stanford biologist tells all.
Katherine Seligman, Chronicle Staff Writer

It was at the annual gay pride march in San Francisco that Stanford biology professor Joan Roughgarden had her epiphany. That day in 1997, she watched men in drag, lesbians on motorcycles, gay teachers and parents, people living with AIDS, the ostentatious and the ordinary melding into one vast human mosaic stretching along Market Street.

She had come, as one among thousands, to march. After spending her first 52 years as Jonathan Roughgarden, she was about to live openly as a woman, and she wanted to walk alongside a float created by a transgender support group. But suddenly she saw the parade as more than one isolated event. As people streamed by her, they seemed to be a piece of biological evidence, proof that diversity was part of nature's plan.

"There were tens of thousands of people, and the sheer numbers alone triggered every one of my instincts as a biologist," said Roughgarden, a leading researcher in her field whose controversial new book "Evolution's Rainbow -- Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People'' (University of California Press) deals with issues that cross the wide divide from science to politics and morality. "All those people being pathologized. From a biological ecologist's point of view that is ridiculous."

So she set out to study the roles of diversity, gender and sexuality in nature, a process that would end with a challenge to a long-held Darwinian theory, to fellow scientists and politicians. Her theory, put simply, is this: Diversity of sexual behavior and gender roles, whether in the animal or human kingdoms, is not an aberration. More than 300 species of vertebrates have sex with the same gender. There are gay sheep and lesbian lizards. Some animals change gender or have more than one type of male or female. History, science, even the Bible shows us the multiplicity of human nature, she argues, although scientists have been slow to embrace this seemingly incontestable fact publicly.



A man beaten because he is gay was badly treated by cops who responded to the incident, a city legislator charged yesterday.

John Solis, a 39-year-old legal secretary, was leaving a Chelsea gay-pride street fair last Sunday when a dozen people allegedly began shouting anti-gay slurs at him at 28th Street and Ninth Avenue.

When the Brooklyn resident turned to confront the men, two of them — who cops said were African-American males in their 20s — attacked Solis with a baseball bat, hitting him in the head and breaking his wrist.

Solis called 911 and says the cops who responded from a housing project across the street didn't seem interested in helping him.


NY Court Considers Gay Partner’s Malpractice Suit
“New York has a history of respecting a legal spouse status that was created somewhere else.”

NEW YORK, NY—In a case that could influence the debate over New York’s recognition of LGTB couples married in other states, a state appeals court is considering the right of a gay man to sue a hospital for the death of his partner, who he wed in a 2000 Vermont civil union ceremony, the Associated Press reported.

Two years after their union, John Langan lost his longtime partner Neal Conrad Spicehandler when he was hit by a car during a two-day Manhattan hit-and-run spree. Langan alleged his partner’s injuries were only fatal as a result of medical error at St. Vincent’s Hospital. A Long Island judge ruled in his favor, acknowledging his right to sue for malpractice, a benefit traditionally reserved for married couples. The hospital’s appeal of that decision is now being heard.

Langan’s attorney Adam Aronson argues New York has granted similar rights to nontraditional couples, such as common-law spouses. “New York has a long history of respecting a legal spouse status that was created somewhere else,” the Lambda Legal lawyer told the Associated Press, “even if New York wouldn’t allow that spouse to be created here.”


Gays fear new state law banning civil unions could go much further
By Laurence Hammack

Some people say the law could be used to invalidate wills, joint bank accounts, insurance benefits, business agreements and even medical directives.

    Early in their 20 years together, Molly McClintock and Irene Peterson came to realize the rights they didn't have.

    The Christiansburg couple closely followed the case of Sharon Kowalski, a Minnesota woman who was left brain-damaged and paralyzed by a car wreck. Even though Kowalski had indicated she wanted to be cared for by her lesbian partner, Karen Thompson, a judge granted guardianship rights to Kowalski's father instead.

    Thompson eventually prevailed in 1991, but only after a long court battle that drew national attention. By then, McClintock and Peterson had decided to protect themselves from a similar fate.

      The lesbian couple went to a lawyer and obtained a power-of-attorney agreement that gives each the right to oversee the other's medical care.

    Now, that written agreement - and the peace of mind it provides - is threatened by a law that takes effect July 1


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