poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Living in between, but no longer in silence
by Kim Llerena
contributing writer

In her early 30s, Betsy Driver learned why she had never felt totally comfortable in her high school locker room.

When she four months old, Driver's doctors removed her entire clitoris because it was unusually large for a baby girl, and, following doctor's orders, her mother never told her. As a teenager, Driver never fully developed breasts and had to undergo a second surgery to reconstruct a vagina that was never there in the first place.

Later in life Driver learned she was born intersexed - an overarching term referring to someone whose apparent sexual anatomy does not match the person's genetic or chromosomal sex.

Driver, co-founder of the national intersex peer support network Bodies Like Ours, wants to lift the shame and secrecy felt by people who have genitals that do not fit the social norm.


Gay groups call for more police support
Ben Townley, UK

Groups representing minority communities in Northern Ireland are calling on the local police forces to show more support for victims of hate crimes.

Members of lesbian and gay groups, as well as ethnic minorities, say that at present, some officers can come across as dismissive of the problems facing them in the province.

The comments have come as the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee meets in Belfast to look into the problem of violent hate crime.


U. Senate to decide on resolution opposing ban on gay marriage
By Chris Megerian
Staff Writer

The University Senate may become the third governing body at Emory to oppose Georgia’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The Senate is supposed to vote today on a resolution opposing the wording of Amendment One and how it is written on the ballot.


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