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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules
By Craig Malisow 

Everything was fine until George Jorgensen Jr. came along. 

In 1951, surgeons in Copenhagen turned the Bronx-born George into Christine, and a nation scratched its head. 

"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Bombshell," the New York Daily News trumpeted. Jorgensen made a successful career in show business, but she also tried to familiarize the public with new nomenclature. She wasn't gay. She wasn't a transvestite. She was a transsexual. She made right what nature could not. 


Bush criticized over changes in security clearances
by Bob Roehr

A modification of language governing security clearances and sexual orientation by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley has gays wondering whether the policy has changed. Some say yes, others are not so sure.
The revised guidelines are contained in a memo dated December 29, 2005 as part of the Bush administration's efforts to tighten up leaks to the media, and were first reported on the liberal blog Raw Story on March 13.


Police abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the USA are victims of a system that fuels discrimination and facilitates torture, ill-treatment and impunity, said Amnesty International today as it launched a report on police abuses against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Stonewalled – Still demanding respect’ is based on interviews conducted by Amnesty International (AI) between 2003 and 2005 with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, victims of gender-based violence, survivors of police abuse, activists, lawyers and law enforcement officials across the US. 


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