poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Friday, March 03, 2006

Transgender fire captain files grievance against chief

A transgender Tennessee fire captain has filed a grievance against her supervisors, claiming they subjected her to discrimination because she previously was a man. Jamie Faucon is accusing her direct supervisor, Mark Foulkes, along with Knoxville fire chief Carlos Perez, of taking away her fire department–provided car, reassigning her, and taking away her overtime hours because she is transgender.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Moscow Bans Gay Pride March, Religious Threaten Violence
by Doug Ireland

Moscow's authoritarian mayor, Yuri Lushkov -- declaring that homosexuality is "an unnatural act" -- has banned Moscow's first-ever Gay Pride March, and the gay festival and conference that was to coincide with it. Lushkov has said the Pride activities will be "severely repressed," while some religious leaders have called for the use of violence to prevent the march. The official ban has created outrage in Europe's gay community, and demonstrations in front of Russian embassies and consulates have been organized for today, March 2, right across the Continent by European gay groups -- yet U.S. gay organizations have remained silent on the ban on Moscow Gay Pride, and no demonstrations against the ban have been organized here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Consensus grows on climate change
By Roger Harrabin

The global scientific body on climate change will report soon that only greenhouse gas emissions can explain freak weather patterns.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


A transgender woman who repairs pay phones at Grand Central station claims MTA cops have harassed her, called her "freak" and "weirdo," and arrested her three times — once when she was in the ladies room.

Helena Stone, who was named Henry McGuinness at birth 70 years ago, has filed harassment complaints with the MTA's Inspector General's office and the city Hu


School Board OKs N.J. Teacher's Return To Classroom After Sex Change

EAGLESWOOD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- To the students at Eagleswood Elementary School, she used to be Mr. McBeth. Now, after undergoing a sex change, 71-year-old Lily McBeth is ready to return to teaching. Despite criticism from leery parents, the Board of Education on Monday stood by its decision to allow McBeth to resume working as a substitute teacher -- "Miss McBeth."

Monday, February 27, 2006

Bill protects people from discrimination for gender expression
By Ross Sneyd, Associated Press Writer

MONTPELIER, Vt. --Vermont would become the eighth state in the nation to protect people from discrimination based on their gender expression under a bill due for debate in the House this week.

The bill would amend the state's anti-discrimination statute to add "gender identity or expression" to the list of characteristics that may not be used to deny someone housing, a job or some other public accommodation.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

School Board Told To Get Rid Of Transgendered Teacher
by Newscenter Staff

(Toms River, New Jersey) The Eagleswood School District will meet Monday to hear a parent's demand that a transgendered substitute teacher be either fired or parents allowed to have their children taught by someone else


Hormones Of Third Sex
By: Lemyao Shimray

What makes a woman a woman and a man a man? Is being a gay really a choice? Why does lesbian prefer woman? How did transsexuals manage to get a foot on both sides of the fence? Are you who you are because you have an aggressive mother, or your father was emotionally cold? Or is it the environment you are brought up around.