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"How does my same-sex marriage hurt your marriage?"

Glenn Stanton, Focus on the Family's Director of Social Research and Cultural Affairs (I love that job title!) gave it a whirl and what he came up with is that while he doesn't have a problem with individual same-sex couples marrying, he worries that blanketly allowing same-sex marriage will cause his children to think they aren't a necessary component of marriage.  If his daughters see gay and bisexual men married to each other, they won't see the importance of a woman in a marriage and if his sons see lesbian and bisexual women married to each other, they won't feel they are needed in a marriage.

In reality, what he fears is that if his children see men married and women married, they might think being gay or bisexual is alright.  If his children see that being gay or bisexual is okay, they may want wait twenty years in fear and self-loathing to come out.  They might come out as kids or teenagers and embarrass him into leaving his job as a hatemonger.

And don't get me started about gender.  He claims same-sex marriage will dilute the importance of gender in his children's eyes.  Oh, the horror.  They might not learn that female is only a function of and corollary to male.  They might figure out that in the creation story, Adam and Eve were equally duped and equally punished by their God.  They might realize that when man wrote "man" in the bible, God meant him to write "people."  They might note that it was people their father who ensured that the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution was doomed.  And if gender is so important, why do they claim otherwise when it comes to the rights and dignity of transgender people?




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The Church issued the following statement today:

It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.

Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States — that of free expression and voting.

While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.

Once again, we call on those involved in the debate over same-sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

Let me get this straight. It is "wrong" for protestors to make Church worship places part of the democratic process. These would be the buildings owned by the Church, the buildings which host those who fund the Church, the buildings which serve as symbols of bigotry enacted into law. But it is not "wrong" for the "Church" to pay for the removal of the right for loving couples to marry? Does a protest at a Temple make the matter too personal for Church members? Does the Church now say this should be the most civil and depersonalized of public discourse? I've never really had reason to agitate against this Church, but it has now bought itself and its membership a front row seat on the wrong side of this civil rights battle. It cannot claim to be innocent.



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Transgender Psych definitions to be in unfriendly hands.  Research on other committee members needed.  Send info to Danielle (info below).  Make noise.  Contact the APA.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Danielle Askini <danielleaskini@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, May 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Hi All,
So it just came down the wire that the APA announced on May 1st its work groups for the new DSM-V. This includes the team who will review the "Gender Identity Disorder" criteria and ultimately make a determination
if GID should stay in the DSM.

OF GREAT CONCERN!

I am highly troubled that the naming of the committee includes two of the most staunchly neo-eugenic figures from Toronto's notorious Jurassic Clark. Kenneth Zucker (who will be acting as chair) and Ray Blanchard.
Blanchard was the original writer of the theory of "Autogynophelia", and Zucker is an adamant proponent of "repairative therapy" for gender non-conforming young people.

Action is needed immediately. People need to start to sound the alarms and raise red flags about the inappropriate choices that the APA has made. While some of the other member of the committee are known and progressive thinkers in regards to GID such as Peggy Cohen-Kettenis and Niklas Långström.  I am unfamiliar with many of the other names of the committee members.

I would urge everyone to review the APAs press release of the committee they have appointed, and start to gather information to begin a widespread lobbying effort.  The APA held its annual meeting over this last week, and no doubt that many of these committee members are already getting together to start formulating
their work plan.
You can read the APA's press release here:
http://www.psych.org/MainMenu/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2008NewsReleases/dsmwg.aspx

The names for the committee on Sexuality and Gender Identity Disorders
are as follows:
Kenneth J. Zucker, Ph.D. (Chair)
Head, Gender Identity Service Clinic, Child,
Youth, and Family Program
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Irving M. Binik, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychology
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ray Blanchard, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Head of Clinical Sexology Services
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis, Ph.D.
Head of the Department of Medical Psychology
VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jack Drescher, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
New York Medical College
Associate Attending Psychiatrist, St. Luke's-
Roosevelt Hospital Center
New York, NY

Cynthia Graham, Ph.D.
Research Tutor
Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology
Isis Education Centre
Warneford Hospital
Headington, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Richard B. Krueger, M.D.
Medical Director, Sexual Behavior Clinic
Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute and
Columbia University
New York, NY

Niklas Långström, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Centre for Violence Prevention
Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden

Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat.
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
New York, NY

Robert Taylor Segraves, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairperson
Department of Psychiatry
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

In Solidarity,
Danielle Askini

Transgender Health Coordinator
Verbena Health
Seattle, WA
206.323.6540 x6

--~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~
For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/ingersoll-gender-center?hl=en
-~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---
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Transgender Psych definitions to be in unfriendly hands.  Research on other committee members needed.  Send info to Danielle (info below).  Make noise.  Contact the APA.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Danielle Askini <danielleaskini@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, May 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Hi All,
So it just came down the wire that the APA announced on May 1st its work groups for the new DSM-V. This includes the team who will review the "Gender Identity Disorder" criteria and ultimately make a determination
if GID should stay in the DSM.

OF GREAT CONCERN!

I am highly troubled that the naming of the committee includes two of the most staunchly neo-eugenic figures from Toronto's notorious Jurassic Clark. Kenneth Zucker (who will be acting as chair) and Ray Blanchard.
Blanchard was the original writer of the theory of "Autogynophelia", and Zucker is an adamant proponent of "repairative therapy" for gender non-conforming young people.

Action is needed immediately. People need to start to sound the alarms and raise red flags about the inappropriate choices that the APA has made. While some of the other member of the committee are known and progressive thinkers in regards to GID such as Peggy Cohen-Kettenis and Niklas Långström.  I am unfamiliar with many of the other names of the committee members.

I would urge everyone to review the APAs press release of the committee they have appointed, and start to gather information to begin a widespread lobbying effort.  The APA held its annual meeting over this last week, and no doubt that many of these committee members are already getting together to start formulating
their work plan.
You can read the APA's press release here:
http://www.psych.org/MainMenu/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2008NewsReleases/dsmwg.aspx

The names for the committee on Sexuality and Gender Identity Disorders
are as follows:
Kenneth J. Zucker, Ph.D. (Chair)
Head, Gender Identity Service Clinic, Child,
Youth, and Family Program
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Irving M. Binik, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychology
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ray Blanchard, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Head of Clinical Sexology Services
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis, Ph.D.
Head of the Department of Medical Psychology
VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jack Drescher, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
New York Medical College
Associate Attending Psychiatrist, St. Luke's-
Roosevelt Hospital Center
New York, NY

Cynthia Graham, Ph.D.
Research Tutor
Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology
Isis Education Centre
Warneford Hospital
Headington, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Richard B. Krueger, M.D.
Medical Director, Sexual Behavior Clinic
Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute and
Columbia University
New York, NY

Niklas Långström, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Centre for Violence Prevention
Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden

Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Dr. rer. nat.
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
New York, NY

Robert Taylor Segraves, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairperson
Department of Psychiatry
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

In Solidarity,
Danielle Askini

Transgender Health Coordinator
Verbena Health
Seattle, WA
206.323.6540 x6

--~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~
For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/ingersoll-gender-center?hl=en
-~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---
Blogged with the Flock Browser
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I need to start writing again.  So, below is my response to Jill Wagner's Out on the Town blog entry on a pregnant man:

(Jill, this comment is not an attack on you, noting your bravery in sharing your gut response to this situation and your stance as a queer (and trans) youth advocate.  Thomas Beatie obviously causes us all to question gender role issues.  Please view it as a continuation of the conversation, and possibly a bit of devil's advocacy--Scratch that--trans-advocacy.)

Cheating?

Queer.  But not cheating.  How smart and loving to have the foresight, in the middle of an intensely personal, emotional and physical transition, to plan for children.

I appreciate the gut response of awe and amazement.  Obviously this situation is nowhere near the norm.  But since when has the queer community been about endorsing the norm? 
Please consider the ignorance and offensiveness of the below:
"If she identifies as a lesbian and goes to the effort to legally register as a domestic partner, doesn't she give up the chance to bear children? Isn't it philosophically anathema to being lesbian?"

I know, I know.  How horribly anti-feminist, anti-queer, anti-woman to even suggest such a thing.  Can you imagine a queer-friendly blogger putting such a thing in writing?

Imagine reading this blog entry from the perspective of someone who doesn't conform to society's "normal" gender roles.  Oh, that's right.  You don't have to imagine.  Lesbians (and gay men and bisexual people) don't typically conform to those established gender role norms (that whole same-gender-loving thing).

I let my imagination run wild here.  I'm not a lesbian, but I imagine being the parent of a lesbian.  When a daughter comes out, I might wonder if I'm going to miss out on having grandchildren.  Then I hear about Melissa Etheridge and her partner (former?--I don't really keep up with it) have children with the help of David Crosby.  Once over the shock of perpetuating David Crosby's genes, I imagine the elation of discovering the possibility that my child, in spite of her gender-abnormal situation, could one day also bear a child with David Crosby's help (or maybe some other donor).  What a moment of awe, confusion, clarity, and optimism!

Now I imagine being a teen "girl", torn between the desire for family and  my real identity as a boy.  I imagine the relief, upon hearing the news about Thomas Beatie, that I don't have to choose between being myself and bearing my own children.  Especially after SRS to bring my physical body inline with my gender, is a Caesarian section at all "unnatural"?

Thomas Beatie's story is a cause for celebration.  His bravery in going public is phenomenal.  How many confused or distraught teens and adults will hear this story and find a reason to be proud in the face of trans-phobia, rejection, ridicule, and cruelty?  How many lives will Thomas Beatie save?

Her "Out" column today for the Spokane Review's Seven elaborated on her thoughts.  I encourage you to read it.

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