Transgender Officer Living His Dream — As a Cop and a Man

December 1, 2009

by Rosemary Winters | Salt Lake Tribune

As a child, Kerry Bell dreamed of growing up to become a policeman — both a police officer and a man.

Becoming a cop was relatively simple — Bell joined the Bountiful Police Department 14 years ago. Becoming a man took more time.

Born female, Bell came out as transgender about a year and a half ago and started a transition to a new life as a man. He always had felt male, but did not think switching genders was a viable option until he saw transgender people gaining wider acceptance, along with advances in medical technology.

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Slain Transgender People Remembered around World

November 23, 2009

by Marcus Franklin | Associated Press

A year ago this month, Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, was shot to death as she sat in a car outside a house party in upstate New York. In July, a Syracuse jury convicted Dwight DeLee of manslaughter as a hate crime.

And on Friday, people from New York to the Netherlands gathered to remember Green and other hate crime victims like her on the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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Trans Awakening

November 20, 2009

by Yusef Najafi | Metro Weekly

On Wednesdays, Earline Budd is behind bars.

It’s usually from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the 51-year-old spends her time at the D.C. Department of Corrections. She’s there by choice, serving not time but her clients –talking to gay and transgender inmates about their plans upon being released.

It’s a discharge-planning volunteer effort Budd started more than six years ago and it’s become one of her many duties as a treatment and healing specialist for Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), an organization that she helped found in 1996.

As a local activist, Budd also lends her time to other efforts, notably her recent testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of including transgender people in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Events Friday

November 19, 2009

by Cynthia Laird | The Bay Area Reporter

Events commemorating the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place in cities across the country and around the world this week, including two in the Bay Area.

In the East Bay, the Tri-City Health Center’s TransVision program will hold its fourth annual event in Oakland on Friday, November 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at Preservation Park’s Niles Hall, 1233 Preservation Park Way. Out lesbian Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan will be the keynote speaker, along with Stonewall veteran Miss Major from the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project in San Francisco. The Reverend Vicky Kolakowski of New Spirit Community Church also will speak.

Tiffany Woods, TransVision program coordinator, noted that from 1970 to the present, California has had 57 documented murders of transgender people, the highest number in the country. Most of those took place in San Francisco and Oakland. Woods said that the true number of murders may be higher since often the transgender status of the victim is not reported or is concealed at the request of family.

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Protect Tampa’s Transgendered

November 18, 2009

St. Petersburg Times editorial

The days of denying a person a job, housing or even service in a restaurant solely on the basis of bigotry are not entirely gone. The Tampa City Council will vote Thursday on whether to protect transgender individuals under the city’s antidiscrimination laws. It is the right move and long overdue.

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Anything He Can Do, She Can Do

November 17, 2009

by Michael Winerip | New York Times

Photo of Sara Davis Buechner by Yana Paskova

In September 1998, David Buechner, then 39, a prominent classical pianist, came out as a transgender woman, explaining that from then on, she would live and perform as Sara Davis Buechner. The pianist had been accustomed to rave reviews (at 24, David, in his New York City concert debut, was called “an extraordinary young artist” by a New York Times critic). But the debut as Sara, reported in a Times magazine article, was not so well received, even by loved ones.

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Fort Worth Approves Trans Protections

November 13, 2009

by Mike Lee | McClatchy News Services

The Fort Worth City Council voted 6-3 late Tuesday to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance to include transgender people, capping a marathon debate over a series of gay-rights proposals that were forwarded after a controversial inspection of a gay bar.

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