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GT and DIVA publishers launch new digital magazine for trans community
by Peter Lloyd
15 February 2012

The publishers of Gay Times and DIVA magazine launch a groundbreaking digital publication aimed at the transgender community – META.

META is a unique magazine designed for a wide community of gender variant people. It is written by trans people and their friends for trans people and their friends. Through in-depth features, community discourse, arts coverage, celebrity interviews, comprehensive event listings, and charitable causes, META is a celebration of diversity.

META is connected to the UK’s exciting trans activism movement and is committed to challenging bigotry. It’s dedicated to promoting positive self esteem and connectivity among trans people, generating creativity, motivation and aspiration through inspiring imagery and positive ethos.

Cover of META's first issue

In the historic first issue, Vivian Bond, of Kiki and Herb fame, chats about changing personas:

“I am a Mixtress of reinvention. I've thrown everything up in the air many times to see where it lands. As to reinventing myself personally, well… I have always known who I am.”

Reality star Lewis Hancox responds to criticism following his appearance in Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer:

“I outed myself, basically, and put myself in a vulnerable position. People shouldn’t be attacking me for that – it should be encouraged.”

Performance artist Diane Torr discusses traditional sexism:

“I was following a programme about famous dead people and they’d always have men on. I wrote in and said, “What is it, do women not die?”

Editor Paris Lees said:

“Trans writers have been gaining ground over the past few years, appearing in the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Times. Now, with META, we finally have our own platform. Forget ‘editor’ – speaking purely as a trans woman, I can honestly say I’m thrilled. META isn’t just for trans people, it’s for anyone who’s ready for a grown up discussion about gender – something we don’t always see in the mainstream media”.

META’s debut issue is available for digital download from the App Store or Android Market now!

It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate.

META will also feature Del LaGrace Volcano, Natacha Kennedy, DJ Lady Lloyd, Baga Chipz, Christine Burns, Jane Fae, Roz Kaveney, Jennie Kermode and Jay Stewart.
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Transgender Americans take on New York
By Daniel Nasaw BBC News Magazine, New York

A group of transgender men and women want New York City to make it easier to change the "M" or "F" on their birth certificates. What makes a man or a woman, and why do governments care?

In the annals of unhappy encounters with driving licence authority officials, Patricia Harrington's and Joann Prinzivalli's seem particularly miserable.

Both had been living as women for years, but still carried birth certificates showing the sex they were designated at birth - male.

Ms Harrington, who was hoping to transfer her New York state driving licence to the state of New Jersey, was told to return with a doctor's note.

"It just made me furious," says Ms Harrington.

"I would just like to get a corrected birth certificate that identifies me, so that when I have to show it for identification I don't automatically become some kind of criminal suspect."

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Call for Submissions
LITTLE BOY LOST: True Adventures of Men without Boyhoods

Editor C. Michael Woodward is seeking submissions to Little Boy Lost (working title), an upcoming anthology by transsexual men on the longer-term psychosocial impact of transitioning from female to male.

A note from the Editor
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About the Editor

C. Michael Woodward is a writer, musician, speaker, consultant, political advisor, peer counsellor, and social justice advocate — in no particular order. He led the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) for more than five years and worked in variety of roles at Wingspan, southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and Transgender community centre.

Woodward currently serves as Co-Chair of the City of Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues and Chair of The University of Arizona President's LGBTQ Advisory Council. He is a former Board member of Female to Male International (FTMI) and is profiled on Lynn Conway's Successful Transmen, a prestigious website recognising leaders in the international Transgender community. Michael was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Southern Comfort Conference.

Since 2003, Michael has presented training and information about LGBTQ and allied concerns to thousands of people across the country. In 2009, he formed lgbtQ&A Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, providing sexual orientation and gender identity cultural competency, best practices, and transition planning services to organisations and individuals nationwide. For booking information, contact michael@lgbtqa.com.

In addition to more than a dozen how-to books on computer software, Woodward has published magazine articles, blogs, op-eds, and other writings on a variety of non-fiction topics. His latest book, Little Boy Lost: True Adventures of Men without Boyhoods, is currently in progress.
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See also http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/11/09/trans-woman-murdered-in-kentish-town-london/ .


Police arrest man in murder probe

Police investigating the murder of a 29-year-old woman in north-west London have made an arrest.

A man in his 20s is being held in connection with Destiny Lauren's murder on 5 November.

Police were called to an address in Leighton Crescent, Kentish Town, following reports of a woman collapsed at about 0055 GMT.

She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Destiny Lauren
Police have appealed for witnesses in Destiny Lauren's murder

Investigators are still awaiting results from a post-mortem test.

Detective Chief Inspector Lawrence, who is leading the inquiry said: "We are keeping an open mind regarding a motive for Destiny's murder and I appeal to anyone who has information that can assist this investigation to contact us.

"In particular, I would like to hear from anyone who was in the quiet residential area of Leighton Crescent on the evening of Wednesday 4 November. Did you see or hear anything suspicious?"

Police previously arrested a 35-year-old man connection with the investigation, who has been bailed to return in December pending further inquiries.
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Born in the wrong body
By James Fletcher
BBC News

Doctors in Britain are reviewing guidelines for the treatment of people under 18 with gender dysphoria. This is a condition where someone is born one sex but feels they are really the other. A key issue is the age at which young people can be prescribed drugs which pause puberty.

Girl in silhouette (posed by model)
Around 1 in 4,000 people in the UK are receiving help for gender dysphoria

Sitting in her kitchen, 16 year old Nikki (name changed to protect her identity) looks and acts like any other teenage girl.

She gossips with her mum, teases her younger brothers, and giggles as she texts her new boyfriend.

The only difference is that Nikki was born biologically a boy.

"I've always felt like a girl," she says. As a child, she dressed up in girls' clothing, played with girls' toys, and gravitated towards other girls.

As she got older, Nikki realised there was a difference between what she felt and her body.

"It used to make me feel ill and so horribly down," she remembers. "I'd just wish that I wasn't around. Everything to do with me being male was horrible, I just couldn't stand it."

When she was seven Nikki was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Her parents initially tried to steer her towards accepting she was a boy, but by eight she was living as a girl at home, and by nine was going to school as a girl.

"I loved it," she says, "people picked on me a lot, but it was amazing in my eyes because I was allowed to show everyone who I was."
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The Boy Who Was Born a Girl, which was referenced in the article and which aired on Channel 4 recently, is now available on YouTube.

Part one: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qWQPvzCZ64U
Part two: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Dbb4zBLX-wg
Part three: http://youtube.com/watch?v=uGxmmfP5hWY
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The transgender rights deficit
Across Europe transgender rights lag behind those of other groups. We're working to change that
Thomas Hammarberg
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 5 September 2009 09.00 BST

The human rights situation of transgender persons has long been ignored and neglected, although the problems they face are serious and often specific to this group alone. Transgender people experience a high degree of discrimination, intolerance and outright violence. Their basic human rights are often violated, including the right to life, the right to physical integrity and the right to health.

During my official visits to the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, I have been struck by the lack of knowledge about the human rights issues at stake for transgender persons, even among political decision-makers.
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Transsexual wins prison transfer

The refusal to move a transsexual prisoner from a men's jail to a women's prison is a violation of her human rights, rules the High Court.

Deputy Judge David Elvin QC quashed Justice Secretary Jack Straw's decision to keep the 27-year-old, who cannot be identified, in a male prison.

Prison bars
The prisoner would be moved "as soon as possible", the court heard

Referred to as "A", she is serving a life sentence for manslaughter and attempted rape, committed when a man.

London's High Court heard the prisoner should be moved within a few weeks.

Deputy Judge Elvin said: "I declare her continued detention in a male prison is in breach of her rights under Article 8 (right to private and family life) under the European Convention on Human Rights."

Barrister Phillippa Kaufmann, for the prisoner, described her as "a woman trapped inside a man's body".

Although apparently born male, "A" later had her womanhood recognised by law - under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 - and her birth certificate amended accordingly.

Awaiting surgery

Hair on her face and legs had been removed by laser, and she had developed breasts from hormone treatment.

She is now awaiting gender reassignment surgery, but is not allowed to undergo the procedure while still in a men's prison, her lawyer has said.

"A" is currently detained on a "vulnerable prisoners" wing, and forbidden from wearing skirts, blouses and more than "subtle" make-up.

The Ministry of Justice and prison authorities argued that "A" was no more likely to be accepted at a women's prison, where she would require long periods of segregation at an extra cost of £80,000 a year.

They also argued that transfer might have a serious impact on her mental health, making it more difficult for her to reduce her level of risk to society and win early release.
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'I've felt like a boy for a long time'
He suffered years of depression and bullying. Now, as he begins the process of becoming a man, Jon wants to help other transgender teenagers
Viv Groskop
The Guardian, Saturday 29 August 2009

In his checked shirt and ripped jeans, his gelled hair artfully messed up, Jon, 16, comes across as an average teenage boy. He starts sixth form in September, describes himself as a "metalhead" and wants to be a journalist after university. One thing, however, is unusual: he was born a girl.

He knew he was a boy from about the age of six. "I just always identified as one of the lads. I liked playing rough and tumble games. I didn't like sitting with the girls in the playground." His mother, Luisa, didn't worry in the least: "He was just happiest with the boys and all his friends were boys. I just thought, 'I've got such a tomboy.'"

This week Jon and his mother Luisa, 46, appear in a Channel 4 documentary, which follows Jon as he starts the testosterone treatment that will push his female body into male puberty. It is the first time in the UK that a family with a transgender child has agreed to be identified on camera.

Jon started treatment at the beginning of this year and simultaneously began attending school for the first time as a boy. Initially there was daily verbal bullying. "I've been called 'chick with a dick', which is a pretty moronic insult as I obviously don't have one," he jokes. "One student said to me: 'You're a tranny and you have AIDS.' That was a low blow. But I went back for my sixth-form induction week recently and there was pretty much nothing going on. I have some good friends at school who have stuck by me."
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Southport boxer Rob Newbiggin about sex-change plan and losing friends
Jul 31 2009 by Gemma Jaleel, Southport Visiter

Rob Newbiggin and his wife, Emma
Rob Newbiggin and his wife, Emma

SOUTHPORT boxer Rob Newbiggin says he has been driven out of the town he loves after admitting he will undergo a sex change operation.

The father-of-three has forged a 20-year career as a boxer in America and has even sparred with Ricky Hatton, but will soon begin a new life as a woman, known as Mercedes, after the operation.

Rob, 44, said that as soon as the news broke in a daily tabloid newspaper, he lost all his friends.

He told the Southport Visiter: “The way The Sun treated my story was the complete opposite to what I expected. Maybe I was being naive, but they made me out to be some kind of freak. I should have just spoken to the Visiter.

“I have lost every friend I have ever had in the world in this town.

“That upsets me because I have done a lot for this town, with my painting and murals.

“My friends don’t want to know me. I’ve got people winding their windows down shouting abuse at me while I go for my run - that’s why we are having to relocate. I have to think about my kids.”
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UK officer educates police on transsexualism
By Valerie Berenyi, Calgary Herald
July 23, 2009

CALGARY - Members of the Calgary Police Service attended a workshop on transsexualism Wednesday conducted by a transgendered officer from the UK to learn more about diversity issues.

Const. Louise Worsfold, who transitioned from male to female in 2004 while working as an officer for the Metropolitan Police Service in London, told her story to about 30 members of the CPS.

Const. Lynn MacDonald of the service's diversity resources unit said Worsfold, a firearms officer at Heathrow Airport, contacted her six weeks ago. She was planning a vacation in the Calgary area and offered to do a presentation.

"It was a great opportunity for the Calgary Police Service to learn and grow and figure out the best way to support our members should one of them decide to go through a transition," MacDonald said.
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Married boxer plans sex swap operation
by John Harkin.
Published Thu 16 Jul 2009 09:01, Last updated: 16 Jul 2009

A married boxer with three kids has decided to ditch his macho lifestyle and try his hand in the fashion industry ... as a woman!

Robert Newbiggins, who was born an "intersexual", meaning he has both male and female genitalia, has spent decades roughing it in the ring, even training with boxing legend Ricky Hatton.

But Rob, 44, has decided to temporarily swap the gloves for a gown, in a bid to forge a modelling career in the States.

Speaking from his home in Southport, Merseyside, Rob said: "I've always wanted to be a woman, ever since I was three-years-old.

"My dad instilled in me from an early age that I needed to be masculine.

"He said it was wrong to be an intersexual and that I needed to act like a man.

"So I took his advice, everything I have done in my life since has been masculine.
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I had a phonecall yesterday from one of the GPs at our practice; she's just been approached by an FTM patient and wondered if I knew of any support or social groups in Cambridge or London.

Being utterly clueless in such matters (bar the knowledge of TransLondon), I'm asking, do any of you know of any such animals in Cambridge or London UK?

Thanking you in advance for any help.
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