Possibly for every tenth conversation, there is about transgender people most are directed to Trans women, and when that one rare acknowledgment by mainstream society is directed to trans men only one-tenth of those are of trans men of color and saddest of all not even a hundredth of those conversations are about trans men of color and transgender people living healthy with HIV. Achim Howard is yet one more outspoken man in our community changing that conversation as an HIV and trans activist in Washington D.C. He works hard, hitting the streets every day on behalf of people — especially black, trans men living with HIV. He states in Pulse that, “I’ve always been an advocate for others, not just the trans community. However, I became an advocate for trans men living with HIV when I became positive.”¹
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Jacksonville Florida is a bustling and diverse city. Despite this, there seems to be a lack of organizations supporting and working with the transgender community. Paige Parks, a transgender woman is trying to change that. She is trying to bring awareness and funding to the minority transgender population in Jacksonville which is offered little support. A lot of transgender folks are homeless (with few homeless shelters servicing transgender individuals) and often having to resort to street work to get money for basic necessities. It is difficult for transgender folks to obtain jobs and even harder to get medical service. There’s a real need in this seemingly invisible and ostracized portion of the community. That ostracism was felt hardest on Feb. 4th, when 36-year-old Celine Walker became the fourth trans woman in America killed for their identity as female. Our community was served with a continued attack by police, local news outlets, who misgendered Celine Walker even in death.
Now T.A.P. Jacksonville’s Transgender Awareness Project’¹ is calling for a change in the way transgender people are identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
A Cincinnati teen won a groundbreaking case that would relinquish parental custody from his parents and given by court order, to his more supportive grandparents. A local Judge on Friday gave custody of a transgender teen to his grandparents in order to allow them to make medical decisions regarding his transition.
His biological parents are not supportive of the 17-year-old’s decision to begin hormone therapy¹ to transition from their assigned birth as female to male, as the young man identifies. The parents also have refused to call him by his chosen name, which has triggered suicidal feelings, according to court testimony. The parents wanted to maintain custody in order to make medical decisions for the teen and prohibit the treatment that his medical team had recommended. According to the parents’ attorney who cited the parents are against treatment as it violates ‘their’ religious beliefs.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon has instructed media that the families names not be relased, due in part it being a case involving a minor and privacy. The ruling says that in addition to receiving custody, the grandparents can petition to change the child’s name in probate court, as is the wishes of the teen. Their grandchild will also, now be covered by their insurance.
I’m going to make a lot of people mad at me. Yup. Right here and right now. I won’t just make a lot of anti-transgender people mad at me like I usually do. I’ll make a lot of trans activists mad at me, especially those fanatically opposed to medical gatekeeping, also like I usually do.
This past week, a notable British anti-transgender organization Transgender TREND released a booklet described as a “resource pack for schools” titled “Supporting gender non-conforming and trans-identified students in schools.” 1
A great many articles can be written concerning the many points in this “resource pack,” in fact far more than what could be included in an article such as this one. As an American, I cannot assess many of the issues concerning “gender clinics” in the United Kingdom and would invite other writers, most particularly in the U.K., to write concerning them to Trans Muse Planet. I cannot personally verify what may be happening or not happening. Some of the claims are quite worrisome.
Do I believe this resource pack is biased? Certainly I do. Are there errors? Definitely. From a philosophical perspective, I cannot generally recommend this “resource pack” because it was written to advance the agenda of Transgender TREND.
I also acknowledge that not everything written in this booklet is incorrect or bad. This booklet needs to be recognized as indicative of social change and increased caution on the part of opponents of transpeople. After all, if laws have not been employed the way they have, the issue of trans kids would not be taken any more seriously than this writer’s gender issues growing up in a religious school in the 1960’s and we would never see a booklet like this distributed.
But if we’re to fairly assess the claims of this “resource pack,” we must consider ourselves including confirmation bias that typically lurks within strong partisanism. That includes the partisanism of trans activists. It’s part of keeping a level head. Our approach to questioning the questioners isn’t just a matter of questioning the writers of the booklet. It’s a matter of questioning our own claims when we do so.