A Trans Guy’s Thoughts on Fallon Fox

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-adkins/a-trans-guys-thoughts-on-fallon-fox_b_3065955.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices


I have been getting a lot of emails and Facebook posts from friends asking me to “weigh in on” mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox. It is an interesting request, because Fallon Fox is a woman who happens to fight. To me, this is not really anything one should “weigh in on,” but, hey, she also happens to be someone who was assigned “male” at birth, and that seems to be a controversial thing. And I’m a trans guy who writes about trans issues and loves MMA, so here I go!

I’m not totally sure why it is controversial. It’s not like there are not guidelines for many athletic organizations, and it’s not like she is the first trans-identified person to participate in organized sports; there is precedent. What seems to actually be at issue is that there are people who believe that trans women are not women, and additionally believe that men should not fight women. The line of thought seems to go like this: “Fox is a man, and men should not fight women, so Fox should not fight in women’s MMA.” Interesting.

In this discussion we have individuals weighing in who have no medical training, especially on trans health care. Having training on transgender health care is important; my own general practitioner seems to care less about treating my trans body and would not be able to weigh in on this issue, either! Of course, the leading doctors researching and serving transgender people have weighed in. Dr. Marci Bowers, arguably one of the most knowledgeable doctors when it comes to male-to-female health care, told Steph Daniels from Bloody Elbow:

[With hormone therapy, most] measures of physical strength minimize, muscle mass decreases, bone density decreases, and [transgender women] become fairly comparable to [cisgender] women in their musculature. After as much time as has passed in her case, if tested, she would probably end up in the same muscle mass category as her biologically born female counterpart.

Dr. Sherman Leis agreed with Dr. Bowers and went on to debunk many of the myths about Fox’s “super strength” by saying:

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Idaho: Transgender shopper served trespassing papers for bathroom use

From KBOI2:   http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Ally-Alberto-Robledo-Idaho-202775861.html

By KLEW News
Apr 12, 2013

LEWISTON, Idaho – A 25-year-old transgender Lewiston resident who identifies as a woman said she’s been served with trespassing papers after customers at a local grocery store complained when she used the women’s bathroom.

“When I did use the males (restroom) there would be people that would harass me in school,” Ally Robledo said. “I would feel really embarrassed and there were times when I found myself in a lot of dangerous situations.”

Robledo, who prefers to go by Ally and identifies as a woman, was given a no trespass order Monday night shortly after leaving the Rosauer’s grocery store location in Lewiston.

“A male subject who was using the female restroom, and that made some women customers uncomfortable because of the appearance that a male was using their restroom,” said Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier.

Robledo doesn’t understand the controversy.

“I really doubt that would be more socially acceptable than someone using the men’s restroom,” Ally said.

Lewiston Police say the store owners did nothing wrong in asking Robledo to never come back to the store.

“The store employees didn’t want any further problems, and they chose to exercise their right to trespass this individual from the business,” Lanier said. “Anyone who owns or controls their property can make that decision.”

Robledo says she has gone through one phase of reconstructive surgery.

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Trans community vs. the world

From The Washington Blade:  http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/04/11/trans-community-vs-the-world/

on April 11, 2013

Imagine being 13 years old, lying in bed staring at the ceiling and wondering what is wrong with you because you have an unexplainable, almost uncontrollable attraction to those of the same sex. Now imagine that you are staring at the ceiling feeling you were born the wrong sex. I won’t even pretend to think I know how that feels.

Trans women and trans men are well aware that discussions around transgender make many people feel uncomfortable. Hell, most of the time they feel uncomfortable, too. They’ve spent most of their lives wishing they lived on another planet, one populated with people who would accept them for who they are.

Here are some facts surrounding transgender health: In a 2010 survey of 7,000 members of the trans community by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force more than 40 percent of transgender people in the United States have tried to commit suicide. About 20 percent have been refused medical care, and one in 50 have been violently assaulted in a doctor’s office. Yes, you heard correctly, in a doctor’s office!

Because of the risks and fears associated with coming out as trans, it is difficult to target critical mental health, HIV and STD prevention messages to the trans community, and it’s even more difficult to reach those who don’t identify as a particular gender or sex.

During a White House symposium I attended last year, a couple of trans females said they know lots of trans people who intentionally become infected with HIV in order to obtain healthcare. Those remarks were met with a standing ovation because they spoke out publicly.   That confirmed to me that much work needs to be done to assure the trans community feels supported and included in the AIDS and LGBTQ communities.

A couple of months ago I was at a large and busy healthcare center in Las Vegas where I noticed a woman standing between the men’s and the women’s restrooms. At first I thought perhaps she was waiting for her young son or daughter. But as I got closer, I realized the woman was a male-to-female trans person. I didn’t ask, but clearly she was debating which restroom to use. And she looked scared.

Trans people understand the issue is complicated for those who are cis gender. I’ll give you an example. My partner’s mother told him she was distraught to learn her nephew is transgender. I listened to him explain that a trans person believes and feels he or she was born the wrong sex. Some seek a sex change; others don’t. It’s a difficult decision. It’s also difficult to explain to someone who lives in a small town in the mountains of Nevada.

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Canada: Our borders, ourselves: Thoughts on double standards and slut-shaming in the media

From Rabble Canada:  http://rabble.ca/news/2013/04/our-borders-ourselves-thoughts-on-double-standards-and-slut-shaming-media

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Inquest Confirms Savita Halappanavar’s Life Was Subordinated to Non-Viable Fetus

From RH Reality Check:  http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/04/12/inquest-confirms-savita-halappanavars-life-was-subordinated-to-non-viable-fetus/

by Jodi Jacobson
April 12, 2013

Last year, RH Reality Check reported on the tragic and wholly preventable death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital. Halappanavar, a dentist who was pregnant with her first child, was admitted to the hospital with severe back pain. She was in the midst of miscarrying a non-viable fetus in a much-wanted pregnancy.

Over the course of three days, Halappanavar experienced an incomplete miscarriage that resulted in a life-threatening infection and unbearable pain. Halappanavar and her husband begged doctors to terminate the pregnancy. The doctors refused because, as she was told by the hospital’s midwife manager, Anna Maria Burke, “Ireland is a Catholic country.”

And in that Catholic country, where a woman’s life is secondary to a non-viable fetus, the woman died.

Now, a report by the Health Service Executive has concluded, according to the Irish Times, that there was “an overemphasis by hospital staff on the welfare of Ms Halappanavar’s unviable foetus and an underemphasis on her deteriorating health.”

As reported by the Times, the report says, “The investigating team considers there was an apparent overemphasis on the need not to intervene until the foetal heart stopped, together with an underemphasis on the need to focus an appropriate attention on monitoring for and managing the risk of infection and sepsis in the mother.”

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Internet Activists Seek Justice For Alleged Teen Gang-Rape Victim Rehtaeh Parsons

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/11/1851191/anonymous-rehtaeh-parsons-2/

By Andrea Peterson
on Apr 11, 2013

Internet activists are demanding action on the tragic case of alleged teen gang-rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons, with hactivist collective Anonymous organizing around the hashtag #OpJustice4Rehtaeh. The news of Parsons’ suicide following a battle with depression her mother alleges stemmed from a gang-rape by four boys, seventeen months of victim-blaming bullying, pictures of the assault being shared widely in her community, and legal inaction broke earlier this week.

The original investigation into the alleged assault was dropped after authorities decided there was not enough evidence to convict, although Rehtaeh’s mother believes many aspects of the investigation were mishandled. Tuesday, in a stark reversal of his earlier decision to stand by the investigators’ decision to close the case, the Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landy announced he was asking for a review of the handling of the case. But no further action has been taken.

Here’s what you need to know:

Anonymous was encouraged to get involved. A prominent Canadian Liberal strategist, Warren Kinsella, posted an open letter asking the group for help putting pressure on those who stood by while Parsons’ tragedy unfolded.

One group of Anons claim to have identified the assailants. Yesterday, a press release posted to Pastebin claimed to know two of the four alleged assailants, with a third being confirmed. By this morning  a newer release claimed the group is “confident” they know the identities of the people involved in Rehtaeh’s rape, but are still looking for those who turned a blind eye in the investigation or assisted in sharing the photo evidence of her assault.

Anonymous doesn’t want vigilante justice. Instead, it’s calling for a thorough investigation into the original allegations and into the behavior of the investigators who led the initial inquiry. Prominent Twitter accounts self-identifying with Anonymous have requested the identities of the assailants not be exposed out of respect for Parsons’ mother’s wishes.

Anonymous claims it took “only a few hours to identify the boys that assaulted Rehtaeh.” In the Pastebin post this morning they claim it was not a high tech investigation and that within hours they had emails from dozens of personal acquaintances that “recalled confessions made by these boys blatantly in public where they detailed the rape of an inebriated 15-year-old girl.”

They believe school administrators enabled the rape culture that allowed Parsons’ alleged assault to go unpunished. When asking why the boys were so blatant in their public discussion of the incident, Anonymous has an answer: “They believed no one was ever going to do anything to stop them and they were right. For this we point our fingers at the Cole Harbour school system.”

This isn’t the first time Anonymous has gotten involve to combat rape culture. The collective also engaged in activism around the Steubenville rape, which bore many striking similarities to the Parsons tragedy.

Continue reading at:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/11/1851191/anonymous-rehtaeh-parsons-2/

See Also:

Salon: Anonymous: Rehtaeh Parsons’ rapists will be held accountable

Syndicated News Services: Police reopen probe over dead Canadian teen girl who was allegedly gang-raped

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