Thursday, May 2, 2013

Flat Earthers: You can lead...

Flat Earthers: You can lead...

Once again I am confronted in life by a Flat Earther. These are usually religious but are not necessarily so. They are the most frustrating of the people to deal with in my life. You see they at least have had a personal encounter with a genuine transwoman in mundane life. This is unlike the merely clueless, who only know what they have been told or saw on TV second hand. That is not to say that just meeting a transwoman is sufficient to answer all the questions. However a more open minded person will examine and evaluate what they have been told in the light of new first hand information. The Flat Earther clings to their idea of the transwoman, rather than be guided by first hand experience and wears such ignorance as a badge of honor. They feel that it is better to be unenlightened than to change their belief in light of actual experience rather than dogma.

Those Flat Earthers see the miracle on how a life can be made whole as The One can guide doctors and therapists using modern medicine and therapy to help, and yet not believe that it is an actual physical condition. While one can write of Supernatural means of a physical transformation in fiction, the actual miracles that Doctors and therapists perform every day in liberating people to live the lives that they were intended to live is just as miraculous. One such fiction is "Joshua's Daughter" by Jo D Webster which I wrote. The miracle in this story is based on the story in John chapter nine about the 'man born blind' which I translated to the 'woman with a problem'. Since being a transwoman is a congenital real condition in that a female brain is part of an otherwise male body, I feel that it is a valid substitution.

  • The Flat Earther says that being someone born with a congenital problem (a transwoman) is a sin
    • Jesus said that neither the person afflicted nor that person's parents sinned.
  • The Flat Earther says that even if it is congenital, that you should leave things the way you were created
    • Jesus healed the person and made them whole
  • The Flat Earther says that even when they have the evidence before them of a person made whole that the miracle isn't real. They especially don't like anyone who challenges their flat earth ideas the way Jesus did.
    • Jesus picked up the person when those in authority cast the person in the streets. And the one to whom the miracle was given responded with an even greater expression of faith than the Flat Earther who claim to know everything.

In ancient days, the accepted fact was that the earth was flat. Eventually science thru later discovery debunked that fact and more and more proof was delivered up to the ultimate proof of having a look around the earth in space thru our satellites and thru our own eyes. People of vision and faith didn't wait on the proof but acted on it. That is where we are today in the middle of things. While there isn't a definitive test that just any doctor can order and the results taken as fact about someone being a transwoman, the scientific evidence points that way and that eventually the proof will be available to all. Even then the Flat Earther won't believe it because they are so vested to the status quo that they discard truth rather than have their little house of cards toppled.

You may lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. Neither can we make the Flat Earther to believe the truth. We can only be truth tellers and hope that one day that they may on their own decide to believe the truth.

All my hopes,

Sasha Zarya Nexus

Monday, April 2, 2012

In The Life 's "Becoming Me" a TG Family video

I saw this press release Sunday,  I was looking for a broadcast media outlet but this seems to be an internet thing.  I've included the links to watch the preview, and full episode on You Tube and at In the Life Media's website which also has some background on the program. ~ Sasha

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 01, 2012
This month, the award-winning newsmagazine In The Life will debut “Becoming Me,” featuring eight families with transgender and gender nonconforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25.
Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood.
While mainstream media coverage has portrayed transgender children as a spectacle, Becoming Me forgoes the sensationalism with this sensitive look into the real-life experience of families whose children fall across the gender spectrum. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.
Becoming Me begins airing April 1st on public television stations across the country and will be available for free video streaming from the In The Life Media website. To find out when it will air in your local area, or to stream it, go to ITLMedia.org.
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About In The Life Media:
For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series, In The Life, was the first—and remains the only—LGBT newsmagazine on public television. In The Life is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Jounalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Transgender Health 101" or "Shoes" goes to Chicago


"Transgender Health 101" or "Shoes" goes to Chicago

What attracted me to the article that I read in the Chicago Phoenix was the title: 

TRANSforming healthcare: UIC holds transgender healthcare event.  In the second paragraph from the article, Dr Regina Kim delivers the illustration similar to one used in Heather Rose Brown's "Shoes" and I was hooked.

What I expected was a rundown on how the Affordable Care Act may impact for the good, healthcare for transgender patients.  However the topic for the lecture that the Chicago Phoenix's TJ Chernick covered for the article was "Transgender Health 101".  I feel that this effort to get the word out on the identity of Transgender Patients is important.  It's important to be welcoming as they deliver healthcare which most likely will be the same as for 'normal' people, because we are normal people.   Getting a good welcoming primary care Doctor is as vital as having health care insurance coverage in order for transgender patients to have true access to healthcare.  Back in the job that I transitioned under (before they fired me when they had finally brought in enough people so that I was expendable), I had great healthcare coverage.  However finding a doctor willing to treat me for mundane non-transition healthcare was formidable.  It still is when I seek out a new PCP when I move.

 The first thing that I learned in my healthcare professional training is that a healthcare professional must treat all who come for healthcare with respect.  It is classes such as the "Transgender Health 101" which give healthcare professionals the background so that they can treat transgender patients with respect.  In the textbooks transgender patients may only be the t in passng mention of LGBT.  In learning that we are just normal people with a challenge and what the lingo of transgender means, they can be more comfortable with us.  That's why I feel that it was important that the class opened with the illustration from "Shoes" by Heather Rose Brown written in 2007 . Heather Rose Brown has the new sister in  her story teach her brother about the 'wrongness' of a gender expression opposite their true one by having him walk in shoes on the wrong feet.  While the writer of the article did not credit Heather Rose Brown, we can credit her and the good that her story has done over the years.

What follows is the text of the article from the Chicago Phoenix with a note from me :

TRANSforming healthcare: UIC holds transgender healthcare event

Posted by TJ Chernick on March 31, 2012 in News 

In honor of LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, the University of Illinois at Chicago group UIC Pride hosted Transgender Health 101 March 28, a lecture and discussion on the role healthcare providers play when treating transgender patients.
“Take off your shoes and switch them around, now put them on … walk around a bit … how does that feel?” asked former Howard Brown Health Center physician and UIC faculty member Dr. Regina Kim. ”It’s not right, this is how a lot of people describe how it feels when they’re transgender.”[Sasha ~ This is the illustration from Heather Rose Brown's Shoes ]
The lecture, held in conjunction with the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), was led by Kim, GSC Assistant Director Liz Thomson and Mary Bowman, co-president of UIC Nurses for Reproductive Health & Justice.
“Just because a person is trans does not mean they will have far-and-away health issues that you’re going to have to address,” said Bowman. “Gender identity is an aspect of a persons identity, it is not their whole identity, and it could have varying effects on their health.”
Well attended by medical and nursing students, the event also brought in a few non-medical students and focused on the disparity transgender people face in healthcare, and how to better equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and understanding to develop inclusive care.
“All of us, no matter the geography, field or specialty in health care, will at some point care for a transgender individual or their loved ones,” said Kim. “In fact, one may not even realize they have known or currently know someone who is transgender.”
Thompson, who has over 13 years of experience in higher education and is an LGBTQ advocate and ally, led a portion of the lecture about demystifying the intricacies of the transgender experience, breaking down and explaining often misunderstood terms like genderqueer (someone outside of the male/female binary) and bigendered (one who identifies alternately as male/female).
Thompson also asked the attendees to reflect on their own experience. In a demonstration, participants were asked to grade their biological sex (based on the sex you were born with), gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation on a scale ranging from normatively male/masculine to female/feminine.
“It made me realize that it’s much easier to grade myself on a line than in a box,” said one attendee, referring to the boxes often found on medical charts.
Thomson explained the state of transgender protections in the U.S. and on the UIC campus. While 21 states have non-discrimination laws, including Illinois, only 16 of those state laws include gender identity/expression protections, according to the national Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“Things happening around transphobia are a lot more public and you can always do more,” said Thompson. “Ultimately we would like everyone to be initiating and preventing [understanding] so we don’t always have to live in a reactive culture.”

Dr. Regina Kim. Photo courtesy L. Thomson/GSC.
The portion of the lecture led by Kim focused on developing gender affirmative healthcare, sharing stories of many transgender individuals’ experiences that led them to avoid seeking healthcare due to the anxiety it induced. Many of these individuals are forced to “come out” every time they meet a new physician, so often avoid annual — and critical — screenings. Kim provided advice to those individuals.
“Be an active and proactive participant in your health care for it is as unique as you are,” Kim told Chicago Phoenix. “Doing a bit of homework about the provider and your health needs in advance will increase the likelihood that you will have a good experience.”
She also recommends that transgender individuals find a a primary healthcare provider who is empathetic and holistic rather than waiting for a health crisis to arise. Kim, who has many years specializing in LGBTQ healthcare also provided advice to the future healthcare providers themselves.
GSC has made many efforts on the UIC campus to make transgender individuals feel safe by reforming university policy, having gender identity respecting housing, and celebrating national Transgender Awareness Week in November.
Work is still being done to develop more gender neutral bathrooms throughout the Chicago campus.

For more news from the Chicago Phoenix regarding LGBT issues including one for national LGBT Health week:

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