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Further Thoughts About Birth Certificates and Gender

I posted yesterday about how exciting it is that people in Vermont can change the gender/sex marker on their birth certificates without needing surgery. And while that’s really great news for a lot of people, a friend reminded me that it doesn’t help everyone (not even all transfolks with Vermont birth certificates). So I’ve been feeling guilty all day and realized that I should post further about it today. Continue reading

No Surgery Required To Change Trans Folks’ Birth Certificates (aka Why Vermont Is Awesome)

This is so exciting! I mean, I don’t have a Vermont birth certificate, so it doesn’t actually affect me directly, but wow, Vermont seems pretty awesome right now. A doctor’s note is now all that’s required for trans people to change gender on their birth certificates — and not just change it, but actually get new birth certificates (so that it doesn’t out them). That’s huge. Continue reading

Today I Went To Prison

I went to a prison for the first time today. I accompanied one of the attorneys for the law project at which I intern on a legal visit to one of our clients. It was horrifying. I am more convinced than ever that something needs to change: the prison industrial complex is just wrong, on so many levels.  Continue reading

I Just Hugged Joey Mogul

The Dream Team (photo by Carrie Maxwell of The Windy City Times)

Joey Mogul, if you didn’t know, is the author (well, along with Andrea Ritchie and Kay Whitlock) of the new book Queer (In)Justice, about which I will blog once I have finished it. She is also an adjunct professor for DePaul University College of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic and an attorney for the People’s Law Office. In short, Joey Mogul is awesome.

I spent roughly ten hours today at the Chicago-Kent Lambdas 2011 LGBT Civil Rights Conference. The absolute highlight (well, along with Owen’s part of the Transgender Rights panel about trans prisoners’ rights and drinking wine with a few awesome people at the following reception) was the panel “Policing, Prosecution, and Punishment of LGBTQ People” with Joey Mogul, Owen Daniel-McCarter, and Avi Rudnick*. It. Was. So. Fierce. Continue reading