Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system’s 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.
What does it mean to identify as transgender, but not want to surgically or medically alter your body — or ever “pass” as your self-identified gender? Nothing, besides the fact that you are transgender.
As we do more research, and delve into the genetics of a host of intersex conditions, we will be well placed to understand the trans experience as one of many on the spectrum of the human sexual rainbow….
Using the plural pronoun for a singular meaning is actually very common in English: the originally-plural you got extended to mean a formal, singular you and ultimately completely annihilated thou, and even we can be used as singular if you’re pretending to be the Queen or Helen Mirren.
But then, in the late 18th century, grammarians started recommending that people use he as a gender nonspecific pronoun because they was ostensibly plural, as part of the grand tradition of awkwardly shoehorning English grammar into Latin which has caused many of your present grammatical insecurities, and which I’m totally sure had nothing whatsoever to do with the patriarchy.
“It’s nice to be able to enter into an expansive world where I’m treated as female,” she said to me. I knew exactly what she was talking about, too. I was guilty of the same type of escapism as well as others.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit today against two companies that it says discriminated against transgender employees. This is the first time the federal government has sued to protect trans workers under the Civil Rights Act.
Perhaps one of the least understood aspects of queer identity is intersexuality — and now one TV show is attempting to bring this form of identity into the mainstream. Earlier this month it was reported that MTV’s show “Faking It” would…