5/30/13

Ground Breaking Kenyan Transgender Short "HOW TO SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA"

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Maria a transgender woman from Kenya explains how HRT and transitioning has affected her saying  "I feel complete now, I'm complete now I know I am, complete, complete. Her movie, the first in a series about transgender people in the east Africa premiered today at the 4th Regional Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference in Naivasha, Kenya.

The conference brought together activists from the sex worker and LGBTI movements in East Africa, as well as activists working in other regions of Africa, and allies in the health and legal professions, human rights activists and organisations, and donor partners working in the Region (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi).

For the past 4 months Scottish film maker Tristan MG Aitchison has been working under commission documenting the transgender and intersex community of Nairobi. Six brave members opened up and shared their experiences of being transgender and intersex in Kenya - Living on the edge of the edge of society.



Learn more about at transgender kenya.com



Middleborough Mass. High School Embraces First Transgender Prom Queen


Transgender senior Cody Tubman tells myfoxboston the day after prom "It was surprising and it was exciting, cause I was like, we're coming really far."

Even Principal Paul Branagan was excited about her acceptance telling Fox News "This is a community and a school community in particular that is very accepting and I think that's a true testament to that."

It is so nice to have a positive story about prom this year. Now Cody will be able to go to college secure in the knowledge she is respected and valued in her hometown.





Holder wants to reveal new press coverage guidelines "off the record"

The Attorny General of the United States, Eric Holder, wants to meet with news organizations to discuss guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, off the record.

The review of the guidelines called for last week by President Barack Obama come as the Justice Department deals with an outcry over its secret gathering of AP reporters' phone records and the emails of a Fox News journalist, and the AP.

The planned meetings are to take place over the coming weeks. The department said Holder plans to engage with news media organizations, including print media, wire services, radio, television, online media and news and trade associations. Discussions are to include news media executives and general counsels as well as government experts in intelligence and investigative agencies.

So why is this story appearing on here on planetransgender? Because it is read in 168 of the 179 countries rated by Reporters Without Borders where the United States is ranked 32. Although virtually unheard of in mainstream media planetransgender has had nearly a half million page views and is a trusted source.

"I'm aghast commented kelli Busey", a practically unknown blogger and columnist from Arlington Texas. She explains, "so let me get this right. Holder wants to have meetings with the press, meaning anyone on the media food chain from the AP, New York Times all the way down to planetransgender, where he could without repercussion, dictate the terms we cover their investigations of us, with one condition, we don't talk about the meetings? Well you know I won't go to those meetings" (as if she was invited).

And then nether will the AP or the New York Times unless they can report on what is said there. Good on them. Holder's 'meeting' should be boycotted untill he starts to respect us. It's a sad day in America when that option is the only one left to the media.