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Transsexual who battered her sleeping brother is cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking

Daily Mail: A transgender police worker who battered her sleeping brother with an iron bar was cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking.

Helen Doe told police she woke up in the home she shared with her brother Kenneth, 64, with an ‘overwhelming hatred’ for him. The 53-year-old, from Mitcham, south London, then hit M.r Doe three times on the head with a one-and-a-half foot long metal bar as he lay in bed on July 5 last year. He also received a broken finger as he tried to defend himself.

Miss Doe, who has worked with the Metropolitan Police for 36 years and was taking hormone tablets at the time of the attack, was found not guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court. John Hilton, defending, said she was suffering ‘non-insane automatism‘ – involuntary movements she was not responsible for.

Four expert pharmacologists agreed the drugs she was taking could have caused violent behaviour.

Paul Cavin, prosecuting, said: ‘The defence will point to the conclusion Miss Doe was sleepwalking when she attacked her brother and that sleepwalking and violence was due to the drugs she was taking.’  He added: ‘Fortunately he did not die or suffer long-term injury at all, brain injury, however it is the prosecution case that in striking him several times with an iron bar she intended to kill him. It may be that she is not strong enough, maybe he blocked or parried the blows.’

The court heard Miss Doe, who works in the uniform division of the force, dialed 999 and told the operator at around 2.50am: ‘I’ve had an accident. I think I’ve killed my brother. I’ve hit him with an iron bar. Just now, I’ve been building up to it.’

When officers entered the house the defendant was in the kitchen and told them: ‘It’s me. I did it, he’s upstairs.’ 

Police went upstairs to check on the brother, who told them: ‘I had an argument with her earlier and I woke up and she was hitting me with an iron bar… I don’t like her friends.’ He was rushed to St. George’s Hospital to be treated for the three wounds, plus a fractured middle finger on his left hand.

Mr. Cavin told the jury Miss Doe spoke freely in the van on the way to Sutton Police Station, confessing: ‘I wanted to do it. I wanted to kill him.’

She told police officers in an interview after the attack: ‘I was in a mental state and I didn’t know what I was doing. That’s why I need to go to a mental place.’

‘She said her friendship with her brother was not a good one and woke in the early hours with an overwhelming hatred of her brother and she makes reference to muffled voices in her head.

‘She describes a history of depression for which she was taking prescribed medication. She also said she was in the process of changing gender to that of a female and was having hormone therapy.

Doe has organised lectures for Croydon LGBT and has led the Croydon Trans Group. She has been living as a woman since 2012.


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Couple discover they’re both homosexual after 20-yr marriage

Seriously, how can anyone be this confused?

Maria Medina reports for CBS13 Sacramento, Sept. 27, 2013, that more than 20 years into his marriage, a California man, David Kaufman, “realized” not only that he’s gay but that he’s a transgender!

And so David Kaufman became Dani (Danielle) Kaufman.

David/Dani says he’s always struggled with being born a boy: “When I was 5 years old I just wanted to be a girl so badly.” Beginning when he was 13 years old, he made attempts to end his life. But he “ignored that haunting, nagging feeling” and did “what everyone expected” — by marrying. Not once, but twice.

Cat & David KaufmanCat and David Kaufman on their wedding day

David’s first marriage produced two kids. After his divorce, he met Cat (Cathleen), fell in love, married and had a child with her. Cat said, “We were each other’s best friend. We just got along really well. It never occurred to me that it would be anything but forever.” The couple moved from Michigan to California, where David works as a radiologist.

But then, after more than two decades living a happy life together, “things changed.”

Four years ago, David/Dani says he finally fully realized his attraction to men.

Cat says she didn’t see any signs at all that David could be gay. But then Cat had a secret of her own, which also began a few years ago. She realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat KaufmanCat Kaufman suddenly realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat told David: “I need to tell you something. I’ve been thinking that I would like to date women.”

David responded, “Oh my god, get out of town! I just figured out I’m gay!”

Cat said, “It was pretty shocking for both of us” but “It was excitement and relief.”

Three more years passed . . . .

In 2012, David the homosexual suddenly realized he wasn’t actually gay. He was just born in the wrong body! – “No, I don’t just want to be female. I really am female.”

So David began his transsexual “transformation” into Dani.

David/Dani Kaufman“Dani” Kaufman

David/Dani says “she’s” finally able to be “herself” after more than 50 years of pretending to be someone “she” wasn’t: “It felt so good to be me. It felt so good to be a woman, to be Danielle. This is incredibly cool.”

The couple now lives separately just a few minutes from each other.

Cat & Dani KaufmanCat and “Dani” Kaufman

Now I’m confused.

If David now thinks he’s not gay after all but merely a man “trapped” in a woman’s body and has made the “transformation” into a woman, does that mean David/Dani likes women or men? If David/Dani still likes women, does that make him/her a lesbian?

And if Cat Kaufman now thinks she’s really a lesbian, does that mean Cat and “Dani” are now a lesbian couple?

Can anyone help clarify? LOL

Interestingly, vitals.com still has Dani Kaufman as a male:

Dr. David Lee Kaufman MD is a male Radiologist, has 18 years of experience and practices in Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology.

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Topless equality activist causes bust-up with neighbors in her town after insisting on doing EVERYTHING half-naked


DailyMail: A transsexual who bike rides, barbecues and bush walks half-naked to promote ‘topless equality’ was confronted by police following dozens of complaints about her public nudity.

Stacey Schnee, 38, was pulled over by two police cruisers earlier this month after neighbors complained about her wearing nothing but shorts, shoes and a helmet as she cycled through Leicester, Massachusetts.

Her public display didn’t just turn heads –  traffic slowed down, motorists honked, some people took video, while others shouted they would call police.

But officers didn’t arrest the single mom because she was wearing pasties over her nipples, meaning she wasn’t completely nude. However, Schnee said the officers weren’t really sure how to interpret the law as they stood next to her on the side of the road.

‘They were trying to tell  me I was doing something wrong, and I argued back that no, it’s not, it’s legal,’ Schnee told telegram.com. ‘You don’t even actually  have to [wear pasties], but it’s way easier to get out of trouble when you are wearing them in this state because the laws are shady.

‘So, after talking with them [officers] for about five minutes they said, ‘Well, just get out of  Leicester so we don’t have to deal with the calls. Just go back to Worcester’.’

However the unusual incident has forced police and the district attorney’s office to take a fresh  look at local laws, meaning Schnee could still be charged. ‘Based upon a review of the law, it is unclear whether her partially covering herself up, puts her on the right side of the law,’ Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said. ‘She is out there riding around, appearing to be topless and exposing herself for the shock value.’


Massachusetts General Laws imply if only a small part of the breast is covered, it should be considered  nudity. Other sections of the law state a breast is uncovered if there is no  covering ‘below a point immediately above the top of the areolae.’

Other sections of the law mention the intent to shock is to be considered illegal as well.

Schnee is a member of  activist group, Topless Equality, which advocates for women to be able to be  bare-chested, like men, in public. She frequently goes topless in the privacy of her home – she gardens, chops wood, barbecues and cuts the grass without a shirt.

Sometimes, she takes her  fleshy protest outdoors to ‘get the word out that women should be able to go topless‘.

‘Speaking out for Topless Equality is simply a fundamental right that I will shout from every rooftop that I am allowed to,’ Schnee said, according to her profile on the Topless Equality website. ‘Living in Massachusetts and having Toplessness considered illegal, and a violation of Indecent Exposure laws in many cities, has been very restricting.

‘I am a nudist and believe that if given a chance that America, Massachusetts, and Boston can be more open minded and see that there is no harm in allowing both sexes, and every race, creed and size the right to be free to be topless in public.’

Schnee has acknowledged she  has a ‘unique perspective’ on public nudity, partly influenced by the fact she was born a man. Schnee had  gender reassignment surgery in June 2011 and breast augmentation last year.

She said before the transition, she struggled with her identity and wanted to commit suicide. But having lived as both a man and a woman gives her an uncommon perspective on the topless equality issue.


This puts me in a unique position to fight for topless rights since it is a right that I lost when a single letter was changed on my driver’s license — from M to F,’ she said.

However telegram.com reported neighbors in  the middle-class area are outraged at Schnee’s bare-skinned antics, particularly when she walks topless with her two children.

‘I’m topless and even nude in front of my kids all the time,’ Schnee said. ‘For them it’s nothing.  They don’t see it as anything strange at all. They just don’t care. ‘This is just how our family is. It’s just a little different. Daddy has breasts and Daddy is now a girl. To them it’s completely normal.


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Jerry Brown signs bill empowering transgender students

Sacramento Bee: California students will soon be able to use the bathrooms and join the teams that best match their gender identity, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill enshrining new rights for transgender youth.
The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, advanced from both houses of the Legislature on largely party-line votes. Advocates called the bill a needed protection for young people who often endure discrimination.
Brown’s decision to sign the bill on Monday, ahead of a deadline to act by midnight on Tuesday, dissolved the suspense surrounding the bill’s fate.
With his signature, Brown overrode the objections of Republican lawmakers who said the bill would undermine parental choice and put school children into uncomfortable situations. Critics also questioned how the bill would affect the integrity of school athletic records.
What could possibly go wrong with this?
Reason  to home school.

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From Don to Dawn to Don: ABC newsman changes his mind, again

Do you remember a post I did last May about an ABC newsman, erh, newswoman, erh, newsthingie, Don Ennis, who marched into the ABC news office one day in full drag, wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig, and declared that henceforth, his colleagues must look upon and treat him as a woman named Dawn?
Well, Don-Dawn-Don has changed his-her-its mind, again!

the faces of Don Ennisl to r: Don Ennis; Dawn Ennis; Don Ennis 2.0

Tara Palmeri reports for the New York Post, Aug. 6, 2013, that Ennis now says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.
In an email he wrote to friends and colleagues last Friday, which was first obtained by the website NewsBlues.com, Ennis wrote:
“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously. It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one [referring to his hormone-induced breasts]. I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man. Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn.
I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all. I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes. I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed. I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly.
It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul. Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage. I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC.”
Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother had given him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.
The startling he-to-she-back-to-he move came after Ennis had publicly announced on Facebook in May that he was leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy, to become a full-time woman.
But Ennis has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke. He wrote: “The new change I’m revealing to you today did not arise because I couldn’t hack it, or people wouldn’t accept the new/real/female ‘me,’ or I had trouble finding shoes that fit (Oh, I found plenty, more than I could afford). […] No, I’m not f–king with you. No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of ‘Would You Fall For That?’ ”
And that, boys and girls, is why Canadian psychiatrist Joseph Berger says “scientifically there is no such thing as transgender.”

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Crossdressing summer camp for confused boys

Think back to when you were 6 years old . . . .

As a 6-year-old, did you — a male reader of FOTM — have a clear and definite self-awareness that you were a boy? Did you — a female reader of FOTM — have a clear and definite self-awareness that you were a girl?

I can honestly say I didn’t. At six, I had just completed 2 years of kindergarten and starting first grade. I was so innocent, I didn’t even know what the differences between boys and girls were, other than that my best bud in kindergarten was this cute boy who sat in the seat next to mine. We used to chatter so much in class that we were regularly “punished” by having to stay behind after school. Of course, we just used our “punishment time” to chat more! LOL

But we are to believe that children as young as six today already know they’re transgender (aka gender dysphoria)! — that they really truly are the opposite sex trapped in the “wrong” body.

To top it off, some of those preternaturally precocious 6-year-old transgenders actually go to a cross-dressing summer camp — but boys only! Happily, feminists need not bristle. There’s always transgendered Girl Scouts!

crossdressing campTransvestite boys frolicking in summer camp. Photo by Lindsay Morris.

Kirsten Andersen reports for LifeSiteNews, July 17, 2013:

Young boys preening in front of mirrors putting on makeup, picking flowers in skirts, and prancing in heels and dresses at a talent show: all these are depicted in controversial photoessay, featured on Slate this week, documenting an annual summer camp for gender confused boys. The images are drawing praise from gay activists, and criticisms from pro-family leaders.

For the last three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has attended the four-day-long camp for “gender variant” boys from 6 to 16 and their families held in an undisclosed location in New England.  Morris refers to the camp by the pseudonym “Camp ‘You Are You,’” although her description of the camp closely matches the one given on the website for Camp Aranu’tiq for “transgender” boys, which was featured last year in the Boston Globe, and which makes campers and visitors sign a confidentiality agreement.  According to the Globe, it is the only camp of its kind in America.

Morris, who recently published the photoessay on her website, told Slate that the camp is aimed at “parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle.”

She said that the fashion show was one of the highlights of the camp, and something that many boys and their families worked to prepare for all year.  “Some … create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” Morris said. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible.”

On her own website, Morris describes the camp as “a temporary safe haven where gender-variant boys can freely express their interpretations of femininity alongside their parents and siblings.”  Adds Morris, “Here, they can be true to their inner nature without feeling the need to look over their shoulders.”

On the website for Camp Aranu’tiq, a parent testimonial offers similar praise, claiming the camp gave her son “the BEST experience” of his life.

“[S]he [sic] grew into a confident and more outgoing girl during her [sic] time there!!” the anonymous parent raved, adding that her son has “been empowered through the validation and acceptance she [sic] received at camp.”

But senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., told the Christian Post that he fears well-meaning parents may be doing more harm than good by bringing their boys into an environment that reinforces and celebrates their gender confusion.

“There is a risk of locking children into a life course, which, if they had been left to develop naturally, they would have outgrown,” Sprigg told the Christian Post.  “You’ll have children who are going through natural periods of confusion and experimentation with their sexuality and all of a sudden you have adults telling them, this means you’re gay, you were born gay, you will never change.”

He told the paper he worries that parents who allow their children to attend the camp “run the risk of putting them on a path, and locking them in a transgender identity when that may not have been the natural course of their life at all.”

Dr. Kenneth Zucker, chairman of the American Psychiatric Association subcommittee on gender identity disorders, would seem to agree with Spriggs on that point.  Zucker told LifeSiteNews in December that he believes allowing children to act out their gender confusion can have lasting harmful effects.

“I think that when people…label a child as transgendered, it kind of has the connotation of immutability,” Zucker told LifeSiteNews. “I take a very developmental approach to the treatment of gender dysphoria.  I don’t think that gender dysphoria is something that is only going to respond to biomedical treatment. The real question is, when in development does the desire to be the other gender become locked in or fixed?”

According to Zucker, young children experiencing gender confusion may respond better to therapies that help them embrace their biological sex.

“With young children, I think there’s much more pliability,” he said. “Often, the gender dysphoria remits, for whatever reason. These kids don’t grow up wanting to be the other gender. People need to be cognizant that there are other developmental trajectories.”

See also “Psychiatrist says scientifically, there is no such thing as transgender.”


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Transgender criminal suspects get special treatment


New transgender rules at Boston Police Department

Boston Herald: Transgender criminal suspects can demand that cops call them by their adopted names, choose whether male or female officers frisk them and get a personal, private ride to court under new policies unveiled by Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis yesterday.

“Our main goal is that everyone should be treated
 equally, and everyone should be treated with 
respect and dignity, whether
you’re at the front desk or on the other side of the front desk,” said officer 
Javier Pagan, the Boston Police Department’s liaison to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “Everyone should be treated
with the same respect.”

The new regs come five months after the Boston Police Department coughed up $20,000 to settle a federal suit brought by Brenda Wernikoff, a transgender woman arrested in May 2010 for using the women’s bathroom at a homeless shelter. The suit said cops forced Wernikoff to strip and “ordered Ms. Wernikoff to jump up and down, causing her breasts to jiggle.”

“It’s just easier that way,” Pagan said. “If a person lives their life as a female and they feel more comfortable having a female search them — and we’re not talking about strip searches, we’re just talking about pat-downs — if they feel more comfortable having a female do it, then that way you’re sort of just giving them their dignity.”

The new rules also require that all suspect searches “will be conducted by two officers of the gender requested by the transgender prisoner, whenever possible.” If that’s not possible, the policies say, “the search shall nonetheless be conducted by two available officers.”

Transgender prisoners will be transported and jailed alone “whenever possible,” according to the policies. “Officers shall 
ensure that additional units are called in order to assist with transporting transgender individuals.”

Pagan said the rules have been in development for 
several years and are modeled after similar policies 
in Chicago and Washing­ton, D.C.“

When the powers that be have to start shelling out money, things maintain value. In other words, now, the way you treat or mistreat somebody has a value to it,” Wernikoff told the Herald last night. “Financial exposure — that’s the only thing that moves them. Common sense, logic and reason don’t seem to work. Money seems to be the correct vehicle.”

So if they are going to treat all suspects “equally”, does that mean anyone can choose what officer gets to frisk them? Does that mean they all can request a private ride to court? I seriously doubt that. But hey, more “equality”!


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High school boy can dress as a girl at prom


Spring High School reverses decision; transgender student can wear dress to prom

KHOU: (SPRING, Texas) – Spring High School has had a change of heart and will now allow a transgender student to wear a dress to the upcoming senior prom, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tony Zamazal made headlines in February when he said the school would not allow him to wear women’s clothing to the prom. He said he feels comfortable dressing as a woman and was ready to make his big debut at the big event, but the school put the brakes on that idea.
A school administrator told Zamazal that wearing a dress would be “unacceptable” because boys have to wear tuxedos and girls must wear dresses.
He decided to take a stand and go public and the ACLU stepped in to help. The organization sent a letter to the principal on March 18, explaining that both federal law and the U.S. Constitution protect Zamazal’s right to wear a dress to prom.
The school district responded last week and affirmed that it will allow Zamazal to attend the prom in the formal clothing of her his choice.
“Tony has the right under both federal statutes and the U.S. Constitution to express her his gender identity,” said Adriana Pinon, ACLU of Texas Senior Staff Attorney. “Students’ legal rights aren’t something that public schools get to put up to a vote. We’re happy to see the school do the right thing.”
The 19-year-old was elated. “All I wanted was to get to wear a dress to prom, because I wouldn’t have felt comfortable at all showing up in a tux,” said Zamazal. “I’m so grateful that my school has agreed to let me be myself on such an important night.”
Amanda Goad, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Homosexual Bisexual Transgender Project said, “Like every other student, Tony deserves to feel comfortable and be herself himself at prom. We’re glad that Spring ISD for has affirmed Tony’s First Amendment rights.”

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1st grader transgender boy wants to use girls bathroom


Colorado parents of transgender 1st-grader file complaint over restroom ban

Denver Post: The parents of a transgender 6-year-old have filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division because Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain banned the first-grader (boy) from using the girls’ restroom.

The child, Coy Mathis, was born male but identifies as female. She had attended the school since December 2011 before being pulled out by her parents.
“This is significant for both Colorado and nationally,” said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, who is representing the family. “For Colorado, it is the first test of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act as related to access to bathrooms by transgender students. “On a national level, as we see more and more transgender people coming out at younger and younger ages, people will be watching what happens in Colorado.”
In November, a Maine state court ruled that a school district did not violate a transgender student’s rights under the Maine Human Rights Act when it prohibited her from using the girls’ restroom.
Wm. Kelly Dude, the lawyer for Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, said there are no Colorado cases requiring public schools to permit transgender students to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify.
Transgender identity is a relatively new issue in the nation, so there is little uniformity among school district policies. Some in Colorado, including Boulder Valley Schools, have crafted detailed policies citing the state Anti-Discrimination Act. Others have not.
Boulder’s guidelines specifically address restroom accessibility, stating that “students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school.”
The policy was developed about five years ago because “the district has long been committed to the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said district spokesman Briggs Gamblin.
Every two years, the district participates in Boulder County’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which “consistently has found one of the high-risk groups for teen suicide are GHLBT (gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) or questioning,” Gamblin said. “It’s critically important that these students feel included — part of the community, not separated from it.”
Coy Mathis wears girls’ clothing, and students and staff used female pronouns when referring to her. But Fountain-Fort Carson administrators decided over winter break that the child should use the boys’ restroom, the staff’s restroom or the one in the school nurse’s office.
That decision took into account “not only Coy, but other students in the building, their parents and the future impact a boy, with male genitals, using a girls’ bathroom would have as Coy grew older,” Kelly wrote in a Dec. 28 letter to Silverman.
Dude argued that the district is in compliance with the state Anti-Discrimination Act because “Coy attends class as all other students, is permitted to wear girls’ clothes and is referred to as the parents have requested,” and was allowed access to single-user restrooms used by employees or gender-neutral restrooms in the school’s health room.
Coy’s parents, Kathryn and Jeremy, are home-schooling her until the issue is resolved. The family will appear at a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the west steps of the state Capitol to announce the filing of the complaint.
“It’s important for us to talk about this, because a lot of people have been so afraid to be their true selves for so long,” Kathryn Mathis said. “They’ve known from very young children who they are but were afraid to tell. We want to help create a society where it’s OK to be who you are.” She said that as soon as Coy began to talk, she insisted she was a girl, not a boy.
As parents, they were sad and upset when they heard that Coy could no longer use the girls’ restroom at school, Kathryn Mathis said. “This automatically singles her out and stigmatizes her,” she said. “It sets her up for future harassing and bullying, and creates an unsafe environment. The school has a wonderful opportunity to teach students that differences are OK, and we should embrace their differences, instead of teaching them to discriminate against someone who is a little different.”
It seems as if school has provided a solution by offering single-user restrooms used by employees or gender-neutral restrooms in the school’s health room – a safe environment for both the transgender boy and young girls at the school. I believe having a boy using a girls bathroom would create more of an unsafe environment for both sexes. With the parents calling out the so-called inequity of their child, they are the ones stigmatizing their child.
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Transgender poses as Michelle Obama


Outrage as magazine uses transgender model to pose as Michelle Obama

Daily Mail: A striking transgender model made up to look  like Michelle Obama being sworn into office has been put on the front cover of a  U.S. magazine.
Luis Venegas, publisher of the first  transsexual style magazine Candy, said he put model Connie Fleming on the front  cover because he was inspired by the idea that a black, transsexual woman could  one day be president of the United States.
The split front cover shows New York model  Fleming being sworn into office and waving a U.S. flag accompanied by the  headline ‘The Candydate’. Fleming is dressed in typical First Lady  fashion, down to the pearl  necklace. Even the hair style is reminiscent of the  President Barack  Obama’s wife, Michelle.
Publisher Venegas told Dazed Digital that he  was inspired by the idea that a  ‘black, transsexual woman’ could someday be  president of the United  States’. ‘I especially love the cover story, which for the first time isn’t a super-popular star, but a fabulous, beautiful black  transwoman channeling a politician who looks pretty much like Michelle  Obama.
‘I remember back in early 2007 when the  Democratic Party’s  nominees were narrowed down between two ‘controversial’  stereotypes  never before seen for presidency: a black man, Barack Obama; and a  woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton. At that time, I thought, ‘when will the  time come when these archaic walls break down and the White House will  be occupied by, for example, a black, transsexual woman?’
Connie Fleming is described on website database  of New York transsexuals as ‘a living doll, a multi-talented lady with a  promising career as stylist and designer’s assistant. ‘She is also a veteran of the Paris and New  York runways (most notably for Thierry Mugler,) the Tokyo club performance  scene, and many important New York nightclub cults, from The House of Field and  Boy Bar to her work as a Mistress of Ceremonies at Jackie 60.
The Winter 2012 Connie Fleming front cover will be the magazine’s fifth issue, having already dressed James Franco, Chloe  Sevigny and Andrej Pejic in drag for previous covers.
The magazine describes itself as being ‘completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism,  transsexuality, cross  dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations. ‘CANDY is a magazine for everybody. A space  for individual freedom,  and a publication that pushes people to take on the  persona of what they always wanted to be.’
Why the outrage about the cover? Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

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