Transgender Warriors

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What with last year’s passage of Ordinance 1856 in Kalamazoo and June being now-presidentially-proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Pride Month, I have been inspired to learn more about the lives of transgendered individuals, the oppressions they face and the strength it takes to walk in this culture as a trans person. At KPL, I discovered documentaries, feature films, biographies, historical accounts, sociological perspectives and novels.       

I was especially struck by Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Transgender activist Leslie Feinberg gives many examples through history of famous and not-so-famous people who crossed the lines of the gender expectations our culture holds. I learned so much through their and Feinberg’s own experiences.

Some subject terms you can use to find information about, by and for transgendered people in KPL’s collection are: transgender people; transgenderismtranssexuals and gender identity. Also, check out the GLBT Pride display on the first floor of the Central library through the end of June!


Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul

Posted by Christine Hann at 06/26/2010 10:46:11 AM | 

It's great you wanted to learn more about the transgender community! As a female-to-male 'trans man' I especially enjoyed reading "Just add hormones" by Matt Kailey. It is a thorough guide to the experience of transgender and transsexual people.

Also the ordinance helps within city limits but there is still soooo much discrimination in our community, state and nation. For instance I have been denied health care for flu and work accidents at several local medical practices. They explicitly refused to treat me for ANYTHING. I do not believe this is ethical or proper use of the "do no harm" oath that practitioners take...

Second, there is great difficulty getting hired for anyone in this economy but especially in Kalamazoo as a transgender person. I am now a good looking guy but in the beginning of transition customers at my job would call me "it" or make disparaging remarks about me behind my back. The community may have passed the ordinance but there are still plenty of barriers we face in Kalamazoo.

Keep reading and learning and know that I and others truly appreciate it when people like yourself take the time to get to know more about our experiences!
Posted by: JS ( Email ) at 6/29/2010 10:07 AM

JS, thank you for your comment and for sharing about some of your personal experience here in Kalamazoo. I'm so sorry to hear of the discrimination and derogatory treatment you've faced. I will check out "Just Add Hormones;" I'm glad to see we have it in the KPL collection.
Posted by: Christine Hann ( Email ) at 6/30/2010 4:48 PM

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