IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

There is no safe way to be transgendered



Originally published in DaKine, June 2001; appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



by Li Anne W. Taft



With Hawaii Legislators withholding equal rights and protection from TG men and women, we must work harder together towards a safer society



May 1st?Lei Day?brought frightening news: Hawaii?s Hate Crimes Bill was sent to the Governor with ?gender and transgendered? removed from its protected status list. Our legislators had made a poor choice and a biased statement: that gender identity and gender expression were not worthy of government protection.



Such prejudiced legislation could very well put transgendered men and women at greater risk of harm in Hawaii. By excluding gender and transgender from protected status in our islands? laws and public policies, our elected representatives put forth a message: the legislation, the police, and the court system do not value transgendered people.



Present and future attackers and murderers of transgendered men and women in Hawaii motivated by hatred and prejudice can breathe easier now: if convicted, they will not receive increased penalties as in other hate crime cases.

Some Reflections on Why Transgenderism is a Gift of the Holy Spirit



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



by Shirley Boughton



What makes us transgendered? Why are we transgendered? Is it a blessing or a curse? These are questions I have struggled with for a lifetime. The answers seem somehow critical to my very survival as well as my ability to accept myself as a transgendered person. My personality drives me to dig deeply into who I am and why.



The question for many of us who are transgendered is whether our transgender nature is a result of a mistake of nature (akin to a club foot) which should be fixed, or whether we have been deliberately designed by the divine creator for a special spiritual purpose. Do we need to seek medical assistance to conform our bodies to match our brain patterns so we can better fit into a two-gender society, or do we represent a third gender with a specific role to play? Do we shape our bodies and our forms of dress to fit gender stereotypes, or do we do these things to achieve harmony with our soul? I have now come to believe my transgenderism was hard-wired before I was born, and that the divine architect intended this for a reason.

Changing Your Name



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.

by D.L. Hawley



A person?s name is important; it is a part of self image, a reflection of a social or ethnic group, or a connection to a relative or famous person. For transsexuals, a name may be a betrayal of true self or a reminder of family, employer, or friend?s denial of change.



For transsexuals, adopting a new name is important. A gender-specific name is an significant element in being recognized as a member of a gender by the public. A new name enhances self-identity and sets a person apart from their old identity.

Workplace Conference Embrances Transgender Issues



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



by Janis Walworth



In past years the annual Out and Equal Workplace Summit has included workshops on transgender issues, but never as many as at the most recent conference, which was held the first weekend of October 2001. The Summit, which addresses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in the workplace, brings together LGBT employees, Human Resource (HR) and Diversity professionals, union advocates, and others who want to create safe and equitable work environments for LGBT people.



The conference, held just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Erlanger, Kentucky, was smaller than expected due to slashed budgets and fear of flying in the wake of September?s terrorist attack. Nonetheless, a full schedule of workshops was presented to an enthusiastic audience from all over the country. Six of the 45 workshops offered during the three-day conference were about transgender issues.

Christine-Jane Wilson, crossdresser and Cartoonist



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



Christine-Jane Wilson?s TV-themed cartoons have appeared for years in crossdressing magazines in the U.S. and U.K., and in the pages of this publication as well. Christine was good enough to send us the following and a sampling of cartoons, some of which she drew up especially for us?Ed.





I don?t know at what age I started to crossdress, but it was before my 10th birthday, years before I became sexually aware (we were slow starters then). Later, crossdressing became a big turn-on. I had a couple of slips my mother had discarded and a pair of silky French knickers with a button-waist fastening. I would play in them when I was alone in the house, and often wore them to bed.

Tapestry Book Reviews #97



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



Because your editor had a negative reaction to a book treasured by many in the community, we?re featuring a contrasting review by our own Miqqi Alicia. Those interested in another viewpoint should see Transgender Tapestry #92?Ed.

What Is Gender? - Part 2



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.



by Miqqi A Gilbert, Ph.D.



Gender is a complex concept that changes depending on your perspective. There is assigned gender?a legal concept that places you in a certain category. There is social gender?the assignment made on you by the people with whom you interact. And there is self-gender, which you feel internally is correct. Difficulties arise, we know all too well, when self-gender and social-gender do not coincide, since one of the most basic rules is that you are one gender, and that gender is the one people can identify. You are supposed to be what you appear to be.

DISCLOSURE



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.

DISCLOSURE





?Janet, this is Cassandra; Cassandra, This is Janet?

by Steph




In the spring of 1993, at a Chi meeting in Chicago, I met a special person; her name was Janet. All my life, I had known her masculine side. That?s because I had known her only as Dan, my older brother. Until that moment, Dan had known me only as Steve, hir younger brother.

AND THAT?S THE WAY IT IS!



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #097, Spring 2002.

by Monica F. Helms



This column began taking shape on September 15, 2001, four days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I?m telling you this so you?ll know why you?re not reading my usual jovial opening. I wanted to put down my thoughts while they were still clear. Consider this my chance to heal, if healing is at all possible.



I?m 50 years old, so I hadn?t yet arrived when Pearl Harbor was attacked. I am old enough to remember when an assassin?s bullet took President Kennedy?s life. We were living in Germany at the time. I remember my mother telling me to go get my father at the high school gym, where he and his friends were setting up for a square dance. It seemed surreal as I hurried through the cold November night. When I arrived at the gym, it was dark and deserted. I had horribly sad news, but no one to tell it to.

A Message from the Editor



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #096, Winter 2001.



As I write this, it?s September 12th. Workers in New York are searching for survivors amidst the rubble of

what was until yesterday the twin towers of the World Trade Center. In Washington, at the Pentagon, fires are hampering rescue efforts. The nation is reeling as estimates of fatalities begin to come in. We know the final toll will certainly surpass the 3800 Americans who perished in the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor; how much so is unknown. Many of us haven?t been able to get in touch with friends and family members and don?t know if they are alive or dead.



To our readers who have lost loved ones, our deepest sympathies.


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