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29 December 2012

Some Events of the Year 2012: Part 10 - Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies

Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage.
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons.
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids.
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment, Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries.
Part 8: Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music, Dance & Performance.
Part 9: Art, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
Part 10: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.


Zagria's article on the Paris Prefecture established that 'transvestism' was in use a full century before Hirschfeld supposedly coined the term.

Some observations:

Increased usage of MAAB (male assigned at birth), FAAB, AFAB (assigned female at birth) AMAB.
Increased usage of SOGI (sexual orientation and/or gender identity), more so than of ‘sex and gender diverse" SGD.
'trannie' has largely lost its meaning as the umbrella word, although still used in that sense by older people. It is now mainly used by drag queens.
Associated Press is discouraging the use of the word 'homophobia' 'as it is not a medical condition'. They have not ruled on 'transphobia'.
The APA re its DSM has proposed to drop Gender Identity Disorder and use Gender Dysphoria instead. At least the bad word 'disorder' is gone, but remember that Norman Fisk proposed 'gender dysphoria syndrome' in 1973 to re-medicalize the concept as 'transsexualism' had by then lost its medical connotations.
'cis' is beginning to be used by cis people.

Magazines and newspapers:

Meta Magazine - produced by trans people for trans people


Afghanistan: Tahir Qadiry. "The Afghan girls who live as boys". BBC New Magazine, 27 March 2012.

Argentina: Emily Schmall. "Transgender Advocates Hail Law Easing Rules in Argentina". The New York Times, May 24, 2012.
Australia: Julia Medew. "Cross-sex treatment on the rise". Brisbane Times, May 21, 2012.

Bolivia: Lucas Waldron. "Transsexual in Bolivia ". Huffington Post, 10/31/2012.

Chicago: Lauren Everitt. “Store's specialty: transgender women”. Windy City Times, 2012-01-18.

China: Xu Jingxi. "In transition". China Daily, 2012-07-04.

India: Monalisa Das. "The big leap". India Today, February 23 2012.
Iran: Saeed Kamali Dehghan. "Iranian film shines spotlight on taboo subject of transsexuals". The Guardian, 2 November 2012.

Ireland: "They talk about gay or lesbian but never transgender". The Irsih Times, July 28, 2012.

Israel: Ofer Aderet. "Sex-change in Israel: Gender trap: The Health Ministry panel charged with approving sex-reassignment surgery has been slammed as non-transparent". Haaretz, 22.06.12. Online at:

Ivory Coast. Robbie Corey-Boulet. "Transgender Prostitutes Face Abuse in Ivory Coast". ABC News, December 10, 2012.

Kenya: Brenda Okoth. "Kenya: Gender Identity - the Other Sex, Part Three". AllAfrica, 29 November 2012.

Kuwait: "Kuwait continues LGBT crackdown, arrests transsexual man". bikyaMasr, 13 June 2012.
Malaysia: Liz Gooch. “Seeking the Right to Be Female in Malaysia”, The New York Times, Oct 5, 2012.
Nepal: Anjali Subedi. "Transgenders taking the pill to look beautiful ". Republica, Jan 24 2012.

New Zealand: Michelle Cooke. "Transsexual backs law change to alter her birth certificate". Stuff, 09/09/2012.

Pakistan: "Transgender Pakistanis face society's scorn". USA Today, November 9.2012.

Philippines: Sass Roganda Sasot. "Our Brave New World (A Five-part Series)", Outrage, Nov 21, 2012.,,,,

Thai women in Gulf States: Nantida Puangthong. "Transvestites, women warned against sex trade in Mideast". AsiaOne, Aug 25, 2012.

Turkey: Elif Shafak. “From homophobia to a moving apology in Turkey: As a groundbreaking film launches, Turkish attitudes to gay and transgender people are slowly improving – in the media at least”. The Guardian, 18 January 2012.

Winona, Minnesota: Alexandria Fisher. "Transgender: The journey to identity". Winona360, 03.08.12.

Wisconsin: Carley Rimkus. "The pieces of the identity puzzle". Royal Purple News, March 7, 2012.


"Mike Tyson sex change operation ‘a complete success’, say surgeons" Newsbiscuit, no date. This story was repeated as true by the Standard on Sunday (Zimbabwe), Spy Ghana and Zambia Watchdog.

Cheryl. “The Truth About The Gender Industry”. Cheryl’s Mewsings, Feb 26th, 2012.

Theses & Studies

  • Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice. Sage, 2012. Download. Newsarticle.
  • Silvan Agius & Christa Tobler. "Trans and intersex people: Discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression". European Commission, 2012. Download.
  • Silvan Agius, Richard Köhler, Sophie Aujean & Julia Ehrt. Human Rights and Gender Identity: Best Practice Catalogue. ILGA Europe, TGEU, EU Directorate-General for Employment, December 2011. Download.
  • Gavi Ansara & Peter Hegarty. "Cisgenderism in psychology: Pathologizing and misgendering children from 1999 to 2008". Psychology and Sexuality, 3, 137-160, 2011. Download. Winner of the American Psychological Association Division 44 Transgender Research Award Prize. Abstract: "We assessed whether recent psychological literature on children reflects or contrasts with the zeitgeist of American Psychological Association's recent non-discrimination statement on 'transgender' and 'gender variant' individuals. Article records (N = 94) on childhood 'gender identity' and 'expression' published between 1999 and 2008 inclusive were evaluated for two kinds of cisgenderism, the ideology that invalidates or pathologises self-designated genders that contrast with external designations. Misgendering language contradicts children's own gender assignations and was less frequent than pathologising language which constructs children's own gender assignations and expression as disordered. Articles on children's gender identity/expression are increasingly impactful within psychology. Cisgenderism is neither increasing nor decreasing overall. Mental health professionals are more cisgenderist than other authors. Articles by members of an 'invisible college' structured around the most prolific author in this area are more cisgenderist and impactful than other articles. We suggest how authors and editors can implement American Psychological Association policy and change scientific discourse about children's genders.
  • Former military psychologist George Brown is preparing a study that shows that biologically male U.S. veterans are twice as likely as civilian men to identify as female and often decide to enlist to reassert their masculinity.
  • Andrew Cray & Kellan Baker. "FAQ: Health Insurance Needs for Transgender Americans". Center for American Progress, October 3, 2012.
  • Alice Dreger, Ellen K. feder & Anne Tamar-Mattis, “Prenatal Dexamethasone for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: An Ethics Canary in the Modern Medical Mine”. Bioethical Inquiry, 9, 3, 2012: 277-294.
  • Jaime M. Grant, Lisa A. Mottet, Justin Tanis with Jack Harrison, Jody L. Haerman & Mara Kesiling. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the Transgender Discrimination Survey. Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality & National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, 2012. Download. Newsarticle.
  • Jack Harrison, Jaime Grant & Jody L. Herman. "A Gender Not Listed Here: Genderqueers, Gender Rebels, and OtherWise in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey". Harvard Kennedy School's LGBTQ Policy Journal, 2,2012.
  • Michael S. Irwig, Anton Trinidad & Matthew St Peter. "Self-Castration by a Transsexual Woman: Financial and Psychological Costs: A Case Report". Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9,4, 2012: 1216-9. Health care costs associated with treating a patient after self-castration were almost four times greater than having an elective outpatient surgical castration. The patient presented to the emergency department and underwent a bilateral inguinal exploration, ligation and removal of bilateral spermatic cords, and complicated scrotal exploration, debridement, and closure. She was admitted to the psychiatric service for a hospital stay of three days. The total bill was US $14,923, which would compare with US $4,000 for an elective outpatient orchiectomy in the patient's geographical area. Abstract.
  • Worden wie je bent. about the situation of trans people in the Netherlands. Webpage.
  • Eurobarometer found: only 8% of people in EU know a trans person personally and a striking 13% have no opinion on the prevalence of trans discrimination (compared with 8% for sexual orientation). In some countries up to a third would not know. 45% of people in the EU believe trans people are discriminated. The report points out that those knowing a trans person are much more likely to be aware of discrimination on grounds of gender identity.

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