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21 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies

Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons, Changebacks
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans Kids
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Military, Cops & Firefighters, Conviction & Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, US TSA, Nemeses
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Autogynephilia, Drag, Butch, Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Pornography, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies
Part 10: Archives & History, Books.


US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to no longer use the term 'anomaly' for trans passengers.

'cisgender' finally in the Oxford English Dictionary.

'cisvestitismus' was used as early as 1914.

'Female/Feminine Embodiment Fantasies (FEFs)' proposed by Julia Serano as less pathologizing alternative to 'autogynephila'.

'hen' neuter pronoun in Swedish.

'Male/Masculine Embodiment Fantasies (MEFs)' proposed by Julia Serano as less pathologizing alternative to 'autoandrophila'.

Mx as an alternate honorific to Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms increasingly accepted.

'transgender' in Collins English Dictionary list of Words of the Year along with binge-watching and manspreading

'pheneticize' - alternate term to passing that shifts the focus from the viewed to the viewer.
“perceiving people based on a subjective examination of their outward appearance”. Article about usage in 'race passing':

Stochastic terrorism: the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.
The formula is perversely brilliant:
  1. A public figure with access to the airwaves or pulpit demonizes a person or group of persons.
  2. With repetition, the targeted person or group is gradually dehumanized, depicted as loathsome and dangerous—arousing a combustible combination of fear and moral disgust.
  3. Violent images and metaphors, jokes about violence, analogies to past “purges” against reviled groups, use of righteous religious language—all of these typically stop just short of an explicit call to arms.
  4. When violence erupts, the public figure who have incited the violence condemn it—claiming no one could possibly have foreseen the “tragedy.”
--- this article does not mention transphobia or homophobia, but obviously we are on the receiving end of both hate in the media, and of apparently unconnected murders.” 

News Media

Psychology Today finally stopped accepting adverts for conversion therapy.

Kate Stone, scientist who took action after some newspapers identified her as trans, has been appointed to the press regulator’s editors’ code committee.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation upheld complaints by Trans media Watch against The Sun which had wondered about blind Parliamentary candidate, Emily Brothers: “Being blind, how did she know she was the wrong sex?”

A series of negative articles in The New York Times.

Zoey Tur, ex-helicopter journalist, was profiled in Los Angeles Magazine, caused a stir with her beliefs about hormonal causation and in dismissing Carlotta Sklodska as a fetishist. In July, in response to transphobic taunting from right-winger Ben Shapiro, Tur made a macho threat.
Jayne Rowlands has a job with BBC Wales.

India Willoughby, who used to present ITV News’ regional Borders programme, has completed transition.

Andrew Guy won a competition to co-host The Project on Channel 10.

Eden Lane, Colorado, reported and television host since 2008.

The Editorial Board of the Amazon-owned Washington Post denounced the fear-mongering that has become a staple of debates over transgender student rights and led to tragic discrimination against transgender students. The fear-mongering is based on the debunked bathroom myth hyped by right-wing media.

Magazines and newspapers:




Journal Articles & Studies

“TERFs get told by author of study that they are interpreting her study wrong, they insist they aren’t”. 2011 study was being used by the right wing and TERFs alike to erroneously claim that trans care causes people to be suicidal, that trans women are rapists or probable rapists and that trans women retain “male behavior” in the form of a criminal predilection.

Judith Butler interviewed about transsexuality.

Archives of Sexual Behavior

  • Angelo Brandelli Costa , Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari, Michelle Moraes Jacinto, Dhiordan Cardoso da Silva, Emilaine Karine Lorencetti, Heitor Tomé da Rosa Filho, Andressa Mueller, Claudia Garcia de Garcia, Henrique Caetano Nardi and 2 more. “Population-Based HIV Prevalence and Associated Factors in Male-to-Female Transsexuals from Southern Brazil”. 44,2, February 2015. Abstract
  • José Guzmán-Parra , Nicolás Sánchez-Álvarez, Yolanda de Diego-Otero, Lucía Pérez-Costillas, Isabel Esteva de Antonio, Miriam Navais-Barranco, Serafina Castro-Zamudio & Trinidad Bergero-Miguel. “Sociodemographic Characteristics and Psychological Adjustment Among Transsexuals in Spain”. 21 May 2015. Abstract
  • Joz Motmans , Koen Ponnet & Griet De Cuypere. “Sociodemographic Characteristics of Trans Persons in Belgium: A Secondary Data Analysis of Medical, State, and Social Data”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Eva Van Caenegem, Katrien Wierckx, Els Elaut , Ann Buysse, Alexis Dewaele, Filip Van Nieuwerburgh, Griet De Cuypere & Guy T’Sjoen. “Prevalence of Gender Nonconformity in Flanders, Belgium”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • William B. SwannJr. , Ángel Gómez, Alexandra Vázquez, Antonio Guillamón, Santiago Segovia & Beatriz Carillo “Fusion with the Cross-Gender Group Predicts Genital Sex Reassignment Surgery”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Annastasia Ediati , Achmad Zulfa Juniarto, Erwin Birnie, Stenvert L. S. Drop, Sultana M. H. Faradz & Arianne B. Dessens. “Gender Development in Indonesian Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disorders of Sex Development”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Alain Giami “Between DSM and ICD: Paraphilias and the Transformation of Sexual Norms”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Cynthia Kraus. “Classifying Intersex in DSM-5: Critical Reflections on Gender Dysphoria”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Vickie Pasterski , Kenneth J. Zucker, Peter C. Hindmarsh, Ieuan A. Hughes, Carlo Acerini, Debra Spencer, Sharon Neufeld & Melissa Hines. “Increased Cross-Gender Identification Independent of Gender Role Behavior in Girls with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: Results from a Standardized Assessment of 4- to 11-Year-Old Children”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Simon Goldhill. “The Imperialism of Historical Arrogance: Where Is the Past in the DSM’s Idea of Sexuality?”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Ulrike Ruppin & Friedemann Pfäfflin. “Long-Term Follow-Up of Adults with Gender Identity Disorder”. 44,5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Zowie Davy. “The DSM-5 and the Politics of Diagnosing Transpeople”. 44, 5, July 2015. Abstract
  • Ali Bozkurt , Ozlem Hekim Bozkurt & Ipek Sonmez. “Birth Order and Sibling Sex Ratio in a Population with High Fertility: Are Turkish Male to Female Transsexuals Different?”. 44, 5 July 2015. Abstract
  • Jamie D. Feusner , Jasenko Dervisic, Kyriaki Kosidou, Cecilia Dhejne, Susan Bookheimer & Ivanka Savic. “Female-to-Male Transsexual Individuals Demonstrate Different Own Body Identification”. 21 August 2015. Abstract
  • Karine Schwarz , Anna Martha Vaitses Fontanari, Andressa Mueller, Bianca Soll, Dhiordan Cardoso da Silva, Jaqueline Salvador, Kenneth J. Zucker, Maiko Abel Schneider & Maria Inês Rodrigues Lobato “Neural Correlates of Psychosis and Gender Dysphoria in an Adult Male”. 23 November 2015 Abstract

International Journal of Transgenderism

  • Thomas Stocks. “To What Extent Have the Rights of Transgender People Been Underrealized in Comparison to the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer/Questioning People in the United Kingdom?”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Hale M. Thompson*, Sari L. Reisner, Nicole VanKim & H. Fisher Raymond. “Quality-of-Life Measurement: Assessing the WHOQOL-BREF Scale in a Sample of High-HIV-Risk Transgender Women in San Francisco, California”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Anna Lisa Amodeo, Roberto Vitelli, Cristiano Scandurra*, Simona Picariello & Paolo Valerio. “Adult Attachment and Transgender Identity in the Italian Context: Clinical Implications and Suggestions for Further Research”. 16,1, 2015. Abstract
  • Varsha Babu, G. Pezeshkpour & Run Yu. “Pheochromocytoma in a Male-to-Female Transgender Person”. 16,2,2015. Abstract
  • Shanna K. Kattari, N. Eugene Walls, Darren L. Whitfield & Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Experiences of Discrimination in Accessing Health Services Among Transgender People in the United States”. 16, 2, 105. Abstract
  • Scott D. Rhodes, Jorge Alonzo, Lilli Mann, Florence M. Simán, Manuel Garcia, Claire Abraham & Christina J. Sun. “Using Photovoice, Latina Transgender Women Identify Priorities in a New Immigrant-Destination State”. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Daniel E. Shumer* & Amy C. Tishelman. “The Role of Assent in the Treatment of Transgender Adolescents”. 16, 2, 2015. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Rodrigo A. Aguayo-Romero, Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, Fernanda T. Bianchi & Paul J. Poppen. “Gender Affirmation and Body Modification Among Transgender Persons in Bogotá, Colombia”. 16, 2, 2015. Abstract
  • Shelagh Davies, Viktória G. Papp & Christella Antoni. “Voice and Communication Change for Gender Nonconforming Individuals: Giving Voice to the Person Inside”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract PDF
  • Gurvinder Kalra & Dinesh Bhugra. “Hijras in Bollywood Cinema”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract
  • Toby Miles-Johnson. “ 'They Don't Identify With Us': Perceptions of Police by Australian Transgender People”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract
  • Mehrdad Eftekhar, Masoud Ahmadzad-Asl, Morteza Naserbakht, Mozhgan Taban, Amirhosein Jalali & Kaveh Alavi. “Bibliographic Characteristics and the Time Course of Published Studies About Gender Dysphoria: 1970–2011”. 16, 3, 2015. Abstract

Journal of Homosexuality

  • Andrea M. Hackl, Amy B. Becker & Maureen E. Todd. “ 'I Am Chelsea Manning': Comparison of Gendered Representation of Private Manning in U.S. and International News Media”. 31 Aug 2015. Abstract
  • Katrina Rose. “The Body as a Site of Gender-related Distress: Ethical Considerations for Gender Variant Youth in Clinical Settings”. 07 Dec 2015. Abstract
  • Elijah Adiv Edelman. ““This is Where you Fall off My Map”: Trans-Spectrum Spatialities in Washington, DC, Safety, and the Refusal to Submit to Somatic Erasure”. 07 Dec 2015. Abstract
  • Brandon D. L. Marshall , María Eugenia Socías, Thomas Kerr , Virginia Zalazare, Omar Suede & Inés Arísteguie. “Prevalence and Correlates of Lifetime Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Persons in Argentina”. 13 Nov 2015. Abstract
  • Justine Egner & Patricia Maloney. “ ‘It Has No Color, It Has No Gender, It’s Gender Bending’: Gender and Sexuality Fluidity and Subversiveness in Drag Performance”. )7 Nov 2015. Abstract
  • Jason C. Garvey & Susan R. Rankin. “The Influence of Campus Experiences on the Level of Outness Among Trans-Spectrum and Queer-Spectrum Students”. 62,3,2015. Abstract
  • Tony Kelso. “Still Trapped in the U.S. Media’s Closet: Representations of Gender-Variant, Pre-Adolescent Children”. 62,8, 2015. Abstract
  • Anril Pineda Tiatco. “Performing the Bakla in The Care Divas: Crossdressing, Affective Labor, and the Glimpse of the Cosmopolitan”. 62, 11, 2015. Abstract
Transgender Studies Quarterly
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  • John Parkinson. “Gender dysphoria 'cured' by status epilepticus”. Australasian Psychiatry, 23,2, 02/2015.
  • GS Kranz, A Hahn, U Kaufmann, M Küblböck, A Hummer, S Ganger, R Seiger, D Winkler, DF Swaab, C Windischberger, S Kasper & R Lanzenberger.“White matter microstructure in transsexuals and controls investigated by diffusion tensor imaging.” Journal of Neuroscience 2014 Nov 12; 34(46):15466 –15475. "These results suggest that the gender identity is reflected in the structure of brain networks which form under the modulating influence of sex hormones in the course of the development of the nervous system." Abstract Newsarticle
A new open-access journal Transgender Health has been announced.

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