Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2011

Today marks the 13th Annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance.  Please take a moment to remember those of us who have faced violence, hate and discrimination just for being the beautiful people that we are, and those who we have lost in the battle to violence or suicide.  No one deserves the isolation that being transgender can sometimes bring, from family, friends and community.  No one should have to walk their personal path to gender freedom on their own.  No one should have to die to live in truth.

Take a moment to stop by the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website to see if there are any events or vigils occurring in your area.  In the Tampa area there will be a candlelight vigil held at the University of Tampa Sykes Chapel Main Hall on Monday, November 21st at 8pm.  Please see their Facebook page for more information.

NCTE: Medicare Benefits for Transgender Patients

The National Center for Transgender Equality recently posted a new resource compiling information on Medicare coverage for transgender medical and transition needs.

The new resource explains that, while Medicare does not cover sex reassignment surgery, it does cover medically necessary hormone therapy and routine preventive care, regardless of the gender marker in one’s records. It also details how to navigate the appeal process if you are denied coverage.

As part of our ongoing federal aging policy agenda, NCTE will continue advocating for sex reassignment surgery coverage in Medicare and ensure that transgender needs are fully addressed in all public health programs. 

 But what your doctor doesn’t know can hurt you. Download and share this resource with doctors and providers to make sure you are getting the coverage you need.

The full document can be read on the NCTE website.

USF Heads Toward Gender-Neutral Dorms!

University of South Florida has just announced that they are beginning to implement gender-neutral housing options for it’s students.

In the spring, the school will launch a pilot program offering several gender-neutral dorm rooms, where anybody of any gender can live with anybody else.

USF believes it’s the first in Florida to do that. The test program will offer eight to 10 spots for students who want to live with another student of a different gender.

The students will have to already know their preferred roommates. Rooming with romantic partners will be discouraged. And as far as USF is concerned, parents won’t have a say in the decision, just like they don’t have the right to be notified about students’ grades.

USF is considered the first Florida University to offer a gender-neutral dorm room option for its transgender students.

The full Tampa Bay Times article can be read here:

TNT would like to personally thank Taylor McCue for hir hard work in trying to make USF more accepting of trans students.

Tampa Bay Times Sensationalizes Trans Person Taylor McCue

Sensationalism?

Also, the downside of this story, is how it was handled by Tampa Bay Times.  Trans issues should not be treated with the sensationalism that they evidenced in putting Taylor on the cover of their paper, with “GENDER BENDER” slapped over it in huge letters.  I consider Taylor to be a friend.  Not only have they tried to piggyback trans tropes onto what should have been great news for incoming trans students, treated Taylor like ze is some kind of freakshow.  It has also outed Taylor not only to the entire campus, but to the entire city.  Having spoken to hir the past few days, she is mortified and embarrassed.

So thank you USF for realizing that trans students have needs too, and that you’re making small steps to see those needs are met.  Tampa Bay Times, however, should really reconsider how they write their articles.  Having worked for a major newspaper in the past, I know it’s all about selling issues, but how about some journalistic integrity, hm?

Topside Press Looking For Authors!

Are you a trans identified author looking for a publisher?  Newly established Topside Press is looking for authors willing to submit to their company for publication.  The only rule is the author must be trans identified.  It doesn’t even have to be a trans related story!  Check out their website and watch the video below for more information.

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And we’re live!

The site, Facebook page and Twitter account are all live, so get out there and participate! :)

Welcome to TNT!

Transgender Network Tampa:

A gender-inclusive group in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, our group is geared towards those who identify as transsexual, transgender, intersex, genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary, third gender, bigender, pangender, agender, androgyne, neutrois and gender questioning.

We strive to be a safe zone, free of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, fat-phobia, xenophobia, etc.

We are all on equal ground here, so please check your privilege at the door!

Feel free to wander about, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Announcements are coming for group meetings.

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