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Audition Tapes Back Online for Anti-Gay Marriage Commercial

You may have seen or heard the recent controversy over the commercials created by the Nation Organization for Marriage that are against gay marriage and airing in various states across the U.S.

Most recently the commercial has been airing in the state of Iowa, where gay marriage was recently legalized. The commercial was on YouTube along with the audition tapes for the actors in the commercial before the NOM made copyright claims to the videos and they were pulled down.

Many parodies of the commercial have been made in the meantime, and now we can also find the actors audition tapes back online via DailyMotion.

Here are the audition videos:

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Audition Tapes Back Online for Anti-Gay Marriage Commercial

You may have seen or heard the recent controversy over the commercials created by the Nation Organization for Marriage that are against gay marriage and airing in various states across the U.S.

Most recently the commercial has been airing in the state of Iowa, where gay marriage was recently legalized. The commercial was on YouTube along with the audition tapes for the actors in the commercial before the NOM made copyright claims to the videos and they were pulled down.

Many parodies of the commercial have been made in the meantime, and now we can also find the actors audition tapes back online via DailyMotion.

Here are the audition videos:

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Promised Protest On Marriage Law Fails To Materialize

800px-downtown_rutland_vermontA local radio talk show host had threatened to bus in people to lambast the gathered representatives concerning the recent vote about same-sex marriage at a Rutland event where many of them would be gathered.

The Rutland Chamber of Commerce and the Rutland Economic Development Corp held a breakfast with various members of the Rutland delegation to Montpelier including Senators Bill Carris (D), Hull Maynard ( R), Kevin Mullin (R), and Representatives Robert Helm ( R-Fair Haven) and Megan Smith (D- Rutland-Windsor). Also in attendance but not speaking were Representatives Margaret Andrews (D- Rutland City) and Margaret Flory ( R- Pittsford). The breakfast was entitled “Proposed Legislation: Positive or Negative to Small Business?”, and that is the subject which the room stuck to. At the beginning of the event at the Howe Center in downtown Rutland, the moderator stated that this forum was about the legislation which was to be discussed and debated in the future and not legislation which has already occurred.

And the forum did discuss the economic issues that are facing Vermont right now. Among the big issues currently being pushed on both sides of the isle from the Rutland delegation is the expansion of both freight and passenger rail services in and through Vermont. Vermont is not a very friendly place to build interstates, and unfortunately, a lot of heavy trucks go through the state on local and state roads due to the higher weight limit. This traffic leads to a great deal of wear and tear on the roads leading through the state.

The other big issue was over the push to make Vermont more friendly to small businesses and to software companies. This includes the push to cover the ‘last mile’ for high speed internet connections. While many people in Vermont’s larger cities have access to high speed internet, they do not have access to it in many small towns where both land lines and wireless communications tend to be sporadic.

Vermont is facing some major problems for the future. The budget for the foreseeable future lacks enough funds to properly cover all that the budget needs in order to ensure services are not missing. The Vermont unemployment fund is nearly drained in large part because the rate of how much was paid in to it was not adjusted over the last decade while payments were steadily increased.

Vermont Freedom To Marry did have a small contingent of supporters there in order to counter any mass protest by the opposition that might spring up during the event. However, the promised disruption did not occur, and the forum stuck to the business at hand. That being, namely, the business of business in Rutland and in Vermont.

A stroll down the letters to the editor in Vermont’s newspapers show that the issue of marriage equality is beginning to wain in the eyes of the people a week after the debate ended in a veto breaking vote in the House and Senate.

Sei Bridgette “Sei” LaVictoire is a trans-lesbian who lives in Vermont and has a strong passion for LGBTI rights. She has a BA in History and her hobbies include sci-fi, anime, fantasy, action movies, video games, and more. Currently, she is working on her MA in Individualized Studies at Goddard College. Her specialization is in cultural history and cultural comparison.

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Promised Protest On Marriage Law Fails To Materialize

800px-downtown_rutland_vermontA local radio talk show host had threatened to bus in people to lambast the gathered representatives concerning the recent vote about same-sex marriage at a Rutland event where many of them would be gathered.

The Rutland Chamber of Commerce and the Rutland Economic Development Corp held a breakfast with various members of the Rutland delegation to Montpelier including Senators Bill Carris (D), Hull Maynard ( R), Kevin Mullin (R), and Representatives Robert Helm ( R-Fair Haven) and Megan Smith (D- Rutland-Windsor). Also in attendance but not speaking were Representatives Margaret Andrews (D- Rutland City) and Margaret Flory ( R- Pittsford). The breakfast was entitled “Proposed Legislation: Positive or Negative to Small Business?”, and that is the subject which the room stuck to. At the beginning of the event at the Howe Center in downtown Rutland, the moderator stated that this forum was about the legislation which was to be discussed and debated in the future and not legislation which has already occurred.

And the forum did discuss the economic issues that are facing Vermont right now. Among the big issues currently being pushed on both sides of the isle from the Rutland delegation is the expansion of both freight and passenger rail services in and through Vermont. Vermont is not a very friendly place to build interstates, and unfortunately, a lot of heavy trucks go through the state on local and state roads due to the higher weight limit. This traffic leads to a great deal of wear and tear on the roads leading through the state.

The other big issue was over the push to make Vermont more friendly to small businesses and to software companies. This includes the push to cover the ‘last mile’ for high speed internet connections. While many people in Vermont’s larger cities have access to high speed internet, they do not have access to it in many small towns where both land lines and wireless communications tend to be sporadic.

Vermont is facing some major problems for the future. The budget for the foreseeable future lacks enough funds to properly cover all that the budget needs in order to ensure services are not missing. The Vermont unemployment fund is nearly drained in large part because the rate of how much was paid in to it was not adjusted over the last decade while payments were steadily increased.

Vermont Freedom To Marry did have a small contingent of supporters there in order to counter any mass protest by the opposition that might spring up during the event. However, the promised disruption did not occur, and the forum stuck to the business at hand. That being, namely, the business of business in Rutland and in Vermont.

A stroll down the letters to the editor in Vermont’s newspapers show that the issue of marriage equality is beginning to wain in the eyes of the people a week after the debate ended in a veto breaking vote in the House and Senate.

Sei Bridgette “Sei” LaVictoire is a trans-lesbian who lives in Vermont and has a strong passion for LGBTI rights. She has a BA in History and her hobbies include sci-fi, anime, fantasy, action movies, video games, and more. Currently, she is working on her MA in Individualized Studies at Goddard College. Her specialization is in cultural history and cultural comparison.

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Daily Video 04/13/09 – Andreas Stamos Ti Zitas

Andreas Stamos Ti Zitas

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White House Easter Egg Roll Officially Inclusive of Gay and Lesbian Families

img_9874The Easter Egg Roll is an annual event held on the White House lawn each Easter Monday for children and their parents.

This year, the White House has allocated tickets for tomorrow’s Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian families as part of the Obama administration’s outreach to diverse communities. The Egg Roll itself is a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled club. Surrounding events include appearances by White House personalities in Easter Bunny costumes, speeches and book-reading by Cabinet secretaries, and exhibits of artistically-decorated eggs.

Dolley Madison, the wife of President James Madison, began the event in 1814 and hundreds of children brought their decorated eggs to join in games.

The allocation of tickets to same-sex couples by the Obama Administration is a historical first, making 2009 the first year gay and lesbian families have participated in the event officially. In 2006 during the Bush administration, more than 100 gay parents attended the egg roll in part to make the statement that they should be welcome. Since 2006, the Family Equality Council has encouraged gay and lesbian families to wait in line for tickets to the event. Many gay parents have camped out and scored coveted tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

This year 100 tickets were “set aside” for gay and lesbian families.

White House officials said that tickets for Monday’s Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and have encouraged their members participate.

This has caused some frustration with parents who waited in line yet were not able to get tickets to the event, both gay and straight.

Overall, officials are gearing up for a bigger turnout than ever before, with families arriving from 45 states and the District of Columbia, said Semonti Mustaphi, deputy press secretary to Mrs. Obama. The majority of egg roll tickets were offered to the public online.

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Daily Video 04/12/09 – Lizzy the Lezzy & Gary the Gay – Easter Special

Lizzy the Lezzy & Gary the Gay – Easter Special

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Rachel Maddow Vs. National Org. for Marriage's "2M4M"

I was happy to see Rachel Maddow brought the 2M4M issue to the attention of those who might not have known otherwise:

I personally think this is absolutely hilarious!

Sometimes, there IS justice, even if it comes to us in very strange ways. The 2M4M Initiative will never be able to live this one down!

What were you thinking Maggie Gallagher??

A much smarter crew thought quick and bought up http://www.2m4m.org and call it 2 Men 4 Marriage. Check it out!

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Lez Wrap It Up: Pink, Rachel Maddow, Cat Cora, Ben & Jerry's

lezwrap-150x1502With so much news and entertainment for the LGBT community each week it can be hard to keep up!

This weekly wrap up post features some of the top LGBT news stories that we saw around the internet as we were covering other features…

Bullying Led to Gay Sons Death, Say Parents

The parents of a gay teenager have sued his Ohio high school, claiming that constant bullying there drove him to suicide, 365Gay.com reports. According to court papers, 17-year-old Eric Mohat was subjected to relentless name-calling, teasing and physical abuse in class and in the school’s hallways.

Details sketchy in beatings of gay men in Broward

David Villanova Jr., 27, and Craig Cohen, 47, were beaten in separate attacks early Monday morning by the same group of men, according to BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella. Cohen, of Oakland Park, remains unconscious at Broward General Medical Center. Villanova Jr., of Pompano Beach, suffered a skull fracture but was awake Wednesday afternoon and speaking with detectives. Moschella said Wednesday that the same group of robbers attacked both men at separate times. Moschella said detectives are treating the two attacks as robberies, but have not ruled out the possibility that the beatings were hate crimes.

Pink Takes Cary Hart Back: Breaks Lesbian Hearts!

What’s good for Pink and Carey Hart is bad news for hopeful lesbians everywhere. BMX racer Hart confirmed to The UK Sun he and ex-wife Pink are, “working shit out, I admit it.” Hart also said Pink–real name Alecia Moore– is “just totally normal and low-key.” Though Pink penned her number one single “So What” after the split and seemed to break free of the marriage in the video, the two remained close. Pink even told the press post-split that their future could still hold, “beach, babies and sunshine.”

Rupert Everett Trashes Gay Fatherhood

Actor Rupert Everett trashed the idea of gay men wanting to father their own children, charging that it’s the outgrowth of a “tiresome” gay rights movement populated by “awful middle-class queens.” “I think this surrogacy thing is crap,” Everett, 49, told the Daily Beast website. “It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain.” The openly gay star of films including My Best Friend’s Wedding and Shrek the Third extended his attack to lesbians. “I mean, if you are meant to have babies, then great,” he said. “But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird.”

Paterson to introduce same-sex marriage bill

Gov. David Paterson said today he plans to re-introduce legislation to make same-sex marriages legal in New York. The legislation is expected to mirror a gay-marriage bill introduced in 2007 by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who — with Paterson as his running mate — campaigned in 2006 on a platform that included marriage equality. “We’ll put a bill out and let the people decide one way or the other,” Paterson said this morning on WHCU-AM (870) in Ithaca.

Gay, HIV groups call for end of Bush health care rules

A coalition of 38 LGBT and HIV advocacy groups is calling for the removal of an eleventh-hour Bush Administration expansion of federal rules prohibiting discrimination against health care workers on the basis of religion. The groups, which include Lambda Legal and the National Coalition for LGBT Health, call the rules “unnecessary and confusing” and say they endanger public health.

Rachel Maddow gives in and buys a TV

In a new interview with Dossier magazine, Rachel Maddow admits she has finally given in and purchased a television: “I got drunk last Thursday and ordered one on Amazon! (Laughs) Susan and I ordered take-out Chinese and I made cocktails and then somehow it just happened. I mean, it wasn’t like we were on some total bender or something — it was a weeknight — but I woke up the next morning and there was the confirmation email stating that we had indeed bought a $400 television.”

New bid to advance civil unions in Hawaii

With time running out in the current session of the Hawaii state legislature, supporters of civil unions who are worried about the stalled bill are trying a new approach.The civil union bill been languishing in committee and the Democratic leadership has been divided on how to get the measure to a vote on the floor. Now, LGBT rights leaders are proposing a new draft of the bill, adding provisions aimed at making it more acceptable to skittish lawmakers. The revisions include opening the legislation up to unmarried heterosexual couples. The changes also would explicitly say the bill does not revise the current definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Now, LGBT rights leaders are proposing a new draft of the bill, adding provisions aimed at making it more acceptable to skittish lawmakers. The revisions include opening the legislation up to unmarried heterosexual couples. The changes also would explicitly say the bill does not revise the current definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Ben & Jerrys Supported Vermont Veto Override

Walt Freese the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. a large ice cream company has come on the record stating his company supports marriage equality and they supported the override of the governors veto.

John Legend puts a lesbian couple in his new video about love

AfterEllen.com reader Joanna let us know that a lesbian couple is featured amongst the rest, about half-way through the video. They are together in the back of a cab, appearing to be happy together, resting in each other’s arms before one gives the other an affectionate kiss on the forehead.

France says yes to Pope condom

The Pope’s recent assertion that condoms exacerbate the AIDS crisis has reportedly made this papal protest condom all the rage in France.

Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences

Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for “indecent conduct and unnatural acts” are appealing against the decision.

Md. Senate backs tax break for partners

Maryland senators voted Tuesday to exempting domestic partners who co-own homes from inheritance taxes after the death of one person. The measure, which passed 28-19, adds domestic partners to the list of family members that can inherit property without paying taxes on that property. House lawmakers were expected to vote on the bill Tuesday or Wednesday. Dan Furmansky, Equality Maryland’s former executive director and current legislative consultant, said there was little debate before the vote.

LGBT community blasts new law

Lithuanian lawmakers have received harsh criticism for targeting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community through amendments that would place open displays of homosexuality on par with displays of physical violence.

Petition for Marriage Rights in Washington State

A petition has been created by Equal Rights Washington urging lawmakers to adopt the domestic partnership expansion bill.

Leisha Hailey’s ‘L Word’ Spin-Off NOT Coming to Showtime!

It’s a sad day for millions of loyal L Word fans. Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the Advocate are all reporting the future of The Farm– the L Word spin off that’s been dangled in front of fans for so long– is uncertain. Showtime has passed on the pilot starring Leisha Hailey, Famke Janssen, Laurie Metcalf, and Meissa Leo. The show centers on a women’s prison, where Alice (Hailey) has been sent, assumedly for murdering Jenny Schecter. No word on whether The Farm, created by L Word mastermind Ilene Chaiken will be picked up by another network.

Police to Investigate Gay Pizzeria Party

Talk about the downside of popularity. A formerly little-known gay party night at a pizzeria may become the subject of a police investigation, thanks to a recent spurt of publicity. Now that The New York Times has discovered the weekly “Fondle” party at South Brooklyn Pizza in New York City, police say they will assess whether the event’s male go-go dancers violate the Big Apple’s cabaret laws.

Dr. Laura Supports Same-Sex Couples

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is the go-to girl for conservatives (and others) who want folksy but direct advice on their lives and relationships. Although she has had a less-than-friendly relationship with the gay community in the past, in July of last year we reported on our impression of a much gay-friendlier Dr. Laura. She seemed to have adopted a more pragmatic approach to gay men and women.

Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim

A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos, who both worked as saleswomen at Soundwell-based firm Aquatech Rainsoft, told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.

New Zealand comedian let off over joke about prime minister being a communist lesbian

A comedian who made comments about former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark being a lesbian and a “bloody communist” has escaped censure after a broadcasting watchdog ruled he had not breached regulations.

Cat and Jennifer Cora Welcome Third Son

In what seems like a propitious week, Iron Chef Cat Cora’s wife Jennifer gave birth to the couple’s third son last Saturday, After Ellen reports. Cat Cora is also pregnant, and due in July.

Tony Blair tells the Pope: you’re wrong on homosexuality

Tony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views.

Famous Numbers Person Predicts Florida Could Have Gay Marriage by 2013

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com correctly predicted the outcome of the presidential election, and because of that, he can find the answer to everything with a few clicks of his calculator. Except for the Oscars; he sure got those wrong. Sorry, Mickey. Now Silver is trying to predict the years when each state could successfully fend off a voter initiative to ban gay marriage.

Same-sex couples seek equal rights before Nevada lawmakers

The two women were part of a group of gays and lesbians who filled a legislative hearing room to deliver emotional testimony in support of Senate Bill 283. The bill would create a Nevada Domestic Partnership Act, largely giving same-sex couples the same legal rights as granted to heterosexual couples. Couples would register their relationship with the secretary of state’s office. Opposite-sex couples also would not be prohibited from registering as domestic partners.

Transgendered Rapper Says She Was Gang Raped & Beaten

Global Grind reports that Pam Jones, a hip hop rapper, was raped and beaten by over a dozen men.

NYC promoters woo gay, lesbian tourists

New York City officials are turning to gays and lesbians to help reduce a projected $4 billion budget deficit. The nation’s largest city unveiled a marketing campaign Tuesday to attract more gay and lesbian tourists from around the country and the world as other U.S. cities compete to strip New York of its title of No. 1 vacation destination for gays and lesbians.

Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students

Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight “allies” with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together.

Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses

Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an “abomination” and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.

Confessed Priest Slayer Says the Men Were Lovers

The man suspected of murdering an Austin priest confessed to the crime, but insisted the two were lovers, Mexican authorities say.

R.I. governor joins anti-gay marriage campaign

A group against gay marriage has a very prominent politician in its corner. Gov. Donald Carcieri and his wife, Sue, joined the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Marriage Wednesday morning at the State House as it launched its new media campaign.

Bravo’s new “Top Chef Masters” features out lesbian chefs

Bravo cooking shows and lesbian contestants go together like, well, name your food analogy: bacon and eggs, biscuits and gravy, peanut butter and jelly. OK, you get the picture, and might be a little hungry now. So it should come as no surprise that Bravo’s new Top Chef spin-off, Top Chef Masters, will at least two out lesbian contestants: Elizabeth Falkner and Anita Lo.

Vet’s HIV may be from dirty instruments at VA hospital

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) The Veterans Affairs Department is investigating whether there’s a link between a patient’s positive HIV test and unsterilized equipment that may have exposed thousands of veterans to infectious diseases.

Gay rights pastor appointed to Obama advisory panel

A Pentecostal bishop who has challenged Democrats on abortion and a representative of a national gay rights group are among nine new members of a White House advisory council.

Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination

Playboy’s former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy’s editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.

LGBT Prisoner Safety Act advances

A bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) that seeks to create a safer environment in state prisons for transgender inmates cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, March 31 when it passed out of the public safety committee on a bipartisan vote of 7-0.

Russian gays convicted of promoting homosexuality

Two Russian gay activists Monday were convicted of promoting homosexuality in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow. The Ryazan region is the only area in Russia with a law barring discussion of homosexuality to minors. The law is used to bar schools from any discussion of gay issues.

Man cleared of raping lesbian student

A man accused of raping a lesbian student after a night out in London has been cleared of the charge, PA reports. Daniel Fountain, 20, told police he had had consensual sex with the teenager and that she said she wanted to see him again. He wept in the Old Bailey as a jury accepted his version of events.

Morocco to The Gays: You Are Criminals

Morocco announces the end of tolerance with regard to homosexuality, is the title of the full page article in today’s El Pais, referring to the initiative which the Ministry for the interior in Morocco is using to ‘confront all actions which go against religious and moral values, within the framework of the law”.

Sam Ronson Won’t Force Lindsay Lohan to Stay 100 Yards Away

Even if Sam Ronson and Lindsay Lohan have parted ways (for now), and Sam’s family is reportedly looking into getting a restraining order against “cutter” Lohan, her dear ex-girlfriend won’t be looking for the same court order. “Samantha has no plan to request a restraining order. There is no basis for one,” says the DJ’s attorney.

Jack Wrangler, gay porn star married to a woman, is dead at 62

Jack Wrangler, the handsome gay porn star that everyone thought was bisexual, is dead. He was 62 and as handsome as ever. A life-long smoker, he recently had trouble with a lung disease that took his life after a long illness and died “peaceful and comfortable,” according to his doctor, Wendy S. Ziecheck. He should also be remembered as a tireless activist for AIDS/HIV causes.

Woman’s Bid to Assert Same-Sex Parental Rights Fails

A woman whose same-sex partner gave birth to a child does not have standing to assert parental rights after the couple broke up, a New York state appeals panel ruled Thursday. The ruling reversed a decision ordering a hearing to determine if the woman’s relationship with the 5-year-old boy was tantamount to that of a parent. The panel held that Domestic Relations Law §70 is limited to “biological and adoptive parents,” even though a party “may have developed a long-standing, loving and nurturing relationship with the child.”

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Transsexuality or Intersexuality: Are They The Same or Different?

480px-a_transgender-symbol_plain3_svgThere is something of a medical and scientific debate going on as to the reality of whether or not to classify transsexuality in with the variety of physical ‘disorders’ considered intersexuality. Intersexuality is a category of genetic and physical ‘abnormalities’ which often blur the lines between the two distinct sexes of male and female. Some intersexuals are born with ambiguous genitalia. That is, their physical parts may appear to be a blend of male and female. Others are born with genetic abnormalities such as having two ‘X’ and one ‘Y’ chromosomes, or one ‘X’ and no second chromosome.

There are enough different forms of intersexuality that it would be close to impossible to list them all with any ease, and there is certainly a great deal of controversy over what exactly qualifies as intersexuality.

For many with an intersexual condition, life can be difficult. Not all intersexuals suffer from any form of gender identity conflict, but they often do have medical issues. Making matters worse, for those who had surgery at a young age to ‘correct’ their ‘deformities’, those medical issues can end up being life long problems. For instance, there is a high chance that a infant who is surgically modified will end up having sexual problems later in life whether or not they choose to remain in the gender they were assigned to by the doctor. While incidents do occur where a transperson loses sensation in their new sexual organs, it occurs at a much lower rate.

Should transsexuality be considered part of intersexuality? That is a good question to ask. Certainly a number of people with genetic disorders to not consider themselves to be intersexuals. A number of people with Klinefelters (those with XXY genetics) and Turner’s Syndrom (those with XO genetics) do not consider themselves to be intersexual. An Australian team back in 2008 discovered a genetic component to transsexuality. Part of the problem with the study is that it is fairly small. The study had only one hundred twelve individuals within it.
The study showed that transwomen had a higher instance of an elongated androgen receptor.

Another study showed how many transwomen had identical brain structures to cysgender women. However, I would have to wonder if that study is accurate. The problem with all of these studies are that they involve small numbers of people. Unfortunately, the rarity of transwomen (one in ten thousand) and transmen (one in thirty thousand) means that it is hard to find research subjects. Given the numbers who also do not wish to remain hidden means that many transpeople are unwilling to step forward to be involved with these studies.

Irregardless of the label, transsexuality does appear to be genetic and physical rather than mental. Whether or not one wants to label transsexuality as part of the intersexuality spectrum seems to be more about categorization and having neat little slots to fit people into. Transpeople and intersexuals have a difficult time because of the rigid definition of what is considered to be normal.

For further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersexuality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transsexuality#Prevalence
http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/85/5/2034
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7689007.stm

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