Transgender woman to serve time in male jail

A transgender prisoner has been ordered to serve her sentence in a men’s prison, not on home detention as requested.

Glen Cooper was sentenced to two years and one month in jail after she earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to injure on January 17 this year.

In the Whangarei District Court today Judge Duncan Harvey gave Cooper a 15 per cent sentencing reduction in recognition of the difficulties she would have in serving her time in a men’s prison.

She was also given a 15 per cent reduction for the early guilty plea.

Lawyer Kelly Ellis had, at a sentence indication hearing, appealed to Judge Harvey to consider a sentence less than two years that would enable Cooper to serve her time on home detention.

Ms Ellis submitted if Cooper went to jail in a men’s prison, she would be in significant danger and at great risk of abuse.

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Transgender individuals still face discrimination despite growing acceptance

Jenna Talackova, a 32-year-old Canadian model and television personality, was one of Miss Universe Canada 2012’s finalists, but she was disqualified from the competition when it was discovered that the beautiful blonde was born a boy.

The contest organizers said that contestants must be ‘naturally born females’ and since Talackova had undergone surgery to become a woman, she could not compete.

This is an example of the problems that transgender individuals face throughout their lives. These individuals also endure discrimination and harassment at school and in the workplace.

Marcy, a 28-year-old woman who says she just happened to be born into a male body, realized from a very young age that she did not relate to the male gender…

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First transsexual to play college basketball as both a man and a woman

(Without a Net) The women’s basketball team at Mission College in Santa Clara expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

Coach Corey Cafferata worried the outside noise was getting to his players, particularly the 50-year-old Ludwig.

A pair of ESPN radio hosts had laughed at her looks, referring to her as “it.” And online threats and anonymous calls prompted the two-year college to assign the Navy veteran of Operation Desert Storm a safer parking space next to the gym and two police guards.

Last week, Ludwig gathered her 10 teammates at practice and offered to quit. This was their time to shine, she told the group of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds. She didn’t want to be a distraction for the team. The other women said if Ludwig, whom they nicknamed “Big Sexy” and “Princess,” didn’t play, they wouldn’t either.

Didn’t she know she was the glue holding the team together?

“Then let’s just play basketball,” she replied solemnly, looking each teammate in the eye.

A lifelong basketball lover, Ludwig has been helping coach and working out with the Saints since the beginning of the school year, but she only received conference clearance to compete on the last day of November. She took the court as No. 42 the next day, scoring three points on four free throws in about seven minutes of play. Last weekend, during her first home game, she scored eight points in 11 minutes, Facebook friend requests from the opposing team – and not a single heckle.

“I got exactly what I always wanted, just to fit in and be normal like everyone else,” Ludwig said.

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My Son’s Christmas Dress

(Raising my Rainbow) It was the most sincere display of appreciation that my 5-year-old son has  ever shown. He looked me straight in the eyes and said a very mature    “thank you.”  The words were full of honesty, relief, happiness and a  little bit of anguish.

“You’re welcome, baby,” I said looking at him with a smile and masking the  pain I was feeling.  “You look so pretty.”

My gender-creative son was thanking me for buying him a dress to wear to  Christmas Eve dinner.

He  had eyed the ensemble at Target weeks ago and asked to wear it for Christmas so  he could take “fancy pictures by the fireplace and the tree.”

I told him no.  Not because the outfit was made for girls and he is a  boy, but because had I bought it then he would have wanted to wear it  immediately and often and when we finally sat down to Christmas Eve dinner it  would have been thrashed.

He talked about his “Christmas outfit” nonstop and asked everyday if it was  time to go buy it.

Today was the day. We got home and both ran up the stairs to my bedroom with  its mirrored closets.   I sat on the floor removing price tags while  he tore off his “school clothes,” which he wears as a disguise when out in  society so that people will think he is all boy.

He wears “school clothes” so that he won’t get teased, have to sit by himself  at the lunch tables and so he will get invites to birthday parties.  More  than anything he wants to be thought of as “normal.”  But, he’s not.

He closed his eyes as I put on the black bubble skirt covered in sequins, the  red long sleeved t-shirt that spells out “JOY” in glitter, and the black  sequined vest. I spun him around toward the mirror.  He opened his eyes,  took himself in and then thanked me.

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Teacher’s bravery hailed as he undergoes sex change

(Independent) A teacher has been praised for his bravery after it emerged he will undergo a sex change operation before returning to take classes as a woman.

Pupils were called into a special assembly at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford on Monday and told the male teacher would be returning as a woman after the summer holidays.

A letter was also sent home to parents explaining the procedure.

Pupils at the secondary school are said to have taken the news well, with one sixth former describing the unnamed teacher as “really popular”.

The letter, from headteacher Tom Sherrington, said: “In making the transition (the teacher) will now be able to live the life that she has always known to be consistent with her true gender identity.

“I would like to acknowledge (the teacher’s) courage in deciding to go through the transition process.

“I know that the school community will support her to ensure that she makes a great success of her ongoing career with us.

“Without doubt she will continue to be greatly loved and admired as the truly inspirational teacher that she is.”

The letter goes on to ask that pupils and parents continue to treat the teacher with respect.

“Clearly, it is of great importance that (the teacher) is allowed to return to work without fear of prejudice, intolerance or harassment,” it reads.

“As you would expect, we will not tolerate any harassment of any kind, be that within the school, outside its gates, through online forums and social media or on school trips.”

Pupils have been provided with information to help them understand gender dysmorphia.

In a statement, the school said: “King Edward VI Grammar School is proud of its commitment to equality and diversity among its staff and students.

“We support them all, we treat them with respect and have due regard for their privacy and wellbeing at all times, regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.”

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