Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sigil sign language

"pleiades sigil"
I searched the web for the term,
and found this site:
Pleiades sigil

another Pleiades sigil

I was reminded of my most favoritest park in all the whole world
- America the Beautiful -
make of it all what you will.

This is a post about sigils
so that you understand better what they look like

all but the picture with the snow were taken July 27, 2011
snow picture snapped circa December 2009
America the Beautiful Park wall sigil 1

America the Beautiful Park wall sigil 2

America the Beautiful Park wall sigil 3

America the Beautiful Park bench sigil

America the Beautiful Park pavillion sigil

America the Beautiful Park stone pylon sigil

America the Beautiful Park sidewalk sigil

America the Beautiful Park trashcan sigil

Friday, July 29, 2011

USOC: Sloppy mess

The other day, I read that the Uncle Wilbur fountain had a "water-themed riddle" printed on its inner core.  

A riddle...say what?  

Because as by now you may know, at least two of our city's fountains (Uncle Wilbur and Julie Penrose) are CHOCK FULL'O RIDDLES.  

So I hopped on my bike and pedaled down to take a look see.

My disappointment upon viewing the riddle was palpable - the answer to the little kid's riddle was "water."

Dissatisfied, I pedaled down to America the Beautiful Park to take pictures of the astrological sigils that are part and parcel of said park (I'll show you those photos in a separate post).

I rode my bike down Cascade, and for the first time had an opportunity to finally see the "UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE" sign on the building right next to the old Hibbards'...which is right next to this odd splatch of red buildings all grouped together...the Alamo building and Plaza of the Rockies...the building with the decal of a guy riding his bike...

I mean, wazzup with all of that?  Speaking as a hometown gal...I was oddly unimpressed.

So, I went down to America the Beautiful Park as a storm was rolling in, and I snapped my pictures quickly; I'm always terrified of being struck by lightning, but especially at America the Beautiful Park - rain or shine.

I jumped on my bike to head east, pumping up the bridge as fast as I could, the air sizzling around with electricity...

...and then, I saw it.

"Wait," I said to myself.

"Wait nothin', negress...we's about to get struck by lightning!"

"Wait!"  I said gruffly to the lesser Spydra, crossing the bridge in the middle of the road.

Spydra the lesser cried out, "We're gonna get hit by a car!"

Barked the greater Spydra, "Shut up!" 

And, with the lightning-phobic part of me dragging her heels, the fearless one returned to take a look at the rooftop mural building.  

"What a freaking mess," I thought, pulling myself together.  With lightning striking all around, I snapped a hasty photograph of the hot mess I saw there before jumping back on my bike and pedaling as though I were being chased.

Thus the blurriness of the photograph - I was breathing hard and my hands were shaking a bit as I took the picture with my laptop; sorry 'bout that.  

Our City's "simple, gorgeous rooftop mural" underway; photograph taken July 25, 2011
Yesterday, I had another opportunity to be riding my bike downtown, only this time, accompanied by my hometown high-school sweetheart (a.k.a. my husband).  We were well ahead of the storm this time, and so we took our leisure.  

I simply had to learn what my husband thought of what he saw there...and he began to expostulate as we neared the building.

"So, they painted it on the roof of a giant shack," was his first comment.  

"So, is that where the Olympic Committee their building that giant shack?  Because that's what it looks like to me - like the USOC is headquartered inside that shack."

"The graffiti looks better than what's up there now.  Are they starting over, or doing the smart thing, and just covering it up and walking away?  How stupid!"

See, that's why I married him.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the painting for themselves.  I keep thinking about the red splattered behind the lettering...what is it supposed to be - blood?


I am in no way busting on the artist; indeed, my heart goes out to him for having been tapped to paint such an enormous and useless thing on such a difficult canvas, in such hot and varying weather, dead in the center of lightning alley.

I came across the article below last night; I enlarged the words that really stuck out to me:

- First, if this guy has been the mouthpiece of the USOC for a quarter of a century, THAT FOOL SURE CAN'T WRITE FOR SHIT.  It's all one giant rambling that some kind of guy's sport's talk?  No, it's not, because they don't write that way in Sports Illustrated.  Some great impression his writing makes - Not.

- The marriage of the City of Colorado Springs to the USOC??  WTF does that mean?

- So the USOC is now our city's "brand?"

- USOC staff are becoming members of numerous boards across the city - oh???  And that's a good thing, why?  Thoughts of Bruce Jenner's plastic surgery face and his high falutin' friends moving in and taking positions of power in our city is not a comforting thought.

 - "and where leading citizen Bill Hybl served as USOC president twice, leading the organization through crisis and on to glory, and now to the commitment by the USOC to continue to call the city its home for decades, with all the attention, huge economic impact, prestige and pride that accompanies it.”…………..this simple, gorgeous rooftop mural finally brings it all together, and it’s time…………this city has struggled for years with an “identity,” and its “brand,”…………..I think we have it now."

Quick:  somebody commission a giant golden statue of Bill Hybl!!!


I encourage you all to take a look do a search for the term "Olympic Movement".  Search this, too:  "Olympic Movement" & pagan.  

One of the last things Mitch Christiansen said to me was, "Look at Banning-Lewis Ranch."  

I have, and it leads me into one big circle.

Mark my words, friends...something's not right here.  

  • Doesn't anybody care that it appears as though the USOC (started by Hybl in 1978) only pretended to want to leave Colorado Springs, and the El Pomar Foundation (helmed by Hybl) only pretended to grant the USOC so much generous funding to keep them here FOR SHOW...and a WHOLE LOTTA TAXPAYER MONEY?
  • Why did Frank Aries promise to build the Olympic Hall of Fame at Banning-Lewis Ranch way back in 1979? 
  • Why am I able to find so little information about what became of Aries, the man with the Greek/zodiacal surname that with a single letter can be so easily changed? (Baries, Caries, Daries, Earies, Faries, etc.)
  • Why am I led to believe there's a deeper USOC connection to the unsolved murder of Barbara Freyschlag, socialite, business woman, and wife of K.G. Freyschlag, then-president for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce?  (K.G. had returned from a business trip to Reno, Nevada arranging accommodations for a Colorado Springs group trying to persuade the USOC to pick Colorado Springs as the home of the Olympic Hall of Fame, when he came home to discover his wife had been shot in the kitchen of their home at 2222 Constellation Drive)
  • What's with the Skyway area, where all the streets are named after constellations and signs of the zodiac?
  • Why do I see witches, pagans, astrology, the USOC, Tutt and Penrose money in and around the America the Beautiful Park Eye of Horus geoglyph?

Too much time, too much money, too much secrecy, too much oddity - just too much.
Something's not right, and hasn't been, and won't be.
What happened to Freyschlag might happen to me.
Evenso, Spydra has spoken.

Here's A High-Five For America's Olympic City!

    By: Mike Moran
    June 15, 2011 

Approximately 112,000 cars or other vehicles pass the downtown Colorado Springs exit at Bijou and I-25 every day, both North and South-bound combined, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation……… the math over a month, and, well, you get a riveting picture of how many motorists and passengers might be drawn to look at the gorgeous mural that will be painted soon on the rooftop of a building facing the highway just west of our downtown as they drive by………..Colorado Springs is celebrating its 33rd year as the home of the United States Olympic Committee, our city where Olympic and Paralympic Dreams begin for American athletes, now over 350,000 in those three decades and change………….the Springs is “America’s Olympic City,” and nobody else is, or will be………’s a new era in the warm marriage of the city and the USOC, and hats off to the City Council for approving this project, which is targeted for completion by the July 4-10 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor, with thousands of visitors coming to the city from across the nation………Council member Lisa Czelatdko told The Gazette, “I think we need to start having people recognize that we are unique.” We have the United States Olympic Committee here. It’s a nationally recognized symbol. Let’s utilize it.”…………kudos as well to marketing and advertising agency Vladimir Jones and Chuck Murphy, a constant go-to guy for scores of worthwhile local endeavors, for their contributions………….one can feel the energy and the buzz going on in the city now related to its uniqueness where sports is the subject, and its vast potential for economic impact, quality of life, and the vital “brand” of the city being worked on in various corners and offices………….take a look at the next 75 days of summer in Colorado Springs, and you will see what I am speaking about………..the USA National Boxing Championships (June 20-25), USOC Community Celebration Day (June 25), 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Fan Fest (June 24 and 26), Sports Corp College Football Kickoff Lunch (June 29), U.S. Women’s Open (July 4-10), and the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games (July 22-24 and July 29-31)………….and the mammoth USA Pro Cycling Challenge first stage (August 22)……………thousands of visitors will come to watch, cover or compete in these major events, and see the mural and get the message…………the USOC is thrilled with its new downtown headquarters for its staff and leadership, and in return, CEO Scott Blackmun and his team are returning the gesture aggressively…………USOC staff are becoming members of numerous Boards across the city, major events are being delivered to the city, including the USOC National Coaching Conference next week, the prestigious U.S. Olympic Assembly in September, and the IOC Athletes Forum in October………the organization had donated thousands of dollars to city sports and recreation programs, and will conduct eight free youth sports clinics around the city on the June 25 Community Celebration Day, while partnering on numerous events and activities with local businesses and agencies………..recently, I wrote about this vital relationship between the City and the USOC and the backdrop in which it developed since 1978……. “ours is the city where the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey team was selected, trained and then staged the “Miracle On Ice,” at Lake Placid………….where Calvin Smith and Evelyn Ashford set world records thirty minutes apartin the 100meters at the 1983 National Sports Festival……..where the USOC voted under pressure to stay home from the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, but then stood up to restore itself, help bring the Games to Los Angeles in 1984, and saved the Games……….where more than 350,000 American athletes have come to train and chase their dreams since 1978………..where 22 of the USOC National Governing Bodies have their headquarters and call home to that sport- Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Swimming, Basketball, Boxing, Figure Skating, Triathlon, Cycling among them, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency………..where the immortal Jesse Owens gazed at Pikes Peak in the fall of 1979 and said “Maybe, some day, we can all come together on the victory stand, set aside our differences, and be champions”…………. Where four-time Olympic discus champion Al Oerter and legendary swimming champion Mark Spitz set out to begin a comeback after forty and chase another dream………..where Wilma Rudolph coached young girls on the track……….where Mary Lou Retton, discouraged over her performance in 1983, thought of retiring, but changed her mind over breakfast and triumphed………….where a young Michael Jordan hit jump shots and showed us a glimpse of brilliance, playing in the National Sports Festival in town, as did stars like Greg Louganis, Florence Griffith Joyner, Sippy Woodhead, Willie Gault, Bart Conner, Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Mark Johnson, Linda Fratianne and Kurt Thomas……….where Peggy Fleming, Amy Van Dyken, Apolo Ohno and Rulon Gardner trained and lived for their triumphs……….where Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias directed activities at the Olympic Training Center………… where more than 35,000 athletes of all ages and skill levels came in 2005, 2007 and 2009 to compete in the State Games of America……..and where leading citizen Bill Hybl served as USOC president twice, leading the organization through crisis and on to glory, and now to the commitment by the USOC to continue to call the city its home for decades, with all the attention, huge economic impact, prestige and pride that accompanies it.”…………..this simple, gorgeous rooftop mural finally brings it all together, and it’s time…………this city has struggled for years with an “identity,” and its “brand,”…………..I think we have it now.

Mike Moran 
was the chief spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee for a quarter century, through thirteen Games, from Lake Placid to Salt Lake City. He joined the USOC in 1978 as it left New York City for Colorado Springs. He was the Senior Communications Counselor for NYC2012, New York City’s Olympic bid group from 2003-2005 and is now a media consultant and works with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.  He can be reached

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Looks like a duck

New government logo: Can you say 'crescent'?

Missile agency symbol also compared to Obama campaign emblem

Posted: February 24, 2010
8:22 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2011 WND

While some say a new Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency logo appears to have striking similarities to President Obama's campaign logo and an Islamic crescent, the government agency called that notion a "ridiculous" idea thought up by "people who are just different."

The logo features a red ribbon of color striking the center of a medium blue crescent. The crescent contains an eight-pronged white star. The Missile Defense Agency shows the following logo in the upper left corner of its website:

Missile Defense Agency recruiting logo

A Washington Times blog, the Drudge Report and several bloggers noted that emblem features similarities with the following logo used by the Obama campaign:

Obama campaign logo

The Obama campaign symbol and the Missile Defense Agency emblem feature a ribbon of red, divided by two white lines and a blue "O" from left to right. The logos each have similar shades of red and blue.

Some also say the agency logo may be suggestive of an Islamic crescent moon and star, as seen on Islamic flags.

Islamic crescent moon and star as seen on the flag of Turkey

However, Rick Lehner, Washington spokesman for Missile Defense Agency, laughed off the notion in an interview with WND today.

"I think it's just people who are just," he hesitated for a moment, "different."
Lehner laughed at the comparisons and said, "I don't know where they would even begin to come up with something like that. It's ridiculous."

He said the logo was designed for use on recruiting materials three years ago, and that the official Missile Defense Agency logo features five colors and says Missile Defense Agency Department of Defense. The following is an image of that logo:

Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency official logo

"That's our official logo," Lehner said. "The other one was just developed for recruiting materials years before the Obama campaign. We're trying to attract a younger workforce because we want to get kids out of college. Instead of using the official shield, a company that the agency hired in Washington, D.C., to do recruiting stuff developed that logo."

He explained that the white, eight-pronged explosion signifies an intercepted missile.
"That's why we have a star," he said, laughing. "It's really not a star; it's a flash from the interception of a missile."

Lehner said the agency redesigned its website "about 14 or 15 months ago" and used the recruiting emblem for a more contemporary look. The official logo is still featured in the bottom left corner of the website, though it is much smaller and less prominent than the recruiting symbol.

A similar controversy arose in 2008 when a proposed design to commemorate victims aboard the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11 featured a broken circle lined with trees outlining the crash. Critics said it looked like an Islamic crescent pointing toward Mecca, the Muslim holy city.

The designer, Paul Murdoch of Paul Murdoch Associates of Los Angeles, maintained he used the term crescent only in the architectural sense of a curved line.

As for any link between the Missile Defense Agency's recruiting insignia and an Islamic crescent or the Obama campaign logo, Lehner added, "I don't understand why people would make that connection."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Egg on face

Hmmm...a friend fretted recently that my last post might have come across a bit racist.

Oh so!  Hoho!

In response to the Gazette story about the liquor store caught embellishing his importance in the wake of his shooting of a shoplifter:

Here's a true story that happened to me not two weeks ago:

After a $30 DollarTree extgravaganza with & for my kids, we walked past Audubon Liquors. A wild hair sprouted: teetotaler me thought to buy a bottle of wine, picking an $11.99 Merlot before chosing the $7.99 instead; I paid, we left and trudged homeward.

"Hi! Hi! Hi!" I heard behind me and turned to see the dour-faced Asian woman who, with her husband, owns the store; I stopped, wondering if I'd left my purchase on the counter.

"I searcha you bags," she stammered in broken English; I saw red, but thought of my young kids and held my tongue, so that Mrs. Swan could search slowly and to her satisfaction.

"Solly," she said, shaking her head and walking away.

I said, "It's all good...*BUT* (stepping to her & holding her gaze): you *never* greet me when I enter your store; and seeing how you've wrongly accused me of theft just now, I'm asking you to say 'Hello" if and when I bring you my business again. 

She looked at me hard, then said; "OK, I will."

So, I prayed that this woman might have an epiphany and realize...maybe not all black people are thieves; indeed, *most* people do *not* steal, nevermind race. 

Well, it was maybe four days later when I needed to buy Squirt, which I love but 7-11 no longer carries, so I buy at the liquor store.  A short debate with the husband on whether we should or shouldn't, then we were in, our teenage daughter in tow.

She checked out a customer, and as he walked out the door, called out cheerily, "Thank you!"

Our eyes met. "Hi," I ventured, friendly.  No response.

Our turn at the register; "Hi," I said again uncertainly.

She rang up the sale and wordlessly handed my husband his change before saying in a loud voice, "MEM!  MEM! YOU STOLE BOTTLE WINE SATURDAY! I HAB DE EBBIDEN...I CAWING POWEECE!"

Sucker-punched, I rolled my eyes; "Forget this," I said breezily and we all left the store.

As we approached our place, my husband turned to see the woman had locked the store doors in order to pursue us, cell phone clenched in hand, with 911 on the line. 

Livid, I spun around, stepping to her quickly. 

"Let's go!" I fairly shouted, enraged, "Call the police, you silly bitch, I'll gladly wait 'til they come; show me your bullshit evidence!"  And I marched to the liquor store.

An Asian soap opera played on the television.  "I CAN'T BELIEVE I PRAYED FOR YOU!!!  Turn off your show and cough up your evidence!" 

She regarded me mutely, listening to the 911 operator.  "YES MEM, SHESA BRACK, WO-MAN..." 

I checked the nearly uncontrollable urge to go off on the idiot standing before me; every Asian racist slur rose up to my lips, but I refused to give them voice...refused to provide her with damning evidence of me getting black on her ass and deserving of whatever bullshit she might claim I provoked. 

So instead, I threw Scripture at her:  "GOD HATES A FALSE WITNESS!"

I could not resist busting on her broken Engrish, however...demanding she show me her evidence while on hold with 911, asking "does your lack of English fluency preclude you from multi-tasking?" 

She looked at me blankly, and said, "YOU THINK SO, HUH?"

Long story short, it was an hour before officers arrived, my husband and daughter were there with me, but that was no assurance I wouldn't go to jail...and I guess I really could have; because when the cop talked to the store owner, she showed him the tape; I never got to see the tape at all, and the officer told me I wouldn't be allowed to see it until and unless it was provided as evidence at my trial on a shoplifting charge.

"Frankly, Ma'am, I've seen the tape, and it does appear that you stole a bottle of wine; you pick up a bottle of wine, you never replaced that bottle, you purchased a different bottle of wine and the $12 bottle is still missing.  The owner has indicated she's willing to drop charges if you'll just pay for the bottle of wine you stole."

"I WILL BE DAMNED FIRST, SIR." I said, and proceeded to explain that I'd put the $12 Merlot in the spot where I'd found the one for $7.99.

A brief investigation verified my claim...the bottle was still where I'd set it.

My bad for putting the bottle back on the wrong shelf!

How do you think that wench responded?  A gracious apology?  No; hell no."

The cop came back and said, "Well, the owner has agreed not to press charges...but neither of you are welcome in her establishment."

The ugly truth here, folks:  had she been able to quickly access her firearm, there's no doubt in my mind she'd have pointed it at me to hold me until the law arrived...and if it meant she had to shoot me while we waited, then so be it; I stole a $12 bottle of wine, after all...RIGHT!??

Just imagine if she thought I stole a bottle of hard liquor!!!

Some folks are just blind to their own bigotry and trigger finger itch...but it always comes out in the wash in the end...scratching at their secret away.





This ain't no anicient Chinese secret, friends...and though the Gazette story doesn't mention the races of Mr. Yi's alleged robbers, I'm willing to bet dinner and a bottle of Merlot that the perps WOOKA WIKE A BRACK MAN!

Monday, July 18, 2011

There goes the neighborhood

Update:  After the mother was seen throwing garbage out of her second-floor window...and her adorable boys were caught urinating in and around the laundry room, the family was issued two warnings; one last strike, and they're out.  There's a much nicer couple who live down the way, and they had me over for a very delicious lunch yesterday.

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Hi guys -- been a while.  I am moved to write you today by my new Saudi Arabian neighbors.

We live in a large apartment complex, with lots of different people, from lots of different countries.

But the Saudis are unique. They moved in coincident with two other Saudi Arabian families, each with just as many children. Living in three different buildings, together these newcomers form a terrible triangle; in the three weeks they've been here, my whole world has changed.

I'm gonna apologize in advance, because surely someone will take offense, and I don't want a bomb to detonate at my place...but these folks is *crazy*.

There is nothing at all familiar about their native tongue, which they scream and hiss loudly at all hours of the day and night.

There seem to be like 10 people living in the apartment next door.


There is the father...who reminds me of the prison guard on Midnight Express:


    There's the mother...who reminds me of the old woman here:

There are the two teenage daughters who rarely step outside, two pre-pubescent boys, a boy of five or six, and toddler girl; who knows, there may be others.

Several times a day, they prop up a makeshift tent along the streetside sidewalk, and gather together to squat and squawk loudly, glowering at passers-by; I don't see any praying going on.  When the time comes, they pick up their tent and leave their trash to blow all across the complex grounds.

It would appear they wash their laundry in the tub, and then hang it from the outsides of their windows.

The boys are utterly out of control...jumping up and down to break the pool furniture before hurling the pieces into the water...all the while, cackling maniacally.

They cook food on the super-hot picnic table tops...and I can't say any of it looks familiar or particularly appetizing; a man offered some to my husband, who took it and ate it and spent the rest of the day ill...unable to describe what it may have been or how it even tasted.

At night, they scream at one another, banging up hard against the walls; in the middle of the night, the mother wakes up the children and begins slapping and shouting at them; it doesn't take a linguist to understand when the toddler cries out in fear before a loud *smack*.  Screaming, hollering, more shouting....

"SHADDUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I shout at the top of my lungs, and all is still.

A few of the boys walk about wearing rapper-style clothing...rapping along with Ghost Killa in Arabic ESL Ebonic.  "Tell yo beetch to STEP OFFA MAH DEEK!"

They go up to other apartment buildings, and just *take* things...bicycles, big wheels, baby strollers...and then walk away, either keeping or destroying the items they stole. Yesterday, one of the little boys got caught stealing another kid's bike..and all of the American kids turned on him..."FIGHT, FIGHT, AN ARAB AND A WHITE" style.

The brat ran home and fetched his enormous father, who began shouting...cursing in Arabic and in English that all of the girls in the group were "Fat Beetches" and "Fat Whores!" 

"I'll keek your ass!!!" he shouted at the boys. 

Someone called the police, who were almost instantly on the scene. 

The mother stalked out; one of the "fat beetches" tried to be nice, telling the woman, "It's not you, it's your husband; you are too good for him."  I laughed silently -- living next door to them has convinced me they're made for one another.  A sudden and irrational thought crossed my mind that the Arab woman might spit on me, and I step aside; I wasn't going to include that at first, but found it too interesting when I happened across the video below.

I listened under the window of their apartment...and tell you with all honesty, that fool spoke *perfect* English to the cops.

These people act as though they were born in a barn; a caustic friend pointed out, "they're called 'mangers' there."

Whatever you wanna call it; these folks is STRAIGHT GHETTO, Y'ALL.  My son said they were "The Negroes of the New Age" but that's a slap to all blacks.

It's hard for me to look at these people in any way other than odd and foreign and terrifying.

I just had to share this information with you.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pride Week!!! Hate-crime hypocrisy

A strong city doesn't accept intolerance;

neither, then, should a strong and free press...


In response to Pula Davis' July 13, 2011 OUR VIEW:

Mayor should make a strong statement against hate
'Strong city' doesn't accept intolerance

spydra wrote at 2:02 AM on July 14, 2011

Pula sure comes across as a lopsided hypocrite; case in point:

"I have allowed several users and ‘pastor’ to bicker back and forth
for several months now. Recently it has gotten to the point that
those conversations are dominating the comments area. Take this
offline or your users will be blocked from participation. I have
had several complaints from other users." -Pula

"Why was I the only one mention in your comment and the only one
that is being blocked?" -Pastor

"You are NOT the only one. There are others. I noticed no change
from any of the users so I have taken the appropriate action. These
personal conversations have got to cease. That is not the purpose
of the comments area." -Pula

"Well then what must I do to get reinstated?" -Pastor

"There is no process to get reinstated. When a user is blocked for
violation of our standards, they are simply blocked from
participating. Please stop peppering me with emails." -Pula

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Pastor's Christian perception & commentary content often cause many
a feeling of unease, who then vindictively highlight and needlessly
correct his spelling errors. But whether or not you agree with him,
has not Pastor been a rule-abiding, enduring, active participant and  
noteworthy contributor to these comment pages?

Pula asserts that "ours is an inclusive community that will not
tolerate despicable crimes against any group or individual."

Well, then, I ask the following questions, not just of Pula, but of
us all: is Pastor's banishment justified? If so, how and why? Why is
Pula - a representative of our nation's free press - denying Pastor
his right to free speech?

I don't care if I'm the only one to advocate for him publicly, or
if my words here lead to my own banishment; Pula's decision is
entirely unwarranted..a humiliating and public muzzling meant to
punish Pastor for his offensive strength of conviction..and I pray
for its reversal.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pride Week!!! Queering US

originally posted 5/9/2011
warning..immature adultish content

My husband and I were talking the other day, when the topic landed on "homophobia."

I asked:  "Why, if you give voice to the philosophy that gay is NOT ok, are you automatically 'homophobic?'"

He said:  "Because there's nothing to fear...why be afraid of some guy's dick up your butt -- or some guy's dick up your son's butt....?"

Nothing scary about that, right?

I'm sorry, but...I'm a gal...and I still fear some guy's dick up my butt.

Well, I might be adding and/or changing some of these videos, but here's some of the real, and some of the pretend, for fun and education...and I'll let you guys decide which is which.

It's Ok to be Gay

Alphabet Song

Pride Week!!! Glossary for the Gender Outlaw

originally posted 5/28/2011

If you were like me -- a little discombobulated by the "gender blind" family and the sociological experimentation to which they so readily subject their own children -- then this post is for you.  

Speaking for myself, that story introduced me to several new words and terms to add to my robust vocabulary.

I didn't see the term "gender smooth" on this certainly, it's incomplete; it is, nonetheless, helpful...because if your child comes home spouting Spivakian pronouns, you're gonna wanna know how to answer back.

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Trans and Queer Wellness Initiative

GenderQueer and Queer Terms

A few things to keep in mind while reading this list of terms:

Intersectionality and Community Language: Culture, economic background, region, race, and age all can influence language and labels. Much of the language used to discuss gender originates from a white and westernized mentality.
Discussing Identities: When considering language and identity, language and experience influence how different labels are used and interpreted. Even identities that are similar (or appear to be similar) may have different experiences. An identity label may be empowering for some but not for others and for many, meanings may vary. Most labels are flexibly used and often reliant on personal interpretation, cultural spaces, and community experience.
Discussing Language: This list strives to use the most inclusive language while also offering useful descriptions of community terms and their uses. 

Ag / Aggressive: A term used to describe a female-bodied and identified person who prefers presenting as masculine. This term is most commonly used in urban communities of color.
Agender (Also Non-gender)not identifying with any gender, the feeling of having no gender. 
All-Gender: Descriptive phrase denoting inclusiveness of all gender expressions and identities.
All-Gender Pronouns: Any of the multiple sets of pronouns which create gendered space beyond the he, him, and his/she, her, and hers binary. Sometimes referred to as gender neutral pronouns, but many prefer third gender as they do not consider themselves to have neutral genders. Examples: ze, hir, and hirs; ey, em, eirs; ze, zir, and zirs, or singular they. See alsoSpivakian Pronouns.
Ally: Someone who confronts heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexual and genderstraight privilege in themselves and others; a concern for the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people; and a belief that heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are social justice issues.
Androgyne: 1. A person whose biological sex is not readily apparent. 2. A person who is intermediate between the two traditional genders. 3. A person who rejects gender roles entirely.
Androgynous: A person who may appear as and exhibit traits traditionally associated as both male and female, or as neither male nor female, or as in between male and female.
Asexual: A person disinclined towards sexual behavior
Assigned Sex/GenderThe sex/gender one is assigned at birth, generally by a medical professional, based on a cursory examination of external genitalia.
Atypical Gender RoleA person who exhibits a gender role at odds with the norm for their gender and class, in a society.
BDSM (Bondage, Discipline/Domination, Submission/Sadism, and Masochism ): The terms submission/sadism and masochism refer to deriving pleasure from inflicting or receiving pain, often in a sexual context. The terms bondage and domination refer to playing with various power roles, in both sexual and social context. These practices are often misunderstood as abusive, but when practiced in a safe, sane, and consensual manner can be a part of healthy sex life. (Sometimes referred to as ‘leather.’)
Bear: The most common definition of a bear is a man who has facial/body hair, and a cuddly body. However, the word bear means many things to different people, even within the bear movement. Many men who do not have one or all of these characteristics define themselves as bears, making the term a very loose one. Bear is often defined as more of an attitude and a sense of comfort with natural masculinity and bodies.
Bigender: To identify as both genders and/or to have a tendency to move between masculine and feminine gender-typed behavior depending on context, expressing a distinctly male persona and a distinctly female persona, two separate genders in one body.
Bisexual: A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women. This attraction does not have to be equally split between genders and there may be a preference for one gender over others.
Bio-Boy/Man- A person whose assigned sex is male. This term is used to differentiate transgendered men from cisgender men. Due to the infantilizing connotations of “boy,” some may prefer bio-man.
Bio-Girl/Woman: See Genetic Girl.
Bio-Queen: A person who identifies as a woman dressing as a “man” dressing as a “woman.” or a person who identifies as a woman performing drag queen.
Bottom: A person who is said to take a more submissive role during sexual interactions. Sometimes referred to as pasivo in Latin American cultures.
Bottom Surgery: Surgery on the genitals designed to create a body in harmony with a person’s preferred gender expression.
Butch: A person who identifies themselves as masculine, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally. Butch is sometimes used as a derogatory term for lesbians, but it can also be claimed as an affirmative identity label.
Cisgender: A person who by nature or by choice conforms to gender based expectations of society. (Also Genderstraight or 'Gender Normative').
Closeted (In the Closet): Refers to a homosexual, bisexual, queer, transperson, or intersex person who will not or can not disclose their identity or identities to others or society.
Coming Out: 1. The process by which one accepts one’s own sexuality, gender identity, orintersex status (to come out to oneself). 2.The process by which one shares one’s sexuality, gender identity, or intersex status with others (to come out to friends, etc.). This can be a continual, life-long process for homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.
Crossdresser: A person who, regardless of motivation, wears clothes, makeup, etc. that are considered by the culture to be appropriate for another gender but no one’s own (preferred term to “transvestite”). This gender non-conforming behavior should not be conflated with queer sexualities. Many cross-dressers are heterosexual and conduct their cross-dressing on a part-time basis. Cross-dressing might also be termed gender non-conforming behavior.
Disorders of Sex Development (DSDs): A medical classification for intersex people within both the medical community and some intersex communities.[1] Also see Intersex.
Drag or In Drag: Wearing clothes considered appropriate for someone of another gender/sex.
Drag King: A person who identifies as a woman who dresses in “masculine” or man-designated,gender-marked clothing, makeup, and mannerisms for their own and other people’s appreciation, pay, entertainment, and/or political purposes. A Drag King’s cross dressing is usually on a part time basis. Many drag kings perform by singing, dancing or lip-synching.
Drag Queen: A person who identifies as a man, sometimes gay identified, who wears “feminine” or woman designated gender-marked clothing, makeup, and mannerisms for their own and other people’s appreciation, pay, entertainment, and/or political reasons. A Drag Queen’s cross-dressing is usually on a part time basis. Some may prefer the term Female Impersonator. Many drag queens perform by singing, dancing or lip-synching.
Down Low (D/L)A term primarily used in homosexual/queer male communities of color, particularly those of Africana descent, denoting a lack of disclosure of homosexual desire, behavior, or identity. Also see Closeted.
Female-Bodied: A term used to recognize a person who was assigned a female sex at birth or who has/had a female body.
Femme: Feminine identified person of any gender/sex.
FTM or F2M  (Female-to-Male): Term used to identify a person who was assigned a female gender at birth or is female bodied, and who identifies as male, lives as a man, or identifies as masculine. This includes a broad range of experiences, from those who identify as men or male to those who identify as transsexual, transmen, female men, new men, or FTM. Some reject this terminology, arguing that they have always been male internally and are now making that identity visible where others feel that such language reinforces an either/or gender system. Some individuals prefer the term MTM (male-to-male) to underscore the fact that though they were biologically female, they never had a feminine gender identity.
Gatekeepers: Used by gender communities to refer to psychiatrists, psychologists and other (usually) non-trans clinicians and providers who can effectively block trans people from obtaining hormones, surgery or related services needed for their gender transition.
Gay: 1. Term used in some cultural settings to represent males who are attracted to other males in a romantic, erotic, and/or emotional sense. 2. Term used to refer to the LGBTQI community as a whole, or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.
Gender: The social construction of masculinity and femininity in a specific culture. It involves gender assignment (the gender designation of someone at birth), gender roles (the expectations imposed on someone based on their gender), gender attribution (how others perceive someone’s gender), and gender identity (how someone defines their own gender).
Gender Bender: An individual who “bends,” changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together (Also see GenderFuck).
Gender Binary: The idea that there are only two genders, male/female or man/woman, and that a person must be strictly gendered as either/or.
Gender Confirming Surgery: Surgical procedures that change one’s body to conform to a person’s gender identity. These procedures may include “top surgery” (breast augmentation or removal) and/or “bottom surgery” (altering genitals). Preferred term to “sex change surgery” or “Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).
Gender Cues: What humans use to attempt to tell the gender/sex of another person. i.e. hairstyle, clothing, gait, vocal inflection, body shape, facial hair, etc. Cues vary by culture.
Gender Diverse (also Gender Variant): A person who either by nature or by choice does not conform to gender-based expectations of society.
Gender Dysphoria: A term of the psychiatric establishment which refers to a radical incongruence between an individual’s birth sex and their gender identity combined with dissociation from one’s physical body and mental sense of gender. Many in the transgender community find this term offensive or insulting as it often pathologizes transgender individuals due to its association with the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM) and pathologization of gender non-conforming identities. [2]
Gender Expression: How one chooses to express one’s gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyle, voice, body characteristics, etc. Gender expression may change over time and from day-to-day and may or may not conform with an individual’s gender identity.
GenderFuck: The idea of playing with gender cues to purposely confuse, mix, or combine a culture’s standard or stereotypical gender expressions (Also see Gender Bender).
Gender Gifted: A tem which refers to trans people and which calls attention to transgenderism as a gift which promotes diversity, challenges the status quo, and enriches both the trans individual and the society as a whole.
Gender Identity: An individual’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else. Since gender identity is internal, one’s gender identity is not necessarily visible to others.
Gender Identity and Expression: The most common phrase used in law and public policy addressing gender-based violence and discrimination; encompasses both the inner sense (gender identity) and outer appearance (gender expression).
Gender Identity Disorder (GID):  Series of three diagnosis published in the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) originally called Transsexualism (1980) referring to gender non-conforming identities such as transgenderism. Gender Identity Disorders in Adolescents and Adults, Gender Identity Disorders in Children, and Transvestic Fetishism (TF).[3] GID is highly controversial due to the negative pathologization and personal limitations it places on access to physical transition resources and medical care. [4]
Gender Non-Conforming: A term often used to refer to the myriad of individuals who may not identify as transgender, but who still do not conform to traditional gender norms (may include, but is not limited to, bigenders, gender benders, genderfuckers, genderqueers, men, women, and transgender individuals). May be used in tandem with other identities.
Gender Neutral: Used to denote a unisex or all-gender inclusive space, language, etc. Example: A gender neutral bathrooms is a bathroom open to people of any gender identity and expression.
Gender Neutral Pronouns: See All Gender Pronouns.
Gender Outlaw- A term popularized by trans activists such as Kate Bornstein and Leslie Feinberg, a gender outlaw refers to an individual who transgresses or violates the “law” of gender (i.e. one who challenges the rigidly enforced gender roles) in a transphobic, heterosexist and patriarchal society.
Gender Role. The behaviors, attitudes, values, beliefs etc. that a cultural group considers appropriate for males and females on the basis of their biological sex.
Gender Role Behavior refers to what people's behaviors actually are; does not account for physical characteristics such as, for instance, broad shoulders on a woman.
Gender Role Stereotype. The socially determined model which contains the cultural beliefs about what the gender roles should be. It differs from gender role in that it tends to be the way people feel 'others' should behave.
Genderqueer: 1. A term which is used by some people who may or may not fit on the spectrum of trans or be labeled as trans but who identify their gender and sexual orientation to be outside of the binary gender system, or culturally proscribed gender roles. As with any other groups that may be aligned with transgender identities, the reasons for identifying as genderqueer vary. 2. People who identify as both transgender and queer, individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality regimes and see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected
Gender VariantSee Gender Non-Conforming.
Genetic Girl (GG): A person whose assigned sex is female used to differentiate transgender women from cisgender women. Due to its infantilizing connotations, many prefer GW or Genetic Woman.
Harry Benjamin Standards of Care: see Standards of Care.
Heteronormativity describes a binary gender system, in which only two sexes are accepted. Adherents of this normative concept maintain that one's gender identity and one's gender role ought to be congruent with one's external genitalia, and that one ought to display a heterosexual sexual preference.
Heterosexism: Prejudice against individuals and groups who display non-heterosexual behaviors or identities, combined with the majority power to impose such a prejudice.
Heterosexual: A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to the sex or gender that they are not.
Homosexual: A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to the same sex or gender as they are.
Hormone Therapy: Administration of hormones to affect the development of secondary sex characteristics of the opposite gender than the gender assigned at birth.
Intersex: One who is born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia or an internal reproductive system that is not considered “standard” for either male or female. Approximately 1.7% of children are born with mixed sexual anatomy that makes it difficult to label them male or female. “Intersex” is the preferred term to hermaphrodite. Although many intersex people do not identify as transgender, many of the workplace issues relating to transgender people overlap with those that affect intersex people.[5]
Intergender: A person whose gender identity is between genders or a combination of genders.
Lesbian: Term used to describe female-identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people. The term lesbian is derived from the name of the Greek island of Lesbos and as such is sometimes considered a Eurocentric category that does not necessarily represent the identities of African-Americans and other non-European ethnic groups. This being said, individual female-identified people from diverse ethnic groups, including African-Americans, embrace the term lesbian as an identity label.
Male-Bodied: A term used to recognize a person who was assigned a male sex at birth, or who had/has a male body.
Metrosexual: First used in 1994 by British journalist Mark Simpson, who coined the term to refer to an urban, heterosexual male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and life style. This term can be perceived as derogatory because it reinforces stereotypes that all gay men are fashion-conscious and materialistic.
MTF or M2F (Male-to-Female): Term used to identify a person who was assigned a male gender at birth or is male bodied, and who identifies as female, lives as a woman, or identifies as feminine. This includes a broad range of experiences, from those who identify as women or female to those who identify as transsexual, transwomen, male women, new women, or as MTF as their gender identity. Some reject this terminology, arguing that they have always been female where others feel that such language reinforces an either/or gender system. Some individuals prefer the term FTF (female-to-female) to underscore the fact that though they were biologically male, they never had a masculine gender identity.
Multigender: See Polygender.
Natal-female: A person who is born as the female sex.
Natal-male: A person who is born as the male sex.
Natal-sex: The sex of a person at birth (male, female, or intersexed).
Non-gendered: See Agender.
Outing: Involuntary disclosure of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.
Packing: Wearing a phallic device or prosthesis on the groin and under clothing for any purpose.
Pangender:  A person whose gender identity is comprised of many gender expressions.
Pansexual: A person who has potential emotional, physical, and/or sexual attraction to any person irrespective of sex or gender.
Passing: The ability to present oneself as any gender other than that assigned at birth and be accepted as such. Passing may refer to an individual’s desire or ability to be perceived as a member of a particular group.
Polyamory: Refers to having honest, usually non-possessive, relationships with multiple partners and can include: open relationships, polyfidelity (which involves multiple romantic relationships with sexual contact restricted to those), and sub-relationships (which denote distinguishing between a “primary” relationship or relationships and various "secondary" relationships).
Polygender: Identifying as more than one gender or a combination of genders.
Pronouns: There are several non-gender specific pronouns that some people opt to use to describe themselves. “Hir” is used to replace “her” and “him.” “S/he” or “ze” is used instead of “he” and “she.” If you are unsure of how a person identifies or what pronouns to use, it never hurts to ask politely.
Queer: 1. An umbrella term which embraces a matrix of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively- heterosexual-and-monogamous majority. Queer includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, intersex people, the radical sex communities, and many other sexually transgressive (underworld) explorers. 2. This term is sometimes used as a sexual orientation label instead of “bisexual” as a way of acknowledging that there are more than two genders to be attracted to, or as a way of stating a non-heterosexual orientation without having to state who they are attracted to. 3. A reclaimed word that was formerly used solely as a slur but that has been semantically overturned by members of the maligned group, who use it as a term of defiant pride. “Queer” is an example of a word undergoing this process. For decades “queer” was used solely as a derogatory adjective for gays and lesbians, but in the 1980s the term began to be used by gay and lesbian activists as a term of self-identification. Eventually, it came to be used as an umbrella term that included gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people. Nevertheless, a sizable percentage of people to whom this term might apply still hold “queer” to be a hateful insult, and its use by heterosexuals is often considered offensive. Similarly, other reclaimed words are usually offensive to the in-group when used by outsiders, so extreme caution must be taken concerning their use when one is not a member of the group.
Questioning: A person is in the process of questioning their sexual identity.
Read (Getting/Being Read): 1. How a person’s gender is perceived by a casual observer, based on gender cues/expression. 2. A transperson being perceived as transgender, another gender than what they wish to be perceived, or as their biological sex.
Real Life Test: An assessment term which refers to the period of time when a transperson begins living “full time” in their preferred gender role to when they are considerable candidates (by psychologists, psychiatrists and others) for sex reassignment surgery.
Same Gender Loving: A term sometimes used by members of the African-American / Black community to express an alternative sexual orientation without relying on terms and symbols of European descent. The term emerged in the early 1990's with the intention of offering Black women who love women and Black men who love men a voice, a way of identifying and being that resonated with the uniqueness of Black culture in life. (Sometimes abbreviated as SGL.)
Sex: The physically biological, chromosomal, genetic, and anatomical features associated with maleness and femaleness in the human body defined within a socio-cultural concept of what physiology denotes within a given cultural space.
Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS): See Gender Confirming Surgery
Sexual Identity. The objective categorization of a person's physiological status as male or female or intersex.
Sexual Orientation: The preferred term used when referring to an individual’s physical and/or emotional attraction to the same and/or different gender. Sexual orientation is not the same as a person’s gender identity. Sexual orientation refers to a person's preference for the same or opposite sex partners, e.g., homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual. Even then there is a distinction between who one has sex with, which is more to do with one's sex object, and who one can build a relationship with.
Sexual Orientation Identity: How a person self-identifies in regard to their sexual orientation. (I.e. identifying as (Straight, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Dyke (Dike), Homo, Hetero). Just like Sexual Orientation, Sexual Orientation Identity is not necessarily aligned to the sex or gender a person is attracted to or in a relationship with.
Single Gendered: Identifying as either male or female.
SOFFA: Acronym for Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies. Used to indicate those persons supportive relationship to a queer or gender non-conforming person.
Spivakian Pronouns: New terms popularized by Michael Spivak to serve as gender-neutral, third-person, singular, personal pronouns in English. (E, Ey, Eirs, Em) See also Third Gender Pronouns.
Standards of Care: Also known as the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care. A set of guidelines published by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (formerlyHarry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) concerning the care of people labeled with gender identity disorders.[6] Relates to meeting qualifications for gender non-conforming people to access methods of physical transition. The Standards of Care are highly controversial due to the negative pathologization and personal limitations it places on access to physical transition resources and medical care. [7]
Stealth: When a person chooses to be secretive in the public sphere about their gender history, either after transitioning or whole successfully passing.
Stone Butch / Femme / Queer: A person who may or may not desire sexual penetration and/or contact with the genitals or breasts.
Third-Gendered: People who feel they are neither male nor female, but not androgynous either and construct their own gender. The third gender may include (in Western terms) some intersex people, some transgender people, and some androgynous people.
Third Gender Pronouns: see all-gender pronouns
Top Surgery: This term usually refers to surgery for the construction of a male-type chest, but may also refer to breast augmentation.
Transandrogyny: A gender diverse gender expression that does not have a prominent masculine or feminine component.
Transfeminine: A gender-variant gender expression that has a prominent feminine component.
Trans: Variant of transgender and/or transsexual sometimes preferable in gender non-conforming communities because it focuses on the gender transgression of identity as opposed to focusing on the elements of gender or sex and because does not separate transgender and transsexual.
Transgender (TG): 1. An umbrella term covering behaviors, expressions and identities that challenge the binary male/female gender system in a given culture. 2. Individuals who change their gender expression without physically or medically changing their body through hormones or surgery. 3. Anyone who transcends the conventional definitions of 'man' and 'woman' and whose self-identification or expression challenges traditional notions of “male” and “female.” -Transgender people include transsexuals, crossdressers, drag queens and kings, genderqueers,masculine-identified females, feminine-identified males, two-spirit people, MtFs, FtMs, bearded women, transmen, transwomen, and others who cross or transgress traditional gender categories.
Transgender Man (Transman): A transgender individual who identifies as a man (see also FTM).
Transgender Woman (Transwoman): A transgender individual who identifies as a woman (see also MTF).
Transition: 1.The period of time in which a person begins to live in a gender role which is in accordance with their internal gender identity. 2. (v) To physically change one’s appearance, body, and life in accordance with their internal gender identity through clothing, behavior, legal documents, hormones, and/or surgery (also called physical transition).
Transmasculine: A gender-variant gender expression that has a prominent masculine component.
Transphobia: 1. The fear, hatred, or intolerance of people who identify or are perceived as transgender. 2. Fear and hatred of all those individuals who transgress, violate or blur the dominant gender categories in a given society.
Transsexual (also Transexual)(TS): A person whose gender identity is different from their assigned sex at birth and has taken any or all steps of physical transition so that their physical body is congruent to both their gender identity and the conventional concept of sexually male and female bodies.
Two-Spirited: 1. Native American person who embodies attributes of both masculine and feminine genders, have distinct gender and social roles in their tribes, and are often involved with rituals. Their dress is usually mixture of male and female articles and they are seen as a separate or third gender. The term two-spirit is usually considered to specific to the Zuni tribe. Similar identity labels vary by tribe such as Wintke (Lakota), Hee-man-eh (Cheyenne), and Nedleeh (Navajo) 2. Native Americans who are queer or transgender.
Versatile (Also Switch): A person who is both a ‘Top’ and a ‘Bottom’; there may or may not be a preference for one or the other.

-Definitions edited and compiled by JAC Stringer of The Trans and Queer Wellness Initiative (2009) JAC (at),
-Additional definitions edited by JAC Stringer of GenderBloc (2006).,
-Additional definitions edited by Jack Skelton (2007) “compiled with thanks and apologies to Raphael Carter, Evan Hempel and Joelle Ruby Ryan.”
-Definitions also edited from Brett Genny Beemyn, GLBT Student Services, Ohio State University. 614.688.8449,, -Derby TV/TS Group, 1998 – 2005. Gender Roles - Gender Variance - Gender Identity,Definitions. -Tracy, Trans FamilyGender 101. -LGBTTSQI Terminology & Definitions- Originally Created by: By Eli Green & Eric N. Peterson

[1] The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), (2008, 2009)
[2] GenderQueer Coalition of Cincinnati, Stringer, JAC (2008) “A Little about Gender Identity “Disorder” “
[3] GenderQueer Coalition of Cincinnati, Stringer, JAC (2008) “A Little about Gender Identity “Disorder” “
[4] Gender Identity Disorder Reform
[5] The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), (2008, 2009)
[6] The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) formerly The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association
[7] GenderQueer Coalition of Cincinnati, Stringer, JAC (2008) “A Little about Gender Identity “Disorder” “