Monday, September 21, 2009

Some Items of Note To Our Transgender Friends

A couple of notes to our Transgendered Friends. First, in the Vindicator on Saturday, came a story about how the state of Ohio made it simpler for transgenders to change their sex designation on their licencse plates, yes, I said OHIO. The story HERE, says how the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, has recently changed policy to make it easier to specify your gender on your state drivers license. While some states required there to be proof of an operation before the change of gender would be issued, Ohio now officially finds that unnecessary and requires only a doctors recommendation that the driver is identifying as their new gender, despite not having an anatomical surgery yet. Way to go Ohio BMV, I will now try to forget my 30 minutes in line the other day while you tried your hardest to pass an old man on his vision part of his license although he was clearly failing. I even took the time to follow him out and see his make and model of car and license plate number, just in case for the future.

Secondly, I got an email today from a woman at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, who is working on a research project for the school, and is looking for transgenders to particpate in the project. Below is the entire content of the email. I ask our friends in the transgender community to look this over if interested. Have a great week friends, 3 weeks to National Coming Out Week activities, check back often for updated information...........S

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Stephanie Budge and I am currently working on a research
project with Dr. Kimberly Howard at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison to study the psychological process of transitioning
for many transgender-identified individuals (e.g., MTF transsexuals,
FTM transsexuals, gender queer/gender variant, cross-dressers, etc.).
The study consists of an online survey and will take approximately
20-30 minutes to complete. To qualify for the study, the participant
would need to identify as transgender, be 18 or older, and live in the
United States. This study has been approved by the University of
Wisconsin-Madison IRB #SE-2009-0403.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact
Stephanie Budge at or at (608) 263-9503.

Thanks so much,

Stephanie Budge


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