Posts Tagged ‘mtf’

Fantasia Fair 2008!

January 12, 2008

The dates for this year’s Fantasia Fair have been announced: October 19-26. From their site:

Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event that attracts people from the entire range of the GLBTI community – crossdressers, transsexuals, intersex individuals, M2Fs, F2Ms, and their significant others are all welcome.

Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event held every October in the GLBT resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Fair is a “full immersion” experience, meaning that attendees can and usually do spend an entire week living 24/7 presenting their gender as the wish.

Started in 1975, “FanFair” is the oldest and longest-running gathering of transgender persons for mutual education, support, collaboration and socializing. Every year the Fair grows in its scope, character, and assistance to the gender explorer. FanFair continues to be the leading annual program promoting an individual’s ability to thrive in a real-life situation, and receive positive reinforcement and encouragement. This allows the cross dresser, MTF transsexual, FTM transsexual and all the gender diverse to experience life in an open and caring environment — something unique in a world that typically has difficulty understanding and accepting gender diversity.

Couples find support, friendship and caring, and enjoy the opportunity to share and partake of workshops and sessions that explore and recognize the ups and downs of a TG partnership.

Here’s a photo from Karen Wendy Fox’s 2007 Fantasia Fair Flickr set:

And here you’ll find many more Fantasia Fair photos, including crossdressing brides, the subject of an upcoming post right here, so stay tuned.

Victory for transgendered Georgia elected official Michelle Bruce!

December 4, 2007

Yay! Good news in this horrid, anti-trans lawsuit:

“Judge finds no gender fraud in Riverdale election,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In Riverdale, incumbent Michelle Bruce — cited by the National Center for Transgender Equality as the first transgender elected official in the Georgia — will compete against political newcomer and Atlanta firefighter Wayne Hall for council ward 2.

Two losing Riverdale City Council candidates — Georgia Fuller and Stan Harris — asked a judge to rule the Nov. 6 general election invalid and halt the runoff, alleging Bruce lied to voters when she ran as a woman.

In their suit, Fuller and Harris allege Bruce’s name is Michael Bruce. Their attorney, Michael King, argued that Bruce’s birth certificate lists her as Mickey Dwayne Bruce and a man.

“I understand he’s been on the council for four years, but they believed he was a female and not a male,” King told the court. “He did that to deceive the females to get their vote.”

Bruce testified that she changed her name in Clayton County Superior Court in 1980 to Mickey Michelle Bruce and goes by Michelle Mickey Bruce. She said she is transgender and declined to answer additional questions about her gender.

Bruce testified that she never was named Michael Bruce.

Cole Thaler, a transgender rights attorney for gay advocacy group Lambda Legal, said he was pleased to see the judge side with Bruce.

“There is a common misunderstanding that transgender are misrepresenting themselves,” said Thaler, who sat in on the hearing but did not represent Bruce. “The judge’s ruling shows that he understands transgender people are being their true selves and not defrauding the public.”…

After the hearing, Bruce said she was disappointed by the personal attacks but planned to continue campaigning for the runoff.

“I feel vindicated, and it shows that special interest groups don’t care about the citizens of Riverdale or their wishes,” Bruce said. “I can’t say it doesn’t hurt. It does hurt.”