The Cutting Edge
By Barbara F. Anderson Ph.D., LCSW
“LGBTQIA” is the name of a lead article by Michael Schulman in the STYLES Section of the New York Times, Jan. 10, 2013. Surprisingly, it focuses on the T of the title. It features several young people who experience atypical gender identification, the most notable of whom is Stephen Ira Beatty, 21, born Kathlyn, the trans son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. The article goes on to describe several universities’ manner of accommodating trans students. The Advocate magazine ranked the University of Pennsylvania among the top 10 transfriendly schools. It offers gender-neutral housing and its medical insurance program covers SRS. According to a survey by Campus Pride, “at least 203
campuses allow trans students to room with their preferred gender; 49 have a process to change one’s name and gender in university records; and 57 cover hormone therapy. In December, the University of Iowa became the first to add a ‘transgender’ checkbox to its college application.” The times they are achangin'
I will devote next month’s blog to a discussion of specific updated changes and their rationale.