IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

A Message from Julie Johnson- Chairperson



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #096, Winter 2001.



International Foundation for Gender Education, Inc.



I would like to address the condition of the International Foundation for Gender Education with you, our readers and supporters. I feel it necessary for you to have firsthand knowledge of where we are and where we are going.



IFGE offers a variety of programs. The most visible is our quarterly journal, Transgender Tapestry. While we maintain this journal as a separate program, it is in reality fully integrated with the rest of the organization.



Many people feel that in this day of the Internet Transgender Tapestry is the primary reason for IFGE?s existence. I would ask that you read not only about the magazine, but about our other projects and services, and what we are doing about IFGE as an organization.

Passing - Part II



Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #096, Winter 2001.



In this and the next issue, we feature responses to essays by Holly Boswell and Jessica Xavier, which appeared in Transgender Tapestry #95. Our authors are Dr. Becky Allison, Marsha Botzer, Jamison Green, Bill Henkin, Alison Laing, Judy Osborne, and myself.



The issue of passing is a crucial one for transgendered and transsexual people, for two reasons. First, it is personal; we each have our own history of passing?or not?and our own feeling about its importance as it applies to us. Second is the political; passing goes to very core of who we are. When we pass as a nontransgendered person, are we passing as ourselves, or as the very opposite of who we are? If there is deception, is it in our early lives, when we pass as transgendered, or after transition?or both? To be true to ourselves, must we or should we do our best not to pass, even when the changes we?ve made in our bodies cause us pass naturally and without artifice? Finally, must we all rage against the binary gender system? Is the system inherently evil, or is the real evil the lack of freedom to choose one?s role within the system?



The essays which follow speak to some, but not necessarily all, of these issues. We invite our readers to send us their thoughts?Ed.

Miqqitalk



What is Gender?

Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #096, Winter 2001.



The question ?What is gender?? has been answered in many ways by many different thinkers. From all of this a number of things do become clear, or, to be more accurate, a lot of things are seen to be unclear. What do I mean by this?



Well, the basic, simple model embraced in recent times holds that there are two basic aspects to a person?s identity, with one being sex and the other being gender. Sex is described as the biological fact of being male or female, and gender is described as being the social role of being a man or a woman. In the simplistic model, an individual is assigned a sex at birth?his or her ?birth-designated sex??and that assignment matches the behavior and self-identity acquired through acculturation, training, socialization, and personal choice. To put it simply, once the doctor looks between your legs and makes the pronouncement, your role is laid out before you and you continue on that path until death. Sex, we are told, is biological; gender is social.

A Message from Julie Johnson- Chairperson



International Foundation for Gender Education, Inc.



I would like to address the condition of the International Foundation for Gender Education with you, our readers and supporters. I feel it necessary for you to have firsthand knowledge of where we are and where we are going.



IFGE offers a variety of programs. The most visible is our quarterly journal, Transgender Tapestry. While we maintain this journal as a separate program, it is in reality fully integrated with the rest of the organization.



Many people feel that in this day of the Internet Transgender Tapestry is the primary reason for IFGE?s existence. I would ask that you read not only about the magazine, but about our other projects and services, and what we are doing about IFGE as an organization.

Dear Ari

Dear Ari,
I began my transition two years ago with my ex-wife?s support (sort of). At first she really seemed happy that I was finally becoming myself, but lately she has been difficult to get along with and I feel she?s trying to take my kids from me. My son is seven years old, and my daughter is 10, and they both ?know,? but I?m not sure they understand. Recently, my ex yelled at me on the phone and told me the children could never call me ?Mommy.? This hurt my feelings. What do you think the kids should call me? Daddy doesn?t really fit anymore, does it?
Just sign me ?Parent?

Showdown with a Son

Originally appeared in Transgender Tapestry #096, Winter 2001.
by Stefani Moore

n 1997, my then 11-year-old son Zachary walked into the bathroom to catch me coming out of the shower. At that point I?d been on hormones for a little over a year. He looked at me and said, ?Wow Dad, you?re growing udders.?

A familiar dilemma gripped me. When should I tell my son? When should I sit him down and have that heart-to-heart discussion I?d been dreading? What words would I use? Daddy is really another Mommy? Nothing sounded right in my head. Eleven is so young. Nor was I ready. So I reacted as I always do when I?m uncomfortable: I made a joke out of the whole thing by mooing like a cow.

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