Wednesday, October 10, 2012

LGBT History Month: Jamison Green

Image Source, edited by Diana *BunnyKissd* Bukowski

Jamison Green was born in Oakland, CA in 1948.  As far back as Kindergarten he recognized feeling different.  Although labeled female at birth, and raised accordingly, Green was a tomboy, and often was ridiculed for his masculinity.  At 15 he started going by the name Jamie, but the 60s were rough for LGBT people, who were routinely rounded up in raids and subject to police brutality, and it wasn't until the mid-70s, when he saw someone on TV who had transitioned and successfully continued his life, that he was convinced that he could do the same.

In 1988 he transitioned from female to male and by 1991 he was legally male, with his birth certificate reflecting his true sex, and his children's birth certificates listing him as the father.  Since that time he has been an activist for "legal protection, medical access, safety, civil rights and dignity of transgender and transsexual people."  He has been in several documentaries, and written essays, articles, a column, and even a book, Becoming a Visible Man, about his experiences transitioning from a lesbian woman to a heterosexual man which was a finalist for a 2004 Lambda Literary Award.


Also this month:

~ October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.

~ October 10th TODAY is Unity Day; wear orange to show your support and remind others about the importance of bullying prevention.

~ October 11th is National Coming Out Day when we celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or as an ally. See the Human Rights Campaign website for resources on coming out.

~ October 19th is Spirit Day; wear purple on this day to support LGBT youth & stand up against bullying.

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