Transexual Health Clinic, A model for creating Inclusive healthcare

Here is another presentation from the recently held LGBTI health summit in Chicago this past August. Here is Transgender Inclusive healthcare (inclusive healthcare) from Callen-Lorde Community Health Centre in New York, presented by Jonathan Ramos – Director of Preventions and Outreach and Nathan Levitt, Outreach Coordinator.

Although in Jamaica our trans experience is in it’s foetal stage I think we can learn from best practices and studies from other jurisdictions.
Let us learn eh.


Intersexuality, Ambiguous Genetalia & Psycho-social issues Discussion on Nationwide Radio Jamaica 11.09.09

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Host Cliff Hughes follows up on reports that an Australian newspaper says Semenya Caster is a hermaphrodite. Dr. Karen Carpenter (Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist) and Dr. Rosemary Wright Pascoe (Consultant Endocrinologist)are interviewed. They go into great detail describing the possible conditions that come under hermaphroditism and intersexuality.

part 2 of the discussion on Nationwide with Semenya Caster’s reported test findings suggesting she is a hermaphrodite goes more into Ambiguous genetalia and the other psychological issues and puberty are examined in detail by the Clinical sexologist and Psychologist.

Not very often do we hear Jamaican radio carry progressive discussions of this nature without some satirical or synical touch to it.



Caster Semenya, Suicide watch…what?

According to an article appearing in a publication named medindia, Miss Semenya is allegedly being watched carefully by her close associates to track her mental stability.

Sad that the results of her examination is alleged to have been leaked to sections of the media, these leaked details of the probe by the ­International Association of ­Athletics Federations showed the 800m starlet had male and female sex organs – but no womb and that she was a hermaphrodite. Lawmaker Butana Komphela, chair of South Africa’s sports committee, was quoted as saying: “She is like a raped person. She is afraid of herself and does not want anyone near her. If she commits suicide, it will be on all our heads.

The best we can do is protect her and look out for her during this trying time.” South African athletics officials confirmed Semenya is now receiving trauma counselling at the University of Pretoria. Caster has not competed since the World Athletics Championships last month when the IAAF ordered gender tests on her amid claims she might be male.Source-ANI

Apart from her South African countrymen where is the support from the rest of the world, is everyone watching to use her as a guinea pig so next we can reference her as a case study. I am appalled by this, I would have thought that some groups would have banded together to aid in her defense whilst opening the eyes of the public to inter sexuality.

Well let us pray for her and hope that this cup passes and she can move on.

Thanks to Pam Spaulding for alerting us to this.