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Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society. We seek to educate and advocate, not only for ourselves and others like us, but for all human beings who suffer from gender-based oppression in all of its many forms. We also are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Georgia.



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The 2004 LGBTI Health Summit

If you are interested in LGBTI health, please considering attending this important event: the 2004 LGBTI Health Summit will be held Wednesday August 25 through Sunday August 29, 2004, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Information regarding hotel accommodations and registration can be found at www.healthsummit2004.org. Additional questions can be referred to Summit Coordinator Thomas Lewis at tlewis@jsi.com.


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Silicone Use: Illicit, Disfiguring, Dangerous

The injection of liquid silicone and other materials into human tissue is a problem of long standing in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world. Typically, silicone, often of industrial rather than medical grade and sometimes mixed with paraffin, oil, and other non-sterile materials, is injected under the skin, usually by individuals with no medical credentials, in settings such as apartments and bars. In pursuit of enhanced physical appearance, many individuals have repeated injections, with cumulative amounts reaching as much as 1.5 liters. Areas typically injected are cheekbones, lips, brows, chin, breasts, buttocks, calves, hips, thighs, pectoral area, and calves.

While appearance may be enhanced on the short-term, most silicone injection is ultimately disfiguring, as the silicone migrates, changes shape, or hardens. Once injected, silicone is impossible to remove completely, and extensive scarring accompanies even partial removal. Silicone injected in the breast area makes mammograms ineffective, and often requires radical bilateral mastectomy.

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Two murders, one critically injured in D.C. trans attacks

Over the last five days, two transgendered women have been killed, and a third critically injured in anti-transgender attacks in Washington, D.C. The Remembering Our Dead project calls for renewed attempts to pass hate crime protections that are inclusive of gender identity and expression.

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The Gender Variance Model

Transgendered people are the most stigmatized and misunderstood of the larger sexual minorities (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender). Since gender follows physical sex for most people, transgenderism and even transsexualism are almost impossible to understand by those who are not transgendered themselves. Thus one of the primary challenges facing gender educators is to place transgendered experience into a context by which it can be readily understood. While transgendered people are most familiar with gender variant expressions and cross-gender identities, there are many other forms of gender variance exhibited by all kinds of people — regardless of their social or gender identities. Revealing these other forms of gender variance will show an audience how common it really is — and thus provide the all-important context for them to understand transgendered people.

To this end, we are now providing the Gender Variance Model, two Adobe Acrobat files that visually show how gender variance covers a wide variety of people and expressions, and a guide for using the model.

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Medical Advisory Bulletin:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in FTM Transsexual Persons

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition that may affect as many as 25% of Female-to-Male (FTM) transsexual persons. The symptoms of PCOS may include hirsutism (in the absence of androgen treatment), irregular or absent menses, dysmenorreah (painful menses), obesity, and, rarely, true virilization. However, many people show no obvious symptoms.

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