Tuesday, December 30, 2014

State of the Transgender State 2014

It was the best of years. It was the worst of years. 2014 has shown great progress and great loss.

This year the transgender community of Michigan has come together more so than any time in the past. Activism was at its highest thus far. The community mobilized to fight in Lansing to add gender identity and expression to the Eliot Larson Civil Rights Act. Although the bill did not pass, the transgender community refused to be ignored and the groundwork has been laid for future progress. This groundwork will be crucial in years to come.

Attendance at our events are breaking records each year. Transgender Pride in the Park had almost 200 participating. People came from all over the Midwest and we had more vendors than ever before. Our Health Fair also broke records. We had many more exhibitors than in past years.

The help line (the first in the country) has been getting more calls than any time in the past. We tripled the number of people answering the calls. Many people have told us that our help line was the only resource they could find when they really needed help.

Transgender Michigan chapters are thriving and growing. Our Traverse City and Mid-Michigan chapters hosted great Transgender Day of Remembrance events. New chapters are starting up, covering every region of Michigan.

Our speakers have been asked to talk to many more university classes and groups.

Other transgender organizations in the state are doing incredible work.

Housing for transgender individuals continues to be a major issue. Homeless shelters still refuse to accept trans-folk. We must come together as a community to tackle this problem.

Contributions to Transgender Michigan can be made at http://www.transgendermichigan.org/contribution.html

Rachel Crandall, Executive Director, Transgender Michigan

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How do I change the gender marker on my Michigan Birth Certificate?

How do I change the gender marker on my Michigan Birth Certificate?

[Moved from website to allow discussion]

  Every state has different requirements and proceedures for changing your birth certificate.  This information only applies were born in Michigan.

  Documentation Requirements for Changes, Amendments or Corrections to Vital Records 
  "Changing the Sex of Registrant
  • Sex Reassignment:
    Completed change Application
    Physician’s Medical Affidavit
    o Supplied by the State Registrar’s office
    o Must be notarized, attesting all necessary reassignment surgeries have been completed
    (MCL 333.2831( c )) "

Change Application

Medical Affidavit

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How do I change the gender marker on my Michigan driver's license?

  The law covering the gender marker on driver's licenses is very vague and the rules are still evolving.  Every time we elect a new Secretary of State, ze interprets the law differently and changes the rules.  And due to the frequent rules changes I hear that implementation of the rules may vary depending on which clerk in which office you go to.

  When I transitioned a number of years ago all I had to do was sign a paper that my gender was changed, but now I understand that some sort of certification from your doctor of surgery is required.  Similar to that required for changing your marker on your birth certificate.  See http://www.transgendermichigan.org/questions/birth.html

  If you are able to change your birth certificate first, they will change your license easily.  And I have heard of some who have changed their federal passport first (which may have an easier criteria) first and used that to change the license.

  Please comment and let me know your experience with changing your gender marker.

Related postings:

How do I change the gender marker on my Michigan Birth Certificate?

Jumping Through Hoops: Changing Your Name in Michigan

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Transgender Development Forum

Transgender Development Forum
Be All You Can Be!

Sponsored by Transgender Michigan and Detroit Legal Services

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Transgender Michigan, 429 Livernois St, Ferndale, MI 48220

Contact Rachel at 800-842-2954 x102 for more information.



Rachel Crandall, MSW, ACSW, LMSW
Psychotherapist, Co-founder (1997), Director, Executive Director of Transgender Michigan,
Transgender Advocate Trainer, "notorious rabble rouser", Prism award winner, founder of
International Transgender Day of Visibility, Board member for Michigan Equality, Faculty Adjunct
MSU School of Social Work, & Transgender therapist, Special Tribute recipient in 2000 from State of
Michigan Legislature.
Presenting a workshop on Self-Esteem

Corinne J. Barringer M.A., CCC-SLP
Corinne Barringer is a Speech Language Pathologist certified by The American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has a background in theatre and performing arts, as well as a degree in anthropology. She has taught at Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University, Oakland Community College and is frequent guest lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. She began Barringer Consultants over 13 years ago offering speech, language and voice training to individuals as well as corporations. She is a seminar speaker and published author.
Presenting a workshop on Voice and Presentation.

Saturday, March 16, 2013