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Dex: The drug that prevents dykes?

Posted in Gender Issues, Medical, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by Chase

If you follow Dan Savage like I do, you may have noticed this one: Dr. Maria New, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is treating pregnant women with an experimental drug called Dexamethasone, aka “Dex” (I know, Dexter fans, but focus)

Dex is most often used to prenatally prevent girls with CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) from developing ambiguous genitalia. But Dr. New is examining how it might prevent the development of girls who are homosexual, bisexual, or who display “abnormal” masculine characteristics. Read more

Aside from the obvious disturbing potential of this treatment, there are health concerns. Dex is still experimental and the side effects are largely unknown. Dr. Alice Dreger points out that “The studies we do have on the early prenatal use of “dex” are worrisome. The number of women and children missing from the follow-up studies of this drug use is more worrisome still.” Read more

One can only wonder what a mother’s rationale would be, in deciding to enter this treatment…

It’s just that I’d rather risk your health and mine, honey, than have you turn out the least bit butch

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Mississippi School Erases Lesbian Student from Yearbook

Posted in Activism, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Stuff to do, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Chase

Oh Mississippi. The ACLU must be so tired of visiting you. The same state that has seen the highly publicized legal battle unfold over Constance McMillien is back in the news.

Before all the prom drama, we previously covered the story of Ceara Sturgis, an honor student at Wesson Attendance Center who had her senior photo banned from the yearbook because she rocked a tux. She fought the decision with the help of the ACLU, and now yearbooks have been printed… with no trace of Sturgis AT ALL. No photo. No name. Nothing.

Ironically, with all the news coverage more people will see the photo that high school officials tried to ban. Object lesson: Courage gets you recognized.

And what does cowardice and hatred get you? Angry calls and e-mails! Wesson Attendance Center needs to hear that they cannot go around erasing students from their yearbook.

Principal Ronald Greer can be reached here: rdgreer@copiah.k12.ms.us

Principal Oscar Hawkins can be reached here: ohawkins@copiah.k12.ms.us

The school’s phone number is (601) 643-2221 and their fax number is (601) 643-2458

Find them on the web here

Oh Mississippi, when are you going to learn…

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