transgender issues

Maines family

Nicole and Jonas Maines are identical twins; they were born with identical bodies. 

But their minds viewed those bodies and their lives differently, and Nicole knew from an early age that she was fated to be female, not male. 

The transition from Wyatt to Nicole involved many obstacles; legal and political and personal. 

Nicole Maines and her father, Wayne, are traveling the country telling their family's story. 

They visit Rogue Community College in Medford today (June 9). 


First the U.S. Department of Education sent guidance to schools across the country, pointing out how transgender students were to be treated.

Within months, several states sued, and a court blocked the implementation of the guidance--which said transgender students should be able to use bathroom and locker room facilities corresponding to their gender identity. 

Now the Trump administration has chosen not to defend the Obama-era guidance in court.  Which leaves anyone in school administration wondering what happens next. 

Education departments in both Oregon and California are both keeping an eye on the situation. 

Adjusting To Gender Change -- In A Partner

Dec 6, 2016

Society has come a long way in acknowledging the lives and realities of people who change gender. 

Similar attention is focused on their life partners in the book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage

Eugene's Kristin Collier wrote it, sharing the story of how her husband became her wife.  Her partner had a journey, but so did Kristin and their kids. 

Transgender Law On The Front Burner

Apr 28, 2016

  The ongoing battle over gender inclusive bathrooms in North Carolina rivets the attention of activists and observers across the country. 

And it will doubtless be a topic of discussion when Basic Rights Oregon holds its annual Statewide Leadership Summit in Eugene next week (May 7).

Transgender law is a hot topic now, but the daily focus of the Transgender Law Center based in Oakland. 

Health Care For Transgender Youth

Sep 17, 2015

A hundred years ago, half the U.S. population wasn't allowed to vote in presidential elections. Now, a black man runs the White House, and women are running for President.

We've come a long way in some regards, but there's still a long way to go in creating a society where your rights don't depend on your gender or race.

Consider what it means to be transgender. We do that in this segment, with Aydin Olson-Kennedy, a Clinical Social Worker at the Los Angeles Gender Center and Dr. Johanna "Jo" Olson-Kennedy, Medical Director for the Center for Transyouth Health & Development at the Children’s Hospital in L.A.