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Windy City Times – Trans professor makes history at Chicago State

Posted: June 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Philosophy Professor Das Janssen, the first openly transgender addition to Chicago State University, deals with both gender and race issues daily. "But it isn't Janssen's gender identity that gets the most attention in class," Mason Harrison writes, "it's his race. Janssen, who is white, simply 'politely corrects' students who may refer to him as 'she,' but aggressively challenges his students 'who don't want to be told what to do by white guys in ties at the front of the room.'"

Janssen says, "I haven't had the same troubles here that I've had at other institutions like with bathroom use. People want to make sure that I'm safe here." Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality said, "There is a myth that Black people don't like gay marriage or LGBT people. […] I think that that's all just hogwash. There are white and Black people who are tolerant of LGBT people, and higher education has become a great place to transition." Now that's progress!

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A birth control pill for men | health

Posted: June 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on A birth control pill for men | health

An Israeli biochemist developed a pill that could sterilize men for up to 3 months, and with no side effects to boot. "Prof. Haim Breitbart of Israel's Bar-Ilan University," Karin Kloosterman reports, "developed a number of novel compounds that have no affect on male sex drive, but succeed in impairing the reproductive ability of the sperm. If all goes according to his plan, a new male birth control pill could be on the market within the next five years." Dubbed the Bright Pill, it's now being tested on mice with promising results. Human trials are expected next year. "And, unlike the female pill, the male pill wouldn't have to be taken every day."

In the Telegraph, Brietbart is quoted saying, "Men don't cope well with side effects and having side effects would probably put many off wanting to take a pill." Uh, do male scientists think side effects don't bother women?

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