Thursday, May 18, 2017


SPECIAL Rowan Feldhaus (left) and friend Meg Adams took a selfie after the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in January that Superior Court Judge David Roper abused his discretion in denying Feldhaus’ petition for a name change.

But no! It was the Augusta Chronicle's reporter, but worse, editors, that allowed the word he to be used over and over again when referring to his hysterectomy that led to complications and an unexpected death of a 25 year old man.

Apart from this tragedy, which is multi-layered, is it a tragedy that gender ideology has infected our society to the extent that few are offended but the sentence, " he had a hysterectomy?"


I don't know her religious persuasion, but let's say she's a Catholic and the family wants a Catholic funeral and the priest to use the pronoun him rather than her--what should the priest do? I would ask my bishop. What should he tell me?

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Friends grieve death of transgender man who fought to change name

Supporters who celebrated with Rowan Feldhaus when he won a court battle to change his name to match his gender identity are grief-stricken by his sudden death earlier this week.

Feldhaus, 25, was one of two transgender men whose petitions to change their legal names were denied by Superior Court Judge David Roper. Roper said their name choices were misleading or offensive, but in January, the Court of Appeals of Georgia ruled against him, saying there was no evidence of improper motive.

A close friend, paralegal Meg Adams, drafted Feldhaus’ name change petition. They expected the routine resistance in the local court, but Feldhaus was prepared to fight for his rights, Adams said.

“I know it was a very tough decision for Rowan to file the appeal – it was such a huge risk, but he was willing to potentially martyr himself,” she said. “The news we got back in January that the decision was reversed was a great celebration.”

Nothing prepared friends and family for his death Adams said. Feldhaus had a hysterectomy last week at Eisenhower Army Medical Center as treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome Within a few days, he was admitted to Augusta University intensive care in septic shock that cut off oxygen to his brain.
“It was a pretty routine procedure. He had no additional reason to be concerned. He was extremely healthy – he works out every day, he’s very conscious of his diet,” Adams said.

Born in Germany to a U.S. military family, Feldhaus grew up as Rebecca Elizabeth Feldhaus and graduated from Evans High School in 2010. His parents have been by his side, and friends had an opportunity to say goodbye at the hospital Adams said.

Feldhaus graduated from basic combat training in 2011, but the Army reservist was changing course to a life of social advocacy, Adams said. He would graduate AU later this year and was “very, very active at school,” including with the Model United Nations and Student Government Association, she said.

“He was also a member of the Georgia Equality board and somehow found time to study and go to class and work out and go kayaking with me and have a part-time job,” Adams said.

Georgia Equality, the state advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities, expressed condolences.

“Though Rowan is no longer with us, the impact of his courage will continue to be felt by transgender and other gender non-conforming individuals in our state for many years to come. We are grateful for his work, and grateful we had the chance to know him,” the group said in a statement.

Augusta Pride honored “the journey, contributions, and selfless service of Rowan Feldhaus to the lives of the members of our CSRA family and wish his family and friends peace.”
Adams said condolences have come in from around the world.


Rood Screen said...

I feel sorry for these crazy people. I know they truly believe happiness is to be found in the pursuit of such peculiar fantasies. Shame on those who curse them, but shame also on those who encourage them.

James said...

It's odd that they (!) felt so strongly about the name change, as Rowan is often used as a boy's name (apparently 151 boys were named Rowan in the US last year, compared to 213 girls).

I can think of four famous male Rowans (two of them soccer players), but no famous female ones.

James said...

Heck, I should have read the article properly! I guess there's no point checking the stats for the number of male Rebeccas...

Anonymous said...

If there is a priest presiding over a Catholic Funeral, there was also one presiding over the same Catholic Baptism. Does that sacraments document make reference to gender?

James said...

That's just too weird! According to the stats, there are currently several dozen MALE Rebeccas in the US (

Rood Screen said...

I wonder if there are any children named "Google". "Search" could be a good name. Or even "Gender".

Carol H. said...

IMHO, if this person were Catholic, the baptismal name should be used exclusively during the Funeral Mass- no pronouns.

Anonymous said...

a conundrum for sure. Either male or female, this person was created and loved by almighty God. This person deserves our prayers for entry into eternal life. May this child of God rest in peace.