Just Say No to Transsexual/Transgender Studies and Surveys

Yesterday a woman I like and respect posted a request for people  to participate in yet another survey or study of transsexual and transgender people.  She vouched for the person doing the study and due to her personal reputation I will assume that the person doing the study is honorable.

That isn’t really the point of my objection although we should always question the purpose of any study of any people in the queer alphabet soup.  We have a history of being fucked over by studies that are supposed to be to our benefit.  Michael Bailey’s Study should have been the final straw.

Gay and lesbian parents were sucked into Mark Regenrus study, which like Michael Bailey’s fraudulent study turned out to be a tool to abuse LGBT families.

I’ve participated in way more surveys and studies over the years than most people.  I came out early and was dedicated to cooperating with the doctors and scholars studying transsexual people in the belief that I was making life easier for transsexual and transgender people.

In 1980 at Johns Hopkins John Meyer and Paul McHugh did one of these survey/studies that nearly killed SRS in this country.  To be rated a success in this study one had to be a perfect fembot heterosexually married housewife with adopted children.  At a time when one was only able to change their birth certificate and therefore legally marry a man in twenty or so states.  At a time when feminism was still in full swing and many if not most natal women were questioning sex/gender role stereotypes.

Stanford asked me to take a ten year follow up survey/study in the early 1980s.  It was after I saw the movie Blade Runner and had picked up on the term Replicant, which was the respectful name for the genetically engineered clones in the movie.

Needless to say I didn’t like the study at all.  I told Stanford they were treating us like Replicants, almost human but not quite.  That they expected us to fit perfect stereotypes and even invent false memories to do so.  We were expected to do this in spite of the barriers that were erected to keep us in our places.

At the time I felt I was doing the best I could, I had gone back to school and was employed.  I was bisexual and preferred the company of women because straight men tended to be total sexist jerks.

Suddenly it seemed like people who had been really pretty open minded ten years earlier were now reborn as supporters of rigid sex/gender roles.

When I was chided for describing myself as a Replicant I mentioned how the rude label was skin job.

The point is I resented being studied like I was some sort of alien life form or someone whose life experiences were totally different from non-trans people’s life experiences.

It is dehumanizing as a class to be seen as group to be studied.  It doesn’t matter if that group is a tribal culture, a racial/ethnic minority or an LGBT/T group.  The very act of classifying us as a collective group suitable for study marks the one doing the study as serving the dominant culture and the group being studied as inferior.

Time to end the studies.  They really don’t promote our cause, bigots remain bigots.  Too many of the studies are used to promote bigotry and the whole practice is demeaning.

Too often these studies are agenda driven, particularly when they are student studies.  The reality is I don’t give a shit about helping someone get their Ph.D in Psychology or Gender Studies.

We don’t need any more caring psychiatric workers, making a living exploiting us.  We need equality and dignity instead and these studies help with neither.

Sheriff to reexamine treatment of transgender inmates

From San Diego City Beat:  http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11340-sheriff-to-reexamine-treatment-of-transgender-inmates.html

New advisory board formed in response to CityBeat article on abuse complaints that went uninvestigated

By Dave Maass
Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013

The only document resembling guidelines for handling transgender inmates in local jails was issued by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department more than five years ago. Created under the previous sheriff, Bill Kolender, the two-page training bulletin uses Webster’s dictionary to define “transgender” and, in notably sensitive terms, urges deputies to embrace their innate human kindness to preserve an inmate’s dignity.

“It is believed that transgender individuals have always existed in our societies,” the bulletin says. “These individuals are often viewed by their friends and families as the sex they are representing and their expectation is that society views them in the same manner.”

That was issued in March 2007 in the months after local gay activists raised concerns over the death of a 35-year-old transgender detainee. According to a Gay & Lesbian Times article, the Sheriff’s Department agreed to institute sensitivity training. However, in the years since, the sheriff never developed formal policies.

This year, the department will once again reconsider how it treats this class of inmates in the wake of new complaints lodged by transgender detainees at the George Bailey Detention Facility. Sheriff Bill Gore committed to forming an LGBT advisory board in a meeting two weeks ago with San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and other gay advocates in response to a Nov. 19 CityBeat article that brought the allegations to light. 

In 2011, several transgender inmates housed in a segregated unit at the Otay Mesa jail filed complaints against 11 deputies and medical staff with the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB), the civilian body sanctioned by the county to investigate civil-rights-abuse allegations against deputies and probation officers.

The transgender inmates claimed that guards made crude, sexual remarks to them, such as: “I’m going to miss watching you two shower,” “Look, it’s the ugliest girls in George Bailey,” “I’ve got a delivery of summer sausage. Can I park it in your rear?” and “Oh God, fucking faggots. We’re surrounded by six, nasty, disgusting faggots.” One guard was accused of trading his cell phone number to an inmate in exchange for a look at the inmate’s breasts. The inmates also said they were denied access to religious and education programs and, in one case, AIDS medication.

Continue reading at:  http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11340-sheriff-to-reexamine-treatment-of-transgender-inmates.html

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Bank of America Settles Antigay Discrimination Claim With HUD

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/business/2013/01/02/bank-america-settles-antigay-discrimination-claim-hud

BY Neal Broverman
January 02 2013

The nation’s department of Housing and Urban Development took its first action against a lender for denying a lesbian couple a mortgage.

HUD recently enacted rules that guarantee housing programs be open to all, including LGBT people. The department took Bank of America to task after they denied a lesbian couple in Florida a mortgage. The women applied for a Federal Housing Authority-insured loan and, because one of the partners was unemployed, the other woman listed her partner’s mother as a co-applicant for the loan. Bank of America denied the loan because the woman and her partner’s mother are not related, though it was impossible for them to have legal ties, since Florida bans same-sex marriage.

According to a statment from HUD,“BOA agrees to pay HUD $7,500 and to notify its residential mortgage loan originators, processors and underwriters of its Settlement Agreement with HUD. In addition, BOA will remind its employees that they are prohibited from discriminating against FHA-loan applicants on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.  BOA will also update its fair lending training program to include information on HUD’s rule.”

See Also: HUD:  HUD ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BANK OF AMERICA TO SETTLE LGBT DISCRIMINATION CLAIM

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Billy Graham’s racist bigot son says gay marriage is sending the US off a ‘moral cliff’

You should hear what Frankie has to say about Jews and Muslims.  This boy should wear a swastika not a cross.

From Gay Star News:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/billy-grahams-son-says-gay-marriage-sending-us-moral-cliff020113

Franklin Graham says gay marriage is ‘far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns’
By Greg Hernandez
02 January 2013

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, put his own spin on the US fiscal cliff story by writing that gay marriage is placing the country on a ‘moral cliff.’

‘Our country’s financial problems, however, are nothing compared to the spiritual and moral cliff that is far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns,’ Franklin Graham writes in a blog post. ‘Since the recent election, we’ve seen same-sex couples lining up at courthouses in several states to receive their marriage licenses.’

Gay marriage has just become legal in the states of Washington, Maryland and Maine.

He writes that the marriages and decriminalization of marijuana in two US states, ‘is only the tip of the iceberg.’

‘The moral decline we see on television programs—blatant immorality, senseless violence, media-friendly gay and lesbian behavior—is just a reflection of the moral corruption that has infected our entire nation,’ Graham writes. ‘These are indeed dark days.’

Continue reading at:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/billy-grahams-son-says-gay-marriage-sending-us-moral-cliff020113

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Red Dress Wearing Cardinal To Same-Sex Couples: Your Marriages Are ‘Fiction,’ You Should Be Celibate

From The New Civil Rights Movement:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-cardinal-to-same-sex-couples-your-marriages-are-fiction-you-should-be-celibate/politics/2013/01/02/57562

David Badash
on January 2, 2013

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter stating same-sex marriages are “a legal fiction” and that gay people must live celibate lives or risk God’s love. George, who published the letter New Year’s Day in advance of an upcoming Illinois bill that would make same-sex marriages legal, adds that the Church will refuse to bow to the will of the majority on marriage equality, but promises the Catholic Church is not anti-gay.

READ: Catholic Cardinal: Gay Marriage Not Marriage, Just Friends With Benefits

 “Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” George writes. “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” the Cardinal states, apparently forgetting that corporations are people.

“People live out their sexual identity in different ways, but the Church offers the means to live chastely in all circumstances, as the love of God both obliges and makes possible,” George’s letter states, meaning gay people should live celibate lives or risk going to Hell.

Curiously, Cardinal George’s letter, which was also signed by six Illinois Bishops, adds that if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois, it will be challenging for him and, supposedly, all Catholics, to maintain their respectability. George is worried same-sex marriage equality will make the public label Catholics who don’t support the new law “bigots.”

Continue reading at:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-cardinal-to-same-sex-couples-your-marriages-are-fiction-you-should-be-celibate/politics/2013/01/02/57562

See also Huffington Post:  Cardinal Francis George Launches Effort Against Illinois Same Sex Marriage

Christian Dean Says Gay Marriage Will Cause Civil War

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House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Die Without A Vote

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/violence-against-women-act-_n_2398553.html


01/02/2013

WASHINGTON — Despite a late-stage intervention by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, an embattled bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women.

“The House leadership would not bring it up, just like they wouldn’t bring up funding for Sandy [hurricane damage] last night,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a key backer of the Senate version of the bill, in an interview with HuffPost. “I think they are still so kowtowing to the extreme on the right that they’re not even listening to the moderates, and particularly the women, in their caucus who are saying they support this.”

In April, the Senate with bipartisan support passed a version of VAWA that extended protections to three groups of domestic violence victims who had not been covered by the original law, but House Republicans refused to support the legislation with those provisions, saying the measures were politically driven. Instead, they passed their own VAWA bill without the additional protections. In recent weeks, however, even some House Republicans who voted for the pared-down House bill have said they would now support the broader Senate bill — and predicted it would pass if Republican leaders let it come to the floor for a vote.

“I absolutely would support the Senate bill,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told HuffPost in late December, speculating that other House Republicans, namely GOP congresswomen, “are very supportive of that.”

Asked if he thought the Senate bill would pass in the House if it came up for a vote, Cole replied, “My judgment is yes.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/violence-against-women-act-_n_2398553.html

See Also Maddow Blog:  House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act

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