Advertisers Pull Support From Sacramento Radio Program

Sonic, Chipotle and Snapple pull advertisements in response to “Rob, Arnie &
Dawn Show” transgender comments

By: Matthew Keys Reporting for the Sacramento Press

Three companies have decided to pull their advertisement support from KRXQ 98.5, better known on-air as “98Rock,” following a controversial discussion about transgendered children on the station’s breakfast show “Rob, Arnie & Dawn.”

During the May 28th discussion, show presenters Rob Williams and Arnie States read from a news article describing a male child in another state as being permitted to enroll in school as a female.

“God forbid if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes,” States quipped.

Williams and States then took turns receiving listener phone calls, during which they called transgendered people “freaks,” “fruits” and claimed that transgendered people suffered from “medical conditions” in which they felt the need to “bring attention to themselves.” The shows third presenter, Dawn Rossi, appeared distressed during the segment.

“Those that really have this, it is a struggle for them! It is heart-wrenching for them! They have always felt like a different sex! And they’ve never felt like themselves.”

In response to the May 28th discussion, the organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued a statement on its blog, saying it was working with the organization Trans Youth Family Allies to bring attention to the segment and solicit a response and apology from station management.

“GLAAD has reached out to KRXQ management to communicate our serious concerns and demand an apology. We are waiting for their reply,” the blog read on June 1st.

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Support the 2009 Sex Workers Project Legislative Agenda

The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in NYC has put out a legislative agenda for 2009. SWP is suggesting a number of actions you can take to help. If you live in New York State please call, write, or email your representatives and/or write a letter to the editor of a local paper. If you are a sex worker (or if you do not identify that way but are otherwise directly impacted by NY State laws related to what might broadly be called “sex work”) and would like to share your experience with existing New York law or thoughts on how proposed laws might affect you anonymously with legislators, you can write to In any case please spread the word!

Here is the legislative agenda from SWP for 2009:


  • STOP PUNISHING POSSESSION OF CONDOMS!  Support the No Condoms as Evidence Bill (A3856, S1289): This bill would stop police and prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence that they engaged -or intended to engage- in prostitution.  Currently, police and courts use the fact that a person has or is carrying condoms to prove that they are engaging in criminal activity.  Sex workers report that they are more likely to be arrested if they carry condoms, and sex work venues are more likely to be raided if there are condoms on the premises.  Police officers regularly confiscate condoms from people they allege are engaged in prostitution to use as evidence at trial.  As a result people are hesitant to carry condoms to protect themselves and others, for fear that it will lead to arrest or be held against them in court.  Sound public health policy would encourage condom use by eliminating the fear that carrying a condom will be used against you by police or in a court of law.
  • RAPE IS RAPE – NO MATTER WHO THE VICTIM IS!  Support the Rape Shield Reform Bill (A6293, S2668): This bill would stop rape victims from being questioned about past convictions for prostitution.  Currently, sex workers – and those who are profiled as sex workers – are excluded from the protections of the “rape shield law,” which generally protects victims of rape from being interrogated about their sexual histories and practices.  Allowing for questioning of rape victims about past prostitution convictions implies that sex workers cannot be raped or should not be believed when they say they have been raped.  In reality, sex workers are raped at rates consistent with, or higher than, national averages.  Our government should protect all rape victims from being put on trial when they come forward to seek justice in the courts.
  • A FRESH START FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS!  Support the Vacating Convictions Bill (A7670): Unfortunately, when people are trafficked (forced, threatened, or coerced) into prostitution, they are also often arrested and convicted of prostitution-related offenses – without the police or the courts recognizing that they need help.  Even after escaping their abusers, it is hard for people who have been trafficked into sex work to start a new life with a long “rap sheet” of prostitution convictions, which have many consequences for access to housing, employment, ability to obtain professional licenses, and even parental rights.  This bill would allow victims of trafficking to clear their records and start fresh.


  • NO BRANDING OF LEGAL SEX WORKERS!  Oppose the “Sex Performer” Registration Bill (A06476): This bill would require workers in “adult” establishments to register with government authorities in order to be able to engage in legal forms of sex work.  This would result in sex workers being branded as “sex performers” by the government – which could affect their ability to obtain government benefits, employment, or housing, and could increase their vulnerability to violence, extortion, and interference with parental rights.  Although aimed at curbing trafficking into sex work, such an initiative could actually increase vulnerability to trafficking, as it would push undocumented workers further underground and away from help by driving them into criminalized forms of sex work.  The rights of workers at strip clubs and other adult businesses need to be respected and enforced, rather than subjecting them to burdensome regulations that infringe on their rights and take away their privacy.
  • SUPPORT SAFETY FOR SEX WORKERS – Oppose the Craigslist Bills (A2598, A264, S2212): These bills would increase penalties for promoting prostitution, especially through the internet.  Many sex workers work through the internet to increase their safety and avoid street-based sex work, where they are more vulnerable to violence at the hands of police, clients, and community members.  If use of the internet for the purposes of engaging in sex work is further penalized, sex workers will have fewer avenues to work more safely.  Although these bills are intended to increase penalties for “pimps,” they would place many sex workers at risk for felony convictions.  Sex workers often seek to work more safely by working collectively, sharing referrals, clients, and safety tips, and by hiring agents, security, and support staff, all of whom could be subject to increased penalties under these bills.  The government should pursue justice against those who commit violence against sex workers under existing laws against trafficking, abuse of minors, assault, and rape, rather than increase potential penalties for sex workers trying to work more safely.
  • INCREASED PUNISHMENT DOESN’T HELP ANYONE – Oppose the Increased Penalties Bill (A381): This bill would increase penalties for people convicted of prostitution more than once.  Those most likely to be impacted are the sex workers who are most vulnerable to profiling, arrest, and violence – those who live and work on the street.  Many transgender women are profiled as sex workers and arrested scores of times – regardless of whether or not they actually engage in sex work.  Victims of trafficking are often arrested many times, until they find the power or resources to escape coercive situations.  These individuals need housing, job training, and protection from profiling and police abuse, not increased penalties which just decrease rather than increase the options available to sex workers.
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Sometimes Sisterhood isn’t Powerful Enough to Overcome the Gag Reflex

For the most part I think WBTs and MBTs are pretty neat cool people although some are frightfully messed up.  I’m not talking about the mentally messed up embracers of AGP or those who espouse ultra right wing racist or woman hating crap.

I can understand  getting trapped by drugs and or booze.  Been there done that.  That comes from being an abused child growing up into being an abused adult.  Most don’t manage to get clean and sober the way I did and that’s a pity.

No!  I’m talking about those few sisters who polymorphize themselves into bizarre experiments in plastic surgery, caricatures of combining exagerated objectified and hypersexualized physical attributes together.

This isn’t strictly something done by WBTs although the motivation for this particularly scolding piece is a particular WBT.

In the 1980s I encountered  Sulka, a walking blob of liquid silicone injections and strange plastic surgery.  She was more of an embarassment than half the transgender people I’ve met.

I had this deep revulsion and fear that people would look at this collection of body modifications and think that was what I too was about.

Now we have Amanda Lapore.  Yuck…  I’d rather be photographed hugging Monica Helms or Autumn Sandeen, who at least have positive intent even if they push the transgender thingie to the point of erasing women with a history of transsexualism from public consciousness.

We worked so long and so hard to be taken seriously only to have this freak get labeled as the #1 transsexual.

The only positive thing I can say about her is that if that is what the public thinks we are about it makes total stealth easier for the rest of us.