From the New York Daily News
Originally Published:Thursday, January 28th 2010, 3:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 28th 2010, 3:03 AM
A transgender New Yorker has filed a $10 million sex assault suit against an NFL player – and in a separate action is also suing the city, saying she was abused and humiliated by cops.
The two met in a Scottsdale, Ariz., casino in early 2009 when Green still played for the Arizona Cardinals, the 38-year-old East Side woman says in papers filed in federal court in Florida, where Green was born and lives.
You know there are so many murder cases where convictions are based on dubious evidence that people can have qualms about. But when someone is busted in the act there can be no doubts.
Scott Roeders murder of Dr George Tiller was a Christo-Fascist terrorist act of cold blooded murder. Not only was it planned but it was carried out as methodically as the attack of 9/11.
He should be shown absolutely no mercy. Execute him or sentence him to life without parole.
It is time to serve notice on the misogynistic anti-abortion mob that their acts of Christo-Fascist trerrorism will no longer be tolerated by civilized people. The message is that they are un-American and more akin to the Saudis in their abhorent treatment of women’s rights.
Time to get rid of the Hyde Amendment too.
Obviously gay closet cases like Ted Haggard blither on and on about the “gay lifestyle” and choosing to live or not live the “lifestyle”.
There is a “gay lifestyle” but it isn’t what people like Haggard are talking about. It really has nothing to do with what LGBT/T people do in bed although it might have a lot to do with how we meet and form relationships.
By the same token there is a Christo-Fascist lifestyle that revolves around lining the pockets of superstition peddlers so they can live the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Gay, bisexual or lesbian, transsexual, transgender or straight is something you are. Something most reasoned people would think you are born. It isn’t a lifestyle choice.
The reason bigots like Maggie Gallegher and her hate group the National Organization For Marriage (a name that disguises its bigotry behind a title that sounds as though it would support marriage equality) are so anti-marriage equality is that it gives lie to the idea that LGBT/T folks are so alien to the rest of humanity as to be a pariah race destined to wander the earth as outcasts.
The battle for equality often revolves around the control of semantics and semiotics including something cognitive linguist, George Lakoff calls framing.
In order to deny LGBT/T people their rights and equality it is necessary to make their being a choice rather than something innate and then further to trivialize it by calling it a lifestyle choice.
Oddly the invoking of the invisible and undetectable bully in the sky and gathering around to worship this fanciful imaginary being truly is a lifestyle choice. As is selecting the career of being a scam artist for any one of the multitude of sky beings.
As I said this does not mean there aren’t LGBT/T lifestyles. Hell we have parades and festivals, commonly shared tastes and even fashions. In fact were our “lifestyles” associated with an ethnic group they would be called a culture and not a lifestyle.
However, removed from the social and taken as individuals or as part of family units we are culturally more like the class and ethnic groups we grew up in. We may love members of the same sex or change sex but we are still part of the vast geography of humanity and share the same wants and needs as straight people.
One of those needs is to not be used by closet case gay men like Haggard or bigots like Maggie Gallegar as scapegoats and pawns to con the rube into supporting the private jet set lifestyles of the rich and famous con artists for Jesus.
A copy of a 1966 Buffalo Springfield CD titled simply Buffalo Springfield that I ordered from Amazon came in today’s mail. It features Stephan Stills and Neil Young.
The You Tube version I chose id from the Monterrey Pop Festival
The have a book section in the Big Box where I work. When I want to feel really shitty and depressed I go and look at the ghost written crappy right wing and quasi religious bullshit they peddle.
Ever wonder how the Palins, Becks, Coulters and Twilight virgin vampire books wind up on the best seller lists? Look no further than the major warehouse department stores.
Anyhow this week I was wading through the tables because they occasionally do have really good books at very good prices and I came across Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour by Gayle Haggard and Angela Elwell Hunt. I can pretty well guess who did the telling and who did the writing.
I thought, “How fucking pathetic is this?” Your superstition peddling huckster of a husband is a self loathing closet homosexual.
Teddy boy wants back in on the Jesus Hustle and momma misses the big bucks.
As Upton Sinclar wrote many years ago in a very obscure book titled The Profits of Religion the main purpose of religion is not the glorification of some invisible sky daddy but rather the amassing of wealth and power.
As a closeted gay man on the down low Ted Haggard had to hide the fact he was a meth snorting cock sucker because it conflicted with the praise Jesus and pass the collection plate lifestyle of the con game he was running.
The main pillar of the religion hustle these days is homophobia. The con artists for Jesus use it to get the flock to lay the tithe on them or if not an actual tithe then as much as they can give to fight the homosexual agenda.
The main tenet in Christo-Fascist ideology regarding LGBT/T people is that it is a “lifestyle choice” and that homosexuality can be cured by prayer. So naturally if Teddy wants to resume raking in the big bucks scamming the flock he has to “pray away the gay”. And if Gayle wants to continue benefiting from the con game she has to stand by her miraculously cured hubby.
Pathetic, absolutely fucking pathetic.
I never had any respect for Haggard, just looking at him and listening to him I could tell he was a sick self loathing closet case.
I would have had vastly more respect for him if he had come out, admitted he had preached homophobia as part of the con game to fleece the flock and repented for that ethical sin.
Then if Gayle had said we have reasons for staying together that include my accepting he is gay I would have some respect for her. Or if like the wife of James McGreavy, former governor of New Jersey she had screamed, “I want a fucking divorce and a huge settlement”, I could have also respected that.
I have nothing but contempt for the both of them and I hope all the people he conned in the past preaching Anti-LGBT/T hate to look at him and call him every single filthy name the Christo-Fascists have encouraged them to use for LGBT/T people.
I swear some times the most delicious dirt just falls in to my ample lap. The current homophobic/transphobic Pope wears red Prada pumps with his satin dress and drag queen rings as well as being a former Hitler Youth, full blown Nazi. Oh and Miss Thang has a blond Austrian boyfriend.
Last night I came across the story that Pope John Paul II should be canonized as a saint for because he used to beat himself with a belt and sleep on the floor. Sources: God is for Suckers and Joe, My God . From God is for Suckers there is a link that takes me to the MSM source story on MSNBC, because I realize that the superstitious sky daddy believers would accuse us of making this shit up if just cross referenced other queers and atheists.
But this dirt does not come from the National Enquirer or some other super market tabloid but rather straight from a book by a Polish Prelate leading the push to make JP a saint.
The MSNBC money quote:
At a news conference Tuesday, Oder defended John Paul’s practice of self-mortification, which some faithful use to remind them of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
“It’s an instrument of Christian perfection,” Oder said, responding to questions about how such a practice could be condoned considering Catholic teaching holds that the human body is a gift from God.
In the book, Oder wrote that John Paul frequently denied himself food — especially during the holy season of Lent — and “frequently spent the night on the bare floor,” messing up his bed in the morning so he wouldn’t draw attention to his act of penitence. “But it wasn’t limited to this. As some members of his close entourage in Poland and in the Vatican were able to hear with their own ears, John Paul flagellated himself. In his armoire, amid all the vestments and hanging on a hanger, was a belt which he used as a whip and which he always brought to Castel Gandolfo,” the papal retreat where John Paul vacationed each summer.
While there had long been rumors that John Paul practiced self-mortification, the book provides the first confirmation and concludes John Paul did so as an example of his faith.
It just slays me how much shit these religious fucks get away with. LGBT/T and even straight folks into kink get treated like they are mentally ill if their consenting adult sex practices include kink like BD/SM but for members of Opus Dei and other “religious leaders” self flagellation is a sign of holiness.
The best comment I saw was on Joe, My God from someone with the screen name of Tallulah, “How long did he have to do it before he came?”
Like many transkids who come out young I had a boyfriend, a man I loved deeply and who I leaned on for emotional support during a couple of years prior to my getting SRS and a year after while I was recovering.
We broke up about a year after I had SRS.
It seems as though just about every single younger sister I knew who was in a committed relationship with a man saw that relationship end after SRS.
Now conventional wisdom was that our partners were secretly gay and they couldn’t handle our having pussies.
I think part of this thinking bleeds over into the profile of “trannie chasers”. But, I don’t think it is necessarily the case because most of our boyfriends weren’t trannie chasers and tended to wind up with WBW girlfriends..
Now some may have exoticized us (Not eroticized as Julia Serano would have it but rather a different issue) in the same sort of model placed on women from non-white, non-Christian, non-American women. The idea that we tried harder in our femininity. Maybe we did in our insecurity regarding what we thought was expected of us by the gate keepers. Or maybe it was simply a phase we were going through…
But anyhow the way things went down many of us broke up. Perhaps it was the working together that had been part of the glue that held us together.
But I suspect there may well have been something else. You see I have the perspective of the years and the good fortune to have watched a number of people go through the surgery.
Second Wave feminism may have attacked the idea of women as property but the ephemeral idea still lives. After SRS we are new people, whole for the first time in our lives and many if not most of us aren’t ready to become property. So along with getting rid of the physical parts we shed our partners of before and try to find someone or something new in life that doesn’t have the baggage of having been with us before.
All too often the thought in our minds say, “They were with us when they must be gay.”
Or perhaps we are thinking about trying our new wings and flying instead of settling in to the role of wife and becoming the exclusive property of someone we knew before.
Whatever… We are most often the ones that do the things that end the relationship.
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January 26, 2010 (New York, NY) – The Women’s Media Center and united organizations dedicated to reproductive rights, tolerance, and social justice have launched a campaign calling CBS to immediately pull an anti-choice advertisement sponsored by Focus on the Family to air during Super Bowl XLIV.
CBS has a well-documented history of prohibiting advocacy ads it deems controversial, rejecting ads from organizations such as PETA, MoveOn.org, United Church of Christ, and even ones that carry only an “implicit” endorsement for a side in a public debate. Last year, NBC made the prudent decision to not air anti-choice messages during the Super Bowl. CBS executives have indicated in the past that they would not air Super Bowl ads where “substantial elements of the community (are) in opposition to one another.”
Focus on the Family is an organization well-known for opposing the equality of Americans based on gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and reproductive freedom. This ad uses one story to subtly dictate morality to the American public, and encourages women to disregard medical advice, potentially putting their lives at risk. Abortion is a controversial issue and anti-abortion vitriol has resulted in escalated violence against reproductive health service providers and their patients.
“An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year – an event designed to bring Americans together regardless of background, faith, ideology or political affiliation,” says Jehmu Greene, President of the Women’s Media Center.
The ad goes against the approximately 70 percent majority American view that reproductive decisions should be left up to a woman and her physician; against the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that such decisions are protected by a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy; and against the health needs of the 1 in 3 American women who will need an abortion at sometime in her life.
American values of privacy and freedom should be respected, not undermined during the Super Bowl. CBS must take action now, by canceling the airing of Focus on the Family’s anti-choice ad.
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We are celebrating the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that placed the control over women’s reproductive decisions in the hands of women and their doctors.
Now it seems that a lot of men out there, especially those who believe in faith based misogyny do not think that the most personal of decisions belongs in the hands of those most affected.
As far as I am concerned life does not begin at conception but rather at birth. But let’s say it does. As long as that life can’t not live outside the woman’s body it is not an independent life.
The woman will be responsible for all the care and support of any child born should the father or for that matter the non-biological spouse decide to walk away. Child support payments are all too often a joke.
This was true a hundred and fifty years ago when the Suffrage Movement was active and it is true today. But choice and trusting women should extend far beyond abortion access that is both safe and easily available.
Trusting women means offering advice with the understanding that an individual woman may weigh that advice and reject it. It doesn’t mean guilt tripping her if she chooses a different path from the one you may think is the correct path.
As a woman born transsexual I too have experience people guilt tripping me for taking the path I have take. Some feminists seem wedded to the idea that my body and life are not my own, that I owe my being to an ideology that would have required me to not change my sex but rather to fight sex or gender oppression by “transgressing gender”. In essence this is not trusting me to determine what I wish to do with my life and demanding the same sort of enslavement to an ideology as the denial of any other form of control over one’s reproductivity.
At the heart of the abortion and by extension birth control debate for they are in fact one and the same is the right to control one’s own sexuality, something that goes to the heart of the questions of freedom and autonomy. It is the right to say what happens to my own body and not the right to impose my beliefs upon the bodies of others.
Just as no one has the right to demand sex with out consent no one should have the right to proscribe matters such as abortion, birth control, sterilization or sex reassignment surgery.
The idea of personal freedom as long as one does not harm others is challenged by the anti-abortion people and the anti-SRS people alike, often the groups putting forth that challenge are one and the same and most often they claim the authority to do so based on some sort of mysterious voice emanating from some invisible and undetectable being in the sky who coincidentally belives in male supremacy, rich elites and the hatred of LGBT/T people.
It is hard to sustain outrage and anger on such a perfectly gorgeous January day that is filled with sunshine and is in the lower 70 degrees F. So before I head off to work I thought I’d put up the weekly fun post.
Today I received this story from Brenda Lana Smith’s news feed.
Canada – Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General off the hook in M2F gender-variant rapist convict Shauna Taylor (nee Vance Egglestone)’s sex change… [2010-01-22 Toronto Star]
Ministry off the hook in rapist’s sex-change
Court rejects decision ordering attorney general to pick up cost of rapist’s psychiatric assessment
Legal Affairs Reporter
Fri Jan 22 2010
Seven lawyers, four judges and two testicles. They’ve been at the centre of an important legal case and dispute over an Ontario psychiatric patient’s request for a sex change.
Now, Ontario’s highest court has ruled on who should pay for a pre-surgical psychiatric assessment of Vance Egglestone, a multiple rapist now known as Shauna Taylor.
Taylor, 53, who began attacking women in bars in the 1970s and has spent nearly 35 years locked up in psychiatric hospitals, has been trying to become a woman. The next step is an operation to remove both testicles, a procedure known as a double orchidectomy.
But what began as a patient’s request sparked broader legal issues that tested the scope of the Ontario Review Board’s power.
Although the board, which has jurisdiction over about 1,000 mentally disordered inmates, ordered the Ministry of the Attorney General to pick up the cost of having Taylor assessed by a Toronto gender identity clinic, the ministry objected. The board’s decision was reversed last year by a Superior Court judge.
When the case reached the Ontario Court of Appeal last week, a group known as the Empowerment Council, representing people with mental health issues, had joined the fray as an intervenor.
The council, along with Taylor, backed the review board in the dispute, arguing the board’s independence could be compromised if it were forced to pay for the psychiatric evaluations of patients. This is especially true when the board essentially controls a patient’s destiny, making decisions about whether he or she can be released, they argued.
There might even be a perception that if the board refused to send a patient for an assessment, it was because it did not have the money in its budget, the court was told.
In writing for the unanimous appeals court Thursday, however, Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler rejected these arguments.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has indicated it is prepared to pay for any assessment ordered by the Ontario Review Board, he said.
The review board’s powers are set out in the Criminal Code.
In Thursday’s decision, Winkler said Justice Clair Marchand, who heard the case last year, was correct in finding that since there was no provision specifically authorizing the board to order another branch of government to pay for psychiatric assessments, it had no power to do so.
The board had been told by forensic psychiatrist Ron Langevin in 2007 that Taylor suffers from “gender identity disorder” and surgery would not only improve his sense of well-being, but reduce his risk of reoffending.
However, some staff at the Oak Ridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre have expressed doubts he has the condition.
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My opinion is this:
There are few pieces of human feces lower than rapists. As far as I am concerned they should confined forever with no medical care what so ever. I say that as someone who has been the victim of one of these pieces of shit. I barely escaped being murdered.
If this prick wants a sex change operation I say “Strap the rapist prick down and let me at him with a Bowie knife. I’ll gladly cut his dick and balls off.”
If you think I am angry ask his victims if they think he should be rewarded with serious consideration for sex reassignment.
There are some crimes just so far beyond the pale that those committing them should be deemed as having forfeited the right to ask for favors. It is favor enough that he is still treated as human.
Submitted by Andrea Brown
[2010-01-20 Havana Times]
Cuba Carries Out Sex Change Operations
January 20, 2010
HAVANA TIMES Jan. 19 – The director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), Mariela Castro, confirmed today to the press that sex change operations are being done in the country. Around half of the persons waiting for the procedure have already had it.
Without specifying figures, Castro affirmed that some 120 persons have approached the CENESEX, but up to now only 30 transsexuals have been identified and 26 have requested the operation, reported IPS.
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