Hillary Clinton Says Gay Rights Are Human Rights

On Top Magazine, USA

By On Top Magazine Staff

Published: June 22, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that gay rights are human rights and pledged to defend those rights at home and abroad.

“Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights
and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.”

The standing-room-only event was co-hosted by the State Department’s Office of Civil Rights and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), a group that represents the agency’s LGBT members.

Clinton reminded the crowd that discrimination and prejudice against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people persists.

“Think about what’s happening to people as we speak today. Men and women are harassed, beaten, subjected to sexual violence, even killed, because of who they are and whom they love.”

“In some places, violence against the LGBT community is permitted by law and inflamed by public calls to violence; in others, it persists insidiously behind closed doors.”

“These dangers are not ‘gay’ issues. This is a human rights issue,” she said to loud cheers.

She also took the opportunity to highlight some of the gay rights initiatives advanced in the Obama administration, the State Department in particular, and announced that for the first time gender identity will join sexual orientation in the agency’s equal opportunity statement.

“Our work is demanding and we need every person to give 100 percent,” she said. “And that means creating an environment in which everyone knows they are valued and feels free to make their contribution.”

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also will host a gay pride celebration Tuesday evening at the White House

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Friday Night Rock a Billy Fun and Culture Getting to the Roots

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DART board approves trans protections

From The Dallas Voice

Advocates pledge to keep working with board to improve wording in non-discrimination policy

John Wright  |  Online Editor wright@dallasvoice.com

After removing a one-word amendment that would have gutted the proposal, Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday, June 22, to add transgender protections to the agency’s employment nondiscrimination policy.

The vote came after about 10 LGBT leaders addressed the DART board, with dozens more looking on from the audience in the local community’s largest turnout for a public meeting since Fort Worth City Council meetings held in the wake of the Rainbow Lounge raid last year.

LGBT speakers demanded that the DART board approve the new policy after removing the amendment, which consisted of the word “except” and was added a week earlier in an apparent attempt by some DART officials to dilute the proposed trans protections.

“A word is standing between us, and the word is ‘except,’” Stonewall Democrats of Dallas President Erin Moore told the DART board, adding that everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. “All of these things also include you. Why not include us?”

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We Do Not Live in a Trans-Envelope

Many Blogs by WBTs, transsexual people, transgender people and people that fall in categories that place us in sexual or gender minority categories focus only on trans or LGBT/T issues.

I don’t…

I try to look at the other things that oppress me and by extension many other people as well.  Often times those people are in the alphabet world abbreviated to LGBT/T.  But often times we are united equally by our status of working people.

I am working class.  I know that those who do the marketing would prefer I use the term lower middle class or some such bullshit to disguise the reality of being working class, separated from the poor or poverty class only by reason of currently being employed.

I rarely see people like myself and my fellow workers reflected in the media unless they are putting us on display in documentaries showing our plight to the real middle class.

Thanks to economic measures taken after the great Depression and WW II the lives of working class people took on many of the trappings of a “middle class”.

Thirty years of  Free Market Reagan/Thatcherism have left that “middle class” tattered and battered.  I tell people to read Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine” for an understanding of what happened.

I write a lot about being atheist and the oppressive nature of religion.  No gods, No masters… I try to not let my life or writings be ruled by superstition.

We also live in a world where it is possible to enjoy the arts and culture.  One of the reasons for my putting up “Friday Night Fun and Culture” is to share music that I have enjoyed over the many years.

The past couple of months I have been Blogging on the fly.  I was working extremely long hours filling in for a manager one step above me who had been terminated.  I was hoping to get promoted to be her replacement.

I was working so hard I ran head first into the “glass ceiling”.  They never posted the job internally.  Even though I insisted upon applying I probably never had a chance.

If nothing else they saw me as too close to my fellow workers to promote from the ranks.  A carrot was dangled in front of me when I was told last week that I didn’t get the position.  The carrot was one of, “If you learn the position from this person hired from outside we will consider promoting you but in a different store.

Then last night one of my people was injured on the job.  My friend, the closing lead called me asking what to do because the new manager had not left her phone number.  I was the one who had to make the decision and take responsibility.  I tried to contact regional and got voice mail.  I called my lead and said,  “Get her to the emergency room.  I’ll take responsibility for you getting her the medical attention she requires.”

So much of our lives are outside the realm of trans this or trans that.  What often impacts us the most are those same things that impact the lives of non-trans people.  Our jobs, the things we do for recreation, the movies we watch, the music we listen to and books we read.

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From Card Fees to Mortgages, a New Day for Consumers

From the New York Times


At last, it’s settled.

After months of haggling, the terms of financial reform are set, so long as both houses of Congress vote to accept them in the coming days.

While elected officials spent much of their time working out the details of regulating complex derivatives and grappling with whether banks ought to make big bets with their own money, they also set a number of new rules that will directly affect consumers.

Investors and those who advocate on their behalf did not get everything they wanted. Stockbrokers and annuity peddlers are still not required to act in their customers’ best interest, for instance. But mortgage shoppers stand to gain under the new rules and millions of people will now have access to a free credit score.

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