Transsexual Claims Unemployment Discrimination

From CBS Atlanta:

Department Of Labor Says To Repay Money

Wendy Saltzman, CBS Atlanta Investigates
POSTED: 5:17 pm EDT May 24, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Labor is facing accusations of discrimination from a transsexual who said she was fired when she decided to start dressing like a woman.

Georgia is one of 37 states that has no laws protecting transgender people from discrimination.

The Department of Labor originally said Jennifer Chavez was wrongfully terminated from Credit Nation for a minor offense in the middle of her sex change. But the department then yanked her unemployment benefits and is demanding she repay $5000.

Jennifer Chavez was born ______. For 51 years, she said, she hid her true identity, masked behind clothes, and the exterior of a man.

“This is a costume. This is a mask, a lot like Halloween,” she said, showing men’s clothing in her closet.

Chavez started working at Credit Nation in Austell in 2008 as a master automotive repair technician. At the time, she was clothed as a man.

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The details are important and demonstrate the limits of non-discrimination laws, which wouldn’t have protected her in Georgia or any other state with “At Will” employment laws.  If they want to get rid of yopu they will find an excuse.

I don’t have an easy answer.  Workers need far more rights and they need unions, strong unions that have legal muscle and can even the fight out with companies and their legal teams.

What the state is doing with her unemployment is so unconscionable and should be more than enough reason to never ever vote for any Republican douche.

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“Don’t Say Gay” …Or Anything Else

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Word and Phrases That Make Me want To Scream

As a post-transsexual woman and feminist the language of the Transgender Borg Collective often makes me want to scream at them.

Count me out of the cult when you use words or phrases like:

  • T-Girl…  Number one if you are past a certain age and most TGBC members who use this one passed that point decades ago referring to yourself as a girl in the singular is at best infantilizing.  While collectively used in phrases such as “girl’s night out” or “getting together with the girls” such reference takes on a certain colloquial je ne sais quoi the construct of “T-girl”  sounds straight out of a bad Virginia Prince manual instructing one on the fine points of being a woman though male.
  • “GG” again this phrase is so totally transvestite speak that I don’t know where to begin in my criticism of it. “Genuine Girl”??? WTF were you born?  did you sleep through the entire 1960s and 70s?  Or were you trapped in “Pink Essence of Pink, Pink Transfantasia”?  “Genetic Girl”???   WBT is short for “Woman Born Transsexual” Tina and I were very specific in our constructing of the phrase to suggest that transsexual is something one is born. That would suggest a genetic role.  But more accurate the annoying part is the second “G”.  “Girl”?  How freaking stone age is that one?  Do these people have even one ounce of feminist consciousness?How about something like:  Assigned Female At Birth.  Oh I know that connects femaleness to sex and not to the Pink essence of  transgender gender essentialism.
  • I’ve become extremely tired of “cis-sexual” or “cis-gender”.  Why are we supposed to use some sort of newspeak when non-transsexual or non-transgender works perfectly fine?
I could go on and probably will but this is enough for now.
I left the ghetto years ago and out in the real world beyond the gates of Pink, Pink Transfantasia ordinary men and women including lesbian, gay and post-transsexual folks do not use this sort of transspeak.

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Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan

America Rejects Ultra Right Wing Republican led attacks on Medicare and Social Security

From The New York Times:

Published: May 24, 2011

Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether they should rethink their party’s commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability heading into the 2012 elections.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser in the race against the Republican, Jane Corwin. But Ms. Hochul seized on the Republican’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

On Tuesday, she captured 47 percent of the vote to Ms. Corwin’s 43 percent, according to unofficial results. A Tea Party candidate, Jack Davis, had 9 percent.

Voters, who turned out in strikingly large numbers for a special election, said they trusted Ms. Hochul, the county clerk of Erie County, to protect Medicare.

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Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester’s record clean in 2008

From Raw Story:

By Kase Wickman
Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty formally announced his campaign seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency Monday morning, but by midday, his political past had already caught up to him. Reporting by Minneapolis City Pages’ Nick Pinto brought to attention a pardon then-Gov. Pawlenty granted to a sex offender in October 2008, which is sure to haunt the candidate throughout his campaign: the man Pawlenty pardoned was later arrested again for molesting his daughter more than 250 times in an eight-year span, including six years prior to his pardon.

Jeremy Giefer served 45 days in prison in 1994 after being convicted of statutory rape. However, because he married the then-14-year-old girl and stuck around to father the child they conceived together, he begged the state for an extraordinary pardon, which would no longer require Giefer to report himself as a sex offender.

The board — which includes the Minnesota attorney general, the chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the governor (Pawlenty, at the time) — voted unanimously to pardon Giefer.

The damning details came in November 2010, when Giefer was again arrested on counts of sex with an underage girl — this time with the daughter he had conceived with Susan before his first rape charge. According to the complaint his daughter, identified in court documents as C.G., filed, Griefer would often make her have sex with him or perform oral sex on him as a favor before he would give her permission to do things, and that he put her on birth control when she was 15 years old so that she wouldn’t get pregnant when he raped her without a condom. The abuse started when she was 9 years old.

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Wrong for America

Nevada governor signs transgender protection law

From Pink News UK:

by Jessica Geen
25 May 2011

The governor of Nevada has signed a law to protect transgender people from employment discrimination.

Republican governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law at a ceremony in Carson City on Tuesday.

The bill means that companies with more than 15 employees cannot discriminate against staff on the basis of their gender identity. They may demand appropriate dress codes and grooming standards for the individual’s preferred gender.

Current Nevada law prevents job discrimination based on a person’s colour, race, sex, religion, age, disability or national origin.

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Freedom From Religion Foundation renews call to Minnesota Legislature: Drop prayer

News Release and Action Alert

Antigay preacher prays before passage of anti-gay rights amendment

From Freedom From Religion Foundation:

May 23, 2011

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its 16,500 members including 400 in Minnesota, has renewed its formal objections to opening the Minnesota House or Senate sessions with prayer — any prayer, nondenominational or not — after the divisive appearance and prayer by pastor Bradlee Dean on Friday.

Dean, who has said he thinks homosexuality should be illegal and allegedly has suggested favoring the death penalty for gays, gave an address before the House’s vote this weekend to approve an anti-gay marriage amendment. That amendment was approved Saturday and will now go out as a referendum to voters.

Dean, who had been told that “guest chaplains” are “advised to be nondenominational and inclusionary,” intoned:

“I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians the evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every President up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name,” Dean said. (Read FFRF’s transcript of the entire prayer here.)

Dean is affiliated with You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, whose mission statement is: “To reshape America by re-directing the current and future generations both morally and spiritually through education, media, and the Jdueo-Christian values found in our U.S. constitution.”

FFRF, a state/church watchdog, has taken regular complaints about You Can Run But You Can’t Hide presentations in public schools.

Dean’s prayer created a firestorm Friday, with Republicans huddling in a private caucus meeting for more than an hour, according to the Star Tribune.  House Speaker Kurt Zellers called the invitation to Dean a mistake, Majority Leader Matt Dean called the prayer inappropriate and even Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayor, who had invited Dean, distanced himself from him.

In an interview with the newspaper, Dean insisted he wasn’t “anti-gay” and denied approving the death penalty for gay people, but spoke approvingly of an era when homosexuality was illegal:

“We don’t enforce those laws anymore and we wonder why we are going backwards,” he said. “If you were to ask me my position as far as enforcing the laws of sodomy in the state of Minnesota, I would say absolutely yes. Yeah. Yeah.”

FFRF added its objection to prayer to open the Minnesota State Senate in March, after State Sen. Terri Bonoff had asked the Senate to adopt and enforce rules that prayers be nonsectarian in nature. Her complaint followed the over-the-top prayer to Jesus on March 14, 2011 by Pastor Dennis Campbell, of Granite City Baptist Church in St. Cloud.

FFRF, in a March 22 letter to Senate President Michelle Fischbach, asked the Senate to discontinue prayer altogether. FFRF found that of 32 prayers since May 2010 through late March, 84% of officiants were Christian clergy. FFRF pointed out government prayer excludes the 14-16% of the U.S. population that is nonreligious, turning them into political outsiders.

“This controversy proves how divisive religion is in government. Once a legislature opens the door to ‘chaplains’ and ‘guest chaplains,’ it invites a union between religion in government. It invites entanglement. It invites discord,” said  FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

“If the Minnesota Legislature is going to invite pastors to pray at them and the public, how can it prevent pastors such as Dean from exploiting this exalted podium to exploit their views?  We atheists and nonbelievers would love to be given this kind of access to the legislature, yet only religion, and overwhelming the Christian expounders, are granted this endorsement.

“There is no question that legislative prayer sends an unconstitutional and inappropriate message of endorsement of the views of ministers who are invited to open sessions. His invitation was timed to inflame the debate over marriage equality. The only objections to gay marriage ever offered are religious in nature. Prayer in our government is quite simply a conflict of interest.”

Read March press release asking to drop Senate prayer

Minnesota House Passes Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

From Lezgetreal:

by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

The Republican controlled Minnesota House has tonight voted to have the people of that state decide on the rights of a minority group and vote on the fate of a constitutional amendment would define marriage as only between a man and a woman in 2012.

As demonstrators outside  the house chambers chanted, “Just Vote No”, the final vote tonight came down to 70 to 62 in favor of passage, after was nearly six hours of oft times emotional debate.

The bill has already passed the Senate and tonight’s House passage will automatically place the measure on the ballot. Such a measure is not subject to a veto from Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, who strongly opposes the amendment.

The amendment, as approved by both chambers, will now offer a simple yes-or-no question to the states voters: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

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Hate Pays and the Long Haired Whore for Jesus Want Big Bucks

From Talking Points Memo:

Anti-Gay Preacher: Please Give Me Money To Hire A Publicist

David Taintor
May 24, 2011

Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean’s morning prayer on the Minnesota House floor Friday has garnered him so much attention he’s now asking supporters for money to hire a publicist.

“WOW! Did you ever think going to the Capitol to give a prayer paying homage to the Founders, the Veterans and Christ could be so offensive to our politicians?” Dean wrote to supporters, the Minnesota Independent reports. “We certainly didn’t start this fight but we are more than willing to respond! Our small ministry team has been going non-stop the past 72 hours to not only defend the truth but to continue fighting for the foundation that made this nation so great.”

Dean continued:

“However, the liberal-biased media has taken this a step further and initiated a full-scale character assassination, attempting to inflict serious damage to the ministry and my reputation. While we are putting up a good defense with the resources we have readily available, we are in serious need of a publicist on a short-term basis.”

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