Banksy on Public Advertising

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Medical Coverage

Today a friend of mine told me that the University where she works is going to provide a health care policy for her that covers SRS.

This is common decency and has been something transsexual folks have fought for years to get covered.

Sex Reassignment Surgery isn’t implants and it isn’t facial surgery, things that can honestly be classified as cosmetic.  (Although the cosmetic nature of reconstructive surgery shouldn’t automatically preclude coverage.) It is about changing one’s sex based on the one universal standard used in determining if one is male or female, the visible genitalia that are between a person’s legs.

That thing the Transgender Borg claim is really trivial.

Be that as it may.  The fact that more and more corporations as well as state and local governments are finally adding coverage of SRS to their health plans after years of denying coverage based on the the idea of SRS being experimental or a pre-existing condition.

Thanks To President Obama’s Health Care Reform the pre-existing condition clause goes away.

That right there should be reason enough for all TS people to support the Democrats.

But there is a real shit storm looming.

This whole objection to abortion, contraception and women’s health care coverage is a huge bomb sitting in the room.

We know the Republican and the pseudo-Christian Dominionists hate women.  Look at the lengths they are going to to totally fuck women over.

They think women should be subservient, paid less for equal work, and denied opportunities.  They are using their pseudo-Christianity and self-righteousness like a club, depending on liberals to be nice and polite, to not really fight back and certainly not to put an end to the ultra right wing “Christian” bullshit.

Look around.  How many hospitals have the name of a saint in your city, how many actually have the name of a church or religious organization?

They get money from the government, your tax dollars and my tax dollars yet they get to decide which service they will provide and to whom.  They get to discriminate based on the “sacredness of their religion”.

It is time to demand America start acting like it claims to be in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Pledge.  I want to see my country live up to its ideals of liberty and justice.  I want equal treatment for all and equal opportunity.

Equality is a birthright it shouldn’t require wealth to have.  Health care should be guaranteed and not a privilege reserved for rich white men.

Get the government out of the business of controlling our sex parts and back to preventing corporate criminals from destroying the nation and its people.

Oh yeah… If religious organizations do not want to provide health care and health insurance coverage to all their employees and include stuff like birth control perhaps it is time to have the government take control of those businesses and provide the treatments the churches find repugnant.

 

 

Flat Lady – Michelle Glavan

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You Are Not Ugly, So Don’t Make Those ‘Am I Ugly?’ Videos

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-cho/am-i-ugly-videos_b_1300411.html

02/27/2012

You’re not ugly.

Not in the least, so don’t make those videos. Take them down if they are up. You don’t need people to tell you how beautiful you are on there. You don’t need to put yourself in the position to be judged that way. You are better than that, and you deserve the very best in life. If I could come through this screen and tell you and show you and bolster you and buoy you up and raise you high above all the bad sh*t you are going through, so that your spirit is free and you feel like you are flying, I would. I’d give anything if I could find a way to show you how lovely and perfect you are. If you’d believe me when I say that you are amazing, that you are the only you in the world, and that that makes you special and precious and holy, truly one of a kind, it would make me the happiest.

I thought I was so ugly for so long, and I wasted so much of my life on this dumb notion. I punished myself and avoided my reflection in mirrors and any windows. I would see myself reflected back, and I would look away, trying to pretend I didn’t exist, because I hated myself so much. I hated the way I looked, and it started early on. My father found a school project from first grade where I had written on a photo of myself that I looked like a flat-faced mummy. Firstly, how does a kid that young know what a flat-faced mummy is? Secondly, I cry at my own self-judgement, and thirdly, I was such a cute kid. Imagine my face, and then miniaturize it in your mind until the age of 6. I know, f***ing adorable.

One day I looked at myself and thought: Sh*t, this is it. This is what I look like. No amount of self-hatred is going to change my appearance. I am who I am. I am stuck with this, and I have to love it, or else I am going to die early from my own suffering and idea that I got shortchanged in the looks department.

Why go through life feeling cheated? It does nothing but make you bitter. I don’t want to be bitter. I want to be better. I want you to be better. I don’t want you to waste all those years like I did. I didn’t get to the point of feeling really good about myself until my 40s. That was pretty much 40 years of uninterrupted self-loathing that I had no need for. I never got to enjoy my youth; I was a gorgeous kid, and I missed it because I hated myself for no reason. I am kicking myself because I missed out on so much happiness because I had this idea that I was ugly that I couldn’t shake, partly because others — people who had their own issues with self-hatred and took it out on me — supported it. I don’t want you to miss out on a minute of your fantastic lives.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-cho/am-i-ugly-videos_b_1300411.html

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Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, ENDA Co-Sponsor, Is Not Seeking Re-Election

From Metro Weekly:  http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2012/02/breaking-republican-sen-olympi.html

Posted by Chris Geidner
February 28, 2012

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) will not be seeking re-election, confirm Maine news outlets, meaning the loss of one of the most pro-LGBT equality members of the Senate Republican caucus — and a possible pick-up for the Democrats.

According to The Portland Press Herald, Snowe said in a statement that “this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health… I have no doubt I would have won re-election.”

But, according to her statement, Snowe says she’s frustrated “that atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive.

“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”

Complete article at:  http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2012/02/breaking-republican-sen-olympi.html

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Tell Harris Publications: Fire Vanessa Satten

From Color of Change:  http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/protectgirls/?source=coc_website

Please go Here and Sign the Petition:

XXL Magazine has published a video of a 45-year-old rapper encouraging teenage boys to force themselves on underage girls. The graphic monologue is disturbing. So is the willingness of Harris Publications, which owns XXL, to give this kind of dangerous rhetoric a platform.

Join us in calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten, who presides over the workplace culture that allowed such a grave misstep. When we do, we’ll send a message to the entertainment media industry that we won’t be silent when it broadcasts commentary that promotes sexual violence against girls and women.

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Here’s the letter we’ll send to Harris Publications President and CEO Stanley R. Harris on your behalf. You can add a personal comment using the box to the right.

Dear Harris Publications President and CEO Stanley R. Harris,

I am writing to ask that you fire XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten for providing a platform for dangerous rhetoric that dehumanizes and demeans girls and young women. Under Satten’s leadership, XXL has become a place that promotes violent fantasies involving aggressive, hypersexual boys and preteen girls. I ask that you intervene now.

As you know, the XXL website posted a video interview with rapper Too $hort, who encouraged teenage boys to “turn girls out” by pushing “her up against the wall.” The 45-year-old rapper continued, graphically urging his audience to put their hands inside the underwear of middle school aged girls in order to achieve what he called “mind manipulation.” Your company, XXL, packaged the disturbing monologue under the headline, “Fatherly Advice From Too $hort.”

Rhetoric like this has real effects on girls in our communities. Three out of five Black girls have experienced sexual assault by the time they turn 18. Nearly a third of sexual assault and rape victims are between the ages of 12-17.

I am aware that the magazine has issued a vague apology, but that does not go far enough to hold Satten, the staff’s leader, accountable. It also does nothing to explain what you will do to make sure that sexual violence directed at girls and women is no longer promoted by XXL, King or any of your media companies.

Please act now to remove Satten from her post at XXL and explain what Harris Publications plans to do to make sure your audience isn’t again subjected to rhetoric that characterizes girls and women as playthings who can be fondled and otherwise abused whenever a boy or man pleases.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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Corporate Immunity Looks Likely: Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Shell In Human Rights Suit

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/corporate-immunity-supreme-court-shell-kiobel-human-rights_n_1306825.html


Supreme Court Correspondent, Huffington Post
02/28/12

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning appeared divided along party lines, with a conservative majority ready to hold that corporations cannot be held accountable in federal courts for international human rights violations.

The Court was hearing oral argument in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which was brought under a founding-era law, commonly called the Alien Tort Statute, that allows foreign nationals to bring civil lawsuits in U.S. federal courts “for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” The 12 Nigerian plaintiffs contend that Shell Oil’s parent company aided and abetted the Nigerian government in its torture and extrajudicial killing of environmental and human rights protesters resisting Shell’s operations in Nigeria in the 1990s.

The Alien Tort Statute says nothing about what types of defendants — corporate, individual, state — may be sued. In the past year, the four appeals courts to take on the issue of corporate liability have divided 3-to-1 in favor of those bringing the lawsuits. But Tuesday’s oral argument reinforced the relevancy of another aspect of all these decisions: their partisan nature. Save one defection from each side, every Democrat-appointed judge held for corporate liability, and every Republican appointee found for corporate immunity.

At the very start of the Supreme Court’s argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that “the case turns in large part” on Royal Dutch Petroleum’s argument in its brief that “international law does not recognize corporate liability.” He then pulled a quote from Chevron’s brief in support of its fellow multinational oil company, which said, “No other nation in the world permits its court to exercise universal civil jurisdiction over alleged extraterritorial human rights abuses to which the nation has no connection.”

“I was trying to find the best authority you have to refute that proposition,” Kennedy told the Nigerians’ lawyer, Paul Hoffman.

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