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I dislike the idea that we should all embrace the term transgender as an umbrella.
Trans would make more sense and wouldn’t force people to take a label they don’t want to wear for any number of reasons, some legitimate and some sketchy.
When I came out in 1969 “transgender” wasn’t a word yet or if it was it wasn’t in general circulation outside of a small set of people. I first heard the word in 1976 at Renaissance, a Trans group in LA. It had a limited meaning.
When I came out one was either a transsexual or a queen. Transsexuals had sex change operations, queens kept their original genitalia.
Neither group had a problem with extending the courtesy of the feminine pronoun to members of the other group.
Indeed failure to do so could result in fights that might involve broken beer bottles and knives.
Then came the David Bowie glitter kids and a mixed used of pronouns. They were sort of the gender queer kids of their day.
The point is people have different identities and it is rude to try and force them to wear your label.
That is the same thing the bigots do. They lump us into a dehumanized group and try to make us wear their label.
It is just as rude and stupid when progressive allies do it in the name of identity and unity.
It is not misgendering or malgendering. Misgendering or malgendering is what HBS shitheads do to Autumn Sandeen and Monica Roberts. Of course they do it on line and not to their faces because doing it to their faces might result in the above mentioned bar fight scenario being played out.
Misgendering or malgendering is the deliberate usage of the wrong pronouns or titles in contradiction to a persons presentation and identity.
It is not using transgender instead of transsexual or transsexual instead of transgender.
When GLAAD uses transgender as an automatic adjective for all trans-people it isn’t misgendering. It might be rude. It might be the result of the pushing of identity politics to the point where peoples’s personal identities are either erased or disrespected but it ain’t fucking misgendering them.
I’m tired of all the energy various representatives of the melange of different trans-communities pour into attacking people who are allies or activists working to further our individual rights.
While you are fighting over labels and in the process are disrespecting each other and the people doing the heavy lifting of activism, shits like Cathy Brennan, the radfems and their allies the Christo-Fascists/radical right are hard at work trying to undo the rights of all transsexual and transgender people.
Then we will all be misgendered/malgendered as a matter of public policy and we will find our papers restored to those of our birth sex.
So go ahead pick fights with the organizations that are fighting to defend our rights.
Just do the rest of us a favor and use your real names when you are doing this because the activists that are hard at work furthering our rights are.
And they are way too busy working for those rights to troll blogs and engage in the endless game of World of Transwarcraft.
A popular “Project Runway” contestant who appeared on the series as a gay man is now living as a woman.
E! Online reports that Andy South, who starred in the eighth season of the hit Lifetime series and made it into the top 3, now identifies as female on Facebook, and has changed his name to Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong. In addition, the designer now appears in a series of profile photos with long hair and in full make-up.
“Thank you to my fans and friends who have supported me all the way. To my family for seeing me for me and for all the love I am surrounded with,” the 25-year-old Hawaii native wrote on June 3, according to RadarOnline. “I am blessed to be so accepted and welcomed just the way I am. May that love flow through me and onto many others. Live in love for the world needs it.”
She also noted: “Much has changed in a year. And much has not. Love my cousin and sister. A year of intense growth shared.”
From GLAAD: http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-marches-8th-annual-trans-day-action
by Nichole Latimer
Monday, June 25, 2012
Members of GLAAD staff joined hundreds of other supporters last Friday afternoon in support of the annual Trans Day of Action. The event is hosted every year by TransJustice, a subgroup of the Audre Lorde Project.
The 8th Annual Day of Action (TDOA) began with a rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, a march in the surrounding streets, and speak-outs by organizers of the project and members of the community. Some speakers celebrated the achievements that transgender and gender non-conforming people and their allies have made recently. Others encouraged the audience to mobilize and take a stance against the discrimination that they continue to experience in so many different areas of their lives. Many took the time to mourn and remember loved ones they had recently lost. Marchers chanted pleas to end hatred and discrimination towards trans people and held signs that proclaimed messages such as “Equal Protections for Trans People Now” and “Gender Justice Now.”
Events like these are an important way to bring awareness of trans issues to the broader LGB community and allies. TDOA is necessary because trans voices far too often are silenced in the media, despite experiencing discrimination at disproportionate rates. According to the 2011 National Hate Violence Report and the Injustice at Every Turn report, hate-violence against trans women of color is at an all-time high as well as overall discrimination in education, employment and in the penal system.
Continue reading at: http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-marches-8th-annual-trans-day-action
From National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: http://thetaskforceblog.org/2012/06/26/rhode-island-transgender-hate-crimes-bill-becomes-law/
June 26, 2012
In an unexpected, and mostly unnoticed, move earlier this month, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, a former Republican who became an Independent in 2007, signed the Transgender Hate Crimes Monitoring Bill (S2488), which is a critical step toward reducing hate-based violence against transgender people in Rhode Island.
The measure provides training for local law enforcement in addressing hate crimes against transgender people, and requires mandatory hate crimes data collection/reporting requirements for crimes based on gender expression and identity. The Task Force provided technical assistance to local advocates in drafting the law, which already included sexual orientation.
Inclusive hate crimes laws at the state level are necessary despite existing federal hate crimes laws. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This law was a major victory in the fight for equality for LGBT people because it sent a message that our federal government will not tolerate violent crimes that target individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
However, the federal law does not provide protections for non-violent or property hate crimes, which are generally included under state laws; nor does it include mandatory reporting requirements, making it difficult to assess the frequency of hate crimes against LGBT people.
Travis MealingJun 26, 2012
NORTH SIMCOE – A pro-life, family-values organization has singled out 15 Conservative MPs – including Simcoe North’s Bruce Stanton – for supporting greater protection against discrimination and hate speech for transsexual Canadians.
The Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition objects to a private member’s bill introduced by Randall Garrison, a New Democrat from British Columbia. The organization is holding the 15 Conservatives responsible for voting in favour of Bill C-279, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.
The proposed legislation passed second reading June 6 by a vote of 150-132. All 132 nays came from Conservatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was one of 17 Conservatives absent for the vote, which would have been lost had Stanton and his 14 fellow Conservatives voted the other way.
“This legislation has been a long time in the works,” Garrison stated in a press release. “This shows Canadians that there are people on all sides of the House who view equal rights of transsexual, transgender and gender-variant Canadians as basic human rights.”
June 25, 2012
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned Monday the recent murder in Mexico of a 16-year-old transsexual.
Octavio Hernandez Villanueva was found dead last Wednesday in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
“The information available further indicates that the body was found wearing women’s clothes, presenting abrasions and a knife wound on the neck,” the IACHR said in a statement.
A number of social organizations have expressed concern about the negligence of the authorities in the investigation of the killing, based on their assumption that it might be a crime of passion.
by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
26 June 2012
Cyndi Lauper has launched a new project in the US aimed at empowering and advocating on behalf of homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, and raising awareness of the problems they face.
The Forty to None Project was launched as a result of the disproportionately high number of LGBT youth in the estimated 500,000 to 1.6 million young people in the US who are homeless or runaways.
The project said up to four in ten of those are gay, bisexual or transgender. As its name suggests, it aims to reduce the percentage of homeless youths who are LGBT from forty to zero.
Lauper said: “For far too long gay and transgender youth who are experiencing homelessness have not received the attention, resources and support that they desperately require.
“As the first national organization that works solely to address the needs of homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, the Forty to None Project will help fill that void and address the challenges experienced by this long-ignored, but important part of our society. All of us must join together to stand with America’s next generation so that they can stand on their own.”
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/25/foie-gras-torture-ban-california
On 1 July, California is poised to become the first state in the US to ban foie gras. The ban was actually passed in 2004, with more than a seven-year grace period to give California’s sole foie gras producer time to implement reforms and figure out a way to produce the dreadful “delicacy” without force-feeding ducks and geese. The producer didn’t achieve either goal, and now it has procrastinated itself out of business. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.
I may have been typecast in Hollywood as a bad guy, but there is something inherently sinister about force-feeding birds to the extent that their livers balloon up to 10 times their normal size. California was right to ban this barbarity, and in the UK, where force-feeding is prohibited, a ban on the sale of products from this suffering is long overdue.
Birds raised for foie gras are force-fed up to 2kg grain and fat a day through a tube that is shoved down their throats – a process that one California politician describes as “the equivalent of waterboarding”. Force-feeding birds such an enormous amount of food results in a painful disease known as hepatic steatosis, or fatty liver disease. The birds also often suffer from internal haemorrhaging, as well as fungal and bacterial infections.
A New York Times reporter who visited California’s foie gras farm found that force-fed ducks “moved little and panted”, and an employee admitted to a journalist reporting for another publication: “Some [birds] die from heart failure as a result of the feeding or from choking when they regurgitate.” An undercover investigation at the farm revealed filthy, bedraggled birds that struggled to breathe – some of which were too ill to stand – and even the bodies of dead birds among the living.
Continue reading at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/25/foie-gras-torture-ban-california
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/americas-shameful-human-rights-record.html
By JIMMY CARTER
Published: June 24, 2012
THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.
Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.
While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.
The declaration has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/americas-shameful-human-rights-record.html
The pope’s new PR strategist not only hails from Fox News; he belongs to the secretive Opus Dei society and lives in an all-male house cleaned by women members.
By Adele M. Stan
June 25, 2012
Let’s say you’re at the top of a large, right-wing institution; one with such a patriarchal bent that only men are allowed into leadership. Imagine that, in recent times, your once-powerful worldwide conglomerate is losing oodles of clout, thanks in part to media coverage of the scandals that have beset you: the leaking of your CEO’s private correspondence to a reporter, that pesky decades-long epidemic of child sexual abuse by your branch managers, mutiny amid the ranks of the service wing of your organization, and the perception that you have played dirty with one of your competitors.
Where would you find a really savvy player in the media world with legendary message discipline on a range of issues that serve the interests of the moneyed, exclusionary, patriarchal elite? Who ya gonna call?
Why, Fox News, of course.
This weekend the Vatican announced its hire of Fox News correspondent Greg Burke for the newly created role of communications strategist. Since the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI’s reign over the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See, as the Vatican is known, just can’t seem to catch a break in the media. Kicking off his papacy with hard-line rhetoric against Islam that resulted in rioting, Benedict now seems to have lost all control even of his own subordinates, as evidenced by the spilling over into the public sphere a round of internecine Vatican battles that resulted in the arrest of the pope’s butler for allegedly leaking Benedict’s private correspondence to a journalist.
That scandal took place just as the Vatican was earning black marks in American media for its jihad against U.S. nuns for not being mean enough to LGBT people, and for advancing such “radical feminist themes” as equality of the sexes. Instead of heading into the cloister to reconsider their radical views, nuns are taking to the airwaves to present their case, and in the eyes of Catholic laypeople, they appear to be winning the day.
Then there are recent attempts by state-level conferences of Catholic bishop to halt proposed state legislation in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts that would either lengthen or lift statutes of limitations for reporting sexual crimes against children, all in the service of further covering up thousands of such crimes by Catholic priests. Add to that the bishops’ attempts to obstruct access to contraception to women who work in church-affiliated institutions such as hospitals and universities, and the moral authority of the church hierarchy is taking a major hit, encouraging media outlets to cover the church more objectively and aggressively than they have before.
By Laura Flanders
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
June is LGBT Pride month in the US and there has been a lot to celebrate. From marriage to the military, LGBT people have won acceptance, but that doesn’t mean we’ve banished, poverty, terror and shame. The unacceptable pervades our profit-mad society – and that’s nothing of which to be proud. So, what’s next for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) movement? I asked longtime activist and organizer Amber Hollibaugh.
A self-described “half-gypsy, white trash, former sex-worker, hooker and sex radical,” Hollibaugh is the author of the best-selling memoir, “My Dangerous Desires.” After forty years, her heart is still set, not on admittance to some sad status quo for LGBTQ people, but rather, on social transformation.
LGBTQ movements carry a special burden of oppression on account of being associated with sexuality, she says, but they also the hold a particular promise and power, not just for individual liberation, but also for society. The erotic, she says, renews our imagination and binds us to the future in profound ways:
“Everyone’s always told about politics you have to be practical, but I actually think that’s not true, you actually have to hold to a dream … and desire is part of that dream.”
With so much still to change, this is no time to privatize and hush. It’s time to talk ever louder and ever-more publicly about dreams and desire and wanting.
Continue reading at: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/9993-living-and-loving-while-lgbtq
By David Edwards
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A rape victim who was arrested after reporting her attack to the Tampa police can sue the prison employee who refused to allow her access to a contraception pill due to religious beliefs, a federal court has ruled.
The victim, who is only identified as R.W. in court records, visited Tampa’s Rape Crisis Center on Jan. 27, 2007 where a “rape kit” procedure was performed and she was given two contraception pills. The doctor instructed her to take one pill immediately and the second one 12 hours later.
R.W. then reported her rape to Tampa police and was arrested after it was discovered she was wanted for failure to appear and failure to pay restitution on a previous charge.
When R.W. requested her second contraception pill the next morning, Hillsborough County Jail employee Michele Spinelli refused on religious grounds.
“Spinelli told the Plaintiff that she would not give R.W. the pill because it was against Spinelli’s religious beliefs,” a complaint (PDF) filed in United States District Court Tampa Division states.
What a woman hating dickwad…
WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) moved this week to hold a noncontroversial flood insurance bill hostage until the Senate agrees that life begins at fertilization.
The bill, which would financially boost the National Flood Insurance Program on the cusp of hurricane season, had been expected to pass easily in the Senate. But since Paul on Monday offered an unrelated “fetal personhood” amendment, which would give legal protections to fetuses from the moment of fertilization, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is threatening to halt progress on the legislation.
“I’m told last night that one of our Republican senators wants to offer an amendment — listen to this one — wants to offer an amendment on when life begins,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “I am not going to put up with that on flood insurance. I can be condemned by outside sources; my friends can say, ‘Let them have a vote on it.’ There will not be a vote on that on flood insurance. We’ll either do flood insurance with the amendments that deal with flood insurance, or we won’t do it. We’ll have an extension.”
Reid has allowed Republicans to attach unrelated amendments to other important bills in the past few months. Most notably, he let the Senate vote on a contraception-related amendment, proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), to a transportation bill. But Reid called Paul’s measure “ridiculous” and “outlandish,” and asked Republicans to deal with him on “their side of the aisle.”
Paul told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he is “just trying to get a vote for people who elected me.”
25 June 2012
The Industrial Revolution, which made Britain the powerhouse of the world in the 19th Century, may have been consigned to the history books but it has left a legacy of environmental problems.
Experts warn it continues to pollute drinking water, poison rivers and threaten flooding and in the process it fuels climate change and affects huge swathes of the modern landscape.
The mining of lead, tin and other metals is thought to have contaminated nearly 2,000 miles of waterways. Estimated repair costs run into the hundreds of millions.
Dr Hugh Potter, a mine pollution specialist for the Environment Agency, said: “The metals are going to continue to come out of these mines and spoil heaps for hundreds of years without any significant lowering of the impact.
“So unless we do something about it, it will have an impact for a very long time.”
Continue reading at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-17315323
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/25/rio-governments-will-not-save-planet
It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations – the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up and discuss it. Those who did attend the Earth summit in Rio last week solemnly agreed to keep stoking the destructive fires: sixteen times in their text they pledged to pursue “sustained growth“, the primary cause of the biosphere’s losses.
The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is destroying it. Whenever consumer capitalism becomes snarled up by its own contradictions, governments scramble to mend the machine, to ensure – though it consumes the conditions that sustain our lives – that it runs faster than ever before.
The thought that it might be the wrong machine, pursuing the wrong task, cannot even be voiced in mainstream politics. The machine greatly enriches the economic elite, while insulating the political elite from the mass movements it might otherwise confront. We have our bread; now we are wandering, in spellbound reverie, among the circuses.
We have used our unprecedented freedoms – secured at such cost by our forebears – not to agitate for justice, for redistribution, for the defence of our common interests, but to pursue the dopamine hits triggered by the purchase of products we do not need. The world’s most inventive minds are deployed not to improve the lot of humankind but to devise ever more effective means of stimulation, to counteract the diminishing satisfactions of consumption. The mutual dependencies of consumer capitalism ensure that we all unwittingly conspire in the trashing of what may be the only living planet. The failure at Rio de Janeiro belongs to us all.