University Under Attack for Transgender Exhibition

From The Advocate:

Loren Cameron’s photos documenting trans bodies has gotten some Minnesota students up in arms.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
September 19 2012

Transgender photographer Loren Cameron began documenting his own journey to manhood in the early 1990s, photographing his gender affirmation from female-to-male. He also began taking images of other transgender and transsexual people in the San Francisco Bay Area and within a few years his exhibitions were nationally renown. That led to Lambda-winning books (includng Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits, which put him on the proverbial map) and photo projects (including work that focuses on the sexuality of gay trans men) and extensive lectures and exhibitions around the globe. Now the University of Minnesota at Duluth is under attack for giving Cameron a $4,000 honorarium for his appearance and presentation of transgender images, according to

A conservative student group affiliated with the Arlington, Va.-based Leadership Institute is objecting to the exhibition because it has explicit images of trans men. According to, Campus Reform‘s Oliver Darcy complained that “A public university plans to host an event in which a self-described man displays sexually explicit images of his transition from a female to male physique. University officials also refused to comment on how the presentation is educational to the student body or provide further details on the event.”

Darcy complained that this is another example of UMD funding suspicious presentations, pointing out Queer History Month, a National Coming Out day lunch, and what the writer called a speech by “anti-white author Tim Wise” on race relations. Later on Fox News, Campus Reform’s Josiah Ryan argued that “UMD’s administration has spent thousands of dollars in public resources this year to support a radical and divisive agenda. While [UMD] President Lendley Black’s administration’s sponsorship of this sexually explicit presentation may satisfy a small minority on campus, it will surely offend many more students, alumni, and donors.”

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Brazil trans woman brutally murdered

From Gay Star UK:

A trans woman became the latest victim in a spate of trans murders in state of state of São Paulo, Brazil

By Dan Littauer
19 September 2012

A 20 year-old trans woman was murdered in the early hours of Sunday (16 September) in the city of Votuporanga, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The body was found near a dumpster in a rural region of the city. The victim’s genitals and one ear were found to have been cut off.

The Brazilian military police, who are investigating the case, suspect that the trans woman, who was a sex worker, was possibly taken to the remote location and murdered by a client.

The police still has no clues as to the identity of the murderer.

The victim was said to be a resident of the town of Tanabi, in the state of São Paulo and her funeral service was held on Monday (17 September).

Crimes against trans people shocked the state São Paulo. Last month, a 23 year-old trans woman was brutally murdered in the city center of Clementina.

Two people were arrested in connection with the murder.

In mid-August four trans women were shot in the city of São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo state. Two died from their wounds while the two others were taken for intensive care in local hospitals.

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Same-sex marriages on the rise in Canada: census

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

OTTAWA — The number of same-sex marriages in Canada nearly tripled from 2006, according to a 2011 census released Wednesday that revealed a dramatic shift in the makeup of Canadian families.

The data showed that married couples overall declined as a proportion of all families during the period, but still formed the predominant family structure, accounting for two-thirds of all families.

In contrast, the number of declared same-sex couples has skyrocketed since same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in July 2005.

The census counted 64,575 same-sex couples in 2011, up 42.4 percent from 2006. Of these, 21,015 were same-sex married couples (up 181.5 percent) and 43,560 were same-sex common-law couples (up 15 percent).

Gay and lesbian couples, however, still accounted for only 0.8 percent of all couples in Canada.

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UK: Equalities minister: no reason to delay gay marriage

From The Independent UK:

In a move that dashes the hopes of the Tory right, Conservative equalities minister Maria Miller says “a change is needed” in marriage law.

Oliver Wright
Tuesday 18 September 2012

The Conservative cabinet minister who was handed responsibility for gay marriage legislation in the reshuffle today dashes the hopes of religious groups and the Tory right that the Government is preparing to delay or shelve its proposals.

Writing about her views on the subject for the first time on Independent Voices the Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she believes gay marriage must be legalised to preserve Britain’s “proud history of freedom and fairness” and ensure that the institution remains relevant in the 21st century.

Giving the move her unequivocal backing she insists that safeguards are in place to respect religious freedoms but adds that that state must not stand in the way of opening up civil marriage to all.

Her intervention will be a blow to large numbers of Conservative MPs and peers who vehemently oppose the change and hoped that her appointment in the reshuffle as equalities minister in place of the Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone was a signal that the Government was preparing to change its mind and delay the plan.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Likely To Go Before Supreme Court Within The Next Year

From Huffington Post:


BOULDER, Colo. — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that she believes the Defense of Marriage Act will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year.

Ginsburg spoke at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She was asked a student-submitted question about the equal-protection clause and whether the nation’s high court would consider it applying to sexual orientation.

Ginsburg said with a smile that she couldn’t answer the question. She said she could not talk about matters that would come to the court, and that the Defense of Marriage Act would probably be up soon.

“I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term,” she said.

The 1996 law has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York and is awaiting arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Those oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 27.

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Pastors Saying ‘Stay Home On Election Day’ Dishonor Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

by David Badash
on September 17, 2012

Some Black pastors are telling their congregations to stay home on election day, because of President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage, and because they don’t trust Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion, according to news reports today. But those who counsel their congregants to do so are risking repeal of Obamacare and the voting rights act, just for starters. And those who do so also  snub their noses at civil rights pioneer and Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, who earlier this month said, “your vote is precious, almost sacred.”

Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward? My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union. Not too long ago, people stood in unmovable lines. They had to pass a so-called literacy test, pay a poll tax. On one occasion, a man was asked to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap. On another occasion, one was asked to count the jelly beans in a jar-all to keep them from casting their ballots.  Today it is unbelievable that there are Republican officials still trying to stop some people from voting. They are changing the rules, cutting polling hours and imposing requirements intended to suppress the vote. The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House even bragged that his state’s new voter ID law is “gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state.” That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not just. And similar efforts have been made in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina. I’ve seen this before. I’ve lived this before. Too many people struggled, suffered and died to make it possible for every American to exercise their right to vote.

Who would intentionally give that away?

Pastors who tell congregants to not vote, to stay home, also do so at the very peril of their Church’s tax exempt status, and thus, their future.

Churches that file as 501(c)(3) organizations are required to follow decades-old rules the IRS conveniently makes very, very clear, including on this page and in this handbook:

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Let Them Eat Crab Cake

From The New York Times:

Published: September 18, 2012


Oh, for the days when we thought Mitt Romney didn’t stand for anything.

As a secret video from a Boca Raton fund-raiser with high rollers in May shows, Romney in private stands for so many bizarre things that it’s hard to tell what’s crazier — his domestic policy or his foreign policy.

Less than 50 days before the election, we learn that Romney may have given up on half of America and on Mideast peace.

In a reply to a fat cat at the $50,000-a-plate dinner, he wrote off 47 percent of the country as deadbeats, freeloaders and “victims” who feel they’re entitled to stuff — stuff like basic sustenance.

“Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” he said. “All right? There are 47 percent who are with him. Who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

The candidate, who pays so little in taxes relative to his income that he has to hide tax returns and money in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, then added, condescendingly: “These are people who pay no income tax.”

“So my job is not to worry about those people,” he blithely concluded. “I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” What kind of presidential candidate shrugs off wooing whole groups — we’re talking many seniors and white-working-class voters in battleground states who are, if he actually knew what he was talking about, his own natural constituencies?

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