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Study shows high rate of discrimination against transgender people in Texas

I love Texas, especially D/FW where Tina and I live.  Absolutely adore Austin.  Houston has great museums some of the best in the country.

But damn the bigoted right wing Xians can sure be a pain.

From The Dallas Voice:

16 Oct 2012

Transgender Texans generally face even higher levels of discrimination than transgender people nationwide, according to a state-level breakout from a national study conducted last year.

Equality Texas and the Transgender Education Network of Texas released the state-level figures Tuesday from the study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality. The full national study is available online, and results from the Texas study are below. The national study included 266 Texas respondents.

In Texas, transgender people faced higher rates of harassment and assault in school. Nationally, 78 percent reported being harassed, but in Texas 85 percent faced harassment. Physical assault was also higher in the state at 46 percent compared to 35 percent nationally. Sexual assault in school was comparable at 12 percent nationally and 9 percent in Texas.

Texas doesn’t have LGBT-inclusive employment nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws. The state’s hate crimes law covers gays and lesbians but not transgender people.

Equality Texas called the rates of workplace discrimination in the state “alarming.” Chuck Smith, Equality Texas interim executive director, said the report graphically demonstrates the discrimination faced by transgender Texans.

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CeCe McDonald vs. Pussy Riot: Political Imprisonment and Perspective

From Feministing:

By Lizy Yagoda
October 16, 2012

A LexisNexis search of major, English-language, publications for the term “CeCe McDonald” yields one search result. It’s an opinion piece, published in the Sydney Morning Herald from late August. Unfortunately, the article wasn’t even about McDonald. It was about Pussy Riot.

I would venture a guess that more articles are published about Pussy Riot in an hour than have been published about McDonald since the attempts on her life that led to her conviction for manslaughter. And my research has proven such a guess to be true. Even if I broadened my search to include all English-language publications (which includes popular blogs like Jezebel and smaller market newspapers, like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but excludes, I could only find 49 articles in which she was mentioned. Compare that to the 606 articles written on Pussy Riot in the last week.

More articles call the members of Pussy Riot political prisoners than acknowledge CeCe McDonald’s existence. You are more likely to see the names of the three Pussy Rioters spelled correctly than see authors use the proper pronouns when discussing McDonald’s case. Hell, I’d bet my salary that more articles have been written about Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s hair than about the sum total of trans* women who have been murdered this year, much less those who are also women of color.

For all the rhetoric about political prisoners in other countries, we neglect to acknowledge the women of color, the trans* women, the disabled women, the queer women, who are held as political prisoners in our own nation.

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Sweden: Court rejects transgender rape acquittal

From The Local:

16 Oct 12

The acquittal of a man who was charged with raping a transgender woman has been overturned after an appeals court overruled a lower court”s finding that the rape was “impossible” because the victim was still biologically a man.

The 61-year-old man was “brutally violent” in the attack, which took place last summer, tearing off the victim’s pants and grabbing at her crotch

However, he was acquitted of the attempted rape charges by the Örebro District Court, which deemed the allegations to be “invalid”.

“The intended crime never had the possibility of being fulfilled,” explained Judge Dan Sjöstedt to local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda at the time of the acquittal in July.

The victim appealed the ruling, however, and on Monday, the Göta Court of Appeal convicted the 61-year-old of attempted rape, Sveriges Television (SVT) reported.

While the appeals court partially agreed with the district court’s ruling that the rape could never have been fully consummated because the victim was still physically a man, the court nevertheless found that the 61-year-old intended to carry out the rape.

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On CNN: Hate Group Leader Bryan Fischer Says Nazis Were Gay And Gays Are Like Cyanide. Anchor Ends Interview.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

by David Badash
on October 16, 2012

Bryan Fischer today repeated his claim to CNN anchor Carol Costello that gays are Nazis in a discussion about the eleven-year old annual “Mix It Up Day,” an opportunity to teach tolerance to children in schools. Fischer attacked gays, the Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC), and Mix It Up Day, interrupting Costello several times and lying throughout the interview. Costello finally did what every LGBTQ person, equality ally, and decent human being in America has been waiting for the main stream media to do to Bryan Fischer and other hate groups members: She said, “that’s just not true,” and ended the interview.

Mix It Up Day “is a thinly-veiled attempt to push the normalization of homosexual behavior in public schools and to eventually punish students who express a Judeo-Christian view of homosexuality,” Fischer claimed. This morning on Twitter Fischer called the Southern Poverty Law Center a “pro-bullying hate group.”

READ: Fischer: “Hitler Was A Homosexual”

“What parents need to understand, this is about pressuring public schools and students in public schools to accept homosexuality as a normal, healthy alternative to heterosexuality,” Fischer told Costello.

“You know, it’s interesting to me they’re doing this on October 30, the day before Halloween, and what this program is, it’s like poisoned Halloween candy. Somebody takes a candy bar, injects it with cyanide, the label looks fine, it looks innocuous, it looks fine, it’s not until you internalize it that you realize how toxic it is. And we want parents to be aware that any program that any program that comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center is going to be toxic to their students’ moral health.”

Fischer claimed the Southern Poverty Law Center is about bullying, silencing, and intimidating Christian students.

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Complete Second Presidential Town Hall Debate 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney – Oct 16, 2012

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Cuban missile crisis: how the US played Russian roulette with nuclear war

From Alternet:

President Kennedy is often lauded for managing the crisis. The reality is he took stunning risks to impose American hegemony, Monday 15 October 2012

The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended – though, unknown to the public, only officially.

The image of the world standing still is due to Sheldon Stern, former historian at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library, who published the authoritative version of the tapes of the ExComm meetings where Kennedy, and a close circle of advisers, debated how to respond to the crisis. The meetings were secretly recorded by the president, which might bear on the fact that his stand throughout the recorded sessions is relatively temperate, as compared to other participants who were unaware that they were speaking to history. Stern has just published an accessible and accurate review of this critically important documentary record, finally declassified in the 1990s. I will keep to that here. “Never before or since,” he concludes, “has the survival of human civilization been at stake in a few short weeks of dangerous deliberations,” culminating in the Week the World Stood Still.

There was good reason for the global concern. A nuclear war was all too imminent – a war that might “destroy the Northern Hemisphere”, President Eisenhower had warned. Kennedy’s own judgment was that the probability of war might have been as high as 50%. Estimates became higher as the confrontation reached its peak and the “secret doomsday plan to ensure the survival of the government was put into effect” in Washington, described by journalist Michael Dobbs in his recent, well-researched bestseller on the crisis – though he doesn’t explain why there would be much point in doing so, given the likely nature of nuclear war. Dobbs quotes Dino Brugioni, “a key member of the CIA team monitoring the Soviet missile build-up”, who saw no way out except “war and complete destruction” as the clock moved to One Minute to Midnight – Dobbs’ title. Kennedy’s close associate, historian Arthur Schlesinger, described the events as “the most dangerous moment in human history”. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara wondered aloud whether he “would live to see another Saturday night”, and later recognized that “we lucked out” – barely.

A closer look at what took place adds grim overtones to these judgments, with reverberations to the present moment.

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