Forty Years Ago Today There Was Another 9/11

Forty years ago today Pinochet over threw the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and instituted a fascist military dictatorship in Chile.

He did so with the backing of accused war criminal Henry Kissinger, the CIA and major American Corporations.

After the coup Pinochet’s US backed dictatorship launched a bloodbath murdering intellectuals, journalist and any who opposed him.

All with the blessing of Nixon, Kissinger and the CIA.


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Mainstream Media Fails on Coverage of Chelsea Manning’s Transition

From Truth Out:

By Candice Bernd
Sunday, 08 September 2013

Chelsea Manning announced her gender transition a day after she was sentenced to serve 35 years at a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Some mainstream publishing outlets tried their best to respect her gender identity by switching to her preferred name and pronoun, but many others continued to use her former name as well as masculine pronouns to identify her.

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition,” she said Thursday.

The AP, The New York Times, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and TIME have switched to Manning’s preferred name and pronoun, albeit not without delays and some internal debate within their organizations. But almost all major television networks, including some sources interviewed on MSNBC, and the Washington Times, Politico and USA Today, among others, can’t seem to respect Manning’s fairly simple and clearly stated desire to be referred to in the feminine, consistent with her gender identity. The Washington Post claims to be reviewing its style guidelines, but the organization continues to refer to Manning using masculine pronouns.

Mara Keisling is the executive director at the National Center for Transgender Equality. The center works to educate members of the news media on how to cover issues related to transgender subjects and sources, among other issues. “We haven’t heard anybody talk about Edward Snowden’s gender identity or Edward Snowden’s sexual orientation because they’re not relevant, and we want the media to understand that it’s not relevant with Chelsea Manning either, except as a stand-alone story about somebody transitioning,” she told Truthout.

Some publishers and media outlets, including CNN, and initially NPR before reversing its decision, have stated that they wouldn’t respect Manning’s preferred name and pronoun until she begins hormone replacement therapy or undergoes gender confirmation surgery – a vital treatment she may never receive as the military prison at Fort Leavenworth has denied her request officially, a move the American Civil Liberties Union has said could violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

The most current version of the AP stylebook informs journalists they should “use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.” [Emphasis added.]

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Meet The Trans Scholar Fighting Against The Campaign For Out Trans Military Service

From Buzzfeed:

“Trans people, trans organizations, the trans movement did not choose this battle,” Dean Spade says.
The law professor says rich donors chose the issue, and maintains the focus will hurt other trans rights issues.

Chris Geidner
September 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — In recent months, one of the key issues relating to transgender rights that has come up in public debate is that of out transgender military service. A leading trans legal scholar, however, tells BuzzFeed the focus is “likely to harm” other progress sought by the transgender community and is coming at “the whims of a few wealthy donors.”

From the decision by former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, to come out as trans to the announcement by Chelsea Manning that she also is trans, trans military issues have received more attention than ever before. Also affecting the dynamic is the decision by Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, a former colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard who has since come out as trans, to back a $1.35 million donation to the Palm Center to study transgender military service.

For Dean Spade, who is trans and a leading left legal scholar on transgender and other inequality issues, the attention being paid to the military issues is part of a disturbing trend.

“Here’s the problem: Trans people, trans organizations, the trans movement did not choose this battle,” Spade noted. “[O]ne very wealthy individual has picked this issue and is funding advocacy about it.”

Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to provide legal help to trans, intersex and/or gender nonconforming people, regardless of income or race and has been an outspoken opponent of the military and criminal justice systems in the country — a position Spade links to his work to advance social, gender and racial justice. He also is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law who is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School and previously worked as a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School.

In an email discussion with BuzzFeed, Spade sought to push back against the recent focus on trans military service:

So, what’s going on here?

Dean Spade: The U.S. military has recently lifted the ban on women in combat and begun to let lesbians and gay men serve openly. Some see these changes as advances for equality, and some have identified the remaining exclusion of trans people from military service as a next target to change. Many universities are letting the military recruit on campus again now that it no longer officially discriminates against gay and lesbian employees, but on some campuses controversy is erupting because the ban on trans service has not yet been resolved. As the nation and world ponder U.S. military intervention in Syria, the LGBT movement in the U.S. is divided about its views about military service and U.S. militarism.

Why, in your view, is this issue reaching the headlines?

DS: This issue will continue filling headlines. But not because military service is the most pressing concern facing trans populations or the thing trans people want most. It is because one very wealthy individual has picked this issue and is funding advocacy about it — putting more money toward trans military inclusion than is currently devoted to any other trans issue.

That individual is Col. Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune. In August, Col. Pritzker came out as trans publicly. The Pritzker family, which includes Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, are true 1-percenters. Colonel Pritzker, along with 10 other members of her family, are listed in the Forbes list of the “400 Richest Americans.”

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Let the Witch Hunt Begin

From Huffington Post:


As feared, Putin’s puppets have extrapolated their law banning pro-gay propaganda from influencing children into a law that bans children from being raised in a non-homophobic home. The government has brought a law to the table that would give itself power to remove children from their biological or adoptive parents if they are gay or even suspected of being gay.

This law is horrifying enough on face value, but imagine a circumstance where a mother has been granted custody of her children after a messy divorce. The father could now gain custody of the children simply by accusing his ex-wife of being a lesbian. She would then have to prove, in an already unfriendly court, that she is not a lesbian, and that she is virulently anti-lesbian and promises to raise her children to be homophobes. If not she may never see her children again. It doesn’t stop there. This law is an open invitation for witch hunts of every kind. It was designed to be abused not only by citizens, but by politicians looking to rid themselves of opposition.

What makes Putin’s war on homosexuals so frightening is that the methodology is perfectly simple. His recipe is time-tested and depends, almost entirely, on the most dependable truth of all — human nature. All that Putin needed to begin was the spark of a widely held, if only whispered prejudice such as homosexuals being pederasts and sex offenders. Feed the glowing embers with government concern for the innocent people whose good will has been abused by the gays as they spread their message that their life-style is somehow acceptable. Low-level laws controlling the spread of these messages can now be enacted. Police are now empowered to search homes, seize computers, arrest and fine anyone they feel might be breaking the newly enacted laws. Emboldened by these bans, vigilantes have implied instruction to protect their communities from the rampant evil. Intolerant speech in the streets as well as the media, street violence and gang organizing are all normalized. And now the government comes in with “concern” for the gay community’s safety. They are rounded up for their own protection and isolated for the sake of the children at risk of infection. Welcome to the return of concentration camps.

What, you may ask, is Putin looking to gain? Mine is only a guess, but I would say that a man who releases photos of himself bare-breasted on horseback is one whose ego does not tolerate criticism of any kind. Whether he aims to distract attention from monetary misdeeds or he’s snatching powers not granted by Russia’s constitution, he seeks blind loyalty. Nothing binds a people to their leader like a common enemy. Voters don’t change governments during war. By attacking us he not only brings his right-wing staunchly into line behind him, but simultaneously invalidates the liberal and intellectual communities who would stand up against his policies.

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12 year old transgender fights drug ban to halt female puberty

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US: Study reveals transgender workers are at greater risk for unemployment and poverty

From Pink News:

10 September 2013

A new report has revealed that transgender workers in the US experience unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole, and are four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 (£6,400).

The report released this week, entitled ‘A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers,’ is a companion to the recently released report, ‘A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.’

It is co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with Freedom to Work, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, and SEIU.

The report shows that transgender workers report unemployment at 14% – which is double the rate of the population as a whole at 7%.

44% of transgender people who are currently working are also underemployed.

Transgender workers are also at 15% for having household incomes under $10,000 – which is four times the rate of the population as a whole at 4%

Mara Keisling, Executive Director of NCTE, said: “This new report underscores the harsh reality of what it means to live and work as a transgender person in this country. Like other workers, transgender Americans deserve to be judged by our work and contributions and not by one aspect of who we are.”

Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director of MAP, also explained how these figures have come to light.

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AFL-CIO Adds Transgender Protections To Its Constitution

From Buzzfeed:

“Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up,” transgender advocate Mara Keisling says.

Chris Geidner
September 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation, amended its constitution Monday to add a provision banning discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression.

The decision to ban transgender discrimination at its 2013 convention followed the decision of several unions within the federation already to have made the addition of similar nondiscrimination policies into their own policies. The federation is made up of 57 national and international unions representing more than 12 million workers.

“Very exciting,” National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling said. “Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up.”

Human Rights Campaign Vice President Fred Sainz said, “The labor movement has long been a leader on full inclusion in the workplace. This important addition to the governing document of the largest federation of labor unions is a historic and important step forward to ensuring that every American has an equal shot at employment and equal benefits.”

HRC and NCTE are part of a national coalition seeking to press Congress to pass federal legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, that would ban sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the workplace, protecting LGBT workers from job bias. The coalition, Americans for Workplace Opportunity, is seeking a Senate vote on the legislation in coming months.

Pride at Work, the LGBT organization within the AFL-CIO, celebrated the federation’s decision Monday on Facebook, calling it “a great day in our movement.”

Saying he was “thrilled” to hear the news, Tico Almeida, the president of Freedom to Work, said in a statement, “The AFL-CIO and its millions of members work hard to improve wages and working conditions for all Americans, and they are squarely on our side as transgender and gay workers fighting for a fair shot at the American Dream. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of [Communications Workers of America] President Larry Cohen, who introduced the proposal, and our LGBT brothers and sisters at Pride at Work.”

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