Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
As posted on CNN today; Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa, the first since becoming Pope. He upheld the church's archaic ideas that condoms should be banned. Seriously?!? He "intends to uphold the traditional Catholic teaching on artificial contraception -- a "clear moral prohibition" I can respect religious thinking although I may not understand and may never understand this one. What really struck my nerve was his comment "The Catholic Church has long been on the front line of HIV care, adding that it is probably the largest private provider of HIV care in the world." Probably, but in what fashion? Avert.org's latest statistics: At the end of 2007, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa. Young people (under 25 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide.
See World and Regional statistics for HIV & AIDS, end of 2007
Apparently, what the Catholic Church is doing is NOT working, especially in Africa.
Also taken from Avert.org: "Condoms play a key role in preventing HIV infection around the world"
"The distribution of condoms to countries in sub-Saharan Africa has also increased: in 2004 the number of condoms provided to this region by donors was equivalent to 10 for every man, compared to 4.6 for every man in 2001. In most countries, though, many more condoms are still needed. For instance, in Uganda between 120 and 150 million condoms are required annually, but less than 40 million were provided in 2005."
& last but not least
"Relative to the enormity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, providing condoms is cheap and cost effective"
They also acknowledge "Even when condoms are available, though, there are still a number of social, cultural and practical factors that may prevent people from using them"
This is one site of many that supports the effectiveness of condom usage in the prevention of AIDS. Does the Catholic Church have alternative plans to bridge the one they have that ISN'T working?
Should we point out the fact that the largest victims are WOMEN? But that's a whole other rant isn't it?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The high rate of victimization had a direct impact on school attendance and academic performance. Transgender students who experienced high levels of harassment were more likely to miss school because they felt unsafe and had lower grade point averages than those who experienced lower levels of harassment. The full report can be viewed at http://www.glsen.org/cgi-in/iowa/all/news/record/2388.html. Key findings of Harsh Realities include:
- 90% of transgender students heard derogatory remarks, such as “dyke” or “faggot,” sometimes, often or frequently in school in the past year.
- 90% of transgender students heard negative remarks about someone’s gender expression sometimes, often or frequently in school in the past year.
- Less than a fifth of transgender students said that school staff intervened most of the time or always when hearing homophobic remarks (16%) or negative remarks about someone’s gender expression (11%).
- School staff also contributed to the harassment. A third of transgender students heard school staff make homophobic remarks (32%), sexist remarks (39%) and negative comments about someone’s gender expression (39%) sometimes, often or frequently in the past year.
School Safety and Experiences of Harassment and Assault
- Two-thirds of transgender students felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation (69%) and how they expressed their gender (65%).
- Almost all transgender students had been verbally harassed (e.g., called names or threatened) in the past year at school because of their sexual orientation (89%) and gender expression (87%).
- More than half of all transgender students had been physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) in school in the past year because of their sexual orientation (55%) and gender expression (53%).
- More than a quarter of transgender students had been physically assaulted (e.g., punched, kicked or injured with a weapon) in school in the past year because of their sexual orientation (28%) and gender expression (26%).
- Most transgender students (54%) who were victimized in school did not report the events to school authorities. Among those who did report incidents to school personnel, few students (33%) believed that staff addressed the situation effectively.
Impact of Victimization on Educational Outcomes
- Almost half of all transgender students reported skipping a class at least once in the past month (47%) and missing at least one day of school in the past month (46%) because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
- Transgender students experiencing high levels of harassment were more likely than other transgender students to miss school for safety reasons (verbal harassment based on sexual orientation: 64% vs. 25%, gender expression: 56% vs. 32%, gender: 68% vs. 38%).
- Transgender students who experienced high levels of harassment had significantly lower GPAs than those who experienced lower levels of harassment (verbal harassment based on sexual orientation: 2.2. vs. 3.0, gender expression: 2.3 vs. 2.8, gender: 2.2 vs. 2.7).
- Transgender students who were out to most or all other students and school staff reported a greater sense of belonging to their school community than those who were not out or only out to a few other students or staff.
- The majority (66%) of transgender students were out to most or all of their peers, yet less than half (45%) were out to most or all of the school staff.
- Most transgender students had talked with a teacher (66%) or a school-based mental health professional (51%) at least once in the past year about LGBT-related issues.
- Transgender students were also more likely than non-transgender lesbian, gay and bisexual students to talk with school staff about these issues.
In-School Resources and Supports
- Although transgender students were not more likely to report having a GSA in their school, they did report attending GSA meetings more frequently than non-transgender LGB students.
- Although most transgender students (83%) could identify at least one supportive educator, only a third (36%) could identify many (six or more) supportive staff.
- Only half (54%) of transgender students reported that their school had an anti-harassment policy, and only 24% said that the school policy included specific protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
About GLSEN GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN’s research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
After this, we just have informal chats. People come and go. During one of these chats, I was told there is another Transgender group ninety (90!) miles from here that screens its members.
Huh? Screen for what???? Criminal background? Disease? Bad breath?
Nope, they screen you for membership in other Trans organizations. If you belong to any other group or attend any other meetings, you are not allowed to join this group. This is sophmoric behavior and it is dangerously exclusive.
NLTO welcomes everyone without question. There is no prescreening or conditions although NLTO does have a super secret Transgender handshake ;D!
The Transgender - Gender Queer community, group or organization cannot afford to be exclusive in any way, shape or form.
Trans people and gender non conforming people are the ones being discriminated against, misunderstood and marginalized.
It seems to me this other group by creating an exclusive "membership" is shooting the entire Trans community right where it hurts.
They should be ashamed of themselves!