First, a Norfolk police officer brutally threw a 66 year old Trans woman to the pavement while making an arrest for what the cop feels was assault. By the way, this Trans woman had just suffered a hypoglycemic attack on the side of the Interstate Highway. The police officer then took her to the station where he and two other male cops searched her - Norfolk Virginia Police Officer Arrests 66 YO Transgender Elder After Diabetic Attack
Next, a Trans woman was fired for low productivity from a Midas Muffler shop five days after she transitioned at work - ENDA Or Not: The Right To Discriminate Against Transgender People Exists
Laura Bush (yep, that's her name) called me to say she received a letter from Fleet Reserve Association Branch 60- Club 60 president, Dale Aho which can be read below.
In this case, The Fleet Reserve Association chose separate but equal bathrooms for Laura from which one can draw the conclusion Laura is not considered good enough to use the woman's toilet. And on, and on, and on ad nauseium.
The real clincher on all three of these stories is that each of these Trans women served their country proudly as members of the United States Navy. They were willing to lay down their lives for their country and now they are beaten by local police, can't keep a job simply because she was attempting to live her authentic life and finally Laura, a 24 year Navy Veteran who is not allowed to freekin pee in peace nor is she allowed to participate as a Chaplin as her authentic self in the VFW Post 392 in Virginia Beach. Yep, they want her to drab down in order to participate.
This is a time when I am quite ashamed of my Hampton Roads community.I also realize there is a tremendous amount of work to be done in educating the general public in Hampton Roads, VA about Transgender issues so all of these ugly forms of discrimination can be brought out in the open for what they are and people will be angry when a Transgender person feels the bitter sting of discrimination.
Transgender veteran draws complaints at clubOriginal Article
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 9/30/2010 04:44:00 PM
This outrageous proposal would mandate that all online communications services use technologies that would make it easier for the government to collect private communications and decode encrypted messages that Americans send. This includes communications sent using texting platforms, BlackBerries, social networking sites, and other "peer to peer" communications software such as Skype.
While the country tends to other issues, the administration and law enforcement officials are seeking greater power to invade your privacy. We must take a stand against this proposal before it even makes its way to Congress.
Sign the ACLU's petition to Attorney General Holder: Rein in FBI surveillance power.
So, what's wrong with this proposal?
There is no justification for this move to put our personal online communications within easy reach of the government's prying eyes.
We must send a strong and clear message to the Obama administration today: Do not spy on me.
Thanks for standing with us,
Posted by De Sube at 9/30/2010 12:10:00 PM
|The Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative regained its funding from the City of San Francisco in June, 2010. The Mayor and city council recognized the importance of job training for Trans folks. |
There are so many positives to any employment training program and the following article does a great job describing them.
"right to discriminate" states where employers have the right to fire an employee for no specific reason. Virginia is one of these states.
Yesterday, a dear friend and Trans sister told me she was fired from her job five days after she transitioned. Her employer, Midas Muffler actually used low productivity as the reason for termination. My friend had one warning several weeks ago about low productivity. Ironically ,it was the same time she informed Midas she was going to transition.
According to my friend, she has a spotless attendance record and has never had any negative issues with Midas.Her low productivity is a direct result of a lack of business during one of the worst recessions in history and Midas' failure to attract business.
What can she do about this blatant act of Transgender discrimination? She could sue Midas for sex discrimination under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but this would cost big bucks and there is no guarantee she would win. The other option is to look for another job because Midas had the right to discriminate in our wonderful Commonwealth of Virginia.
So for those of us who live in the twenty-two "right to discriminate states," the passage of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act or the lack there of is not a big deal. Employers can fire anyone for any reason and never have to give the terminated employee a specific reason.
The bottom line is that it will have to be up to the majority of people to change their attitudes toward Transgender folks and all other marginalized segments of society and do the right moral thing as they did in San Francisco.
Goodwill store hires transgender people
Thursday, September 30, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In this economy, it's tough for anyone to find a job, but for one segment of the population it's especially difficult. So one local store is knocking down barriers and putting them on the payroll.
An estimated 70 percent of transgender people in California face workplace discrimination. This is the first Goodwill in the nation to provide training and job skills. It's a temporary store, but those involved in the program think it will have long-term effects.
Mia Tu Mutch, 19, says discrimination is alive and well.
"As soon as I started transitioning with my gender and playing with that and changing with how I looked a little bit, it was very hard to find work," says Mutch.
She came to San Francisco looking for tolerance, but even at job fairs where everyone was interviewed, she was turned away.
"It took me six months to find a job in San Francisco of all places," says Mutch.
The job she found was at a Goodwill pop-up store. The space on Market Street in San Francisco's Castro District has been empty for three years. The area's supervisor, Bevan Dufty, decided to play matchmaker.
"I brought Goodwill together with the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative and it was love at first sight," says Dufty.
Goodwill can have the space until a permanent company is ready to move in, which is likely going to be Trader Joe's. Goodwill has agreed to hire participants from the transgender program.
"This is not just a hire, this is a very unique program tailored to TEEI participants, so it's not discrimination," says Claire Farley from the Transgender Initiative.
The on-the-job training includes teaching transgender employees how to handle unique situations that will come up in the workplace.
"We help them kind of traverse that water that 'Well how do I call my reference from two years back and say now my name is...'," says Farley.
This pop up store could be gone in nine months, but workers like Mutch hope this is the only the beginning of what will be long careers.
"We'll prove we can increase sales and we can get loyal customers and then they'll want to continue to hire trans-people or keep a trans-store somewhere else," says Mutch.
The store has been unofficially open this week, but the ribbon-cutting ceremony is this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and it is open to the public.
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Posted by De Sube at 9/30/2010 11:00:00 AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with some ladies who represented the Richmond, VA chapter of PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.PFLAG is a fully inclusive organization and represents family and friends of Transgender and Bisexual folks as well.
We talked about the new update on PFLAG's Welcoming Our Trans Family and Friends which can be downloaded or ordered in quantity.
The topic shifted to the availability of other PFLAG chapters in Virginia. Although there are listings for a PFLAG chapter in Hampton Roads, VA, it seems it does not exist. Phone calls are never answered. Messgaes are left unanswered. A local Norfolk church that sponsored a PFLAG chapter even advertises the chapter and contact information in its weekly bulletin. All for naught. It just doesn't exist.
This is a sad situation for the family and friends of LGBT folks who are looking for support. For years, I have encountered many looking for such an organization. The closest active chapter is in Richmond, VA, which is almost 100 miles from Hampton Roads.
One would have to think that of all the churches and other organizations who say they are totally acceppting and inclusive one of them would actually practice what they preach and form a PFLAG chapter.
PFLAG marks 20 years of support to family, friends of gays, lesbians
By Paula Vogler
GateHouse News Service
Posted Sep 28, 2010 @ 04:13 PM
A group formed to lend support to those involved with the gay and lesbian community held its first meeting on Sept. 24, 1990 at the Unity Church in Easton.
Now 20 years later the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is still meeting once a month and still embracing those that walk through the door.
Recognition of those 20 years will be incorporated into the group’s Sept. 27 meeting at 7 p.m. but the meeting will still be about supporting the parents, children, and young adults who come, according to Cecile Arnold, PFLAG member.
Arnold said the meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30. Eight to 20 people from Easton and surrounding communities like Canton, Stoughton, Taunton, and Sharon typically attend.
An Easton resident, Arnold said her daughter came out when she was 29 years old and since then Arnold has spent 10 years working with a PFLAG group in New York and another 10 years in Easton.
She said the welcoming atmosphere at the meetings is a place people feel safe to discuss their concerns and experiences.
“The participants at the meetings agree to respect each other’s confidentiality,” Arnold said.
She said many parents did not realize their child was gay although sometimes they suspected it. While most parents are okay with that, Arnold said they struggle with who in their circle of friends and family to tell and how to tell them.
“The big issue is the coming out process for parents,” Arnold said.
Arnold said the group also works with the schools, making presentations in classrooms so teachers are tuned in to what to do when they hear anti-gay comments and students understand how hurtful those comments are.
Mary Cuddy Sutherland of Canton had been involved with the Greater Boston PFLAG for six years when her son let her and her husband know he was gay.
She said for some people attending a first time meeting with people they do not know can be intimidating but they quickly learn the common goal is to love those that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).
“The meetings have helped me understand LGBT issues and that loving your child unconditionally is the best road to follow,” Sutherland said. “I have learned to become an ally in the quest for full equality for all LGBT people.”
Arnold said while the group was formed originally to support those in the gay and lesbian community, in the past five years more people are coming with transgender children.
“We help them understand it’s a family dynamic they can live with,” Arnold said.
Dianne Monnin of Easton said her son went through his transgender transition five years ago when he was 27 years old. She first attended Easton’s PFLAG meeting one year ago with a friend who attended.
“I felt like I might have something to offer but I definitely had something to gain,” Monnin said. “I understand what families go through. Because it’s such an accepting place it’s okay to talk about it.”
For more information on the Easton PFLAG chapter call 508-238-0567 or send an email to PFLAGEastonArea@comcast.net.
Paula Vogler can be reached at 508-967-3510 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2010 The Taunton Gazette. Some rights reserved
Posted by De Sube at 9/29/2010 10:55:00 AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This is what happens when a school and / or entire school system do not do enough to ensure the safety of a Transgender child nor was the school sensitive to the needs of the Transgender child by making her use a gender neutral bathroom.
This is a case of blatant discrimination. It reminds me of Black people suffering through segregation where they had to use separate bathrooms and drink from specially designated water fountains.
Panel: School Discriminated Against Transgender 6th Grader by Not Letting Student Use Girls' Room
Posted by De Sube at 9/28/2010 11:25:00 AM
Transgender repairative therapy does not work. It has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and other such organizations throughout the world. It didn't work at Johns Hopkins and it does not work today. Brainwashing - behavioral modification does irreparable harm to the Transgender child.
The most effective way to deal with a Transgender child is to let them be themselves in a loving and safe environment. If the child is not Transgender, there is no harm done.
A Trans child needs the same love and support from school systems as they do from their parents. They need to be protected from bullies and allowed to live and function as their authentic selves.
How should schools handle transgender kids?
"He never stops talking, he never stops smiling — and that's something we didn't see before," said his mom. "For me to say 'no' would be denying him happiness."
Posted by De Sube at 9/28/2010 09:46:00 AM
Monday, September 27, 2010
Mona Shores Principal Jennifer Bustard needs to get over herself and her transphobic attitude. This young Trans man certainly won the Homecoming King contest fair and square. Precedent was set at William and Mary last year when a Trans woman was elected Homecoming Queen.
Come on Principle Bustard, join the 21st century.
ACLU may enter school transgender case
Oakleigh Reed 'willing to talk to them'
Updated: Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 1:05 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 1:05 PM EDT
* By Ken Kolker
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - The ACLU of Michigan wants to take up the cause of a transgender Mona Shores High School senior who was denied a chance to become homecoming king.
"I'd be willing to talk to them," Oakleigh Reed told 24 Hour News 8 today.
Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Legal Project, said he took an interest in the case after seeing 24 Hour News 8's story on Reed , which aired Sunday.
"It raises some concern about how the school has chosen to treat people based on gender," Kaplan said.
Kaplan said he would contact the school, if Oakleigh agrees, to "alert the district to the laws. Hopefully, they'll reconsider the action that they've taken."
Oakleigh, who was born Oakleigh Marie but now goes by Oakleigh Marshall, is still listed in school records as a female. The teen plans to have a sex-change operation at age 18.
The student campaigned for homecoming king on Facebook -- a write-in election that took place on Sept. 17.
Mona Shores Principal Jennifer Bustard said rumors that Oakleigh got enough votes for king are untrue. There is no way to know because they stopped counting Oakleigh's votes.
"In order to be eligible for homecoming king, the ballot clearly states you must be a boy," she said. "For homecoming queen, you must be a girl."
"He, as I use the pronoun correctly out of respect, is not a boy."
When a student advisor told administrators that Oakleigh was getting votes, "we let the advisor know to nullify and not to continue on," Bustard said. "We just stopped (counting) when we noticed an ineligible person was running for that category."
"The school must be consistent when it comes to gender."
She wouldn't say how many votes Oakleigh had gotten before the counting stopped. "He received votes; that's all I'm going to share."
Some students believe the decision violates the school district's non-discrimination policy, which says the district "does not discriminate om the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs and activities."
Posted by De Sube at 9/27/2010 04:24:00 PM
As Charles Dickens may have written of the summer that ended last week, "It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times."
There is brutal irony in the Senate's failure to take up a strong climate and energy bill during a summer when the world baked, melted, flooded, and burned.
Below is a summary of some of the most tragic and ominous climate impacts from this summer. We offer this list not to scare or depress you, but to:
Afterall, the polluters aren't giving up -- not for a second. Even now, they and their well-heeled lobbyists are working overtime to secure Senate votes to limit the EPA's authority to cut climate pollution.
We must stop them. Please take this opportunity to email your Senators and urge them to oppose efforts to limit the EPA's authority to address the climate crisis.
Even if you have already emailed your Senators, email them again. Make sure they understand that the polluters may have the money and the lobbyists, but we have the numbers and we will stay in this fight for our planet's future.
Here are some of the most tragic and ominous events from this year's "Summer from Hell." Please forward this to everyone you know and urge them to get involved in this fight.
Summer from Hell: Our New Normal on a Warming Planet?
Posted by De Sube at 9/27/2010 02:02:00 PM
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
T Without Pain: A Review of Topical Testosterone: Virginia Transgender Health News - Vol. 5, Issue 1
Posted by De Sube at 9/24/2010 02:53:00 PM
Transgender HealthBrought to you by Virginia’s own Transgender Task Force
Bodybuilding for Transgender Persons
By Leland J. Albright
The transgender community and the bodybuilding community have quietly gone hand in hand because of the achievements gained without hormones and surgery. Some of the transgender community still prefers to work out and weight train in the comfort of their own homes. Home gyms are appealing to the transgender community because of comfort levels and personal goals being met without the discomfort or discrimination sometimes associated with a gym.
Depending on the gym a transgender person goes to, they still may experience discrimination. They can be ridiculed for being too feminine or too masculine. For example a person that identifies as male may be harassed for having soft features, lack of musculature, high voice pitch, being curvy, having tiny hands or not having body or facial hair. Same goes for someone that identifies as female; they may be bothered for having sharp features, being broad or having too much musculature, low voice pitch, having large hands or an abundance of body or facial hair.
Locker rooms and showers can be intimidating for anyone, especially to transgender individuals. Here are a couple tips for the locker room and showers to make your transition smoother. First tip, if you do not pass all the time then it is not advised to use the locker room or showers. This can be a safety issue and it may be best to avoid a conflict. Also, if you have not legally transitioned, you may have less legal ground to stand on in your choice of locker rooms. When in doubt you can always use a bathroom stall. The bathroom stall technique also works if you are not entirely comfortable changing in front of others. It isn’t recommended that a female to male (FTM) person use the showers if they haven’t had chest surgery. If the gym has separate shower stalls and there is still discomfort with showering at the gym, there is always the possibility of going to the gym early in the morning or late at night. During these times there are generally less people and there will be less traffic in and out of the locker rooms and showers. A final option is to change into workout clothes before coming and then shower and change at home afterwards.
That being said, there are two sides to this. Some bodybuilders believe that Body Dismorphic Disorder should be taken seriously like Gender Identity Disorder. Some feel that they should have the same rights to change their bodies just as transsexuals do. The other side to this argument is that transsexuals have to go through a process to be prescribed and start hormone replacement therapy.
The use of steroids legally or illegally continues to be a source of dis-trust and misunderstanding between the transgender and bodybuilding communities. Even with all of the miscommunication between both communities it is important to point out that not all bodybuilders think this way. Many are more sympathetic and even supportive toward transgender and transsexual individuals. Continuing education on the pertinent issues that affect both of these communities will allow fitness, determination, and commitment to bring them together in mutual understanding.
Posted by De Sube at 9/24/2010 02:23:00 PM
By Kathleen Caywood
Transgender HealthFitness for Male to Female Transgender Persons
Fitness is a pretty general term, and just as the term is general, so is its implementation. You can be a little bit fit if you walk just 20 minutes a week, for example. Compared to someone who never walks, you are probably a bit more fit. Then again if you walk 30 minutes, four times a week, you will probably be even more fit.
"Fit" also implies suitability for a purpose, as in the phrase "fit for duty". If you're doing construction work, you need to have muscles that are capable of getting you through the day safely. If you're a computer programmer, bulging shoulder muscles are not an asset to your job.
Toned muscles will stretch instead of tear if you should step on a stone and bend your ankle while you're balanced on 3-inch spikes. This is a different quality of fitness than what you may be used to doing with your birth body.
Dozens of companies would love to sell you high-tech strengthening machines. If you already own equipment like this, I hope you are using it. Otherwise, read on.
You will need a large-enough area to swing your arms and legs, and to lie flat on the floor -- say 8 feet by 8 feet. You will need both a hard floor and a soft floor: either thick carpeting or a yoga mat for the hard floor. I've seen "Pilates mats" for sale at K-Mart for $10-12. Or, you could use a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of thick-pile carpet to cushion the floor; it should work as well.
Start slowly -- maybe 5-10 minutes three times a week -- and stick with it! I've seen too many people go gung-ho the first two days, but within a week they've given up completely. Start with exercises you know: bending, stretching, rolling your pelvis, rolling your head, stretching your thigh and calf muscles. Stick with exercises that feel good, and movements you like.
Let your body speak to you as you work: some exercises are so easy that your body gets bored, while others may be too difficult for starting points. When an exercise is right, your body will know it.
More concretely, I have selected exercises that work on these areas:
That's pretty much it for me: 15-20 minutes of stretching and strengthening, then 5-10 minutes of dance kicks, three times a week.
Use those exercises to get to know your body better. Notice that you can turn a little further or a little easier one way than another. That's OK: your body doesn't have to be perfectly symmetrical in order to be perfect. I speak to my muscles as I stretch them. I praise my body. I compliment my body for its abilities, beauty, and grace.
It is this body-knowledge and self-appreciation that are the benefits beyond health that I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Knowing your body and treating it respectfully are steps to self-acceptance and self-love.
Yes, I know your body today may have some parts that aren't consistent with who you really are. The other 95% of your body, however, is complete and whole. You are going to keep your pancreas, stomach, lungs, spleen, knees, wrists, spine -- all those parts! -- for the rest of your life. You can come to love them.
In sum, this article looked at how MtF physical needs influence your fitness needs, and how you can develop your own, personal set of exercises to meet those needs. And meeting those needs can enrich your life and enhance your happiness and self-esteem.
Posted by De Sube at 9/24/2010 11:24:00 AM