I just finished reading Tico Almeida's article, A Game Plan for ENDA. It's hard to believe the Senate Labor Committee did not call any Transgender people to testify on discrimination.
Or is it?
I watched on C-SPAN as one Transgender person after another told about their encounters with discrimination to the House Labor Committee. Their testimonies clearly moved everyone in the room. The Senate staffers for those on the Senate Labor Committee knew this and would have none of it. Thus, ENDA's last stand in the Senate Labor Committee was due to political games played by unsympathetic staffers. Trans folks got kicked under the bus yet again.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why a Transgender inclusive ENDA is needed. Just take a look at the statistics. Some have told me the survey results are flawed because of the way it was taken. I beg to differ.
I am part of those statistics. I have felt the cruel sting of employment, public accommodations, and housing discrimination. I can tell you it leaves a person numb, frustrated, hurt and angry. In far too many cases, one hopelessly walks away from all of this into depression and then suicidal ideation. To be precise, those surveyed amounted to 47%. Without hope, what is the point?
Been there, done that, got the emotional scars.
I hear this same story from one Transgender person after another. Many, many, many of us have been deeply wounded by discrimination at far too many levels. Now, if one happens to be a Transgender person of color, young, old, non-WASP, or fill-in the blank the odds against you being treated equally by anyone, any business, any health care provider, any organization, any anything sky rocket to astronomical proportions. More graphically, you may as well bend over, grab your ankles, and kiss your blessed assurance good-bye!
Have I gotten anyone's attention?
The Transgender population of the United States is not looking for anyone's pity. As a matter of fact, stick your pity in your crack pipe and smoke it. I cannot speak for everyone. It is not my right. But speaking for myself, all I want is equal footing to live our authentic lives in peace and equality because we sure as hell are not treated equally now!
Discrimination rampant in transgender life
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 3/31/2011 12:37:00 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Kye Allums is, indeed, a very brave young man. He could have jeopardized his entire athletic career at George Washington University by coming out as a Transgender person. I see Kye as a role model in many ways. For example, he is a positive role model to other Trans folks who face so much adversity.
He is a role model to young African American people who aspire to play Major League College and Professional sports. Best of all I see Kye as a role model to those of us who might have had our dreams shattered in many different ways. Kye may never play organized basketball again because of his injuries. Yet, his attitude seems to remain positive.
Three cheers for Kye Allums, his ball team and coaches, and the entire University for their support.
Kye Allums to “Make Some Kind of Difference” as First Transgender NCAA Basketball PlayerOriginal article
Posted by De Sube at 3/30/2011 01:59:00 PM
I do not have high hopes an Employment Non-Discrimination Act - ENDA will get any further in Congress than it has in the past.
It would be naive to think it would considering the current conservative political climate.
Reintroducing ENDA has longer-term goals. It gives Transgender advocates the opportunity to further educate Congress and the American public at large on Transgender issues.
I would prefer to see ENDA enacted into law now, but, if we have to wait for the right moment, this is our destiny. We cannot quit. We cannot be negative. We must remain positive and continue the good fight.
The truth is on our side.
Posted by De Sube at 3/30/2011 11:02:00 AM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Trans folks born in Tennessee: Please contact these Tennessee Legislators now.
Please follow the above link for email addresses of these lawmakers.
Posted by De Sube at 3/27/2011 12:28:00 PM
Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Posted by De Sube at 3/26/2011 04:07:00 PM
The Gender Expression Movement - GEM general meeting
Saturday, April 2, 2011 , 7 PM to ?? PM
GEM attempts at all times to provide a safe space for all Transgender and Gender Non-conforming people.
All others are welcome but mutual personal respect is mandatory.
The topics are always Trans Positive. Everyone gets a chance to talk, if they so chose.
Please feel free to bring friends, family and allies to our new, safe meeting location and be prepared to participate. You will never be alone again!
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 AM - Open to all!
Contact email@example.com for details and comments on having two meetings per month.
Join the Trans Masculine Yahoo Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 16, 7 PM
Hang out with friends and chill.
Bring your favorite game.
Open only to non Trans partners / significant others / and now includes friends / family.
Join The Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia
The Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia envisions A Commonwealth in which all gender identities and expressions are fully appreciated and celebrated, and in which gender determination is left to the individual.
To Join send an email to TransRightsVAemail@example.com
Please complete the following survey, if you are willing to help your fellow Transgender brothers and sisters in any way, big or small. All information will be kept confidential. You will be contacted by GEM before any assistance is offered. Thank you in advance for helping support the Hampton Roads Transgender community in any way you can.
Thank you for your support!
Please email us at
Posted by De Sube at 3/26/2011 08:17:00 AM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Hampton Roads and Richmond areas of Virginia are very fortunate to have Transgender health care clinics. The Transitioning Your Life Clinic in Norfolk and the Fan Free Clinic in Richmond have become the health care life source for many Transgender Virginians who cannot afford health care because they are non-insured, under insured or lack any funds for health care. Much like Lyon-Martin in San Francisco and Callen-Lorde in New York City, the two Virginia clinics provide free health care to the Transgender community including hormone replacement therapy with informed consent by the client.
Hampton Roads' Transitioning Your Life Clinic - TLC is unlike the others mentioned in that it is a service provided to the Transgender community by an AIDS Service Organization - ASO. ACCESS AIDS Care ensures TLC is funded and remains operational even in these difficult financial times.
ACCESS AIDS Care has a long and proven record of financial integrity thanks to a pro active Board of Directors and staff.
This writer has great hopes that the Lyon-Martin clinic will be able to collect enough money (for links to donate, please see article) to keep their doors open. At the same time, I would hope they are implementing ways to make this wonderful facility financially stable. Our Trans brothers and sisters in the Bay Area cannot afford to lose this vital resource. In fact, there is a tremendous need for many more Transgender focused health clinics throughout the United States.
Transgender community faces potential loss of clinic
Last month on Crosscurrents, we reported on the discrimination transgender people face in the healthcare system. Nearly 6,500 transgender and gender non-conforming people responded to a study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the results were alarming.Original article
Posted by De Sube at 3/24/2011 11:19:00 AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wars or not, it is time Mr. Obama continues to make good on his campaign promises to the LGBT community.
Leave it to Fox (Faux) News to try and sensationalize the headline of an article that is about doing the next right thing. But, of course, Faux News has no idea about doing the next right thing. Their only concern is lining their pocket books with cash.
In the Middle of a War, Obama Moves on Transgender Rights
Posted by De Sube at 3/23/2011 08:33:00 AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This is an issue facing the entire United States and not just New York City.
If minds and statutes cannot be changed with education and legislation, then it is time for litigation!
Posted by De Sube at 3/22/2011 08:27:00 AM
Monday, March 21, 2011
How ya doin? Transition Your Life Clinic
Posted by De Sube at 3/21/2011 03:07:00 PM