Thoughts on Chelsea Manning’s Coming Out

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 10:30 am

I have some thoughts on how Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s gender dysphoria was rolled out.

Let me begin by saying I’m going to give, and I’m going to advocate for, respect for Manning’s chosen name and publicly embraced gender, and I’m going to use female pronouns and call her Chelsea. That; however, comes with a mixed bag of emotions.

 

Video Gives a Vindictive, Unfair Portrait of the Transgender Community

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 7:35 am

This has to be the single most vindictive display of transgender bashing I have ever seen on video not involving violence.

Transitioning Back to One’s Assigned Sex at Birth

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 1:10 pm

In the past few months there have been two public transitioners who transitioned first from men to women and then back to men. One was Michael Wallent (F.K.A. Megan Wallent; second transition announced in her March blog entry News), and the other was Don Ennis (F.K.A. Dawn Stacey Ennis; reported in the New York Post article I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back).

MA: Equal Access in Public Accommodations Bill to Get Its First Hearing

By: Friday July 5, 2013 5:00 pm

A bill to prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations is scheduled to get a hearing in the Joint House and Senate Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts General Court this Tuesday, July 9.

“An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and All Other Places Open to the Public” (House Bill 1589/Senate Bill 643) would add “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination in public accommodations.

Cleveland Plain Dealer Dehumanizes Murdered Transgender Woman

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 2:55 pm

Most newspapers leave the dehumanization of transgender people to the trolls in the online comments. But not Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. They bring the sewage right to the surface. Their article about the discovery of the body of a brutally murdered 20 year old African-American woman, C. Acoff, begins with the title “Oddly dressed body found in Olmsted Township pond identified”, and goes downhill from there. Here’s an excerpt:

Moving Past Détente Between the HRC and the Trans Community

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 7:35 am

On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost in every way successful in how the event demonstrated unanimity of LGBT community organizations and members standing behind marriage equality.

Almost.

Is Gender Justice Getting Shafted in Immigration Reform?

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 1:05 pm

The politics of immigration touch upon major faultlines in American society: not just the legal boundary between citizen and foreigner, but also lines of race, class, nationality, culture and, increasingly, gender. Women, who make up about half of the U.S. immigrant population and an estimated 40 percent of undocumented adults, face unique challenges as migrants. However, gender issues have gone almost entirely unremarked in official immigration-reform talks–that is, until a Senate hearing last Monday, when Mee Moua, head of the Asian American Justice Center, seized an opportunity to call out the invisibility of women in the debate.

Sex Discrimination, Gender Stereotypes, and Marriage Equality

By: Monday March 25, 2013 4:19 pm

When the Supreme Court hears the marriage equality cases starting tomorrow, there are lots of reasons why they should subject Proposition 8 and Section of 3 of Defense of Marriage Act to close judicial scrutiny and strike them down as unlawfully discriminatory. But one important reason that has received relatively little attention is the close connection between laws that treat men and women differently based on gender stereotypes and laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. In both contexts, the Constitution must provide strong protection against government efforts to perpetuate stereotyped gender roles.

They are really getting back on the tracks

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 1:30 am

You would think after several months of embarrassing themselves by saying one demeaning thing about women after another GOP officials would learn.
But learning is not their strong suit.

Late Late Night FDL: Bad Romance

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 10:00 pm

Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage. This Emmy winning educational video from Soomo Publishing parodies Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance while paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of women who fought to give women the right to vote.

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