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Petition to stop Uganda's gay death penalty.

Dear friends,

In 12 hours, Uganda could pass a law that imposes the death penalty for homosexuality. An international outcry shelved this bill last year -- we urgently need to ramp up the pressure to press President Museveni to stand up for human rights and stop this brutal law.

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In 2010, at the insistence of the transgender community, the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath released the following statement regarding proposed changes to the American Psychiatric Association's infamous bible of "mental disorders", DSM-V.

The WPATH Board of Directors strongly urges the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide. The expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one’s assigned sex at birth is a common and culturally-diverse human phenomenon which should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative. The psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities reinforces or can prompt stigma, making prejudice and discrimination more likely, rendering transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and exclusion, and increasing risks to mental and physical well-being. WPATH urges governmental and medical professional organizations to review their policies and practices to eliminate stigma toward gender-variant people.
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According to proposed new standards for the American Psychiatric Association's fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), women with "insufficient" interest in sex have a mental illness called "Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder in Women"

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Until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Originally listed as a "sociopathic personality disturbance" in the first edition of DSM in 1953, homosexuality was "upgraded" to a mere "sexual deviation" in 1968 with the release of DSM-II.


Do you think that transsexuals should officially be listed as mentally ill?

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Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 02:04 PM PDT

My Story

by CA TreeHugger

~ Community Diary ~

~ No Trolls! ~

Warning! This is not the usual "Triumphal Transition" story.

I was sitting in the backyard of Dr. Mildred Brown's San Jose home, surrounded by about 40 other transwomen. They were all "Millie's girls"... many post-op, many in hormonal transition. I was the newest member of the group. I happened to be sitting next to a marine biologist who asked me "so what's your story?" I gave her a "Cliff Notes of the Cliff Notes" version. Below the fold is a slightly longer version, including some events that happened after that party.

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Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM PDT

Safe trans community on dKos?

by CA TreeHugger

Trans people on dKos have been accused of wanting TransAction to be an "echo chamber" because we would like to have a safe, supportive community space here for ourselves and our allies.

We need such a space, and I propose that TransAction be it.

We may also need a place where trolls can be trolls and display their transphobia and homophobia for all to admire.

Perhaps we should start a new group such as TransTrolls for this purpose? Trolls would be allowed to harass us there, but not in TransAction. Trans people who diary or comment in TransTrolls would do so expecting a flame war... er, excuse me, a pie fit. But on TransAction, we could unwind and say whatever we like without having to be on 24/7 combat alert.

Of course trolls would still attack TransAction, but they could be summarily blown off and told to take it to TransTolls.


Should TransAction be troll free?

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Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

More below the fold.

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Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 11:46 AM PDT

Matriarchal Manifesta

by CA TreeHugger

Sponsored by: Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past Present Future

Please sign the Matriarchal Manifesta, which was created by an international group of scholars of past and present matriarchal societies.

Signatures from men are welcome too!

The text of the Manifesta is below the fold.

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Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 07:24 PM PDT

Introducing The Uterati

by CA TreeHugger

Introducing The Uterati, a group dedicated to nurturing vast, shadowy feminist conspiracies against the right. More under the fold.

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No surprise, really.

Al-Masry-Al-Youm English Edition, Sun, 20/03/2011:

Authorities deny Arab transsexuals access to Egypt

Cairo airport authorities denied two Arab post-operative transgender passengers access to Egypt on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses said a state of confusion prevailed at the airport when customs officials discovered a male passenger and a female passenger both carrying passports stating their previous genders.

Officials noticed a 22-year-old passenger of "outstanding beauty" embarking from a plane coming from the Jordanian capital Amman, holding a passport under the name Ahmed. The passenger said she had undergone a gender reassignment operation and become a female six weeks ago, but hadn’t yet been able to modify her passport data.

Arriving on the same plane, a 19-year-old male passenger held a passport with the female name Israa. He said he had undergone surgery to became male, but also wasn’t able to update his passport.

The passengers were then examined, and their accounts proved to be correct. However, customs authorities banned them from entering Egypt and put them on the same plane back to Jordan.


Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 03:19 PM PDT

Homophobia unchained

by CA TreeHugger

I just thought I would share this video with the dKos community.


Priscila, a 22-year old trans woman in Brazil (born Gustavo Brandão Aguilar), was captured on surveillance camera being shot seven times, execution style, earlier this month. It is -- and I do not write this lightly, or with malice -- to be expected in a country where a LGBT person is slain every other day. After shooting her, the suspects fled in a car. Police do not appear to have any significant leads. Her killing was followed, 20 hours later, by the murder of Valdecir. She was shot in the head and neck. THIS IS WHAT INTOLERANCE LOOKS LIKE:

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