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Sat May 23, 2015 at 04:06 PM PDT

Ruby's Dream House

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

 photo ruby-corado_zpso80ik6a4.jpgI first wrote about Ruby Corado on June 8, 2013...well, after a shorter mention of her in August of 2012 after the opening of her Casa Ruby LGBT Center in DC.

Ruby is a Salvadoran immigrant and a transwoman.

The Washington Post interviewed her for Mother's Day.

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Early results in the marriage equality referendum indicate a very strong showing for the yes vote. It's looking like a celebratory mood is emerging already within the Irish gay community, although we won't know the exact results until a bit later.

From the Irish Times:

The counting is continuing, but the smiles of all those who voted Yes are widening.
The chests of Yes campaigners are being pushed out; the tears and celebrations are likely to follow when confirmation of the results are announced in Dublin Castle.

Not only has Ireland has agreed to same-sex marriage, it has done so in a louder voice than many could have imagined, carried on the back of a remarkable turnout and an engagement by younger people not seen in years.

Following years of the politics of recession and bailout, the young were given something they could believe in, campaign for and vote for. And they did.

Yet, this one was largely for the younger generation, which turned out in its droves. Stories of emigrants returning home to vote and huge increases in voter registration offered indications of what was to come but the final results were astonishing.

From JMG:
Less than one hour into the counting of the ballots, leading Ireland activist Panti Bliss is calling it a landslide in favor of same-sex marriage. Three minutes later David Quinn, founder of the anti-gay Iona Institute tweeted his congratulations to the Yes Equality side.
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A Louisiana state senator took to the state senate floor to rake Governor Bobby Jindal over the coals for issuing the executive order after the 'license to discriminate' legislation failed in committee in the Louisiana state House. She believes that it will hurt Louisiana's tourist industry (her district includes New Orleans).

From Towleroad:

Karen Carter Peterson, a Louisiana state senator who represents the New Orleans area, took to the senate floor ahead of Gov. Bobby Jindal's "religious freedom" executive order earlier this week to set the record straight on Jindal's self-serving plan to circumvent the legislature and enact the discriminatory measure himself.

"Now we've heard him talk about how he feels about executive orders, but those are at the federal level. He don't like those. But today it's okay to just ignore the House and the clear rejection of something that's just not good for our state. He didn't even have the courage to testify before the House, but he wants to roll out a press release saying what he's going to do through executive action. But guess what he did have time to do? To start running commercial, not here in New Orleans, or Baton Rouge, or Monroe - he ran a religious freedom commercial in Iowa. Are you kidding me? Why don't you roll some commercials out on how to fix this nightmare that you've created right here in Louisiana? This is ridiculous."

Here is Bobby Jindal's commercial

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Reposted from Kossacks for Marriage Equality by librarisingnsf
Judge Granade has granted the plaintiffs' (in the Alabama marriage equality case) petition for class certification. So, all probate judges in Alabama are included as defendants in the case, and all same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Alabama are included as plaintiffs. She has also granted the plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction against probate judges recognizing Alabama's ban(s) on marriage to same-sex couples. The preliminary injunction is stayed pending the SCOTUS ruling in the marriage equality cases.
Classes are defined as:

- Plaintiffs: "All persons in Alabama who wish to obtain a marriage license in order to marry a person of the same sex and to have that marriage recognized under Alabama law, and who are unable to do so because of the enforcement of Alabama’s laws prohibiting the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and barring recognition of their marriages."

- Defendants: "[A]ll Alabama county probate judges who are enforcing or in the future may enforce Alabama’s laws barring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and refusing to recognize their marriages."

via EQCF on Facebook

Update 1:

David Dinielli, the deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center and one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, told BuzzFeed News, “Judge Granade’s ruling is decisive and definitive. It ends the chaos and confusion that Attorney General Strange and Chief Justice Moore have intentionally caused through their reckless rejection of federal constitutional principles.”

Dinielli added that he expects Thursday’s ruling will make the process more smooth should the Supreme Court next month rule that bans like Alabama’s one are unconstitutional.

“As soon as the United States Supreme Court issues its ruling in June, Judge Granade’s decision will go into effect, and probate judges in every county of Alabama will be bound by a federal court order to comply with constitutional principles of fairness and equality,” he said. “This is a good day for all Alabamians who believe in the rule of law.”

via Buzz Feed
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Need a bit of inspiration this morning? I've got just the story for you.

On Tuesday, two men showed up on a street corner in Tillamook, Oregon, with signs reading "Homo sex is sin" and "Jesus said unless you all repent you will likewise perish." Apparently, this was not the first time these bigots protested in Tillamook. This time, however, their hateful display provoked a response.

Makaila Ragan, a high school junior, happened to notice the men on Tuesday standing outside her mother's workplace with their signs. She told the Tillamook County Pioneer:

I was so irritated because I see them all around town and all they ever do is make people feel like crap about themselves.
Unlike most people, she wasn't content to simply ignore the protesters.
I went inside and asked her and her boss if it would be all right if I made a poster that stands up for what I believe in. They were totally all for it.
And so she did. Her message? A simple one: "I <3 Gays."
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Earlier this year, I reported on an Alabama minister who tried to marry a same-sex couple in Alabama after they had gotten a marriage license at a county court house (Autauga County). She was at first sentenced to thirty days in the county jail. And, then the judge suspended the sentence and gave her  6 months unsupervised probation. Judge Fuller also ordered her to pay a $250 fine and other associated court costs. I don't see any of the anti-gay folks protesting because she was denied her "religious liberty" and prevented from practicing her religion. Have they set up a GoFundMe account for this minister? Nope.

From The Montgomery Advertiser:

Anne Susan DiPrizio, 44, of the 300 block of Cambridge Street, entered the plea before Judge Ben Fuller, but not before some delays and judicial wrangling. He gave her 30 days in the Autauga Metro Jail, and then suspended the sentence in place of 6 months unsupervised probation. Fuller also ordered her to pay a $250 fine and other associated court costs.
From Box Turtle Bulletin:
A minister in Prattville, AL, has been fined and sentenced to jail time for trying to uphold religious beliefs about same-sex marriage. But neither the Alliance Defending Freedom nor the Family Research Counsel nor any other defender of religious freedom has come to her aid or spoke in her defense.

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of social justice activism, and Anne Susan DiPrizio, as a Unitarian minister, believed it to be within the practice of her faith to offer matrimony services to two women who had just received a marriage license. When told that she could not conduct same-sex marriages in the Probate Office, DiPrizio refused to leave. So she was hauled to jail.

I’m not suggesting that DiPrizio should have defied the probate judge or sought to perform religious services where they were not allowed or welcomed. But it’s worth noting that amidst all the hue and cry turning cake bakers into martyrs in the name of religious freedom, here is an actual ordained minister who was jailed and fined for seeking to practice her faith and support same-sex marriage.

Update 1:

For those who have not been following this story, that courthouse was allowing marriage ceremonies right up until the time the federal judge struck down the ban(s) in the state. It was only then that the judge suddenly stopped allowing them.

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Tue May 19, 2015 at 04:33 PM PDT

A small but important detail

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee in Illinois unanimously passed HB 3552, which is an amendment to the Disposition of Remains Act which would allow transgender people to provide written instructions to the person charged with the responsibility for carrying out the decedent's funeral and disposition of remains to ensure that said transgender person's identity is respected.

Specifically, the directions may include instructions pertaining to appearance, chosen name, and gender pronouns.
Many transgender people face rejection by or isolation from their next of kin, or they fear stigmatization due to their gender identity or expression.

Some transgender people do not reveal their transgender status due to concerns about discrimination, harassment, and violence. This measure, through a simple legal change, will provide solace to transgender people facing end of life, in that it will ensure that their names and genders are respected after death.

--Alison Gill, Human Rights Campaign

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With rhetoric reaching the highest of intensity levels prior to the marriage equality referendum vote on Friday In Ireland, some conservative homophobic folks have gone off the deep end. Take for instance this example of the hate mail that a lesbian journalist in Ireland has received and posted to her twitter account. We get homophobia, misogyny, and racism in one short piece of hate mail/trash. It's horrific and disgusting, and it looks like something one of our American fundamentalist bigots would send. Telling someone that G-d caused their cancer (for any reason) is absolutely unconscionable. I just don't know what else to say about it - just shaking my head in disgust.

Una Mullally, a journalist for the Irish Times, received the following hate mail.

If you're unable to read it, it reads:

“I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but maybe it is the will of God.

“After all you have been relentlessly pushing the twisted idea of gay marriage which would destroy the family as we know it and ruin the lives of generations of innocent children victimised by the narcissism of their mammys or two daddys.

“And how do two gays have children in the first place, if not by artificial means that make a mockery of natural relationships?

“My advice is to accept that you are both homosexual and not very pretty, as there are worse fates; you might be black for instance.

“And stop preaching to people who may have been around a lot longer than you and have more common sense in their little finger than you have in that poor muddled ugly head of yours. Frankly if I looked like you I would plead with the editor not to publish my photo.”

Via Pink News

In one of her tweets, she says that this is not even the worst or most hateful piece of mail that she has received.

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Madonna is fond of controversy, and she knows how to stir it up pretty well. Now, the "material girl" has posted a photo of a (presumably) gay Jewish man and a gay Muslim man about to kiss on Instagram.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

Jewish news agency JTA describes the image as showing "a Jewish man with side curls and wearing a large white knitted kippah of the Breslover Hasidic movement and an Arab man wearing a traditional Arab keffiyeh."

Regardless, the Material Girl knows how to spark controversy, discussion, and debate, and what a great way to do it.

For millennia the Middle East has been a war zone of intellectual, spiritual, and physical battles between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and their adherents, followers, and advocates.

For millennia, and increasingly, homosexuality has been part of this debate.

Commenters on the image took all sides, but seemed overwhelmingly positive.

The responses have been mixed, but mostly positive. I think it's wonderful and sweet myself.

And, check out this video.

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 photo VictoriaRamirez2_zpss5qmmpor.jpgVictoria Ramirez put herself through college working for Barnes & Noble.  She worked herself up the ladder from bookseller to merchandise manager at a store in Irvine, CA.

But when she began transitioning from male to female, she says that managers told her she would not be allowed to use a new name, would not be referred to by female pronouns and would not be allowed to use the women's restroom.

In other words, her managers vetoed her transition.  She was told the store had a "neighborhood vibe" and that she should "think about the children."  When she complained she was fired.

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For the first time ever the American Health Association-National College Health Assessment survey allowed students to identify as transgender.  Out of this effort emerged

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Eating-Related Pathology in a National Sample of College Students, Diemer, Grant, Munn-Chernoff, Patterson and Duncan in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Abstract:  

This study examined associations of gender identity and sexual orientation with self-reported eating disorder (SR-ED) diagnosis and compensatory behaviors in transgender and cisgender college students.

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Sat May 16, 2015 at 03:26 PM PDT

Transgender Health Care

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the second largest group pf medical doctors in the nation, behind the AMA.  This past week the ACP has issued its positions on how best to support and serve the nation's LGBT people.

The ACP recognizes that LGBT people have significant disparity in the health care we receive, ranging from coverage to culturally competent care to state and federal policies that systemically reify social stigma, marginalization and discrimination.  That results in LGBT people being discouraged from seeking preventative health care, as well as increasing anxiety, suicidal ideation and substance and alcohol abuse.

So the ACP adopted nine positions:

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