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Mon Jun 01, 2015 at 04:52 PM PDT

This is Us!

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

Amazon has launched a new documentary series about transgender and gender non-conforming people, called This is Me.

This Is Me is an online series exploring contemporary issues faced by the trans and gender non-conforming community, and each short episode focuses on a specific issue – from gender-neutral language to public restrooms. The series explores the real-life struggles and triumphs of individuals like D’Lo (Looking), Maya Jafer (Mohammed to Maya), Valerie Spencer (Beautiful Daughters), Lily Rubenstein (Looking) and more, bringing humor and honesty to these timely issues.
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Sat May 30, 2015 at 04:08 PM PDT

On the lighter side

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

We trans people are generally thought to have absolutely no sense of humor about ourselves.  Generally, our response to someone who says that is that we are still waiting for them to say something funny...because that line usually is said after they have said something quite offensive.

BBC Three's Free Speech gathered together several trans people to prepare the following video...which is humorous as well as (hopefully) educational):  11 Things To Never Ask A Transgender Person

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Fri May 29, 2015 at 09:12 PM PDT

Squared Away

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

 photo Oretga1_zpsfha0ar7e.jpgShane Ortega ha served three combat tours...two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan...two as a marine and one in the Army...two as a woman and one as a man.

Sgt. Ortega is stationed at Wheeler Army Air Field in Hawaii.  "Normally" he would be a helicopter crew chief.  But he is temporarily (he hopes) grounded...and has been since last summer.  So he's been doing human resources work instead.

Sgt. Ortega has been grounded since a medical test disclosed elevated testosterone levels.  But he has a bigger concern.  While all his government-issued ID recognize him as male, the Military's Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) still lists him as female.

Sgt. Ortega’s Command has requested clear guidance from the DoD as to whether this means Shane can stay in the military or not.

--ACLU

Meanwhile Sgt. Ortega concentrates on being perfect.
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Sat May 23, 2015 at 04:05 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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Tue May 19, 2015 at 04:32 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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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Friday May 19, 1905
Chicago, Illinois - Teamster Strike Continues With City in Turmoil

Today and tomorrow, Hellraisers presents a series of newspapers articles intended to update our readers on the progress of the Chicago Teamsters Strike now engulfing that city in turmoil. We begin today, with this article from the Chicago Daily Tribune of May 10th:

NEGROES PROTEST AGAINST RACE PREJUDICE
IN STRIKE.
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Stirring Speeches Made at Massmeeting Attended by
More than One Thousand Persons.
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Ida B Wells-Barnett, Chicago, Illinois
More than 1,000 negroes assembled at the Bethel African Methodist church, Thirtieth and Dearborn streets, last night and adopted resolutions read by Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett protesting against the action of the Department Store Drivers' union, which, the resolution asserted, circulated a "slanderous" letter against negro drivers, declaring them to be "loafers," not willing to work.

This charge was denounced as a willful and malicious falsehood urged against men who proved their value by risking their lives to obtain work. The resolutions also called upon the mayor to "save hard working citizens from the kind of protection which lets the rioter go free and sends the victim to the jails and hospitals."

The speakers were the Rev. A. J. Carey, pastor of the church; ex-County Commissioner Edward H. Wright, Dr. George C. Hall, Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett, and George T. Kersey.

"We deplore the fact that in this controversy between labor and capital race prejudice should have a part when there is no race issue in the strike that now holds our city in its grasp," said Mr. Carey.

"As long as the negro remains a law abiding citizen he should have the right to labor and be protected at his labor," said Mr. Wright. "This is a public right and should not be influenced one way or the other because of the color of a man's skin."

Dr. George C. Hall said: "We must be allowed to go upon the streets peacefully and not be subjected to the infamous treatment which we have received at the hands of both these agents. We are not going to ask the people to stop this; we are going to stop it ourselves."

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[Photograph added.]

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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 03:25 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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You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Saturday May 15, 1915
From the Metropolitan: "Back of Billy Sunday" by John Reed

Today we are pleased to present, from this month's Metropolitan, a portion of a long article written by John Reed about the Preacher Billy Sunday. The wild antics of America's most famous crusading preacher are ably brought to life by the illustrations of George Bellows.

But before we get to Reed's article, we stop to notice that Elizabeth Gurley Flynn also has a few things to say about this most favored preacher of the Capitalist Class. Miss Flynn is on a tour of the western states, and is currently in California. Her comments were found in yesterday's Santa Ana Register:

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn v Billy Sunday from Fort Wayne (IN) News of Mar 20, 1915, cropped

FORGET WAGE! THINK OF YOUR SOULS!
IS ADIVCE TO EARNERS
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For Saying This Billy Sunday Is Characterized
As 'Prince of Strike-Breakers'
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 14.-"The Prince of Strike-Breakers," was the term applied to Evangelist Billy Sunday here by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, heroine of the working girl's strike at Patterson, N. J.

Scoring Sunday, Miss Flynn said:

Sunday is telling the girls in the silk factories of the East to forget about wages and think about their souls. I have no argument with anyone on religious subjects, but Sunday is preaching the doctrine at the instance of a Sunday school teacher who owns the largest silk factory and pays the lowest wages.
[Photograph added is from Indiana's Fort Wayne News of March 20, 1915.]
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Wed May 13, 2015 at 04:06 PM PDT

Transgender women sue to donate plasma

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

Jasmine Kaiser has filed suit in King County, WA, Superior Court against CSL Plasma, Inc., a for profit company that pays donors for plasma as much as $200 a month because the company refused to let her donate last June because she is transgender.

Company representatives told Ms. Kaiser that she was banned for life because of her status.

They told her that they would inform other blood centers that she was on a lifetime deferral list.

--David Ward, attorney with Legal Voice

Ward, Gender Justice, and Isaac Ruiz of the law firm Keller Rohrback filed the complaint, arguing that denying Ms. Kaiser the right to donate violates the 2006 Washington state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Ward noted that transgender people face almost daily discrimination in everything from housing to health care.

Washington law specifically prohibits discrimination based on a person’s gender identity or expression, and it has since 2006.  We feel the company’s treatment of Ms. Kaiser is a clear violation of the law.  It is based on nothing more than bias against transgender people.

And it is time that this kind of discrimination be taken seriously and not say, 'Well, why would somebody sue about that?

--Ward

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Tue May 12, 2015 at 04:03 PM PDT

Miley Cyrus? Really?

by rserven

Reposted from TransAction by rserven

 photo prism_zpsdmci5cay.jpgPerhaps I should start off with a personal note.  When I was living in Arkansas after my transition, I used to run a LGBT group out of my home:  Conway Prism.  Although the group was mainly advertised as a gay-friendly atmosphere, we were open to anyone who wanted to attend and respect everyone else who was there.  Someone once ask me what the point of it was.  My response was that I wanted everyone to become a member.

 photo Cyrus_zpskxfojncb.jpgIt appears that philosophy may undergo some testing.

A week ago, Cyrus announced the beginning of her Happy Hippie Foundation, which is designed to help homeless and other at risk LGBT youth.

At the event, Cyrus also announced that not all of her past relationships have been heterosexual...and that she sees herself as being "gender fluid."

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