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    indiemcemopants, Marc in CA, jessical

    this is where the ensuing conversation started, but hopefully everybody will still see it.

    As a queer trans man living in Tennessee, I don't feel like sitting around doing nothing about the small, county/city/state specific issues simply because there are a lot of people in the legislature who don't understand or support me. I know none of y’all went this far, but it really bothers me when people imply that queer folks should just leave the South instead of staying and fighting for equality.

    That’s not an option for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of our community (such as kids, or anyone under the care of someone else for whatever reason). And while some of my activism is for my own livelihood and safety, that's honestly who I'm fighting to protect. And that fight REQUIRES people right on the ground, not just people talking to Washington.

    I feel like there should be more acknowledgement in our community of the good, hard work being done by queer activists in the South. We're getting as much done as everybody else, we're just starting a little farther behind the other regions.

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      That’s not an option for everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of our community (such as kids, or anyone under the care of someone else for whatever reason).

      And aside from that, better to fight this shit than just passively accept it. My state Democratic Party tried to kick a lesbian off the ballot after she won her primary. And due to pressure from activists here, it got the attention of the national press and of Howard Dean specifically, and she is now in office, having faced no opposition in 2010.

      And of course the ongoing stuff in TN already discussed. There were a TON of horrifying bills in that state and now two of them are dead and the governor (who isn't even pro-gay and who signed HB600) is making statements that this stuff won't be tolerated. Without activists pressuring these people, both my state and Tennessee would be much worse than they are now.

      It's a lot of work to make these places less homophobic. I don't live in NY or DC or CA. I sometimes feel like we have to do twice the work in states like this just to break even, and then people still focus on the bad aspects of the south and totally overlook the work we're doing. Honestly, Tennessee is a little bit better than it was last month. Not much, but things have moved a little bit.

      Read my stuff at burn after writing and The Huffington Post @indiemcemopants on Twitter

      by indiemcemopants on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 11:37:38 PM PST

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    •  If I had a hat... (2+ / 0-)
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      indiemcemopants, rserven

      ...it would be off.  But since I don't this comment (between chemistry questions) will hafta do...

      I think you should consider a diary, or several.  I transitioned in Manhattan, and NL, I live in Seattle, I go to school at one of the most liberal colleges in the country, down the highway a bit.   I can't properly imagine or speak to the issues that queer activists face in your part of the world, and I suspect we need to hear more about it.

      Just a thought, but I added you to my follow list in case you decide to write it :}  I am not always as prompt as I'd like in getting on here, but think if you do publish it you should ping the trans group (rsevern, above, is the most consistent voice).

      ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

      by jessical on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 11:58:59 PM PST

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    •  I don't know where you got the idea (0+ / 0-)

      that I implied you should leave the south. I acknowledged TN is a harder environment for LGBTs. And it is.

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