Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Jobs!

Anyone who is trans and looking for a job knows how hard it is to find one when you’re trans. There are thousands of excuses why they didn’t hire you and none of them are because you are trans even though they gun hoe to hire you until they find out you are trans then you can just hear the ice forming, but that might be changing.
TransTech Helps Transgender People Get Jobs In Tech And, Soon, The White HouseTech Crunch News
By Megan Rose Dickey
September 1, 2015

Transgender and gender non-conforming people are at risk of facing injustice and discrimination wherever they are: in their childhood homes, schools, the workplace and even in line at the grocery store.


This discrimination can lead to missed education and professional development opportunities, which is where TransTech comes in. TransTech’s goal is to develop pipelines to employment and ultimately, independence, for trans people throughout the world.

TransTech Founder and CEO Angelica Ross (pictured above) knows first-hand how difficult it can be to get a job as a transgender person. When Ross began her transition to living as a woman, her employer fired her, her family alienated her and she was introduced to sex work and the adult industry. Ross eventually decided to teach herself how to build websites, and later worked with nonprofit organizations that were looking to serve transgender communities around employment. She soon realized that those types of services could be a lot more effective.
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“I always have believed in the value of the diversity and resilience, and just really the different skill sets that our community has,” Ross said. “But we’ve never been able to find the right platform and find the right environment for us as a community —  for us as a professional community. So that’s what I am doing with TransTech — creating that professional environment.”
That is what I believe, that diversity is good for business.

I remember IBM when you could spot an IBM employee a mile away, they looked like they were made from a cookie cutter. A blue suit with a thin blue tie and a white shirt with a 1960 flat top haircut. So when two hippies came with an idea with an idea for computers it was rejected… big is beautiful, small is bad. Personal computers no way! That idea is just a passing fad; mainframes are the way to go.

We all have different thought patterns that was formed by our race, ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, our sexual orientation, and gender identity and that diversity is what can make a business succeed.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Bigots?

I thought about the title, was it too harsh? Was it the right word to describe them? Were they just misguided or was what they did bigotry?
Hillsboro High students walk out over transgender dispute
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Doug Moore
September 1, 2015

Her decision [to be treated like other female students] spread quickly through the small Jefferson County school district and, on Monday morning, students at Hillsboro High School walked out in protest. During the walkout, Lila was locked in the principal’s office. She said she and administrators worried about her safety.

The student walkout came on the heels of a School Board meeting Thursday that drew a large crowd — parents concerned that Lila is getting special rights at the expense of other students. Most of the students at Monday’s protest were opposed to accommodations for her. A smaller group gathered in support.

“The girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy,” said Tammy Sorden, who has a son at Hillsboro High. It is fine to be different, she said, but it is not right to give Lila special treatment “while the girls just have to suck it up.”

Students and parents interviewed after the walkout were overwhelmingly in support of keeping Lila, 17, out of the school facilities for girls.
So it is not just a vocal minority that is against her, they fear those who are different.

FoxNews 2 wrote,
"It wasn`t too long ago white people were saying I don`t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself." said Lila Perry.
This is what I said this morning, we have seen this argument made before as Ms. Perry said “It wasn`t too long ago white people were saying I don`t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself." and they said the same thing about gays and lesbians sharing bathrooms.

It always goes back to bathroom whether it is Governor Wallace, or Anita Bryant’s "Save Our Children" campaign, or Ted Cruz, they all used bathrooms to justify their bigotry.

In the Post-Dispatch article this sums it up perfectly,
…I’m not comfortable with it,” said Britney Heimos, a 2008 Hillsboro graduate who was at the school to pick up her brother. “There is nothing wrong with being different. But when you are different, there are sacrifices.
I think that should be the mantra of bigots everywhere.


The Supreme Court Says Do It!

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of the court clerk religious discrimination case.
BREAKING: Supreme Court: Kentucky Clerk Must Issue Marriage Licenses
The court today turned down Kim Davis's appeal, meaning she must issue licenses to all eligible couples beginning Tuesday or face penalties.
The Advocate
By Trudy Ring
August 31 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis’s request for a stay of a federal judge’s order for her to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, meaning she and her staff must comply beginning Tuesday or face fines and possible jail time, the Associated Press reports.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week turned down her request for a stay of his order, meaning that she would be required to start granting licenses today. Her lawyers, with the right-wing group Liberty Counsel, filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court Friday. Justice Elena Kagan, who oversees appeals from the Sixth Circuit, referred the appeal to the full court, which turned it down without comment, according to the AP.
I remember another case where religion was used to justify discrimination; Governor Wallace stood in front of the school door and used the a Bible to justify segregation.
George Wallace Stood in a Doorway at the University of Alabama 50 Years Ago Today
The Alabama governor famously protested the integration of the state university by two black students.
US News
By Debra Bell
June 11, 2013

In January of 1963, following his election as Governor of Alabama, George Wallace famously stated in his inaugural address: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

The staunch conservative demonstrated his loyalty to the cause on June 11, 1963, when black students Vivian Malone and James A. Hood showed up at the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa to attend class. In what historians often refer to as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door," the governor literally stood in the doorway as federal authorities tried to allow the students to enter.
It was wrong then and it is wrong now.

The latest news is that she is ignoring the court order's and refusing to issue any marriage licenses. According to the Washington Post this morning,
MOREHEAD, Ky. — The office of Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Kentucky’s Rowan County, rejected requests for marriage licences from the first two same-sex couples to enter the courthouse Tuesday — just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against a request from Davis to be excused from issuing such licenses.

Davis did not make an appearance at the counter as the courthouse opened, leaving employees to deny couples on her behalf. A woman at counter said Davis was “doing reports.”

When Davis emerged, she declared that she was not issuing any licences.

“Under whose authority?” she was asked.

“Under God’s authority,” she said.


Monday, August 31, 2015

I Turned In My Homework

I just sent in my homework. Hun? I thought you graduated.

It is homework for a guest lecture I am giving at UConn in a couple of weeks, I had to send my Bio, a synopsis of my lecture and some reference material for the students to read.

My lecture is for a class called “Out to Lunch.” It is at the Rainbow Center and they have a series of lectures on current LGBT issues over lunch. My talk is
“Transgender Activist History: From World War II to the Present”
The lecture will look at transgender activist from World War II until the present. It will cover the history of the movement and notable transgender activists such as Sylvia Rivera, Dallas Denny, Virginia Prince and Christine Jorgensen. In addition, the lecture will look at the Stonewall Uprising from a trans-perspective and will cover legislative victories, defeats and betrayals, both locally and nationally.
And the reference list was,
Fienberg, L. (1998). 'I'm glad I was in the Stonewall riot'. Worker’s World. Retrieved August 1, 2009. From http://www.workers.org/ww/1998/sylvia0702.php

King, D., Ekins, R., (2000), Pioneers of Transgendering: The Life and Work of Virginia Prince, GENDYS 2k, The Sixth International Gender Dysphoria Conference, Manchester England. http://www.gender.org.uk/conf/2000/king20.htm

Sontag, D. (2015, August 29). Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/us/transgender-judge-phyllis-fryes-early-transformative-journey.html
I have at the end of the PowerPoint three pages of references; I had to cut it back to three references for the students to read.

I actually gave this presentation for the first time back in 2009 at another OTL lecture. The idea for this talk came about because of two events. The first was at the True Colors conference that year, I went to a workshop about LGBT history but it was really just LG history and afterward I talked to the woman giving the workshop about the lack of the “T” and she said that she was that familiar with our history… um why did you call it LGBT History? And she also had a PhD after her name.

The other thing was at a Pride, since it was 2009 and the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising they had all these posters of people who took part in the uprising and they had no trans people (Hmm… does that sound familiar?). When I questioned them about it what do you think they said?

When I was asked to give the lecture back in 2009 on a trans topic the first thing that I thought of was to do one on our history.

So anyway, for the last couple of weeks I have been working to bring it up to date and it was nice that the New York Times had that article the other day about Phyllis Frye, it kind of filled in some gaps that I had about her and I also added the Cooper Donuts uprising in 1959.

Lightning Does Strike

That is the way I look at it.
Transgender Dating From a Lesbian’s Point of View
The Transgender Guide
By Tina Foster

My first experience with a transgender MtF was online. I had used a dating site to put up a profile because, well, I was looking for companionship and wanted to reach outside my small town to find a female lover. One of my responses was from a transgender woman. She was very up front about it, didn’t try to trick me or anything like that – and I was intrigued, because I’d never dated one before, and I pride myself on my open-mindedness. So I figured “Why not?”

As soon as I spent time with her, I never thought of her as anything but a woman. She looked like a woman, acted like a woman, spoke like a woman, moved like a woman. She was (IS) a woman. It wasn’t her fault that she was born with the wrong outer shell. Who am I to question how one genetic code didn’t line up correctly while she was in the womb?
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Bottom line is this: A person that has the unfortunate instance to be born with the wrong parts, doesn’t make that person automatically male or female. This identity is inside the person. No matter what society wants to try to brainwash into our heads, genetic mistakes are made – and the people born with gender identity issues should be able to rectify those issues.

I know if I had been born in a male body – with my obvious female self inside – I would want to set her free.
I think for them the hard part is to get over their initial hesitancy and I think the way to overcome that is to get out with other lesbians and let them know you as a person. The problem that I find is that at my age most are married or dating.

There are a lot of senior lesbian events going on around the area, there are dances, game nights, walking and bicycling groups, and now senior centers are holding LGBT events.

The way I look at it is that people get hit by lightning every day and so there is always a chance of meeting someone.

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I wrote this Sunday afternoon and then Sunday night on “I Am Cait” what did they talk about during the show? Dating. They talked about how hard it is to date when you’re trans. If you tell them right away they run away and if you tell them once the relationship develops they feel betrayed. Or they want to have sex right away because they think being trans is all about “SEX.”