Monday, November 20, 2017

Is There An Opera In Your Future?

I know when I think of an opera I think of women singing soprano in Italian, but then there is the Queen rock opera Bohemian Rhapsody. Well now there is a trans opera.
Review: Two voices tell a deeply human transgender story 'As One'
Chicago Tribune
By John von Rhein
November 19, 2017

Various books, films and plays of recent years have dealt with the emotional and social stakes of coming out as a transgender individual in 21st century America. But no opera addressed the difficult journey faced by those individuals until “As One” burst on the scene at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2014.

The chamber opera, with music by Laura Kaminsky and text by the Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, and video projections by Reed, traces the psychological journey of a young transgender protagonist, Hannah, with insight and empathy, even humor. It makes the character’s coming to terms with her identity a poignant coming-of-age story just about every audience member can relate to.

The 90-minute work’s local premiere by Chicago Fringe Opera last week at the Center on Halsted marked another milestone in this enterprising alternative-opera troupe’s odyssey through substantial if smaller-scaled contemporary American repertory.
[…]
Kaminsky and her collaborators came up with the brilliant idea of having Hannah sung by a baritone (Hannah Before) and a mezzo-soprano (Hannah After). Both singers are onstage the entire time, sometimes singing separately, other times as one. Rather than disappear after Hannah has fully transitioned, Hanna Before remains a part of who she is and supportively guides her journey to self-acceptance.
I think that this would be one opera that I would go to see.

Transgender Day of Remembrance


Every November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance is when we memorize the trans-people who were murdered in the last 12 months.  We remember trans people who were murdered for who they were; not for money or passion but were murdered but because of hate. They were killed because they had the courage to live their lives as the person they were.

On a personal level I went to my first TDoR on 2001 and it was very emotional for me as I read the name of Ontwon Curtis, I cried while I read her name. She was a stranger to me but we shared a common trait, we were both trans. It never gets easy reading the names.

This year’s TDOR is particularly poignant because of not knowing what we face with President-elect Trump. Fear is running rampant in the LGBT community. Will we be banned from using the bathroom of our gender identity, will we be unable to change our gender and our name on Social Security, Medicare, passport and other federal documents?

The vigil is held all around the U.S. and the world and you can find a place for where you can attend a TDOR here.

A list of the names of the people who were murdered this year can be found below along with a list the TDOR locations in Connecticut. I will be attending the Hartford services.



Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017
Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford
155 Wyllys Street,
Hartford CT 06106
Monday November 20th @ 6:00 PM


Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017 - Vigil
650 West Ave,
Norwalk, CT 06850
Description
November 20 7pm – 8pm


Transgender Day of Remembrance
outCT
New London Parade Plaza
New London, Connecticut 06320
Monday, November 20 at 5:30 PM


New Haven Pride Center
Intl Transgender Day of Remembrance
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 @ 6:30 PM




Argentina
Sofía Mailén Santillán
Mercedes, Argentina
1-Dec-16
Beaten to death

A. Villegas
Quilmes, Argentina
14-Jan-17
Shot in the head

Cindy Crawford Revlon
Buenos Aires, Argentina
1-Jun-17
Decapitated

Pamela Tabarez
Rosario, Argentina
25-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Eyelen
Tucuman, Argentina
18-Aug-17
Beaten


Brazil
Juninho da Mangueira
Guarus, Brazil
21-Nov-16
Shot at least five times.

Paola Bracho
Manaus, Brazil
24-Nov-16
Suffocated

Michele Rios
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26-Nov-16
Cause unclear

Patricia Araujo not reported
Sao Paulo, Brazil
27-Nov-16
Shot in the head and burned

Dandara
Natal, Brazil
28-Nov-16
Shot in the head

Name unknown
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
2-Dec-16
Asphyxiation

M. Dias Machado
Pontal do Parana, Brazil
3-Dec-16
Shot at least three times

Will Rhillary Silva
Viamao, Brazil
7-Dec-16
Shot

Name unknown
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7-Dec-16
Shot

R. da Silva de Sá
Maceio, Brazil
10-Dec-16
Shot in the head

G. Aquino de Godoy
Curitiba, Brazil
14-Dec-16
Shot in the head

D. de Souza
Campos, Brazil
17-Dec-16
Shot in the neck and back

J. R. T. Gomes
Crato, Brazil
18-Dec-16
Stoned to death

Gabriel Gomes
Goiania, Brazil
21-Dec-16
Shot multiple times at the same incident as F. Braz

F. Braz
Goiania, Brazil
21-Dec-16
Shot multiple times at the same incident as Gabriel Gomes

Paula Raio Laser 50
Fortaleza, Brazil
23-Dec-16
Shot

Jake Helen
Contagem, Brazil
31-Dec-16
Shot five times

Flávia Victoria Lima
Sorocaba, Brazil
31-Dec-16
Cause unclear

L. C. Marinho
Nova Cruz, Brazil
4-Jan-17
Stabbed

W. H. Soares dos Santos 16
Teresina, Brazil
6-Jan-17
Shot

Mierala da Silva
Bauru, Brazil
13-Jan-17
Beaten

Moranguinho
Paranangua, Brazil
15-Jan-17
Shot

Agatha Lios
Brasilia, Brazil
18-Jan-17
Cause not reported

Sandra
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19-Jan-17
shot

Lady Dyana
Manaus, Brazil
19-Jan-17
Stabbed

J. A. dos Santos
Itabaianinha, Brazil
26-Jan-17
Shot to death

Paola Oliveira
Russas, Brazil
30-Jan-17
Stoned to death

Name unknown
Recife, Brazil
3-Feb-17
Drowned; legs were tied down

Agatha Mont
Itapevi, Brazil
4-Feb-17
Suffocated

Name unknown
Guaruja, Brazil
8-Feb-17
Stoned to death

Dandara dos Santos
Fortaleza, Brazil
15-Feb-17
Beaten and stoned to death by a mob

Name unknown
Caçapava, Brazil
17-Feb-17
Shot to death

A. da Silva Maciel
Distrito de São Sebastião, Brazil
18-Feb-17
Shot

Mirella de Castro
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
19-Feb-17
Suffocated

Camila de Souza Magalhães
Sao Gonçalo, Brazil
25-Feb-17
Beaten

Emanuelle Muniz
Anapolis, Brazil
26-Feb-17
Stoned to death

Lorrane
São Luiz, Brazil
26-Feb-17
Shot to death

Z. Marrocos
Guarabira, Brazil
28-Feb-17
Stabbed to death

Michelly Garcia
Pelotas, Brazil
3-Mar-17
Shot

Name unknown
Goiania, Brazil
6-Mar-17
Shot

Rubi
Luziania, Brazil
6-Mar-17
Shot

Sandra
Laranjeiras do Sul, Brazil
8-Mar-17
Beaten

Jennifer Celia Henrique (Jenni)
Florianopolis, Brazil
10-Mar-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Cachoeirinha, Brazil
12-Mar-17
Burned to death

Lexia
Santa Fe do Sul, Brazil
13-Mar-17
Stabbed

Camila Albuquerque
Salvador, Brazil
15-Mar-17
Shot

Bruninha
Ourinhos, Brazil
16-Mar-17
Stabbed

Paola
Street Joao Candido do Camara, Brazil
22-Mar-17
Stabbed to death

Paulina
Recife, Brazil
23-Mar-17
Shot multiple times

Uilca or Wilka
Loteamento Luiz Gonzaga, Brazil.
26-Mar-17
Stabbed in the neck

Name unknown
Acara, Brazil
2-Apr-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Campo Grande, Brazil
3-Apr-17
Not reported

R. Félix da Silva
Guarariba, Brazil
4-Apr-17
Shot to death

Bianka Gonçalves
Primavera do Leste, Brazil
7-Apr-17
Shot to death

Camila
Sao Jose do Campos, Brazil
10-Apr-17
Beaten

Vitoria Castro
Araguaina, Brazil
10-Apr-17
Beaten

Hérica Izidório
Fortaleza, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Curitiba, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Beaten

Gaby
Feira de Santana, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Itabuna, Brazil
16-Apr-17
Shot to death

Samilly Guimarães
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20-Apr-17
Shot to death

Marooni
Belem, Brazil
22-Apr-17
Stabbed to death

A. Ribeiro Marcossone
Curitiba, Brazil
23-Apr-17
Shot over 25 times

Eloá Silva
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
27-Apr-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Barcarena, Brazil
29-Apr-17
Stabbed

Uilca
Vitoria de Santo Antao, Brazil
29-Apr-17
Shot to death

Layza Mello
Vilha Velha, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot

Name unknown
Belem, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot to death

Samaielly
Lauro de Freitas, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot to death

Sophia Castro
Contagem, Brazil
3-May-17
Cause unclear

C. A. Lima da Silva
Monhangape, Brazil
6-May-17
Shot to death

R. C. Silva Pereira
Barretos, Brazil
7-May-17
Deliberately struck by a vehicle

Thadeu Nascimento
Grande do Retiro, Brazil
7-May-17
Shot and beaten

Jennifer
Itaitinga, Brazil
9-May-17
Shot multiple times

Fernanda
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
10-May-17
Shot

Chaiane
Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Ketlin
Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Fortaleza, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Morro Agudo, Brazil
15-May-17
Beaten to death

Pâmela
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
21-May-17
Stabbed to death

Lalá
Feira de Santana, Brazil
25-May-17
Shot to death

Grace Kelly
Lauro de Freitas, Brazil
25-May-17
Suffocated

Joyce Jane Padilha
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26-May-17
dismembered

Sheila Medeiros
Tres Pontas, Brazil
29-May-17
Cause not reported

Laryrssa Moura
Governador Valadares, Brazil
31-May-17
Shot in the back

Natasha
Castanhal, Brazil
5-Jun-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

A. Alves Nascimento
Criciúma, Brazil
5-Jun-17
Shot to death

Natasha
Varginha, Brazil
6-Jun-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Salvador, Brazil
10-Jun-17
Shot in the neck, belly, shoulder, and back.

Renata Vieira
Uberlândia, Brazil
14-Jun-17
Beaten to death

E. Shyne
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15-Jun-17
Tortured

Julhão Petruk
Fortaleza, Brazil
15-Jun-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Caraguatatuba, Brazil
16-Jun-17
Stabbed

Bárbara
Maceió, Brazil
18-Jun-17
Struck by a vehicle

Name unknown
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
19-Jun-17
Shot to death

Camily Victoria
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
22-Jun-17
Shot to death

Denise
Aracaju, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Shot to death

C. Barroso de Oliveira
Ananindeua, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Shot to death

Nicolly Santos
Vitória de Santo Antão, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Stabbed multiple times

Ney Oliveira
Apuarema, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Stabbed to death

Salomé Bracho
São Luís do Curu, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Shot to death

Tabata Brandão
Rondonópolis, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Shot to death

Carla
Maceió, Brazil
28-Jun-17
Stabbed to death

Lola
Sorriso, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Cause not reported

Rayane
Fortaleza, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Shot

Larissa
Fortaleza, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Vicky Spears
Diadema, Brazil
3-Jul-17
Shot

Anna Sophia
João Pessoa, Brazil
8-Jul-17
Shot in the head

Bruna dos Santos
Pelotas, Brazil
9-Jul-17
Beaten and shot

Cauã
Porto Alegre, Brazil
9-Jul-17
Shot

Thalia
Rio Verde, Brazil
14-Jul-17
Shot

Sophia
Campo Mourão, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Stabbed to death

Michele
Caxias, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Shot

Leona Albuquerque
Salvador, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Camila Guedes
Monte Mor, Brazil
20-Jul-17
Stabbed

Gil Pereia da Costa
Rio Branco, Brazil
20-Jul-17
Shot twice

Gabriela Sousa
Maracanaú, Brazil
21-Jul-17
Shot

E. A. da Silva
Maceio, Brazil
21-Jul-17
Shot

Name unknown
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
22-Jul-17
Stabbed to death

Natalia Pimentel
Várzea Grande, Brazil
25-Jul-17
run over multiple times

Aurinete
Patos do Piauí, Brazil
31-Jul-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
João Pessoa, Brazil
1-Aug-17
Dragged and shot in the head.

Mary Monttila
Palmeira dos Índios, Brazil
2-Aug-17
Stabbed on the neck.

Charliane
Itabuna, Brazil
2-Aug-17
Shot

Bruna Laclose
Pinheiro Machado, Brazil
6-Aug-17
Sstabbed

Paulinha
Palmares, Brazil
8-Aug-17
Stabbed to death.

T. J. Gomes da Silva
João Pessoa, Brazil
12-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Dianna
Limoeiro, Brazil
18-Aug-17
Shot

Evelin Ferrari
Caruaru, Brazil
22-Aug-17
Shot

Lilly
Cachoeira, Brazil
27-Aug-17
Shot to death

Daniele Jesus Lafon
Poços de Caldas, Brazil
2-Sep-17
Stabbed with a pair of scissors

Flávia
Santos, Brazil
3-Sep-17
Shot

Rai
Petrolândia, Brazil
3-Sep-17
Stoned to death

Ana Carolina Nascimento
Araraquara, Brazil
5-Sep-17
Beaten to deat

Nicole
Sorriso, Brazil
5-Sep-17
Stabbed to death

Alessandra
São Paulo, Brazil
7-Sep-17
Shot

Bruna Monteiro
Taguatinga Sul, Brazil
8-Sep-17
Shot to death

Lorane
Camocim de São Felix, Brazil
9-Sep-17
Shot

Larissa Paiva
Serra, Brazil
14-Sep-17
Serra, Brazil

Safira
Salvador, Brazil
15-Sep-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Camaçari, Brazil
16-Sep-17
Shot

Ana Coutti
Cabo Frio, Brazil
18-Sep-17
MUltiple gunshot wounds

Kaleane
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
20-Sep-17
Shot in the head

Spencer
Campinas, Brazil
23-Sep-17
Beaten and stabbed

D.R.P.
Campinas, Brazil
24-Sep-17
Stabbed to death

Pâmela
Moreilândia, Brazil
25-Sep-17
Shot and beaten

Danhy Zn
Leme, Brazil
25-Sep-17
Not specified

Rayssa
Uberaba, Brazil
26-Sep-17
Shot twice

Lu Brasil
Altamira, Brazil
26-Sep-17
Cut and strangled

Renatha Lemos
Nova Mamoré, Brazil
30-Sep-17
Burned

Natália
Fortaleza, Brazil
30-Sep-17
Shot


Canada
Sisi Thibert
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18-Sep-17
Stabbed to death


Chile
Vanessa Valenzuela
Viña del Mar, Region Valparaiso, Chile
28-Apr-17
Beaten with hammers and sticks by five people who yelled "kill the fag."


Colombia
Alejandro Polanco Botero
Risaralda, Colombia
30-Nov-16
Shot four times in the head

Vikichy
Cali, Colombia
20-Jan-17
Stabbed in the chin and stomach

Silvana Fabian Pineda
La Dorada, Colombia
28-Jan-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Angelo Ramos
Garzon, Colombia
9-Feb-17
Not reported

Name unknown
Chaparral, Colombia
16-Feb-17
Beaten, and was violently sexually assaulted prior to death

C. Camilo Valencia
Valle del Cauca, Colombia
19-Feb-17
Shot

Mafe Rojas Camilo
Tolima, Colombia
3-May-17
Tortured, beaten, shot

Andrea Chaguendo Suárez
Cali, Colombia
31-May-17
Stabbed

Juliana Orrego Monsalve
Valle de Cauc, Colombia
2-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Malvilis Trujillo
Tolima, Colombia
27-Aug-17
Not reported


Costa Rica
Kenicha
Pococí, Costa Rica
15-Aug-17
Asphyxiation


Dominican Republic
Jessica Rubi Mori
La Romana, Dominican Republic
3-Jun-17
Dismembered

Carolina Alexis Zapata
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
22-Jul-17
beat over the head with a stick


Ecuador
W. Fabricio Ponce
Banabi, Ecuador
20-Dec-16
Tortured and burned


El Salvador
Name unknown
San Salvador, El Salvador
20-Nov-16
Beaten to death

Name unknown
San Salvador, El Salvador
17-Jan-17
Shot and thrown into the road

T. A. Orellana
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
18-Feb-17
Shot at the same time as D. Rodriguez

D. Rodriguez
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
18-Feb-17
Shot at the same time as T.A. Orellana

Elizabeth
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
20-Feb-17
Found with her hands and feet bound, with wounds to her face and neck.

Name unknown
Ilopango, El Salvador
20-May-17
Shot to death

Misty
Usulutan, El Salvador
27-Aug-17
Strangled


Honduras
Sherlyn Montoya
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
4-Apr-17
Tortured; her body was discovered in a bag

Tato Eduardo Ayestas
El Paraíso, Honduras
23-Apr-17
Stabbed multiple times


India
Vasu Swamy
Bangalore, India
16-Dec-16
Cause not reported

Shama
Tej Mohan Nagar, India
30-Apr-17
Stabbed

Kajal
Patna, India
29-Jul-17
Throat slit


Italy
Unnamed Transwoman
Rome, Italy
10-Nov-17
Stabbed to death


Malaysia
Meera
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23-Feb-17
Victim was shot and stabbed

Name unknown
Flat Sri Plateau, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, Malaysia
5-May-17
Exact cause not reported. Was found in her apartment, bound


Mexico
Hannia Camacho Rodriguez
Victoria, Mexico
23-Nov-16
Shot three times

Name unknown
Sinaloa, Mexico
1-Jan-17
Cause unclear

Michelle de la Cruz González
Coahuila, Mexico
6-Jan-17
Beaten with a hammer

Name unknown
Guerrero, Mexico
7-Jan-17
Shot

J.C.N
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
11-Jan-17
Shot 16 times

Name unknown
Magdalena Contreras, Mexico
14-Jan-17
Stabbed

Anahí Tapia Llamas
Guadalajara, Mexico
18-Jan-17
Two gunshot wounds. Victim was then thrown into the street

Name unknown
Calimaya, Mexico
1-Feb-17
Mutilated

Name unknown
Municipio Centro, Mexico
5-Feb-17
Shot to death

Byanka Yañez
Matamoros, Mexico
24-Feb-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Municipio de Chalco, Mexico
1-Mar-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Tlajomulco, Mexico
1-Mar-17
Cause unknown; body was found in an abandoned suitcase

H. Ramirez Calderon
Guanajuato, Mexico
20-Mar-17
Shot multiple times

Paola
Tamaulipas, Mexico
20-Mar-17
Beaten, her body was thrown in the street after she was killed

Yadira Lopez Marroquin
Monterrey, Mexico
16-Apr-17
asphyxiated

Monse Morga Javier
Guerrero, Mexico
17-Apr-17
Shot to death

Yadira López Marroquín
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
18-Apr-17
Strangled

Name unknown
Michoacan, Mexico
4-May-17
Stabbed to death

Ivanna Landuchy
Tamaulipas, Mexico
12-May-17
Shot

Jennifer López
Guerrero, Mexico
20-May-17
Stabbed to death

Caricia
Guerrero, Mexico
26-May-17
Shot

Name unknown
Guerrero, Mexico
28-May-17
stoned to death

Name unknown
Puebla, Mexico
1-Jun-17
Exact cause not reported. Discovered bound with a bag over her head.

Fernanda/Tavita Montes
Colima, Mexico
4-Jun-17
Asphyxiation

Denisse de León
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
10-Jun-17
Shot to death

Kenya
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
18-Jun-17
Cause not reported

Adriana Cruz Serrano
Veracruz, Mexico
20-Jun-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Sinaloa, Mexico
1-Jul-17
Shot

Name unknown
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
4-Jul-17
Shot

Yadira Lopez Marroquin
Puebla, Mexico
6-Jul-17
Stabbed

Claudia Muñoz García
Altamirano, Mexico
15-Jul-17
Hit by a car

Name unknown
Reynosa, Mexico
17-Jul-17
Beaten with a stone

Name unknown
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
27-Jul-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Morelos, Mexico
30-Jul-17
Shot to death

La Chapopota
Puebla, Mexico
13-Aug-17
Blunt force trauma to the head

Cristal
Morelos, Mexico
13-Aug-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Morelos, Mexico
20-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
21-Aug-17
Not specified

La Peluchina
Colima, Mexico
23-Aug-17
Throat slit

Name unknown
Acapulco, Mexico
27-Aug-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Durango, Mexico
27-Aug-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
31-Aug-17
not reported; discovered with a bag over her head

Mendez Cuevas
Durango, Mexico
1-Sep-17
not reported

Name unknown
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
1-Sep-17
Not specified

Manuela
Fresnillo, Mexico
3-Sep-17
Stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver

Brenda Murillo Alba
Baja California Norte, Mexico
12-Sep-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
19-Sep-17
Shot to death


The Netherlands
Bianca
Arnhem, The Netherlands
29-Sep-17
Stabbed over twenty times


Pakistan
Imli
Lahore, Pakistan
21-Jan-17
Wrists slit, allegedly by her boyfriend

Muskan
Lahore, Pakistan
27-Jan-17
Throat slit. Victim was also beatene

Sitara
Sialkot, Pakistan
9-Apr-17
Shot to death

Sufaid
Nowshera, Pakistan
14-Aug-17
Shot to death

Chanda Sharmeeli
Karachi, Pakistan
30-Aug-17
Shot to death


Paraguay
Name unknown
Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
6-Dec-16
Shot


Philippines
Heart De Chavez
Metro Manila, Philippines
10-Jan-17
Shot

J. R. P. Mangalili
Bulacan, Philippines
6-Feb-17
Deliberately ran over by a vehicle

Name unknown
Philippines
13-Feb-17
Beaten

Charlotte Oquias Lapasaran Logronio
Davao, Philippines
22-Feb-17
Shot

Jheayn
Metro Manilla, Philippines
10-Apr-17
Beaten

J. R. P. Mangalili
Bulacan, Philippines
2-Jun-17
Deliberately struck by vehicle


Russia
Name unknown
Voronezh, Russia
19-Jan-17
Beaten and strangled to death, after which her apartment was set on fire


Saudi Arabia
Amna
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1-Feb-17
Tortured to death by the police after chargers of "cross-dressing" and having "same-sex" relationships.

Meeno
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1-Feb-17
Tortured to death by the police after chargers of "cross-dressing" and having "same-sex" relationships.


South Africa
Sihle
Eastern Cape, South Africa
6-Aug-17
Stabbed


Sweden
Madeleine Delbom
Borlänge, Sweden
24-Nov-16
Strangled and stabbed to death


Thailand
Ying
Nakorn Pathom, Thailand
13-Dec-16
Suffocated

Puriwit Chanasit (Keng)
Hatyai Songkla, Thailand
6-Jan-17
Murdered

Nampuang
Pranaknrnsri Ayuthaya, Thailand
12-Feb-17
Stabbed

P. J.
Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2-Mar-17
Stabbed

Rapee
Kantharalak, Srisaket, Thailand
14-Mar-17
Beaten


United States of America
India Monroe, aka India Thedarkvixen
Newport News, Virginia, USA
21-Dec-16
Multiple gunshot wounds.

Mesha Caldwell
Canton, Mississippi, USA
4-Jan-17
Shot to death

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
7-Jan-17
Undetermined

Jojo Striker
Toledo, Ohio, USA
8-Feb-17
Shot to death

Jaquarrius Holland
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
19-Feb-17
Shot

Tiara Richmond aka Keke Collier
Chicago, Illinois, USA
21-Feb-17
Shot

Chyna Gibson, aka Chyna Doll Dupree
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
25-Feb-17
Shot to death

Ciara McElveen
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
27-Feb-17
Multiple stab wounds.

Alphonza Watson
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
22-Mar-17
Shot to death

Kenne McFadden
San Antonio, Texas, USA
9-Apr-17
Drowned

Chay "Juicy" Reed
Miami, Florida, USA
21-Apr-17
Shot to death

Mx. Bostick
New York, New York, USA
4-May-17
Attacked with a metal pipe on the 24th of April.
Note: There has been a lot of confusion as to the gender identity of this individual. What we do know is that they were born male, and that they did for a period of time live as a female. At the time of their death, they were homeless and presenting as male. As such, we have put a gender neutral designator on this name, and are using they/them pronouns. As with every case presented, any additional information would be desired.

Sherrell Faulkner
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
16-May-17
Passed away from injuries sustained in a November 30th, 2016 attack

Imer Alvarado
Fresno, CA
17-May-17
Shot
Note: Alvarado did not identify as a transgender woman, but as a gay male. He was, nevertheless, presenting in female attire at the time of his murder, and this may have had a part in this death.

Kendra Adams, aka Josie Berrios and Kimbella Rosé
Ithaca, New York, USA
13-Jun-17
Murdered and burnt

Ebony Morgan
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
2-Jul-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

TeeTee Dangerfield
College Park, Georgia, USA
1-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds.

Gwynevere River Song
Waxahachie, Texas, USA
12-Aug-17
Shot

Kiwi Herring
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
22-Aug-17
Shot by police in suspicious circumstances
Note: While Herring was killed by the St. Louis Police Department, allegedly while brandishing a knife at officers, there were circumstances surrounding this death that were anti-transgender in nature, including threats and actions from a neighbor that led to the confrontation that led to Herring's death.

Anthony "Bubbles" Torres
San Francisco, California, USA
9-Sep-17
Shot
Note: Like Imer Alvarado, above, Bubbles did not identify as a transgender woman. He was, nevertheless, presenting in feminine attire at the time of his murder, and this may have had a hand in this death.

Derricka Banner
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
12-Sep-17
Shot to death

Ally Lee Steinfeld
Licking, Missouri, USA
21-Sep-17
Ally was stabbed, including wounds to the genitals. Her eyes were also gouged out. Her body was burned in an attempt to conceal evidence of the crime, and some of Ally's bones were put into a garbage bag placed in a chicken coop near the residence.

Stephanie Montez
Robstown, Texas, USA
26-Oct-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Candace Towns.
Macon, Georgia, USA
31-Oct-17
Shot to death

Venezuela
Alexandra Peña Vizcaya
Chiquinquira, Venezuela
12-Feb-17
Multiple gunshot

Name unknown
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
28-Feb-17
Shot multiple times

Alejandra Diaz
Baruta, Venezuela
25-May-17
Shot

Name unknown
Venezuela, Venezuela
29-Jul-17
Not reported

Name unknown
Chiquinquira, Venezuela
20-Aug-17
Beaten and stabbed


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Transitioning In Academia

Transitioning at work is always hard, your job hangs in the balance and when you are a teacher it can be even harder because you have to deal with the parents.
Becoming a Woman
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Paige Flanagan
November 15, 2017

Imagine the complexity of making the transition from the gender identity assigned at birth to a different one. I am certain that some of my colleagues question my sanity for embarking on such a process. I questioned my sanity if I didn’t.

Transitioning in academe, as in any employment sector, involves both difficulties and advantages, drawbacks and conveniences. My experience has been generally positive, and, by writing this, I hope to assist others who may be facing this life change. Cis readers, I hope that this sheds a sliver of light on what people who transition experience and that you discover ways you can be more supportive when the time comes. The academy will increasingly face this matter with faculty and staff members as well as students — maybe even presidents. I have chosen to focus on my personal perspective as a librarian in my 15th year on the faculty of a small, private, liberal-arts college.
She goes on to list the pro’s and con’s of transitioning on the job as a librarian.
On the plus side. Among the biggest advantages to transitioning at a small college or university are the personal relationships, the relatively liberal environment, the increased emphasis on diversity, the close interactions with students. Each of those factors has certainly aided me in my journey.
[…]
On the down side. You will need to take advantage of benefits available to you because your transition will certainly present adversity. There is much out of your control, including the emotions and feelings of others. Those who are on the job market, unfortunately, will have even a lower degree of control. Alex Hanna stated it best when she wrote that transgender people on the academic job market need double the amount of strategies for coping.
I imagine that there are a other issues that complicate transitioning on the job, the first issue that I think about is how well you can integrate into society. Those who cannot blend in with the general population face a lot more discrimination then someone you cannot tell is trans. The other issue is that transitioning as a teacher for K-12 have to face hostile parents. Just like students who transition and face aggressive parents so do the teachers when they transition.

As she said trying to find a job are you transition is a lot harder than before you transition. When you are looking for a job companies can find a thousand ways to not offer you a job, but when you transition on the job especially after you have a couple of job reviews under your belt is a lot harder.

Trans On The Small Screen

There is a new television show featuring trans actors on FX, we are starting to become mainstream in the media.
Pose: Your first look at the transgender cast of Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking new series
Entertainment Weekly
By Tim Stack
November 17, 2017

In honor and celebration of National Trans Awareness Week, here’s a first look at the cast of FX Networks’ upcoming Pose.

Pose, the pilot of which is currently filming on location in New York City, has the most trans series regulars of any show in American television history.
[…]
The FX series, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, is set in New York City in the ’80s and focuses on the collision of various worlds, including the elite rich and downtown ball culture. Murphy is directing the pilot.
The show features  five trans actresses; Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, and M.J. Rodriguez. What remains to be seen is how these women are going to be portrayed.



Under the headline “Sore Losers,” Bob Marshall who is the legislator who lost his seat to the Virginia House of Delegates to  Danica Roem had this to say in a Washington Post letter to the editor.
If you think insurance premiums are high now, just wait until Virginia Del.-elect Danica Roem's legislation to force insurance companies to cover "sex change" operations takes effect ["Roem to push for transgender health care," Metro, Nov. 11].

Will Ms. Roem (D) also cover sex-change reversals to treat the growing incidence of "sex-change regret" by persons who find the "cure" worse than the "disease"?

Too bad The Post did not write this article before the election to fully inform voters about Ms. Roem's real agenda.

I wonder when Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) will open up our highway rest stops and state office building locker rooms and bathrooms to people who think they are the opposite sex, just as they are trying to do in our public schools.

Virginians must wake up, not be intimidated and fight this radical transgender agenda for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
You might remember that Ms. Roem said this about him election night, “I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday 9: Son of a Preacher Man



Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: Son of a Preacher Man (1968)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

I have found the problem with my posts not being posted, you have to allow third party cookies... Isn't that something, you have to allow your comments to be tracked by advertisers.

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.


1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What's the most recent thing that you said "no" to?
I can’t remember but I do remember saying yes. I interact with a non-profit through my work and the caller ID came up that non-profit… “Oh it must be something about the meeting on Monday.” So I answered the call, when I said hello the woman said “Diana? Oh I didn’t know it was you!” Well it turned out they were doing a fundraiser and she asked if I would like to donate to their homeless shelter. I couldn’t very well say no to her so I gave the minimum amount. Normally if I didn’t know the caller ID or if they didn’t leave a message I would ignore the call.

2) Two years later, Aretha recorded "Son of a Preacher Man." What's something you changed your mind about?
Hmm… tattoos. I don’t want any but I couldn’t see why anyone would get one, but I changed my mind. If they want one that doesn’t bother me any more.

3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts?
Well it depends upon the topic and why I believed what I do. The tattoo thing was emotional.

4) If you ordered a "Son of a Preacher Man" in a bar, you'd get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol?
I haven’t had lemonade since I was diagnosed with diabetes

5) Dusty had a thing for maps. She admired them artistically and enjoyed using them to take long car trips. Do you use printed maps? Or do you rely on technology, like GPS or Google Maps?
I have GPS built-in to my car, but I also have maps in my car. What I don’t like about GPS and Google Maps is when you zoom-out you lose detail and when you zoom-in you only see the local roads  but you only see a small area.

6) As a girl, she attended convent school. There, one of the nuns discouraged Dusty from performing, telling her that if she would do better to be a mother or a librarian. When you were growing up, did the adults in your world encourage your dreams?
Nope, I was “gathering wool.”
 
7) That nun inspired Dusty's first major act of rebellion. In an attempt to make herself look less like a future librarian or housewife, she bleached her hair platinum blonde. In school, were you much of a rebel? Or did you conform to the expectations adults had of you?
Well that is something that I wondered. My parents died before I started my MSW graduate program and i always wondered what they would think about what i'm doing now.

8) Early in her career, Dusty provided the entertainment at a family summer camp. She appeared on the bill with a clown, a fire-eater and a hypnotist. Have you ever been hypnotized?
Yes, I was hypnotized to lose weight… I had a good nap.

9) Random question: Have you ever played matchmaker to your friends? If yes, did your efforts lead to romance?
Nope and they never played matchmaker for me.