Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Imagine That…

A think tank found that states without LGBT protection the LGBT community has a higher rate of poverty that states with protection. What a surprise!

The Center for American Progress said in a press release that,
A landmark report released today paints a stark picture of the added financial burdens that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans face because of anti-LGBT laws at the national, state, and local levels. According to the report, these laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes, reduced wages and Social Security income, increased health care costs, and more.
"Unfair laws deliver a one-two punch. They both drive poverty within the LGBT community and then hit people when they are down," said Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director of MAP. "While families with means might be able to withstand the costs of extra taxation or the unfair denial of Social Security benefits, for a family already struggling, these financial penalties can mean the difference between getting by and getting evicted. Anti-LGBT laws do the most harm to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community, including those who are barely making ends meet, families with children, older adults, and people of color."

The report documents the often-devastating consequences when the law fails LGBT families. For example, children raised by same-sex parents are almost twice as likely to be poor as children raised by married opposite-sex parents. Additionally, 15 percent of transgender workers have incomes of less than $10,000 per year; among the population as a whole, the comparable figure is just 4 percent. To demonstrate the connection between anti-LGBT laws and the finances of LGBT Americans and their families, the report outlines how LGBT people living in states with low levels of equality are more likely to be poor, both compared to their non-LGBT neighbors, and compared to their LGBT counterparts in state with high levels of equality. Discriminatory laws create a devastating cycle of poverty.
So is there any one who is surprised with the findings?

And just because a state does have LGBT protection doesn’t mean it is all rosy. I know many trans-people here in Connecticut who are highly qualified and can’t get a job and I can imagine what it is like in states that don’t have protection.

When you are looking for a job here, the discrimination is covert. They didn’t hire you because you are trans, they didn’t hire you because you are over qualified or under qualified. While in states that do not have protection they just come right out and say it, we don’t rent to people like you.

As Busy Day...

This morning I have a 9:00 AM meeting with the Save School Coalition up in Hartford with various state agencies and NGO (Non-Government Organizations).

Then it is off to Staples to have the photographs that I am entering in a local fair printed.

This afternoon is my weekly Wednesday afternoon volunteering at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, I am the Trans-Advocate there. I help trans-people who are looking for therapists or endos or if they need help with changing their documentation. Yesterday I had a social worker called who had a client come out to her as trans and she was looking for a therapists to send her. I also had a call from a trans-person who was looking for a trans-friendly PCP.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It Is Always “The Bathroom”

When conservatives are losing their fall back strategy is to lie and create fear. Even through there has never been a case where someone used an anti-discrimination law to attacking a women or a girl in a bathroom that does stop the conservative from lying about it. For them the ends justify the means. It doesn’t matter what side of the boarder you are on.
Transgender rights bill opposed by Harper may be sidelined in Senate
Josh Wingrove
Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Sep. 29 2014

A Conservative senator is considering proposing changes to a transgender rights bill that narrowly passed the House of Commons last year, raising the prospect it will meet further delays and perhaps stall before the next election.

Senator Don Plett, a former Conservative Party president, told The Globe and Mail he “absolutely [does] not” support the current version of Bill C-279, which is aimed at adding new legal protections based on gender. He said he believes it is open to abuse and could allow biological males, for instance, into women's change rooms – which Mr. Plett believes would violate the rights of women and girls – or for predators to claim transgender status, access a facility, then commit an assault.
And then on this side of the boarder in response to a proposed change in school athletic policy to include trans-people in sport a conservative based ran an ad locker rooms…
Proposed transgender high school athlete policy stirs controversy
By Sasha Aslanian
Sep 29, 2014

To raise an alarm about the proposed change, the Minnesota Child Protection League bought a full-page ad in the Star Tribune sports section on Sunday.

The ad, which showed a photograph of a locker room shower wall, included the words, "A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU ok with that?"

Michele Lentz, state coordinator of the Child Protection League, said its members wanted to alert parents to the discussion of transgender athletes because the issue seemed to be flying under the radar.

"The parents that we're talking to are up in arms. They didn't know that this was going on. They didn't know that this policy was being considered and they're appalled."

According to its website, the Child Protection League aims to protect all children from "exploitation, indoctrination and violence." Lentz said the group's members believe gender is determined by biology and genetics, not choice.
Fear and lies. According to the Child Protection League is a,
A group of veteran religious right and tea party activists have come together to oppose the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, also called the anti-bullying bill. The Minnesota Child Protection League is touring state tea parties and religious groups with presentations that contain factual inaccuracies and promote false stereotypes about the LGBT community.
They say they are protecting family and religious values but they seem to have forgotten the Ten Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”

Monday, September 29, 2014

When No Gender Fits

There are a large number of people who identify as genderqueer or genderfluid, they do not want to be pinned down to a gender but want to either be able to flow between genders or by androgynous.
When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person
Washington Post
By Monica Hesse
September 20

Kelsey’s gender identity is “non-binary.” Or, “agender.” It’s what Kelsey feels comfortable with, even though the world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey has to choose. Like the OkCupid profile some friends are always suggesting Kelsey create online. When Kelsey looked at the matchmaking site’s opening screen, it presented an immediate problem: “I am a [male/female].”

Which box do you check when you don’t belong in any box? How do you navigate the world when the world is built on identifying with one group or another group, male or female, and the place that feels most right to you is neither?
For Kelsey, identifying as agender wasn’t an immediate realization but a gradual awakening, a recognition that what applied to other girls didn’t seem to apply to Kelsey. People would say Kelsey was pretty, and it made Kelsey squirm — not because Kelsey felt unattractive but because other people’s definitions of pretty, or handsome for that matter, didn’t work. Dresses and makeup only made Kelsey feel uglier, but boy clothes weren’t right either. It wasn’t about being a tomboy. It wasn’t a personality trait. It wasn’t even about the clothes, although those were an immediate shorthand for Kelsey’s discomfort. It was something different and deeper.
The first thing that is asked when a baby is born is whether it is a boy or girl. From that day forward that label puts them in a box with certain expectations and some people don’t want to be put in a box, they don’t want to be tied down to life goals that is tied to what is between their legs.

What is wrong with wanting to live in a non-gendered world where people see you as a person and not as a male or female?

Gender Is In The Mind And Not The Body

For many people they can’t get their heads around that. You don’t have to have hormones, surgery, or transition to be transsexual.

Some butch lesbians dress like a man but do not identify and that is the key, how you identify. So why can’t you be transsexual and not transition. if you are comfortable not transition that is Okay.

This is the video rebutting the comments on BuzzFeed…
(The video has strong language)