Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The New York Times...

Had an interesting Op-Ed articles on Monday and yesterday that covered trans topics; one of them listed resources for the trans community yesterday, I won’t list them here because most of them are known to the trans community. One of the articles was,
The Quest for Transgender Equality
By Editorial Board
May 4, 2015

A generation ago, transgender Americans were widely regarded as deviants, unfit for dignified workplaces, a disgrace for families. Those who confided in relatives were, by and large, pitied and shunned. For most, transitioning on the job was tantamount to career suicide. Medical procedures to align a person’s body with that person’s gender identity — an internal sense of being male, female or something else — were a fringe specialty, available only to a few who paid out of pocket.

Coming out meant going through life as a pariah.

Being transgender today remains unreasonably and unnecessarily hard. But it is far from hopeless. More Americans who have wrestled with gender identity are transitioning openly, propelling a civil rights movement that has struggled even as gays and lesbians have reached irreversible momentum in their fight for equality. Those coming out now are doing so with trepidation, realizing that while pockets of tolerance are expanding, discriminatory policies and hostile, uninformed attitudes remain widespread.
For me I lived in fear that someone would find out about “my little secret” it kept me deeply closeted until the stress from living that lie built up causing me to have medical problems related to the stress.

I think if I came out earlier I would have faced what the writer said, “tantamount to career suicide” and I would have been “a disgrace for families.”

The article goes on to say,
A generation from now, scientists will most likely know more about gender dysphoria and physicians will undoubtedly have found better ways to help people transition. This generation should be the one that stopped thinking that being transgender is something to fear or shun.
I have to wonder about the kids nowadays who are transitioning in kindergarten and earlier, what will their life be like? Will they face discrimination? Will they have a better life than those who are transitioning late in life because of fear and stigma kept them hiding?

I look at the lesbian and gay community as a model for the trans community in the nineties the stigma and discrimination that the lesbian and gay communities faced lessened and many of them started coming out earlier and not hiding in the closets, while others stayed closeted until later in life. I see the same thing happening in the trans community, some will transition early in life while other will transition when they are older.

The Times There Are A Changing!

Can you imagine if this happened just five year ago what the response would be?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Ick Factor Wins

The courts have decided to go by the “Ick Factor” rather what is medically necessary.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects transgender inmate’s appeal for sex change surgery
LGBTQ Nation
By Mark Pratt | Associated Press
Monday, May 4, 2015

A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal.

The justices did not comment in letting stand a lower-court ruling denying the surgery to Michelle Kosilek.

“This is a terrible and inhumane result for Michelle,” said Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project for Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.
The history of the case began in 2005,
The prisons department initially provided hormone treatments, electrolysis to remove facial and body hair, female clothing and personal items, but Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery was a medical necessity and denial of the surgery was making her suicidal. Her lawyers say she has twice tried to kill herself behind bars.

A federal judge in 2012 ordered the Department of Correction to grant the surgery, finding that it was the “only adequate treatment” for her gender-identity disorder. It was the first time a federal judge ordered such surgery.

But the state appealed and that ruling was overturned in December by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 3-2 decision, so Kosilek’s lawyers turned to the Supreme Court.
As the article points out this goes against all medical research which has shown that surgery is beneficial to the health of the trans person and I think instead caters to the “Ick Factor” of the surgery.

Also the effort that the Massachusetts Department of Correction cost millions of dollars to fight this case all for a $50,000 surgery, they probably spend enough on appealing the case to pay for hundreds of surgeries. 

Always Down

You always hear a wives scolding their husbands for leaving the seat up, I think that the debate has been going on since the invention of the toilet seat. But there is one place that discussion does not belong. An article in Out & About in Nashville discusses that place…
Seat up or seat down?
May 1, 2015
By Bobbi Williams

I was sitting at my hangout in Austin, Texas, when one of the lesbians emerged from the ladies room and shouted pointedly at a bunch of us girls who were seated at the end of the bar. “Hey!” she yelled, garnering the attention of the entire bar as she pointed directly at us. “Which one of you bitches left the seat up!”

We looked at one another, then back at her. “You wanna be ladies?!” she shouted. “Then act like ladies!”
One of the things that I noticed when I attended trans events is feet facing the wrong way and finding the seat up, and I totally agree with the lesbian in the article. I have always said, “Respect the space that you are in.”

Unless you are in your own home you are sharing someone else’s space, whether it is someone house or a public bathroom we all are sharing the space so be courteous. I have been in some pretty messy women’s bathrooms; the worst was at a restroom in Virginia along I-81. However, there is a big difference between a messy bathroom and leaving the seat up.

As trans women we should be especially courteous when we use a public bathroom and respect the space.

Monday, May 04, 2015

And He Says He Wants To Be President

Way, way out on right field the paranoids believe in the theory that the military is holding maneuvers to take over the government or something.
Ted Cruz ‘reached out to the Pentagon’ about martial law conspiracy theory
By Emma Margolin
May 2, 2015

Depending on whom you ask, “Jade Helm 15” is either a domestic military training exercise or a covert operation for the federal government to take over the state of Texas – and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz just became the latest Republican to fan the flames of the latter theory.

Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy SEALs. Conspiracy theorists operating on the fringes of the conservative blogosphere, however, have other ideas about what the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, is intended to do – such as implement martial law, seize Americans’ guns, and imprison political dissidents.
Say WHAT? Does he really believe this? And he wants to be president.

And he is not alone…
Cruz isn’t the only presidential hopeful keeping suspicions about Jade Helm 15 alive. Last month, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul – who’s proven to be quite fond of conspiracy theories – didn’t exactly swat down concerns about the exercise, telling Iowa-based radio host Jan Mickelson that he had heard of Jade Helm only in passing and would look into it.
Do they really believe in these conspiracy theories or are they pandering to right wing conspiracy theories for votes. I don’t know which is worse believing this or stirring up conspiracy paranoia for votes.

Ah Yes… The Same Old Stuff

When politicians try to do the right thing, what does the opposition do? They bring up bathrooms of course. The latest attack on us peeing in peace is in North Carolina,
Charlotte City Manager Carlee clarifies city’s transgender restroom policy
The Charlotte Observer
By Mark Price
May 3, 2015

The most contentious part of Charlotte’s recent debate over LGBT rights – transgender bathroom use – has resurfaced with an unexpected revelation.

In March, the Charlotte City Council rejected a nondiscrimination proposal that would have forced private businesses to accommodate lesbian, gay and transgender people. The proposal drew protests over a provision that gave transgender people access to the restroom of their gender identity at any place of public accommodation, including city property.

But it turns out the city is already following that approach at its own facilities.

City Manager Ron Carlee says transgender employees and visitors not only have the right to use the restroom of their gender identity in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, but also in other city-owned facilities such as Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Ovens Auditorium, Bojangles’ Arena and the convention center. The latter three are owned by the city but managed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Bureau, which confirmed the practice.
And who helped lead the opposition? Any guesses?
The Rev. Mark Harris, a Charlotte pastor who helped organize the opposition, said the city’s approach is confusing and disappointing to conservatives who feel they won a victory when the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance failed.

“It’s been about eight weeks or less since the City Council dealt with this issue in what all of us know was a very challenging, emotionally grueling experience for both sides,” Harris said.
Surprise, surprise!

Maybe the City Council realized that to do otherwise would have resulted in EEOC fines and Title VII violations, not to mention possible Fourteenth Amendment law suits.