Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Party Above All Else…

[Editorial]

Much has been said about politicians who are stirring animosity against us. But what about the voters? Around half the voters voted for them, what does it say about our country?

The voters decided put party before integrity.

The voters decided to put party before civility.

The voters decided to ignore vulgarity and put the party first,

The voters decided to ignore discrimination and put the party first.

Cruel Marjorie Taylor Greene criticizes Joe Biden for condemning gay bar shooting

Five people died in the mass shooting, and she attacked Biden for caring.

LGBTQ Nation

By Alex Bollinger

November 21, 2022

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Lauren Boebert defends her past anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans tweets during KOA radio interview in wake of Club Q shooting

Colorado Public Radio

By Caitlyn Kim

November 22, 2022

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Colorado Club Shooting Follows Rise in Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric, Violence

Saturday’s massacre is the latest in a string of attacks on the community

Bloomberg

By Kelsey Butler and Ella Ceron

November 21, 2022

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LGBTQ groups slam Walker for ad attacking transgender athletes

The Hill

By Brooke Migdon

November 21, 2022 

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Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric roils Wisconsin, providing political fuel for the right

The 'parental rights' movement is upending school board races, leading to book banning and a growing sense of dread among the small number of children who are gay or transgender.

NPR Wisconsin Watch

By Matthew DeFour and Mario Koran

October 31, 2022

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Theses are just some of the headlines in the last couple of months don’t let the Republicans and their pundits try to gaslight you into believing that they are not stirring up right-wing rhetoric against not only us but other minorities, just look at who Trump had lunch with.

Donald Trump dined with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes
The former president hosted Fuentes and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. He said it was “quick and uneventful.
Politico
By Meridith McGraw
November 25, 2022


Former President Donald Trump hosted white nationalist and antisemite Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on Tuesday night, according to multiple people familiar with the event.

Fuentes, who frequently posts racist content in addition to Holocaust revisionism, was brought as a guest of rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye.

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It underscores how few guardrails currently exist within the former president’s political operation, with few aides there to screen guests or advise against and manage such gatherings.

Indeed, after POLITICO first reported the sighting of Fuentes at Trump’s club, people in Trump’s orbit denied the former president met with Fuentes at all. Only later was it revealed that he not only met with Fuentes but dined with him.

Reuters in 2016 reported that this wasn’t the first time a Trump was seen with white supremacists.

One of Donald Trump’s sons appeared alongside a white supremacist while giving an interview on a conservative radio show, adding to concerns that the front-runner in the battle to be the Republican candidate in November’s presidential election is willing to accept support from extremist supporters.

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During the show he was questioned by James Edwards, another radio host whose show “The Political Cesspool” is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading U.S. civil rights group, as “racist and anti-Semitic.”

Welcome to the new Republican party!

You know we saw this before, in the 1930s when voters put party first.

The British newspaper The Telegraph had an article about how the Germany people went along with Hitler.

Mobilising Hate: why the German people bought into the Holocaust
By Saul David
November 26, 202


On November 8 1942, on the eve of the 19th anniversary of the failed Beer Hall Putsch, Adolf Hitler gave an infamous speech to his most fanatical ­followers in the Löwenbräukeller, in Munich. Having rounded on the Allied leaders – the braggart ­Winston Churchill and the “half-Jew” Franklin D Roosevelt – he explained that both were mere ­puppets of the real enemy: “the international Jew”. He had warned the Jews that the consequence of starting a global conflict would be their destruction, but they had laughed in his face. “They are not laughing now,” said Hitler, to thunderous applause. “And those who are, won’t be for long.”

Martin Davidson begins with Hitler’s 1942 speech for two reasons: it took place at the very moment that the industrial slaughter of Europe’s Jews was at its height, with more than three million men, women and children gassed and shot that year; and Hitler’s willingness to speak so openly to ordinary Germans about what was happening – he used the term “extermination” three times in one sentence – was because he knew he had convinced enough of them that his malevolence towards the Jews was more than justified: they had humiliated Germany at the end of the First World War and were now getting their comeuppance.

Do we know of two demigods who are now using the same rhetoric against LGBTQ peoples and other minorities?

Could it happen again? Davidson is in no doubt. “No principle is so under attack, or so the object of fear and contempt, than the liberal commandment that prohibits dividing humanity into ‘us’ and ‘them’, and militarising the gap in-between.” 

He cites as warnings the election of Trump in the US and Brexit in the UK, and makes a spurious link between Nazis in the 1930s – lining the streets “showering adulation on the passing motorcade, racked by resentment, rocked by economic insecurity, and only too ready to racialise their grievances and cheer those offering desperate remedies” – and the “max reflex” or “aggrieved self-pity” that “became visible once again in 2016 and even 2020 across the US, the UK and, more recently, across Russia too”.

To juxtapose the Nazis with Trump supporters, Brexiteers and pro-war Russians is a historical nonsense, and a sour note on which to end a very good book.

[/Editorial]


Blinders

If you read the comments one thing that becomes immediately apparent is that they still believe that being LGBTQ+ is a choice. They are still living in the 1950s!

This comment is from a Yahoo News repost of the article below.

"The implications are unmistakable: People who identify as LGBTQ aren’t entitled to share the same spaces as other Americans. They don’t deserve the same legal protections. They shouldn’t exist."

This isn't even close to the issue or the truth, and the author knows it. We don't want boys in girls locker rooms. We don't want children being taught the lie that they can change gender at will, even on a day-to-day basis. We don't want minor teenage girls being given mastectomies. We refuse to accept any concept that is contradicted by science.

Live your life as you see fit, just don't force me to accept it.

As you can see they have no idea what they are talking, they still think of being LGBTQ+ as a choice and that permanent surgeries are done on minors.

They believe in the lies that the Republican are pushing.

Editorial: LGBTQ Americans need public support against efforts to erase them
The Virginian-Pilot
By The Virginian-Pilot & Daily Press Editorial Board
November 26, 2022


Groomers, they shout. Freaks. Pedophiles.

The names and slurs are familiar. Their intent? To demean and belittle, to intimidate and threaten.

The implications are unmistakable: People who identify as LGBTQ aren’t entitled to share the same spaces as other Americans. They don’t deserve the same legal protections. They shouldn’t exist.

Far from being at the margins of our national political discourse, these sorts of insults and attacks are now at the center of fierce arguments. You can hear them everywhere from the halls of Congress to the school board meeting rooms here in Hampton Roads.

Those delivering such hateful and dangerous drivel are people who believe that LGBTQ people have no right to be part of society — and they have no reservations about saying so, often loudly. They are committed to stripping away legal protections for these Americans, restricting them to fewer spaces in our communities and, ultimately, chasing them from public life.

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But it’s more than acts of intimidation or smear campaigns. Some of the most prominent political voices in the country are voicing and amplifying these disgusting slurs and baseless attacks. They are advancing legislation that would limit LGBTQ access to health care, education, athletics and even public spaces. They want to remove legal protections that ensure LGBTQ Americans aren’t targeted for harm because of their identity. And in a concurring opinion to Dobbs ruling earlier this year, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas even questioned the 2015 Obergefell precedent that affirmed the right to marry, making same-sex unions the law of the land.

The right-wing evangelical conservatives don’t want to hear the truth, they ignore the truth, they just want to eradicate what they see as abominations.

They will continue to shout, these spiteful, shameless voices who want LGBTQ Americans erased from public life. It’s vital they do not succeed. And therefore it is essential that more people stand up for the acceptance, tolerance and compassion — the right to exist — that everyone deserves.

Can you hold them accountable in their ignorance?

You sure can, all they have to do is Google it! There are hundreds of medical websites that that explain that being LGBTQ+ is not a choice but they don't want to do that. They don't want anything that goes against their warped beliefs. They don't want to take off their blinders and feel uncomfortable they rather blame us for their woes then themselves.

And if you don’t think that is true, then I leave you with another comment from the Yahoo News article of the editorial.

There have been people like this forever, the big difference is now they are trying to shove their choices down everyone's throat. They think normal people should just go along with their plans and grooming of children. Ain't happening.

I am up at the cottage getting it ready to close up for the season so I have been running around on a thousand different errands that need to be done before I come back to CT on Wednesday afternoon.

I have a contractor this afternoon to see about adding an outdoor shower and deck and this morning I am at a kitchen remodeler to update the 1970 vintage kitchen.

I have to pack up the pantry and clean out the refrigerator and bring it all home.

Monday, November 28, 2022

So Who Was Responsible For The Red Flop.

Was it the college kids…

Was it LGBTQ+ voters…

Was it the women voters…

Was it the seniors…

You probably heard anyone of those stopped the Republican sweep of the election, the news media has been flooded with articles about why didn’t the Republicans sweep the elections.

The abortion-rights movement is jubilant after the midterms turned the anti-abortion tide
Insider
By Bethany Dawson
November 13, 2022


For abortion-rights campaigners, it has been an exhausting and soul-destroying few months.

Following the reversal of Roe v. Wade in June, the catalog of stories of women's health being in jeopardy due to an inability to access abortions and anxiety-inducing court hearings have provided months of chaos and devastation, Elisabeth Smith, the director for state policy and advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Insider.

But this week, those emotions have shifted fundamentally.  

Midterm voters across the country largely supported abortion access, with people in California, Vermont, and Michigan overwhelmingly supporting ballot measures that would amend each state's constitutions with language to protect abortion rights. 

This week's surprise midterm results have provided "a moment of celebration, a moment of jubilation, and a moment to take a breath," Smith told Insider during an upbeat phone call.

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NEW POST-ELECTION POLL: Equality Voters Stopped the Red Wave, Rejecting Extremism and Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks
HRC
By HRC Staff
November 17, 2022


New polling released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — shows that the 2022 election defied pre-election predictions of a massive “red wave” in no small measure because Equality Voters pushed back against extremism and voted to protect commonly held values and our democracy.

Across the country, election deniers and right-wing extremists lost winnable elections because they advocated views that are out-of-touch with average voters, particularly the huge number of Equality Voters who made the critical difference up and down the ballot. Equality Voters are a group of voters modeled to support LGBTQ+ equality, numbering 62 million nationwide. They represented 39 percent of the 2022 electorate—a number that reflects the growing political strength of this voting bloc—and tend to be younger and more racially diverse than the electorate as a whole.

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Youth Vote Helps Dilute Red Wave To Pink Tint
Forbes
By Michael T. Nietzel
November 10, 2022


Two days after the 2022 midterm elections, with the balance of power in Congress still undetermined, two things stand out about what has turned out to be one of the most extraordinary elections in recent American history.


First, the oft-forecast red wave, where Republicans anticipated piling up wins that would gain them decisive control of the House of Representatives was a washout. And second, it was a strong turnout of young voters voting for Democrats in key races that helped turn the tide.

According to estimates by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), 27% of young people (ages 18-29) turned out to vote in the 2022 midterm election, making it the second-highest youth turnout rate for a midterm election in the past 30 years, behind only the historic 31% turnout in 2018. Votes cast by young people made up 12% of all votes in this midterm, almost equal to the 13% youth share of the vote in the 2014 and 2018 midterms.

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Happy with the election results? You can thank this group of voters who stopped the ‘red wave’
Market Watch
By Brett Arend
November 18, 2022


It wasn’t high turnout by younger, liberal voters that stopped the Republican “red wave” in the midterm elections.

It was a huge swing away from the GOP among senior citizens in the battleground races.

The swing was big among men over 65, and huge among women.

So reports a remarkable new poll conducted on behalf of the AARP jointly by Democratic polling company Impact Research and Republican pollsters Fabrizio Ward. The polls, conducted this month and in July, focused on the most competitive Congressional races in the country.

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Okay you want the true reason why the “Red Wave” never came to fruition?

Well the truth is… you and the Republican party.

You all said “Enough is enough!” and came out to vote.

The Republican stance on “Abortion Rights” antagonized many voters by seeing a right that was taken away and also many other voters saw it as “Big Government” in direct opposition to the years of Republicans’ manta of “Smaller Government,” while others saw it as a power grab.

The Republican attack on LGBTQ rights brought out our community and also many who saw it as discriminatory and wrong.

Then there was the Republican claim that they were going to pass massive reforms on Social Security and Medicare rallied the seniors.

Those were the reasons why the Red Wave” turned into a fizzle, the Republicans are in an echo chambers and listened to their radical bases and not the people! And let that be a lesson to the Democrats, listen to the people not your progressive base.

So the big question… “Did the Republicans learn their lesson?”

Was ‘no’ vote on anti-abortion amendment a mandate? KY GOP leaders don’t think so.
Lexington Herald-Leader
By Austin Horn
November 18, 2022


Ahead of the General Assembly’s 2023 session, Kentucky lawmakers are weighing how much — if at all — they want to loosen the state’s trigger law banning the procedure after voters struck down an anti-abortion access ballot proposal. Kentuckians directly weighed in on the question of abortion earlier this month and said ‘no,’ by a margin of 5 percentage points, to the state’s proposed anti-abortion constitutional amendment. Now the future of abortion policy hangs in the balance with the Kentucky Supreme Court hearing a challenge against the state’s trigger ban on abortion. But where should the legislature go next? That depends on both the outcome of the litigation and who in the legislature you ask. Many among the GOP majority in Frankfort, at least its leaders, aren’t so sure that the vote means anything for their policy, which is among the most anti-abortion rights in the nation. House GOP Floor Leader Steven Rudy, R-Paducah, said that he doesn’t see the defeat of Amendment 2 as a mandate of any sort.

The answer is no.

And I say thank-goodness that they don’t!

Tops on their agenda in the House impeach Biden and his son, and Nancy Pelosi followed passing a national anti-abortion law, and anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ laws after yelling during the elections… “It is the economy and inflation!”

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Love Is All We Need

Allies bring more change than we can, voices in our support sway more people than a trans people. When we talk about injustices and discrimination we have an axe to grind but allies speak from the heart.

Opinion: Here’s how you can support the respect, dignity and freedom of transgender people
In recent years, trans and nonbinary people have become scapegoats for far right culture wars and targets of discriminatory legislation
The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Mica Grace Miragliotta
November 25, 2022


In recent years, there seems to have been an ominous hyper-awareness of trans people, and not in the way imagined by Transgender Day of Remembrance organizers. Instead, trans and nonbinary people have become scapegoats for far right culture wars and targets of discriminatory legislation, as I outlined in an essay in The San Diego Union-Tribune in September. Most recently, queer people were killed in a mass shooting at a Colorado Springs gay bar on Nov. 19.

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Spearheaded by the San Diego Regional Anti-Hate Crime Coalition and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, San Diego County leaders joined a growing national campaign on Nov. 14-Nov. 20, calling attention to “United Against Hate Week.” If we truly want to truly stop these horrifying events, it will take a multipronged approach of education, community building and healing, preventative services, and legislation.

We must cultivate allies.

The question is how?

And it is very simple, we have magic words, and they are simple words that carry a lot of power!

“How can I help?”

In my younger days I attended women rights rallies.

Black Lives Matter rallies.

Marriage Equality rallies.

If there was a cause I was there, what that does is build bridges by showing that we are not just one issue protesters we care about others.

Did you ever hear of the Great White Fleet?

It was created by President Teddy Roosevelt to “make friendly courtesy visits to numerous countries while displaying new U.S. naval power to the world.”

Well that is what we have to do.

PBS wrote;

In a recent poll, the Pew Research Center found that 42 percent of Americans personally know a transgender person, a marked jump from five years ago when that number hovered at just 30 percent.

In the survey, most Americans — 56 percent — said that gender was determined by sex assigned at birth, a number that has barely changed since 2017, when 54 percent of Americans said the same thing. That belief contradicts the experiences of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans and the findings of major groups like the American Medical Association, which classifies trans and nonbinary genders “as normal variations of human identity and expression.”

We have to change those numbers!

I am a very out trans person and every time I step up to a counter to buy something. Every time I sit waiting in a doctor’s office. Every time I go buy shoes or have them repaired I a new person meets a trans person.

This Tuesday I have an appointment to go to a kitchen designer guess what she is going to meet a trans person for the first time. We have been corresponding by email so we have never meet but hopefully we will have another ally.

We need to build bridges.


Just after I wrote this I came across this article…

Editorial: LGBTQ Americans need public support against efforts to erase them
By The Virginian-Pilot & Daily Press Editorial Board
The Virginian-Pilot
November 26, 2022


Groomers, they shout. Freaks. Pedophiles.

The names and slurs are familiar. Their intent? To demean and belittle, to intimidate and threaten.

The implications are unmistakable: People who identify as LGBTQ aren’t entitled to share the same spaces as other Americans. They don’t deserve the same legal protections. They shouldn’t exist.

Far from being at the margins of our national political discourse, these sorts of insults and attacks are now at the center of fierce arguments. You can hear them everywhere from the halls of Congress to the school board meeting rooms here in Hampton Roads.

Those delivering such hateful and dangerous drivel are people who believe that LGBTQ people have no right to be part of society — and they have no reservations about saying so, often loudly. They are committed to stripping away legal protections for these Americans, restricting them to fewer spaces in our communities and, ultimately, chasing them from public life.

We can’t remain silent, we have to speak up and speak out!

The commonwealth isn’t immune to this sickness infecting the country. Earlier this year, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration proposed rules that would harm and possibly endanger transgender youth in public schools.

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These are far from the only examples but they offer the type of exhausting and relentless opposition that LGBTQ Americans face daily. And those who stand up to this onslaught, who dare to defend these Americans or who rightly believe communities should be welcoming for all? They are subjected to similar attacks in an attempt to discourage them from speaking out.

Groomers, they shout. Freaks. Pedophiles.

We must speak out, we can no longer remain a spectator. It is our lives and way of life that is being threaten!

A friend has a saying that I like… “If you hear mean, intervene.”

Now We Know!

Did you ever wonder why we are trans… well now we know!

It is because of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)!

Um… What?

Say that again?

Matt Walsh says that GMOs are turning people transgender “to a certain extent”
"Clearly there's something in the food, there's something in our diet and our environment, that's affecting us at a really basic internal level."
LGBTQ Nation
By Alex Bollinger
November 26, 2022


Anti-transgender activist and Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh is now claiming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food are turning people transgender.

Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley at an event that was streamed on Facebook, an audience member asked Walsh: “What biological and chemical changes are occurring in society through pharmaceuticals and food – like genetically modified food – contributing to how people see gender and what we currently see in society and what your film is about?”

After saying that it was a “good question,” he agreed.

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“Now, I’m not saying that in and of itself explains why we have, you know, the proliferation of transgenderism, but it just goes to show that clearly there’s something in the food, there’s something in our diet and our environment, that’s affecting us at a really basic internal level, and, you know, that’s something I think that’s worth exploring for sure.”

Whew!

I thought that it was going to be some wacko theory like like estrogen from birth control pills showing up in streams.

The headline sounded like something out of a Margaret Atwood dystopian novel: “Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains.” Actually, it was a news article that appeared in The Telegraph, a well-known British newspaper, earlier this month. Its alarmist sentiment quickly spread.

Outlets ranging from the International Business Times to National Geographic Australia to The New York Post picked up on the story and ran with it, also declaring that the estrogen in birth control was resulting in “transgender” fish. These news stories all cited a University of Exeter environmental biology professor named Charles Tyler as the source of this information. Yet the way the sites presented the information was extremely misleading—and not just because Tyler never said these fish were “transgender.”

Or because of social media.

The short version of my detransition story...is that when I was fifteen, I was introduced to gender ideology on Tumblr and began to call myself nonbinary.” So writes 23-year-old American Helena Kirschner in her heart-wrenching autobiographical piece, “By Any Other Name.” In her testimony, Helena traces her pursuit of gender transition back to her adolescent obsession with Tumblr’s pastel-colored icons of waifish androgyny. The time spent on these blogs began to distort her self-perception. Eventually they led her to virtual haunts where her “friends” blamed her teenage angst on being born in the wrong body.

Golly gosh what relief!

I’ll just avoid eating vegetables and I won’t be trans anymore!

Oh wait… I don’t eat vegetables already.