Wednesday, January 19, 2022

One Of Many.

Monday I wrote about about Amy Schneider being an influencer well yesterday this article came out in LGBTQ Nation.

Trans Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider helped an 83-year-old man accept trans people
"You're the first person he's used correct pronouns with."
By Molly Sprayregen
January 18, 2022


History-making trans Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider recently shared a heartwarming story about how her role on the game show helped an 83-year-old man become more accepting of trans people.

Schneider told NPR that she does her best to avoid reading any negative comments online, but that the overall response to her Jeopardy! winning streak has been positive.

But one message stood out to Schneider as particularly meaningful.

“So someone wrote on Twitter, somehow, after two to three years of conversation, you being on Jeopardy! every night has taught my dad to be accepting of trans people,” she explained. “You’re the first person he’s used correct pronouns with, an 83-year-old man saying, this isn’t too hard. Thanks for your message of love.”

Schneider said it was “just one of the best things I could hear” and that helping people is “what I want to do most of all.”

That is what an influencer does, changes people minds but Amy Schneider is not the only influencer, others pointed out other influencers in our community.

Some mentioned Dr. Rachel Levine assistant health secretary and Jenny Boylan author, New York Times opinion writer, and college professor. Others mention trans politicians like Danica Roem, Sarah McBride, and own Raven Matherne who was elected to Stamford Board of Representatives.

And I would like to add… you. Every trans person who goes out in public is an influencer. We change people minds all the time, you are our ambassadors.

They Know They Are Harming Us.

But they don’t care, another study has shown that transitioning helps trans children.

Early access to gender-affirming hormones linked to better mental health, study finds
Trans people who had access to hormones in their early teens had less than half the odds of past-year suicidal thoughts than those who didn’t.
NBC News
By Jo Yurcaba
January 12, 2022


Access to gender-affirming hormone therapy in adolescence is associated with better mental health outcomes for transgender adults, according to a new study.

The research, published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, was based on data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, which surveyed more than 27,000 trans people across the country. It compared the psychological distress and suicidal thoughts experienced by 12,738 trans adults who had access to gender-affirming hormones during early adolescence, late adolescence or adulthood to the distress and suicidal thoughts experienced by 8,860 trans adults who desired hormones but never had access to them. 

The odds of negative mental health outcomes decreased significantly among trans people who had access to gender-affirming hormones from ages 14 to 17. Access to gender-affirming hormones during this period was associated with one-third the odds of severe psychological distress in the previous month and half the odds or less of suicidal ideation in the previous year when compared to trans people who wanted hormones but never had access to them, according to study co-author Dana King, a data programmer and analyst for the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, a Boston-based LGBTQ health care and research organization.

But still the Republicans want to deny us proper healthcare, they keep on passing legislation that blocks us from transitioning,

More than 20 states considered bills last year that would have banned gender-affirming health care for transgender minors, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Only Arkansas passed a law completely banning access to gender-affirming health care, including puberty blockers and hormones, for trans minors; a judge blocked the law from taking effect in July pending the outcome of litigation. Tennessee enacted a more limited law that bans doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment and surgery to prepubescent minors.

Medical associations give testimony to these legislators so they know that their bills are killing us.

Last spring a poll found that the public is against the anti-trans laws.

Poll finds vast majority of Americans oppose anti-transgender athlete laws
Most Democrats — and Republicans — surveyed said they oppose trans athlete bans. But the vast majority of GOP respondents said they remain against trans athletes competing according to their gender identity.
Outsports
By Ken Schultz
April 22, 2021


[…]

According to a poll from PBS Newshour, NPR, and Marist College, 66-percent, or “two-thirds of Americans are against laws that would limit transgender rights.”

Which would be encouraging news as it is. But this story gets really interesting in the poll’s demographic breakdown. For example, in answer to the question, “Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit transgender student athletes from joining sports teams that match their identity,” 69-percent of Democrats responded, “Oppose.”

That’s about as expected. Here’s the shocker: that number is almost matched by the 66-percent of Republicans who also answered “Oppose.” Quick, somebody tell the politicians in Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee...

From those numbers, it seems as though anti-trans legislators are going against the wishes of their constituencies, even in the reddest of red states. However, the poll also includes another question that muddies the waters a bit.

They pass these bills as a wedge to drive division in the country and to rally their base at our expense.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I Was Asked The Other Day…

[RANT]

...That if today’s trans people know our history by a reporter and my answer was no.

I have found over the years is that people want to remain ignorant, they usually don’t do it on purpose but rather because of a lack of curiosity, or out of laziness.

When I was going to town hall meetings to hear what our community thinks should be needs to be done for our community I don’t know how many times I heard that we need to pass a non-discrimination legislation and they were surprised to learn that we had that law since 2011! The same with birth certificates. Or take the death of Robert Eads because no doctor would treat him for ovarian cancer. Or how a trans woman was left to die on the streets of Washington DC because the EMTs didn’t want to tough “it.” Or the long standing dislike of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for stabbing us in the back over the ENDA in 2007.

How many comments have you read that didn’t know that there is a law all ready on the books.

The same is true with so many other things like discrimination laws or redlining or the discrimination in farm aid or the GI bill. They don’t want history taught that they might have to answer awkward questions by their children.

For many ignorance is bliss.

It makes their heads swim just thinking about our past.

George Santayana quote is so true, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” and we are repeating our past now.

[/RANT]

They Got Our Backs

Even with all that hate out there directed against there are still people who stand with us. When hate showed its ugly face in Canada they neighbors came together to support them.

Community responds with kindness and support after Pride flag ripped from London home
This has encouraged us to speak even louder, says Sharla Thompson
CBC New
By Isha Bhargava
January 12, 2022


A London, Ont., family says it's gotten an outpouring of support from the community after a Pride flag was torn from their home and burned last week.

Sharla Thompson and her family say they've received kind messages in the form of letters, care packages, and stories of consistent allyship. 

The Thompsons have been showcasing the flag since June to support their 16-year-old son who is transgender. They say they were shocked to find themselves as targets of a hate-motivated act.

Over and over again when hate raises it ugly head, people stand up for us and them we don’t want your hate here.

The importance of community allyship

The Thompsons believe visual representation is vital for LGBTQ+ youth, and they've heard from both the queer community and allies about what the flag means to them.

"It's a lot more important to stand strong and show our love and support for our kids," she said. 

[…]

London always comes together, says deputy mayor

Deputy Mayor and Ward 7 Coun. Josh Morgan says full and unconditional acceptance of everyone in a community should be the absolute minimum, and that he's very proud to see this support.  

"London has always shown that when acts of hate and intolerance happen in our community, there's a strong majority that steps up and reaches out with love and support," he said.

They had our back when conservatives tried to pass a law in Massachusetts to overturn a non-discrimination law Proposition 3 in 2018.

A NPR poll found…

But two-thirds of Americans are against laws that would limit transgender rights, a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll found. That opposition includes majorities of every political ideology from liberal to conservative and every age group.

The 19th reported that…

On Wednesday, Hart Research Associates and LGBTQ+ organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a new report that finds that 73 percent of people believe that trans kids should be allowed to play on the team on which they feel comfortable, including 56 percent of Republicans.  The poll also found that 70 percent of the country supports the Equality Act, the watershed nondiscrimination protections bill for LGBTQ+ people that is heading to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

So when thing look bleak remember that the people have our backs don’t the haters drown out the good. They are vocal but they are small, small in numbers. 

Stand tall! 

Monday, January 17, 2022

I Just Started To Hear The Word Influencer and I Realized We Have One In The Trans Community

Who has been watching Jeopardy with Amy Schneider? Well she in an influencer for us.

Ken Jennings Shares His Thoughts About Amy Schneider's Latest 'Jeopardy!' Record
Cosmopolitan via Yahoo News
By Selena Barrientos
January 12, 2022


Throughout her historic winning streak, Amy Schneider has broken record after record — but the latest one might just be the most remarkable of them all.

On January 7, the California-based engineering manager was quick on the buzzer following a nerve-wracking game the day before. Amy secured an early lead during her 28th Jeopardy! game and after starting out with a total of $977,400, she won an additional $42,200. With that, the Ohio native officially surpassed the $1 million mark ($1,019,600) and her incredible accomplishment was threefold — she is only the fifth person to do so in the quiz show’s history, the fourth person to accomplish this record in regular season play and the first woman to become part of the millionaire club.

[…]

That said, if she continues her 29 consecutive game-winning streak and goes beyond James’ 32 games, like Matt did, Amy can definitely catch up to James’ record. But if that isn't convincing enough, over on Twitter, Ken admitted how impressed he was by Amy's speed. "She did it! And in just 28 games, faster than my pace and tied with Matt Amodio," he wrote.

In the comments section there are hate comments but what gets me is that even Fox News uses female pronouns and calls her a woman.

There are problem millions of people tuning in to watch a trans woman win, she is probably the trans person many of have ever seen, and I think that she is making a good impress on them… she is an influncer!

We Are Everywhere!

Even on the highest mountains!

Meet the mountaineer flying the trans Pride flag on the world’s highest peaks
Colorado native Erin Parisi said being able to declare who she is on the highest mountains in the world speaks to her soul.
NBC News
By Jo Yurcaba
January 5, 2022


Erin Parisi has been climbing mountains for about 25 years, but, she said, she wasn’t a “seven summits kind of climber” — someone who wanted to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents — until after she came out as a transgender woman in 2016.

Parisi, who lives in Denver and manages a real estate network, said that after she transitioned, she felt she needed a physical outlet that allowed her to meditate and make sense of the world.

“I felt so strong after coming out,” she said. “I lived in fear, basically my whole life, of being seen, and when I came out, I found something that was completely different.”

She said she set out to climb the seven highest summits after she felt stronger during her transition. 

[…]

Just before the new year, after her 45th birthday, Parisi ascended Vinson Massif, the highest point in Antarctica, at 16,067 feet above sea level, and she waved a trans Pride flag. She has now completed five of the seven highest summits: Since February 2018, Parisi has climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Vinson Massif.

She plans to attempt Denali in Alaska, the highest peak in North America, this summer, and then Mount Everest in South Asia, the highest peak in the world, next year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. During her Everest ascent, Parisi said, she wants to celebrate the life of Jan Morris, a trans author and historian who chronicled Hillary and Tenzing’s journey.

Qnews in the article Climber’s epic quest as she flies Trans Pride flag on Antarctica’s highest peak by Jordan Hirst reported…

“The community that took me in when I had no hope, and showed me that it’s better to be visible and free, than live in self imposed exile, and that stigma withers when we visibly embrace our truth.

“We’ve been pushed down, often even beat up, and faced every kind of coldness through our lives.

“Our resilience keeps us rising to the top.

“Together we forged through a 2021 during which the world tried to deny us dignity in healthcare, the right to hold jobs, the right to play sports, perpetuated stigma through comedians and podcasters on the world’s most popular channels, and continued escalating the voices of violence against us.

“We fought back in a way that shouldn’t have to be a fight: by living our best lives.

“This is my answer to a world that lashed out at trans lives in 2021.

“You can try to push me to the bottom of the world, and I’ll still find a way to the top.”

I'll climb any mountain I'll swim any sea

And you will find a trans person there with you.