Monday, January 27, 2020

Today’s One Of Those Mornings

When nothing in the news is earth shattering, so…

This morning the Department of Motor Vehicles added an “X” to the gender option and it was massive news.

One thing I have learned over the decade of activism is to bring about a change in a law or policy it takes many people and usually it is a broad approach not just one organizations, or a few people. The change can have many people working without knowledge of the other people working on the same issue.

Sometimes one person is talking to their legislator, while another person is talking to their legislator unbeknown about the other persons work. At the same time a legislator might gone to a political party national meeting and heard what other states were doing on the topic and wanted to do the same here in Connecticut. Or it could have been news media article that lit the idea.

Just look at the Republicans with the bans trans athletes and healthcare for trans minors, those sound like they came about from a Republican strategy session.

Take a look at marriage equality, there was a lead organization, “Love Makes a Family” but there were dozens and dozens of other organizations and individuals who worked toward passing the law. There were dozens of non-profits who organized their bases, there were couples who brought the law suits, there were individuals who wrote letters-to-the-editors, there were individuals who told their stories, there were religious people that backed the bills, and there were business who lobbied for the bill. It took them all to pass the legislation.

A lot of times a constituent suggests legislation to their legislator and the legislator introduces a bill and it dies in committee because the bill has no backing. While other times people or organizations see the proposed bill and helps to pass the bill. To paraphrase an old proverb, It takes a community to pass a bill.

The New Haven Register had an article about the new DMV policy and it the Commissioner said,
“We want to be sure that we’re fair for everyone, to respect people’s gender identity.” said DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera.
Guerrera said the move had been spearheaded within the department by himself and DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane. He said it was one of their “top 5” agenda items as soon as they were appointed.

“This was an initiative of myself and the commissioner right when the governor got elected,” Guerrera said.
Meanwhile, there were also a number of intersex people and trans people who worked on getting the “X” gender marker, there was a bill introduced last session, and it was also on the agenda of a couple of legislators.

There is no “I” but a “We”

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I Would Like To Have One In Connecticut, But…

It takes money to operate a shelter, a lot of money, and every year. It also takes a large population base, neither of which Connecticut has.
SF Opens First Transitional Housing Project For Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Adults
SF News
By Matt Charnock
25 January 2020

Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony along Washington Street in Chinatown marked the grand reveal of a first for the city: A transitional housing project aimed at helping transgender and gender non-conforming San Franciscans.

According to the SF Examiner, the 13-unit apartment building was unveiled to a gaggle of supporters — among them Mayor London Breed, herself, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community leaders — as part of the ongoing work conducted by the Our Trans Home SF initiative. The coalition recently received a $2.3M allocation, that amount, aside from securing the rent of this Washington Street address, is also being used to provide rental subsidies to TGNC individuals.
Accepted individuals are given a safe roof over their heads, but also sustenance, vocational training and opportunities, clothing and apparel, and even the means to a savings account (with funds). Our Home SF also will provide rent support for TGNC people facing eviction and those advocating for institutional change.
A few years ago we looked in to a shelter for trans people here in Connecticut and every time we ran in to barriers to the shelter. For one thing finding funding and a place were interlocked… no place without funding and no funding without a place.
The Bay Area reporter notes that the Chinatown property is owned by a gay couple who wish to remain anonymous, which is being rented to the non-profit for a below-market rate. The already approved thirteen program residents are slated to move in around March, and talks of getting a second house are already in the works.
I wish that we could find a patron like that.

One place that I loved was an old convent, I thought at the time it would be perfect. Loads of bedrooms, a big kitchen, rooms for meetings.

Another place where we need housing is for trans seniors but the problem is that there are only a few trans seniors who need housing. Most seniors in 55 and over housing want to be near loved ones or friends, so if was a senior long term care facility (LTC) and they set aside rooms for trans people we would only have one or two trans people take advantage of the rooms in the whole state.

Meanwhile in cities like New York or San Francisco have the population to support trans or LGBTQ+ housing. New York City has approximately 8.5 million people who the whole of Connecticut only has about 3.5 million people. Say for argument sake one percent of the population (it is more like 0.5%) are trans, that means in NYC has about 850,000‬ trans people and Connecticut has about 350,000 trans people, about 15% are over 65, that means there are 127,000 people in NYC that are trans and over 65. In all of Connecticut there is approximately 52 thousand trans people.

Connecticut is 5,543 square miles, NYC is 302.6 square miles, or 23 trans people per square miles verses 2,800 trans people per square mile in NYC; New York City has the population density to support  trans housing and this doesn’t figure in those who can afford to live at home.

I know that if I do need LTC I will be the only trans person there.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday 9: Go Where Baby Lives

Sam’s Saturday 9: Go Where Baby Lives (1957)

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

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) The lyrics tell us that the girl of his dreams lives up on a hill. Is there a hill near your home? Or is the terrain pretty flat where you are?
Where I live is very hilly and the is actually a small cliff behind my house about 20 feet high. I live near a mountain (everywhere else it is probably call a hill since it is only 700 feet above sea level.). All the mountains have west faced cliffs the result of an ancient fault line and the little cliff is an offshoot of the fault line running up the Connecticut valley. One time I was thinking of putting up a sign “Diana’s Fault” hopefully it would not become famous like the San Andreas Fault line.

2) Another clue to her whereabouts is that she's about a mile from town. Will you be staying close to home this weekend, or will you be traveling a mile or more?
Yup, it is suppose to be a cold and rainy weekend so I will be in front of the woodstove listening to an audible book.

3) Sam admits she's crazy about the sax solo. Is there a particular musical instrument that you love to listen to?
Not really, I like it when a friend brings her guitar to my parties.

4) This is the only record The Strollers made for States, a company based out of Chicago. States was only in existence for five years (1952-57) and this was the 63rd or 64 records released before they went out of business. Tell us about a business in your neighborhood that recently closed their doors.
Well… this is another sore point with me.
Ever since I remember there has been a tree nursery about a quarter mile down the road, they sold shrubs, trees, plants, and knickknacks like ceramic vases. The store traded hands many times over the years, it sat vacant a number of times and then it was bought by two women (one of them the daughter of a high school friend.), well another shop owner complained that they were selling knickknacks which they said it wasn’t zoned for that. The zoning board agreed and closed down the store (even though the stores have been selling the same stuff for over 50 years, my guess that there was a lot of politics behind that decision). The store has been vacant for two years now and there is a new foreclosure sign out in front.

5) More than 60 years after its initial release, this song enjoyed new popularity when Xfinity used it in commercials for their wifi. What company is your internet service provider? Are you happy with it?
I have Xfinity for both my house and cottage and I like it.

6) In researching this week's song, Sam googled "strollers" and was surprised to discover how many different types of baby buggies are available today. When did you most recently push a child in a stroller?

7) In 1957, the year this song was released, President Eisenhower celebrated his second inaugural with a parade featuring more than 50 marching bands. The mercury never quite reached 45º that day. How's the weather outside your front door?
It is 45F here right now on Friday morning.
A couple of weekends ago it was 75F and three days later the high was in the teens.

8) One of the best-selling books of 1957 was Peyton Place. This steamy saga of small town life launched two films, two television series, and several made-for-tv movies. Is there a book that you enjoyed that was successfully turned to a movie?
Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

9) A Peyton Place-inspired question: Can a man be physically unfaithful to a woman, but still love her?

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