Friday, May 03, 2019

A Target On Our Backs

With hate crimes increasing here and around the world we are facing more violent against. The green light has been given by the president of the United State to the white supremacists and other hate groups to attack minorities and religious institutions.
Transgender Woman Severely Beaten In Denver, Police Looking For Attackers
CBS News Denver
By Joel Hillan
May 2, 2019

DENVER (CBS4) — Investigators with the Denver Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect or suspects involved in an attack outside a LoDo bar that left a transgender woman with severe injuries.

“We’re just out trying to live our lives and have fun with our peers, be with our friends, just live our lives and people just can’t seem to see us that way,” said Amber Nicole.
Amber’s face and jaw were broken in several places. Nerve damage left the right side of her face partially paralyzed; doctors don’t know if it will be permanent.
While the attack was going on…
When Amber sees others nearby in the video, she wonders why no one tried to help.

“There’s so many people who can see an incident and stop it or do something about, or make a report about it, but nobody does and I don’t understand why. It feels like it’s because I’m different.”
Trump issued an executive order to “protect free speech” but in reality it is to allow white supremacists on campuses to spread their hate speech.

Trinity College in Hartford just allowed a white supremacist group on campus.
Trinity College students protest outside president’s office over recognition of Churchill Club, a conservative student group
Hartford Courant
By Nicholas Rondinone
May 1, 2019

Amid the controversy over a conservative student organization and free speech at Hartford’s Trinity College, hundreds of students Wednesday demanded that President Joanne Berger-Sweeney revoke recognition of the Churchill Club.

The Churchill Club, a 10-member group which describes itself as "dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and extension of the Western moral and philosophical tradition,” was recognized by the college earlier this year. Last weekend, the student government association rejected funding for the group, citing student “discomfort with this club” after its members “referred to members of the community in degrading terms.”
The club is the first campus chapter of the controversial Churchill Institute, started in Hartford by Trinity Professor Gregory B. Smith, who has drawn criticism for referring to African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Muslim and Jewish culture houses on campus as “tribal enclaves.”
I wonder just how much Trump EO played into recognizing the right-wing group?

Also how much did this influence the college’s decision,
Students and faculty accuse the Churchill Club of giving a platform to white supremacists and to former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, whose daughter is a Trinity senior and a supporter of the group.
There are targets on our backs and we have to look out for those who want to do violence against us.

Stop the Hate!

Today I am giving a workshop at the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) conference with a former classmate from UConn School of Social Work. She will be doing the clinical half and I will be doing the cultural competency half.
Trans 101: Micro and Macro Perspectives
Research has shown that the transgender community faces disproportionately higher rates of suicidality, trauma, discrimination, and violence, which necessitates greater access to competent, compassionate mental health services. This workshop will provide mental health professionals with a well-rounded introduction to working with the transgender community to better prepare practitioners to competently serve this underserved and stigmatized group. The distinctions between gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and various transition options will be explored. Implications for individual, couples, and family work will be discussed as well as clinical issues that arise across the lifespan. The processes of social, legal, and medical transition will be presented as well as the political barriers and advances that the transgender community has experienced in recent times

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