Thursday, March 31, 2022

Surprise! Two Governors Refuse To Sign.

This came out of the blue, two Republican governors refused to sign anti-trans legislation, why? Did they see the light?

Utah governor Spencer Cox questioned why “so much fear and anger [has] been directed at so few.”
Vanity Fair
By Caleb Ecarm
March 23, 2022

As Republicans at the state level continue to pass laws that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in girls’ and women’s sports in schools, two GOP governors are refusing the trend by weighing the actual impact instead of simply rubber-stamping the right’s latest culture-war legislation. Utah governor Spencer Cox and Indiana governor Eric Holcomb both vetoed anti-trans sports bills this week that were passed by Republican legislators in their respective states.

In a Tuesday letter addressed to the Utah legislature’s GOP leaders, Cox explained his veto of House Bill 11, which would prohibit trans girls from participating in public school sports according to their gender identity, in part by noting that out of the 75,000 high school students who participate sports in Utah, only four are transgender. “Four kids and only one of them playing girls sports. That’s what all of this is about,” he said. “Four kids who aren’t dominating or winning trophies or taking scholarships. Four kids who are just trying to find some friends and feel like they are a part of something. Four kids trying to get through each day.”

After highlighting statistics on the outsized percentage of trans students who attempt suicide, Cox went on to question why “so much fear and anger [has] been directed at so few,” adding, “I want them to live. And all the research shows that even a little acceptance and connection can reduce suicidality significantly.” The first-term governor concluded by noting that if a veto override does occur, he hopes that Utah Republicans will work to “show these four kids that we love them and they have a place in our state.” 


On Monday, Governor Holcomb wrote his own letter to Indiana’s GOP House Speaker, noting that he had vetoed the state’s anti-trans sports ban, House Enrolled Act 1041, because, among other reasons, the bill seeks to use “government intervention” to solve a virtually nonexistent problem. “It implies that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive female sports are not currently being met,” Holcomb continued, before asserting that he found no “evidence to support” claims made by the authors of HEA 1041. “Amidst the flurry of enthusiasm to protect the integrity and fairness of women’s sports in our state—a worthy cause for sure—this bill leaves too many unanswered questions,” he concluded. 

Who expected this?

I didn’t, all the other governors were champing at the bit to prove how tough they are against little kids but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like what the two governors did, I think it is fantastic!


As the war against us increases there has been many who question if all these anti-trans bills are legal.

The War on Trans Kids Is Totally Unconstitutional
States do not have a defensible reason for denying children recommended medical care.
By Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.
May 16, 2021

Laws that prohibit physicians from providing treatments such as puberty blockers and cross-hormone therapy to minors are bad public policy. Their advocates claim that these are efforts to protect kids, who they argue may later change their mind, from medical treatments they characterize as irreversible. But these arguments don’t hold up to scrutiny: The laws—such as the one Arkansas just passed and those that more than a dozen other states, including Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, are actively considering—will certainly harm transgender children, denying them medical care that they need and causing them psychological pain. That should be reason enough to oppose these laws.

But even those who are skeptical of today’s gender politics should oppose these laws for another reason: They clearly violate the U.S. Constitution.


Since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has consistently rejected moral disapproval of a particular group of individuals as a constitutionally legitimate basis for imposing targeted legal burdens on the group. Thus, when Congress attempted to, in the Court’s assessment, “prevent so-called ‘hippies’ and ‘hippie communes’ from participating in the food stamp program,” the Supreme Court unanimously struck down the ban for otherwise eligible “hippies.” In U.S. Department of Agriculture v. Moreno, decided in 1973, Justice William J. Brennan Jr. wrote, “If the constitutional conception of ‘equal protection of the laws’ means anything, it must, at the very least, mean that a bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest.”

This bedrock equal-protection principle has endured over time. As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explained in her concurring opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark 2003 decision that invalidated Texas’s ban on same-sex intimacy in private, “Moral disapproval of this group, like a bare desire to harm the group, is an interest that is insufficient to satisfy rational basis review under the Equal Protection Clause.”


The federal courts should hold that the SAFE Act and all similar state laws lack a legitimate government purpose, meaning that they are unconstitutional. Indeed, a court considering the constitutionality of the SAFE Act need not even decide whether transgender children as a class constitute a “discrete and insular minority” that requires more vigorous constitutional review under the equal-protection clause, because the law is self-evidently irrational, as it lacks any plausible scientific or medical basis and rests on obvious prejudice.

But remember one thing… This Supreme Court doesn’t believe in following precedent.


Down in Florida the governor signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and you know that this is going to the Supreme Court and I wouldn’t bet that Gov. DeSantis is counting on that.

Florida's anti-gay bill is wrong. It's also unconstitutional.
The extraordinary vagueness of what critics call the "Don't Say Gay" bill could have a chilling effect on the free speech rights of LGBTQ teachers and students.
NBC News
By Daniel Putnam, Furman Scholar at New York University School of Law
March 28, 2022

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education bill. Dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics, HB 1557 contains a crucial provision that may seem harmless on its face — but it undermines the fundamental free speech and due process rights of Florida teachers, students and families.


Let’s take this provision apart. First, it bars classroom instruction “on sexual orientation or gender identity” in K-3 classrooms. Second, this provision bars classroom instruction “on sexual orientation or gender identity” that “is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate” without limitation with respect to grade level. Moreover, each of these prohibitions applies to both school personnel and unspecified “third parties.”

On its face, these requirements may seem innocuous. After all, many people might feel some discomfort at the thought of kindergarteners receiving instruction “on sexual orientation.” And who could argue against prohibiting instruction on sexuality — or any topic for that matter — that isn’t “age appropriate or developmentally appropriate”?


For example, if a teacher who happens to be gay mentions her wife by name when describing what she did with her family over winter break, thereby expressing the fact that she’s married to a woman, does that count as “instructing” students “on sexual orientation”? What if a teacher — gay or straight — assigns a math problem that mentions that “Sally has two moms”? For that matter, if a second grader with two dads draws a picture of her family and shares it with her classmates, does that constitute a “third party” providing the verboten instruction?

But is it legal?

Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court considered another Florida law passed in the context of a moral panic that subjected public school employees to an unconstitutionally vague prohibition. Cramp v. Board of Public Instruction involved a McCarthy-era loyalty oath that required all public employees to swear that one “has not, does not and will not lend aid, support, advice, counsel or influence to the Communist Party.”


First, they’ve said vague laws deny citizens adequate notice of what conduct will and will not make them vulnerable to legal sanctions. HB 1557’s extraordinary vagueness denies to members of the educational community the “reasonable opportunity to know what is prohibited” that due process requires.

Second, vague laws invite arbitrary and discriminatory application. For example, interpreted literally, HB 1557 could be read to prohibit a heterosexual teacher from mentioning her opposite-sex spouse; after all, doesn’t that “instruct” students “on sexual orientation” — namely the teacher’s heterosexuality or the fact of heterosexuality more generally? Yet we can assume straight teachers are less likely to be caught in the crosshairs of HB 1557 than their LGBTQ colleagues.

Third, when vague laws regulate expressive conduct, they have a chilling effect on First Amendment free speech rights. Unsure of what is and isn’t prohibited, teachers and “third parties” alike will “steer far wider of the unlawful zone . . . than if the boundaries of the forbidden areas were clearly marked.”

Okay, the law has weak legs to stand on, but I think that DeSantis will a Supreme Court rejection of the law to complain about an activist court (Even though it is Trump’s court).

All these anti-trans laws are for two purposes and those are votes and campaign donation. As governor Cox said “ much fear and anger [has] been directed at so few,” adding, “I want them to live. And all the research shows that even a little acceptance and connection can reduce suicidality significantly.”

The other governors know this but they chose to cause harm for votes and money.

He Has Our Back!

The White House just issued a proclamation…

A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2022

MARCH 30, 2022




     To everyone celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, I want you to know that your President sees you.  The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for who you are — made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support.  On this day and every day, we recognize the resilience, strength, and joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people.  We celebrate the activism and determination that have fueled the fight for transgender equality.  We acknowledge the adversity and discrimination that the transgender community continues to face across our Nation and around the world.

     Visibility matters, and so many transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming Americans are thriving.  Like never before, they are sharing their stories in books and magazines; breaking glass ceilings of representation on television and movie screens; enlisting — once again — to serve proudly and openly in our military; getting elected and making policy at every level of government; and running businesses, curing diseases, and serving our communities in countless other ways.

     Despite this progress, transgender Americans continue to face discrimination, harassment, and barriers to opportunity.  Transgender women and girls — especially transgender women and girls of color — continue to face epidemic levels of violence, and 2021 marked the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans.  Each of these lives lost was precious.  Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy.  We must honor their lives with action by advancing equity and civil rights for all transgender people.

     In the past year, hundreds of anti-transgender bills in States were proposed across America, most of them targeting transgender kids.  The onslaught has continued this year.  These bills are wrong.  Efforts to criminalize supportive medical care for transgender kids, to ban transgender children from playing sports, and to outlaw discussing LGBTQI+ people in schools undermine their humanity and corrode our Nation’s values.  Studies have shown that these political attacks are damaging to the mental health and well-being of transgender youth, putting children and their families at greater risk of bullying and discrimination.

     My entire Administration is committed to ensuring that transgender people enjoy the freedom and equality that are promised to everyone in America.  That is why I signed an Executive Order Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  We are expanding Federal non-discrimination protections; promoting strategies to address violence against the transgender community and advance gender equity and equality; and disseminating new resources to enhance inclusion, opportunity, and safety for transgender people.  Additionally, Americans will soon be able to select more inclusive gender markers on their passports.  I continue to call on the Congress to swiftly pass the bipartisan Equality Act, which will ensure that LGBTQI+ individuals and families cannot be denied housing, employment, education, credit, and more because of who they are or who they love.  We will continue to work to help transgender people around the world live free from discrimination and violence.

     On this Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor transgender people who are fighting for freedom, equality, dignity, and respect.  We also celebrate the parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, and other allies who affirm the identities of their transgender children and help these young people reach their potential.  Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know, and our Nation and the world are stronger, more vibrant, and more prosperous because of them.  To transgender Americans of all ages, I want you to know that you are so brave.  You belong.  I have your back.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2022, as Transgender Day of Visibility.  I call upon all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating discrimination against all transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people — and all people.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

                               JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

The last resident of the White House did everything in his power to attack us. He tried to ban us from healthcare, he banned us from the military. He ignored the Supreme Court ruling and tried strip Title VII coverage for us.

But the proclamation is not the only thing that the Biden administration is doing for us,

New Title IX rules set to assert rights of transgender students
The Washington Post
By Laura Meckler
March 30, 2022

Discrimination against transgender students would be a violation of federal civil rights law under proposed regulations the Education Department is expected to finalize in the coming weeks.

Title IX bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education, and the new rules would make clear this includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things, according to two people familiar with a draft of the proposed regulation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly comment on the subject.

Regulations carry the power of law. The rules, if finalized, would set up a clash with state laws that bar transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Those statutes are already being challenged in the courts.

A spokeswoman for the Education Department declined to comment on what will be in the proposed regulation, which the administration has said it expects to publish in April.

The draft text of the regulation included this key sentence, according to the people familiar with it: “Discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes, sex-related characteristics (including intersex traits), pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

However, with each administration change the regulations can also change, Trump threw all of President Obama’s regulations, and President Biden is throwing out all of Trump’s regulations (Who ignored the Supreme Court rulings.) so without a law backing up the regulations we will see this with ever administration change.

The highly anticipated Title IX rules are under review at the White House. The next step is a notice of proposed rulemaking, giving the public the chance to comment before they are finalized.

But this isn’t all that the administration is doing for us.

Biden to mark Transgender Day of Visibility with new actions
March 31, 2022

President Joe Biden is commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility by celebrating prominent transgender Americans and advocating against what his administration terms “dangerous anti-transgender legislative attacks” that have passed in statehouses across the country.

Biden on Thursday is announcing new measures aimed at making the federal government more inclusive for transgender people, including a new “X” gender marker on U.S. passport applications beginning on April 11 and new Transportation Security Administration scanners that are gender-neutral.

The Democratic president’s administration is working to expand the availability of the “X” gender marker to airlines and federal travel programs and will make it easier for transgender people to change their gender information in Social Security Administration records.

Visitors to the White House will soon also be able to select an “X” gender marker option in the White House Worker and Visitor Entry System, which is used to conduct screening background checks for visitors to the executive mansion.

And get a load of this…

Biden also planned to release a video message to transgender Americans on Thursday.

“Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider, the first openly transgender winner on the quiz show, will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Emhoff, along with Admiral Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, will also host a conversation with transgender kids and their parents at the White House.

In Florida, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will meet with LGBTQ+ students in the wake of the state’s new law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade. Republicans argue that parents should broach these subjects with children. Democrats have said the law demonizes LGBTQ people by excluding them from classroom lessons.

“Their conversation will focus on the impacts of Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, students’ experiences at school and, in particular, support for LGBTQI+ student mental health and well-being,” the White House said.

HHS, the White House said, will also be the first agency to fly a trans pride flag.


You know that the Republicans governors are going to be hopping mad over all of this and we are likely going to see many law suits over this. And I wouldn't bet that some of Trump's judges rule against the regulations. 

For a list of all the things that the President is doing go to... "FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Advances Equality and Visibility for Transgender Americans"

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

She Has Our Backs

Another cis-gender woman has our backs.

The way I look at it, Lady Gaga has defended us in the past so I wonder if this snub was because of Jenner’s political views and the way she [Jenner] treats other trans people.

Lady Gaga Cutting Off Awkward Exchange With Caitlyn Jenner Inspires New Exit Line
Huffpost via Yahoo
By Elyse Wanshel
March 29, 2022

It’s “new phone, who dis?” for real life.

Lady Gaga and Caitlyn Jenner were filmed having a hilariously brief conversation at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 30th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday night.

BBC correspondent Bahman Kalbasi, who shot the video, very graciously posted the footage to Twitter the same night. But because everyone was completely preoccupied with another Oscars story, it didn’t get much attention at first.


In the video, Jenner tells the “House of Gucci” star that she hasn’t seen Gaga at their local Starbucks in a while. Gaga’s reply is loaded with subtext:

“Well, I switched baristas.”

The “Born This Way” singer then gracefully flees the interaction.

So what do you think are the Hollywood rags right, was it a snub? And did she change baristas because Caityn was always there

It's Against The Law, It Was Against The Law, What Momma Saw*

They are trying but there is a little like the Constitution that stands in their way… but the Republicans never let it bothered them.

Furthering Attacks on Trans Kids and Abortion Rights, GOP Targets Those Who Leave State for Care
New proposals would criminalize parents of transgender youths in Idaho who leave the state for gender-affirming care and women in Missouri who travel to obtain abortions.
Common Dreams
By Julia Conley
March 9, 2022

Republican-led state legislatures are intensifying attacks on transgender and reproductive rights by trying to bar people from leaving their home states to receive gender-affirming healthcare and abortion care, as lawmakers in Idaho and Missouri have proposed in recent days.

In Idaho on Tuesday, the state House passed a bill that would make providing gender-affirming care to transgender youths a felony—punishable by life in prison. It also includes a provision making it a crime for parents or guardians to permit their child to travel out of state for treatment.

The bill, H.B. 675, easily passed in a 55-13 vote, with just one Republican joining all the Democrats in rejecting the measure. The measure will now move to the state Senate and may be signed into law by Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, if it passes.


Coleman's proposal is "more proof that it's not about abortion, it's about controlling people who can become pregnant," said reproductive rights advocate Justine Sandoval.

These proposed laws fly right in the face of the Constitution. According to Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 only Congress shall have Power, “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes…”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City had this to say,

Dean Milk Co. v Madison (1951) deals with discrimination against out-of-state (as well as much in-state) commerce not by a state, but by a city.  At issue in yet another milk case was a Madison, Wisconsin ordinance that prohibited the sale of milk in Madison that was bottled more than five miles from the city's center.  The ordinance was justified by Madison as necessary to facilitate inspection by city dairy inspectors.  Finding the ordinance discriminatory and believing that reasonable non-discriminatory alternatives existed, the Supreme Court invalidated the ordinance despite the fact that a Milwaukee dairy was shut out of town just as much as one from Illinois.

What this means is that a state can not stop you from doing what is legal in another state. Suppose that you go to a state where marijuana is legal and you smoke some there, you cannot be arrested when you come back to your state (Provided you are not stoned when you drive back.).

Some GOP legislators want to ban out-of-state abortions, too

Can Republicans in one state punish residents who travel to another state to receive medical care?
By Steve Benen
March 11, 2022

A Republican in Missouri wants to add to this list: If you were to help a Missouri woman get an abortion in some other state, under state Rep. Coleman’s plan, random citizens could sue you, too.

This is almost certainly unconstitutional — Missouri isn’t supposed to pass laws that punish what happens in Illinois — but Republicans in the Show Me State might pass it anyway and take their chances in the courts.


If the measure is signed into law, litigation is inevitable.

In Elite Daily they write,

To date, it’s never been illegal in America to travel to another state for abortion care. “It is legal to have an abortion past six weeks in another state,” says Marzouk [Tamara Marzouk, the director of abortion access], referring to Texas’ six-week ban. It’s also legal to support “someone in obtaining a legal abortion in another state,” she says, whether through providing financial support, transportation, or anything else that makes abortion care more accessible. In fact, when heavy restrictions on abortion go into effect in one state, it’s common for people to begin traveling to neighboring states to access abortion care. More than half a million women traveled outside their home state to have an abortion between 2012 and 2017, according to the Associated Press.

"You bet your sweet bippy!" that these laws will be heard before the Supreme Court, but the problem is that the court is packed by Trump with judges who believe in so called “state’s rights” and the ruling could give the states to regulate what is legal in other states and ban travel between states.

* “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" by Paul Simon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Good News

We keep on making headway in the Blue states while Red states regress on our rights

California makes history with first openly transgender judge appointed to bench
LA Times
By Gregory Yee
March 25, 2022

One of California’s eight newest judges is the first openly transgender person to be appointed to the bench in the Golden State, officials said.

Andi Mudryk, 58, will serve as a judge in Sacramento County Superior Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Benjamin Davidian, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Friday in announcing a batch of judicial appointments and nominations.

“I’m humbled, honored and I’m thrilled,” Mudryk told The Times on Friday. “I’m grateful to Gov. Newsom for creating a vision of California for all.”

Mudryk has lived in Sacramento since 2009 and said she feels proud to serve the community.


The California Judges Assn. also praised the appointment.

“The historic selection of the first openly transgender person to the bench represents a significant milestone reached in ensuring our judiciary reflects the diverse communities it serves,” said Rupert Byrdsong, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who also serves as the association’s president.

“As CJA embraces its commitment toward diversity and inclusion, we applaud Gov. Newsom’s wisdom in selecting Ms. Mudryk — an exemplary and well-qualified candidate,” Byrdsong said.

She is not the first trans judge, as a matter of fact the first trans judge was appointed in 2010 and then was elected on her right. The State Bar of Wisconsin Association wrote this about her,

Phyllis Frye: The Grandmother of the Transgender Rights Movement
Phyllis Frye, an attorney and judge in Texas, became an open transgender woman in the 1970s, and has fought to promote and protect transgender rights ever since. She is a featured speaker at the upcoming Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute.
By Joe Forword
July 17, 2019

Phyllis Frye fully transitioned from a man to a woman in 1976, living in Houston, when it was still illegal to cross-dress in public. Her community excluded and shunned her. But in 2010, she became the first (out) transgender judge in the country.

Attorney Frye, who practices law at her own, six-attorney firm in Houston, is a featured speaker on day one of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s upcoming Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute, August 15-16, at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

In this article, Attorney Frye discusses her transition experience, including her fight against exclusionary laws, and building a law practice. Known as the “grandmother” of the transgender civil rights movement, Frye sheds light on the decades-long struggle.


Frye has long opposed so-called bathroom bills and restroom laws that deny access to gender-based restrooms by individuals who do not identify with their gender at birth. That fight began while she was in law school, at the University of Houston.


In 2010, Houston Mayor Annise Parker appointed Frye as the first, out, transgender judge in the nation. It is a part-time position as associate municipal judge for the city of Houston. Over the decades, Frye has worked tirelessly to assert transgender rights.

In the 1990s, she convened conferences on transgender law, including the first International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy.

That conference resulted in an International Bill of Gender Rights (easily Googled), which proclaimed that everyone has a right to define their own gender identity. Frye stayed active politically, engaging in lobbying activity at the local, state, and federal level to promote equality.


“If every LGBTQ person came out of the closet, it would do a lot of good but we are still in the minority,” Frye said. “So, we depend on allies.” Frye says in this day and age, social courage is an important aspect of the movement to protect transgender rights.

Did you know that she had a connection to the Connecticut Outreach Society?

I wrote about it in my blog back in 2006.

Phyllis Frye is a Civil Rights lawyer in Texas and the person that she is representing if a former COS member who moved down to Texas a couple of years ago...

I saw her at Fantasia Fair one time and she told the story and she told a story about getting Texas to change the gender marker on their driver license, she knew that they needed  the right judge and the right client.

The client was a trans man who needed to get his driver license gender marker changed. When the judge called “her” name this man with a full beard and a deep male voice stood up. Ms. Frye said the judge looked over the top of his glasses and said “Granted.”

Monday, March 28, 2022

A Big Bird Speaks

Sometimes it is not when we speak up that has the most impact but when our allies speak up that have a greater impact.

Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird Speak Out on Legislative Action Against Trans Youth
Bleacher Report
By Rob Goldberg
March 24, 2022

With a rise in anti-transgender legislation across the United States, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are fighting back. 

"We are learning over and over that there is no neutral in this world. We can't sit quietly and let legislative action attack trans youth and strip away human rights," Rapinoe told Bleacher Report. 

"What's happening is deeply inhumane," Bird added. "Fighting this takes collective work, and we all have to join the fight."

On the “Love Is: Uninterrupted” website they write…

Our Trans family is under attack. Hateful laws are being passed in multiple states; a discriminatory lie is being perpetuated that Trans folks are a danger to the future of sports. We’re here to start a new conversation to celebrate the honesty, joy and beauty Trans people bring into our world.

Thank you Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe for speaking up for us.

Visibility: Our Stories.

I have fallen into that rut. Sometime we figure data and facts will change people minds but in reality it puts them to sleep. It is our stories that change minds.

Why Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video to Russians is a master class in how to get people to reconsider their views
It’s not about simply giving misinformed people more information. It’s about reaching them on an emotional level.
By: Angie Drobnic Holan
March 22, 2022

It’s hard for fact-checkers to admit it, but sometimes all the evidence, sources and citations in the world won’t change people’s minds. Our work is beloved by those who are truly open-minded. But to people who already have a firm set of beliefs glued in place? Not so much.

Still, we stay hopeful that misinformation can be corrected and people can move off of previously held positions when they get new information. Over the years, we’ve talked to psychologists, researchers and other experts many times about how to reach people held in misinformation’s grip.

Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about simply giving them more info. It’s about reaching them on an emotional level.

It is our stories that change minds.

The article goes on to list the strategies to bring about changes.

  • Start in a friendly way. 
  • Humanize yourself and your audience.
  • Recognize the other side’s good intentions.
  • Acknowledge your own side gets it wrong, too. 
  • Use simple, direct language. Avoid sounding pretentious or superior.
  • Don’t get bogged down in overly complicated evidence. 
  • Don’t make the listener’s side into the villain.
  • Let people know that you care about them on a personal level.
  • Give people a comfortable framework for thinking differently. 

The article ends with,

People can’t hear a message when they feel like the messenger is hostile. Sometimes when we see people argue on the internet, both sides come off as arrogant, hostile or superior, even when one side has the better part of the argument. Schwarzenegger’s video is none of that. It remains to be seen whether his video reaches everyday Russians through the internet or other channels, even in the face of censorship by the Russian government. But if it does, he has spoken in a way that people will be able to hear what he has to say.

Get that chip off your shoulders.

Back before marriage equality bill was passed I went around the state with the people from Love’s Makes a Family talking about the gender inclusive non-discrimination bill. The story that I told was about going to a one of those grease and oil change places.

I told about the time I was in the waiting room and the whole shop had to come in and take a look at me.

The head of LMF told me that after my talks people came up to her asking how they call their legislators, she said that they never had people so moved to take action.

It is our stories that change minds.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

We Are Winning People’s Support For Us.

You might not see it but we are slowly wining over people view’s of us, they are rebelling against the harsh treatment by the Republicans.

As I wrote on Friday, Amy Schneider said at Scared Heart University...

At the same time, she said such laws show that “we’ve already won, really.”

“This is the backlash of a dying movement,” Schneider said. “Once people come to accept that trans people are just people, and that LGBTQ people are just people and aren’t hurting anyone, they don’t change their minds. It’s a one-way street.

I think the Republicans are getting scared so they are doubling down on harsh treatment of trans children and abortions. Even some religions are losing their grip over their congregations.

Growing Latter-day Saint support for LGBTQ rights tops the national average
Backing for same-sex marriage rises, too, but still lags behind rest of the U.S.
The Salt Lake Tribune
By Tamarra Kemsley
March 24, 2022

Support among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage, has increased noticeably since 2015, mirroring trends across U.S. society generally, according to a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Based on interviews conducted online and by phone of a nationally representative sample of more than 22,000 adults, the report uncovered an overall increase of 8 percentage points among Americans between 2015 and 2021. Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) now favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals.

Latter-day Saints’ backing for these same protections jumped by 12 percentage points during the same period to exceed the national average at 84%.

This leap was one of the biggest of the 18 faiths included in the study, surpassed only by non-Hispanic Catholics of color, Hindus, Black Protestants and other Protestants of color.

However, the support is very weak and fragile and it some areas they haven’t changed.

The PRRI survey discovered that the number of Americans who opposed allowing small-business owners to refuse their products and services to gay and lesbian individuals due to religious beliefs grew by 7 percentage points to 66% in 2021.

On this issue, Latter-day Saints saw a slightly smaller increase of 6 percentage points to end up at 44%. Only two groups — Orthodox Christians and white evangelical Protestants — finished lower at 43% and 38% opposed, respectively.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but as Ms. Schneider said, “Once people come to accept that trans people are just people, and that LGBTQ people are just people and aren’t hurting anyone, they don’t change their minds.”

Remember that we did it in 2018 with voters in Massachusetts by winning on Question 3 with 67% of the votes.

Remember Harvey Milk

Gay Trans brothers and sisters,... You must come out. Come out... to your parents... I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives... come out to your friends... if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors... to your fellow workers... to the people who work where you eat and shop... come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.”

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Saturday 9: Memories

Sam's Saturday 9: Memories (2019)

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

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

1) This song is a toast. Have you ever performed an official toast (at a wedding, a graduation, a retirement party, etc.)?

Yes, at my brother’s and sister-in-law’s wedding when I was 18.

2) According to Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, this is a "toast to the ones here today." Tell us about someone in your life that you're especially grateful for.

For being above ground.

3) Levine is the song's composer. He said he was compelled to write it, to help him cope with the death of a friend. His lyrics acknowledge that "everybody hurts sometimes." What advice would you share with someone who is struggling?

It will never go away, it will come back and hit you with a 2X4, but what it will do is slowly fade not away but fade to where you can live with it, it is like an itch that has to be scratched once in a while. I can offer you hope in knowing that you will survive.

4) Adam Levine was one of the original judges on The Voice. Are you a fan of the show?

I have never watched it. Is the The Voice the show where people compete singing or is it the talk show with Whoopi Goldberg?

5) Among his friends, Adam is known to be an excellent Scrabble player. Is there a game you're particularly good at (or you especially enjoy)?

Monopoly, I like cheating on the game.

6) Though he's a multi-Grammy winner, Adam wasn't always successful. In fact, he was fired after just three hours at his first job as a waiter. Have you ever had a job that just wasn't a good fit?

Yeah a high school job, it was a warehouse job which was very hot. I remember loading and unloading trucks by hand.

7) In 2019, when this song was released, Joaquin Phoenix gave his Oscar-winning performance in Joker. Heath Ledger also won an Oscar for is portrayal of the same character in a different film, and Cesar Romero was The Joker on TV. Today The Batman is doing great business at the box office. Do you have a favorite super hero, or arch villain?

Nope, I never watched a super hero movie since my teens years. They all seem to be cookie cutter movies in that they are all the same. 

8) Also in 2019, two familiar names had books on NY Times best seller list: John Grisham with The Guardians and Janet Evanovich with Twisted Twenty Six. Are either of these authors among your favorites?

No, once again if it is not science fiction or fantasy books, I don’t read them. There are other good fiction books but I don’t have time for them, there are enough SiFi books out there that keeps my reading list filled.

9) Random Question: What's something you wish you'd figured out earlier?

That I have probably have adult ADHD. Things have fallen in to place when you realize that you have been living in a bubble most of your young adults years. Going to grad school for social works where most of the adjunct professors are LCSW therapist in their day jobs.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2022

My Story Part 187: Diana’s Excellent Adventure, Amy Schneider

Yesterday I went to a place that I never have been before, a Catholic University. But it was for a good reason… to hear a talk by Amy Schneider of Jeopardy fame.

It was an hour drive down to Fairfield and then about a half hour to find a parking space. I ended up playing vulture. Sitting be the entrance waiting for a student to walk in to the parking lot and following them to their car, there was a couple of false starts with the student just cutting across the parking but finally I found a space.

Then to go in to meet my patron to get my comp ticket and he is nowhere in sight. Of course I have only seen him on Zoom so I don’t really know what he looks like, just from the neck up.

After texting and calling him I decided to check out the box office… nope no reserved tickets from him. I dropped my ace card, well is there any reserved for the head of security? I stood there looking a little dejected and one of the students said just print out a ticket for her… Bingo!

As many of you know I am on the governor’s advisory council and at our last meeting on Zoom he sent a chat post to me that Amy Schneider is speaking at Scared Heart University would I like to go to see her?


So he arranged to get me a comp ticket and that was the beginning of the adventure.

First thing move the Zoom meeting that we move twice before… Please, please lets reschedule the meeting, please.

Then the next barrier was the class that I was scheduled to do at 5:30 that evening, changed to 6:30.

So the doors open for the auditorium and I got a seat back a few rows on the end of the row.

Finally the talk started and she gave a short history of her life… similar to my own story.

She also was diagnosed later in life with a learning disorder, same here.

She just squeaked by in college, ditto.

In Fairfield, Amy Schneider says road to ‘Jeopardy!’ fame began with a question
CT Post
By Ethan Fry
March 23, 2022

“Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider told an audience of college students Wednesday that if they’re having trouble with classes and grades, she can definitely relate.

“I barely graduated,” Schneider, who has the second longest winning streak on the iconic trivia show, told about 200 people inside Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. “I just made it over the finish line, and it wasn’t always clear that I would.”

The most successful woman ever to compete on the show — she has won nearly $1.4 million so far — Schneider is also the first transgender contestant to qualify for its Tournament of Champions, set to air in November.

During a Q&A with Sacred Heart’s Nick Frias, she said that recent laws targeting trans people could end up have fatal consequences, particularly those prohibiting medical care for trans youth.


At the same time, she said such laws show that “we’ve already won, really.”

“This is the backlash of a dying movement,” Schneider said. “Once people come to accept that trans people are just people, and that LGBTQ people are just people and aren’t hurting anyone, they don’t change their minds. It’s a one-way street.


Schneider told her college audience Wednesday that her experience at the University of Dayton, though a fine school for many, wasn’t so great for her. She said her experiences stemmed, at least in part, because she was still closeted and had undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“For my brain, college was a bad fit,” she said. “But obviously, it didn’t stop me, as I just demonstrated rather dramatically on national television. I managed to get a fair amount of information after all.”

Ditto for me but Dyslexia.

So after her talk my sponsor found me (I’m not to hard to find there was only one other 6 foot trans woman in the auditorium and she was on the stage.) and he had arranged for us to get backstage and have our photos taken with her (Photo to come once they get posted on the university’s website).

Then it was time to head north for the class that I am speaking at, no problem I have plenty of time, I can even grab a bite to eat.

After eating I headed out to UConn School of Medicine, no sweat I got 20 minutes to spare! As I go to get on the highway it is a parking lot! Whoa! But I know the back way there… well so did 20,000 other drivers and all the back roads were also parking lot.

I dash into the classroom just in time but out of breath.

So ended a very long day.

I will post the "official" phot taken by the school photographer when he posts them. 

The Haters Are Rake In The Dough.

All that hate that the Republicans are generating a lot of donations!

Groups opposed to gay rights rake in millions as states debate anti-LGBTQ bills
Organizations identified as anti-LGBTQ hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center have seen revenue soar as the battle over gay and trans rights rages nationwide.
NBC News
By Stuart Richardson
March 23, 2022

In today’s heightened culture war, the coffers of the anti-gay movement are overflowing. According to publicly available annual returns, 11 nonprofit groups identified as anti-LGBTQ hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center took in over $110 million in contributions during the financial year ending in 2020.

The dollar amount represents a recent high-water mark for the organizations, whose take of donations, grants and other noncash contributions has increased steadily since 2016, when the same 11 groups reported more than $87 million in such contributions. 

In just four years, their total revenue swelled by over 25 percent, with some indication that the positive trend continued into 2021. The multimillion-dollar war chest has bolstered a movement that just a few years ago appeared to be losing ground in America’s decadeslong culture war around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights. Far from retreating, the groups have won significant battles at all levels of American government and society — from local school boards to the federal courts.

This is the real reason the Republicans are drumming up hate for us… money!

They rally their base with hate and it gets then out to vote and donate. They don’t care if it harms trans children, they don’t care if their hate generate self-harming in our children and all they about is money!

So where is all this cash used for?

When the SPLC began tracking anti-LGBTQ hate in the early 2010s, the organization noted that “a small coterie of groups now comprise the hard core of the anti-gay movement.” The same groups — many now flush with financial resources — continue to shape the anti-LGBTQ agenda.

“As of today, there probably are five or six key players,” McCoy said, highlighting the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel and the American College of Pediatricians as parts of the core.

We have seen many of these players here in Connecticut, Alliance Defending Freedom  is the organization that is leading the trans athletes case.

“Alliance Defending Freedom is among the largest and most effective legal advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting the religious freedom and free speech rights of all Americans. Our record since 2011 includes 13 Supreme Court victories, including two wins last year and one upcoming case next term,” Tedesco said. “Our track record of success is due in large part to those who generously support our work, and increased giving demonstrates the growing movement to protect Americans’ First Amendment freedoms.”

In another NBC News article “Trump's newly confirmed federal judge has ties to anti-gay 'hate group,'”

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, handing the 36-year-old judge a lifetime seat on one of the nation’s top courts. While Rushing made headlines for becoming one of the youngest and least experienced members of the federal judiciary, she also garnered attention because of her decadelong association with one of the most well-known anti-gay groups.

“Throughout her brief legal career, Allison Rushing has supported and closely associated herself with one of the most extreme anti-LGBT organizations operating in this country today, the Alliance Defending Freedom,” Ian Wilhite, a spokesperson for LGBTQ legal group Lambda Legal, said in a statement shared with NBC News. “Rather than disqualifying her from consideration, this aspect of her record seems to have made up for all of the other deficiencies in her record.”

And now these organizations are rolling in the cash thanks to all the hate and fear that the Republicans have stirred up in the conservative community.

Update to yesterday's post: Please Tell Me, What is the difference?

It is not just the Pride event that got Texas's Attorney General all in a tizzy but the whole idea of LGBTQ+ people he finds offensive.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has declared a school’s Pride event “illegal” and referred to LGBT+ people as “predators”
Pink News UK
By Maggie Baska
March 24, 2022

“By hosting ‘Pride Week’, your district has, at best, undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent,” Paxton wrote. 

“Or, worse, your district is cynically pushing a week-long indoctrination of your students that not only fails to obtain parental consent, but subtly cuts parents out of the loop. Either way, you are breaking state law.”

The attorney general shared pictures of the letter on Twitter and declared the “liberal” school district is “aggressively pushing LGBTQ+ views on Texas kids”. He called the inclusive event “immoral and illegal”.

Paxton then described LGBT+ people as “sexual propagandists and predators”, demanding they be held “accountable”. 
Many lesbians and gays think that this is only a “trans” problem in Texas… it is a LGBTQ+ issue. The Republicans hate all of our guts. Trans people are only the low hang fruit.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Please Tell Me, What is the difference?

You all know of the battle going on in Ukraine and how a mad dictator has lead the world to the brink of World War III. In Russia they have passed a series of regressive anti-LGBTQ+ laws, lets take a look at them and compare them to state laws in the U.S.

Human Rights Watch reported that,

No Support
Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law Imperils LGBT Youth

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in Russia face formidable barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights to dignity, health, education, information, and association. In Russia, antipathy towards homosexuality and gender variance is not new—LGBT people there have long faced threats, bullying, abuse inside their families, and discrimination—but the 2013 “gay propaganda” law has increased that social hostility. The law has also had a stifling effect on access to affirming education and support services, with harmful consequences for LGBT youth.

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is a classic example of political homophobia. It targets vulnerable sexual and gender minorities for political gain. When Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the federal law in June 2013, he pandered to a conservative domestic support base. And on the international stage, the law helped position Russia as a champion of so-called “traditional values.” The legislation, formally titled the law “aimed at protecting children from information promoting the denial of traditional family values,” bans the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”—a reference universally understood to mean a ban on providing children access to information about LGBT people’s lives. The ban includes, but is not limited to, information provided via the press, television, radio, and the internet.

Let’s at the Florida’s proposed law that has gone to the governor for signature.

Here's what Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill would do and what it wouldn't do
Legal experts dissect whether the bill would prevent the “instruction” or “discussion” of sexual orientation and gender identity and which grade levels would be affected.
NBC News
By Matt Lavietes
March 16, 2022

Debate over state legislation that affects the LGBTQ community rarely leaves the halls of state capitols. But Florida’s Parental Rights in Education act — which critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — has suddenly sparked a national war of words.

In recent weeks, leaders of global corporations, editorial boards of major newspapers and Hollywood actors have all weighed in on the proposed legislation, with some calling it “deeply disturbing” and others “noncontroversial.” Kate McKinnon ripped into the bill during a recent “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The hosts of the ABC talk show “The View” mulled over the policy for more than seven minutes on air last month. And Bravo’s Andy Cohen dedicated a closing segment of “Watch What Happens Live” last week to slam the measure.


In its preamble, the bill’s authors write that their aim is to prohibit “classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity.” But later, the actual bill states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur.”

While in Texas the attorney general wants to silence school Pride celebrations…

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Austin ISD clash over Pride Week events
Austin American-Statesman
By Chuck Lindell
March 23, 2022

A social media-fueled backlash to this year's Pride Week also resulted in death threats against Doss Elementary School teachers and prompted the school to move Wednesday's pride parade indoors, with police present, "because we were actually worried that this political controversy could possibly threaten the safety of these kids," district spokesman Jason Stanford said.

The Pride Week clash underlines increasingly sharp divisions over issues of sexual identity — a battle that has spilled into the courts over Paxton's opinion that gender-affirming medical care for transgender adolescents constitutes child abuse and into school libraries, where conservatives are pushing to eliminate books that they believe contain obscene sexual content, many of them with LGBTQ themes.

The Austin district has celebrated Pride Week for at least 14 years, with 2022 activities to be determined campus by campus along broad themes, such as "Differences are awesome" for Tuesday and "Know your rights" on Wednesday.

Paxton and other conservatives have focused much of their ire on Doss Elementary's published Pride Week agenda, which included the use of "community circles" — guided conversations on topics such as family and respecting differences. 

Does anyone see any differences?


Now let us look at the Russian law that takes children away from LGBTQ parents, this is from Council for Global Equality.

The Facts on LGBT Rights in Russia

New Homophobic Law to Remove Children from LGBT Families and Individuals

In September, the Russian Duma introduced new proposals to accelerate the crackdown on the LGBT community, the most alarming of which is a draft law introduced by Deputy Akexey Zhuravlev that makes “nontraditional sexual orientation” a cause for denying custody to LGBT parents. It would amend Article 69 of the Family Code to provide the government with the authority to terminate the parental rights of individuals raising children with same-sex partners, as well as those who are simply suspected of engaging in homosexual behavior. This would add homosexuality to a list of grounds for termination of parental rights that currently includes alcohol and drug addiction and child abuse. This latest proposal is being justified on the grounds that the anti-propaganda law should apply within the family as well, thereby creating a justification for removing children from the “propaganda” that is manifest in the lives and relationships of their parents.

Update: Deputy Akexey Zhuravlev has withdrawn the bill from the parliament. A spokesperson for Zhuravlev noted that Zhuravlev's position hasn't changed and that the bill will be revised and resubmitted to the Duma. 

Down in Texas they have,

Texas bill could send parents to prison for providing gender-affirming care
The measure would redefine child abuse to include parents who consent to hormone therapy and puberty blockers for their transgender children.
NBC News
By Dan Avery
April 14, 2021

A bill heard in committee in the Texas Senate on Monday would redefine child abuse to include administering, supplying or consenting to provide puberty suppression drugs, hormone replacement therapy, or surgical or medical procedures to anyone under 18 “for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.”

The measure would make such acts a felony, alongside physical and sexual abuse and sex trafficking, although it carves out an exception for surgical procedures for intersex children.

The bill didn’t pass so the governor took matters into his own hands…

In Texas the Governor Abbott issued a policy to stop transgender children from getting proper healthcare.

As Texas targets trans kids, their families scramble to find lawyers
Ever since Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s child welfare agency to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their children, LGBTQ-affirming family lawyers statewide have been deluged with calls.
Texas Tribune
By Eleanor Klibanoff and Sneha Dey
March 4, 2022

For the last two weeks, a mom in the Austin area has been vacillating between rage and panic. Some days, she’s so fired up she feels like she could take on the entire state of Texas by herself. Other days, she just crawls under her weighted blanket and lets the fear take over.


This family hasn’t had a visit from Child Protective Services, but they know others who have and they’ve started preparing for the possibility that they could be next.


This latest wave of fear among parents of trans kids started two weeks ago, when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legally nonbinding opinion equating certain gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender children with child abuse. Abbott followed up with a letter directing the state’s child welfare agency to open investigations into “any reported instances of these abusive procedures.”

So far the courts have blocked the policy from taking affect and President Biden has instructed Health and Human Services to take legal action against Texas.


Now lets compare Russia’s law and the Florida bill and Texas LGBT policies.

  • Russia: Law prohibits the discussion of anything LGBTQ.
  • Florida: Purposed law prohibits the discussion of anything LGBTQ in schools.
  • Texas: Attorney General block Pride Week celebrations.
  • Russia: Law takes children away from their LGBTQ parents.
  • Texas: Governor’s executive order take children away from their parents.

Does anyone see any differences between the authoritarian Russia and the states Republican states of Florida and Texas?

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Sad, Sad, Sad News

We know that there is an ongoing campaign against us by the conservatives, but this shows how broad-base their hate of us really is.

A third of trans youth are at risk of losing gender-affirming care, study says
By Vanessa Romo
March 21, 2022

The recent wave of Republican-led bans attempting to block transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical care may be fertile political ground for conservatives in an election year, but a new study shows the bans are putting tens of thousands of vulnerable young people in jeopardy.

A report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimates that more than 54,000 transitioning transgender youth ages 13 through 17 are at risk of losing access to gender-affirming medical care, even in cases where doctors, therapists and parents concur with the need for those treatments. And in at least three states — Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma — lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impact about 4,000 18-to-20-year-olds.

The figures are staggering considering that only about 150,000 American youth identify as transgender.

That is so sad that so many trans children are victims of hate.

Back in the late seventies Anita Bryant started "Save Our Children" campaign against gay people using the same tactics that the Republicans have copied are using now. Back then the Republican states passed constitution amendments banning same-sex marriages (some of which are still on the books). We need to repurpose Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" for our trans children.

The article goes on to say…

The study also notes a new tactic being employed in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott has circumvented the lawmaking process by issuing an order classifying gender-affirming care as child abuse. Abbot subsequently called on state employees, teachers and doctors to report parents who try to obtain the treatments for their children. He also threatened that there will be consequences for those who fail to report. The Williams Institute estimates nearly 14,000 young people in the state could be affected by the order.

The move has served as a template for Missouri leaders, who are now seeking to implement a similar workaround, which could affect approximately 1,500 transgender youth in the state.

The way to stop this pogrom directed against is to VOTE and to help organize get out to vote campaign!

I was never involved with a political campaign in my life, I wasn’t even a member of a political party until I was in my early 60s until one day in a support group meeting when a support group came in with her face swollen and black and blue from being beaten with a 2x4 and I knew that I have to something to help end hate and discrimination.

I remember the first time I called my legislator, my voice was shaky, and I was nervous as hell. I didn’t say that I was trans, I only said that I was a voter from his district (Later on when I do to know him, I used to begin my emails with “It is troublemaker Diana again…” I joined the Democratic party and started going to fundraisers candidates. I was a very “Out” trans woman and the only trans person at the fundraisers. One of the proudest days in my life was when I saw a Connecticut "Discrimination is Illegal" poster hanging on a wall in a business which said, "transgender status, gender identity or expression" and know that I help to make that true.

I am not saying everyone is cutout to be an activist. I was driven to end the violence and hate against us, however, you need to take a stand the time has come where silence can be deadly.

If you live in Texas the very minimum that you have to do is speak out to friends and family, tell them that you are against Abbott’s policy on abortion, his LGBTQ policies, and the political gerrymandering to make Texas a one party state. Notice that nowhere did I say that I said that you had to “out” yourself.

The American Academy of Pediatrics found that transgender teens have dramatically higher rates of suicide attempts and self-injury. Adolescents using puberty blockers have been found to have a reduced risk of suicidal thoughts.

I know that many people think, “Here goes Diana banging the drum and tilting windmills again!” but I am worried about the new generation of trans children and the struggle that they are facing and I know that the only way for us to end this is to get involved in politics!

I have said this many, many times… In a commentary by Abigail C. Saguy in LGBTQ Nation she wrote,

In 1978, gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk famously made “Come out, come out, wherever you are” the slogan of his campaign to defeat the Briggs Initiative, which would have banned gay teachers from working in public schools in California.

The idea was that if enough people told their friends they were gay, Californians would realize that they had friends, co-workers, and family members who were gay. Then, out of solidarity, they would oppose the proposition. The campaign helped defeat the initiative.

"Save Our Children!" Your silence = death to a trans child.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Goings On Down In Texas

The trans community down in Texas is still in turmoil but the courts are starting to speak… and it is in our favor.

Texas court reinstates injunction blocking probes of transgender kids' parents
By Maria Caspani
March 21, 2022

A Texas appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a temporary injunction prohibiting the state from investigating parents who provide their transgender children certain medical care that Governor Greg Abbott has branded "child abuse."

The Texas Third Court of Appeals ruling came in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lamda Legal filed on behalf of a 16-year-old transgender girl, her parents and her licensed therapist challenging a directive issued by Abbott last month.

The latest decision affirmed the rulings of a lower-court judge, who first blocked any further investigation of the family and their psychologist, then issued a broader injunction on March 11 barring enforcement of Abbott's directive statewide while the case remained under judicial review.

The judge, Amy Clark Meachum, ruled that plaintiffs in the case faced "deprivation of their constitutional rights, the potential loss of necessary medical care and the stigma attached to being the subject of an unfounded child abuse investigation."

Some sanity has returned down in Texas, at least for a little while.

KXAN writes about the court case…

Meachum originally blocked the investigations in a March 11 order. However, that was temporarily lifted after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the decision.


The Monday ruling reinstating the temporary injunction is not on the merits of the case, but rather whether the investigations should be put on hold while the legality is determined in the courts.


In another court case a doctor is suing the hospital that ended trans care.

Doctor who treats transgender children takes UT Southwestern to court over change in care
Dr. Ximena Lopez headed the Genecis program at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health. The hospitals abruptly cut certain medical care for new transgender patients last year.
The Dallas Morning News
By Lauren McGaughy and Marin Wolf
March 16, 2022<

The doctor who led UT Southwestern’s program for transgender youth is taking her employer to court to find out why the hospital abruptly cut care for new patients last year.

In a petition filed in Dallas County court on Wednesday, Dr. Ximena Lopez said UT Southwestern’s decision to halt certain gender-affirming health care provided by the Genecis program violates the university’s nondiscrimination policy and keeps her from treating patients according to her independent medical judgment.

Genecis, a seven-year-old program run by UT Southwestern and Children’s Health, was unique in Texas and the only program created specifically to provide gender-affirming care to minors in the region. The hospitals quietly cut off certain treatments to new patients in November.

“That edict is patently prohibited discrimination. It is illegal,” the petition reads. “It potentially exposes Dr. Lopez to legal liability. The only question is: who is dictating this illegal policy and why?”

The court filing, known as a 202 petition, allows attorneys and their clients to investigate claims before filing a lawsuit. It marks the first time one of the program’s leaders has pushed back in such a public way against the university’s decision to close Genecis to new patients.

According to Lopez, the governor office put pressure on the hospital.

In her petition, Lopez said UT Southwestern told her “either the governor or the governor’s office has exerted political pressure on [UT Southwestern] to close the Genecis clinic and to stop clinicians from providing gender-affirming care.”

Don’t forget that President Biden and Health and Human Services have said that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Section 1557 requires healthcare for us, HHS Notice and Guidance on Gender Affirming Care, Civil Rights, and Patient Privacy what it means for us is that Texas could lose billions in healthcare dollars from the federal government.

Trans children in Texas even with these legal victories are still under great pressure from the governor and attorney general.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Winding Down

The Transgender Day of Visibility is coming up.

The number of trainings that I do is dropping, professors retire or move on to other jobs but I still have a couple of presentations that I do and I have two this week.

The first is this morning, actually it should be ending just about the time this blog post is published and the other is Wednesday night.

I used to do Stonewall Speakers but I dropped out of the program, I didn’t like their format of Q&A. It has it purpose but I don’t think that it covers important topics that professionals need.

What I do is to take over and teach the class for the day, usually the professors sits in the back of the class taking notes on the students. That is the type that I just did.

The other class is a Q&A class but it is different than the speakers classes because this is a graduate class and they ask pertinent questions unlike the questions asked in the high school and undergraduate classes, questions like “How did you pick your name?”

When I was in grad school I developed a series of presentations to “teach” gender dysphoria to professionals.

I start off with deconstructing gender, then talk about the commonalities and differences between sexual orientation and gender dysphoria, everyone says I know about gays therefore I know about trans people… wrong!

I talk about the coming out process, the Standard of Care for children and I talk about senior trans people their fears of going into a long term care facilities. Finally I talk about intersectionality and the discrimination that we face everyday.

Q&A sessions have their place in general education courses but when I come to teaching future therapist and medical staff you need more in-depth training.

I have taken my “road show” to social work conferences, prison staff, judicial staff, hospital staff, and other professionals including colleges.

One of the professors used to send me the students comments…

When it was announced that we would have a guest speaker for our next class I originally thought nothing of it. I’ve had a good experience with guest speakers in the TCPCG [Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates] program so far and I was excited to hear what the guest lecturer would say. When I walked into class on Wednesday I remember seeing the back of a tall woman standing in front of our class, thinking she was our guest, and proceeded to sit down and open up my computer. About 5 minutes later the guest came forward and she said that we were going to start the lecture. Once the guest lecturer starting talking and I began to look at her a bit more in detail, I realized something very interesting - our guest speaker was a transexual [sic].

Now being an educated grad student I was fully aware of was exactly a transsexual was and that the transexual [sic] community is growing every day, however, as far as I know, this was my first time meeting one. The weird thing however was that it didn’t seem like I was meeting a transexual [sic], but rather just another women - a guest lecturer. Once you get past the deep voice and the 6 foot figure, there was nothing weird or different here, just another woman. When the lecture started I was expecting to learn all about life as a transsexual, and while she did touch on this a little, she was focused more on the big picture. The picture being that there are thousands of transexuals [sic] and people dreaming of being a different gender all around us, and often times they either go unnoticed or are looked as weirdly or differently. I think the message she was trying to tell us is that although on the outside we may look a little strange, it is really who they are on the inside that matters.


Diana’s presentation on the science behind the term “transgender” as well as the transgender community was thought provoking, informative, and interesting. I have many family members who are also members of the LGBT community, so topics such as gender identity have always captivated my attention. I have watched numerous documentaries on individuals who identity as transgender and the science behind this phenomenon. I have also had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of transgender biology, psychology, and culture through my interactions with a myriad of students at Hall High School… I was also elated to discover that doctors can halt puberty in a transgender person’s body at a young age and help them experience an easier physical transition to their true gender. Such developments make me hopeful for the future. Ideally, treatments such as these will become more widely available to any transgender person who wishes to transition. However, I think the most important takeaway from Diana’s presentation was that people are just people, even if they were born in the wrong body and feel the need to make a change. Everyone should display empathy and compassion for their fellow human beings.

And the comment that says we are making a difference came from the professor of one of the classes,

I did an activity yesterday in my UConn class. It was a simulation in which the 20 students were required to look at 17 resumes and hire seven teachers unanimously. Each brief resume has a loaded statement, such as one person belong to a military militia group, another was a professed segregationist, another had 10 kids, etc. One of the potential people to hire was a transgender teacher FTM. in the past when I did this activity it was usually early on in the course and rarely, if ever do the students choose to hire this person. Often the reason is that there are other candidates better suited. In yesterday's class all four groups unanimously hired the transgender teacher. This was a first. my role is to challenge them on why they hired or did not hire each candidate. The students were uniformly saying that this person is well-qualified.

You are making a difference.

Yes we are!

Q&A has a place in teaching but when I comes to teaching professional a more structured approach is needed to teach cultural competency and the understanding of the needs and wants of the community.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Discrimination Hides Behind Many Faces.

As we have seen in Russia dictators and authoritarian governments don’t care about what the people think, the same thing here in the U.S. there are people who are rooting for Putin.

They are the white nationalist Christians.

Researchers warn that Christian nationalists are becoming more radical and are targeting voting
Washington Post
By Michelle Boorstein
March 18, 2022

New research linking Christian nationalism with a desire to limit voting. People citing their faith as the reason they support trucker convoys that shut down the border over covid protections. And the fact that Jesus’ name appeared all over the place during the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Concern about rising radicalism among a segment of White American Christians led this week to what some religious extremism experts call the biggest Congress-related event on the topic in years.


Andrew Seidel, one of the authors of the report and a spokesman for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said he believes Jan. 6 was “the culmination but not the end. … Insurrectionists were given moral license for the attack, and since then a growing slice of Americans are justifying it.”

“I look at what’s happening now, the rhetoric leading up to the midterms, and am more worried, not less,” he told The Post before the Freethought event. “We have more brazen nationalism. The Republican Party saying that day was ‘legitimate discourse.’ We are going to see something like this again.”

What do they want? Well I can tell you what they don’t want is us, the LGBTQ+ community. They also don’t want blacks, they don’t want non-Europeans, they don’t want non-Christians, and they only want certain Christians who espouse their Christian values, they certainly don’t want the MCC worshipers.

While concern about White Christian nationalism in America is today most commonly expressed by people on the left, it is not a partisan issue. Multiple well-known figures on the more conservative side of the aisle have sounded alarm about the danger of conflating Christianity with patriotism, or love of country.

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore called it “heretical,” saying linking God and country is akin to idol-worship and is bad for the faith.

They are behind many of the legislative attacks against us. NBC News reported in January 2020 that,

A similar divide emerged over whether the government should bar discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in workplaces, housing or schools. About 6 in 10 Catholics, white mainline Protestants and nonwhite Protestants supported those protections, compared with about a third of white evangelical Protestants.

And these are the people that the Republicans are catering to, those who hate us.

The multimillion-dollar Christian group attacking LGBTQ+ rights
The Guardian
By Jessica Glenza
February 2020

Alliance Defending Freedom reportedly got $55m in donations in 2018 and has lawyers worldwide working against LGBTQ+ people


But the lawsuit is just one arrow in ADF’s quiver, a conservative Christian powerhouse working internationally to remake laws governing family, sex and marriage in a vision which “keeps the doors open for the Gospel”.

ADF, which reportedly received more than $55m in contributions in 2018, claims to have more than 3,400 affiliated attorneys and judges worldwide. In the 25 years since it was founded, it has brought 10 cases before the US supreme court, including some of the most consequential cases of the last decade on contraceptive and gay rights.

And we are one of their targets along with others that don’t hold their particular religious beliefs.

In the last decade, ADF attorneys argued in favor of state-sanctioned sterilization for trans people at the European Court of Human Rights. Their brief argued, “equal dignity does not mean that every sexual orientation warrants equal respect”.

In Belize, the group sided with another organization pushing to criminalize gay sex. In India, the executive director applauded a supreme court decision ruling gay sex illegal (that was struck down in 2018). In Romania, ADF pushed for a referendum to oppose same-sex civil unions. In Jamaica, ADF attorneys defended anti-sodomy laws.

For them there is only one true religion and that is theirs which wants us wiped off the face of the earth.

As you head off for church this morning, ask yourself does my religion embrace everyone equally or only just those of your faith?