Thursday, July 07, 2022

Wonder Woman Has Our Back!

We have Wonder Women standing next to us and protecting us with her cape.
"I cannot think of anything that helps women's rights less than pinning the blame on trans women," Carter tweeted after Bette Midler and Macy Gray criticized trans inclusivity.
Indie Wire
By Samantha Bergeson
July 6, 2022

Lynda Carter is reminding fans that being a Wonder Woman isn’t just about being a cis woman.
Following Bette Midler and Macy Gray’s recent comments about the rights of trans women, with both receiving support from long-standing vocal TERFer JK Rowling, Carter took to social media to refocus the mission of women’s rights amid the Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade.

“I cannot think of anything that helps women’s rights less than pinning the blame on trans women,” Carter tweeted. “They face so much violence and scrutiny as is. Leave them alone and focus on the real war on women. It’s happening in the courts and legislatures around this country.”
She previously spoke out in support of trans rights last year, saying, “Trans women are Wonder Women. End of story” seemingly in response to J.K. Rowling’s transphobic statements.
Also over the Fourth weekend Bette Midler spoke out for us once again, according to the article,
Bette Midler tweeted over the Fourth of July weekend that cis women are now being called “birthing people” as to include trans women in the term “women.” Midler later clarified her stance, saying she had “no intention of anything exclusionary or transphobic” in subsequent follow-up tweets.
And the article ended with…
Midler concluded, “But the truth is, Democracy is slipping through our fingers! I’m all in on trying to save Democracy for ALL PEOPLE. We must unite, because, in case you haven’t been paying attention, divided we will definitely fall.”
We must untie!

We have to stand with a united front with all of us under attack by the Republicans.
United we stand, divided we fail.

In other news...

Peeing in peace.

That is all we ask but sometimes when traveling it is not something easily to do, while this article is not about peeing per se it is about lodging.

Polk County RV park owner told transgender woman to dress like a man to ‘avoid trouble’, feds say
By: Athina Morris
July 5, 2022

Federal housing authorities have charged a Davenport RV park and its owner with discriminating against a tenant who is transgender.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Nathan Dykgraaf, the owner and manager of 21 Palms RV Resort Park, with violating the Fair Housing Act, a federal law that prohibits housing discrimination because of race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation and/or disabilities.

According to the complaint, the unidentified tenant starting renting a single-family home in the park in June 2018. Months later, in Jan. 2021, the tenant came out as a transgender woman and “began widely wearing feminine-presenting clothing in public.”

The same month, the tenant allegedly received a letter from Dykgraaf that stated “I have been informed of your actions to have your sex changed to a female, I am told you have started taking the necessary medication and that after a period of time your change will be completed. To avoid problems, you must: 1. Act as a man. 2. Talk as a man. 3. Dress as a man. 4. Avoid tight clothing that is revealing sexual organs. If you follow the above steps, trouble will be avoided. Sincerely, Nathan D.”

The tenant said they feared being evicted and stopped dressing as a woman and expressing her gender identity. She avoided interacting with neighbors and staff and limited her use of the park’s amenities, the complaint said.

The tenant filed the complaint with HUD in Feb. 2021. She and her minor child moved out of the park in August.

When traveling that is always a problem, whether you are traveling in a self-contained RV, tent camping, or a hotel room you never know the reception you will receive at the lodging. But remember under Biden administration we are covered with the Fair Housing Act.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Press Release
July 5, 2022

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging 21 Palms RV Resort, Inc. and Nathan Dykgraaf, owner and manager of 21 Palms RV Resort Park in Davenport, Florida, with discriminating against a former tenant because of her gender identity. Read the Charge here.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from discriminating because of a tenant’s gender identity. This includes prohibiting tenants from expressing their gender. HUD’s Charge of Discrimination resulted from a complaint that the tenant filed with HUD. The Charge alleges that Mr. Dykgraaf violated the Act when he gave the tenant a letter stating that he was aware she was transitioning and telling her to act as a man, talk as a man, and dress as a man to avoid trouble.

“No one should have to change how they express their gender identity to maintain their housing,” said Demetria L. McCain, HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Setting restrictions like these is not only unacceptable, it is illegal. This charge demonstrates HUD’s commitment to enforcing the Fair Housing Act and ensuring housing providers meet their fair housing obligations.”

“The conduct alleged here provides a clear example of unlawful discrimination,” said Damon Smith, HUD’s General Counsel. “This Charge makes clear that the Department will take action to stop housing providers from subjecting transgender tenants to such unlawful conduct.”

Under the Trump administration they defined “sex” as what is between your legs when you were born (Even through the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, the Trump administration chose to ignore the court ruling.), they changed from the Obama administration policy to writing us out of the policy and President Biden changed it back and made it stronger.

There is a booklet called “Peeing In Peace” by the Transgender Law Center but it is now more of a compendium of state laws but in the “old days” (i.e. back when I first came out that listed individual bathrooms where it was safe for us.) it was kind of like the “Green Book” for blacks from the 30s to the 70s, the book helped African Americans travel the country safely, during a time of Jim Crow laws and segregation and the “Peeing in Peace” booklet did the same for us. It listed gas stations, restaurants, and other palce you could go the bathroom while traveling.

I never really like the booklet because establishments changes ownership and the list don’t get updated. One time a support group listed friendly bars but one time I went to one that had a “LGBTQ night” but it was under new ownership and it was a country and western bar, well to put is mildly it was a very affirming place for us. So now I am a little leery of those guide books.

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