299 posts categorized "Gender"

November 20, 2015

Remembering trans lives lost

The President's statement on 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 18, 2015

Trans Needs Assessment report reveals 'state of emergency'

Congressional forum focuses on anti-trans violence

House lawmakers launch bipartisan transgender task force

November 12, 2015

Metro Weekly quotes Beyer and Rosendall against anti-trans petition


John Riley at Metro Weekly follows up on the controversy over an online petition to "drop the T" from the LGBT movement.

Dana Beyer and I are quoted (agreeing with each other) on this obnoxious and historically ignorant petition. Here's a portion of my remarks:

“For gay folks to support dropping the T would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch,” Rosendall says. “It would be suicidal. Our opponents are not going to be fooled. They will continue to lump us all together because they consider all of us a threat to what they believe are proper gender norms.

“That reality of diversity needs to be asserted and defended because our opponents want to pretend that everybody in the country looks like them, loves like them, believes like them and thinks like them. And they want to make the rest of us effectively disappear or disenfranchise us. It would be the politics of subtraction for us to consider dropping any of us, and that simply is not going to happen.”

November 06, 2015

No, we are not dropping the T

A transgender friend alerted me last night to the Change.org petition. Here is my short comment:

No. Over thousands of LGBT activists' dead bodies will this exclusion ever happen. For us to buy the "male predators in dresses" slander, or allow it to stand, would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch. As Ben Franklin said, "Let us hang together, for surely we will hang separately."

Regarding Stonewall, I recommend the book Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter.

November 04, 2015

Signorile: Prop 8 redux as LGBT rights are put on the ballot

Signorile is spot on. Prop 8 redux, indeed. So many of our allies with deep pockets have a fear of flying, to use a 70s phrase. The bathroom panic lie deserved a powerful, hair-singeing response. I can imagine someone suggesting it at a meeting of overpaid "experts" and being shot down.

We know what Tony Perkins is going to say. What is more scandalous at this point is how our community's and its allies' money is squandered by people afraid of pressing the fight. It's like people still sending money to the Red Cross after $500 million in Haitian relief donations translated to a total of six houses being built. These incompetent people, these wet noodle warriors should be run out of town on a rail, not rewarded. Instead, we'll get more hand-wringing appeals from them saying, "We're not done, send your faith offering now and we'll send you this lovely rosewood crucifix." Sorry, I'm confusing them with religious hucksters.

We need to put our armor on and get ready to fight! No, our rights should not be subject to a popular vote. That's part of it. But when a fight is on, we've got to bring everything we've got to it.

Mayor Parker Delivers Hard-Hitting #HERO Concession Speech

Mayor Bowser expects to back cultural competency bill

I am quoted in this article on the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015, a hearing on which was held on October 28. My testimony for GLAA is here.

November 03, 2015

DC Office of Human Rights: 48% rate of discrimination against trans job applicants

Houston voters overturn human rights ordinance

Today's terrible, dispiriting result in Houston is but the latest illustration of why people's rights should not be put to a popular vote. The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican (representative) form of government, and says nothing about plebiscites. If minority rights are subject to denial by a direct vote of the people, the stirring up of mobs that so concerned Madison can run rampant and undermine the bill of rights. Ballot measures like Houston's Proposition 1 are not appropriate.

The New Civil Rights Movement reports here.

More on today's #HERO vote in Houston

Intersex Awareness Day marked around the world

October 29, 2015

Gender identity ‘death certificate’ bill introduced in DC

Obama administration supports trans student's challenge to bathroom ban

October 21, 2015

Identical twins Jonas and Nicole Maines always knew they should be brother and sister

Lee Daniels' Empire follow-up starts casting for transgender actress

Sen. Al Franken seeks answers from DOJ on transgender murders

October 15, 2015

Prominent transgender rights advocate killed in Argentina

The violence continues, here and abroad. We have so much further to go to end murderous hatred.

October 14, 2015

Mother supports her 8-year-old transgender son

This is a beautiful story. Good for Jodie and Penel.

October 09, 2015

Top Malaysia court overturns landmark trans rights ruling

A discouraging and dangerous setback.

September 30, 2015

Maryland transgender inmate granted relief under Prison Rape Elimination Act

A breakthrough.

September 22, 2015

Trans woman live tweets abuse by TSA at Orlando Airport

Bravo to this woman. TSA's behavior is unacceptable.

September 21, 2015

NYT: portraits of the LGBTI community on Instagram

September 03, 2015

New rules bar transgender discrimination in health care

September 01, 2015

Trans woman released after 3 years of rapes within mens' prisons

August 30, 2015

Clerk who refuses to marry LGBT couples performed a tran man's wedding by accident

August 29, 2015

Meet the first openly transgender judge in the U.S.

August 27, 2015

Rallying for the black trans women killed in America


Keyshia Blige is the 19th transgender person killed in the US this year

Watch: Janet Mock on murders of trans women

August 19, 2015

Chelsea Manning found guilty for having expired toothpaste

Merits of her case aside, the treatment of Chelsea Manning is a disgrace.

Mike Huckabee's revival of the 'social experiment' fallacy

A good perspective on a persistent falsehood.

25 trans women of color have been killed in 2 years

As the article points out, these numbers may be the tip of the iceberg.

What You Should Know About the 2015 #USTransSurvey

August 18, 2015

Obama appoints first trans woman of color to White House post

Very good news.

August 15, 2015

Cost of treating transgender troops called negligible

Stars and Stripes reports. Another anti-trans myth collapses under scrutiny.

Chris Christie Laughs About Veto of Trans Birth Certificate Bill

Gov. Christie thinks the rights of trans people are laughable. What is laughable is that this smug bully is the governor of a state, much less a presidential candidate. But the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters are no laughing matter. The legal denial of trans people's existence is cruel, pointless, and must stop.

Our friend Andy Bowen at Garden State Equality comments:

Hey Governor Chris Christie: 33 trans women have been murdered in the US in the last two years. Our survival is ‪#‎nolaughingmatter‬

August 11, 2015

Christie again vetoes trans birth certificate bill

As @JoeSudbay says, "Such a prick."