Monday, November 20, 2017

Is There An Opera In Your Future?

I know when I think of an opera I think of women singing soprano in Italian, but then there is the Queen rock opera Bohemian Rhapsody. Well now there is a trans opera.
Review: Two voices tell a deeply human transgender story 'As One'
Chicago Tribune
By John von Rhein
November 19, 2017

Various books, films and plays of recent years have dealt with the emotional and social stakes of coming out as a transgender individual in 21st century America. But no opera addressed the difficult journey faced by those individuals until “As One” burst on the scene at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2014.

The chamber opera, with music by Laura Kaminsky and text by the Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed, and video projections by Reed, traces the psychological journey of a young transgender protagonist, Hannah, with insight and empathy, even humor. It makes the character’s coming to terms with her identity a poignant coming-of-age story just about every audience member can relate to.

The 90-minute work’s local premiere by Chicago Fringe Opera last week at the Center on Halsted marked another milestone in this enterprising alternative-opera troupe’s odyssey through substantial if smaller-scaled contemporary American repertory.
[…]
Kaminsky and her collaborators came up with the brilliant idea of having Hannah sung by a baritone (Hannah Before) and a mezzo-soprano (Hannah After). Both singers are onstage the entire time, sometimes singing separately, other times as one. Rather than disappear after Hannah has fully transitioned, Hanna Before remains a part of who she is and supportively guides her journey to self-acceptance.
I think that this would be one opera that I would go to see.

Transgender Day of Remembrance


Every November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance is when we memorize the trans-people who were murdered in the last 12 months.  We remember trans people who were murdered for who they were; not for money or passion but were murdered but because of hate. They were killed because they had the courage to live their lives as the person they were.

On a personal level I went to my first TDoR on 2001 and it was very emotional for me as I read the name of Ontwon Curtis, I cried while I read her name. She was a stranger to me but we shared a common trait, we were both trans. It never gets easy reading the names.

This year’s TDOR is particularly poignant because of not knowing what we face with President-elect Trump. Fear is running rampant in the LGBT community. Will we be banned from using the bathroom of our gender identity, will we be unable to change our gender and our name on Social Security, Medicare, passport and other federal documents?

The vigil is held all around the U.S. and the world and you can find a place for where you can attend a TDOR here.

A list of the names of the people who were murdered this year can be found below along with a list the TDOR locations in Connecticut. I will be attending the Hartford services.



Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017
Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford
155 Wyllys Street,
Hartford CT 06106
Monday November 20th @ 6:00 PM


Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017 - Vigil
650 West Ave,
Norwalk, CT 06850
Description
November 20 7pm – 8pm


Transgender Day of Remembrance
outCT
New London Parade Plaza
New London, Connecticut 06320
Monday, November 20 at 5:30 PM


New Haven Pride Center
Intl Transgender Day of Remembrance
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 @ 6:30 PM




Argentina
Sofía Mailén Santillán
Mercedes, Argentina
1-Dec-16
Beaten to death

A. Villegas
Quilmes, Argentina
14-Jan-17
Shot in the head

Cindy Crawford Revlon
Buenos Aires, Argentina
1-Jun-17
Decapitated

Pamela Tabarez
Rosario, Argentina
25-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Eyelen
Tucuman, Argentina
18-Aug-17
Beaten


Brazil
Juninho da Mangueira
Guarus, Brazil
21-Nov-16
Shot at least five times.

Paola Bracho
Manaus, Brazil
24-Nov-16
Suffocated

Michele Rios
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26-Nov-16
Cause unclear

Patricia Araujo not reported
Sao Paulo, Brazil
27-Nov-16
Shot in the head and burned

Dandara
Natal, Brazil
28-Nov-16
Shot in the head

Name unknown
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
2-Dec-16
Asphyxiation

M. Dias Machado
Pontal do Parana, Brazil
3-Dec-16
Shot at least three times

Will Rhillary Silva
Viamao, Brazil
7-Dec-16
Shot

Name unknown
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7-Dec-16
Shot

R. da Silva de Sá
Maceio, Brazil
10-Dec-16
Shot in the head

G. Aquino de Godoy
Curitiba, Brazil
14-Dec-16
Shot in the head

D. de Souza
Campos, Brazil
17-Dec-16
Shot in the neck and back

J. R. T. Gomes
Crato, Brazil
18-Dec-16
Stoned to death

Gabriel Gomes
Goiania, Brazil
21-Dec-16
Shot multiple times at the same incident as F. Braz

F. Braz
Goiania, Brazil
21-Dec-16
Shot multiple times at the same incident as Gabriel Gomes

Paula Raio Laser 50
Fortaleza, Brazil
23-Dec-16
Shot

Jake Helen
Contagem, Brazil
31-Dec-16
Shot five times

Flávia Victoria Lima
Sorocaba, Brazil
31-Dec-16
Cause unclear

L. C. Marinho
Nova Cruz, Brazil
4-Jan-17
Stabbed

W. H. Soares dos Santos 16
Teresina, Brazil
6-Jan-17
Shot

Mierala da Silva
Bauru, Brazil
13-Jan-17
Beaten

Moranguinho
Paranangua, Brazil
15-Jan-17
Shot

Agatha Lios
Brasilia, Brazil
18-Jan-17
Cause not reported

Sandra
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19-Jan-17
shot

Lady Dyana
Manaus, Brazil
19-Jan-17
Stabbed

J. A. dos Santos
Itabaianinha, Brazil
26-Jan-17
Shot to death

Paola Oliveira
Russas, Brazil
30-Jan-17
Stoned to death

Name unknown
Recife, Brazil
3-Feb-17
Drowned; legs were tied down

Agatha Mont
Itapevi, Brazil
4-Feb-17
Suffocated

Name unknown
Guaruja, Brazil
8-Feb-17
Stoned to death

Dandara dos Santos
Fortaleza, Brazil
15-Feb-17
Beaten and stoned to death by a mob

Name unknown
Caçapava, Brazil
17-Feb-17
Shot to death

A. da Silva Maciel
Distrito de São Sebastião, Brazil
18-Feb-17
Shot

Mirella de Castro
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
19-Feb-17
Suffocated

Camila de Souza Magalhães
Sao Gonçalo, Brazil
25-Feb-17
Beaten

Emanuelle Muniz
Anapolis, Brazil
26-Feb-17
Stoned to death

Lorrane
São Luiz, Brazil
26-Feb-17
Shot to death

Z. Marrocos
Guarabira, Brazil
28-Feb-17
Stabbed to death

Michelly Garcia
Pelotas, Brazil
3-Mar-17
Shot

Name unknown
Goiania, Brazil
6-Mar-17
Shot

Rubi
Luziania, Brazil
6-Mar-17
Shot

Sandra
Laranjeiras do Sul, Brazil
8-Mar-17
Beaten

Jennifer Celia Henrique (Jenni)
Florianopolis, Brazil
10-Mar-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Cachoeirinha, Brazil
12-Mar-17
Burned to death

Lexia
Santa Fe do Sul, Brazil
13-Mar-17
Stabbed

Camila Albuquerque
Salvador, Brazil
15-Mar-17
Shot

Bruninha
Ourinhos, Brazil
16-Mar-17
Stabbed

Paola
Street Joao Candido do Camara, Brazil
22-Mar-17
Stabbed to death

Paulina
Recife, Brazil
23-Mar-17
Shot multiple times

Uilca or Wilka
Loteamento Luiz Gonzaga, Brazil.
26-Mar-17
Stabbed in the neck

Name unknown
Acara, Brazil
2-Apr-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Campo Grande, Brazil
3-Apr-17
Not reported

R. Félix da Silva
Guarariba, Brazil
4-Apr-17
Shot to death

Bianka Gonçalves
Primavera do Leste, Brazil
7-Apr-17
Shot to death

Camila
Sao Jose do Campos, Brazil
10-Apr-17
Beaten

Vitoria Castro
Araguaina, Brazil
10-Apr-17
Beaten

Hérica Izidório
Fortaleza, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Curitiba, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Beaten

Gaby
Feira de Santana, Brazil
12-Apr-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Itabuna, Brazil
16-Apr-17
Shot to death

Samilly Guimarães
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20-Apr-17
Shot to death

Marooni
Belem, Brazil
22-Apr-17
Stabbed to death

A. Ribeiro Marcossone
Curitiba, Brazil
23-Apr-17
Shot over 25 times

Eloá Silva
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
27-Apr-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Barcarena, Brazil
29-Apr-17
Stabbed

Uilca
Vitoria de Santo Antao, Brazil
29-Apr-17
Shot to death

Layza Mello
Vilha Velha, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot

Name unknown
Belem, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot to death

Samaielly
Lauro de Freitas, Brazil
30-Apr-17
Shot to death

Sophia Castro
Contagem, Brazil
3-May-17
Cause unclear

C. A. Lima da Silva
Monhangape, Brazil
6-May-17
Shot to death

R. C. Silva Pereira
Barretos, Brazil
7-May-17
Deliberately struck by a vehicle

Thadeu Nascimento
Grande do Retiro, Brazil
7-May-17
Shot and beaten

Jennifer
Itaitinga, Brazil
9-May-17
Shot multiple times

Fernanda
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
10-May-17
Shot

Chaiane
Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Ketlin
Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Fortaleza, Brazil
13-May-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Morro Agudo, Brazil
15-May-17
Beaten to death

Pâmela
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
21-May-17
Stabbed to death

Lalá
Feira de Santana, Brazil
25-May-17
Shot to death

Grace Kelly
Lauro de Freitas, Brazil
25-May-17
Suffocated

Joyce Jane Padilha
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26-May-17
dismembered

Sheila Medeiros
Tres Pontas, Brazil
29-May-17
Cause not reported

Laryrssa Moura
Governador Valadares, Brazil
31-May-17
Shot in the back

Natasha
Castanhal, Brazil
5-Jun-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

A. Alves Nascimento
Criciúma, Brazil
5-Jun-17
Shot to death

Natasha
Varginha, Brazil
6-Jun-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Salvador, Brazil
10-Jun-17
Shot in the neck, belly, shoulder, and back.

Renata Vieira
Uberlândia, Brazil
14-Jun-17
Beaten to death

E. Shyne
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15-Jun-17
Tortured

Julhão Petruk
Fortaleza, Brazil
15-Jun-17
Shot multiple times

Name unknown
Caraguatatuba, Brazil
16-Jun-17
Stabbed

Bárbara
Maceió, Brazil
18-Jun-17
Struck by a vehicle

Name unknown
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
19-Jun-17
Shot to death

Camily Victoria
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
22-Jun-17
Shot to death

Denise
Aracaju, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Shot to death

C. Barroso de Oliveira
Ananindeua, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Shot to death

Nicolly Santos
Vitória de Santo Antão, Brazil
24-Jun-17
Stabbed multiple times

Ney Oliveira
Apuarema, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Stabbed to death

Salomé Bracho
São Luís do Curu, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Shot to death

Tabata Brandão
Rondonópolis, Brazil
25-Jun-17
Shot to death

Carla
Maceió, Brazil
28-Jun-17
Stabbed to death

Lola
Sorriso, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Cause not reported

Rayane
Fortaleza, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Shot

Larissa
Fortaleza, Brazil
2-Jul-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Vicky Spears
Diadema, Brazil
3-Jul-17
Shot

Anna Sophia
João Pessoa, Brazil
8-Jul-17
Shot in the head

Bruna dos Santos
Pelotas, Brazil
9-Jul-17
Beaten and shot

Cauã
Porto Alegre, Brazil
9-Jul-17
Shot

Thalia
Rio Verde, Brazil
14-Jul-17
Shot

Sophia
Campo Mourão, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Stabbed to death

Michele
Caxias, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Shot

Leona Albuquerque
Salvador, Brazil
17-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Camila Guedes
Monte Mor, Brazil
20-Jul-17
Stabbed

Gil Pereia da Costa
Rio Branco, Brazil
20-Jul-17
Shot twice

Gabriela Sousa
Maracanaú, Brazil
21-Jul-17
Shot

E. A. da Silva
Maceio, Brazil
21-Jul-17
Shot

Name unknown
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
22-Jul-17
Stabbed to death

Natalia Pimentel
Várzea Grande, Brazil
25-Jul-17
run over multiple times

Aurinete
Patos do Piauí, Brazil
31-Jul-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
João Pessoa, Brazil
1-Aug-17
Dragged and shot in the head.

Mary Monttila
Palmeira dos Índios, Brazil
2-Aug-17
Stabbed on the neck.

Charliane
Itabuna, Brazil
2-Aug-17
Shot

Bruna Laclose
Pinheiro Machado, Brazil
6-Aug-17
Sstabbed

Paulinha
Palmares, Brazil
8-Aug-17
Stabbed to death.

T. J. Gomes da Silva
João Pessoa, Brazil
12-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Dianna
Limoeiro, Brazil
18-Aug-17
Shot

Evelin Ferrari
Caruaru, Brazil
22-Aug-17
Shot

Lilly
Cachoeira, Brazil
27-Aug-17
Shot to death

Daniele Jesus Lafon
Poços de Caldas, Brazil
2-Sep-17
Stabbed with a pair of scissors

Flávia
Santos, Brazil
3-Sep-17
Shot

Rai
Petrolândia, Brazil
3-Sep-17
Stoned to death

Ana Carolina Nascimento
Araraquara, Brazil
5-Sep-17
Beaten to deat

Nicole
Sorriso, Brazil
5-Sep-17
Stabbed to death

Alessandra
São Paulo, Brazil
7-Sep-17
Shot

Bruna Monteiro
Taguatinga Sul, Brazil
8-Sep-17
Shot to death

Lorane
Camocim de São Felix, Brazil
9-Sep-17
Shot

Larissa Paiva
Serra, Brazil
14-Sep-17
Serra, Brazil

Safira
Salvador, Brazil
15-Sep-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Camaçari, Brazil
16-Sep-17
Shot

Ana Coutti
Cabo Frio, Brazil
18-Sep-17
MUltiple gunshot wounds

Kaleane
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
20-Sep-17
Shot in the head

Spencer
Campinas, Brazil
23-Sep-17
Beaten and stabbed

D.R.P.
Campinas, Brazil
24-Sep-17
Stabbed to death

Pâmela
Moreilândia, Brazil
25-Sep-17
Shot and beaten

Danhy Zn
Leme, Brazil
25-Sep-17
Not specified

Rayssa
Uberaba, Brazil
26-Sep-17
Shot twice

Lu Brasil
Altamira, Brazil
26-Sep-17
Cut and strangled

Renatha Lemos
Nova Mamoré, Brazil
30-Sep-17
Burned

Natália
Fortaleza, Brazil
30-Sep-17
Shot


Canada
Sisi Thibert
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18-Sep-17
Stabbed to death


Chile
Vanessa Valenzuela
Viña del Mar, Region Valparaiso, Chile
28-Apr-17
Beaten with hammers and sticks by five people who yelled "kill the fag."


Colombia
Alejandro Polanco Botero
Risaralda, Colombia
30-Nov-16
Shot four times in the head

Vikichy
Cali, Colombia
20-Jan-17
Stabbed in the chin and stomach

Silvana Fabian Pineda
La Dorada, Colombia
28-Jan-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Angelo Ramos
Garzon, Colombia
9-Feb-17
Not reported

Name unknown
Chaparral, Colombia
16-Feb-17
Beaten, and was violently sexually assaulted prior to death

C. Camilo Valencia
Valle del Cauca, Colombia
19-Feb-17
Shot

Mafe Rojas Camilo
Tolima, Colombia
3-May-17
Tortured, beaten, shot

Andrea Chaguendo Suárez
Cali, Colombia
31-May-17
Stabbed

Juliana Orrego Monsalve
Valle de Cauc, Colombia
2-Jul-17
Shot multiple times

Malvilis Trujillo
Tolima, Colombia
27-Aug-17
Not reported


Costa Rica
Kenicha
Pococí, Costa Rica
15-Aug-17
Asphyxiation


Dominican Republic
Jessica Rubi Mori
La Romana, Dominican Republic
3-Jun-17
Dismembered

Carolina Alexis Zapata
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
22-Jul-17
beat over the head with a stick


Ecuador
W. Fabricio Ponce
Banabi, Ecuador
20-Dec-16
Tortured and burned


El Salvador
Name unknown
San Salvador, El Salvador
20-Nov-16
Beaten to death

Name unknown
San Salvador, El Salvador
17-Jan-17
Shot and thrown into the road

T. A. Orellana
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
18-Feb-17
Shot at the same time as D. Rodriguez

D. Rodriguez
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
18-Feb-17
Shot at the same time as T.A. Orellana

Elizabeth
San Luis Talpa, El Salvador
20-Feb-17
Found with her hands and feet bound, with wounds to her face and neck.

Name unknown
Ilopango, El Salvador
20-May-17
Shot to death

Misty
Usulutan, El Salvador
27-Aug-17
Strangled


Honduras
Sherlyn Montoya
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
4-Apr-17
Tortured; her body was discovered in a bag

Tato Eduardo Ayestas
El Paraíso, Honduras
23-Apr-17
Stabbed multiple times


India
Vasu Swamy
Bangalore, India
16-Dec-16
Cause not reported

Shama
Tej Mohan Nagar, India
30-Apr-17
Stabbed

Kajal
Patna, India
29-Jul-17
Throat slit


Italy
Unnamed Transwoman
Rome, Italy
10-Nov-17
Stabbed to death


Malaysia
Meera
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23-Feb-17
Victim was shot and stabbed

Name unknown
Flat Sri Plateau, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, Malaysia
5-May-17
Exact cause not reported. Was found in her apartment, bound


Mexico
Hannia Camacho Rodriguez
Victoria, Mexico
23-Nov-16
Shot three times

Name unknown
Sinaloa, Mexico
1-Jan-17
Cause unclear

Michelle de la Cruz González
Coahuila, Mexico
6-Jan-17
Beaten with a hammer

Name unknown
Guerrero, Mexico
7-Jan-17
Shot

J.C.N
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
11-Jan-17
Shot 16 times

Name unknown
Magdalena Contreras, Mexico
14-Jan-17
Stabbed

Anahí Tapia Llamas
Guadalajara, Mexico
18-Jan-17
Two gunshot wounds. Victim was then thrown into the street

Name unknown
Calimaya, Mexico
1-Feb-17
Mutilated

Name unknown
Municipio Centro, Mexico
5-Feb-17
Shot to death

Byanka Yañez
Matamoros, Mexico
24-Feb-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Municipio de Chalco, Mexico
1-Mar-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Tlajomulco, Mexico
1-Mar-17
Cause unknown; body was found in an abandoned suitcase

H. Ramirez Calderon
Guanajuato, Mexico
20-Mar-17
Shot multiple times

Paola
Tamaulipas, Mexico
20-Mar-17
Beaten, her body was thrown in the street after she was killed

Yadira Lopez Marroquin
Monterrey, Mexico
16-Apr-17
asphyxiated

Monse Morga Javier
Guerrero, Mexico
17-Apr-17
Shot to death

Yadira López Marroquín
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
18-Apr-17
Strangled

Name unknown
Michoacan, Mexico
4-May-17
Stabbed to death

Ivanna Landuchy
Tamaulipas, Mexico
12-May-17
Shot

Jennifer López
Guerrero, Mexico
20-May-17
Stabbed to death

Caricia
Guerrero, Mexico
26-May-17
Shot

Name unknown
Guerrero, Mexico
28-May-17
stoned to death

Name unknown
Puebla, Mexico
1-Jun-17
Exact cause not reported. Discovered bound with a bag over her head.

Fernanda/Tavita Montes
Colima, Mexico
4-Jun-17
Asphyxiation

Denisse de León
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
10-Jun-17
Shot to death

Kenya
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
18-Jun-17
Cause not reported

Adriana Cruz Serrano
Veracruz, Mexico
20-Jun-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Sinaloa, Mexico
1-Jul-17
Shot

Name unknown
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
4-Jul-17
Shot

Yadira Lopez Marroquin
Puebla, Mexico
6-Jul-17
Stabbed

Claudia Muñoz García
Altamirano, Mexico
15-Jul-17
Hit by a car

Name unknown
Reynosa, Mexico
17-Jul-17
Beaten with a stone

Name unknown
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
27-Jul-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Morelos, Mexico
30-Jul-17
Shot to death

La Chapopota
Puebla, Mexico
13-Aug-17
Blunt force trauma to the head

Cristal
Morelos, Mexico
13-Aug-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Morelos, Mexico
20-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
21-Aug-17
Not specified

La Peluchina
Colima, Mexico
23-Aug-17
Throat slit

Name unknown
Acapulco, Mexico
27-Aug-17
Shot to death

Name unknown
Durango, Mexico
27-Aug-17
Beaten

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
31-Aug-17
not reported; discovered with a bag over her head

Mendez Cuevas
Durango, Mexico
1-Sep-17
not reported

Name unknown
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
1-Sep-17
Not specified

Manuela
Fresnillo, Mexico
3-Sep-17
Stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver

Brenda Murillo Alba
Baja California Norte, Mexico
12-Sep-17
Stabbed

Name unknown
Chihuahua, Mexico
19-Sep-17
Shot to death


The Netherlands
Bianca
Arnhem, The Netherlands
29-Sep-17
Stabbed over twenty times


Pakistan
Imli
Lahore, Pakistan
21-Jan-17
Wrists slit, allegedly by her boyfriend

Muskan
Lahore, Pakistan
27-Jan-17
Throat slit. Victim was also beatene

Sitara
Sialkot, Pakistan
9-Apr-17
Shot to death

Sufaid
Nowshera, Pakistan
14-Aug-17
Shot to death

Chanda Sharmeeli
Karachi, Pakistan
30-Aug-17
Shot to death


Paraguay
Name unknown
Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
6-Dec-16
Shot


Philippines
Heart De Chavez
Metro Manila, Philippines
10-Jan-17
Shot

J. R. P. Mangalili
Bulacan, Philippines
6-Feb-17
Deliberately ran over by a vehicle

Name unknown
Philippines
13-Feb-17
Beaten

Charlotte Oquias Lapasaran Logronio
Davao, Philippines
22-Feb-17
Shot

Jheayn
Metro Manilla, Philippines
10-Apr-17
Beaten

J. R. P. Mangalili
Bulacan, Philippines
2-Jun-17
Deliberately struck by vehicle


Russia
Name unknown
Voronezh, Russia
19-Jan-17
Beaten and strangled to death, after which her apartment was set on fire


Saudi Arabia
Amna
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1-Feb-17
Tortured to death by the police after chargers of "cross-dressing" and having "same-sex" relationships.

Meeno
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1-Feb-17
Tortured to death by the police after chargers of "cross-dressing" and having "same-sex" relationships.


South Africa
Sihle
Eastern Cape, South Africa
6-Aug-17
Stabbed


Sweden
Madeleine Delbom
Borlänge, Sweden
24-Nov-16
Strangled and stabbed to death


Thailand
Ying
Nakorn Pathom, Thailand
13-Dec-16
Suffocated

Puriwit Chanasit (Keng)
Hatyai Songkla, Thailand
6-Jan-17
Murdered

Nampuang
Pranaknrnsri Ayuthaya, Thailand
12-Feb-17
Stabbed

P. J.
Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2-Mar-17
Stabbed

Rapee
Kantharalak, Srisaket, Thailand
14-Mar-17
Beaten


United States of America
India Monroe, aka India Thedarkvixen
Newport News, Virginia, USA
21-Dec-16
Multiple gunshot wounds.

Mesha Caldwell
Canton, Mississippi, USA
4-Jan-17
Shot to death

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
7-Jan-17
Undetermined

Jojo Striker
Toledo, Ohio, USA
8-Feb-17
Shot to death

Jaquarrius Holland
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
19-Feb-17
Shot

Tiara Richmond aka Keke Collier
Chicago, Illinois, USA
21-Feb-17
Shot

Chyna Gibson, aka Chyna Doll Dupree
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
25-Feb-17
Shot to death

Ciara McElveen
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
27-Feb-17
Multiple stab wounds.

Alphonza Watson
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
22-Mar-17
Shot to death

Kenne McFadden
San Antonio, Texas, USA
9-Apr-17
Drowned

Chay "Juicy" Reed
Miami, Florida, USA
21-Apr-17
Shot to death

Mx. Bostick
New York, New York, USA
4-May-17
Attacked with a metal pipe on the 24th of April.
Note: There has been a lot of confusion as to the gender identity of this individual. What we do know is that they were born male, and that they did for a period of time live as a female. At the time of their death, they were homeless and presenting as male. As such, we have put a gender neutral designator on this name, and are using they/them pronouns. As with every case presented, any additional information would be desired.

Sherrell Faulkner
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
16-May-17
Passed away from injuries sustained in a November 30th, 2016 attack

Imer Alvarado
Fresno, CA
17-May-17
Shot
Note: Alvarado did not identify as a transgender woman, but as a gay male. He was, nevertheless, presenting in female attire at the time of his murder, and this may have had a part in this death.

Kendra Adams, aka Josie Berrios and Kimbella Rosé
Ithaca, New York, USA
13-Jun-17
Murdered and burnt

Ebony Morgan
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
2-Jul-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

TeeTee Dangerfield
College Park, Georgia, USA
1-Aug-17
Multiple gunshot wounds.

Gwynevere River Song
Waxahachie, Texas, USA
12-Aug-17
Shot

Kiwi Herring
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
22-Aug-17
Shot by police in suspicious circumstances
Note: While Herring was killed by the St. Louis Police Department, allegedly while brandishing a knife at officers, there were circumstances surrounding this death that were anti-transgender in nature, including threats and actions from a neighbor that led to the confrontation that led to Herring's death.

Anthony "Bubbles" Torres
San Francisco, California, USA
9-Sep-17
Shot
Note: Like Imer Alvarado, above, Bubbles did not identify as a transgender woman. He was, nevertheless, presenting in feminine attire at the time of his murder, and this may have had a hand in this death.

Derricka Banner
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
12-Sep-17
Shot to death

Ally Lee Steinfeld
Licking, Missouri, USA
21-Sep-17
Ally was stabbed, including wounds to the genitals. Her eyes were also gouged out. Her body was burned in an attempt to conceal evidence of the crime, and some of Ally's bones were put into a garbage bag placed in a chicken coop near the residence.

Stephanie Montez
Robstown, Texas, USA
26-Oct-17
Multiple gunshot wounds

Candace Towns.
Macon, Georgia, USA
31-Oct-17
Shot to death

Venezuela
Alexandra Peña Vizcaya
Chiquinquira, Venezuela
12-Feb-17
Multiple gunshot

Name unknown
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
28-Feb-17
Shot multiple times

Alejandra Diaz
Baruta, Venezuela
25-May-17
Shot

Name unknown
Venezuela, Venezuela
29-Jul-17
Not reported

Name unknown
Chiquinquira, Venezuela
20-Aug-17
Beaten and stabbed


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Transitioning In Academia

Transitioning at work is always hard, your job hangs in the balance and when you are a teacher it can be even harder because you have to deal with the parents.
Becoming a Woman
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Paige Flanagan
November 15, 2017

Imagine the complexity of making the transition from the gender identity assigned at birth to a different one. I am certain that some of my colleagues question my sanity for embarking on such a process. I questioned my sanity if I didn’t.

Transitioning in academe, as in any employment sector, involves both difficulties and advantages, drawbacks and conveniences. My experience has been generally positive, and, by writing this, I hope to assist others who may be facing this life change. Cis readers, I hope that this sheds a sliver of light on what people who transition experience and that you discover ways you can be more supportive when the time comes. The academy will increasingly face this matter with faculty and staff members as well as students — maybe even presidents. I have chosen to focus on my personal perspective as a librarian in my 15th year on the faculty of a small, private, liberal-arts college.
She goes on to list the pro’s and con’s of transitioning on the job as a librarian.
On the plus side. Among the biggest advantages to transitioning at a small college or university are the personal relationships, the relatively liberal environment, the increased emphasis on diversity, the close interactions with students. Each of those factors has certainly aided me in my journey.
[…]
On the down side. You will need to take advantage of benefits available to you because your transition will certainly present adversity. There is much out of your control, including the emotions and feelings of others. Those who are on the job market, unfortunately, will have even a lower degree of control. Alex Hanna stated it best when she wrote that transgender people on the academic job market need double the amount of strategies for coping.
I imagine that there are a other issues that complicate transitioning on the job, the first issue that I think about is how well you can integrate into society. Those who cannot blend in with the general population face a lot more discrimination then someone you cannot tell is trans. The other issue is that transitioning as a teacher for K-12 have to face hostile parents. Just like students who transition and face aggressive parents so do the teachers when they transition.

As she said trying to find a job are you transition is a lot harder than before you transition. When you are looking for a job companies can find a thousand ways to not offer you a job, but when you transition on the job especially after you have a couple of job reviews under your belt is a lot harder.

Trans On The Small Screen

There is a new television show featuring trans actors on FX, we are starting to become mainstream in the media.
Pose: Your first look at the transgender cast of Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking new series
Entertainment Weekly
By Tim Stack
November 17, 2017

In honor and celebration of National Trans Awareness Week, here’s a first look at the cast of FX Networks’ upcoming Pose.

Pose, the pilot of which is currently filming on location in New York City, has the most trans series regulars of any show in American television history.
[…]
The FX series, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, is set in New York City in the ’80s and focuses on the collision of various worlds, including the elite rich and downtown ball culture. Murphy is directing the pilot.
The show features  five trans actresses; Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, and M.J. Rodriguez. What remains to be seen is how these women are going to be portrayed.



Under the headline “Sore Losers,” Bob Marshall who is the legislator who lost his seat to the Virginia House of Delegates to  Danica Roem had this to say in a Washington Post letter to the editor.
If you think insurance premiums are high now, just wait until Virginia Del.-elect Danica Roem's legislation to force insurance companies to cover "sex change" operations takes effect ["Roem to push for transgender health care," Metro, Nov. 11].

Will Ms. Roem (D) also cover sex-change reversals to treat the growing incidence of "sex-change regret" by persons who find the "cure" worse than the "disease"?

Too bad The Post did not write this article before the election to fully inform voters about Ms. Roem's real agenda.

I wonder when Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) will open up our highway rest stops and state office building locker rooms and bathrooms to people who think they are the opposite sex, just as they are trying to do in our public schools.

Virginians must wake up, not be intimidated and fight this radical transgender agenda for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
You might remember that Ms. Roem said this about him election night, “I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday 9: Son of a Preacher Man



Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: Son of a Preacher Man (1968)

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

I have found the problem with my posts not being posted, you have to allow third party cookies... Isn't that something, you have to allow your comments to be tracked by advertisers.

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


1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What's the most recent thing that you said "no" to?
I can’t remember but I do remember saying yes. I interact with a non-profit through my work and the caller ID came up that non-profit… “Oh it must be something about the meeting on Monday.” So I answered the call, when I said hello the woman said “Diana? Oh I didn’t know it was you!” Well it turned out they were doing a fundraiser and she asked if I would like to donate to their homeless shelter. I couldn’t very well say no to her so I gave the minimum amount. Normally if I didn’t know the caller ID or if they didn’t leave a message I would ignore the call.

2) Two years later, Aretha recorded "Son of a Preacher Man." What's something you changed your mind about?
Hmm… tattoos. I don’t want any but I couldn’t see why anyone would get one, but I changed my mind. If they want one that doesn’t bother me any more.

3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts?
Well it depends upon the topic and why I believed what I do. The tattoo thing was emotional.

4) If you ordered a "Son of a Preacher Man" in a bar, you'd get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol?
I haven’t had lemonade since I was diagnosed with diabetes

5) Dusty had a thing for maps. She admired them artistically and enjoyed using them to take long car trips. Do you use printed maps? Or do you rely on technology, like GPS or Google Maps?
I have GPS built-in to my car, but I also have maps in my car. What I don’t like about GPS and Google Maps is when you zoom-out you lose detail and when you zoom-in you only see the local roads  but you only see a small area.

6) As a girl, she attended convent school. There, one of the nuns discouraged Dusty from performing, telling her that if she would do better to be a mother or a librarian. When you were growing up, did the adults in your world encourage your dreams?
Nope, I was “gathering wool.”
 
7) That nun inspired Dusty's first major act of rebellion. In an attempt to make herself look less like a future librarian or housewife, she bleached her hair platinum blonde. In school, were you much of a rebel? Or did you conform to the expectations adults had of you?
Well that is something that I wondered. My parents died before I started my MSW graduate program and i always wondered what they would think about what i'm doing now.

8) Early in her career, Dusty provided the entertainment at a family summer camp. She appeared on the bill with a clown, a fire-eater and a hypnotist. Have you ever been hypnotized?
Yes, I was hypnotized to lose weight… I had a good nap.

9) Random question: Have you ever played matchmaker to your friends? If yes, did your efforts lead to romance?
Nope and they never played matchmaker for me.

Friday, November 17, 2017

I Would Add One More

On Logo’s website NewNowNext they have a post about trans actors and I would add one more trans actress to their twelve actors. The article is from 2015 but I just found it posted on Facebook.
12 Transgender Actors To Watch
Remember their names, Hollywood.
by NewNowNext Editors

The amazing success of Laverne Cox is a reminder that transgender performers are here, they’re talented, and their experiences need to be reflected on the large and small screen.

Too often trans actors don’t even get to portray their own community, losing out parts to cisgender actors who reap the benefits come awards season. Below are 12 trans actors we want to see hit it big.
Some of the actresses/actors that they list are;
1. Mya Taylor
Taylor made a big impact with her performance in Tangerine, as well as appearing as LGBT pioneer Marsha P. Johnson in the short film Happy Birthday Marsha! about Johnson and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera.

5. Jamie Clayton
Clayton, who co-hosted VH1’s TRANSform Me with Laverne Cox, was one of our favorite parts of Sense8, Netflix’s acclaimed sci-fi series from trans siblings Lana and Lily Wachowski.
More recently she’s appeared in The Neon Demon and the 2017 thriller The Snowman.

7. Elliot Fletcher
Fletcher had recurring roles on MTV’s Faking It and Freeform’s The Fosters, as well as the first trans character on Showtime’s Shameless.
And my favorite…
9. Michelle Hendley
Hendley made her film debut in the romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl, and has made appearances on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and in the 2015 film The Player.
My nomination is Rachel Crowl who starred in And Then There Was Eve; but I’m a little biased because I know her and her wife. Her bio on IMDB is,
Rachel Crowl is an actor, musician, and photographer living in Los Angeles, California. In a former life she was highly active Off-Broadway, playing roles as diverse as Henry in Henry V, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Macheath in Threepenny Opera, and Estragon in Waiting for Godot among others. The LA Film Festival winning And Then There Was Eve is her screen debut.
Then there are the stars from Her Story.

So when you hear people say there are no good trans actors show them this list.

It Was The Best Of Years, It Was The Worst Of Years

To paraphrase A Tale of Two Cities, we had amazing political gains and amazing setbacks and we also had an increase in violence directed against us.
In 2017, transgender community sees record political gains – and violent hostility
Behind the historic eight victories on Nov. 7, America’s transgender community sees a paradox: Both political support and hate crimes are at record levels.  So far this year, 25 transgender people have been killed, breaking last year's record.
Christian Science Monitor
By Jessica Mendoza
November 16, 2017

[…]
The historic number of victories highlights a paradox in the perception of and politics surrounding America’s transgender community. On the one hand, hostility against them is at an all-time high: This year 25 transgender people have died as a result of violence, two more than the record 23 killed in 2016. Advocates also point to what they say is a systemic effort among conservative leaders to strip transgender individuals of hard-won rights.

At the same time, the election results show that voters are increasingly willing to throw their support behind openly transgender candidates. And trans people are recognizing that support – and putting in the work to build coalitions and get themselves elected. That’s a remarkable step for a group that has long fought its equal-rights battles in the streets, if not in the shadows, says Juliana Martinez, an assistant professor at American University in Washington who specializes in gender and sexuality.
We were not alone in our victories, a record number of women have been elected to office. The election of Trump was a wake-up call and it motivated a number of women and other minorities to run for office.
The narrative fits into the surge in political activism among groups who have felt targeted by the Trump administration. Since the president’s inauguration in January, women, racial and religious minorities, and even scientists have stepped up in unprecedented numbers to run for office. That broader push helped set the stage for folks like Virginia state delegate Danica Roem, Minneapolis city councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, and Middleton to bring openly trans voices into politics.
And as long as the Republicans continue doing what Republicans do best attacking minorities and women I believe this backlash against them will continue to the 2018 elections.
Indeed, for many liberals, the excitement of the Nov. 7 elections is tempered by the fact that the victories took place at a time when minority groups feel especially vulnerable to hostility from the state. This past year, the transgender community has faced multiple attempts to pass versions of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and a bid by the Trump administration to ban trans people from military service.

“There are individuals at all levels of government who do not recognize trans people and their personhood,” says Tia Gaynor, an assistant professor of public administration at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., who specializes in diversity and government. “While this is a battle win, the war is far from over.”
[…]
Middleton, too, recognizes that winning is just the beginning: “Those forces that have for decades opposed LGBT equality are not going to suddenly say, ‘Oh my gosh, we were wrong,’ and stop fighting us. We will be watched very closely.”

“It’s an opportunity,” she adds. “Now we have to make good on that opportunity.”
The 2018 elections are the Democrats to lose.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Outreach Last Tuesday

One of the questions that I was asked at an outreach at a university here in Connecticut was about male privilege; well I just found an article on the topic.
“Cultural sexism in the world is very real when you’ve lived on both sides of the coin”
Time
By Charlotte  Alter

Three guys are sitting at a Harlem bartop eating fries, drinking whiskey and talking about love. One of them, Bryce Richardson, is about to propose to his girlfriend.

“I’m putting it together in my head, I’m like: ‘He’s gonna be one of my groomsmen, he’s gonna be one of my groomsmen,’” he points to his two friends and grins. The other men light up when they hear the news and start talking about rings, how much they cost, will it be princess cut or pear shaped? Pictures are Googled, phones are passed around. “That was one of my dreams, to get married, to be somebody’s husband, to be somebody’s father,” says one of the friends, Redd Barrett. “From when I was like 12, I used to think about that all the time.”

I ask the groom-to-be how he knew his girlfriend was the one. They met at work, he says, and by the time he came out to her, they were already in love. “I said ‘I’m trans, and you’re not gonna want me anyway,” he recalls, unable to keep the smile off his face. “And she said ‘I’m in love with you, I don’t care about that.’” His friend Tiq nods and says, “That’s your wife, right there.”

All three men are trans. But if they hadn’t said so, you wouldn’t have known.
[…]
Yet experiences of trans men can provide a unique window into how gender functions in American society. In the last few months, I’ve interviewed nearly two dozen trans men and activists about work, relationships and family. Over and over again, men who were raised and socialized as female described all the ways they were treated differently as soon as the world perceived them as male. They gained professional respect, but lost intimacy. They exuded authority, but caused fear. From courtrooms to playgrounds to prisons to train stations, at work and at home, with friends and alone, trans men reiterated how fundamentally different it is to experience the world as a man.

“Cultural sexism in the world is very real when you’ve lived on both sides of the coin,” says Tiq Milan, a friend of the future groom.
Most definitely, it becomes so obvious when you start living in your true gender; a trans man friend said it was like getting a brain, all of a sudden people listen to what you say. I could tell them that “their muffle bearing is going and you should get your car checked” and people believe me.

While a trans woman that I know who has a BSEE and a MBA and is a project manager noticed the difference. Before she transitioned what “he” said everyone nodded their heads and agreed with him. Now when she says something nobody does pays attention until a man says the same thing. She said that she has even been asked to get the coffee.

If you ever want to see male privilege just transistion.

Here We Go Again

Another lawsuit in Oregon about trans students, this is something like the fourth time a lawsuit has been filed.
Parents Sue Oregon for School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy
Courthouse News
By Nick McCann
November 15, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) — In a federal lawsuit against Oregon, the United States and a school district, parents and students say a school district’s policy on gender identity creates the “unavoidable consequence” that their children will see students of the opposite sex naked.

Parents for Privacy and its members say Dallas School District No. 2 et al. violates children’s civil rights by forcing them to share locker rooms with students whose gender identity does not match their biological sex.
[…]
The parents claim those guidelines, and policies such as the one adopted by the Dallas School District, improperly substitute gender identity for “sex” for Title IX purposes.
They are barking up the wrong tree.

I don’t know what the parents are doing, but Oregon has a gender inclusive non-discrimination law protecting us, so even if they win in federal court they still have the state law protecting us.



In other news the Vermont VA is hold a trans day.
White River Junction VA Medical Center holding transgender awareness event
News Release — White River Junction VA Medical Center
November 14, 2017
Contact:
Katherine Tang
802-295-9363, ext. 5880
VHAWRJPAO@va.gov


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION- November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. The VA provides health care for transgender patients, including those who present at various points on their transition from one gender to the next. November provides an opportunity for all to build awareness, understanding, education, acceptance and inclusion for individuals identifying at all points on the continuum of gender identification & expression. In recognition of the month, the LGBTQ+ Health & Equity group is offering an opportunity for employees, Veterans, and members of the public to learn more about transgender health issues, and how we can all contribute to creating a more inclusive community.

This Friday, November 17th from noon – 2:00 pm, all are invited to participate in an Exploring Gender and Transgender Dynamics of Healthcare presentation in Building 44, Room 103 at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. This presentation will explore gender through a biological and cultural lens, issues that arise during gender transition, and the long-term emotional impacts of transitioning. There will also be an opportunity to discuss issues that arise for transgender individuals when accessing healthcare and an opportunity to ask questions. If there is any attendee who has questions of a personal nature or topics they don’t wish to bring up in open forum, the presenter will be available to have one-on-one chats afterwards.

Our Presenter: Katie Taylor is a veteran who volunteers weekdays with the Togus VA Safety Office, and is transgender herself. She has organized and facilitated trans and LGBTQ+ peer support groups in Maine, is a member of Waterville PFLAG, helped organize Central Maine Pride, TDOR, as well as working with the Out & Allied LGBTQ+ Youth Theatre group. She also works with the veteran homeless programs in central Maine. Katie is NAMI trained in suicide awareness / prevention, and presents on those issues as well as harm reduction within the LGBTQ+ community.
This is really good for not only our trans Vets but also for the staff and non-trans Vets to help them to serve our community better.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Down Under

Down in Australia the results from a nationwide non-binding referendum are in and marriage freedom won! But… you know there is always a “but.” This time it is the fact that the parliament conservatives are against marriage equality, so they are proposing a “religious bigot freedom” bill.
Conservatives Try to Sneak 'Religious Freedom' Into Australia's Marriage Bill
The right is using marriage equality as a Trojan horse for anti-LGBT legislation.
The Advocate
By Daniel Reynolds
November 13 2017


Australia is expecting a sizable "yes" majority to the question of legalizing same-sex marriage, according to recent polls.

However, this vote is nonbinding, which means it is up to the country's Parliament to pass legislation. And versions of this marriage equality bill include so-called religious freedom exemptions that attack LGBT rights, reports Al Jazeera.

Sen. Dean Smith, a member of the ruling Liberal Party (which is actually conservative), drafted a bill with bipartisan support that would give religious officials the power to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Okay, that is the same as the U.S. which doesn’t force religious officials to perform marriages for same-sex partners. But…
An even more draconian bill written Monday by Sen. James Paterson would give a broad license to discriminate against LGBT people to businesses, teachers, parents, and nonprofits. If passed, this law would, for example, allow a baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, or students to "opt out of classes that conflict with their values," said Paterson.

"If it is wrong to force a priest to participate in a same-sex wedding against their beliefs, it should be wrong to force a florist or a photographer too," Paterson told The Australian.
So once again the conservatives ignore the consensus of the voters to push their agenda of hate and bigotry.



In other news, the military has now said they will cover our medically necessary healthcare include Gender Confirming Surgery (GCS).
Pentagon to Pay for Surgery for Transgender Soldier
NBC News
By Courtney Kube
November 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — An active-duty service member was to undergo gender transition surgery Tuesday in the first such procedure approved under a waiver allowing the Pentagon to pay for the operation, according to a Defense Department document.

The patient is an infantry soldier who identifies as a woman, according to a source close to the service member. She got her Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003, the source said.

Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, which provides medical care to active-duty personnel, approved the waiver request for the surgery Monday, defense officials said.
Now the question is; is this going to be just a onetime coverage or will it be policy? Will they cover only a lucky few servicemembers who have already received permission for surgery?

Time will tell.

If Trump’s ban on trans servicemembers stands up in court then I think we should push to have ROTC kicked off college campuses. Back when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was the law of the land colleges kicked ROTC off their campus because it did not conform to their non-discrimination policies and the same should be done for us.

And I Bet It Will Increase Even More This Year

The FBI released their hate crime data for 2016 this week and there were no surprises, we are being killed, assaulted, and harassed more last year.
FBI: Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Are On The Rise—Especially Against Trans Americans
Anti-trans incidents have increased more than 43%
NewNowNext
By Samantha Manzella
November 14, 2017

A new FBI report reveals hate crimes against the LGBT community are on the rise, particularly against transgender people.

Compiling data from more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies around the country, the Bureau’s 2016 Hate Crimes and Statistics report, indicates there were 6,121 hate crimes in all 2016—an increase of 5% from 2015.

Of the single-bias incidents, of which there were 6,063, 1,076 (17.7%) were motivated by sexual orientation, a 2% increase from 2015. Additionally, 124 incidents (2%) were motivated by the victim’s real or perceived gender identity.

The report differentiated between crimes against trans Americans and those who are gender-nonconforming: Anti-trans crimes increased from 73 to 105 between 2015 and 2016, a jump of nearly 43%. (Crimes against gender-nonconforming Americans actually decreased year-to-year.)
I have to wonder if the Trump administration will continue breaking out the date on LGBT and trans hate crimes or will we be listed under the “other” category?

The way the Trump administration has been erasing anything LGBT it wouldn’t doubt it. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Is This Surprising?

A poll was done by PEW Research and guess what they found about who are more supportive of us, Democrats or Republicans?
Republicans, Democrats have starkly different views on transgender issues
By Anna Brown
November 8, 2017
The American public is fundamentally divided over whether it’s possible for someone to be a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey comes amid debates over which public bathrooms transgender individuals should use, how they should be recognized on official documents and whether they should serve in the U.S. military.

Overall, roughly half of Americans (54%) say that whether someone is a man or a woman is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth, while 44% say someone can be a man or a woman even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering the widening partisan divide across a variety of issues, Democrats and Republicans have sharply different views on this question. While eight-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say that whether someone is a man or a woman is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (64%) take the opposite view and say a person’s gender can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
And education had a lot to do with acceptance,
The survey also finds that Democrats with a bachelor’s degree or more education are more likely than other Democrats to say a person’s gender can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth. About three-quarters (77%) of Democrats with a bachelor’s degree or more say this, compared with 60% of Democrats with some college and 57% of those with a high school diploma or less. No such divide exists among Republicans.
And age…
Millennials are somewhat more likely than older generations to say someone can be a man or a woman, even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. Half of Millennials say this, compared with roughly four-in-ten Gen Xers (41%), Boomers (43%) and members of the Silent Generation (37%).
This is not surprising, if you know a person who is trans you are more likely accept us.
The link between knowing someone who is transgender and saying society should be more accepting of transgender people is evident among Republicans and Democrats alike. Among Republicans, 18% of those who know a transgender person say society hasn’t gone far enough in accepting people who are transgender, compared with 10% among those who don’t. The gap is even wider among Democrats: 71% of those who say they know someone who is transgender say society hasn’t gone far enough in accepting transgender people, versus 52% of Democrats who don’t know someone who is transgender.
So the Harvey Milk quote about coming out is true;
Gay 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.
*I don’t want  to force anyone out, especially if it is not safe, however, as we become more visible the polling number of those people who are on our side will go up as we become more mainstream.

I Have To Say I Agree

I once read a research paper on Validating and Mirroring for trans people and how it improved the outcome when we transition.

In the paper Witnessing and Mirroring: A Fourteen Stage Model of Transsexual Identity Formation by Aaron H. Devor, PhD, he says
Each of us has a deep need to be witnessed by others for whom we are. Each of us wants to see ourselves mirrored in others’ eyes as we see ourselves. These interactive processes, witnessing and mirroring, are part of everyone’s lives. When they work well, we feel validated and confirmed–our sense of self is reinforced (Poland, 2000). When the messages which one receives back from others do not match how one feels inside, various kinds of psychological distress and maladaptive behaviors can result. When the situation is especially severe it can lead to psychotic and/or suicidal behaviors.
I believe that it is true, we all need to be validated in our true gender and that is why microaggressions hurt so much because it destroys our validation.

So this leads me to this morning’s article…
The Little Things That Only a Trans Girl Can Appreciate
When a transgender woman feels a sense of validation by being included in something that most people take for granted. – “The Weekly Rant” with Mila Madison
Transgender Universe
By Mila Madison
November 13, 2017

What an amazing feeling. It is the moment when someone addresses you with the correct pronoun, a 'she', or even a 'miss', or 'ma’am'. It can be a 'he' or 'sir' for the guys or the more elusive 'they' for our non-binary friends. The feeling of elation we get from the validation. In that brief instance we are seen as we truly are. There are subtle things that can happen throughout a given day that can have profound effects on us as transgender people. For cisgender people, they pay it no mind. And who can blame them? They probably don’t even notice what pronoun someone is using when they are addressed. For most, they never had to even think about gender or the pronouns associated with it. For us as transgender people, it goes beyond pronouns. It can be when someone calls you by the correct name or when you are treated according to the societal norms associated with the gender in which you identify.

There are a million different things I could list. Those little things that make you smile that most people take for granted. Sometimes we attach ideals to experiences we were denied in our former existence, and it means everything to us in circumstances where cisgender people wouldn’t necessarily care. For example, I had always secretly wished I would one day be asked to be in a wedding party. To be able to experience what other women did. To put on that bridesmaid’s dress picked out for me by the bride that most girls dread having to wear. It would be pure bliss to me if I were asked. The same goes for being invited to a bridal or baby shower. To me, it would be validation that other people might see me for whom I am, to be included with the other women. To just be asked to be a part of it. A girl can dream can’t she? So I had hoped and waited until finally it happened.
BINGO! “Sometimes we attach ideals to experiences we were denied in our former existence”

I’ve been lucky, I been to two weddings, a bridal shower and a baby shower. It was an entry into a space that I have never been before and I learned a family tradition that has been passed down through the generations, an old British pence was sown into the hem of the bridal gown or worn in the a shoe.

Other validating spaces I have been we just last week, I go to a lesbian game night where we play board games and I am also going to a “friends of science night” with a group of lesbians next month’s topic is longevity.



This morning I am at Eastern Connecticut State University talking about trans issues in employment.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Religious Right To Discriminate

The evangelical Christians and Republicans are using “religious freedom” to hide their bigotry behind, well now it is spreading to other countries around the world.
Right-wing politicians plot to derail LGBT rights even if Australia votes Yes to same-sex marriage
Pink News
By Benjamin Butterworth
13th November 2017

Right-wing politicians are plotting to implement a marriage bill that permits widespread discrimination if Yes wins the country’s postal survey.

Liberal senator James Paterson is to introduce bill that would override any anti-discrimination laws passed by state and territory level legislatures.

It will allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by anyone who holds a religious or “conscientious belief” in traditional marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers.
Sound familiar?

Human rights should never be put to a vote. It shouldn’t be a popularity contest.

CEI Is Only As Good As Enforcement

I have heard a number of other companies with a high CEI rating firing or not caring about harassment of their trans employees.
HRC Yanks Walmart’s Perfect LGBT Score After Complaints Of Anti-Trans Discrimination
"Good corporate policy must be matched by a commitment to enforcement."
NewNextNow
By Samantha Manzella
November 10, 2017


Walmart received a perfect 100 in HRC’s new 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), but the LGBT advocacy group is retracting that score amid employee complaints of harassment and discrimination.

The penalty marks only the second time in the 16-year history of the CEI that a company’s rating has been suspended.

Multiple investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “pointed to significant enforcement gaps in Wal-Mart’s non-discrimination policy, specifically with regards to sex and gender identity,” HRC noted in its 2018 CEI report. “Pending remedial steps by the company, [Walmart’s] CEI rating is suspended.”
[…]
In a statement, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is representing both plaintiffs, said that “good corporate policy must be matched by a commitment to enforcement.”
Not only does the HRC need a commitment to enforcement the CEI but also some type of employee feedback on how the company is enforcing their policies.

Even with all the laws we have companies are still finding a way around the law such as firing a trans person using an often unenforced company policy or another flimsy excuse. They count on the trans employee not to file a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity or sue. Many trans people do not file a complaint or sue their former employer because they know it will be a public record that prospective employers check.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trans Servicemembers Embraced With Open Arms

No it is not here in the U.S. but in Germany where trans troops serve openly in the military and now there is a Germany commander who has 600 troops under her command.
As Trump attempts a transgender military ban, Germany celebrates its first trans commander
Denver Post
By Rick Noack | The Washington Post
November 11, 2017

STORKOW, Germany – On July 26, when President Donald Trump unexpectedly tweeted his plans to ban transgender servicemen and women from the U.S. military, Anastasia Biefang was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington. Still, she could not hide her shock.

“It felt like a smack in the face,” said the 43-year-old German army officer, who is the first transgender person to command a military unit in the country’s history.

Biefang joined the German army as a man more than 23 years ago. Two years ago, despite fearing negative repercussions for her career, she came out to her superiors and eventually to her entire unit. Her decision to transition from male to female coincided with an unprecedented openness among top military officials in Germany, the United States and other countries to having transgender troops serve openly.
And Trump said that we would disrupt the cohesion of the military but around the world there are trans servicemembers.
At least 18 countries allow transgender service members to serve openly, including eight NATO members: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Britain, Spain, France and Germany. Their overall assessment is that allowing transgender service members to serve openly can be an advantage to their armed forces, according to a RAND Corp. report released last year. “None of the militaries that we examined reported a negative impact on the operational effectiveness, operation readiness, or cohesion of the force,” said political scientist Agnes Gereben Schaefer, who co-wrote the study.
But the Family Research Council and along with other evangelical Christians have bend Trump’s ear to their hate and bigotry.



Kristallnacht November 9th & 10th

This past week was the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Do you know what Kristallnacht is and why it is important to the LGBT community?

It was the beginning of the persecution of not only the Jews but Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, blacks, the physically, mentally disabled and social undesirables which included lesbians, gays, and trans people. The symbol of the pink triangle for LGBT people came about because that is what the NAZIs forced us to wear in the concentration camps.

So why do I bring this up?

Because of what that has been happening to our country



The similarities between the 1930s and now are becoming amazing.

First back in the 1920s and 1940s the global economy was in shambles we were in the grips of the great depression unemployment was rampant, wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few and the people were looking for scapegoats and they found them in religious minorities and the “deviants.” 

In the streets were marches for the “purity” of the white race where they used violence to terrorize minorities.

Political power was concentrated into one party and all opposition was crushed. We are seeing this once again the power being concentrated into the hands of a few mega rich who are wheeling political power.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of Fascism is.
1. often capitalized :a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
We see this in the backlash over the black athletes protesting discrimination…”How un-American they are for not standing during the national anthem.” and the white supremacist, the hate speeches by Milo Yiannopoulos, and the rise of Breitbart News that is backed by billionaire Robert Mercer.

A little bit of history, do you remember the librarian party called the “John Bircher’s” they believed according to Wikipedia,
The organization supports limited government and opposes wealth redistribution and economic interventionism. It opposes collectivism, totalitarianism, anarchism and communism. It opposes socialism as well, which it asserts is infiltrating U.S. governmental administration.
Guess who one of the backers was?

Fred C. Koch, the father of the Koch brothers!

And the white supremacist movement is spreading around the world.
Nationalist protesters disrupt Poland independence day events
By Matthew Day, for CNN
November 12, 2017

Warsaw, Poland (CNN)Tens of thousands of nationalist protesters disrupted Poland's independence day events Saturday, waving flags and burning flares as they marched down the streets of Warsaw.

Demonstrators carried banners that read "White Europe, Europe must be white," and "Pray for an Islamic Holocaust."

Some wore masks and waved red and white Polish flags, chanting "Death to enemies of the homeland," and "Catholic Poland, not secular."
[…]
Police estimate that 60,000 people took part in the nationalist demonstration. While the vast majority were Poles, other protesters came from all over Europe.

In last year's march, nationalists burned flares as they
marched in large numbers through the streets of Warsaw AP
It is being again.

Not All Lovey-Dovey

Out in Minnesota not all the legislators are happy with the two trans candidates who were elected to the city council in Minneapolis, one state legislator had some nasty comments about them. Any guesses on what party the legislator is from?
Anti-transgender tweet draws criticism for Minnesota lawmaker
St. Cloud Times
BY Times Staff Reporter
November 11, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota lawmaker is being criticized for her tweet about transgender people.

Republican Rep. Mary Franson, of Alexandria, posted a tweet on her personal Twitter account after two transgender candidates were elected to the Minneapolis City Council. The tweet read: "A guy who thinks he's a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition."

Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement that "Franson's hurtful remarks attempt to cheapen this historic victory and take the wind out of the sails of equality.”
She replied to the DFL Party Chairman comment,
Franson released a response to the backlash on her Facebook page, saying she "should have shown grace and not come across the way" she did.
[…]
She added that it's not the first time she's offended "social justice warriors and it won't be the last."
Like all the other trans candidates they kept their campaign about the issues.
Neither candidate made their gender identity a focal point of their campaigns. But Jenkins said their victories will "encourage young transgender people to keep on fighting, to keep on living, because we can be active and productive members of our community."
I think that it was to be expected that the Republicans  couldn’t handle the election of trans candidates, they can’t handle that the voters don’t go along with the hate that they are spewing against the LGBT community.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday 9: Get Down Tonight

Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: Get Down Tonight (1975)



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

I am still having problems posting comment, I get a message “Publishing” but it doesn’t get posted. I posted on Blogger forum about the problem and I haven’t heard anything from Blogger but a number of other people also posted that they also are having problems.

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

1) Tonight, KC has three things on his "to-do" list: do a little dance, make a little love and get down. Tell us three things you'd like to accomplish this weekend.
Finish the book that I’m reading, going to a holiday dinner tonight, and relaxing.

2) This week's song is considered emblematic of disco, a genre that had as many detractors as fans. Is there a kind of music you simply cannot stand?
The current genre. It seems like we like the music of our teenage years.

3) Before becoming a musician, KC, aka Harry Casey, worked in a record store. In those days, record stores were very popular. Peaches, Coconuts, Sam Goody and Tower Records are four store chains that once dotted the landscape but now are gone. Today, if you wanted to purchase a CD, where would you turn?
Yikes! I have no idea, I have been getting my music off the internet.

4) One of his duties at the record store was unloading the big corrugated shippers filled with LPs. What's the heaviest thing you've lifted lately?
A full propane tank.

5) KC is proud that he's lived his entire life in Miami-Dade County. Do you expect to change your address in the next year or so?
Nope, but I might be adding another address next spring.

6) In 1975, the year this song was popular, former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, never to be seen again. Many theories flourish about what may have happened to him. Is there a famous criminal case that has a hold on your attention?
No. I don’t follow murder or criminal cases.

7) Jaws was the most popular movie of 1975. Are you afraid of sharks?
Nope, I’m very unlikely to be anywhere sharks are; at least until spring when I’m looking to buy a place on Cape Cod.

8) Actress Angelina Jolie was born in 1975. People magazine once named her "most beautiful." Who is the most beautiful woman you can think of?
All these questions to get me in trouble, if I name someone everyone else will be mad at me.

9) Random question: A wizard offers you a choice -- would you like your life to stay as it is right now (in terms of your health, your career, your relationships and your finances) for the next 5 years, or would you like to take a chance that the future will be brighter?
I’ll take a chance on the future being brighter. After all half of what makes life interesting is not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Message Sent

Voters sent a powerful message not only against the current administration but also about not standing for the hate that the Republican party has been spewing. The voters have said that they don’t care if a person is black, Hispanic, gay or lesbian, or trans, they said that they will vote on the issues.
Minneapolis Transgender Pols: Wins Show Hatred Won't Stand
Two newly elected transgender members of the Minneapolis City Council say their historic wins are a victory for equality in the U.S.
US News & Reports
AP
Nov. 9, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two newly elected transgender members of the Minneapolis City Council hugged, shared a high-five and enjoyed cheers from onlookers as they met at City Hall.
[…]
Cunningham says when voters found out he was transgender and black — and that his husband also is transgender — they said, "That's who I want to represent my neighborhood."

Jenkins says their election is a signal that "hatred and bigotry in this country will not stand."


Trans people have been elected before here in the US they just weren’t “out” and what is different now is that they are “out” and they still got elected.
Transgender people have been elected before. But they can finally let the voters know.
Washington Post
By Marwa Eltagouri
November 9, 2017

Tuesday was a historic night for the nation’s transgender community, which watched as at least six transgender people won elections and paved the way for others to join them in leadership positions in the coming years.
[…]
The key word in these landmark wins is “openly” — these transgender candidates aren’t the first to be voted into public office.

The difference, historians say, is that Roem, Jenkins, Cunningham, Middleton, Titus and Koontz all campaigned as transgender advocates and were open with voters about being transgender. Voters then elected them into their respective offices, in theory because they were the best candidates for the job.
Over two decades ago a trans woman was elected to the Massachusetts state legislature but she wasn’t “out.”
In 1992, former Boston Herald reporter Eric Fehrnstrom — who would later become a top aide and political strategist for Mitt Romney — outed Althea Garrison, a woman who had just been elected to the Massachusetts state legislature.

She has never publicly acknowledged her transgender status but is widely considered the first transgender black woman to hold public office.
[…]
Susan Stryker, an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, said that while Garrison was somewhat a perennial candidate — always running for something — she was ostracized and sidelined after the reporter made the revelation. At the time, it was unlikely for transgender people to have a public career, she said.
Other trans people have run and lost while some had legal problems that prevented them from serving their terms…
In 2012, Stacie Laughton became the first openly transgender legislator elected in New Hampshire. She never took her seat in the state’s House of Representatives, however, because news surfaced before her swearing in that she was a felon, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. She pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under the name Barry Charles Laughton Jr.
One thing is true is that we are going to see a lot trans and LGB candidates in the coming years.

The Rise Of Hate

I don’t think we need to be told that there has been a rise in violence directed toward LGBT people. Houses and cars have been sprayed painted with hate, bullying and harassments have increased along with a rise in murders.
Violence Against Transgender People Is on the Rise, Advocates Say
New York Times
By MaggieE Astor
November 9, 2017

Even as transgender people have scored political victories and turned public opinion in favor of more protections, violence has risen, especially against black and Hispanic transgender women. And Ms. Montez’s case shows the difficulties advocates face in tracking killings and other hate crimes.

The full death toll is impossible to determine, but by rights groups’ estimates, each of the past three years has become the deadliest on record.

The Human Rights Campaign has documented the killings of 25 transgender people in the United States so far in 2017, compared with 23 last year and 21 in 2015. Other organizations, like Glaad and the Transgender Law Center, have slightly different tallies, but the trend holds.

Transgender people have been killed this year in Chicago and in Waxahachie, Tex.; in the Ozarks of Missouri and on the sidewalks of Manhattan. They have been shot, stabbed, burned and, in at least one case, pushed into a river. On average, one to two have been killed somewhere in the United States every week.
Some people say that only 25 trans women have been killed compared to all the murders here in the U.S. but consider we are only about 0.5% of the population and also the murders were not caused by a family dispute, the were not caused during a crime but rather they were committed because of hate. Many were committed after the murderer had sex with the victim and in a transphobic rage of self-hate kills the woman.

Other acts of violence have been spurred by the climate of hate that political leaders have created.
Almost all the murder victims in the past several years have been nonwhite women. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the annual murder rate for Americans ages 15 to 34 is about one in 12,000. But an investigation by the news organization Mic found that for black transgender women in the same age group, the rate was one in 2,600.
For many trans women they live on the edges of society because they might have been disowned and thrown out of their family at an early age. Many have not completed their education because of bullying and harassment in schools and they had to make their living off the street.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Hate Rejected

After the elections Tuesday hate once again reared its ugly head, a Christian raised the question about trans women and children… “What do we tell the children?”
Christians Took to Twitter to Rebuke This Man's Tweet About a Transgender Politician
Time
By Ashley Hoffman
November 8, 2017

One man’s question for Christians about a transgender politician has quickly backfired.

After Democrat Danica Roem became Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official, defeating incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall on Tuesday, one Nashville man took to Twitter with a question.

Andrew T. Walker, the director for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, appeared to voice concern about how Christian parents would prepare their children for the history-making news.

“Christian parents, the nation’s first transgender elected official enters into American history tonight. What are you doing to prepare your children for this new world?” he asked in a tweet Tuesday night.
[…]
Walker’s tweet quickly spread on the wings of critics blasting him for his question, as many of the responses invoked scripture. His original tweet has garnered nearly 6,000 responses and 289 retweets as of Wednesday.
And the answers he received are beautiful!
Good question. Here's a possible answer: everyone, no matter who they are or what they look like, is a beloved child of God, with infinite dignity and beauty, and should be reverenced as a beautiful creation.

Christian parent here. We're celebrating. We're preparing our son to embrace difference, not fear or discriminate against it.

Tell them that if they are trans, they too can run for elected office and beat transphobic bigots

I’m a Jewish parent. I’ve already prepared my son by teaching him not to be a narrow-minded hate-filled bigot.

Teaching my surviving child that Christians should love everyone. Unequivocally. Like Jesus did.

I'd tell them: God is great. The diversity of our nation is its' strength, and that good people stand against small-minded bigotry
And there were many more comments that the article mentions. I imagine that the original tweet by Mr. Walker got a lot of people support his hate in the 6000+ comments but I am glad that those who believe in love spoke up.

To bad that the Time article didn’t allow comments it what have been interesting to see what the haters had to say about love.