Perú: Exija la investigación en ataque contra Travesti

Perú: Demand Investigation into Attack on Transgender street worker

Found on Blabbeando Blog a TV news magazine show filed this piece on an attack captured by television cameras: Members of a neighborhood watch group in Tarapoto, Peru, attack transgender street worker, cut her hair off, take her clothes off and make her 'do tricks' by beating her with sticks until she falls on the ground.

Las autoridades de Perú deberían respetar y proteger los Derechos Humanos de todos los ciudadanos sin discriminación por orientación sexual e identidad de genero.

Peruvian authorities should respect and protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Complete story at Blabbeando Blog

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Brooklyn NY Party! : A 'Fish out of Water' Film Fundraiser

Date From February 28, 2009 10:00 PM
Until March 01, 2009 4:00 AM

Location Monkey Town
58 N. 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY [map it!]

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Price $10.00

Info Line 312-771-8546
Website fish out of waterfilm.com

Contact Kristen Kaza
Chicago, IL

Chicago production company Yellow Wing Productions hosts "Bait & Tackle: A 'Fish out of Water' Film Fundraiser" for their upcoming documentary at Brooklyn's Monkey Town Saturday, February 28th at 10:00pm to raise funds for the films upcoming release. The evening will feature performances by DJ Chaz Requina (Palms Out), DJ Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift) and Elizabeth Harper & the Matinee, as well as the New York City premiere of the film's extended preview. Featured art will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the film, and the first 50 guests will receive a gift bag.

"Were so excited to bring Fish out of Water to New York," says Ky Dickens, the film's Director and Executive Producer. "Were looking forward to connecting with its GLBTQ community and their allies to get their support for our film."

Fish out of Water, Chicago's Yellow Wing Productions first documentary, tackles the seven Bible verses used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. With slapstick animation and quirky interviews taken everywhere from truck stops to mega-churches, Fish out of Water delivers a voice to the oppressed and informs the misled.

The evening will feature a special extended trailer created exclusively for the Bait & Tackle event, as well as live DJ sets and a performance by Elizabeth Harper & the Matinee. Harper, who Time out New York calls "A beauty with a voice like a sleepy winter afternoon," will put on a special midnight set as the evenings entertainment highlight.

Monkey Town is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 58 North 3rd Street. (L Train to Bedford Avenue.) Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. For more information about Monkey Town, visit monkey town.com.

For more information about Fish out of Water or the Bait & Tackle fundraiser, contact Kristen Kaza: kristen@fishoutofwaterfilm.com 312-771-8546 or visit www.fishoutofwaterfilm.com.

NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

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New York Post Old Style KKK or New Style Freedom of Speech?

The New York Post published a cartoon of a policeman holding a smoking gun and a dead monkey on the pavement. You know the one. I will not publish it, to do so, in my opinion would only perpetuate the commercialization and objectification of black people by cheap sensationalism. It's time to call a racist a racist. There has to be an accounting.

That said I hope you will join the Young Turks on Alternet in a intelligent conversation and form your own opinion.

My opinion is the New York Post drawing is racist trash. And I think we are capable and responsible to of raise our morality above this.

I have joined the color of change and signed the petition demanding that we hold the New York Post accountable.

By kelli Busey
February 25, 2009


First Texas Transgender Caucus and Lobby Day

First Transgender Caucus and Lobby Days!

Why is THIS Lobby Day SO important for the Texas Transgender community?

HB 538 prohibits employers, employment agencies and labor unions from using an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion or compensation, or from subjecting an individual to different standards or treatment based on that individual's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

This Bill has been submitted to committee. It's passage is especially critical since during the present economic downturn transgender people will suffer first and longest. The Texas Legislature only meets Bi Annually and we have momentum for Equality.

Sunday, March 1st
5:30 - 7:30 pm Opening Welcome Reception (Doubletree Hotel Austin -University)

7:30 - 9:00 pm Transgender Caucus (Wildflower Room, Doubletree Hotel)

Monday, March 2nd Lobby Day

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast & Check-In (First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca St.)
9:00 am Press conference on the South Steps
9:30 am Photo Opportunity on the South Steps
10:00 – 11:00 am Lobby Training (Capitol Extension Auditorium, Room E1.004)
11:00 – 12:00 pm Team Lobby Visits
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Equality Texas at First United Methodist Church
1:00 – 2:00 pm Team lobby visits and Constituent visits with your Legislators
2:00 – 3:00 pm Debrief and write thank you letters (Capitol Extension Auditorium, Room E1.004)

Register with Equality Texas to attend Lobby Day

Click Here for general Info at Equality Texas

Click Here for Detailed FAQ's about the Transgender Caucus and Lobby Days


Buffalo bands together defeats Westboro Baptist

On a street corner in Buffalo New York in the raw February wind gathered everyman and woman. Some wore angel wings, some with American Flags and homemade signs held high.

All were banded together in solidarity to shield a Church from the Westboro Baptist Church hate mongers who thought a memorial for human rights advocate Alison Des Forges was taking place. Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo on February 12, 2009.

The three Westboro members left after a few moments.
"Hatred in the name of Jesus is a despicable thing," said Zion Lutheran Pastor Randy Milleville.

By Kelli Busey
February 23, 2009

Sean Penn Wins for "Milk" Acceptance Speech

Sean Penn Wins for "Milk" Acceptance Speech

TransGriot: Gay Media, RuPaul Isn't A Transgender 'Expert', So Stop Trying To Pass Him Off As One

TransGriot: Gay Media, RuPaul Isn't A Transgender 'Expert', So Stop Trying To Pass Him Off As One Monica Roberts wrote on her Blog Transgriot "One of the things that's an irritant to many African descended transpeople is not only the lack of media attention we get vis a vis our white brothers and sisters, but the frequent use of people who aren't African-American transpeople as representatives to speak for us."
Visit with Monica and get a inside perspective of what it is to be a Transgender Woman of African Descent.

Rea Carey's State of the Movement address

DENVER, Jan. 30 — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey presented the annual State of the Movement address today at 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, where 2,000 activists have gathered to strategize on how to advance LGBT equality in this new political climate.

Click Here for the NGLTF site, press release and full text of her speech

Rea Carey's State of the Movement address (full speech, part 1 of 3)

Rea Carey's State of the Movement address (full speech, part 2 of 3)

Rea Carey's State of the Movement address (full speech, part 3 of 3)

Click Here for the NGLTF site, press release and full text of her speech


Kentucky Senator files gay adoption ban in the Kentucky Senate

Kentucky Senator files gay adoption ban in the Kentucky Senate

Found on United We Stand (Official blog of Kentucky Equality Federation)

"Kentucky Equality Federation has collected over 500 signatures to oppose Senate Bill 68! This is in addition to the signatures Kentucky Fairness Alliance has collected!"

"Please continue to sign the action alert to oppose Senate Bill 68. Our children are not political pawns!"

"This is not only a gay adoption ban, but it would also prevent unmarried heterosexual couples from serving as foster parent or adopting children if they are not in a 'marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky."

The bill reads: "Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to prohibit the approval of foster care, relative caregiver services, or adoption of a child by an applicant who is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky; create the short title "The Child Welfare Adoption Act"; exempt children placed for adoption prior to the effective date of this Act; amend KRS 199.470 to conform."


Massachusetts Transgender Inclusive Bill in Full Swing

According to a Berkshire Eagle article Massachusetts may become the first state in the country to offer its residents full marriage equality and transgender protections under law. The bills lead sponsor Senator Benjamin B. Downing of Pittsfield, believes he has a majority of legislative support established to insure its passage in the 2009 session but success is dependant on the bills co-sponsors steadfast resolve.

As usual there is the regular potty protesters. But as usual this argument "Carries No Water" (pun intended). Criminals are abhorrent of portraying any perceived vulnerability and cross dressing in the act of a felony would put that person in prison for a very long time where pedophiles and deviants are regarded as the lowest of life. As has been proven across the country in areas where gender protective laws are in place this is a more than adequent deterrent.

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Queers United Praise Massachusetts For Moving Towards Transgender Equality

By kelli Busey
February 21, 2009


Reann Ballslee : George Mason's Uni-diversity Homecoming Queen

Now this Drag Queen has Class! Apparently 30,000 people think so too! Ryan Allen AKA Reann Ballslee when she performs in Washington DC area celebrates after being elected Homecoming Queen by the Class of 2009 at George Mason University!
According to the AP release George Mason picks drag queen as homecoming queen Ms. Ballslee says "Reann is very sassy, very silly. She's an entertainer throughout. She's not afraid to do a high kick if that's what it takes," Allen said. "She's got a little camp but is not as campy as some queens."

Homecoming gender Uni-diversity!

by Kelli Busey
February 20, 2009

Buttars wrist slapped but status quo is maintained. For Now....

KSL.com video on side bar to the right>>>> > > > > > >

Utah Legislator Chris Buttars latest tirade against LGBT people cost him the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Judicial Committee. This action was confirmed by the ranking Senate Majority leader Waddoups in a public statement viewed by thousands via live Internet on 2-20-09.

Waddoups stated that the Buttars right to free speech will be honored but he was "freeing" Chris Buttars and the Judaical committee so that they may work without the burden of controversy. Waddoups also said by doing this Buttars would be free to pursue his political objectives in regards to LGBT rights issues.

When Waddoups was questioned whether this was considered punishment he responded it was not. When asked if this Censure of Buttars would preclude him from repeating as he has a history of doing, anti GLBT and racist tirades Waddoups responded "I am very bad at predicting the future". Waddoups like the rest of the politicians questioned did not indicate whether they are in agreement with Buttars regarding LBGT issues.

Waddoups attemped to conclude the meeting amid heated requests he clarify why Buttars was not at least removed from his seat on the Rules Committee if not removed completely from the Utah State Senate.

Buttars wrote in the Utah Senate Blog

"I was disappointed to learn of the Utah State Senate’s Censure on Feb. 20, 2009. However, this action will not discourage me from defending marriage from an increasingly vocal and radical segment of the homosexual community."

Buttars will essentially be free to "kill them all" as LGBT bills have to first come before the Rules Committee before moving on in the Senate.

Evidently we are "radical" because we will no longer accept being traumatized by the likes of Chris Buttars, but in Utah for now, the status quo is maintained.

By Kelli Busey
January 20, 2009

Live Video Feed from UTAH Senate BUTTARS Statement 2-20-09

Planetransdender is carrying the Live Feed from the UTAH SENATE 2-20-09. Buttars Statement scheduled for at 9:30 M0untain time.
Click Here for Utah Senate Statement Live Feed at Planetransgender


Chris Buttars Should Resign

Utah Congressman Chris Buttars attempted to divert criticism of his latest inflammatory racial, transphobic and homophobic tirade by claiming the documentary producer had mislead him about the interview.

The Documentary producers responded that Buttars Lies.


transACTION Welcoming Transgender People to Faith

Press Release

New transgender education resource for churches from the Institute for Welcoming Resources

February 13, 2009

Pedro Julio Serrano
Communications Coordinator
(Office) 646.358.1479
(Cell) 787.602.5954

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — The Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR), a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today announced the release of transACTION, a new curriculum designed for churches and religious institutions to help congregants and members understand and welcome transgender persons into their congregations and faith settings.

“Too often transgender people looking for a place to worship can’t find one to call their spiritual home because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their companions in faith,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Institute for Welcoming Resources and faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “Yet, many transgender people of faith are searching for the same things that other believers want: a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of their faith experience.”

transACTION is designed to help churches and institutions address this issue of understanding and welcome by providing step-by-step training about the needs, apprehensions and fears of transgender people — as well as the wealth of gifts and graces they bring — while responding to the concerns of the church or religious institution.

The program can be used in three sessions: How Do We Get to Understanding, How Do We Get to Acceptance, and How Do We Get to Welcoming. All sessions include discussions and activities to go along with the information provided in the curriculum.

“We tried to make this a learning experience that would go beyond just the basics of gender identity and gender expression in order to give participants an understanding of the issues and concerns that transgender people have when trying to express their faith and spirituality in a church or any religious setting,” says Barbara Satin, author of the curriculum and a transgender advocate around issues of faith and aging.

transACTION is available for download from the Institute of Welcoming Resources Web site at www.welcomingresources.org. There are two versions of the program: a leader’s version and a participant’s version.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.

Innocences in the Crossfire Utah Senator ''Chris Buttars Kills them All"

Chris Buttars "Kill Them All" full audio at NG Blog.

Human rights activist worldwide are incensed by Utah Senator Chris Buttars latest tirade extolling from his Senate position his racist transphobic and homophobic victories. Buttars rejoiced in recounting "killing em all" in referring to the "black underbelly Gay and Transgender" human rights legislation in Utah. Thrilling to be once again the focus of worldwide contempt and ostrization..... Buttars answer to people who are not exactly the same as he? Kill hope with imprisonment in a "Mormon Gulag." Thankfully the mormon gulag.com/ have been forced to shutdown.

According to wikipedia by Jewish, Muslim and Christian accounts Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities that were destroyed because of cruelty and lack of hospitality. Attributing Sexual orientation or gender identity to this ancient event has been a modern interpretation of key words such as "stranger". In the ancient script about Sodom and Gomorrah the word "homosexuality" is not found.

Buttars, a Mormon legislator from Utah incorrectly attributes the destruction of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to LGBT people. He then says the end of humankind is due to homosexual people. With out concern for humanity or regard for others safety, Buttars joyfully once again has reminded us why the rest of the world despises him. . Buttars is living the reason god will smites evil. Buttars is the devil incarnate. Buttars: Gays 'greatest threat to America'

Innocence in the crossfire.

Buttars shames LDS Church

While it would be easy to beleive Buttars speaks for the entire Mormon Church, this is not the case. After Prop 8 was passed planetransgender was visited hundreds of times daily by Mormon parents. These are people who have been isolated and indoctrinated and intentionally misled by a "Church". People of faith that were incredulous anyone could dislike them in anyway. When thousands of people lined the streets to protest outside the LDS cathedral these parents became afraid and the Mormon church once again left them ignorant, misinformed and defensive in the company of strangers.....Placing Innocents in the crossfire.

By Kelli Busey
February 19, 2009

Naked Teenage Breasts on Law and Order SUV

The story line. Man found beaten unconscious outside a shady strip club. Detectives discover a press on nail close by. The only logical reason for it's being there was a sleazy low life whore lost it while committing or witnessing so they immediately began investigating the clubs dancers, after all who else could that press on have belonged to?( not me I get them done at a salon, and cost $20. clearly not a 'press on')

I do however support our sisters when they have been discriminated against.

(thats me second from the left) the one with press on nails.

The detectives interviewing a pretty fully clad wasp soon discovered a flaw in a young woman's alibi, and confronted her with "what would your parents think" in hopes of dislodging the truth.
Of course she was not a whore, or kinda just a little whoreish. But this still does not solve the mystery because she was not large enough to have done the deed.

Now the show takes a nose dive to the garbage bin, or so it would seem....

Entering a room with the mother present the two detectives begin interview a dressing preteen who with shirt off defiantly answers the detectives inquiries. Lots of full frontal chest nudity. Copious gratuitous chest nudity. Camera backs off as the teen puts on a top and presto the detectives learned she is a transgender girl....

Our Question is.....?

Where would the transgression and immorality of strange adults entering a pre teens room while she was half naked become an issue for a mother? After the audience's curiosity as to what a transgender breast looked like?After the teen had shown enough femininity to satisfy the audience she was passable? Why not have her fully disrobed so the audience can make a determination about her genitalia? Is this question two "Deep" or would that be crossing your line of morality vs entertainment?

The mother clearly was knowledgeable of the teens gender expression why would she allow two strangers to see her half naked daughter without a lawyer about a felony?

Do the producers feel that offending transgender sensibilities such as offering half naked girls would be offset with the upturn in the shows plot when it began a sensitive and honest exploration of the most important aspects of transition?

Just a TV show? Ok but why is the nudity of this transgender girl ok? What would the repercussions be for a network if it broadcast a preteen cisgender female breast.

Remember Jackson's wardrobe malfunction.

This was a morality malfunction.

the futon critic.com

By Kelli Busey
February 19, 2009


Equality is Gainesville's Business "The Clock is Ticking"

Equality is Gainesville's Business has sent an urgent request for people power to help inform and educate voters on the harmful effects of the proposed amendment to Gainesville human rights.

A march and phone banking are planned.

From Equality is Gainesville's Business;

This Saturday we have more canvassing that must be done if we're going to beat Charter Amendment 1. We have to take a stand against legalized discrimination because it hurts people!

There are two canvass times to chose from:

10am-2pm -

12pm-4pm -

Help us educate the community about this harmful amendment and get out the vote.

Please pick a time and commit to bringing a friend to go canvassing this Saturday.

We can beat Amendment 1 - but only with your help!

Thank you!

~Robert Prather

P.S. - If you absolutely cannot canvass this weekend, maybe you can help out with these other volunteer opportunities:


Tuesday - 2/17 6-9pm -

Wednesday - 2/18 6-9pm -

Thursday - 2/19 6-9pm -

UF's Campus:

Friday - 2/20/2009 1:30-3pm -

Please Friend me my badge is to the right, kelli Busey


Trial dates have been set for the murder of Angie Zapata.

Trial dates have been set for the murder of Angie Zapata. The eight day trial begins on April 14, 2008 and takes place in Courtroom 11 of the Weld County Courts at 901 9th Ave in Greeley. We would like to provide as much community support to her family and friends as possible by packing the courthouse during those days. If you are interested in coordinating rides to Greeley from the Denver-Metro area, please contact Kelly Costello at 303-839-5204 or kelly@coavp.org.

Colorado Anti-Violence Program Announces Discussion, Meditation & Dinner to Prepare for Upcoming Murder Trial

SAVE THE DATES: March 18th & April 7th

CAVP staff feels it is important for all of us involved in the trial to do so from an intentional and loving space. We recognize that we are all emotionally impacted when people target the LGBTQ community with violence. These incidents often lead us to feel a heightened sense of fear and vulnerability. We may feel anger and hatred towards those responsible for such violence.

In an effort to support our community members in maintaining a positive and healthy emotional and mental space around the trial of Allen Ray Andrade, CAVP will be hosting two evenings of discussion, meditation and dinner. Discussion will be facilitated by CAVP staff and meditation by Marti Engelmann.

We encourage you to participate in BOTH sessions if:

- You are even slightly considering attending any trial dates
- You would like to find other ways to support people going to the trial
- You have any interest in participating in creating this type of space regardless of your involvement with this case.

March 18th from 6-8:30 pm and April 7th from 6-8:30 pm

CAVP Office

Discussion and meditation 6:00- 7:30. Dinner provided afterwards.

RSVP to Crystal Middlestadt at crystal@coavp.org or 303-839-5204.

Include any dietary restrictions. Feel free to call Crystal with any questions you may have about this process.

Please consider the following questions under "Individual Preparation" before the meditation.

Individual preparation
- Identify 3 reasons why you are going? What is your intention?
- What do you expect to get from your time there, both personally and professionally?
- What will be your self-care plan? (Self-care needs to happen every day during trial)
- How will you eat healthy?
- What are you expecting CAVP to provide for self-care?
- How will you use what you learned during this experience?
- You're encouraged to journal during their time preparing for, during and after trial.

After the verdict these are the next steps:
- ALL come back together for a debriefing and meditation guided by Marti Engelmann.
- One session just for staff with an outside facilitator
- What were our lessons learned?

o 3 personal
o 3 professional
o How will we apply what we learned from this process?

About Colorado Anti-Violence Program
Since 1986 the Colorado Anti-Violence Program has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors. CAVP provides direct client services including crisis intervention, information, and referrals for LGBT victims of violence 24 hours a day.

The CAVP also provides technical assistance, training, and education for community organizations, law enforcement, and mainstream service providers on violence issues affecting the LGBT community.

The most common types of violence we work with are hate crimes and partner abuse. We also have cases that involve random violence, sexual assault, and HIV-motivated violence

Remembering Angie Zapata Facebook Page

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Does That Come With Green Stamps?

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Transgender Churches in Dallas Texas

Where are there transgender Churches in Dallas?

Last Updated 12/o7/2oo9

I have become aware that many people who visit planetransgender who are on a spiritual journey.

The inquiry, "Where are there transgender Churches in the Dallas Fort Worth Area (DFW)".

I will answer with questions and answers! First remember Gay Friendly Churches in Dallas Texas does not say "transgender friendly", since we are the change we want.

On the 23rd of August I become a member of Trinity Metropolitan Church, Arlington Texas. Words on this page can not do justice to the faith and fellowship that overflows our little church. I am living and growing in the grace of Trinity. I hope you may also find this abundance in your life.

If you need of a place of spiritual reparation as I am, some days I attend
Agape MCC in Fort Worth Texas. Agape offers communion with Christ in spirit and soul with open arms. The uniqueness of the strong southern Baptist flavour, country passion, Buddhist, Wicken, Pentecostal, Methodist, Evangelical, Episcopal (et) and a all Saints all ministers of the word communion leaves me with spiritual wellness. Remember Saints we are all ministers of the word of God. Go in peace.

MCC of Greater Dallas
has wonderful Pastoral leadership and attended by many of my transgender friends and family. You would need to attend every Sunday not to miss the diversity of worship.

Pathways, Southlake TX. I just happened to be there the Sunday that Transgender people were included in the Church's mission statement. Rev. Anthony Lorenzen (Rev. Tony) is one of the original faith leaders to join Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA). As a matter of fact he brought his entire congregation. Awesome validation when we were very young.

Since I am an impassioned advocate of inclusion of all people in the word of God I wander weekly. Some Churches are Gay, some straight, but all are Churches in states of transition who are leaving or joining GLBT welcoming and affirming ministry.. In movement. In Change.

Northaven United Methodist Church proclaims it's self fully inclusive and welcoming. In my Sundays their I was among many GLB brothers and sisters who belong to the RMN but my experience is, bring your coat of transgender advocacy, you may very well need it that Sunday.
I am a huge believer in the Methodist faith. It is the third largest denomination in the country and has many past presidents in it's membership. Inside the Methodist people is one common drive, to do no harm. That belief allows within it's very Methodist structure a OPEN dialogue. So now I a lay person authors with the finest minds in theology on the Reconciling Ministries Blog. That's right. Me a lay radical transgender left wing nut. Welcome.

The Universalist Unitarian faith is a full on motor of change. We have the First Unitarian Church of Dallas which was the first UU Church to become a LGBT welcoming congregation in the UU federation. I found this out by meeting Rev. Dr. Daniel Chesney Kanter at the National Freedom to Marry Day Dallas Texas Feb. 12 where he officiated the wedding. I asked Pastor Kanter what was it that brought him there. He said a email, just a email. During the ceremony in which he pronounced the couple Woman and Woman he acknowledged that within this joining was an understanding of the meaning and value of marriage, something some cisgender couples of opposite sex's have demonstrated to be unknowlegable of.

I have currently worshiped once, unannounced, at the St. Vincents Fort Worth which serves as the Cathedral of the Episcopal diocese of Fort Worth. Having been baptized and raised Episcopalian I was extremely apprehensive as I am clearly a transgender woman in a very Orthodox Episcopalian service. I was immediately welcomed and throughout the services felt the holy spirit in my soul. After partaking in Communion I departed with a very warm invitation to return by The Rev. Canon John W. Jordan.
However with the departure of the Ft Worth Episcopal Dioceses from the American Episcopal Church, to the Southern Cone because of perceived irreconcilable differences over the installment of Bishop Robinson, a openly gay man, and " other differences", and if you are not inclined to be a loving advocate in a potentialy divisive religious institution I would suggest visiting St Thomas The Doubter of Dallas Tx.

Links to connect with The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (Episcopal Church USA).
Where all can you find the GLBT Friendly Episcopal Church in the Fort Worth Area?

Find The Episcopal Church on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/episcopalian .
On Facebook, check out the videos, join the discussions, and be a part of The Episcopal Church.

Follow The Episcopal Church on Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/l/;twitter.com/iamepiscopalian. On Twitter, keep up-to-date and current with The Episcopal Church.

Don’t overlook the great videos of The Episcopal Church on YouTube: http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.youtube.com/TECtube

Join the growing numbers who are telling their stories by uploading a personal video on IamEpiscopalian: http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.iamepiscopalian.org/

It is a stalwart of Episcopal inclusive theology. Some would argue that it is progressive. I am curious, If Jesus proclaimed himself radically inclusive, Jesus is also very progressive. In my humble opinion St. Thomas is a good transgender Sunday destination. Again remember you may be called as a transgender person to be especially loving here.

planetransgender religious links that will wow you! And may contain that one Church you connect with. I am always looking for more(just curious;).

The Institute for Welcoming Resources

Gay Friendly Churches in Dallas Texas

[1a]Reparation is a Roman Catholic theological concept that humans are creatures who have fallen from an original state of justice in which they were created, and that through the Incarnation, Passion, and Death of Jesus, they have been redeemed and restored again in a certain degree to the original ...

[1b]Reparation is an album by Reggae musician Eddy Grant
. The title of this album is a call for restitution for the transatlantic slave trade

[1c]A payment of time, effort or money to undue past transgression(s); The act of renewing, restoring, etc. ...

by kelli Busey
February 16, 2009


Cathedral of hope in Dallas is the largest LGBT Church in the world, but it is also much, much more. Located in the 'gayborhood' transgender people may attend one and all in peace.



Queers United: Support the Repeal of Discriminatory Regulations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Queers United: Support the Repeal of Discriminatory Regulations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Queers United because of their moral ambiguity, misdemeanors codes and other similar regulations are often used by the police in many parts of Latin America to persecute, abuse and arrest people whose sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression deviates from social norms.
Follow this link to take action.


Transgender pilgrimage to Trinidad the Marci Bowers Saga Continues

Marci Bowers life and it's positive impact on a small western Colorado town has softly influenced residents perception of transgender people. Found high above the plains, Trinidad's tight knit community might have been perceived by most people as inaccessible physically if not also socially.

Many local residents now would offer a different opinion.

At one time the town's hospital was in jeopardy of becoming insolvent. The only large medical facility within hundreds of mile it's presence is invaluable. When Doctor Bowers began conducting SRS or Sexual Reassignment Surgery, the town met the new development with mixed reactions. Some where indifferent and some not knowing how to respond, highly critical. Soon however the reality that Dr. Bowers is a surgeon of high regard who's practice is bringing much needed revenue became readily apparent and appreciated.

An Intimate Portrait Of A Transgender Doctor's Life a multi part series found on Discovery Health's Transgender M.D.

Doctor Bowers positive effect is much more than surgical. Austin Texas is grateful for her contributions as this Docudrama benefited one of the premier Texas advocacy groups, Austin "TRINIDAD" Screening to Benefit (TENT) Transgender Education Network of Texas offers a real life look into transgender people, in both successes and failure. Real Humans. Real Life.

What has been transpiring across this mighty nation became slowly apparent in Trinidad Colorado. People first afraid, influenced with preconceptions painted by ignorance fueled by misinformation by transphobic groups slowly is being replaced with pride. Pride to be a center of courage. Pride to be unafraid to be different. Proud of there nabiours and the their local transgender affiliation.

What better way than a pilgrimage to Trinidad? The Saga continues.

By kelli Busey
February 13 2009


National Freedom to Marry Day Dallas Texas Feb. 12

It's all about love.

Dallas Texas on February 12, 2009 a beautiful bride beaming with joy exits her Jaguar on a warm winter day. Not far her partner waits pride and anticipation flowing like sunshine from her.

The congregation enjoying the light breeze carrying the promise of happiness blessed the ring as Reverend Dr. Daniel Kanter of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas held it in the air for all. Reciting there vows to love and cherish Reverend Kanter pronounced our couple married in the eyes of the lord and blessed by all! Cheering we applauded as they shared a kiss sealing there fidelity. They then went into the county clerks office to ask the state to officially recognize there union.

The Clerk Said No. You see Kim and Rose are woman. While they are legally married in Canada, they are just strangers to the state of Texas.

Rose tearfully explained if her lifes love was on her death bed it would be within the rights of the hospital to deny her entrance to Kim's room.

Kim would not be able to hold the love of her life's hand as she died.

If Rose was to adopt children Kim could not become a legal guardian.

If Kim's child was sick at school Rose would not be allowed to take her home.

They are being denied 130 rights Heterosexual people are allowed by marriage.

As the couple explained it's all about being able to care for your family. It's all about love.

By kelli Busey
Feb. 12, 2009


Русский язык Гей Изолировано и преследовал Мировые Стенды Близко Russian Gay's Isolated and persecuted the World Stands By

Source Gay Russia; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people are being forgotten by the very political parties that they had hoped would link them to the free world.

In a country where democratic liberties were tasted for a second like a waft of perfume, it passed threw the senses floating on a breeze that has since turned icy and forbidding.

Moscow Mayor Luzhkov has reiterated it is forbidden to conduct Gay Pride celebrations and members of the Moscow Dumas have stated it is treasonous to even speak (propaganda) of preventing STD or birth control by modern methods.

According to Gay Russia Luzhkoz said,
"He suggested that propaganda of the views of sexual minorities can be one of the factors in the expansion of HIV infection in the city."

Moscow Mayor stressed that “of course, we will be criticized by all democrats in the world but in the each society there are own views on that”.

Yes Mister Mayor you will be criticised and held accountable for the human suffering by all Democratic free societies.

Gay Russia

By kelli Busey
February 17, 2009

Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (UAFA)

Let Your Representatives Know You Care About Immigration Equality!Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (UAFA),

On Friday, February 13th, Representative Jerrold Nadler plans to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (UAFA), a bill that will allow lesbian and gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for immigration. Please call your representative today and ask them to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day by cosponsoring UAFA!

Don't know who your rep. is or phone number? Click below for the PFLAG Link.

Take Action call your Rep. ask then to Co-Sponsor Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (UAFA),

Transgender Blogs

"Free Queer Hugs!" Wellcomed With Open Arms!

LGBT Kiss In and Queer Hugs wellcomed with open arms.

Found in a article reported By JOANNA CATTANACH of the The Dallas Morning News "It was quite a display – just not one officials with the Dallas Museum of Art planned for."

"We have a right to express love just as much as everybody else," said Blake Wilkinson, founder of Queer LiberAction, whose group organized Saturday's "Queer Kiss-in."

What lengths am I as transgender woman willing to go to get a hug? Apparently I will stand on a sidewalk with a "Free Queer Hugs" sign. That would be a aberration from normality, until lately anyways.

Amazingly I got hugs! 10, 15 maybe 17.8 hugs per smile. Wow. Once in a while I was treated to a fellow Christian to a open conversation regarding homosexuality as

the Dallas Morning News story continues...

"One mother instructed her child to avert his eyes from the kiss-in participants. "Don't look at them," she said, grabbing and turning her son's head away. Others simply walked by, avoiding eye contact. One woman murmured, "It's twisted, very twisted." But another cited biblical principles, then exchanged hugs with a transgender activist, (thats me!) saying, "Hate the sin, not the sinner."

The good reporter was unaware of the calmness after we simultaneously found common ground agreeing Jesus has a plan for us and we are both loved by him in his radical inclusion. Then we hugged!

Maybe as the Morning News reported noted, this public display of affection was not planned on by Museum officials, but from the warmth and sincerity of the hugs I think it was welcomed, with open arms!

By kelli Busey
February 10, 2009


News From Californian "Mormon-gate."

The reoccurring theme in some of these stories is the facade the LDS maintains of innocence and victimization.

It reminds me of the news reporter who just happened to be in a woman's dressing room just after the passage of gender inclusive local ordinances. A man dressed in woman clothing bursts in, runs the length of the room invading the women's privacy. Reporter screams "Men in Woman's room" and files a report in hopes of substantiating the transphobic hatemongers ridiculous lies. Not long after the truth becomes apparent. Seems she kinda knew that man. Kinda very well as a matter of fact.

That story died down real fast.

Indeed the LDS is being "targeted" now if transparency of it's legal responsibility is "targeting".

And the Mormon Church should feel indignation that anyone should take exception to "we donated 0" statement when the tip of the iceberg is closer to a Quarter MILLION DOLLARS.

Perhaps the recognition is troublesome of being an individually responsible contributor to the first and hopefully last time equal rights were granted and then taken away from a minority in the United States of America.

Pehaps the LDS is worrying that someone might question what role it plays in deciding what constitutes excessive involvement by Church in State affairs. A intentionally vague and unambiguous boundary at best.

May the cloak of deception fall. Follow the link to Californians Against Hate.

Californians Against Hate

By Kelli busey
February 09. 2009

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

For our third of five actions to overturn Prop 8, add your name to a scrolling list of our members.

Have one minute?
Add your name to scroll on the homepage of eqca.org. Show the world you support the freedom to marry and oppose equality being put up for a vote.

Have two minutes?
Call, email, text your friends and family to add their names as well. Follow up with at least three people personally and tell them why this is so important to you.

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

The day after Prop 8 passed, Equality California—on behalf of our members—challenged Prop 8 in the California Supreme Court. On March 5, our case will be heard.

And by being a member of EQCA—the only organizational plaintiff in the case—you are a part of this moment in history.

We know that being out as an LGBT person, or as an advocate for equality, is essential to our fight.

That is why we are asking you to come out in a big way—by adding your name to a scroll of supporters on the homepage of eqca.org.

Take a minute to add your name to publicly show your support for the freedom to marry and for protecting minorities from having their equality put up for a popular vote.

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

The brilliant attorneys at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, ACLU, Munger Tolles and Olson, LLP and the Law Office of David C. Codell have worked tirelessly so we all live in a state where equality can’t be voted away. Now each of us must do our part.

While our opponents try to hide who their supporters are, we can show the world that we are everywhere and are proud to be on the side of equality. Add your name now.

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

And what about the people you care about and who care about you?

Forward this email to everyone one your list and ask them to become part of this historic moment by joining you. And follow up with at least three personally—tell them why it matters to you that they add their names to the list. And explain that the case is about more than marriage—as important as that is—but is about keeping other minorities from having their rights voted on.

Add Your Name To Overturn 8

By showing our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends that we are proud to be out in support of the freedom to marry and for the rights of other groups who will be at risk if Prop 8 is allowed to stand—and asking them to join us—we will build a true state of equality here in California.

In solidarity,

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California

P.S. This is the third of five actions to overturn Prop 8 before EQCA’s Lobby Day to Overturn 8 next week. Keep looking for more actions until the big day, February 17!

Add Your Name To Overturn 8


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Lists planetransgender as a "Tell Three" Media Blog!

The ACLU an ally in the Gay and Lesbian Marriage Equality Struggle listed another ally of Gay and Lesbian's people's.

Planetransgender and the Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA), who's main concern is focused on addressing and righting transgender inequality, marginalization, objectification and victimization in the hetero and homosexual dominated world and press.

The DTAA and planetransgender have remained, despite being targeted by both recently, a staunch ally of Gay and Lesbian people.

ACLU's New Web Campaign, Tell-Three.org, Encourages People to Talk About What it Means to be LGBT included planetransgender in the Blog : Press Clips GET INFORMED: LGBT News for February 6 .

Tell Three
A new campaign in conjunction with Join the Impact and several other national groups that encourages people to tell three people in their lives what it’s like to be LGBT – because coming out just isn’t enough. Learn more at Tell-Three.org.

Blade Blog: Tell3 campaign launched

Join the Impact: Tell Three. Org

QueerCincinatti: Gay Marriage Anecdote

The Donna Blog: Paradise Revisited

Joe. My. God.: Tell 3 (About Your Gay Life)

Planet Transgender: Tell Three Campaign California Equality

Queers United "Tell 3 Campaign" - Coming Out Isn't Enough!

Related posts on planetransgender

DEMAND the Dallas Voice stops using "TRANNY"

Open Letter to Focus on the Family, AFA and Dallas Voice's Official Weblog "Instant Tea"

Understanding "FAGGOT" and "TRANNY" are Hate Words

Unitarian Universalist Freedom to Marry Week

Straights for No on 8

Dallas DOMA Protest January 2009

Dallas Defense of Marriage Act Protest

Prop. 8 sponsors seek to nullify 18 Thousand marriages

Join The Impact

Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Recognized as Texas Allied Organization by Join The Impact

Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Support Marriage Equality

Dallas transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA) Blog and Actions

At the Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA) we live by our by name and have learned from our allies WE CAN be "A place for everyone. No exceptions."

By Kelli Busey
February 8, 2009


Dr. Kenneth Zucker's War on Transgenders

Dr. Kenneth Zucker's War on Transgenders{Transgender People} can be found on Queerty.
Apart from te unfortanate useage "transgenders" as a noun this article is solidly written and presents many valid points which validate our demand that Kennith Zucker be removed from the


Unitarian Universalist Freedom to Marry Week

"'Inspired Faith, Effective Action', weblog of the Advocacy & Witness staff group of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations" is STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE.

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Freedom to Marry Week

"Check out the video [above] and please share it with others! The conversations we start this week can create a spiral of influence -- encouraging everyone who is touched to stand on the side of love."

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Freedom to Marry Week

Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Member(DTAA) Rev. Allyson Robinson to Testify In New Hampshire

A proud moment.

DTAA's own Rev. Allyson Robinson, who is HRC's associate director of diversity will testify before a committee of New Hampshire lawmakers on House Bill 415, legislation to add gender identity and gender expression protections to the state’s non-discrimination statutes.

Rev. Allyson who was sadly unable to attend our conversation with Bishop Robinson was presenting witness in Florida at a Transgender Day of Remembrance found in the video below.


HRC Back Story, DC, USA

Human Rights Campaign testifies on NH gender identity and expression bill

February 05, 2009

Chris Johnson

Today Allyson Robinson (pictured), our associate director of
diversity, will testify before a committee of New Hampshire lawmakers
on House Bill 415, legislation to add gender identity and gender
expression protections to the state's non-discrimination statutes.
The legislation will also make additions to the state hate crimes law
to ensure that perpetrators of hate crimes against transgender people
are subject to the same extended sentencing terms as perpetrators of
hate crimes based on other prohibited bases, such as race, sex and
sexual orientation.

Allyson's testimony before the state House Judiciary Committee will
draw upon her experience not only as an LGBT advocate but as a
transgender woman with a family. Here is the full text of her
prepared testimony:

"Chairman Cote, members of the committee, thank you so much for
adding my voice to the others you're hearing today. My name is
Allyson Robinson. I work as Associate Director of Diversity for
transgender concerns with the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, and
I'm here today to testify on behalf of HRC's over 8,600 members in New
Hampshire. But more importantly, I'm here simply as a transgender
American to lift up my voice on behalf of the thousands of transgender
New Hampshirites who are rendered voiceless by the very real and
persistent threat of discrimination and violence."

"I am able to speak out for them because I'm one of the lucky ones,
one of the privileged few in our transgender community. I have a
wife, children, family and friends who love, support, and encourage
me. I have meaningful work that allows me to preserve my sense of
human dignity, with an employer committed to evaluating me solely on
the basis of my ability to do my job. I have a roof over my head and
I enjoy three meals a day; I haven't had to violate my moral
principles to keep my family clothed, sheltered, and fed. And I'm
fortunate enough to live in a place where I can dine in a restaurant,
shop in a store, or take my children to a public playground without
fear of being kicked out or having police summoned—a place where those
basic rights are protected by the law. All of these things are
blessings most people in America take for granted, but which no
transgender person can."

"And yet despite my good fortune, I want you to know that I'm often
afraid. Like so many other transgender Americans, the faces of the
hundreds of our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives to
targeted hate violence in recent years are constantly on my mind, as
are the stories of thousands more who have suffered humiliating
discrimination. Because of this shared experience, and the lack of
legislation to protect many of us, we look at people we pass on the
street differently. We worry when we notice someone staring at us or
our families in a public place. We get scared when we hear footsteps
behind us in a parking lot. When I get home from work each night, I
hug my wife and kids tight and thank God I've made it. This is what
it's like to be a transgender person in our country today, but
together we—you—can make things better."

"This moment, this very day, is perhaps the most crucial your
transgender constituents have ever faced. The decisions you make here
today and in the days to come will determine the way of life for
future generations of transgender New Hampshirites. For some, it will
make the difference between life and death. I urge you to affirm
their basic humanity, and mine, by passing this important legislation.
Thank you."

HRC President Joe Solmonese also submitted a letter to Chairman Cote
and members of the House Judiciary Committee in which he wrote:

"A person's gender identity or expression has nothing to do with
their ability to be a good employee, a qualified renter, or a solid
citizen. Like existing laws prohibiting discrimination based on, for
example, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, prohibiting
discrimination based on gender identity or expression helps ensure
that people will be judged on their merits, not on stereotypes,
misunderstanding, or bias."

"Right now, transgender people in New Hampshire simply have no
legal protection against even the most blatant and outrageous forms of
discrimination. HB 415 speaks directly to this gap in the law and
makes a clear statement that New Hampshire does not tolerate arbitrary
discrimination in any form."

"I hope that you will vote to pass this important legislation, and
that it will be enacted into law."

Human Rights Campaign testifies on NH gender identity and expression bill

Visit Reverend Allyson Robinson's DTAA page

Transgender News

A proud moment.

Posted by kelli Busey
Member Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA)
February 6, 2009


Straights for No on 8

As American citizens', we oppose Proposition 8 on the basis that it denies other American citizens basic civil liberties.

Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine's Day

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

As Californians, we will not take a step backwards, no matter how much funding special interest out-of-state extremists raise to "scare" us into changing our constitution.

This battle isn't just for homosexuals, but for all of us, so that our children can live in a world where love is celebrated and hate eradicated.


We are a nation full of diversity, to enforce specific religious views on our people is not only unjust but unconstitutional and anti-American.

PLEASE help in these perilous times to spread the word, volunteer, and donate. As "straights", let's reach out to others, conservative as they might be, and plead our case as humans, to treat everyone the way we, ourselves, would like to be Treated.

Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine's Day ! click here !

We, the undersigned, share President Barack Obama's view that "for too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect."

Yet, on December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted between May and November of 2008.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on March 5, 2009, with a decision expected within the next 90 days. We, the undersigned, ask that the Court invalidate Prop 8 and recognize the marriage rights of these 18,000 couples -- and all loving, committed couples in California -- under our state's constitution.

As Americans who believe in the rule of law and fundamental civil rights, we know that Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund's shameful attempt to nullify these unions will not be vindicated in the eyes of history. We know that, ultimately, love will prevail, no matter how hard they try to fight it.


Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine's Day ! click here !

No On Prop 8 .Com

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Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Supports Marriage Equality