Join with Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies(DTAA) to Applaud Notre Dame's Invitation to Obama
DTAA Email campaign thanks Notre Dame for dialogue
The Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies applauds Notre Dame University for exhibiting determination of free will by initiating dialogue about stem cell research and abortion. Presently the official policy of Catholicism is not to honor or even to hold discourse with those who disagree with Church theology.
The invitation to President Obama as the commencement speaker has been confirmed by Notre Dame despite a loud choreographed disapproval. The Obama administration favors a mix of technology and faith when approaching birth control and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Entire populations in Africa are being forced to adhere to abstinence only by government and religion and are suffering on a scale previously unknown. Kelli Busey of the Dallas Advocates and Allies condemns this practice as genocide as only gay men are refused treatment or preventive education. President Obama's policy is also not acceptable by most of Notre Dame alumni yet favored by nearly all of the graduating class.
Source New York Times News Blog "When President Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame in May, he may face a situation that he has rarely encountered in recent months — many in the audience and outside the hall may have opposed his visit.
The university’s invitation to Mr. Obama to deliver the commencement address on May 17, and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, has ignited a backlash, both on campus and off, among opponents of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research; Mr. Obama recently lifted a ban on federal financing for both. And it has revived the long-simmering debate over whether a Catholic university should honor someone who does not ascribe to Catholic teachings; in 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressly said that Catholic institutions should not honor those who act “in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”
Show Notre Dame that regardless of our beliefs we appreciate open dialogue by sending The Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university’s president a email.
Sample email feel free to copy and paste it on this link
Rev. John I. Jenkins, President Notre Dame University
Thank you for your resolve in extending your invitation to President Obama to be the May 17 commencement speaker. We understand that without conversation there only can be conflict and misunderstanding. You have distinguished Notre Dame as a fearless leader for Catholic progressive thinking.
Whether the President speaks directly to these controversial issues will not lessen our admiration.
We deeply appreciate your courage.
ABC : Notre Dame Not Budging on Obama Invite
ABC News : The President's Commencement Controversy
DTAA Email campaign thanks Notre Dame for dialogue
planetransgender : Pedophiles in Church : Catholic Abuse of Christianity
planetransgender : Americans Killing Gay people in IRAQ وقف إعدام العراقيين مثلي الجنس
Susan Stryker author of 'Screaming Queens' Interview
Stryker is one of the two film documentarians behind the documentary Screaming Queens. The interview in it's entirety can be found at Pams House Blend
Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies
Americans Killing Gay people in IRAQ وقف إعدام العراقيين مثلي الجنس
IRAQ LGBT a U.K. based LGBT rights group operating in exile is claiming that the result of the American lead occupation is that the goverment and religious elements in IRAQ are committing genocide against LGBT people. The Vatican and many extremist religious elements in the United States and the U.K. have denounced of the recent UN declaration calling for decriminalization of homosexuality which has resulted in religious credence to genocide.
Iraq To Begin Executing Gays
"The UK-based exile group Iraq-LGBT claims that the U.S.-installed government in Iraq is about to commence executing gay people for their sexuality. More than 100 prisoners in Iraq are facing execution – and many of them are believed to have been convicted of the ‘crime’ of being gay, the UK-based Iraqi-LGBT group revealed this afternoon."
STOP EXECUTIONS OF GAY IRAQIS "Urgent action is needed to halt the execution of 128 prisoners on death row in Iraq. Many of those awaiting execution were convicted for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality, according to IRAQI-LGBT, a UK based organisation of Iraqis supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iraq."
النظام العراقي الحاكم بدعم من قوى الاحتلال الامريكي والبريطاني هو المسؤول عن تفاقم وانتشار العنف الطائفي والمذهبي
غداة دخول قوات الاحتلال الى العراق انتشرت الفوضى والفساد وفقد اي احساس بالامن والامان لدى المواطن العراقي العادي.
ومع ظهور الاحزاب الدينية المدعومة من قبل المرجعيات, وانتشار المليشيات وفرق الموت وتورط الاحزاب في قتل المواطنين وارتكاب الفظاعات من تطهير عرقي على الهوية والخلفية المذهبية .
ولم تستثنى الاقليات الدينية والمذهبية واقليات اخرى مثل مثليي الجنس الذين تم قبولهم واثبتوا انسجامهم واندماجهم في المجتمع العراقي على مر الازمان وخصوصا في عهد النظام السابق.
اما اليوم وبعد ظهور حكومات تستقي قراراتها من مرجعيات النجف, ولعل هيمنة رجال الدين في الحياة السياسية واليومية في الشارع
والمشهد العراقي خير دليل على ما الى اليه العراق اليوم
"The Iraqi regime is backed by the forces of U.S. and British occupation is responsible for the aggravation and the spread of sectarian violence and religious After the occupation forces entered Iraq to spread chaos and corruption and the loss of any sense of security and safety to the average Iraqi citizen. With the emergence of religious parties backed by the authorities, and the proliferation of militias and death squads and the parties involved in the killing of citizens and the atrocities of ethnic cleansing on a background of sectarian identity. Did not exclude religious minorities and religious and other minorities such as homosexuals who have been accepted and proved harmony and integration of Iraqi society over time, especially in the era of the former regime. But today, after the emergence of Governments derive from its terms of reference of Najaf, and the dominance of the clergy in political and daily life in the Iraqi street scene and the best proof of it is to Iraq today."
The Episcopal Church(TEC) Walking In The Path Of Christ
I'll explain so you can educate me. When our The Episcopal Church invited everyone to live Jesus's life, here on this planet in our own bodies, many, many people found the path to fearsome, the deaths to many and the reward unfathomable.
But then, some people fully embraced Jesus's way of life. Giving up comfort, forsaking wealth, enduring social alienation, and all the deaths that Jesus foretold are necessary in order to put our lives in order so we may forever worship. All of this is being lived by people right here, right now in my city.
Grand cathedrals, sheltering stone walls of praise and once home to TEC, now sing in the houses of the hearts and souls of our saints in FT. Worth's TEC. Personal belongings were gathered as they were cast out of beautiful Church's and made to travel dusty roads to humble places. Willingly forsaken are the comfort and physical grandiose of the earthly reminders of our covenant, instead faith, love and welcoming for all is the alter and a hug the nearly unbearable hugeness of Christ's love.
I do not know how to tell you about this. I do not know how to show my gradatude. I am witnessing people walk in the path of Jesus's life now, right here in Fort Worth Texas.
I need to share with you, but am so challenged. Help me to understand. Help me to fully live the death's of rebirth. Spend some time with us. Please, offer the comfort of your spirituality, because you of the RMN, who among others, are the ones who by coming before and embracing the radical inclusion of Jesus's life, are making all of his miracle of the rebirth of hope and possibility, a reality. In our lifetime. In Fort Worth Texas.
Soulforce 'SPRING 2009 CATHOLIC ACTION'
Soulforce announces the ' SPRING 2009 CATHOLIC ACTION'
Please join us this spring in calling on the Vatican to support the safety and well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are working to gain support from the Roman Catholic Church for the United Nations Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
The United States, as of Wednesday March 18th, has signed on to the declaration. This is a great shift in U.S. policy, and we hope that you will work with us continue the focus on the Vatican.
There are many ways to participate:
You can join us by coming to New York City this April and participating in the actions there. Read details and register here.
You can join the growing group of local leaders organizing solidarity actions where they live. We will work with you to support efforts in your hometown. All are welcome at any experience level. If you are interested in being a local leader or a participant, click here for a list of participating cities, ideas for action and contact information. Or email Katie Higgins directly at Katie@Soulforce.org.
You or your organization can also join the campaign by signing onto the following statement of support. Click here to read the statement and for contact information.
The background of this campaign:
For the first time ever at the United Nations in December 2008, a statement was heard on the support of equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
French Minister of Human Rights and Foreign Affairs Rama Yade began the effort in early 2008 to create U.N.-backed protections for LGBT people. The Netherlands signed on as a co-sponsor on behalf of the European Union, and on December 18, 2008 Ambassador Jorge Arguello of Argentina read out the first declaration on LGBT rights in the General Assembly.
Unfortunately, some countries have not yet signed on in support of safety for all. The Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, was among the first to oppose:
"If adopted, they would create new and implacable discriminations. For example, states which do not recognize same-sex unions as 'matrimony' will be pilloried and made an object of pressure."
Read the official statement on the declaration from the Holy See here.
We have sent a letter to the Archbishop in New York City, calling on him to take a personal stand against defamatory language regarding LGBT people and work in open and good faith to bring the Vatican toward supporting safety for all humans.
We are inviting you to work with us this spring in solidarity actions across the country and internationally to unite our voices. Based on the idea of pilgrimage, we are looking for local leaders and participants who want to help create conversations about faith and LGBT equality and get active in their community. No experience is required - just the desire to work in solidarity with activists in a localized action with global impact to make justice the standard.
Download the text of the declaration
Read some of the actions and statements of the Roman Catholic Church
We will work with you to train, organize, and implement actions in your town. Contact us to learn more and become a part of the effort.
With questions or feedback about the campaign, please contact:Haven Herrin at Haven@Soulforce.org or Kara Speltz at Kara@Soulforce.org
Soulforce Homepage http://www.soulforce.org/index.php
NH House rejects transgender rights bill
The hopes of transgender people for inclusion in New Hampshire's laws was flushed down the loo today. The N.H. House with 52 Democrats absent from roll call voted 157 to 172 not to move HB415 to the Senate.
Flush. Sometimes it's impossible to tell what party affiliation the arms are that are dragging us down.
HB415 Roll Call
01/08/2009 H Introduced and Referred to Judiciary; HJ 12, PG.227
01/22/2009 H Public Hearing: 2/5/2009 2:00 PM LOB 208
03/09/2009 H Subcommittee Work Session: 3/12/2009 9:00 AM LOB 208
03/10/2009 H Executive Session: 3/17/2009 11:00 AM LOB 208 (Contined 3/18&19/09 11:00 AM LOB 208 If Needed)
03/18/2009 H Committee Report: Without Recommendation for Mar 24 RC
03/25/2009 H Special Ordered to Mar 25 Without Objection
03/26/2009 H Special Ordered to Mar 26 Without Objection
03/26/2009 H Motion for Ought to Pass (Rep Butler)
03/26/2009 H Floor Amendment #1070h (New Title) (Rep Wendelboe) Failed, RC 79-251
03/26/2009 H Ought to Pass: MF RC 157-172
03/26/2009 H Motion for Inexpedient to Legislate (Rep Packard): MA DIV 181-149
New Hampshire General Court - Bill Status System HB415
AP on Fox 44 NH House rejects transgender rights bill
New Hampshire House Votes for Marriage Equality.
The bill lost by one vote on the first attempt but after voting on several other motions, the House reconsidered the vote and passed the measure 186 to 179.
The bill now moves on to the Senate.
This was a very close vote and we succeeded only because so many of you contacted your elected officials.
The opposition is mounting a full fledge attack, radio ad's, phone banks and door to door canvasing.
We need to match their efforts call for call, and that will take resources.
Please give generously!
The vote on anti-discrimination based on gender identity and expression will take place this afternoon.
Help us spread the word, please
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¡Actúa! : Protesta asesinato de defensor de Álvaro Miguel GLBT/ Protest murder of Alvaro Miguel Rivera
On March 6, 2009, unknown men killed the human rights defender Álvaro Miguel Rivera in the city of Cali, Colombia.
Álvaro was the representative of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organization, Tínku. He was also a member of Planeta Paz, a national peace network, and of the Polo Rosa, the LGBTI section of a left wing political party. Álvaro was far and foremost a committed activist who worked for the rights of the LGBTI community and people living with HIV. In the past, threats against his life had already made Álvaro flee Villavicencio, a city in Eastern Colombia.
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/875.html
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transgendernews/message/36238 [PR] [Colombia]Protest the Murder of LGBT Human Rights Defender
The Pope is Not Pro-Life : Two Truth Wins Out
"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," the Pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon, where he began a seven-day pilgrimage on the continent. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."
Thank Senator Schumer for Supporting GLBT Equality
Thank Senator Schumer for Supporting Marriage Equality and Calling for the Repeal of DOMA
This week New York ’s senior U.S. Senator – Charles Schumer – announced his support for marriage equality and for the full repeal of the so called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). As Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate's Democratic Conference, Senator Schumer is now the highest ranking member of the U.S. Senate to endorse marriage equality for our families.
When announcing his support, Senator Schumer said, “It’s time. Equality is something that has always been a hallmark of America and no group should be deprived of it. New York , which has always been at the forefront on issues of equality, is poised appropriately to take a lead on this issue.”
Click here to read our press release, where we thank Senator Schumer for his support for marriage equality and for the full repeal of DOMA
HRC Board : ENDA Policy Statement March 25, 2009
By Kelli Anne Busey
March 25, 2009
HRC published a statement on March 25th regarding it's policy on a gender inclusive ENDA past and present. HRC emphatically states it will not embrace the policy of 2007 when it abondoned it's support of transgender people.
I have a problem with this statement. HRC is still attempting to rewrite history. HRC is still trying to play the innocent victim. The sexual orientation ENDA had ZERO chance of passing the Senate or be signed by the president and they knew it. The move to abandon transgender people was despicable and we will not, and can not forget.
HRC if people see you as a revisionist that adds fuel to the fears you are also an assimilationist organization. Come clean and you will win hearts.
As a co-captain of the HRC haters club I am highly sceptical of the resolve that HRC will display in the future as it faces the potty mouthed right wingdings on the national front but then.....I can not deny the recent effectiveness of our combined efforts.Go Equality Federation!
I'd say give them a shot. Who knows?
HRC Board ENDA Policy
"It's the policy of HRC that the organization will only support an inclusive ENDA. In 2007 House leadership informed us that there were insufficient votes to pass an inclusive bill, so they decided to vote on a sexual orientation only bill. We made a one time exception to our policy in 2007 because we strongly believed that supporting this vote would do more to advance inclusive legislation. We will not support such a strategy again. We look forward to Congress sending President Obama a fully inclusive ENDA for his signature."
On the web at HRC.org News
Take Action for Transgender Equality in Maryland
Gender Identity Legislation Still Alive - Take Action! Legislation that would ban discrimination against transgender people in housing and employment is poised for a vote this week in committee. Please take action now to urge your legislators to vote yes on House Bill 474 and Senate Bill 566. Click here to send an email today. We truly need your support to make this proposed civil rights legislation state law.
Support the TEXAS "Freedom from Workplace Discrimination Act"
Equality Texas is joining with State Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) in his efforts to secure a public hearing for his bill, HB 538 - "The Freedom from Workplace Discrimination Act". This bill would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Please sign this petition in support of the bill and calling for a public hearing in the House Committee on State Affairs.
All the petitions will be delivered by Rep. Villarreal to the Honorable Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chair of the House Committee on State Affairs. Our goal is to obtain 2,000 signed petitions in order to persuade Chairman Solomons to schedule a public hearing on this bill.
Please take action. YOU make equality happen.
Gainesville Florida VOTES to KEEP Human Rights : WE WIN, WE WIN, WE WIN!!!
EQUALITY IS GAINESVILLE BUSINESS WINS!!!
Despite fear mongering and misinformation from opponents of transgender and gay rights the people of Gainesville Florida stood shoulder to shoulder and have spoken LOUD and CLEAR by voting 58% against amendment 1.
This landmark victory in the historically progressive city of Gainesville serves as a beacon of hope for all who will stand firm in the face of bigotry and discrimination.
People of Florida and the country rejoice in Victory!!!!
On the web
Gainesville, Fla., anti-discrimination laws kept
"GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters have turned down a measure that would have stripped Gainesville, Fla.'s anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents."
"With all precincts reporting Tuesday, the vote was 58 percent against changing the law."
"A group, Citizens for Good Public Policy, had sought to replace the city's protections with the Florida Civil Rights Act."
"The act does not include anti-discrimination laws to sexual preference or gender identity."
"The winning group, Equality is Gainesville's Business, says the allegations played on the public's fears and the changes were merely an attempt to remove protections from Gainesville citizens."
Equality Is Gainesville's Business
Equality is Gainesville’s Business VOTE TODAY!
March 24, 2009
Polls are open from 7 AM – 7 PM.
Click here to find out where you should vote
Call if you need a ride to the polls: 352-433-4183
If you have problems voting, call us: 352-327-3359
Please urge your friends, family and neighbors to vote NO on Charter Amendment 1 and bring them to the polls today! Tell them why you think Charter Amendment 1 is bad for Gainesville.
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this historic day. With your support today we will defeat Charter Amendment 1 and keep Gainesville an inclusive community, free of discrimination.
The Equality is Gainesville’s Business Team
P.S. Join us Tonight as the results come in! Equality is Gainesville’s Business will be hosting a watch party at Brophy’s Irish Pub (60 SW Second Street) in Downtown Gainesville. Please arrive at 8:00pm and join us for the big news!
Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for by Equality Is Gainesville's Business, PO Box 40, Gainesville FL 32602
Take Action : New Hampshire House to Vote on Transgender protective Law and Marriage Equality
HB415 gencourt.state.nh.us This bill defines gender identity and expression and adds it to the list of classes of people protected from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, color, sexual orientation or religion.
HB436 gencourt.state.nh.us This bill eliminates the exclusion of same gender couples from marriage, affirms religious freedom protections of clergy with regard to the solemnization of marriage, and provides a mechanism by which same gender couples who have entered into a civil union prior to the enactment of this bill may obtain the legal status of marriage.
Take Action whether you live in NH or not! Click Here to send a email!
By kelli Busey
March 23, 2009
On the web.
Joe.My.God NH Stalls On Marriage Equality
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (Glad) HB 415 An Act Adding Certain Terms Regarding Non-Discrimination To The Laws
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders NH Transgender Non-Discrimination Legislation Resources
Transgender Law.org Transgender Law
WCAX 3 NH House to vote on anti-discrimination bill
Southern Voice N.H. gay marriage bill deadlocks in committee
Obama endorses UN declaration for gay rights
Cross posted from Integrity FT Worth
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday formally endorsed a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality, a measure that former President George W. Bush had refused to sign.
The move was the administration's latest in reversing Bush-era decisions that have been heavily criticized by human rights and other groups. The United States was the only western nation not to sign onto the declaration when it came up at the U.N. General Assembly in December.
"The United States supports the U.N.'s statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity and is pleased to join the other 66 U.N. member states who have declared their support of the statement," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood.
Read more here onUSA Today
Everyone Matters: Dignity and Safety for Transgender and Transsexual People
Alishia is a firefighter. Enoch is a university professor. Dana is a software engineer. Jesse is an HIV prevention educator. Each makes invaluable contributions in the work place and in the community. And each faces the threat of losing a job, being denied housing or health care, and suffering violence and harassment simply for being transgender.
In Everyone Matters: Dignity and Safety for Transgender People - a new video produced by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders(GLAD) Transgender Rights Proejct, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coaltion (MTPC), and MassEquality - Alishia, Enoch, Dana, and Jesse talk about their jobs, their family, their hopes, and their worries. Framed by hope and optimism, their stories nevertheless show how vulnerable transgender people still are, and highlight the need for comprehensive laws to ensure that people can obtain and retain employment, remain safe on the streets, and have access to health care and housing.
Everyone Matters allows the viewer to hear from transgender people first-hand about their lives, and makes a powerful case for the passage of transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws in Massachusetts and beyond.
Please support the passage of transgender-inclusive non-discrimination and hate crimes legislation. For more information visit Glad.org
Take Action: Demand that Colorado Radio Host Trevor Carey Disavow Remarks Condoning Violence Against Transgender People
Contact: Richard Ferraro, Director of Public Relations
Phone: (646) 871-8011 Email: email@example.com
Contact: Adam Bass, Media Field Strategist
Phone: (323)634-2018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a disturbing diatribe on KNUS radio on March 14, host Trevor Carey engaged in a conversation with a caller in which both men condoned violence against transgender people, blaming slain Greeley, Colo. resident Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, for her own brutal murder.
(Transcript from Colorado Media Matters):
CAREY: And what the transgender segment of our society needs to be telling their type is, you don't commit fraud because –
CALLER: No, that's exactly what it was.
CAREY: A), you're at least gonna get your teeth kicked in, and B) – [caller laughs] – here's a story from Greeley that turned out very tragic, and you should pay attention to this, because –
CALLER: You know, when I was growin' up in Greeley, I grew up in Greeley, that kind of stuff didn't ever, you know, surface in this town. And it's just sad, you know; my heart just weeps for all, everybody that's concerned. But, you know, we gotta go back to basics. You're a man or you're a woman, and, like you said, if you're fraudin' somebody, then you deserve to have your teeth kicked in. Not necessarily hung or you're killed, but it just – they shoulda known better, you know?
Carey sustained his gratuitously defamatory tone throughout the entire show, and his remarks during the segment – including a false representation of a conversation with a GLAAD representative – make it clear that his references to Angie and her tragic murder will continue to be disrespectful, abusive and inaccurate. The transcript and audio for the program can be found on the Colorado Media Matters website.
Carey owes the family of Angie Zapata, the transgender community and all Coloradans an apology for condoning and promoting the very hostile climate that puts transgender people in harm's way and then blames them for the resulting acts of violence committed against them.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Please contact Trevor Carey and ask him to disavow his remarks that condone violence against transgender people. Call on KFKA and KNUS to hold Carey accountable for his remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platforms will not be used to condone or promote violence towards any parts of the communities they serve.
Please forward this link to any of your friends and others who may also wish to take action. When contacting KFKA and KNUS, please ensure that your emails and phone calls are civil and respectful and do not engage in the kind of name calling or abusive behavior that we are expressing our concerns about.
Host, KNUS, "Trevor Carey" and KFKA, "AM Colorado with Trevor, Troy and George"
Phone: (720) 434-2714
General Manager, KFKA
Phone: (970) 356-1310
Operations Director, Salem Communications (KNUS)
Phone: (303) 750-5687
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.
Census Bureau : WE COUNT!
The United States Census Bureau announced that ALL same sex couples even the legaly recognized marriages in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts will be removed from the 2010 census.
Tell the goverment of the United States it exists because we the people will it to! and that WE Count!
Join with The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in expressing your outrage over becoming a non person to the United States Goverment.
Tell Thomas L. Mesenbourg, Jr. - Census Bureau Director WE COUNT!
Gainesville proponents of Amendment 1 Deception in Desperation
The proponents of Amendment 1 are trying to influence innocently ignorant uncommitted voters with misinformation and deception. Their effort to amend the Gainesville City Charter and force fellow Floridians to live without human rights has been debunked by the voters themselves in this Gainesville Sun compilation of letters to the Sun "Voice of the Voters: Amendment 1"
"Michele Gifford: Scare tactics cover up real agenda"
"Recently I received my sample ballot in preparation for the March 24th city election. I gathered up and reread the growing collection I'd saved of past letters and op-eds thus far submitted to The Gainesville Sun on the Amendment 1 debate. Oh my goodness, those supporters, they are ever so vicious, hateful and sarcastic."
"But you know what? If Charter 1 proponents were really just concerned about protecting women and girls in public restrooms, as they all keep loudly trumpeting, why pray tell do we not see the words PUBLIC RESTROOM or BATHROOM or GIRL or WOMEN in the wording of the Charter 1 Amendment?"
"Well, of course we know why, even if they can't or won't admit it to themselves or to us. They have to cover up the ugly, real reason for this discriminatory vote they’ve forced upon us. They have to distract with scare tactics hoping to thus attract naïve voters who can be misled and fooled."
Read more atVoice of the Voters: Amendment 1
Anatomy of the Transgender Inclusive Bills in Massachusetts
"LGBT advocates have already persuaded a majority of the legislature to back the transgender rights bill, but that doesn’t mean that passage of the bill is a done deal. In fact, the bill’s fate will ultimately be determined by a handful of legislative "gate-keepers" who must decide both to support it and to make it a legislative priority. Without their support and commitment to expend political capital on the measure, the bill is dead in the water this session."
Ever wonder how one bill passes both houses in one session and another languishes to die never to have been introduced for consideration? Read all about it at "I’m just a (trans rights) bill"
US to sign UN gay rights declaration!
Source Associated Press US to sign UN gay rights declaration! The US condemned worldwide by human rights organizations for the Bush administrations refusal to sign the United Nations declaration decriminalising homosexuality will join with the western world by signing the UN document, sources now say.
Still refusing to sign the UN document are Islamic countries, Russia, China and the Vatican.
planetransgender USA Refuses to Sign UN Gay and Transgender Rights Declaration
ABC News Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration
Queers United: Catholic Church Against Making Gay Death Penalty Illegal
365 Gay US refuses to sign UN gay rights declaration
Gay Couple Beaten After Britney Spears Newark Concert
Pictured Daniel Caldwell who's jaw was broken during the attack. According to security guards police drove away despite being flagged down by witness's after a group of twenty people beat the couple. Forty five minutes after Cadwell was transported by ambulance the police finally appeared at the crime scene according to Caldwell's partner, Joshua Kehoe.
The police, reluctant to label attacks 'hate crimes' are looking at DOT video's from the area to help make a determination if the attack was bias motivated. According to the victims, the assailants yelled hate slurs that defame homosexual's while hitting and kicking the couple.
Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality said his group is looking into the attack.
"Two people have the living daylights beaten out of them, while they are called a (epithet)," he said. "If that's not a hate crime, then I don't know what it is."
By Kelli Busey
March 18, 2009
Union Bar Reaches Agreement With GLBT Community
Representatives from Union Bar and Lounge met with leaders from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Monday and reached a resolution that actions that led to the perception of discrimination were unintended.
“Due to a miscommunication between management of Union Bar and Lounge and the door staff, we acknowledge that actions by the door staff caused an unintended perception of discriminatory actions towards the gay and lesbian community. We wholeheartedly did not want or intend for this to happen. We also acknowledge that this unintended action caused hurt and bad feeling within the gay and lesbian community towards Union Bar and it staff. We also extend this apology to all of our regular gay and lesbian customers who may have been hurt by this misunderstanding.”
“We deeply appreciate Union Bar and Lounge coming to us to clear up this incident,” said Kris Banks, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. “We accept Union Bar’s explanation that miscommunication was at the heart of the problem. We understand that there was no discriminatory intent, but circumstances led to a strong perception that we were excluded because of our sexual orientation.’
“Our community is sensitive to discrimination, an understandable sentiment given the unfinished nature of our civil rights movement. Discrimination still exists, and should be addressed with legislation like House Bill 2215. We were happy to hear that the owners of Union Bar and Lounge are supporters of this legislation 100%."
“We are happy for resolution and call for the GLBT community to move on and continue working for equality. We urge the community to cease negative bombardment, especially highly inappropriate harassment and threats.”
The Union Bar and Lounge will continue to work with the GLBT community and intends to hold a fundraiser in the near future
Reaceived March 16, 2009 via facebook from "United Against Union Bar"
Houston Texas Bar Refuses Gay People
Integrity Marching to Anaheim
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Houston Texas Bar Refuses Gay People
MIDTOWN BAR REFUSES GAY PEOPLE
Gays not feeling the love after being made to wait in rain as others admitted.
Nearly 100 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were refused entry to Union Bar and Lounge in Midtown Friday while others were welcomed.
Patrons started lining up at about 9:40 p.m. and were told to wait in line and not allowed inside, even as straight-appearing people were waved through. As the line grew and patrons waited in the rain, employees at the door told those who were that they were maintaining a “ratio.” Later, the bar employees simply indicated they had the right to refuse anyone.
“I was shocked to be a victim of that kind of discrimination in a city like Houston in 2009,” said Neal Falgoust, a Houston law student. “I have never experienced anything like that before in my life.”
A patron who arrived at the bar early reported that the bar was nearly empty at about 9:40 p.m., when gay people started arriving and were stopped at the door.
Gay people continued to line up to the street and around the corner as people who appeared to be straight went to the front and were ushered in. Kris Banks, who stood at the front of the line, said the bar employees were asking the women who were entering with men if the men were accompanying them. If the men were with the women, they were allowed in.
“I arrived and heard that they were not allowing gay men in, so when I got to the door with three women I asked if we would be allowed in, and the door employee said ‘I was told to keep you out,’ ” said Lindsey Dionne. “This was supposed to be a social event, but now it’s political.”
That this kind of discrimination is still legal in Houston makes it more outrageous. A coalition of GLBT rights groups, including the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats, the Harris County Impact Houston and Amicus at South Texas College of Law said Saturday that the incident is proof of the necessity of legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity for public accommodations.
“Houston is the only major city in Texas without a law that prevents this kind of discrimination,” said Jerry Simoneaux, GLBT civil rights lawyer. “This incident is exactly the reason Houston should implement such an ordinance.”
The event was organized as Houston’s first “Guerilla Gay Bar,” a tongue-in-cheek event that has been popular in other cities in which GLBT individuals come to traditionally straight bars to interact with other communities. Though Guerilla Gay Bars are usually a surprise event in other cities, Houston organizers informed the bar owner in advance out of courtesy and were told they would be welcomed.
Contacts: Kris Banks,
President of Houston GLBT Political Caucus,
GLBT civil rights attorney,
On the Web
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The Advocate "Bar Crashers Say Straight Venue Shut Them Out"
The Caucus "Midtown Bar Refuses Gay People"
Google Map and review
Pray for Jackie! EXPECT MIRACLES!!!
Jackie's faith family prayed that time forward for miracles. The miracles the world awaits for began to occur to the people that Jackie's life touches. Adversaries found common ground. People began finding ourselves in the grace of our lord and being brought together in the Methodist faith. Recovering substance abuser's refreshed, pausing to wonder in the beauty of the lives we had taken for granted.
Why should we not pray with Jackie because she needs us now. She is going to China where stem cell research has progressed to the point that it offers her a opportunity to become a vibrant interactive woman once again.
We can be part of this miracle. If you can come to Decatur there are many opportunities to help, but if you can't, you can be a miracle maker by sending a check to; Legend Bank/ Attn: Jackie Murphree Benefit Account/ P.O. Box 1001/ Decatur, TX 76234.
Pray for Jackie! EXPECT MIRACLES!!!
DECATUR — Sitting in a wheelchair, Jackie Murphree's eyes must now speak for her.
Benefit Fun Run May 23, 2009 sign up form
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Pedophiles in Church : Catholic Abuse of Christianity
The Catholic Church's refusal to accept sexual diversity as a god given undeniable human condition has resulted in thousands of children sexually abused and more victimized daily by the very institution entrusted with the sanctity of life.
With the single minded determination of a bloodied fighter covering on the ropes the Catholic Church is swinging wildly hoping to inflict a mortal blow on what it mistakenly perceives as its opponent, sexual minorities.
Ultimately it is the silent innocent victim who suffers as the Catholic Church pays hush money and allows this abhorrent practice to continue. It's secrecy and duplicity condoning religious violence against boys and girls. As Sex claims against US Church rise over one half of the Catholic victims are just babies, children under 10 years old.
Sex claims against US Church rise
Priests to face 'sex drive tests'
Pope sorry for priests' sex abuse
Vatican opposes UN Declaration on decriminalisation of homosexuality
Pope 'did not help girls abused by Florence priest'
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Catholic Church Facing Biggest Threat Ever
by k.a. Busey
March 19, 2009
About the author.
I am a transgender woman of faith. It is my love of Christianity which motivates me to reach out to the Catholic Church. It is my hope that this effort will in some small way help.
Sex-change for Free : Tamil Nadu India
BREAKING NEWS From planetransgender april 16, 2009 "Tamil Nadu : Forced Prostitution In Exchange for Sexual Reassignment Surgery(SRS)"
Laying in the southeastern corner of India is Nadu Tamil. The state of தமிழ்நாடு with culture predating recorded history has transitioned back to the future as a world leader of progressive thinking by offering sexual reassignment surgery. In a country suffering from current western transphobic influences, the present treatment of India's transgender people often mirrors that of it's contemporaries, with indifference and cruelty being the norm. This has not always been true of India and once again the ancient reverence of humanity is manifesting in popular culture.
Published by Indian Express.com the article by Vinay Sitapati is much more than a story about getting a Sex-change for free, it is the story of societal success..
"In the midst of all this, Tamil Nadu stands out in how it treats transgenders. The state has set up a Transgender Welfare Board with a budget of 50 lakh rupees per year. That’s around 100 rupees per eunuch — meagre but without parallel in the rest of India. More than money, it’s the schemes themselves that are eye-catching: special ration cards for eunuchs and “admission to transgenders in Government colleges,” to quote DMK MP Kanimozhi. But it’s Tamil Nadu’s decision to pay for sex-change surgery that is truly path breaking." read on Sex-change for free
MURDERED : Ebru Soykan Turkish Transgender Human Rights Activist
Turkey: Another Transgender Activist Murdered
Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination
Ebru's murder was the second this year of transgender activists in Turkey. She was a leading figure in an organization that worked to end police harassment and ill treatment of transgender people. She was stabbed in her home in spite of having notified the police of the dangerous man who they presently have in custody in connection with her murder.
Many people in Turkey feel that the police if not committing the violence, turn a deaf ear to warnings and a blind eye to crime if it is committed against transgender people.
The Human Rights Watch published the report "A Social Hell: State Violence, Abuse, and Harassment against Transgender People" in 2008 which describes Turkey as a place that “We Need a Law for Liberation”.
by k.a. Busey
March 13, 2009
Related on the web
Pink News U.K. "Transgender activist murdered in Turkey"
Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey attends White House Forum on Health Reform
Director of Communications
“In the coming months, the macro themes and issues raised at the summit will work their way through to concrete policy and funding decisions that will affect the day-to-day lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
WASHINGTON, March 6 — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey was among those participating in yesterday’s White House health-care reform summit convened by President Barack Obama.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“The White House Forum on Health Reform was a powerful start to reforming health care and how our country views health generally. With Sen. Ted Kennedy in the room, people couldn’t help but be inspired to focus on solutions. In the coming months, the macro themes and issues raised at the summit will work their way through to concrete policy and funding decisions that will affect the day-to-day lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Task Force will be working to make sure our needs, lives and families are not left behind. For example, how families are defined will be critical to ensuring full coverage of LGBT people, our partners/spouses and our children. The days when we must pay taxes on domestic partner health benefits must end.
“Other issues of great concern to LGBT people are the need for inclusive services; quality health care for those who are not employed; funding for community-based health centers with culturally sensitive services; addressing the ‘preexisting conditions’ barriers that far too many in our community face by having to move from job to job due to lack of employment protections or barriers faced by transgender people; and the racial and economic disparities that have plagued the existing system.
“Our community has a great deal at stake in the outcomes of this process but we also have a lot to offer in terms of solutions, creativity and engagement — after all, our community created an entire infrastructure of HIV/AIDS care when the government was unwilling to take action in ways that addressed the scale of the problem.”
Top Task Force staffer on hand as President Obama signs executive order creating White House Council on Women and Girls
Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, March 11 — President Barack Obama signed an executive order today creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. The council is designed to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronting women and girls, and to ensure that all cabinet and cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper attended today’s signing at the White House.
The White House Council on Women and Girls will be chaired by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president, and the day-to-day operations will be run Tina Tchen, currently director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Statement by Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“Women and girls have made great strides in the United States, but challenges clearly remain. The highest echelons of government need to be aware of and actively engaged in finding solutions to critical issues affecting women and girls — issues like pay equity, threat of violence, work-life balance for working women, and access to affordable health care and child care. Women and their families are particularly vulnerable on all these counts during an economic downturn. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women face additional obstacles because they are unprotected by most nondiscrimination employment laws and family recognition laws. This new council will hopefully ensure the voices of women and girls are heard and that these issues remain front and center in the White House.”
Senator Renfroe : Respect Justice During Angie Zapata's Murder Trial
By Kelli Busey
March 12, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 25, 2009
Contact: Jeremy J. Shaver
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado challenges harmful rhetoric in debate over Senate Bill 88
DENVER – The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is concerned and saddened by the inflammatory rhetoric and disregard for the boundaries between religion and government displayed on the Colorado Senate floor on Monday.
The disturbing comments came during debate on Senate Bill 88 – legislation that would provide health benefits to the same-gender domestic partners of state employees. Sen. Scott Renfroe, of Greeley, quoted Bible verses to argue that the state should not condone homosexual relationships. He went even further by saying homosexuality is an “abomination” and an “offense to God.”
Continue reading press release "Interfaith Alliance of Colorado challenges harmful rhetoric in debate over Senate Bill 88"
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies with religious convictions and atheists alike are equally upset. Take Action and contact Senator Renfroe.
[written by kelli Busey, feel free to cut and paste]
As we are sure you are aware, there is on going murder trial in Greeley CO. where impartiality of Justice could not be of more importance.
In respect of Angie Zapata's murder trial, family, friends and allies of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community respectfully ask that Senator Renfroe contain his comments to those that do nor disparage LGBT people.
As this Murder trial will be directly affected by a State Senators comments that reflect his religious convictions and not the legislative mandates of Colorado, we ask Senator Renfroe to respect justice for this period of time and join the state of Colorado, the United States and indeed the world in efforts to find common ground.
Contact Senator Renfroe and voice your opinion!
By mail (for official business):
Senator Scott Renfroe
200 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
By mail (for campaign business):
Scott Renfroe for Senate
3201 Grandview Drive
Greeley, CO 80631
Amnesty International : Say No to Internet Censorship on March 12
World Day against Cyber Censorship is this Thursday, March 12. It is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. Urge Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft not to censor any of their search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world on this day.
Take Action With Amnesty International
Angie Zapata Trial : Andrade's Murder Confession Thrown Out
March 12, 2009 by k.a. Busey
Weld District court Judge Marcelo Kopcow has ruled that defendant statements made after 39 minutes of questioning while be dissallowed after Andrade told Greeley detective Greg Tharp ‘I’m done. Yeah, I’m not talking right now’ [that] "... is a clear statement of the defendant’s request to remain silent and cut off further questioning.."
Also disallowed is evidence possibly increasing the severity of sentencing due to Andrade's alleged gang membership in which sexual activities outside of the heteronormative is punishable by beatdown, expulsion and even death making killing of Zapata seem as imperative to Andrade.
What is not known is the content of the confession prior to the 39 minute point.
According to the comprehensive article by the Greeley Tribune the evidence that will be allowed at the trial scheduled to begin on April 14;
"Statements to police admitting to stealing Zapata’s car.
Recorded phone calls Andrade made from jail to his girlfriend.
Evidence from a friend saying Zapata looked convincingly like a woman.
Evidence and photos from Andrade’s cell phone (though some pictures are out). The cell phone notes 670 separate communications between Andrade and Zapata between July 1-16, 2008."
Related articles on the web;
Greeley Tribune by Sharon Dunn "Andrade's murder confession thrown out"
bird of paradox "Judge to rule on confession in Angie Zapata killing"
planetransgender Jan 01,09 "Angie Zapata's Life and Death : changed how we are treated"
planetransgender Sept. 19,08 "Angie Zapata's accused killer to be tried for for 1st degree murder"
Urge Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia to Support a National Hate Crimes Bill
The below correspondence was received in response to a request made to Sen. Chambliss that he support national hate crimes legislation.
"Thank you for contacting me regarding your thoughts on hate crime legislation. I appreciate hearing your concerns on this matter."
"There is little evidence that indicates that violent crimes motivated by "hate" go unpunished in the United States. Most states already have criminal laws that prohibit the anti-social behavior addressed by hate crime legislation - including laws against murder, rape, arson, assault, and battery."
"I oppose the creation of Federal hate crime legislation for a variety of reasons. First, I do not believe the Federal government should interfere with the criminal laws already on the books in our states. Second, many hate crime bills attempt to establish a "protected class" of crime victims who would receive special protection under the law. And finally, we already have laws to prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes. Those people guilty of violent crimes against anyone should be prosecuted under existing law."
Some back ground information
A sample Letter
I hope you will support a Senate hate crimes bill.
The LGBT community has long unjustly suffered from violent crime targeted directly against Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Gay and Lesbian people, law enforcements inability to identify hate crimes against LGBT people and the judicial systems inability to enforce harsher sentencing for hate crimes against LGBT people.
Sen Sen. Chambliss contact page
'Man in the Shower' says eye witness Mary Ann Ondray er I mean Mary Ann Andree, I mean Mary ann, oh whatever.
"We have a speical today on the ever popular 'shower' method." According to Mary Ann Jane Doe of the 'Concerned Citizens of whatever' "We have refined the shower method allowing the creation of an extremly dangerous precedents by getting close friends (or club members and even husbands) to cross dress, commit crimes by invading the opposite sex's most personal space while they are most vulnerable."
"Apparently success was achieved in our last effort" according to Whatever Jane Doe, "Not only can someone claim at some point that this was a only 'test' of a law, but it gives credence to potential criminals that this behaviour is permissible hopefully perpetuating violence and validating our incredibly outrageous claims."
"It's a win win for us haters" says Mary Ann Whatever Dope "We can lobby against human rights laws while actually promoting hate crimes and violence against woman and children!"
"Its all for a just cause. Our cause. Hate and Bigotry." says Doe Jane Whatever, "Now here is the kicker. You can even change the names of the perpetrators and continue to highlight this event as 'Evidence' of the dangers of enacting human rights laws and our husbands, club members and good ole buddies can walk away, scott free in full view of law enforcement."
'Concerned Citizens for something or another' did not return latter calls regarding possible 'Testing' of federal perjury laws.
Some links possibly related found somewhere on the web
January 17, 2008
Eye witness Mary Ann Andree told WJLA-Television
transadvocate.com Theresa Rickman Admits To Locker Room Media Stunt
Eyewitness "Ondray" recounts man in shower to Channel 7 News
Pams House Blend Theresa Rickman Admits To Locker Room Media Stunt
Examiner.com Kelly Nicholson, general manager for the gym questioned whether the person was actually transgendered
Possibly written by kelli Anne Busey
testing of planetransgender's ablity to withstand bullshit
Could have been written on March 11, 2009
"Man in the Womans Shower" says witness Mary Ann Ondray er, I mean Mary Ann Andree, I mean of whatever....
"We have a speical today on the ever popular 'shower' method." According to Mary Ann Jane Doe of the 'Concerned Citizens of whatever' "We have refined the shower method allowing the creation of an extremly dangerous precedent by getting close friends (or club members and even husbands) to cross dress, commit crimes and invade the opposite sex's most personal spaces, while they are most vulnerable."
"Apparently success was achieved in our last effort" according to Jane Doe, "Not only can someone claim at some point that this was a only 'test' of a law, but it gives credence to potential criminals that this behaviour is permissible hopefully perpetuating violence and validating our incredibly outragious claims."
"It's a win win for us haters" says Mary Ann Whatever Doe "We can lobby against human rights laws while actually promoting hate crimes and violence against woman and children!"
"Its all for a just cause. Our cause. Hate and Bigotry." says Doe Jane Whatever, "Now here is the kicker. You can even change the names of the perpetrators and continue to highlight this event as 'Evidence' of the dangers of enacting human rights laws and our husbands, clubmembers and good ole buddies can walk away, scott free in full view of law enforcement."
'Concerned Citizens for somethin or another' did not return latter calls regarding possiable 'Testing' of federal purgery laws.
Some related links found on the web
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Queers United: Take Action to Support Civil Unions in Hawaii
From Queers United;
The civil unions bill has already passed the Hawai'i State House of Representatives, but it has hit a roadblock in the State Senate. It's not too late for the Senate to take action and pass this legislation, but we need your help. We need your voices, speaking in favor of equality, to let the State Senate and Governor Lingle know that many residents of Hawaii reject discrimination and support civil unions. Please sign the attached petition in support of the civil unions bill.
Follow the link above to sign the petition now to demand civil unions and pass this on to friends.
HEROES OF FAITH HERO: REV. JAMES REEB
Written by Brianna My Hero project
James Reeb was born on January 1, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas. He was a Unitarian minister who was very active in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. Rev. James Reeb is my hero.
I believe that a hero is an individual who does something to positively influence the world. A hero is passionate and honest about what he/she does and always puts the needs of others in front of his/her own. Heroes do not take the easy routes in life. They stay committed to what they know to be true, no matter what obstacles they may face.
Rev. James Reeb fits my definition of a hero in many ways. Reeb was a white man living during the African American civil rights movement. Because of the color of his skin, James Reeb could have chosen to perpetuate his white supremacy by not speaking out against the injustices of that time. Rev. Reeb did not take the easy route.
The murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson gave the civil rights movement another spark. A march from Selma to the state capitol building in Montgomery, Alabama was organized by members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to be on February 1, 1965. This march led to the arrest of 770 people. Two more marches soon followed this one. The second one was led by Martin Luther King. James Reeb was one of the dozen white UU ministers who had come to support Martin Luther King after a horrible confrontation with the state troopers called "Bloody Sunday." After the group of 1,500 people, including Rev. Reeb and Martin Luther King, had crossed the Pettus Bridge, the crowd was stopped by a wall of state troopers. In order to avoid further confrontation, King decided to turn back. Soon after the march, on the evening of March 9th 1965, Rev. James Reeb was attacked by a group of white men in Selma, Alabama. Two days later, Rev. Reeb died of his injuries. The death of Rev. Reeb triggered a national outcry against the racism in the South. Rev. James Reeb took a stand against something that he felt very passionately about. He risked his life by marching with and supporting Martin Luther King and sadly, like many others, his life was taken. During the time of the African American civil rights movement, it was considered very controversial for a person of any race to demand and fight for equality. I find it especially admirable that Martin Luther King and Rev. James Reeb chose to be non-violent in their battle for civil rights.
I attend a Unitarian Universalist Church that is named after Rev. James Reeb. He is an important person in the history of civil rights and I admire his strength in standing up for what he believed in and knew to be true. I use the stories of Rev. James Reeb as a way to give myself strength and hope knowing that he had the courage to take the harder route in life. My congregation and I strive to emulate the strength and courage that Rev. James Reeb, and many others from this time in history, have shown.
Our mission is to enlighten and inspire people of all ages with an ever-growing internet archive of hero stories from around the world. Now more than ever, children, teachers, and parents yearn for messages of hope and courage to face the challenges that lie ahead. The MY HERO web site hosts thousands of stories of remarkable individuals written by children and adults alike. These stories serve to remind us that we all have the potential to overcome great obstacles and achieve our dreams by following in the footsteps of our heroes.
Please visit with the My Hero project
Urge Maryland's Governor to Push for Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation
Governor O'Malley's leadership can make the difference in the House and Senate Committees passing transgender anti-discrimination legislation this year. Transgender people experience bias far too often in employment, housing, healthcare, and public accommodations. When discrimination prevents or hinders a person from gaining or keeping employment, many other problems develop. Rent doesn't get paid, which leads to eviction. Data shows that 42% of transgender people in the DC Metro Area are unemployed and 19% do not have their own living space. Transgender individuals may also be denied access to social services like shelters or rape crisis centers; refused treatment, ridiculed, or denied recognition of their gender identity by health care professionals; or refused service at restaurants or stores.
Click for the Equality Maryland Action Alert
"Jennifer Gale" blood drive Twin Cities Criminal Defames Gay and Transexual people
Fake posters found in the Twin Cities area purportedly seeking donors for a Red Cross blood drive intentionally defamed both Gay and Transgender people. Fox news correctly reported a 'Derogatory' term was used to describe gay men, but the name of the church, 'Jennifer Gale' was not recognized by Fox news as defamatory towards transgender people.
The author of this poster intentionally choose to use the name of a recently deceased homeless transgender activist so as to include transgender people in this insulting message.