P Club Update: Judge Awards Portland T Girls $400,000 but they don't want the money

Almost exactly one year ago I reported on a group transgender woman   in Portland Oregon who were thrown out of a local bar, the P Club. The owner of the club left a voice mail on one of the woman phones telling her and her friends not to come back because he didn't want people to think he was running a 'tranny' bar.

Well, that man is out $405,000 dollars.  Oregon's Equality Act makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in public accommodations.

It's not about the money.

Susan Miller posted this to her blog August 31st giving us an idea why.
"It has been a long 14 months and although we won it is not over as we are sure and actually looking forward to Chris Penner the bar owner appealing this ruling. This was an administrative Judge ruling which is good but an appeals Judge ruling or even the state Supreme Court ruling would be better." 


An Act of Violence: Evangelist "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt's "debate" with Dr. Dana Beyer about ENDA

The embedded video by "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt a retired Air Force chaplain, is framed by him as a debate although Dr. Klingenschmitt doesn't debate.
He only asks leading questions about  ENDA'a mark up which much to the credit of Dr. Beyers, were answered truthfully with tact and grace.

I was aghast as Klingenschmitt maliciously insulted Dr. Beyers in every way he could on the video and accompanying article Co-Ed Bathrooms? Chaplain Debates Transgender on ENDA Bill, yet Klingenschmit seemed so respectful while interviewing Dr. Beyers.

Calls to Dr Klingenschmitt media contact number have not been returned at this time.
* Update Dr. Klingenschmitt has left a voice mail which I intend on answering.

I was successful in contacting Dr. Bower for a statement regarding this interview. She offered this:

I will say: “I think it’s time that we in the trans community learn from our gay allies, who leap from success to success, and come out fully so that America can get to know us. Coming out is the critical act, and that includes speaking with those who are most opposed to our rights, be it from personal bias or just plain ignorance. I have been speaking with religious fundamentalists for years, having grown up in an orthodox Jewish environment, and have actually made inroads. Too often, though, some let their prejudices overwhelm them and they hoist themselves on their own petard. I had no expectations of the interviewer, and we treated each other civilly during the process.

I asked Dr. Beyers if she had any inkling of Klingenschmitt Malintent.

"Apparently he just couldn’t help himself. It’s his loss, but I remain hopeful that some in his community will see how limiting close-mindedness and incivility can be.”

ENDA as marked up exempts religious employers so Klingenschmitt's arguments against ENDA are not founded on legislative fact.

Dr, Klingenschmitt's arguments against ENDA are not based on Biblical truths ether. This was clearly intended as a act of violence by Klingenschmitt to willfully hurt Dr. Beyers.

It is a sin when a man, who proclaims to speak for the lord invokes hate maliciously against fellow humans especially when then the bible tells him to do otherwise.

It is a sin because biblical passages by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit make it clear transgender people are welcome in the kingdom.

Dr.Klingenschmitt's youtube comment policy:
 COMMENTS will be APPROVED unless vulgarity or name-calling. (After 
20:27 is best)

I posted this comment  to Dr. Chaps You tube but it was not approved at post time.
*Update Dr. Klingenschmitt has informed me he has published my comment..

Mr. Chaps please read these Biblical passages:

Isaiah 56: "Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say, ‘The LORD will surely separate me from his people’; and do not let the eunuch say, ‘I am just a dry tree.’ For thus says the LORD: To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths . . . I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters.

Mathew 19:11 and 12 Jesus asks his disciples to accept transgender people.
Acts 8:26-40 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

*edited: I hope Dr.Klingenschmitt reads these Biblical passages confirming transgender peoples place in gods kingdom.


District Judge: If Inmate Ophelia De’Lonta is transgender she is entitled to state funded SRS

Virginia transgender inmate Ophelia De’Lonta is a 'step closer'  to getting the medical treatment prescribed by the APA. A district Judge has ruled that Ms De’Lonta has the right to be diagnosed by a therapist of her choice and if the prognosis indicates she is transgender she has the right to get state funded gender confirmation surgery.

The APA  definition of transsexualism  published August 19th 2013 in their Healthy Minds blog:
"A transgender individual is someone with the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex. This can be accompanied by the wish to make his or her body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex. A transsexual individual is someone who has taken measures, through surgery or hormone therapy, to achieve their desire of living and being accepted as a member of the opposite sex. In general, transgender individuals prefer to be addressed using pronouns and other culture norms that are congruent with their preferred gender identity.

"You want to be a woman? Don’t rob, don’t murder. Act like a lady"

There are some even within our community, who feel that if a trans person commits a crime she or he has lost the right to medical treatment. If Ophelia De’Lonta receives SRS it would further confirm our right to medical treatment and you will see a lot less commentary like the following video.


Video: Islan Nettles Vigil Draws hundreds

Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, the leader of Gay Men of African Descent, spoke at the vigil and referred to Nettles as "he."

"She was a woman!" shouted Mariah Lopez, a transgender activist who told The Huffington Post that she asked to speak at the vigil and was turned down by organizers. "Gay Men Of African Descent shouldn't be speaking for trans people, period."

Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, the leader of Gay Men of African Descent, spoke at the vigil and referred to Nettles as "he."

"She was a woman!" shouted Mariah Lopez, a transgender activist who told The Huffington Post that she asked to speak at the vigil and was turned down by organizers. "Gay Men Of African Descent shouldn't be speaking for trans people, period."

"My girlfriend died last year and the year before," Lopez continued, over the speaker on the stage. "And none of you came, none of you!"

Taylor-Akutagawa said on Wednesday that working with the transgender community at a vigil like this is "still a learning process for me."

"We do our best to include them, but what wasn't being effectively communicated yesterday is that the family determined who was going to speak, and why," he said.

Read more at Huffpost and Pix11.com


SB 323 a bill that strips tax exemption from Boy Scouts Little League and FFA to get final vote

A California bill that could strip tax-exempt status from Little League, the Boy Scouts of America and other “discriminatory” nonprofit youth-serving groups could come up for a final vote this week.

The first-of-its-kind bill, SB 323, passed the California Senate and sailed through Assembly committees to a floor vote, possibly this week.
But opponents are taking heart that there might not be enough votes in the state Assembly to pass the bill.

The chamber did not consider the bill in its Monday session, but may take it up when it convenes Friday.
The bill, introduced by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, names the Boy Scouts, Little League, Future Farmers of America and 19 other organizations as examples of groups that could be stripped of their tax-exempt status if found to discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion or religious affiliation.

The measure also threatens tax-exempt status for public and private schools found to sponsor discriminatory youth groups. One critic said it could even threaten an exemption status held by a church.
“Traditional values regarding heterosexuality are being branded as the legal equivalent of racism, and so there’s the quite genuine fear that the tax code really is the battleground against the traditional churches,” said Alan Reinach, executive director of Church State Council, which opposes SB 323.

Read more: Washington Times

This bill ( SB 323 leginfo.ca.gov) would revise the Sales and Use Tax Law exemption for those
organizations, as provided. This bill would also provide that an
organization that is a public charity youth organization that discriminates
on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality,
religion, or religious affiliation is not exempt from the taxes imposed
by that law.

The right wings worst nightmare

Transgender woman are being slaughtered at a rate 50X that of LGB people

Walk late at night. Go to night clubs. Take the bus. Live in a apartment. Walk across the street.Being black and transgender. Any of this puts a target on a person's back if that person is trans .


Dantjier Powell, your Dad needs you to turn yourself in. Please.

Loueadry Powell makes a heart wrenching plea for his son to come home and turn himself in.
Dantjier Powell disappeared after transgender woman 
Domonique Newburn was found murdered.
Dantjier if you read this, please turn yourself in before law enforcement is forced to act.

You loved 
Domonique, there is no shame in that.
More at KTLA 

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DR Judy Meissner comment on planetransgender caused me to detransition?

Yesterday Los Angeles doctor of psychology Judy Meissner commented (posted below) on the post "Counter the Christian Family Coalition's Miami Dade Anti Trans Hate Tactics.

Basically she said  I was insane to falsely, freely disregard and openly misrepresent my biological sex.

Meissner's blogger profile  (click to enlarge) 
identifies her as therapist from Los Angeles and a director of the of the "International Center for the Study of Aberrosexualism (ICSA), an organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the research of biologically aberrant sexual behavior and practices, or aberrosexualism, and other psico-sexual phenomema."

Dr. Meissner's words were heart breaking! To know that a California certified therapist would tell me in essentially I was insane broke my spirit. How could I believe that I am transgender and not suffering from narcissistic psychotic self delusion after reading her comment?

I mean after all she's not just a California (Licensed presumably) therapist but a Master of Public Health (MPH) as well!

Who could argue with those credentials. Wanting to find some way to express my appreciation I decided to learn about Dr. Meissner first, so I googled her.

All I got in return was a litany of like comments by her deriding marriage equality, gay rights conflating constitutional rights with theocacy and deriding transsexualism.

OK, I so tried to find the web address for her 'estemed' group "International Center for the Study of Aberrosexualism (ICSA), but google, even DOG PILE came back with nothing even remotely resembling credentials or authenticity. Not even a web address. Nothing.


Well no, I didn't detransition because
 a) I am a woman and
 b)  just a tad to cynical.

 so here are the rest of my search results.

I couldn't find ether Dr. Judy Meissner or her group on LinkedIN, White pages, Yellow Pages and Guidestar does not list the "International Center for the Study of Aberrosexualism (ICSA)"

Dr. Judy Meissner is not listed with the California Psychological Association but here's the clincher.
Dr. Judy Meissner is not  licenced in the state of California to practice psychotherapy. She would have to be licenced by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, which she is not.  

I'm not saying she hasn't earned degrees, there are few resources to check on that.

What I am saying isthat  her opinions as a 'doctor' of psychotherapy are without empirical truth and are diametrically opposed to WAPTH and The American Psychiatric Association regarding transsexualism and homosexuality. In fact she sounds more like a TERF and they ARE certified transphobic WACK JOBS suffering from schizophrenia delusional disorder.

So here, for you're viewing pleasure is the comment made by Dr. Judy Meissner on the post 
"Counter the Christian Family Coalition's Miami Dade Anti Trans Hate Tactics:

1 comment:

Dr. Judy Meissner said...
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! Objectively speaking, a human being’s sex, age, color, race, and ethnicity, or biological ancestry, among many other personal traits, are not up to them to arbitrarily decide; they are not based on a personal opinion, private fantasy or subjective perception. Sex is a precisely determinable genetic fact. It is a scientifically demonstrable biological reality. As such, like it or not, sex can never be altered or changed. While an individual's physical appearance can be cosmetically changed or modified, or they can change their personal opinion as to their sex; their DNA, or chromosomes, can never be altered. Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” are non-scientific, ideological terms, i.e., terms specifically concocted to advance an ideology. Neither term is scientifically demonstrable, genetically verifiable, nor an objectively definable biological reality. Both terms are difficult if not impossible to scientifically interpret and define. It is contrary to sound public policy to recognize or grant an individual the false “right” to freely disregard and openly misrepresent their biological sex because this will thereafter recognize and grant the false “right” of individuals to disregard and misrepresent their age, race, ethnicity, or any other biological realities. SAVE Dade: You need to understand that there is no constitutional or rational right to demand that society accept my sexual fantasies, my personal opinions or my subjective ‘feelings’ about whether I’m a man or a woman! This ordinance has absolutely nothing to do with civil rights. It is simply an excuse to unjustly discriminate. You’re not advocating equality, your pushing insanity! Deal with it, sisters. You need to turn the page!

So...the next time you see a comment by this person you'll know who you are dealing with.

Have a nice day Judy.

You're trans sister,
kelli anne Busey


Putin's "enhanced" Sochi Olympics Decree seen as a ban on objections to his orwellian rule

The Russian newspaperSource: RG.RU Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated August 19, 2013 N 686

"On the use of high security during the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi"

Published: August 23, 2013 in the "WP" - federal issue number 6163
In order to implement enhanced security measures during the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, under Part 1 of Article 10 of the Federal Law of December 1, 2007 N 310-FZ "On the organization and holding of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, the Development of Sochi as a mountain resort and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation, "the decree:

1. Approve the attached:

a) A list of controlled areas;

b) a description of the restricted border zone.

2. Determine that:

a) controlled areas are established for the organization of authorized access to their persons and vehicles;

b) access of individuals and vehicles in controlled areas is carried out after the police inspection of individuals and their belongings, vehicles and transported for them things (including the use of technical means);

c) exclusion zone is set to prevent access to its citizens and vehicles without service or operational needs;

g) the boundaries of controlled areas and exclusion zones marked on the ground (in the territory, buildings, structures, objects) are well visible signs, labels, and are equipped with engineering and (or) technical means of protection.

3. Deny from January 7 to March 21, 2014 to enter the territory and movement on the territory of the municipality of Sochi vehicles, except:

a) railway vehicles;

b) vehicles registered in the municipality of Sochi;

a) vehicles of emergency services;

d) vehicles with the accreditation certificate as provided in paragraph 5 of this Ordinance.

4. Restrict:

a) drive through the checkpoint of the border of the Russian Federation Adler (Krasnodar Territory) vehicles, categories of which (including with regard to their state registration), as well as the time for which this restriction is introduced, defined by the operations staff to ensure safety during XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi (hereinafter - the operational headquarters);

b) the movement of vehicles on the roads and a special lane highways, road signs and traffic regulations specific markings, administered at the time of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi (hereinafter - the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games ), except for vehicles of emergency services, vehicles will be allowed to enter vehicles in the facilities used for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and (or) the parking of vehicles in these areas.

5. Accreditation certificates for vehicles intended for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, as well as vehicles used for life support Sochi, issued an autonomous non-profit organization "Transport Directorate of the Olympic Games," in consultation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

6. Set the permissions on the entry of vehicles in the facilities used for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and (or) the parking of vehicles in these areas are issued by independent non-profit organization "The Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi "(hereinafter - the Organizing Committee) to owners of vehicles with the accreditation certificate as provided in paragraph 5 of this Ordinance.

7. To establish that the territory and waters within which introduces increased security measures, meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets that are not associated with the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and planned for the period from January 7 to March 21, 2014 are carried out in that period of time.

8. Deny from January 7 to March 21, 2014 in the territory and waters within which introduced enhanced security measures:

a) the sale of arms, ammunition (bullets) and special funds, the armament state military organizations (hereinafter - special funds);

b) the sale of explosives and materials for industrial use and products containing them;

c) the sale of toxic substances in the list of toxic substances for the purposes of Article 234 and other articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, approved by the Government of the Russian Federation of December 29, 2007 N 964, except insofar as such substances are part of the drug registered in the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with established procedure.

9. To establish that the period of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games:

a) located in the municipality of Sochi objects of industrial, social, cultural, sporting and household purpose, plots, designed to contain these objects, and other territories in respect of which requires the implementation of special measures for their anti-terrorism protection, subject to enhanced protection in the manner prescribed in the period of preparation for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games;

b) the admission of visitors to the non-sporting events with events held at the Olympic sports facilities is carried out at registration cards, issued in the manner prescribed for the participants and spectators of sports events.

10. Operational headquarters:

a) determine the order of the access of people and vehicles in controlled areas and no-go zone, as well as the entry into the territory of the municipality of Sochi and its traffic vehicles are not subject to the prohibitions and limitations provided for in paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Ordinance ;

b) to determine the list of prohibited and restricted to authorized pronose (to transportation) in the controlled area and the restricted area;

c) establish rules for certain types of activities in controlled areas and restricted area;

d) to organize the protection of these areas;

d) identify the categories of vehicles (including with regard to their state registration), as well as the time for which is a restriction under subparagraph "a" of paragraph 4 of this Ordinance.

11. The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation in coordination with the operational headquarters set from January 7 to March 21, 2014:

a) the exclusion zone and restrictions in the airspace over the territory and water area within which introduces increased security measures, and to identify cases of use of the airspace in these areas, in which introduced restrictions do not apply;

b) forbidden to swim in the waters of areas within which introduces increased security measures and the rules for such areas, and to identify cases in which in said zones imposed restrictions do not apply.

12. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the period of the introduction of enhanced security measures:

a) ensure, within its competence enhanced mode of stay of athletes, sports facilities, and to address the operational staff, facilities and other areas;

b) to organize the ad hoc inspections of legal entities engaged in the sale of weapons, ammunition (bullets) and special funds for compliance with the provisions under sub-paragraph "a" of paragraph 8 of this Decree;

c) provide for the seizure and acceptance in custody until March 20, 2014 weapons, ammunition (bullets) and special equipment relevant territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the case of detection of the sale of weapons, ammunition (bullets) and special funds;

g) Ensure that since March 21, 2014 and received by return of the seized for safekeeping of weapons, ammunition (bullets) and special funds to their owners with no reason preventing such refund in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

13. Federal Migration Service to determine the features of registration permits for employment of foreign nationals and stateless persons on the territory of the municipality of Sochi between the organization and holding of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

14. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia on the restrictions imposed under paragraph 4 of this Ordinance.

15. Federal Road Agency, the Krasnodar Territory and the municipal administration of the city of Sochi in coordination with the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation to provide timely information to road users about the time constraints of movement of vehicles on the roads, possible detour routes and places for parking of vehicles by arrangement Information road signs, reports in the media and information and telecommunications network "Internet" in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation.

16. Administration of Krasnodar Region to organize within the territory within which introduces increased security measures, legal persons (medical, pharmacy organizations and wholesale trade of medicines), engaged in the provision of medicines under license for activity on trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their Precursors cultivation of narcotic plants and providing medical assistance to the population with the use of medicines containing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or harsh on the basis of a license for medical activities, measures to ensure the adequate supply of medicines for the smooth functioning of these organizations.

17. Autonomous non-profit organization "Olympic Games Transport Directorate":

a) to determine in consultation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and the procedure for issuing the form of accreditation certificates for vehicles designed for life support of Sochi and the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, as well as in consultation with the municipality resort city of Sochi and the Organising Committee - a list of individuals and entities, vehicles that are eligible for accreditation certificates;

b) to issue accreditation certificates;

c) ensure that a unified database of issued certificates of accreditation.

18. Organising Committee:

a) to determine in consultation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and the procedure for issuing authorizations for the entry of vehicles in the facilities used for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and (or) the parking of vehicles in these areas ;

b) to issue permits;

c) ensure that a uniform database of permits.

19. Government of the Russian Federation, Krasnodar Territory Administration to arrange for temporary parking of vehicles for the period of the ban on the entry and movement of vehicles specified in paragraph 3 of this Decree, as well as the movement of public transport in the areas of finding these sites.

20. This Decree shall enter into force on the day of its official publication.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Billionaire Colonel who gave a million to study transgender Service announces she is transgender

Retired Colonel Jennifer Natalya Pritzker gave 1.35 to Palm center earlier this year to help study transgender peoples feasibility in the service has announced her transition from male to female. The Palm center was instrumental in helping repeal DADT for gay people.

A statement released by email published by chicagobusiness.com said this:

"As of Aug. 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings."

Indra Lusero, the project director of the Palm Center’s Transgender Military Initiative, has commissioned 16 scholars to conduct 11 studies investigating “whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness” — in areas ranging from privacy and medical accommodations to the experiences of foreign militaries and sports programs.

“This academic research will inform an important public conversation by providing facts and evidence about transgender military service and gender expression in armed forces. Militaries around the world are updating their policies, and we are already conducting research in Canada, Britain and Australia to learn whether their trans-inclusive regulations have impacted readiness,” Lusero said in a statement provided to Buzz Feed.

Wanted Dantiier Powell for the murder of Fontana Trans Woman Domonique Newburn

Dantjier Powell, 18
FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police continued their search on Friday for an 18-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of a transgender woman in Fontana.
Dantiier Powell may be trying to leave the state, possibly by bus, police said.
He was believed to be traveling with 25-year-old Jamie Nicole Cotton, of Highland.Powell was described as black, 5 foot 8 inches tall and 155 pounds, with an average build and dark complexion.
Powell was being sought in the murder of 31-year-old Domonique Newburn, who friends said was a transgender woman.
Read more: KTLA

Beating death of Harlem transgender woman Islan Nettles being investigated as a hate crime

Saturday just after midnight, Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old fashion design student was walking down 8th Avenue near West 147th Street right in front of a police precinct, when a group of men started saying some very mean things.

"They were called f****, they were called he-she's, she males, things of that nature," her mother Delores Nettles said.

Police say one of the men was 20-year-old Paris Wilson, who they say punched Nettles, knocked her down, and wouldn't stop.

She was taken to Harlem Hospital with severe head trauma where she slipped into a coma and was pronounced brain dead Tuesday. ~ ABC Local

A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office, Ellen Borakove, said on Friday that the death had been ruled a homicide and the cause was “blunt force trauma.”

ABC Local reports

Ms. Nettles, who, according to her LinkedIn page, was an intern assistant designer at Ay’Medici, a Harlem fashion company, was walking with a group of transgender friends on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 147th and 148th Streets when they encountered several men across the street from the station house of Police Service Area 6, which patrols public housing developments in the area.

When the men concluded Ms. Nettles and her friends were transgender, a scuffle broke out, the police said, with punches thrown and homophobic slurs shouted.

A 20-year-old Harlem man, Paris Wilson, was arrested late Saturday and, according to a criminal complaint, was charged in the case by the Manhattan district attorney’s office with misdemeanor assault and harassment. At the time of the arrest, police officers did not realize that the confrontation might have involved bias. At some point later, prosecutors said, a witness went into the Area 6 station house and told the police that homophobic language had been used.

The Police Department’s hate crimes task force is now investigating the case.

Prosecutors also said that more, and graver, charges could be filed against Mr. Wilson, who on Friday remained free on bail.


MLK's "I've Got A Dream" now includes LGBT people because "We Have a Dream"

Martin Luther King said during his famous speech that "We can not walk alone" reminding his followers that there were white brothers and sisters among their ranks that day.

An epiphany of historical significance that the LGBT community has built our success on. But  MLK did not mean to include the LGBT community in "we". So for the record from day one we were "We" and continue to be "We".

The organizing genius behind the March on Washington was civil-rights veteran Baynard Rustin. What is less-known now, or then, is that he was gay. That might have not been known at all had Rustin not been arrested on what were then called morals charges (he was arrested in 1953 along with two other men in a parked car in Pasadena, Calif.)

King had kept Rustin at a distance under pressure from other black leaders. The late Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of Harlem had forced Rustin off of the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Roy Wilkins, head of the NAACP, didn't want Rustin running the 1963 march.
But Rustin's mentor, A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, insisted. It was Randolph's idea to have a March on Washington in 1941 to protest segregation—and it was called off only when President Roosevelt desegregated the defense industry. So when the idea surfaced of a March on Washington in 1963, to demand justice on the 100th anniversary of the end of slavery, Randolph's word counted above all others. And it was Rustin who did much of the speaking that August day.
Sen. Strom Thurmond denounced Rustin as a communist and homosexual in a floor statement, but the press didn't pick it up. Rustin died in 1987 and President Obama will present him, posthumously, with the Medal of Freedom.

I didn't know that the greatest speech ever made was being held hostage for profit. Mother Jones has brought it to my attention that commercial enterprises must pay a hefty fee to publish MLK's I've Got A Dream Speech.

I'm a poor blogger who never had an advert on my blog for just that reason. It allows me the freedom of speech.

So here for your viewing pleasure one of the most important moments in American history, but first a little about one of the most important figures in LGBT people struggle for our shared dream.

 I've Got A Dream.


Watch Chelsea Manning's Lawyer Announce her transition

The Army private's statement, provided to TODAY exclusively, signed "Chelsea E. Manning."
The Army private's statement, provided to TODAY exclusively, signed "Chelsea E. Manning."

Subject: The Next Stage of My Life

I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

Thank you,

Chelsea E. Manning
Source Free Manning

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It's ok to discriminate (while making informed decisions) It's Not ok to discriminate to validate biased bigotry

From the I couldn't make this up file. The right wing hate publication "One News.com" " an column  authored by  Mr. Nate Kellum, chief counsel for the Center for Religious Expression (Memphis, TN), a legal entity dedicated entirely to the protection of religious speech.

Nate KellumCalifornia’s new “transgender” law mandates school districts allow students to participate in school activities and use facilities based on their “gender identity” – and that opens a Pandora’s Box of problems.

The word “discriminate” carries with it a regrettable connotation. Mere mention evokes thoughts of Jews in concentration camps, elections without female participation, and water fountains marked “whites only.” But to discriminate, according to Merriam-Webster, is to simply note a distinction.
Detecting differences is not always bad; in fact, quite often, it only makes sense to discriminate.

Mr. Kellum  didn't bother to include the full definition of discrimination just the one that fit his needs in validating his argument. I think California has been a little less discriminatory in its understanding of word discrimination while passing AB 1266. . From the same source that Mr. Kellum used to make his incredibly inane argument, the merriam-webster.com dictionary :


 verb \dis-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of DISCRIMINATE

transitive verb
a : to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of
b : distinguishdifferentiate <discriminate hundreds of colors>
: to distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially: to distinguish from another like object
intransitive verb
a : to make a distinction <discriminate among historical sources>
b : to use good judgment
: to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit <discriminate in favor of your friends><discriminate against a certain nationality>
Using his subjective quotation of dictonary Mr. Kellum said that: "Ignoring the significance of this discernment, (presumably of the word discrimination) the State of California recently passed a transgender student law that blurs recognizable distinctions between males and females in their public school system. 

No Mr. Kellum it is not OK to use a skewed quote from the Merriam Webster dictionary to validate your hatred of transgender people. My suggestion Mr Kellum? You should  read your bible.


Fontana Police found Murdered Transgender Woman's car, looking for a person of interest

Fontana police Wednesday afternoon found a Mercedes belonging to a transgender woman and former YouTube reality star who was apparently slain in her apartment.

Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment Tuesday afternoon after residents called police reporting a disturbance, the Fontana Police Department said.

Witnesses said that a man seen leaving the apartment took off in the victim's black 2004 Mercedes.

But the vehicle appeared to have been parked "for some time" at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino, where it was located by detectives, Sgt. Doug Imhof said in a statement.

He said there were no details on how the vehicle ended up at the park.

Police said the man seen leaving the apartment was described as 5-foot-8 with an average build and wearing blue jeans. He was believed to be in late 20s or early 30s.

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Miss Universe 2013 contestants will be sentenced to jail if she's transgender

Imagine a Miss Universe pageant with two exit doors.  Each contestant must take one regardless if she is the winner, runner up or an also ran as instructed by her handler. One leads to bright lights, a Dachau and fame. The other leads to a waiting paddy wagon, beat downs and a gulag. Sounds ludicrous, well its not.

NBC co owner of the Miss Universe pageant is intent on holding this event in Moscow. NBC has have issued a statement that they are "concerned"  about the treatment of LGBT people in Russia but have made it clear, they will not move the pageant.

The same city where just a week ago a Olympic contestants who had painted their finger nails colorfully were made to remove the polish because it looked like the colors of LGBT flag.

The same city where LGBT pride has been outlawed for a hundred years.

The same country where anyone who dares to speak in opposition of the ruling party, the state church or speak up for LGBT people are beaten and unmercifully persecuted and imprisoned.

Its the same country that promises competitors and visitors at the winter Olympics in 2014 that they will pay the same price its citizens suffer if the speak about LGBT people.

So what if one of the contestants is transgender? Obviously there wouldn't be a transgender contestant or anyone to speak of equality if the next Miss Universe pageant is held in Russia. It will be the most oppressive manipulated anti LGBT propaganda show of all time. The silence would be deafening.

The same country that NBC is broadcasting the Sochi winter olympics in 2014 despite the worlds condemnation.

Is this the world be accept?

Source: Medi Matters.org

On June 18, the organizers of the annual Miss Universe pageant announced that the 2013 competition will be held this November in Moscow, Russia.
The announcement came just one week after the Russian legislature unanimously adopted an extreme new law banning “gay propaganda.” Under the new rules, anyone who is caught showing support for the gay community or LGBT equality can face fines or jail time for promoting "gay propaganda" to minors. Similar laws have already been used to justify violence against LGBT people throughout parts of the country, and human rights groups have stated that the measure is in clear violation of international law.
NBC Universal, which co-owns Miss Universe, is already facing scrutiny over whether it will report on the impact of Russia’s draconian new anti-gay measures during its exclusive coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The network’s handling of Miss Universe is an important first test.
Even some of NBC’s own celebrities are jumping ship because of the risky decision to hold the pageant in Moscow. Andy Cohen, an NBC employee and openly gay Bravo star who hosted the contest for the past two years, recently backed out of hosting the 2013 event, citing concerns for his own safety and that of participants and spectators.
Just last year, the Miss Universe pageant changed its rules to allow transgender contestants to compete. The decision to host the pageant in Moscow this year is a giant step backward.
By relocating this year’s “Miss Universe,” NBC can send a message to Russia that its bigotry will not be tolerated or legitimized by the international community. With the 2014 Olympics on the horizon, I can’t think of a more important time for NBC to demonstrate its commitment to the safety and dignity of its participants and guests.
Sign the Equality Matters letter and ask NBC to set a precedent with Russia.
Cynthia Padera
Campaigns Manager
Media Matters for America