Evie, the former nanny of U.S. president Barack Obama, shows a picture of herself (left) dressed for a pageant in Jakarta. Evie has endured a lifetime of abuse because of her transgender identity.
Photo by Dita Alangkara (AP)
Link TW: description of murder
Andrey Bridges is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Cemia Dove.
Read the whole article, the Arizona #noloo4u debacle is very well explained in a legal sense.
Almost as appalling was the designation of this bill as an emergency measure. The last time I checked, Governor Brewer never had to call out the National Guard to put down mobs of rampaging transsexuals in bathrooms.
Adding to the ludicrous nature of the bill is the fact that it creates a very soft definition of who can be discriminated against:(a) An individual’s self identification as male, female or something in between and includes an individual’s appearance, mannerisms or other characteristics only insofar as they relate to gender with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.
This means that the bill makes it perfectly legal to tell non-transgender women and men they can’t use the bathroom if they do not meet some arbitrary standard for femininity or masculinity. Butch lesbian? Take a hike. Have polycystic ovarian syndrome or acromegaly? No loo for you. Teen boy who wears his hair long? Go use the women’s and hope your friends don’t ever find out you were forced to. Wearing sweat pants and a hoodie instead of a house dress? Beat it before I call the cops.
It isn’t hard to see how this bill has potential for extreme abuse.
Of course, most sane people would ask how this could be constitutional. They would be right. It probably isn’t.
It is easy to see how a clear analogy between Amendment 2 and SB1045 can be made. Given the lack of incidents where gender non-conforming people have caused harm in public spaces and the evident animus of the bill in attempting to single out a group, SB1045 seems to fail both constitutional tests miserably.
You wouldn’t think people with law degrees would pass legislation that is so blatantly unconstitutional.
Yet, here we are.
This bathroom bill is a trial balloon. If it is not vigorously and immediately challenged legally, conservative states all over the country will follow suit with bills that are potentially even more regressive. Hopefully, progressive legal organizations have the will to rally us as strongly as they did the LGB community with Proposition 8 and DOMA.
And maybe, just maybe, the transgender community will have a Romer v. Evans to call their own.
andrea gibson and the indigo girls wrt michfest (for those interested)
I’m only posting these because I’ve seen a few folks mention it on my dash. It might come as a surprise to some folks who know me irl (and know my random knowledge of white lesbian fandoms), but I literally know the bare minimum about these folks.
Link(s) TW: transphobia, transmisogyny, cissexism, Cathy Brennan
I received an e-mail Friday afternoon from Cathy Brennan challenging me to a debate on the topic of the jacked up trans exclusionary admissions policies that kept Calliope Wong out of the elite women’s school
I have accepted that debate challenge and we are finalizing the details and debate rules. We have agreed on a location and it will take place on the Smith College campus in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Our gracious hosts at Smith College will be flying me up to participate in this important conversation about this issue. I’m looking forward to it and vanquishing her on the debate stage.
Home girl bit off more than she can chew in this one and I’m going to prove it when I eviscerate her weak azzed transphobic arguments for the whole world to see as soon as we can settle on a date and time that works with both our schedules.
Speaking of dates, check the one at the top of this post.
April Fool! I had to come up with something to keep up my annual TransGriot tradition of spoof posts, and thought this would do the trick.
Oh I would love to get her at a debate podium one on one. But y’all know our least favorite trans oppressor would never publicly debate me or ANY trans woman because she knows her positions are untenable and we’d intellectually chew her up and spit her out for breakfast. She’d rather hide behind her computer terminal and fling transphobic insults all day.
But, we can dream, eh?
TW: transphobia, transmisogyny, TERF Cathy Brennan (AKA Bug Brennan)
[TW warning: anti-trans bigotry and violence]
The following is a piece I wrote for a zine, QUAC , about the topic of Queer Violence
Queer People Not My People
I expected to lose a lot transitioning from a gay identified boy to a trans woman. I’ve lost family,…
The Transgender Equality Network Ireland are urging supporters to take action after being refused right to request new birth certificates
The law would allow businesses to discriminate based on “sincerely held” religious and philosophical beliefs
TW: pronoun usage, misgendering
Dear Cis People:
Ru Paul is not Trans*; he is a cross dresser. There’s nothing wrong with that but he’s not transgender. That’s not misgendering him - he says he prefers male pronouns. And I don’t care whether or not he says that the word “tranny” is OK to use, because he’s not transgender.
He dresses up as a girl. I am a girl. There’s a significant difference between the two.
Being trans and being a transvestite are very different things (it’s ok to be a cross dresser, whatever your gender)
TW: sexual assault, police violence, gay slurs, transmisogyny