An organization claims a transgender teenager was harassing classmates, but it turns out the organization is responsible for the harassment.
A former assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state’s current attorney general and his predecessor.
Since election day we’ve gotten numerous requests for updates on what’s happening with the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) backed effort to repeal the California law defining protections for transgender students.
It’s the latest development in a right-wing group’s effort to falsely claim other students are being bothered by the girl.
When the antigay Pacific Justice Institute claimed a transgender teenager was harassing cisgender students in the school bathroom, LGBT activists went to work uncovering the truth…
Cis hetero men don’t demand other cis hetero men smile for them
They don’t block their path in the street when they try to ‘talk’ to them
They don’t pull their headphones out of their ears and DEMAND another cis hetero man have a convo with them.
They only do this to WOMEN
Because it’s about dominance and power.
It is HARASSMENT.
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For black ‘masculine of center’ women, racial profiling and harassment are everyday struggles.
17-year-old Carlos Vigil posted a suicide note to Twitter before taking his own life.
John Namey, a man from Sarver, Pennsylvania, woke up on July 5 to find a swastika had been burned into the grass of his front lawn, reports WPXI Channel 11.
“It’s a hateful thing. There is no place for that in this world, but unfortunately some people thrive on putting others down,” Namey told WPXI.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Namey’s family has been the target of a hateful attack. A few days earlier, his stepson’s truck had been vandalized. Coins were super glued to the hood in the form of a derogatory image and pink paint had been splattered over the vehicle. Namey believes the reason his family is being routinely targeted is because his daughter is an out lesbian.
“We have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and she has been targeted in school because of that,” Namey said.
The crimes are now being investigated by the Buffalo Township police and the FBI has offered their assistance as well. Namey described his family’s attackers as “ignorant and uneducated” and had a message for anyone who would attack another person because they are different. “Grow up. Let people be who they are,” Namey said. “Don’t judge people based on race or sexual orientation. Everybody is different. Just let people live their lives and be happy.”
A swastika burned into a western Pennsylvania family’s yard has prompted a police and FBI investigation. John Namey said his family woke up Thursday morning and saw the swastika. Namey said not sure why the family was targeted, but that his daughter is gay and has been threatened with violence in the past. Namey said the family isn’t Jewish.
“I have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and is proud, and we are proud of her,” Namey told KDKA-TV. He also said that his stepson’s car was vandalized and covered in pink paint this week.
The family’s home in Sarver is about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Namey told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his daughter has been the subject of repeated bullying because of her sexual orientation. He said the bullying started to become a problem when she came out about three years ago and it got so bad that she became uncomfortable riding the bus to school. FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba said they are reviewing the case. Buffalo Township police did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Dru Levasseur
Q: I’m a transgender woman and sometimes when I’m out with friends. A police officer stops to harass me on the sidewalk, assuming I’m a prostitute. What should I do?
A: Your first step should be to get as much information as possible about the officer involved: badge number, precinct number, name, description, time of day and location. Police are required to provide their badge number and names—although make sure that you are not putting yourself in danger by collecting the information. If you are questioned by the police, ask if you are free to go. If they say you are, calmly walk away.
If you are harassed by police, it’s a good idea to contact a community-based organization that works on issues of police and institutional violence such as the New York City-based Anti-Violence Project (AVP) (avp.org or 212-714-1141) or another group under the umbrella of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) (ncavp.orgor 212-714-1184 or firstname.lastname@example.org). These groups can advise you on where to turn not just for legal advice but for support of other kinds.
Also contact your local police department’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) or Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB). Reporting the incident is very important for building an accurate measure of the problem overall.
Police harassment and outright brutality against transgender people are very common: Twenty-two percent of 6,450 transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents in the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) who had interacted with police reported being harassed by them. (The rate was much higher for transgender people of color.) And almost one out of two respondents said they were uncomfortable about seeking help from police.
There is litigation pending in response to incidents in several cities of police strip-searching, groping, conducting false arrests and chaining transgender people on handrails in “fish tank” fashion rather than placing them in cells. Meanwhile, advocates have been working with police to implement guidelines requiring respectful treatment of transgender people on patrol and in custody. The results have been significant policy improvements in San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C.
In April 2012, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a new policy on treatment of transgender prisoners intended to “prevent discrimination and conflict.”
Among the guidelines is this instruction: “Treat transgender persons in a manner that reveals respect for the individual’s gender identity and gender expression, which includes addressing them by their preferred name and using gender pronouns appropriate to the individual’s gender self-identity and expression.”
For more information download our tool kit, “Fighting Anti-trans Violence” at: www.lambdalegal.org/publications/trt_transgender_violence.
For information on Lambda Legal’s work with transgender rights, see: www.lambdalegal.org/issues/transgender-rights.
If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status please contact our Legal Help Desk at: www.lambdalegal.org/help.
I have added the blogs that you listed to my truscum list; however, I do not feel comfortable posting a particular person’s name and place of work since they are stealth. I agree that their words are terrible, but I do not wish to put them in potential danger - physical or otherwise.
Still, I will save this information and keep a look out on these blogs. If they take their actions further, I will determine what to do from there. For folks who wish to avoid truscum blogs, I recommend checking out the list linked above and blocking them.
Thank you for submitting.
UPDATE: To the folks commenting on this, I never asked for this information - nor do I plan on using it. It was sent TO me. I received it, read it, and replied to the person without mentioning anyone in particular.
I do not want to out anyone. I am saving the message as a reference (which is what I do with most anonymous messages I receive that I do not want to post). I am doing so with this particular message, because it contains a list of TruScum blogs and what they have done to harass and potentially harm others. I never even specified what person(s) are involved. That is why I did not post the original message that I received - to protect those involved…. all of which I already stated above, so I am not sure how some of you came to the conclusions that you did. If the folks involved were to continue to harass and bully folks, I was going to call them out on it by listing THEIR PUBLIC BLOG - not out them, not post personal information. Please stop jumping to conclusions, folks.
Please stop making this message out to be something it is not. For those accusing me of making threats, outing people, committing blackmail, or intimidating folks - that is absurd.
Oi. The really funny thing about this whole situation is THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MENTIONED IN THE MESSAGE AS TRUSCUM DO EXACTLY THOSE THINGS TO MEMBERS OF THE QUEER AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITIES DAILY. And what’s more? They are proud of it. And, as it were, a lot of the folks who are slamming me for this message ARE SELF-DESCRIBED TRUSCUM.
(TRIGGER WARNING: ableist language, hate crime)
When 22-year-old William Adam Lane saw a lesbian couple embracing early Sunday morning outside of a bar in Bellingham, Wash., the only reaction he could muster was to yell homophobic slurs at them. When they wouldn’t react to his taunts, he smashed the back window of the Toyota the couple arrived in, causing $600 in damage. But the women didn’t let him get away.
Instead, one of the women tackled Lane and pinned him to the ground while waiting for help from a bouncer at another nearby bar, according to the The Bellingham Herald. Neither of the women were hurt, but Lane was arrested on a charge of malicious harassment, which is a hate crime, and he could also be charged with assault because of his threatening actions.