An 1891 law had been used to prevent two North Carolina trans women from legally changing their names. Today, a court order legally recognized these women for who they are.
Just in time for Black History Month, some more Black trans history being made. 17 year old Blake Brockington became the first trans homecoming king in the state of North Carolina and the first out Black trans homecoming king ever in the United States when he was crowned during a halftime ceremony last night at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.
Blake was one of 13 seniors nominated for and competing for the honor, and raised the most money for East Mecklenburg High’s chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents. It’s a non-profit organization that funds the building of schools in the Sudan. "It’s an honor to become part of East Meck’s history," he said in a WCNC-TV interview.
Brockington thanked his supporters, and says he wants to inspire students to never give up on their dream. "They can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says. Even though you go through some things and have some negative encounters in your life, anything is possible. You can do anything you set your heart to," said Brockington. As to what the newly crowned king’s future plans are? Brockington is headed to the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the fall, and plans to continue playing rugby and mentoring young trans students.
North Carolina’s largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.
TW: sexual harassment, rape culture
Okay so some people might know what I am talking about so before you turn all hell loose on me hear me out:
The only queer space I had in school turned out to be hella unsafe and unmanaged by its officers (except for one, bless her heart). When I got sexually harassed in late 2012 for a couple of months by the same white cis girl, who is queer, I told several members of the group, some active, some not. I was met with one response of “what she did was wrong, I will go talk to her” but most of the responses told me to “consider how she is, consider her feelings”. Which was absolute bullshit, I wasn’t going to do that. I told my best friend (now ex best friend), a trans person, and I was met with no response. After a few months it had really started to stew over and I got really angry. I had talked to a fourteen year old queer person, one that I had been a friend of for three years, but instead of hearing me out when I had literally warned them to not be friends with this person repeatedly and had told them not to hang out with them. They freaked out and made the situation all about them, and screencapped what I had said. Through some folks in the QSA, this was brought to the advisor’s attention, then through the counselor, and then I was called and given in school suspension for three days. The vice principal told me that if I said anything mean about him, “we will have another talk” meaning that he was only concerned with his reputation and did not give a single care as to how that would affect my well being as a sexually harassed transgender person who does not do well alone and who already has a bad relationship with his parents. The counselor was equally callous and said she would rather deal with 150 other things than deal with me. Great, now I was suspended for defending myself against a sexual harasser who would brainwash all my friends. One of my friends, a white cis girl, had replied to my suspension and what I had told my friend with “all that because she put you on her lap and groped you?” which was really disrespectful and horribly triggering (they have said other problematic things to me but that’s another story for another time). And my ex best friend had literally been sitting next to my sexual harasser because she reminded them of their mother, a person I knew they had a really damaging relationship with. They had told me that by me outing them here on tumblr, that I was being unnecessarily aggressive and hurting her feelings and that “she’s just a human and she’s gone through a hard time”, all statements that one should never say to a victim of any sort of sexual assault. Meaning that both these people who are officers that I expected to be well versed in combatting rape culture upheld it. They endorsed rape culture with their words and actions and I will NEVER be forgiving of that grave mistake that went unapologized. She returned to the group and those officers did not tell her that she did not make the safe space. She has made others physically uncomfortable, and she has said problematic things before as well. She is always unwelcome in any safe space, because she caused me a whole world of emotional turmoil and discomfort with my body. She has the potential to do this again, and I don’t want anyone to get hurt. But by these people letting her in and her feeling welcome in that space, rape culture is enforced, and the rights of transgender PoC like myself are violated instantly. I never thought I’d be doing this but I’m outing my school’s queer space as being welcoming to a sexual harasser. And I am outing the friends who weren’t really friends for being apologists for this sort of behavior and saying absolutely disrespectful things to me.
The school I go to is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a place that teems with liberal white queers who have no regard for others and their physical and emotional safety. And I can say that from experience.
Myrtle Grove Christian School will not accept state funding from a new General Assembly school tuition voucher program, the school’s headmaster said Friday.The statement came less than a month after Myrtle Grove Christian announced a new policy requiring students’ families to promise they won’t support or participate in a gay lifestyle. Such “biblical morality policies,” as they’re called, aren’t uncommon at religious private schools. But the state’s new tuition voucher program raised questions about the policy…
LGBTI rights group Equality North Carolina has asked the state General Assembly to ensure that tax payer dollars don’t go to schools with anti-gay policies.
A school in Wilmington, North Carolina, is reportedly attempting to institute a “Biblical morality policy” that would bar students from attending the educational institution if they have members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in their family. Last week Myrtle Grove Christian School reportedly sent home a letter to families of children attending the school alerting them to the policy change, which cites a number of biblical passages as validation for the move.
WASHINGTON — When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) first nominated attorney Buddy Collins to the state school board in March, he faced significant criticism from LGBT groups because of Collins’ long history of opposing anti-bullying measures aimed at protecting LGBT students. Nevertheless, the GOP-controlled North Carolina General Assembly confirmed Collins.
Here’s a conference! Trans lit scholarship should happen!
Students, independent scholars, academics, here’s a conference to send a paper proposal to! Who wants to put together a panel about trans literature? How can we help you with that?
University of North Carolina - Wilmington Women’s Studies department is hosting the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference on March 27-29, 2014.
Conference title: “The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism”
Deadline for proposals: Friday, November 22, 2013
If you are planning on proposing a paper on trans literature to this and would like our help, drop us a line at email@example.com. We could help in finding other presenters for a panel, helping to locate other resources, or we can send you some of our zines to distribute.
Several openly gay and lesbian candidates for local offices in North Carolina sailed to victory on election night.
Sanne Schijven and her spouse Becky Boisvert are the first same-sex married couple to be awarded legal residency in North Carolina.
This sort of policy only ends up forcing students, especially trans students, into living situations where they are harassed and must be on guard at all moments. This further alienates already at-risk populations of youth when we should be including these individuals and building them up.
[photo description: a group of multi-gendered, multi-racial and multi-aged youth gather around a banner that reads, “stop criminalizing LGBTQ youth and youth of color” there is a multi-colored hand in the middle above an organizational name, “NC HEAT.”]
From North Carolina to Tallahassee youth of color are being criminalized, pushed out of school, and having basic services cut out beneath them. It was with this sentiment that the Dream Defenders in Tallahassee Florida began an occupation of the State Capital building. With Day 25 of occupation the Dream Defenders continue to carry the spirit of resistance. The same spirit that has driven the Youth Organizing Institute’s work to empower young people and give them the tools to organize in their communities. The same spirit that molded our history 148 years ago, 45 years ago, and the same spirit that will birth a generation of dreamers.
It is only with solidarity that we can build a united movement to confront the crisis youth are facing. It is with great enthusiasm that YOI/NC HEAT Youth and members of The North Carolina Student Power Union plan a trip to Tallahassee, Florida to join the occupation of the Florida Capitol building! Our multi-racial, mulit-lingual, multi-gendered cohort of youth and student organizers ages 10-22 will stand in solidarity with Dream Defenders and come together to learn.
Here are just some of the reasons we need your support to go:
Q Wideman, 17 years old High school senior—As a member of NC HEAT, I’m committed to building power with other youth and students in my area to combat the racist policies and practices that deny us the opportunity to live out our dreams. The death of Trayvon Martin and the unjust acquittal of his murderer affected me on a deeply personal and emotional level, and the power and work of the Dream Defenders both in getting Zimmerman arrested and in the persistence and resilience they have demonstrated in bringing members of both the local and the national community to join their occupation of the Florida capitol to demand specific and necessary policy changes has inspired me on an even deeper level. I believe that the possibility of bringing NC HEAT together with the Dream Defenders has the potential to connect and empower a cohesive movement of youth of color solidarity that could change the national landscape forever.
Alejandro Matehuala, 10 years old:
“I want to go to Florida because I want to see how people make history.”
Sanyu Gichie, UNC Chapel Hill Student, NC Student Power Union— “I think it’s important to go to Florida to be in solidarity with the Dream Defenders because racial profiling effects folks from coast to coast. As a black American I believe it’s my duty to stand up against racial injustice and all forms of oppression. Stand your ground laws are an example of institutionalized racism and to dismantle it we must ALL fight together.”
Plans announced for litigation in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia.