Watching my old ship, the ‘USS Ford,’ decommission

A port bow view of the guided missile frigate USS Ford (FFG-54) There are beginnings and there are endings; sometimes beginnings and endings have personal resonance. I recently had such an experience. June 29, 1985, the USS Ford (FFG-54) commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach, Calif. She was a Perry-class guided missile fast frigate, abbreviated [...]

The Transgender Day of Remembrance

If one were to look at a national calendar of LGBT community events that are generally celebrated over the entire United States, the one trans specific day on that calendar would be the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is a day where internationally, the LGBT community remembers and allies gather together for marches and [...]

It always involves the bathroom

“Jim Crow states passed statutes severely regulating social interactions between the races,” states a Web page for the Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. “Jim Crow signs were placed above water fountains, door entrances and exits, and in front of public facilities. There were separate hospitals for blacks and whites, separate prisons, [...]

The monstrous harassment hoax of a transgender youth


“We treat our transgender students – our boys, our transgender boys and girls – simply like any other boys and girls with the same rights and responsibilities, rules and obligations,” stated Judy Chiasson, Ph.D. and program coordinator for Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the June 12 California State [...]

Are trans people fairly represented In LGBT organizations?

In April of 2011 the Williams Center, released a brief entitled “How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender?” It was a brief that, compiling, weighting and aggregating data from several studies estimated the size of the LGBT population in the United States. Among the key findings was that “an estimated 3.5 percent of [...]

The realities of ‘affordable activism’

I work mostly on trans civil rights issues. I work on issues involving trans youth and trans military service. In past years I’ve worked on trans antiviolence issues, especially issues involving hate crimes and trans media coverage. I haven’t worked on other issues that I care about, such as a woman’s right to choose and [...]

‘Privacy For All Students’ gathering signatures to repeal trans student bill

The Capitol Resource Institute’s (CRI’s) Karen England apparently is leading a coalition calling itself Privacy For All Students that’s spearheading a referendum to repeal AB 1266 (School Success and Opportunity Act). Gov. Brown signed this bill into law Aug. 12, and it will become law Jan. 1, 2014 unless enough signatures are gathered to put [...]

Failure to pass ‘Continuing Resolution’ would impact military and veterans

“Readiness and morale of our armed forces will suffer. The impact of a shutdown on the department and the military and civilian families – many of whom live paycheck to paycheck – is simply catastrophic.” – Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young (R-FL) chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, as quoted by the Army Times As [...]

Leaving the DoD’s trans dependents behind

As the military services are moving each day in the direction of better supporting LGB dependents (spouses, children, etc.), there are Ts in the military family that the DoD is failing to adequately support. We don’t hear much about these Ts in the military family, but within the military family there is no question that [...]

Lack of cultural competency by DoD leading to marriage inequality

Marriage equality is currently an issue for military couples with trans spouses, highlighting a Department of Defense (DoD) cultural competence issue. If a spouse changes his or her gender after being married and entered into the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) as a particular gender, then one is that gender until one goes through [...]

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