On trans rights, ‘privacy’ is the newer talking point

With marriage equality at some point becoming the law of the land, and although conservative Christians and other social conservatives are aware that this is the case, they still rail against it even though the vigor is lost. Time to change what social conservatives focus on in their culture wars. And, it’s trans people that [...]

DoD fails to include gender identity as a human goal

Monday, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a new DoD Human Goals Charter, signed by Secretary of Defense Hagel. The last iteration of that document was released in 1998, and included mention of equal equality based on sexual orientation for civilian employees, but not for military servicemembers. The new iteration includes a language based on [...]

Sylvia Rivera and community identity

A friend recently pointed me to a video of trans advocate Sylvia Rivera’s Y’all Better Quiet Down speech at New York City’s 1973 Liberation Day Rally. In the speech she stated, “I believe in the gay power. I believe in us getting our rights or else I would not be out their fighting for our [...]

Talking to San Diego County School Boards about trans students

“There is a Trans Action Committee that’s part of Canvass For A Cause,” stated Canvass For A Cause’s Holly Hellerstreet in an interview with LGBT Weekly. “And we have been working to support transgender people in San Diego. We’re really excited here in California that we have the School Success and Opportunity Act which is [...]

Roseanne Barr and transgender people

I know I’m getting old. I used to watch the television show Roseanne when it was in the first run, and thought it was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty progressive, often having lesbian characters sprinkled through storylines. And, with Roseanne Barr being an executive producer on the show I thought she must have [...]

Maryland’s potential referendum on trans civil rights

Trans people are often tagged as either being predators or enabling predators in public restrooms. It seems to always be the one sure thing that will be trotted out when arguing against civil rights for trans people, especially public accommodation protections. Within the last month, Maryland has passed legislation that adds employment, housing and public [...]

‘Shem***’ is not OK to use in any venue

I’ve had a back-and-forth with Nicole Murray Ramirez at LGBT Weekly over RuPaul’s promotion of the term tra**y. We disagree on the pejorative nature of the term, but it says something that the former Tra**y Awards has changed the name of the event to the Transgender Erotic Awards. “When we named the show the ‘Tranny [...]

The report of the Transgender Military Service Commission

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My friend, Nicole Shounder, currently serves on board a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship out of the Pacific Northwest. She’s a nurse, and when she’s assigned onto any U.S. Navy ship she takes on the equivalent rank of a lieutenant commander (LCDR). She was cited in a document entitled Report of the Transgender Military Service [...]

What Karen England thinks about AB1266

Karen England, the executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) – a partner in the Privacy for All Students Coalition (PFAS) – spoke March 10 to a Salt and Light Ministry meeting at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar about the School Success and Opportunity Act, or AB1266. AB1266 is the bill that [...]

Checking emotions at the door

I’ve never been quite able to fully check my emotions in at the door in most any situations. I can and often act on what I intellectually know is true, and then if those actions have an emotional component for me I just deal with it at a later time. I’ve recently had to deal [...]

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