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 [...]

AB1266 petition drive fails

Monday night the tally was in – the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266) failed to qualify for the ballot. The Privacy For All Students (PFAS) coalition, the coalition that spearheaded a petition drive effort to put AB1266 up for referendum this November, collected 619,387 signatures from across California for that [...]

‘Inside Out – The Documentary’

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“Nothing about us without us.” It’s a slogan meant to impress on broad society that no decision making about a minority group should be made without the full participation of members of the minority group that will be impacted by any decisions made about it. When it comes to telling the narratives of trans community [...]

Defining a trans woman by her transition and not her true self

“In a nutshell, it’s a harsh world out there for trans public figures and Janet Mock is likely going to experience that harsh world first hand,” I wrote back in the spring of 2011 in one of two open letters to Janet Mock on her publicly coming out as a woman of transsexual history. I [...]

Trans people aren’t caricatures of people

Physical pain. I’ve been experiencing a lot of it in the past week. One of the chronic conditions that contribute to my VA disability rating of 100 percent is the lumbar area of my back. A combination of exaggerated lordosis (an exaggerated curve in the lumbar region of the spine), years of lifting heavy gas [...]

Lies told by a Christian activist

Student bathrooms post AB1266, the Schools Success and Opportunity Act, are “going to be a hostile situation, I think, and dangerous to everybody. I don’t see [accommodating transgender girls in school bathrooms] as a way that cuts down on bullying as the quote in the Wall Street Journal – forcing boys and girls to share [...]

Implementation of the School Success and Opportunity Act

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination based on sex – and discriminating on the basis of gender identity is now considered discrimination on the basis of sex. In a settlement agreement entered into between the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. [...]

Trans* community and allies standing together

“Just last year California passed this awesome law called AB1266 (The California Success and Opportunity Act) allowing transgender students equal access to restrooms and sports teams at their schools,” said Holly Hellerstreet of Canvass for a Cause. Canvass for a Cause was part of a coalition that put together a Jan. 11 rally at University [...]

Are these stories true?

AB1266, The School Success and Opportunity Act, requires that any pupil “be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” The bill was signed into law Aug. 12, 2013 by [...]

Messaging to conservative Christians about anti-gay sentiments

I wish we in the LGBT community were better at speaking to Christian conservatives in language that they could relate and connect to. When the “tenants of Christian faith” card is played with regards to the lives of LGBT Americans, we in the community generally don’t respond to these charges in a way that religious [...]

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