Apr. 4th, 2008 02:39 am
thisearthlyride: (hertzfeldt queen of france)
If I have to listen to one more person kick and scream about another person's right to determine what happens to their own body, I'm going to vomit. And goddess help the next trans person who tries to tell me that they have the right to dictate who is and isn't a "real transsexual" because they've had "all the surgeries."

Newsflash, people: There isn't ONE way to be trans or to transition or to live your life once you've medically transitioned (if that's the path you choose)!

There are plenty of times I see trans people in the media and cringe at things they say. But you know what? They have the right to their opinions and their own personal truths. Same right as the one I have to speak about my experiences openly and honestly.

I could go on and on but I'll stop before my head explodes...


Nov. 9th, 2007 01:03 am
thisearthlyride: (head bang)
Look what the HRC is doing now...


I don't think you really need to hear all the nasty words I've got on this subject...

In Other News )
thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
Pop Quiz: What and who was Stonewall? Was it the first uprising of queer Americans for their rights?

Read more... )
thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
Barney Frank is speaking right now on the House floor. He's insisting that the house members who are fighting to include the Baldwin Amendment are attempting to undermine the ENDA bill currently on the floor for debate and vote.

Not a perfect quote, but as close as I could get: "If we do not have the votes to go forward as much as we'd like to, do we then abandon any effort? Do we allow the use of a particular group to prevent progress?"

I cannot wait until this man is booted from his office out on his arse.

You can watch it all here: http://www.cspan.org/watch/cs_cspan_wm.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS

I am pleased by Rep. Doc Hastings from (of all places!) Yakima, WA. He is pushing hard for the representatives to vote NO on a previous rule vote which does not allow the house to vote on any amendments to ENDA. When Rep. Barbara Lee (Oakland, CA) was speaking in support of the Baldwin Amendment, she was cut off quite forcefully. Hastings conceded some of his time so Lee could finish her statement. He also spent some of his time arguing back and forth with Frank.

I am, however, heartened by the number of representatives speaking against the current state of ENDA and lobbying for the Baldwin Amendment.

I could sit here and update the debate all day, but I'm sure we'll have enough to review later. So I'll post separately with my personal rant.

EDIT: Still wonder why I love Kucinich?

"This is one of those moments where the Housee gets to demonstrate the degree to which we are truly committed to... due process and equal protection of the law. I believe that people who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are entitled to the full and equal protection of employment laws...

None of us can know unless we've walked in somebody's shoes... Imagine what they must go through in their daily lives. And imagine that we would separate those people from... the claims of constitutional protection.

To be an American means really standing for those constitutional principles... I'm very concerned that the Baldwin Amendment can be offered and pulled back without a vote."
thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
From: Mara Keisling <ncte@nctequality.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:17:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ENDA Vote in Committee--Latest News

House committee decides to advance a version of ENDA that cuts out protections for transgender people

I am writing from the hearing room of the House Committee on Education and Labor. Sadly, I write to report that the Committee just passed by a vote of 27 to 21 the substitute Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that was introduced specifically to exclude transgender and other gender variant people.

We are greatly disappointed that the committee chose to move forward with a bill that is not endorsed by a single LGBT organization. It is historically unprecedented that Congress would pass a civil rights law that the civil rights community--including those it is meant to protect--do not want.

Tremendous effort by over three hundred organizations--including NCTE--and tens of thousands of individuals came close to fixing ENDA after it was precipitously gutted to exclude gender identity and transgender people. Unfortunately, we have fallen short at this stage.

It is not over. NCTE will continue over the next few days to look for opportunities to impact H.R.3685 to return to it the original intent of H.R.2015.

Additionally, because it is very unlikely that any Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be signed into law, NCTE and many of our allies will continue to work to demand an ENDA in the next Congress that meets the needs of the LGBT.

NCTE applauds the efforts of the many individuals and organizations who have worked so hard thus far on behalf of all LGBT people. We especially applaud the very brave NO votes cast this morning by absolutely firm LGBT supporters who voted NO as a statement that ENDA without gender identity is not worth passing. These members, who deserve our thanks for standing so strongly on moral principle include Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. For more information, please visit http://www.nctequality.org

Alex's note: I would again like to extend a single finger to the HRC for their "tireless efforts." Dennis Kucinich, on the other hand, gets two hands repeatedly smacking together.
thisearthlyride: (Default)
The HRC has decided it will not oppose the two bill ENDA strategy.

From their press release:

"Therefore, we are not able to support, nor will we encourage Members of Congress to vote against, the newly introduced sexual orientation only bill."

It is interesting to note that the part in bold has been removed from the statement posted on their site, despite being included in press releases.

I'm done with HRC. More Here )
thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
Wow. Going post-happy today.

So after getting a bunch of emails saying "How do I make stickers?" I decided to put it up on CafePress. I didn't mark up the price at all, so I'm not making a profit from these; the cost covers just the printing.

Please tell people they are welcome to print their own stickers if they have the right paper (can get at Staples or Office Max) and don't want to have to order over the internet.

Anything with the logo is at base price (no profit for me). I have no inclination to make a profit from protesting an organization like the HRC.

thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
I was already mad at the HRC. Then I got home and found the packet they sent me for Coming Out Day. Absolutely everything has the HRC logo on it, and all the pamphlets proclaim their support for trans people (despite trans people being marginally included in those pamphlets). So I made a new logo. I'll be printing it tomorrow and putting it on my car. I'm also posting it all over the 'net, so feel free to pass it along!

The Weekend

Oct. 1st, 2007 02:37 pm
thisearthlyride: (big mama)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] tommytesto

Does the HRC support transgender people?
HRC President Joe Solmonese speaks about ENDA, September 14, 2007 - Southern Comfort Conference.

You oppose any legislation which is not inclusive? Yeah, right. Forward this link far and wide, please.

Stuff about my life )


Sep. 9th, 2007 11:30 am
thisearthlyride: (tranny boys)
Dammit, Seattle! Why can't you just live up to my Utopian dreams????

Mall-restroom evictions raise transgender ire

Text version for those of you who hate linkage Under Here )
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I wake up to a stream running through our back yard, as well as a river raging down our street. This weather is insane and it doesn't look like it's about to stop any time soon. I'm telling you, this planet is about ready to swallow us whole. Sometimes I think that wouldn't be such a bad thing. Like Smith said in The Matrix:

"I'd like to share with you a revelation I've had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you aren't actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague..."

To add to my jovial mood, I heard the oddest sound a few minutes ago. It was an air raid siren. You know, the kind that starts slow and builds into a high-pitched wail? I have no idea where it was coming from, but it ended after 2 or 3 minutes. Anyone local know something about this area that I don't? (FYI- Westover is about 20 minutes from my place, so I doubt it was coming from there).

In other news... I can finally stop using the silly nickname "Crusader" for my friend Marc Adams and share with you all that I am officially a board member of HeartStrong! HeartStrong is a non sectarian organization established to provide outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and other persons adversely affected by the influence of all denominations of religious educational institutions. HeartStrong is also committed to educating the public about the persecution of GLBT’s and others at religious educational institutions. You can learn more at: http://www.heartstrong.org/

The best part is that the annual board meeting is being held in Miami this year. So I get to pack my bags for a few days in April and head to the sun and surf. And Kat's coming, too! We scheduled the flights so we'd get a little bit of time to check out the local scene and enjoy the beach. God, it's been so long since I've felt sand between my toes or smelled that salty air. I can't wait!
thisearthlyride: (Default)
This is what happens when you realize you're starting to lose your hair at 29 freakin' years old:

You all can expect to see me with a shaved head from now on... :(
thisearthlyride: (alex surprised)
How did i not know there is a tranny Arquette???
thisearthlyride: (luka)
Transgender People Face ID Dilemma

by Peter Cassels
EDGE National News Editor
Thursday Jan 4, 2007



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