Posted by: transpassage | November 20, 2008

Speaking Out: Transgender Day of Remembrance is Today

(Repost from GLAADblog)

Today marks the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international observance honoring the lives lost due to anti-transgender violence in the U.S. and around the world.

If this were one week ago, I would have blogged about fifteen transgender and gender non-conforming people who were murdered in America this year.  Not only is fifteen a high number, it is most likely underestimated. A large number of transgender deaths go unreported or misreported, and accurate statistics are impossible to calculate since they are not collected, mostly due to lack of federal hate crimes protections for transgender Americans.

If this were one week ago, the list of 15 names we would pause to remember would have included the names of Brian McGlothin, Patricia Murphy, Stacy Brown, Adolphus Simmons, Ashley Sweeney, Sanesha Stewart, Lawrence King, Simmie Williams, Lloyd Nixon, Ebony Whitaker, Angie Zapata, Jaylynn L. Namauu, Ruby Molina and Aimee Wilcoxson.

However, last Friday we sadly added one more name to the list of lives lost this year due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice.  Read the rest of the post here.

Posted by: transpassage | November 19, 2008

Court to Hear Cases Against Prop 8

The California Supreme Court has announced that they WILL be hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Prop. 8.

Posted by: transpassage | November 6, 2008

Prop 8 Protest Rally: Sat. in Los Angeles!

NO MORE HATE, FIGHT PROP 8

What? Prop. 8 protest rally! Repeal Prop. 8!

When? Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 6pm

Where? Sunset Junction in Silverlake (Los Angeles, 90029), Corner of Sunset Blvd./Santa Monica Blvd.

For more info call 213-251-1025 or email answerla@answerla.org

Posted by: transpassage | November 6, 2008

Nazi Comparisons: They’re at It Again

The anti-LGBT organizations just can’t help themselves, can they?

Screen grab of Sonja and her crazy talk.

Screen grab of Sonja and her crazy talk.

On the heels of the passage of constitutional marriage bans for queer couples in California, Florida and Arizona on Nov. 4, the American Family Association and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality are already back to spouting their usual slanderous and extremist comparisons between Nazis and gays today. 

Ever so politely, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, the Campaign for Families and Children, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality - and many others – managed to keep a lid on the crazy talk during the election season. Why sound like derranged, bigoted lunatics when you can sound reasonable with lies like “8 is note hate” and “we hope gays and lesbians don’t think Prop. 8 supporters are anti-gay.”  Yes on 8′s Sonja Eddings-Brown (K-CBS 2, Interview Nov. 4 on L.A. affiliate) is a great example.  According to our dear friend Sonja, Prop 8:

“. . . doesn’t mean that gay couples cannot have children or families or the rights of marriage, it just means that when it comes time to champion something in the law, we really have an obligation to champion the rights of children.”

Oh, really, Sonja?  The same rights of marriage?  How does that work?  You mean if I go to the hospital to visit my partner and wave my little domestic partnership certificate around, they’ll suddenly let me in with happy equality-minded smiles?  I don’t think so.  You think I won’t have to call AAA (American Automobile Association) to convince them to give my partner a “spouse member card” after they’ve declined us because we’re not a Real Married CoupleTM?  Oh, ok.  I see exactly what you mean.    

Back to the Nazi talk. 

Now that the stakes aren’t high and no one’s watching, AFA and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality scurried right on back to their usual outlandish commentary.  Apparently a kindergarten teacher in California dared to using ‘pledge cards’ provided by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to help encourage her students to not use anti-LGBT slurs.  Here’s what Peter LaBarbera, the president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, had to say in the release from AFA:

“This is just bizarre, and it shows how the teachers with their radical sexual agenda want to start early to reprogram these kids’ minds. They want to undermine the faith teachings that the kids have at home; this is part of a plan. To me, this is like Hitler with Nazi Germany and the Soviets wanting to get to the youth and change the kids by getting to them at a very young age.” 

(I’m not linking to it because I refuse to drive traffic to their site.) 

They also believe this is an instance of the revealing of the “real homosexual agenda” and question why these cards would be used as early as kindergarten.  

I have a little story for them.  It’s pretty short.  In first grade, I hugged a friend of the same biological sex on the playground at the end of the day before leaving school.  Her family kissed people on the cheek when saying goodbye – one of those quick European kiss, kiss things that I’m always a little awkward about.  Guess what one of my fellow first graders called me?  A dyke.  If I remember right, it was shouted, actually.

That’s why they use the pledge cards.  I had no idea then that what the student said was true on the playground that day (well, true in part).  I didn’t know I would grow up to be a big queer.  But why should I have had to find out for the first time what “dyke” meant when it was hurled in my face by a classmate? 

In answer to LaBarbera’s claim that this reveals the “real homosexual agenda,” I want to make an assertion of my own.  Now that the election is over - and everyone that voted against the queers can pat themselves on the back and say they did the “good and right” thing for the children (“how dare you call me anti-gay!” they self-righteously proclaim) – we should look at what all of these organizations that were so supportive of these amendments “for the children” have to say about the LGBT community.  Are they still talking about respect for the “gay and lesbian community” with differing “opinions” on how children should be involved?  Or are they back to the crazy talk, comparing teaching kids to be nice to one another to the Homosexual Agenda – and gays to Nazis? 

I think you know the answer.

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Posted by: transpassage | November 5, 2008

Election ’08: Tallying Defeats and Highlights

Before I go to bed, here’s the rundown on anti-queer and anti-transgender ballot initiatives as I know it at present

Losses:
Florida: Amendment 2 – PASS – Bans gay marriage in state constitution

California: Prop. 8 – PROBABLE PASS – Overturns Supreme Court ruling and retroactively amends constitution to ban same-sex marriage

Arizona: Prop. 102 – PASS – Amends constitution to ban same-sex marriage, despite existing prohibitions to same-sex partner benefits; a rematch on a similar 2006 prop that was defeated.

Arkansas: Initiative Act 1 – PASS – Overturns ’06 Supreme Court ruling; makes it illegal for unmarried couples to adopt or become foster parents.

Wins:

Connecticut – Question 1 – NO – Would have started process for a constitutional convention in the state that could have led to an overturning of the state’s Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage

Obama – is this a win?

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Posted by: transpassage | October 15, 2008

“Mac vs. PC” Commericals and Marriage Equality!

These videos, put out by HOMOtracker, are amazing.

It’s good to know that the gay mafia is still alive and well in the entertainment industry. At least Michael Savage is only 99.99 percent wrong about the “homosexual, pink mafia” invading Hollywood!

Really though – good job, HOMOtracker queers. Well done.

Please spread these around. Post freely to Facebook, Myspace, etc. Help get out the vote!

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Posted by: transpassage | October 15, 2008

I Love Jesus…

Everyone needs a laugh now and then. And this video is hilarious.

You’ll see. Just wait for the part where Gladys says to Ellen: “I’ll be honest with you. I love Jesus… but I drink a little.” It’s worth it. Promise.

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Posted by: transpassage | October 14, 2008

Silly Sally (Kern)

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern (R) is at it again.  Here’s her latest rant against those “homo-sex-uals”:

“While terrorism has killed more than 3,000 people, in the continental United States in the last 15 years, homosexual behavior has killed more than 100,000.  It’s a danger to life. It is a danger to health . . . Our county is united pretty much against terrorism, but homosexuality is being promoted in schools and by the government.” 

Oh, Sally.  Whatever will we do with you?

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Posted by: transpassage | October 10, 2008

Connecticut Rules for Same-Sex Marriage!

Connecticut’s Supreme Court became the third in the country today to rule in favor of marriage for queer couples. Similarly to California, Conn.’s highest court decided that barring queer couples from marrying was against their state’s constitution. (Thanks to my Mom for the tip.)

Justice Richard N. Palmer, author of the majority opinion, writes:

“Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice. To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others.”

According to the article, there is no chance for appeal. The decision will go into effect Oct. 28.  (I don’t know if they’ll be allowing out-of-state marriages or not, but for those either in-state or booking plane tickets, here’s a list of daily newspapers in CT that print wedding announcements for queer couples, courtesy of GLAAD.)

Wow.

I wonder how this will impact the Prop. 8 battle in California. Any thoughts?

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Posted by: transpassage | October 8, 2008

My Generation Supports Prop. 8?

Ah, the mystery of polling results. One day your up, the next day your down – seemingly with no connection to actual events in a campaign. Why bother even talking about them?

I get this kind of attitude. My obsession with polling data around the presidential election seems to have me googling “McCain vs. Obama polls” at least once a day to keep track of imperceptible shifts in the electoral map on RealClearPolitics. And you know what? It’s kind of idiotic. The polls are all so close that the statistical margins really don’t tell us much. And yet, I keep looking at them, willing Joe Six-Pack get some sense and poll reliably for Obama, flooding the electoral map with blue over night. No dice.

In the case of the polling data on California’s Proposition 8, however, I have different thoughts.

Amid little fanfare, CBS and SurveyUSA have released the first poll showing Prop. 8 passing by a small margin, 47-42. What demographic is behind the shift? Why it’s mine – the 18 to 34 crowd. In fact, according to this poll, my peers are the most likely of any age group to vote along with the 65 and older folks. Really, people? And everyone thought the young folks were the ones “driving the change” for the queer community.

On a campaign call that I missed this morning, Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners told LGBT media and activists that young voters are more likely to be influenced by advertising. Since this is the first big poll to come out since the substantial ad buys by both Yes and No campaigns (I’m sure everyone’s heard Gavin Newsom’s “whether they like it or not” quote ad nauseum in the last week), I would guess she tied the ad buy in with the switch in opinions among young voters.

Although I don’t like to hear that my generation’s believes are motivated more by what eye candy is on T.V. than any actual heartfelt beliefs, I’m not surprised by the data. Plus, does the No on 8 ad really appeal to anyone under 50? It’s a great ad for the older demographic and moveable middle opinion leaders that are still on the fence – think of your mother – but will young voters connect with an older straight couple talking about fair treatment for their adult children? That doesn’t scream “youth” to me.

I would hope based on this recent poll that the Prop 8 good guys put out something a bit more, well, MTV-based. I would also hope that news media pick up on the recent polls – including the No on 8 internal poll that supports the recent CBS/SurveyUSA results. Any allies the LGBT community has, both within the community and outside of it, need to hear that the battle has not been won in California. All eyes from around the nation have been focused on us in the media, and they’ve all sounded the death toll far too early for this proposition.

Wishful thinking on their part? I hope not. But regardless of the accuracy of polling data – just like the presidential polls, this data’s margin of error makes the proposition vote “too close to call” as well – this data needs to serve as a wake up call for everyone that cares about equality (much less the importance of the constitution and the judiciaries ability to interpret it independent of public opinion) to help in whatever way they can with the No on 8 campaign.

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