Wednesday Reads: Transphobia 6-5000Posted: May 18, 2016 Filed under: 2016 elections, Barack Obama, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Donald Trump, education, fetus fetishists, fundamentalist Christians, GLBT Rights, homophobia, Human Rights, open thread, PLUB Pro-Life-Until-Birth, racism, Rape Culture, Real Life Horror, Refugees, Religious Freedom, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Republican politics, The DNC, the GOP, The Media SUCKS, U.S. Politics, US & Canada, War on Women, Women's Healthcare, Women's Rights | Tags: #IDAHOT, bathroom bills, LGBT rights 28 Comments
Yesterday was the IDAHO | DAHOT International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. With that in mind let’s take a look at the scene surrounding LGTB issues this week, especially the last few days. As y’all know, it is a “fluid ” situation, one of constant assault from the same forces I discussed in my last post Wednesday Reads: Buckets of what? | Sky Dancing. They are same hypocritical basturds who want to control every aspect of a woman’s autonomy, spirit, and cognitive functions. Shit…we are just going to have to get to it, right?
Statement by the President on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia | whitehouse.gov
On May 17, Americans and people around the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity.
Our nation is committed to the principle that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. Advancing this goal has long been a cornerstone of American diplomacy, and I am proud that my Administration has made advancing the human rights of LGBT individuals a specific focus of our engagement around the world. I am also proud of the great strides that our nation has made at home in recent years, including that we now have marriage equality as a result of last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision.
At the same time, there is much work to be done to combat homophobia and transphobia, both at home and abroad. In too many places, LGBT individuals grow up forced to conceal or deny who they truly are for fear of persecution, discrimination, and violence. All nations and all communities can, and must, do better. Fortunately, human rights champions and good citizens around the world continue to strive towards this goal every day by lifting up the simple truth that LGBT rights are human rights. The United States honors their work and will continue to support them in their struggle for human dignity.
Obama was not the only world leader who made an official statement yesterday…Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia | Prime Minister of Canada
“Today, I join Canadians – and people around the world – to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
“Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves.
“On this important day, I encourage all Canadians to raise awareness, and mobilize to end the violence, prejudice, and judgement faced by LGBTQ2 persons.
“As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable.
“To do its part, the Government of Canada today will introduce legislation that will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination, and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes.
“Today, let us unite in a global celebration of diversity, and reaffirm our commitment to unequivocally defend LGBTQ2 rights as human rights. We will never stop fighting for a safer, more equal, and more just world for all of our children.”
Meanwhile, reports in Mexico indicate some positive changes may be coming…Mexican President: Legalize Gay Marriage – The Daily Beast
According to multiple reports, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed legalizing same-sex marriage across the entire country. Should Mexico recognize same-sex marriages at the national level, it would join the United States and Canada as the only North American nations to do so. Nieto’s proposal comes as part of a string of socially liberal policy ideas from the 49-year-old president, including the legalization of medical marijuana and an overhaul of the country’s war on drugs.
Obama Marks International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia: LGBT Rights Are Human Rights – Joe.My.God.
Countries Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
Aussie cops raise rainbow flags against homophobia and transphobia
Still a long battle ahead for India’s transgender community | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Rainbows abound: How the world is celebrating International Day against Homophobia – Firstpost
Meanwhile, here in the USA, things are continuing as expected:
Trans Panicked Lady Yells At Short-Haired Gal In Walmart Restroom, Saves America | Wonkette
In what’s sure to be part of a growing trend, a young woman in a Walmart restroom Friday was treated to a stern anti-transgender scolding from a self-appointed member of the Moral Police in Danbury, Connecticut. Aimée Toms, a 22-year-old college student from Naugatuck, was washing her hands when a complete stranger hissed “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!” Toms, you see, has really short hair and was wearing a baseball cap, which was enough to convince the sharp-eyed Walmart shopper that Toms had to be one of those filthy transgender people using the ladies’ biffy, endangering The Children and ruining America. Toms posted a fine video rant about the experience to Facebook Friday evening, and the video quickly went viral, with nearly 40,000 views since it went up. We have to say we like the cut of her jib. Toms introduces the video with this brief caption:
If it really takes me pulling up my shirt and showing someone I grew these boobs myself for them to leave me alone in a restroom, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
This really lit a fire under my ass today.
Young Woman Harassed In WalMart For Appearing Transgendered | Crooks and Liars
My state is getting in on the fun:
Transphobia abounds in North Georgia
Students in North Georgia are the targets of the latest transphobic outcry.
Parents in Fannin County, organized by school resource officer Anthony Walden, rallied last week against a policy supporting transgender students using bathrooms that align with their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth.
Parents packed the Thursday school board meeting to decry the policy, which stems from federal government guidance, with media reports of anywhere from one to three hundred people in attendance.
“We could stand to lose 3.5 million dollars, that’s federal money,” school attorney Lynn Doss toldFox 5 News.
Following the egregious N.C. “bathroom bill,” the federal government issued a letter to schools urging them to allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond with their gender identity and not their sex assigned at birth.
N.C. and Gov. Pat McCrory are facing a lawsuit from the federal government over HB 2, with the Dept. of Justice making clear that transphobic bathroom policies are discriminatory and a violation of student’s civil rights.
So much love to Loretta Lynch for this: “Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself…no matter how isolated, no matter how afraid, and no matter how alone you may feel today…we see you, we stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”
I think you can tell the direction this article is taking….
School resource officer Walden called transgender people “perverts” and compared them to pedophiles, during public comment that received applause multiple times.
Transphobic statements abounded during the three hours of public comment. Parents and local leaders encouraged the school board to forego the federal dollars, threatening to remove their kids from school.
“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this, and if not, then us moms are going to come home and teach our kids like it used to be,” Parent Angel Chancey said.
“Ask the question what would Jesus have me do in this situation,” said Matthew McDaniel, a pastor at First Baptist Church. “We need to stand on God’s truth in this perverse situation.”
Speaker David Ralston, who represents the area, even waded in, sending a letter to Ga. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Purdue asking them to get involved.
Calling it “a vast overreach of federal authority,” Ralston asks them to “take appropriate action to protect our students and our local educators from the heavy hand of the federal government.”
Well, he certainly doesn’t seem interested in protecting transgender students, and that does not bode well for continued “religious freedom” rabble-rousing during next year’s legislative session.
Have I mentioned how much I hate the people up here in Banjoville. Fannin is the county next door…so they are our Banjoneighbors.
Gooch asks state leaders to take a stand against Obama… | AccessWDUN.com
State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-51), Senate Majority Whip, is calling on Georgia’s top officials to take a firm stand against President Barack Obama’s letter sent to school systems Friday with guidelines allowing transgender students to use bathrooms matching the gender they identify with.
“We’re asking the governor and lieutenant governor to look at the president’s policy initiative that he announced this week that basically threatens local governments with withholding their funds for their local schools,” Gooch said Tuesday. “We think that’s a wrong direction for our country. We shouldn’t be controlling local school boards and dictating them and holding this over their head.”
Gooch, of Lumpkin County, briefly answered questions during Tuesday afternoon’s Helen City Commission meeting.
Georgia leaders blast transgender bathroom rule, stop short of lawsuit | Political Insider blog
Georgia GOP leaders prepare to open front in bathroom war | www.myajc.com
More news on the LGBT front:
Obama Defends Transgender Directive for School Bathrooms – The New York Times
Alabama lawmaker files bathroom bill – TimesDaily: State Capital
Mother marches through Target decrying retailer’s bathroom policy | www.ajc.com
Canada Moves to Ban Discrimination Against Transgender People – The New York Times
Sir Ian McKellen: Homophobia in the Commonwealth is a shameful legacy – The i newspaper online iNews
North Carolina’s anti-trans governor is cozy with major polluter | Grist
Turning back to idiots in politics, hey…this one is not even a part of this country’s political elite!
Peter Dutton says ‘illiterate’ refugees would be ‘taking Australian jobs’ | Australia news | The Guardian I guess Trump isn’t the only asshole making a name for himself out there, huh?
But hey, that kind of talk is just mainstream nowadays, you want idiot? I got your idiot right here:
Conservative congressional candidate shares screenshot, forgets to close porn windows
Mike Webb is a conservative candidate for the United States Congress (VA-8) and he’s hoping to bring “responsiveness and accountability” to Washington, D.C. From hiscampaign announcement:
“If we succeed in winning this race as a conservative Republican in the most liberal district in the nation and the most Democratic in the South, that will be a real revolution that will have national implications,” he said in a press release.
He is campaigning with a hands-on approach, insisting he does all of his own social media:
Webb claims that many residents are looking for responsiveness and accountability from their elected and appointed leaders. “One way to do that is to personally respond on social media. Talk and engage with people. Joke and chide. Engage in dialogue. That is what it is all about.”
Unfortunately for Mike Webb, he’s probably now wishing he had someone running his social media. He shared a screenshot of his computer screen while trying to make a point (that was partial conspiracy theory) about trying to find employment and he forgot to close out a couple of tabs:
Oh, my! Fans of Mike Webb’s Facebook page were quick to point out that the two tabs above led to two porn sites. Needless to say, fans were amused:
Lucas McDanielRyan BelkJosh Peake…. Now you know what politicians do in their spare time!! #pumpthebrakesWEBB
Stephen Carroll I like your taste in porn.
Stephen Carroll Hey, that’s probably why you had so many viruses and couldn’t make your FEC filing.
Christopher Allard Oh my good lord! That’s AWESOME!!! Way to go Mike! You posted a screen shot of your computer and left the PORN SITES up??? Wow, ranger that bud! This is definitely going viral!
At least 5 hours after the original post, it remains on this Facebook page. So much for his pledge for responsiveness! The post will no doubt be deleted in time, but it can currently be seen here.
I had to quote the entire post there, it was too unbelievable and fucking prefect not to.
Two Boston brothers who beat and urinated on a homeless Mexican man, then told police “Donald Trump was right: All these illegals need to be deported,” were sentenced to prison on Monday.
Trump Bros Who Beat Up Homeless Hispanic Guy Going To Prison, How Is That Even Fair? | Wonkette
BREAKING: ABC Just Caught Trump In Massive Tax Evasion & Campaign Finance Violation
Next up, a series of links on the Nevada/Bernie Bros/From the top directive shit that happened over the last few days:
Shakesville: What Is Even Happening?
I think the key point to all this is:
Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucus.
Anyway, the links are below just if anyone missed yesterday’s threads….
Shakesville: Bernie Sanders, What Are You Doing?!
Bernie Sanders Refuses To Admit There’s a Problem With His Fanatical Supporters – The Daily Banter
Sanders issues defiant statement under pressure over ruckus (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
I hate the title of this one: DNC chairwoman chides Sanders | TheHill
Tensions explode in Dem primary | TheHill
To Win in November, Clinton Will Need Sanders’ Voters | RealClearPolitics
This is another title that irks me: Nevada Democrats accused Bernie Sanders’s campaign of inciting violence. And Sanders is hitting back. – The Washington Post
A few other disturbing news stories, not on Bernie but still like I said, disturbing:
Judge orders Mississippi school district to desegregate, 62 years after Brown v. Board of Education – The Washington Post
62 years after ‘Brown vs. Board of Education’ ruling, U.S. schools becoming more segregated | Tampa Bay Times
Tourist Bros Stomp On Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Spring
Another State Just Banned Abortion After 19 Weeks
South Carolina bans abortion after 19 weeks | Reuters
Teacher fired from Christian school after reporting shocking rape of her daughter
Shoulders and Arms Are Now Illegal in the State of California
The deadly selfie game – the thrill to end all thrills
Oh and what about the Koch Brothers? Hullabaloo– GOP suffering from Koch withdrawal by digby
And I want to end it on something fun…This one is for Boston Boomer, and her keen interest in words and the brain: Words, more words … and statistics: To segment words, the brain could be using statistical methods — ScienceDaily
Picking out single words in a flow of speech is no easy task and, according to linguists, to succeed in doing it the brain might use statistical methods. A group of scientists has applied a statistics-based method for word segmentation and measured its efficacy on natural language, in nine different languages, to discover that linguistic rhythm plays an important role.
Have you ever racked your brains trying to make out even a single word of an uninterrupted flow of speech in a language you hardly know at all? It is naïve to think that in speech there is even the smallest of pauses between one word and the next (like the space we conventionally insert between words in writing): in actual fact, speech is almost always a continuous stream of sound. However, when we listen to our native language, word “segmentation” is an effortless process. What are, linguists wonder, the automatic cognitive mechanisms underlying this skill? Clearly, knowledge of the vocabulary helps: memory of the sound of the single words helps us to pick them out. However, many linguists argue, there are also automatic, subconscious “low-level” mechanisms that help us even when we do not recognise the words or when, as in the case of very young children, our knowledge of the language is still only rudimentary. These mechanisms, they think, rely on the statistical analysis of the frequency (estimated based on past experience) of the syllables in each language.
I hope you enjoy that one BB…
Have a good day y’all, treat this as an open thread of course.
And so it goes…I’m going back under the covers!
Lots of linky goodness! And great headline
…now to read!
JJ, I really didn’t know about Idaho/Dahot being yesterday. Hear, hear! The Prime Minister in Canada has it together on human rights. I really like that he reversed the Harper policy, and is funding abortions overseas. Think Pres. Obama needs to do the same.
This will make you feel better!
Great article but Kurt has always been a great journalist. I’m still amazed that it’s taken this long and so much for the media to catch onto the obvious about Bernie. He’s simply a bitter, angry, selfish old scumbag who is for himself and no one else.
Can’t wait to get him off the national stage. He makes me sick just thinking of him.
Yup. He’s not even a decent human being.
Amy Fried, a political scientist/pollster that I follow on twitter:
Yes, Josh Marshall’s naivete is shocking.
Dak: this is what I’ve been waiting for…
I need to pass this round my block, round my town, round this country, ’round the world.
Eichenwald kicks ass!!!
It might me feel great to see it!
I loved every word!
It was great!
Everything I have wanted to say and more! But will Bern listen???
Wow, that was a wonderful article.
It’s good to see righteous anger toward Il Berno and his nihilistic horde.
I’m beyond disgusted with Sanders and can’t wait to see the back of him.
Joy is much too kind.
The Newsweek article was great, but the video of Saint Bernard’s greatest hits playing behind it was a mixed message at best!
Love this photo from Shakesville
Hillary will need all of us to encourage and support her ENTHUSIASTICALLY !
Was supposed to be a reply to Jslat.
Thank, JJ. That Mike Webb for Congress piece made my day. I can’t stop laughing. Stupid, hypocritical, god bag, misogynist fuck
Thanks so much for the language article, JJ!
How dare they compare Hill’s ’08 campaign and her staying in up to the convention to BS’s right to stayin. Does anyone here recall Hill’s supporters being violently? Using foul and hurtful language? I don’t, I believe the violent turn his supporters have demonstrated is cause enough to shut it down. His personal attitude alone is enough to shut it down, not to mention possible funding improprieties