USA: More States To Harass Trans* Community With “Bathroom Bills”

The harassment of the trans* community continues, as reactionary politicians continue to push so-called “bathroom bills”.

So far this year (and we’re only a few weeks into 2017), 8 states – Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington – have prefiled or introduced legislation that would restrict access to multiuser restrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities on the basis of a definition of sex or gender consistent with sex assigned at birth or “biological sex.” Continue reading “USA: More States To Harass Trans* Community With “Bathroom Bills””

Hugs And Freedom For Chelsea Manning

Celebrities such as Michael Stipe, Sean Ono Lennon and and well-wishers across the globe have been celebrating the news of Chelsea Manning’s forthcoming release on social media using the hashtag #HUGSFORCHELSEA.

Chelsea’s 35 year sentence for releasing classified and sensitive information to Wikileaks and the way the authorities dealt with her transition had been widely criticised. Continue reading “Hugs And Freedom For Chelsea Manning”

Spain’s Top Pornstar Defends His Transgender Child

Nacho Vidal is Spain’s most famous pornstar, not only because of his…er…skillset, but also because he’s articulate and media-friendly.

This week, he’s been hitting the headlines – as here, in La Vanguardia – after appearing on Spain’s most notorious chatshow, Salvame Deluxe, and talking about his 9 year-old daughter Violeta, who at birth was named after her dad, but soon made clear that she was a girl and not a boy.  He fully accepts her transition, and talked about the difficulties he’s had with things like legally changing her name.

“She’s a very mature little girl, but has responsiblities and a struggle that a 9 year-old ought not to have”

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Don’t trust Goldilocks

“But Grandma, what big teeth you have!” is how German web site reacted on Facebook to Donald Trump’s strategically-emollient appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes where he told viewers “don’t be afraid”, and it sums up just how I feel about the whole charade. There’s a good summary of what he had to say at Sky News.

You can’t help but admire Trump’s tactics. Saying the whole gay marriage debate is over and settled is – bluntly – just horse excrement. He can afford to say that now, as others are rushing to get rid of it for him; the National Organisation for Marriage and their friends will sooner or later get some kind of case to the Supreme Court, where his pro-life super conservative new appointee will be waiting.

Ah, yes, abortion rights, the perfect distraction; an issue rightly so important for so many that campaigning around this one issue will effectively divert effort from – and submerge coverage of – many of the hurtful daily indignities inflicted on the trans community with “bathroom laws” and so on, while new “religious freedom” laws will pop up like mushrooms, excluding the LGBTQI community from services and venues, and employment protection may be weakened. Pink triangle, anyone? Great news that Trump wants to embrace some of the central planks of Obamacare, and there’s no reason necessarily to oppose changes in how that’s delivered; but watch how in reformed contracts, support for birth control ebbs away, and how money for – and any entitlement to – gender confirmation surgery, medical care for the trans community, prEP and HIV treatment and prevention strategy gets cut or stripped out.

What’s also worth noting is that Trump, both on CBS and in his interview with The Washington Post, has refused to apologise for anything he said during the campaign, justifying it all with a simple “I won”. Which tells you a lot about the man, what he’s prepared to do to get his way, and about his moral compass.

Living in and around Berlin, I can see historical reminders every day of how easily an open, dynamic multi-faceted society under pressure can slip terrifyingly sideways when chasing broadly unfocused promises of a better tomorrow and renewed national pride, when pushed in the right direction with some strategic name-calling. Be very afraid…

NOM- They Have Evolved And They Have A Plan

Unsurprisingly, the National Organisation For Marriage are cock-a-hoop at the election of Donald Trump.

This is a bright and exciting time for NOM, and we are committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity we have. Our voice and our views matter to the incoming administration, and that means your voice and views matter.

And as you might expect, they’re determined to reverse the US Supreme Court decision in favour of same-sex marriage and to end “dangerous” Presidential gender identity directives. It’s tempting to yawn, but protecting our hard-won rights and freedoms is going to occupy us and require a lot of energy over the next couple of years, don’t you agree?