Posts tagged ‘trans’

April 24, 2012

Colin Robinson of the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation

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January 11, 2012

Transgender Sensitivity

Spent the evening watching a panel discussion about Transgender issues and sensitivity from Toronto ( yes I am Canadian) hosted by Xtra Canada . The panel was (apparently) a reaction to insensitive comments made by someone at Xtra.  It was informative though rather disappointing since I never actually heard Xtra apologizing.

Right after the live stream I saw a tweet from BACK2STONEWALL which promoted the headline “Oh Sweet Cookie Jesus – Conservative Religious Groups Boycott Girl Scout Cookies Over Trans Inclusive Rule”. Naturally, I had to read it and discovered that it really was true.

World Net Daily (Which I won’t link to because I don’t want them to get extra traffic) and other conservative religious groups are running to the aid of a 14 year  Girl Scout who is upset that The Girl Scouts organization policy is allowing transgender girls to join and so she is calling for the BOYCOTT of Girl Scout cookies and the conservative religious organizations are supporting her.

Read the rest on BACK2STONEWALL here.

I am not going to say much about the hateful thoughts going through that girl’s head as she is a minor but I think she needs to spend a bit more time  thinking about the feelings of others and less about her own selfish and bigoted views. Comments and likes/dislikes have been disabled on the video which at the time of this writing had about 700 hits.

Not to be daunted, however, one young transgender person made a comprehensive video of his own and posted it.  Sometimes when you wonder about the future you see it right in front of you – and it looks a whole lot brighter.

My response to this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y514LSe8FWk&context=C303c6b6ADOEgsToPDskK-…, in which a girl scout by the name of Taylor calls for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the organization welcomes transgender kids.

I am proud to say I support the struggles of the transgender community throughout the world  for acceptance and equality.

December 22, 2011

Disney – It Gets Better

Via Born this Way Blog on FB – who said :

The LGBTQ community have been the artists, imagineers, the dreamers, and the very backbone of Disney since its inception. This is beautiful!

As usual the stories are sad and painfully resonant  but the message is one of hope.

December 18, 2011

Interesting look at the quirky characters mentioned in Walk on the Wild Side.

I have always been a huge fan of Warhol and the weird and wacky world he created around him. Lou Reed’s song Walk on the Wild Side references many of those characters but I have never seen a video explaining who they were – until now.

Enjoy!

April 1, 2011

Amazing trans singer on Thailand’s Got Talent

Via Boing Boing.

Bell Nuntita with an awesome ( and startling) performance.

And in lower quality with English subtitles. The last bit is very touching.

February 12, 2011

MTF fireman 66, weds Jamaican lesbian chef 37

I guess Cher might describe this as “a different kind of love story”. Congrats to them.

“A thrice-married former fireman in Britain, who underwent a sex change to become a woman, has tied the knot with a Jamaican lesbian chef he met online.

Kerry Whybrow, 66, formerly Roger Steed, had met Alcia Evans, a mother of one and almost 30-years her junior, through an international dating website.

The 6ft 2in former angling instructor met Evans in 2008 and had spent just a fortnight with the 37-year-old Jamaican before she flew to England to prepare for their “wedding”…

Read the rest on Sify here.

The Daily Mail has even more comprehensive coverage with pictures here.

February 5, 2011

Vancouver school kids send a flash mob message against bullying.

Via  Kenn Orphan

“In honour of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message of Acceptance and challenge others to use social media as a positive tool. Spread the word!”

For more info on Pink Shirt Day go to their site here.

February 4, 2011

ILGA turned down again by UN Economic and Social Council.

The International Lesbian,Gay , Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA) has once again been turned down for membership in the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Inner City Press is reporting the vote  on the application was proposed by Belgium but Sudan immediately countered that the application should not be considered.

When the dust had cleared it was voted  9-7 with one abstention ( Kyrgyzstan ) that the application should not be considered. Countries voting  not to consider the ILGA’s application ( i.e. ‘yes’)  were:  Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, China, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Morocco .

Countries voted against the application being  ignored ( i.e. ‘no’) were:  Peru, Turkey, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and Israel.

Read much more on Inner City Press here.

The approved resolution put forward initially on December 17, 2010 was as follows:

A) on the basis that ILGA represents over 700 LGBTI member organisations throughout the world equally committed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to promote the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination and also including the realisation of the specific provisions of the following international human rights instruments:
· The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
· The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
· The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination;
· The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
· The Convention on the Rights of the Child
· The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
· United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

B) concerned that ILGA’s applications for ECOSOC status have been unjustly denied 4 times,

C) disturbed by the discriminatory treatment from the UN NGO Committee demanding once again (November 2010) ILGA to subject our membership to additional, unreasonable and unjust requirements outside of the protocol concerning ECOSOC applications,

1) condemns the repeated attempts to link ILGA and LGBTI organisations with paedophilia

2) insists that the United Nations recognizes ILGA’s right to obtain ECOSOC status in order to engage with the United Nations system like any other legitimate organisation.

Original located on ILGA’s site here.

At least you know which countries to add to your no-visit list.

January 14, 2011

In A Sense We Are All From Driftwood

Not sure how it slipped under my radar though I had heard of it a while ago but the I’m From Driftwood project is pretty interesting. Life is about individual stories and the project ( in conjunction with Towleroad.com )  set about gathering stories.

Each story can simply be read or you can watch the video that goes along with it. I find the videos more powerful but your mileage may vary.

Here is one sample that I shamefully chose because it if from my city but also because it is so happy and empowering :

See the other Driftwood stories here.