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Bills protecting LGBT people from discrimination rejected in Florida and Georgia
There actually was a chance Florida and Georgia might try to protect LGBT people, but they quickly faltered.

This week, two separate bills that would have protected LGBT citizens from discrimination – one in Georgia and one in Florida – were rejected by legislators.

Here’s what happened in Georgia, from ThinkProgress: 

In Georgia, there is no state law establishing public accommodation protections for any protected class. Lawmakers are considering HB 849, a bill that would create the same protections that exist on the federal level. Though there are limitations in the bill’s definition of public accommodations, it would protect against discrimination by any place of lodging (inn, hotel, motel, etc.), any restaurant (food-serving place), any gas station, and any event space (movie theatre, concert hall, stadium, etc.).

The bill currently only offers protections based on race, color, nationality, and religion, but on Tuesday, Democrats tried to add sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability with an amendment. Rep. Tom Weldon ® opposed the change, claiming, “Those who get bullied usually are the ones that end up doing well on down the road in life.” The House subcommittee considering the measure rejected the amendment 6-4 vote, and the bill advanced to the House Judiciary Committee without any LGBT protections.

And in Florida:

Florida lawmakers have similarly considered a bill that explicitly creates new protections for LGBT people. The bill, SB 120, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in employment, housing, and public accommodations, along with new language guaranteeing that the law would “not limit the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the State Constitution.”

In the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, conversation got wrapped up in conversations about which restrooms transgender people would be allowed to use. Sen. Wilton Simpson ® expressed concerns about “weirdos doing weird things in public bathrooms with men or women,” but Sen. Jeremy Ring (D) wryly mused, “My guess is the transgender community has used the bathroom before.” Though the bill has the support of several big business interests in Florida, including AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, Home Shopping Network, Marriott, and Wells Fargo, it failed to advance in a 5-5 vote.

Sigh. This fight isn’t over, friends. Keep going. 

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Transphobic Bathroom Bill Dies in Washington State
The state Senate barely defeated legislation that would have repealed the state's new gender-neutral bathroom policy.

Washington’s state Senate has killed a transphobic bill — but only by a hair. Legislators voted 25-24 to defeat SB 6443. The bill would have repealed a new rule issued by the state’s Human Rights Commission that allows transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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This is definitely not an all-encompassing telling of the violent discrimination that Dalits in India face, but it does touch briefly on several important issues.

Yellow Fever Archive Project 1: Your Story Matters


Are you ASIAN?

Asian American? Chinese French? Vietnamese Italian? Korean Japanese? Filipino Mexican?


Do you ever feel misunderstood or silenced down?

Do you feel like you’ve been otherized, sexualized, objectified or patronized?

And do those feelings have anything to do with your Asian-ness?



Racism is not only about throwing rocks at people and telling them to go back to their own country.



Racism is also this:

Because no one cares about your racial fetish.



And this:

Because not all Asians do or should look like K-pop stars or anime characters.



And this, too:

Mangaka means cartoonist in Japanese. It’s not a status you can earn by entering a country.



Or, even this:

Uhm, because Memoirs of a Geisha isn’t even written by an Asian author and it has nothing to do with Asian voice? Also probably because not all Asians are Japanese?




Yellow Fever Archive is my record, your record, and OUR record of racism against Asians.

Submit your writings, selfies, photos, drawings, anxieties, sorrows and jokes to yellowfeverarchive@gmail.com or directly to the submit page on this blog!

(or just send a message, I check it too!)

Your stories will be posted anonymously if wanted!

 




Do submit:

-Any story of prejudice, discrimination, misrepresentation you’ve experienced as Asian, expressed in any kind of uploadable format

-Selfie holding a sketchbook with a statement on it (I get it, it’s a bit cheesy, but it’s ok to hold up the sketchbook once in a while)

-Stupid cartoons

-Serious paintings

-Ramblings

-Videos

-Animations

-Memes

-Celebrity quotes

-Songs

-Recorded sounds

-Intelligent things you’ve read online

-Blog posts

-Tweet screenshots

-Basically anything else that doesn’t potentially get you in trouble

 

Don’t submit:

-Revenge porn (which will potentially get you in trouble)

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The True Meaning of the Word 'Cisgender'
It's not complicated: Cisgender is the opposite of transgender.

Let’s get one thing straight: 

The Oxford English Dictionary describes the word “cisgender” as an adjective and defines it as “Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; not transgender.”

Beginning a feature with the “dictionary definition” of a subject goes against every lesson drilled into a prospective journalist’s head in J-school, but in this instance, it’s necessary. Because alongside the stratospheric rise in media visibility for transgender people comes the all-too-predictable pushback from those who are uncomfortable with change or those who claim the term is yet another unnecessary label that only serves to divide us, spotlighting our differences.

With such phenomena as angry hashtags on the fringes of social media proclaiming #DieCisScum and passionate op-eds defiantly declaring “I Am NOT Cisgendered,” the cisgender population seems to be having an identity crisis. Perhaps that’s because for many of us, “cisgender” is a new identity, a new label, that many people may not have even realized has applied to our lived experience all along.

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To Black Women

I will start off by saying I do not speak for or about all black men in what I am about to say.

 I find it incredibly sad that we live in a world that so undervalues black women that many feel the need to post things like “black girls are pretty too”. It is even worse that while this is going on many black men will unashamedly lust after women of other races who only really every hypersexualize and fetishise them while going out of their way to publicly slander black women on social media. 

I am in no way against interracial relationships and understand that people have preferences. However, I do not believe people should go out of their way to offend people who they do not feel attracted to, there is literally no need for it. If you do not feel attracted to one kind of person you should keep it to yourself, not only because it is highly offensive to those people being slandered but because nobody cares who you do not find attractive. 

What really hurts me about this is the fact that black women never fail to speak out against injustices carried out towards black men, like when they are unlawfully killed or discriminated against. It is sad to say it but it is rarely ever reciprocated when it comes to issues that mostly affect black women.

I never really hear black men ever complain why black women are always depicted in an angry light by the media, or advocate against FGM, or mention incidents like the one in Isreal where Black-Jewish women were being forcefully sterilised by the government unknowingly. It almost seems like they do not care at all. As a child of single parent household who was raised by a strong black woman, it saddens me to see the support in which my mother never let me go without in life is not shown to black women by many black men.

I think black women are gorgeous, however, beauty is and will always be a subjective thing that is determined only by the person in question. What I do think is very silly though is the things black women are slandered for on social media.

Things are said like “they are too angry and hostile”. The anger that many black women feel is more than warranted given the fact that they live in a society where they are not only discriminated for being women but also for their race.

Another thing that is said is “ They are so superficial they do not even wear their real hair”. This is a ridiculous criticism given the fact that women of all races wear makeup, hair extensions and get cosmetic surgery. What is even worse is I do not hear these same people (mostly black men) criticising  white women for their extensive use of fake tan and calling them superficial. Not to mention apart from Brazil, in none of the countries where cosmetic surgery is most rampant do black women make up the majority of the female population. (South Korea, Greece, Italy, USA, Colombia, Taiwan according to 2010 data reported by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.) So how can black women be said to be more superficial than any other group of women?

I would like to give my sincerest apologies to all black women who have been ridiculed by ignorant men of their own race and promise to shame these ignorant men for making stupid comments whenever I come across them.

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Transgender student suspended for using bathroom at SC high school
A transgender student was suspended from Socastee High School after using the bathroom.

At Socastee High School in South Carolina, a trans student was suspended for using the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. 

The student, who is remaining anonymous, started transitioning in middle school. He and his family met with school administrators and decided he should use the boys’ bathroom, so throughout high school, he did. 

But recently, a teacher noticed the student walking out of the boys’ room. The next day, he was called into the administrative office and told to either use the women’s room or go to the nurse’s office. Most people at school don’t know the student is trans, so his family believes the teacher who saw him looked up his records, outing him to other teachers and students. 

Two weeks ago, the student left an assembly to use the bathroom and passed teachers along the way. Although a teacher said to use the closest bathroom, the child said it was dirty and went to the next one. The student said the teacher followed and the boy’s bathroom was used. The next day the child was suspended from school for a day.

“They did not give me a copy of the write up,” his mother said. “They did not talk to me.”  

The student is now enrolled in an online school. The mother said her child is missing out on everything else school offers.

“He had to stop drama,” the mother said. “He had to drop out of the play he was doing.”

The child’s mom worries about this happening to other transgender students in Horry County Schools.

“Let the transgender kids be themselves,” she said. “Let them be safe and let them be comfortable. Let them have their education in an environment where they are not harassed or felt to be unsafe.”

This school is refusing to cooperate with Title IX guidelines. They’re violating a student’s right to privacy. They’ve told the student he needs a doctor’s note in order to get the issue resolved. AND they’re taking an innocent child out of class – literally removing him from the opportunity to learn – because he had to pee? In what universe do these educators think this is okay? 

A brief history of the subjugation of, and violence against, deaf people in the United States

The United States has a long (and still thriving) tradition of violence and subjugation of minorities, and d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing people are no exception. On some of the physical and mental violence and oppression leveled at d/Deaf people:

1. Historically. deaf children were forcibly institutionalized and bound and beaten to prevent them from using sign language.

2. Historically, attempts were made to forcibly sterilize deaf people and prevent them from marrying.

2a. The leading anti-deaf group in the eugenics movement still exists and advocates against deaf rights today: the Alexander Graham Bell Association.

2b. You can find Bell’s detailed “eradication plan” in his lecture “Memoir Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race.”

3. Today, deaf people continue to be denied the right to education solely on the basis of their deafness:

4. Deaf people continue to be denied the right to work based solely on their deafness.

5. Deaf people are arrested without being told their rights, and jailed while denied an interpreter and pen or paper.

6. Today, deaf people are attacked and killed by the police for “failing to respond to verbal commands.” Most recently:

7. Deaf people are endangered daily in hospitals without access to sign language interpreters or mental health professionals.

8. Sometimes within hours of a deaf child’s birth, doctors inform parents their child is “broken” and can only be “cured” with CIs and preventing the use of sign language.

8a. Hearing children are encouraged to sign.

9. Doctors and tech companies knowingly inserted defective cochlear implants into the skulls of infants, children and adults (for years, for $).

10. Deaf boys are 3X and deaf girls 2X more likely to experience sexual assault than their hearing peers.

Gay Cops are Still Cops


Over the past couple of weeks, No Pride in Prisons has placed increasing pressure on the Pride Board, and the Auckland queer community more generally, to ban uniformed police officers from the pride parade. As we now know, the Pride Board chose to disregard legitimate concerns with that institution being included. A common response to these concerns, from uncritical members of the community, has been: “What about the gay cops? Aren’t they a part of our community? Who are you to ban members of the community?”

To that, we ask: What is the queer community? The decision as to whether police can march in a pride parade is the kind of decision which determines what kind of community we are. Are we a community of marginalised peoples? Are we a community which cares about other marginalised peoples? Or, are we more concerned with consolidating the privileges of the most privileged within our ‘community’?

Cops have no place in any queer community made up of marginalised peoples. This is because it is the role of the police to uphold the privileges of the powerful, and maintain the marginalisation of the oppressed. How do they do this? As an institution, the New Zealand Police has admitted that it has an ‘unconscious bias’ against Māori. This is played out in the New Zealand Police apprehending and charging Māori at a rate that far surpasses that of Pākehā for the same crimes.

Police target and oppress other and overlapping marginalised peoples as well. You may have seen police harassing homeless people or people they suspect of being sex workers. No Pride in Prisons has received reports from trans women who have been violently assaulted by police and arrested for the supposed crime of “walking while trans”. The police’s targeting and criminalisation of certain groups is part of what makes and maintains their marginalisation. Community is required so that those on the margins can continue to survive. In other words, the police’s actions make the community necessary. As a result, cops are not and never will be part of a community of marginalised peoples.

You may be thinking: “not all cops are bad! I’m sure the vast majority of them aren’t racists!” We are sure that not all cops think that they are actively racist as individuals. All cops, however, work for an institution which has been proven time and time again to be racist and oppressive. Cops put on a uniform every day. That uniform is a symbol of the side that they have chosen, and that side engages in racist and oppressive violence on a mass scale. An individual cop may not think that their actions are discriminatory in any way (‘they are just doing their jobs!’), however, when you add up all the individual actions of individual cops, they amount to an institution that maintains racist colonial cisheteropatriarchal capitalism.

It is for this reason that it is offensive and complicitly oppressive to allow uniformed police to march in any pride parade. In doing so, the queer community becomes a group of historically marginalised peoples taking the side of an oppressive institution which targets marginalised peoples. Those ‘other’ marginalised peoples are also a part of our community: Māori queers, homeless queers, queer sex workers, only to name a few. In allowing the police to march with us, we are siding with an institution which oppresses our people.

“But you’re banning gay cops, who are part of the community!”. To this, we say: if banning representation of police and Corrections is to be understood as unfairly excluding members of our community, what of the queers suffering in custody right now? What of the trans women who have been beaten or raped by uniformed members of these organisations? What of the Māori who are targeted at every stage of the criminal justice system, which includes Māori queers? Is Pride not for them?

So, which side are you on? You can either stand with the marginalised, or with the oppressors; those subject to violence, or the violent. Gay cops, although they are gay, are still cops. If you stand with them, you’re standing with the oppressors.


Written by S Morgan, T Lamusse, and E Rākete

No Pride in Prisons is holding a “Fuck Pride” rally in protest to the inclusion of uniformed police and corrections officers in the 2016 pride parade. For more information, click here.

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Jim Obergefell and Andreja Pejic Get Real About the 'T' in LGBT
Jim Obergefell, a leading advocate for marriage equality, and the world's most famous trans model talk about the adversities faced by transgender people.

With the recent media attention and public support surrounding transgender male models such as Ben Melzer and Aydian Dowling, one might think that broad acceptance of all trans people is inevitable. However, even within the so-called LGBT community, prejudice against trans and gender-nonconforming people still arises, as a recent petition to LGBT media and advocacy groups asking them to “Drop the T” illustrates.

This tension was the topic of discussion for Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the marriage equality suit that resulted in the freedom to marry nationwide, and Andreja Pejic, the world’s most famous trans model, as they sat down for an interview with Amanda Silverman of Foreign Policy.

Pejic was adamant about the impact that sharing one’s own story can have.

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A Christian university just won the right to legally ban LGBT students
"This is who we are."
By Mic

Carson-Newman University, a Southern Baptist college in Tennessee, legally won the right to ban any students whose “lifestyles” don’t agree with their “Christian values” — like LGBT students, pregnant students, unwed parents, students who have had abortions, and many others. 

Even worse: the legal counsel who helped file the waiver exempting the school from Title IX filed similar waivers for many other schools, and about 30 other colleges have similar exemptions in place.

“This is who we are as a Christian university,” Dr. Randall O'Brien, president of the university, told CBS affiliate WVLT on Monday. “These are our religious principles. And in a changing world, we would like to reaffirm that this is who we are and who we intend to be.

These schools have been given permission to opt out of anti-discrimination laws. I have no words. 

weird names on resumes

I did not understand everyday racism and how white privilege really worked until I started applying for jobs with a resume, about halfway through college. My name is absolutely not English or American, and because of that it’s gender neutral on first appearances.

I cannot tell you how many times I would show up for an interview; and the second the (white, male) interviewer greeted me, he always had a stupid look on his face. He’d stumble over the pronunciation of my name, shocked that I could speak English clearly (who do you think wrote my resume and cover letter?!) and even more shocked by the fact that I was white and female.

All of that was something I was somewhat used to, but what blew me away is that they would actually say something, clearly expecting me to also be relieved that I was one of them. It would always be something along the lines of: “Oh, thank goodness, I wasn’t sure if a) English was your first language b) where you were from c) what you were.” Or some comment about how they worried that my name is one of “those names.“ (side note: these all happened in the Upper Midwest which is chock full of Scandinavian families - my name is rare but is clearly recognizably Norwegian for a population that is so connected to its heritage)

It baffled and enraged me so much to know that at the outset, the interview was simply a formality (I used to check off the EOE boxes for being female or LGBT, but I don’t anymore), but within the span of a few seconds I suddenly had the upper hand without them even speaking to me about the job, simply because I was clearly an English-speaking white citizen. There’s no other context for their behavior as it always happens the second I meet them.

I’m not at all trying to imply "reverse” racism here. Rather sharing an experience that finally got me to understand what we (white people) do to everyone else here, and that it is very real. I’m ashamed that it took me having to experience something in an entirely backwards way to see just how fucked up it is.

I live in LA now and it doesn’t happen nearly as often. And the second someone gives me that dumbfounded “oh thank god you’re white” reaction again, I wrap up the interview quickly and hightail it out of there. 

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New York City Now Requires Employers To Use Trans People's Pronouns Of Choice
The new policy also prohibits restaurants from requiring men to wear ties in order to be served.
By Nicolás Medina Mora

“Employers, landlords, and cops in New York City are now legally required to use people’s pronouns of choice when addressing them — and restaurants are no longer allowed to deny service to men just because they refused to wear a tie.”

It’s hard to believe that Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 marks one year since the tragic hate crime murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Barakat and Abu-Salha families have requested that this February 10th should not be regarded as an “anniversary” or commemoration of their death. Instead, please honor the legacy of “Our Three Winners” by doing the following:

(1) Pray for Deah, Yusor, and Razan
(2) Act by doing a good deed and taking action in your local community during the month of February
(3) Donate at www.OurThreeWinners.org and keep their legacy projects alive through the OTW Endowment Fund
(4) Share* by posting and sharing ‪#‎KeepingTheirLegaciesAlive‬ and ‪#‎ForwardWithFaith‬

After sending out 1,600 resumes to apply for more than 800 jobs, the study found that women with an “LGBT indicator” on their resume (represented in the study as work experience at an LGBT advocacy group) were about 30% less likely to receive a call-back than women who didn’t have those indicators.