lgbtq current events

Groups Trump has harmed:
• Refugees and asylum seekers
• Muslims
• Native Americans
• Working class Americans (including the coal miners)
• Syrian civilians
• Transgender people
• People of color
• Immigrants
• Servicemen and servicewomen
• POLAR BEARS
• Basically all the animals
• Flowers & trees
• The ocean
• Outer space (emotionally traumatized)
• His children

Groups he hasn’t harmed
• ISIL
• Russian hackers
• His corporate “friends”

The federal government now no longer protects my right to freedom and comfort in public spaces or my independence and knowledge of myself that allows me to live my everyday life in the way that best allows me to be myself in one of the most mundane and basic ways– using the restroom. 

The Trump Administration announced today that the Department of Education and Department of Justice revoked the federal guidance banning schools from preventing students from using the bathroom that best matched their gender identity if it does not align with their gender assigned at birth. 

Sean Spicer said yesterday that the president characterized transgender rights as “a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government.”

Betsy DeVos later added, “This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities, and families can find ― and in many cases have found ― solutions that protect all students.”

This could potentially be devastating for many transgender students such as Gavin Grimm, a trans student who is suing his school for preventing him from using the men’s restroom. 

“I worry that in the backlash and response, people are forgetting that these are children who fundamentally just need to go to school and have a right to be educated and not being able to use the bathroom that accords with their gender identity has profound consequences on their ability to actually receive an equal education. I feel like the human face of this has gotten lost in this,” said Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division,  in December. 

“I find it obscene that Mr. Spicer would characterize the well-being, the health and the very safety of transgender young people as an issue of states’ rights,” said Eliza Byard, the executive director of GLSEN, in response to this step backwards in LGBTQ rights. “The fact is that no child in America should have their rights subjected to a zip code.”

When Obama signed the Executive Order preventing workplace discrimination on the basis of orientation or gender identity in June 2014, he said, “Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming.” Nearly three years later, as the Trump Administration unwinds all that so many people in the US have worked towards for decades, I can’t help but think of this quote.

In the past eight years, LGBTQ rights in the United States have been built and improved immensely– and in only a few months of a new presidency, the regression of these protections and rights has already begun.

anonymous asked:

Hello! *shyly invades your ask* Do you have any advice for a (new) president of their school's GSA?

Sorry for the late reply!

President/organizer is a lot of work, but all it takes is organization, consistency, and a little bit of outgoingness.  I keep a spiral notebook  specifically for GSA and take ~30 minutes the day before the meeting researching news and putting together a basic structure for the meeting (I also save things that I stumble across throughout the week that I think would be good to bring up at the next meeting). My basic structure for meetings is like this:

  1. Welcome them to the meeting and write today’s main topics on the board.
  2. Housekeeping (ask them to sign in if your club requires that, tell them important club things like “club pictures are next week” or “next week’s meeting has been cancelled” or whatever)
  3. LGBTQ Current events & discuss them (ex: your state recently passed a pro-gay law, or a celebrity recently came out, etc)
  4. Meeting’s focus:  if you can’t make an entire meeting out of the current event and its discussion, find another thing to focus on for most of the meeting.  For example, our club’s last meeting was about Labels.  We watched a short YouTube video about labels and the discussed them: are the necessary?  are they harmful or beneficial?  what do all the different types of labels mean?
  5. An activity if you don’t think discussion of the focus will take up the whole meeting—Making posters is always good!
  6. Close the meeting— wrap up the activity, hit the highlights of what you discussed, and reiterate housekeeping, then say bye to all of them and “see you next time!” or something.
  7. Optional—keep a blog/twitter/facebook page for the club and post a summary of that day’s meeting on it so that people have the important things written down, in case they forget or missed the meeting.  Also use this to remind them of the housekeeping things or upcoming LGBTQ+ days/events/etc.

I have found a few tips to be helpful:

  • People open up and discuss more in small groups (3-6 people)
  • food makes members happy
  • if you’re not a loud speaker, find someone who can help get the room under control for you if they seem like they’re getting off topic.
  • GSA is a place for socializing, but don’t let them get too off topic!  If they’re talking about the latest school drama and don’t seem like they’re going to stop and get back on topic soon, try to refocus them.
  • give everyone who wants an equal opportunity to speak (this means politely cutting off the loud/opinionated/long-winded speakers sometimes).
  • Talk to and get to know your members!!

Best of luck!  It’s really rewarding in the end, so have fun with it :)

I want to make this clear for you dumbasses

Rosa Parks stood up for her race by demanding a right that they didn’t have, thus breaking the law from that time

Kim Davis stood up for a group of people by denying another group of people a right that they only just received, thus breaking a new law and not doing what she is hired to do

The only similarity is that they both got arrested and are getting support from the respective groups of people that they stood up for

But Rosa Parks wasn’t violating anyone else’s rights. I believe she offered to let the white man who wanted her seat sit next to her.

Kim Davis’s job is to distribute marriage licenses for couples who want to marry. The law now says that men and men and women and women can get married, but by denying them licenses she was violating the rights that they’d been fighting for years to get.

They are not comparable. To compare them is an insult to the gay and black communities.

Tired of always hearing about the shooters in these disgusting crimes. Whether it’s a mass shooting like Orlando, or a random shooting like Christina Grimmie, or people like Brock Turner. Tired of listening to people discussing the criminals, getting into detailed parts of their lives, posting their pictures everywhere. Tired of these people getting exactly what they wanted. What I want instead is hour long TV specials on the wonderful, innocent people we have lost. I want to hear their friends and family speak about them, I want to hear about great moments in their lives, about what made them happy. I want the world to know exactly what beautiful humans we have lost instead of making the criminals famous and well known.

Dolezal’s ‘Transracial’ Dilemma

Earlier this week, I was on a local radio show called BYOB in San Francisco when Latashia Govan, one of the shows hosts, interrupts our discussion on drag and burlesque to read the latest talk worthy news headline to cross her twitter feed. “Parents of NAACP chapter head say she lied about being black.” … We immediately burst into laughter. I mean, it sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn’t it? A white person masquerading as a black person and heading a chapter of a national black civil rights group? Latashia’s next words perfectly described how we all were feeling, “You just can’t make this s*** up!” But after the initial surprise, we had some real questions, like, “Wait… Does she really identify as black?” Followed by, “Hmmm… Should I be mad? If someone can be transgender, then can someone be transracial? Is that a thing?” 

The next day, when the news really hit on social media, I began reading more about Rachel Dolezal and this idea of “transracialism.” As I read, it became clear to me that this person has some pretty serious issues outside of how she identifies (can we talk about the shady, seemingly made-up hate-crime reports & the plagiarized artwork?), and yet I couldn’t help but reflect on her internal racial discord and how that might be compared to gender dysphoria.  After some thought, and a bit of research, I came to the conclusion that the two, while seemingly similar on the surface, are actually not the same at all. 

Before comparing Rachel Dolezal to the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, we need to consider these two generally accepted statements: 1) A person’s race does not effect their brain chemistry or the way their mind works. 2) Sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation are all linked to biological factors like genetics and hormones that do in fact alter the structures of our brains and the ways in which we think and feel. 

In other words, men and women don’t just look differently on the outside, their brains are built a bit differently too, and this physical difference can actually be seen in trans people. More specifically, transwomen generally have parts of their brains that are shaped more like those of cis-gendered women (women who were born female) than cis-gendered men (men who were born male), and similarly trans men have brain structures more similar to those of cis-men. 

If it is true that there are no structural differences in the brain associated with race, and there is no gene or hormone that informs our sense of self that we are black, white, or other; it then follows that this so-called trans-racialism is not an intrinsic biological predisposition (as being transgender seems to be), but rather something that is wholly psycho-social in nature. In other words: she was not born this way.

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When it comes down to it, I don’t really care if Dolezal wants to be black. If Dolezal wants to tan her skin blue-black, perm her hair, broaden her nose, and do whatever else she feels necessary because she has a deep seeded admiration for [her idea of] black beauty, then I am so down for her to do that. It’s her body and her right to self-express as she sees fit. In regards to her use of a black identity to occupy spaces she feels are reserved for black people, however… well, I’ll save that for a post about power, privilege, and entitlement.