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I’m Trans, I’m Scared, And I’m Here To Beg YOU For Help

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      https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/25/180721...

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      Thursday October 25, 2018 · 3:22 PM CDT

      I transitioned many years ago, and have been very fortunate and blessed to have had this relative luxury. Although historically harder to access trans medical and surgical care in the USA than other countries, like Canada, or various European or South American countries; we have been lucky to have the ACA correct disparities in trans healthcare, which lead to mandates in 17 states demanding that trans people be treated like people, and have access to the healthcare we need.

      What the Trump Administration is proposing is a total regression of any and all milestones in transgender equality. It will result in further marginalization of trans people in the USA. It will make our day to day lives harder to live, by making it illegal to have documentation that is congruent with our appearance and identity, like driver’s licenses, passports, or birth certificates. It would make it impossible to have insurance covered transgender healthcare. It would make our lived experience be one of constant suffering and pain.

      As the saying goes, we are souls having a human experience. We are just like cisgender/nontransgender people. We don’t deserve to be destroyed by our government, capriciously and viciously.

      So I am here to ask your help. My friend Seth Marlow compiled this list of ways that you, nontrans/cis transgender allies can help. And if you’ve never thought of yourself as a trans ally before, this gives you the blueprint to becoming one. We need you, all of you. It’s absolutely dire.

      “Hi cis (non trans) allies. I see a lot of you wanting to offer support to trans people right now. It can be hard to know what to do these days, and this latest thing feels especially difficult to respond to. Here is a list of actionable things you can do to support trans people broadly and lift up individual trans people:

      1. Vote straight blue ticket next month even if you have to hold your nose to do it.

      2. Donate to organizations fighting for the civil and human rights of trans people and those providing mental health services. I’d recommend Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Transgender Law Center, the good ol’ ACLU, Trans Lifeline, National Center for Transgender Equality, and RAD Remedy.

      3. Educate yourself about WHY immutable sex assignment based on natal genitals is a flawed idea, WHY it’s bad for trans people, and be able and willing to articulate it to others. “Biological sex” is a dangerous rhetorical fiction and I need you to be able to explain that to other people and then do so at every opportunity. Start with your kids.

      4. Reach out to the trans people in your life. Think of what tangible act of comfort you can provide. Make a meal. Walk the dog. Take your friend for a walk, a cup of coffee, to a movie. Do some laundry or wash someone’s dishes. Take someone flowers. I don’t know how to explain to y’all the depth of grief, fearfulness, and alienation that’s flowing among trans Americans right now but it is raw and exhausting and heartbreaking. Your trans friend needs your outrage but also needs some moments of comfort and escape. You can help.

      5. Also remember that trans people are among the most economically marginalized in the US, especially so for people of color. If you are feeling led to open your wallet in response to this moment, remember that you can probably find a way to donate directly to a person by way of grocery and gas gift cards, etc. Smaller local organizations that serve trans youth and adults can also use donations like this. A lot of people are feeling an increased sense of urgency around documentation changes—which can be costly—and medical care, including mental health care. If appropriate you might ask your trans friends if they know of any opportunities to lighten this burden.

      Bonus acts:
      Think it through before you make an optimistic statement of support and/ or assertion that your friend will not be erased/ you won’t stand for this/ etc. What does this mean practically? How can you prevent your friends’ erasure as powerful systems move to deny trans people’s known gender? How do you know that trans people needn’t worry about this? Optimism is a necessary force but these feel like bleak and ominous times to many trans people, who probably understand this better than you do. Think about whether your assurances are founded before you offer them.
      Remember not to put your own feelings about this on trans people. We have enough going on right now and can’t manage your emotions about this. Voice your stuff about this to people less impacted by it.

      Thanks, friends. Share as you are led; no attribution necessary.”

      Please help us, we can’t do this without you.

      And if you’ve never met a trans person before, my name is Logan, and consider me your trans friend.

      Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 · 4:16:35 PM CDT · WeaponXtra

      I hate to be like this, but if you read this diary, recommend it please.

      The broader audience we can reach with these real world steps to support trans Americans, the we will see adopted and executed by caring allies. Please help us spread this message.

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      Safe Haven For LGBTQ Youth

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          With the current hostility of the administration and their Republican minions toward LGBTQ persons across the U.S., the city I live in, has taken matters into their own hands and is creating a place where LGBTQ youth can go after school and safely be themselves.

          ~czook

          /www.kcrg.com/content/news/LGBTQ-Center-opens-in-Ce...

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          Trump Administration ‘exacerbating’ LGBTQ Health Care Discrimination

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              IN YOUR FAT STUPID FACE, Jerry Tanenbaum !!!

              READ IT AND WEEP!!! THIS IS WHAT YOU SUPPORT!!

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              TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROVIDING A “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE”?

              The report claims two regulatory changes advanced by the Trump administration “are likely to exacerbate” the discrimination and barriers LGBTQ people face when seeking health care and give insurers and providers a “license to discriminate against them.”

              In May 2017, HHS began the process of rolling back an Obama-era rule that clarified the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, section 1557, to include discrimination based on gender identity as sex discrimination.

              “Rolling back the rule would have practical consequences, leaving transgender people less certain of their rights, providing little guidance to insurers or providers about their responsibilities under section 1557, and signaling that federal agencies will not advance trans-inclusive interpretations of section 1557 in their rule-making and enforcement capacities,” the report states.

              Then in January 2018, HHS announced the creation of a religious freedom division that would defend health care providers who refused care on the basis of their religious or moral beliefs, and proposed a rule that would that would expand the ability of insurers and health care providers to deny service on the basis of religious or moral objections.

              “Retreating from anti-discrimination protections while expanding exemptions that permit insurers and providers to deny care based on their moral or religious convictions is a dangerous combination,” the report states.

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              Transgen-ocide? - The TRANS Network

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                  Came across this, I think it needs to be seen. Even HERE...I do not believe the full scale of atrocity perpetrated against transgender people is fully appreciated, hence my angry reactions to some around here...people who I think OUGHT to know better and do not seem to.

                  Don't stop here. Go to a TDOR this November. LEARN and read about the manner in which many of us not only meet violent death, but then are victims of "overkill" our bodies mutilated post-mortem in hateful and disgusting ways.

                  Come to a TDOR...and witness our tears, our sadness, our fear, our anger...and witness what we do about it.

                  And then, think about what YOU can do to prevent it.

                  And think about this: Whenever you deprive another person of LIFE...or even the ability to live or exist, YOU ARE DOING VIOLENCE TO THAT PERSON.

                  Just so happens that, doing it with a gun, or a knife, or rocks, or immolation, or hammers, or any of the more horrifically graphic ways in which we are killed is illegal.


                  Think about this: If you weapon of choice is economic deprivation...are you not still depriving me of life...and thus doing violence to me? Just because it is currently legal in most places, because governments refuse to protect us, refuse to deem us as valid, or as worthy of life..does not make what is done to us right or good.

                  Legal or illegal means, if you deprive me of life, the ability to live or exist...are you not in fact murdering me?

                  And if you do not stand to prevent it, if you do not ACT to prevent it...if you do not speak out to prevent it...are you not complicit?

                  Legal means or illegal means, I am just as dead, and it is just as violent. And, yes...I do believe we are facing genocide, or at least attempted genocide. So when do you all finally REALLY GET IT...and help us DO SOMETHING about it?

                  WHEN do you care about US...as much as you do about others?

                  I know some here will protest that last and I really don't give a damn if you do. To US...it feels like you all do not give a damn ENOUGH.

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                  Creation Of The Federal District Of Transylvania

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                      Whereas transgender persons have been a very poorly treated and historically under-represented minority in American life


                      Whereas transgender are the only subgroup that does not have and never has had representation by one of their own in the halls of our Federal Congress at any level

                      Whereas the above has led to perpetual economic disadvantage to the transgender community at large, resulting in unacceptable rates of suicide in this community

                      Whereas transgender people also have disproprtionately been targeted for violent crime, including murder (often they are the victims of "overkill" - their bodies even mutilated post-mortem)

                      And whereas the Federal government and State governments have been derelict in their sworn and sacred duty to protect and promote the general welfare of this population

                      Therfore be it resolved the following:

                      1. Creation of the Federal District of Transylvania is established at (location to be determined)

                      2. The location shall be a place that is already developed, and thus fully able to sustain modern American life, infrastructure, homes, places of employment, healthcare access, etc. The size of the District shall be large enough to accommodate anticipated population and growth.

                      3. No person shall be forcibly displaced from where they currently live by the creation of this new Federal District, unless it can be shown they pose a danger to the new transgender population of the area...in such event, the Federal government shall compensate such persons for property loss and assist with relocation, including financial, housing, and job-placement assistance.

                      4. Any transgender citizen of the United States who wishes to be relocated to the newly-created District shall be provided the same assistance as described in #3 above.

                      5. No transgender American citizen shall be forcibly relocated to the new District if they do not wish to be relocated, but all transgender citizens shall have the option and right to relocate there, with full assistance, such as described in #3 above, to accomplish such relocation.

                      6. The newly-created District shall have all the rights of an autonomous State of the United States, including representation by two Senators, and an appropriate number of Representatives in the House of Representatives.

                      7. Any transgender citizen of the United States may choose to be Represented by the Representatives of that District, regardless of where they live, if they do not choose to live directly in the District. Such persons, upon serving notice, shall no longer be represented by, or have the right to vote for, representatives in their home District (e.g. a NC resident would no longer vote for NC Representatives/Senators, and instead vote for Senators/Representatives from the newly-created District.)

                      8. The Newly created District will be Represented in the manner of all other states, according to population (which shall include non-residents who have expressed desire to be represented by the newly-created District) and one of the Representative Districts shall be designated as an at-large...that one shall represent all transgender citizens who choose not to relocate, but also choose to be represented by the newly-created District.

                      9. The new District shall have the right to invalidate, within their own borders, any Federal law to which they object, if it is shown and deemed to discriminate against transgender persons.

                      10. The new District MAY NOT enact retaliatory laws to discriminate against other persons who are not transgender, who choose to remain in the newly-created District.

                      11. An inexhaustible fund shall be established to accomplish this, and all transgender citizens may use funds from the created fund to accomplish their desires to relocate. Transgender citizens not wishing to relocate may draw upon these funds to obtain proper identity documents in the gender and name they prefer and live in. The Federal government will accommodate these persons. Non-relocating transgender persons shall still be subject to all Federal laws as exist in their home location.

                      This extraordinary step is the only way to fully address the injustice that the transgender citizens of this country have suffered, and continue to suffer - and which it is incumbent upon the Federal government to address, as the general welfare of ALL citizens is the responsibility of the Federal government.

                      This is necessary because the Federal government and many States have been derelict in their sworn and sacred duty to protect and promote the general welfare of this segment of society.

                      This is in keeping with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that all persons have the right to life.

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