Month

October 2016

Massachusetts Wants Full Protection For Transgender People In Public Places

The proposed legislation aims to protect transgender people from discrimination in public places such as shopping centres, restaurants and other public venues.

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Transgender Flag in Boston City Hall, In May / Bostonglobe

Boston, MA — Supporters of the transgender community and advocates rallied last Thursday in support of a new law that aims to protect transgender people from discrimination in malls, restaurants, and other public accommodations to fight two potent new efforts to roll back the protections.

The proposed legislation, however, is facing fierce opposition from the local clergy members, who say that this legislation will allow transgender people to use the bathrooms and showers of the church, something they consider outrageous.

In response, Mason Dunn, co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts, surrounded by local clergy members at King’s Chapel, in Boston, said: “Fairness and equality are the law in Massachusetts, and, together, we will ensure that they will remain the law.”

RELATED: Massachussets Signs Bill Allowing Transgenders Use Bathroom of their choice

While the legislation is gaining strong support from the LGBT community and most human right advocates in the state, this week four churches filled a lawsuit, saying that the law could force them to allow transgender people to use the church bathrooms, changing rooms, and shower facilities of their choice, violating the churches’ constitutional right to freely practice their religion.

They are asking the court to stop the law from being enforced and declare the new statute unconstitutionathe main coalition that pushed for the new protections.

 

By Ellie Hope (Follow ellie on Twitter / Facebook)

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: Men Walk in Heels To Support Victims of Domestic Violence

GREEN BAY, United States – A parade of men in high heels lined the streets of downtown Green Bay on Saturday for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Men’s March.

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They were supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 people in Brown County needed help from the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services, WBAY reports.

The event was raising money to keep the help coming.

Karen Michaels, Golden House Executive Director, said: “If you looked at the people that were here today, there were a lot of kids here,” Michaels said. “We keep it on Saturdays often because we like it to be a family event. We like the kids to understand really strong men are standing up, and they’re taking a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault, and it’s truly important to them.”

Dorff said the men who participated were acting as role models for children.

Hector Frayre, another Green Bay resident, told WBAY that the walk was worth the pain. He said: “Man, my inner thighs are killing me,” he said. “I tippy-toed the whole way. That was a good head’s up I got from someone.”

Golden House Executive Director Karen Michaels said they want victims to feel safe and strong in their own community.

“This is an opportunity for us to talk about how often times victims — and often times women — don’t feel safe in their own community,” Michaels said.

To end the cycle of domestic violence, the group targets the next generation.

 

Source: WBAY 

 

Mother Stabbed Her Own Daughter For Being A Lesbian

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Police arrested Mercedes Del Valle (75) in connection with the murder of her daughter, Marcela Crelz (54)

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Argentinian #niunamenos hashtag aims to end hate crimes against women / Twitter

According to sources, Crelz, who lived with her mother, had recently brought her girlfriend over to live with her.

At one point, Del Valle and Crelz began a heated argument over the victim’s sexual orientation, which resulted in Del Valle picking up a kitchen knife and stabbing her three times with it.

Del Valle rapidly called the police and told the officers that thieves had broken in and stabbed her daughter, but Police interviewed the neighbours, who confirmed that, prior to the incident, they heard them arguing about her sexual orientation, and that they did not see anybody entering or leaving the house.

Police recovered a knife from the crime scene, believed to be the one used in this horrendous hate crime.

RELATED: The Heartwarming Story of The Nun Who Rescues Homeless Transgender Sex Workers and Helps Them Getting Off The Streets
Argentina is the second country in the Americas to pass legislations allowing same-gender marriage and full LGBT protections after Canada. While it is considered to be one of the most lgbti-friendly countries in the Americas, some people still struggle with the social stigma and harassment, despite being protected under law.

RELATED: Girl and her Mother Killed And Set On Fire By Neighbour Because She Was a Lesbian

Source: Lanacion.com.ar (in Spanish)

Caitlyn Jenner Should Use the Men’s Bathroom, North Carolina Governor Says

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Caitlyn Jenner / @Caitlyn_Jenner / Twitter

During a debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, and Attorney General, Roy Cooper, which bathroom should Caitlyn Jenner use.

Loyal to his discriminatory rhetoric, Pat McCrory said that Caitlyn should use the men’s bathroom.

Watch the debate below (~1min. / Youtube)

RELATED: Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

 

Hurricane Hits and Record Floods NC, Leaves Many Dead, but Governor Pat McCrory keeps Using Public Funds To Discriminate against Transgender Women

NC, United States — As the death toll left by hurricane Matthew raises to 33, with 17 deaths in the state of North Carolina alone, Governor Pat McCrory keeps using public funds to harass, intimidate and push his anti-LGBT agenda further, instead of helping the victims of the hurricane.

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Pat McCrory, NC Governor / CharlotteObsesrver / Screen Capture

Buzzfeed reports that, as Hurricane Matthew approached the coast of North Carolina on Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spent the night on stage, with far-right religious leaders, asking them to support the discriminatory, anti-LGBT legislation known as House Bill 2 or HB2.

While emergency services in North Carolina were overwhelmed, and the death toll raised in the state —inlcuding the fatal shooting of a motorist, who was driving through a flooded area– McCrory was recorded telling the far-right christian audience: “You have five weeks, or four-and-a-half weeks, to speak out in North Carolina.”

“I don’t agree with the concept of redefining gender, let your congregations and your businesses, and everyone else know. Are there people behind this issue or not? We’re going to find out.” He added.

RELATED: Charlotte Mayor, in contrast to the Governor’s stance, defends LGBT rights in NC’s Largest City

While the governor was using public funds to host a meeting with hateful groups, the citizens of North Carolina were far from happy, and this was not due to any bathroom hysteria.

A Greenville resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We have no power. The cash is going to be running out. We’ve already got street vendors hawking water, Cokes and cigarettes. Cigarettes are at seven bucks a pack,” they said. “It’s nuts here, and it’s going to get worse.”

Last week, Andrew Bieszad, a writer for the right-wing religious site Shoebat, explained that “Hurricane Matthew had nothing to do with climate change, instead, it’s God’s way of punishing people for hosting an LGBT parade in Florida” in the memory of the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.”

In spite of Mr. Bieszad’s claims, most of the reported casualties are in the state of North Carolina, one of the very few states in America where religious persecution and discrimination is not only legal, but also encouraged by their current administration.

 

By Eleanor Hope  (Follow Eleanor on Twitter /  Facebook

Why is it So Important to Observe The International Day Of The Girl?

The main goal of the International Day Of The Girl is to increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender, as well as to promoting more opportunities for girls, worldwide.

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Refugee Girl at UN Camp dressed up as a Policewoman (Her Dream Job) / Meredith Hutchinson / IRC

Being a girl is far from glamorous. In fact, if you are reading this, you are already very lucky. Statistically speaking, more female babies are aborted than male babies, and young girls have less chances of being educated than boys. In many countries, girls are not allowed to learn how to read and write at a young age.

Millions of girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which the United Nations condemned as a violation of human rights.

Even in some developing countries, transgender girls are banned from using public restrooms. And, while the legislations are meant to be a ban on transgender people as a whole –which is still terrible, by the way– they are often only enforced on transgender girls, and not transgender boys.

Girls are more likely to marry very young, in contrast to boys. One every four girls marry before the age of 18.

In many communities, girls are still forced to marry against their wishes.

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Girls can be shunned from their communities when they have their period. Many of them are forced to sleep outside since they are said to be “untouchable.”

Suicide amongst young girls (aged 15-19) continues to be the leading cause of death for young girls, world wide. The 2nd? Maternal death.

In the United States, tampons and pads are still taxed in 39 states, despite them being a necessity and not a luxury.

But if you made it through puberty, dodged getting married young, finished University and found a job, odds are that you are paid less than your male counterparts for doing the exact same thing.

In a speech, American president, Barack Obama, said: “This is the future we are forging: Where women and girls, no matter what they look like or where they are from, can live free from the fear of violence. A future where all girls know they can hold any job, run any company, and compete in any field, let us keep working to build a world that is more just and free — because nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams.”

 

Source: The Guardian / Wikipedia

Toronto Transgender Couple Sexually Harassed At Bus Stop

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Toronto, Canada — A transgender woman and her transgender male boyfriend were waiting at the bus stop in Toronto when they were sexually assaulted.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Girl Things that she was waiting for the bus at the Jane and wilson Area, in front of Sheridan Mall Wilson side at aproximately 7:11 PM

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Sheridan Mall is a busy area in Toronto. According to the victim, bystanders simply watched as it happened. / Google Street View

The victim told us that yesterday, while she was waiting for the bus with her boyfriend,  she was sexually assaulted by a man in his 50s, who started asking a lot of uncomfortable and personal questions.

The victim also told us that, while there were lots of bystanders, none of them rushed to help. They simply watched and laughed as it happened.

RELATED: Canadian PM Wants “Full Protection” and Rights for Canadian Transgender People

Girl Things contacted Toronto Police and are currently waiting for a statement.

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Blog: Don’t Become Your Children’s Closet.

For children born in conservative households, coming out of the closet could be traumatising and next to impossible to do.

#Endhatecrime / elliehopeauthor / Twitter
#Endhatecrime / @elliehopeauthor / Twitter

Being transgender isn’t exclusive to developed, progressive urban centres with lots of liberal thinking.

There is no choice in being transgender, it happens everywhere.  Anyone, anywhere in this world could be born trans. The big risk for the transgender person comes when they choose to come out of the closet.

Coming out of the closet is always seen as a scary process.  There are many fears and actual, real dangers associated with it.

Most fear losing their family and peers, their jobs, social status and community. But there are actual dangers such as the denial of opportunities, problems renting, yes in the year 2016 some landlords refuse to rent to LGBT people, or even violence, or healthcare providers not knowing how to address, or even treat transgender patients checking in for common issues.

In a more conservative household or community there is a greater fear of  a negative reaction from people involved in the transgender person’s life.

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If someone you knew and cared for was living in the closet, feeling lost, upset and alone, would you want them to suffer more for being who they are? Don’t contribute to keeping someone in the closet out of fear of rejection, harassment and bullying.

Your children did not choose to be trans, gay, bi or lesbian. But you can choose to love them and defend them, or pretend it’s not happening. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

By Eleanor Hope  (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter / Facebook)