What I’m Reading Today

Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

The new album from Florida punks Against Me! is titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues — and that’s not just a metaphor. It’s the first album the band has released since lead singer Laura Jane Grace went public with her transition from a man to a woman. Now, instead of hinting at feelings of gender dysphoria in her lyrics, they’re all right there, front and center, beginning with her barked opening lines: “Your tells are so obvious: shoulders too broad for a girl.”

Source: NPR

 

A Real, Honest Conversation Between a Gay African-American Man and a Transgender African-American Woman About the ‘T’ in the LGBT Family

Over the holidays I had a photo shoot with renowned photographer Eric Scot. Eric’s work has appeared in Ebony (my picture was in the November 2012 issue) and Jet, and he has photographed some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. He is the director/writer of a new Web series,          The Gallery, an ongoing family drama about what happens when love becomes vendetta and desire becomes obsessive. In The Gallery, Where there is murder there is love.

Source: Huffington Post

 

Do Your Homework, Dr. Ablow

 

I don’t believe we have definitive data (although many psychiatrists with very impressive credentials, who seem to mean well, assert that we do) that any male or female soul has ever in the history of the world been born into the wrong anatomic gender.
Let me put that more clearly: I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female.

 

Source: Huffington Post

 

Gay Dudes, Can You Just Not?

Dear gay dudes,
James Nichols at HuffPost Gay Voices has been doing a series of pieces covering Brooklyn drag culture. As someone who frequently blogs on HuffPost, I tend to read what is going on here. For the latest installment Nichols interviewed a drag queen by the name of — sigh — Amber Alert. As certainly as the sun will rise, an interview with a drag queen will invoke one of the more hateful trans-specific slurs: “tranny.” This interview proved to be no exception.

Source: Huffington Post

 

Pamela Raintree, Transgender Woman, Dares Councilman Rob Webb To Stone Her

Pamela Raintree and her stone are being celebrated by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Shreveport, Louisiana, for their incredible parts in sustaining the city’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, which was under threat of repeal.

Source: Huffington Post

Trending News

New Video of POW Bowe Bergdahl Surfaces

A new video has surfaced of prisoner of war Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive by the Taliban in Pakistan since June 2009.  It is the sixth video since then showing the only American military service member to ever be captured by the Taliban.

Source: ABC


India gang rape claim: Police investigate robbery, sex attack on Danish tourist

A Danish tourist told police she was gang raped, beaten and robbed after getting lost in the heart of the the Indian capital, New Delhi, officials said Wednesday.

Source: NBCNews


FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against prescription combination drugs with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen, citing the risk of liver damage.

Source: CNN

 

Hollywood’s worst honored with Razzie Award nominations

Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Lindsay Lohan and “Movie 43” are among the esteemed company that will be battling for one of Hollywood’s most widely shunned awards: the Razzies.

Source: CNN

 

Parents say love for transgender child is unconditional

 The parents of a Cumberland County first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl say their decision to allow her to go to school as a transgender child was one based on unconditional love and a desire for her to be happy.

Source: wral.com

 

News For January 14th.

California: School board leader wants charges dropped against transgender teen 

The president of the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s board said he wants prosecutors to drop the criminal charge against an allegedly bullied transgender teen involved in a fight at Hercules High School.

Source: CBS San Francisco

 

Texas: Couple dead in murder-suicide in San Antonio 

  Two men were found dead in a North Side home Saturday in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide.

“They were a really nice couple,” said a woman who lives across the street. “They had just moved here from the Valley.”

Source: mysanantonio.com

 

Virginia: Democrats pledge push for gay-friendly laws 

Democratic lawmakers have pledged to try and make gay marriage legal in Virginia.

The legislators, speaking Monday at a news conference, say they also plan to push a slew of bills during the 2014 legislative session to make the commonwealth friendlier to gays.

Source: Associated Press

 

Indiana: House panel postpones vote on gay marriage ban amendment  

People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber today.

Source: indianapublicmedia.com

 

New Jersey: Gov. Christie vetoes transgender rights bill 

The embattled New Jersey governor signed 12 bills into law on Monday, and vetoed 10 others–including a bill that would allow transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates.

“Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order,” Christie said in a veto statement. “Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.”

Source: MSNBC

Katie Couric Responds To Controversy Over Invasive Question About Transgender Guest

 

Earlier this week, transgender icons Carmen Carrera, best known for starring on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox dropped by Katie Couric’s talk show to discuss their careers and issues relating to the transgender community.
However, when Couric asked Carerra about her “private parts,” the show took a turn away from focusing on the lives of these “possibility models,” as Cox so eloquently put it, to scrutinizing their bodies, an all too common situation which plagues trans people both in the media and in every day life.
Carerra and Cox responded beautifully to Couric’s unfortunate line of questioning, both on the show and in the aftermath of its airing, which had already triggered outraged responses across the Internet.
“It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people’s lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don’t sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people’s lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color,” Cox wrote, in part, on her Tumblr blog.
Now Couric herself is responding to claims that her question was invasive, ignorant and demonstrative of everything that is wrong with how mainstream media attempts to cover transgender people and issues.
In a video clip entitled “Follow Up Friday: Interracial Relationships, Carmen Carrera & Laverne Cox,” Couric notes:

 “Even if some thought my question was off base, I wanted to make sure my question and Carmen’s answer stayed in the show as a teachable moment for me, as well as our viewers. I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation with Carmen and Laverne Cox, who are both terrific, about the myriad of struggles that this often maligned, marginalized and misunderstood community faces.

 

Also see:

Katie Couric’s offensive interview reveals need for transgender visibility

The Fatal Transgender Double Standard

Brenda Schmitz’s Christmas Wish

Tissue Alert!

If you don’t have a tear in your eye after seeing this…

 

Dead woman’s wish granted to husband, family (Video)

A woman dying of ovarian cancer planned and left a gift for her loving husband and children that they received two years after she died.

You can read the story Here

Watch below

 

Transgender model Jenna Talackova scores fashion spread in ELLE magazine

The blond beauty was famously kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant because she wasn’t a ‘naturally born’ woman, until Trump and organizers caved and let the Canadian model compete. She didn’t win then, but her recent spread in ELLE Canada, a major fashion magazine, is certainly a victory.

 

Jenna Talackova

Read the rest at NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Crimes Of Hate

Cleveland Police: recent slayings of transgender women are ‘crimes of hate’

I understand not wanting to jump to conclusion but was this not what many of first thought when we read these stories?

Please read the story Here.

Suspect arrested in April slaying of transgender woman

 

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting an arrest has been made in the slaying of a 30-year-old transgender woman who was shot to death in woods off Nimrod Lane in Orange County in April.

Kentz Louis was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the death of Ashley Sinclair after an investigation which lasted nearly eights months. A possible motive for the shooting has not be released.

Sunday Update: Sever Weather Strikes MidWest

Latest Update: 1 man confirmed dead, dozens injured in Sunday’s storms.

 

Until this point in time I have felt it was important to not disclose any information regarding where I live, just in the off chance someone who knows me or a member of my family happen upon this blog. Today I found it is no longer as important, not just because I have become more open about who I am but because of what happened near to where I live and to people I know.

A has spoken to some of her family who live out of state so we know what happened has made the national news.

This morning into the early afternoon saw our area ponded by sever storms which included a number of tornados. Thankfully the closest one got to us was several miles, but those miles are covered by neighborhoods. There was damage, but it seems no loss of life but other nearby towns were not as fortunate.

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This is a picture of Washington Ill. A town I lived in for several years as a child. At the time this subdivision didn’t exist and now, all these years later it is gone again… There were hundreds of homes and businesses  damaged or destroyed.

Here are some additional pictures from Washington which took a direct hit from the storm.

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There are many more photos online but I think you get an idea of the incredible devastation. At last report, there were at least 30 people taken to local hospitals with 8 of those in critical condition. There has also been 2 deaths reported though I haven’t seen any information to confirm this.

There are thousands of people without power tonight and many of the damaged areas have been evacuated. There is also local curfews and people have been advised to stay away due to down power lines and water main breaks.

I’ll be sure to do updates as more information becomes available.