A 16-year-old transgender girl in Connecticut has been incarcerated in an adult men’s prison for nearly a month — and she still hasn’t been charged or convicted of a single crime.
"Jane Doe"was living in a home for traumatized youth when authorities claim she attacked a staffer. But no criminal charges are even pending against her.
Instead, the teen has suffered in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for weeks without treatment or educational training — and instead of letting her go, the Department of Correction wants to send her to a men’s prison where she’ll be at high risk of abuse and sexual assault!
Please, join us in calling on Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to release “Jane Doe” from prison and return her to state custody, placing her in a juvenile facility with kids of her gender if the state still plans to press charges!
PETITION TO GOV. MALLOY: Release “Jane Doe” from prison and return her to state custody, placing her in a juvenile facility with kids of her gender if the state still plans to press charges
SIGN THIS NOW
At Twin Cities Pride in Minnesota last month, an Evangelical group called Trinity Works deliberately pretended to be part of the festivities in order to trick people into being harassed about Jesus.
The group set up a corn feed along the parade route where they invited Pridegoers in for food, drink and talking. That’s when they started interrogating people about Jesus and their LGBT identity. Some reports have said that the Trinity Works volunteers intentionally dressed similarly to Pride volunteers, created flyers imitating official Pride materials and even posed as medics in order to talk to people.
At the end of the whole, they proudly posted pictures and statistics on Facebook about how many people they prayed for and how many had “surrendered to Jesus.” They promised to return next year.
Trinity Works held a corn feed at 11th Street and Hennepin Avenue along the Pride parade route. According to OutFront, the support team had to counsel dozens who mistakenly thought it was part of Pride activities. “Pride-goers who went in, assuming it was LGBTQ-friendly, were surrounded by Trinity works people who said they would burn in hell because of their sexual orientation,” OutFront’s Monica Meyer said in a statement. “Our support team counseled more than a dozen people who unknowingly went in and left the corn feed shaken, crying and traumatized.”
The link above is to a piece I wrote about this for another blog, Friendly Atheist. I’m gonna repeat here what I said there: THIS is why LGBT people struggle to trust Christian allies. Because nobody who went into that booth is going to remember the pro-LGBT Christians who attended Twin Cities Pride; they’re going to remember the ones who terrorized them. I’m so sorry for those who had to go through this, especially those with Christian leanings who will forever feel a little less safe.
Two trans women in West Virginia say they faced discrimination at two different DMVs in the state, and their stories echo others that have recently appeared in the news.
Trudy Kitzmiller, a 52-year-old trans woman, went to the DMV recently to update her license after obtaining all the proper paperwork reflecting her correct gender. She says that DMV workers harassed her, called her “it,” and refused to take a new photograph of her unless she took off her wig, makeup and jewelry.
In January, Kristen Skinner had a similar experience at another West Virginia DMV. She brought along all the correct documents but was also called “it” and told she couldn’t be photographed as she appears daily because “men can’t wear makeup in photos.”
“This is who I am — a transgender woman — and I have overcome many obstacles to become my true self,” Kitzmiller said in a statement released by the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. “DMV staff not only denied me the right to appear in my license photo as myself, they used dehumanizing language to address me. The experience was humiliating and wrong. I am asking the DMV to allow me to retake my license photo as I regularly appear and to treat transgender people fairly moving forward. I want to move on with my life and participate fully in society with an ID that accurately reflects who I am.” …
“It has taken me a long time to become the woman that I am today, and it has not been easy,” Skinner said in the same TLDEF statement. ”The DMV treated me horribly. I was simply trying to update my driver’s license to reflect who I truly am as a transgender woman. Instead I was told to alter how I normally appear so that I would look like a man and was called ‘it’ in the process. The DMV should right this wrong by allowing me to take my photo as I regularly appear. No one deserves to be subjected to the discrimination I faced at the DMV.”
People can be so awful. Nobody should have to endure this.
The Supreme Court just issued a ruling that will take birth control out of the hands of women who need it. Their decision gives employers the power to deny women the new birth control benefits of the Affordable Care Act — allowing bosses to force their personal beliefs on employees.
This isn’t over. We’re not going to let a handful of extreme bosses and politicians turn back the clock — we’re moving forward, not backward, and we’re not done fighting for women’s access to birth control.
“Considering the Princess and the Frog didn’t do that well at the box office, I’m grateful that they still have Tiana at the parks.”
WHAT PART OF $250+ MILLION IS NOT SUCCESSFUL TO YOU? HOLY FUCK
STOP PERPETUATING THE BELIEF THAT THIS MOVIE FAILED BECAUSE IT DIDN’T, OH MY GOD
A fourteen year-old girl has her armpits forcibly shaved by a teacher, in front of other students. The teacher and school district defend it because the girl is developmentally disabled and needs to learn “independent living skills” (otherwise known, in this case, as why you must submit to gendered social norms at all times).
And the justification is that the girl would be made fun of if she didn’t do it? Maybe you should change the behavior of the kids that are the bullies, not the kids being bullied. Because even if you forcibly shave her armpits, she’s still noticeably disabled, and that (in her case) can’t be hidden/normalized quite so easily.
The message being sent here - and in so many of these programs - is “You’re being teased because you’re different, so try to be the same!” Rather than seeing the value in human difference and diversity.
This makes me so angry.
This isn’t just a feminist issue this is a disability issue. Our bodies belong to us no matter our developmental ability.
With all the E3 hype, I think its time to give the composers a little bit of light too. The American Federation of Musicians is blocking all video game soundtrack recordings for their members and is fining composers stupid amounts of money for essentially doing their job.
Please please please watch, spread this video around and show your support because this is very important for the music and video game industry.
“The American Federation of Musicians has effectively blocked ALL new videogame soundtrack recording for its members (of more than 90,000 people), and now following my work on The Banner Saga they are threatening to fine me $50,000. The situation is grossly unfair to all musicians and composers working (or hoping to work) in game music.”
They are targeting him (composer for Journey, flOw, The Banner Saga) for speaking out against the ridiculous AFM policies that prohibit musicians from recording videogame scores. This is incredibly important, please take a few minutes to watch and share if you love game music.
According to Ubisoft technical director James Therien, Assassin’s Creed Unity will not include playable women because it would be too much work.
No, really, that’s what he said.
"It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production," Therien explained. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes [inaudible]. It would have doubled the work on those things. And I mean it’s something the team really wanted, but we had to make a decision… It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of game development."
All those female NPCs milling around in the cities of Assassin’s Creed? The plot-relevant secondary characters? Sure, Ubisoft can design, model, rig, animate, and voice-act them. Not a problem. But a playable woman, with character designs and animations no doubt similar to the other Assassins? That doubles the workload! How could the company be expected to surpass such an insurmountable obstacle, with such limited means?
"Again, it’s not a question of philosophy or choice in this case at all I don’t really [inaudible] it was a question of focus and a question of production. Yes, we have tonnes of resources, but we’re putting them into this game, and we have huge teams, nine studios working on this game and we need all of these people to make what we are doing here."
Tonnes of resources, huge teams, nine studios, no room for playable women. Not in the budget (that they wrote), not in the plan (that they made). No, it’s not their fault! It’s a reality of game development, not a flimsy justification for excluding women in a medium desperately in need of better representation.
“No female leads in Assassin’s Creed Unity ‘unfortunate but a reality of game development’ - Ubi.” (Steven Burns, Videogamer.com) 11 June 2014.
The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars - it hurts their ‘quality of life’
April 16, 2014
Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.
This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month – and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.
To be sure, people living in cars cannot be the best neighbors. Some people are able to acquire old and ugly – but still functioning – recreational vehicles with bathrooms; others do the best they can. These same cities have resisted efforts to provide more public toilet facilities, often on the grounds that this will make their city a “magnet” for homeless people from other cities. As a result, anti-homeless ordinances often spread to adjacent cities, leaving entire regions without public facilities of any kind.
Their hope, of course, is that homeless people will go elsewhere, despite the fact that the great majority of homeless people are trying to survive in the same communities in which they were last housed – and where they still maintain connections. Americans sleeping in their own cars literally have nowhere to go.
Indeed, nearly all homelessness in the US begins with a loss of income and an eviction for nonpayment of rent – a rent set entirely by market forces. The waiting lists are years long for the tiny fraction of housing with government subsidies. And rents have risen dramatically in the past two years, in part because long-time tenants must now compete with the millions of former homeowners who lost their homes in the Great Recession.
The paths from eviction to homelessness follow familiar patterns. For the completely destitute without family or friends able to help, that path leads more or less directly to the streets. For those slightly better off, unemployment and the exhaustion of meager savings – along with the good graces of family and friends – eventually leaves people with only two alternatives: a shelter cot or their old automobile.
However, in places like Los Angeles, the shelters are pretty much always full. Between 2011 and 2013, the number of unsheltered homeless people increased by 67%. In Palo Alto last year, there were 12 shelter beds for 157 homeless individuals. Homeless people in these cities do have choices: they can choose to sleep in a doorway, on a sidewalk, in a park, under a bridge or overpass, or – if they are relatively lucky – in a car. But these cities have ordinances that make all of those choices a criminal offense. The car is the best of bad options, now common enough that local bureaucrats have devised a new, if oxymoronic, term – the “vehicularly housed”.
People sleeping in cars try to find legal, nighttime parking places, where they will be less apparent and arouse the least hostility. But cities like Palo Alto and Los Angeles often forbid parking between 2am and 5am in commercial areas, where police write expensive tickets and arrest and impound the vehicles of repeat offenders. That leaves residential areas, where overnight street parking cannot, as a practical matter, be prohibited.
One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. These places are ruled by majorities of “liberals” who decry, with increasing fervor, the rapid rise in economic inequality. Nationally, 90% of Democrats (and 45% of Republicans) believe the government should act to reduce the rich-poor gap.
It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police. The word from the car: if you’re not going to do anything to help, please don’t make things worse.
No no no no no
What the actual fuck?? You have to pay to sit on a bench in public. The fuck. That’s creepy as hell.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?
They trying to claim Maya Angelou now. Her writing inspired all, but to minimize the experience of being a black women played into her writing is bullshit.
Inspired ? Bitch Maya lived that shit.
They out here trying to get touched istg.
white girls talk about being a Black woman as if that’s not a human experience
"Yes ALL white women"
someone kicked her into a bin
HER BODY IS NOT EVEN COLD AND THESE GRUBBY HANDED THIEVES ARE ALREADY TRYING TO SNAG A PIECE OF HER.
"#yesallwhitewomen"?! Are you kidding me? This is so disrespectful.
Didn’t even give 24 hours notice before the white hyenas came.
After leaving his wife, Jason Roy Borkowski went on Craigslist and met a trans woman who he shot after sexual activity
He shot her six times.
Six mother fucking times.
Once and claiming it was an accident or something, plausible.
Six motherfucking times.
He used her for sex, then tried to murder her in cold blood. Trans women of color’s bodies are literally disposable fucktoys to white cis men.
Remember this mans name, burn it into your head. When he gets out of prison, and he will in 4 years. Remember his name, what he looks like. If you see him, remember what he did and why.
And the next time someone gets mad at a trans woman saying die cis scum. Think of this. This is why. You fuckers.
This is so sickening and heartbreaking. :( And it’s important for people to see these stories because they need to know this is so often what happens when trans women are murdered and then the murderer claims “trans panic” because they know the narrative in society & what cis people “know” to be true is that cis men don’t know we’re trans and then murder us out of fear/panic. Besides that that’s not an excuse even if it was the situation, usually it’s NOT. Usually they KNOW we’re trans, they consider us totally disposable, and that they can date us/sleep with us/associate with us and then kill us when we’re no longer useful to them (or for their own shame/guilt/whatever), and then they claim that they didn’t know and we “trapped” them and other BS, and people believe it.
I remember when Angie Zapata was murdered and her killer claimed that he didn’t know she was trans and freaked out, etc… and even before the trial, everybody just BELIEVED IT. And the whole discussion, even among some trans communities, was about disclosure and trans women being “risky,” and somebody pointed out “wait, WHY are we believing a murderer!?” And even AFTER the trial, when he was found guilty, that he lied, that he did know, SO MANY PEOPLE STILL remember it as her not disclosing. Just look at the comments on anything about the case now online, so many people did not care how the trial ended they already had their narrative in mind and they “knew” what they wanted to believe.
Again, it’s never the victim’s fault even if the cis dude didn’t know she was trans. But the whole “trap” narrative is important to dispel because a) in many cases it still works to help murderers dodge justice b) it’s a misgendering narrative and encourages people to view us as a gender we’re not c) it frames us as a danger to cis people d) it encourages people to treat us as disposable because they have a narrative they think will protect them e) it plays into sexist, homophobic, and transmisogynist narratives where cis straight men cannot control their impulses, and whatever they do is the fault of somebody else for provoking them f) it promotes a false reality of the world and obscures the real issues and motivations behind the way trans women are treated. And it’s important that people actively fight this false narrative for all of those reasons, in every way, even the small ways like opposing transmisogynist humor, because it’s society going along with the “trap” narrative that empowers people to believe they can get away with murdering and hurting us because the narrative is there to hide behind.
Meanwhile, we have people, even “feminists,” claiming that cis privilege and transmisogyny don’t exist / aren’t real issues. Seriously, world. Seriously.
A Dallas woman who was left homeless last month has claimed the Salvation Army refused to house her because she is transgender, and hasn’t had surgery.
So, another autistic person has been murdered by their parent. This time, his name was Robert Robinson.
He was murdered by his mother. Rest in peace Robert. And may his mother burn in hell.
Here’s a link to a decent post talking about it http://networkedblogs.com/Wj6Pn
And the crucial part to remember in these cases from this post
- "An innocent autistic person was murdered. There is no defending or justifying this action.
- Loving mothers do not kill their children. If I read another story about a mother who “loved her autistic child so much” and “tried so hard” but then murdered that autistic child, I am going to throw my computer across the room.
- Lack of services need to be discussed separately. Of course autistic people need more and better services, and so do their families. But lack of services do not justify murder, and reporters need to stop writing stories that make this lazy, dangerous connection.
- We need to be aware of signs of caregiver fatigue and exhaustion. If parents are nearing the edge, that puts their kids in danger. Please be vigilant if you know a family that is showing signs of stress.
- Parents approaching crisis can walk away. Even if you believe “no one else can care for my child,” it is better for your autistic child to be with someone who will not kill them.
- Behavior is communication. If an autistic child, teen, or adult is behaving in a way that appears aggressive or violent,there is likely a root issue, such as lack of communication options, illness, boredom, or sensory concerns. Please do everything you can to explore those possibilities.”
Same pattern as usual, there are articles like this one ( TW for ableism, ableist language, murder, people being ok with parents killing their kids) saying that it’s the fault of a lack of services, etc. I can’t think of much to say that hasn’t already been said by someone else on this topic.
I’m not tagging this into the actuallyautistic tag, because while we need to be aware of these things and to mourn the members of our community that we’ve lost, people don’t need this in our safe spaced I think.