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Organizations Who Support The Transgender Community

On behalf of the entire Transgender community, I would like to thank these organizations for their efforts to improve the lives of Transgender humans. We all want equal rights just like everyone else. We want to be able to work, have a home, get medical care and live a fulfilling life.

The Transgender community is here to stay and even though there are some out there who would deny us our right to even exist, we are not going away.

Thank you!

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: “Transgender people and issues are core to our work at the Task Force.”

Human Rights Campaign: “HRC works to educate the public on issues that transgender people face, from widespread discrimination and hate violence, to the complex process of getting appropriate identity documents, to finding culturally competent healthcare providers, and family and parenting issues, and to advocate for their full inclusion and equality.”

National Center for Lesbian Rights: “NCLR is proud to have been the first LGBT legal organization to launch a Transgender Law Project, which later became an organization in its own right, the Transgender Law Center. Today, we are a national leader in shaping transgender law, and our Legal Director, Shannon Minter, is recognized as a leading architect and visionary of the transgender rights movement.”

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: “For decades, PFLAG has been proud to be a resource for transgender and gender non-conforming people, their families and friends.”

*This page will be updated as other organizations come to mind.

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September 3, 2012 Posted by | Transgender | , , , | Leave a comment

GLAAD Please Include Transphobia in MRG

GLAAD Media Reference Guide doesn’t include a transphobia definition.

But it does include Biphobia and Homophobia.

This is a fundamental problem on many levels. It is not just limited to GLAAD. For instance, the spell checker I have has homophobia in it’s dictionary. It does not, however, have biphobia or transphobia. Websters dictionary includes homophobia but not transphobia or biphobia.

Perhaps GLAAD not including a definition of transphobia in their guide gives credence to a lot of the anti-trans bigotry we experience from the LGB communities. To these people, transphobia doesn’t exist.

Please add a definition of transphobia to your MRG with a detailed definition of what constitutes transphobia.

Thank you!

August 18, 2012 Posted by | Transphobia | , | Leave a comment

Baltimore OUTloud and Transgender Women

UPDATE: 08-24-2012

A DMCA notice was sent for the screenshots that were captured from Brennan’s Facebook page! The hypocrisy! This is what she does on her own blogs all the time. What this tells me is that this article struck a nerve with her so I have removed the images and replaced them with text.

I have recently started to participate in activism for equality, which includes for everyone, not just a specific community. As I began to dive into these waters, I had no idea just how infested it would be with sharks. I have come across some of the most horrific transphobia I have ever seen and it is from within the LGBT community.

It didn’t take long to discover one of the most vicious transphobes on the Internet, Cathy Brennan, who is a lawyer and partner at Hudson Cook, LLP. She is a self-identified radical lesbian separatist who’s entire agenda seems to contain mostly anti-trans activism. She owns several sites that are extremely transphobic.

Trigger Warning! Extreme Transphobia and abusive behavior. Do not engage her.

http://bugbrennan.com
http://pretendbian.wordpress.com
http://iambugbrennan.com
http://baltimoreoutloud.com/thinking-outloud/lgbt-equality/ladybugs-political-smackdown
https://www.facebook.com/iambugbrennan

I noticed she has a column on Balitmore OUTloud called “Ladybug’s Political Smackdown” which has enabled her to post transphobic articles in a newspaper that pushes equality for the LGBT community. There are not many LGBT organizations that would allow something like this and it is perplexing to know that the managing editor, Dana LaRocca, is a trans woman. It seems that she is good friends with Ms. Brennan.

About Baltimore OUTloud

Baltimore OUTloud is the premiere independant voice of the queer community of Baltimore, Maryland, Delaware, and Southern Pennsylvania. Published bi-weekly every other Friday in Baltimore, we are the dynamic source for all that is important to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community. We provide comprehensive news, provocative opinions, and the latest in local entertainment.

In print and on the Web, Baltimore OUTloud extends an open forum for the LGBT community and its straight allies to express their independant views about the significant issues affecting our community. Our staff of journalists in conjunction with a strong cadre of columnists offer readers a substantive depiction of local and national news impacting our community, as well as in-depth analysis of the events and people behind them.

Someone sent me a screenshot from Cathy Brennan’s Facebook page this morning. If you are not aware of who Cathy Brennan is, she is a leader of a group of radical feminists who’s main agenda surrounds transgender women.

Ms. Brennan’s Facebook page is public and I went to take a look and saw she posted a link to an article located on one of her many sites. The first comment left was from Dana LaRocca telling Ms. Brennan that it hasn’t been posted on Baltimore OUTloud because of a password issue. She states that it is her own newspaper. It seems she was a bit distraught that she was not able to get Brennan’s transphobic article published.

BTW, Brennan’s avatar captions says “Sorry about your dick”. I don’t think I have to explain the motivation behind this. LaRocca seems to have no problem with that and I suspect that she thinks that Cathy isn’t directing the offensive meme towards her, which is not true. It seems she is in denial.

IMAGE REMOVED and replaced with text

Cathy Brennan
Sex Matters
Posted “You Don’t Know Dick ” to her Facebook page.

Dana LaRocca responds

“Sorry this hasn’t been posted to the paper yet. Sum dick reset my password and I no longer have access to my own newspaper”

Below, is from a post to Brennan’s Facebook page, apparently from another blog. And again, LaRocca is the first to make a comment “Males don’t understand what you say Cathy”. Is Dana LaRocca using the word “men” to mean trans women (other than herself)? Cathy is referring specifically to trans women and Ms. LaRocca was making a comment pertaining to the screed Brennan posted. I can’t be the only one that finds this incredibly bizarre! Again, this is from the managing editor (maybe the owner) of Baltimore OUTloud!
” rather accommodate one another with mutual respect.” Has LaRocca called out Brennan on her unapologetic transphobia? If she has, I haven’t found evidence of it yet.
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IMAGE OF BRENNAN REMOVED

“It should be obvious at this point that queer ideology butts up against womyn’s liberation in a million different ways. We can’t even agree on what a woman is. Feminists are trying to delineate a group (womyn) so that they can point and say, “this group is being treated like shit and something needs to be done about it.” Queer people are saying, “but these males (transwomen) are in that group, to

o!” They are so focused on validating the “identities” of a bunch of men that they can’t or won’t see the difference between throwing on a dress and wanting to be treated as a feminine person with being expected to be a fucktoy for men, a baby-making machine, a cute, submissive airhead, and generally oppressed as a female from birth onward. The misunderstanding of/glorification of gender, the body-negative preoccupation with surgery and hormones, the overlap with the pro-BDSM, pro-prostitution, pro-porn “sex positive” community, and the general unwillingness to analyze anything anyone does are other anti-feminist issues.”—
from “What Wrong With The Queer Community” by lesbianplusfeministThis whole post was great, I think anyone who hasn’t read it should. The queer community is a cess pool of pathological self absorption and woman hating politics that allows straights in drag to impose themselves on gays while saying we oppress them. Why anyone thinks queer ideology can lead to dismantling patriarchy and capitalism is beyond me. Systems of power can’t be genderfucked their way out of.(via medusasseveredhead)

 

Dana LaRocca Males don’t understand what you say Cathy, in the same way that a person wearing rose colored glasses can’t see the red spectrum. In the LGBT world, we should see this as an offence against the rainbow, not that the rainbow really exists. “Diversity” is just a comfy word used to pretend that differences should assimilate, rather accommodate one another with mutual respect.
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Equality Maryland is Maryland’s largest LGBT civil rights group, with thousands of members across the entire state. Equality Maryland includes:
  • a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies in Annapolis and across the state to create equal protection under the law for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Marylanders and their families;
  • a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building; and
  • Equality Maryland PAC, which exists to influence elections.

What We Do

Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. Our professional lobbyists and legislative team work with our allies in the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.

Equality Maryland’s sister arm, the Equality Maryland Foundation, works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against LGBT Marylanders through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building.

  • We act as an advocate for LGBT Marylanders.
  • We aim to empower ordinary citizens to become extraordinary activists.
  • We work to provide a strong and unified voice for LGBT concerns in the media.
  • We will tirelessly toil until equal protection under the law has been achieved for all members of our diverse community.

Is it possible that Equality Maryland hasn’t seen the transphobic articles on Baltimore OUTloud? I guess that is possible. I would hate to think that Equality Maryland would see this and continue participating with the newspaper.

Equality Maryland Banner on Front Page
Equality Maryland Banner On Front Page
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I sincerely hope that Dana LaRocca is not the owner of this newspaper because she needs to be replaced. I hope that Equality Maryland will reach out to Baltimore OUTloud and voice their concerns with Brennan’s column. I posted a link to their Facebook page and got no response, so this may end up requiring a petition.
There is not place for homophobia and/or transphobia in the LGBT community. We have too many people out there who wants us all to jump back in the closet or even worse, die. We need to work together.

*Editor’s Note*

Fair Use Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 7 Comments

Mary Gonzalez comes out as pansexual

http://www.dallasvoice.com/mary-gonzalez-pansexual-10123439.html
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 at 9:00am

This is pretty awesome news. Most people have no idea what pansexual means and didn’t even know someone like this existed. In this article, you can see the difficulties and confusion surrounding bisexual and pansexual. I am glad she is now able to be liberated and no longer having to be in the oppressive closet she has been in.

Mary Gonzalez

 

In an exclusive interview with Dallas Voice this week, Gonzalez said she identifies as “pansexual,” an orientation many would call bisexual, except pansexuals don’t believe in a gender binary and can be attracted to all gender identities. Gonzalez said she doesn’t believe in a gender binary because “gender identity isn’t the defining part of my attraction.”

“As I started to recognize the gender spectrum and dated along the gender spectrum, I was searching for words that connected to that reality, for words that embraced the spectrum,” she said. “At the time I didn’t feel as if the term bisexual was encompassing of a gender spectrum that I was dating and attracted to.”

“People should inform the media and others about the term they prefer, and that sort of education is a good thing,” Dison said. “It’s also a little more tricky in politics to be cutting edge and inform people about something they may not be familiar with.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality

Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexual Pride Flag

Pansexuality, or omnisexuality,[1] is sexual attractionsexual desireromantic love, or emotional attraction toward persons of all gender identities and biological sexes.[2][3] Self-identified pansexuals may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.[4] The Oxford English Dictionary defines pansexuality as, “not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regards to gender or activity.”[5]

The concept of pansexuality deliberately rejects the gender binary, the “notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations”,[6] as pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women.[7]

August 11, 2012 Posted by | Pansexual, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment