mandysee_mandydo: (Transgender)
The NH House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on Thursday, February 5 at 2:00 pm on HB 415. From the Analysis portion of the bill: "This bill defines gender identity and expression and adds it to the list of classes of people protected from discrimination."

If you live in New Hampshire, or know someone who lives in New Hampshire, please contact your state Representative (especially if they are on the Judiciary Committee!) and urge them to support this bill. If you Representative is Rep. Ed Butler, please contact him to thank him for introducing this bill.

This bill is extremely important because currently transgender people in the state of New Hampshire have only case law based around state disability laws to try to defend ourselves in the case of wrongful firing for being transgender. There is no explicit protection for transgender people written into state or federal law. This means that employers in New Hampshire can fire someone simply because we are transgender. Not only is gender identity and expression non-discrimination a transgender concern, it is a concern for all GLBT or really all people. Often times when people are fired for being gay or lesbian, it is on the basis of perceived gender expression, when gay men (or even straight men suspected of being gay) are fired for not being masculine enough and lesbian women (or even straight women suspected of being lesbian) are fired for not being feminine enough. While discrimination against sexual orientation is illegal in New Hampshire, discrimination against gender identity and expression is not explicitly forbidden.

Please support this bill. One of the biggest challenges transgender people face is unemployment due to discrimination. A person should not be denied employment simply because of their gender, whether that gender fits into a perceived binary or a broader gender spectrum.
mandysee_mandydo: (Transgender)
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. I was really touched by [livejournal.com profile] jesshartley's post about this day so I would like to encourage you all to visit her LJ and read. Thank you, Jess!

I like what she said about hope. I got so caught up in my excitement over pregnancy that I didn't stop to realize what day it is, but I would like to think that the good news this morning is a sign of hope. On such a solemn day when we remember the many who died simply because there are people in this world moved to violence simply because they can't accept transgender people, my wife and I are looking forward to having a child while I transition. We've had so much support from so many of our family and friends. We're very fortunate, and I am especially grateful for all of the support and love, as I know [livejournal.com profile] painted_wolf is, too. Thank you all!

So many other transgender people have not been so fortunate, so please remember those who have suffered. Please help to spread the message of hope and let those who would feel moved to violence know that violence against transgender people is not to be tolerated. The life of a transgender person is just as sacred as any other person's life!

mandysee_mandydo: (What I Am)
He states it so well that I would rather just let him do the talking. Please read and/or watch:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27650743
mandysee_mandydo: (transgender)
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to honor those who were killed because of anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. It began as the Remembering Our Dead project one year after the death of Rita Hester, a transwoman from Boston who was brutally stabbed to death in 1998. Like most cases of anti-transgender murder, Rita's case remains unsolved.

In 2007 alone, eleven people have been murdered or refused necessary medical treatment (which is just as much murder if you ask me) from anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. How many more must die before our society learns to be accepting and our media decides to report the facts and stop ridiculing or demonizing transgenders?



EDIT:
Helen Boyd has an excellent post at (en)Gender for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Please visit her site and read up on tips to stay safe if you are transgender and for information "on the friends, family, & partners of trans people who have been the victims of violence."
mandysee_mandydo: (Default)
As you may know from reading my LJ, the US House of Representatives decided to go forward with a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that, while protecting against discrimination in the workplace against sexual orientation, now excludes transgenders from employment discrimination protections. This absolutely will not do! On Wednesday the bill goes up for vote. Rep. Tammy Baldwin will be bringing forth an amendment to reintroduce protections for gender identity. Please urge your Representative to support the Baldwin Amendment to ENDA. Employment discrimination protections for the glbtq community should be all-inclusive.

Homophobia

Oct. 20th, 2007 11:35 pm
mandysee_mandydo: (V)
Copied from [livejournal.com profile] fossilapostle:

Homophobia
Whether or not you are homosexual, bisexual or transgender, you should repost this in support of your friends and loved ones who are. Love is not defined by color, creed, or gender.

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didnt have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am a warrior for my country serving proud, but can't be my true self because gays aren't allowed in the military.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends I'm a homosexual, because they constantly make fun of them.

I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a bloody pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to "teach me a lesson."
mandysee_mandydo: (V)
I had to respond to this email that was sent by one of my family members because I really felt the need to educate and enlighten. The whole idea of people being up in arms about people speaking non-English languages and wanting to sing the national anthem in Spanish just really irks me. Here is my email response:


I don't usually do this but this sort of thing just kinda bugs me. Sorry _____! It's nothing personal and you know I love you dearly. Once upon a time our families were all immigrants and they brought a great deal of their culture and language and heritage with them. My family came from England, France, Germany and Ireland (talk about internal conflict!). Much of what we see in America as popular culture these days derived from something in another country.



Unless we are prepared to speak the language and follow the customs of the Tsalagi, the Dine, the Abenaki, the Lakota or any of the other First Nations that originally called this land home (or go back to our ancestral lands if we do not wish to follow those customs), we should be accepting and tolerant. This is a whole wide big world we live in with lots of room for us all to live peacefully and get along. If you don't like that someone is speaking a language you don't understand, learn the language! I did. I find it sad that most developed, "civilized" nations in the world REQUIRE school children to learn multiple languages yet we in America seem to lack that aspect of civilized society. We are stuck on this flawed ideal of being a one-language nation.

In the words of the Lakota: Mitakuye Oyasin! (We Are All Related)

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