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Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post – NYTimes.com

Posted: November 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post – NYTimes.com

Finally, an authoritative body realizes that the internet is used for something more than work. While this is only a small in the fight to ensure the free speech of those use the internet, it could mean the large changes for those that talk about taboo subjects, like sexuality and gender variance, online.

PS. How sad does it make me to say that sexuality and gender variance are taboo issues.

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New Report Shows Trans* People Experience Huge Gaps in Health Care Access

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New Report Shows Trans* People Experience Huge Gaps in Health Care Access

Recently, a report was released detailing some of the issues that arise when trans people enter the health care arena. Cara over at feministe does a great job summarizing the information:

Reliable statistics on trans* people are notoriously difficult to come by, and among those that exist, many are outdated and/or derived from very small sample sizes. This U.S. survey included over 6,400 trans women, trans men, and people imperfectly grouped together as “gender non-conforming,” from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. That makes it really big news, and a really important resource for information.

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TransGriot: Don’t Forget About Our Trans Kids, Vanilla GL Community

Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on TransGriot: Don’t Forget About Our Trans Kids, Vanilla GL Community

In another excellent post by Monica Roberts of TransGriot, the erasure of the Transgender storyline in the recent LGBT+ suicide coverage is examined. Or as Monica puts it,

Now that bullying and GLBT teen suicides are in the news, one of the things that has mildly irritated some quarters of the trans community is how trans people have been erased from the discussion.

While one kid taking their life due to suicide is horrific and one too many, it bothers many of us that transteen Chloe Lacey's story is frankly getting overwhelmed vis a vis the overwhelmingly white gay male narrative taking shape on this bullying issue.

She goes on to cite that as many as 50% of Transpeople self-report to have considered taking their own lives.

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Rape Culture at Yale Fraternity: “No means yes, yes means anal!”

Posted: October 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Rape Culture at Yale Fraternity: “No means yes, yes means anal!”

Lest you think that rape culture is confined to simply excellent institutions of higher education, Salon reports that Yale students pledging the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were marched by women’s dorms chanting “no means yes, yes means anal.” Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory writes:

Now, DKE President Jordan Forney has been forced to apologize for this blatant sexual intimidation by calling it “a serious lapse in judgment by the fraternity and in very poor taste.” But this sort of hateful crap isn’t a “lapse in judgment.” It doesn’t innocently happen that you’re guiding male pledges by young women’s dorms in the dark of night chanting about anal rape. It isn’t a forehead-slapping slip-up, it’s a sign that you need major reprogramming as a human being.

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