Popular representation of “LGBT,” to scale.
The next boy for the pin-up calendar - because who doesn’t love a naked bookworm in sock garters, amirite? The first one is here.
On December 16, call, email, and fax Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman and tell him to drop the charges against CeCe! Flood the lines and let Freeman know we won’t rest till CeCe is free from this racist, transphobic prosecution.
Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald is a 23-year-old African American transgender woman who, after being violently attacked for her race and gender, is being unjustly charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman has the power to drop the charges against CeCe. So far, though, he has implicitly sided with CeCe’s white supremacist attackers by failing to acknowledge the racist, transphobic assault that she survived.
When: Friday, Dec 16, ALL DAY
Where: From home, work, wherever you find yourself!
What: Call Michael Freeman at 612-348-5540, fax at 612-348-2042, and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to remain polite but assertive. Some key points to mention in your calls, emails, and faxes are:
* Identify yourself as a supporter, friend, family member, or community member calling about Ms. Chrishaun McDonald’s case.
* Tell the County Attorney’s Office why you’re concerned: Ms. McDonald was the target of a hate crime, but she was singled out for aggressive prosecution after the attack.
* County Attorney Freeman has declined to press charges in cases like this at least three times already this year, and he has the power to drop the charges against Ms. McDonald.
* Tell Freeman not to side with Ms. McDonald’s white supremacist attackers: drop the charges against Ms. McDonald.
Support CeCe McDonald! Call/email/fax the Hennepin County Attorney (link) [WARNINGS: talk of cissexist/racist violence (by the attackers & the “justice” system), cissexist/racist/gay-bashing slurs, & racist media representation]
some online free faxing places:
also, a notice at the end of the post:
So I’m sure you’re aware by now from the reblogs of that post of Sebastian (“sabbyvanity”) on the second page of your blog, that he is receiving an incredible amount of hate. He is now receiving death threats on his own blog as well as people telling him to “go kill yourself.” All because he is a trans man who is also gay and fem/me.
This breaks my fucking heart. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. A day where we memorialize all of the trans people who have died as a result of a trans-hating and cissexist culture (whether it be by murder, suicide, or neglect). People who follow this blog, TRANS PEOPLE who follow this blog, are harrassing Sebastian for not being the “right kind” of man, not being “enough” of a man, and not being “trans enough.”
I’m absolutely appalled that my own community can participate in this. On any day, but ESPECIALLY today. All men (trans AND cis) have a variety of gender expressions and sexual orientations. All of these men are STILL MEN.
Please, for the love of god, remind your followers of this.
Remind your followers that bullying trans men who don’t fit into your idea of what a trans man should be is fucked up. It does not, as some have suggested, “further the cause by kicking out the sissies and queers who make all of us look like we’re not real men.”
Please remind your followers that THIS IS WHAT THE “LGB(T)” COMMUNITY DOES TO US when they try to shame us out of their communities for being ~too much for straight people to handle~
Please remind your followers that an injustice to one trans person is an injustice to ALL trans people.
Please remind your followers that their experiences of gender are not every other trans guy’s experience of gender and that that is OKAY. As long as we all respect and honor each other’s experiences and identities.
I know that many of you have experienced a huge amount of pain and harrassment for being trans men, and that you are fighting tooth and nail to be recognized and accepted as who you are. And when you see a trans man who you see as having less of a hard time, or who you see as threatening the image of perfect masculinity that you’re trying to present, it can feel like a threat to all of the work that you are doing.
But I promise you it is not. The work you are doing is to liberate trans people right? To be sure that we all have access to the healthcare, housing, community support, media representation, legal recourse etc. that we desperately need?
As long as you are harassing Sebastian, and other gender-non-conforming trans folks (including butch trans women), YOU ARE NOT WORKING TOWARDS TRANS LIBERATION. You are working towards the tenuous acceptance of a handful of white trans men who are consistently read as men, are straight, and fit into dominant notions of “appropriate” masculinity.
Please address this on your blog. Please don’t be silent, or your silence is complicitness that may cost us yet another trans life.
Sebastian (the trans kid who got accused of “giving the community a bad name” for not presenting masculinely enough, apparently) is being harassed pretty horrifically on his tumblr—being called slurs, having anons say he “isn’t trans,” etc. I and a few other people sent him messages of support, and I encourage some of you to do the same.
That’s terrible! This kid is 13. Signal fucking boost.
I just sent him one. People bullying kids ought to be damn ashamed.
Please give this kid some encouragement. The crap he’s gotten tonight is outrageous.
trigger warning for violence against transgender people in the link
This needs to be read, read and understood by so many more people.
Gay rights are important to me. The ability to marry, or in my case, stay married is important to me.
But being able to live long enough to enjoy these things is more important to me and it’s about time we were heard. Too many have been silenced already.
The only thing the world has taught me so far about being trans - No one gives a damn. Even those who blog about social justice regularly shut up when it comes to trans issues.
There is a T in LGBT. If you’re not prepared to take notice of it, just use LGB and be bloody honest. If you’re going to use it, make it actually mean something.
I’ve seen too many of my brothers and sisters hurt in this week alone to keep quiet any more. My silence is more damaging to them than your ignorance - but this does not absolve you.
This Novemember 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hate and prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. [tdor.org]
I urge my followers, and the followers of those who may have reblogged this to tint your icon purple on Novemeber 20th in honor and support to those who are transgender and to pay respects to those who have passed because they were simply being who they are. I think too often the T is thought of separate from the LGBT, but in reality we are all equal and we are in this life together, side by side.
Homosexuality has nothing to do with special snowflakery.
Most people who identify as bisexual are legitimately bisexual. It’s just the fake bi girls that give everyone a bad name. (“I’m bi but I’d never kiss a girl yuck”)
The others, however, are fair game.
Ooooh, it’s so funny when people act like pansexuality is some “new fad,” when it’s actually a descriptive term that’s been around for a nice long while.
The others, however, are fair game.
Fair game for what, exactly? Fair game for hatred? Ridicule? Bullying? Assault? Fair game to be fired from their jobs on the basis of their sexuality? Fair game for…being denied basic human rights?
What exactly are you getting at here?
Hey Tumblr, a friend of mine back home in Malaysia, Yuki Choe, has recently lost her job and is broke as fuck.
This is incredibly unfair given that she’s actually a local powerhouse for transgender rights, and is one of the few people willing to call out the larger Malaysian GLBT community for problematic, unproductive behaviour. She’s done a lot of work trying to raise awareness of trans* issues, and lives openly as a trans woman (partly because it enables her awareness-raising efforts, partly also because she hasn’t been able to afford hormones in the last few years).
She has a PayPal donation button on her blog, and anything would help, even $5 from anybody and everybody, given the exchange rate. I know the Tumblring communities don’t know her at all, but please, do at least check out her blog archive!!
Thank you so much <3
Why this is Important
When several students at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee tried to start a Gay-Straight Alliance club after years of bullying, their principal said no. When the students circulated a petition and gathered 150 student signatures supporting the club, the principal banned petitions. When this brought local media scrutiny and the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the administration blocked the club based on its failure to secure an advisor. Although the students found teachers who seemed supportive and willing to serve as advisers, all eventually withdrew without explanation.
Read more at the petition page. For my fellow tumblies living in the Southeast US, queer and ally alike, this petition is vitally important!
From the account’s creator:
It’s primarily a social experiment.
This is what I’m aiming for:
- Seeing how homophobes react to @homophobes retweeting / following them. Will they tweet about @homophobes in response? If so, how will their followers react?
- Making people realize how prevalent homophobia is and how much of a problem it is.
- Making homophobes realize that what they just said was homophobic and is hurtful to some people.
- To show others how thoughtless and/or unintelligent some people are on Twitter.
- Making homophobes realized that even though most of their followers might support their opinion, LGBT people are everywhere and they should be careful about what they say.
I think this is a great idea, this is what I have been talking about as far as intolerance not being tolerated. Hate and bigotry should be slapped down wherever we see it.
These people need to know that society will not tolerate their hate.
When we have political candidates that are running on a platform of discriminating against a particular group of people who are considered “immoral” because of their sexuality, we have a problem.
We will never completely get rid of homophobia, just like we’ll never completely get rid of racism, but maybe we can get it to the point where it is socially unacceptable.
This is a great idea and the same type of thing we hope to accomplish with this blog.
The horrifying thing is that every single person that gets retweeted either in the initial tweet or in following tweets uses religions to justify it…