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The sadness of the moment when you recognize yourself as a genre, a genre decided for you before you even existed, a historical category. When the genre is always going to return you to the origin wound, so that you are consistently stuck defined and undefined by that original wound from which all…
2:04 am • 12 April 2013 • 18 notes
First Arizona lawmakers went after the immigrant community with SB 1070. Now they’re going after transgender people with SB 1045.
Last week, Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) failed to pass a bill that would have prosecuted transgender people with a class 1 misdemeanor for using public restrooms that don’t match their birth sex. But late Wednesday a panel of Arizona state lawmakers voted to advance a softer bill that protects business owners from discrimination lawsuits if they forbid a transgender person from using a restroom or fitting room.
During seven hours of testimonies during Wednesday’s hearing, only one person testified in favor of the bill, according to the AP, while more than 200 turned out to testify in opposition.
Gay and transgender rights advocates say SB 1045 will lead to profiling and discrimination.
“This law not only gives business owners the right to profile and discriminate against transgender people, but encourages harmful ‘gender-policing’ of anyone who doesn’t look masculine or feminine enough,” said M. Dru Levasseur, a transgender rights attorney for Lambda Legal, in an email to Colorlines.com.
“Transgender people are targets for hatred and violence. To pass a law that carves out a license to discriminate is extremely dangerous,” Levasseur went on to say.
— Jorge Rivas, “Toilet Papers, Please: Arizona Doesn’t Want Transgender Folks To Use Public Restrooms,” Colorlines 3/28/13 (via racialicious)
5:24 pm • 28 March 2013 • 95 notes
6 Things That Happened While Y'all Were Preoccupied with Gay Marriage
by Mia McKenzie
Over the last couple of days, many people around the country have been caught-up in the whole same-sex marriage drama that’s currently taking place in the Supreme Court. As someone who doesn’t personally or politically feel connected to so-called ‘marriage equality’ and, frankly, can’t fathom so much time and energy and money being poured into getting one more privilege for one group of people— especially since the people within that group who will benefit the most are mostly very privileged already—at the expense of countless other really important and much more urgent issues facing the queer community and our society as a whole (bullying and suicides of queer and queer-perceived youth, violence against transgender people, invisibilization of disabled queers and queers of color and disabled queers of color, mass incarceration, etc.), I’m just going to save myself a headache and skip the part where I argue for a more inclusive and intersectional movement and instead let y’all know what you may have missed while you were busy being obsessed with single-issue gay politics.
Click on the link for the list.
5:24 pm • 28 March 2013 • 352 notes
LIES Journal: Dear everyone,The LIES collective has shifted and reassembled a lot...
The LIES collective has shifted and reassembled a lot since Vol I of the journal came out. We are infinitely jazzed about this because the new members are galactic, amazing peeps. However, working on a collective project can be fraught and difficult as much as it is lovely. We feel…
2:49 am • 4 March 2013 • 26 notes
mappemunde: How to be a survivor in Radical Social Justice/Left/Anarchist Organizing Communities
- Don’t be a non-passing Person of Color
- Don’t be Black
- Don’t be a Black Queer Womyn of Color
- Don’t have any disabilities
- Especially, don’t have any mental illness related disabilities
- BEHAVE. be thankful people even have the time to say “oh, how horrible for you. do you know about…
3:56 am • 14 February 2013 • 100 notes
Betrayal: A critical analysis of rape culture in anarchist subcultures
download readable pdf
this is a fucking excellent zine. well-written and nicely laid-out. and it’s a fast read.
really, read it. it’s worth it.
whoever wrote this, thank you.
12:22 am • 14 February 2013 • 7 notes
Trans Immigrants Disproportionately Subject to Deportation and Detention, Suffer Special Gender-Related Harms in these Processes
Barriers to Getting any Legal Immigration Status:
- employment-based immigration not available because of job discrimination
- family-based immigration not available because trans people’s family members often reject them, trans marriages not seen as valid, chosen and extended family not recognized
- asylum and other claims often not available because of lack of access to trans-friendly legal help, less connections with immigrant communities to get information combined with strict timelines, bias and harassment from immigration officers
Criminalization of Trans People:
- most convictions and some arrests can make people deportable, even if they have status
- trans people falsely arrested for lack of proper identity documents or for using bathroom
- police profiling of trans people as violent, prostitutes
- committing survival crimes because lack access to legal employment or education (sex work, drugs, theft, etc)
Trans immigrants likely to be detained and/or deported:
- trans people disproportionately HIV positive, if from country where no access to HIV meds, deportation is death sentence. also, deportation can lead to serious transphobic violence, persecution, and imprisonment in home country.
- in detention trans people often isolated and/or targeted for rape, harassment abusive searches and other violence by staff and other detainees. gender misclassified based on genitals in sex segregated system
- can’t access hormones and other medical treatments while detained. forced to change gendered characteristics of appearance (cut hair, give up prosthetics, etc.). results in mental anguish and increased violence because appearance may conform even less to gender identity.
infograph via the Sylvia Rivera Law Project www.srlp.org firstname.lastname@example.org 212.337.8550
pdf version of above chart available here: http://srlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/disprop-deportation.pdf
9:08 pm • 10 February 2013 • 756 notes