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Here’s How NYC Public Schools Plans To Better Support Its Trans* Students

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Here’s How NYC Public Schools Plans To Better Support Its Trans* Students

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New York City Department of Education has implemented new guidelines for schools to support transgender students. With 1.1 million students, NYC is the largest public school system in the country, and has a lot of influence setting standards for how other big school systems and states support trans* students. “They’re taking a step in the right direction,” said Octavia Lewis, educational…

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Confessions of a Snow Queen: Owning Up to Our Racial Fetishisms

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In Spring of 2011 I wrote and performed a poem “Tryna” expressing and owning up to my internalized racism and how it shapes my desire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ3GXKYy3mE

After performing this poem for the first time I had several queer people of color approach me and tell…

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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…

Day one: Revolutionary Feminism Study Guide

great reading list! including some LIES essays :)

with links, from Arm the Spirit (http://armthespirit.weebly.com/archived-readings.html)

Session One: bell hooks

-Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics bell hooks

Session Two: Materialist Feminism

-Sex Race and Class by Selma James

-“The reproduction of…

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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.