- Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
- Increased federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
- Earmarked new federal funding for science and research labs
Ah, the only internationally recognized holiday of the crossdressing world is upon us again, & I had an interesting experience shopping for Halloween costumes & party decorations with Betty.
We were looking around at the mass-produced costumes, me mostly cursing about the oversexed women’s and girl’s costumes (the girls’ costumes show more skin than the ones for adult men, for crying out loud) and Betty thought maybe she’d figure out a costume around an interesting wig. But: I found myself getting uncomfortable when she started trying them on. It was just too much of the past, & started messing with my sense of her gender. It was a Big Deal when she finally got to grow her hair long enough, and have it styled unisex/feminine, that the wigs brought me right back to when she couldn’t do that and had to have men’s cuts (since she was a leading man onstage) and so had to wear wigs in order to go out “en femme.”
Halloween is still far & above our favorite holiday, but it’s definitely taken on new meanings in this post-trans life of ours. My feminism is more tweaked when she wants to wear short skirts & fetishy shoes because I expect her to say no to all this bullshit objectification of women — and that’s in addition to the absolute bullshit of this culture agreeing that it’s okay for women to be sexual once a year (& once a year only).
So what about you? Has Halloween changed for you in the context of your trans identity/journey? I’d love to hear.
Democrats actually fund education in myriad ways:
Maybe it’s not huge, but this is the kind of stuff Republicans are always claiming to have done (when they haven’t, a la That Palin Woman)
Until you get out & vote for the Dems who:
Republican voters aren’t ready for the truth, because Democrats:
Did you need another reason to support Dems this Election Day? How about this cool news?
The Obama administration is launching a campaign to prevent anti-gay bullying and other harassment at school, advising educators that federal law protects students from many forms of discrimination.
In another example, the advisory discussed a school in which students are subjected to anti-Semitic comments while a swastika is scrawled on a bathroom wall. Administrators might find and punish the perpetrators, the advisory said, but the school would still be responsible for determining whether Jewish or other students feel intimidated by incidents that add up to a pattern of misconduct. In that case, further action would be required.
“Discipline alone was likely insufficient,” Ali wrote. Other possible steps, she said: counseling the perpetrators, publicly labeling incidents as anti-Semitic and publicizing how students can report harassment.
Hey, it’s Halloween week: a grrrl’s got to let her goth out sometimes.
… you can get out & vote Democrat and keep the US Government busy doing cool stuff like this:
More stuff Obama needs a Democratic Congress to keep doing:
I love the term ‘princess boy’ – it’s really nice to see another name for them that’s a little more affirming.
Wow. A US President who is actually speaking out about LGBT youth, against discrimination, & who makes a point of saying that your difference will be a point of pride later in life.
Now try to picture Dubya having made that video, please. Nope, it wouldn’t have happened. So please no criticisms of the Dems for the next two weeks. We don’t have a goddamn chance if any of these wingnut Republicans end up in office, and I *know* I’m not the only one who remembers the Stone Age of the Bush years, where undoing DADT, passing ENDA, or getting Hate Crimes passed was a goddamn pipe dream.
(and yes, I am trying to ignore that it was her husband who got us into this DADT mess.)
Dems have a commitment to energy efficiency and renewability:
And then, President Obama:
Today, people all over the country are wearing purple to show support for the end of anti-LGBTQ bullying.
I think Gogol Bordello’s got it covered:
& Here, if you can stand it, is the story of Chloe Lacey, the trans teenager who is being left off most of the lists of the students who committed suicide in the past months, & whose memories are being honored today.