Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Obama #6: Joe Biden

The man’s famous for telling it like it is, even when he’s supposed to tell it like it’s supposed to be, which is what makes this story even more amazing: Joe Biden recently said that transgender issues are “the civil rights issue of our time”.

The mom of Miss Trans New England asked Biden if they would help trans people from “being killed” and in getting their civil rights, which is when Biden said it was “the civil rights issue of our time”.

I’ll add, too, that the Obama-Biden presidency was the very first to send a representative to a trans conference.

Happy Halloween!

Us, 2012.

(about Medusa)

Michael Brown, Horse Wrangler

The horse wrangler who managed FEMA under Bush is criticizing Obama for responding “too quickly.”

Romney, in the meantime, is ignoring all comments or requests for clarifications on his previous comments that he would get rid of FEMA.

Here’s a good article explaining why disasters, and disaster relief, are inherently political.

Bill McKibben’s NYC

“New York is as beautiful and diverse and glorious as an old-growth forest. It’s as grand, in its unplanned tumble, as anything ever devised by man or nature. And now, I fear its roots are being severed.” – Climate change journalist Bill McKibben, writing for the Guardian.


Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Obama #7: The Supremes

No, not those Supremet: Obama gets to pick the next Supreme Court Justices, which hold the fate of not just Roe v. Wade in their hands, but many other things as well.


My City #Sandy


Everything is flooding.

911 is receiving 20k calls an hour; normal is 2k/hr.

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is flooded.

The Gowanus Canal flooded its banks (that’s a Superfund site, folks, hugely toxic).

Much of Manhattan has no power. More than a quarter of a million people don’t.

The Carousel in DUMBO was breached.

Long Island is under several feet of water, as is the Jersey Shore. My niece reports 42″ on the ground floor of my sister’s house in Bellmore.

Five people have already died.

The NYC Subways may be closed for a week or longer; there’s 4′ of sea water in the tunnels.

On the other side of the world, a storm has killed 30 people in Viet Nam and the Philippines.

Coney Island looks beautiful.

People gathered in Times Square with a massive sign that said END CLIMATE SILENCE.

Mayor Bloomberg’s Spanish is really, really terrible.

Love to you all on the East Coast. Stay safe.

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Obama #8: This Is What A Feminist Looks Like

But more importantly, what a feminist acts like: Obama supports women’s right to choose, passed The Lily Ledbetter Act (which allows women to correct pay inequity), and thinks women should make choices about their own bodies.


Stay safe, East Coast. Please do all report in as often as possible, please.

The NYT is posting a new photo every minute.

The most extraordinary description of this storm – from a weatherman who claims not to be prone to hyperbole – is here.

There’s this messed up news about the possibility of the Gowanus Canal flooding into Brooklyn.

You can even watch various live feeds in & around NYC.

And NCTE has put out a great guide (pdf) for trans people in the midst of these kinds of storms – basic information on emergency shelters, contact numbers, and lists of supplies that wouldn’t be on most guides for hurricane preparedness.

Love to all my friends & family on the East Coast. I hope this doesn’t suck half so much as it sounds like it’s going to.

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Obama #9: This.

Halloween: Keep Your Tits In

Kind of awful in an excellent way.

That said, sexy costumes are great when they make sense. When they’re just messed up, objectifying versions of men’s costumes, they’re just stupid. At the very least, throw in some scary or gruesome, ladies: sexy zombie nurse is way better than way overdone sexy nurse. Or really push it, & shoot straight to enema nurse.

Happy Halloween!

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Obama #10: Doug Wright Says It Out Loud

Doug Wright says what a lot of us have been thinking in this brief post:

I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, “My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.”

It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you “disagree” with your candidate on these issues.

So you have to ask yourself: is it? Is my equality that unimportant that it doesn’t even come up on your spreadsheet?

Facebook Is No Longer Free

I’m sure I’ve complained about Facebook before: as a content provider – i.e. someone who actually writes original stuff that other people want to read – I have had my blog feeding to FB for a while because of the demand and the reach, and while I never liked the idea that FB was getting the advertising dollars in exchange for my content, I didn’t have to pay to have it there, so I had it there — for the ease of access for my readers.

However, that’s just changed. Now, because of FB’s new “promote” scheme for those with pages, only 15% of my readers who have “liked” my author page will see my posts on a regular basis. Instead, FB wants me to pay to promote my posts so that more of my “likees” (i.e. readers) will get to read the content they intend to read by liking my page in the first place.

But unless I pay exorbitant amounts – the people who want to read me there effectively can’t, and won’t, unless they make a point of clicking on my page.

Which is pretty much the same thing as people making a point of going to my blog to read it.

I will give them a chance to re-consider this policy, but if this continues, I will stop feeding my blog to FB entirely.

Your options, however, are good: you can instead subscribe to my blog via the subscribe box at the top right side of it , and you can choose which of my categories of posts to subscribe to. So if you read my only for trans issues, you can get only my posts marked trans. Likewise for politics or music or NYC or any of my other categories.

That way, you don’t actually have to click on the blog to read it, although of course that’s very welcome as well. More traffic is good for bloggers as it often brings in (in my case, tiny amounts of) ad revenue. So it’s a good way to support any and all of your favorite bloggers, including me.

Romney Signs Pledge Againt Same Sex Marriage

Honestly, if you like me, or anyone who is LGBTQIA-identified, don’t vote for this guy. He hates us.

Trans Quiz

It’s not the kind – or the list – that I would give at the end of my Transgender Lives course, but we do read several of the authors mentioned.

So take the Trans Quiz & find out how many famous trans people you can name.

I got 29/30. You?

Speaking of Foreign Policy…

… did you know Romney/Ryan plan to bring back the Global Gag Rule? No, I didn’t either.

Mr. Romney has pledged that, on his first day in the White House, he would reinstate the “global gag rule,” the odious restriction that has been used to deny federal money for family-planning work abroad to any organization that provided information, advice, referrals or services for legal abortion or supported the legalization of abortion, even using its own money.


The gag rule did nothing to prevent use of government financing for abortions because that was already illegal under federal law. But it badly hampered the work of family-planning groups overseas, forcing clinic closures, reduced services and fee increases. It also violated principles of informed consent by requiring health care providers to withhold medical information from female patients. And, by stifling political debate on abortion-related issues and violating free speech principles, the gag rule badly undermined America’s credibility as it tries to promote democracy abroad.

So again, no difference between candidates, my radical friends? This one is huge.

If You Like Having Sex…

I think she makes a good, simple case for the problem with the Romney/Ryan ticket.

He will not be your advocate. Be your own. Vote.

The Truth About Romney’s Binder

As it turns out, Mitt Romney didn’t ask for the binder full of women, even. He was given it.

What actually happened was that in 2002 — prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration — a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.

They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

So there you have it. He’s not even as woefully un-sexist as he claims to be; he’s even more sexist than that.