He was a brave man, an abortion provider in Kansas who’d been shot before, had his clinic bomed. Mike Hendricks of the Kansas City Star pretty much sums up how he was murdered, & by whom.
I’ll have more to say about choice, abortion providers, & violence, but for now I’m just sad & disappointed.
If you’re angry, send a letter of support or a donation to your local Planned Parenthood.
Here’s a Washington Blade article about Barney Frank which discusses his opinions on this year’s efforts to get a gender-inclusive ENDA passed:
Frank said transgender activists and allies have been lobbying lawmakers to support the gender identity provisions, and heâ€™s â€œmore optimisticâ€ that ENDA would pass with such a provision. But Frank stopped short of saying he was certain the bill would pass with the gender identity provisions.
â€œThereâ€™s no certainty in politics,â€ he said. â€œPeople got to lobby hard. And not lobbying Nancy Pelosi, or me, or [Reps.] Tammy [Baldwin] or George Miller â€” they should be calling their own representatives. Iâ€™m optimistic, but itâ€™s not a done deal.â€
& Jillian Weiss will be writing a series of articles at her Transgender Workplace Diversity blog in order to answer these questions:
- How should gender identity be defined?
- Does “gender identity” language protect employees other than transgender people?
- What are the scope of the exemptions from coverage included in the bill?
- Who supports ENDA, and why?
- Who opposes ENDA, and why?
- What education do Members of Congress need?
- What should I tell my Congressperson?
- How will the relationship between transgender advocates and the wider LGBT advocacy community play out in this go-round?
- What has been the experience of organizations in jurisdictions with current gender identity protections?
- What types of issues have come up with transgender workers in the workplace?
- Is ENDA beneficial, detrimental, or neutral for the organizations that it covers?
…which will give us all more information & talking points when contacting our Representatives, as Frank says we should, so you should look up now so you’ll be ready. (On the top left side, you can put in your zip code & get the contact info for your Rep.)
Now you can decide which city to live in based on whether you prefer being on the top or on the bottom.
Fairfax High School elected a male student Prom Queen.
Tom Ackerman, a gay man, has vowed to call his friends’ wives their girlfriends, because he’s decided his religious views don’t allow him to recognize opposite-sex marriage.
The New Scientist tells you everything you ever wanted to know about female ejaculation (& maybe a few things you didn’t want to know).
A woman named Brenda Lee got dragged bodily off of Air Force One when she tried to give President Obama a letter asking him to stand up for heterosexual marriage.
Publishers Weekly reports from the BEA that US Publishers have vowed to fight digitized piracy.
Check out this answer by Dear Abby (now known as Jeanne Phillips!) about whether or not a woman should tell someone about another person’s trans gender.
Well done, Abby. I’m wondering when we can work this out as a Right to Privacy issue. Anyone?
(h/t to Dawn.)
Really: it’s my favorite book. This year they’ve added a bunch of new terms
- muggle n. In the fiction of J.K. Rowling: a person who possesses no magical powers. Hence in allusive and extended uses: a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way.
- grrrl n. A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men or in her sexuality.
- gaydar n. A homosexual person’s ability to identify another person as homosexual by interpreting subtle signals conveyed by their appearance, interests, etc.
- meatspace n. The physical world, as opposed to virtual.
- lookism n. Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of appearance.
For all 15, check out cracked.com. (via Queerty)
How sweet is this? Ron Hogan is interviewed by The Undomestic Goddess and names Betty his super-hero! That so rocks.
I’m looking forward to Iowans being smug toward Californians about how backward they are.
But in the meantime, you can go to a rally in a town near you.
Today at noon the CA Supreme Court will hand down its decision about Prop 8, & I’m nervous. The wrong decision is going to set off rallies all over the country, which is a good thing, but therer is so much anger, sadness, & frustration compacted into this ruling that – well, old lady that I am, I worry about people’s safety.
Kids: art. not. riots. Pretty please, be creative, break the law, but stay safe & don’t give the haters more fuel for their fire.
My Damned tribute seems uncannily well-timed. Anti-Pope indeed.
In honor of them playing in NYC last week, when I *wasn’t there dammit* here’s some tunes from The Damned, who threaten retirement every couple of years. I’ve seen at least two Farewell tours, maybe a decade apart, at places like The Ritz, The (New) Ritz (or the former Studio 54, depending on how you look at it), Coney Island High, Irving Plaza. Oy. Yes, I am missing NYC pretty hardcore these days.
Betty was not a big fan, having been introduced to them when they were doing kitschy goth things like
- “Grimly Fiendish” (which dammit I love anyway), but I took her to see them live & she was, alas, converted. What I think she said was, “goddamn they’re the loudest band ever.”
- “New Rose” was the first punk single. They beat everyone, including the Pistols, to that one.
- “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause” is very Captain Sensible: stupid and funny and fun to sing along. Uhhuh.
- “Smash It Up Pts 1 & 2” is in the canon of great punk rock theme songs.
- “Anti-Pope” is well, perfect, & was especially for a good Catholic girl with a lot of anger.
- “Generals” is from the Strawberries album, which came in bright red vinyl. It’s a pretty record, & a good one. Dave Vanians’s Interview with the Vampire tribute is on that one, too. These last two are a bit of the politics I imbibed with the tunes.