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LGBTQ Migrants Who Seek Freedoms Encounter Discrimination Among Others

A caravan with close to 80 LGBTQ individuals arrived in Tijuana, Baja California on Sunday only to be welcomed by opposition from the residents of the area. The caravan is comprised of people who separated from the main caravan of Central American migrants because of discrimination among the other travelers reports NBC.

Loly Mendez, a 28-year-old trans woman from El Salvador shared her experience:

In my country there is violence, a lack of work and opportunities. In the caravan there is also violence — against the LGBTQ community.

I am going to a country where I know I will achieve my dreams.

The group has traveled more than 1,000 miles, many of those miles have been on foot, others hitching rides on trucks, buses, or any vehicle they can. Many will charge a small fee to transport migrant groups, but the price goes up for the LGBTQ. They have even been kicked out mid-ride by transporters.

Lady Perez, a 23-year-old from Honduras said:

In our country the rights of the LGBTQ community are not respected, and anti-social groups take advantage of that. They have denigrated us. Supposedly you're emigrating from your country because of the violence, the discrimination, the homophobia, and it turns out that in the very caravan you face this kind of violence.

Those LGBTQ individuals who joined the separate caravan wanted safety in numbers since they were being threatened and ridiculed since they left their homelands. Those who arrived to Tijuana are staying in an Airbnb that is being financed by a group of unnamed American lawyers as you will see in the video below captured by journalist Jorge Nieto. In the video you can witness residents of the Playas de Tijuana area opposing the group of LGBTQ individuals for fear that they will be persecuted and bring more issues to the area.

The neighborhood association made a Spanish public post on Facebook reading. Translation of the statement reads:

We spoke with Efrén González, coordinator of human rights and César Mejia, leader of the LGBT community, members of the migrant caravan, commenting that they were guided and supported by US lawyers to solve their immigration status, they estimate that their stay will be one week in the house they rented on Olas Altas street. They will be presenting themselves 15 people at a time to the United States border to resolve their immigration status, there are 77 people, are organized as follows; CDH staff supports them to make their food purchases, they will avoid walking around the streets, talking loudly, avoid making noise at night. They were warned that the area is patrolled, that there is insecurity, that they avoid being confused. We agree that respect should prevail, since this section is continually affected by crime and we do not want both them and us to be harmed.

César first, apologizes because he asserts that he was upset when he was approached by some neighbors and considers that if he does not manage to resolve his issue in a week they will look for a shelter. Neighbors, we ask for tolerance, and tomorrow I will seek to speak with the Delegate to give us security given the conditions of the section.

 

 

José Martínez, a resident of Playas de Tijuana shared his perspective with Spanish media outlet Desastre.mx. Translation of his statement reads:

We have nothing against them, but we also don’t want them to come out with their colorful flags to provoke us…I’m not against gays or anything like that, but it’s not fair that I have a small daughter and I don’t want to her to see any of that. Why? Because men kissing other men should be done in the privacy of their own home, they shouldn’t bring that to our community.

The LGBTQ caravan includes many individuals who are escaping unbearable and dangerous conditions in Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. They seek asylum in a place where there is hope and resources for their community. Just days ago Trump signed an executive order that states that applicants for asylum will be ineligible unless they are coming to a designated port of entry. Tijuana borders San Diego, a designated port of entry, but asylum seekers could face problems during the process.

Watch the video of the interaction between members of the LGBTQ migrant caravan and the Tijuana community who opposes their presence.

h/t: NBC, Jorge Nieto, Desastre.mx, Ricardo Peralta

Have You Seen the Video of a Group of Trans Women Beating Up a Man for Insulting Them?

Around 2 a.m. on June 24th in the Leicester Square tube station in London, three transgender women and their friend attacked a man who allegedly shouted a slur at the group. According to DailyMail, the group of drunken women continuously beat the man after a crowd of people attempted to stop them. Meanwhile, others shouted “Fight! Fight! Fight!” perpetuating the situation.

The victim of the ‘heinous attack’ was rushed to the hospital with several lacerations and a black eye.

The assailants include Tylah-Jo Bryan, Amarnih Lewis-Daniel, Tamzin Lush, and Hannah Bryan who were arrested after the violent crime.

Their assault was so bad that the Westminster magistrate, Kristy Walker, asserted the offense was too serious to deal with in a regular court and would have to escalate to the crown court. The four are awaiting sentencing at Blackfriars crown court, but no date has been set.

No other information on condition of the victim.

Check out the graphic video of the attack below. WARNING: it includes sensitive visuals that are not suitable for everyone.

 

Is this a case of three trans women standing up for themselves that went too far?

Or did this guy get what he had coming?

h/t: DailyMail

An Enormous Trans Rights Banner Was Displayed at the World Series Finale, But You Didn't See It on TV

If you watched the World Series on Sunday night, you know that the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5-1 and claimed their fourth national title of the century.

Here’s something you didn’t see on TV though:

As reported by THR, fans in Dodgers Stadium unfurled an enormous banner in the stands reading “TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE TO LIVE” during the game.

The protest comes days after news that the Trump administration is potentially seeking to legally determine gender based on the genitalia you are born with.

The fans who unrolled the banner were located in the reserve section above the Dodgers’ dugout on the third base side.

The game was broadcast on Fox, and the banner didn’t make it to broadcast.

The big question is: how did this banner get past security? Banners, flags, etc. aren’t allowed in Dodgers stadium. Security is generally, obviously, even tighter than usual during the championships.

h/t: THR

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey Activists Attack Trump's Plan to Erase Trans Identities

LGBT activists in New Jersey are speaking out against Donald Trump's plan to redefine gender as matching one's birth genitalia, according to NorthJersey.com. Randy Slovacek has written more about this issue here.

By Trump attempting to redefine gender as strictly binary and the same as someone's birth sex, him and his administration are displaying a tenuous understanding of the concept of gender and would completely erase the identities of transgender and nonbinary people on a federal level. Since the United States is a constitutional republic and not an authoritarian state, I, and many other people, have a problem with the federal government trying to police identities.

Luckily, certain states such as New Jersey, have full legal protection under the law for LGBTQ people so NJ and others with such protections will not be affected as much as states without the protections. Still though, Trump's potential redefinition may set a dangerous precedent that could create a more hostile environment for trans people. In the past I worked in pediatrics and I knew of a few intersex patients, and by using Trump's definition, intersex people would not exist in a linguistic sense.

People such as Melinda Mangin, an associate professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, says that Trump's definition of gender being determined by birth genitalia is not supported by advances within the medical community. Perry Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, addressed the medical aspect of this redefinition, saying that often times, health issues are specific to the identities ghat people hold and that healthcare providers have to be mindful of the gender identities of their clients in order to ensure a healthy environment. 

Not only will identities be erased, but people may also be in danger of losing access to education, healthcare, and employment. However, recently in New Jersey, governor Phil Murphy signed into law that transgender individuals will be able to change their gender on their birth certificate, that teachers do not have to disclose their students' gender identity to parents, and that health insurers can't discriminate against transgender NJ residents.

It's promising to know that transgender and nonbinary people will not be too horribly affected, but seeing as these states are technically united (whether federally or geographically) so it is important that people fight against this harmful potential policy to ensure that we remain united in this polarizing time in America's history.


h/t: NorthJersey.com

UN Goodwill Ambassador and 'Harry Potter' Star Emma Watson Tweets Support for LGBTQ+ Community Once Again

As reported by Pink News, Watson expressed support for the trans community via social media earlier today.

The tweet and IG post included a snap of Watson in a t-shirt saying “Trans rights are human rights.” Watson tagged several LGBTQ+ charities in the post, including Stonewall and trans children’s charity Mermaids.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@stonewalluk @mermaidsgender @genderedintelligence

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Many have already expressed gratitude for Watson’s post on social media.

Mermaids tweeted “THANK YOU from all the trans kids that don’t have a voice! ❤️❤️❤️.”

Watson has 48 million followers on Instagram, just shy of 29 million on Twitter.

Last year, Watson became the first performer to receive the MTV Movie Awards’ new gender-neutral Best Actor Prize.

Accepting the award, she said: “Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me, both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you in such an inclusive, patient and loving way.”

For more on this, visit Pink News

Transitioning is Costing this Michigan Woman More Than She Thought

When Faith Frances, a trans woman from Michigan, began transitioning she contacted her insurance company Progressive Marathon Insurance Company to inform them of change in her name and gender. A self-affirming moment in Faith’s life that was meant to create relief turned into a dent in her pocket book when she realized she was being charged almost $1,000 more a year for car insurance. WXYZ reports that Faith believed she was the victim of discrimination against transgender individuals so she went to the district attorney’s office to investigate.

Turns out that in reality she was being charged more for car insurance since she identified as a woman. Faith also received a letter from her insurance company that read:

On March 7, 2018, we received a call from Ms. (redacted), asking that we change her name from (redacted) to (redacted), and change her gender from male to female. (redacted) is right. This change did increase the rate by $80.84. We utilize gender and marital status as factors that, in conjunction with age, determine an individual driver class rating factor, which is used as part of a customer’s rate calculation in our Chapter 24 group rated companies.

Faith said to WXYZ:

I don’t know. What do they think? My breasts get in the way of driving? I don’t know.

You are punishing me for being my true self, and you are punishing the rest of the women in this state for nothing more than we don’t have a penis. Judge me by my driving record, not by what is between my legs.

A report by Forbes indicates that women are at "fault in 4.4 million accidents out of the 6.1 million that occur annually". Full details from the Consumer Federation of America can be found HERE.

h/t: WXYZ, Forbes, Consumer Federation of America

Where Will Transgender Students Hide in the Event of An Emergency?

Last week a middle school in Stafford County, VA held a scheduled lockdown drill so students and staff could be prepared should there be an active shooter or other school-wide emergency. During the drill, however, a transgender student was left with nowhere to go when she was barred from going on lockdown in both the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms where many other students were instructed to go. Instead, the student was asked to sit in the gym and the locker room hallway while school staff debated to find a solution for where she should go, reports WUSA.

This issue raises a red flag on where the student would actually be able to go if an actual emergency occurred.

Sherrie Johnson, Director of Strategic Communication for Stafford County Public School released a statement to WUSA:

Stafford County Public Schools does not comment on individual student incidents to avoid divulging confidential information. However, the new superintendent has requested a review of all protocols and procedures to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. We take such matters very seriously and they will be addressed. The welfare of all students is of the utmost importance for SCPS.

LGBTQ Rights Group Equality Stafford engaged with the public with a statement:

h/t: WUSA

Another Trans Woman is Found Dead

A 31-year-old transgender woman was found dead in the West Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago this week reports the Chicago Sun Times. Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier was found with multiple stab wounds and it is believed she was murdered by someone she had an altercation with.

Cook County medical pronounced Frazier dead at the scene.

To date there had been 21 trans women killed in the United States according to the Human Rights Campaign. Frazier is the second trans woman to be killed in the last month.

Executive director Chicago trans advocacy group Brave Space Alliance, LaSaia Wade, spoke with Sun Times:

It feels like we are being targeted. I’m frustrated and upset with the lack of cases turning around. There is a lack of needs for our safety from police.

Wade and Frazier knew each other from the Chicago ball scene.

Authorities are still investigating this murder and that of 24-year-old Dejanay Stanton who was shot on August 30th in Bronzeville.

According to the HRC:

In 2017, advocates tracked at least 29 deaths of transgender people in the United States due to fatal violence, the most ever recorded. These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified. Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into homelessness.

h/t: Chicago Sun Times, Human Rights Campaign

These Transphobic Parents in Oklahoma Are Leading by Example

A middle school in Achille, Oklahoma was shut down on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week after potential threats to a 12-year-old student were made online—by other parents. The student, Maddie, had been allowed to use the staff restrooms for some time since she initially was accused of trying to peep at other students in the restroom.

For the last couple of years, Maddie hadn’t experienced any other issues, until attending a recently re-opened school where she wasn’t informed of the location of the staff restrooms so she used the girl’s room. According to KXII-TV, a parent found out of the transgender student using the girls bathroom and took to the private Achille ISD Parents Group on Facebook to sound off in outrage.

According to reports, parents began referring to Maddie as ‘it’ and ‘thing’ while others suggested she should be stabbed or beat up. Another person in the group said it was ‘hunting season’ for transgender people.

The Washington Post reports what some of the parents have been saying online:

Jamie Crenshaw:

Heads up parents of 5th thru 7th grade girls. The transgender is already using the girls bathroom. We have been told how the school has gone above and beyond to make sure he has his own restroom yet he is still using the girls. REALLY . . . Looks like it’s gonna be a long year.

“We have made school board meetings over this situation last year but nothing seems to be changing,” the post continued. “This is the same kid that got an [sic] trouble as soon as he transferred two years ago for looking over the stalls in the girls bathroom. Enough is enough.

Another post read:

Why are parents letting their kids be transgender? Parents and Churches need to shut this down, the Bible says God created man, and woman . . . not any transgender bs. Hell with new laws and new rules, this is what our future is if WE don’t stop it.

And another:

If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.

Maddie’s mother, Brandy Rose, said:

That's a threat against her life--that's scary. These are adults making threats-- I don't understand it.

She's an awesome kid. To see any fear in her, I can't explain how bad that hurts me for them to hurt her.

She's been living as female for years-- she started at Achille as Maddie. We had no problems when we first started.

As a precaution to Maddie and other students and staff, Bryan County Sheriff decided to close the campus on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The superintendent of schools agreed, but shared that he and the school cannot control what others post on the internet.

Rose has filed a protective order against one of the parents in the group, but the FBI is looking further into the postings to see if they can validate a hate crime.

The Facebook group has since been deleted.

A demonstration in support of Maddie will be held on Wednesday morning outside the school.

h/t: KXII-TV, The Washington Post

'Montana Locker Room Privacy Act' Fizzles And Will Not Appear On November Ballot

An initiative requiring people to use public restrooms and locker rooms according to the gender designated on their birth certificate fell far short of the support needed to qualify for the November general election.

In Montana, supporters of Initiative 183, dubbed the “Montana Locker Room Privacy Act”, appear to have gathered only 8,079 of the 25,468 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. The deadline to submit the signatures was June 20, then verification would last until July 20 and then send them on to Montana’s Secretary of State Office.  Looks like those final steps will not need to happen.  To that we say, "YES!"

Non-Discrimination Ordinances (NDO) have failed in Montana in recent years, for example, in the state's largest city, Billings.  The failure was attributed largely because of the efforts of the Montana Family Foundation,the sponsor of Initiative 183.

The bathroom debate in Montana and other states has been going on for a few years now. A law similar to the initiative failed in the 2017 Montana Legislature, as well. Opponents countered that the Montana Family Foundation's concerns were absurd and that the initiative threatened the civil rights of transgender people.

For more on this story, head over to billingsgazette.com.

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