Mom Smacks Down Ignorant Questions In Passionate Defense Of Trans Daughter: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad

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Debi Jackson — a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” mom from Alabama who wanted a boy — recently spoke in passionate defense of her six-year-old transgender daughter A.J. who began transitioning into a female appearance at age four.

In her heartfelt speech, Jackson describes her daughter’s transition as well as the parental intolerance and ignorant questions raised by others who blame Debi for her daughter’s transition:

“Kids have no idea what they want or who they are. My kid wants to be a dog! Should I let him?”…

“There’s a profound difference between wanting to be something in imaginary play and in declaring who you are insistently, consistently, and persistently — those are the 3 markers that set transgender children apart, and my daughter displayed all of them.”

“Kids shouldn’t have to learn about sex at such a young age.”

Well, I agree, so it’s a good thing that being transgender has nothing to do. Gender identity is strictly about how a person views him or herself on the inside and it is completely separate from who we are attracted to.”

“God hates transgender people. They are sinners and going to hell.”

My God taught us to love one another. Jesus sought out those who others rejected. Some people choose to embrace biblical verses that appear to say that transgender people are being wrong. I choose to focus on verses like I Samuel 16:7 which says “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him.’” The Lord does not look at the things that people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. My daughter is a girl at her heart. She knows it.

According to PFLAG’s blog A Note To My Kid — a place where “ parents, families friends, and allies of the LGBTQ community the opportunity to share their unconditional love, via notes, photos, and videos” — Jackson has also “started a website for parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children: trans-parenting.com.


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New Facebook gender options welcomed by transgender community

There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world,” said Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison, who worked on the project and is herself undergoing gender transformation, from male to female. On Thursday, while watchdogging the software for any problems, she said she was also changing her Facebook identity from Female to TransWoman.

New Facebook gender options welcomed by transgender community.

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Law Making Transgender Birth Certificate Alterations Easier| Gay News | Towleroad

Exciting news out of the Golden State! California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday that will make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain a birth certificate with sex and name alterations. Previously, a court order was necessary, a costly and public affair that infringed on the wallets and privacy of those attempting to obtain proper documents.

JerrybrownThe Associated Press reports:

Currently, people born in California can only get their birth certificates amended by court order, a process that transgender rights advocates argued is expensive and needlessly invasive since a legal notice of the requested changes has to be published in a newspaper.

The bill the governor signed Tuesday, AB1121 by San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, authorizes the state registrar to issue a birth certificate with a corrected sex to a transgender person who provides proof of having undergone appropriate medical treatment.

READ MORE: http://www.towleroad.com/2013/10/california-governor-jerry-brown-signs-law-making-transgender-birth-certificate-alterations-easier.html

LGBT History Is Made As California Teen Becomes Nation’s First Transgender Homecoming Queen / Queerty

LGBT History Is Made As California Teen Becomes Nation’s First Transgender Homecoming Queen / Queerty.

“I’m so proud to win this not just for me but for everyone out there and for every kid — transgender, gay, straight, black, white, Mexican, Asian,” Campbell said after being crowned. “It doesn’t matter, you can be yourself.”

Cassidy CampbellThe newly-crowned queen was born Lance Campbell but has been living as female for the past three years.

“Knowing that it was only my school and only my student body makes it even more special because they voted for me,” said Campbell. “They all wanted me, and the majority wanted me to win.”

Marina High School principal Paul Morrow supported Campbell from the time she was nominated. “Were proud of the message from home of the Vikings has been one of equity, acceptance, tolerance and respect,” Morrow told KTLA.

 

 

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Into Law Landmark Protections For Transgender Students| Gay News | Towleroad

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Into Law Landmark Protections For Transgender Students| Gay News | Towleroad.

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California Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law a bill that will provide unprecedented protections for transgender students in the Golden State, the San Jose Mercury News reports:

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he had signed AB1266, which also will allow transgender students to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports. The new law gives students the right “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities” based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender.

 

Supporters said it will help reduce bullying and discrimination against transgender students. It comes as the families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts across the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use, disagreements that have sometimes landed in court.

Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination

Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination.

Under the settlement agreement announced Wednesday, the Arcadia Unified School District in California will make several system-wide changes to address anti-transgender discrimination, but officials also will change the way they treat the transgender male student who brought the complaint — steps aimed at “treat[ing] the student like all other male students” in the district.

In announcing the agreement, the Justice Department said that the settlement includes a requirement that the district will amend its policies “to reflect that gender-based discrimination, including discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, transgender status, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes, is a form of discrimination based on sex.”

 

Event: Youth Trans Ally Training

trans youth workshop

Trans* Ally Training (*signifies, within text, an acknowledgment of myriad identities):

The goal of this workshop is to give participants a base knowledge of terminology and identities as well as a solid understanding of trans* ally behavior. Workshops consist of multiple exercises which work through the experiential cycle incorporating time and space for questions, concerns, confusions, and facilitator story telling. Each exercise within the workshop is designed to engage participants in critical thinking and discussion regarding their own identity in relation to trans* identified individuals.

Workshop Facilitator: Kyle Sawyer
Presented via LifeWorks youth empowerment program.

Friday, Feb 22. 1-4pm.
LAGLC’s The Village 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood
RSVP here.

Why A Straight Man Like Me Cares About Transgender Rights


by Dan Solomon
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Here’s why I take transgender issues personally…

Because I or someone I love might get cancer at some point, and a trans person who is capable of discovering the cure is otherwise occupied defending their right to exist.

I live in a world that needs leadership, and a smart, tireless trans person who should maybe be President is busy arguing that they deserve basic human respect.

I want to drive a fucking flying car someday, and the trans person who might invent it is stuck responding to Guardian editorials that treat them like they’re subhuman.

All of which is to say that this is about more than compassion. Compassion is important, and straight, white cisgender dudes like me ought to have a very strong sense of it, since everyone else tends to treat us pretty well (at least when compared to people from similar backgrounds who aren’t those things). If you’re a compassionate person, the fact that transgender people live under a constant threat of violence should stir you. The stories of the challenges even the more privileged trans people face when they come out should move you. The fear that accompanies the moment when they tell their story to the people they love should bring out your compassion. But it goes beyond compassion. Compassion is good, but compassion also means that it’s always someone else’s struggle.

Read the full article.

Contribute Your Photo to Wipe Out Transphobia

I am an Ally Campaign

Wipe out Transphobia has been active in our image campaigns to show that trans people are proud of who they are and that we are capable of finding love and having fulfilling relationships. This gallery however is to show that our community does not exist in isolation and that trans people do in fact have many people willing to stand up for human rights and equality as our allies. We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their support.
Please submit pictures to info@wipeouttransphobia.com

I am What I am Campaign

Our ‘I am what I am’, campaign was started on our Facebook page and we asked our members to submit a photo or image of themselves with the phrase ‘I am what I am’, or ‘I am who I am’, as they preferred. We were overwhelmed by the response and support from our members and we love every single image.

The point of the Campaign was to show that even among a group labelled as trans and therefore seen as one specific kind of person, we are all quite obviously very different and unique. With that in mind, it’s therefore impossible for the word trans to define who we are as people.

We don’t need to fit into society. We ARE society!

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See the contributions gallery here.