New Resource for trans* people and their families

PFLAG National has published Our Trans Loved Ones, and here’s a link to download your copy. Or, you can come to our monthly meeting (first Tuesday of each month, Neighborhood Church, 301. N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, 7 – 9 pm) and ask for a paper copy. http://community.pflag.org/document.doc?id=921

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.


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

RSVP now for September 13 PFLAG Regional Meeting

SOUTHERN PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE
September 13th
Temple Israel 269 Loma Ave Long Beach
9-5
MUST RSVP by August 23rd!
No charge for the Conference!!
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your fellow PFLAGers!
A great day of networking, speakers and workshops!
Special Keynote Speaker
Congressman Alan Lowenthal
Melissa Carr, ADL (Anti-Defamation League) speaking about cyber bullying
Lori Duron, author “Raising my Rainbow”
Gender Queer 101……Lucy Benji T
Treasury 101….Tod Beckett-Frank
Safe Schools Improvement Act
Speaker’s Bureau Training
Panel on Transgender Issues

Breakfast provided by the Long Beach Chapter
Lunch courtesy of Tamra Scroggins, Executive Chef, The Sizzler
RSVP: Barbara.pflag@gmail.com

Family Adopts 15-Year-Old Gay Teen Who Was Disowned By His Family

Family Adopts 15-Year-Old Gay Teen Who Was Disowned By His Family / Queerty.

With nowhere else to turn, he returned to his friend Aubrey’s house. Her family once again took Corey in, this time permanently.

“Initially we set Corey’s bedroom up in our basement,” Dale explained. “We gathered what we could since he didn’t bring anything with him. His first bedroom in our home was made of walls with moving blankets tacked to the ceiling. There was a bed, a nightstand, an old dresser and a box fan. That kid was so freaking happy … Made me cry to see Corey with next to nothing and be happy about it.”

Weeks later, Mindy and Dale filed a petition to formally adopt Corey. On the day of the court hearing, Corey’s birth family didn’t show up to contest the adoption.

“I want the world to know that Corey is a beautiful human being,” Mindy toldOut In Santa Cruz. ”I want the world to see Corey’s pain and know it is not necessary. Sexuality is such a small part of who we are. First and foremost Corey is a loving, genuine, caring, intelligent human being. Who he is attracted to and who he marries is of little significance.”

Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/family-adopts-15-year-old-gay-teen-who-was-disowned-by-his-family-20140327/$http://www.queerty.com/family-adopts-15-year-old-gay-teen-who-was-disowned-by-his-family-20140327/#ixzz2xI6TPgRd

Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Gay Marriage

The ruling was announced late Thursday evening. The order released around 10 p.m. stated the following:

“The Court finds Va. Const. Art. I, § 15-A, Va. Code §§ 20-45.2, 20-45.3, and any other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia’s recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional. These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

via Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban on Gay Marriage| Gay News | Towleroad.

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.