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terça-feira, setembro 01, 2015

Stonewall de Roland Emmerich: transfobia, racismo e branqueamento

Vai estrear este ano (mais) um filme sobre os acontecimentos que são largamente considerados como o princípio do moderno movimento pelos direitos LGBT, curiosamente no mesmo ano em que o Supremo Tribunal dos Estados Unidos legalizou a igualdade no casamento em todos os estados.

Stonewall, realizado pelo conhecido cineasta Roland Emmerich (Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, entre outros), explora os levantamentos ocorridos no Stonewall Inn em New York em Junho de 1969.

Tal como aconteceu com Woodstock, a revolta de Stonewall, que durou seis dias, conquistou um estatuto quase mitológico, com muito mais gente do que seria fisicamente possível a clamarem a sua presença e explicando como tudo começou. Contrariamente a muitas dessas pretensões, não se sabe exactamente como se iniciaram os protestos.

Quem foi a primeira pessoa a resistir ao constante assédio policial que já não se podia suportar? Quem atirou a primeira garrafa vazia de cerveja, dando assim início ao princípio do fim da exclusão social e discriminação de que já estavam fartos?




Muitas fontes apontam para Marsha P Johnson, que definitivamente se encontrava lá quando a polícia iniciou a rusga ao mafioso bar, um dos poucos em New York que aceitava clientela queer. Testemunhas dizem que Johnson (o P vem de Pay It No Mind), uma mulher trans afro americana, atirou um copo de shots contra um espelho numa atitude desafiadora, no que ficou conhecido como "the shot glass heard around the world" (qualquer coisa como o partir do espelho ouvido em todo o mundo).

Uma destas testemunhas era Sylvia Rivera, uma jovem trans Porto Riquenha, na altura com 17 anos, que mais tarde afirmou que os Stonewall Riots foram “iniciados pelas rainhas da rua da época às quais eu pertencia”. A jovem Rivera não era tão nova que não se apercebesse de que estavam a fazer história. "Esta é a revolução!" gritou naquela electrizante noite.

Johnson e Rivera estavam destinadas a ser baluartes da comunidade trans (e LGBTI), juntas formaram o Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). "STAR era para os gays da rua, os sem abrigo, e para qualquer pessoa que necessitasse de ajuda naquele tempo," explicou Rivera. Johnson também pertenceu ao Gay Liberation Front, focado em eliminar leis discriminatórias, e Rivera juntou-se ao Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) e, segundo o jornal Village Voice, "foi detida por pular os muros da Câmara Municipal num vestido e com saltos altos para protestar uma reunião à porta fechada” que debatia uma lei civil sobre a comunidade LGBTI.

Naturalmente assumir-se-ia que ambas, Marsha P Johnson e Sylvia Rivera seriam personagens principais no filme a estrear, certo?

EEEEEEEEEhhhh….errado.

Os principais actores em Stonewall são Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, e Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Com efeito, os cinco principais personagens são todos brancos e não trans. Johnson, uma personagem menor - o seu nome aparece quase no final da listagem de actores - é protagonizado por um actor negro cis. Rivera nem sequer é mencionada.

Evidentemente que ainda não vi o filme, portanto como sei isto? Simples. Como o Grupo Transexual Portugal tem um grupo dedicado a noticias trans, o Notícias Trans, recebo diariamente uma média de 100 emails de todo o mundo com acontecimentos que se vão passando. E com opiniões e comentários de muitos blogues. E no meio desta amálgama de emails vão aparecendo alguns com descrições e opiniões de pessoas que por algum motivo tiveram acesso ao filme. Mistério revelado.

Quantas e quantas vezes não foram já ocultadas da população as comunidades trans, afros e latinas nos media e em documentários e filmes? Quantas vozes de protesto já não se levantaram? O branqueamento (também no sentido literal) em cinema encontra-se tão enraizado que quase parece ser inútil reclamar mais um branqueamento.

Mas aqui fica mais um protesto que se quer alto e em bom som e bem visível, precisamente porque foca grupos historicamente mais marginalizados e perseguidos, mesmo dentro da comunidade LGBTIetc. com uma boa dose de transfobia e racismo. Em vez de mostrar a comunidade no seu todo, com toda a diversidade nela contida, o filme mostra as revoltas como que iniciadas e dominadas por homens brancos cis.

Transfobia e racismo existem por todo o lado, mas nos Estados Unidos o machismo branco domina quase todos os aspectos da sociedade, posicionando os homens brancos cis como os motores culturais e políticos da mudança. E Hollywood é um espelho microcósmico deste estado de coisas, em que o mundo é filtrado pela perspectiva de homens brancos cis.

E assim Stonewall, despojado de seu verdadeiro contexto histórico, é reembalado como, segundo Roland Emmerich, uma história "sobre estes miúdos loucos de Nova York, e um camponês que se junta ao grupo, e no final começam este motim e mudam o mundo. "

Esta não é a primeira vez que Stonewall foi branqueado. Um documentário intitulado Stonewall Uprising, também passou por cima do papel desempenhado pelas mulheres em geral, e pelas afro americanas e latinas.

As mulheres sempre foram excluídas, não da sua participação efectiva na história - pois sempre encontrámos maneiras de participar - mas de serem reconhecidas como parte da história. Se pertencerem a minorias raciais ainda mais e se forem trans ainda mais.

Com efeito, assim que Stonewall iniciou a máquina da mudança, não demorou muito para que as mulheres que efectivamente "iniciaram este motim" fossem postas de lado. Sylvia Rivera abandonou o GAA em protesto contra a sua decisão de eliminarem os direitos de drags e travestis (termos usados na época) da sua agenda, com a desculpa de tornarem a sua causa mais “aceitável”.

"Quando as coisas começaram a ficar mais mediáticas," afirmou Rivera a um jornalista em 1995, "foi como que, 'não precisamos mais de ti.'"



Uma atitude similar aconteceu em Portugal, como é sabido. Quando da inclusão da orientação sexual no Artº 13º da Constituição Portuguesa, a proposta feita na altura pela ILGA Portugal incluía a identidade de género junto com a orientação sexual. O PS, que na altura governava, considerou que não compreendia o conceito da identidade de género e propôs a entrada da orientação sexual na Constituição se abandonassem a pretensão da identidade de género. Na altura pertencente à ILGA Portugal, a representante trans, a saber Jó Bernardo, não achou piada nenhuma, obviamente, e protestou contra a proposta e contra a aceitação da mesma pela ILGA Portugal. E tal como aconteceu a Johnson e Rivera, foi excluída (ou saiu) da ILGA Portugal, de que resultou a formação posterior da aT (Associação para o estudo e defesa do direito á identidade de género), presentemente extinta.

Mais, este ano houve uma proposta vinda de um colectivo supostamente LGBTetc, que desejava a não inclusão de reivindicações poli no manifesto da marcha. As principais razões que enumerava para isso eram: que com esta inclusão iríamos antagonizar o nosso público abrindo a porta para que depois as pessoas pudessem opor-se a tudo o resto que reivindicamos "como a homoparentalidade"; pelo número de pessoas poliamorosas ser "extremamente reduzido", (parafraseando) "existem provavelmente mais pessoas nas aldeias que têm relações com animais do que poliamorosos"; e que as pessoas poliamorosas não são LGBT (parafraseando) "são heterossexuais, na sua maioria homens que querem ter relações com mulheres". Julgo também ter havido menção de que "senão ainda pensam que somos o Islão" entre outros argumentos igualmente.. fóbicos. Não são estes argumentos demasiadamente parecidos com o que aconteceu com Rivera? O mesmo colectivo, que há uns anos atrás, tinha como alvo a população trans, virou agora as baterias contra as pessoas poliamorosas. Foi muito por causa desse colectivo que as artistas trans do transformismo abandonaram a marcha alguns anos atrás. Parece que nem a expulsão temporária da organização da marcha durante alguns anos lhes ensinou alguma coisa. Mas como se costuma dizer “burro velho não aprende línguas”. E isto em pleno século XXI, pasme-se.

Parece que a diferença só é aceite desde que não seja muito diferente.

Johnson juntou-se nos anos 80 ao Act Up tornando-se uma figura de topo na luta contra a sida em New York até à sua morte.

Ambas Johnson e Rivera tiveram fins prematuros. Rivera sucumbiu a problemas no fígado em 2002, tendo vivido a maior parte da sua vida nas ruas, enquanto o corpo de Johnson foi encontrado a boiar no rio Hudson em 1992. A sua morte foi declarada como suicídio, para frustração dos seus amigos que exigiram mais investigações. O caso foi reaberto em 2012 mas nunca ninguém foi acusado.

A banda Antony and the Johnsons teve este nome em sua homenagem.

Estas duas mulheres dedicaram as suas vidas às causas LGBT. A sua exclusão social custou-lhes as suas vidas. Agora, a mesma sociedade apropriou-se das suas lutas e procura apagá-las da sua própria história.

Enquanto forem homens brancos cis a controlarem a narrativa, tentarão sempre apagar o resto de nós. Mas Marsha P Johnson e Sylvia Rivera são nomes que devem sempre ser relembrados.
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[Europe]
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[UK]
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[Turkey]
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[Turkey]
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[Turkey]
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[Turkey]
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[Ukraine]
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[Nepal]
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[MO, USA]
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[SD, USA]
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[TX, USA]
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[Brasil]
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[Brasil]
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[UK]
Elliot Kerrigan on transgender drama Boy Meets Girl
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[Iran]
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[Pakistan]
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[India]
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[Australia]
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[USA]
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[AZ, USA]
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[KY, USA]
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[NJ, USA]
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[NY, USA]
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[NY, USA]
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[TN, USA]
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[Brasil]
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[UK]
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[Denmark]
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[India]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[AZ, USA]
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[CO, USA]
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[ME, USA]
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[MO, USA]
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[OR, USA]
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[TX, USA]
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[Brasil]
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[Brasil]
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[UK]
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[New Zealand]
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[Canada]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[AZ, USA]
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[IL, USA]
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[MI, USA]
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[MO, USA]
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[MO, USA]
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[NY, USA]
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[NY, USA]
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[PA, USA]
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[PA, USA]
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[SD, USA]
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[TX, USA]
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[TX, USA]
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[UK]
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[UK]
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[New Zealand]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[USA]
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[CA, USA]
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[CA, USA]
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[FL, USA]
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[GA, USA]
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[IL, USA]
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[MO, USA]
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Two recent murders in Kansas City have many around the country questioning whether or not the metro is safe for transgender people.

[NY, USA]
Man indicted on assault charge in attack of transgender woman, hate crime charge dropped
A hate crime charge has been dropped in the assault of a transgender woman on Monroe Avenue.

[NY, USA]
Gay transgender Rikers Island inmate was repeatedly raped by correction officer: suit
A gay transgender inmate transitioning into a woman was repeatedly raped by a Rikers Island correction officer and jail officials did nothing to stop it, a new suit charges.

[OK, USA]
'Gender identity' and 'gender expression' added to OU's equal opportunity statement
The language of OU’s Equal Opportunity Statement has changed to include the terms ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression,’ an action that has prompted praise from student group Queer Inclusion on Campus.

[PA, USA]
Landmark settlement sets new standard for treating transgender patients
A recent federal crackdown is being hailed as a landmark in establishing standards for nondiscriminatory care of transgender patients, and industry experts say every health-care provider should take it as a warning and ensure compliance.

[PA, USA]
State Lawmakers Reintroduce PA LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill
The proposed Pennsylvania Fairness Act would update a bill from 1955.

[SD, USA]
Transgender advocates weigh in on SDHSAA policy
The South Dakota High School Activities Association is bringing the topic of transgender athletes back to the table Thursday.

[TX, USA]
City Council approves Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ballot language
The Houston City Council approved final language for the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance on the November ballot Wednesday.

[TX, USA]
Houston's Largest Newspaper Just Shut Down The Anti-LGBT "Bathroom" Myth
The Houston Chronicle thoroughly debunked a popular myth being peddled by opponents of the Houston Equal rights Ordinance (HERO). Other Houston news outlets, which have been uncritically repeating the false talking point for months, should follow the Chronicle's lead.

quinta-feira, agosto 27, 2015

[Brasil]
Travesti assassinado a tiros no Parque Presidente Vargas; fotos exclusivas
Crime ocorreu em frente a casa de um vereador, na madrugada desta segunda-feira
Um travesti, aparentando entre 25 e 30 anos, foi assassinado a tiros na madrugada desta segunda-feira (24), por volta das 03h. O crime ocorreu em frente a casa de um vereador, na Rua Antônio de Castro, no Parque Presidente Vargas, em Guarus, Campos.
TRAVESTI ASSASSINADO A TIROS EM FRENTE DE CASA DE VEREADOR EM CAMPOS
Identificado corpo de travesti executado a tiros em Guarus


[Brasil]
Demissão de professora escancara transfobia nas escolas
Mesmo em ambientes que deveriam primar pela educação para a tolerância e pluralidade, o preconceito de gênero ainda é realidade

[Brasil]
Suspeitos de integrar milícia e grupo de extermínio de gays são presos na Paraíba
Segundo o delegado Seccional do Brejo, Walber Virgolino, as investigações começaram no primeiro semestre deste ano quando homossexuais foram mortos e os modus operandi foram os mesmos

[International]
Conselho da ONU organiza primeira reunião dedicada aos direitos LGBT
Sírios e iraquianos relataram perseguição sofrida por Estado Islâmico.
Esta é a primeira vez que tema é discutido por Conselho de Segurança.

[UK]
Sitcom star Rebecca Root says trans actors should play trans roles
The trans star of a new BBC sitcom also revealed she was offered a headline role in a top TV show twelve years ago – but it was later scrapped.

[UK]
No luck at tall: 6ft 7in sex-swap beauty has no luck finding love
A towering Transsexual says she is struggling to find love.

[UK]
Real-life Hayley Cropper speaks publicly for the first time at Pride Superbia event
Annie Wallace, who was working in computer repairs at the time, was approached by producers of the ITV show after she wrote to the Radio Times

[Cambodia]
Poppy says Term ‘Kteuy’ is Out of Date
It is time to change the language used to refer to people who have changed their physical appearance to match their sexual identity, the most famous transgender Cambodian told Khmer Times yesterday.

[Australia]
Valé transgender icon and campaigner Kathy Noble
Frank Ernest Noble was born in London in 1934. In 1980, he moved to Australia. Then, in 2001, at the age of sixty-six, he checked into a hospital on the Gold Coast. When he walked out, he was a she.

[New Zealand]
Hunger strike planned for trans prisoner
Trans rights activists will go on a hunger strike unless a female transgender prisoner is moved to a women’s prison by tomorrow.
Hunger strike unless transgender prisoner moved

[USA]
Pretty Little Liars Continues To Offend Trans Community
As reported in a previous article, television show Pretty Little Liars recently revealed their big villain to be a ‘crazy’ murderous trans woman, in a trope that has been used to hurt the trans community for decades.
ABC Family Refers to Transgender ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Villain as “He. She. It” in Deleted Tweet
People are angry at Pretty Little Liars for calling trans character ‘it’ in deleted tweet


[USA]
Inside Scoop on I Am Cait Ratings: 'Impressive,' 'Really Strong,' and Steady
Caitlyn Jenner's highly-praised docu-series is at a critical juncture with three episodes left in the season and no firm commitment for more.

[USA]
Spirit Halloween Releases Incredibly Transphobic Caitlyn Jenner and “Tranny Granny” Costumes
In case you missed it, the popular pop-up Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween has recently drawn ire after unveiling what many are calling a tasteless costume for Caitlyn Jenner.

[USA]
Can Dr. Drew Capture the Trans Experience?
The HLN cable TV host is devoting two nights of his show to a panel discussion of the 'lives, loves, and discrimination' experienced by transgender Americans.

[USA]
Against Me! singer: I still struggle ‘daily’ with transgender dysphoria
Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of Against Me!, has said that she still struggles “daily” to accept herself.

[USA]
Military transgender ban set to end next May
The Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops would end May 27 under a draft timeline on repeal of the policy that affects about 12,000 troops, according to a document obtained by USA TODAY.

[USA]
WATCH: In Wake of Trans Murders, Janet Mock Teaches Us Why We Must #SayHerName
The 18 transgender women killed this year 'had value, had purposes, and were loved,' Mock affirms. 'And they will be missed.'
Cable News Largely Ignores Spike In Murders Of Transgender Women Of Color

[USA]
Who Threw the First Brick at Stonewall?
The trailer for the movie Stonewall, which dramatizes the 1969 riot that helped spark the gay rights movement, has generated consternation and anger among many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

[CA, USA]
#BlackTransLivesMatter Activists Near Staples Center Shut Down Portion of Figueroa
Dozens of activists on Tuesday night gathered on a street corner near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles to call attention to issues in the black transgender community.

[DC, USA]
Black Lives Matter organizers hold rally in D.C. for black trans women
Venus Selenite, 25, moved to D.C. from Louisiana seven months ago to begin her transition to a woman. Selenite, a black queer trans woman, says that since that time, she has been harassed on the streets and the Metro. One time, a man on a bike chased her for two blocks in Columbia Heights, trying to make sexual advances on her.

[IL, USA]
Number 19: Trans Woman Killed Near Chicago in March
Keyshia Blige, who died in a shooting in a Chicago suburb in March, has become the 19th confirmed transgender woman killed in the U.S. this year.
The victim in a deadly shooting near Chicago in March has been identified as a transgender woman, bringing the total number of trans women reported killed in the U.S. this year to 19.


[KY, USA]
Kentucky School District Adds Trans Protections After 'Bathroom Bill' Fails
Only one of the seven school board members voted against the new policy, over questions of administration input and enforcement.

[MA, USA]
Demonstration marks ‘Trans Liberation Tuesday’ in Amherst
Recognizing the violence that has claimed the lives of at least 17 transgender black women this year, about 60 people spent an hour walking through downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to what they see as an invisible epidemic.

[OH, USA]
Hundreds March In Columbus To Raise Awareness For Transgender Rights
More than 100 people walked through the streets of Columbus Tuesday evening to raise awareness about transgender women.
Black Lives Matter Rally for Lives of Transgender Women

[TX, USA]
What's Really 'Filthy, Disgusting, and Unsafe' About Houston's Transphobic Radio Ad
Right-wing opponents of equal accommodation in Houston are pulling out all the stops (for basic decency) in advance of a November vote on the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.
HERO opponents air first ad, citing trans bathroom panic
The First Anti-HERO Radio Ad Is Pretty Ugly

quarta-feira, agosto 26, 2015

[Portugal]
Conchita: “Não sou uma pessoa transgénero. Sou travesti e faço entretenimento”
Foi a avó que lhe comprou a primeira saia, conta Conchita Wurst, a cantora de 26 anos que desafia as noções de masculino e feminino. Entrevista no dia em que atuou em Portugal pela primeira vez.

[Brasil]
Transexual assume a Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da República
Você precisa conhecer a paraense Symmy Larrat, que assumiu a função de coordenadora-geral de Promoção dos Direitos LGBT (Lésbicas, Gays, Bissexuais, Travestis e Transexuais) da Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República.

[UK]
Trans activist fears for her safety after false claims she tried to ban drag fun run
Channel 5 TV’s Wright Stuff even used the wrong trans charity’s logo

[UK]
Trans girl forced into prostitution to pay for hormones dies aged just 23
Gifted student Synestra De Courcy inspired others on Facebook and Twitter

[Turkey]
“A trans woman has to be flawless”
Ece is a 41-year old dentist and a trans woman. A week ago, she lost her job, because her colleagues refused to work with her. Ece wants everybody to know that there is a trans dentist in Turkey.

[Philippines]
U.S. Marine Claims 'Trans Panic' in Murder of Trans Filipina Jennifer Laude
Joseph Scott Pemberton, a U.S. Marine private first class, admitted to killing 26-year-old Filipina Jennifer Laude after he discovered she was transgender.
The Failed Logic Of “Trans Panic” Criminal Defenses

[Australia]
Meet Ladybeard, A Cross-Dressing Wrestler And Death Metal Singer From Australia
This hairy, smiling, cross-dressed man is the latest sensation in Japan, but his fame is growing beyond the borders of the Asian country! He’s Australian and his real name is Richard Magarey, but you can call him Ladybeard. Ladybeard is a man of multiple talents, and looking pretty nice in feminine dresses is only one of them: he’s an actor, a wrestler, a martial artist and metal singer.

[USA]
Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume sparks social media outrage
It's nowhere near October, but one ensemble is already on track to be named the most controversial Halloween costume of 2015.

[USA]
New York Times Op-Ed Encourages People To Be ‘Skeptical’ Of Trans Identities
On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed from Richard A. Friedman, Weill Cornell Medical College professor of clinical psychiatry, who asks, “How changeable is gender?” Though Friedman sets up his piece by discussing the biological underpinnings of gender identity and the experience of being transgender, he ultimately explains his “skepticism” about assisting transgender people to change their bodies to match their identities. “After all,” he concludes, “medical and psychological treatments should be driven by the best available scientific evidence — not political pressure or cherished beliefs.”

[USA]
Rallies Set Tuesday to Address Violence Against Black Trans Women
#BlackLivesMatter organizers plan to draw attention to the wave of fatal violence against this population during TransLiberation Tuesday.

[USA]
Wanted: Transgender actors for Hollywood, little experience required
When director Sean Baker was looking for transgender women to appear in his indie movie "Tangerine," he did not turn to a traditional talent agency. Instead, he found them through a Hollywood LGBT center.

[USA]
Keep trans women out of new private prison, 100 LGBT groups tell Obama
Two months ago, when U.S. immigration officials announced that transgender immigrants who identified as female could finally be detained with other women, it seemed like a viable solution to an issue that had rankled the administration for months.

[USA]
Pretty Little Liars Sent Out An Extremely Transphobic Tweet — It Even 'Upset' The Show's Creator!
Two weeks ago, Pretty Little Liars dropped a bombshell on their watchers when they FINALLY revealed who ‘A' was on the show!

[CA, USA]
Coalition Gathers Petition Signatures to Oppose California Transgender Bathroom Law
A coalition of individuals and non-profits has been working to obtain signatures for a petition to fight a law that allows transgender individuals to use sex-segregated facilities in public schools, such as restrooms, according to the gender they identify with, regardless of their biological sex.

[FL, USA]
Healthcare Website For Transgender Community To Launch In Miami
A new website will make it easier for Miami's transgender community to access healthcare providers who are experienced in working with trans individuals.

[IL, USA]
Chicago commuter trains will stop marking gender on monthly passes
Many Chicago commuters are not even aware of the little rubber-stamp mark on their monthly train pass indicating 'M' for male or 'F' for female.

[KY, USA]
Transgender people face high suicide risks
M.C. Lampe couldn't take any more bullying. Not one more homophobic taunt. Not one more classmate refusing to sit at a nearby desk or change clothes within view at gym.

[MO, USA]
Victim Number 18: Another Trans Woman Murdered in Kansas City
Kansas City police confirm to The Advocate that Jasmine Collins, a 32-year-old trans woman, was murdered in June and that a suspect has been arrested.
Police in Kansas City, Mo., tell The Advocate that a 32-year-old trans woman known as Jasmine Collins was murdered earlier this summer, almost two months before the most recent killing of a trans woman — also in Kansas City. Her death brings to 18 the total number of transgender women killed in the U.S. in 2015.
Murders Cast Spotlight On Transgender Safety In Kansas City
Two transgender murders, one city: US fails to track new 'state of emergency'


[TX, USA]
Proposed Charter Amendment Defines Gender Identity in Houston
The Texas Supreme Court is awaiting a response by the city of Houston over a possible ballot question that would redefine gender identity in the city charter.
5 Things Hispanic Media Should Know About Houston's Fight For Equal Rights
Anti-HERO campaign targets women in first radio ad


[Honduras]
"No necesitamos una operación para ser consideradas mujeres"
Kendra Stefani Jordany se considera una mujer transexual, actualmente cursa la carrera de periodismo en la Unah-vs.
Es activista de derechos y estudiante universitaria de la carrera de Periodismo. Kendra Stefani Jordany es una mujer transexual que muestra gran seguridad.
El apoyo de su familia ha sido determinante para convertirse en activista del Centro de Educación y Prevención en Salud, Sexualidad y Sida (Cepres) y tener claros sus objetivos en la vida.
Más de 80 hondureños están en lista de cambio de sexo

[Panama]
Buscan que orientación sexual e identidad género sean reconocidos
Una organización panameña que defiende la diversidad sexual entregará el próximo lunes en el Parlamento una propuesta de ley que busca que la orientación sexual y la identidad de género sean reconocidos como sujetos de derecho en Panamá, dijo hoy a Acan-Efe el proponente, Ricardo Beteta.

[Colombia]
Por primera vez en el Atlántico, mujer trans asume un cargo público
Lorenas Arenas dirige desde hace 15 días la dependencia de la Alcaldía de Soledad centrada en esta comunidad. Entre sus misiones está realizar un censo de la población LGBTI en el municipio.

[Chile]
Iguales apunta a WOM por spot de travesti: “Sólo contribuye a prejuicios”
El presidente de la fundación que lucha por los derechos y la inclusión de la diversidad sexual, Luis Larraín, aseguró que el comercial, en el que un travesti dice que "con estas tremendas bolsas me recargan mucho más", sitúa a la transexualidad como un asunto humorítico, cuando "hoy en Chile es un drama".

terça-feira, agosto 25, 2015

[Portugal]
Entrevista com Conchita Wurst: "Uso a minha aparência para defender aquilo em que acredito"
A vencedora do Festival Eurovisão da Canção 2014 esteve pela primeira vez em Portugal e conversou com o SAPO Mag.

[Brasil]
Primeira modelo plus size transexual do mundo vai desfilar no FWPS – e conta tudo aqui!
Segunda-feira fui a um desfile e encontrei a Renata Poskus Vaz, organizadora do Fashion Weekend Plus Size, empolgada ela me contou que a primeira modelo plus size transexual do mundo vai desfilar no FWPS este sábado! Confesso que fiquei realmente MUITO feliz e orgulhosa, porque afinal o que estamos querendo mandar de recado é que TODA mulher pode ser e se sentir linda – toda mulher mesmo, sem exceção.

[Brasil]
'Deixo legado', diz primeira trans a se formar na UFSC com nome social
Patrícia Aguilera se formou em Arquivologia e foi a oradora da turma.
"Acredito que as coisas serão mais fáceis para os próximos”, diz.

[UK]
Transgender teen Jasper reveals bullying hell
Jasper Williams is just 16 but his confidence and eloquence belie his years.

[UK]
Perth move gives transgender woman new lease of life after bigots forced her to flee family home
A former Black Watch soldier was targeted by bigots and forced to flee her family home after she revealed her plans to become a woman.

[UK]
Transgender sitcom Boy Meets Girl ushers in new era for TV
"Leo, there's something that I need to tell you." Those are the first words from Judy, one of the main characters in BBC Two's new sitcom Boy Meets Girl.

[Malaysia]
Malaysia will not protect ‘un-Islamic’ gay rights, says PM
Malaysia’s Prime Minister has said his government will not protect LGBTI rights because they are at odds with Islam.

[Malaysia]
Hate video inciting violence against trans women sparks fear in Malaysia
'Beat them and beat those who walk with them'

[Philippines]
US Marine admits choking Filipina trans woman to death
A US Marine has admitted choking a Filipina trans woman to death whilst stationed in the Philippines.
Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was stationed near Manila, admitted during his trial on Monday that he choked Jennifer Laude to death after he discovered she was trans.
Pemberton admits choking Jennifer Laude
Pemberton admits choking Jennifer after oral sex, fight


[Australia]
Queers of Brisbane: Trudi Morrison-Gardiner
This month our Brisbane queer community profile is on Trudi Morrison-Gardiner, an IT specialist originally from Sarnia Ontario, Canada.

[Australia]
Trans* community mourns the passing of “pioneer” Kathy Anne Noble
The Australian trans* community is mourning the loss of Kathy Anne Noble, described as a passionate and courageous “icon” who worked intensely behind the scenes advocating for trans* rights, following her death last week in Brisbane.


[KY, USA]
JCPS Board set to vote on transgender harassment policy
The Jefferson County Board of Education is scheduled to make a decision Monday on changing it’s anti-harassment policy to include transgender students.

[MA, USA]
Members of transgender chorus find their voices
He plunged a needle filled with testosterone into his thigh each week. He changed his name to Andre and announced that he was becoming a man. His muscles grew.

[MO, USA]
The end of LGBT? It’s time to put the 'T' first, transgender groups say
They’re last in the LGBT acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and they were nearly last in this year’s St. Louis Pride Parade. Now the local transgender community is taking the lead.

[SD, USA]
'Visual inspection' could be part of state law to determine gender identity
A proposal by a state lawmaker could require that visual inspection be used as part of a process to officially determine a person's gender in South Dakota, including for high school athletes.

[TX, USA]
Opponents Of Houston’s LGBT Protections Call Trans Women ‘Filthy, Disgusting, And Unsafe’
Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which creates LGBT nondiscrimination protections for the city, will be subject to a ballot referendum this November. Opponents of HERO launched their “Campaign for Houston” this week with an incendiary radio ad attacking transgender women.
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[TX, USA]
Texas Tech opens El Paso's first transgender clinic
When Dr. Hector Granados arrived at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso in July 2014, he wanted to make a real difference in a community that is woefully underserved.
This Texas city just got its first gender identity clinic

[WI, USA]
Transgender inmate sues Wisconsin prison officials to live as woman
A 23-year-old transgender inmate at Wisconsin's maximum security prison has sued officials there, claiming they're violating the inmate's rights by not allowing her to live as a woman.

segunda-feira, agosto 24, 2015

[Portugal]
A visita de Conchita Wurst a Lisboa em fotos e vídeos
Durante este fim-de-semana a vencedora do festival da Eurovisão 2014 e autora do álbum "Conchita" está em Portugal. Vê aqui como foram as suas primeiras horas e os melhores momentos da primeira actuação no nosso país.

[Brasil]
Pioneira em MT, ala LGBT completa quatro anos e detentos lembram agressões, exploração sexual e até jejum forçado
Os longos cabelos, a sombra e o delineador nos olhos, e a base nas unhas revelam uma conquista recente. As camisetas amarelas, feitas para uniformizar, já não conseguem forçar uma identidade errada: acinturadas e com gola mais baixa, marcam a feminilidade da vestimenta.

[International]
Lives transformed: do famous transgender people help the cause?
Have celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Kellie Maloney and Andreja Pejic changed the experience of ordinary transgender people? Elizabeth Day reports

[UK]
Transsexual Scots teen hopes new BBC TV show will give confidence to other youngsters
From an early age Bee Wallace felt like she was a girl trapped in a boy's body. Now 18 and comfortable in who she is, Bee is set to feature in a new BBC documentary which will be aired tonight.

[UK]
Laura Jane Grace interview: Punk's transgender pioneer on her struggle for acceptance
It's not her furious sound or punk attitude that has brought Laura Jane Grace face-to-face with hostility. It’s simply that she is a woman. As she prepares to rock out at the Reading Festival, the singer tells Fiona Sturges about the struggles of transitioning from life as a man – and the courage given to her by a new set of fans

[UK]
Charity race for children's hospice where runners dress in drag is 'a hate crime'
A transgender charity has reported the fun run to the police, saying "We do not need to give the bigots any more ammunition"
Trans-support group: Children’s Hospice run is ‘dehumanizing’

[UK]
Thousands march in Glasgow’s 20th pride parade
Thousands turned out for Scotland’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) parade through Glasgow’s city center on Saturday. For the first time in the event’s history, the celebrations

[UK]
Radio Manchester DJ Stephanie Hirst joins the Pride line up
The transgender DJ, who joined the BBC station a year ago, will broadcast live from the Manchester Pride Festival parade - the second time the event has been on the airwaves

[Australia]
Transgender, intersex people say they are ostracised from playing sport in Australia
Despite sport being an integral part of the cultural fabric of Australia, many transgender and intersex people say they have been ostracised by sporting communities.

[USA]
Pretty Little Liars’ Transphobic Secret
Last week, makers of the teen drama/thriller/mystery series Pretty Little Liars revealed the identity of the show’s vicious villain, “A.”

[USA]
NIH gets $5 million for trans youth study
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced, on Aug. 14, that it has awarded $5.7 million for a five-year study that will evaluate the long-term outcomes of medical treatment for transgender youth, the Windy City Times reports. Among the co-investigators in the study is Dr. Robert Garofalo, division chief of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine.

[USA]
Study finds trans people postpone medical care
A study says that discrimination in accessing health care for transgender people can lead to postponement of needed care two to three times above normal, WGBH News reports.

[USA]
Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume to Be Sold at Retail Chain
Spirit Halloween confirmed the company will be selling Cait costumes at their pop-up stores around the country this season.

[CA, USA]
DNA links suspect to 1990 homicide of transvestite prostitute
Twenty-five years after a transvestite prostitute was found shot to death in an Ontario field, detectives say they have matched scientific evidence recovered from the crime to an Orange County man already awaiting trial in another killing.~
DNA nabs murderer of Los Angeles-area trans woman killed in 1990

[MI, USA]
Fired funeral home worker may shape transgender rulings
A Detroit funeral home is headed to trial after firing a transgender employee in a case that has the potential to create a court precedent for federal officials to make sexual identity a protected status in employment discrimination law.

[MN, USA]
Rights of transgender youth, adults at heart of cutting-edge legal cases
From public schools to private enterprise, transgender men and women — and youth — are challenging old restrictions and forcing changes.

[MO, USA]
Transgender teen nominated for homecoming queen at metro high school
A high school Senior is making history, being the first transgender student to be nominated for Homecoming queen.

[PA, USA]
'We'll accept you for who you are': Elizabethtown College adds non-gender specific housing for students
Everyone wants to fit in.

[PA, USA]
Homeless Man Charged in Brutal Beating of Philadelphia Trans Woman
Philadelphia police have released a statement reporting that a 53-year-old trans woman was brutally attacked and hospitalised on the 18th of August and still remains in critical condition.

domingo, agosto 23, 2015

[Brasil]
Polícia investiga demissão de professora por preconceito
Professora assume transgeneridade, ato de se identificar com sexo oposto.
De acordo com o delegado, inquérito irá investigar se houve preconceito.

[UK]
Rebecca Root interview: ‘I’m not fighting myself any more’
Rebecca Root is about to become the first transgender star of a British television show. She talks about changing perceptions, feeling sexy – and why she wishes she had the nerve of Caitlyn Jenner

[Vietnam]
Vietnam's lawmakers support gender reassignment, call it basic human right
Many members of the National Assembly's legal committee on Tuesday urged the government to recognize gender reassignment as a human right.

[Canada]
Transgender rights activist wants province to cover surgery
Michelle Leard says gender reassignment surgery should be covered by New Brunswick medicare

[Canada]
Petition to ban conservative LGBT group from Ottawa Pride parade
LGBTory excited to march and include all members of community, says member

[Canada]
Money being raised for Jack Saddleback's transgender surgery
Raising $10,000 to complete transition

[Canada]
Radical Ottawa school board ‘transgender’ draft policy blasted as ‘frightening,’ ‘totalitarian’
A radical draft policy being proposed for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board would inject "transgender" issues in every aspect of the curriculum, while students suffering gender dysphoria will be allowed to use the bathrooms and changerooms of their preferred gender, no matter their biological sex.

[USA]
'Family Group' Takes Aim At Jazz Jennings With Despicable Campaign
We don't follow this group's logic, but when have they been logical?
One Million Moms Goes After I Am Jazz

[USA]
Candis Cayne, From Chelsea Drag Queen to Caitlyn Jenner’s Sidekick
Long before Laverne Cox made the cover of Time magazine as a “transgender tipping point,” and long before Caitlyn Jenner made global headlines as a former Olympian transitioning from male to female at age 65, there was Candis Cayne.

[USA]
NCAVP mourns the deaths of Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO.
NCAVP mourns the deaths of Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO. This spike in violence now brings the total number of reported homicides against transgender or gender non-conforming people to 17.

[USA]
Pentagon officials meet to dismantle transgender ban
Top Pentagon leaders met this week for the first time to begin dismantling the military's ban on transgender troops, a senior Defense Department official told USA TODAY.

[AK, USA]
Death or transition: A transgender woman’s journey to happiness
It’s been a year since Juneau resident Jennifer Fletcher started to publicly present herself as a woman, less than two years since she first started to shed her male identity and rebuild herself as female. But the inner journey to get to that point began long before then.

[AZ, USA]
Tempe bar won't face discrimination claim; Briana Sandy claims she was asked to leave
A bar in Tempe accused of discriminating against a transgender woman will not face any fines from the city.
Transgender woman asked to leave bar blasts Tempe ruling on discrimination complaint

[SD, USA]
Battle over transgender people and student athletics continues in South Dakota
The battle over setting people's gender in South Dakota probably will carry into the 2016 legislative session.

[FL, USA]
The Southern Comfort Conference Celebrates 25th Year in Fort Lauderdale
The largest transgender conference in the nation has relocated to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate its 25th year.

[Venezuela]
Chavismo’s LGBT Problem
A couple of weeks ago, CC fellow blogger Audrey M. DaCosta wrote about Tamara Adrian, Venezuela’s fist-ever transgender candidate for public office. Her story made headlines and shone a much needed spotlight on the LGBT agenda in Venezuela. Now, thanks to Chavismo’s handling of their own gay and transgender candidacies, Adrian’s run for office has also given the opposition coalition (MUD) an edge in shaping the debate around this issue, and courting the LGBT electorate during the upcoming campaign.

[Argentina]
La CPM exige el cumplimiento de sentencias judiciales
La Comisión Provincial por la Memoria (CPM) denuncia el incumplimiento de las medidas ordenadas hace más de 60 días por el Juzgado de Garantías Nº 6 de Mar del Plata, para mejorar de manera urgente las condiciones de detención de la población trans alojada en la Unidad Penitenciaria 44 de Batán. A la fecha, incluso, muchas de estas condiciones han empeorado.