Saturday, February 18, 2017

EVENT: CVIIC


EQUALITY 4 ALL

Contact the Fresno LGBT Community Center if you need assistance or referrals with DACA paperwork or other immigration issues. 

We refer to CVIIC for assistance

You can find their link on the main page of our blog

Transgender Protections Under Attack

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President Trump's administration took a huge step towards limiting the rights of transgender students last week.

In case you missed it, here is the breakdown:

The Obama administration enacted certain guidelines aimed to protect transgender students such as permitting them access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities saying that under Title IX, students cannot be discriminated against because they are transgender. "No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus," former education secretary John B. King Jr. explained in a letter in May 2016. "This guidance further clarifies what we’ve said repeatedly — that gender identity is protected under Title IX."

Last summer, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction that blocked those guidelines. According to The New York Times, after O'Connor issued the injunction, the Obama administration submitted an appeal in order to prevent O'Connor's ruling from applying nationwide and thus keeping the guidelines / protections in place.

On Friday, February 9, the Justice Department under Trump withdrew the former administration's appeal meaning that the injunction (blocking the protections) stands and the protections are not enforceable.
Sarah Warbelow, the legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, explained, "Our concern is that it's a very clear signal that at a minimum the Department of Justice — and possibly more broadly throughout the Trump administration — will not protect transgender students."

What's next? No one knows... but one thing is clear. The LG and Bs need to stand up for the T. 

I reached out to Trans-E-Motion, Fresno's own transgender advocacy group. Stay tunned for more including rally/protest announcements. 


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Better (?) Apology from James Charles



You might have heard the twitter drama involving Covergirl's spokesmodel James Charles 




Of course Twitter called him on this racist stupidity pretty fast... and James responded... with what can only be called a rather insensative brush off.



And then he did apologize:



I am extremely sorry. Regardless of my intentions, words have consequences. I take full responsibility and will learn and do better.


BUT WAIT! Then he returned to Twitter to blast his own apology....






Eventually he deleted the entire conversation and issued another apology as part of an in depth interview with Affinity Magazine saying:


I have made a lot of mistakes and I have a lot of thinking to do. I’ll have 10 days on this trip to educate myself and learn. I always love to push people to be creative and inspire others and accept others for who they are, but clearly I’m being hypocritical whilst preaching that. I can assure everyone that this will not be leaving my mind for a very long time and my mistake will not be taken lightly.

(Full interview here)


So... what say you? Do you accept his apology? Does this change the way you feel about Covergirl?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Queer in the Bedroom Gallery: Submissions Request

You might have seen Autostraddle's January's Gallery (Queer in the Kitchen) as part of the Queer IRL 2017 Photo Project

Queer IRL, a monthly Autostraddle community photo series that gathers little clips of lesbian, bisexual, queer and otherwise-identified women, trans and non-binary folks, just living our lives in 2017.

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Autostraddle's February’s Gallery Theme is Queer in the Bedroom

And you are invited to participate!

1. Take a high quality picture of you in your bedroom. This is doable with most smartphones, so don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy camera. You know what else works and is super fun? Disposable cameras. Just saying. I am just saying to you. That disposable cameras work. And are fun. Ok.

Photos should be between 1024-3024 pixels wide so they’ll look nice on a full screen. Please don’t send anything smaller than 1024 pixels wide.

2. Send your picture and info to me at laneia@autostraddle.com with the subject QUEER BEDROOM. Please include the following (technically optional but highly desired) details!
Name
Age
Location
Occupation
A sentence or two describing how you feel about your room, the last thing you think of before falling asleep/first thing you think of after waking up, or your favorite item or space in the room.

Deadline: February 20

For more information, CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LGBT Equality Win in FL

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Persistence, hard work, strategy, and a commitment to sharing the real stories of LGBT Americans – that's what we'll need to win comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections nationwide, and last night, that's what helped advocates in Jacksonville, Florida at last claim victory in the fight for LGBT non-discrimination.

For seven years the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality has worked to build unprecedented support for LGBT equality in the city. Because of the tenacity of local advocates, the coalition has grown to include 700+ local businesses, 200+ faith leaders, and thousands of community members calling for one thing: Update the city’s human rights ordinance to include LGBT people.

That’s what happened last night: The Republican-majority City Council in Jacksonville, Florida approved a city-wide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, and moments later the Republican mayor said he would allow it to become law. This win illustrates that even in a challenging political climate, proactive and positive steps forward for LGBT people are possible – but only if we keep doing the work.

Because of this ordinance, nearly a million people in Jacksonville will be protected from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations,

Thank you Freedom For All Americans for this news! 

We still have a lot of work to do

LGBT Americans Aren’t Fully Protected From Discrimination in 32 States! Click here to read more and find out how you can help.