Tuesday, 24 January 2012

My Only Reservation Is That Lavender Really Doesn't Suit Me

Like a one-hit pop band, eternally recycling the songs from their first and only album, the egregious Eugene just sent me an e-mail crowing about the passing of the abysmally moronic SB49 - the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill - in Tennessee in May 2011. To be fair, Delgaudio's personal calendar is stuck at about 1935, so 2011 is already quite a leap forward in time for him.

SB49 restricted Sex Education classes in public schools to ONLY the biology of human reproduction.

It guaranteed children would not be taught ANY abnormal or perverse sexual behaviors.

But I want you to know what we were up against.

Outside the Tennessee capital, throngs of enraged homosexual activists spewed insults and hatred in typical fashion.

And on the blogs and on youtube, the Homosexual Lobby cranked up their obscene trash spewing machine.

Click here if you want to see one of their most offensive video smearing traditional values with lies.

Warning: it is laced with profanity so make sure the kids are out of the room.

Obscene trash, eh? Profanity, lies and smears? Oh, Eugene, you are such a tease. Now I have to watch it.

Well, I'll grant you they all say "fuck" a lot, but it's only a word. It's not going to do anything. In any case, if I had to choose between between a bunch of happy, lively, complex-free youngsters who swear a lot, and a prissy, hypocritical old closet-case who spews hatred... well, bye-bye Eugene and Fuck You.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Change.org: "BIG VICTORY! Re: Lesbian Torture Clinics"

This just arrived in the email. Great news!


"After ten years of outcry, the nation of Ecuador -- through the Ministry of Public Health -- has entered into a commitment with civic organizations, and society in general, to deconstruct the belief that homosexuality is an illness and root out the use of torture in these clinics. We extend our thanks to all the men and women who signed our petition -- it's been an invaluable support in starting to change this reality." - petition creator, Fundacion Causana
Dear Jay,
This is the beginning of the end -- the end of women suffering physical and emotional abuse (and even torture and sexual assault) in Ecuadorian clinics trying to "cure" them of being lesbians.
All around Ecuador, countless women were being held against their will in hundreds of these so-called clinics. For ten years, a group of brave women in Ecuador who call themselves Fundacion Causana tracked down survivors, documenting their stories and bringing them to light. But the situation wasn’t changing.
Then, something incredible happened. A petition that Fundacion Causana had started on Change.org calling on the Ministry of Health to take action was signed by more than 113,000 people around the world. Suddenly, officials were ready to meet with Fundacion Causana and take responsibility for the violence against women and LGBT Ecuadorians happening on their watch. 
Now, the Ecuadorian government is working hand in hand with Fundacion Causana to eradicate these clinics from Ecuador, free the women trapped there, and run a national public awareness campaign to fight homophobia.
Sometimes, it takes a decade of fearless commitment before starting a petition on Change.org tips the balance. Sometimes, a movement is sparked by one person starting a petition. But almost everyday now, there’s a victory.
Change.org’s mission is simple: to empower anyone, anywhere to start, join and win campaigns for social change. We’re excited to help you win your own campaign -- the first step is to start a petition. Just click here to get started.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Patrick and the Change.org team
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You have to make it better

English: Gender symbols for homosexuality (les...Image via Wikipedia
Every day it seems as though news of another LGBT murder or suicide hits the headlines. I wonder how many don't make it. I don't know which are worse, the horrific murders-by-beating, or the fact that several of the youngsters who succumbed to suicide recently had made "It Gets Better" videos.

The good news is: yes, it does get better. The bad news is: this doesn't happen overnight. The hardest news is sometimes: it's maybe going to be tough for you, but you can at least make it easier for those who'll come after. That is why I've chosen to do what I'm doing. Not just accepting and announcing my own transgenderism so that youngsters won't feel they have to either pass perfectly or hide away, but also by going out, mostly into schools, and promoting tolerance through understanding.

It's a part of the activities - or agenda, if you're one of those - of my local association. Educational establishments ask us to provide this service. We do workshops, with small groups (not more than 20), do a quick anonymous survey to find out how comfortable they are with the idea of someone they know being gay, then have a discussion based on their own ideas of what homosexuality is or isn't.

Sorry, Eugene and the other dick-fearing scaremongers, but teaching youngsters how to do it or encouraging them to try it is not on the agenda. That would be unethical. I know you only have a hazy notion of what ethical means, so here are some examples: if you're spamming; telling lies; or encouraging hatred of, and discrimination against, other people, that is not ethical.

If it makes you happy (so you can get all Outraged and Indignant), at the end we show a short film. It has a happy ending which involves two boys discreetly holding hands and kissing, after everyone - including themselves - has come to terms with their being gay. It's rather sweet.

Things to bear in mind: in a class of 20, statistically at least one is likely to be gay and several more will know, or suspect the existence, of a gay person in their entourage. Gay teenagers are around 13 times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexuals. In my country, this is considered a public health problem, not something for the pseudo-religious to rejoice over.
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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Eugene Delgaudio thinks he's above the law - Plague of Mice

We already knew the lunatic lone anti-gay crusader trading under the name of Eugene Delgaudio had not only a problem with reality, but also some difficulty in distinguishing between legal and illegal as regards his own behaviour. There’s the spam, of course: email harvesting and refusal to respect unsubscribe requests. We now have what looks suspiciously like proof that he uses harvested names and emails to sign his petitions, with neither the knowledge nor the consent of the individuals concerned. No, I have signed no petitions recently. Nor have I signed up to receive his vicious, lying and yet mind-numbingly repetitive newsletter. In fact, I haven’t even been near his website. One trick ponies only provide brief amusement, and Delgaudio’s trick isn’t even that good.

I got this unpleasant shock a few minutes ago. Now, don’t get me wrong: it’s not a shock because it arrived. Delgaudio doesn’t know that it’s rude to keep sending emails to people who have repeatedly informed you through all the proper channels that they don’t want them. No, the shock was due to the fact that he claims I signed a petition when I didn’t.

More shock horror revelations here: Eugene Delgaudio thinks he's above the law - Plague of Mice

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Eugenics is a nasty word, Sweden

It's been bubbling around the transgender community for some time, this anger. You see, as more of us finally come to terms with who and what we are, many of us are discovering that we are citizens of a country that will not let us live normal lives. In fact, we may be penalised for having tried to live a normal life.

There are countries where you cannot get your papers officially changed to reflect your gender identity unless you have been sterilised. Not only must you give up any chance of future parenthood - because, no, you can't get around it by freezing sperm or eggs - in some countries, you must never have been a parent.

There is a word for deciding who, in a human population, is allowed to breed, and who isn't. It's called eugenics. It is an infringement of a basic human right. You would not condone forcing disabled people to be sterilised in order to receive disability benefit. You would not condone forcing immigrants to be sterilised before they could be naturalised as citizens of another country.

There is no reason to believe transgender people make bad parents, any more than other human beings. For we are, indeed, human beings. Not a subspecies or alien parasite. We are perfectly normal people who happen not to identify with the gender role assigned us at birth, to the extent that it causes  psychological suffering. That is all.

The first country in the public eye for continuing to enforce bigoted, inhuman laws is Sweden. Not because the country is bigger or more important than others, but because it's normally a poster child for human rights and they recently had a chance to clean up their act.

They didn't. A small fringe group opposed the reform, and the Government pandered to them. How would you like it if you had to agree to be sterilised in order to have identity papers that match your face?

AllOut.org are running a petition for ask Sweden to change its transphobic law. You can help. Please sign, especially if you're European.

Dear Jay, 
If you are a transgender person in Sweden wanting to change your legal gender, you are forced to undergo surgery that will render you permanently infertile and unable to have children in the future. That's right: in 2012, Swedish law still mandates forced sterilization in order to do something as simple as changing the gender on your driver's license.
Despite a massive push to repeal the law, including support from 90% of Swedish MPs, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has stayed silent on the issue: allowing one small conservative party to block the change.
Right now a reform of the law is being debated in Sweden. We need a massive show of support across Sweden and Europe that finally convinces PM Reinfeldt to speak out and break the deadlock. Will you take one minute to sign our urgent letter? RFSL, the Swedish federation for LGBT rights, will publicly deliver our signatures directly to the Prime Minister and demand that he intervene right now:
Forced sterilization has a long and frightening history in Sweden. Beginning with programs in the 1930s that tried to eliminate certain "undesirable" traits in society by forcing individuals to be sterilized, Sweden has long grappled with the painful history of stripping from citizens what we now consider to be a basic human right. Even Prime Minister Reinfeldt has publicly called sterilization law a "dark chapter in Swedish history".
Now he has a chance to close that chapter for good. reform of the law is ready to be presented directly to the Parliament - where 90% of MPs are in favor of banning forced sterilization - but without a push from the Prime Minister, the conservative KRISTDEMOKRATERNA party will use its seat in the government to block the change.
We know he is on our side: whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans, will you take a moment to raise your voice and ask Prime Minister Reinfeldt to take a stand for human rights?
Our friends at RFSL, the Swedish LGBT Federation, will deliver your signatures directly to the Prime Minister's office.
Thank you for going All Out.
Andre, Emmy, Erika, Flavia, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out
Sweden: Transgender actress mourns her "forcible sterilization" - Many countries typically seen as progressive on LGBT rights continue to mandate the practice.
Sweden keeps sex-change sterilization law
Human Rights Watch's Letter to the Swedish Prime Minister

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Once again, the Pope proves religion is a crutch for bigotry - Plague of Mice

According to Reuters, the current incumbent of the Vatican thinks gay marriage is a threat to humanity’s future.

Yep, overcrowding and global warming, all held together with political timidity (at best) or asshattery (at worst) are nothing compared with the danger of letting teh gayz have the same rights as cis hetero folks in the same country. We haven’t even started on the horrific nightmare of marriage rights for transgender people, but let’s keep it simple.
(Reuters) – Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.”

Continue reading-> Once again, the Pope proves religion is a crutch for bigotry - Plague of Mice

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Work It: an insult to everyone's intelligence

I don't live in the USA, so I've been spared exposure to the current example of media stupidity doing the rounds: Work It. This is a TV sitcom loosely inspired by the classic film Seven Year Itch. Allegedly. Unfortunately, from all reports it lacks the wit and charm of the original, merely perpetuating and exacerbating several very nasty and demeaning stereotypes, all to the merry tune of canned laughter. In spite of universal condemnation and pleas not to be so bloody stupid and insensitive, ABC aired the first episode this week. It was panned from here to the Moon and back.

The amazing Natalie from Skepchick (blogger find of the year, in my opinion) valiantly sat through the whole damn thing, even though she must have been feeling physically sick most of the time.

This is what she has to say on the nasty little mess: Working Out My Feelings On “Work It
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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

What an exciting start to the New Year! Santorum is surging from behind and will apparently soon be all over Romney. The UK Government has tried to make posters protesting against the 2012 Olympics illegal (good luck with enforcing that one, I know my countrymen). Sinead O'Connor is getting divorced ("It's been 7 hours and 15 days...") and Ricky Martin is reportedly getting married. The fabric of society has yet to dissolve from either of those very minor events.

The Scissor Sisters are bringing out a new album in February! Here's a taster. You know, I'd swear that was Eugene Delgaudio in the front row.


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