Politics, Activism, Rights
Infoshop.org - G. W. Miller III
Members of the Pink Pistols try to deal with hate crimes by arming themselves. Their pro-gun views haven't made them many friends within the gay community.
Elderly ladies in prim tan suits and buttoned-up white blouses chat at a nearby table as children squeal and laugh in the adjacent booth. Attractive young waitstaff in maroon shirts and khaki pants stand around flirting with each other, tittering and posturing, because this Huntingdon Valley restaurant isn't all that full on this cold afternoon.
Off to the side at ... [more]
InfoShop.org - Liz Highleyman
Queer Activism and the Global Justice Movement
... One of the most visible factions of the contemporary radical queer milieu is the transgender (TG) movement, which has taken many people by surprise with the sheer speed and magnitude of its growth in the 1990s. Although it is in many respects an identity-based movement for transgendered, transsexual, and intersex people, some activists (such as GenderPAC) advocate an expanded scope that includes all people affected by gender-based oppression. While the gender movement has its assimila... [more]
Montpelier - In a surprise move, after years of work by advocates and final overwhelming approval by both House and Senate, Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed the gender identity and expression bill on May 17th.
“I didn’t expect it,” said Jes Kraus, a Montpelier attorney who helped draft language for the bill and worked with the legislature for the past two years.
“The governor’s office never reached out to us,” Kraus said, to clarify any issues they may have had with the bill.
The bill, now known as An Act Relating to Nondisc... [more]
The nation's top court is scheduled to make a ruling next Thursday on whether to legally recognize the new sex of transgender individuals, court officials said yesterday.
The Supreme Court held a closed-door hearing last month to help it decide on whether the change in sex has to be reflected on official documents. It invited a doctor who specializes in sex-change surgery and a religious figure to the hearing.
Three transgenders filed final appeals the Supreme Court against a decision by district courts which had previously dismis... [more]
Covington, KY - The Kentucky Equality Association expressed outrage and regret today to its members and supporters for the response they received from U.S. Representative Geoff Davis [part of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation for his response to their opposition to the pro... [more]
Voting Kinky: The Politics of Ridicule (Jun 1, 2006)
Zeek.net - Sarah Lefton
"Rituals of legitimization for extant corrupt political structures": Joan JettBlakk
Joan JettBlakk, the creation and "soul sister" of Chicagoan Terence Smith, is a queer black drag queen who dons a masculine look in her dresses and fishnets. No f... [more]
Word's Out: Governor Will Veto Gay School Bill (May 25, 2006)
The Claremont Institute
Those who have been warily watching the progress of SB1437, a bill which recently passed the State Senate, will be pleased to know that a spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that the bill will be vetoed if it reaches the governor's desk. As t... [more]
Yuba.net - EQCA PAC
Equality California's Political Action Committee (EQCA PAC), a sponsored committee of EQCA, California's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, announced its endorsement of four pro-equality candidates for the Assembly.
Transgender advocates rally over governor's veto (May 19, 2006)
Burlington Free Press - Lauren Ober - Free Press Staff Writer
Transgender advocates and allies gathered Thursday at a rally in Burlington to express their dismay and disappointment at the governor's recent veto of a pivotal anti-discrimination bill.
Wednesday, Gov. Jim ... [more]
Romney leery of parade hosted by crossdresser (May 12, 2006)
Boston.com - By Steve LeBlanc - Associated Press Writer
BOSTON --Gov. Mitt Romney flirted with abolishing a state advisory commission on gay youth for promoting a parade featuring a crossdressing master of ceremonies and embracing transgender teens, a spokesman said Friday.
Transvestite Elected To Italian Parliament (Apr 28, 2006)
Luxuria Promises To Fight For Gay Rights
Italy's first transvestite member of parliament showed up for her first day of work on Friday.
Vladimir Luxuria is the first transgender or transvestite to serve as a member of the Italian parliament.
North Carolina Christians Take a Stand, Evil Flees (Apr 25, 2006)
Agape Press - Bill Fancher
Note from Jon. The Bible Thumpers Strike Again. We thought we beat the Taliban in Afghanistan... well... the Christian version of the Taliban is alive and well right here in the US. This makes me sick.
Christians in North Carolina have taken a... [more]
Will California Democrats Create Transsexual-Bisexual-Homosexual Schools Indoctrinating Children? (Apr 21, 2006)
NOTE: Comment from Jon. Contrary to what this Article states, this Bill is about teaching Children to respect People regardless of Gender, Sexual Identity or Sexual Preference. It is about trying to offset the damage done to children who are taught hatred or intoler... [more]
Italy elects Europe's first transgender MP (Apr 19, 2006)
pinknews.co.uk - Marc Shoffman
The official announcement of Romano Prodi’s election success in Italy today now means that the gay community can look forward to a possible increase in rights and representation.
Signor Prodi has previously promised a civil partnership law... [more]
Kansas City Star - Marcus Kabel
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In many ways, Midge Potts is like other everyday citizens who feel the call of politics. The self-described fiscal conservative and Eisenhower Republican is running a one-person primary campaign against five-term congressman and House... [more]
Kentucky Governor gives green light to Discrimination on self proclaimed Diversity Day (Apr 13, 2006)
Human Rights Campaing - HRC.org
WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher issued an executive order repealing anti-discrimination protections against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees as he celebrated “Diversity Day” in the state.
Transgender Person Elected to Italian Parliament (Apr 13, 2006)
ROME, Wednesday April 12, 2006 – Five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politicians have been elected as members of the Italian parliament. While Europe is more accustomed to the presence and visibility of LGB people in politics, the case of Vladimir Luxur... [more]
Action on Anti-Gay Tasmania Ads (Apr 11, 2006)
Sydney Star Observer - Ian Gould
Tasmanian activists have welcomed a decision by the state’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to investigate election campaign advertisements that lobbyists claim incited hatred of the transgender community.
The office of the Anti-Discrim... [more]
Candidate's openness extends to her past life (Apr 10, 2006)
NorthJersey.com - Sonia Sangha - Staff Writer
Barbara Colonna had a secret.
For most of her 56 years, she led a solitary existence to protect her identity.
But now that she has filed as a Republican candidate for Haworth Borough Council, she's breaking h... [more]
seattlepi.com - Chris McGann P-I Capitol Correspondent
OLYMPIA -- The Legislature is having trouble coming to terms with its feelings about taxpayer-financed sex-change operations.
Earlier this year lawmakers added a line to the budget to end the policy when reports bas... [more]