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Showing posts with label Religion &Transphobia. Show all posts

March 13, 2015

Save us from our Saviors in India

 The Indian organization Sangram urges outside evangelists and progressives alike to respect LGBT people and sex workers. Click this image to see the video. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast)

American religious evangelicals aren’t the only ones who need to learn to respect LGBT people and sex workers.  Progressive activists do too, says Meena Seshu, the founder and secretary-general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram.

“I was trained as a social worker,” Seshu said. “And you know social workers — we guide communities. That’s our job. So I was all ready to go and start working with this community and guide them. Can you imagine my surprise when the community resisted it totally and said you have no knowledge about sex work, you have no understanding of what it means to be a sex worker? What do you mean by saying you want to guide us?

“And, whoa, I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I agree. I know nothing. Can you please teach me?’ “

Meena Seshu, founder and secretary general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast)
Meena Seshu, founder and secretary general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast)

A result of that insight was a Bill of Rights formulated by Sangram (Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha), which is based in Sangli, Maharashtra, India. Seshu  describes that Bill of Rights in the latest video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. Excerpts from the video are here, including five rights enumerated by Sangram:

1. People have the right to be approached with humility and respect

“The middle-class, upper-caste woman in India has no clue how the common poor sex workers live but, yes, we have the education and the privilege to believe that we can teach them anything, even about their own life and their own experiences. We learned that you can’t do that. You have to let the community lead your programs. You have to go there and be humble and you have to be respectful of the community to be able to get any kind of justice for the community” Seshu said.

2. People have the right to reject harmful social norms.

“If trans women are saying that they are women, then the women’s rights movement will have to accept them and say that they are women, they have rights as women, and their rights will be honored. It’s activists like us from the women’s rights movement that have to learn that these are harmful social norms that we have imbibed also as feminists and part of the women’s rights movement. This has to change,” Seshu said.

3. People have the right to stand up and change the balance of power.

4. People have the right not to be “rescued” by outsiders who neither understand nor respect them.

5. People have the right to exist how they want to exist.

The Seshu video is the sixth of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues that overall are designed to “reverse the megaphone,” allowing activists from abroad to tell Western viewers about the challenges that LGBTI people face worldwide. The videos were recorded at a December 2014 meeting in New York.

The series, under its full title “Quorum: Global LGBT voices,” is presented by The Daily Beast. The Erasing 76 Crimes blog, as a member of the advisory board for the project, helped The Daily Beast select Quorum speakers.

January 3, 2014

A Gentle Soul Devout Catholic and Transgender Laid in a Morgue For Months

Hearse, Funeral
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ROME, Italy (CNN) -
Andrea Quintero was described by those who knew her as a gentle soul and a devout Catholic.   

Transgendered and homeless, she left Colombia for Italy in search of a society that could accept her for who she was -- a man who felt like a woman.
But in Rome it was no different. In fact it was worse. She said her paralyzed arm and prominent limp were evidence of the regular beatings she endured as a drifter at Rome's main railway station. Despite the abuse, she hoped for better.
"I dream of meeting a boy that has money and that will allow me to leave such a terrible life," Andrea said in an interview with an Italian newspaper.
That dream would never come true. On July 29 this year, Andrea's body was found after she had been beaten to death on platform 10 of Rome's main railway station.
That very same day, on a plane ride from Brazil to the Vatican, Pope Francis uttered the five words about homosexuality that have come to define his papacy. "Who am I to judge?" The answer signaled a shift in the relationship between the Catholic Church and the gay community. He said that while homosexuality is still a sin, gay people should not be marginalized.
CNN Vatican analyst John Allen said: "In general what you are going to see is a church that is more compassionate and tolerant, particularly with regard to gays and transgendered persons, but the concern that people might mistake that compassion for a change in church doctrine, that is no longer going to get in the way of outreach."
Months after Andrea's death, her body remained unclaimed in the morgue. Local charity workers decided Andrea needed to be acknowledged with a Catholic funeral. A priest at Chiesa Del Gesu, one of the most prominent Jesuit churches in Rome, opened its doors.
"With Pope Francis, we have courage, we have enthusiasm," said Father Giovanni La Manna, who helped organize the funeral. "We have no excuse. We are called to open our hearts."
Charity workers, government officials, even the city's mayor gathered to pay tribute. Andrea's coffin lay amid the church's breathtaking frescos. A Catholic mass was held in her memory.
And then something happened that stunned those inside the church.
Throughout the mass, the priest acknowledged Andrea as 'she'.
"Up until this point we haven't been acknowledged by the Catholic Church," said Vladimir Luxuria, a transgendered activist who attended the funeral. "It is as if the Catholic Church says 'we see you the way you feel you are.'"
While Andrea's dream of a white church wedding was never possible -- at least in death she was accepted by the religion she believed in so deeply.

August 17, 2013

Transphobic Ignorant Op-ed From1800’s Science Makes it to Washington Post

Below is what a close minded Russell D. Moore wrote for the Washington Post. He has been writing about how things ought to be, why they are not how they used to be but those things are read by people of similar low IQ in current events and that’s fine. What is not fine is when what we call main stream media, meaning that they don’t go one particular way or the other but the way the facts brings them to. That’s what we expect from a nation that is supposed to have a free press, free churches and no church controlling either. It was supposed to be like that but wether it was or it wasn’t it’s how people have found out how it should be now. We see the alternative in “religious” countries, you know they one that chop your head if you say you are not a believer or even less. We see in what used to a secular country that still puts you in jail for your thoughts, or what you are.

We are not like that. We expect from the Washington Post like we do for CNN or CBS to adhere to the “truth”principle. This nation tends to believe in science because science cure us from disease not the laying of hands and it also get us from NY to London flying high on the air but not walking though the waters. I am very disappointed that of all the thousands of Op-ed written everyday they (Wash Post) chose the words of this quack.

The American Psychological Association is said the following: Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth. Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice, or body characteristics. “Trans” is sometimes used as shorthand for “transgender.” While transgender is generally a good term to use, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-nonconforming will identify as a transgender person. The ways that transgender people are talked about in popular culture, academia, and science are constantly changing, particularly as individuals’ awareness, knowledge, and openness about transgender people and their experiences grow.

Russell is Said:


"Are we created, as both the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus put it, “Male and female,” from the beginning or are these categories arbitrary and self-willed? Do our bodies, and our sexes, represent something of who we were designed to be, and thus impose limits on our ability to recreate ourselves?” By Russell D. Moore
Washington Post

There is more than just male and female.  Russell a penis a man does not maketh. What would Russell be if he was born with a penis and a vagina? Male or female? In the past they would have cut the penis which is easier to snip and voila, we have Rosalind again not Russell. But what if Russell as he grows hating girl clothes and believing that she is a he. I know what Russell would do. Either prayer or shock treatment. Well, Russell we did that and there are thousands of kids we fucked up pretty well that can  testify to that.

With those words printed on mainstream media all that has been done is bring more pain to the ones hurt and more confusion to the ones that are not sure. What makes this man know what is taken Doctors years to realize of what is right. He gives just an opinion but one wrapped on religion and given on a main publication which then makes the subject confusing and hurtful.

There are certain  things we don’t know and is ok to say I don’t know. But for many things we have the knowledge and now is easier than ever to find the truth if it’s that we are looking for not a reinforcement of an idea without any back up except another opinion.
Reality in this topic is carried by people that are Transgender or believe that they are. The truth is also by those that get up in the morning and go to bed at night studying the subject.

A piece of good advice to give instead of moving your tongue and feeling hot air come out: "Seek support in dealing with your feelings. You are not alone. Mental health professionals and support groups for family, friends, and significant others of transgender people can be useful resources."

Adam Gonzalez

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