Why I am Supporting Hillary Clinton for President (However I still want to hear more on Transgender Rights)

 

These are the points from Hillary Clintons website on Protecting transgender rights,
“Protect transgender rights. We must do more to end discrimination against the transgender community. Transgender people are twice as likely than the average American to be unemployed, and in a recent national survey, 75 percent of respondents said they had hidden their gender or gender transition to avoid discrimination. For a majority of transgender individuals, the simple act of filling out a government form can lead to harassment or questioning. Clinton believes no individual should be held back from fully participating in our society because of their gender identity. At the State Department, Clinton made it possible for transgender Americans to have their true gender reflected on their passports for the very first time. As President, she will:

  • Protect transgender individuals from violence. There is a tragic epidemic of violence against the transgender community. In 2015 alone marks the highest recorded number of transgender homicide victims—nearly all of them women of color. Transgender individuals are also 10 times more likely than the general prison and jail populations to be sexually assaulted. Everyone in prison, jail or detention deserves to be safe from assault. To better understand—and end—the incidence of violence, Clinton will direct the U.S. Department of Justice to require that gender identity and sexual orientation data be collected whenever demographic data is collected with respect to programs for victims of crime, and to encourage jurisdictions to improve reporting of hate crimes data based on a victim’s actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.

 

  • Streamline identity documents. Without accurate identity documents, transgender people face obstacles accessing employment, health care, education, housing, and voting. Some states require evidence of a medical transition (which not everyone chooses to pursue) to change one’s gender on official documents. As Secretary of State, Clinton worked to remove such barriers for transgender individuals seeking to change their gender marker on their passport. As President, Clinton will build on the work of the Obama Administration to ensure the federal government models best practices in allowing transgender individuals to change their gender marker on identification documents, and she will call on states to do the same.

 

  • Invest in law enforcement training on interactions with LGBT individuals. Clinton will invest in law enforcement training that focuses on issues such as implicit bias, use of force, and de-escalation, as well as fair and impartial policing including in their interactions with the LGBT community, in particular, transgender individuals. It will also focus on educating police officers on correctly identifying bias-motivated crimes.”

Those are good points and definitely things we need to address the point that Hillary Clinton had outlines and those are many of the reasons I support her for President of The United States.

However, we do still need to address the intersectionality when it comes to Transmen and Reproductive/ Sexual Health. In 2016 “Women’s Issues” are that and more. Here are examples of why.

  • In 1999 another trans man, Robert Eads, died of complications from metastasized ovarian cancer.
  • Many people have heard of Thomas Beatie, a trans man who self-identified as the world’s first “Pregnant Man” after he decided to become pregnant when his wife was found to be infertile. Beatie and his then-wife have described the painful and extended process of seeking care during Beatie’s pregnancy, and how some providers refused to treat the couple.

These are just two examples of what transmen go thru in the areas of reproductive/sexual health, we have not even mentioned transmen who are victims of rape and assault.

Which also needs to be addressed. We will get to those things but first we have to get her nominated and we will.

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The Uniformed EMS Officers Union- F.D.N.Y Local 3621 Press Conference w/ Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley

“This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the EMS merger into the FDNY. I sincerely appreciate the support and leadership provided by Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Chief of Department James Leonard. They demonstrate a genuine concern for the issues that would improve the quality of life for EMS personnel and the services provided to the people of this City. However, prior to their arrival, there were many years of neglect and that negatively impacts the service even today. One issue that has received virtually no improvement is the implementation of a genuine career ladder including civil service exams” ~ Vincent Variale President of The Uniformed EMS Officers Union- F.D.N.Y Local 3621

 

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Shameful Attack Against Transgender Kids in South Dakota Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Today, the South Dakota Senate passed extreme and dangerous legislation that attacks the rights of transgender children in public schools, and prevents them from using restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.

After repeatly, calling on lawmakers to stop the legislation, HRC and the ACLU of South Dakota, condemned the vote and called on Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto the offensive and deeply discriminatory legislation.  If signed by the Governor, South Dakota would be in direct conflict with the U.S. Department of Education and non-discrimination protections under Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972.

“Today South Dakota Senators voted to pass a bill that targets vulnerable transgender students for discrimination,” said Heather Smith, Executive Director, ACLU of South Dakota. Lawmakers heard from South Dakota parents, teachers, students, school counselors, clergy, and mental health  professionals who wrote emails, and traveled to Pierre from all corners of the state to testify and demonstrate the ways in which this bill does real harm to transgender students.  The only people to testify in support of this harmful, discriminatory bill were lobbyists—not one South Dakota citizen testified to the necessity of this bill. And that’s because it’s not necessary and we don’t need discrimination codified. It begs the question; do our state politicians truly represent the people of South Dakota, or do they represent outsider lobbyists and interest groups? Governor Daugaard should listen to his actual constituents and veto this bill and send a strong message that discrimination isn’t a South Dakota value and there’s simply no place for it in our schools, community, and state.”

H.B. 1008 would put South Dakota school districts at risk of losing federal funds under Title IX, forcing them into an untenable position of choosing between state and federal law. It would also tie the hands of school administrators and teachers who would no longer have the flexibility they need to find workable solutions in coordination with transgender students and their parents. The U.S. Department of Justice has unequivocally stated that, “Discrimination based on a person’s gender identity, a person’s transgender status, or a person’s nonconformity to sex stereotypes constitutes discrimination based on sex. As such, prohibiting a student from accessing the restrooms that match his [or her] gender identity is prohibited sex discrimination under Title IX.”

 

Transgender Man Killed By Police Does Anyone Care

Earlier this week, reports of Kayden Clarke 24, from Mesa Arizona started to raise of the death of a transgender and mental illness activist at the hands of the Police.

 

Many of these reports have misgendered, dead-named and erased his trans-identity. Kayden’s death has been reported on by several websites, but each and every one of them has misgendered him and used the incorrect name.Kayden was an amazing individual, who tried to shine a light on the struggles that people living with Asperger’s face, and he has been shown nothing but disrespect for every single person who has shown no respect for his gender or his identity.

 

To call Kayden anything other than Kayden, or to refer to him as female spits in the face of his memory, it shows disrespect and it should be called out whenever it is seen.

It’s a horrible, disrespectful thing to do and it disgusts me.

 

As of the moment, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.  Unfortunately, they were not wearing body cameras, so we cannot know exactly what happened in Kayden’s home, but from all reports it would appear that police officers attended a call for help from someone who was suicidal, someone who made them aware that they had a knife when they arrived and indicated that he only wanted to hurt himself.  In response, those police officers shot and killed him.  To me, that sounds like murder.

 

I’m sure that there will be an investigation into these events, and I hope that the truth comes out and that people face the justice that they deserve, unfortunately, people can’t even show Kayden enough respect to use the correct name and pronouns, so that kind of justice will probably never come.

 

Rest in peace Kayden.

 

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#HisNameWasKayden  #RIPKaydenClarke

New York Governor Announces Steps To Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy

Saturday, an announcement from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo a new executive order that is aimed at banning the dangerous practice of so-called conversion therapy, which seeks to change people’s gender identity and sexual orientation specifically at our most vulnerable populations our youth.

The measures announced by Cuomo includes bans on public and private health care insurers from providing reimbursement for conversion therapy for people under the age of 18. It would also include no mental health facility licensed, funded, or operated by the state will be allowed to provide such therapy to minors.

“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,”  Cuomo mentioned in a statement. “We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”

The White House stated in April that it supported a federal ban on conversion therapy.

Letter to NYS Majority Leader John Flanagan on GENDA

The Honorable John J. Flanagan NYS Senate Majority Leader Room 330, State Capitol Building Albany, New York 12247

 

January 29, 2016

Re: Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, GENDA [A.4558 (Gottfried)/ S.61 (Squadron)] Dear Senator Flanagan,

As a group of concerned organizations and individuals committed to achieving true legal equity and social equality for all transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals in New York State, we write today to call for your leadership on this critical issue.

In October 2015, Governor Cuomo announced that he would direct the Division of Human Rights to promulgate regulations explicitly protecting transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers. You immediately denounced the appropriateness of this move, claiming that the legislature is the proper place for deliberation on such issues.

However, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A4558/Gottfried) (S61/Squadron), also known as GENDA – a bill that would write explicit protections for transgender and gender- nonconforming individuals into the human rights statute itself – has yet to be brought to the Senate floor for deliberation over the past 13 years, after passing the Assembly 8 years in a row.

Each day the Senate drags its feet, an estimated 58,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers continue to face often insurmountable barriers to employment, housing, health care, education, social services, and public accommodations – all basic facets of life that non- transgender individuals like yourself enjoy and take for granted. This community – particularly transgender women of color – experience open hostility, harassment, discrimination, and violence every day of their lives from family members, neighbors, coworkers, and strangers alike. Indeed, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals consider themselves “lucky” to get through a day without experiencing these traumas – and that is an unacceptably low standard of humanity and decency to maintain for anyone in this great state.

Senator Flanagan – the Senate’s 13 years of inaction on this issue have not only failed to address and ameliorate the systemic atrocities transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers must overcome on a daily basis, but in fact the Senate’s silence has effectively enabled these discriminatory and violent systems to continue and grow. You have publicly stated that the legislature is the proper place for action – and so in your second year of leadership in the Senate, we call on you to act. We ask that you move forward with the necessary deliberation of this life- saving legislation for the extremely marginalized and vulnerable community you referenced in your response to the Governor in November. Don’t allow this untenable situation to stand under your watch. The Senate and New York cannot afford to fall behind on this critical human rights issue. We need you to work with your colleagues to make sure that GENDA passes in 2016.

Sincerely,

 

Milo Primeaux, Esq.

Staff Attorney, LGBT Rights Project Empire Justice Center mprimeaux@empirejustice.org (585) 295-5721

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Affirming Transgender Rights Albany Damien Center

American Association of University Women NYS Anti-Defamation League

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Central New York HIV Care Network Choices Counseling & Consulting Eleanor’s Legacy

Family Allies for Trans Equality in NYS Family Planning Advocates of NYS Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Greater NYC for Change

Housing Works Lambda Legal

Lesbian & Gay Family Building Project

LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)