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Staten Island Democratic Association takes official position on Transgender Rights

trans-symbol1Yesterday at the August meeting of the Staten Island Democratic Association the club voted unanimously to adopt a paper written by fellow club member and Social Secretary Bryan Ellicott (myself).

The paper was discussed at length at the July Monthly membership meeting. Which included speakers like New York State Senator and Co-Sponsor of GENDA (Gender Expression NonDiscrimination Act) and LGBT Liaison to Comptroller  Scott Stringer’s office Eric Holguin.

The Staten Island Democratic Association started in 1961. They are the oldest, largest and most Progressive Democratic Club in Staten Island. The paper covers the topics of Public Awareness and Advocacy, Legal and Political Action.

This was an extremely powerful moment especially because its Staten Island and the uphill battle our borough faces when it comes to the discussions on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

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TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
POSITION PAPER

 

Since the founding of The Staten Island Democratic Association in 1961, we have taken pride in being Staten Island’s oldest, largest and most Progressive Democratic Club. It has come to the attention of the Staten Island Democratic Association that we must take a stand on the rights of Transgender Americans, New Yorkers and especially Staten Islanders.

It is a time when so many Transgender people are under attack for nothing less than being who they are.

Harvey Milk (the first openly gay person elected to public office in California) once said “It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

 

Background

 

Gender is a human social system of differentiation by sex for roles, behaviors, characteristics, appearances, and identities (e.g. “man” or “woman”). Gender maps cultural meanings and norms about both sex and gender on human bodies. Everyone has an internal sense of their “gender” and this sense is called “gender identity”.1     “Most people’s gender identity is congruent with their assigned sex, but many people experience their identity to be discordant with their natal sex (sex assigned at birth)2

“Transgender” is a broad term used to describe those whose gender identity or gender expression is in some sense different from, or transgresses social norms for, their assigned birth sex. Transgender may include those who identify as being transsexual, cross dresser, androgynous, bi-gender, no-gender or multi-gender, genderqueer, and a growing number of people who do not identify as belonging to any gender category at all. For some transgender people, individuals discomfort with a social gender role is accompanied by a profound sense of mismatch of the physical body to their internal bodily experience. This body dysphoria (known as “gender dysphoria”) causes significant distress, negatively impacts daily functioning and well-being, and requires medical services in order to realign the body with the self. There are many transgender people with medically diagnosed inter sex conditions. 3     In the absence of systematic data collection, estimates vary widely as to the number of transgender individuals in the United States, ranging from 3 million to as many as 9 million individuals 4. Prevalence of transgender identities is likely to be on the order of at least 1:100 (i.e. 1%), and transsexualism is also not rare, with prevalence now being estimated at between 1:2000 and 1:5000.5 Reports now indicate there may be roughly equal numbers of male-to-female and female-to-male transsexual people.6

Transgender people encounter difficulties in virtually every aspect of their lives, both in facing the substantial hostility that society associates with those who do not conform to gender norms and in coping with their own feelings of difference. Considerable verbal harassment and physical violence accompany the powerful social stigma faced by transgender people 7 and may be accompanied by racial and ethnic discrimination 8 .Transgender people also experience dismissal from jobs, eviction from housing, and denial of services, even by police officers, and medical emergency professionals..9 Restrooms, the most mundane of public and workplace amenities, often become sites of harassment and confrontation, with access often denied     10 ).

Transgender and transsexual people are often denied appropriate medical and mental health care and are uniquely at risk of adverse health care outcomes. 11 Basic services may be denied because of ignorance about or discomfort with a transgender client. To align the physical body with the experienced sense of self usually is an integral part of the social transition away from the sex assigned at birth. Transsexuals and some other individuals require medical services (for example, hormone replacement, facial electrolysis, or surgical and other procedures, as appropriate to the individual). Despite ongoing evidence that the vast majority who access these achieve congruence and well-being 12 It is important to underscore the denial of basic health care, and also the extreme race and socioeconomic status disparities: Needs assessments in major cities show that severe marginalization and barriers to transition contribute to high rates of joblessness, and disproportionately affect people of color. Lack of employment leaves many without health insurance, and because insurance carriers often deny coverage for transgender individuals other nontransition related services, transgender individuals often lack access to all ongoing basic health services, even when employed. 13

Many transgender children and youths face harassment and violence in school environments. Those who do not feel safe or valued at school cannot reach their potential and may drop out. 14   Medical protocols exist for children whose body dysphoria may lead to severe depression and suicidality, including endocrinology intervention to prevent or delay unwanted puberty.15  There are few support resources for transgender children, their parents or surrounding social institutions, leaving transgender youth particularly vulnerable to so-called “reparative” treatments. 16

Issues Statement

Transgender people experience the stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and extreme hostility known as transphobia on a daily basis. Although gender non-conforming experience can be traced across history, and the successful social and medical transition of transsexuals is well documented since the middle

of the twentieth century, it is only in recent years that this/has emerged in the public discourse. Unfortunately, most in our society have little or no understanding of the profound discomfort some may feel in trying to conform to rigid gender roles assigned to them by virtue of their physiology. Similarly, ignorance and insensitivity prevail regarding the debilitation that accompanies body dysphoria, and the damage done to those left without access to medical and social transition.

We as human beings have the responsibility to understand and appreciate the full range of differences that exist among human beings and to explore any and all prejudices that result in oppressive and unjust treatment.

 

Policy Statement

Staten Island Democratic Association (S.I.D.A.) recognizes that considerable diversity in gender expression and identity exists among our population.

S.I.D.A. believes that people of diverse gender- including those who are included under the transgender umbrella- should be afforded the same respect and rights as any other people.

S.I.D.A asserts that discrimination and prejudice directed against any individuals on the basis of gender identity or gender expression, whether real or perceived, are damaging to the social, emotional, psychological, physical, and economic well-being of the affected individuals as well as society as a whole.

S.I.D.A. reaffirms a commitment to human rights and freedom and opposes all public and private discrimination on the basis of gender identity and of gender expression, whether actual or perceived, and regardless of assigned sex at birth, including denial of access to employment, housing, education, appropriate treatment in sex-segregated facilities, appropriate medical care and health care coverage, appropriate identity documents, and civil marriage and all its attendant benefits, rights, and privileges.

S.I.D.A. encourages the repeal of discriminatory legislation and the passage of legislation protecting the rights, legal benefits, and privileges of people of all genders identities and expressions.

Public Awareness and Advocacy

S.I.D.A. supports efforts to provide safe and secure educational environments and promote an understanding and acceptance of self in which all youth including youth of all gender identities and expressions, may be free to express their genuine gender identity and obtain an education free from discrimination, harassment, violence and abuse.

S.I.D.A. supports a development of, and participation in, coalitions with other professional associations and progressive organizations to lobby on behalf of the civil rights of all people of diverse gender expression and identity.

S.I.D.A. supports collaboration with organizations and groups supportive of the transgender community to develop programs to increase public awareness of the mistreatment and discrimination experienced by transgender people and of the contributions they make to society.

S.I.D.A. encourages the development of programs, training, and information that promotes proactive efforts to eliminate psychological, social and physical harm directed toward transgender people and to portray them accurately and compassionately.

S.I.D.A. supports the development of programs within schools and other child and youth services agencies that educate students, faculty, and staff about the range of gender diversity and the needs of transgender children and youth.

S.I.D.A. supports the creation of scientific and educational resources that inform public discussion about gender identity and gender diversity, to promote public policy development and to strengthen societal and familial attitudes and behaviors that affirm the dignity and rights of all individuals, regardless of identity or gender expression.

 

Legal and Political Action

S.I.D.A. advocates for increased funding for education treatment services, and research on behalf of people of diverse gender expression and gender identity.

S.I.D.A supports the legal recognition of marriage, domestic partner, and civil unions, regardless of either the sex or gender status of the betrothed or partnered individuals.

S.I.D.A. encourages the repeal of laws and discriminatory practices that impeded individuals in their identification with, and their expression of the gender which matches their sense of themselves in all areas of the public arena, especially employment, health care, education and in a housing including in custodial settings.

S.I.D.A. encourages the adoption of laws that will prohibit discrimination against, and protect the civil rights of, and preserve the access to health care and well-being of, individuals who identify with and express their gender identities, in education, housing, inheritance, health and other types of insurance, child custody, property and other areas.

S.I.D.A. acknowledges the importance of working with groups in and around the community of Staten Island to support the transgender community’s development and help larger community organizations help overcome ignorance and fear of transgender people, and to move toward equality and justice.

S.I.D.A. supports the statements of both President of the United States Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in support of the transgender and non-conforming community across the country.

 

References

  1. Stone, 2004
  2. Lev, 2004, p. 397
  3. Xavier, 26 Honnold & Bradford, 2007
  4. Bushong 1995; Olysl*ger & Conway, 2007
  5. Olysl*ger & Conway, 2007,p.23
  6. Bullough, Bullough, & Elias, 1997; MacKenzie, 1994
  7. Clements-Notes, Marx, & Katz, 2006; Lombardi, Wilchins, Priesing, & Malouf, 2001; Wyss, 2004
  8. Jung, 2006
  9. Xavier, 2000; Xavier, Honnold, & Bradford,45 2007
  10. Transgender Law Center, 2016
  11. Dean et al., 2000; Xavier et al., 2004
  12. De Cuypere et al., 2005; Newfield, Hart, Dibble, & Kohler, 2006; Pfafflin & Junge, 1998;   Rehman, Lazer, Benet, Schaefer, & Melman, 1999; Ross & Need, 1989).
  13. Xavier et al, 2004
  14. D‘Augelli, Grossman, & Starks, 2006; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, 2004; Grossman,       D‘Augelli, & Slater, 2006; Wyss, 2004
  15. Cohen-Kettenis & van Goozen, 1997; Smith, van Goozen, & Cohen-Kettenis, 2001; Spack, 2005
  16. Menvielle, Tuerk, & Perrin, 2005; PFLAG, 2004

 

 

 

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Trans* Community Needs the Same Support being given too Marriage Equality Maybe Even More

There is one static that grows out discussion, the number of people that take their own life that identify as trans* “46 percent of trans men and 42 percent of trans women in the United States have attempted suicide. That’s far higher than the 4.6 percent national average, and more than double the 10–20 percent of gay and lesbian cisgender people who report a suicide attempt.”

 

The other thing is the lack of discussion on Trans* issues. Marriage Equality has gained so much support over the past couple years with 17 states in this country allowing same sex couples too marry. Where does that leave the Trans* community? It leaves us way behind the members of the lesbian and gay community. They haven’t turned back to come help us…the people that need it most. 

 

The people of the conservative party always bring trans* issues back to the “bathroom argument” over the past two years of my personal medical transition I have many times had conversation over the bathroom. These are some of the most common ways I deal with the discussion and situation.

 

Here are the most common political arguments that they like to have about bathrooms one of them was actually said to me by Staten Island Assembly member Joseph Borelli of Staten Island in some of his campaign literature. He refused to have a discussion with me personally so here is how I would have handled that situation

 

Gender-neutral bathrooms are unsafe for women and children

 

·       this argument assumes that the safety of cisgender women and children is more important that the safety of trans* and gender nonconforming people

·       allowing people to use the bathroom that works best for their gender identity does not compromise the safety of women or children. Trans* and gender nonconforming people should not be assumed to be predators or dangerous. Also, a sign on a gender-segregated bathroom does not keep actual violent or dangerous people (of any gender) out of the restroom.

·       while gender segregated bathrooms do not actually insure safety for cis women or children, they do actually compromise the safety of trans* and gender nonconforming people

 

 

Gender-neutral bathrooms are a special privilege for transgender or gender nonconforming people. Spaces should not be required to go out of their way or spend money on creating a space for such a small population

 

·       going to the bathroom is not a privilege, but a right. Many trans* and gender nonconforming people will avoid using the bathroom if not given a safe or anxiety-free option. Not using the bathroom when one needs to can cause severe health problems such as dehydration, malnutrition, or a UTI depending on how one deals with not having a bathroom option.

·       gender neutral bathrooms do not only increase bathroom accessibility and safety for trans* and gender nonconforming individuals. Gender-neutral bathrooms also increase access for guardians who accompany a child of another gender to the bathroom, thus increasing the safety of that child. Gender-neutral bathrooms also increase access for attendants who assist people of another gender in the restroom, thus increasing the safety of the person who necessitates assistance in the bathroom.

 

Gender-neutral bathrooms increase safety and health of trans* and gender nonconforming people, but we just don’t have the money or space to build more bathrooms. We also don’t have the power to change the bathrooms we have into gender-neutral options.

 

·       Multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms actually take up the same amount or even less space as gender segregated restrooms. They are simply a single room instead of two separate rooms assigned to women and men. They are also more cost efficient because you need fewer of them, you can convert pre-existing bathrooms with only slight changes, and if you choose to take the urinals out, you will have less maintenance cost, as urinals are known to clog and break down at a faster rate than toilets.

 

·       If you cannot build new bathrooms or change some of the existing bathrooms to gender neutral, you can institute a broad nondiscrimination policy and post it in the bathroom that encourages a culture of respect where people do not police gender in the restroom. The policy should state the right for anyone who uses the restroom to do so and do so safely.

 

 

It’s more than just bathrooms, I know for me the things that has always crossed my mind is how long can I push myself to survive in a body that I know doesn’t look the way I want it too. Surgery is so important too it and me really is a struggle to get the money to have it, and the cost of HRT is expensive.

 

Many of us in the trans* community can only hold on for so long, as our community of lesbian and gay brothers and sisters continue to push way ahead of us, sometimes I wonder if they even realize that we are so far behind them. We need them to come back too our community and lend a hand too us, especially in states like New York. We need the same drive and determination for GENDA that we had for Marriage Equality in 2011.

 

The best thing that the Trans* community needs are it’s allies but we need allies who know their place in this conversation.

 

  1. Always call people by their preferred name and personal pronouns.  If you’re not sure, there are polite ways to ask.
  2. Never out anybody.  For one, this can put their personal safety at risk, but more importantly their gender identity is theirs to publicize at their discretion, not yours.
  3. Don’t ask a trans person about their body.  This kind of curiosity is pretty invasive and at the end of the day, it’s not really any of your business.
  4. Avoid outdated and offensive terms.  See a list here if you’re not sure what I mean.
  5. Don’t tell a transgender person they look like a “real” man or woman, or that they “pass,” and don’t give advice on how to look “more like a man/woman.”  A person’s gender expression is not a binary, and passing judgment in this way is delegitimizing.
  6. React to situations where you see transphobia in action.  Call it out.  Tell the offending person that their behaviors and attitudes are unacceptable.

 

We need to have the difficult conversations with the difficult people. It’s something I have personally decided to work on. I am going to talk to the people who pass our laws, and have them understand this is becoming life or death for many of us. 

Suspect in Islan Nettles Slaying Dismissed

Three months after Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman, died as the result of a brutal beating in Harlem, the only person charged in the slaying saw his case dismissed.

Paris Wilson, 20, was arrested shortly after the August 17 attack –– which took place near 148th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard –– and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. The criminal complaint filed at that time said that the victim was left “unconscious on the ground with a swollen shut eye and blood on her face.” The defendant, the complaint read, struck Nettles in the head with a “closed fist,” knocking her to the ground, according to an eyewitness. Nettles, who remained in a coma until she was taken off life support on August 22, suffered blunt force trauma, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Nettles’ slaying has been investigated as a possible hate crime –– Detective Cheryl Crispin, an NYPD spokeswoman, telling Gay City News that police determined that “derogatory language” was used in the attack. In the wake of her death, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spoke of “possible grand jury action” and a homicide indictment in advance of an October 4 hearing.

Would-be confession by a second man keeps Manhattan DA from pressing misdemeanor prosecution, upgrading charges against Paris Wilson

But prosecutors have also consistently indicated they are hamstrung by the fact that another young man came forward shortly after the attack to say that he was the perpetrator.

Wilson’s October 4 hearing was adjourned with no additional charges brought against him, and in New York County criminal court on November 19, Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Viorst told Judge Steven Statsinger that while prosecutors and police are “aggressively investigating” the case with an eye toward a homicide charge, he was not prepared to move forward on the existing charges against the defendant, who he said was apprehended several blocks from the scene of the crime. Viorst acknowledged that any homicide charge brought in the case could be made against “Mr. Wilson or someone else.”

In a misdemeanor prosecution, the state must be ready to go to trial within 90 days of arrest.

The dismissal came on the eve of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, held in recognition to the lethal violence aimed at gender-nonconforming people.

The effort by a suspect other than Wilson to confess to the crime was first reported by the New York Post on August 26 in a story that had a law enforcement source saying Wilson’s mother put the man up to it. According to that account, the man told police he was too drunk to remember what happened. That report cast doubt on the veracity of the man’s account.

The Daily News has since reported, however, that a source familiar with the investigation said two “reliable” witnesses had corroborated the account of the man who came forward.

The man’s name has not been identified in court records.

Viorst’s pledge to press forward to win a homicide indictment in the case is predicated on sorting out the contradictions between the initial identification of Wilson as the perpetrator and the other man’s effort to confess.

After the hearing, Xavier Donaldson, Wilson’s attorney, said that his client and the other man are roughly the same height and weight and “may have been wearing similar clothes.” 

Nettles’ family and other advocates for the slain woman seized on the district attorney’s commitment to bring homicide charges as progress of sorts on a day when the effort to win justice appeared to have derailed.

“They will be upgraded,” Dolores Nettles, Islan’s mother, said of the charges dropped against Wilson. “I’m upset, but I’m dealing… Hopefully the charges will be upgraded so that the next time he comes to court, he won’t walk out.”

Asked if she had faith in prosecutors and the police, she said, “I have to have faith.”

In an email to Gay City News, Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, said, “AVP, working with transgender leaders and activists, is paying close attention to this case, and we understand that the District Attorney’s Office is now pursuing homicide charges instead of the original misdemeanor charges. Homicide charges would be progress, but the LGBTQ communities need a clear and thorough explanation of what the NYPD and DA’s office is doing to investigate and respond to the tragic death of Islan Nettles.”

The group is calling on District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.’s office to convene a meeting with AVP and community members “to discuss the most recent developments in this case, and to assure that those most affected by this violence have the opportunity to talk directly to the DA’s office.” 

Paul Schindler at Gay City News

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Gun Control Needs to be a National Issue not a State Issue

“The whole problem is that gun laws need to be stricter everywhere. Do you understand how violent criminals in NY get the guns they use? They buy them from traffickers who buy their guns in southern states where gun laws are lax or virtually non-existent. Then the guns are transported to NYC and sold on the street for a 400% markup. 

Nothing will improve until southern legislatures start caring about the innocent people–many of them, children–who get killed or paralyzed by the guns they are supplying to violent criminals in New York.”

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Myths and Misconceptions of The Bisexual Community

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The book Bi-Notes for Bisexual Revolution written by Shiri Eisner is a great book for any activist or person who wants part of the movement for full equality in all walks of life.   Unless you’re part of the community of the people under or identifying under the bisexual and transgender umbrella know whom Shiri Eisner.

“Shiri Eisner is a feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist, writer and researcher. She resides in Tel Aviv, Israel/Occupied Palestine, where she founded and currently heads the grassroots bisexual organization, Panorama – Bi and Pansexual Feminist Community. She is currently pursuing her MA in gender studies while keeping involved with various political movements, including Mizrahi, feminist, queer, disability, animal liberation and Palestine solidarity work. She hopes to incite the revolution very soon.” Amazon

Chapter One speaks too many of the discussions and thoughts of “What is Bisexuality” and many terms are given and explained. While reading this chapter a quote by lesbian activist Dorothy Allison caught my eye.

“ I want to have adventures and take enormous risks and be everything they say we are”  

When I came out too myself that “I am bisexual and transgender” that was a turning point, and it didn’t happen over night. I had been forced to come out as bisexual at one time in myself that resulted in much unfair treatment toward myself by others. It was not until once I was able to safely say out loud for myself about my sexual orientation and had come out ONLY as bisexual under my own power and my own time, that I am romantically and sexually attracted too people who personally identify either a man or a woman.

The time to figure out my own gender identity and gender expression was another moment. When I was able to tell myself that my feelings of masculinity shouldn’t be kept to myself and in that time and place in front of one person at the time that I could say out loud “I have always felt male and have always wanted to be male and it is my wish that I start the transition to become the person I have always wanted to be” but to be able to say both at the same time was a process as well.

I made the decision too those around as well as myself that, we need to have people discuss these topics because that is they way things change. Education and discussion is one of the way things change happens, while being visible is they way things change.

When people are able to say they know someone or they care about someone who does identify this way can help bring about change. While being able to answer the difficult and uncomfortable questions that have never be able to ask before in regards to these topics.

“You must be the change, you wish too see in the world.” Gandhi

Many things are said regardless of either fact or myth about both the bisexual and transgender communities all the time. It’s a persons own personal decision if they choice to be a part of the community and identify with the community knowing the positive and the negative about the community. I took the time to educate myself on these facts and myths and then after being educated took on part of educating others on what is fact and what is myth on the topics of bisexuality and identifying as transgender.

The common myths and misconceptions some of them are discussion at length in the chapter in regard to the bisexual community. I have my own feelings on some of these and want to discuss them in the simplest of terms, also with my own opinion too them.

  • Bisexuality Doesn’t Exist

It has taken lots of people a while to be come comfortable with the idea of homosexuality and heterosexuality. The notations that while you believe in nature or nurture that people can be attracted to the opposite or the same gender they identify with. The idea that people can base love and attraction on more than what happens between two consenting adults in the bedroom.

 

            “Bisexuality has a lot of revolutionary potential. Society recognizes this. It’s time for us to start as well.” [1]

  • Bisexuals are confused, indecisive or just going through a phrase

 

“Confusion, indecision, and phases indicate a state of instability, fluidity, and process. Confusion points to instability as well as doubt, marking bisexuality as a vantage point for questioning as well as marking a radical potential change. “[2] 

The thing about dating and being in a committed relationship with either heterosexual or same couples variable is that the gender identity of the people stays the same. Bisexuality is the curve ball in the persons understanding, that a person could during the course of their dating history in their life before settling down could date either men or women and then settle down in a committed relationship with either.It would be the result in settling down that they have gone through a phrase and are either “gay” or “straight” depending on the outcome of the settling down.

“Bisexuality can be thought of as a destabilizing agent of social change, promoting doubt in anything, starting with our own sexual identities, going   through the structure of sex, gender, and sexuality; heteropatriarchy, and racism; and ending with such oppressive structures as the state, law order, war, and capitalism.”[3]

  • Bisexuals are slutty, promiscuous, or inherently unfaithful

            “Bisexuality is here being hyper sexualized under the presumption that sex is bad that wanting too much of it is bad, that wanting any of it is bad, that wanting people of more than one gender is bad, and that wanting more that one person is bad. The concept of infidelity or unfaithfulness might help think about monogamy as one of society’s oppressive structures. Monogamy has been used historically and currently as a capitalist an patriarchal tool for controlling women, and for keeping all people in small, docile units where they are isolated    and unable to connect and organize (especially in minority-world cultures)”[4]

 

There are promiscuous and inherently unfaithful people regardless of sexual orientation all over the city, the state, the country and even the world lots of people have sex and have unfaithful relationships. The world wants to hold on to the idea that sex and sexuality are bad. That we need to continue to ignore that we need to educate people on safe sex protections and that there are services available and should some receive notice of STD’s of STI’s there are ways to combat it and protect your future partners. It’s not fair too the individuals of bisexual do not face unfair treatment for all of acts of the free will of people, just because they are attract too either men or women.

“Society based on rape culture the sexualization of bisexuality can open a window to a different kind of sexual culture, encouraging sexual independence, exploration, and enjoyment of our bodies, our sexualities our various genders and our sexual interactions “[5]

 

  • Bisexuals are carriers or vectors of HIV and other STI’s

            “metaphorically, AIDS is always imagined as “the queer disease” being both a “punishment” for being queer and the embodiment of the straight population’s fear of  disease having unprotected bisex…”[6]

 

In 2013 we know that AIDS is spread through sexual contact regardless anal, oral or vaginal sex with a person. It can also be spread through pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding as babies come in contact with mothers body fluids such as amniotic fluid and blood or even during breast milk during a feeding. People who take drugs that are injected into the body can transmit HIV through the sharing of needles.

“this image of bisexuality also destabilizes the border between sickness and health, calling society’s ableism in question and marked disabled and chronically ill bodies as yet another site of transgression and resistance..”[7]

 

Bisexual don’t deserve to be the line between sexual health and a disease that has taken the lives of millions. It is not the fault of the bisexual community for the HIV/AIDS epidemic but we do have the ability to be an encouraging all members of the community too take a active role in the sexual health of people of the world. We should encourage testing, education and prevention of all people.

 

  • Bisexuals are actually gay or actually straight

 

            “This permits us to critically reflect this phallocentrism back into society, exposing the underlying system of sexism and misogyny as we do so. It might also help us explore alternative ways of relating to the penis itself, as well as to   masculinity, subverting sexist connotations of the penis as an all-powerful, all   forceful, all-domineering, hyper sexualized, and hypermauslinized phallus.”[8]

 

It has always been mentioned that “bisexual women are actually straight, while bisexual men are actually gay” because the idea is that both genders are attracted to one sole object and focused idea they want a penis, as the “prize” in all of this.

  • Bisexuals can chose to be gay or straight 

            “In a movement where the dominant discourse relies on lack of choice as its political path to equal rights, this lack of choice (the “born this way” argument”   becomes a “tool” for attaining legitimacy and acceptance by society”[9]

Its not that at all we just like every other person straight our gay want to live our lives with someone else, possibly raise a family with an idea of children if they so wish, and at the end of that grow old together and retire. It’s about more than sex, its about more its about the idea of how people see their lives after the partying and after going wild as a young adult.


[1] Pg. 44- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[2] Pg. 44- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[3] Pg. 44- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[4] Pg. 45- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[5] Pg. 45- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[6] Pg. 46- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[7] Pg. 47- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[8] Pg. 47- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

[9] Pg. 48- Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Spirit Day 2013

 

Spirit Day was celebrated yesterday (Oct 17th), in America buy people across the United States wearing purple to speak out against bullying and to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The color purple in the rainbow flag symbolizes spirit that’s where the idea to wear purple came from

Brittany McMillian up with idea after several LGBT youth committed suicide as a result of bullying in their school and through social media in 2010. It is observed annually, but individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities.

Some of the Spirit Ambassadors for 2013 included people like Elvis Duran, Laverne Cox, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kevin Kellner and many more joined the celebrities taking part this year.People was out in full force across New York City, and on the evening news stations as well. Did you wear purple yesterday? 

 

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