Pope should be barred from the White House

(As posted in LGBT Perspectives)

So, Vatican officials are reportedly upset and, shudders, offended because some gay and transgender people will be present when the  pope is greeted on the White House lawn by thousands of people — some 15,000 — on Wednesday.

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Trans selfies: Power to the global villagers!

"Lets put an end to this ridiculous, hateful, and hypocrytical amendment by the conservatives. #plettputmehere", says Brae Carnes in the caption to this photo on her Facebook page. The "Plett" on her sign refers to CVonservative Senator Don Plett, who introduced an amendment to a gender identity/trans ri9ghts bill -- that had been passed by the House of Commons -- that would force trans people to use washrooms according to their birth sex as opposed to their gender presentation and identity. In other words, trans women would be forvced to use the men's room, and trabs men would be forced to use the ladies' room. (Photo: Brae Carnes/Facebook)
“Lets put an end to this ridiculous, hateful, and hypocrytical amendment by the conservatives. #plettputmehere”, says Brae Carnes in the caption to this photo on her Facebook page. The “Plett” on her sign refers to Conservative Senator Don Plett, who introduced an amendment to a gender identity/trans rights bill — that had been passed by the House of Commons — that would force trans people to use washrooms according to their birth sex as opposed to their gender presentation and identity. In other words, trans women would be forced to use the men’s room, and trans men would be forced to use the ladies’ room. (Photo: Brae Carnes/Facebook)

The reach — and power — of social media is amazing these days. No wonder traditional media outlets seem to be caught in a time warp. Even hip alternative publications are having a hard time keeping up with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

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Winter Olympics: Will LGBT visitors feel “comfortable” in Russia?

So, President Vladimir Putin of Russia is trying assure LGBT athletes and spectators that they will be “comfortable” during the Winter Olympics in Sochi this winter. Continue reading “Winter Olympics: Will LGBT visitors feel “comfortable” in Russia?”

LGBT issues and the lunatic fringe

As I scroll through my google feed of “news articles” on LGBT issues, I’m wondering why we, in traditional, alternative and social media, give so much attention to the rantings of some religious fundamentalists who seek to impose their superstitious beliefs on people and deny them equal rights as citizens. Continue reading “LGBT issues and the lunatic fringe”

‘Last Flail of the Homophobes’ in New York City?

What is going on in N.Y.C.?

With the death of a trans woman, Islan Nettles, 21, on Thursday after an assault five days earlier, the number of hate crimes against LGBT people in that city has climbed to 68 so far this year. 68!! It’s absolute madness. It’s sick. Continue reading “‘Last Flail of the Homophobes’ in New York City?”

Reward offered in attack on trans woman

A reward of $25,000 has been offered in Los Angeles for information leading to the arrests of a group of people who brutally beat a trans woman there last month. (I reported the incident in both my blogs.) An NBC outlet has photos of the suspects on its site. If you think you might be able to help, please have a look and call the phone number provided.

Thank you.

Jillian

LGBT Issues: Widespread discrimination in Europe

How sad that 66 percent of LGBT people in Europe are afraid to hold hands in public with their partner. That’s just one of the stats in a new survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people there. Continue reading “LGBT Issues: Widespread discrimination in Europe”