Monday, August 21, 2017

Gender Odyssey 16th Conference

The 16th annual Gender Odyssey conference takes place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington from August 23rd to 27th. As the transgender community struggles for equal treatment & public education continues to make headlines around the country Gender Odyssey holds its annual international conference focused on the needs & interests of this diverse population. The conference provides an array of thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events & more. This annual event attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing & community. Over 1000 participants are expected to attend this year as visibility for transgender issues & communities have reached a historic high mark. Gender Odyssey’s primary objective is to offer tools to navigate obstacles & provide pathways to individual & community empowerment with conference tracks for professionals, families & transgender people of all ages. The five-day event will include Gender Odyssey Professional offering programming for medical caregivers, therapists, social workers, teachers, counselors, students & others seeking to advance their understanding of gender variance & transgender identities. The conference will also feature Gender Odyssey Family, an annual, dedicated conference for families who are working to navigate the day-to-day realities of raising a gender-diverse or transgender child. As one of the only opportunities in the country to find valuable resources, information & networking opportunities Gender Odyssey Family provides real tools for families to support their child’s gender self-discovery. GO Family will offer special programming for teens, as well as a day camp for the children attending.
For More Info: genderodyssey.org
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Schwarzenegger Speaks OUT

In light of the horrific events in Charlottesville, action speaks louder than words & Arnold Schwarzenegger has launched “Terminate Hate” with a viral video to fight white supremacists, neo-Nazis with a message to Trump stating, “While these so-called "white nationalists" are lucky to live in a country that defends their right to voice their awful, incorrect, hateful opinions, the rest of us must use our voices & resources to condemn hate & teach tolerance at every opportunity. My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder & stronger. There is no white America - there is only the United States of America. You were not born with these hateful views - you can change, grow, and evolve & I suggest you start immediately. I'm sending $100,000 to an anti-hate organization I've worked with for decades - the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the great Nazi hunter who I was lucky to call a friend. I have spoken to its founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier & I know that my contribution can help advance the Center's mission of expanding tolerance through education & fighting hate all over America - in the streets & online. My dream is that all of you will join me in helping your favorite anti-hate organizations in any way you can. United, we are greater than the hatred we saw last weekend.” Schwarzenegger has collaboration with Represent Partners to create a apparel design that pays homage to his iconic role & condemns the hateful acts that took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, VA. The campaign started August 17th & will run until August 31st with 100% of the net proceeds benefitting The Museum of Tolerance. BUY TEE-SHIRT...
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Varsity Gay League Tenth Year

The Varsity Gay League is celebrating its tenth anniversary creating a social opportunity for our LGBTQ community & its allies with a space to create a support system while being athletic. Varsity Gay League has just expanded again opening in Denver, Dallas, Austin, Fort Lauderdale & Boston. The Varsity Gay League (VGL) was founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by Will Hackner & is the largest gay sports league in California with over 8,000 members since its implementation & has expanded to over 8 cities in the US to include San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach, Sacramento, Austin, Orlando & Portland with plans to add other major cities to meet the demand. With Kickball as their main sport, the VGL also includes other sports in varying cities such as Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Flag Football, Dodgeball & Ultimate Frisbee among others. VGL offers year-round outside-the-box activities, games, mixers, fundraisers & sporting events. While there are other organizations across the country that provide activities, VGL hopes that all major LGBTQ hubs will have a sports & activities option for their communities. Their goal is to create a unified, national organization that works with each other in a positive way. VGL already has a host of amazing LGBTQ friendly sponsors, both locally & nationally & they intend to increase new sports programs in cities that exist & create new partnerships & programs that will allow VGL to connect to new audiences.
For More Info: varsitygayleague.com 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

God Save America

It has come to this. The president of the United States has scolded U.S citizens for fighting against Nazis. Unfortunately this is just the beginning of the new civil war in this country. Since this administration has taken office hate groups in the USA have increased by 52%. With Trump continuing to defend hate groups responsible for the violent clashes that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend Vanita Gupta, President & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights stated, “President Trump has forfeited any claim to the moral leadership a president must command. His facts are wrong, his moral compass is missing & his continued refusal to recognize & call out evil & hate is a disgrace to our nation. Now the rest of us must uphold America's ideals of fairness, justice & inclusion, because Donald Trump has proven he will not. Those who do not clearly, firmly & unequivocally choose to side against hatred, racial bigotry & intolerance are complicit.” Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) concluded, “As we once again hear Donald Trump defend those responsible for the deadly riot in Charlottesville & receive praise by hate groups like the KKK & neo-Nazis, the time has come for Republicans & Democrats to put aside our political differences & philosophical debates for a higher cause. For the sake of the soul of our country, we must come together to restore our national dignity that has been robbed by Donald Trump’s presence in the White House. My Republican friends, I implore you to work with us within our capacity as elected officials to remove this man as our commander-in-chief & help us move forward from this dark period in our nation’s history.” Trump’s attempt to divide & conquer has clearly just begun. (Image Credit Adam Maida)
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Help Is On The Way Benefit Gala

The Richmond / Ermet AID Foundation is having its star-studded AIDS benefit concert & gala Help Is On The Way 23 – Puttin’ On The Glitz on Sunday August 20th at the Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave in San Francisco. "Help is on the Way" is Northern California's largest annual benefit concert benefiting HIV/AIDS & hunger programs. It's an elegant evening of wonderful music, delicious food & beverages tastings & most important in these difficult times, fun. Kenneth Henderson, Executive Director of the Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation stated, “People think the AIDS epidemic is over & we don't need to pay attention to it anymore. Events like "Help is on the Way" serve not only to raise funds for local AIDS services but to remind people that there's still a need for funding them. More people are living with HIV & AIDS than ever before in history.” Some of the celebrities who will be performing include, LEVI KRESS, TRENT HARMON, JESSICA SANCHEZ, MAUREEN McGOVERN, DAVID BURNHAM, LISA VROMAN, CAROLE COOK, GARRETT CLAYTON, MADDIE BAILLIO, PAULA WEST, JASON BROCK, LISA VIGGIANO & EILEEN & LEAH BOURGADE. The event kicks off with a VIP Gala Reception at 5P in the Green Room, Silent Auction 5P in the Main Lobby, Gala Reception 6P in the Green Room, Performance from 7:30P to 9:45P in the Herbst Theatre & the After Party with cast at Club REAF from 9:45P to 11:30P with music by DJ’s GoBANG! There are all different levels of tickets for part or all of the festivities benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco & the Positive Resource Center.
For More Info & Tix: reaf-sf.org
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

LGBT Respond To Hate Attack

This deadly white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia was an assault on all minorities including our LGBTQ community. Stacey Long Simmons, Esq., Director of the Advocacy & Action Department of the National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “The violence we are witnessing is horrifying, but is merely the latest manifestation of the growing racist, anti-immigration, anti-Semitic, sexist & anti-LGBTQ hate in our midst. The continuing escalation of hate & white nationalist sentiment we are experiencing during the Trump administration has come to this - targeted violence in the streets of Virginia led by the Klu Klux Klan & Neo-Nazi organizations. The National LGBTQ Task Force will not stand by & watch the very fabric of this nation torn apart by hate. We will stand with our immigrant, Muslim, African-American, Latino, AAPI, disabled & all marginalized people targeted by the hate & discrimination coming from all directions, from the White House to the streets of Charlottesville." Candace Bond-Theriault, the Senior Policy Counsel, Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice & the Democracy Project Director concluded, “As a Black queer Virginian I am a swell of emotions. I am angry…I know that White Supremacy & hatred run rampant in my state. Growing up in southern, Virginia, I have witnessed racism firsthand more times than I can count. But even in the face of this extreme demonstration of hatred, I believe in the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr. that “Hate can’t drive out hate. Only love can do that.” In this moment we must keep each other close, hold on to each other and spread love. Today I choose the emotion of love, for myself & my fellow black queer Virginians because love is a radical act of rebellion.”
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Friday, August 11, 2017

LGBT Refugees Seek US Asylum

A caravan of 16 LGBT Central American migrants including 11 transgender women arrived at the US-Mexico border in Arizona to request asylum Thursday. They were joined by hundreds of supporters rallying to urge officials to end trans detention. A transgender asylum-seeker who fled Nicaragua stated, “Where I come from physical, psychological & verbal abuse is the norm for indigenous transwomen like me. I had to leave my tribal community by the age of 12 or face the dangerous consequences at the hands of my own tribal government & that was just the beginning.” Keren Zwick, Associate Director of litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center added “These individuals are fleeing persecution at home & are crossing today with hope that the United States will uphold its obligation to give each of them a full & fair opportunity to seek protection through our country’s asylum system. We call on the U.S. government to allow them to pursue their legal cases in the safety of the communities that are rallying around them today.” As they crossed into the United States & made their way into the port they were taken into custody around noon. Though ICE could not say where any of the 16 gay & transgender migrants might be sent Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, Immigration & Customs Enforcement spokeswoman stated, “The decision to detain or release an individual under the agency’s alternative to detention (ATD) program is made based upon the individual facts & circumstances of the case.”
For More Info: immigrantjustice.org
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump Atomic War Warning

First we have Trump cautioning North Korea that their threats “will be met with fire & fury like the world has never seen” & then we have confirmed reports that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead designed to fit inside its missiles. In reaction to this unfolding crisis Derek Johnson, Executive Director of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons stated, “Kim Jong-un’s nuclear capabilities are coming into alignment with his rhetoric. The situation on the Korean peninsula has evolved into a full-blown crisis & the Trump administration needs to immediately come to grips with that. That means putting an end to the President’s escalatory bravado & immediately opening a direct line of communication with Pyongyang, without preconditions. Talking risks nothing; not talking risks everything. The public must come to grips with the gravity of this crisis, too. We’ve got two nuclear-armed megalomaniacs facing off & no reason to expect cooler heads will prevail. When Trump promises ‘fire and fury,’ remember he has unfettered authority to make good on that threat. The nuclear briefcase follows him everywhere. At any moment he can pick up the phone & order a nuclear strike. The system designed to execute that order was built for blind deference & speed; we shouldn’t pin any hopes on having ‘an adult in the room.’ Neither his subordinates nor Congress can stop him.”
For More Info: globalzero.org
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Oklahoma Gay Racist Hate Crime

An Oklahoma gay man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after his home was burned to the ground following months of racist & homophobic attacks. Randy Gamel-Medler an Oklahoma gay man filed a federal equal protection lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against nine defendants from Blaine County, Oklahoma including Mayor of Hitchcock Rick Edsall, Sheriff of Blaine County Tony Almaguer & Undersheriff of Blaine County David Robertson. Plaintiff Randy Gamel-Medler stated, "When our family moved to the town of Hitchcock in rural Oklahoma we thought we were buying our last house, we wanted to know our neighbors by their first names & grow old together, but we were soon met with hatred, suspicion & discrimination. We were terrorized, murder threats were made against our seven year-old African-American son. Town officials conspired to run us out of office, all while local law enforcement ignored our pleas for help. We are now left with the last 27 years of our life literally erased. What do we do now?" In early May 2017 Gamel-Medler was performing his duties as town clerk by clearing an obstruction from the road when he was assaulted by defendant Jonita Pauls Jacks, who tried to enter Gamel-Medler’s truck & then after realizing it was locked began shaking the truck, called him a “f***ing queer,” & stated, “I’m going to grab your little boy, rip his n***er head off, & sh** down his throat.” When Gamel-Medler attempted to file a police report the Deputy Sheriff refused saying that this is just how these folks are & characterized the incident as free speech. Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director at NCLR added, “No family should live in fear or have to endure harassment & threats based on racism & homophobia. We must hold those government officials, members of law enforcement & others accountable.”
For More Info: freedomoklahoma.org
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Huge Protest At Texas Capitol

Hundreds of LGBTQ people of color & immigrants are heading to the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Friday August 4th to protest the obscene bills SB 3 & SB 4 that target our transgender & immigrant communities. The #HereToSlay action, organized by local groups Aquí Estamos RGV & Organización Latina de Trans in Texas (OLTT) & national organizations Transgender Law Center and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, will feature a rally, press conference & march into the capitol building to send the message that our communities are united for a safer, more just Texas. Dani Marrero of Aquí Estamos RGV stated, “Nobody should have to live in fear just because of who they are. We are going to the capitol to demand that our legislators stop singling us out for discrimination & harassment. Whether we are immigrants, transgender people, people of color or all of the above, we are part of families & communities across the state & we deserve a fair chance.” The event takes place Friday, August 4th from 10A to 3P. The rally starts at 10A, press conference starts at 11A & action on capitol begins at high noon at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, TX. Immigrants & LGBTQ people of color from across Texas will rally organized by: Aquí Estamos RGV, Organización Latina de Trans in Texas (OLTT), Transgender Law Center & Familia:TQLM. Speakers will include Dani Marrero, Monica Roberts, Jennicet Gutierrez, Anandrea Molina, Polly Ann Rocha & Isa Noyola.
For More Info: transgenderlawcenter.org
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Generals & Admirals Speak OUT

Fifty-six retired Generals & Admirals warn Trump that if his anti-transgender tweets are implemented it would degrade military readiness stating, “President Trump seeks to ban transgender service members because of the financial cost & disruption associated with transgender military service. We respectfully disagree & consider these claims to be without merit. The RAND Corporation, as well as research in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the financial cost of providing health care to transgender troops would be, at most, $8.4 million per year. This amounts to one one-hundredth of one percent of the military's annual health care budget. As for ostensible disruptions, transgender troops have been serving honorably & openly for the past year & have been widely praised by commanders. Eighteen foreign nations, including the UK & Israel, allow transgender troops to serve & none has reported any detriment to readiness.” Admiral Mike Mullen stated, “I led our armed forces under the flawed 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy & saw firsthand the harm to readiness & morale when we fail to treat all service members according to the same standards. Thousands of transgender Americans are currently serving in uniform & there is no reason to single out these brave men & women & deny them the medical care that they require. The military conducted a thorough research process on this issue & concluded that inclusive policy for transgender troops promotes readiness.” Again this is all part of Trump’s agenda to weaken America by attempting to divide our nation.
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