Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This is just one of hundreds of fantastic talks, by the smartest of the smart, as Isabel says in her talk.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Mila began transition around April of 2006 and
went full time at the end of January 2007
Jayna began transitioning around
June of 2006.
I found this on Transadvocate.com and I love
listening to them. I have listened to about
7 of their 30 podcasts.
I wish them good luck!
The answer is no!
Fix this Joe!
Joe Solmonese said he would not only support an inclusive ENDA bill, but would also oppose any attempt at submitting a non-inclusive bill. Tell Joe Solmonese to keep his word.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which claims to be the largest US LGBT civil rights organisation, has not signed onto an endorsement of the statement signed by the members of United ENDA, opposing the split of the proposed bill into separate legislation – one for sexual orientation and one for gender identity.
"We are very disappointed and angry that any civil rights organisation claiming to advocate for our rights can turn their backs on us when the going gets tough," said Ethan St.Pierre, Board Chair of NTAC. "It amounts to a betrayal, since HRC earlier promised to support only an inclusive ENDA."
At the Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) in mid-September, HRC Exec. Director, Joe Solmonese made a promise as keynote speaker that HRC would not only support an inclusive ENDA bill, but would also oppose any attempt at submitting a non-inclusive bill. While at SCC, HRC culled many new memberships and donations from the Transgender community. "After removing gender identity from a bill that would have protected millions of Transgender Americans from discrimination in employment, the message being sent to the entire Congress and to corporate America is that it is acceptable to discriminate against Transgender, intersex, and other gender variant Americans," NTAC Chair, St. Pierre added.
As a result of HRC's rescission of their promise three weeks earlier, the only Transgender ever seated on their Board of Directors, Donna Rose, resigned October 2, 2007 in disappointment. Additional resignations from the Transgender community are continuing to come in, including Robbi Cohn resigning from HRC's steering committee for the Carolinas.
In Rose's resignation, she stated, "The relationship between HRC and the Transgender community is one scarred by betrayal, distrust, and anger. I have become a focal point for much of that frustration," she noted, adding she "accepted that responsibility with the hope that I could help to change [HRC]."
"I call on other like-minded board members, steering committee leaders, donors, corporate sponsors, and volunteers to think long and hard about whether this organisation still stands for your values and to take decisive action."
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Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Meet Tootsie - a hermaphrodite pony who lived for 12 years with his owners thinking he was female.
Tootsie the hermaphrodite pony
For most of his life the Shetland pony, who has both male and female genitalia, was thought to be a mare and went by the name of Amy.
And to add to his confusion he has been taken into care, undergone a sex change operation and been re-homed - only to be shunned by his peers.
But now Tootsie - named after Dustin Hoffman's cross-dressing character in the film of the same name - finally appears to be settling in at the Bransby Home of Rest for Horses, near Lincoln.
And he has found an unlikely friend - in stablemate Derek the donkey.
Verity Chappell, welfare manager at Bransby, said the other animals at the sanctuary had not been very tolerant of the exotic new arrival.
'He doesn't seem to know what he is.
'I think behaviourally he is not sure and the other animals seemed to have an issue with him,' she said.
'Before they even touched him, we noticed they flapped their ears back, which is a sign they don't like someone, as if to say "you're not normal".
'We knew we were going to have to pair him with another animal.
'He seems to have settled in with a little donkey called Derek.
'To begin with there was a little animosity, but he will remain with Derek now for the rest of his life.'
The Shetland, who lived with a family for all his life, was only found to be different when he was taken in by the RSPCA. Vets are now carrying out blood tests to check Tootsie's chromosome levels and determine his exact sex.
Despite his upbringing as a mare, Tootsie still has an eye for the ladies.
Peter Hunt, who founded the animal rest home 40 years ago, said: 'I am 75 years of age and this is the first I have ever seen.
'He still squeals and gets excited by mares. He is full of life in that department. If he could get near them he would be a bit of a nuisance.'
We eagerly await the heartwarming film version of Tootsie and Derek's story.
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If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
(by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)
People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
in order to avoid facing their own soul.
Carl Gustav Jung
Thursday, January 03, 2008
I ran across this video again and thought it was worth repeating.
I love this video and it still makes me cry. It is a Television Commercial From Argentina for a bank.
"Hello, Mr. Louis."
"Hi...I have a question. When you applied to get the loan to open this beauty salon, did you have to show an ID?"
"and on your ID, it says that you're really a male, doesn't it?"
"and they still gave you the loan?"
"well...they are the same bank that just gave me a loan to save my farm. and...it just made me think, you know? and I came here...to apologize for treating you poorly all these years. for not knowing how to treat you."