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PRESS RELEASE: Colgay Pride Reacts to Republican President’s anti-Trans Move

COLGAY PRIDE CALLS TRUMP’S REVOCATION OF OBAMA POLICY FOR TRANSGENDER PERSONS RESTROOM A MAJOR SETBACK TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
PRESS RELEASE

Colgay Pride of Columbus Georgia and it’s Director today is calling the revocation order from President Trump regarding former President Obama’s Transgender bathroom policy for students a Major Setback for the LGBT Community.

Director Hobbs said “I knew this was going to be a hot topic when it was put into action last year by the Obama administration, but we had moved on and forward from that time and people were finally getting the feel of what was meant to happen with the inclusion of Unisex Restrooms and so forth. All we ask is for our students to go and learn and go to the bathroom without incident or fear from bullying and harassment of other students who are being taught by religious leaders and parents to demonize people who are different from them.”

Hobbs went on to say “All we have to do it look at the fine example of Target Stores here in Columbus and around our country. They took a hot topic like this and endured a lot of religious nut jobs running through their stores screaming and yelling out bible verses they chose to follow or use as a tool to hate and spread hate all due to ignorance, but when all was said and done it was more so about accommodating all its customers and by doing so they are working to provide those Family/Unisex bathrooms. All Transgender people want to do is GO TO THE BATHROOM AND USE IT AND LEAVE.” Hobbs said “It takes sick minds to think up something bizarre that Transgender citizens are sick and perverted, when in fact its more heterosexuals who molest children and do perverted acts in bathrooms. All we have to do is look to the Republican party at Former ANTI-LGBT Senator Larry Craig who was caught trying solicit sex in a men’s bathroom. It has always been my experience the ones who cry foul the loudest when it comes to LGBT equality are the ones who are hiding something about their own selves and because they hate themselves so much for feeling those feelings they lash out against everyone else that has the courage to be who they are.”

Hobbs will grant interviews regarding the policy. Just call or text Jeremy Hobbs at 706-580-6239

SEE MORE:
President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, reversing course on a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Obama instructed public schools in May 2016 to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold federal funding if they should force transgender children to use bathrooms against their will.
The Trump administration action withdrew that guidance while the Justice and Education departments continue to study the legal issues involved.
Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election.
A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Trump action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Jeremy Hobbs
Director Colgay Pride Columbus Georgia

“Thank you for lending your voice, taking action to fight injustice and standing up for equality for all.”
Jeremy Scott Hobbs
COLGAY PRIDE Director
4411 Rosemont Drive
Columbus Georgia 31904
(706) 580-6239

RE: Some transphobic rant

Must parents now worry about some creeper peeking over the stalls just because he says he’s feeling like a woman today? According to that defender of liberalism The Huffington Post, Americans aged 18 to 29 favor letting transgender people use the restroom of their identity by a 2-to-1 ratio. Additionally, according to The Huffington Post […]

via Standing Up for the Ladies’ Room — Fresh Eyes

“If a guy identifies as a man on Monday, does that mean he can identify as a woman on Tuesday?”

Do you think that’s how it works for people? That they’re not worried about harassment if they don’t look exactly like a woman in public? Transgender women are killed over merely going out in public.

“Our children should not have to face a member of the opposite sex while they’re using a public restroom, no matter what age they are”

Except they aren’t. They’re using separate, walled stalls in which they can’t face each other, like all public commodes.

“Does this make me a homophobe? I don’t see how. This has nothing to do with homosexuality”

Of course it doesn’t. This isn’t about sexual orientation (“who you go to bed with”), but about gender identity (“who you go to bed as”). Get it right.

“And if you’re among the infinitesimal number of people in the country who identify as transgender—get over it. If you have a penis, use the Men’s room. If you don’t, use the Ladies’.”

How about you get over it? Sex segregation of bathrooms only began in the 1870s in Massachusetts because female workers were not allowed to use workplace bathrooms. Now over 140 years later and you violently rage and threaten against de-segregating bathrooms?

GLAAD REPORT: “Debunking the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists”

From the press release:

Debunking the “Bathroom Bill” Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists dispels the myths that are often used to demonize transgender people. We’ve created this guide in collaboration with a coalition of state and national LGBT organizations to ensure fair and accurate reporting, and we will be working to get into the hands of every journalist covering these important issues.

Read the report

via Debunking the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists | GLAAD.

LOWNDES COUNTY: South Georgia Pride Reports Bashing of Transgender Woman

From Raynae Jones of South Georgia Pride, Inc. in Valdosta:

On Valentine’s Day a transgender woman of color was brutally attacked by 3 men. This attack occurred in Lowndes County, GA. Livian was beaten for over an hour, was held at gun point, and sexually assaulted.

As the result of her attack she has a broken eye socket, fractured jaw, punctured and collapsed lung.
Only one of her attackers has been arrested and some of the charges were dropped. It is unclear when the other two people involved in this attack will be arrested.

South Georgia Pride has been in contact with the victim and has been working directly with her to get in contact with resources that can possibly help her with legal assistance, payment of medical bills, therapy, navigation of communication with the police, etc.

So far Lambda Legal, Atlanta Pride, & HRC has contacted Raynae’ Jones about the case and on how to contact Livian. Phone calls and emails have been made to Southern Poverty Law Center, The Health Initiative, Southerns on New Ground (SONG) , and SNaP Coalition.

All of the South Georgia Pride Board members are committed to helping Livian and we are using our network and resources to connect her to the organizations that specialize in those areas that will help her. South Georgia Pride is a 501c3 Non Profit with our main mission of hosting the annual pride festival in Valdosta, GA[.]

We also respect and want to uphold the dignity of Livian as she goes through this very traumatic time physically and mentally.

via On Valentine’s Day a transgender woman of color… – South Georgia Pride.

The Tragedy in Houston Last Night

I’ve seen some crap. Few things are as much of a travesty as how the #‎HERO‬ vote went in Houston. One of the worst I’ve ever seen.

Some from the campaign were saying “Let’s not engage in Monday-morning quarterbacking”. Yet how can you not when the vote was so lopsided? How can you not when the turnout for the Houston vote was the highest in a city election since 2003? How can you not when the anti-HERO campaign was, and continues to be, particularly vicious toward transgender people?

Dan Patrick, Gary Abbott, the “Campaign for Houston”, “Texas Values” and the right-wing in Houston are pretty damn unbelievable in their “win” against transgender women. They demand grace from Annise Parker, but are very ungracious, snidely and spiteful in their reaction to the result. The transgender people who were targeted explicitly by Patrick and Abbott as “men in women’s restrooms” in the campaign are nowhere to be found in their reactions.

I wonder if, thanks to this vote, it will now be acceptable to assault, attack and harm transgender women in Houston. They were targeted hard by cartoons and vicious rhetoric throughout the state by the Christian right-wing, called “perverts” and “confused men” who would harm “6 year old girls”. This was statewide, and this was scary.

The target wasn’t even L, G or B people. None of them. It was the T. I will not be surprised when a transgender woman trying to use the restroom is violently attacked in Texas, and the Christian right clucks its tongue at the transwoman saying “That confused ‘man’ was wrong to go into the wrong bathroom and look like that, ‘he’ had it coming. No sympathy from me, he deserved it!”

That rhetoric won last night. Those who spoke it are effluent in their gloating. This is a bad way for Mayor Parker to leave office. This next year in Houston will be particularly bad for transgender women. In the name of getting a similar ordinance passed in Houston, any mention of “gender identity” may even be stripped out of the ordinance for expediency’s sake a la ENDA. The optics of this are hard to overcome, and must be fought for years to come. But the lives of transgender people in Houston must be watched out for as the next few years unfold.

One of the worst aspects of the campaign, it has come out, is that African-Americans (constituting over 25% of the population) were not targeted by HERO ads or rallies, nor were the Latino/Mexican-American/Hispanic 37% of the population of Houston. If so, this campaign was hobbled from the very start. These demographics and their solitudes were not reached by the HERO campaign, and even I, while phone-banking, noticed that no African-Americans who I talked to on the phone were going to vote Yes.

So many of the beneficiaries of a Yes would have been people of color and especially LGBT people of color. So why were they not targeted? Why were they not engaged? How could you do so bad by voters over the course of a year that you only get 37% of the vote? This is SHAMEFUL.

I remain proud to have phone-banked for HERO. I am ashamed of this tragedy and of how avoidable it was. I am afraid for trans lives in Houston, Texas and elsewhere. #‎TransLivesMatter ‬‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬.

Eric Fanning to Lead Army, Amanda Simpson to Assist-Lead DoD

Via Washington Post:

Mr. Eric K. Fanning, acting Under Secretary of the United States Army poses for his official photo in the U.S. Army Portrait Studio at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza/Released)
Mr. Eric K. Fanning, acting Under Secretary of the United States Army poses for his official photo in the U.S. Army Portrait Studio at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza/Released). Via Wikimedia Commons.

President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.

Fanning’s nomination is the latest in a series of actions taken by the administration to advance the rights of gays and lesbians throughout the federal government. The Obama administration has overhauled internal policies to provide benefits to same-sex partners, appointed gay men and lesbians to the executive branch and the federal bench and ended the 18-year ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Fanning, who must still be confirmed by the Senate, has been a specialist on defense and national security issues for more than 25 years in Congress and the Pentagon. As Army secretary, he would be partnered with Gen. Mark Milley, who took over as the Army’s top general in August. Together the two men would assume responsibility for the Pentagon’s largest and most troubled service.

Fanning is the acting Undersecretary for the Army.

Also, via San Diego LGBT Weekly:

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Amanda Simpson. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Amanda Simpson, the highest ranking transgender appointee of any administration in history was today sworn in as the deputy assistant secretary of defense (DAS) for Operational Energy.

Prior to her new position, Simpson has been active in politics and recognized at the federal level for her work. She was the first openly trans woman political appointee of any presidential administration when she was appointed to the Department of Commerce by the Obama administration in 2009. In 2013, she was detailed to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force – where she served as the deputy executive director until January 2014 – when she was named the executive director.

Human Rights Campaign applauded today’s developments:

Today, HRC praised the news that Eric Fanning, who is openly gay, will be nominated to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army by President Barack Obama. Fanning currently serves as Acting Under Secretary of the Army.

“Eric Fanning is the perfect choice to lead the world’s best-trained, most dedicated, and formidable Army,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Considering the tremendous struggles that LGBT Americans have faced within the Department of Defense, Fanning’s nomination is deeply significant.  This is a sign of hope and a demonstration of continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation’s armed forces.  We urge the Senate to quickly confirm this remarkably experienced candidate to this important post.”

Earlier today, HRC also praised the news that Amanda Simpson was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of Defense for Operational Energy. DAS Simpson is the nation’s highest ranking openly transgender official in the Obama Administration.

Here’s some video of both individuals:

BREAKING: #AshleyDiamond, #Trans Woman at Center of Historic Lawsuit Against GA Prison System, Released from Augusta Prison

Congratulations to Ms. Diamond on her early release!

Via the SPLC, who are representing Diamond:

Ashley Diamond, the transgender inmate who sued the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) after being denied a safe environment and medically necessary gender dysphoria treatment, was released today after more than three years in prison, where she was housed with male inmates and sexually assaulted eight times.

Diamond, 37, was released from Augusta State Medical Prison just five days after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed additional documents supporting her motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed in February. The papers, which include sworn statements from multiple transgender inmates, demonstrate that the GDC continues to systematically deny appropriate care to transgender inmates, despite having earlier announced a policy change.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Diamond, via the Southern Poverty Law Center

“I’m overjoyed to be with my family again and out of harm’s way,” Diamond said. “Although the systematic abuse and assaults I faced for more than three years have left me emotionally and physically scarred, I’ll continue to fight for justice and to shine a light on the gross mistreatment of transgender inmates in Georgia and nationwide.”

Diamond began serving an 11-year sentence for a nonviolent offense in November 2012. She was eligible for her first parole hearing this November but was released to family members at 8:45 a.m. (Eastern) today.

Here’s video of Diamond secretly recording a narrative of her experience while in prison back in February:

Her lawsuit, Diamond v. Owens, et al., will continue:

 “While we’re thrilled that Ashley Diamond is out of prison, our lawsuit is far from over,” said Chinyere Ezie, SPLC staff attorney. “Ashley has endured more than three years of systematic abuse based on the Georgia Department of Corrections’ unconstitutional policies toward transgender inmates and woeful lack of care. Her release does not erase her barbaric treatment by GDC officials, which was tantamount to torture. Nor is her plight isolated. We will continue to advocate for an end to prison practices that unfairly punish and inflict pain on transgender inmates.”

I had previously told a Twitter user a few days ago that she was still at Rutledge State Prison in Columbus as far as the news was concerned, but that apparently changed with this SPLC press release.

Hopefully, Ms. Diamond will be successful in her suit for transgender people in prison, and will find means to adjust to society after illegal abuses in prison.

EVENT 25 August: #BlackTransLivesMatter #LGBT #TransLivesMatter

11889635_10206588343923070_5717283800364631995_nIn response to the 20 murders of trans women of color in the United States this year, rallies are being organized across the country. From Alicia Garza, co-organizer of the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

It’s Time! Putting the T Back in Black

It is time we accept that state sanctioned violence is much more than police brutality. In the wake of 5 beautiful trans women losing their lives, just last week alone, we are full of grief. These terrible happenings are a result of the many factors that place black trans women in so much risk just by leaving our homes, if we even have homes to begin with. It is far past the time to shut shit down for black trans folks the same way we shut shit down for cis black men.

Black trans women have consistently resisted against anti blackness, patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and white supremacy by being a model of unapologetic truth. Black resistance doesn’t belong to just one group of black people it belongs to us all. We believe that in order to get free we must all get free. Black trans folks getting free isn’t up for debate.

We ask that you commit to learning the names of your sisters who have been murdered. We ask that you learn the names of your sisters who are fighting for your lives just as much as we are fighting for ours. We need more from our black cis counterparts. We need you to show up for the simple fact that black people are dying at the hands of this violence. When a black trans woman’s body is found burned in a field, and there is no outrage from the community, it sends the message to us, and to everyone else that there is no value in our existence. That black trans women are fair game.

#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ has consistently been supportive and in collaboration with black trans folks and especially with Black trans women. We have spent time developing principles,developing analysis,and creating deep practice that is full of love. There’s no action without practice. The time has come for us to practice what we have created. The time is now to resist in honor of Marsha P. Johnson. Islan Nettles. Cemia Dove. Amber Monroe. Penny Proud. Ashley Sherman and so many others. The time is now to join #BlackLivesMatter in action as we celebrate our sisters who are living- the very sisters who have fought next to us to sustain this declaration that has been heard around the world.

The Advocate reports:

The rallies for the observance, dubbed TransLiberation Tuesday, are scheduled as follows, all times local, with one event Wednesday:

Nashville
Tuesday, 1 p.m., Church and 12th streets

Columbus, Ohio
Tuesday, 5 p.m., City Hall

Chicago
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., 1255 S. Halsted

Dayton, Ohio
Tuesday, 6 p.m., Dayton Courthouse Square

Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Franklin Square

Houston
Wednesday, 6 p.m., Hermann Park Conservancy

You can also join in the rallies on Twitter beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern. Follow the hashtags #BlackTransLivesMatter and #TransLiberationTuesday.
The event is being organized jointly by GetEqual and Black Lives Matter.
This post is tagged with the names of known trans women of color murdered this year. #SayHerName

WTVM interviews Destany Sumbry and Patricia Lassiter

Destiny Sumbry. Photo (c) Tesia Reed/WTVM
Destiny Sumbry. Photo (c) Tesia Reed/WTVM

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –
A transgender woman in the Chattahoochee Valley facing daily struggles wants residents to know they’re humans just like everyone else.

Destany Sumbry has a strong message for everyone, including those who maybe having similar struggles saying it’s about being free.

Although she said she won’t let bullying affect her anymore, she still faces struggles on a daily basis.

She talked about the time she visited a local club that accepted her money to get in the door, but when she had to use the bathroom it was a different story.

“Security said I could not use the women’s’ or the men’s restrooms. I couldn’t use the woman’s because I’m not a woman legally, and I don’t know why I couldn’t use the men’s restroom, if I’m not a woman, then what am I?” she said.

Hit the link for the video. #TransLivesMatter

via Living in Columbus as a transgender woman – WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports.