A Kentucky teacher is being criticized for writing a politically charged statement on the whiteboard in class. South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is drawing complaints from parents and students after she wrote, “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” Superintendent Doug Bennett told the Sentinel-Echo that the class had been discussing politics around election day, and Baker wrote the statement — which is reportedly a student comment — on the[Read More…]
Archive for November, 2012
The language used to talk about gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer folks and issues is important especially in the mainstream media but really everywhere. We all serve as advocates for change when we help someone come to understand better language to discuss us and the issues impacting us. And it doesn’t have to be hard or confrontational! All you have to do is alert someone of the GLAAD media guide.
While we watch progress at the Supreme Court as well as across the country, we must also put effort into stopping the growing role of Catholic Church as government influencer. Or, the Church needs to lose their tax exempt status and call themselves a lobbying firm. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and supportive allies across the country must press for the tax exempt status of the Catholic Church to be revoked. Few actions will be as important in the coming next wave of activism.
But Parker’s purpose is more elementary. Here, the attempt is to equate the foundation of conservatism with anti-marriage equality; a position which cannot be supported rationally.
In a more practical sense, I am in awe of the ways these men find to break the tension and stress of being in a war zone. More power to you!
The Tea Party folks want to pretend that their efforts are linked back to the Revolutionary War and the rebellion that preceded it. Back when te colonists were taxed with no representation. They originally didn’t so much want to be their own country, but rather, simply wanted self governance, or a voice in the governance. If England had granted them representation, everything may have been different. Today, things are different. Every American has a voice and can vote. From the local level, all the way to the Federal level, each and every American’s voice is represented.
Our commitment to our veterans can not start at the point that they need medical care. Our commitment to our veterans must start with holding our elected officials accountable to be placing as few of our military in harms way as possible. It must start with demanding that the media provide us with clear and accurate news to assist all Americans in understanding what is happening, why, and how our women and men are involved. In other words, there is a political issue of military action, and there is a the real-lives issues of military action. We must not as Americans confuse them, and must remain solidly supportive of the latter even as we pressure our elected officials about the former.
“Well, listen, I think this has been the most misreported story of my two years’ tenure. We don’t have a tea party caucus to speak of in the House.”- Speaker John Boehner, ABC news, November 8, 2012 This quote was highlighted in the Tea Party Patriots newsletter, and brought a smile to my face. While you were breaking your back on this election, often with no sleep, to help save this country – the GOP[Read More…]
So, what is the highest priority LGBTQ issue, and how do we advocate for it moving forward? Is there such a thing as an individual issue that we can name as more or less priority as any other? The conventional wisdom is to focus attention, awareness and resources on one item and assure success there, keeping in mind the context which includes the legislative climate and the probability of action. But, what if there is no one issue that is meaningful overall, and to all? Is it possible that our collective and diverse communities have a variety of iunique and specific needs that may or may not align one with the others? Do we harm our overall efforts by trying to prioritize one issue over another?
What is the relationship of genitalia to gender and to sex? when and where are any of these the same thing, and where do they refer to different things? and is the idea of what constitues “trans” pr a trans man or a trans woman changing? … a quote from a trans woman’s blog Please share your ideas about Sex, Gender, and Genitalia by leaving and comments here on the blog.