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but I’m not stupid.

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said,

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred is a wedge disguised to attack our civilization.”

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MUSICVID Sanders’ Campaign Song? Beatles ‘Revolution’

Video: Boy, 16, drops out of school rather than stop un-'manly' 'art dressing'

Not ‘manly’ enough for school?
Jonathan Escobar is a 16-year-old boy who was told to stop wearing high heels, hot pink wigs and makeup to school. Jonathan says he is not a cross-dresser, and that his fashion is his art. He has chosen to leave school rather than hide “who he is.” CNN’s Prime News reports.

LaTeisha Green’s killer convicted of manslaughter and bias crime

This is an update to this previous post.

According to the Associated Press, jury deliberations ended Friday, July 17, resulting in the manslaughter conviction of Dwight DeLee for the killing of 22-year-old Lateisha Green.

The Syracuse jury, in upstate New York, also convicted DeLee of fatally shooting Green outside a house party in November because of “anti-gay bias”, according to the AP.

The jury deliberated for about six hours over two days.

DeLee faces additional prison time because he was convicted of a bias crime. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a bias crime that involved a transgender person.

Lateisha Green anti-transgender murder trial goes to jury in NY

UPDATE:

According to the Associated Press, jury deliberations ended Friday, July 17, resulting in the manslaughter conviction of Dwight DeLee for the killing of 22-year-old Lateisha Green.

The Syracuse jury, in upstate New York, also convicted DeLee of fatally shooting Green outside a house party in November because of “anti-gay bias”, according to the AP.

The jury deliberated for about six hours over two days.

DeLee faces additional prison time because he was convicted of a bias crime. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a bias crime that involved a transgender person.


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

info@transgenderlegal.org

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

July 16, 2009

As many of you know, TLDEF staff members have been on the ground in Syracuse, New York, working with the family of slain transgender woman Lateisha Green, who was shot and killed in an alleged hate crime last November. The trial has put a tremendous strain on Lateisha’s family, and that strain has only intensified now that the jury has begun its deliberations.

Windi Earthworm Memorial Page

Windi singing

Windi singing

kersplebedeb over at Sketchy Thoughts was remembering Windi Earthworm. I just accidentally ran across it and learned a lot. Whenever we get the chance we should remember Windi too, even if we have never heard the name before now.

Michael Ryan wrote about Windi for a web page memorial to Windi, who died of AIDS in 1993, put up by “kersplebedeb”. Free .mp3s of Windi Earthworm’s songs are also available to listen to or download from the memorial site.

Windi Earthworm [his legally adopted name] was an institution of the radical anglo left in 1980s Montreal. A crossdressing openly gay street musician who took it upon himself to educate the public about the Vancouver 5, the genocide of Indigenous peoples, the destruction of nature, and the miseries of life under capitalism, Windi was a frequent performer at benefits put on by the scene. Indeed, generally he was by far the most popular act.

Stonewall 2.0: The Obama Years

The wrong side, every time

By Jennifer Vanasco, Contributing writer, Chicago Free Press
Jun 18 2009
[Emphasis added]

It is starting to seem like a tautology that if the Obama administration is asked to weigh in on a question of gay rights, then it will come down on the wrong side.

It happened again last week.

Obama’s Department of Justice crafted a brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act that used all of the arguments of the anti-gay Right. Heterosexual marriages are “traditional,” it said. Denying federal recognition to legal state marriages doesn’t hurt anyone, it said. States don’t have to recognize gay marriages performed by other states just like they don’t have to recognize a marriage between an uncle and his niece, it said.

We do not have a “friend in the White House.”

We do not have a “fierce advocate.”

What we have is an enemy.

He is, sure, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, wearing a glittering costume embroidered with “Hope,” “Change” and empty promises. He is master of doublespeak, saying that he is against DOMA yet not protesting when a Bush-holdover presses a poison dagger of a marriage brief into our chests; he says he supports the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but has yet to issue a Stop-Loss order to keep hunted gays and lesbians in their military jobs.

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