Archive for April, 2011
Marriage in the US state of Texas could become even more regulated soon. Senate Bill 723 offered by Tommy Williams (Republican) would prevent transpeople from marrying people of the opposite sex. Yes, you have that right. Not only would same-sex marriage be illegal, but so would opposite sex marriage for transgender people.
The bill would remove "a court order of sex change" from the list of identifying documents that can be used to obtain marriage licenses in the state. And while other documentation might be found in order to get around the law to obtain said marriage license, the "legislative intent" of the law would be sufficient to allow courts to render any marriages which resulted invalid.
Where would this possibly lead? It could end up with the state of Texas refusing to recognize the existence of the transitioned status of transsexual people for any legal reason. After all, you are nothing more than what was written on your birth certificate. More at the DailyKos
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Cubans gathered at Havana’s Revolution Square to observe the 50th anniversary of the failed U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion. The historic event, known in Cuba as the Girón Beach Battle, has always been celebrated with a huge annual military parade and fireworks akin to the 4th of July or Veteran’s Day celebrations in the United States.
It’s also preceded and followed by huge public rallies dedicated this year to the younger generations by Cuban president Raúl Castro (he expressed concern that those who surrounded him were reaching his age or were older and said he wanted to promote the participation of younger generations in Cuban revolutionary party politics).
His daughter, Mariela Castro, was also there as the director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) and led an unofficial LGBT contingent who proudly carried the rainbow flag next to the Cuban flag (that’s Mariela Castro at the center in the picture holding the rainbow flag). On their site, CENESEX posted additional photos and noted that their participation in the historic ceremony comes in advance of the 4th Annual Congress Against Homophobia which will take place in May and feature cultural and educational forums throughout the island including Havana, Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila, Granma, Villa Clara and, yes, Guantanamo. No word on whether U.S. actor Sean Penn will show up after taking a rain-check last year when he was invited to the Cuban premiere of Gus Van Sant’s "Milk" during last year’s anti-homophobia events.
Article by Blabbeando
A transgender woman was severely beaten up in a McDonalds restaurant in Baltimore, USA. According to witnesses the fight was started by some other female guests when the transwoman tried to use the lady’s bathroom.
The Bilerico Project has more on the incident: “This is absolutely disgusting. After an unidentified transwoman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. What did the employees do? They filmed it on their phones.
While you can see the manager yelling stop at the two women attacking the customer, none of the other employees even try to intervene or keep the women from dragging the victim across the restaurant floor. Instead, it’s the elderly female customer that seems to do the most to help. The manager and employees simply watch as the victim starts to have a seizure and offer no help whatsoever.”
You can watch the video here but be warned, it’s extremely violent.
A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years. As introduced by Mr Campfield, it would have banned all teachers up to the eighth grade from discussing homosexuality in class.
Another Republican Senator, Jim Tracy, argued that current law already prohibits this, as teachers may not teach any sex education that is not part of the state Board of Education’s “family life curriculum”. Instead, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Mr Tracy proposed an amendment to the bill to require the Board of Education to investigate whether any teaching on homosexuality is taking place and to make recommendations on what should be done. Another amendment, tabled by Republican Brian Kelsey, sought to place an explicit ban on teaching about homosexuality in the Board of Education’s standards once the review is completed next year. Both amendments were approved and the revised bill passed by 6-3 votes. It will now go to the Senate floor.
The bill states: “No public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
Mother Jones writes: Last week we reported on the debate in the Texas state legislature over whether to repeal to the state’s ban on "homosexual conduct." It’s been eight years since the Supreme Court officially knocked down anti-sodomy laws as unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas, but Texas’ state legislature has thus far refused to remove the law from the books—in large part because most Texas Republicans still support it. In 2010, the state GOP made defense of the anti-sodomy statute part of its platform, calling for the state to effectively ignore the the law of the land: "We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy." Gov. Rick Perry, meanwhile, dismissed the Lawrence decision as the product of "nine oligarchs in robes" (never mind that it was a 6–3 decision).
But Texas isn’t the only state that’s still legislating bedroom activity. Fourteen states currently have laws on the books outlawing anal sex between two consenting, unrelated adults—referred to variously as "deviate sexual conduct," "the infamous crime against nature," "sodomy," and "buggery." And it’s taken a concerted effort to keep those laws on the books. Since Lawrence, efforts to formally repeal laws in Montana, Kansas, Utah, Louisiana, North Carolina, and, most notably, Texas have all faced resistance before fizzling out in their respective state legislatures. Conservatives in those states know they can’t enforce the laws, but by keeping them in the code, they can send a message that homosexuality is officially condemned by the government. So which states still outlaw butt sex? Here’s a map: