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Dented Blue Mercedes: Our destinies are bound together (even if our needs are diverse and sometimes at odds)

Monica Roberts at TransGriot is exploring the future of the trans* movement:

“One of the things I was pondering recently was triggered by me seeing a pic of a five year old trans girl. I began to ponder what her Trans World that we 2K10’s activists are fighting tooth and nail to shape, would be . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Our destinies are bound together (even if our needs are diverse and sometimes at odds)

Dented Blue Mercedes: Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda has passed its Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. A Parliamentary spokesperson, Helen Kawesa, has confirmed it. The bill now goes to Ugandan President Yowari Museveni, for a signature. Museveni previously said he was not in favour of the bill, but he can’t stop it constitutionally — only delay it at best. In 2012, Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Dented Blue Mercedes: Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda has passed its Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. A Parliamentary spokesperson, Helen Kawesa, has confirmed it. The bill now goes to Ugandan President Yowari Museveni, for a signature. Museveni previously said he was not in favour of the bill, but he can’t stop it constitutionally — only delay it at best. In 2012, Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Dented Blue Mercedes: Reblog: A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

This is how you decolonize activism.

A wide swath of people have demonstrated how to decolonize activism: not with negativity, but with constructivity. The following is being reblogged from Feminists Fighting Transphobia, and you will need to follow the link to see the ever-increasing number of signatories who have signed on. I did not take . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Reblog: A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

Dented Blue Mercedes: Using scripture to rationalize slavery by the one percent

I grew up in a Pentecostal church, so I remember the beginnings of some of the dominionist doctrines that characterize far right faith groups today. There was never any one principal compendium of theology that every church got behind (just as there’s no single denomination in the dominionist movement, and divisions exist), but rather there . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Using scripture to rationalize slavery by the one percent

Dented Blue Mercedes: Doing something about anti-gay lobbying in Africa

If you’ve frequented any LGBT media at all, you’ve heard about Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (often referred to as the “Kill the Gays Bill”), and possibly other anti-gay legislative bills that have been debated in African nations. Perhaps you’ve signed on to petitions directed to various governments to urge them to put pressure on those . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Doing something about anti-gay lobbying in Africa

Dented Blue Mercedes: Violence is almost never an acceptable response. Neither is rationalizing it.

In August 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins entered the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters and opened fire, injuring a security guard as he was tackled — fortunately, before he could cause any more damage.

Periodically, I see people who I otherwise respect trying to dismiss the incident as insignificant, or even making excuses for Corkins.

. . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Violence is almost never an acceptable response. Neither is rationalizing it.

Dented Blue Mercedes: On Persecution Complexes and Rage

The interplay of rage and persecution complexes works to shape trans, LGB — and in fact all — struggles against oppression. It can become an eternal feedback loop that can stymie any attempt to move progressive causes forward, if it succeeds in establishing its circuitous pattern.

This translates to many struggles, so I’m going to . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: On Persecution Complexes and Rage

Dented Blue Mercedes: Leslie Feinberg arrested in solidarity with CeCe McDonald

What first struck me about Leslie Feinberg is hir commitment to fighting oppression on a universal scale, rather than just in a cliquish self-focused manner. This means recognizing where our needs correspond and intersect, and characteristically parallel causes like race and sex, or reproductive rights and genital reassignment surgery access. Say what you want about . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Leslie Feinberg arrested in solidarity with CeCe McDonald

Dented Blue Mercedes: Parsing Hate: The motivation behind the “Transsexual Registration Act”

On December 10th, Monica at TransGriot pointed to a Facebook Group advocating for the creation of a “Transsexual Registration Act.” The creator of that page and the idea he presents are fringe enough that we typically don’t dignify them with attention, but sometimes it’s important to point to these things and discuss them. Far too . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Parsing Hate: The motivation behind the “Transsexual Registration Act”

Dented Blue Mercedes: In Defense of Affirming Christians

This post is long overdue. It really is.

I’ve made this distinction in my blog before and also in comment threads, but it keeps coming up and requires a post of its own.

When I decry some of the radical and unhinged rhetoric that comes from some people who use the Bible as their justification . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: In Defense of Affirming Christians

Dented Blue Mercedes: The Occupy Calgary story you’re not seeing elsewhere.

“Nothing to see here. Nothing to see here.” Until the last couple days, that had been the mood in Calgary, as the Occupy Wall Street (#ows) movement seemed far from many peoples’ minds. Sure, by now, everyone’s seen the graphs coming out about American inequality that show 1% of that population controlling an exponentially widening . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: The Occupy Calgary story you’re not seeing elsewhere.

Dented Blue Mercedes: If all the Occupy movement accomplishes is…

If all the Occupy movement accomplishes is to remind a public that protests and activism aren’t merely something that “fringe activists” do, and If all the Occupy movement accomplishes is to politically re-energize a public that has largely grown too apathetic to vote, and If all the Occupy movement accomplishes is to remind society that . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: If all the Occupy movement accomplishes is…

Dented Blue Mercedes: Decolonizing Trans As Allies

I’ve mentioned alliance when dissecting the problems with umbrella thinking in transsexual and gender diverse activism, in “The Death of the ‘Transgender’ Umbrella” and “Why The Umbrella Failed.” It’s easy to pull something apart — the more challenging question now becomes: how do we do activism if not as a single umbrella community? Why do . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Decolonizing Trans As Allies