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Dead Wild Roses: The Bathroom Conundrum in Public School

“I don’t want to see penis when I go to the washroom; he just stands there with the stall open and it makes me uncomfortable.“. That was the quotable bit from a conversation I had with a female student I happened to be teaching at an elementary school this week. We were walking in […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Bathroom Conundrum in Public School

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

In addition to reducing the required wait time between having sex and donating blood to one year for gay men, Canadian Blood Services is poised to release its first-ever guidance on how CBS personnel should respond to potential trans* donors: if it’s in you to give, then drop your pants. While the policy has not yet been [&hellip . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why You Should Ignore The American College of Paediatricians

The latest tactic in the far right fight against Transgender rights and equality is to cite various declarations from the American College of Paediatricians (ACP). At first glance, this sounds like a reasonable source to cite. Except it isn't…. . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why You Should Ignore The American College of Paediatricians

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why You Should Ignore The American College of Paediatricians

The latest tactic in the far right fight against Transgender rights and equality is to cite various declarations from the American College of Paediatricians (ACP).  At first glance, this sounds like a reasonable source to cite.
Except it isn’t.  ACP is a splinter group that was formed in protest when the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) decided to issue a position statement in favour of allowing gay couples to adopt children.  A few minutes poking around their website turns up links to sites advocating for “reparative therapy”, and (unsurprisingly) to NARTH (I’ve written about this lot before … a lot … and none of it is good news).

Read more » . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Why You Should Ignore The American College of Paediatricians

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

It has been quite some time since I felt a need to address something that Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry has written.  Then I happened to wander past the Calgary Diocese website and read his latest “pastoral letter” (or whatever his columns on t… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

It has been quite some time since I felt a need to address something that Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry has written.  Then I happened to wander past the Calgary Diocese website and read his latest “pastoral letter” (or whatever his columns on t… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper On Germaine Greer – Identity Politics Has Become a Cult.

I would suggest that you go read the full article by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper on politics.co.uk right now, as it describes the situation facing many feminists today. Increasingly there is no debate, there is only complete acceptance of a set of views or you’re marginalized. This is not a rational give or take situation, but rather . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper On Germaine Greer – Identity Politics Has Become a Cult.

Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

This much is clear: with the NDP’s federal collapse last night, the neoliberal Third Way experiment can clearly be declared a failure. But now what? Now, to build ─ not rebuild on a broken foundation. But also this: pillory me as a post-structuralist if you must, but I’m not here for the construction of any . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

Dead Wild Roses: One Woman’s Examination of Trans-Racial versus Trans-Gendered

Hmmm. This is a delicate topic, but one worth investigating. For context, the people being referred to in the video are Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Biology, Social Constructs, Transgender, Transracial

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Art Threat: Performing Aloha in Queer Times

In 2001, filmmakers Kathryn Xian and Brent Anbe broke new ground with their documentary Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place. The film, which documents the lives, struggles, and aspirations of several queer and trans Kanaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiians), also made an important and, at the time, novel effort to explore how the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Performing Aloha in Queer Times

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bans in Washroom and Gendered Spaces

Canada’s trans* human rights bill C-279 was amended by a Senate committee, in a way that makes it legal to ban trans* people from washrooms and gendered spaces appropriate to their gender identity.

Sen. Donald Plett, Conservative member of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, added a legal exemption for “any service, facility, . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bans in Washroom and Gendered Spaces

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bans in Washroom and Gendered Spaces

Canada’s trans* human rights bill C-279 was amended by a Senate committee, in a way that makes it legal to ban trans* people from washrooms and gendered spaces appropriate to their gender identity.

Sen. Donald Plett, Conservative member of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, added a legal exemption for “any service, facility, . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bans in Washroom and Gendered Spaces

Dented Blue Mercedes: “A little free speech for me, and a little shut-up-and-take-it-like-a-man for you.”

There’s a bit of controversy brewing in the UK press, as a result of a letter from academics and activists (including noted LGB activist Peter Tatchell, as well as some recognized trans-exclusionary reactionaries) published in The Observer (“We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals“). In it they call for universities to stand against what . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: “A little free speech for me, and a little shut-up-and-take-it-like-a-man for you.”

Dented Blue Mercedes: “A little free speech for me, and a little shut-up-and-take-it-like-a-man for you.”

There’s a bit of controversy brewing in the UK press, as a result of a letter from academics and activists (including noted LGB activist Peter Tatchell, as well as some recognized trans-exclusionary reactionaries) published in The Observer (“We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals“). In it they call for universities to stand against what . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: “A little free speech for me, and a little shut-up-and-take-it-like-a-man for you.”

Dented Blue Mercedes: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, Parents’ Rights… and Kids’ Rights.

On Sunday, December 28th, 17-year-old trans* Ohio teenager committed suicide by stepping in front of a tractor-trailer on the interstate. She was killed instantly.

Her tragedy says something profound which has been almost completely missed in the discussion about LGBT-inclusive education and Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) currently wafting across Canada.

Before Leelah Alcorn’s death, she posted . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, Parents’ Rights… and Kids’ Rights.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, Parents’ Rights… and Kids’ Rights.

On Sunday, December 28th, 17-year-old trans* Ohio teenager committed suicide by stepping in front of a tractor-trailer on the interstate. She was killed instantly.

Her tragedy says something profound which has been almost completely missed in the discussion about LGBT-inclusive education and Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) currently wafting across Canada.

Before Leelah Alcorn’s death, she posted . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, Parents’ Rights… and Kids’ Rights.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Open Letter To Margaret Wente

Dear Ms. Wente,

I thought that as a journalist you were supposed to do some research before you go writing stories. In the case of your August 2, 2014 column in The Globe and Mail, it is painfully obvious that you haven't even bothered to try. As a child, Lindsay Leigh Bentley desperately wanted . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Open Letter To Margaret Wente

Dented Blue Mercedes: Paths of Pain, and the Ownership of Language.

Marc Maron recently ran a follow-up interview with fellow comedian Todd Glass, who had come out as gay on Marc’s podcast, WTF. Marc’s podcast has often been strikingly introspective, and a moment came up that epitomized this. Glass started talking about language, the way that words can be weaponized, and the way he’s experienced this . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Paths of Pain, and the Ownership of Language.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: When Is A Policy A Non-Policy?

When it involves the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese making a policy on "accommodating" transgender students.

At first glance, this almost seems like a reasonable document. There are lots of "The schools shall do this" and "shall provide that" statements, and it almost looks as though they made reasonably well informed effort.

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Dented Blue Mercedes: Google Trends on “Transgender”

Posted for discussion and interest value.

Out of curiosity, I plunked the word “transgender” into Google Trends. It’s not my terminology of choice, but it’s what most people use and what the general public is most likely to search for. Here’s what I got:

The numbers aren’t an exact value of something, but a . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Google Trends on “Transgender”

Dented Blue Mercedes: Google Trends on “Transgender”

Posted for discussion and interest value.

Out of curiosity, I plunked the word “transgender” into Google Trends. It’s not my terminology of choice, but it’s what most people use and what the general public is most likely to search for. Here’s what I got:

The numbers aren’t an exact value of something, but a . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Google Trends on “Transgender”

Art Threat: My Playwright Sister: a play about a play about a transgender sibling

My Playwright Sister, written and performed by James Diamond and Johanna Nutter, is a sequel of sorts to Nutter’s earlier work, My Pregnant Brother.

My Pregnant Brother sets Nutter’s struggle to assert herself against her instinct to help her pregnant, transgendered brother. While this autobiographical piece is exquisitely well-performed, it has also been the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: My Playwright Sister: a play about a play about a transgender sibling

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On RuPaul And The Use Of Language

I’ve seriously tried to stay away from the fracas that has developed around RuPaul’s use of the word “Tranny” (and a couple of other terms which I think are both denigrating and offensive to transitioning transsexuals that I will not repeat here because they are straight out of the fantasy world of pornography).

However, after . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On RuPaul And The Use Of Language

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What David Reimer’s Story Really Demonstrates

Over at LifeSite, we find one of their editorial staff grossly misunderstanding the tragic story of David Reimer.  

His tragic death emphasized the total failure of one of the most famous gender alteration cases in modern medicine.…David Reimer’s traumatic life and horrific death testify that no matter what elaborate theories the unscrupulous attempt . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What David Reimer’s Story Really Demonstrates

knitnut.net: Gender Failure: Highly readable, highly recommended

I got an advance copy of Gender Failure, by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon. It’s not quite available in the stores yet, but it’s coming soon and I urge you to get yourself a copy. It’s an extraordinary book.

I loved the show Gender Failure so I knew before reading it that I’d . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Gender Failure: Highly readable, highly recommended