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Linda Star
Linda Star

Terrorism an everyday experience for trans people.

December 10th, 2018 7:17 pm EST

Everyone needs to be alert,” said multiple security experts on multiple TV cable shows Wednesday, Oct. 24, after “live explosive devices” were sent to the Clintons, the Obamas, CNN, Rep. Maxine Waters and others repeatedly denounced as “enemies” by President Donald Trump at angry Republican rallies and on Twitter. The climate of fear throughout the country was so intense, the San Diego Union-Tribune building, which also houses offices of Sen. Kamala Harris, was evacuated after several “suspicious” packages were found at the entrance. Later, the UT tweeted: “San Diego police Lt. Kevin Wadhams said the packages contained: one shoe, two children’s books, one football, one empty bag of chips and one hat.”

The Los Angeles Times received a bundle of four suspicious envelopes that were scrutinized by a Hazmat team but did not require evacuation of The Times headquarters in El Segundo.

Reading off a teleprompter at a pre-planned event at the White House, Trump called the use of mail bombs “abhorrent” and “upsetting to everything we hold dear.” And then he uttered another stunner, as if the mail bomb targets bore no resemblance to his favorite enemy’s list: “In these times we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear strong unmistakable message; that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”

But for the transgender community in Los Angeles, the grip of terror that faced the nation Wednesday morning is a too-common experience. As the LA County Commission on Human Relations reported recently, there were a record number of anti-transgender crimes for the second consecutive year—94% of which were violent.

Wednesday’s terrorism fear “gives a context, an idea of how trans people are terrorized every single day,” Bamby Salcedo, founder of TransLatin@ Coalition, told the Los Angeles Blade. “Terror manifests itself in many different ways through people’s actions. This is how terrorism comes to be. But we must not despair. It’s important that we hold each other with love and hope, understanding that evil minds and hearts will not terrorize our communities.”

 

This was also a theme at the massive #WeWillNotBeErased trans rally Monday night, Oct. 22, at City Hall. The rally was in reaction to a proposed memo from the Health and Human Services Department that a New York Times article suggested expressed based the Trump administration’s intention on “defining transgender out of existence.” The new regulation would require identifications to only list male or female, according to the person’s genitalia at birth. If adopted, the new definition of gender would essentially eliminate federal recognition of an estimated 2 million trans and gender non-conforming people in America, as well as numerous protections for women and some men.

When asked about the proposal to strip civil rights protections from transgender Americans, Trump, leaving the White House for a political rally in Houston, told reporters: “We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now — you know that as well as I do — and we’re looking at it very seriously.” Trump added, walking away: “I’m protecting everybody, I want to protect our country.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is among those pledged to protecting the LGBTQ community from Trump. “Time & again, the Trump Admin has attempted to rollback important protections for our #LGBTQ community. In response to these disgraceful actions, we have been here to defend patients, students, employees, foster parents & military servicemembers – we won’t stop now.#WontBeErased,” Becerra tweeted in response to The Times story.

Becerra, representing the state of California, joined Equality California as a plaintiff in Stockman v. Trump, one of four lawsuits that have so far successfully blocked the implementation of the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender military service through a nationwide preliminary injunction.

“The Trump-Pence Administration’s heartless, coordinated attempts to erase the existence of transgender Americans illustrates just how low they’re willing to go for their radical political base,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a statement. “But rest assured, medicine, science and the law are all on our side — not the Administration’s — and so are Californians, a majority of whom want our government to do more — not less — to support and protect our transgender family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors….We are strong and resilient. And we will stand together to defeat the Trump-Pence Administration’s agenda of hate and fear.”

The Stockman v. Trump trial is tentatively scheduled to begin in July 2019.

Meanwhile, on Oct. 22, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD filed a 72 page brief against the latest government attempt to enforce the transgender military ban by asking a DC appeals court to dissolve the preliminary injunction in Doe v. Trump. NCLR and GLAD challenged the Trump-Pence position that Sec. Mattis’ implementation plan is a “new” policy, arguing that it’s the same discriminatory policy Trump originally ordered by tweet. NCLR and GLAD will face the government on Dec. 10 to argue this issue before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“This proposed policy is a heavy-handed attempt to strip federal legal protections from transgender people,” Shannon Minter, NCLR’s trans Legal Director, said in a statement. “It is part and parcel of this administration’s ongoing attempts to scapegoat vulnerable groups and to promote extremist policies rooted in stigma and stereotypes.” Extremist policies and pronouncements that some believe lead to active domestic terrorism..


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Carole
Carole

Christmass Time

December 10th, 2018 6:40 am EST

Christmas time is here again and we seem to have forgotten the reasons behind Christmas.

It is not about eating to much and buying very expensive gifts for children.  Lets all give 1% of what we would normally spend to a good cause.

Seasons Greetings

To you one and All.


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Alicia Lynn...
Alicia Lynn...

Ugh... Been so busy, and missing my urna friends. Hi friends!

November 20th, 2018 5:10 am EST

Tongue out


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Marcy
Marcy

Untitled Post

November 15th, 2018 11:18 am EST

Thank you to all who sent me Birthday wishes, it really does mean a lot to me!! Hugs!!


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Michelle Ja...
Michelle Ja...

Florida Home

November 10th, 2018 4:37 am EST

I am back in my winter home of Zolfo Springs Florida. Hoping to meet some new girlfriends this year.


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Beverly Anne
Beverly Anne

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November 7th, 2018 1:04 pm EST

Yeah to the good people of Massachsetts. Not only were we the first state to allow same sex marriage, we are now the first state to uphold transgender antidiscrimination laws, not by court decree, but by popular vote.  The citizens off Massachusetts voted to retain the existing antidiscrimination law by a tw0 to one margin.

THANK YOU TO ALL


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Tracilyn
Tracilyn

Tracilyn- Krazy Life

October 27th, 2018 5:37 am EDT


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Tracilyn
Tracilyn

Tracilyn- New Girl In Town (Promotional)

October 22nd, 2018 6:41 am EDT


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Judy Walste...
Judy Walste...

New Beginnings

October 17th, 2018 7:54 pm EDT

Well from New Jersey to New Mexico, I have finally moved into a condo here in Farmington. Well I have finally landed myself inside a HOA Condo Complex in Northern Farmington, still unemployed and looking for work, but things move very slower out here. I have volunteered with the Farmington Public Lbrary.                                  

My mother still lives in The Bridge down here, and I am working to move her in with me. I have met the neighbors but rarely see them.  Eventually I think that I will not be able to take care of my mother and I will have to put her back into the The Bridge. But mabye for one year I can make her life worth. What else can I do?

 

 


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Cheryl Ann ...
Cheryl Ann ...

Just dont know why .

October 2nd, 2018 2:48 pm EDT

Wow I cant believe how long it has been since I have updated this journal.  The first thing I guess is I am now divorced.  I thought I was good on that front but evidentally not.  I travel a lot.  Most of the year.  It would seem when the cats away the mouse kiked to play.  I am over it though and that much better for it.  

  I also just went thru a period that I didnt dress at all for almost three years.  I am not sure why.  I didnt purge or anything like that.  I guess I just lost the urge.  Perhaps it was time to reintroduce myself to me.  Some self therapy or maybe Cheryl just had to go away for a while.  I actually didnt think about it .  It wasnt my divorce that caused it because I spent a couple years dressing after the divorce.  All this happened while I was living in Vegas with Just You"s Amy.  She is my big little sister.  strictly platonic girls..

  On the bright side I am back !!!   I think what I missed the most was my perfume.  Far away by Avon.  I cant get enough of it.  It is good to be back. Oh and the nylons....  OMG . How could I not miss those ?

  Just remember that Class is a comfortable state of mind.

Cheryl Ann Teaks


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