Thursday, March 18, 2010

Demand LGBT employment rights today


There’s a blogswarm today. We’re asking our readers to contact Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ask that she move the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3017) to a floor vote. Contact info at the end of Dr. Jillian T. Weiss’ article. Dr. Weiss notes:

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, first introduced in 1994, would prohibit job discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But LGBT people have never been able to achieve the enactment of the bill, known by the acronym of “ENDA”.

Last year, the Administration’s highest ranking gay official, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, indicated that ENDA was highest priority on the LGBT civil rights agenda.

“If we can get ENDA enacted and signed into law, it is only a matter of time before all the rest happens,” he said. “It is the keystone that holds up the whole bunch, and so we need to focus our energies and attention there.”

Hearings were held last Fall in the House and in the Senate to demonstrate the need for the bill, and testimony was heard on the severe unemployment, underemployment and harassment experienced by LGBT workers. Witnesses testified to the scientific studies demonstrating this.

But nothing has happened.

Full article:
Blogswarm: Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today

Please call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965. Ask that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, move to a vote. More instructions at the article:

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Posted by Andrea James on 03/18 at 09:46 AM
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Response to a thoughtful blogger regarding HBS and hoaxers


The author of The Nuclear Unicorn posted a commentary on my recent profile of fringe element kooks who waste the community’s time and energy. Here’s my reply:

Hi Quinnae—

Thanks for the insightful and passionate commentary titled ”The Master’s Tools,” about my first of several upcoming profiles of fringe element netkooks in the community. Though I usually don’t respond to anonymous posts like yours, I wanted to address a couple of your points. As you say, the betrayal of other trans people is a serious problem. There is plenty of room for dissent in the community (see any online forum). The trolls I profile number in the dozens worldwide, yet account for something like 80% of the bullshit we have to deal with. You could count on two hands the people responsible for 50% of the nonsense. They are the ultimate betrayers, those who hurt all of us and waste our time and energy while trying to make themselves feel better.

It should be clear by now that I am a big fan of ad hominem arguments when I feel they are warranted. My motto: comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable. These betrayers assert their authority and authenticity from the comfort of anonymity, or secrecy, or shame. Ergo, they are going to get afflicted by yours truly.

I believe that “consider the source” is an important axiom when looking for information by and about the community. If a “scientist” proclaims that most trans women he knows are sex workers, but won’t admit that his sexual interest in trans sex workers might be causing a teensy-weensy bit of confirmation bias, I am going to say “consider the source.” And I’ll do it in a not-nice ad hominem way when discussing that kind of pathetic hypocritical closet case.

I have a zero-tolerance policy on that hoax. Some idiot academics have quoted that site as if it is legitimate. It’s in a college textbook. Every single person involved will be hunted down and exposed until that site is gone. The reason? Because every single person involved is not what they claim to be when the truth emerges. When went offline last year, I was done. Then Candice Brown Elliott decided to resurrect it, as part of her deluded assertion that these guys consider her a “homosexual transsexual.” She fails to realize that they consider Candice Brown Elliott a TEXTBOOK “nonhomosexual transsexual,” as in Ray Blanchard discusses people just like her in a book. I’m sure she wouldn’t be so vigorously defending this bogus taxonomy and terminology if they just gave her an honest answer on what they think she is: a nonhomosexual and “a man without a penis,” to quote Blanchard. They think her husband is just a prop she uses in her paraphilic fantasy. It’s mind-boggling that this otherwise intelligent person can be such a deluded idiot regarding this one thing.

These HBS trolls are being handled well by a lot of other people doing excellent global vector control. Like the hoaxers, every HBS person insists they are a “true transsexual,” yet would be classified otherwise by the “experts” they obsequiously extol. Their desire for attention and validation from authority figures is the same desire that drives Candice. Just like Anjelica Kieltyka, Candice Brown Elliott contacted J. Michael Bailey directly in hope of getting some attention and validation, and to align herself with what she considers “authorities.” Looking at Candice’s “before” pic, I bet he was a little brown-noser in high school, too.

The main reason I wrote this reply is to say that I have not “outed” anyone. Both Candice Brown Elliott and Courtney Holder have published extensively on trans issues online, including under their real names. Both are public figures for purposes of this discussion, and my profiles constitute fair comment. Neither has been put in harm’s way by me, since I am merely commenting on materials they themselves published. That is in the public interest. I have been at this for a while now, and I have prevailed in every legal challenge to date brought by kooks and fraudsters who were mad that I told the truth about them. Why? Because the truth is Constitutionally-protected fair comment in our great nation.

My comment on “passing” is because both of these yutzes claim that part of the evidence of their “true transsexualism” is how well they pass and how stealth they are. There’s really no way to discuss that assertion without pointing out the obvious: neither of them pass as their target identity. The first note I ever got from Candice was occasioned by a doctor who thought she was a MAN and said so to her face. Courtney Holder looks like a weird white dude in blackface with a dimestore fall pinned to his head. Am I lookist or any number of –ists because I make this observation? Does my lack of respect for these two dorks make me look bad or undercut my own authority? Probably. I contain multitudes, I guess.

The before-and-after images are important. They show that the transracialist is about as white as they come when not prancing around in blackface. The other one shows that Candice Brown Elliott was a regular, albeit nerdy, guy in high school: Boy Scouts, making radios, man-crap like that. This whole self-report of being ultra-femmy in school is disproven by the photographic evidence she herself published. The people she’s defending consider her a TEXTBOOK nonhomosexual transsexual, as I said before. These two wannabes wouldn’t be doing all of this if they understood how others see them. In order for others to see them, it’s necessary to show what we’re talking about here.

I don’t have any malice toward these guys. In fact, I think they are quite funny, as do a lot of other people. I just wish they were both in on the joke, too. Problem is, they are the joke, and there’s really no nice way to point that out. Until they are in on it, our community’s oppressors will rub their hands gleefully at every pronouncement these two make. And that’s no joke.

Thanks again for the thoughtful comments!

Further reading:
The Master’s Tools

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Posted by Andrea James on 03/18 at 01:02 AM
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Monday, March 15, 2010

More hoax weirdness: The case of the purloined plane


For those following the hoax weirdness, transsexual netkook Candice Brown Elliott has been on a roll lately. A few days after my latest report went live, Elliott kicked out her roommate Susan Alexandria. The two had been very close for over a decade, since Alexandria was 15. Elliott gave her a place to stay and helped her with her transition.

Last week, Elliott’s roomie got arrested and charged with stealing one of Elliott’s planes. Here’s the recent timeline.

March 4: I profiled Candice Brown Elliott and her involvement in the hoax via the troll names Kay Brown, Cloudy and Sillyolme.
March 9: Candice Brown Elliott boots her roommate Susan Alexandria from her place.
March 9: Susan Alexandria takes Candice Brown Elliott’s plane without permission and flies hundreds of miles, ditching it in a field in the extreme northeast corner of California.
March 11: Candice Brown Elliott learns of the incident; Susan Alexandria is arrested.
March 14: Undoubtedly worked up over recent developments, Sillyolme gets back to blogging her nonsense, attempting to explain that her pre-transition asexuality and her interest in 15-year old trans women is not an indicator that she is an ”autogynephile” under Ray Blanchard‘s taxonomy.


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Posted by Andrea James on 03/15 at 03:53 AM
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Controversy continues over APA and gender variance


The battle is heating up over how gender variance will be handled in the American Psychiatric Association’s update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

Allen Frances, the previous DSM-IV general editor, listed two of transyouth reparative therapist Ken Zucker’s proposed changes as the worst ideas from the DSM-V drafts.

That led to Zucker sending out a super-snippy retort.

Dr. Renee Baker has written an excellent overview of the controversy in the Dallas Voice:

Mental illness can carry a heavy stigma. It can destroy families, end careers, cause health care to be turned down and even the most basic of human rights to be denied.

Just look at homosexuality as an example: It was once labeled a mental disorder, and the liberation of LGB people today continues to depend upon them having a clean bill of mental health.

But that same clean bill is routinely denied to freely expressing gender-variant people — from toddlers to adults — regardless of transgender identity. And though the liberating road ahead is anything but clear, many voices are speaking out amidst a firestorm of controversy, and they’re speaking to the American Psychiatric Association.

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Posted by Andrea James on 03/12 at 10:48 AM
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Canadian minor skips “gender clinics,” gets post office box for hormones


My page on obtaining transsexual hormones as a minor is written primarily for a US audience, but the same information can be used in Canada with a little planning and assertiveness.

I just can’t tell my mom. She sometimes seems to be on a emotional precipice, and I fear me telling her I’m someone completely different would be far too much for her. She still cries at times over the loss of her father, two years later.

I live in Canada (Montreal) and just called my local Canada Post office with regards to post office boxes… I intend to order hormones and anti-androgens from 1drugstore online. But I was greeted by a very French man at the desk saying they do not rent post office boxes to minors, only to those over 18. Eeek! What do I do next! And Canada Post is very vague on their website; I can’t seem to find a form like the one you supply on your website. It’s very frustrating, I have a cell phone, all the ID, and a very generous sum willed to me by my grandparents. But without the box, I’m stuck… and unfortunately (fortunately) I absolutely would not pass for 18, even with a fake ID. People have repeatedly informed me I look about 14 (I do look a bit feminine, partly because of my longish hair). However, I can produce two distinct voices: one I never use and hate with a passion, my guy voice, and my normal talking voice, which is rather androgynous. I really can’t afford to wait any longer, I just hit 5’6” and my facial hair, although concealable as of now, is just starting to darken over my lip. I should have started a year and a half ago when my voice started dropping and shoulders got a bit wider, but you can’t change the past.

So if I can’t really bypass the Canada Post rules, what can I do? Is it possible a different outlet would have a different policy?

My reply:

You might consider a private mailbox service at UPS, FedEx or other non-chain option (look online in your area). They might be able to assist you.

About a week later, I got this response:

I just thought I would let you know- today I was successful in obtaining a post office box! :D Perhaps you may want to add on your “obtaining a post office box for minors” page, unfortunately, Canada is quite uptight about renting them to minors.

I called Canada Post customer service, and after being put on hold three times in 20 minutes, the guy on the other end found (from his manager) that they have a country-wide policy to not rent PO boxes to minors. I was going to try UPS next, but I had a feeling to try the other Canada Post nearby. I put aside my actual me to seem older, using a more male voice, and that probably helped. I had all my ID, cash, bank card, and confidence, and once he handed me a form I thought it would be easy- then he asked me for ID. He looked at the birthdate on my Medicare, asked me my age, and then told me he couldn’t rent PO boxes to minors. But being so close I had no intention of giving up. I said there was nothing on their site that indicated that. From your suggestions on your site I said it was for a business, though when he still seemed unconvinced, I dragged out my balance book from my bank. I motioned to the several-figure number in the latest entry, and implied my business had generated that revenue (I’ve never been a spender by any means). He believed me and gave in. Then I paid, thanked him, tested the key, and left. I could barely contain myself… smile

Thanks so much Andrea for all your suggestions, and you were right, it went very smoothly having different types of ID (bank book in my name).

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Posted by Andrea James on 03/12 at 10:34 AM
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