As I'm sure most of you in the US know, the government is in danger of shut down if a budget isn't passed tonight. Republicans in the Senate are taking advantage of this to try and cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood and Title X.

Just to be clear, there is NO federal funding of abortion. If they succeed, what will be cut is women's health services, STD and cancer screening, family planning and contraception and it will disproportionately affect low-income women. Abortion services only make up 3% of the care PP provides. According to Senator Leahy (my senator ♥):

Around the country, one out of every four women of reproductive age has received care from a Planned Parenthood health center at some point in her life and even more strikingly, six in ten women who access care from a family planning health center, like Planned Parenthood, consider it to be their main source of health care. Eliminating funding for the Title X Family planning program and Planned Parenthood would put tens of thousands of Vermonters' and millions of Americans' health care in jeopardy.

What can you do? Sign the Planned Parenthood petition and call your senator's office. You can also get the phone numbers for all your representatives on the NOW website.

ETA: US Troops will have paychecks withheld if the government shuts down. Damn. This is basically politicians gaming the budget process and who will suffer for it? Soldiers and their families.
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( Nov. 22nd, 2009 11:32 am)
Oh Jesus, where does the time go? I meant to post about Transgender Day of Rememberance and about the murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado (he was decapitated, dismembered and burned.)

I also wanted to pass this on:

Sylvia Rivera Law Project opposes the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The recent expansion of the federal hates crimes legislation has received extensive praise and celebration by mainstream lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations because it purports to "protect" LGBT people from attacks on the basis of their expressed and/or perceived identities for the first time ever on a federal level. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project does not see this as a victory. As an organization that centers racial and economic justice in our work and that understands mass imprisonment as a primary vector of violence in the lives of our constituents, we believe that hate crimes legislation is a counterproductive response to the violence faced by LGBT people.


I don't support hate crimes legislation, not the way it will be implemented in our current legal system. We need justice. We need to not keep quiet. There are forces and people trying to keep us invisible and keep our deaths invisible - that is one thing that the language of "hate crimes" has helped with; it has put the emphasis on the motivation of the person who committed violence, instead of on the identity or actions of the victim. But it also hides certain things. Lopez Mercado's alleged murderer claims that he acted out of the trauma he endured in prison, which may be another version of the twinkie defense, but it is indicative of the intersectionality of racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, nationality, etc. There's a Facebook group calling for the murder to be classified as a hate crime, which would ensure that the defendant is jailed for a longer period of time. We need to stop acting like prisons are the answer. They will not make us safe.
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Aaand this is depressing: Iraq’s Newly Open Gays Face Scorn and Murder. While the article says "gay men" it's pretty obvious that some are (also) transgendered.

Also from the NYT: A Passover Song is beautiful and well-worth reading. And then go check out A Facebook Haggadah because it's hilarious.
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Douglas threatens to veto Vermont gay marriage bill

The four-term Republican governor has never made a veto threat before, but said he worried that speculation over what he would do has become a distraction at the Vermont Statehouse.

To quote my mom: "our families with children with 2 mommies or 2 daddies are raising the next generation of Vermonters and doing it beautifully. They should have the same human rights as families with one mommy and one daddy."

My governor is a jerk but my mom is awesome.

ETA: How to contact Gov. Douglas
USPS: Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
Phone: 802 828-3333
(toll-free in VT only: 800 649-6825)
TTY: 800 649-6825
Fax: 802 828-3339
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Ah guys I just started reading [livejournal.com profile] adellyna's new Patrick/Nick Scimeca fic and decided I needed visuals of Nick Scimeca (all these associated people, they confuse me.) Anwyay, on his blog (which has a pic of him, yay) he has a post about how he April Fooled Travis. He IMed me all sad and mad and that I was serious about kicking him out of the band and I was like ”dude…April Fools” Haha. Poor Travis.

News: Pregnant Man on Oprah. Yes, he is trans. Easy on the eyes too. The coverage is not too bad but wow, this could get big. I mean, this could draw a lot of attention to FTMs that we don't usually get. Whee.

Their doctor: "Thomas has been off testosterone for two years before even trying to conceive. His testosterone levels are normal. Some physical changes are permanent, but his hormone levels are normal. People ask 'is the baby going to be normal?' The baby is totally healthy."

OMG, I love the neighbor: "I was under the impression that Nancy was pregnant. I often see Thomas out and about cutting grass. Thomas told us it was he that was pregnant. I was surprised. It's not Nancy? It's Thomas. I have to get my head around this."

Dude, the kid is going to be fine. She'll have a mom and a dad* and people will assume that the mother gave birth to her, it's a total non-issue as far as I can see. *Not that having two moms or two dads is bad, obviously.

Edit: Thomas Beatie's story in The Advocate
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( Nov. 7th, 2007 03:28 pm)
The Writers' Guild of America (WGA) is on strike. [livejournal.com profile] witchqueen has gathered links about it here.

On November 5, 2007 the Writers Guild of America went on strike. The WGA and studio/execs could not reach an agreement on DVD and internet royalties. The strike will have direct effects on TV programming, especially late night such as "The Daily Show with John Stewart". The last writers' strike happened in the 1980s and lasted twenty-two weeks.

This one is on "indefinitely."

We must support their cause, even if that means months between new episodes.
(from [livejournal.com profile] wga_supporters)

Also: list of TV shows affected by the strike. SGA isn't because most of the writers are Canadian, though Battlestar Galactica is. Some others are Heroes, Chuck, Dexter, Dollhouse (the new Joss Whedon show) and MANY more.
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