7 posts tagged transgender
AMY GOODMAN: In your piece, you talk about LGB, not LGBT.
SCOT NAKAGAWA: Mm-hmm.
AMY GOODMAN: Why?
SCOT NAKAGAWA: Well, you know, I started out referencing LGBT. At one point I dropped the “T” because I think that there’s nothing at all conservative about challenging the gender binary. And, you know, what I was making an argument for is that marriage is an essentially conservative institution, and the demand for marriage is an essentially conservative demand. I don’t mean by “conservative” that it’s equate—that we should equate the demand with, you know, Newt Gingrich, for example. You know, a lot of people hear that term, “conservative,” and they immediately think I mean reactionary. But what I’m saying is that it’s a status quo institution. You know, it doesn’t fundamentally change the way that society views family or the way government provides for families. And so, that’s why I dropped it at that point.
What appears to be leading to this “success” with young conservatives points to another of my concerns. By presenting LGB (I’ll leave off the “t” here) people as basically conservative in our demands, the most mainstream faction within the LGB movement is subtly positioning us as a model minority. And it’s working. Where once attacks against LGB people relied heavily on messaging that mirrored prejudices historically used against people of color (morally debased sexual predators and criminals seeking anti-American special rights), LGB people are increasingly understood to be all-American and fundamentally non-threatening. The sales job basically seems to revolve around the idea that if you let us in, nothing really changes.
“The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’
They said this to one of our activists as well as a transgender person who held the flag. We stood our ground, and flew our flag proudly.
That flag flew behind the podium ALL day today, keep an eye for it on the news.”
This apparently happened twice. Well done, HRC. Well done. But I’m not allowed to be critical of your campaign. Get the fuck out of here.
oh my god
fuck that noise so hard
October 7, 2012
In this message, I report my trial date and the details of the plea deal that the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office has put on the table.
At my pre-trial hearing, on Sept. 28, 2012, the date of the opening of my jury trial on a charge of 3rd-degree misdemeanor was set for Dec. 12, 2012.
That is not a speedy jury trial! I am ready to stand trial today. But the court has declined to schedule my trial in October—LGBTQ/+ History Month—or in November—the month of Trans Remembrance events in the U.S.
The scheduling of my trial for mid-December serves to bury publicity about the prosecution of an act of solidarity with CeCe McDonald.
In the U.S., the last two weeks of December is a time when students, teachers and school staffs are busily working and then schools close down for winter breaks. Workplaces and government offices shut down for winter holidays and new year on the Gregorian calendar. Many people travel and communications via work and social media often slow down
A NEW YEAR OF STRUGGLE
ON ACTIVIST CALENDAR
I am pressing to re-schedule my trial date for mid-January—to begin a new year of struggle on the activist calendar.
A recent show of force at St. Cloud prison on Sept. 15, 2012, also dramatically demonstrated that the 1%, and the criminally unjust system that maintains its rule, wants to thwart the growing support that CeCe McDonald’s struggle is inspiring.
Supporters rode together in a group motorcycle ride from Minneapolis to St. Cloud to visit CeCe McDonald that day. When they arrived, St. Cloud officials had locked down all the prisoners, SWAT teams were posted at every entrance, and all those who traveled to visit their loves ones were barred from spending precious time together.
‘PLEAD GUILTY, JAIL TIME GOES AWAY’
I thank Bruce Nestor, and the National Lawyer’s Guild, for your legal support.
The Minneapolis City Attorney has put a plea bargain on the pre-trial negotiating table. Here are the details, as I understand them:
If I would plead “guilty” my sentence will be “stayed—no jail time beyond the three days I already spent in lock up; one year probation; 3-5 days of community service; pay financial “restitution” for property “damage.”
After my arrest, I was held without bail for three days on a felony charge, which threatened five years behind bars. After mass outcry, the felony charge was dropped.
Now I’m being threatened with one year in jail.
But the prosecution is willing to make more time in jail go away if I’ll just “confess” my “guilt.”
My message to the prosecution is: No deal!
I DECLARE: ‘NOT GUILTY!’
I want a speedy jury trial in which I can declare—not “plead”—that I am NOT GUILTY of any wrong-doing.
The action in which I delivered the peoples’ verdict—writing “Free CeCe Now!” on the county jail wall that held her—that was my “community service.” I was demonstrating my responsibility to CeCe and to many communities to take action against injustice.
One things is clear: the repressive forces have the strength to hold me incommunicado behind bars, but they don’t have the power to stop the support for CeCe McDonald from widening and deepening.
DELAYED TRIAL: MORE TIME
TO ORGANIZE SOLIDARITY
As I write, transwomen of color are being lynched in cities across the U.S., and tortured in the Prison-Industrial Complex.
CeCe McDonald is surviving this war.
In honor of her ongoing struggle, I’m making an open call for photographs for a slide show dedicated to “Free CeCe” in the no-cost author edition of Stone Butch Blues.
The slide show is titled “This is what solidarity looks like.”
Please consider making “Free CeCe” group photographs at October LGBTQ/+ and November Trans Remembrance events with a sign or other message of support for CeCe McDonald.
Every day between now and the opening of my trial I will:
—try to post at least a photo a day from the “Free CeCe” slide show on social media, to build solidarity with CeCe’s struggle and to thank the photographers for their permissions.
—also post photos in search of the photographer/s in order to give full photo credit.
Download permission forms:
photos/permissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media
I’ll write more, when I can.
FREE CECE NOW!
Referring to Bradley as Breanna Manning
June 27, 2012
As The People’s Record continues to cover whistleblower news relating to Wikileaks and Breanna Manning, many readers have had questions about us referring to Pfc. Manning as “Breanna.”
Breanna Manning, also known as Bradley, was arrested in May 2010 in Kuwait for releasing thousands of classified cables to Wikileaks. However, once the Army intelligence analyst was arrested, her greatest fears weren’t a life sentence or years in solitary confinement.
In June 2010, conversations between Manning and former hacker Adrian Lamo were released to the public and offered insight into the whistleblower’s involvement with Wikileaks.
She also confided in Lamo that she was having gender identity issues and feared being publicized as a man.
“I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as boy…” (Source)
A few days after Manning had confided in Lamo, she was arrested in Kuwait after Lamo informed the FBI and the Army about the leaked cables.
Manning has been held in conditions classified by Amnesty International as “inhumane,” including 23 hours in solitary confinement each day, daily strip searches and deprivation of pillows, sheets and often times clothing and her glasses. Manning has lived in these conditions since July 2010 for exposing war crimes, corruption, civilian murders and human rights violations, but has not been convicted of any crime. She is currently being charged with “transferring classified data” and “delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source.”
Perhaps widely acknowledging Manning’s transgender identity would have exposed her to more violence and an even more unfair trial. But The People’s Record feels it is vital to cover news surrounding the trial in the way in which she identifies – as a transgender woman. For clarification, we will always mention that Breanna is more widely known as Bradley, but in order to justly and accurately portray the struggle for truth, we will continue to recognize her transgender identity.
Breanna Manning currently faces a potential life sentence for her heroism in bringing justice to victims of war and exploitation all over the world.
- G. Razo
(Video) “From Police Brutality to Hate Crimes: How can we win justice?”
In late April, 2012, a transgender woman, Brandy Martell, was murdered in front of her friends in Oakland, CA in what was presumed to be a hate crime. Many activist argue that the Oakland police and city council have not only been ineffective in stopping crime, they also use it to cover their tracks. The unchecked power of the police smashed the Occupy movement, and is regularly used to abuse youth of color, and murder unarmed people.
Shortly after the murder of Brandy Martell, the Oakland Police Department murdered another unarmed youth, Alan Blueford, who was weeks away from graduating from Skyline High School.
On June 9, 2012 family members of Alan Blueford and Brandy Martell joined anti-police brutality and anti-oppression activists for this panel discussion in Oakland, CA about racism, police brutality, anti-LGBT oppression, and how to win justice for Alan Blueford and Brandy Martell.
Why This Is Important
An icon in the metal and hardcore scenes, Mina (nee Keith) Caputo fronted the legendary Life Of Agony. From the modern classic River Runs Red through the 2005 reunion record Broken Valley, the band left a lasting impression and has influenced more bands than we can even imagine.
After performing for more than twenty years as a man, Caputo came out as transsexual, and announced a transition from male to female. She also and began referring to herself with female pronouns. Immediately following, there were mixed feelings from both fans and friends alike, but nonetheless an overwhelming amount of support.
We, the undersigned, feel that one way the metal scene can further show its support for Caputo is to have her featured in Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock. While the feature been subject to criticism as promoting sexism and exploitation of women, Revolver’s editor-in-chief Brandon Geist and other defenders have countered that the feature is meant to empower and celebrate women. Including Caputo here would make a significant step towards mending that rift by recognizing that a transgendered musician in this scene is worthy of such celebration and empowerment.
from: Leslie Feinberg March 5, 2012:
CeCe McDonald—with the help of organized supporters—is struggling to free herself from behind bars after successfully defending herself against a bloody attack by a group who used white supremacist, transphobic, gay-hating, anti-woman, youth-bashing slurs and violent physical assault.
The right of self-defense against all forms of oppressions—the spirit of Stonewall—is at the heart of the demand to free her.
I urge readers who may not know about CeCe McDonald’s struggle to learn more (see links below), to help find creative, ongoing ways to spread the word about her case, and to help build support during her April 2012 trial.
CeCe McDonald can count on me as a warrior to fight alongside her until this critical and urgent struggle is won—and until every battle in won. Free CeCe McDonald, right now!
from FreeCeCe Mcdonald on Facebook
!!FIGHT RACISM & TRANSPHOBIA BY THE CLICK OF A MOUSE!! Please post far & wide, invite all yr contacts, send it out on yr listserves, post it to yr blogs, tweet it, fax it out to folks. Let’s fill this petition to drop the charges against CeCe with thousands of signatures!
http://www.change.org/petitions/free-cece-were-looking-at-you-michael-freeman-drop-the-charges-against-cece-mcdonald — with Soy ShadesofYellow and 19 others.
for more information about CeCe McDonald’s case
and how you might help: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/category/updates/
Message from behind the prison walls from CeCe McDonald (2/14):
PQ interview with CeCe McDonald:
Join the CeCe McDonald Book Club
I snipped the bit about writing to prisoners, including CeCe, because - you know - trolls.