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Democracy Now:

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.

Scot Nakagawa, Why I Support Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not as a Strategy to Achieve Structural Change

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.

See also The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’

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Democracy Now:

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.

Scot Nakagawa, Why I Support Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Right, But Not as a Strategy to Achieve Structural Change

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.

See also The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’

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thepeoplesrecord:

Referring to Bradley as Breanna ManningJune 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

#Breanna Manning #Wikileaks #Transgender #LGBTQ #Whistleblower #Justice

thepeoplesrecord:

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

#Breanna Manning #Wikileaks #Transgender #LGBTQ #Whistleblower #Justice

socialismartnature:

(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.

(via amodernmanifesto)

materialworld:

leslie-feinberg:

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 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002567181562!!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 caseand how you might help: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/category/updates/Message from behind the prison walls from CeCe McDonald (2/14):http://supportcece.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/from-cece-214/PQ interview with CeCe McDonald:http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/02/06/pq-interview-with-cece-mcdonald/
Join the CeCe McDonald Book Clubhttps://www.facebook.com/notes/freecece-mcdonald/join-the-cece-mcdonald-book-club/230522060376698

I snipped the bit about writing to prisoners, including CeCe, because - you know - trolls.

materialworld:

leslie-feinberg:

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
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002567181562

!!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):
http://supportcece.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/from-cece-214/

PQ interview with CeCe McDonald:
http://www.prettyqueer.com/2012/02/06/pq-interview-with-cece-mcdonald/

Join the CeCe McDonald Book Club
https://www.facebook.com/notes/freecece-mcdonald/join-the-cece-mcdonald-book-club/230522060376698

I snipped the bit about writing to prisoners, including CeCe, because - you know - trolls.