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    • March 18, 2017 9:05 PM GMT
    • I taught students with Special Needs for a number of years and unfortunately I acquired a sixth sense of being able to spot a person who didn't get the help they needed. Sadly, you see these people everyday - driving too fast, not observing stop signs and being down right rude. You shrug it off and say to yourself "there for the grace of God, go I." These people usually get killed through their ignorance or stupidity. I feel for them but when they get elected to public office - I get fearful. Please have pitty on us in the USA - we're not all Special Ed.
       

    • April 17, 2016 2:25 PM BST
    • Thank you Lucy, for posting your thoughts. I love hearing from a multitude of people, each with their own viewpoint. But unfortunately, not too many people want to post things here in the forum. I had to look up Nigel Farage.

      Traci, I never heard of dominion and the seven mountains and will look them up next. I wrote about the film here
      http://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/10236/-/view/post_id/72745
      and I also added my personal story and how it somewhat relates on a particular gender level. I also added army photos of me at 19-20 years old--21 to 22 years ago, my how time flies. You can see my flat chest that served me well back then. You can also see my feminine and masculine traits, even posing kind of girlie in some...you can put me in the manly uniform, but you can't strip me fully of being me ;)

    • April 17, 2016 5:52 AM BST
    • Lucy...I truly believe the governor will repeal that insane bill as soon as he is advised in how to gracefully bow out of it while "saving face".  NC is feeling the impact already in their pocketbook and far too many people are getting mad at it, not just our community.

      Trump was initially refreshing with his outrageous attacks on the extablished political system.  So many people believe we have a corrupt system that only serves to enrich those who are in it.  Even thos who earn a good living are agreeing.  But he has gone beyond the lines of decency with his continuous spewing of hateful remarks and like an old, tired comic act, has worn out his welcome so to say.  He offers no solutions, just a lot of rhetoric that only serves to inspire feeble minded people who are easily led.  He will not win the election no matter how much he says he will because even his own party do not want him elected.  What is even scarier than Trump winning is the thought that a religious fanatic like Ted Cruz could win!  He represents all that is bad about religion using the bible and fundamentalist view points to drum up interest in him.  Are you familiar with the extreme right religious movement called dominionism and the seven mountains?  It is scary to think that we're heading in that direction because it aligns itself with hardcore extreme right christianity that reads quite similar to sharia law and their like.  In a nutshell, he and his lot are no different than ISIS and other whacked out people.  The USA was supposedly founded as a country that separated church from state and was one of the reasons so many fled the UK to our shores way back in the day.

      Lisa, like yourself, I never learned to read music but instead play guitar and harmonica by ear.  The harmonica is very easy to master if one has a good sense of timing and tone.  The guitar does require knowledge of chords and notes but can be picked up pretty easily as well, at least to about the intermediate level...but if one has the inate gift of "feeling" music, this is not as difficult as you might think.  I believe the keyboard could be mastered in the same manner.  Lucy is an awesome keyboard player and her band sounds really good.  I've seen some videos and they cover a wide array of cool stuff!  I run into many trans people who play instruments pretty well.  Must be a special thing our maker was kind enough to allow us to have, huh?  (smile)  And your mother must have been a handful to deal with, right?  When are you going to tell us about the film????

      Traci xoxo

       

    • April 15, 2016 3:03 PM BST
    • Interesting to hear y'all tearing your country's political system to pieces, and very intelligently too.

      Here in the UK there is considerable disbelief that a nutter like Donald Trum is being taken at all seriously, but then again, we have Nigel Farage...

      The religious fundamental basis for the ridiculous bathroom laws is second only to that of groups like Isis and the Taliban.

      But now another pop star has followed the lead of Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams, and Ringo Starr will also be boycotting North Carolina on his US tour.

      And they're not the only ones boycotting the state, here's the most recent list I could find:

      Ringo Starr

      Bryan Adams

      Deutsche Bank

      PayPal

      Bruce Springsteen

      Michael Moore

      xHamster

      Joel McHale

      General Electric

      the Dow Chemical Company

      Pepsi

      Hyatt

      Hewlett Packard

      Choice Hotels International

      Whole Foods

      Levis Strauss & Co.

      Lionsgate

      And that list is going to get bigger. At some point North Carolina will be able unable to continue with their legalised discrimination policy.

      xx

    • April 15, 2016 2:12 PM BST
    • What instrument(s) do you play?

      I will be posting something more on the arts (an upcoming movie--foreign film--I just read about) that I NEVER heard about...it has something to do about gender...that's my teaser to you! But I spent time late last night reading Wikipedia all about this. It's unbelievable. That's it for now...Love, Lisa ;)

    • April 15, 2016 2:05 PM BST
    • Well, now you tell me you have the inside scoop! Someone like me who just channel surfs the news thinks she's okay because that's what is presented to me, so I didn't know any better ;) I forgot you live so close to Washington D.C., the White House, and the C.I.A. Do you know how many movies I've seen that are set there? Too many to count!

      I play the piano/keyboard very rudimentary. I'm a complete amateur. I taught myself to play by ear in a very basic way since I was a child. A few formal lessons, but I couldn't hack it because I had already taught myself by ear, I didn't want to practice scales, and reading music seems impossible. I created many simple songs in the last five years. Again, extremely basic. I sang in choir and show choir (singing and dancing) in high school for two years. THAT was fun. I'm a pretty good singer, if I don't say so myself! My mom was a night club singer and MC in Taiwan when my dad took some R&R while serving in Vietnam. They became pen pals, then she came to the states and after some years, wreaked havoc on him and all of us kids! She was not the demure little quiet and compliant Asian girl. Very dominating, domineering, controlling, hot temper! But very motivated, ambitious, and aggressive and became a super successful business broker. You think she was a high testosterone woman?! She passed it on to me but I'm nothing like her. I'm sweet ;) ;) ;)

    • April 15, 2016 6:05 AM BST
    • Nader is pretty cool and dead on correct about Hillary.  I used to live next door to a secret service man that had a lot of interaction with her.  Actually, it was her doing all the talking for she more or less told him to eff off every time he'd try to say something.  His description of the manner in which she treated those around her is not fit for even the worst animals on the planet.  She presents one face while actually being something else.  No, she is not the type of human I'd want leading us.  I could go on but it serves no purpose.  It is just my opinion as we all have opinions....no biggie...oh, I will not leave our country regardless of who gets elected.  But some candidates are going to make it really tough for us going forward.  I do not care for Kanye either!  LOL

      What is ironic is that I rarely discuss politics with others.  And here I am opening up to others on my thoughts about things as if I were some kind of expert in the field.  I really much prefer discussing music and the arts and anything that others do that can open my eyes to bigger and better for our future.

      Sooooooo....do you play any musical instruments? (smile)

      Traci xoxo

    • April 15, 2016 1:59 AM BST
    • I meant to say Canada for me and Panama, Nicaragua, or the Carribean for you ;)

      And Melissa McCarthy for president with Oprah as her Vice President! Just please, Kanye, don't run, you're too egotistical with a god complex to boot :)

    • April 14, 2016 10:42 PM BST
    • I love your posts too, Traci! I think you mean Ralph Nader...Rand Paul is a libertarian ('softer' side of the right wing) who according to Wikipedia opposes everything that has to do with LGBT rights..."Rand Paul opposes protecting sexual orientation or gender identity at the federal level" was just the start of the Wikipedia paragraph on his closed minded LGBT views. Looks like he also opposes a woman's right to abortion. Oops. Here's Nader's info...let me see, what's a good site...http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/about-us/historical-information/campaign-2008/2008-presidential-campaign-candidate-profiles/104-ralph-nader


      However, head over to Wikipedia, and it's quoting his dislike of Hillary Clinton:

      In February 2007, Nader criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as "a panderer and a flatterer."[99] Asked on CNN Late Edition news program if he would run in 2008, Nader replied, "It's really too early to say...."[100] Asked during a radio appearance to describe the former First Lady, Nader said, "Flatters, panders, coasting, front-runner, looking for a coronation ... She has no political fortitude."[101] Some Greens started a campaign to draft Nader as their party's 2008 presidential candidate.[102]
      https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Nader

      Come on, she's not that bad. I 'like' her (hey, the same thing I said in my Caitlyn post...a soft like). I'm not in love with her though, because she's too center, she is the status quo, and she doesn't have a strong message like Obama did. But I'm already getting myself used to the fact that she will be president. I like that she's a strong woman who is experienced when it comes to politics--Senator and Secretary of State. Move out of the country because of her? No, Traci, don't do it. Like I said, she's not that bad. If Trump becomes president, PACK YOUR BAGS AND BOOK YOUR FLIGHT TO CANADA, PRONTO :)

    • April 14, 2016 9:32 PM BST
    • Now you are the funny one!  Rosanne for president???  OMG!  LOL  I'd prefer Melissa McCarthy though...as for Hillary, she is a total phoney and is the wrong woman for the office, especially for a first time female president.  He isn't a whole lot different than Trump or Cruz in my opinion and will say anything to get elected.  I really do not trust her at all.  Yes, Kasich is likeable for the most part.  None of the Republicans stand a chance vs. Hillary though.  *gasp*  I'm getting a passport and will consider becoming an ex-pat and migrating to where there are lovely beaches, warm climate, and where I can wear skimpy two piece bathing suits, or at least the top all day long!  (grin)

      While the Peace and Freedom party seem to have awesome values, we both know how that is going to end up.  Actually Rand Paul talks pretty much the same talk as they do.  He too makes far too much sense to get elected!  LOL

      Girl, you HAVE to have a sense of humor to be us today.  I'm actually more like a feminine Don Quixote in "The Man of LaMancha" with my eternal optimism for the world as I see it.  I try very hard to find the light on a dark day and seek the good in others before I allow the negative to clutter my brain.  I live by a daily goal of trying to make at least one person's day better esch and every day.  It could be as mundane buying some goroceries for an elderly person in our neighborhood or taking their dog for a walk on a rainy day.  But it does make me feel good to see others feel good and it also has the side benefit of making it very difficult for others to dislike me or people of my kind. (smile)  And every country, state, race, and nationality has their good people and their not so good people.  I'm not ignorant of that, but it does serve me well to always be cognizant of that as I plod thru life one day at a time!  That's what ticks me off by all of the negative backlash exhibited by others towards the muslim people.  I know a few pretty well and the people I know are wonderful.  I also know my share of rednecks who are total jerks, but know far more who are terrific folks.

      Anyhow, life is good...it truly is a gift and to waste a life by walking around filled with negative things to me seems a shame when it doesn't have to be this way.  I love our country and the true core values it was founded on and I see far more people living accordingly.  So for me, there is really is hope...we got this! (smile)

      Love your posts!!!!

      Traci xoxo

    • April 14, 2016 6:31 PM BST
    • This is the party I feel most akin to. The peace and freedom party. No wars, no invasions, no guns, no discrimination, equal rights for all citizens, help all citizens of the US to include the poor, universal healthcare, legalize marijuana, legalize gay marriage (this was their view always, and it came true).

      From: http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/index.php?view=article&id=1030

      Transgender Rights

      By Kevin Akin

      Posted on October 26, 2012 by the State Executive Committee

      Statement from the California State Chair of the Peace and Freedom Party

      The Peace and Freedom Party stands by the introduction to our platform plank on sexual orientation, which states, “We work for a society without gender stereotyping or bias, where all people enjoy equal rights and respect.”

      The long-time basic Peace and Freedom Party position is strong opposition to bullying, discrimination, oppression and baiting directed against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals, and strong support for the demand for total equality.

      We hold as a fundamental principle the equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We do not believe that any group is inclined to be more intelligent, moral, or worthwhile, or any less so. While we organize against acts of exploitation, we reject the notion that any group is more or less likely to be sexually exploitive than any other.

      We have recently been asked to clarify our position on the rights of transgendered people in public facilities. If restrooms are labeled "men" and "women," should self-identifying females who retain male sexual organs be allowed to use the ladies room?

      We say, "Yes." Since public restrooms bear signs allowing attendants of the opposite sex to accompany disabled people into those facilities, how can the presence of a different sexual organ be in itself harmful? On the other hand, we can think of plenty of cases in which a person's outward physical appearance of being a member of the opposite sex could cause great danger to that individual. If deranged sports fans attack people wearing regalia of the opposing team at a ballgame, imagine what they might do to a person wearing lipstick in the men's room. We must protect the rights and safety of transgendered people by allowing them to use public facilities as they see fit.

      Gender identity and sexual orientation are among the issues that are used to divide the working class. We need to unite against the real exploiter, the capitalist class, that controls our lives and throws our social relations into turmoil.

      Kevin Akin is the 2012-2014 state chair of the California Peace and Freedom Party.

    • April 14, 2016 6:22 PM BST
    • Haha! You're hilarious! Glad you can find some humor in this ridiculous situation.

      Ugh, I'm having to wear a bra from morning till night. If there's a heat wave or I'm sweating a lot, I have a hanger of bras in my closet just to rotate them out during the day. Yuck. I should write a new topic on the pros and cons of breast implants one day...

      Yep, even liberals aren't perfect. Your family members, liberal Hollywood studio execs aren't hiring African Americans and other races because they don't bring in "enough" revenue, liberal President Obama was against gay marriage early on (playing the political game, I always felt he was "for" it). Not to mention Democratic congress people don't vote or stand up to important human rights issues, gun issues, etc because they are worried about getting re-elected. So no side is perfect, but the optimist in me hopes for a resolution to this sudden rise in discrimination and bigotry against the LGBTQ community...which by the way began after the president and Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was legal in all 50 states (plus territories I assume).

      So the "we have the right to refuse service or refuse hiring LGBTQ people for religious reasons" laws, AND the "bathroom bills" against transgender individuals that are popping up in multiple states is the direct backlash of same sex marriage rights. They didn't like the fact that it became a legal federal law, so now they're doing everything they can to ruin LGBTQ lives.

      Strangely enough, although I 'hate' Trump and 99% of Republicans...I find presidential hopeful governor John Kasich the most non-annoying Republican ever! Seriously, I can't help but like him...just a smidge. He has no chance of winning, but if he ever became president, there's less chance of me hiding my face in shame. If Trump becomes president, I'll be back to being ashamed to be an American...

      The first time I voted was in 2008. I was all pumped up, yes we can! However, when reading the provided voting material, I was reading the different parties and the one that I connected with the most was the extreme far left--the Peace and Freedom Party. Rosanne Barr ran for president in 2012. Go Rosanne!

      But because I know a Peace and Freedom candidate will never stand a chance at becoming president, I end up voting Democrat. Obama was/is center left. Hillary is center left, but I think it's time for a qualified, capable female president.

    • April 14, 2016 4:47 AM BST
    • Yes Lisa, we were both writing at the same time and your post hit first...I might have tempered my response a bit or taken a different direction had I seen it though...no biggie, for as they say, GMTA!  (smile)

      I seriously doubt I would move to CA or the west coast even...I have a ton of relatives out there but they basically dosowned me when I came out to them.  These were supposed liberal types too...long story and I am not going to get into it, but it did hurt!  I truly thought I could count on them to be in my corner...oh well, their loss!  Actually mine as they live in the South Bay area by the water...bummer as I always had a cool place to stay on my visits.

       

      LOL on the boob comments!  Don't you find wearing bras, especially now that yours have grown even more, to be more a nuisance than anything?  I know before I developed breasts, I had always wished to be able to wear a bra.  Now I can and well, be careful what you wish for!  They especially are awful in our summer heat and humidity which can top 100f with almost unbreathable air.  Yuk!!!

      MAC makes a good product and Jenner's alignment with them is interesting.  I find wearing mauve and lighter berry colors look good with my skin type and coloring and hair and may give some a try.  My daily "go-to" is Burt Bee's Watermellon...simple and supposedly good for the lips too...often, I'll just apply a clear gloss for a shine though...I am not sure her alignment with MAC will improve their sales though as some might stop using MAC in pprotest while others will use it because of her..probably just a "wash" in the end.

      As for the new bathroom laws, it probably will be good for the economy as the gpvernments will have to hire tens of thousands of bathroom inspectors whose job will be to goose people walking in!  Head to a women's room and they poke you and feel a lump, out you go!  LOL  They will be named the "Goose Police"!!!  No doubt there will be many candidates that will apply.  you know, all the pervs that this law was intended to stop.  None of them will be trans though but there is no shortage of ex-clergy and politicians looking for work!  (grin)

      ciao~ for now...

      Traci xoxo

    • April 14, 2016 1:05 AM BST
    • So keep using the women's restroom, Traci. That's the stupid thing about the law. How can people tell?!?! Is there going to be a trans police a la 1984, peeking through the stall to inspect people's private parts?!

      Keep being beautiful, Traci, with your chic European look. (European is code for bra less...something I used to be able to do, but now I would look like a floozy with the size they are now! I loved our boob talk in my previous post.)

      Edit: I mean previous TOPIC, Caitlyn's lipstick. What do you think?

    • April 14, 2016 12:58 AM BST
    • Traci, it looks like we were both writing our last post at the same time and posted just two minutes apart from each other! And we both said similar things about the media.

      Strangely enough, my dad is a Republican here in California, I could never understand why. And at my grandfathers funeral last summer my white cousin who's grown up here (as opposed to my Chinese cousins if you're wondering why I mention white) said she was super interested in Trump and was going to vote for him. I kept my mouth shut. This was when Trump was not taken seriously and was thought to be a "summer fling." So it's not devoid of conservatives, but go to a big city and you'll be fine. West Hollywood, Los Angeles area, San Francisco to name a few. But get ready for the cost of living, it's outrageous.

      You probably don't experience much discrimination there because no one knows you're a trans woman ;)

    • April 13, 2016 11:13 PM BST
    • Love that slogan Bri!!!!  Excellent commentary too...thnx!

      Lisa, maybe I ought to move to California?  Seems a safer environment than living in the south as I am today...but frankly, I have not encountered too much negative backlash toward myself along my journey other than losing a pile of family members from, guess where, southern Califirnia!  Go figurem huh?  LOL

      The internet is both a blessing and a curse at once.  It has become people's "go-to" for fact finding and ultimately decision making.  To me, it is "garbage in-garbage out" and you must take additional steps when following a story or thread in order to determine the type of source you're following.  I'll bet virtually all news stories are agenda driven by those who are trying to sway or capture the minds of others in order to further drive their goals whatever they might be!  Gone is the day when the news was just that, just the real actual facts.  Now everything has a spin on it or is run just for the entertainment value.  

      glad I'm old...hate to see where we go in the next 30 years with this all....seriously, it reminds me so much of 1984 or even Clockwork Orange today!

      That said, I am a very positive person and always try to find the "light" even in the darkness.  There's tons of good stuff out there and hundreds of millions of good people.  It just takes a little initiative to find them...(smile)

      Best wishes always!

      Traci xoxo

    • April 13, 2016 11:11 PM BST
    • My whole media spiel--or rant!--was because of your TRUE statement, Briana...

      "The media promotes these things as debates - there are no real debates - can ayone in their right mind argue that universal human rights for all people in a given country is not a reasonalbe thing?!"

      Here here! I second that motion!

    • April 13, 2016 11:03 PM BST
    • I love what you wrote Briana. I'm not on Facebook or any other social media sites because they are all too fake and superficial and don't delve very deep, plus a lot of people have ulterior motives on those sites, so I joined this site to actually do something meaningful with my spare time, not just browse other people's vacation photos and meet catfishes who have supermodel photos but are really 50 year old overweight mother of 3 behind her computer screen pretending to have a fabulous life! So I would love to get involved more on these social/human rights issues.

      More on the media here in the US. My husband noticed this years ago and actually brought it to my attention. He was watching CNN and noticed how the network tries too hard to make it "fair and balanced" to the point where the real truth gets glazed over, and the pundits are laughing and everyone's getting along. Excuse me, but sometimes the progressives are right, can't you just report and discuss the truth without fearing you'll be judged by other conservatives as being "the liberal media," as they always accuse anyway?

      I recently saw the movie Truth starring Cate Blanchett, it's based on a true story about the media and politics. Anyway, I never knew about this until I watched the movie, I was shocked because what 60 Minutes was reporting was true, but it got all twisted and things got ugly to the point where now I see why the media has become A JOKE when it comes to reporting news. They are SCARED. Scared of creating a scandal that will ruin their network, scared of getting accused of being "the liberal media," scared of people saying that they lean to the left. So now all news networks report very basic, glazed over news that is overly centric. Also, the network CEOs have certain advertisers and financial supporters that have certain special interests, so the news gets filtered based on that as well. The network can't upset their financial providers.

      I haven't even touched on the fact that TV news is all about the ratings, so they have disproportionately shown Trump on air way more than the other candidates, because he creates great ratings. Everyone wants to tune in to see what outrageous thing he says next. So he has gotten an exorbitant amount of free air time. If he is elected president, it will have partially been the media's fault. Everything he says is a lie or exaggeration, and the reporters/news anchor just go, "Uh huh, yeah," and they don't challenge him! Okay, I've gotta go meditate now, I'm raising my own blood pressure!

      Truth the movie: https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_(2015_film)

    • April 13, 2016 6:42 PM BST
    • The politics of America are insane at best. The central issue is not any one group being discriminated against. It is, instead as liberal ( and she refers to herself as that ) Ruth Ginsberg has noted - ( here I am paraphrasing ) - I see that America was primarily founded by land-holding, reasonably wealthy white males who established rights and rules for their governance and interactions- it is now up to us to have all of us included in this system. - At the heart of why this takes so long is quite simple - the Republican party is still strongly composed of the same type of these individuals who use the imaginary philosophy of self governance and independence in their running for office and passing of laws. they decry the government as an evil that needs to be abolished. Hence they are generating the states-rights versus the federal-government rights debate that stems all the way back to the origins of the US - ( while covertly masking bogotry, misogony, intolerance, hatred, prejudice, science-ignorance, and so on in the meantime ). This only leads to perpetual conflict for not just our generation but for all of time itself. We can elect reasonably-minded people on the correct side of issues only to be overturned 2 to 4 years later by the next elected right wing nut job. The media promotes these things as debates - there are no real debates - can ayone in their right mind argue that universal human rights for all people in a given country is not a reasonalbe thing?! 
      The insanity is a charade. 
      I'm no pessimist, however. Just a blend of a realist and an optimist ( with a flair of being the girl I am, of course ). These actions are good when it comes to the passage of laws and rules in states that try to find a pathway - but that is where social media - such as petitions for positive accolades as well as ones calling for changes to wrong-minded, moronic laws need to be started and circulated. Perhaps GS can be part of that launching vehicle for such measures for the TG community ( ? ). This can include petitions, sit ins, demonstrations, or even positive shows of force by being in the public at sheduled places and times and writing about it and contacing the local media where papers on issues are distributed and talks given. 
      I have a motto I have copyrighted, but feel free to use as needed, : Resolve, Solve, Evolve! 
      All the best - hugs, Briana : )

    • April 13, 2016 5:10 PM BST
    • Up to the minute news! This morning, TV news outlets reported that the North Carolina governor is changing his tune. They gave a generic report as if he's doing something big and repealing the anti-transgender law. Leave it to the TV news to do generalized, not-in-depth, not truly relevant, glazed over news.

      So is the governor changing his tune? Nope. Here's an article from 19 hours ago:

      North Carolina's governor just tweaked his anti-LGBTQ law. He basically changed nothing. http://www.vox.com/2016/4/12/11415774/north-carolina-lgbtq-law:

      North Carolina is in rough shape. Following Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature's enactment of an anti-LGBTQ law, the state has faced a big business backlash, with PayPal pulling a 400-job expansion out of the state, Bruce Springsteen canceling a concert, and more companies issuing condemnations and threats.

      Here comes the damage control. On Tuesday, McCrory announced a new executive order that makes some very small tweaks to the law...

    • April 13, 2016 5:04 PM BST
    • I just watched this video and it explains the "bathroom myth" which like you said feeds into vulnerabilities to the point where the masses buy in and believe. http://gendersociety.com/news/31225/how-did-bathrooms-become-a-battleground-for-transgender-rights

      Like I said, I don't recognize this country. I live in a bubble here in southern California, where many trans rights laws have been passed very easily, where the mayor of Los Angeles just recently appointed a transgender consultant/spokesperson, where no one cares if you are LGBTQ, and where there are many outreach programs, centers, nightclubs, LGBTQ-friendly places/cities/locales, etc, for the LGBTQ community. It's a highly Democratic "blue state" and according to a recent report, since 2012, 400,000 California residents left the Republican Party to join other political parties to the left. So while LGBTQ people including activists flock to blue states like California and others to live more freely and justly, the ignorant right wing nut jobs and close minded un-Jesus-like religious zealots are left to fester and grow and spread their hatred, ignorance, and judgement in "red states." This is why the federal government needs to get involved and act now. Vote for Hillary! Or Bernie, I have nothing against him. But Democrats need to go out in droves and vote this November. Then at least there's HOPE that something can change at the federal level.

    • April 13, 2016 4:41 AM BST
    • Yes, it is the 50s all over again!  When I was a child, schools were still segregated, people lived on "the wrong side of the tracks", and black peope were forbidden to date white people, let alone marry them!  Racism and hatred are something children are not born with so what happens is this ugly stuff gets passed on generation to generation.  Jump ahead to today where our leaders sold out our middle class thereby creating a much larger "needy" population and add over hundred other things that have radically changed for the worse over the years and people get very upset and angry.  Who do they vent their wrath at?  Why the black guy running our country!  Toss in the instant means of communication via the internet and now every Bubba, Jim Bob, and Cleotis can sit there all day spewing total garbage all day since they are probably unemployed meth heads.  You have a recipe for continuous bombardment of our senses by agenda driven nut bags that feeds into vulnerabilities to the point where the masses buy in and believe!  So actually, it's the not the 50s anymore, it is more like 1984!

      Peace!

      Traci xoxo

    • March 3, 2017 5:16 PM GMT
    • Never fails to amaze me, the greed and avarice of some people.

       

      Lord arrives at the house of Lords, by taxi, keeps the taxi waiting while he literaly runs into the parliament building signs in to qualify for his £300 attendance fee and then imediately leaves, hops back in the taxi and is spirited away.   It would be interesting to know!!! if he will claim the expenses for the taxi to heap even more shame on this elitist disgrace to fair play and democracy,    What a waste of space these people are.

       

      Then there are those that sign in, to again qualify for their £300, only to take business cronies to the subsidised restaurants to discuss their own personal businesses most of these have probably never even attended the house of lords on legitimate goverment business.   The sooner they get rid of this house of unelected jollies the better.

    • January 23, 2017 9:34 PM GMT
    • Hi

      I have read with interest articles about this weekend's Trump protests marches, and of how women have garnered the conviction to voice their views.

      Two thoughts for discussion here;

      Firstly, I am envious of the conviction, confidence and basic drive that women across the world have and reflect upon the absence of a masculine equivalent. Obviously feminism exists due to the absence of equivalence and has been provoked here by an uninvited grope from a dope, but it's a gender that feels clearer, more coherent and frankly awake than its masculine opposite. I am envious and applaud not from a desire to be an active participant but just for the commonality courage and compassion that is evident.

      Secondly though, I reflect upon our community and of how we may or are judged by all including women and feminists. Do you aspire too and feel that trans-women can be accurately defined as feminists, would you describe yourself as one and have you been confronted with warmth or the cold-shoulder by women who define themselves as feminists?

      So Trump and Greer in one posting. Ambitious, naive and a faintly ridiculous pairing.

      Thoughts?

      Rachel

    • January 19, 2017 1:24 PM GMT
    • If you do not go out and vote, you are doing a dangerous disservice. The proof is now in the pudding. very sad. 

    • January 18, 2017 9:55 PM GMT
    • I have been quiet for too long. I wont be around for years - I getting older. But in the time that remains I'm searching for the mentally affected who voted for the twit and raise hell with them. So foar everyone I've talked with didn't vote against Hitler.

    • November 9, 2016 9:07 PM GMT
    • OMG.  I had an awful nightmare last night.  I woke up remembering checking the election results in the middle of the night and Hitler was President.   I checked again and it was true.  I cannot begin to tell you how depressed I am today,  except to say I fear waking Thursday to discover I am male.

    • July 11, 2016 6:12 PM BST
    • Hi Donna :)

      Thank you for your thoughtful reply :) your point relating to societal inertia is well taken; the key, in my view, to overcoming this inertia and driving change lies in subverting the accepted narratives that 'everyone knows are true'.

      In the 20th century, the generally accepted credo was that there were two sexes, and you could tell which one you were by checking your anatomy. If you disagreed with what that check told you, you were mentally ill. As time went on, this world view was expanded to include 'sex-changes' where people could have surgery to change their anatomy to that of the opposite sex. This was all rather shocking, and not approved of at all by the popular press. Some second wave feminists weren't too keen either.

      As more and more people had the courage to be open about their gender identities, and their experiences, the narrative adapted to include 'man/woman born in wrong body, hormones/surgery correct mistake, happy ending'. The next great leap forward will come when the accepted world-view recognises the equally valid gender identities of people who identify as both male and female, or as neither; the gender-fluid, genderqueer, two-spirited, neutrois and agender members of our transgender family. The world also needs to understand, and accept, intersex people whose gender identity may be complicated by incongruent physiology.

      To achieve this change in narrative, we need visibility from non-binary and gender-nonconforming people, and that's where the Government's latest stance is so unhelpful. It's much more difficult to be visible and authentic in one's gender identity when the Government of the day is sending a message that the protections for 'transgender people' don't apply to you - unless someone attacks you because they (mistakenly) think you're transtioning from male to female, or vice versa.

      It'll come; there'll be a genderfluid Caitlyn Jenner, or a neutrois Laverne Cox or ... well, your guess is as good as mine :) but I believe it would have come quicker, and more comfortably, if the excellent recommendations of Maria Miller and her committee had been taken just a little bit more seriously.

      Judith

    • July 10, 2016 10:54 AM BST
    • Thanks Judith for this Posting.I think you make a very valid point in saying that as far as government is concerned protection is only framed around the model of individuals registering officially as 'real' transgender people which is to say those transitioning from male to female and vice versa.In context I think this really means governement draws a line based on individuals who have made this official registering of themselves as Transgendered, and will only make NHS Funding based on figures.This is why the Media and government will officially use the figure 1 in 10 thousand as being Transgendered.I agree the Governemnt policy falls short in this approach , which inevitably will only cover those who have officially declared themselves as TG, and by default everyone else is considered Binary .

      I take the language 'taking under consideration' to mean a tacit acknowledgement that these policies do NOT help the many Transgendered people who have not officially declared themselves as TG , and who may well through circumstances never feel that they can make that declaration to the wider society which is to say that they feel discriminated against but just have to put up with it.

      I like the fact that you use the phrase"realities of transgender experience in the 21st Century".For me one of the realities is that it may be the 21st Century , and much of Alvin Toppflers Future Shock,Third wave  predictions are evident , but the everyday people I know still carry  the old social programming , and just admit that they find a difficulty understanding all this . This report just reminds me that Societies have a lot of Inertia, and that progress is slow. Its also a reminder that on a practical level as a TG you have to make the most of your life and make your own way, goverments are slow to follow.

    • July 8, 2016 11:44 PM BST
    • ... and some months on, the Government's response has finally been published:

      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535764/Government_Response_to_the_Women_and_Equalities_Committee_Report_on_Transgender_Equality.pdf

      To say I'm disappointed would be to pretend that I had real hope that the reasoned and compelling points raised by January's report, and the recommendations arising from them, would lead to genuine actions on the part of the Government. So no, I'm not disappointed.

      I am however angry at so many platitudes, mixed together with 'taking under consideration', 'seeking to gather more evidence' and downright denial of the realities of transgender experience in the 21st century.

      In particular, it's apparent that the Government is determined that the gender binary will continue to be the only acknowledged narrative for the foreseeable future, and that the only protection under the law for non-binary and non-conforming gender identities will be if we're 'mistaken' for 'real' transgender people, which is to say those transitioning from male-to-female or vice versa.

      They say that good things come to those who wait.

      Not today.

      Judith.

       

       

    • May 9, 2016 5:51 PM BST
    • In January this year, the Women's and Equality Committee published their report 'Transgender Equality' (HC390).  It called for some quite radical reforms to the way that Government and public services interact with the transgender community.

      Since then there has been a deafening silence from the Government, until today.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/09/government-delays-transgender-rights-review-to-consider-significant-reforms/

      I'd love to think that this was a positive thing - "Wow, there's so much stuff here to think about, and it's so important to get it right, that we're going to need a while longer to make it all happen'.

      Sadly experience leads me to believe it's more probably 'Four months down the line, and this hasn't gone away. Let's try a few more months and see if that does it'.

      One of those occasions when I'd dearly love to be proven wrong.

      Hugs,

      Judith x

    • June 29, 2016 11:50 PM BST
    • I stated in my post above to Donna that I have more chance of becoming the new leader of the conservative's than Boris.

      They put Boris ahead in the polls and favourite in the bookmakers. Pre EU Referendum the polls said remain will win and , the bookmakers said remain would win. Who makes money out of predicting things wrong? The bookmakers and the Government leaders. I still very much doubt Boris has any chance of winning. Our economy will be fine if not beter in a years time. Osbourne's threat of a brexit win budget did not happen , they are all liars and tried to scare us but the public saw through that. Our pound is recovering and will continue to. This country can be great again and we do not to pay the EU to do that , in fact in the long term we will be much better off.

    • June 29, 2016 10:52 PM BST
    • Simple the pound loses against other currencies, our exports become cheaper, now we will not have to pay an extra levy to the EU to import New zealand lamb, American beef, Coffee from Brazil, etc, etc. it will make purchaes more competative world wide.

    • June 29, 2016 10:38 PM BST
    • What may have happened also is that the general public are not as stupid as the politicians have taken us all for & that they have had enough, voted out of the EU out of spite to show that most of these politicians are out of touch with the public. It is also possible that this referendum was the final straw also because now we should be able to have our own decisions about what matters to us in our own country. I doubt that any of the current EU countries will want to stop trading with us as we are a main importer as we do not have anything to export left... It was a shock (NOT !!!) to see that the pre-vote exchange rates have returned from the inital slump after the leave victory. The thing is here I very much doubt that any of us will know what will happen by the time we have left the EU dependant on how long it takes to exit.

    • June 26, 2016 1:46 PM BST
    • Hi Donna. Firstly my vote was based on my personal opinions of how the EU has stuck it's nose into just about everything it can concerning the UK. I should have not used the letters UK because we have not been a United Kingdom for some time now. Remember it was Scotland that wanted to break away from the UK so I put it to you and anyone else that it was them who started this. I wonder if Scotland had not wanted to break away from us would the EU referendum even had happend? It was them who put ideas into other peoples heads.

       

      I have not done the maths but if the EU referendum had been for England alone the out vote would have been higher , I actually think a lot higher and has anyone stopped to think about that?.

      I have no clue how old you are as I have not looked at your profile but I can remember the days before the UK joined the EU and life was much better then. What right has the EU got to impose a 5% tax on every energy bill in this country? That includes yours , it is putting businesses out of business not in. It may sound crazy but why can I not buy a can of fly killer that actually kills flies? Because the EU says so because according to them it harms the bee's , I do not want to spray my bloody garden with the stuff just the occasional fly that comes through my window into my home. Last year they then started saying we cannot have powerful vacuum cleaners and then they done the same with hair dryers. Those are just a few out of thousands of silly rules they make up and who benefits? Them.

       

      As for Boris becoming Prime Minister? Go put a bet on me getting the job because it is more likely.

      What you and everyone else in this country (and world) are witnessing is a new start. Yes the political parties are falling apart and they will be put back together with better leaders giving us a better choice, they know the British people now and know what they want. The goverment and all MP's have all had the biggest smack around the head for decades , now they will wake up and listen , if that means fresh people and even some younger people that can only be a good thing.

      Most of you long term members know my education ended when I was 12 years old so that makes me as thick as sh*t but I know right from wrong. I did not listen to either sides lies in the debates I made my decision on what I already knew. I made my decision on what it was like before and what it is in the EU. I made my decision on the belief that if this country stayed in the EU we would eventually be dragged down with them when they go down "when" not if because it will happen.

       

      I may be thick as far as education goes but I look at things from all sides. My vote was not a selfish one it was for a better future for the next generation. My vote will not make me better off but look back on this in 5 years , maybe sooner and tell me I was wrong.

       

      Again , Scotland started this lets have a referendum idea and theirs failed and now they say this one failed so they now want another one. Scotland is a lovely place but they can't have a referendum everytime things do not go their way , people will get sick of it. If they have another one which looks likely that will be a hat trick and all own goals , good luck to them.

       

      Take care , Julia x

       

      PS: I do not use spellcheck so I apolgise for any spelling mistakes.

    • June 26, 2016 12:17 PM BST
    • Hi Julia, The obvious major problem with the OUT vote is that its outcome denies the country of the "good solid government and leader" you speak of.The Referendum was legitimately hijacked [Trojan Horse style]by a unification of politically dissassociated people  who wanted to register genuine concerns aswell as less genuine considered views and gut feeling.A mish mash of different political agendas and fringe interests unified by a single question "imposed on us".Potentially the out vote may well  result in the imposition of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.Personally I dont like the  idea of BOJO  "imposed on us".

       

      Many of the Servants of our political and economic systems which man the Bilge pumps , seem to be jumping ship .afterall who wants to drown.Its a fresh start ,swim for your life .Sounds desperate.-Tragically many migrants have faced true desperation though.On a relative Scale the UK should not have been diverted by this short sighted political ineptness overEU.Afterall we do infact have a lot of control over our lives RELATIVE to many other countries in which the level of poltical imposition is far more extreme.

      Consider how the country would vote in a general election now,? Looks like the politicians have truly failed in giving the public no choice in who runs the country  now.

      We may well deserve better as you say,but  the sights should now be set on getting a basic stable Government that can work in Europe,.Anyone who voted leave implicitly voted for the current destabilization and aftermath of Division including the break up of the UK.

      Personally I believe the referendum was uneccesary ,and Toxic from the onset in that it would cause a weak unstable UK government.The Issues of Immigration,economic stability Health and social resources are not going to go away or be fudged.We need a Stabel Government in place to deal with these right NOW.

    • June 25, 2016 7:19 PM BST
    • I need to edit this and here is why. I started to type this and my phone went so I answered it. I came back to finish my post not knowing Crissie had responded above.

      In my opinion it is going to be a fresh start for the UK. The markets will recover and the UK is a strong nation , the people have spoken because we have had enough of the EU and it's laws and rules "Imposed on us".

       

      This could be the start of the end of the EU though , other countries within the EU will see that when the initial shock is over they can follow and do the same. It is a sinking ship and is getting worse and we just saw sense and jumped into the life boat before the ship sinks. The Great in Great Britian is what we are taking back. Now we need a good solid government and leader who understands that we had enough of obeying orders from Brussels and we make our own laws and rules.Of course the laws are not perfect but there is no reason why they cannot be changed or updated. We still have laws dating back to the 14th century and new people coming into the law profession with a passion for change for the better need to have their voices heard and I doubt Brussels is bothered.  I voted out because I believe we deserve better.

    • June 25, 2016 7:05 PM BST
    • I see major problems, with border control, if Scotland joins the EU alone, will England have to  then control the borders between Scotland and England, EU migrant workers can then legitamately travel to Scotland, how will the English side control the travel from the South coast to the North?   The same applies to some extent, the unregulated border between The Republic of Ireland and the North.   What will happen if Scotland opts into the Euro currency?

       

      To be honest, I was 50 - 50 Stay or leave, but my thoughts were more about more control of our own laws and rights as a nation, the pedantic attitude of other member states, rules and laws that gave criminals more rights than the aggrieved.   It's reported that Cameron was astute and not forgetting he introduced the same sex marriage laws, (not to be confused with civil partnership) BUT when one reads the exceptions and limitations the law is unworkable, anyone who belongs to a church can lodge a form of veto to prevent the use of a church for same sex marriage, based on religous grounds, more ill thought out and useless laws.   It's only when one sits down and examines all the real issues that one realises the implications, ramifications of the out vote.   I have ust spent 4 years studying law, my aim was to use the laws that were applicable to the transgendered, the basis of the EHRC, will that now be a waste of time, when Boris comes up with more of the same crap who do we appeal to?

    • June 25, 2016 6:26 PM BST
    • It may well be, Gracie.  Folks in Northern Ireland are not happy, and as for Scotland.  They as a nation has been denied the political future that the VAST majority wanted.  Even London and around had the sense to vote remain.  Well, good luck to those who voted out!

    • June 25, 2016 3:11 PM BST
    • Crissie Thanks for your thoughts on the "out." I was concerned. Where will the UK go from here - or is the end of  UK?
      xxoo Gracie

    • June 25, 2016 12:11 PM BST
    • The UK is out of the EU, Cameron chanced his arm and lost!   Personally the man was nieve, conceited, imoral and The Arrogant Etonian, failed us,  like Margaret Thatcher, sold of our national assets, privatised the only profitable parts of the NHS and other national interest to favour the few rich and powerful, forsaking the ordinary tax payers, his private view that we were phlebs, a common word bandied about by his cronies.   He went to Brussels, making demands, was prepared to settle for half a cake, came back with a few crumbs thinking he could keep the majority of perceived stupid and ignorant Brits happy.

      Scotland which has it's own parliament, voted strongly in favour of remain. they will call for their right to have a referendum to rejoin as a seperate entity, Wales voted to exit, but per capita head they reciever more  in subsidies from the EU.

      As far as border controls go and imigration, France well move the border control out of Calaise and demand the border now begins at Dover and the south coast, allowing the imigrants to flood over the chanel, getting rid of what they now see as our problem, so we will end up with hundreds of thousands of none europeans in camps in Kent, remember the majority of these are not skilled, not coming  here to work, they come for a better life, free health services and monetary support.  Those that do want to work are not allowed to, that may change, but in the main they will not be able to speak enough english to make any valid contribution, will be a drain on resources.

      Was the majority vote more about the ineptness, disreagard for what the nation needed, wanted   and the  avarice of Cameron and his cronies rather than a basic hatred of the the EU.

    • May 10, 2016 6:03 PM BST
    • Most countries I travel through in Europe want only to secure their way of living and are concerned more about the 'islamification of the West' than they are of whether the UK leaves the EEC. 

      If the UK leaves, I think in the long run it will be a mistake, but that's just my opinion. 

    • May 3, 2016 11:08 PM BST
    • But we the public get to vote Nikki and this is going to be the highest turn out in voting history (Well so it is said and I hope) I want our country back and so do most people I speak to.

       

      Take care , Julia x

    • May 3, 2016 7:03 PM BST
    • Call me cynical but I doubt whether the UK will have a choice either way as it will decided within the halls of Government and some 'corridor diplomacy' with other heads of state, all mixed up with a few financial incentives. 

       

       

    • April 29, 2016 12:00 AM BST
    • Thank you for your response Mary. I have just as much trouble trying to figure out your politics aswell as our government. Now so many people have migrated here we are not isolated we are just bloody full.

      It costs the UK about 118 Billion GBP per year to be a part of the EU. That does not include things like health tourists who come here for free health care or the benefits they claim once they are here.

      At present our government is cutting vital services to some of the most needy people in our society. They are cutting the police force and fire services to the bones , just the 18 billion out of the 118 billion would cover all of those cuts and they would still have some spare change to build a few new hospitals. It is estimated that at the current rate of people moving into London that in just 10 years time people will be standing on each others heads as there will be no room to move.

      As for us not being invaded during WW11? Well it is happening right now and has been since our borders were opened because of EU rules.

       

      Take care , Julia x

    • April 28, 2016 6:05 PM BST
    • Julia nice topic. Here in the US we've got some people who want to divide the country, or state or even just to away with the central government. Being a borderline history nut, I can understand the European countries getting together to try to stop what happened during WW II. The UK or GB was bombed and cut off by the Nazis but never invaded. (that's overlooking the US troops) UK joined the EU why? Probably economics, probably to keep from being isolated. The question now would be - how much has the UK invested in the EU? Would quitting the EU effect the economy?  IMHO the population will shift back to the European countries when there are no more jobs or wellfare money.  hugs    

    • April 27, 2016 4:36 PM BST
    • I can think of some good reasons to leave but I am having trouble trying to find reasons to stay. I have asked a few business men and women and they are saying the same. The way I think of what Europe thinks of the UK is a silly thing called The Eurovision Song Contest. We pay (The UK) the largest amount to put the contest on yet it does not matter how good the song is we always come bottom. Adele is British and has sold millions of records in Europe and the world but even if she was performing for the UK we would still come bottom. It is not about the singer or the song Europe just hates us.

       

      Brussels tells us what to do and it costs us billions for the privilege , those billions could be better spent sorting our country out and having control of our borders would not be a bad thing , we are full and have not got the infrastucture to cope with anymore migrants (That is not racist it is realism).

      This tiny island we live in can survive without being a part of an organisation that is basically falling apart and has been for years. I know where my vote is going , any thoughts anyone?.

       

      Take care x

    • May 8, 2016 5:15 PM BST
    • I can certainly see the whole of Europe being affected by this crisis. It's a worrying trend. I personally like Europe with it's open borders and shared currency as, if like me, you cross borders very regularly, it makes things much easier but now it looks as if the price for keeping them open is too high and European states are becoming more secular. Such a pity, but understandable. 

      One can only wonder how the Trump steamroller will end. The warning signs are there. 

    • May 4, 2016 9:11 AM BST
    • Recently I was in a Queue in the Bank,in front on me was this guy late 50s shaven head, British bulldog talking to his mate loudly ."You know if we dont leave  the EU with this vote ,then thats it I am off out of this country.I ve had enough .Theres too many immigrants". Everyone in the bank can here this can .I guess I could point out to this guy might well be seen as an immigrant if he does leave.However I kept quiet,afterall I am 6ft tall, and really dont want to draw any attention to myself as a Transgender person if theres a strong chance of being seen as a target for very opionated vocal people.Unfortunately some people vote in a non rational way ,sometimes voting to spite their face, or voting with fear, voting just to be against something.

       In the Uk I think we have a very toxic mix problem with the EU referendum,in that an unsustainable alliance of those with prejudice ,the apathetic,little Britain pride party,and those who have a legitimate well thought reason for voting for the country to leave  may win  the Vote.I deliberately say UNSUSTAINABLE, because after a decision has been made an action has to be made to implement.This cannot happen when people vote for the same thing  but have very  widely differing reasons and views, because their differing views surface after.

      dare i say it, but in the US Donald Trump seems to be pulling an unlikely mix of people that could prove equally toxic and powerful if this results in democracy handing a mandate to a megalomaniac .

      A lot iof progress has been made in the last 55 years ,not perfect ,but I like to think theres a significant amouint of people identifying with common shared human problems.

      I share your concern about the rise of right wing parties,and views.

    • May 3, 2016 7:24 PM BST
    • With the current influx of immigrants to Europe there has been a rise in right wing political groups all across the EU. I don't think this comes as any surprise as citizens are beginning to say 'enough is enough' and are becoming fed up of further immigrantion, which has to be paid for by themselves as taxpayers. They would rather see the money spent elsewhere. 

      Europe isn't inherently racist and is used to seeing other nations cross their borders, indeed, it make sa lot of tourist revenue from this, but it is fed up with too many foriegners settling in their respective countries with no intent to integrate but with every intention to get whatever they can from the welfare system. Germany, where I live, is still shaking it's collective head in Angela Merkels intention to allow 1, 000,000 immigrants in, in spite of having 2,5 million Germans unemployed. There is concern over where they will live, how will they work, (Immigrants have to hold a language fluency certificate before they can work), how they will integrate, and the biggest concern, bringing their culture with them resulting in the islamification of Germany (and the West). This is a huge concern to many and is, at least in part, responsible for the rise of the right wing parties. 

      The concern is how this will end. It has already begun to turn nasty and is causiing some politicians to rethink their support for immigration. The problem for them, and for the man in the street, is that by objecting to immigration and it's impact leaves one open to being called a racist. No doubt, some oppositionists to immigration are racist but for others, they are simply holding on to their national identity and way of life.