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ETC, New Education and Advocacy Organization for DC Trans Community

Left to right back row: Jeri Hughes, Kylar Broadus, and David Mariner; right to left front row: Earline Budd, Dr. Patricia Hawkins and Roxanne Jackson

If you fall, you get up and try again. If you have the drive, stamina, and dedication of one Ms. Earline Budd you don't let anyone or anything stand in your way. The legions of trans people and their families that she has served quietly but fiercely for the last 20 years refer to her reverently as "Ms. Budd." She is best known as the driving force behind DC's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance that honors the lives of people who die all to frequently just because they were standing in their truth. She's also widely known for the organization she ...

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Gender Yes. Binary No.

(También en Español) How do you separate the socially imposed gender binary from what you feel inside and define about gender? How will the right to any form of gender expression be freed from the restraints applied by society? Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or make your own video or blog to share. We will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you.  

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Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 2)

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This continues from Part 1 a discussion about private colleges and universities obtaining religious exemptions to legally discriminate against students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and against their faculty and employees with whom they differ, straight or not. We began with The Shame List put out by Campus Pride showing which institutions are complicit, and threw in a short refresher course on the actual meaning of freedom of religion. Even if you do not attend one of these colleges, you should first be appalled by the power over sanity that our government continues to bestow on ...

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Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 1)

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Maybe you are packing suitcases right now, or helping your teenager to pack, while planning the big drop off on campus in the next few weeks. You might be unaware of the religious intolerance you may face as part of your new community. As a student on one of these campuses or an employee or faculty or even just a tax-payer in the same state you have much to be concerned about. The number of colleges and universities officially filing, or already have successfully filed, for Title IX exemptions in order to legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ...

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Blue States Prosper While Red States Falter

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The data is in and cannot be refuted. Red states under the influence of Koch-styled governance are hurting their citizens through their inhumane policies. They are promoting "an economic model [so] disconnected from the true sources of prosperity." Editorializing earlier this week, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, the authors of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, discuss this red-blue economic differential, noting that "the key drivers of growth are science, education and innovation, not low taxes, lax regulations or greater exploitation of natural resources." The difference between thriving blue ...

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Hail the Passing of a Paranoid Homophobe

Tim LaHaye, left in a screenshot from the documentary "The God Who Was Not There," courtesy of Niklas Pivic

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State noted this week the death of 90-year-old Tim LaHaye, a name known and condemned by everyone who believes in equality rights. Like me, you may remember his blockbuster Left Behind series of prophecies or other books he wrote as founder of Liberty University's Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy. An avowed dominionist christianist, the series served to brand him forever as homophobia personified and as the darling of the Religious Right. LaHaye earned millions of dollars trying to smash every argument for equal rights for women and LGBT people. Americans United featured a quote from LaHaye's 1977 Understanding The Male ...

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Coining the Term, Free Love

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We reminded everyone yesterday that long before Hillary Clinton, it was trailblazing sexual freedom advocate Victoria Woodhull who was the first woman to run for the US Presidency. That was in 1872, nearly 50 years before women were allowed to vote in this country. Woodhull preached "free love" and was perhaps singularly responsible for coining the term. Almost 250 years ago, though, the terms, free love and sexual freedom, meant something very specific and vastly different that what they mean today. Woodhull's free love was about two things, only: A woman's right to choose a husband; and her right to divorce her husband. Sit in the space ...

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Science and Sex

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Poking around VenusPlusX's Library recently, I rediscovered many "papers" Dan Massey wrote. They were not posts, just part of the infrastructure holding together our concept of cosmic destiny and the critical, central role that our sexuality plays in finding out, for each of us, what our personal destiny is. Much of this work is tagged with our term, Transhuman Erotic Freedom, to describe this destiny-sexuality connection. Combined with a 10-part series, A Course In Immortality, these works constitute the Appendices of a forthcoming book on this subject. The somewhat technical/scientific approach to some the work in the ...

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Weekend Convo: Intersex and Trans Children Counter Transmisogyny

By Liz Henry
Third Grade Transgender Book
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Misogyny is the objectification, discrimination, and violence and murder against women. Transmisogyny is a particularly virulent type of misogyny that is directed solely at girls and women who currently identify or previously identified as trans. There are two realities that will, over time, undermine this behavior but that will not, sadly, be soon enough to stem the rising tide of violence and murder of trans women, especially among people of color. These two realities will eventually help dismantle transmisogyny even though it is entirely about the misogynist's emotional, irrational reaction to their own deep-seated fears and sexual insecurity. Because transmisogyny has no intellectual basis, it cannot be talked ...

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