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Transunity & Transleadership

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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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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How Days of Action Work in Addressing Police Bias and Anti-Transgender Violence

Transgender Day of Action  Washington, DC November 21, 2011

Today in hundreds of cities and towns across the world transgender and gender-nonconforming people and their allies pause to honor our fallen heroes. The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith—a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist—to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It occurs annually on (or around) November 20, and its overarching goal is to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community with the hope that together we can end such violence and intolerance. Not long ago, Washington, DC, found itself in the midst of ...

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Transreligion for Athiests and Non-Athiests Alike

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Religious myth has only degraded and inhibited human progress. Essentially all contemporary religions are myth based. Christianity fails the test of worth when it relies on Hebrew racial myth (the old testament) and Greek philosophical myth (the concept of the Christos and related ideas) as absolute truths. We know that nothing that draws on such ancient Sci-Fi can be either true, good, or beautiful, except by accident, and thus stands forever opposed to the power of love in the world. There are, fortunately, many people (now and in the past 2000 years) who love others, serve others, do good ...

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Transgender Transhumans! Are you headed to Venus Plus X?

También en español Depending on how you space it, VenusPlusX or Venus Plus X, it’s no accident that you may have stumbled over a novel by Theodore Sturgeon of the same name. Since first reading Venus Plus X in 1960, it has invoked a strong resonance with my own inner truth even though it was Sturgeon’s creative imagination, a perhaps fantasy. It is our namesake because it stands as the earliest and still clearest exposition of the world’s essential ideas and ideals in the world of sex and gender, and guides the our work as advocates, educators, and activists. Read More

Violence against D.C. prostitutes has gone too far

  Violence against local D.C. prostitutes has become alarming. A local transgender woman, "Jane," who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her story with me. As she describes it,"I was beat an inch from my life." She said she was going to work as usual,"clocking in" as it's called -- those few moments that you take to get yourself ready for the long dreadful night to come. For some girls it's a breather, for some it's a drink or a drug and for others it's simply a prayer to get them through the night, but this routine is done among co-working prostitutes ...

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A Second Chance

No one encouraged me to be productive, to make something of my life. Hell, I thought selling drugs and prostituting were careers so naturally when I grew up I followed in those footsteps. I became a prostitute which led to drug addiction and then the cycle began. Nothing good became of my life, each day got harder and harder. The more I lived the more I hated myself. I just didn't understand what I had done to deserve such a horrible life. On a daily basis I would wonder how was it possible for someone to have a child and ...

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC

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This month’s official DC Transgender Day of Remembrance honors all of those who have died in the strucggle for equality, and their families, as activists rededicate themselves to help answer today’s community concerns. Celebrated internationally, the Transgender Day of Remembrance in DC will take place at 6 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the DC Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW (just north of M Street, near the Green and Yellow Mount Vernon Square Metro Station), and organizers hope the public will attend. Earline Budd, Executive Director of Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), and Day of Remembrance planning ...

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Voting while trans and the problems you might face

New voter ID laws have created costly barriers to voting for many trans people. And much worse, the debate about voter ID laws have made even the idea of voting harder. so many of us may feel discouraged from even trying to vote on election day, according to National Center for Trans Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling. "Our message is don't let them scare you into giving up your vote." I know that this is  tough to face. Honestly, who wants to walk into a voting site as a trans person and present an ID that doesn't completely match ...

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Mass Incarceration: Follow The Money (Part 2)

America's unconstitutional militarization of local and state law enforcement, based on racial hatred and racial politics, and the training, munitions, and  financial incentives that support it, has created a new Police State.

Slavery ended, and reactionary Jim Crow laws replaced it, and now Mass Incarceration, called The New Jim Crow by scholars, is imprisoning people of color for minor offenses at a savage rate in reaction to the strides made through civil rights and voting rights legislation passed 50 years ago. The U.S. Constitution bars the government from any militarization of local and state law enforcement (with few exceptions) for good ...

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