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Senator Lee Bright: meet transgender South Carolinians
My name is Blair Durkee and I'm a South Carolinian trans woman, born and raised in Greenville, earning my graduate degree in Computer Science from Clemson University. I am one of many transgender Americans who is harmfully targeted by anti-LGBT legislation like the discriminatory S. 1203. S. 1203 sought to prevent schools and municipalities from allowing trans people like me from using sex-designated bathrooms. While the bill, thankfully, was defeated, the anti-trans animus behind it is still very much alive. This is true of one of my state's elected officials, state Senator Lee Bright, who sponsored and supported S. 1203, and for the many like him across the country who have supported the more than one hundred discriminatory anti-LGBT bills that have been introduced this year, alone. Right after S. 1203 was defeated, Senator Bright threatened to introduce a new bill that would deny funding to local governments that don't discriminate against trans people. Enough is enough. The falsehoods and stereotypes at the heart of bills like S. 1203 show a deep misunderstanding of who trans people are and what it means to be transgender. That's why I'm asking Senator Bright, as the sponsor of S. 1203, to meet with me and several of my fellow transgender South Carolinians in person before sine die adjournment on June 2, when the legislative session ends in our state for the year. I look forward to you hearing our stories in order to learn about our experiences, our identities, and our needs as constituents in the Palmetto State. In this vital election year, we cannot shift the conversation towards equality, fairness, and equal access if our decision-makers, statewide or nationwide, do not know who we are and what we stand for. So, allow me to introduce myself to you, Senator Bright. I'm Blair, I'm a student at Clemson, and the attitudes behind S. 1203 hurt me and people like me. Bills like the one you've sponsored spread stereotypes and lies about who I am, and put me in danger. In reaching out to you, I hope to amplify the voices of transgender South Carolinians, whom your bill sought to silence.
Stop discriminating and screen male blood donors equally
The FDA recently announced that gay and bisexual men might finally be allowed to donate blood after being banned for life since the ‘80s — but only if they are celibate for one year. So straight guys can have safe sex with woman after woman and still donate blood. But gay and bi men who have safe sex for an entire year – even with a monogamous partner – would still be banned. Sounds like discrimination to us. We want the FDA to screen all prospective blood donors based on risk, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fox 19: Condemn Tricia Mackie's anti-gay comments
GLAAD and Equality Ohio are calling on Fox 19 (Cincinnati, OH) to condemn comments made by news anchor Tricia Mackie, who called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an "Angry Young Man" in a Facebook comment. According to incident reports received by Equality Ohio, after a viewer expressed offense to the comment, Mackie stood by her characterization of Maddow as male, responding "you are right. I'm sorry, I should've said 'antagonistic.'" When another person responded that, in the news business, sexual orientation is irrelevant, Mackie responded, "I knew what I was saying." The exchange appears to have been deleted from Mackie's Facebook page, but screenshots are below. Referring to Maddow as a "man" because she is a gay woman is completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism. Cincinnati viewers rely on Mackie and Fox 19 to deliver unbiased and fair reporting about the lives of LGBT people in their community. But this is someone who attempted to insult a gay woman by challenging her gender, then stated very clearly that she did so with complete awareness of her actions. Tricia Mackie undoubtedly tried to insult Maddow because of their political differences, rather than simply because Maddow is gay. But her comments went much further than insulting Maddow's political leanings, and took issue with Maddow's gender, revealing an anti-gay (or at least anti-gender-nonconforming) bias underlying her political beliefs. Fox 19 and its owner Raycom Media must take swift action to condemn Mackie's remarks, and Mackie must make a full apology. These steps are necessary for both Mackie and the station to prove they can be trusted to report objectively on issues that impact Cincinnati's LGBT community.
Help Put a Stop to Anti-LGBT Attacks on the Spanish-Language Program "José Luis Sin Censura"
Today, GLAAD and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a joint complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the Spanish-language television program "José Luis Sin Censura" in response to the show's unrelenting attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) guests. (See more information at http://www.glaad.org/jlsc)In over a dozen episodes that aired between June 18, 2010 and November 11, 2010 alone, the program contained anti-LGBT language, including epithets such as "maricón," "joto" and "puñal" (or "fa**ot" in English), and incited guests and audience members to engage in verbal and sometimes even physical attacks on people perceived to be LGBT. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets at guests. The Women's Media Center also supports the complaint given the show's hypersexualized images of women.To watch video from the program, go to http://www.glaad.org/jlsc. WARNING – Offensive, lewd content."José Luis Sin Censura" airs twice daily, Monday – Friday, in 37 markets throughout the country. The show is produced and distributed by Burbank, Calif.-based LBI, Liberman Broadcasting Inc.HELP GLAAD, NHMC TELL THE FCC THAT ANTI-LGBT ATTACKS ON TELEVISION ARE UNACCEPTABLESign your name below to an e-mail that will be sent to the FCC in support of GLAAD's complaint against the show. For more information about GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media Program, see www.glaad.org/programs/spanishlanguage.For more information about this action, see at http://www.glaad.org/jlsc
Call on NBC to Open Today Show 'Modern Day Wedding Contest' to Same-Sex Couples
NBC's Today Show is taking applications for its "Modern Day Wedding Contest" through Friday, July 9th. The winning couple will be awarded a wedding to be broadcast live on the Today Show in October and an all-expense paid honeymoon. Unfortunately, the network has set up rules that deny committed gay and lesbian couples the ability to participate. An excerpt from Today's Facebook page reads: "TODAY is throwing a modern day wedding! Whether your love blossomed over the Internet or you met the old-fashioned way, we want to hear from you!" You can read more about the Today Show contest here. GLAAD contacted the network last week to find out why its application listed only "bride" and "groom" as options for applicants since the Today Show welcomed same-sex couples to apply to its "Hometown Wedding Contest" in years past. Good As You blog alerted us to the application problem. NBC sent GLAAD this statement regarding the 2010 Modern Day Wedding Contest: "For the TODAY show wedding, the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place." This is not a valid argument since New York State legally recognizes same-sex marriages licensed in other states. Same-sex couples can now legally obtain marriage licenses in Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. NBC is mistakenly equating the marriage license with the wedding celebration. Same-sex weddings are entirely legal in New York State. As long as the marriage license is conferred upon the same-sex couple by another state, New York State recognizes the marriage as a fully valid and legal one. NBC's exclusion of same-sex couples from its contest is not motivated by the law, but bias against these couples. The Today Show is awarding a wedding celebration, not a marriage license. If a same-sex couple won the contest, producers and the winning couple could easily work together to ensure that the couple properly obtained and complied with the requirements of a marriage license in one of the license-conferring jurisdictions. The full wedding celebration would then take place on the Today Show. Given these legal realities, GLAAD has urged NBC to amend its contest rules and allow same-sex couples to apply. "Today Show's ‘Modern Wedding Contest' should recognize what most fair-minded Americans have already concluded - a wedding celebrates love and commitment, whether the spouses are straight or gay," said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "NBC should stop denying gay and lesbian couples the ability to share their stories of love and commitment and open its wedding contest to all couples." Help us and take action now! Please contact NBC below and urge the network to open Today's "Modern Day Wedding Contest" to same-sex couples. Call on NBC to demonstrate a commitment to fairness and inclusion by providing equal opportunity to qualified gay and straight couples alike. GLAAD's "Wedding Contest" Tell us your Story Since NBC's Today Show is excluding same-sex couples from applying to its "Modern Day Wedding Contest," GLAAD invites you to "apply" to us and share your personal story of love. We will compile the stories of committed same-sex couples, share them on our blog and forward them to NBC. By sharing your story and sending an e-mail to producers, you are sending an important message to NBC and all Americans: that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same opportunities to celebrate our love and commitment. More Information Please see GLAAD's website for more information.