vangirl: (Legretta/Tear: omg luv u)


I am ridiculously happy beyond words. ♥ ♥ ♥

brb celebrating! \o/

edit: lol, i was SO EXCITED I forgot how to make HTML work, hahahaha
vangirl: (Legretta/Tear: omg luv u)
I'm going to deliberately ignore everything that is currently sucking right now and look at happy things.

Federal Gay Marriage Ban is Ruled Unconstitutional
"Congress undertook this classification for the one purpose that lies entirely outside of legislative bounds, to disadvantage a group of which it disapproves. And such a classification the Constitution clearly will not permit," Tauro wrote.

Nancy Gill, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought by GLAD, said she is "thrilled" with the rulings.

"I'm so happy I can't even put it into words," she said.


Ignore the bits from those opposed (or imagine them as lolcats, because they are as silly and make just as much sense as one) and just note that, in the US, the federal government cannot take marriage from us.

More and more states are accepting gay marriage too. It's a slow process, but we don't have to worry about those victories being 'taken back' by the federal government.

Those victories are ours. No take-backs.
vangirl: (Greed: Oh No You Didn't)
President Obama: A Transgender Veteran Is Not An "Impersonator," "It," Or "Shim"

When I went up to the processing window to identify myself, I told them I was transgender, and had male genitalia and female breasts, and that I identified as female. When the Park Police were preparing an identification bracelet for me, it initially identified me as a female.

However, before the Park Police placed the identification bracelet on my wrist, they asked me a second time—and only me—what my actual “given name” is, even though the officers had a copy of my military retiree identification card with my legal name of Autumn Violet Sandeen.

I never lied about my sex and gender to any officer during the entire 26-hours I was detained.

[...]

Two officers came to my holding cell, and told me there was some confusion on my gender. I told the two officers I had male genitalia, female breasts, and a female gender identity. As they walked away, I overheard the senior officer tell the junior officer that my answer meant I was a male, and that I must have told other officers that I was female - suggesting I was trying to deceive them.

Then the female identification bracelet was cut off, and a second bracelet that identified me instead as male was attached to my wrist.
At that point, I was transported to the DC Superior Courthouse. This time I was to be processed as male instead of processed as female because of the change of my wristband.


That sort of treatment angers me. Specifically ignoring the fact that she is legally female while also ignoring her explanation of her gender and sex because she was "trying to deceive them," and then there are some insults that she was given that are also covered.

I'm also rather angry that a veteran was treated with such disrespect, period. But that's another issue that I'm not up for discussing at the moment.
vangirl: (Tear: /facepalm)
If anyone was following the story of Constance McMillen and her prom...Apparently the entire student body tricked her out of going to the 'real' prom. Or it was the 'fake' prom that everyone went to instead of the 'real' one, I don't know.

My rage. I apologize for not cutting before, since some of it might be triggering. /sigh )

LGBT

Mar. 8th, 2010 11:05 pm
vangirl: "Forge on and create your own path in life." (Legretta: Path)
This is something that has been bothering me, because I've seen it in several places. Not singling out anyone, but this is a trend that should stop.

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender.

LGB face the issues they do because of their gender isn't the 'right' one for the people they're attracted to and fall in love with. Transgenders face the issues they do because their gender isn't the 'right' one for their body.

Many LGB hear the phrase "How do you know you really like wo/men? It's just a phase!" Many transgendered hear the phrase "How do you know you're really a wo/man? It's just a phase!"

Both groups have to deal with people dismissing them, or even flat-out attacking them, because they live outside the heteronormative standard.

The fact that so many that say they care about "LGBT rights" and completely ignore, or even actively attempt to invalid, the existence and importance of an entire group that is under their banner.

The T isn't there to look pretty. The T is there because they're people too. And people are meant to be treated with respect.


edit: Not that people who don't fit any of those categories aren't worthy of respect. I'm speaking mainly of a disturbing trend I've noticed from non-heterosexual cisgenders invalidating other's gender identities; either by refusing to use the proper pronouns or even going on to say "You can pretend to be a girl but you're still a man." Just to clarify where this post came from.
vangirl: (Default)
The Earthquake Didn't Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Haitians. We Did. A bit of overview on why Haiti is such a poor nation and why that will probably be very, very difficult to change. The whole thing kinda makes me feel helpless and powerless and I'm not sure what I can say beyond that.

On a more uplifting note: Why Every Gay Rights Advocate Should be a Feminist and How Women's and LGBT Rights Are Intertwined. Basically, both articles point out that the enemies that both groups face are the same and that they're both working against the status quo in regards to gender.

I feel like I do have more to say on that, but I don't have the words for it.


I've been shit at doing anything productive lately. Not sick anymore at least, but my sister had a friend stay for the weekend and I somehow kept getting roped into the job of providing entertainment.

I guess my intimate knowledge of our video game and movie collection had to be put to use somehow.

I need to make a To Do list. I'll just, add that to my list.
vangirl: (Natalia: Princess)
http://prop8trialtracker.com/

I've been following this since Windy linked me to it. The opposition is very inconsistent, claiming that same-sex marriage will ruin the institution and then turning around and saying that marriage was really never sacred, that it never had anything to do with love. Nevermind the fact that they didn't want their own ads to be shown as evidence.

There's a lot of evidence being discussed that show that yes, gays and lesbians are being discriminated and yes, barring marriage is a form of discrimination and yes, with marriage becoming more gender neutral, same-sex marriage is the next logical step.

It does depend on what the judge says, in the end, but I get the sense that he's reasonable enough to hear the arguments and see what this is about: taking the rights away from a minority group.

I feel that we stand a good chance of winning this case.
vangirl: (Arietta/Largo: Respect)
The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage by Theodore B. Olson makes me want to cry, in a good way.

It's long but the fact that a conservative went down the list of reasons why gay marriage has been considered a threat, explained why those reasons made little to no sense, and then went on to explain why it is good to legalize gay marriage just.

It made me feel good today so I wanted to share it.


I'm going to be watching the Prop 8 trial when it shows up on Youtube (which was where I last heard of it showing.) It has the chance to set gay rights back quite a bit, depending on how its ruled, but I feel like there's a good chance we might pull through.

I'm feeling lucky.
vangirl: (Arietta: Military Fashion Show)
"Yes! Televise the Prop 8 Trial!"

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker -- who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting this Monday (January 11) -- is considering whether or not to open the court room to TV cameras.

The court just announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposal to televise the trial -- and that all comments must be submitted to the court by a Friday deadline.

Not surprisingly, supporters of Prop 8 -- which took away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California -- do not want the trial to be televised.

We have just this one chance to make our voices heard -- thousands of Americans calling for equality, transparency and accountability. That's why we're teaming up with the Courage Campaign to collect as many signatures as possible asking Judge Walker to televise the case. We need your signature now.


I already signed and sent in my comment. I very obviously have a personal stake in this but, I want to see how the trial goes down, at the least.
vangirl: (lorelei)
"Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle said they want to challenge "discriminatory" UK laws which restrict civil partnerships to same-sex couples."

Mr Freeman said: "It would be lovely to formalise our relationship but we are completely turned off by the whole institution of marriage because it discriminates against gay people."

He added: "We think gay people should be able to have a standard marriage and straight people should be able to have a civil partnership."

Miss Doyle said: "We want a choice and all other couples should also have a choice, irrespective of their sexuality."


I do think the guy who says the ban on heterosexual civil unions is "heterophobic" is...quite missing the point but REGARDLESS. I approve of what this couple set out to do.

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