Transgender

Australia’s Transgender Pre-Teens

How the world has changed since I was a little boy in the 1940s. I wish little Bobby could have seen what 2016 was going to be, back in those closeted, fearful days. Mother knew I was getting into her things and she wanted me to “straighten up” before it was “too late”. Being the sex opposite of the one you were assigned was a ticket to the state hospital. And to be rejected by family and friends if you dared come out will always be something frightful to contemplate.

These children are so fortunate to have understanding and supporting parents. For so many that is not the case. The Internet can help all LGBTI children learn that they are OK, not alone, and that they have sacred worth as the persons they truly are. We are all social beings who need the love and compassion of others in order to become all that we can be. When this is not possible, depression and then suicide become very apparent alternatives.

United Nations human rights law stresses the rights of the child when it comes to gender identity and having anatomically changing surgeries. While the parents have the obligation to protect the child and help the child develop towards maturity, they do not have the right to interfere with the child’s developing autonomy.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

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BBC News: UK EU exit would be global economy ‘shock’ – G20 leaders

Whether out of the US or the UK, I am hearing the same selfish, individualistic, conservative mindset:

What do YOU know? You don’t belong to the ____!

or

This is OUR business! Stay out of it!

and

We can do what WE want to and YOU can go to ****!

The reality about life in the 21st Century is that we live in a world C O M M U N I T Y, not as a collection of isolated monads. Competent world leaders know this and try to keep the political areas they govern within that context. “Going it alone” may have been the way to live in the American Wild West, but it doesn’t work now in our internationally-integrated economic, social, military, and multi-governmental landscape.

I lived in France at the start of the Cold War. The Cold War was a preventive war where the US and USSR came terribly close to blowing up the world. (And it won’t be until 2063 when the US National Archives will release what really happened in the Assassination of President “Ich bin ein Berliner” Kennedy.) The Berlin Wall had just been erected and the balance of power in Europe was tilted in favor of the Soviets. There was talk back then about a Common Market and a European Free Trade Association for Scandinavia. For the most part European unity was still in its infancy.

Now, more than 50 years later, Russia is a federation, the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain are down, and the success of the EU living in peace and prosperity has earned it a Nobel Prize. This state of affairs came at the terrible price of two world wars, a nuclear arms race, and worldwide human suffering.

As an American with family in the EU, I hope the UK stays in the EU. In the face of the crisis in Ukraine, I fear that if any EU member state pulls out, that will just encourage Russia to increase its political pressure against EU sovereignty. Both Sweden and prospective-member Turkey are feeling this pressure now.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

UK EU exit would be global economy ‘shock’ – G20 leaders_88475195_88475194.jpgFinance ministers from the world’s leading economies warn of a “shock” to the global economy if the UK leaves the European Union.
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LGBT

Random Tankar (random thoughts) 27 februari 2016 It Gets Better Project | Give hope to LGBT youth

Saturday morning in Salem, Oregon. YouTube sound is back.

Young people are the world’s hope and their vibrancy and, yes, idealism are things that must not be wasted because of the fear, hate, and intolerance of others. So much of life awaits them and as their lives unfold their love and compassion will make the world a better place. Along with the gifts of opportunity for youth comes the vulnerability for being different and resultant stigmatization, shaming, and violent reactions from a still-intolerant society, no matter where one may live.

While searching the Internet for things dealing with Human Rights, I came across a program the United Nations offers for persons no older than 35. Darn! I am way too old for that! My health is exceptional for my age and just shriveling up and dying is NOT an option. Lena, my Swedish cousin, reminded me that what I was doing now online was helping LGBTI people. Something read or a video watched on Transatlantic Transadvocates could mean the difference between life and death for someone I will never know about.

This coming Friday I will be starting training downtown for working with arriving refugees as a Cultural Navigator. And I am now learning how to make this blog a more dynamic and inspiring place to visit. Becoming fluent in Swedish and taking the blog on the road in 2017 are also on my plate. I may be “gammal” (old), but I still run pretty good according to my doctors.

A transgender man has been renting my spare room. He is a freshman in college and I am so glad that he likes living here with grandma. Grandma is getting better with her pronouns and she doesn’t mind washing all the dishes. My renter has accepting friends and some problems with family acceptance. I feel so privileged having him here.

It Gets Better Project | Give hope to LGBT youth
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

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LGBT

BBC News: Divided America: Young, gay and afraid in the Bible Belt

This is the sad reality for American LGBT children. While this BBC report focuses on the Bible Belt, this is the way it is, in varying degrees, throughout the US. No amount of rational discourse can change those who believe being gay is a sin, a choice, and something one can change.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Divided America: Young, gay and afraid in the Bible Belt_88436910_88436909.jpgAmerica is deeply divided over cultural issues such as abortion, LGBT rights and religious freedom.
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Writing

Al-Jazeera: Are journalists doomed?

The old ways of doing things are being replaced by the new. Al-Jazeera dropped the TV wasteland in the States, but is alive and well on the web. The local GOP newspaper where I live has a presence on the Internet. But how long it can continue to keep printing hard copy (i.e. newspapers) remains to be seen. I have no need for the local rag because I can pull up local news on the BBC, 360 News, or other sites that have a sophisticated search feature. Even classified ads are being eclipsed by numerous internet alternatives.

(As I try to put this post together the notification bell for my worldwide news feeds rings constantly and keeps breaking my train of thought. I will get to that later.)

All one needs in this new age to be a journalist, other than knowing how to write, is a tablet. For telephones I have separate pay-as-you-go phones for North America and Europe. Free Wii-Fiis are all over the place. And if you have something to say, people will remember to follow you on their devices. And that is what writing is all about: having readers making comments and they teaching you how to improve the craft.

But where is the money? How much do you need? Buy the tablet, set up a free web site, and start writing. Later on you can work on that. Oppressive regimes around the world can close down high overhead, licensed news medias easily. But like mice we are not that easy to control.

English is the default world language. So if it is your mother tongue, you have a head start. Knowing other languages will also open doors when it comes to watching/listening to Internet radio and TV from foreign lands. Copyright laws can get in the way of seeing some TV programs, but a lot of good stuff still gets through.

No, journalists are not doomed. They may feel insecure at times, but they will survive as voices of truth for an relentlessly-emerging world democratic community.
Are journalists doomed?

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/02/journalists-doomed-media-digital-facebook-160222111532646.html

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UN rights chief welcomes US President’s plan to close Guantánamo detention facility

There are things that should happen and things that can happen. A lame-duck Democratic President is doing what he can to clean up things, but the Republicans won’t let him. And if another Democratic President is elected, it will be “business as usual” with that person also.

Bad feelings still remain about the George W. Bush administration. But even this won’t help to have justice served for detainees who have yet to be charged of any crime. And all this flies in the face of International Human Rights Law, which most Americans don’t know or care to know exists.

The word is out about how the UN feels about GITMO. Will closing GITMO happen? Will the US ever move out of Guantanamo Bay completely? As long as the rent is paid GITMO is part of the US. Why does everyone turn a blind eye to this?

UN rights chief welcomes US President’s plan to close Guantánamo detention facility – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53299

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UNHCR – Acting out their trauma, refugees bond with Ugandan hosts

There is a message in this UNHCR post of trauma and healing through integration with nations receiving refugees. Being mentally ill is a label that can bring with it stigma and exclusion. But being in a play and telling others about a journey so many others have died and continue to die doing is “educational” to say the least. This on-stage catharsis affects everyone in ways that may only be apparent later.

Needing and agreeing to undertake counseling for traumas related to forced migration are two different things. And there has been a lot of “bad press” about nations like Uganda where being LGBTI can be a liability. Trauma is trauma whether you are LGBTI or not. And being there as an LGBTI person is different from reading a couple paragraphs about it in a Western, English-language magazine.

People getting to know and accepting other people as persons and not as demonic objects created by fanatics is what UNHCR promotes worldwide. And each and every country has forces within its borders promoting equality in its own way. And the worldwide struggle for LGBTI rights continues.

http://www.unhcr.org/56c5a6339.html

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