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UN Appoints First Expert To Protect LGBT People From Discrimination | Huffington Post

This is an important undertaking for the United Nations because it reaffirms the need for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, AS THE FIVE SEXUAL MINORITY CLASSES PROTECTED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, to have competent and knowledgeable assistance when dealing with discrimination and other human rights abuses.

While reading the HuffPost article I pondered why LGBTI, as an acronym, was not used exclusively throughout the article. The title that says this is the “First Expert To Protect LGBT…” Is not correct. Or maybe it is for an American audience kept in the dark about people born with DSD (Disorders of Sexual Development). Comparing hash tags titled “LGBTEquality” with “LGBTIEquality”, LGBT brings up a lot more results than LGBTI. Intersex is also a BIOLOGICAL diversity where persons may or may not be transgender. The bottom line, however, is that biological diversity, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity, are ALL protected under UN International Law.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vitit-muntarbhorn-lgbt-expert_us_57eeb273e4b0c2407cddc740?section=§ion=us_queer-voices&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Queer%20Voices%20093016&utm_content=Queer%20Voices%20093016+CID_e39327c46e2af9b38e6d32701bcc628c&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=UN%20Discrimination

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Pronoun Privilege – The New York Times

Including your pronouns while introducing yourself to others is a practice still just getting started. When I introduce myself I usually spell my first name. We all pass in varying degrees with others during the day and, of course, those of us just getting started in their transition may not pass at all. Older persons who transitioned late in life may or may not pass in stereotypical ways.

An APA doctoral student emailed this and is requesting feedback from me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/26/opinion/pronoun-privilege.html?_r=1

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Hillary Clinton Blasts North Carolina’s ‘Mean-Spirited’ Anti-LGBT Law | Huffington Post

In making the transition from one gender to another, garnering the courage to use the public restroom of your affirmed gender is something you MUST do in order to be at peace with yourself, as best you can, in those early years of growth and change. HB2 has made a medical issue into a political one.

The birth certificate is just a medical “best guess” as to sex. As children grow into adults they become the persons they truly are. Intersex people have special challenges since reaching puberty may engender major bodily changes. We are not “perverts” in need of special policing just because we affirm a sex that is different from what we were assigned at birth.

It is hard for me to believe, in 2016, that there is still so much public ignorance about being transgender or intersex. America has an international reputation for being very secretive, prudish, and sensitive when it comes to sexual matters. The fantasy that we are virgins until the wedding night and only copulate to have children is a joke.

Maybe it’s time for some people to grow up!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-north-carolina-bill_us_57ec08c6e4b024a52d2c41f6?section=§ion=us_queer-voices&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Queer%20Voices%20092816&utm_content=Queer%20Voices%20092816+CID_814df65229c2fa9a474a4588c3ee7d2e&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=North%20Carolina

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Random Tankar: Being degraded by US politics| Att degraderas av USAs politik (Eng/Swed)

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Years ago I worked at a church with a pastor and a secretary who had been there for a LONG time. The pastor retired and the church was searching for the pastor’s replacement. During a staff meeting in these uncertain times, the secretary was angry about something and blurted out, “Hell’s Bells!” A big smile broke out on my face and I shared that her comment was evidence of her long, loyal service with the now-retired pastor we all missed. We then had a good, healthy laugh about this.

Last Sunday at the Social Justice Table in the church I now attend, I was angry about the current state of US politics. In my anger I used language that was not appropriate in a house of worship. A lady there admonished me for this. Later on, she was talking the same way! To both of us it was obvious what the never ending, daily Donald and Hillary Show was doing to us. God knows what it is doing to the rest of US society. This is nothing to laugh about. The only response to this is a curse that is the same in English and Swedish.

Two years ago when I returned to Oregon from Sweden, my cousin’s husband gave me a ride to the airport. Mats shared with me who would make a good US President. We were in agreement on this. National frontiers are fading away and we are more and more becoming a world community. The Presidential Candidate I will have the responsibility to cast my vote for, will have power far transcending US national borders and the ability to blow up the world countless times over.

Lord, may she win.

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År sedan arbetade jag på en kyrka med en pastor och en sekreterare som hade varit där länge. Pastorn pensionerade och kyrkan var letar pastorns ersättare. Under ett personalmöte i dessa osäkra tider, sekreterare var arg över något och framkastade ut, “Hells Bells!” Ett stort leende bröt ut på mitt ansikte och jag delade att hennes kommentar var bevis för hennes långa, lojala service med det nu-pensionärer pastorn missade vi alla. Vi hade sedan ett bra friska skratt om detta.

I söndag vid bordet social rättvisa i kyrkan detta jag nu, jag var arg över den nu varande staten i USAs politiken. I min ilska använt jag språk som inte var lämpligt i ett hus för tillbedjan. En dam där förmanade mig för detta. Senare talade hon på samma sätt! Båda av oss var det självklart med den dagliga Donald och Hillary Show gjorde till oss. Gud vet vad det gör att resten av amerikanska samhället. Det är inget att skratta åt. Det enda svaret på detta är en förbannelse som är samma i engelska och svenska.

Två år sedan när jag återvände till Oregon från Sverige, min kusins man gav mig skjuts till flygplatsen. Mats deras med mig som skulle göra en bra US president. Vi var överens om detta. Nationella gränser bleknar bort och vi blir mer och mer en världssamfundet. Den presidentkandidaten som jag kommer att ha ansvaret för att lägga min röst far kommer att ha makt långt överskrider USAs nationella gränser och förmåga att spränga världen otaliga gånger.

Herre, kan hon vinna.

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Random Tankar: Folk är inte “bedrövliga” |People Are Never “Deplorable” (Eng/Swed)

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Whether or not Mrs. Clinton garnered political points in labeling Mr. Trump’s supporters as “deplorable” will be determined in these final weeks before the 2016 Election. In my opinion Mrs. Clinton’s stereotypical comment was a step down into the dark psychological sewer that Mr. Trump has dredged for votes in his campaign. “He said” vs. “She said” is prepubescent childhood prater.

Human beings, in order to function in a democratic society, MUST put their dark sides on hold to work in concert with other citizens for the common good. In a sense we are all “deplorable” if certain buttons in our psyches are pressed. So we must act towards others with respect and decency in a law-abiding manner for the sake of the Republic.

A responsible campaign is one where the candidates appeal to the blossoming sides of our natures. Who should I vote for so that I can become the best person I can be: when I look into the mirror each morning, when I say goodbye to my family and friends to go to work and when I interact with the world at-large?

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Om Mrs. Clinton samlat politiska poäng i märkning Mr. Trumps anhängare som beklagliga kommer att fastställas i dessa sista veckorna innan valet 2016 oss. Enligt min mening var fru Clintons stereotypa kommentar ett steg ner i mörka, psykologiska avloppet som Mr. Trump har muddras för röster i sin kampanj. “Han sade” kontra “sade hon” är prepubertala barndom pratet.

Människor för att fungera i ett demokratiskt samhälle, måste parkeras sina mörker sidor arbeta i samförstånd med andra medborgare för vanliga bra. I en bemärkelse är oss alla bedrövliga vissa knappar i våra psyken trycks. Så vi måste agera mot andra med respekt och anständighet i ett laglydiga sätt skulle republiken.

En ansvarig kampanj är en där kandidaterna vädjar till blommande sidorna av vår natur. Vem ska jag rösta för så att jag kan bli de bäste person jag kan vara: när jag ser i spegeln varje morgon, när jag säger adjö till min familj och mina vänner när jag gå till jobbet och när jag interagera med världen i stort?

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Federal Employee Would Rather Be Fired Than Watch LGBT Diversity Video | Huffington Post

Now and then stories like this make the news and I am tempted to just pass over them. As a PUBLIC EMPLOYEE you are trained and paid to serve the public. No one is making you do anything that will get you tossed into hell, Hades, Sheol or whatever awaits an unrepentant sinner.

As a member of the LGBTI minority community, the five protected classes* that the United States Customs and Immigration Services, as well as the US Veterans Administration and the United Nations recognize as needing specialized help in accessing services, I don’t see how Social Security personnel can do their jobs without LGBTI diversity training. Even if these people disgust you, they can be referred to other personnel IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

Regular readers of this blog know I have an axe to grind about the practice in the United States to ignore Intersex persons as a protected class. Under international law, they are a protected class. Certain US governmental organizations recognize Intersex persons as a protected class and provide services for them. But still news and other organizations in the US keep Intersex persons invisible by persisting in the LGBT – only acronym.

*The Five Protected Classes
1. Lesbian – women who are sexually attracted to one another.
2. Gay – men who are sexually attracted to one another. The term is sometimes applied to Lesbians.
3. Bisexual – men or women who are both heterosexual and homosexual.
4. Transgender – persons who identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
MTF – male transitioning or transitioned to female
FTM – female transitioning or transitioned to male
GNC – gender non-conforming. Rejection of the male or female gender binary.
5. Intersex – a person possessing both male and female biology at birth or made significant upon reaching puberty. Medically, since 2006, these persons are referred to as possessing Disorders of Sexual Development. (The historical term, hermaphrodite, is now considered pejorative and is no longer used.)

Children born intersex in the United States are routinely operated on after birth, without informed consent of the parents or, of course, the patient, to force them into either a male or female stereotypical biological appearance. The United Nations considers this cruel treatment akin to torture. Why Intersex is invisible in the United States has its roots in medical embarrassments at the highest level.

The links below are recommended reading for further education on Intersex

1. Alice Dreger on Intersex
https://youtu.be/ZGfRANkJJRQ

2. A classic well worth the investment
https://www.amazon.com/As-Nature-Made-Him-Raised-ebook/dp/B00AXXUB2G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=#customerReviews

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/illinois-social-security-video_us_57d818f9e4b0aa4b722c7566?section=§ion=us_queer-voices&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Queer%20Voices%20091316&utm_content=Queer%20Voices%20091316+CID_856d1b7a3624459eb9bab5578be3298d&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=David%20Hall

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BBC News: Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after US Army agrees to gender surgery

Her crime was aiding and abetting the publishing of state secrets. Her crime was NOT expressing her female gender. Who or what she is as a human being should play no part in her punishment for espionage.

Ms. Manning is very fortunate to have the legal representation that she has. It is unfortunate she didn’t come to terms with her female gender before handling classified information. Many MTF (male to female) persons join the armed services to “man up” or in other ways to come to terms with “homosexual tendencies”, female clothing fetishism, or other behavioral practices that are deeply loathed but cannot be stopped doing.

The general public will never learn to what extent Ms. Manning’s criminal behavior actually damaged the Nation’s security. As international relations between nation states ebb and flow, what may have been criminal activity in the past may seem like just poor judgment now. ( Mr. Trump being buddies with Russia’s political leader, ex Cold War spy Vladimir Putin would have gone over like a lead balloon before Sen. Joe McCarthy’s House UnAmerican Activities Committee back in the 1950s)

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

Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after US Army agrees to gender surgery_91187469_mediaitem91187468.jpgWikileaks leaker Chelsea Manning says she has ended a hunger strike because the US Army has agreed to provide her with gender surgery.
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