European Union, Human Rights, LGBT

Migrants and Possible Asylum Seekers Being Deported from EU to Alleged Unsafe Third Country

The discussion in this video sheds some rational light on the European Union, the migrant inflow into the EU, and the lack of solidarity among EU Member States to settle this matter under both EU and international law.

In the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees, it was affirmed that asylum seekers, defined as persons suffering persecution, violence, and life-threatening, human rights abuses, have the right to move to other countries to escape these conditions. The foundation for this understanding can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in December 1948. The European Union, likewise, has enacted laws and regulations to deal with asylum seekers moving to the EU.

This present situation deals basically with three types of migrants:

people fleeing Syria,

economic migrants who face no credible human rights abuses in their home countries, and

asylum seekers who qualify as persons fleeing persecution, violence, or death under international law.

At present, there is no bureaucracy of qualified persons in place to deal with the sifting of true asylum seekers from the hoards of other migrants besieging the EU. And because of this mass human migration, the rule of law has broken down and the EU, in its struggle to survive, is trying to do what it can to stay together.

The discussion in this video, moderated by Martine Dennis of Al-Jazeera, brings together three experts:

Basal Kale – Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey),

Yves Pascauau – Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, and

Bill Frelick – Refugee Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch.

With regards to the right of the EU to send asylum seekers to a “safe” third country, it is alleged that Turkey is not a “safe” country. In these mass deportations there are qualified asylum seekers who either were not given a chance to make their claims or didn’t know that they were supposed to do so. (For LGBTI persons, timely claim-filing can be especially difficult to do, because of the need to stay closeted as long as possible to avoid violence from other refugees.–Ed)

Is the migrants’ deportation from Greece legal?
http://aje.io/b5ns

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LGBT, Music

Human Nightcore – If You Think We’re Human (Lyrics Included in Notes)

Another song from YouTube that someone in cyber-land may need to hear, now. Are you that person? Am I that person, since I posted this in the first place?

The first persons who need to know we are human are ourselves. Yet in so many ways we betray ourselves by taking on the hateful descriptions and stereotypes of the world in which we live. As social beings, these words do hurt. And rather than eventually becoming forgotten, these words are added to other words and remembrances of stigma, shame, and derision constantly piling up in our memories. And learning to stop hating yourself because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or biological diversity is an arduous task requiring the compassionate interventions of others with whom we can be open and honest with.

Educating the world about our humanness will be a day-to-day struggle that will not be finished in our lifetimes. But we will make things better for those who come out after us. And they and their descendants will do likewise.

Finally, being LGBTI is not a medical disease, mental illness, moral defect, or “sin”. It is who we are, what we did not choose, and just another diverse expression of life in the vastly diverse human family on this earth.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/R8KyT_UxFrs

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Mr Probz – Waves (Official Video) Robin Schulz Remix

Coming out won’t be easy. And you WILL be rejected by some who you have invested a lot of your time and emotions with. This act of self-expression may even result in insults, irrational judgements, and violence from others with their own problems. Be careful who you come out to and when to do it.

In her last message before she left us, Ms. Alcorn feared a life of loneliness, abandonment, and mental pain and suffering ahead for her. Her “crime”? Discovering her true self and living it! She was caught in a bind so many trans kids are in: striving to blossom in a field of empty flowers. A rock song out of the 1970s speaks of that place “between the dead and the sleeping”. Whatever metaphor used to describe it, it is the age-old struggle between ignorant, static, tradition and enlightened, unfolding creativity.

In such a life-changing act as coming out, you need support from those of us who have some time behind us. If you cannot find help in your community, there is always the Internet. A mental health counselor once told me that everyone needs to have at least one person, a friend, they can be real with, sharing their deepest feelings with. Hearts can get hardened so easily when one is left alone with their anger, fears, and fantasies.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/6MH9qWemtPo

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Sweden+flies+flag+for+gay+rights+with+new+stamp. (Sverige flyger flagga för homosexuellas rättigh eter med ny stämpa.)

Oh! What a wonderful thing! My readers need to know that the love of Swedes, accepting me for who and what I am, got this blog started a year ago.

Needless to say this has to be a bilingual post!😃

Maybe my family can send me a “snail mail” card using this stamp. I get lonely on this side of the world.❤️
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Åh! Vilken underbar sak! Mina läsare behöver veta att kärleken till svenskar acceptera mig, som vem och var jag är, fick denna blogg startade första hand för ett år sedan.

Omöjligt att säga att det måste vara en tvåspråkig inlägg.😃

Kanske mig familj kan skicka mig ett “snigelpost” kort med denna stämpa. Jag får ensam på denna sida på världen.❤️

http://www.thelocal.se/20160330/sweden-flies-flag-for-gay-rights-with-new-stamp

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LGBT, Transgender

Carcano-v-McCrory-Complaint. HB 2 North Carolina Anti-LGBT Bathroom Law

Note: The information in this post is for educational use only. If you have any legal, psychological, or other questions or issues, the services of a competent professional is recommended.

The attached document is the Complaint filed by Lambda Legal and others against the Governor of North Carolina and others, protesting the passage of HB 2, the notorious anti-LGBT law that has been in the press lately. While you can read it for yourself, I want to comment on a few things contained therein. The last thing I want to ever do is pass judgement on the Complaint itself. But as a transgender and intersex person who wants the public to learn about us as well as this law declared unconstitutional, I cannot help but notice some things brought forth that will help educate uninformed readers about us, our decency, our humanness, and our needs for love and respect.

Two of the Plaintiffs are transgender men. When a lot of people hear the word “transgender”, the image of a man dressed as a woman comes to mind. The idea that a biological man would dress up as a woman just to assault children in a public restroom is part of the fear engendered against those of us who are gender dysphoric. It isn’t that long ago that if a little boy told his parents or other responsible adults that he was really a girl, this would mean a stay at a state hospital and shock treatment to correct this “malady”.

Reflecting on my own journey, I also wonder if for a man to transition into womanhood sends a conscious or unconscious negative message to some men that maybe THEY aren’t men. Maybe THEY don’t have “balls”. When some of us are murdered, it isn’t quick. We are beaten, cut, set on fire– before the relief of death comes. We remember our dead yearly in the US and internationally. My own PTSD and trauma are tearing ME up now as I write this. Take a break.

For a female to become a man is not as well-known as a man becoming a woman. And it doesn’t rile up the haters as much, even if they knew there are women who become men. But we are both adversely affected by HB 2. Taking time in the Complaint to describe gender dysphoria, the Standards of Care of W-PATH, hormones, surgery, the other medical and social protocols, and the RIGHT we share with all persons to a life of freedom, safety, and growth cannot help but educate the entire Court.

The Complaints also condemns HB2 as much more than just a transgender issue. The whole LGBT community is affected by the atmosphere this law projects onto. LGB persons of color, as well as white. Being LGBT is not sinful or done for fun. This is who we are.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2777460-Carcano-v-McCrory-Complaint.html#document/p1

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North Carolina Sued in Challenge to Anti-LGBT Law | Lambda Legal

Here we go again! We go to court to fight discrimination, hate, ignorance and just plain meanness. Other than this being an election year, I can see no logic behind a move like this by state government to go against the LGBTI community. After a lot of money is spent in legal fees, LGBTI-friendly businesses/organizations have fled the state, and the obvious illegality of HR 2 is proved in court, will North Carolinians be able to just leave its LGBTI residents in peace?

A lot of us sex/gender/biology marginalized folk have not had our birth certificates changed to reflect our affirmed genders. In some states this is not possible. In other states we can’t afford to. And some of us have fluid, constantly-in-flux, genders: male, female, and something else  beyond the gender binary.

Years ago I tried to change my California birth certificate. I failed because I used the wrong-colored ink on the forms (I am color blind) and the court orders in my state of residence did not conform to the standards of California court orders. I was told to hire an attorney to get it done “properly”.

As far as enforcing this idiotic law, how will it be enforced? School children, unfortunately, are a captive audience. For other will there be duly-sworn “genitalia gendarmes” staking out public restrooms? I’ve written enough about this nonsense. Read the link.

http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20160328_nc-sued

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BBC News: Fertility treatment: Lesbian couple ‘had to go private’ to get names on baby’s birth certificate

To want what every other parent wants is still a crime for LGBTI persons. In the minds of most persons who are not LGBTI we are not REALLY what we say we are. And I am tired of the looks and comments from health workers who may “know” what hormones to throw at us and the costs of the breast exams we must now have like cis-women.

1. Please respect me

If I want to wear and use feminine hygiene products and fantasize about being pregnant and having a baby like “normal” women do. As a female in a male body, that’s the way I am.

2. Please respect me

If I start sobbing listening to a song like “Imagine” by John Lennon. Living as a man for most my life I was conditioned not to cry. Now I fear I won’t get all the man up-tightness out of me before I die. Will I be able to cry all the trauma out of me from living a false life for 60 years?

3. Please respect me

If I sing alto in choir and you think I should be back with the basses. If I was told to sing bass I would quit the choir. Please stop insulting me by saying I am “just singing falsetto” and thinking I am just “playing around”. Even though I have a three-octave voice range now, I have taken voice lessons and trained to sing alto. And I enjoy singing with the ladies more than the men. This shows in my sight-reading.
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In like manner the ladies in this BBC article are not just playing around, gaming the NHS, or deviant. They are two human beings WITH FEELINGS and need to be respected in the roles they have chosen as mother and father, This is not just another case of an unwed mother being treated as no more than a farm animal. 6,000£ is about $8,000 US dollars. Quite a steep sum for the general public to pay on both sides of the Pond.

Being a regular reader and listener to the BBC, I have been impressed by the struggles and victories of LGBTI people in Europe. Some say the US is still a “cowboy nation”. And the LGBTI community over here, even after same-sex marriage became law, still has struggles galore when it comes to attaining the human rights we all expect and deserve.

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

Fertility treatment: Lesbian couple ‘had to go private’ to get names on baby’s birth certificate_88903077_sarahfertility.jpgA lesbian couple expecting their first child say they had no option but to pay for private fertility treatment to ensure both of their names would be on the baby’s birth certificate.
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