Autumn Sandeen


Guest Post: The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition

By: Friday November 16, 2012 11:13 am

Guest Post By Andy Marra Public Relations Manager, GLSEN Growing up, I remember making a pact with myself. As an adopted child I promised to find my family in Korea, but how exactly that would occur remained a mystery to me. I luckily had the unconditional support of my American family, even if they were [...]

True The Vote Targets Transgender Voters

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 5:55 pm

The transgender population is a small population, and to my knowledge until this election trans voters haven’t been systematically targeted for voter suppression. Well, this year trans people are being targeted for voter suppression by True The Vote. A graphic from True The Vote’s Virginia training materials shows what the organization thinks about trans citizens.

What Is The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time?

By: Friday November 2, 2012 4:06 pm

According to Vice President Joe Biden, transgender issues are “the civil rights issue of our time.” There is a reason Trans United For Obama exists. The Obama administration has been a pro-trans issue administration. This is in stark contrast to when Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts when he was notably transphobic and biphobic, [...]

I’ve Voted Early Too By Absentee Ballot

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 8:10 pm

Pam wrote about voting early recently, and here in California I’ve followed her example by mailing in my absentee ballot today. I filled out my ballot last night — of course voting for President Obama’s reelection — and at 10:30 AM this morning the mail carrier took my ballot addressed to the registrar of voters. [...]

Thoughts On Personal Purpose

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 7:00 am

It’s just not enough to know what one’s against. One has to know what one is for, and then work and sacrifice for it. This point of view — the one in the quote above — I’ve espoused before. It not only applies to those who commit to making the world a better place for [...]

On This DADT Repeal Anniversary, Let’s Not Forget The T

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:11 pm

Today is the one-year anniversary of lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers being able to serve openly. With that in mind, I’m reposting this essay from December 19, 2010 — an essay (entitled Dan Choi: I Am Somebody! Autumn Sandeen: I Am Still Not Recognized As Somebody.) where I highlighted how with repeal of Don’t Ask, [...]

Social Conservative DADT Proponents Focusing On Fear & Process

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 11:32 am

OneNewsNow (a subsidiary of the American Family Association) has an interesting article up on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) entitled Military’s DADT supporters effectively silenced. An excerpt: Retired Army Brigadier General Douglas Lee, board president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says troops who oppose openly homosexual military service don’t dare [...]

A 47%-er

By: Monday September 17, 2012 10:56 pm

As I wrote just this past weekend in my piece Living On Government Largesse, according to Gary Bauer said about those receiving checks from the government: Bauer also told TPM that “there are a lot of people who will vote this November because they depend on government largesse,” meaning checks from Washington. He expects those [...]

Living On Government Largesse

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 7:15 pm

Sometimes I don’t understand conservatives with their “small government” approach to “government largesse” and big government approach to reproductive rights. Talking Points Memo (TPM) has an article up on what Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, said at the Values Voter Summit said about people like me. And no, not about [...]

Listing The Reasons Trans People & Allies Should Vote For Obama

By: Friday September 7, 2012 4:00 pm

Helen Boyd — author of My Husband Betty and coordinator for Trans United For Obama — has recently spelled out why trans people should be voting to reelect President Barack Obama in her En|Gender post President Obama’s Accomplishments for Transgender Americans President Obama Took Pivotal Steps To Ensure That Transgender Americans Have Stronger Protections Against [...]

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