Gender Rights Maryland: Transgender Community Stands with ALL Women

By: Friday August 26, 2011 2:52 am

Gender Rights Maryland posted an opinion piece in Baltimore OUTloud today in response to fears expressed by radical feminists and the radical religious-right “that gender identity civil rights laws (like the ones in Baltimore City and Montgomery County) will harm or jeopardize women’s sex-segregated spaces and lead to assaults on non-trans (cisgender) women in these [...]

Taking the conversation where critics aren’t allowed to follow

By: Monday August 15, 2011 2:31 am

A vigorous debate was sparked by my recent diary about the anti-trans letter that Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford submitted to the United Nations. However neither Brennan nor Hungerford were willing to participate in a meaningful dialog on Pam’s House Blend. Instead they’ve opted to post a response to some of the criticisms their letter [...]

Cathy Brennan & Elizabeth Hungerford take their anti-trans activism to the UN

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:49 am

Note: Last week I wrote a diary similar to this one. It and other diaries and comments posted over a period last Friday-Saturday got scrubbed from the database due to a glitch in an upgrade conducted by Soapblox (our current host platform). I didn’t have a backup copy of the diary. Since it doesn’t appear that it will be restored any time soon, I have re-written it from memory and with the help of fragments captured on other websites.

Thumbnail link: Cathy Brennan - Elizabeth Hungerford Letter To The UN Against Gender Identity ProtectionsResponding to a Call for Communications: Human Rights Violations Affecting the Status of Women posted by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, lesbian attorneys Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford submitted a letter last week opposing laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations based on gender identity and expression.

[The] proliferation of legislation designed to protect “gender identity” and “gender expression” undermines legal protections for females vis-a-vis sex segregated spaces, such as female-only clubs, public restrooms, public showers, and other spaces designated as “female only”. Females require sex-segregated facilities for number of reasons, chief among them the documented frequency of male sexual violence against females and the uniquely female consequence of unwanted impregnation resulting from this relatively common form of violence.xxi

Brennan & Hungerford are alleging that laws protecting all our rights — but in particular trans women’s rights — to use public bathrooms and locker rooms puts non-trans women at greater risk of predation by men. It’s “bathroom bill” rhetoric dressed up to look like feminism.

The problem for Brennan & Hungerford is that their allegations about the consequences of including gender identity in anti-discrimination laws are not only dehumanizing to trans people, they’re based on intellectual dishonesty and the same fear mongering used by the radical religious-right.

Like Brennan & Hungerford, I am a lesbian born with a female brain and a female body. (For a trans woman’s take on the letter, read Mercedes Allen’s post at Bilerico.) Unlike Brennan & Hungerford, I demand solid reasoning from anyone who would seek to deprive a class of people of their civil rights. So when I see members of my demographic jumping on the international stage, engaging in intellectual dishonesty while seeking to deprive others of their rights, I am compelled to call them out lest my silence be interpreted as tacit support. It is not.

UN Human Rights Council passes first-ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By: Friday June 17, 2011 1:38 pm

For the first time ever, the United Nations Human Rights Council this week passed a resolution to bring focus to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “You just witnessed a historic moment at the Human Rights Council and within the U.N. system with a landmark resolution protecting human rights of lesbian, [...]

BREAKING: UN restores "sexual orientation" to the resolution against executions

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:20 pm

The United Nations General Assembly has just adopted the USA’s amendment to restore “sexual orientation” to the Resolution on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.  The vote on the amendment was 93 yes, 55 no with 27 abstentions.  The General Assembly then went on to adopt the Resolution itself by a vote of 122 to 0, [...]

Demand that Governments of the World Condemn LGBT Executions

By: Friday December 17, 2010 4:38 pm

Update Monday, Dec. 20: The UN General Assembly vote on the amendment to remove “sexual orientation” from the Resolution on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions has been moved to Tuesday, December 21, 2010 according to the UN Journal. A counter amendment has been proffered by the United States to reinsert the words “sexual orientation” into [...]

Association of British Muslims criticizes UN for removing sexual orientation protections

By: Friday November 26, 2010 7:30 pm

The Association of British Muslims is calling on the United Nations General Assembly “to reverse its vote on the exclusion of sexual orientation from the Resolution on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.”  As previously reported, on November 16th the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Commitee (Third Committee) of the General Assembly voted 79 to 70 to [...]

Shattering the silence surrounding anti-LGBTQ violence

By: Saturday November 20, 2010 3:09 pm

On November 16, 2010, just days after the 72nd anniversary of the Nazi’s opening salvo against the Jews, Kristallnacht, the United Nations voted to remove sexual orientation from the UN resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. “This is a shameful day in United Nations history. It gives a de facto green light to the [...]

Gays on safari in Kenya are now themselves fair game

By: Friday November 19, 2010 1:40 am

At least that’s the message sent today by Kenya and the 78 other mostly African or Middle-Eastern countries that voted to remove sexual orientation from the UN resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.  Seventy-nine countries voted to strip sexual orientation from the resolution (including China & Russia), 70 voted against, 17 abstained and 26 [...]

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