“If I were on the Iron Throne and I had to choose a Hand, I would want Tyrion. He seems to have every angle covered. But assuming I can’t have a Westerosi character, I would choose Sigmund Freud. He could get to work on Joffrey and Cersei’s complex relationship, and I would get Joffrey an electric guitar and lessons from Metallica as he needs to channel his blistering fury into something less psychopathic.”—Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark)
The above article is an update. Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost. She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender. She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.
Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined. Lets get on the ball and spread the word.
“I figured a way out — a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, 150 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ‘em, and– And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”—
I want to explain to him why this wouldn’t work but I think he’s too stupid. Can’t die out. Dying out would mean that my parents were gay and so were their parents and their parents except wait.. what’s that? straight couples give birth to gay kids? duh. fucking duh. you said it yourself, can’t reproduce. fucking idiot.
The Department of Justice yesterday finalized a rule against sexual assault in federal prisons, making a specific note to protect LGBT people.
LGBT people, especially trans people, are considered more vulnerable to prison rape than other groups. This rule is the first federal attempt to set standards at different jail facilities, and it requires that training and screening protocols be sensitive to the unique needs of LGBT and gender non-conforming people.
More from the Washington Blade:
“Sexual violence, against any victim, is an assault on human dignity and an affront to American values,” President Obama wrote in a memorandum accompanying the announcement. “The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) was enacted with bipartisan support and established a ‘zero tolerance standard’ for rape in prisons in the United States.”
The standards include specialized training for prison staff and screenings in detention settings to determine if LGBT inmates are at higher risk for being targeted for sexual abuse. The new rule has particular impact on transgender inmates. Agencies must train security staff on respectful searches of transgender inmates; transgender people can’t be assigned to a male or female facility based solely on their anatomy; and transgender inmates will be given the opportunity to shower separately from other inmates.
Now there’s something we can appreciate. Nobody in the world deserves the trauma of being sexually assaulted. This measure will help.
“We accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. If a child is living as a girl, that’s good enough for us. We don’t require any proof of gender.”—
Rachelle Trujillo, vice president for communications of the Colorado Girl Scouts, responding to a story about a transgender girl who was allowed to join the Brownies.
Looks like I’ll be buying a ton of cookies this year.
(via Shakesville article on various bigoted attacks on the GSA by religious groups & the right-wing blogosphere; trigger warning on that for cissexist, misogynist bullshit)