Tag: Activist

The ENOUGH! Rally

| Jul 9, 2018 | Reply

Looking around at the things she sees going on in our country, particularly the separation of children from their families that was happening at the southern border, Sophie Lynne decided she had to do something. The question though was “What?” She decided to organize a local protest in her town. Today she blogs about how it went.

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R.I.P. Rick Stafford — Fought for LGBT People

| Sep 11, 2017 | Reply

In 2008 the Democratic Party platform was trans inclusive for the first time. A big part of how that happened can be attributed to the chair of the Democrats’ LGBT Americans Caucus, Rick Stafford. Stafford was a gay man, HIV+ and a real fighter for LGBT inclusion in the political process. He passed away on September 2 and our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein sings his praises. Babs worked with Stafford for many years and today she reveals all of the contributions he made to the advances the community has seen in the past few years.

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Time for Trans People to Stand Up and Show Up

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and there will be several events around the country that focus on trans people. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Siperstein has good advice when she says it’s time to stand up and show up. Most of the legislators who are busy passing restroom bills have never met a trans person. That makes June the perfect time to get out there, be seen, and if possible meet the legislators. Babs has some info on some events at the national and state level.

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Is North Carolina Losing the Restroom Wars?

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

With all the negative news about anti-trans laws keeping us out of public restrooms of our choice it’s important to know that we have big guns on our side — from major corporations to rock stars — many powerful people have got our backs. Babs Casbar Siperstein today presents an in-depth look at the blow back North Carolina is experiencing since they passed HB 2, and she looks at Target’s restroom policy. Babs believes that the Jedi Nights will win.

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Oscars, The Deadly Grouches, and Hope with Hillary

| Feb 29, 2016 | 11 Replies

Babs Casbar Siperstein reports on three things that just might get your riled up. She looks at why the first trans person to ever be nominated for an Oscar decided to boycott the ceremony. She discusses the startling fact that the Republican National Committee has issued an official statement urging Republican legislators to vote in favor of bills to restrict trans restroom rights. And she gets you riled up in a positive way over a new trans movement to support Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee.

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Meet Pa. Trans Activist Daye Lily Pope

| Feb 22, 2016 | Reply

There’s a new voice in Pennsylvania engaged in the fight for LGBT rights. Daye Lily Pope is a young woman who has the title Transgender Rights Organizer at Equality Pennsylvania. Equality PA is a state-wide organization working to assist LGBT people. We had the opportunity to interview Ms. Pope and asked her to define her organization’s […]

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Be Strong! Be Proud!

| Jan 11, 2016 | 2 Replies

Josy is proud of the way that transgenderism has been brought out of the shadows and made visible to the general public. She thanks trans icons like Jazz Jennings and Caitlyn Jenner for their work in making people aware that trans people are here and we aren’t going away. But she has concerns that some in the community don’t wish to do their part to further acceptance of trans people.

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Be Strong! Be Proud!

| Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

Josy is proud of the way that transgenderism has been brought out of the shadows and made visible to the general public. She thanks trans icons like Jazz Jennings and Caitlyn Jenner for their work in making people aware that trans people are here and we aren’t going away. But she has concerns that some in the community don’t wish to do their part to further acceptance of trans people.

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A Chat With The Secretary by Kimi Cole

| Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

Kimi Cole is a trans activist and Chair of the Douglas Country Democrats in her home state of Nevada. Recently her cellphone rang and when she answered it the person on the other end of the call was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Why was Mrs. Clinton reaching out to Kimi Cole and what did they discuss. Kimi shares the detail with us.

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A Chat With The Secretary by Kimi Cole

| Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

Kimi Cole is a trans activist and Chair of the Douglas Country Democrats in her home state of Nevada. Recently her cellphone rang and when she answered it the person on the other end of the call was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Why was Mrs. Clinton reaching out to Kimi Cole and what did they discuss. Kimi shares the detail with us.

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A Response to “What Makes a Woman?”

| Jun 29, 2015 | Reply

Babs Casbar Siperstein wrote a response to an op-ed by Elinor Burkett titled “What Makes a Woman?” that ran in The New York Times on June 6. Burkett stated that trans women could be undermining women’s identities. The Times did not choose to run Babs’ response so we bring it to you on TGF.

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A Response to “What Makes a Woman?”

| Jun 29, 2015 | Reply

Babs Casbar Siperstein wrote a response to an op-ed by Elinor Burkett titled “What Makes a Woman?” that ran in The New York Times on June 6. Burkett stated that trans women could be undermining women’s identities. The Times did not choose to run Babs’ response so we bring it to you on TGF.

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Quislings: Why?

| Apr 20, 2015 | 1 Reply

Sophie Lynne asks some questions about just who has put trans people in the crosshairs. News stories abound about the progress trans people have made but there are also news stories about the states and municipalities where legislators are targeting trans people with discriminatory bills based on a fundamental lack of knowledge about trans issues. Who are these legislators? Sophie asks that — and then answers the question.

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Quislings: Why?

| Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

Sophie Lynne asks some questions about just who has put trans people in the crosshairs. News stories abound about the progress trans people have made but there are also news stories about the states and municipalities where legislators are targeting trans people with discriminatory bills based on a fundamental lack of knowledge about trans issues. Who are these legislators? Sophie asks that — and then answers the question.

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Culture Change for TSTG Issues

| Feb 2, 2015 | Reply

Every week we make more progress in acceptance of trans people and more and more localities amend their human rights anti-discrimination laws to add protections for trans people. But while this goes on in the legislative bodies and the courts are charged with enforcement we still hear of incidents of violence and discrimination against us. What can we do to change that? Dana Bevan believes we need to work harder at changing our culture. Today she tells you how.

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Culture Change for TSTG Issues

| Feb 2, 2015 | Reply

Every week we make more progress in acceptance of trans people and more and more localities amend their human rights anti-discrimination laws to add protections for trans people. But while this goes on in the legislative bodies and the courts are charged with enforcement we still hear of incidents of violence and discrimination against us. What can we do to change that? Dana Bevan believes we need to work harder at changing our culture. Today she tells you how.

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The Trans Military Situation

| Dec 15, 2014 | Reply

Recent changes in the military have given some hope that the estimated 15,000 plus trans soldiers will be able to serve openly in the near future. Is it reasonable to assume that since a few signs of progress have been seen that the services will quickly change their transgender policy? Babs Casbar Siperstein takes a look at the progress made.

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The Trans Military Situation

| Dec 15, 2014 | Reply

Recent changes in the military have given some hope that the estimated 15,000 plus trans soldiers will be able to serve openly in the near future. Is it reasonable to assume that since a few signs of progress have been seen that the services will quickly change their transgender policy? Babs Casbar Siperstein takes a look at the progress made.

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N.J. U.S. Attorney Reaches out to LGBT Community

| Mar 17, 2014 | Reply

On March 15 the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey held a “get acquainted” meeting with 15 LGBT attorneys and activists. During the one and a half hour meeting the U.S. Justice Department’s involvement in LGBT matters was discussed and the outreach was appreciated by the LGBT group. Our own Leslie Farber, attorney, activist and TG attended the meeting and outlines what happened.

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N.J. U.S. Attorney Reaches out to LGBT Community

| Mar 17, 2014 | Reply

On March 15 the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey held a “get acquainted” meeting with 15 LGBT attorneys and activists. During the one and a half hour meeting the U.S. Justice Department’s involvement in LGBT matters was discussed and the outreach was appreciated by the LGBT group. Our own Leslie Farber, attorney, activist and TG attended the meeting and outlines what happened.

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Thanks You, Rob Andrews

| Feb 10, 2014 | Reply

Congressman Rob Andrews, a 12 term member of the House from New Jersey has resigned from office to go into a private law practice. While in Congress he was a staunch supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community. Today Bas Casbar-Siperstein thanks Congressman Andrews for his efforts on behalf of the community and in specific for his efforts to include transgendered people in anti-employment discrimination legislation.

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Thanks You, Rob Andrews

| Feb 10, 2014 | Reply

Congressman Rob Andrews, a 12 term member of the House from New Jersey has resigned from office to go into a private law practice. While in Congress he was a staunch supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community. Today Bas Casbar-Siperstein thanks Congressman Andrews for his efforts on behalf of the community and in specific for his efforts to include transgendered people in anti-employment discrimination legislation.

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“Bridgegate” and the T

| Jan 13, 2014 | 3 Replies

You might wonder what “Bridgegate,” the closing of several traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, has to do with transgender rights. A bit more than you might think. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Sieperstien has filed a report that debunks the idea that the bridge closing was retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee. It may have been retaliation against the biggest ally of transgendered people in the Garden State. Get the politics and why they’re important for TGs from Babs.

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“Bridgegate” and the T

| Jan 13, 2014 | Reply

You might wonder what “Bridgegate,” the closing of several traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, has to do with transgender rights. A bit more than you might think. Our political correspondent Babs Casbar Sieperstien has filed a report that debunks the idea that the bridge closing was retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee. It may have been retaliation against the biggest ally of transgendered people in the Garden State. Get the politics and why they’re important for TGs from Babs.

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The Week In Transgenderism

| Nov 25, 2013 | Reply

It’s our distillation of all the news with even a hint of TG content. We call it The Week In Transgenderism. Today we hear about the Vicki Marlane exhibit at San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. We learn that an MP in Britain who just came out as TG has now said she was raped years ago. The actor who plays Unique on Glee has some words for Bill O’Reilly. Northern Arizona University has its annual drag show. Lavern Cox gives an interview to Vibe Vixen. A Russian attorney/activist has posed with no clothes to protest Russia’s policy on GLBT people. The case against the killers of Islan Nettles is not over. A woman in China is making big money as a Chairman Mao impersonator. All that and more is waiting in TWIT!

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Our Man in a Dress: How to Deal With Hate Crime

| Sep 30, 2013 | 1 Reply

An incident earlier this year, one that many in the TG community would have gritted their teeth over and silently fumed, provoked Our Man in a Dress, Graham Holmes, to take action. After being pushed aside in at the payment window by a man who took the opportunity to insult Graham with an anti-gay slur when he made a mild protest, Graham decided to take it to the law. He filed and report, at first just so the police would have it as a hate crime statistic. Then the police convinced Graham to deal with it as a hate crime. Read on and find out what happened next.

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