Saturday, July 29, 2023

Trans and Nonbinary Survey

Trans Maryland is conducting a survey of transgender and nonbinary Marylanders, to assess sociopolitical issues that impact health disparities for trans and nonbinary individuals. If you identify as trans or nonbinary and live in Maryland, follow this link: Maryland Trans Survey.


Blogger Theresa said...

have you ever stopped to consider how many people you drove to suicide JIM with your promotion of this insanity? I think you should.

July 29, 2023 6:31 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

one of my son's friends just cut her tits off. Wow. 4 out of five on my nieces that grew up in the DC area are clinically depressed. my kids, who grew up before this insane bullshit you are pushing in the public shools are married, working and all have purchased homes. Coincidence I am sure.

July 29, 2023 6:34 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

just in case you are confused about what we are talking about :
so done. couldn't talk my kids out of purchasing in Maryland, and very doubtful my attorney daughter will send her kids to public schools, but you can bet this grandma is going to make an appearance at public schools in MD in force. How are you doing Jim, do you have grandkids ?

July 29, 2023 6:44 PM  
Anonymous I want to learn a new trade in slave school, don’t you? said...

"people you drove to suicide"

Holy shit Theresa. Let's see your data supporting your hateful and stupid claim.

Keep showing readers your ignorance and pure hatred for god's LGBTIQ creations.

July 29, 2023 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Look in the mirror said...

LGBTQ youth are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.

What every child needs is:

Social Support and Acceptance from Adults and Peers

-Having at least one accepting adult can reduce the risk of a suicide attempt among LGBTQ young people by 40 percent.

-A 2021 peer-reviewed study by The Trevor Project’s researchers, published in Transgender Health, found that transgender and nonbinary youth who reported gender identity acceptance from adults and peers had significantly lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year.

-LGBTQ youth who felt high social support from their family reported attempting suicide at less than half the rate of those who felt low or moderate social support.

-LGBTQ youth who live in a community that is accepting of LGBTQ people reported much lower rates of attempting suicide than those who do not.

July 29, 2023 8:31 PM  
Anonymous It is not the fault of the FBI that Donald Trump surrounded himself with criminals. said...

"my kids, who grew up before this insane bullshit"

By "insane bullshit" you must mean the GOP getting Trumped into the GQP by a grifter who said on video he could grab women by their pussies and appointed Supreme Court Justices who lied about stare decisis and then overturned Roe v. Wade.

American women under 50 years of age do not like having unwanted, unplanned birth forced on them when their choice was legal their entire lives.

Thank God they vote in high numbers even in states as red as Kansas.

July 30, 2023 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Republicans are a virus on American Democracy said...

These conservative women weren't happy when they saw the small Pride display at their local library, so when Amy Vance and Martha Martin checked out nearly all of the LGBT+ books from the Rancho Peñasquitos branch of the San Diego Public Library, they had a nefarious plan. The incompetent duo emailed the administrator that they would not return the “inappropriate” books.

The duo thought they had the upper hand with the plan to hold the books hostage, but instead, their plan backfired spectacularly. They inadvertently raised $45,000 for the library to expand its LGBTQ+-themed programming and materials.

“Minor children have the right to belong to a community that respects their innocence and allows families to have conversations about sex and sexual attraction privately, and only when parents deem it appropriate,” the women wrote in a June 15 email to the library after checking the books out. “It’s time for the American public libraries to once again be a respectful space for young children to freely explore great ideas that unite and inspire us all, rather than places where controversial and divisive new ideological movements are given free rein to promote their theories and policy positions about sexuality to children without the consent or notification of parents.”

Manager Adrianne Peterson told the New York Times that she felt bad that the Pride display wasn’t up to par this year due to staff vacations and training. So when the pair opted to subvert the system, she was surprised that the display had caused such consternation.

Libraries typically have lax return policies and allow patrons to check out books repeatedly. The fees for returning them late are minimal and rarely enforced to encourage low-income people to check out materials without worrying about charges.

But when Peterson shared the women’s email, city councilor Marni von Wilpert amplified the news, asking people to support the library. And that’s where it all went sideways for the would-be censors.

“Stacks” of Amazon boxes began to pour into the building as people from around the nation replaced the stolen books – including ones that the system didn’t have already. Thousands of dollars in donations were raised for the library, and the city pitched in with an extra $30,000 to help expand the offerings and programming further – including the drag queen story hour, a particular target for rightwing prudes.

After public condemnation and realizing their plan had backfired, the two women returned the books to the library. They’re currently avoiding the media and have no comment on how their plan blew up in their faces.

Across the country, schools and public libraries have increasingly become the focus of conservatives attempting to ban books dealing with the LGBTQ+ experience. At the same time, armed members of far-right hate groups have shown up at local libraries to intimidate patrons attending drag queen story time events in some states.

July 30, 2023 2:17 PM  
Anonymous If you don't want gay marriage there is a simple solution: When a gay person asks to marry you, just say "No thank you." said...

"have you ever stopped to consider how many people you drove to suicide JIM with your promotion of this insanity? I think you should."

Being LGBT or Q doesn't drive people to suicide.

Ignorant, obnoxious, intolerant, unempathetic conservatives and their hateful rhetoric does.

"4 out of five on my nieces that grew up in the DC area are clinically depressed."

Yeah, scientists have done some studies on that. It seems kids spending hours everyday glued to cell phones thumbing around websites designed by giant corporations to keep their eyeballs there so they can rake in billions of advertising dollars, isn't good for their personal growth and human interaction skills.

Go figure.

July 30, 2023 2:25 PM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

Drag queen Kyle Davis, in Indiana, is under arrest for trying to film a young teen girl at his home while she was in the restroom. After being busted Kyle tried to blame the recording on his son.

Oh woops, did I say drag queen? I'm sorry, I meant "police officer."

July 30, 2023 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Tony Bennett sang in a key that Jason Aldean’s song can’t reach said...

The best example for what’s tone deaf about Jason Aldean’s song and video hasn’t come from pundits or politicians. It came from Tony Bennett — in the stories of how he sang and lived. The many tributes to Bennett can also be read as a rebuke to the artistic sensibility that gave us “Try That in a Small Town.”

Bennett sang and lived in a key that Aldean’s song can’t reach.

Many of the tributes to Bennett mentioned his disdain for bigotry. He was demoted for bringing a Black soldier home for Thanksgiving dinner during World War II; spoke of how he “saw no things a human being should ever have to see” while helping liberate a Nazi death camp; joined marches during the civil rights movement; and did extensive philanthropic work.

What some of those tributes missed, though, is that Bennett’s activism didn’t occur in a vacuum. He had great role models. Many White jazz artists were antiracists, long before the word was invented.

Frank Sinatra, Bennett’s musical mentor, recorded with and relentlessly championed Black jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. When Sinatra once noticed singer Nat King Cole eating dinner in a hotel dressing room, he invited him to the main dining room, where Black people were not allowed. Sinatra then warned the hotel’s management that he would get the entire serving staff fired if they didn’t integrate the dining hall.

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck led the first integrated band in the US Army during World War II. He hired a Black jazz bassist, Eugene Wright, and refused to play in segregated venues.

The big band leader, Benny Goodman, brought a half-dozen Black musicians with him onstage at Carnegie Hall in 1938 when it, and virtually all performance venues, were segregated.

Bennett’s activism was an outgrowth of his music, not a complement to it. His relationships with Black people may not seem like a big deal now, but he and others risked their careers to stand up for Black artists during the Jim Crow era. At a time when most White Americans saw Black people as servants, Bennett called musicians like Ellington and Louis Armstrong geniuses who created what some call “America’s only true art form.”

When Lionel Hampton, a Black member of Goodman’s band, was asked why Goodman risked his career to bring White and Black artists together, he responded:
“He said we need the White keys and the Black keys to play together to make good harmony." And that’s what he did. The Aldean song and video evokes a violent, contentious America where there are not duets, just division. It’s big city vs. small town; patriots vs. people who “stomp on the flag” and “good ol’ boys” with guns vs. — well, cue the video’s now-deleted Black Lives Matter imagery and you can guess who the song appears to be talking about.

In jazz, though, conflict is negotiated through collaboration, not condescension. Bennett was a prime example of that.

July 31, 2023 8:35 AM  

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