3/17/17 Background Radiation

News to seethe angrily at, while you eat your pint of ice cream.

Headline: How defunding Planned Parenthood could wipe out transgender healthcare

There are a lot of reasons to support Planned Parenthood, but even if you are not in need of parenthood related services, they are a life line. For those of us that are transgender, Planned Parenthood can often provide hormones, consults, and referrals. 

Headline: Why Muslim Americans Should Stand With the Transgender Community

This isn’t just a hypothetical call to arms for the Muslim community. In Seattle, they are quite clear on where they stand. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/02/why-a-seattle-area-mosque-barred-anti-trans-activists.html  The largest Washington state told the I-1515 bathroom bill folks to go take a hike, and pledged that they will not support discrimination of any kind.

This didn’t make me mad. I was just happy that we are all standing together for each other. 

Headline: South Dakota governor signs first anti-LGBT law of 2017

They are messing with LGBT folks looking to foster children, or adopt. It’s a bigotry filled piece of legislation. I guess the prize for first idiots of 2017 goes to South Dakota. 

But don’t worry South Dakota, Texas is racing to catch up with you: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/senate-gives-initial-transgender-bathroom-bill/1i1Iu6YIqdvLa7fzrK7rrM/

Headline: Eight arrested after viral video of brutally murdered trans woman causes outrage

They have arrested four men, and four teens in connection to this woman’s murder in Brazil. I have to say I’m kind of shocked anyone got arrested. Brazil sees the murder of an LGBT person every 25 hours on average, and the bulk of that fall on transgender women. 

The New York Times is now talking about this case: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/americas/brazil-transgender-killing-video.html?_r=0

I hope justice is done. This particular case is really upsetting, especially against a landscape of murdered transgender women that happens so often, it’s hard to find it shocking anymore. 

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