Orange is the new Black ! : No God ! No purpose ! No abnormal ! “everything is everything” !

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/23/transgender-rights-movement-gaining-momentum

Transgender rights: the next big political movement
Rodrigo Lehtinen
Akin to the marriage equality effort, there is a coalition forming to end discrimination and misunderstanding of the trans community

 

 

Transgender

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community hold the gay pride flag during the opening ceremony of the 1st South Asian LGBT Games in Katmandu, Nepal. Around 250 LGBT community members are participating in the games. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha/AP Niranjan Shrestha/AP
Tuesday 23 April 2013 14.15 BST
Recently we’ve been inundated with images of gay couples holding hands, demonstrating their commitment to one another and protesting the marriage ban. But while the push toward marriage equality sits in the spotlight, there’s another movement underway, one that’s gaining momentum and promises to grow into a leading political contender, but you may not know it yet. I’m talking about the transgender movement.

We live in a culture of disrespect towards trans people, only compounded by laws on the books that fail to uphold justice equally. But this isn’t just about a distant minority, the status of trans people in this country matters not only because we are a marginalized minority – though that is in itself significant – but also because it has broader implications for who we are as a nation. How do we treat each other? To what standard do we hold our government?

One of the biggest issues is discrimination, which holds transgender people back in a myriad of ways, primary among them being in employment. It’s shocking to learn that transgender people are nearly four times more likely than the general population to make less than $10,000 a year, according to Injustice At Every Turn (pdf), the largest study ever conducted on transgender people in the US. This is due in large part to public attitudes. Transgender people are often denied jobs or promotions, keeping us on the bottom of the economic ladder. There’s no federal law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, and only 16 states have stepped up to fill the void. That leaves 34 states where it is perfectly legal to fire someone for being transgender.

We’re also face discrimination in the streets – confronting violence and harassment, including from the police, who are the very ones sworn to protect us. Hate crimes go under-reported, or cases aren’t taken seriously, and survivors are frequently disregarded and disrespected. In the study Injustice at Every Turn, over one-fifth (22%) of respondents who have interacted with police reported harassment by officers, with much higher rates reported by trans people of color. In fact, trans people are often targeted by law enforcement as “suspicious”. In another study, almost 60% of trans Latinas stopped by police in Los Angeles said they were stopped while doing everyday things like “coming back from the grocery store” and “waiting for the bus” – hardly criminal activities. Considering police mistreatment, the last thing you want is to be caught “walking while trans”, especially if you’re a trans woman of color.

But in the face of such rampant discrimination, transgender people are coming together to create a bona fide political movement. Formal organizations are starting up, creating infrastructure to make demands of those in charge and hold them accountable. A critical mass of us are moving past getting angry and moving on to getting politically savvy, building a network of activists pushing for social change. We’re starting to rake up smaller victories that lay the groundwork for larger culture shifts. For example, of the 16 state laws protecting trans people against employment discrimination, 14 of them passed within the last decade, representing a groundswell of political organizing and public education.

 

Gender Justice LA, the organization I work for, is a key example of this burgeoning movement. A small but mighty operation with just three staff, we’re building a base of transgender leaders with the skills and confidence to advocate for trans rights. Recently we won major reforms concerning the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). It’s now spelled out in LAPD policy that police officers are not to assume a trans person in public is engaged in sex work, which marks progress towards ending the abuses of “walking while trans”. Police officers must treat us respectfully – no more calling us “it” or mocking us with “sir” while we’re wearing a dress. We’re also pushing for community responses to violence, using groundbreaking theatre techniques to develop our own capacity to respond to violence and deescalate situations without calling the cops. Through our growing membership and willingness to use non-traditional tactics, we’re changing the perception of trans people throughout the city, boosting the community’s safety and sense of empowerment.

As grim as the state of transgender America may seem, the truth is that we are beginning to make progress. There is a movement underway, calling for an America that truly holds liberty and justice for all. You may not hear much about the transgender movement now, but we’ll be the loudest voice at the table soon enough.

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Riding a tiger : The wishy – washy , functional atheist Church of England is bitten by the beast it has embraced.

 

http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/religion/archbishop-york-beset-gay-protesters

Archbishop of York beset by gay protesters
posted by Peter Tatchell … on Tue, 07/10/2014 – 16:44

 

Tatchell and Archbishop

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, was confronted by gay and Christian protesters as he attended the opening of the restored Archbishop’s Palace at Southwell Minister, Nottinghamshire, today – 7 October 2014.

They accused him of “victimising, intimidating and bullying” gay Anglican priest Canon Jeremy Pemberton.

The Archbishop is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England.

As he walked in the official procession to the Minster south door, Peter Tatchell, Davis Mac-Iyalla, Tracey Byrne, Rev Christina Beardsley and several others stood in his path and confronted him.

Mr. Tatchell told the Archbishop: “We urge you to repent your support for anti-gay discrimination and your victimisation of Jeremy Pemberton…discrimination is not compatible with Christian values.”

The Archbishop responded by saying: “I cannot comment while there is a legal action pending” (his reference to Jeremy Pemberton’s employment tribunal case).

After further exchanges, the protesters stepped aside and Sentamu continued his procession into the Minster unhindered.

Reflecting on the encounter with the Archbishop, Mr Tatchell commented:

“I am disappointed that the Archbishop was unwilling to reconsider his support for legal discrimination against LGBTI people, especially his opposition to same-sex civil marriage. But I was heartened by the warm, welcoming reception that we received from most local parishioners and clergy.

“Jeremy Pemberton had his permission to officiate as a priest withdrawn after his lawful same-sex civil marriage. He was also refused a licence to take up a chaplaincy post with Sherwood NHS. This disciplinary action was taken by the acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Richard Inwood, at the behest of the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. It is disgraceful homophobia to deprive a priest of his right to work because he married the man he loves. Discrimination is not a Christian value,” said protest organiser and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

The protest participants included local supporters of Jeremy Pemberton, members of Changing Attitude, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

They held placards reading: “Anglican leaders bully gay priests & NHS”, “Archbigot of York victimises married gay clergy”, and “Jeremy victimised for lawful gay marriage.”

The Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Tracey Byrne, attended the protest. She added:

“My friend Jeremy Pemberton married his partner Laurence earlier this year in a civil ceremony. Jeremy is a hospital chaplain, employed by the NHS. As a result of marrying Laurence, Jeremy has been barred by the acting Bishop of Southwell, on the instructions of the Archbishop of York, from taking up a new post as a chaplaincy manager at Sherwood Forest hospitals in Mansfield. This is an NHS funded and appointed post….it is an issue of justice and fairness, and of getting the best hospital chaplain for the people of Mansfield. They don’t deserve this. It’s not reasonable for the NHS to be told what to do, how to spend its money and who to appoint, by an organisation which continues to treat gay and lesbian people as second rate.

“In June, Jeremy was offered the role of Chaplaincy Manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust in Nottinghamshire. The job offer has now been withdrawn because the acting Bishop of Southwell, after consulting with the Archbishop of York, refuses to give Jeremy the required licence – solely because of his marriage to Laurence,” she said.

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Of straight and crooked thinking : The Azusa Pacific Men’s Chorale vis-à-vis “Out and Proud” secularists on the streets.

“Those who support  same sex relationships, gender -fluidity and other such  concepts  as normal  are  not  simply pursuing  an action they are in  fact supporting a  world view which is unable  to define the concept of  abnormal”.

 

…… Testifyingtotruth …..

Secularists  have  no transcendent  plumb line  for  ethics  or  morals.

For secularists’   their desires  are  their  plumb line  and philosophical basis for  ethics  and  morality.  

Since  all laws must  be created within some philosophical  framework  secularists  create  laws  and  “rights”  around their desires.

 In this  philosophical  framework   activities  such  as  those  below  on

the streets  are  to  be regarded  as  “normal  and  positive” aspects  of   human

diversity  which must  be  tolerated  because  of   secularists’  “rights”  

such  as   gay rights

 

 

The different Azusa Pacific Men’s Chorale

 

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Normal  Secularists  –  “Out  and  Proud”   and  on the streets  !

Gay Pride San Francisco

Up your Alley  –  San Francisco

Toronto  Gay Pride

Gay – Pride  Vancouver

London Pride 2

Gay Pride – England

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Abortion :   a  much touted secular “right”

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The difference is clear ! : The Azusa Pacific Men’s Chorale vis-à-vis “Out and Proud” secularists on the streets.

Secularists  have  no transcendent  plumb line  for  ethics  or  morals.

Secularists’ desires  are  their  plumb line for  ethics  and  morality  .

 In this  philosophical  framework   activities  such  as  those  below  on

the streets  are  to  be regarded  as  “normal  and  positive” aspects  of   human

diversity  which must  be  tolerated  because  of   secularists’  “rights”  

e.g   gay rights

 

 

The different Azusa Pacific Men’s Chorale

 

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Normal  Secularists  –  “Out  and  Proud”   and  on the streets  !

Gay Pride San Francisco

Toronto  Gay Pride

London Pride 2

NYC76899

Abortion :   a  much touted secular “right”

abortedbaby29

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The Church of England : functional atheists all in a row with Terrence Higgins Trust for moral compass ?

 

” Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

…. Rev 22:11 …

 

Anglicans sign mass ‘love letter’ to gay bishops – urging them to come out
300 clergy and parishioners sign unprecedented appeal to Church of England hierarchy, urging gay bishops to publicly acknowledge their sexuality

 

 

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The enthronement of Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Canterbury Cathedral
Anglicans are to send bishops a ‘love letter’ about sexuality Photo: REX

 

By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor10:00PM BST 04 Oct 2014

More than 300 Anglican priests, parishioners and other Christians have signed an open “love letter” to bishops in the Church of England who are secretly gay urging them to “come out” about their sexuality.
In one of the most unusual petitions ever addressed to the leadership of the established church, they have issued a direct plea to members of the episcopate who are gay or bisexual to have the “courage and conviction” to acknowledge it publicly.
The signatories, who include at least 160 priests and several members of the Church’s governing General Synod, pledge to “welcome and embrace” those bishops who decide to go public but strongly object to any attempt to involuntarily “out” anyone.
It follows the publication of a new book by the serving Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, last week which said that around one in 10 of his colleagues could be gay but unwilling to speak publicly.
The book sets out a theological argument for a major reassessment of the Church of England’s teaching on homosexuality accusing the hierarchy of “hypocrisy” and “duplicity” on the subject.

One in 10 Church of England bishops ‘could be secretly gay’ – says bishop 28 Sep 2014
Dr Wilson remarked that there are currently “said to be a dozen or so gay bishops” but that events had left many trapped behind “episcopal closet door”.
The letter, disclosed today in The Sunday Telegraph, will reopen an intense debate within the Church over its stance on sexuality.
The Church of England officially teaches that any sexual relationship outside of traditional heterosexual marriage is “less than God’s ideal” – an Anglican euphemism for “sin”.
But the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has pledged to clamp down on homophobia in the Church of England.
Although Anglican clergy can be in same-sex civil partnerships, they must claim to be celibate if they wish to become bishops.
There are no openly gay bishops in the Church of England and the current Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John, who is in a celibate same-sex relationship, was twice forced to turn down promotion to the episcopate because of opposition linked to his sexuality.
The Rev Dr Keith Hebden, a priest from St Mark’s and St Peter’s Church in Mansfield, Notts, has been gathering signatures for the letter which will be formally submitted to the Church’s House of Bishops.
Last night 282 Anglicans, 29 Methodists and around 25 members of other Christian Churches, as well as representatives of Jewish groups, has already signed the letter. Dr Wilson is among the signatories.
It acknowledges “growing pressure” on gay bishops to come out publicly but expresses strong opposition to any threat to “out” them.
“We write to assure those bishops who may choose to openly acknowledge their sexual orientation as gay or bisexual that you will receive our support, prayer, and encouragement,” the signatories pledge.
Bishops who have kept their sexuality secret have, they say, having borne a particular personal “cost” and could face “hostility by a vocal minority” if they were to go public.
But they add: “We have no doubt that the vast majority of Anglicans will welcome and embrace those of you who are gay or bisexual for your courage and conviction if you come out: weeping with you for past hurts and rejoicing in God’s call as witnesses to Christ’s transforming love and compassion.
“If you stand out we will stand beside you.”
Rev Hebden said: “I’m a straight, white middle class man – I’m not saying to particular individuals ‘you should come out’.
“What this letter is saying is that if you feel it is the right thing, through your thought and prayer and conversations with people you love, there is an immeasurable number of people out there who will love and support you.”
The Rev Colin Coward, director of the Anglican campaign group “Changing Attitude”, said: “It is really important for bishops both straight and gay to live with integrity and openness about their identity and their beliefs about the full inclusion of lesbian and gay people in the church.
“Those of us who are lesbian and gay long to be supported by openly gay bishops and we know from our own experience how much energy and Christian integrity is released when you live openly with your sexuality.”

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Is free speech still a USA standard or like the terms “mother and father” has it fallen out of favour with LGBT politics ?

 

“Require the Administration to send Congress biannually a list of foreign persons responsible for, complicit in, or who incited extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity;

…..  The  Global Respect  Act ….

The fascist anti-free  speech tendencies  of  the LGBT  lobby  are  well  known .

Testifyingtotruth agrees with punishing  persons  who  violate others’  fundamental human rights  like  the right to life  but one  cannot  but suspect, based  on previous conduct, that  the LGBT  lobby  is  seeking  to  use the Global  Respect  Act  to  stifle  free  speech  and  ultimately  discussion  of   LGBT  issues. 

Does  the  Global  Respect   Act  refer to so-called “rights”  to  buggery  which does not  have  universal  support  in  International  law.

What objective  could  the   the  vague  “or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity”  serve  ?

Is speaking  freely  against buggery  for  example   a ” gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity”

Is  the   USA  becoming  and  exporter  of  LGBT  fascism  and restriction of  free  speech ?

xxxx  E N D S xxxxx

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/global-respect-act

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Global Respect Act

Supporters: Human Rights Campaign, the Council for Global Equality, Human Rights First, PFLAG National, American Jewish World Service, and Global Rights

There is an alarming trend of violence and discrimination directed at LGBT individuals around the world. Every year, thousands of individuals are targeted for harassment, attack, arrest, and murder on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Many who commit crimes against LGBT individuals do so with complete impunity.

In 2013, Russia enacted a ban on arbitrarily-defined “homosexual propaganda,” endangering the position of many LGBT persons and their allies. India’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the nation’s criminalization of homosexuality in the world’s second largest country. Nigeria went even further by passing a law criminalizing the actions of those who simply associate with LGBT individuals. Recently, Brunei joined the most notorious of discriminatory countries by introducing a new penal code that will phase in the death penalty for homosexual acts over the upcoming several years.

The effects of these legislative and penal measures extend beyond parliaments and prisons—they have a chilling effect measured in assaults, blackmail, harassment, and murder. Following the passage of the Anti-homosexuality Bill in Uganda, documented cases of violence and persecution increased from single to triple digits in a matter of months.

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Legislative Summary:

The Global Respect Act would ensure that violators of the human rights of LGBT individuals worldwide are not permitted to travel to the U.S. Specifically, it would:

Require the Administration to send Congress biannually a list of foreign persons responsible for, complicit in, or who incited extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity;
Deny or rescind visas to individuals placed on the list, with waivers for national security or to allow attendance at the United Nations;
Allow for a person to be removed from the list if the President determines that credible information exists that the person did not engage in the alleged activity, has paid an appropriate consequence for the behavior, or if the person has credibly demonstrated a significant change in behavior;
Require a section on LGBT international human rights in the annual State Department Report on Human Rights; and
Require the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to designate a staffer responsible for tracking violence, criminalization, and restrictions on the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in foreign countries based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
For additional information, please contact Mary Elizabeth Margolis at margolisme@humanrightsfirst.org or 212-845-5269.

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Is the “utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist” Gaystapo seeking to use the Global Respect Act to restrict free speech on buggery internationally ?

 

“Require the Administration to send Congress biannually a list of foreign persons responsible for, complicit in, or who incited extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity;

…..  The  Global Respect  Act ….

The fascist anti-free  speech tendencies  of  the LGBT  lobby  are  well  known .

Testifyingtotruth agrees with punishing  persons  who  violate others’  fundamental human rights  like  the right to life  but one  cannot  but suspect, based  on previous conduct, that  the LGBT  lobby  is  seeking  to  use the Global  Respect  Act  to  stifle  free  speech  and  ultimately  discussion  of   LGBT  issues. 

Does  the  Global  Respect   Act  refer to so-called “rights”  to  buggery  which does not  have  universal  support  in  International  law.

What objective  could  the   the  vague  “or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity”  serve  ?

Is speaking  freely  against buggery  for  example   a ” gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity”

The  USA  used  to be an example  of  free  speech  and  democracy is  it now  becoming  and  exporter  of  LGBT  fascism  and restriction of  free  speech ?

xxxx  E N D S xxxxx

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/global-respect-act

HOME / RESOURCE / FACTSHEET / GLOBAL RESPECT ACT
June 19, 2014
Global Respect Act

RELATED CAMPAIGNS & TOPICS
LGBT

Global Respect Act

Supporters: Human Rights Campaign, the Council for Global Equality, Human Rights First, PFLAG National, American Jewish World Service, and Global Rights

There is an alarming trend of violence and discrimination directed at LGBT individuals around the world. Every year, thousands of individuals are targeted for harassment, attack, arrest, and murder on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Many who commit crimes against LGBT individuals do so with complete impunity.

In 2013, Russia enacted a ban on arbitrarily-defined “homosexual propaganda,” endangering the position of many LGBT persons and their allies. India’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the nation’s criminalization of homosexuality in the world’s second largest country. Nigeria went even further by passing a law criminalizing the actions of those who simply associate with LGBT individuals. Recently, Brunei joined the most notorious of discriminatory countries by introducing a new penal code that will phase in the death penalty for homosexual acts over the upcoming several years.

The effects of these legislative and penal measures extend beyond parliaments and prisons—they have a chilling effect measured in assaults, blackmail, harassment, and murder. Following the passage of the Anti-homosexuality Bill in Uganda, documented cases of violence and persecution increased from single to triple digits in a matter of months.

DOWNLOAD

Legislative Summary:

The Global Respect Act would ensure that violators of the human rights of LGBT individuals worldwide are not permitted to travel to the U.S. Specifically, it would:

Require the Administration to send Congress biannually a list of foreign persons responsible for, complicit in, or who incited extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of human rights based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity;
Deny or rescind visas to individuals placed on the list, with waivers for national security or to allow attendance at the United Nations;
Allow for a person to be removed from the list if the President determines that credible information exists that the person did not engage in the alleged activity, has paid an appropriate consequence for the behavior, or if the person has credibly demonstrated a significant change in behavior;
Require a section on LGBT international human rights in the annual State Department Report on Human Rights; and
Require the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to designate a staffer responsible for tracking violence, criminalization, and restrictions on the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in foreign countries based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
For additional information, please contact Mary Elizabeth Margolis at margolisme@humanrightsfirst.org or 212-845-5269.

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