Obama Appoints Transgender Woman

  • metta

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    Dec 31, 2009 6:58 PM GMT


    Love This!

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    Amanda Simpson, a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality, has been appointed Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce by President Obama
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    http://www.gaypolitics.com/2009/12/31/obama-appoints-transgender-woman/
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    Dec 31, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    That's great! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 31, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    It is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.
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    Dec 31, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    While I am happy and all... doesn't this fall into the 'duh' category. Wouldn't it mean more if she (or someone who was qualified) was appointed to, say a position in Department of the Interior/State/Commerce/etc.? This kind of seems like a position that would be easier to get if your were transgendered.
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    Dec 31, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    Trolling score: 1/10. Are you even trying?
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    Dec 31, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    Good for him!
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    I wonder if the jackass has taken a pole of the number of hemaphrodites in the United States? There could be a goodly vote among them and the ass should not miss the chance. He'll need all the votes he can get to keep all his socialists in congress in November.
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    Just go Photobucket yourself. The world will be better for it.
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    This is good news.
    Progress is sometimes slow but worth the wait.
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    Kids, stop feeding the trolls, you know better than that.
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    robbieII saidI wonder if the jackass has taken a pole of the number of hemaphrodites in the United States? There could be a goodly vote among them and the ass should not miss the chance. He'll need all the votes he can get to keep all his socialists in congress in November.


    I do not see that socialist hermaphrodites dancing on a 'pole' has anything to do with Obama's appointment.

    Don't you have some crosses to burn or something?
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Excellent news - though I dont see what's "obvious" about appointing a TG person to the Dept. of commerce. Am I missing something?
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    Jan 01, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    You know in a way, the same has been done with women too, doesn't matter if they are the best man for the job, just put a women in the seat it looks good, and thats wrong. Do they ever say to themselves " I am not a token!"?

    Just as it would be wrong to put homosexuals or lesbians in top jobs, or jobs of position, just to apease the gay and lesbian activist's. Do these people ever say: "I'm more than a token"? In fact I myself find it demeaning promoting transgender or gay gets this, because surly there must me more to this person than they have changed their sex via medications and medical procedures, ot the fact their attraction is with a person of the same sex. It takes away more than it gives, I'm sorry.
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:39 AM GMT
    DCEric saidWhile I am happy and all... doesn't this fall into the 'duh' category. Wouldn't it mean more if she (or someone who was qualified) was appointed to, say a position in Department of the Interior/State/Commerce/etc.? This kind of seems like a position that would be easier to get if your were transgendered.


    she WAS appointed to a position in the Department of Commerce! she came FROM the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Go Obama! lol, too cool!
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    Good to hear!

    Happy New Year everyone. Lets see what more progress we can make in 2010.
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    Jan 01, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    Maybe the White House could employ you as the gender police? After all, anything outside the holy binary belongs, by default, nowhere else but the sideshow, right? Worse yet, with a trans person in the administration, they might even get some human rights... icon_rolleyes.gif

    Back to the OP: this is really awesome!

    I imagine this is especially inspiring for transwomen, who for too long, have been invisible (aside from when they're being constructed as 'freaky' deviants by tragic reality TV shows...).
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    Jan 01, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    atari84:

    What is the relationship between culture and human rights? What human rights are transgenders deprived of at this time? Would breast argumentation make one more qualified to be Secretary of the Interior. I am not against human rights, I am just fed up with all these fucking victims whose asses have to be kissed in the name of political correctness.
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    But nothing will surpass what freaks we had from Jan 2001 to Jan 2009.
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    robbieII saidatari84:

    What human rights are transgenders deprived of at this time?


    Without writing a lengthy essay here on RJ, the short and over-simplified answer is that many transgender people in the U.S. and elsewhere are not protected under existing anti-discrimination and harassment legislation because of the difficulties this population faces in terms of obtaining legal recognition of their sex and gender (identity documentation). Without any legal recognition of their affirmed sex and/or gender, these folk can lawfully be dismissed from their employment, refused access to housing, goods and services (including healthcare) and, have few legal avenues open to them if they are harassed on the grounds of their sex or gender identity/expression.

    In regards to human rights, more specifically - many parts of the U.S. and other countries, including Australia (which I am most familiar with), transgender people are often deprived of the following:

    - the right to non-discrimination (articles 2(1) and 26)
    - the right to protection from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 7)
    - the right of persons deprived of their liberty to be treated with humanity and - dignity (article 10(1))
    - freedom of movement and travel (article 12)
    - the right to recognition before the law (article 16)
    - freedom from arbitrary interference with privacy and/or family life (article 17)
    - freedom of expression (article 19)
    - the right to marry and found a family (article 23).

    I suggest reading up on the the Yogyakarta Principles for more on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity if that takes your fancy...

    For more on specifically how transgender folk are/are not protected in the U.S, see: http://www.hrc.org/issues/transgender.asp

    Combine all of the above with a society that is extremely intolerant of sex and gender diversity, and the results are a hostile social climate that produces, unsurprisingly, higher rates of suicide and self-harm, alcohol and other drug misuse, and experiences of violent hate-crimes. Mortality data from the U.S. (which is consistent with some European countries) reveals that suicide, followed by homicide, are the leading causes of death for transgender people.

    If you think all this stuff merely constitutes ass kissing in the name of political correctness, than I guess I would be willing to offer the governments of the world a rim job in exchange for some fundamental rights icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    robbieII saidIt is becoming increasingly obvious that it is important to be some sort of freak to get into the nut house that was once the White House.


    I guess thats why they let Cheney in!
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    Jan 01, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Thanks atari84! Happy New year!

    You're the remedy and the cure for robbiell's trollishness. (and it doesn't hurt that you're one of the nicest guys around, either)

    -Doug of meninlove (lol, New Year's morning - Bill's still zzzzzzz)


  • metta

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    Jan 12, 2010 7:12 PM GMT



    That David Letterman joke (nonjoke) was disgusting. I don't understand what people thought was funny about it. I wonder if it was uncomforatble laughter or maybe from a tape.



    http://lauraflanders.firedoglake.com/2010/01/12/trans-obama-lgbt-serano-rosskam/
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    Jan 12, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    Government should reflect the population it serves. Bravo to Obama for his message and actions of inclusiveness.