Friday, June 13, 2014

Across the Spectrum


Friday the 13th falls on a Friday this month!

So, following up on the good news, I came across an article a while back.  It was in ArtsJournal and was titled

Cross-dress for success

The article described how 'Broadway's new motto is "All Transvestism, All the Time!"'and I'm amazed at how we're being portrayed in various productions.  Some good, some bad, some larger than life, some minor characters....  Just like we were real people!

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

SPLC demands Georgia Department of Corrections provide transgender prisoner with necessary hormone treatment

and the fact that this is even considered is a huge step forward.  Accompanying the article:

I don't condone her crime (burglary) but as she says, the court would not sentence a person to a gender change, but they're doing it to her.

And there's always bad news somewhere, but it has the possibility of having a happy ending, enlightening people, and promoting respect:

LGBT group files complaint against Adams Morgan bar for slur on receipt

This is local, and that makes it personal.  A quick summary: a transwoman and eight friends (it doesn't say if she was the only trans member of the party) would not be served at their table as other parties were and when they got their bill the spot where the name would be simply read "gay bitches."

The article said that cases like these are sometimes settled by "sensitivity training" for the clods in question.  They need more than that.  They need educating.  The only thing the staff did right was refer to the woman with a feminine insult.

Note: I don't want to be unfair to a local business.  I found an article that has the Bistro's side.  I don't know where the truth lies, but if you read the above please read this too.

Ah well.  I'm still satisfied.  But then, I'm not Ashley Diamond.

1 comment:

  1. Meg, thank you for the link to the article, I very much appreciated it.

    I'll admit it, I have a negative reaction to reading the phrase "activist." That's because in most of the cases I'm familiar with, the term activist is used by someone who is not willing to do what it takes to get and keep a job.




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