Lawyer: Connecticut can't handle transgender teens
A lawyer for a transgender girl detained at Connecticut’s detention center for juvenile boys said Monday the teenager should be removed from the custody of the state Department of Children and Families because the agency isn’t equipped to treat her or other children in similar situations.
I feel I can safely say that this is the case for the entire country. Unfortunately, this poor young woman has become a poster child for what many trans people experience every day. Human services are not prepared to meet the most basis needs of trans people, let alone significantly improve their lives. This isn’t just about a lack of trans cultural competency. It is about a larger system of poverty and oppression sired by a government that values big business money and violence-centered politics over human rights; by a society that values possessive individualism over community and social justice; and by a money-driven history of fucked up shit that requires way more than a rant-y tumblr post to address.
Since trans “issues” are so hot right now, maybe the human service industry / nonprofit industrial complex will break out of its learned helplessness and better address trans needs. The growing popularity of Trans identities needs to expand beyond tv stars, social media, and a few words added to policies. Media shifts and policy reform, while critical to the movement, don’t truly equal “change” until their intent seeps through bureaucratic systems and impacts the people on the street. The street is where the rubber of human service meets the road of NEED. It’s going to take more than a little tune up for our society to really change. I hope we are all ready to do the work and as for those who aren’t, I think we should follow this example in Connecticut: hold systems accountable for their incompetence and refuse to take less than we deserve.
(Source: radremedy, via transqueermediaexchange)
The Carolina Wren chicks are getting big! Now that their eyes are open I won’t get to peek into the nest anymore- I’ll have to wait for them to fly out. Fly baby birds, welcome to the sky!
Fireflies, clover, and the drum.
American History textbooks more like
Chapter 1: Introduction to White People
Chapter 2: White Settlers and The Indian Savages
Chapter 3: Whitey Makes A Country
Chapter 4: The Blacks
Chapter 5: Wars, Wars, Wars
Chapter 6: No More Racism!: Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a Speech
Chapter 7: The Modern Whites
Lol lol lol truth.
no-pants-dan said: In regards to your "demiguy" question, I've mostly seen defined it as a non-binary identity where the person identifies partly as male and partly as something else. That something else is self-defined. It can be non-binary or fursona or whatever.
Thanks for the input! Yeah, that does seem to be how the language is set up. Overall, it is fascinating! This is a good conversation that needs more exploration and discussion, I think. :)
Big thanks to Rosie! Thanks to her, trans and queer kids had lots of new games to play tonight at our teen group. You’re the best, Rosie!
The cucumbers from my garden are amazing.