TODAY: Rally at the Broadway Bridge for Add the Words

Come to the Broadway Bridge (Key Bank end) at noon today for a rally to support the Add the Words Capital protestors. At 12:04 pm, we will line the sidewalk on the south side of the bridge, facing west, and covering our mouths with our hands in silence.

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This Week: Add the Words Happenings

We are coming up on the end of the Idaho Legislature’s session, and the Legislature has yet to take action on the Add the Words campaign and print a bill and hold a hearing on Adding the Words to the Idaho Human Rights Act that would make it illegal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Idahoans in employment and housing.

There have been many protests at the Idaho Capitol, and many protesters have been arrested for blocking rooms and doorways in the Capitol. This week, Idaho Falls people are organizing their own vigils and rallies in support of the Capitol protesters, for those who cannot be in Boise. Details on the Monday Vigil and Wednesday Rally follow:

Monday, March 10:
Add the Words Vigil, 7:30 pm
Idaho Falls Greenbelt by the War Memorial (on Memorial Drive)
Candlelight vigil

Wednesday, March 12:
Add the Words Rally, 12 noon
Broadway Bridge Sidewalk (south side of bridge, east end)
Face west and cover your mouth in silence at 12:04 pm

Transgender People in the Media

I ran across a very interesting article today, on a website called In These Times, about the portrayal of transgender people, and transgender women in particular, in the media.

From the article:

(B)elieve trans people when they tell you their gender.

And don’t focus on medical transition, especially when it’s not relevant. There is so much more to our lives. We also need to move away from press coverage that’s both objectifying and relentlessly negative. Tell stories about trans women that focus on their accomplishments or more mundane aspects of their lives. I know so many brilliant trans women doing incredible things, despite what they’ve faced. Tell these stories.

I genuinely believe that media that represents us on our own terms and as full human beings will go a long way to combat the dangerous dehumanization of trans women and the oppression that comes with it.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

Protesters Arrested in Idaho Capital Building

Police in Boise today arrested 43 people for blocking the entrance to the Idaho Senate in the Idaho Capital Building. The protesters were asking that words be added to the Idaho Human Rights Act protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. Among those arrested were former Idaho legislator Nicole LeFavour. Read the full AP article here.

Intersex Movement Gains Ground

There is a movement, called the intersex movement, to stop assigning gender at birth (through surgery) to children born with ambiguous genitalia. Germany just passed a law to allow birth certificates to be marked with a third gender (X) for intersex children. Read more in a Slate article.

Pride Parade Today was Amazing!

The Pride Parade today was amazing! There were so many, many people there (between 700 and 850) and so much good energy! I am so excited that such a thing could happen here in Idaho Falls!

I walked in the parade carrying a Standing on the Side of Love banner (wearing a matching shirt). Were you in the parade? What did your sign say, if you carried one? Share in the comments. If you have photos of the parade to share, please contact me and I will arrange to get them from you by email so I can post them here.

Idaho Falls Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Much is happening in Idaho Falls regarding the non-discrimination ordinance. It is currently on the agenda for the City Council meetings tomorrow. If you are local to Idaho Falls, and interested in this ordinance, now is the time to be involved. I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment or contact me via email.

PS Did you see the polls I had up the other day? Scroll down & check them out if you missed them — I’m wondering where the interests of you, my readers, lie regarding social justice!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those murdered around the world because they did not fit into perceived gender norms.

Remember them, they died for who they were.

Remember them, they died because they did not fit in.

Remember them, for they are the persecuted and the lonely, and they died alone.

Remember them, and remember they were murdered, for often they are not remembered as victims.

Remember them.

Trangender Day of Remembrance — GLAAD

Working for Marriage Equality

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English: Venn diagram depicting the relationships between assigned sex and sexual orientation. Androphilia and gynephilia are preferred terms for some populations, because homosexual and heterosexual assign a sex to the person being described. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is a sad fact of life in the United States that marriage is not equally available to all people. Its availability is dependent on sexual orientation and place of residence — not a good situation in the land of the free.

If you are committed to changing this sad state of affairs, and making marriage available to all adults, regardless of sexual orientation, and you’re not sure where to start, then visit the Standing on the Side of Love Take Action for Marriage Equality page. They have set up a great website to help everyone get started working for marriage equality.

PFLAG in Idaho Falls turns 20

The Idaho Falls PFLAG chapter turns 20 this month! They held a party to celebrate. I was unable to attend, but I hope it was fabulous. Happy Birthday, Idaho Falls PFLAG! Here’s to another successful 20 years!

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