Friday, November 08, 2013


I caught a local news program this morning about a youth who had their skirt set on fire as they were sleeping in the back of an AC transit bus.  This happened basically in my backyard, so it hits a little too close to home.  We have a lot of tolerance in the Bay Area, but there are still those that just don't get it or have some fear of what they don't understand.

Sasha, the person that was set on fire, identifies as agender and prefers to use the pronoun 'they' when being identified.  She's recovering in a local hospital and they are reporting that she will need skin grafts. 

KTVU, which was the channel that aired the four incorrect names of the pilots in the Asiana plane crash and called Gwen Araujo 'he' and 'Eddie' numerous times, has continued to use improper pronouns in tonight's broadcast.  Outside of that, though, they have been doing a fairly decent job in the coverage.

Upon watching this evening's coverage of the event, even Sasha's dad struggles to use 'they', but he did recover during the interview and went back to using 'they' with a glance to his wife.  It's not easy being thrust into the spotlight in cases like this, but I'm hoping they can weather the storm.  With Transgender Day of Remembrance later this month, I'm just glad that Sasha survived the attack.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Keeping Jelly Belly's out of kids hands

Apologies for not posting much at all this year.  I started dating C about six months ago and have enjoyed spending a significant amount of time with her.

She and I went to the Transgender Law Center's fundraiser recently and, while there, I spoke briefly with Masen Davis, TLC's Executive Director.  He mentioned that some of the same people behind Prop 8 are now going after trans-kids.  California recently passed Assembly Bill 1266 which provides some equal protections to trans-kids.  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2014 and was co-sponsored by the Transgender Law Center.  TLC secures much of their money from grants and donations, and to take on the Prop 8 people will not be cheap.  If you can spare any funds, please donate.

Also, I ran across another article about the chairman of Jelly Belly donating money against the California law that protects trans-kids.  Really?  Sigh.  I loved those jelly beans and, now, well, I'm done with them.  At least my dentist will be happier.  There is even a petition on to get our Jelly Belly's back.  If you have time, please sign.