By Junior Mayema,
As marriage equality case is now before the USA supreme court to rule probably to struck down same sex marriage bans nationwide, LGBT people in the USA must stop celebrating victories and ignoring that the fight for equality is not over yet.
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LGBT People continue being brutally killed, LGBT people are being targeted in society, LGBT people are denied services even though they are in emergency situations, LGBT teens are being bullied at school, forced to conversion therapies, kicked out from family home because of rejection due to their sexual orientation and gender identity . LGBT teens end up homeless on dangerous streets or neighborhoods of cities of the United States , LGBT asylum seekers and refugees lack all support once they arrive in the USA and the persecution that they fled follow them here because of the homophobic and transphobic american society as well and all of this is being done in the name of religious beliefs with religious freedom bills popping up across states of the United States to endanger people’s lives and put LGBT people to immediate potential dangers.
Just watch this video yourself to see how this teen was traumatized at school for simply being him, this video will make you cry f :
Christian High School Affirms Right To Tell Students Being Gay Is ‘Intrinsically Sinful’
17-year old Austin Wallis this week posted a video to YouTube accusing his private Texas Christian high school principal of threatening him with expulsion if he did not remove his social media postings and, essentially, go back in the closet.
The tearful nearly ten-minute video went viral. It’s been viewed almost 200,000 times since February 1.
In the video, Wallis specifically states he is not naming his school, despite the abusive manner in which he was treated, because he genuinely believes many of his teachers love him and, having relocated to a different school, he does not wish to create issues for them. Certainly a generous gesture.
Journalist John Wright, however, was able to identify Wallis’ school and contacted the principal who, in an email, claims the “allegations you received have been misrepresented.”
Meanwhile, Wayne Kramer, the executive director of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston, which runs Wallis’ school and two others, offered a startling yet legal explanation to Wallis’ charges.
Wallis’ now-former school “welcomes all students and their families,” Kramer wrote. But he added that they “profess and proclaim our Christian beliefs with the foundations and authority taught in the Bible, all within the teachings of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.”
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod boasts nearly two million members in the United States, and believes that the office of the Pope, although not the Pope himself, is the Antichrist.
“We respectfully require students to adhere to these accepted values and moral beliefs,’ Kramer’s statement continues. “Sometimes, as in this case, students have to make choices and decide whether their beliefs align with our community and we respect their choices. We also respect student privacy and do not comment on any individual student or their actions.”
Wallis’ principal shared a morals clause that states the school “reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant and/or to discontinue enrollment of a current student participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning: pornography, sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity; or displaying an inability or resistance to support the qualities and characteristics required of a Biblically based and Christ-like lifestyle.”
That ‘Biblically based and Christ-like lifestyle” includes, according to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the belief that homosexuality, which the Synod refers to as “homophile behavior,” is “intrinsically sinful.” It further condemns gay people, stating “homosexual behavior is contrary to God’s Word,” is “sexual idolatry,” and, pointing to a church document, calls homosexuality “profoundly ‘unnatural.'”
The school, as it is a private religious institution, is most likely legally within its rights to emotionally abuse its students this way.
There is fear, people still fear people who are openly gay and transgender, there is an urgent need of education and raising awareness on sexual orientation and gender identity, gay people and gender variant people are not here to harm others or to take people’s deeply held religious beliefs away from them , we only want to be respected in society and be treated equal as an other human beings or citizens that is all we want.
It is so scary that all of this are taking place in San Francisco where i have been resettled fleeing persecution because of who i am in africa just read below what the homophobic archbishop of San Francisco is endorsing against LGBT people, these dangerous messages are the main causes of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools and attacks on the streets, i wonder what california government is doing about this ??? :
The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has unveiled a controversial document that instructs staff at Catholic high schools to refrain from saying or doing anything publicly that contradicts church doctrine.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s new faculty handbook describes homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control, sex outside of marriage, the viewing of pornography and masturbation as ‘evil.’
The handbook additions would take effect in the 2015-16 school year at Archbishop Riordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield, and Junipero Serra in San Mateo County.
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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s new faculty handbook describes homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control, sex outside of marriage, the viewing of pornography and masturbation as ‘evil’
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program said the ‘moral clauses’ proposed by Archbishop Cordileone ‘stand in stark relief to the message of inclusion being promoted by Pope Francis’
Archbishop Cordileone (right) is greeted after receiving the sacred pallium from Pope Francis (seated) at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican in June
The handbook clarifies that even though California allows same-sex marriages, holy matrimony can only take place between a man and a woman.
Cordileone’s document calls sperm donation, the use of a surrogate and other forms of ‘artificial reproductive technology’ evil as well, the San Francisco Gate reported.
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The archbishop stressed the handbook additions are meant to provide clarity for teachers and not to target any educators for dismissal.
Cordileone said in a in a YouTube video: ‘The intention is certainly not to pry into the private lives of the teachers.
‘We certainly aren’t going to do that.
‘People are entitled to their private lives, but teachers also have to respect the mission of the school in the way they live their public lives.’
Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers President Lisa Dole, a social studies teacher at Marin Catholic, said union members were still digesting what Cordileone had to say.
Union leaders said in a statement: ‘We are pleased that the document acknowledges that the teachers in our high school are not all the same, like many Catholics around the world who struggle with their adherence to some of the teachings of the church.
‘However, there are still concerns with the proposed language and some key issues that the union and archbishop are hopeful that we will be able to work out.’
The US Supreme Court has exempted churches and religious schools from having to abide by federal anti-discrimination laws for employees in ‘ministerial roles.’
PORTION OF LETTER CORDILEONE WROTE TO TEACHERS ABOUT HANDBOOK
Confusion about the Church’s stance is prevalent in areas of sexual morality and religious discipline. For this reason, the statements for inclusion in the faculty handbook focus on these two areas. This focus does not imply lesser importance to Catholic teachings on social justice, which in fact are widely accepted and well interpreted in Catholic educational institutions. The areas requiring clarification are in Catholic teachings on sexual morality and religious practice.
Having clear statements especially about ‘hot button issues’ related to faith and morals is important to teachers for two reasons. The first is that a forthright statement of the Church’s position on these issues helps teachers provide good perspectives to their students who often struggle in these areas.
The second reason is that candid formulation of Church doctrine protects those teachers who don’t agree with the statements. That sounds counterintuitive, but it is indeed the case. In a society in which confusion reigns about Church teachings, highlighting the controversial issues alerts teachers to avoid contradicting Church teaching on these issues either in the school or in some public way outside the classroom.
Liberal San Franciscans have viewed Cordileone with suspicion even before he was installed as archbishop in October 2012.
As the auxiliary bishop in San Diego, he helped spearhead the passage in 2008 of a state constitutional amendment that had outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
Since 2011, he has chaired the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops subcommittee that works to oppose same-sex marriage nationwide
These are the results of inciting the violence against LGBT people when we use religious beliefs:
As police investigated a fatal stabbing in the Bayview, the victim’s family recalled her Friday as a strong-willed and giving woman who grew up in San Jose but was drawn to San Francisco in part because of its acceptance of the transgender community.
Taja DeJesus, a 36-year-old transgender woman, was found suffering from stab wounds on the 1400 block of McKinnon Avenue about 9 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but she died from her injuries.
Police officials said Friday that they had identified a suspect in the killing, but declined to give further details. While authorities corrected earlier reports that had identified DeJesus as a man, police do not believe her death was the result of a hate crime. SF Weekly, citing anonymous sources, reported that the suspect in the case was found dead of an apparent suicide behind a warehouse near the crime scene on Monday.
Her mother, Pamela DeJesus of San Jose, said Friday that her daughter was an active member of her Bayview church and a volunteer at a local food pantry. “Taja was beautiful inside and out,” she said through tears. “She was a rock for our family.”
Taja was different from an early age, her mother said. She remembered when Taja was 3 and asked, “When do I get to grow up and be a girl?” Her mother responded, “Well, God made you a boy,” but Taja would have none of it, crying and yelling, “I want to be a girl!”
As she grew up, Taja DeJesus had struggles. At 13, her family said, she was assaulted and went to therapy to talk about her sexuality. For a while, she thought she was bisexual or gay, but eventually made the decision to transition to becoming a woman, her mother said.
“I was a young mother, and I was raised in a very traditional family,” Pamela DeJesus said. “But I told my husband that we had to accept her no matter what. We knew she was going to deal with discrimination in the streets, but not at home. At home we needed acceptance.”
As a teenager, Taja DeJesus was independent, her mother said, filing all the paperwork to get a job at 15 and often taking the train to San Francisco — “without permission,” her older sister, Erika, chimed in — because she knew the streets and dance clubs of San Francisco were more tolerant than her hometown of San Jose.
She loved music and used the money she earned to buy her first stereo, which typically played either Prince or Madonna. Eventually, she moved to the city, getting her own apartment in the Bayview, which she loved, according to her mom, even though it wasn’t the safest part of town.
“She was always volunteering at the food pantry in her neighborhood and had lots of friends,” Pamela DeJesus said. “Whenever she had anything extra, she would give it away. That’s just how she was.”
She said of the killing, “I don’t know how anybody could do this. But I’m proud of how strong and selfless she was. That’s what brings me peace.”
In 2014, 13 transgender women were slain in the U.S., and all but one of them was African American or Latina, according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. DeJesus’ violent death is at least the fourth of a transgender woman this year, said Chad Griffin, the group’s president.
“The level of violence targeting transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, is a national crisis that the LGBT movement has a responsibility to confront,” he said.
Nikko Calma, a program manager at the Trans Thrive nonprofit community center in San Francisco, said Taja DeJesus was “always very bubbly and outspoken. She was a little loud, but that’s what made her unique.
“She was always the first to volunteer and just wanted to participate in everything,” Calma said. “She was very vocal about issues in the trans community, especially when it came to health and disparity. She was well known and will definitely be missed.”
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As Black Transgender Women Continue to Die, It’s Time for a Call to Action
Today the Human Rights Campaign Foundation—the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization—and the Trans People of Color Coalition released a report (pdf) calling for immediate government reforms and private-sector action to combat violence against transgender people.
The report includes data from multiple sources and details the realities that conspire to put transgender people, especially black transgender women, at such heightened risk.
“It is imperative that we address the social, economic, policy and structural barriers, and stigma that prevent transgender people—especially transgender people of color—from living out their full potential as equal citizens,” said Kylar Broadus, TPOCC’s executive director.
“The level of violence targeting transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, is a national crisis that the LGBT movement has a responsibility to confront,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This issue reveals how far we still have to go in order to ensure that all members of the LGBT community have equal access to basic dignity and fair treatment.”
As underscored in The Root’s Jan. 23 article, the rate of physical violence inflicted upon black transgender communities is appalling. At least 13 transgender women were murdered in 2014, and at least two more have been killed so far this year. All but one of the victims whom police have identified were women of color, and all but three were black. The killings have been violent and often gruesome, and the vast majority have gone unsolved. Local media routinely misgender these victims and often emphasize victims’ arrest records to diminish and miscast the lives of the slain.
These tragedies occur at the intersection of racism, transphobia, misogyny and homophobia—forms of discrimination that work together to force transgender people of color into poverty; deny them employment, housing, access to health care and fair treatment from law enforcement; and in too many cases result in death. This creates a situation in which lives are literally put in peril because they are denied access to safety net services including emergency shelters and rape crisis centers.
According to the groundbreaking 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey (pdf), conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force:
- 34 percent of black and 28 percent of Latina and Latino transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents had a household income of less than $10,000 a year.
- Forty-one percent of black and 27 percent of Latina and Latino transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
- When they attempted to access shelters, 40 percent of black respondents and 45 percent of Latina and Latino respondents were denied access altogether.
“We’re excited to partner with HRC on this incredibly important issue affecting our community. Since its inception, TPOCC has worked tirelessly to bring to light the violence and marginalization that transgender people of color suffer, and we look forward to working with the LGBT movement more broadly to expand efforts to address these issues,” Broadus said.
HRC and TPOCC are joining other LGBT advocates in calling for federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as foundations, corporations and philanthropists, to take immediate action to reduce the risks that transgender people face. Their calls to action include the following:
- Support for emergency housing initiatives;
- Engagement in education and training by medical providers, law enforcement and other direct service providers;
- State-based required coverage of medically necessary transition-related care in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
HRC and TPOCC also call on corporations, states and municipalities to pass transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination employment protections and for state attorneys general to ensure full and swift investigations of all open homicides of transgender victims.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a previous version based on earlier news reports that identified Lamar Edwards of Louisville, Ky., as a transgender woman. Friends have reported to the media that he identified as a gay man and likely performed drag. We do not yet know whether Edwards was presenting as female and thus may have been perceived as a transgender woman at the time of his death.
The Root aims to foster and advance conversations about issues relevant to the black Diaspora by presenting a variety of opinions from all perspectives, whether or not those opinions are shared by our editorial staff.
Samantha Master is the youth and campus engagement manager at the HRC Foundation and provides communications support for TPOCC. Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., is the senior content manager for the HRC Foundation.
Trans woman killed in L.A
Thousands of advocates from around the country gathered Friday in downtown Denver for the second day of Creating Change, the 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality. This year’s conference is taking place amid a national conversation on disproportionate violence against certain members in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Four transgender women of color have been murdered in less than one month, according to media reports.
“This is nothing short of an outrage, a national tragedy and an epidemic,” Chai Jindasurat, who coordinates programming with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, told BuzzFeed News in a statement Friday.
Authorities are investigating the murder of 36-year-old Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, who was stabbed to death Sunday morning in San Francisco, SF Weekly reported. Less than two weeks earlier, another California transgender woman of color was fatally stabbed in Los Angeles. Firefighters found the 33-year-old woman who went by Yazmin Payne at the scene of an apartment fire Jan. 31. A 25-year-old man, believed to be Payne’s boyfriend, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder, according to local news station KNBC.
Two other transgender women of color— one in Virginia and another in Texas — also were killed within the last month. Lamia Beard, 30, was fatally shot Jan. 17 in Norfolk, Virginia. Police investigating Beard’s death referred to her exclusively as a man, and an article in the Virginian-Pilot implied Beard was likely a prostitute, BuzzFeed News reported.
“The harm of the media misgendering and victim-blaming is that it sends a message to the public that these homicides are not as serious, and that somehow transgender people deserve it,” Jindasurat told BuzzFeed News last month.
Texas resident Ty Underwood, 24, a transgender woman of color who was murdered in a shooting Jan. 26, also was referred to as a male in local media reports. Police have not yet classified the deaths of Underwood and Beard as hate crimes, and the investigations are ongoing.
Misgendering victims makes it difficult to track the rates of homicides and assaults among transgender people. The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual hate crime report in December that showed only 33 people in the United States were hate crime victims targeted for their gender identity in 2013. However, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs also released a report that found 344 transgender people were targeted in hate crimes in 2013.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs report also found 72 percent of LGBTQ homicide victims in 2013 were transgender women, while 67 percent were transgender women of color. (The “Q” can stand for “questioning” or “queer.”)
In the wake of the recent murders, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organized a daylong event at the Creating Change conference Thursday focused on building communities across race, class and cultural barriers to protect the greater transgender community against systematic abuse and violence.
“The pervasive negative impacts of this anti-transgender bias coupled with structural racism have been especially devastating for transgender people of color and has caused transgender women of color, particularly black transwomen, to be murdered on our streets with seeming impunity,” Ross Murray, a GLAAD director of programs, wrote in a post on the group’s website Thursday.
People at the three-day conference expressed support on social media for the slain transgender women of color. Advocates also compared the recent death of lesbian Latina teenager Jesse Hernandez with the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Hernandez, 17, was fatally shot last week behind the wheel of a stolen car by police in Denver. Nearly 100 transgender people and demonstrators took over the stage at the conference Thursday, protesting Hernandez’s death and demanding solidarity from LGBT advocates, according to the Advocate.