Mind : The Perpetual Intercourse

Thursday, November 16, 2006

MEDIA BIAS OVER NYC TG BIRTH CERTIFICATES.... (& you thought she was just a dumb blonde, didn't ya...pbbt!)

To The Editor, (of TIME OUT NYC magazine)
Your recent posting regarding the new determinant transgender ruling should be cause for celebrating a small victory of furthering genuine equality for ALL sexes and the ability of society to evolve. Your prosaic viewpoint remains a throwback to rightwing conservative enclaves who, consequently, are with the exception of a few brown shirts like Ann Coulter...all men who speak & act with double tongues & standards.
It is our goal to EDUCATE an evolving world. What we do today will profoundly both challenge and subsequently change stereotypic perceptions and antiquated bias of people who are expressing the desire to just live lives with the same respect that you would expect and desire for yourself. We are gender-gifted people, and celebrate our duality as a blessing, not as an aberrant malfunction. In many societies throughout history the transgendered individual has been revered as shaman, and council, as the blending of male & female has created somewhat of an uber being...able to walk the tightrope of gender identity from both the genetic male & female prospectives. Current advancements in brain mapping are poised to unleash documentation showing that the brain & it's associated wave patterning of non-hormonal Transgendered individuals correlates almost exactly with that of genetic women. This is not a choice that we have, but rather a naturally determined phenomena.
It is our goal to EDUCATE and bring society to a higher level of accountability.
Transgender individuals, it has been statistically shown, are amongst the most highly creative and intelligent people on the planet, and foster a level of empathy towards all peoples, races, and creeds which is exemplary. Society could learn ALOT from our community.
Transgendered individuals are now gaining elected seats in governments, both on the local & national stages around the globe. SO, please don't attempt to marginalize us, or morgage the future of a misunderstood yet vital segment of humankind, it's far more insulting to your own intellect than it is to us.
This is not a fly by night movement which is going to go away.On the contrtary, if you look at the media blitz of the past several years you will see that transgendered people are everywhere from film to print to music and art. TG IS the new black... it is time for {R}evolution.
The time is now poised for us as a species to move towards
advancement or suffer more destruction of our global unity.
It is your duty to responsibly report on the things which uplift our culture, and indeed help all who call our great city home.
I urge you to have a look at our websites and see for yourself that of which I speak.
It would also be very good for you to sign and post a link to our petition to the UN to rewrite the wording of its human rights charter.
Although the UN is often viewed as an ineffectual limpet, it is important that steps be taken in all possible areas to secure protective rights for everyone.
As New Yorkers it is our responsibility to continue to lead this country in legislative & social advancements which exemplify progressive social accountability. To publish from a standpoint of ignorance only continues to foster mistunderstanding and violence towards some of society's most foreward thinking individuals.

Sincerely yours,

Brielle Whitney




Dep't of Health Birth Certificate Policy Changes
Thank you all for keeping us up to date on media coverage of this issue.
Unfortunately, not all of it has been good, and we're asking that everyone
take quick action to respond to the bad stuff. This week's Time Out
magazine includes an (at best) obnoxious and insensitive poll (

http://www.timeout. com/newyork/ static_content/ poll/). For those who can't
click on the link, here's what it says:
Out There poll 581
************ ********* ********* ********* *
"New York may no longer be hospitable to trans fat, but it's a great place to
be transgender. The city is about to grant people the right to label
themselves whatever sex they want, regardless of whether they've undergone
sexual-reassignment surgery or not. What do you think?

Unless they've gone under the knife, forget it.

I'm all for it, especially if it means I can use both the women's
and men's restrooms.

What's your reasoning? (If it's funny, we may print your comments in TONY.)"
************ ********* ********* ********* *

We think this deserves a response. We've already submitted a letter from
Transgender Legal Defense, but we think the editors of Time Out should hear
from everyone. To make that happen, we've prepared a letter for everyone to
cut, paste and email to Time Out. Feel free to edit it; ----just make sure you
send something in!!!! Once you've done that, pass this along to everyone you
know, and ask them to send the letter in, too. The letter should be sent by
email to letters@timeoutny. com. Here it is:

To the editor:
I read your current poll (Out There poll 581) with dismay. The
discrimination that transgendered people experience because they lack ID
that reflects the gender in which they live is no laughing matter. The
transgender community is one of the most marginalized populations in New
York City. The City's proposal to allow transgendered people who meet
certain requirements to amend their birth certificates is a step in the
right direction; it will help reduce discrimination and will begin to move
transgendered people from the margins of society. The issue is a serious
one that deserves serious debate. Asking readers to vote on transgender
rights in a poll that mocks and denigrates transgendered people is an insult
to one of the communities that your magazine supposedly serves.
[name, e-mail address & phone number]

Thank you, everyone.
Mona Rae Mason
The Transgender Project
TLDEF-Bd. of Directors<

Mona Rae Mason
Field Coordinator- The Transgender Project
National Development and Research Institutes
Field Office-216 Ave A.
NYC, NY 10009

http://www.ndri. org/transgender/


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