The Public Regulation of Gender

The most basic of human needs can be simply stated.

 

 

I'm hungry. I'm thirsty. I've got to go potty.
 

 

The third part of that can be a big problem for transgender people. The results of a survey were recently published in the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, authored by Jody Herman who is now with the Williams Institute. Gendered Restrooms and Minority Stress: The Public Regulation of Gender and Its Impact on Transgender People's Lives is a pdf.

Herman begins with the following introductory paragraph:

The concept of two separate and opposing genders – men and women – is entrenched in our society and reflected in our built environment. Public spaces throughout the United States are constructed with gender-segregated facilities, which serve to determine who is and is not allowed to use a particular space. Gender segregation is commonly found in public restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons and is intended to provide safety, order, modesty, and security in these facilities. However, the concept of gender that underlies the design of these facilities ignores people who do not fit into a binary gender scheme, particularly transgender and gender non-conforming people. Traditional beliefs about gender are being challenged now more than ever and we must address the inadequacies of our built environment to meet the needs of all people regardless of gender.

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Hellraisers Journal: California Unionist to Gompers, "Race prejudice is unpardonable folly."

Sunday June 28, 1903
Oxnard, California - A.F. of L. continues to refuse charter on the basis of race.

The Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor continues to deny a union charter to the Sugar Beet and Farm Laborers' Union of Oxnard. In a a letter to the secretary of that union, Samuel Gompers insisted that the organization will be granted a charter only on the condition that it contain "no Oriental workers." The Beet Workers have protested this ruling, calling, instead, for Solidarity across the color line.

The American Labor Union Journal of Chicago recently published this opinion of the Executive Council's decision:

[Samuel Gompers has] violated the expressed principle of the A.F. of L., which states that race, color, religion or nationality shall be no bar to fellowship in the American Federation of Labor...

It will be impossible, so long as this ruling is sustained, to organize the wage workers of California for the protection of their interests, for there are between forty and fifty thousand Japanese in this state, who hold the balance of power among the field workers, and nothing can be effectually done without their cooperation. In such a warfare to raise race prejudice is unpardonable folly, a folly for which President Gompers must soon answer to the unions of southern California who are unanimous in demanding recognition for brother wage workers, the Japanese.

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Hellraisers Journal: "Starvation Stalks Through Paterson"

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday June 27, 1903
From The Appeal to Reason: "Populism and Socialism"


Ernest Untermann, 1902

In the current issue of the Appeal, Ernest Untermann examines the political differences and shared goals of the People's Party and the Socialist Party of America. We offer a few excerpts from that article:

From the standpoint of the Socialist, the People's party platform aims at symptoms without removing the cause. Changes in the money system will not bring the money into the pockets of the worker, as long as production is for profit under the control of the capitalist class. Prohibition of alien ownership of land will not lessen the exploitation of the farmers by the trusts; a graduated income tax, if it could be enacted and enforced, would not help any working man, because the capitalists can shift the burden of taxation to the shoulders of the working class by increasing the prices of all the products.

The universal eight hour day and a minimum wage can be met by the capitalist in the same way. Universal suffrage and the election of the president, vice president and United States senators, by the direct vote of the people, will be useless, as long as the working men elect capitalist politicians, and leave the political and economic power in the control of the capitalist class. Government ownership of the railroads, telegraphs and telephones, under the control of capitalist parties, is an increase of power for the capitalists. The only really revolutionary statement in the People's party platform is that wealth shall belong to him who produces it; but the framers of that platform forgot to explain how the producer could obtain this wealth and be secured in its possession...

But the populists correctly stated that interests of the rural and urban workers are identical. If they had added that these interests are also distinct from, and opposed to, the interests of all rural and urban capitalists, they would not have consented to a fusion with the very class which they are organized to defeat.

Comrade Untermann goes on to propose that the Populist should become Socialist and vote the Socialist Party ticket.

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Hellraisers Journal: Walmart Strikers Arrested at Yahoo! HQ; Proud Mother Crying Outside

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday June 26, 1903
San Francisco, California - West Coast Linemen's Strike Now 100% Effective

The West Coast linemen's general strike is now complete up and down the coast. Organizer F. A. Holland made this statement last night:

All local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers affiliated with the Western Conference have endorsed the wage scale presented to the Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Company, and all union men, members of the following locals, are out on strike...

Holland then went on to name towns and cities up and down the West Coast. He continued with reports from the local secretaries, some of whom described conditions:

All out except three non-union men.

Several reported this good news:

All out to a man!

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Grim New Milestone in Texas; UPDATED

Update It's over:

She was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. CDT, 20 minutes after Texas prison officials began administering a single lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Original Post This evening, 52-year old Kimberly McCarthy will become the 500th person executed by the state of Texas since the death penalty resumed in 1976.

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Don't forget that there is still hate

With all the good news about DOMA being struck down and the death knell of Proposition 8, it is easy for non-LGBT people to think that the battle is over, for all intents and porpoises. Sorry to inform you that is not the case. The hate porpoise is alive and well.

And nowhere is that more apparent than among transwomen of color. The only thing new and different this time is that the victims survived and there are suspects in custody.

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All we ever wanted was for Coy's school to treat her the same as other little girls.

Some days there just seems to be too many stories to choose from. We finally have some people speaking out about the purge at OutServe-SLDN which I wrote about yesterday. But almost nobody was interested in that then and with the Supreme Court about to rule on DOMA, it's probably not any better today.

Then there is a decision in the case of Coy Mathis, the Colorado 6-year-old transgirl who desires to be acknowledged as a girl as she is growing up and going to school.

And there is a plea of not guilty/self-defense and additional information in the case of the severe beating of Vivian Diego in Hollywood, CA.

Or I could write about the transwoman who was stabbed 40 times in southeastern Washington, DC, in what was apparently neither a random event nor a hate crime, as far as police are concerned.

Well, the last two could go together into one article, I suppose…in a discussion of what really constitutes a hate crime. Maybe I'll try to write that piece for tomorrow.

The OutServe/SLDN elimination of its transgender leader can possibly also wait for another day.

So the good news out of Colorado appears to be the winner by default…however much it may be overshadowed by the same-sex marriage news coverage. We're used to that down here at the bottom of the human barrel.

Yesterday the Colorado Division of Civil Rights handed down a 16-page ruling (pdf) in favor of Coy Mathis which it is hoped will allow her to return to school and excel as a girl without facing discrimination.

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Hellraisers Journal: Fast Food Workers are standing up to Wage Theft and Humiliation on the Job

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday June 25, 1903
San Francisco, California - Strike of Linemen Goes General on West Coast

Two hundred San Francisco linemen joined the strike yesterday against the Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Company. This brings the total of strikers to about 1500 from the Canadian border to the border with Mexico. Only the men in Seattle and Spokane, where agreements have been reached, remain at work. The men in Los Angeles have been on strike for seven weeks. The inability to reach an agreement there has led to this general strike.

The Executive Committee of the Western Conference called for a general strike on the West Coast in order to equalize wages and conditions. Executive Committee member, F.A. Holden made this statement:

The union is thoroughly organized. Pickets have been provided in every town. They will preserve the peace and strive to avert any attempts at overt acts, or the tampering with a public utility. We are still ready to arbitrate and the executive committee of the Western Conference is in attendance at our headquarters ready to listen to any reasonable proposition.

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Chronic Tonic: Fun With Fibromyalgia!

Yes! It's Tonic Time Again!

This week I'm dealing with one of those regally crappy oh so much fun aspects of Fibromyalgia, lucky girl that I am!

I am the classic princess and the pea. I can feel every single bump in my mattress, every last wrinkle in the sheets, any bunching of my pajamas - everything. Normally, the biggest problem I have with this is a little soft bruising wherever the "pea" lumpy was, or that my hip joint starts hurting and i have to turn over: wash  rinse repeat.

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