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Transgender Heroes: "God didn't make garbage."

Leahnora Isaak identifies as a transsexual woman. She is also a Mormon. She is attempting to gain recognition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so that she can live her life...inlcuding worship...as a woman. She says she will be filing a formal request in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

Leahnora says she was born without external genitals, but she was given testosterone treatments as a child and was raised as a boy. She later married and raised a family in Ohio.

Her local stake (an assembly of local churches) has been supportive. Church leaders have met with fellow members to help them cope with Leahnora's transition.

I want happiness. I want companionship. And I want to live the gospel. That's what I want. And I want this equal for everybody. I want people to celebrate who I am. Because I'm not ashamed of who I am.

--Leahnora Isaak

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Hellraisers Journal: Japanese railway workers stand in Solidarity with American dockworkers.

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

Monday June 15, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - The Cooks and Waiters Are On Their Own

The strike of the cooks and waiters of this city clearly shows the weakness of the craft union form of labor organization. Some of the crafts strike while others remain at work. Not only are the other unions in the industry continuing to work while the cooks and waiters strike, but they are now pressuring them to accept concessions, rather than helping them to fight on for victory. This sad state of affairs is called union scabbing. The cure is Industrial Organization, which, sadly, Samuel Gompers and the other A.F.of L. leaders continue to oppose.

Samuel Gompers and Frank Morrison, President and Secretary of AFL
Frank Morrison and Samuel Gompers,
Secretary and President of A.F.of L.

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Hellraisers Journal: Wage Theft? In Portland Direct Action Gets the Goods

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

Tuesday April 21, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Henry Demarest Lloyd, friend of Mother Jones

Mr. Lloyd continues to live in Chicago where we hear that he is not in the best of health. Mr. Lloyd is the author of several books in favor of progressive reform including A Strike of Millionaires Against Miners (1890), Wealth Against Commonwealth(1894), Labor Co-Partnerships (1898) and A Country Without Strikes (1900). Besides Mother Jones, he is a close friend of Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago. He has greatly influenced other progressive reformers, such as John Peter Altgeld and Clarence Darrow. Hellraisers sends our best wishes to Mr. Lloyd, and honors him for a lifetime of work on behalf of working people.

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Gender Prison: Restroom Privileges

 photo photo1_zpsf27b62e3.jpgIt really is a predicament...an eye-rolling monster of a predicament...for people who are transgender, anyway. When we appear to be male, having been born female, or appear to be female, having been born male, what restroom is it appropriate for us to use?

This isn't just a matter of convenience. When one has to go, one has to go. But someone who appears female entering a men's room is a recipe for assault...especially if one is then identified as being a transwoman. And similarly, someone who appears male who uses a women's restroom will definitely not be peaceable accepted.

So we think it out and try to take what we perceive to be the path of least resistance. And, yes, we do hope that the law can be modified in order to make our lives easier.

That last thing is more difficult than one might think.

There is a segment of society who perceives us as perverts, seeking to prey on whoever might be vulnerable. Oh, sure, those who oppose us sometimes mention that they do not believe we are perverts, but that actual perverts might take advantage of anything that makes our lives easier in order to perform their nefarious deeds, but since when do we punish one group pf people because of the potential actions of a totally different group?

Is that the kind of country this is?

I have three stories, from Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado, on the inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: Young striker describes why she laid down her tools.

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

Sunday March 23, 1903
Toledo, Ohio-Mother Jones to Speak Tonight at Memorial Hall

Mother Jones, the "Miners' Angel," is in town today and will speak at Memorial Hall this evening. She has been in West Virginia the past few months fighting beside the coal miners. She is expected to speak on conditions in the West Virginia coal fields which she has described in the past as "feudalistic."

Mother Jones was in West Virginia on February 23rd when miners were murdered in their homes by gun-thugs in the small mining camp on Standiford Mountain. Such are the dangers for the miners attempting to become organized in the state of West Virginia. Mother will surely remember these brave boys in her speech tonight.

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Gender Prison: Oregon raises the bar on equal medical care

By "healthcare", of course, we use the modern definition: insurance coverage.

The Oregon Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a bulletin last month adding transgender people to the list of those who may not be discriminated against.

In 2007 the Oregon state legislature passed a law (SB 2) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This new measure restricts insurance companies from denying medical and health care coverage to transpeople as laid out by SB 2.

And it only took 5 years to do that.

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Transgender Politicians Win

Nashua, New Hamphire voters elected the first transperson ever to the New Hamphire House of Representatives on Tuesday. Stacy Laughton, 28, places gender issues at the top of her agenda, but wants to be treated like any other woman on the House floor.

Laughton has been politically active since she was a teenager. When she lived in Laconia, she was unsuccessful in several attempts at securing city positions and one attwempt at a run for the State House while running as a Republican.

She worked on John Kerry's campaign in 2004 as an independent. Her shift in allegiance had a lot to do with Gov. Craig Benson's budget cuts.

He cut welfare funding, he cut special ed funding, he cut a lot of these vitally important programs, and these were programs that I knew lots of people who were on, and I started to see their lives change, but they didn't change for the better.

--Laughton

Laughton became a Democrat in 2010 and was elected as a selectman in Ward 4 in Nashua, where she now lives. Several friends and mentors suggested a run for higher office, but it was newly-elected Rep. Maggie Hassan's plea for people to run which ultimately caused her to do so.

This area of New Hampshire needed somebody like me, somebody who understands the complex issues that this district faces, somebody who understands what it's like to live with a lower income, somebody who knows the people in the area.

--Laughton

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