Spirit murder

 photo demarkis-stamsberry-x750_zps83vorvty.jpgDeMarkis Stansberry was a 30-year-old black transgender man residing in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

On Saturday, DeMarkis was fatally shot in the head by Nicholas Matthews, who just turned 24 on Monday.

Matthews was booked by sheriff's deputies for negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Spirit murder

 photo demarkis-stamsberry-x750_zps83vorvty.jpgDeMarkis Stansberry was a 30-year-old black transgender man residing in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

On Saturday, DeMarkis was fatally shot in the head by Nicholas Matthews, who just turned 24 on Monday.

Matthews was booked by sheriff's deputies for negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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While you were busy

While you were busy

Yesterday I buried the lede in a comment in my diary offering because I knew that diary would be mostly ignored, what with it being Super Tuesday and all.

Maybe today this will actually draw some notice. South Dakota Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard yesterday vetoed the anti-transgender "bathroom bill" which targeted transgender students.

Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students' privacy. Opponents say it's discrimination.

--Gov. Daugaard

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KFC fires manager for discriminating against transgender worker

 photo KFC_zpsj6mvldru.jpgTransgender fast food worker Georgia Carter was hied by a Richmond, Virginia, KFC and fired about an hour later upon discovery that she was trans.

He was like you have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It is yours. We are going start you training on the computer tomorrow. It was like 11 to four (o clock).

--Carter

She went home happy, but received a phone call shortly afterward.

He was like my supervisor, and I have a problem because on your license it says male but you’re … I said I’m transgender.

Oh, we can’t hire you because we don’t know which bathroom you can use.

--Carter

In a statement to Eater, KFC chief people officer John Kurnick relayed news of that manager's termination following an internal Yum! Brands inquiry. KFC's franchisee policy bars discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, Kurnick said.

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Research: Most Endocrinologists uncomfortable treating transgender patients

 photo Caduceus1.pngThe results of a survey administered at an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists conference have now been published. Research was lead by Michael S. Irwig, MD, of George Washington University and was published in the journal Endocrine Practice.

While endocrinologists and other providers have received more education and training on transgender care within the past decade, self-rated comfort levels with discussing gender identity and/or sexual orientation and competency to provide transgender care is still rated relatively low.

The survey, which was conducted at a meeting for endocrinologists in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. with 125 conference attendees, found that 63 percent of those surveyed were willing to provide transgender care, but the majority of providers had no current transgender patients under their care. Irwig also found that 50 percent of those surveyed had read the Endocrine Society's transgender clinical practice guidelines - with 70 percent of those under the age of 40.

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San Antonio trans woman missing, presumed dead

Twenty-five year-old Estrella Alvarado has the San Antonio Police Department very concerned. She hasn't been seen since September 9, 2015.

On Memorial Day of 2015, Estrella was rescued from a flood by the San Antonio Fire Department.

After the rescue, witnesses saw Estrella leave the scene with her boyfriend. Police also believe he was the last person Estrella was with when she disappeared.

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The positive mental health of trans children supported in their identities

A new study shows that trans Kids supported by their families are not destined to have mental health problems.

Studies of mental health among transgender people in the United States have been consistently grim, showing higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.

But almost nothing is known about the mental health of a new and growing generation of transgender Americans — prepubescent children who are living openly as transgender with the support of their families. How do those children fare in an environment of openness and family support? When their gender identity is affirmed, are they happy?

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Returning the snub

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Last week, when the list of this year's Academy Awards performers and presenters was announced, ANOHNI's name was not on it. Despite being nominated for Best Original Song for "Manta Ray," her collaboration with J. Ralph from the documentary Racing Extinction, she will not play the song live on the broadcast. (Organizers reportedly cut the performance due to "time constraints.") Nor will she attend the ceremony. Now, in a powerful, no-holds-barred essay, ANOHNI explains her decision not to attend.   

 

 

 

 

 

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Minnesota man writes about his transgender child

Louis Porter has an Ed. D., has been a teacher for a long time, and is executive director of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

He is also the parent of a transgender child. And he fears for his black transgender child's life.

Even when my child was an infant, I had a premonition that our precious baby girl was going to throw some curveballs our way. Something in this long-awaited baby’s spirit let me know that a wild ride was ahead for my wife and me.

So, several years ago when my then-middle school child came out as queer, I was caught off guard, but it was news I could handle. “Your daddy’s love comes with a lifetime guarantee,” I said, paraphrasing a song by Sade, a generation-bridging family favorite. Then, as a native of the South steeped in black-middle-class tradition, I said: “I wonder if they’ll still let you be a debutante.” We both immediately laughed that hearty, authentic family chuckle that eases tensions.

--Porter

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