Meanwhile in Europe

 photo Alessandra-Bernaroli_zps3fda90c5.jpgAlessandra Bernaroli has been battling with the Italian government for the past five years to keep her legal marriage in tact.

When I was small I liked to play with little girls, I was looking to understand their femininity. I dreamed of becoming a woman but I had no idea what trans-sexuality was.


The 43-year-old bank employee from Bologna was living as a male when she met her wife in the mid-1990s. The couple wed in 2005. It was only after the marriage that Alessandra exposed her transgender feelings to her spouse.

I hid my inner torment from my wife but I felt trapped in a prison, in a body that had become an enemy to me. I suffocated my true identity.


After Bernaroli came out to her wife, her wife agreed to stand by her throughout the process. Alessandra underwent a series of operations in Thailand in 2009.

When they returned to Italy and sought to update their national identity cards, they were informed that they would no longer be classified as married.



Hellraisers Journal: The Women Stand Silent at the Mouth of the Mine, 220 Missing Believed Dead

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

Saturday October 24, 1903
From The Labor World: "Where Union Labor Is The Strongest."

In its latest edition this Duluth, Minnesota, labor newspaper discusses recently released statistics on world-wide labor organizations:

Washington, Oct. 22.-According to the latest statistics of labor organizations it appears that considerably over half of the working men in the world who belong to unions are found in the United States, the British Isles, and the self-governing colonies of great Britain, including Canada. There are about 2,500,000 members of unions in this country and Canada. In the United Kingdom there are, in round numbers, 2,000,000 more. The 4,500,000 union workmen in those countries much out number the strength of labor unions in the rest of the world.

...Continental Europe, all told, has not more than 900,000 members of trades unions or other labor organizations.

In three of the great divisions of the globe-Asia, Africa, and South America-such bodies are practically non-existent...

It is still a noteworthy fact, however, that even in this enlightened country the union organizations comprise but a comparatively small minority of the workers-according to some authorities less than twenty per cent. The rapidity with which further growth is to be attained will probably depend largely upon the degrees of wisdom and reasonable forbearance exercised by the men who are now looked up to as labor leaders.

We would like to suggest to these labor leaders that, in the interest of Wisdom and Reasonable Forbearance and on behalf of Labor Unity, they consider: organizing the mass industries on an industrial basis which includes the unskilled workers, stopping discrimination across the color line, putting an end to their shameful anti-Asian practices, and ending their campaign against the Socialist who figure so prominently in the Labor Movement.




The EU LGBT survey: data and advice

When Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, called for more research on the effects of homophobia, the Agency for Fundamental Rights stepped forward.





The result is the EU LGBT survey. As always, I have read the relevant pdf so that you do not have to do so.

In the past decade, a growing number of international and national developments have addressed the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Standards on non-discrimination and equality for LGBT persons have been further developed or reinforced by the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe and the United Nations (UN). Sexual orientation and gender identity have increasingly been recognised as grounds of discrimination in European and national legislation. Today, the situation of LGBT persons in the EU is no longer a marginalised issue but a recognised human rights concern.

--Morton Kjærum, Director of the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)



Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Austerity, Triple Dip Recessions and Economic Crisis by NY brit expat

Sitting there looking vainly at the growth, or lack of it to be more precise, of the British economy quarter by quarter following the introduction of austerity measures is a dubious use of time. So rather than sit there each quarter and discuss a dismal economy, I think the first step is to understand that we are in a world-wide economic crisis of the capitalist system.


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