Homelessness

Sleeping on the streets

Jennifer Ney transitioned 24 years ago. She has been mostly homeless since then.

They just threw me out in the streets there in Tulsa, I was in Oklahoma City, they says, ‘you’re not welcome here.'

--Ney

Friday night she sought shelter with the Gospel Rescue Mission of Grants Pass, OR.

They said the likes of you as a transgender person is not welcome here because of biblical teachings.

--Ney

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Miley Cyrus? Really?

 photo prism_zpsdmci5cay.jpgPerhaps I should start off with a personal note. When I was living in Arkansas after my transition, I used to run a LGBT group out of my home: Conway Prism. Although the group was mainly advertised as a gay-friendly atmosphere, we were open to anyone who wanted to attend and respect everyone else who was there. Someone once ask me what the point of it was. My response was that I wanted everyone to become a member.

 photo Cyrus_zpskxfojncb.jpgIt appears that philosophy may undergo some testing.

A week ago, Cyrus announced the beginning of her Happy Hippie Foundation, which is designed to help homeless and other at risk LGBT youth.

At the event, Cyrus also announced that not all of her past relationships have been heterosexual...and that she sees herself as being "gender fluid."

Cyrus says she was resentful that she was a girl.

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Ketchup Soup

I used to refer to my Friday evening series of posts/columns at Docudharma as Friday Philosophy. I still post there on Friday nights, but usually write about world events than philosophical concerns.

The following piece was first published there September 26, 2008. It was sparked by a comment I made at Cheers and Jeers on Sep 25.

Since it is also somewhat autobiographical in nature, I am including it here.

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Remembering the Neglected and Harassed

The focus of Transgender Awareness Week has been Transgender Day of Remembrance, which I will attempt to properly observe tomorrow (I expect to begin in the morning, but I live on the West Coast now).

 photo S1O_SmithGwendolyn-web_zps31e2ac9d.jpg photo rita-hester_zps094f3e6e.jpgStarted by Gwen Ann Smith in 1999 with a candlelight vigil to remember the still unsolved murder of transgender woman Rita Hester on November 28, 1998, TDoR is intended to memorialize those who were killed due to transgender hatred or prejudice, but it has tended to include all transgendered people who have been murdered for whatever reason. During the past year there have been 74 transgendered people murdered, whose stories I shall attempt to share tomorrow.

But each one of the murdered listed on TDoR was killed by the direct action of one or more protagonists. We tend to forget those who have died from institutionalize neglect or harassment.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "Rise Up and Strike..Stand Together and Never Surrender."

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

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Thursday September 17, 1903
From the Denver Post: "Does Gov. Peabody Really Know What He Is Doing?"

The present attitude of Governor Peabody is that organized labor is treasonable. The situation at Cripple Creek is a reminder of the fact that the President of the United States and governor of a state have unlimited power in emergencies-but if they exercise it wrongly upon their heads be it; that is to say, the politician or the political aspirant who uses the supreme power of the state and it turns out to have been unnecessary is destroyed by his mistake. ...

So all the presidents of the United States and all the governors of states have hesitated long and well, and, indeed, there is no modern example of the thing Peabody is dong, save Cleveland's famous act in Chicago. The pretext there was that the United States mails had to be moved. The excuse for martial law at Cripple Creek is that there is conspiracy against the law. The real reason in Chicago was that President Cleveland decided to put an end to the railway strike and likewise the real reason at Cripple Creek is that the governor proposes to crush the miners' strike.

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Hellraisers Journal: A Bill of the Rights for the Homeless?

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

Tuesday August 4, 1903
New York City - New York - Mother Jones Receives an Answer from the President

Oyster Bay, N.Y.,
August 1, 1903
Mother Jones,
Ashland House,
New York, N.Y.
Dear Madam-
I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th ult., and state that it has been brought to the President's attention.
The President, as was shown by his action while Governor of New York, has the heartiest sympathy with every effort to prevent child labor in factories, and on this matter no argument need be addressed to him, as his position has been announced again and again.
Under the constitution it is not at present seen how Congress has power to act in such a matter. It would seem that the States alone at present have the power to deal with the subject.
Very truly yours,
B.F. Barnes
Acting Secretary to the President

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "I have seen children maimed and torn." The Children's Crusade

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

Tuesday July 14, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Mother Jones: "I have seen children maimed and torn."

Mother Jones and her Army remained in this city yesterday. She continued to make speeches while the little Industrial Band of fife and drums paraded the streets raising money for the march to New York City and for the textile strikers of Philadelphia. The following is an example of a speech by Mother Jones:

Child Labor

I have seen some children killed by slow starvation and others maimed and torn. What is to become of the next generation when this generation is being torn from the cradle to be thrown into the factories. Statistics show that out of every ten hours of labor, the laboring man is paid for two, while the other eight are stolen by the capitalist...There are three ways of making a living-working for it, begging it and stealing it. And the capitalist steals it from the working man.

The Industrial Army left New Brunswick this morning bound for Rahway by way of Metuchen.

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Gender Prison: Lest we forget

I do not forget that as a college professor, I'm probably better off socially and financially than 99% of other transpeople. But I don't let being in the 1% fill me with complacency.

ASTT(e)Q is Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec. They are speaking up and speaking out on the problem of transgender and transsexual women accessing shelters in Montreal. And while it would be nice to think that this problem is restricted to a local problem, the situation in Montreal is rather the norm across our own country.

Even in freezing temperatures homeless transwomen are being turned away from homeless shelters in Montreal. And the reason given for the refusal to accept the transwomen is simply that they are transgender.

While such refusals are frequently justified by administrative regulations, members of ASTT(e)Q believe that these exclusive practices are rooted in discriminatory attitudes towards trans people.

The majority of women's shelters in Quebec require transwomen to have undergone gender confirmation surgery and/or to have changed their legal sex.

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