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  1. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Transgender people covered under Title VII
    Few Americans, including the LGBT community, are aware that today a transgender employee is protected against being fired because of his or her status as a transgender person in all 50 states. Your Welcome. I was sending email after email and letter after letter to our government and transgender legal centers for years that the Civil Rights Act covers protections against discrimination for Gender Expression under a subsection of sex discrimination. They went a bit further stating the section on Sex discrimination also protects someone in transition. I expect I'll get no credit for shaking the monkey tree. These protections are based on recent rulings from federal courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminate “because of sex.” Almost all public and private-sector employees and job applicants (at companies of 15 or more employees) are covered under Title VII. (This part, while true, isn't all of it.)"It may seem obvious that firing someone from their job “because of [his or her] sex” would include discrimination against transgender people, who are often fired when they transition from one sex to another or when they are outed for having transitioned previously." http://transgenderlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/TitleVII-Report-Final012414.pdf #transgender #lgbtqI'm sorry if I sound bitter, but I guess I am. 3 years ago no one was thinking along the lines that I laid out. You have no idea how much shit I've taken from the transgender community, the lgbt, politicians and lawyers telling me they knew better than I did. Now they are using what I laid out as the proper strategy. I won't even get a thank you.

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  2. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender people covered under Title VII   

    That is why this is my personal flag. I want to say screw all of you. 

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  3. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    The VA to state Sex AND Gender
    I was told today when I went to an appointment at the VA that the VA will be changing it's system to add both sex and gender to patient data to better help treat transgender patients. This is something that was discussed in a tele-conference, and in conversations prior to that tele-conference that I gave to NY state VA's in July of 2015. The reason this is important for patients is because clinical reminders were being missed for transgender patients who have more things during and after transition to check than if they were a patient listed as only either male or female sex. Example: For the transgender female during and after transition both breast exams (any age) and prostate exams (after 50) are needed for the health of the patient as well as perhaps other things. I'm not a Dr. so this is the best example I can give you.  This information was given to me by my primary care and I can't confirm it beyond what she told me.
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  4. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    The LGB as Allies
    I know it's new for the LGB but you need to learn to be an Ally and not play victim over transgender issues. You don't always need to say LGBTQ out of habit.
    Gay marriage didn't pass because every gay person voted for it. The gay population isn't large enough to pass any legislation on it's own. It took allies of the gay cause. This is exactly the same. The reason you may be seen by cisgender people as a gay man and not a trans woman (for example) is because the LGB views everything through a lens of sexuality. Even that group has huge difficulty making the distinction because there has been so little willingness to learn.
    I'm just asking the LGB to take on the role of ally to resolve transgender issues just as others took on the role of ally to resolve issues around sexuality. If they care about resolving the issue they will do this. If not it simply shows they want to usurp the issue for their own purpose and care little for the transgender cause.
    #LGBTQ
     
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  5. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Stop the habit of LGBTQ   

    I need a huge favor. Please stop saying the HB2 thing is LGBTQ. The last I checked gay people weren't being banned from using the toilet. As a group we've gotten into a bad habit of spitting out the letters even if it doesn't pertain to all of them. This adds to confusion and makes it very difficult to teach.
    I could like guys, girls or puppets like anyone else. Sexuality isn't determined by gender but my need to pee is determined by my bladder.
     
     
    Why does this matter? It matters. Believe me.
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  6. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Stop the habit of LGBTQ   

    When said by spokes people when it has no accuracy I twinge. And people are starting to sound like automatons simply spitting out a rhetoric they have been given. 
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  7. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Stop the habit of LGBTQ
    People really need to stop this habit of calling everything LGBTQ when speaking of things that don't pertain to sexuality. If it's legislation that pertains to a person's sexuality call it LGB if you like. If it deals with something like Gender Identity call it transgender legislation and leave the rest of the letters out of it. You're simply feeding a confusion we don't need. #LGBTQ
    Spokes people for the LGBTQ need to learn their rhetoric has consequences. Stop using LGBTQ out of habit as if it's all the same.
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  8. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Title IX ruling and Inaccuracies Around Transgender Legislation.
    This is an open letter to the United States.
    What started the modern transgender movement here in the United States? Does anyone even know what the original motivation of transgender people to create change in our societal system was? If you were to look at the behavior of the LGBT and it’s allies being a transgender person and are old enough to remember I think the answer would be no. The motivation was an extension in the personal treatment of gender dysphoria. Legislation that would make treatment easier to get in the US so the legitimate options didn’t exist only outside the US. Legislation that would make it easier or even possible to change identification to match a person’s gender. Legislative protections against discrimination so we could hold a job, rent a house or apartment, receive services and the things that people take for granted but could legally be denied us. The rest room was an extension of that as well. All we were looking for was legal use in another area that would help alleviate the miss match (gender dysphoria).
    To me it seems that underlying motivation that started this is being ignored. Unfortunately it was never fully understood. The LGBT turned to lawyers to argue the cases. To argue the cases using cisgender definitions when speaking of a transgender need. It doesn’t take experiencing gender dysphoria. The one thing above all among transgender people that causes the highest suicide rate among that group. It does however require an understanding of it rather than just an acceptance that transgender people exist.
    The reason we know Gender, a persons mind, and Sex, their physical body, are two separate things in all people is because treatments for a transgender person that work to bring those two things into alignment would bring things out of alignment for a cisgender person. To argue in a court of law that sex and gender are the same things, as they have been historically used from the cisgender viewpoint, is to kick the legs out from under the arguments that treatments are necessary and not simply cosmetic. If sex and gender are the same then treatments for gender dysphoria are not needed and therefore do not need to be covered by insurance. So thank you for working so hard to try to destroy, unintentionally, the basis of what we seek to change.
    The LGBT and it’s allies are perusing this topic as if it’s the same as the topic of sexuality. They are using the same tactics. The only tactics you can use around the topic of sexuality. Acceptance. “Accept that it exists and get over it.” The topic of sexuality however is a single flag. Where the topic of transgender is a three legged stool, (Medication, Education and Legislation), that will only stand if all three legs are made strong. The treatment for sexuality is simply acceptance. The treatment for gender dysphoria crosses over distinctly, uniquely, into both the medical and mental health sectors. Name to me something else that in it’s treatment does that? You can’t, but once again the voice of transgender people are being silenced, as they always have been, and we are being told “Shut up. We got this.” As you take up the banners through your 501c’s believing your money makes up for your lack of understanding.
    The Illinois ruling that came down from the federal government under the Obama administration was an incorrect one. Sex and gender are not the same things so the 1972 Gender Equality Law that used the old cisgender definitions of sex and gender can’t in reality be used as a clothe to wipe clean every aspect of the transgender topic. It can be used as the legislation was intended which was equal participation. Momentum was felt after that ruling and it seemed everyone in the LGBT and ally community were eager to line up behind it. Everyone but those in the transgender community who know better but are never listened to. Victory has outweighed the need for the original motivation that started all of this.
    When I speak out in an effort to change your course I’m accused of my efforts being about just me. That if somehow my speaking out to correct a huge flaw in your course should be taken as a lack of support for the overall goals. The people who started shaking this monkey tree and getting things moving were not only seeing what would be beneficial to themselves but recognized that if fixed would be beneficial to those trying to navigate this very difficult path. Even though you are the larger group, I see this becoming about you and how the difficulties of others can be harnessed to benefit your organizations. I just wish you would stop and bare in mind why this was started and the goals we were trying to achieve.
    Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood
    #LGBTQ
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  9. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    This is an open letter to the United States. What started the modern transgender movement here in the United States? Does anyone even know what the original motivation of transgender people to create change in our societal system was? If you were to look at the behavior of the LGBT and it’s allies being a transgender person and are old enough to remember I think the answer would be no. The motivation was an extension in the personal treatment of gender dysphoria. Legislation that would make treatment easier to get in the US so the legitimate options didn’t exist only outside the US. Legislation that would make it easier or even possible to change identification to match a person’s gender. Legislative protections against discrimination so we could hold a job, rent a house or apartment, receive services and the things that people take for granted but could legally be denied us. The rest room was an extension of that as well. All we were looking for was legal use in another area that would help alleviate the miss match (gender dysphoria).  To me it seems that underlying motivation that started this is being ignored. Unfortunately it was never fully understood. The LGBT turned to lawyers to argue the cases. To argue the cases using cisgender definitions when speaking of a transgender need. It doesn’t take experiencing gender dysphoria. The one thing above all among transgender people that causes the highest suicide rate among that group. It does however require an understanding of it rather than just an acceptance that transgender people exist. The reason we know Gender, a persons mind, and Sex, their physical body, are two separate things in all people is because treatments for a transgender person that work to bring those two things into alignment would bring things out of alignment for a cisgender person. To argue in a court of law that sex and gender are the same things, as they have been historically used from the cisgender viewpoint, is to kick the legs out from under the arguments that treatments are necessary and not simply cosmetic. If sex and gender are the same then treatments for gender dysphoria are not needed and therefore do not need to me covered by issuance. So thank you for working so hard to try to destroy, unintentionally, the basis of what we seek to change. The LGBT and it’s allies are perusing this topic as if it’s the same as the topic of sexuality. They are using the same tactics. The only tactics you can use around the topic of sexuality. Acceptance. “Accept that it exists and get over it.” The topic of sexuality however is a single flag. Were the topic of transgender is a three legged stool, (Medication, Education and Legislation), that will only stand if all three legs are made strong. The treatment for sexuality is simply acceptance. He treatment for gender dysphoria crosses over distinctly, uniquely, into both the medical and mental health sectors. Name to me something else that in it’s treatment does that? You can’t, but once again the voice of transgender people are being silenced, as they always have been, and we are being told “Shut up. We got this.” As you take up the banners through your 501c’s believing your money makes up for your lack of understanding. The Illinois ruling that came down from the federal government under the Obama administration was an incorrect one. Sex and gender are not the same things so the 1972 Gender Equality Law that was that used the old cisgender definitions of sex and gender can’t in reality be used as a clothe to wipe clean every aspect of the transgender topic. It can be used as the legislation was intended which was equal participation. Momentum was felt after that ruling and it seemed everyone in the LGBT and ally community were eager to line up behind it. Everyone but those in the transgender community who know better but are never listened to. Victory has outweighed the need for the original motivation that started all of this. When I speak out in an effort to change your course I’m accused of my efforts being about just me. That if somehow my speaking out to correct a huge flaw in your course should be taken as a lack of support for the overall goals. The people who started shaking this monkey tree and getting things moving were not only seeing what would be beneficial to themselves but recognized that if fixed would be beneficial to those trying to navigate this very difficult path. Even though you are the larger group, I see this becoming about you and how the difficulties of others can be harnessed to benefit your organizations. I just wish you would stop and bare in mind why this was started and the goals we were trying to achieve.  Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood#LGBTQ
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    Education, Medication, Legislation...And Education. Part 2 to that last one I guess.
     
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  11. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    I still want to do the TDOR is Spring thing, but am getting yelled at because people say they "own" that term and god forbid we do anything positive that others can follow suit if they want without infighting and childish ego's getting in the way. We can call it "F, you all we are doing it anyway week" for all I care.  Anyway, I'm switching up the graphics and I can repeal and replace most all of them. Does anyone have an issue with "Transgender Awareness Week in Spring" #TAWinSpring? Or has someone already started a toy product line around that? Yes I'm frustrated. That anything as simple and positive should be looked at as a negative, not by those we are trying to reach, but by those who claim they wish to stop abuse of a people but are too concerned with their 501c to do it in a timely manner. So much of what I want to do is built in. So much can come without cost. Carolyn told me her kids at Livonia are chomping at the bit for something to participate in. I want to allow the kids to make the displays during the week after school. We can contact the other schools to invite them but we have kid participation built in already. I want us to spend time with them that week. Discuss the history. Give guidance and give support while they create and learn. I want the displays set up like an art exhibit people can wander among, and now those children who are excited and proud to show off their creation, are also our little ambassadors who can explain, I'm sure in great detail, to anyone willing to listen. On Friday I just want to allow us to be there as adults and talk to people. I have been working on details. Venue for Friday and Saturday. Activities that won't cost us a dime. We can discuss details in another page of the thread. But I want the basic concept. We Grieve, We Heal, We Sober, We Work.  Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood #TAWinSpring #transgender #LGBT #lgbtq


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  12. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    I've been asked for more guidance from groups on how they can go about putting a TDOR in Spring together. This is the working diagram I made for our group but rather than waiting for final decisions I will share this with you. Our treasurer says money is a concern. Isn't money always a concern? Even inexpensive and bare bones we, WE, can put together the largest acknowledgment of TDOR to date. Even if we don't all use the same date this go around.
     

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  13. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    Know that I copy and paste quite a bit. I copy and paste to our leaders. I copy and paste to our friends. I copy and paste to our enemies. I copy and paste but never do I name names other than my own. I will speak, perhaps using your words to make the point, but never will I intentionally put anyone in danger other than myself.
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  14. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    Hi all, Was working on this project today. I am currently tracking down display boards we may be able to borrow. They were used at the Wadsworth Library this last summer and I remembered them thinking they were kinda awesome. I called the library and they said "I know! We want them too but no, they aren't ours." I was given a contact which lead to who actually owns them. A photography club in Perry. I have the contact info for the president of the club and will call her in the morning. I know money is an issue. Being that I'm on disability but still enjoy giving I've learned to think in terms of making good charity inexpensive. That's how I'm viewing this project as well. I think some printing, a few craft items for the kids (which I will be donating some), food for a BBQ and some gas money to get kids to and fro is about what we need to pull off something really nice that can become a yearly event. I know we can do this. God said so. Erica :) #TDORinSpring
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  15. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    I'm bonking myself in the head. In this thread of all threads I haven't shared the one of the three events I had asked to be filmed. This is The Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015 at United Church of Christ, Lakeville NY.
    I want to make this extreme sadness that I then have to recover from for several days into something more positive. An event entering light. My personal selfishness.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zMAYNjVbFI 
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  16. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    I know money is an issue. Being that I'm on disability but still enjoy giving I've learned to think in terms of good charity inexpensively.
     

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  17. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

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  18. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    The Day of Remembrance historically is a way to remember / grieve the lose of the murdered over the course of the year. A reading of each name out loud. The method by which most transgender people are murdered are horrific. Death by stoning is not an uncommon reason to see among some who have been killed. Repeatedly run over by a vehicle is another method that tends to show up each year. Yeah, it's not an award show where we give out prizes for involvement. It's a remembrance of people who were taken from this earth violently and well before their time. Each year has been emotionally exhausting. Therefore I would like to make a few changes, and my group is.

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  19. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.   

    TDOR in Spring. This is an idea I threw out there last month some time. In Spring We Grieve for those lost the year before on Friday. We Heal on Saturday by Celebrating Life. We sober on Sunday. And we hit the ground running on Monday, ready to address the very big fish we still need to fry. The group I work with will be doing this. My group can encompass more than half of western New York state. Consider doing a form of it. 
    I know time is tight but not, not doable.
      Remember also though, it doesn't have to be huge. Small groups of families and friends to lean on each other as we remember those lost. Go to a bar and do a toast. A wake comes in many styles. Celebration of life the next day? Celebrate life with people you care about, and you support, and who support you.
      Even if many only did a small representation of what I'm suggesting it would still be the largest acknowledgement of The Day of Remembrance we've ever seen.
    #TDORinSpring
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  20. EricaRavenwood added a topic in Transgender News & Happenings   

    Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.
    Transgender Day Of Remembrance - A New Date for a brighter tomorrow.
    I made this suggestion about a month ago. To have the Transgender Day of Remembrance on a Friday in Spring. We, The Livingston County Rainbow Alliance will be doing this.
     
     
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  21. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Audience divided by Outlets = Reach   

    Emma. Thank you for laughing  and Thank You! for reminding me to look at this channel again after so many years. 
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  22. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Audience divided by Outlets = Reach   

    (Uploaded on Mar 9, 2008) You just reminded me of a message I put out in a video on a youtube channel I no longer use. It was made a little over a year after I started living full time, the first time. Something you said brought back a period of healing, and forgiving, and learning. Anyway, this channel? I haven't looked at in forever. Actually I can't do anything with it since I forgot the password long ago, lol. It was a healthy outlet for me though. Therapeutic in my healing and surviving the real world I was now walking in. My first video I ever made, and then posted to that channel, was after I was released from the hospital due to a suicide attempt on January 7th 2007. I want to share the channel. I also want to look at the few videos that I made during that time myself. Maybe we'll see something we can apply to today's circumstances.
    The video that came to mind.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeKRFoFeBwM 
    Channel link.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLIenqFsUfGB7625xG7R9hA 
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  23. EricaRavenwood added a post in a topic Audience divided by Outlets = Reach   

    Emma, wisdom you said that I missed in my replies. Yes!!! We need repetition! Repetition of the SAME message, over and over and over. and over until the world says "I get it! Stop saying it!" Because then we know it's something they won't forget. As a "T" we need to simplify our public message and all just start to shout it. 

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