This satiric song from Britain is called Frank Sinatrump – “The Lady is a Trans“.
It says about itself:
27 July 2017
This satiric song from Britain is called Frank Sinatrump – “The Lady is a Trans“.
It says about itself:
27 July 2017
This video from the USA says about itself:
By Paige Lavender in the USA:
07/26/2017 09:10 am ET
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming………victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”
In June 2016, the Pentagon lifted a ban against transgender men and women serving in the military.
“Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. “We have to have access to 100% of America’s population for our all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified — and to retain them.”
Trump ― who argued during the 2016 campaign he was better for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans than his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ― dodged the draft a total of five times, once arguing he couldn’t serve in the U.S. military because of bone spurs in his heels.
Three weeks ago, there was already a discriminatory Pentagon decision. Then, it still looked like it might be just a temporary postponement of more equal rights. That impression now turns out to be wrong.
Sarcastically, taking into account the endless wars killing so many United States soldiers and Iraqi, Afghan, Yemeni, etc. civilians so far away from the USA, one might say that Trump’s decision might be a good decision … IF it would not just apply to transgender people, but if heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, etc. etc. people would be banned from the United States armed forces as well. However, now it is governmental transphobia, fitting in Trump‘s and his acolytes‘ crusade against LGBTQ people.
GUIDELINES FOR MILITARY TRANSGENDER BAN INCLUDES THE CESSATION OF PAYMENTS FOR CURRENT SERVICE MEMBERS’ MEDICAL BILLS And a plan to deny enlistment to transgender men and women in the future. [HuffPost]
1964 US presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was a pioneer in dragging the Republican party to the right, pandering to racism in former slave states etc. However, he said about LGBTQ people in the United States armed forces that one does not need to be ‘straight’ to join, one should only shoot straight. Trump probably considers Goldwater a communist hippie or whatever.
The National LGBTQ Task Force in the USA, reacting to Trump, writes that many trans people try to enlist in the armed forces because of discrimination by other employers.
According to the U.S. trans survey, nearly 1 in 5 trans people in the US are currently serving or have served in the military.
This video from the Netherlands says about itself:
AMSTERDAM GAY PRIDE 2015 | OFFICIAL AFTERMOVIE
3 September 2015
Amsterdam Gay Pride is a nine day festival to celebrate that you can be who you are and love the one you want. We share love and accept differences.
The city turns into a rainbow of events in gay and open-minded venues, from dance parties to film festivals, sporting events, debates and culture. The second weekend we blow your mind with a weekend of outdoor parties, the world famous canal parade and a Human Rights Concert on the closing Sunday.
About the 29 July-6 August 2017 Amsterdam Pride, especially the 5 August canal parade, from We Reclaim Our Pride:
We Reclaim Our Pride!
Because we do not wish to celebrate the freedom of one group at the expense of other groups.
What’s going on?
Where Pride once began as a movement that fought for freedom, these days it has grown into a party about commerce and money. What is more, Pride has become a celebration that involves the participation of certain corporations and political parties that are far removed from this fight for freedom. But for us there is no Pride in arms trade and the construction of destructive pipelines like those financed by the ING [banking] Group. There is no Pride in the ethnic profiling of youth of colour by police, or in joining the war over natural resources. And there is certainly no pride in the racism and nationalism of the VVD [political party, part of the Dutch coalition government]. Just like in the Stonewall times, our Pride is intersectional: we cannot celebrate the freedom of one group at the expense of the freedom of other groups.
We also see how LGBTQI+ rights are being used for a racist, populist, and far right smear campaign against Muslims and refugees. They are said to threaten ‘our values’. This homonationalism is misguided, because The Netherlands isn’t really that ‘tolerant’ and many white people discriminate on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. Like many other people who are fleeing poverty or war, LGBTQI+ refugees are mercilessly being deported. Moreover, in many non-western countries a battle is being fought against sexuality and gender oppression, and in those countries there are also people who do not want to be put into the dominant sexuality and gender categories. People who value LGBTQI+ rights should actually support this rather than employ it in a politics of racism and Islamophobia.
Where are we from?
Forty seven years ago the Stonewall riots in New York―led by Sylvia Rivera and Marcia P. Johnson―marked the beginning of the Pride movement as we know it today. The constant intimidation and threatening by the police, combined with their disadvantaged position in society, were the final straw. The group that came into action, consisted primarily of women, transgender people and people of colour from the lower classes of society.
Although the LGBTQI+ movement has made significant progress since the Stonewall riots, there is still a lot to gain when it comes to the liberation from hetero/cis-normativity and sexism in the Netherlands. Because of these forms of oppression people are not safe out on the streets, and are being forced to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity. Many among us do not dare to hold hands in public for fear of being confronted with homophobic slurs or even violence: on the streets, in school and at work. Stonewall teaches us that it is important to pay attention that the degree of exclusion and discrimination often depends on colour, race and gender. And that we must strive for an emphasis on intersectionality in our struggle!
What do we want?
These radical roots of Stonewall seem to have been forgotten in the mainstream celebration of Pride. This is why we want to gather―in all our diversity―on a big bridge, during the Canal Parade on August 5th, to show what the LGBTQI+ fight is about: radical liberation.
We stand up against our rights being hijacked and used for racist political arguments and homonationalism. We want the Pride to be ours again, instead of a commercial party.
Because we do not want to celebrate the freedom of one group by oppressing others. That is why on this day we will reclaim our Pride and bring it back to the fight for our liberation.
Stop the scapegoat politics!
WHAT: Anti-capitalist Decolonial Intersectional Queer Solidarity Block!!
WHEN: August 5th
WHERE: Location will be announced a.s.a.p.
TIME: gathering at 8.30AM is crucial for this action
Anti-capitalist Decolonial Intersectional Solidarity Block Coalition
Co-signed in solidarity:
University of Colour
Amsterdam Black Women Meetup
Haar Minaret [Muslim women]
MVVN [Organisation of Moroccan women in the Netherlands]
Utrecht voor Iedereen
Feministisch Verzet [Feminist Resistance]
Muslims for Progressive Values
Expreszo [LGBTQ young people]
ROOD [youth organisation of the Dutch Socialist Party]
Partij voormalig Artikel 1
The F Word Festival [Amsterdam feminists]
This 3 June 2017 video from the USA is called ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Rolls Back Obama Era Decision To Let Transgender Individuals Serve in Military.
Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:
US Defense Secretary postpones admitting transgender recruits
A decision to allow transgender recruits to join the armed forces has been delayed by the US government for six months. …
In 2016, the then [Obama administration] Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the ban on transgender persons in the army would be lifted. … Carter’s deadline for lifting the ban was 1 July .
Last week, the defense department received a request from the commanders of the army, air force and navy to postpone the final decision on the admission of transgender people. … [Donald Trump‘s Secretary of War ‘Mad Dog’] Mattis has listened to this call with his delay of six months. Many Republicans in the US Congress are opposed to allowing transgender recruits. …
The American Military Partner Organization, a group dedicated to LGBTQ rights in the US army, is disappointed by Mattis‘s decision. It’s an unnecessary delay that causes transgender people to wait longer before they can be honest about their identity when they join. Human Rights Watch agrees.
Trump’s policy is clear: Civilian casualties don’t matter in the War on Terror. Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus – a probable war crime – guarantee a growing death toll. The Nation, June 21, 2017, by Phyllis Bennis.
This video says about itself:
30 June 2017
The LGBTQ community in the U.S. just experienced its deadliest year in addition to countless — and often unreported — non-fatal sexual violence, stalking, bullying, physical assault and verbal harassment.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers report ‘tragically high’ suicide risk: here.
This video from England says about itself:
Virgin flies you to death
24 September 2007
Virgin Holidays‘ Crawley offices became the focus of a group of protesters on September 21. Armed with a banner and leaflets, the group informed the company’s staff that the company, on behalf of the Home Office, was deporting refugees to countries where they face possible torture or even death. Virgin Holidays is part of the Virgin Group of companies. Companies in the group are either wholly owned by Richard Branson, or he holds minority or majority stakes in them.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Friday 30th June 2017
LONDON Pride organisers angered LGBT activists yesterday following a series of blunders including an insulting advertising campaign and welcoming Virgin Atlantic as sponsors — despite the airline’s involvement in deporting gay asylum-seekers.
The event tweeted to followers: “We’re proud to have Delta and Virgin-Atlantic flying the flag for Pride at this year’s festival! #PrideInLondon #PrideInFlight.”
However, Crowsa Luxemburg was quick to reply: “Y’all still deporting LGBT asylum-seekers?”
And illustrator Timsay Lohan said: “Poor choice of sponsors there.”
Virgin Atlantic has provided its planes to assist the government in deportations.
“Count me out of #PrideinLondon.”
It isn’t the first time that London Pride organisers have got themselves into hot water.
Earlier, in the 1980s, bigwigs tried to expel Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners from the march for being ‘too political’. They relented when many miners with a band playing arrived to march along, as shown in the film Pride.
And in 2015, as this blog reported, this happened:
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners had been invited to lead the parade on the 30th anniversary of the 1984-85 miners’ strike after their solidarity story was popularised in the hit film Pride.
But the group rejected the invitation after organisers said trade union members could not join them because there would be too many people at the front of the march.
In 2012, Barclays bank attacked and blackmailed LGBTQ organisation Stonewall for criticizing homophobic Cardinal Keith O’Brien. Homophobe Cardinal Keith O’Brien in 2015 had to resign in disgrace after his sexual abuse had become known. So far, Barclays.
The Morning Star 30 June 2017 article continues:
They were forced to remove their Love Happens Here advertising posters following a backlash over its insensitive content.
One heart-shaped advert included the words: “Being homophobic is sooo gay.”
And another said: “My gay friends make me more attractive by association.”
An angered Ryan James responded: “Imagine being a kid at school who dies a little every time they hear something called ‘sooooo gay’ and then seeing this trash.”
London Pride organisers said: “It is clear we misjudged the content of some of the messages in this poster series, undermining the individuality, importance, and dignity of the LGBT+ community.
“This was never our intention, and we are genuinely sorry to have played any part in something that appears to devalue our own community, and have removed these four images from our campaign.”
However, neither London Pride nor Virgin Atlantic responded at the time of going to press.
London Pride takes place on Saturday July 8.
THis video says about itself:
25 June 2017
Latin America has some of the biggest and most radical LGBTI movements in the world. Some countries have progressive equality legislation. But levels of prejudice and violence also remain very high.