The Election

Yep, I’m finally going to talk about the election. I was really hoping that Mrs. Clinton would win. I could get along with most of her policies and the ones I didn’t like were, for the most part, not that important. Mostly, I wanted her to win so that I wouldn’t have to fear that my rights and, possibly, my life would be taken away in the next four years. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I’m a pansexual trans woman, the only way the Republicans would hate me more is if I were also a Latina.

Before I get into why I’m so worried, let’s take a quick look at the man who was elected and his second in command. Mr. Trump is a, mostly, failed business man with no tact and sense of decency. he has mocked people who are disabled, women, immigrants, people who like like immigrants, and Muslims. And that is not a complete list. He has no experience in government, so he has no idea how things work. To top it all off, he is a deadbeat. Now, Mr. Pence seems to have some idea how the game is played. That said, he wants return us to an era where LGBTQ people hide in terror and hope they aren’t discovered, an era where non-whites are neither seen nor heard, an era where women don’t have rights. This is the team that we elected.

Why do LGBTQ people have to worried with these two people in the White House?  Well, there is also a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate and Mr. Trump will be appointing several justices to the Supreme Court. The Republicans have long fought against LGBTQ rights and now they all they need to repeal and overturn every piece of legislation and executive order and judgement that supports us. And they can go even further by requiring us to undergo reparative therapy. Don’t think this is likely?  Have you not been paying attention to what they’ve been doing at the local and state levels?

To those saying, “give him a chance”, I say NO!  I’m not going to wait for him to take away my rights before doing something about it. I’m not going to wait till they start down that road. That is too late, much too late. I’m going to start now by connecting with others in similar positions. If we work together, we can make it not happen. However, if we wait and do it group by group, it will happen and them become worse than any could imagine. We know what Mr. Trump has said, we know what Mr. Pence has said, and we know what the Republican platform is. To think that they will somehow all become nice towards us and not do what they said they will do is magical thinking of the worst kind.

We need to work together and start now. We need to prevent them from making our lives a living hell or taking our lives.

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TDoR 2016

I kwatching-tallnow this is a bit late, the Transgender Day of Remembrance this year was a few days ago. That said, I’m still going to write about it. It needs to be written about, people need to understand that we trans people are being killed because we aren’t seen as real people. Twenty six trans people were killed this year. This has been another year where we hit the previous year’s number by the end of summer. I know some of this is because we have more awareness and access to information, but it is still a disturbing trend.

It doesn’t help that the police often have to be hounded by family members to investigate these crimes. Nor that police are often dismissive of trans people who file complaints against people who are harassing them. We can’t use the bathroom in public safely, we can’t get or keep jobs because too many people are offended at our existence, and when we try to point any of this out, we are told that we aren’t deserving of rights.

So, with all that said, here is this year’s list for the US:

Jan. 22: Monica Loera, 43, shot to death outside her home in Austin.
Jan. 22: Jasmine Sienna, 52, beaten to death in Bakersfield, Calif.
Feb. 4: Kayden Clarke, 24, shot to death by police inside his own apartment in Mesa, Az., after reportedly lunging at officers with a knife. Clarke had reportedly talked in a video posted online about trying to “commit suicide by cop” after being denied the medications he needed to transition.
Feb. 19: Veronica Banks Cano, mid-30s, found dead in a bathtub full of water, fully clothed, in a San Antonio hotel room.
Feb. 20: Maya Young, 25, stabbed to death in Philadelphia.
Feb. 27: DeMarkis Stansberry, 30, shot to death in Baton Rouge.
March 2: Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, 16, gender-fluid teen shot to death in Burlington, Iowa.
March 23: Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum, 32, shot to death by an ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles.
April 10: Shante Isaac (Shante Thompson), 34, shot to death in Houston.                           April 16: Keyonna Blakeney, 22, died of upper body trauma in Rockville, Md.
May 1: Tyreece “reecey” Walker, 32, stabbed to death in Wichita, Ks.
May 15: Mercedes Successful, 32, shot to death in Haines City, Fla.
May 25: Amos Beede, 38, beaten to death in Burlington, Vt.
Devin “Goddess” Diamond, 20, beaten and then set on fire in New Orleans.
Deeniquia Dodds, 22, shot to death in Washington, D.C.
July 23: Dee Whigham, 25, stabbed to death in Biloxi, Miss.
July 30: Skye Mockabee, 26, initially thought to have been beaten to death, later determined to have died on an accidental overdose in Cleveland.
Aug. 8: Erykah Tijerino, 36, stabbed to death in El Paso.
Aug. 10: Rae’Lynn Thomas, 28, shot and then beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, who disapproved of her gender identity, in Columbus, Ohio.
Sept. 6: Lexxi T. Sironen, 43, found dead in the Kennebec River in Waterville, Maine.
Sept. 11: T.T. Saffore, 26, stabbed to death and her throat cut in Chicago.
Sept. 16: Crystal Edmonds, 32, shot to death in Baltimore.
Sept. 23: Jazz Alford, 30, shot to death in Birmingham, Ala.
Oct. 8: Brandi Bledsoe, 32, shot to death in Cleveland, Ohio.
Oct. 22: Simon (Sierra) Bush, 18, reported missing in late September, their body found Oct. 22 on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho.
Nov. 6: Noony Norwood, 30, shot to death in Richmond, Va.

May they all find the peace in death that they could not find in life.

Accidental Saints

accidentalsainys-longHello all!  Sorry about last week, I had some computer issues that prevented me from writing a post. Computer is happy now, so now worries!

This week’s post is a review of “Accidental Saints” by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Why did I choose this book?  Because of it’s subtitle, “Finding God in All the Wrong People”. Anything with subtitle had to be interesting. Long story short, BUY THIS BOOK!  You won’t be disappointed.

Sigh, you want to know it’s amazing, right?  Of course you do. I must start off with a warning, this book, and this review, are not for the faint of heart or easily offended. Nadia curses a fair bit, much more than you’d think a Lutheran minister would.

I want to start off with my favorite quote in the entire book, “I realize God may have gotten something beautiful done through me despite the fact that I am an asshole.”  This sums up the book nicely. It’s got many stories about imperfect people doing God’s work. It’s about taking the time to realize that we are all imperfect, and that is what makes us saints, how we are blessed by God.

Nadia may be a priest, but she is also very much a person. What’s surprising, and very brave, is that she doesn’t shy away from being imperfect. She admits to hating some people for no good reason. She feels she should like them, but somehow, she cannot. Nadia is a priest and an imperfect person, and admits to being imperfect. Not only admits to it, she embraces it. This doesn’t mean she revels in evil or anything. It means she embraces that which makes us human.

I walked away from this book a different person than before I started reading it. And, hopefully, a better Christian. Why?  Because I knew that no matter how broken I am, and I am very broken, I am not, and I cannot ever be, too broken to be of use to God. I’m also watching “Joan of Arcadia” and I’m seeing a similar message in that series. We are who we are and God loves us as we are and chooses to work through us, even though we are imperfect.

One thing that we need to keep in mind is that our leaders are human. They are imperfect. They need help. They need us to be there for them when things aren’t going so well. We must care for our leaders because if we don’t, who will?

Forgiveness isn’t about becoming pure or staying away from anything. It is all about realizing that we are imperfect and God loves us because we still God’s creation. Confession isn’t about becoming pure, it’s about rising from your sins and lightening your load. From the chapter ‘Dirty Feet’, “Which is why as soon as I was able to stop thinking of forgiveness of sins as the dry-erase situation and start thinking of it as freedom from the bondage of self, everything changed”.

I’d like to use one last quote from the book to end this review, one that sums up good religion.  “But to be religious is to be human in the midst of other humans who are as equally messed up and obnoxious and forgiven as ourselves”.

To make the FTC happy, I have to say that I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for a review.