Trans Issues – CFL Web http://cflweb.org/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:12:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cflweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Trans Issues – CFL Web http://cflweb.org/ 32 32 NCERT releases guidelines for schools to help address student mental health issues https://cflweb.org/ncert-releases-guidelines-for-schools-to-help-address-student-mental-health-issues/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:12:34 +0000 https://cflweb.org/ncert-releases-guidelines-for-schools-to-help-address-student-mental-health-issues/ Stress, anxiety, peer pressure, bullying, body image issues – mental health issues adapt differently to different students in a school setting. However, the conversation in space and the awareness of educators and parents remain insufficient. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) recently advised schools to set up mental health advisory committees, as […]]]>

Stress, anxiety, peer pressure, bullying, body image issues – mental health issues adapt differently to different students in a school setting. However, the conversation in space and the awareness of educators and parents remain insufficient. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) recently advised schools to set up mental health advisory committees, as well as dedicated programs that can identify depression, self-injurious behaviors or other problems and to help with early treatment.

The guidelines, entitled “Early detection and intervention for mental health problems in school children and adolescents”, were published in response to a national survey that mapped mental health problems among school children. Among the 3,79,842 students in grades 6-12 surveyed, there was a high prevalence of anxiety, fear of exams and body image issues. Two years of the pandemic, subsequent school closures and limited access to digital resources have also severely disrupted learning. 51% of students said they encountered problems learning online, which only faintly echoes how education and the school as a site of learning have been transformed by the pandemic.

One of the recommendations was that schools set up advisory committees, made up of parents, students, alumni and teachers. “This will raise awareness, plan and implement an annual school mental health program that is age and gender appropriate. Schools should have a provision for identifying behavior, substance use and self-harm, depression and developmental issues, providing first aid and making appropriate referrals, the manual notes.

The students surveyed noted that the anxiety resulted from the lack of mechanisms in place and the absence of support systems to discuss their feelings. The period between grades 6 through 12 is also a formative period, a transition from middle school to high school that brings unique challenges in itself. The report aptly notes that for children in this bracket, there are “identity crises, heightened sensitivity toward relationships, peer pressure, fear of jury scrutiny, anxiety, and uncertainty… for their future admissions, careers, among others [challenges].” Even academics prove to be a source of anxiety as many students feel they would not be “respected” or valued if they did not do well.

One of the main problems raised by the guidelines is the lack of awareness and training of teachers and parents. In India, the taboo around mental health and the myth of hard work both create a culture of willful ignorance of the challenges facing students. A*, 29, told The Swaddle earlier this year about the arduous nights she spent studying for 12th grade exams. “His mother’s care and concern translated into making late-night snacks or bringing coffee, any way to help him get through the night – instead of encouraging plans to more enduring, even compassionate, study that provided time for rest,” noted The Swaddle. According to the NCERT survey, almost 80% of students in grades 9-12 suffer from anxiety due to exams and results.

The rigid prevalence of this culture requires a radical change in the way the family and the school system perceive mental health. “Teachers should be trained to identify early signs in students of attachment problems, separation anxiety, academic refusal, communication problems, anxiety patterns, depressive states, conduct problems , excessive Internet use, hyperactivity, intellectual disability and learning disabilities”. says the report.


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A finding that also emerges from the survey is that 45% of students reported suffering from body image issues. This was more the case for trans students (the survey labeled them “third gender”).

“Teachers should talk about instances of bullying in the classroom and hold students accountable by educating them about bullying. They should provide students with a confidential way to report any incidents that concern them,” the guidelines state.

In doing so, the teacher is also reframed as a “primary helper” who is critical in this channel of detecting early signs of mental health issues. The message is also that the premise of education is not detached from ‘personal’ or ‘individual’ issues of anxiety or stress. Academia, learning, or work are not spaces where a person’s mental health becomes an inconvenience or redundant. Students – especially school children who spend up to a third of their days in school and a total of 220 school days a year across India – could benefit from this prospect.

A limitation of the recommendation in these guidelines is unequal power dynamics. Hierarchical structures and a culture of discipline and authority within schools could make such panels unnecessary, given that students may not easily trust teachers to confide in them. Mental health care should then involve giving students back their agency without subsuming their whole personality under the authority of teachers.

The pandemic has further reinforced the relevance of mental health advisories in schools. The Covid19 learning loss is only beginning to reveal its scale: a recent government survey found that up to 11% of children in grade 3 lacked basic math skills. A survey last year found that up to 92% of children experienced a decline in their language skills. Covid19 has hampered learning and placed children two years behind on their learning goals. “The truth is that most children will be two years behind when they return to school. That in itself has significant ripple effects,” Akshay Saxena, co-founder of Avanti Fellows, told The Swaddle.

But with learning loss, there is a more intangible and abstract aspect of mental health and wellbeing that is harder to quantify and address. The education pandemic would mean greater anxiety and stress around essay exams, one of the metrics reported by the NCERT survey. Moreover, as children spend more time at home, a crisis of loneliness and confinement in abusive homes would add to the mental health burden.

When placed in this context of loss, the role and responsibility of the school changes dramatically. It is a site where education is discussed, but also a space that must actively work to address children’s concerns that persist even before the pandemic.

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New Health Secretary Therese Coffey urged to tackle monkeypox https://cflweb.org/new-health-secretary-therese-coffey-urged-to-tackle-monkeypox/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 15:23:55 +0000 https://cflweb.org/new-health-secretary-therese-coffey-urged-to-tackle-monkeypox/ Therese Coffey. (Getty) Therese Coffey is urged to build bridges with the LGBTQ+ community — and take serious action to crush monkeypox. Coffey was named deputy prime minister as well as health and social care secretary in the first wave of cabinet appointments by Liz Truss on Tuesday (September 6). The MP for Suffolk Coastal […]]]>

Therese Coffey. (Getty)

Therese Coffey is urged to build bridges with the LGBTQ+ community — and take serious action to crush monkeypox.

Coffey was named deputy prime minister as well as health and social care secretary in the first wave of cabinet appointments by Liz Truss on Tuesday (September 6).

The MP for Suffolk Coastal is the third person to hold the health portfolio this year after Sajid Javid, who resigned in July, and Steve Barclay, who replaced him.

A close ally of Truss, Coffey’s right record is littered with strong anti-abortion views and a history of repeated voting against LGBTQ+ rights – including same-sex marriage.

Thérèse Coffey – the new Deputy Prime Minister of the Conservative government and Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs – has a long electoral record on the right. (Getty)

Coffey must take ‘urgent action’ against monkeypox

Among his most pressing responsibilities is the ongoing monkeypox outbreak.

Despite widespread concerns within the LGBTQ+ community about Coffey’s background, sexual health services are not yet ready to disbar Coffey – many believe she should get a fair shot and they hope she can change the government’s troubled course on monkeypox.

“We need urgent action on monkeypox from the new health secretary,” said Danny Beales, policy and campaign manager at the National AIDS Trust.

“The outbreak has so far not been given the resources and attention it needs. We have the tools to vaccinate, test and treat people with monkeypox, so people are suffering unnecessarily.

Sexual health services are “derailed” because they have to devote most of their resources to managing the monkeypox outbreak, Beales said.

“So far they have not received any additional funding and are having to cancel appointments and restrict PrEP, he said.

“They need additional funding and support. If urgent action is not taken, we will see more people unnecessarily diagnosed with HIV and monkeypox.

An outline of a man in front of a pink background with monkeypox cells
LGBTQ+ men have been primarily affected by the monkeypox outbreak. (Getty/PinkNews)

Katie Clark, head of policy and public affairs at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the monkeypox outbreak “has not been dealt with the seriousness required” by the government so far.

“A second delivery of vaccines is expected to arrive in the UK at the end of the month, so what we really need to see is that the deployment of vaccines is better coordinated, better advertised and better organized than what we saw earlier this summer,” Clark said.

“There is an opportunity for the Health Secretary to lead this and make sure we get the vaccine to the people who need it.”

Professor Matt Phillips of BASSH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) agrees, adding: “It is a very difficult time in the NHS after COVID and with a recession looming. What I hope is that whatever past records there is now a clean slate to give it a good chance.

It is still not too late for this government to start repairing the damage caused

Cleo Madeleine, communications officer for Gendered Intelligence, said PinkNews Therese Coffey’s appointment “despite his public and continuing opposition to marriage equality is a disastrous look for the new Cabinet”.

“It’s hard to see how a minister who so freely and openly opposes LGBT+ rights could be entrusted with much-needed improvements to HIV and AIDS care, sexual health, testing services and other health issues that disproportionately affect the community,” she said. .

“She also made no secret of her anti-abortion stance and, as Secretary for Work and Pensions, attempted to suppress reports of deaths caused by Tory social cuts.”

As Health Secretary, Therese Coffey will likely soon have to speak out on the state of gender-affirming healthcare in the UK. She has not expressed an opinion on the subject, or on trans rights in general, in the past.

Therese Coffey wears a floral print scarf as she stands outside

Madeleine noted that Trans healthcare services in England are ‘already being expanded and updated in response to Cass Review recommendations’, with NHS England set to replace its only gender clinic for young people with a series of regional centers .

It would be a “costly and counter-productive approach” for Thérèse Coffey to “obstruct this progress”, noted Madeleine.

“More urgently, if the new Prime Minister is to have any credibility, his cabinet must rebuild bridges with the LGBT + community – and in particular the trans community which [outgoing PM] Boris Johnson burned,” Madeleine said.

“Coffey’s electoral record is cause for grave concern, but it is still not too late for this government to start repairing the damage done.”

Johnson’s Conservative government has come at loggerheads with the LGBTQ+ community

Relations between the Conservative government and the LGBTQ+ community are incredibly strained following Boris Johnson’s tenure.

With Priti Patel as Home Secretary, he cultivated growing hostility towards LGBTQ+ asylum seekers. Johnson’s equality minister and successor as prime minister, Liz Truss, has been axed gender recognition law reforms.

Truss also had the responsibility of banning conversion therapy – but after several delays Johnson took the issue out of his hands and decided that trans people would not be protected by the proposed legislation.

He claimed that a ban on inclusive conversion therapy was not possible because there is “complexities and sensitivities” around gender identity. Johnson also argued that it was a “reasonable option” for trans women to be excluded from women’s sports.

His time in power was increasingly fueled by anti-trans rhetoric towards the end, with dog whistles about basic biology‘ even popping up during PMQs.

Given Truss’s involvement in the previous government and her own history of anti-trans rhetoric — including when she said trans women weren’t women in a leadership race — the expectations are low.

People gather to protest against the Conservative government's attitude towards the trans community
Boris Johnson frequently used anti-trans rhetoric during his time as Prime Minister, and Liz Truss used comments attacking the trans community during the Tory leadership election. (Getty)

TransActual chief executive Helen Belcher said most trans people were “incredibly worried” about Truss as prime minister.

“We’re all too aware of her statements about wanting to ‘protect women’s spaces,'” Belcher said. “It’s nothing more than a code to exclude trans people from public life.”

Belcher urged the new prime minister to “govern for everyone” instead of pandering to “hate and bigotry” like his predecessors.

“We hear that she is fighting for a fully inclusive ban on conversion practices and supporting new NHS services,” Belcher said. “But we need to be reassured by active statements of support, rather than expecting to be appeased by silence.”

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Schools of transphobic comedians on how to ‘make a funny trans prank’ https://cflweb.org/schools-of-transphobic-comedians-on-how-to-make-a-funny-trans-prank/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 19:24:09 +0000 https://cflweb.org/schools-of-transphobic-comedians-on-how-to-make-a-funny-trans-prank/ Sam Morril during his Same Time Tomorrow comedy special. (Sam Morrill/Twitter) Comedian Sam Morril proved that trans jokes can actually be funny without hitting on his new stand-up show. A clip comedian making witty remarks on various topics surrounding the trans community has surfaced on social media just days after the September 1 release date […]]]>

Sam Morril during his Same Time Tomorrow comedy special. (Sam Morrill/Twitter)

Comedian Sam Morril proved that trans jokes can actually be funny without hitting on his new stand-up show.

A clip comedian making witty remarks on various topics surrounding the trans community has surfaced on social media just days after the September 1 release date of his comedy special Same time tomorrow.

Morrl explored these questions in a conversation between himself and another guy about a trans person they both knew. During the chat, they talked about trans people in sports, the idea of ​​“passing off” as a trans person, and hilarious jabs at the idea of ​​his friend having a daughter.

“I was talking to a guy about a trans person that we both know, and he said, ‘I fully support him, I mean, I’m going to play along,'” Morril said at the start of his segment. “I said, ‘I don’t think that’s what they want. I don’t think you score a lot of points by approaching a trans person and saying, “Of course!” If you say so! Honey, come here, this one is believable, it’s crazy!”

The comic also discussed the anonymous person’s objection to the inclusion of trans swimmer Lia Thomas in elite swimming competitions – which has since been overruled by policies created by swimming’s governing body FINA elite.

“He said, ‘That’s messed up man, there must be an asterisk next to those wins’ and I said, ‘I’m calling bullshit’, he said ‘exactly’ and I I said ‘no, that you care about women swimming,’ Morril continued over the laughter of the audience. “I’ve known you for quite a while, I’ve never heard you talk about it!”

The icing on the comedy cake, however, was his ending line after talking about this person’s hypothetical daughter oppressed by trans inclusion in swimming. After throwing several jabs at the guy’s ability to get a date, he said: “He was screwed, he said, ‘it could happen, I never wear a condom!’ I said, ‘you never wear condoms and you don’t have children?’

“‘It’s a shame your cum isn’t a trans woman, he could swim!'” Morril added to applause.

Several community members took the opportunity to praise Morril for his ability as a cis man to tell jokes about trans people that weren’t at their expense.

“Condemn. It was really fun and it didn’t even attack trans women,” says the user. “Huh, I’m so used to comedians being hateful it’s weird this one isn’t to the detriment [of] the trans community.

Stand-up comedy has become a particularly tense place for trans people lately, with various ‘anti-awakening’ comedians creating a hostile environment that generates animosity for people who don’t find their jokes funny and offensive. others who find them offensive.

Self-styled comedian Dave Chappelle has found himself in hot water multiple times after some of his most recent specials, including The closest and sticks and stones, makes jokes at the expense of trans people.

“I’m not saying that to say that trans women aren’t women, I’m just saying that those pussies they have… You know what I mean?” he said during Netflix The closest. “I’m not saying it’s not pussy, but it’s beyond pussy or impossible pussy. It tastes like pussy, but that’s not quite what it is, is it? »

After facing criticism from the set, he aired his grievances towards groups he called “instruments of oppression” in a Netflix release named What’s in a name. The short clip detailed a speech he gave in June at a ceremony in Washington DC at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts after a since-refused offer to name the school’s new theater after him.

“I said to the kids, I’m going ‘well, OK, well, what do you think I did wrong? And a line formed. These kids said it all about the genre, and this and that and the other, but they said nothing about the art,” Chappelle said, while professing that the critics removed the “artistic nuance” from his words.

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Fundraising email from Brian Jean interviewed by the LGBTQ2S+ community https://cflweb.org/fundraising-email-from-brian-jean-interviewed-by-the-lgbtq2s-community/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 23:59:00 +0000 https://cflweb.org/fundraising-email-from-brian-jean-interviewed-by-the-lgbtq2s-community/ Advocates call an email sent by United Conservative Party leadership candidate Brian Jean transphobic and dangerous to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Jean’s campaign sent an email Friday morning to supporters who took issue with letting transgender and non-binary athletes compete in sports using their preferred identity. “There should be two categories in sport,” the […]]]>

Advocates call an email sent by United Conservative Party leadership candidate Brian Jean transphobic and dangerous to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Jean’s campaign sent an email Friday morning to supporters who took issue with letting transgender and non-binary athletes compete in sports using their preferred identity.

“There should be two categories in sport,” the email read. “One for biological men and one for biological women. Going through puberty as a man brings permanent and undeniable changes to your body.

“That shouldn’t be a controversial thing to say for a common-sense person,” he added.

The email was aimed at Danielle Smith’s comments during an Aug. 25 leadership debate hosted by the Alberta Prosperity Project and Rebel News.

Smith, another candidate for the UCP’s top job, said biological men should be allowed to compete in women’s sports in some cases if they’ve made the transition, suggesting testing the testosterone levels of those. athletes.

At the bottom of Jean’s email, he asked his followers to “consider” donating to his campaign if they thought he was “on the right track”.

Anna Murphy, a community advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ and women’s issues, said her transphobic comments were not only “unacceptable” themselves, but disappointing to be used as a fundraiser.

“We’re not just going to talk about it, but we’re going to raise money to lower your protection,” Murphy said. “What Mr. Jean is doing is dehumanizing and comes completely from the base of total intolerance and ignorance. It’s hurtful.”

“You have to imagine that you receive an email indicating your identity, that your existence is not valid, Murphy added.

April Friesen, president of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta, told CTV News Edmonton the email showed he doesn’t care about vulnerable trans youth and adults who already face barriers to acceptance.

“He has no real empathy here for the people who are affected by it, and he shows that he doesn’t understand the science because the science is not with him on what he says,” Friesen said. .

“He’s engaged in all this misinformation and arming all these people with all these things that aren’t true, and they’re now coming out into the world and acting on it.”

Kristopher Wells, Canada Research Chair in Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth, said Jean should know that gender identity and expression are protected by provincial human rights legislation. the person for nearly a decade.

“(He) creates a problem where there is no problem,” Wells added. “Trans youth have been able to participate in sports in this province and in this country for many years without the kind of incidents or hysteria that Brian Jean’s emails say will occur.”

“Brain Jean only opens up a problem that has long been addressed in Canada by politics and sports governing bodies.”

Wells, also an associate professor at MacEwan University, says Jean’s remarks can help legitimize harmful rhetoric and reintroduce stereotypes.

“It’s about trying to score cheap political points at the expense of the vulnerable,” Wells said. “It has real consequences because it legitimizes discrimination and, in some cases, violence.”

“It’s obviously false. It’s dishonest,” added the professor. “Those kinds of comments are harmful and have no place in Alberta politics.”

For Murphy, who identifies as a transgender woman, the real consequences are on children growing up and learning or questioning their gender identity.

“I remember what it’s like to be them,” Murphy said. “I have the scars to prove it.”

“It is important that we challenge this ignorance,” she added. “So ultimately, we can become better neighbors with each other in the community that we all need to inhabit.”

CTV News Edmonton has reached out to Brian Jean for comment.

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Twitter says it’s testing the edit button https://cflweb.org/twitter-says-its-testing-the-edit-button/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 04:20:00 +0000 https://cflweb.org/twitter-says-its-testing-the-edit-button/ Did you write a witty tweet and feel great about it, only to find out about that annoying little misspelling? Did you write that fiery opinion, only to discover a small factual error? Would you like the earth to swallow you? We’ve all been there. And it looks like Twitter is just beginning to understand […]]]>

Did you write a witty tweet and feel great about it, only to find out about that annoying little misspelling?

Did you write that fiery opinion, only to discover a small factual error?

Would you like the earth to swallow you?

We’ve all been there. And it looks like Twitter is just beginning to understand some of these very human embarrassing issues.

This is why Twitter announced on September 1, 2022 that it was ULTIMATELY bringing THE ‘edit button’ to the platform. Yes, you heard right. Most Wanted or Most Undesirable feature – depending on how you look at it – is currently being tested in real time. And no, this time Twitter isn’t just debating the topic or asking a Twitter poll question or writing a blog about it; they are testing it.

What is Twitter’s plan? Currently, the edit button is being tested internally on Twitter.

Then, the editing function will be extended to Twitter Blue subscribers by the end of the month. This expansion will only be limited to one country for now. Anyway, Twitter Blue subscription is not available in several countries including India.

How will the edit button work? Twitter is where official announcements are made, by governments around the world and other personalities. It is the gospel of modern times. But for some Twitter users, a gospel that can be changed is a nightmare. Critics of the edit feature say it can be misused by users.

What if, a politician makes a problematic statement only to change it later and wash his hands of responsibility and accountability?

What if, people like Elon Musk, who have the power to move the markets, make a statement that disproves the market value of a company, only to change it later when scrutinized by regulators?

The possibilities are limitless. Not even Twitter knows how it can be misused.

“Like any new feature, we intentionally test Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us integrate comments while identifying and addressing potential issues. This includes how people might abuse the feature, Twitter said. in his blog post.

Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us integrate comments while identifying and fixing potential issues. This includes how people might abuse the feature.

-Twitter

Twitter also addressed a few fears people have with an edit button:

  1. Tweets can only be edited a limited number of times in 30 minutes of their publication. This means that you can’t edit your one-day or one-year-old tweet that has become an issue.
  2. Edited tweets will be tagged as such for the readers.
  3. Viewers will also be able to see all versions of your tweet, including the original one. So, in essence, your embarrassing mistake or deliberate problematic statement is really going nowhere.

Twitter says, “The time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record of what was said.”

The time limit and the version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record of what was said.

-Twitter

What was the reaction? While some are happy with the announcement, others are worried. Critics say they will start taking screenshots of tweets they find interesting or problematic to preserve them while holding the author accountable.

Would you expend as much energy as taking a screenshot and “quote-tweeting” a tweet or letting screenshots take up space on your phone’s memory?

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At public event, Colorado sheriff candidate pledges to implement anti-trans policies if elected https://cflweb.org/at-public-event-colorado-sheriff-candidate-pledges-to-implement-anti-trans-policies-if-elected/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 23:10:28 +0000 https://cflweb.org/at-public-event-colorado-sheriff-candidate-pledges-to-implement-anti-trans-policies-if-elected/ Editor’s Note: This story mentions detailed examples of transphobia and homophobia. MONTEZUMA COUNTY, Colo. — Transgender people and advocates are sounding the alarm over a Montezuma County sheriff candidate after he suggested that transgender people and drag queens should go to jail. Odis Sikes, who is running for sheriff despite having no previous law enforcement […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This story mentions detailed examples of transphobia and homophobia.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY, Colo. — Transgender people and advocates are sounding the alarm over a Montezuma County sheriff candidate after he suggested that transgender people and drag queens should go to jail.

Odis Sikes, who is running for sheriff despite having no previous law enforcement experience, told a crowd at a meeting on Monday that he believed a drag queen willing to read stories to children at a local library should have been arrested for child abuse.

“I think the sheriff should have gone there and said ‘you have to get out of this county and never come back or you’ll go to jail,'” Sikes told event attendees. , and they wanted it in our library.”

Sikes’ comments came after a parent asked him if he would “go to college and tell the principal he can’t use that transgender shit on our kids.”

Responding to the same question, Sikes suggested sending deputies to school board meetings to make sure teachers aren’t teaching critical race theory or gender expression.

While the comments were cheered by the crowd, parents and allies of transgender children called her comments “odious”.

“I saw it and thought ‘Hello, fascism,'” said Janet Hough, an LGBTQ+ mother of two in the Montezuma-Cortez School District. “He wants to go arrest anyone who has shown any form of support or non-partisanship. He’s just gonna go and arrest all these people for no reason.

Hough expected Sikes’ comments to turn into hateful actions, a concern she says is heightened in an area where LGBTQ+ children already face harassment and hate with little support.

“It’s concerning, because the people who went to that meeting are saying the same things to their kids, and maybe they have a kid that’s not cis or straight,” Hough said. “It flows.”

In an interview with Rocky Mountain PBS, Sikes doubled down on his hateful comments and said he “didn’t care” if some found the comments offensive.

“I don’t care, to tell you the truth,” Sikes said.

Sikes also said that drag queens and transgender people “indoctrinate” children and “force them to be transgender.”

“If someone did that to my kids, that someone would be in big trouble,” Sikes said. “Children need to be raised and let them be what they become. They don’t need to be indoctrinated and they don’t need to be groomed.

Sikes could not show any evidence that the existence of gender non-conforming people “forces” children to come out as transgender or express their gender differently, but said the evidence is “all over the internet”. When asked for specific links to studies, Sikes replied that he had none.

“Just the very looks of it say it’s OK, but I don’t think it’s OK at all,” Sikes added. “It’s the very appearance of these people.”

Sikes also used an offensive slur to describe LGBTQ people.

State and national LGBTQ advocacy and hate groups have reported cases like Sikes as part of a larger playbook, with right-wing media figures and politicians target gender non-conforming people, calling them “groomers” and insisting that they “indoctrinate children”.

As hate speech continues to rise to the forefront of mainstream politics, several states have banned transgender athletes from participating in school sports and propose to ban children from attending drag shows.

The Human Rights Campaign said rhetoric like Sikes’ comments had tangible adverse consequences, with online LGBTQ+ hatred up 400% after Florida passed the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prohibits schools from teaching about the existence of LGBTQ identities.

While Colorado has guaranteed protections for transgender residentsstate advocates said it was far from a safe haven for LGBTQ+ people, especially in rural areas.

“These people are taking over our school boards and it’s very scary,” said Lance McDaniel, a Montezuma County resident and LGBTQ+ advocate. “It’s scary to live in an area where kids can’t be kids and people can’t be people.”

McDaniel said Montezuma County is plagued with a host of other issues — poverty, drugs, theft and unemployment — and he’s disappointed to see a sheriff’s candidate focusing on anti-trans bigotry instead of what he sees as much bigger issues.

“If you’re worried about transgender people, instead of worrying about the other things that come with living in a poor county and focusing on things like putting assistants in the classrooms to make sure the teachers don’t say the wrong words, to me that’s obscene,” McDaniel said. “It’s completely and utterly against everything I believe in.”


Alison Berg is a multimedia reporter at Rocky Mountain PBS. You can reach her at alisonberg@rmpbs.org.

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Children’s National Hospital: Libs of TiKTok recording of trans hysterectomies sparks threats https://cflweb.org/childrens-national-hospital-libs-of-tiktok-recording-of-trans-hysterectomies-sparks-threats/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 02:13:12 +0000 https://cflweb.org/childrens-national-hospital-libs-of-tiktok-recording-of-trans-hysterectomies-sparks-threats/ Comment this story Comment Children’s National Hospital has been inundated with threatening emails and phone calls after an influential right-wing Twitter account posted a recording that falsely suggested the hospital was performing hysterectomies on transgender children, a hospital spokeswoman said. The torrent of harassment was accompanied by social media posts suggesting Children’s being bombed and […]]]>

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Children’s National Hospital has been inundated with threatening emails and phone calls after an influential right-wing Twitter account posted a recording that falsely suggested the hospital was performing hysterectomies on transgender children, a hospital spokeswoman said. The torrent of harassment was accompanied by social media posts suggesting Children’s being bombed and its doctors placed in a shredder.

The recording, made by the founder of Libs of TikTok Chaya Raichik, includes two telephone operators in famous DC medical facility stating – in response to Raichik questions – that a 16-year-old trans boy would be eligible for a hysterectomy at the hospital’s Gender Development Clinic. Children’s did not dispute the authenticity of the recording, but said employees provided inaccurate information.

“None of the people secretly registered by this activist group are providing care to our patients, hospital spokeswoman Ariana Ahmadi Perez said. “We do not and have never performed gender-affirming hysterectomies for anyone under the age of 18.”

Such statements did not dispel the furor sparked by Raichik’s Thursday message. Right-wing media, including Fox News and the Daily Caller, ran stories based on the misinformation provided in the phone conversations. A captioned video of the recording had been viewed more than 800,000 times on Twitter by Friday night.

In response to a request for comment for this story, Raichik agreed to an interview, on the condition that she be allowed to record it. This story will be updated to include his comments once this interview has taken place.

Children’s scrutiny comes just weeks after Libs of TikTok also targeted Boston Children’s Hospital for its care of transgender people. In this case, the account highlighted a hospital-produced video discussing “gender-affirming hysterectomies.”

Libs of TikTok claimed the surgery was performed on “young girls,” although Boston Children officials said the procedure was not available for those under 18. Despite its name, the Boston hospital, like the Children’s National in DC, treats patients well into adulthood. Boston Children’s officials also said their vendors faced threats and harassment after Libs of TikTok drew attention to their programs.

FAQ: What you need to know about transgender children

The outcry over transgender care in children’s hospitals comes as lawmakers in many states seek to restrict LGBTQ rights in classrooms and on sports fields. From Florida to Kentucky, conservatives are seeking to limit gender discussion in schools and ban trans athletes from participating in youth sports, with many on the right making baseless claims that gay and trans educators seek to ‘groom’ and sexually abusing children. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has asked the state Department of Welfare and Family Services to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their transgender children. This order is being challenged in court.

Hysterectomy – the removal of the uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes, sometimes accompanied by the removal of the ovaries – can be done in addition to mastectomy (often called advanced surgery by doctors transgender and advocacy groups) for people in transition. But the procedure is almost never offered to children, experts said, and the current standards of care published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health states that surgery should not be performed on minors.

Dr. Loren Schechter, director of gender-affirming surgery at Rush University Chicago and a member of the association’s executive committee, said he could recall only one gender-affirming hysterectomy. on a minor in 23 years of practice. In this case, he said, the patient was a 17-year-old who had already been undergoing treatment for years and had been repeatedly advised by doctors to delay surgery.

“These are considered decisions, and these are complex decisions,” Schechter said. “The idea of ​​people being pushed or rushed into surgery is just ridiculous.”

Still, Children’s National officials admit that some information released by the hospital has increased public confusion. Prior to Thursday, the hospital’s website incorrectly stated that gender-affirming hysterectomy was available for patients “between the ages of 0 and 21,” an error that has been corrected, Perez said.

And in Raichik’s recording, two hospital workers answering the phone state in no uncertain terms that an underage patient could undergo a gender-affirming hysterectomy.

“It depends. Every department is different. Some departments are cut off at 6 p.m.,” a phone operator said in response to Raichik’s question about a minor’s eligibility for the operation. “How old is your patient?” »

“Sixteen,” Raichik said.

“Okay,” replies the operator. “Alright. So they’re in the clear.

After confirming with a second person over the phone that a 16-year-old would be eligible for a gender-affirming hysterectomy, Raichik asks if this is “a common procedure you do for that age.”

“Yeah, we all have different kinds of age brackets that come into play for that,” the hospital worker replies.

“For the hysterectomy?” Raichik asks.

“Yes ma’am,” the employee said, later adding that she had “seen younger children, younger than your child’s age” undergoing the operation.

On Thursday evening, the hospital’s website temporarily went down. Officials said they were investigating what went wrong and it was not yet clear if the outage was related to the gender care fury.

Raichik – a former real estate salesman who operated under various online aliases – has amassed 1.3 million followers with posts that have hungrily fueled the country’s culture wars, with a particular focus on LGBTQ issues. Its previous targets have included schools and Pride events, said Ari Drennen, LGBTQ program director for Media Matters of America.

The new focus on children’s hospitals is particularly concerning, Drennen said, leading to the potential for violence and harassment against families seeking medical care.

“I think most people should be able to agree that healthcare decisions aren’t best made by angry mobs on the internet,” Drennen said.

clarification

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Raichik did not respond to a request for comment. The Post was unaware that she responded via Twitter message before the story was published.

Taylor Lorenz contributed to this report.

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RTL Today – Natalia Dembowska: Who’s afraid of trans people? https://cflweb.org/rtl-today-natalia-dembowska-whos-afraid-of-trans-people/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 10:41:29 +0000 https://cflweb.org/rtl-today-natalia-dembowska-whos-afraid-of-trans-people/ Transgender people generate the most controversy among the general public. They are by far the most likely to be victims of violent assaults and hate crimes. But if anger is a form of fear, then why are people so afraid of trans equality? Transgender people are a minority who are by far the most harassed […]]]>

Transgender people generate the most controversy among the general public. They are by far the most likely to be victims of violent assaults and hate crimes. But if anger is a form of fear, then why are people so afraid of trans equality?

Transgender people are a minority who are by far the most harassed and assaulted, attracting a lot of hate, cruelty and discrimination. For centuries they have been persecuted on the basis of the expression of their gender identity, refusing to fully conform to existing norms. According to a recent study conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA, “transgender people are more than four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violence, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault.”

Often, cisgender people (those who feel comfortable in one of the binary genders, assigned at birth based on their sex) have difficulty understanding trans people and what their agenda is. As they do not feel personally concerned with the subject, gender theory is often not something they know; in fact, many never even question how they identify with their assigned gender, not once in their lives.
As a result, the general public is rather ignorant about the different aspects that make up their gender identity. It’s hard to blame them given that none of this is discussed in schools and the media coverage of trans people is not only primitive but highly offensive. As transgender people refuse to conform to gender norms, those who do conform may get a rather strange and uncomfortable feeling that maybe it’s something they might be thinking about too. How can you know how you feel about something if you’ve never given yourself the chance to think about it?

And that’s exactly when the moral tension kicks in. Let’s face it, whenever you’re aggressive about something, that’s when YOU have a problem with it, not someone else. . I’m not saying anyone who doesn’t support transgender has a problem. A lot of people just don’t relate to it as a topic and at least in this lifetime they just have other things to do. And it doesn’t matter. We don’t all have to be involved in everything. What I am saying is that anyone who is not transgender friendly and hostile to transgender projects definitely has a problem.
This problem is understandable to some extent. Given current gender norms, it’s safe to say that we’ve been indoctrinated to express one of two proposed genders and the overall societal institutionalized pressure makes it very difficult to even think of what might be outside of a spectrum. Considering the legitimacy of transgender unfortunately triggers for some of us a whole paradigm shift, a complete reorganization of life as we know it. Thus, some would rather aggressively deny the existence of trans people than change their whole view of life and the potential consequences for their psychological and emotional well-being.

In short: this shit is heavy for everyone, even those who think they are “normal” and transgender people are not. You are a cis girl or a cis boy, which no one has ever told you about, they just know what you have in your pants. You go to school, you follow your gender norms and if you sneak outside them you are ridiculed by your peers, often also by teachers. So you decide not to experiment, not to cross sacred gender boundaries – at all costs. You become a teenager, so as a girl you feel the pressure to look desirable, the pressure to sexualize yourself. For who? For the boys. Of course, not only reinforcing cis-normativity and heteronormativity, but also the abuse of women, by objectifying and sexualizing girls from an early age. This is the experience of rhetorical adolescent girls. You seek to be wanted but you also want to be hunted. You want to be the reward that someone works very hard for. Someone with power.

As a boy, you feel the societal pressure to desire, to conquer a girl, to show how many girls want you and how much you don’t care. Especially given what you are told about the girls, how much weaker they are than you, how different they are. When a boy cries, he is often told not to cry like a girl. So as a boy you want to look above it all, you want to look strong and unfazed. Someone people want, someone people fear. Someone with power. All of these statements are obviously reductionist because each individual is different and many different factors affect their behavior. But that’s exactly the point: we’re all different. Each person, despite their gender, has a unique set of qualities and defects, a different genetic makeup, different receptors in their cells and all of this has nothing to do with the genitals you have, let alone your identity. of gender. But our global socialization has unfortunately taught us something else and it is very difficult to decondition yourself from that and learn to look at gender, sex, sexual orientation, femininity and masculinity in a whole new light.

I’m non-binary and queer, so while overall equality and trans visibility are important to me personally, I want to include the views and opinions of the people in question rather than speaking for them myself. So, for this article, I based myself on a video called Gender reviews by Natalie Wynn – a trans political commentator known for her elaborate and creative video lectures on her YouTube channel, Counterpoints. In her videos she touches on many different contemporary issues, but this one is really close to my heart because it has clarified some aspects of transphobia that have intrigued me and made me aware of why it is an issue in first place. In the video, Wynn explains:
“The current discourse on transgender issues is an explosion of untreated sewage. We have far-right politicians threatening us with legal discrimination and erasure, we have fear and hostility in the press and that , combined with high rates of family rejection and abuse, puts trans people on the defensive, so in public we tend to stick together, concede nothing, and shield ourselves behind simple, no-nonsense slogans. ambiguity like “trans women are women!”, which is true: we are women. But what happens is that people who don’t really understand trans issues (i.e. most people) have a lot of unanswered questions about the details”.

If we don’t really understand what the problem is and no one is there to explain it to us, it’s hard for us to understand such a complex problem, complex enough to shake our usual paradigm. It would be really nice if someone explained to the general public a gender theory the way we like it: take us by the hand, break it down into manageable chunks, use examples and preferably have a fun little quiz at the end of the lesson. But we can’t always have things the way we want them to be, and unfortunately currently very important and relevant topics are usually not taught that way – especially when it comes to active socio-political issues. But sadly, it’s a norm when it comes to the most pressing societal issues, we tend to only think once we look back and apologize instead of being proactive.

The way it looks now is a handful of people deciding not to conform to certain standards, advocating for those standards to be changed, and then years later, if one is lucky enough or relentless enough (or rather both), a reform or a policy can be introduced. And even once that is done, it takes a long time for such changes to be truly absorbed by society or even diffused enough to reach a larger part of society. And that’s another reason people aren’t being proactive about it as an issue, other than being against the trans agenda. People just don’t know any better and societal changes take time when they happen on a larger scale.

So people feel they have to take matters into their own hands and defend themselves. There are perhaps a handful (if any) of people in decision-making positions who advocate for trans people. With such a painful lack of representation, individuals themselves must push the trans agenda forward as a form of battle for their own rights and identity. Often, they receive very cruel answers: insults, denials, rejections. Many are threatened by transgender people, they become very defensive and act as if by giving them equal rights to trans people, they lose part of their own power, of their own value. Equalizing everyone’s unique value as a human being, they believe that such freedom should only be allowed to those who are like themselves.

You don’t have to be afraid of someone else’s identity. It does not concern you and no one imposes anything on you. No one tells you to go trans, in fact almost no one asks you for your pronouns. It will take years to normalize the act of not assuming someone’s gender, so if you don’t like it that much, you can rest assured that probably until the end of your life you will be identified on the base of your genitalia and there is not even much you can do about it in concrete and immediate situations of everyday life.

But then why are you afraid? If no one asks you, why are you answering? Why do you anticipate that everyone will suddenly turn trans if we let trans people? Maybe what scares you isn’t trans people. Maybe you’re just afraid of your own potential complexity?

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Protest outside Kickapoo High scheduled for Monday after Pride flag removed https://cflweb.org/protest-outside-kickapoo-high-scheduled-for-monday-after-pride-flag-removed/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 18:32:14 +0000 https://cflweb.org/protest-outside-kickapoo-high-scheduled-for-monday-after-pride-flag-removed/ PFLAG Springfield volunteers lined a sidewalk outside Kickapoo High School early Monday — the first day of class — to hand out Safe Space Pride flags, buttons and stickers. Aaron Schekorra, chairman of the PFLAG Springfield board, said the group received an “overwhelmingly positive response from parents” and handed out nearly 100 Pride flags and […]]]>

PFLAG Springfield volunteers lined a sidewalk outside Kickapoo High School early Monday — the first day of class — to hand out Safe Space Pride flags, buttons and stickers.

Aaron Schekorra, chairman of the PFLAG Springfield board, said the group received an “overwhelmingly positive response from parents” and handed out nearly 100 Pride flags and buttons.

“Our main goal is to get these supplies into the hands of students so they can take them to schools, he said.

A week ago, the principal of Kickapoo told ‘a handful’ of teachers to remove pride flags of their classrooms, citing a board policy regarding employee conduct and speech that was first adopted in 2014. All teachers have complied, the district confirmed.

The neighborhood emailed all employees a few days later with reminders on how to comply with the policy.

A separate protest, not organized by PFLAG Springfield, was planned for Monday outside Kickapoo.

Schekorra said her Monday action was to support LGBTQ students and school employees who are trusted adults and positive, assertive role models.

PFLAG is a national organization bringing together parents, families and allies with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

Aaron Schekorra

He said the issue is broader than board policy or flag removal at a high school.

“As an organization, we’re not interested in talking about one administrator, one teacher, or a handful of individuals,” he said. “This is about our school district and what it means for our community. And we want to look at the big picture, how our district as a whole, top to bottom, can be a better place for all students. .”

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Study of LGBTQ+ schools reveals disturbing pattern of abuse https://cflweb.org/study-of-lgbtq-schools-reveals-disturbing-pattern-of-abuse/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://cflweb.org/study-of-lgbtq-schools-reveals-disturbing-pattern-of-abuse/ More than half of LGBTQ+ secondary school students experience ongoing bullying, according to a new report by Dublin City University (DCU). Orla Dunne’s research – as part of her doctoral studies with the Center for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) and the DCU Institute of Education – will be presented at an education conference in The […]]]>

More than half of LGBTQ+ secondary school students experience ongoing bullying, according to a new report by Dublin City University (DCU).

Orla Dunne’s research – as part of her doctoral studies with the Center for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) and the DCU Institute of Education – will be presented at an education conference in The Hague at the end of this month. It will be heard within the framework of the European Council conference for higher capacities.

Some of the most striking findings include:

• 61% of LGBTQ+ students surveyed said they had heard the word “gay” used negatively “often” or “often”.

• 52% heard negative comments about their sexuality “frequently” or “often”.

• 37% heard negative remarks about trans and gender non-conforming people “frequently” or “often”.

The study found that the most common type of abuse was casual homophobic and transphobic slurs. As part of the study, students shared their experiences of bullying and reported issues related to how abuse was handled by their teachers.

A theme that emerged during the study’s focus group meetings was that LGBTQ+ students were seen by their peers as “predators” when using shared toilets.

A student said: “I was told that some students wouldn’t go to the bathroom when I was there because they thought I would rape them only because of my sexuality.

Others have detailed minimal repercussions for those who participate in the harassment. A student said: “A group of popular boys in my year bullied a gay student and posted homophobic remarks on their social media and escaped with very little punishment.”

In at least one case, a teacher allegedly added to the bias a student felt when surrounded by classmates. A student said: “A teacher once exclaimed for 45 minutes how the different pronouns were ‘confusing’ and ‘unnecessary’ and that transgender people would disrupt the school and work environment in terms of is about the gender toilets they would use.

The 143 survey participants come from across the country and range in age from 15 to 23 – all were still in school or had recently graduated. All participants are currently participating or have previously participated in CTYI programs.

One student said, “The fa**ot slur” was used frequently by boys in grades one through six and you would hear it just walking down the halls. They said comments like “that’s so gay” were part of everyday life.

Students who had previously come out as LGBTQ+ were treated differently and teased behind their backs. As a result, one student, who waited until college to graduate, said, “I’ll never feel comfortable in a million years of being in high school.”

Another student described the flippant nature of the abuse, saying homophobic humor was “everyday” and “not even particularly mean, or intended to attack or belittle any particular student, more of a committed tradition.” An easy fallback joke”.

A student described ‘girls spreading rumors that other girls were gay’ as a way of ‘depriving them of their rights’ and recalled how girls ‘broken up their friendships when a girl came out’ because the student said “they thought she was a pervert”.

The majority of students said they would ‘never’ intervene, largely for reasons of personal safety and a sense that nothing would change if they did.

One student said, “I remember being so scared because even though I’m not transgender, the hate was terrifying, and homophobia and transphobia often go hand in hand. »

One student said, “I felt it was useless because I wasn’t going to be able to change the school culture. Another said: “I had no confidence that the matter would be taken seriously, let alone that any action would be taken to deter such remarks from being made, hence why I never intervened. .”

The study found that 72% of students also said they would never report negative remarks to a teacher, although students in co-educational schools were more likely to report abuse.

With 68 terms now used to describe gender and identity, Ms Dunne said she was mindful of not giving participants a list of ‘boxes to tick’ when offering their identity.

“This meant that students wrote very long, nuanced paragraphs about how they perceived their gender and sexuality. And their experience was so rich and so personal that I realized everything would have been lost if I had just given them a list of options,” she said.

Ms Dunne said she believed internet access had helped a generation of teenagers and children to express themselves: “Before, they wouldn’t have known anyone in their town who felt like them. Now they can access a world of people saying “Well, I feel the same way too”.

She also cited a 2017 study that detailed teachers’ experiences and why some may not want to intervene.

The 2017 study found that the main barriers to tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying were students’ discomfort discussing their sexuality with teachers; teachers’ discomfort discussing LGBTQ+ issues; lack of training and lack of priority given to homophobic and transphobic bullying, as well as the opinions of parents.

She called for greater leadership within schools as well as additional teacher training.

Opportunities such as extracurricular activities, including music and drama lessons, have been shown to have a positive impact on students.

One interviewee (a young trans woman) said that being cast as the female character in her school musical was overwhelmingly positive: “Individuality was celebrated and I saw a lot of my friends flourish in that atmosphere. so different from school, both academically and socially.”

Students also spoke positively about spaces where there was diverse leadership among staff, which they felt gave them an increased sense of security and allowed for representation in terms of their future and careers.

One student said, “My principal in particular is very supportive when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues, so the rest of the staff are following suit.”

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