Look who chose to be discriminated against!

True story…

We are 1 Voice

Look! look at that ugly tiger. The other tigers have normal stripes and that tiger is all white. They should take that tiger out and leave the beautiful ones that look like all the other tigers….

Said nobody ever.

In nature we are astounded and amazed by the creatures who buck their normal genes and stand out from their fellow species. I mean we are FASCINATED!!!! Why should it be any different with us?

People do not choose to be discriminated against. They don’t wake up one day and say,” I really hope someone bashes me for my …*Insert gender identity, race, religion, political status here*. I really hope people make fun of me and dehumanize me because I am different.”

Remember in life there are things we don’t understand. There is far too much education out there for us to “not know” or to “Not understand” what the issues…

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Look who chose to be discriminated against!

Look! look at that ugly tiger. The other tigers have normal stripes and that tiger is all white. They should take that tiger out and leave the beautiful ones that look like all the other tigers….

Said nobody ever.

In nature we are astounded and amazed by the creatures who buck their normal genes and stand out from their fellow species. I mean we are FASCINATED!!!! Why should it be any different with us?

People do not choose to be discriminated against. They don’t wake up one day and say,” I really hope someone bashes me for my …*Insert gender identity, race, religion, political status here*. I really hope people make fun of me and dehumanize me because I am different.”

Remember in life there are things we don’t understand. There is far too much education out there for us to “not know” or to “Not understand” what the issues are.

We Have Many Voices

We sing many songs.

But in the end…

We Are One Voice.

The Name Game

New blog by our Youth Transgender Voice!

Voice of Transgender Youth

There are a variety of ways to approach the subject of our names- how or why they were given to us, how we feel about them, what we might do with them. Our names are what presents us to the world, and are the labels of our likeness. So of course it’s fitting that we want one to fit ourselves. I’m not speaking necessarily about switching from one gender specific name to another, I’m saying the names we may choose for ourselves should be ones we’re happy with.
When I chose to change my name to Sebastian, it wasn’t a spontaneous decision. I contemplated and debating and even researched it, and it finally came down to my own personal connotation with Sebastian that had me choose it. For the longest time I was stuck between that and Dereck, but after thinking it over for the millionth time, I realized that…

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Women’s Equality Day

New blog up by our Women’s Rights blogger. Check it out! 🙂

Voice of American Women's Rights

When I began to write this blog, I thought that I would have a great deal to offer. I am not so sure any more. I am overwhelmed by the ways in which women continue to be oppressed in the United States. In many ways, I hold back because of my anger at the continued mistreatment of women.

Today my daughter celebrates her thirty-first birthday. At her birth, I did not think that she would have to continue to fight for the basic rights that should be inalienable; but she does and I do. I get tired of the struggle and wish to pass the baton, but it would seem, for the time being, I must run this race.

In 1971, Rep. Bella Abzug had Congress designate August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. This particular date honors the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the…

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To Go or Not to Go: A Weekend trip to Ferguson…

Jaytoe's Americanah

Temperature hit the 80s on that Saturday afternoon on August 9th when the 18-year old Michael Brown, an African-American, was shot dead by a white police officer.  All the facts regarding this incident has yet to emerge to determine culpability, but it is clear that the increasing high 90 degree temperatures this week and last, together with the heated passion of Ferguson residents suggest that coolness and comfort will not come soon.  To start, Ferguson is a town of approximately 21,000 people with about thirty percent whites and almost seventy percent blacks; however, similar to the apartheid conditions in old South Africa or even that of the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, a small minority controls and governs the majority people as the mayor and five out of the six council seat members are white, an inadequate racial representation of the community it serves. Looking at other numbers like the…

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Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

The WordPress.com Blog

Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the WordPress.com community.

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Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests :

If “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is an expression of “humanity,” as one tweet has it, we must ask for whom that humanity is available. In fact, the insistent repetition of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” by black bodies across the U.S. might offer a less promising narrative: it might suggest the banality with which black life forms can never gain access to the vernaculars of the human.

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Tear Gas, War and Ferguson

Something I just threw together while I was thinking about Ferguson.

Founders Voice

Tear gas was banned by the UN in 1993 for use in war. It’s so bad that they didn’t want people to use it during WAR and they banned it. I know I said that a couple different ways but I need to make that point emphatically.

Tear gas is currently being used in Ferguson to”control” protesters.

Tear gas is currently being used in Ferguson to”control” protesters.

Shall I say it again?

Tear gas is currently being used in Ferguson to”control” protesters.

We have a right to peaceful assembly. Of course some numb nuts are always out there causing trouble. “Mob Mentality” is a heavily researched psychological condition. You are always going to have “those people” who are the big idiots and jerks in the middle of a massive protest because they can. They use the attention to the problem as an excuse to break the law. Always. Always those…

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Urgent Petition to Save Another Ugandan Lesbian About to be deported from United Kingdom

Please read and share! Very important. You could help save a life.

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URGENT PETITION – See link below-

By Melanie Nathan, August 19, 2104.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.56.11 AMAn Ugandan lesbian may be deported on Friday, unless we act fast. When Burton Youth for Christ members found out that their trusted interned employee of 10 months was a lesbian, they suddenly turned on her, fearing that she could harm or negatively impact their children.  They would no longer support her quest for asylum and with a mere five pounds in hand dumped her at the airport with an air ticket back home, to persecuting Uganda.  She was essentially left to fend for herself in a system that is not so friendly to LGBT asylees.

The United Kingdom’s home office has an insidious history of fast tracking and subjecting under represented asylees to further persecution through their process.  They also have a history of not understanding the issues and cultural impediments that face prospective asylees, such as…

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Is domestic violence more likely for deaf women?

New blog by our Voice of Deaf Living…

Voice for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Is there a connection with hearing loss and domestic violence?  I’ve recently learned studies say yes, but the reasoning seems to vary. I’ve recently decided to make it my mission to try to find answers, raise answers, and try to help anyway I can.

For me it was bad from the beginning and only got worse after getting implants to hear better. Or maybe it seemed worse because I was more aware…. I dont know. But no one deserves to be treated sub par and NEVER jugde based on one experience.
Does anyone else have answers, suggestions, or expierence? I WAS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Advocate for yourself Advocate for your child Advocate for your loved oneself. If you don’t… who will?

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