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Atlanta Gang Brutally Assaults Man; Chants ‘No Faggots In Jack City’ (My Thoughts)

All that is required for evil to triumph is for good [wo]men to do nothing!

I tried to produce a video response but I was too upset to really put it together.I am sure you have heard about the incident that happen right here in Atlanta.

A video posted to the website World Star Hip-Hop and YouTube ( has since been taken down there for violating terms of service) shows a brutal gang attack on a man outside a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. In the clip, the man is beaten while another laughs and repeats, “No faggots in Jack City.”

The business, located at 1029 McDaniel Street SW, is a popular congregating spot for members of the Pittsburgh Jack City Gang (or “PBJC”). The group has also used the name “Jack City 1029.”

It was said that the incident happen last weekend and it was not reported.

 

However the incident is under investigation. Read the rest of this entry

Miss Lawrence To Join The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Lineup?

According to HSK,  Lawrence Washington aka Miss Lawrence along with actress Keisha Knight Pulliam, will be replacing Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burress.

 

Talk about stirring up controversy! Reality television is breaking barriers, with ATL’s roster of housewives being the first to have a transgender personality as one of their leading ladies.

I’ve been told that for the next season Kim Zolciak, who got her own Bravo spinoff show, will be replaced by Lawrence Washington aka Miss Lawrence. You nay know Miss Lawrence as the former hairdresser of sheree whitfield.

And that’s not the only set of changes happening with the ATL cast. Sources say Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played the character of Rudy Huxtable on the 80′s sitcom The Cosby Show, will be replacing Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi.

 

Not sure how true this is but if so, this would be VERY interesting. I am kinda used to Miss Lawrence ,considering that he is in every other episode so it’s fitting that he would be an official ‘house wife’.

Also it would be nice to see how Keisha would measure up.

In my opinion, it might not happen. The RHOA franchise is really drying up and not as entertaining as it once was. With Nene dipping into Hollyweird and the other two booking their own show, I just don’t see why Bravo would keep it going.

 

Developing..

 

Letters to My Brother-James Clementi

James Clementi & Tyler Clementi

“Hey Ty, So the other day I was at Barnes & Noble, trying to find a book to read since I have a lot of free time now that I can’t sleep, can’t hold a job, don’t want to be around friends or family, and pretty much need to escape my life. Anyway, I was browsing at the newsstand and I saw you. I always do. This time you were staring back at me from the cover of People. I keep thinking that I’ll look up and see you for real, the way you should be, but it’s always more reminders of the way you are.”
— James Clementi, in a letter to his brother Tyler who jumped to his death a year ago. Out magazine published a series of heart-breaking letters written by James to his younger brother.

Transgenders in the Occupy Movement; Resources in Case of Crackdown

by Cheryl Courtney-Evans
posted Jan. 31, 2012

“abitchforjustice”: While we realize that, being at the ‘lower end’ of the 99%, activist transgender persons have been an integral part of the Occupy Movement. After all, we’ve participated in protest action from the Stonewall and beyond. We’ve put ourselves on the line often for ourselves and other marginalized populations many times. What we must consider in our activism however, is that when there is a police crackdown on any given action, we can expect “special attentions” (indignities) that other members of the movement may not be subjected to. Below, I’m posting a Trans Direct Action Resource issued by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Allies, via “Advancing Transgender Equality” the blog of the NCTE. I hope all of my transgender readers who are participating in the movement (or considering it) will read it carefully so you’ll have a better idea of what to do if in the process you find yourself in the middle of a crackdown. 

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In Response to Crackdown on Occupy Encampments, NCTE and Allies Issues a Trans Direct Action Resource

January 30, 2012

Download the Resource 

Today, two blocks from our office, the National Park Service planned to evict Occupy D.C. protestors in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza in accordance to a D.C. “no camping” rule. While many protestors have complied with the eviction notices, other demonstrators have ignored the National Park Service and have hunkered down in continued protest.

As reported by Gay City News, transgender people have been central figures from the beginning of the Occupy Movement, adding to a long history transgender people participating in direct actions.

According to Mara Keisling, “Because of this historical participation by transgender people in direct actions, NCTE wants to make sure trans people are well informed as they exercise their free speech and political power.”


Mara Keisling, Exec. Director, NCTE

The removal of Occupy D.C. encampments comes on the heels of Occupations facing increasing tensions from police authorities across the country, with one DC protestor being Tazed by a Park Police officer yesterday and over four hundred arrests in demonstrations in Oakland, CA and New York, NY last week.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes the conversations sparked by the Occupy Movement. Transgender people who face twice the rate of unemployment in the United States are among the 99% who will be well served by efforts to correct the imbalance of economic opportunity and political power in this country.

Keisling said, “From here in the nation’s capital, even when we’ve seen solutions to the problems and inequalities, we’ve seen them ignored. Our economic and political conditions worsen as our country goes in circles about the details of various policies and which powerful interests are in the way. And smart non-violent direct actions can be an equally powerful way to bring attention to policies that can help everyone.”

However, NCTE also urges transgender people and their allies participating to consider the consequences. Participating in direct actions may put transgender people at increased risk of mistreatment, violence, and arrest. This resource, which was co-created with our allies at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, is a basic guide to understanding a range of factors including detainment procedures, identity documents, and the associated risks participating in a demonstration as an undocumented trans person, or as a trans person with a disability.

Keisling added, “From the Compton Cafeteria riots to Stonewall, transgender people have been at the forefront of our struggle for transgender equality, and the equality of opportunity for others in our country. That isn’t going to change and trans people should be aware of their rights and the risk they take when continuing to advance these rights through direct action.”

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UPDATE: HUD’s New Move to Eliminate Transgender Housing Discrimination

by Cheryl Courtney-Evans
posted Jan. 31, 2012

“abitchforjustice”: Last Sunday I shared with you, my readers (via the National Center for Transgender Equality [NCTE]) the announcement by HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) that they had established a new rule that is calculated to eliminate discrimination against citizens due to sexual orientation or gender identity or expression (whether real or perceived). This rule will affect any housing facility that has any connection with HUD and resultant funding from HUD to those facilities. It is scheduled to go into effect in the next 30 days.

Today, I will share with you the documentation (the actual rule), so you will have this if and when you should have the need to refer to it. Enjoy…

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        HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Shaun Donovan, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C. 20410
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For Immediate Release:
Monday, January 30, 2012

HUD No. 12-014    
Charmion Kinder  

HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN ANNOUNCES NEW REGULATIONS TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR ALL AMERICANS REGARDLESS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY 
New regulations, published as final in the Federal Register next week, will go into effect in 30 days

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today new regulations intended to ensure that HUD’s core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Donovan previewed the announcement at the 24th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality – Creating Change.

“The Obama Administration has viewed the fight for equality on behalf of the LGBT community as a priority and I’m proud that HUD has been a leader in that fight,” said Secretary Shaun Donovan. “With this historic rule, the Administration is saying you cannot use taxpayer dollars to prevent Americans from choosing where they want live on the basis sexual orientation or gender identity – ensuring that HUD’s housing programs are open, not to some, not to most, but to all.”

The new regulations, published as final in the Federal Register next week, will go into effect 30 after the rule is published.

U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) also expressed support for the publishing of final LGBT housing guidelines, “I am grateful to the Obama administration for instituting this important policy.”


The final rule, published as Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, makes the following provisions:

Ø  Requires owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing, or housing whose financing is insured by HUD, to make housing available without regard to the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant for, or occupant of, the dwelling, whether renter- or owner-occupied.  HUD will institute this policy in its rental assistance and homeownership programs, which include the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance programs, community development programs, and public and assisted housing programs.

Ø  Prohibits lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine a borrower’s eligibility for FHA-insured mortgage financing.  FHA’s current regulations provide that a mortgage lender’s determination of the adequacy of a borrower’s income “shall be made in a uniform manner without regard to” specified prohibited grounds.  The rule will add actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity to the prohibited grounds to ensure FHA-approved lenders do not deny or otherwise alter the terms of mortgages on the basis of irrelevant criteria.

Ø  Clarifies that all otherwise eligible families, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, will have the opportunity to participate in HUD programs. In the majority of HUD’s rental and homeownership programs the term “family” already has a broad scope, and includes a single person and families with or without children.  HUD’s rule clarifies that otherwise eligible families may not be excluded because one or more members of the family may be an LGBT individual, have an LGBT relationship, or be perceived to be such an individual or in such relationship. 

Ø  Prohibits owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing or housing insured by HUD from asking about an applicant or occupant’s sexual orientation and gender identity for the purpose of determining eligibility or otherwise making housing available. In response to comments on the proposed rule, HUD has clarified this final rule to state that this provision does not prohibit voluntary and anonymous reporting of sexual orientation or gender identity pursuant to state, local, or federal data collection requirements. 

Other actions HUD has taken for LGBT Americans include:

Ø  HUD conducted the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing.  Every ten years, HUD does a study of the impact of housing discrimination on the basis of race and color.  HUD undertook this important research in 1977, 1989 and 2000 and is currently undertaking this study again. It is believed that LGBT individuals and families may remain silent because in many local jurisdictions, they may have little or no legal recourse. While there are no national assessments of LGBT housing discrimination, there are state and local studies that have shown evidence of this sort of bias. For example, a 2007 report by Michigan’s Fair Housing Centers found that nearly 30 percent of same-sex couples were treated differently when attempting to buy or rent a home.

Ø  HUD currently requires its recipients of discretionary funds to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Ø  In 2011 HUD issued new guidance that treats discrimination based on gender nonconformity or sex stereotyping as sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, and instructs HUD staff to inform individuals filing complaints about state and local agencies that have LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws.

Ø  The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in rental, sales and lending on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status. Approximately 20 states, and the District of Columbia, and more than 150 cities, towns and counties across the nation have additional protections that specifically prohibit such discrimination against LGBT individuals. Under the guidance issued in June 2010, HUD will, as appropriate, retain its jurisdiction over complaints filed by LGBT individuals or families but also jointly investigate or refer matters to those state, district and local governments with other legal protections.

Ø  HUD and HHS hosted the first ever federal government summit addressing issues for LGBT seniors in December 2011.

View the final rule here.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.

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Too Much Black Gay Shade By @themjharris!

 MJ Harris talks the art of shade in the black gay community and the ugly truth behind hit. He shares his experiences  in his  city *cough* Washington D.C. area *cough*. 



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BREAKING: New Rule Makes Trans Housing Discrimination Illegal

by Cheryl Courtney-Evans
posted Jan. 29, 2012

(Posted by the National Committee on Transgender Equality [NCTE], Jan. 28, 2012)

Today, at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that they will issue a historic new rule strengthening housing discrimination protections for transgender people. The regulations will be published next week, and go into effect 30 days from then.
In his plenary address, HUD Secretary Donovan said:

“I am proud to announce a new Equal Access to Housing Rule that says clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have the right to live where they choose […] If you are denying HUD housing to people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, actual or perceived, you’re discriminating, you’re breaking the law, and you will be held accountable. That’s what equal access means, and that’s what this rule is going to do.”

The new rule makes several urgently needed changes to current federal housing and housing-related programs including: prohibiting owners and operators of federally-funded or federally-insured housing, as well as lenders offering federally-insured mortgages from discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation;and clarifying the definition of “family” to ensure that LGBT families are not excluded from HUD programs.

According to Harper Jean Tobin, NCTE Policy Counsel, “this is a major and urgently needed advancement in basic protections for transgender people. NCTE is calling on other federal departments to follow HUD’s common-sense approach and use existing legal authority to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the programs they fund and administer. We applaud Secretary Donovan and the Obama Administration for this much needed relief for transgender people.”

Mara Keisling added “We are very pleased that, just as he said at NCTE’s Awards Ceremony in November, HUD has clearly listened to our concerns with earlier drafts of the regulations and made them even stronger.”

In announcing the draft rules early last year, HUD cited The National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, showing that 19% of transgender and gender non-conforming people had been refused a home or apartment and 11% had been evicted because of their gender identity or expression. The study also showed that 19% of transgender people have been homeless at some point in their lives, and 29% of those had been turned away from homeless shelters and a majority were harassed when they could get in to a shelter.

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Lambda Legal Job Posting: Legal Help Desk Specialist

by Cheryl Courtney-Evans
posted Jan. 29, 2012

National Headquarters, New York

Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Help Desk Specialist for its Legal Department, in the Headquarters Office in New York City . The Specialist will staff the Legal Help Desk by responding to the public’s requests for help and/or information and further develop Lambda Legal’s Legal Help Desk capabilities and resources.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City , Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles , Chicago , Atlanta and Dallas .
Lambda Legals law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues; discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas; harassment and violence; anti-gay ballot initiatives; access to healthcare and HIV‑related treatments; child custody, visitation and adoption; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; discrimination based upon gender identity and sex-stereotyping; and sodomy law reform.  Lambda Legal has been involved in many recent Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Garrett v. University of Alabama Board of Trustees, Dale v. Boy Scouts of America , Troxel v. Granville, Romer v. Evans, and Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin v. Southworth.  More information about Lambda Legal can be found at www.lambdalegal.org.
Responsibilities: The Legal Help Desk Specialist will respond to requests for information and legal assistance through Lambda Legal’s Legal Help Desk and intake process. The Legal Help Desk Specialist answers a high volume of telephone calls, faxes, emails and letters, logging requests in a database.  The Legal Help Desk Specialist meets with attorneys regularly to screen intakes for possible Lambda Legal involvement; each intake is prepared for attorney review and follow-up, if appropriate.  The Specialist works with attorneys to respond to each call, providing general legal information, publications, and contacts to LGBT-friendly legal referral organizations.  The Specialist sends and keeps current Legal Help Desk resources, including referral lists and charts of legal information. 
Qualifications: Applicants should have a clear and patient phone manner, a commitment to absolute confidentiality, good written and oral communication skills, and be responsible, motivated, detail-oriented, organized, self-starting, and fluent on the computer (Word and Lotus Notes preferred, database experience desirable).  Ability to handle and prioritize large volume of intake calls, often from people facing crisis or significant problems, is critical; thus experience with hotlines or intake calls is quite helpful.  An interest in LGBT- and HIV-related legal issues is key.   Fluency in Spanish is mandatory. A firm 2 year commitment is required.

Salary: Mid 30’s, DOE. Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and employer contributed retirement account. Generous vacation.

Application: The start date for the job is January 19, 2012.  Interviews will commence after January 3, 2012.  The position is open until filled.  Send résumé, writing sample, and letter of interest to:

Stefan Johnson, National Legal Help Desk Attorney
Lambda Legal
3325 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Fax 213/ 351-6050    Email sjohnson@lambdalegal.org
Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people of all gender identities and gender expressions and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

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Program Assistant – New Orleans, LA.

by Cheryl Courtney-Evans
posted Jan. 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS ~~

V.O.T.E. (VOICE OF THE EX-OFFENDER) is a grassroots, membership-based organization in New Orleans, Louisiana. V.O.T.E. was founded in April 2004 by Norris Henderson, an expert in criminal justice reform whose leadership emerged during the 27 years he spent wrongfully incarcerated. Our leadership includes FIPs with legal expertise working on behalf of the disenfranchised and the incarcerated.
 V.O.T.E.’s mission is to build the political and economic power of people most impacted by the criminal justice system, especially formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs,) their families and communities. Through leadership development, community education and voter mobilization,
V.O.T.E. will ensure that our constituents are at the center of transforming the criminal justice system.

Program Assistant Job Announcement

VOTE seeks an organized, stable and detail oriented part time Program Assistant to attend the following

Work Areas and Tasks:

– coordinate volunteers: recruit, train, manage
– respond to calls and emails
– write, format, print and distribute monthly newsletter
– prepare for monthly meetings: agenda, notes, food, copies, schedule
– manage donor thank you’s
– track membership dues
– handle communication between members
– filing
– data management
– coordinate voter registration efforts

Qualifications:

– Strong communication skills both written and verbal
– Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Outlook required, Google Docs, Drupal and other online based software helpful, but not required.
– Very Strong Attention to Detail
– Self Motivated
– Eagerness to work with Formerly Incarcerated Persons
– Must have car

The position is 10 – 12 hours per week, starting at $12.50 per hour. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to info@vote-nola.org or via mail 3301 Chartres St. New Orleans, La 70117. No phone calls or walk ins please.

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