Petition started by New York composer Karl Michael Johnson

 

“Dear Board of Directors,

This past weekend, Amy Siskind published a tweet using the term “transgenders” to refer to people in the trans community, a term commonly regarded as a slur. She was gently asked to find another term by Shakina Nayfack, a trans actress and activist. The desired outcome was that Amy would acknowledge the error and correct it. Instead, she told Shakina to “get off her timeline” and blocked her on Twitter.

Moreover, when others joined the conversation, Amy indicated that the criticism was invalid and a waste of her time, and she blocked many people who escalated the issue by responding to other tweets in her timeline. Refusing to take the criticisms in stride, she doubled down, referring to her critics sarcastically as “geniuses” and likening their behavior to that of “alt-right trolls.”

We find it troubling and shameful that this is the behavior of someone with a prominent platform in the name of an organization that claims to be “a voice for all women.” Additionally, someone who decries President Trump’s tactics of demeaning his enemies and blocking communication with them should be expected, at the very least, to choose to interact differently with her critics than the very authoritarian figure she claims to rebuke.

We believe that the true enemies of the advancement of all women are not those at the top of government making obvious policy changes affecting women’s rights, but those taking on the role of allyship who, being in a position to be trusted and depended on, make it abundantly clear that their need to be correct is worth more than continuing to develop a coalition with the very people whose voices they claim to elevate. Amy Siskind has communicated to the trans community that she is unwilling to listen; and, in fact, is willing to reproduce President Trump’s authoritarian tactics in the service of silencing her critics.

We urge you to insist on a public, sincere apology from Amy Siskind to Shakina Nayfack and the many others who have lent their emotional resources to resolve this matter. If you don’t, you risk positioning The New Agenda as a trans-excluding feminist movement that will be held to account for claiming to be “a voice for all women”, which would be a travesty to all those who trust your organization to amplify their voices.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

This petition will be delivered to:

Vice President, The New Agenda
Karen Gerringer

Secretary, The New Agenda
Lauren D. Myers

Board Member, The New Agenda
Heather Capell Bramble

Board Member, The New Agenda
Sadaf Jaffer

Treasurer, The New Agenda
Marla Isackson

VP Outreach, The New Agenda
Paul Kingsley”

https://www.change.org/p/karen-gerringer-demand-an-apology-from-amy-siskind-to-the-trans-community

[Petition authored by New York male composer Karl Michael Johnson.

Karl tweets at https://twitter.com/KarlSaintLucy

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In a surprising last minute move, the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) quietly banned two scheduled panels addressing the needs of individuals who detransition, leaving organizers stunned and left with non-refundable travel expenses less than two weeks before the conference.

According to blogger ThirdWaveTrans, who underwent male to female sex reassignment before later growing to accept his biological reality, the PTHC banned the panels out of concern that presenters may be harboring sympathies towards feminism, specifically the feminist analysis which views gender itself as a culturally created system of behavioral codes designed to perpetuate male dominance (masculinity) and female subjugation (femininity).

ThirdWaveTrans writes:

“The first I found out that something was amiss was by reading a thread on Reddit’s r/asktg which was questioning whether the panels should be presented at the conference or not because they were presented by people that had “TERF-leaning” blogs. I am not a radical feminist, but they tend to place anyone who holds views they oppose in this category.

One of them claimed to receive the following reply from the conference:

“Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! Our workshops are chosen by our community run planning committee. They did not know the toxic nature of this workshop. We have decided to cancel their workshop and they will not be allowed to submit workshops in the future. We here at Mazzoni and at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference extend our apologizes for letting this slip through. Thank you so much for keeping us accountable.”

We had not heard any news of this, so I asked my contact at the planning committee about it and she hadn’t heard anything either. Eventually it turned out this was not official, and the planning committee decided to vote on whether we should be included or not as they had received calls and emails complaining about our inclusion in the conference. The committee met and voted over the next few days.

A couple of hours ago I received word that the committee voted to cancel our workshops. We had worked very hard on this and much energy went into it. Additionally, some of us are out our travel costs as we were expecting these workshops to go on until just now, less than two weeks before the conference.”

A review of the writings and materials emanating from the banned detransitioner panel presenters shows that all of them support medical transition. None are radical feminists. None are religious conservatives.

Two forums were subject to the last minute detransitioner ban. The first addressed the experiences and health care needs of those who desist from pursuing a medicalized course of treatment for gender dysphoria, including those who no longer relate to the transgender paradigm. You can read the full description of the scheduled panel here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/workshop/detransition-panel-discussion

Archive:

http://archive.is/Gu0g3

The second forum which was banned presented non-medical options for dealing with gender dysphoria for those who cannot undergo hormone and surgical treatments due to health issues, for those who suffer from gender dysphoria but do not identify within the transgender paradigm, and for those who have undergone hormonal and surgical treatment but continue to suffer from dysphoria.

WPATH resources for detransitioners. Nada.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in 38 years of existence, has never in a single instance offered any support or resource whatsoever for transgender individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria and cannot undergo medical transition due to health issues, nor for individuals who have undergone treatment but continue to suffer from dysphoria, nor for those who suffer gender dysphoria but who don’t disassociate with their biological sex. WPATH has never included any guidelines or support for individuals needing (or choosing) to bypass or halt the cross-sex hormone treatments that WPATH advocates for. The second detransitioner panel banned by the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference sought to address the needs of these individuals.

You can read the full description of that scheduled panel here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/workshop/alternate-ways-working-gender-dysphoria

Archive:

http://archive.is/UE3yM

You can read the reddit thread referenced above, where transgender activists present their arguments in support of no-platforming detransitioners, here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/asktransgender/comments/6vk9vs/this_year_there_are_two_detransition_workshops_at/

Archive:

http://archive.is/Fhm96

 

Read ThirdWaveTrans’s full post here:

No platformed!

 

Watch organizer Carey Callahan’s response video here:

 

Ironically, banning detransitioner participation may have set the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference afoul of the Philadelphia Public Accommodations Discrimination Charter which forbids public events and services from limiting the participation of individuals based on Gender Identity. It reads:

Philadelphia law protects an individual’s basic right to fair and equal treatment by public accommodations.

Public accommodations discrimination may happen when services are denied outright, such as when someone is refused admission to a public place.

Discrimination may also occur in other ways, such as when someone is offered less favorable service than others or when a physical barrier or other issue makes services inaccessible to someone who has a disability.

Examples of public accommodations include: 

  • Hotels, motels, inns and other places of lodging;
  • Restaurant, bars and other places where food and/or drinks are served;
  • Casinos, theaters and other places of entertainment;
  • Stores, banks, barber/beauty shops and retail establishments;
  • Colleges, universities and educational institutions;
  • Medical clinics, homeless shelters and other social service providers;
  • Parks, health clubs and other centers for recreation or fitness centers; and

           Museums and other places of public display.

http://www.phila.gov/HumanRelations/DiscriminationAndEnforcement/WhatIsDiscrimination/Pages/PublicAccommodationsDiscrimination.aspx

The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is a program of the non-profit (5013c designated) healthcare provider Mazzoni Center, formerly Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives (PCHA). The Mazzoni Center is funded in part by a grant from the Arcus Foundation. 

According to the PTHC website, Hahnemann Hospital is the largest sponsor of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. Other sponsors are listed here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/sponsors

God this is good. Mancheeze critiques some YouTube dickhead’s video about how much he hates women and how women should pretend otherwise. I watched his video last week and it was as boring and offensive as you’d expect, but I could listen to Mancheeze go on forever. I nearly busted a gut laughing my ass off. She killed it. Five stars! True feminist entertainment.

Photo from SandraRose.com

Seems there’s more to the story about the “transgender teen” allegedly assaulted in an anti-transgender bias attack at an Arizona pool party. Turns out the “victim”, white male legal adult (18 years old) Dakota Kern had posted a Facebook video three days prior which showed him beating up a teenage black girl and dragging her around by her hair – apparently in retaliation for calling him “dude”.

Sandra Rose has the receipts:

“A gender confused teenager was attacked by a group of people at a Phoenix, Arizona pool party after he uploaded a video of himself beating a young black girl for calling him a “dude.”

Police say a group of about 20 people attacked 18-year-old Dakota Kern at a pool party on August 16 — about a week after he uploaded the video to his Facebook page.

Kern, who is white, is seen dragging a young black girl by her hair across the pavement and pummeling her about the face with his closed fist.

“This is what happened when b**** try me,” he captioned the video on his Facebook page.

“Tell yo’ mama to come my way. I’ll do that to yo’ mama too, b-tch,” he tells the girl in the video.

About a week later, Kern was spotted at a pool party by the girl’s family members.

Kern told a local news outlet that he was surrounded by people who yelled homophobic slurs at him.

He said he decided to leave when a man yelled, “Get it! Get it!”

“Then one of the guys, he ends up grabbing me by my head, grabbing me by my hair and then he hit me a few times,” Kern told CBS 5 News.

Kern was hospitalized with neck injuries after the attack. He has since been released.

A video shared on Facebook.com shows Kern being assaulted at the pool party.

The local media quickly portrayed Kern as the victim.

But Facebook users refused to take pity on him. “Well u beat up my granddaughter last week Karma ain’t no joke,” wrote one woman on Facebook.

In another post on Facebook, a man called Kern a coward. “U a whole man fight on a female & gon [sic] threaten her momma but not her dad…”

Many users questioned why Kern wasn’t arrested for assaulting the adolescent girl

Police say a 15-year-old boy was arrested and at least two others are being sought in the pool attack.”

While Kern has taken his Facebook post down, one of his victims uploaded receipts today. The poster states:

I would like to tell y’all that this transgender dude name Dakota Kern aka queen red have been harassing me for a long time and he legally drag me across the street by my hair calling me a bitch and hitting me in the head and told me my mama can get it too bitch and have my mama come her way bitch , but just let y’all know I’m only 17 years old and this transgender is 19 years beating me up calling me bitch and he littray slam me on the floor calling me bitch while he was hitting me in The face and funny thing is I was on my way to work and he decided to drag me and hitting me in the face calling me bitch like and comment if you think its fair for a grow man to be beating up a young black girl 🤘😣😫

Here is her video:

More receipts. In this one you can hear Dakota Kern threaten to beat up the victim’s mother:

From Dakota Kern’s Facebook page (now deleted):

It is very interesting that none of the mainstream media reports covering this “hate crime” mentions these very pertinent facts. Hmmmm.

An adult white man can batter a black female minor with impunity, posting and publicly celebrating the crime, and it’s not a hate crime as long as he “identifies as” a transwoman and claims the girl “misgendered” him  by using the generic term “dude”. Okayyyyy.

Turns out this creep was arrested two weeks ago on some other charge.

http://arrestfiles.org/publicinfo/dakota-kern

What a scumbag.

It’s hard to have sympathy for a guy who got roughed up at a pool party after committing these actions. File this one under “Don’t start none, Won’t be none.”

No More Boys and Girls

August 16, 2017

UK readers can view here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09202lp

Roxane Gay Hates Lesbians

August 16, 2017

It is 2017 and we still have man-loving liberal feminists like Roxane Gay troubling themselves over the Lavender Menace of Lesbianism. In her tweets she has advocated that a man should “slap” a lesbian for the crime of publicly stating her same-sex orientation because in Roxane Gay’s world, homosexuality is transphobic and lesbianism is a form of discrimination against male-bodied persons. Roxane Gay fancies her anti-lesbianism as a righteous new form of heteroqueer social justice, but what she is doing is nothing new. It’s the same old anti-lesbian hateful shit.

Rather than go on, I’ll simply say: Roxane Gay, FUCK YOU. God help any young lesbians who are subject to your homophobia in your position as a university professor, or any feminist students who are critical of gender.

For readers who want more context (and less profanity) I refer you to the thoughtful, generous, and kind response articulated by Claire at the award-winning Sister Outrider blog:

Dear Roxane – An Open Letter on Queer Feminism & Lesbophobia

https://sisteroutrider.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/dear-roxane/

Raised Without Gender

July 26, 2017