U.S./World: Bow ties, dueling petitions, Stonewall campaign

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Bow tie recognizes transgender celebrities

Jack Jackson

Jack Jackson

Designer Jack Jackson has created a limited-edition transgender celebrity bow tie, featuring the names of actress Laverne Cox, adult film performer Buck Angel, musicians Rae Spoon and Lucas Silveira and model Andreja Pejic, among others.

Jackson is founder of alljackedup, a Toronto-based fashion house dedicated to what its website describes as the queer, androgynous and transmasculine fashion conscious.

The bow tie was designed in recognition of Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20) and to raise awareness to the “Ties of Love” campaign, developed in light of reports on the high rates of suicide attempts within the transgender community.

To learn more about “Ties of Love” or to order a bow tie, visit alljackedup.ca.

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— From ClutchPR and alljackedup

Dueling petitions debate the ’T’ in LGBT

A petition posted on Change.org is asking major LGBT organizations and media outlets — including Lambda Legal, GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign — to sever ties with trans people and issues, reading in part:

“We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community; in essence, we ask that organizations…stop representing the transgender community as we feel their ideology is not only completely different from that promoted by the LGB community (LGB is about sexual orientation, trans is about gender identity), but is ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men.”

Several groups have responded to the petition, which as of this writing [Nov. 9] has 1,380 supporters.

“GLADD stands firmly with the transgender community and unequivocally rejects the outrageous and destructive idea that the ‘T’ be removed from LGBT,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “For decades, transgender people have worked alongside lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to advance equality for everyone, often leading the way in the movement for full equality and acceptance. Many trans people are also lesbian, gay, and bisexual — they are an inextricable and invaluable part of the LGB community. At a time when anti-LGBT activists continue to attack the basic rights and protections essential to all of our lives, we must stand together, rather than succumb to the ruin of divisiveness.”

“This is unequivocally wrong,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said. “The hate that killed Matthew Shepard killed Zella Ziona. The bullies at school aren’t just harassing the gay kids, they’re harassing the transgender kids. The parents who could provide loving homes for the 400,000 children in foster care aren’t only lesbian parents, or gay parents, they’re bisexual parents and transgender parents. This idea that we are somehow separate and apart is patently untrue. We are one movement, stronger in our unity. We are one community, period. And the Human Rights Campaign will not be done working until equality reaches every single one of us.”

In response, a new Change.org petition titled “We stand with trans people — Reject ‘Drop the T’” has been posted online. The petition currently has 2,293 signatures.

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Join campaign to make Stonewall national park site

On September 20, U.S. congresspersons, elected officials at the state and local levels and representatives of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Human Rights Campaign gathered in front of the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York City to launch a campaign to have the inn designated as the nation’s first national park site dedicated to LGBT history.

As part of the lead up to the launch, elected officials representing all levels of government in New York have sent the first letters to President Barack Obama requesting the designation of a Stonewall National Monument.

“We have a responsibility to preserve and respect the places important to our history, and the Stonewall Inn deserves our highest recognition,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “Victories like the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the passage of marriage equality in New York State and the final, decisive Supreme Court ruling securing our freedom to marry, were borne from the modern equal rights movement launched at Stonewall. It’s time for a national monument honoring the legacy of people and events that took place here.”

“The legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion mirrors that of our nation: a group of individuals standing together against all odds to demand their freedom,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “As the struggle to ensure equality for all continues, I am proud to stand with this coalition to remember the spark that launched the LGBT civil rights movement. We urge President Obama to designate the first ever National Park Service site dedicated to the history of the LGBT community, so that this story may be preserved and retold for future generations.”

Two-thirds of America’s more than 400 national park sites are dedicated to cultural and historic significance. Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held there in July 1848 and the struggle for equality and civil rights. Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, a national park site, traces the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the struggle for equal voting rights for African-Americans.

Learn more about the push to create a national park for Stonewall and add your support by signing the petition at npca.org/natlparkforstonewall.com. Join the conversation online with #NatlParkForStonewall.

— From the National Parks Conservation Association

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