Council member Jones to be first cisgender reader at Houston Day of Remembrance

Jolanda Jones

Jolanda Jones

Houston City Council member Jolanda Jones is scheduled to be the first cisgender reader in the history of Houston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Lou Weaver, president of the Transgender Foundation of America, one the events sponsors, says that Jones was originally approached to be a speaker at the event because of her advocacy for trans children, but that she requested to read instead.

“I begged to read, I begged them,” corrects Jones, “they asked me if I wanted to speak and I begged them to read instead because it’s profound and it touches you. I think it’s better to read because it’s important.”
Jones said she was particularly moved at last year’s Day of Remembrance by the story of 17 month old Roy A. Jones who was beaten to death by his babysitter for “acting like a girl.” “I was so touched when they read about the baby that was killed,” said Jones, “the readers tell the story.”

Jones led efforts this year to encourage local homeless youth provider Covenant House to adopt a nondiscrimination policy that covers both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. She used her position on City Council to threaten to cut Covenant House’s funding unless they addressed accusations of discrimination. That threat persuaded the organization to overhaul their policies and begin regular meetings with community leaders to discuss their progress in serving LGBT youth.
The Houston Transgender Day of Remembrance is Saturday, November 19, from 7-9:30 pm at Farish Hall on the University of Houston Campus.

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On this 9/11 memorial day, let FRC explain which ‘radicals’ threaten America

The ever-esteemed Family Research Council continues their organizational reputation for highbrow, fair discourse:

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Judge Drops Bomb on Military



“Similar to the decision by District Judge Vaughn Walker a few weeks ago, this is the dangerous combination of judicial activism and arrogance. America’s military is not a testing ground for radical social experimentation by persons who believe sexual intimacy between members of the same gender is somehow normal.”

Judge Drops Bomb on Military [FRC]

But in FRC’s defense, they did show a little restraint. By now, we’d have expected them to adorn the dude who’s controlling the above tank in a pride flag tanktop, feather boa, and go go boots, then Photoshop over his head a thought bubble reading “Hey boys, come get a load of my turret.” So maybe this is progress?

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**About that “radical” and “activist” judge: WHO IS JUDGE VIRGINIA PHILLIPS? [Towle]




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Gays threaten security, says he whose very comment threatens every gay’s security

If they can’t beat us in the courts, then the social conservatives will just paint us LGBT folk as a cancer waiting to eat away at the heart of American security. Hit it, Cliff Kincaid:

“We’ve got evidence from those who have written about this problem going back many, many years that homosexuals are notorious security risks because of their personality and mental problems,” Kincaid points out.



CliffkincaidHe adds that homosexuals have been a target for recruitment as foreign agents in the past.

“The reason the Soviets looked at homosexuals as possible agents was because they had personality problems and they could be exploited,” the conservative activist explains. “And this is what happened in the [Private First Class Bradley Manning] case. There are some indications he was part of a network of secret homosexuals in the armed forces.

Homosexuals a military security risk, says activist [ONN]

And if you should encounter bank fraud? Blame a gay.

Facebook account get hacked? A gay.

Condom break? Surely it’s a ‘mosexual’s fault.

Make the wrong accusation in Clue, thus letting a muderous Miss Scarlett run free? Look to someone LGBT!

It must be easy having a scapegoat. But we wouldn’t know — we’re too busy putting a shield up to the whip to even consider finding our own place towards which we can carelessly and callously project the world’s burdens.




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—  John Wright