News: Mexico, Glenn Beck, Modern Family, iPhone Users

 road The governor of Mexico's Jalisco state, Emilio Gonzalez, on marriage equality: It "grosses me out."

Jared  road Jared Padalecki's character on Supernatural has been to hell and back and  returned with this body.

 road Mariah Carey's track list for her upcoming album "Merry Christmas II You" is her early Xmas gift to her fans.

 road The first thing that one should ask themselves when looking at this new picture of Aaron Carter is:"That's what 22 looks like?"

 road This is why Mark Zuckerberg should like The Social Network.

 road Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently the next commander at the International Space Station, will be joined by his identical brother Mark next year making them the first blood relatives in space.

 road The poor showing for Eliot Spitzer's new show on CNN might be good news for Katie Couric who is rumored to consider moving from CBS to the cable news station.

 road Glenn Beck will take time off from his televison and radio gigs for some medical tests in a hospital "out west."

Modern  road GLSEN honored Modern Family at the Respect Awards last night. Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the time to talk about the recent spate pf suicides: "I think an event like this echoes the sentiment that we need to change. This cannot continue happening."

 road Wal-Mart is selling a children's book wriiten by an ex-gay that teach kids how to fight off their homosexuality. Doesn't sound very effective.

 road Josh Duhamel is "pissed" about the poster for his new movie in which he's pictured in his skivvies.

 road Apparently if you own an iPhone you're more likely to support Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Sounds pretty bogus to me.

 road Hungary's sludge spill may not be over just yet.

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My Fox Houston Asks Website Users Whether Trans People Should Be Allowed To Marry

The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.

Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.

~The Supreme Court Of The United States‘ ruling in Loving V. Virginia

Thumbnail Link: My Fox Houston asks 'Should transgender or transsexual people be allowed to legally marry?'You would think that after Loving v. Virginia, one wouldn’t need to ask if any group should be allowed to legally marry — as in legally marry, period. But, My Fox Houston “went there,” and asked this question:

Q: Should transgender or transsexual people be allowed to legally marry?

Trans people have been freeping the poll, via twitter and FaceBook messaging with each other — among use of other social networking tools. Last night (August 18, 2010), the poll results looked like this:

Q: Should transgender or transsexual people be allowed to legally marry?

Yes – 80.4 %

No –  18.4%

Not sure – 0.8%

Thumbnail Link: My Fox Houston reader survey indicates almost one in five wouldn't allow trans people to legally marryLast I checked (August 19, 2010, approximately 11:00 AM PDT), the number of those who answered ‘No” was down to 7.5%, but the answers to the posed question isn’t solely where the problem lies — the problem also lies in forming and asking the question  in the first place. This is not the kind of question a responsible news organization would ask for a non-scientific poll.

Seriously, would My Fox Houston ask their website readers in a non-scientific poll if African-American, Hispanic, Muslim, Buddhist, disabled, or infertile people should be “allowed to legally marry?” It is an example of how in our society, it is still safe to express antitrans prejudice.

And by the way, it’s survey’s like this that remind me why this quote is a guiding principle for me:

“[T]he job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That’s our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment.”

~Bayard Rustin, From Montgomery to Stonewall (1986)

In my thought process, I add “antitransgender sentiment” to Bayard Rustin’s “antigay sentiment.”

Seriously, the privilege and implied prejudice that went into creation of the My Fox Houston non-scientific poll is just beyond the pale, and the editors and producers at My Fox Houston should be ashamed of their fostering animosity towards those whom they identify as “transgender or transsexual people.” In my mind, the framing of their non-scientific poll question is an unconscionable parsing out of known minority populations in the United States; an unconscionable action to give their website readers a anonymous means to identify certain Americans as not deserving of fundamental rights.

And too,  there is the basic othering of gender variant people that My Fox Houston is fostering as well…

So much wrong with this non-scientific poll, y’know?

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* Drawing Small Circles Of Normal

* One’s Gender Identity Isn’t Societal Perception Of It; Marriage Equality Isn’t Just A GLB Issue

* Wednesday This & That: Open Thread

* The “Alleged” Transgender Wife Of A Texas Firefighter And Inheritance
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