Not Down With Endorsing Chelsea Manning's Run For US Senate

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I have been saying for years that trans people need to run for office, and many have answered that call.   In the 2017 cycle we even had several get elected to the Virginia General Assembly, two to the Minneapolis City council, and several others to city councils and a school board across the country.

In my home state of Texas in this 2018 cycle we now have five trans people running for office.  Four are running for the Texas state legislature, and one is running for Congress.

Kim Coco Iwamoto is now running for the Hawaii lieutenant governor's chair.

And sadly, we also have a barely out of federal prison for violations of the Espionage Act Chelsea Manning now deciding she wants to run for office. 


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She's primary challenging current US Senator. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland).  Really?   A sitting senator who is a longtime friend to our community in that chamber? 

How do I know that?  When I was lobbying on Capitol Hill back in the late 90's, he was one of the representatives at that time who was ahead of the curve when it came to trans rights issues.

Cardin was also one of the congress members who gave me and other trans advocates participating in the 1999 GenderPac Lobby Day a warning about the backlobbying that had been done to us on Capitol Hill.

While I'm always down for qualified trans people running for office, and it really makes my day when trans people run and win, I'm not ride or die with this Senate race for a few reasons.
*Chelsea is a polarizing figure inside and outside the trans community.  You either think she's a hero or a traitor.  (I lean in the traitor direction)

*She has little chance of beating Ben Cardin 
*Trans vets have a massive dislike of her because they believe her actions almost screwed with our fight to get open trans military service in the US.  Some trans vets I've talked to about her also believe she brought dishonor to the up until that point sterling service reputation of transgender troops in our military
*Senators have access to classified data, and Chelsea, would not be trusted with it after being convicted of handing over nearly 750,000 documents to RussiaLeaks.

And if you think I'm kidding about what the trans vets think about her, here's Shane Ortega's thoughts about Chelsea Manning.

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WTF 2018, Chelsea Manning cannot be elected to the US Senate! 
It simply boils down to she is not qualified nor mature and tactically patient enough to lead. She has already had the opportunity to serve the nation and failed.
What is that example?   That example of failed leadership is being the poor way in which she chose to be a whistle blower.  She could have used discretion or the chain of command in releasing and reporting her findings and she chose not to do that.  She was held accountable by UCMJ (Universal Court of Military Justice) for that.
Image result for Shane OrtegaTruly loyal service members respect the integrity of the UCMJ and chain of command. They would never release 700,000* classified documents to Wikileaks. They would go to an official news company as they have practice in releasing this type of information.

That did not happen, and because it didn't. Marines and Navy Seals were killed because of it and documents she released were found in the cave with Osama bin Laden. 
Her crime was not being transgender or positive intentions to reveal the the truth. It is the manner and fact of the deplorable zealous way that it was enacted. 
Furthermore her behavior surrounding her gender while imprisoned was also not up to standard.
She used that as an excuse for her behavior and has truly benefited off her white privilege.   No other transgender women who were incarcerated have walked away with $100,000 donated dollars and a book deal pushed by non-profit organizations.


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Curious as to who put the bug in her ear to primary challenge Cardin.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of  Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, and she overwhelmingly won in Maryland by a 62.5%-33.8% margin.  Cardin has also been a huge critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin

That's one of many questions she needs to answer.  Even if she does, it's not going to change my mind about the fact that I can't support or endorse her in this race.

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Because Manning was convicted of an Espionage Act violation, and only had her sentence commuted by President Obama, it's highly unlikely she'd get another clearance.

That means Maryland Dems toying with the idea of voting for her, without that crucial security clearance, she would not be able to see classified documents or sit in briefings, meetings or Senate committee hearings in which classified information is presented.

And no, she hasn't put in the work or time in this community to think she can represent us at the federal level.

Can We Make 2018 The Year We Free Ky Peterson?

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2018/01/can-we-make-2018-year-we-free-ky.html

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One of the things I would love to see happen in 2018 is for Ky Peterson to be freed from his unjust incarceration in Georgia for defending himself

If you haven't heard about Ky Peterson's story.   He was living in Americus, GA and minding his own business on a fateful October 28, 2011 day waiting for his brothers to come out of a convenience store when a man approached and started asking him questions about his gender identity. 

Peterson, having been sexually and physically assaulted, began to feel  uncomfortable with the line of questioning and the man standing over him. 

As a result of the first sexual assault, he began carrying a gun in his bag.  The man standing over him raised red flads, so he decided to head home.   While cutting through a trailer park, he felt something hit the back of his head before blacking out. 

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He awake to find himself in a trailer being raped by that man from the convenience store, screamed and hit his assailant.   The screams alerted his brothers, who pulled the man off Ky . 
The assailant ten charged at Ky who pulled his gun out of his bag and killed him.

Petersen ended up getting sentenced to 20 years in prison for basically defending himself from his rapist.  His first parole hearing isn't scheduled until July 2021 

Where is the NAACP on this case?   TBLGQ justice organizations?   Georgia gubernatorial candidates? I couldn't go a day without hearing about Chelsea manning, but there's silence about the unjust treatment of Jy Peterson.

Well, let's step up our human rights game. people   Let's work on getting Ky Peterson out of jail in 2018

Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Calls Out Trump Racist Comment

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2018/01/civil-rights-icon-rep-john-lewis-calls.html

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I haven't commented on 45's comment because I told y'all during the 2016 campaign he was a racist POS and some of y'all were too caught up in hatin' on Hillary to listen.

Can you hear my azz now?

Here's civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) commenting on Trump's s***hole comment in a recent MSNBC interview 

Queens At Heart Documentary

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One of the New Year's resolutions I also made in relation to the blog was a renewed commitment to documenting and uncovering our history. 

Queens At Heart is a 1967 documentary that focuses on four trans women, Misty, Vicky, Sonja and Simone and the drag ball scene of the time.   It also gives people a glimpse of the world our trans pioneers were navigating at the time    It was a world in which you were breaking the law and faced arrest if you were crossdressing or wearing feminine clothes while transitioning at the time.

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The Houston anti-crossdressing ordinance even had a provision in which women could be arrested if they were caught wearing fly front jeans

Thanks ti Misty, Vicky, Sonja and Simone for consenting to do these interviews with Jay Martin that serve as a time capsule like slice of life.of that time.

I was in kindergarten when this documentary was released, so I felt like I was staring into the eyes of my trans ancestors while watching it.   It also gives us a idea of how far we have come since the 1960's when it comes to our understanding of transsexuality, how we discuss trans issues.

2017-18 NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round

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The NFL playoffs move into the divisional rounds as the survivors from Wild Card Weekend play the highers seeded teams that got to chill and watch them play last weekend.

Went 2-2 last weeknd.   Got the Sunday wild card games rights but the Saturday ones I didn't.

Let's see If I can do a better job on this this weekend's playoff games.

Saturday Games

#6 Atlanta Falcons at  #1 Philadelphia Eagles on NBC

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The opening Saturday game has the Falcons traveling to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection to take on the NFC East champion Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

And the Eagles will be trying to get through this game with their backup QB Nick Foles after Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL in Week 15.   The Falcons sant the Rams packing with a 26-13 win in LA, and they'll send the Eagles packing as well

Falcons to move on to the NFC Championship game

#5 Tennessee Titans at #1 New England Patriots on CBS

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The Saturday nightcap game has the Traitors  Titans taking on the Cheatriots Patriots at Gillette Stadium    The question going into this game is will the Titans be able to run the ball down New England's throat or will the Patriots do unto them what they do to a lot of teams and take away what that team likes to do best?     I'm betting they will.

And after reading that story about their dynasty may be over, the Patriots are going to be in an angry mood.

Patriots to advact to the AFC Championship game

Sunday Games

#3 Jacksonville Jaguars at #2 Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS

This is a rematch of a Week 5 october 8 game in which the Jags marched into Heinz Field and walked out with a 30-9 win that served notice to the rest of the league these aren't the Jags that sucked through much of the last decade.

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However, this isn't the same Steelers team they faced in October either.   Since that game the AFC North champs have gone 10-1 with the only loss being a questionable officated one to the Patriots. You can also bet that Ben Roethlisberger won't be throwing five interceptions like he did in that October game

It's playoff time and the Steelers will be itching for payback.    And oh yeah, temp is forecast to be 18 degrees at kickoff.

And they'll get it too.    Steelers to advance to the  AFC Championship game.

#4 New Orleans Saints vs  #2 Minnesota Vikings on FOX

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This Sunday night game is also a rematch of a regular season game.   The Saints traveled to US Bank Stadium in the opening week of the season to play the Vikings in a game that wa s 26-16 win for the Vikings. 

Sam Bradford was the Vikings quarterback at the time,  now it's Case Keenum (Go Coogs!) 

The Vikings under Keenum have been 11-3.   But the Saints have also evolved since that Week 1 loss.   Their secondary went from being a mess to one of the strengths of the team,.   Their rushing attack with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram is one of the most potent in the league

Case is also making his first playoff start.

So who is going to win this game?   As much as I'd love to see Case in the NFC title game and the Super Bowl that's being played in their home stadium, I'm going with the playoff experience of Drew Brees 
 
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to march all the way to the NFC Championship

Don Lemon Puts Trump On Blast For Racist Comment

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For years, I and others have been trying to tell you, the American people, that this man has been exhibiting bigoted behavior. I’ve asked him about it a number of times, and he denied, but kept up the racist rhetoric throughout the campaign and now while he’s in the White House.”-Don Lemon  January 11, 2018

CNN ain't playing with this misadministration any more.   They are calling Trump's orange azz out. 

Don Lemon opened his show with the words 'The President of the United States is a racist' before going into his 'Don's Take' monologue    And he went all the way in on Trump, his voters and enablers.

Here's the video if you didn't see it/

Arrest Made In Viccky Gutierrez Case

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2018/01/arrest-made-in-viccky-gutierrez-case.html

That was fast. 

On January 11 at 8'00 PM PST a joint  LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested 29 year old Kevyn Ramirez for the murder of Viccky Gutierrez. 

Her body has yet to be positively identified by the LA County Coroner as of this writing.

Investigators obtained a search warrant, found evidence linking him to the crime scene and arrested Ramirez after admitting to investigators he killed Gutierrez after as dispute.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for filing consideration and Ramirez is being held on a $2  million bail .

It is also still an active case, and LAPD investigators are still seeking information that will not only lead to a positive identification of what is believed to be Viccky's body, but also establish a motive for her murder.

If you have that info please call West Bureau Homicide at (213) 382-9470

Charles Blow Calls Out Trump Racism

http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2018/01/charles-blow-calls-out-trump-racism.html

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I  had the opportunity to meet CNN commentator Charles Blow during one of the LGBT Media Journalists Convenings I attended n Baltimore, and I love his NY Times columns and takes on many issues. 

Of course, he was called in when in the wake of Trump's comment about Haiti and other African nations as s***hole countries, and here's what he had to say about Trump,his base and his enablers at FOX Noise. 

Shut Up Fool Awards- MLK Day Weekend Edition

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Monday will be what would have been the 89th birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.    This year the federal holiday to honor the Nobel Prize winning human rights advocate we lost far too soon also falls on his January 15 birthday

One of my favorite Dr. King quotes is this one:  'Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.'

That is why it gets called out every Friday on this blog.   It's also time for me to get busy and start calling it out.

Honorable mention number one is Rachel Campos-Duffy at FOX Noise.   While on the show Outnumbered she complained that people who leaked the Trump  s***hole comment 'make our country look bad'.   

It's called 'journalism'  A concept that is foreign to you network ..

Rachel,  that 'making our country look bad' battle was lost on November 9, 2016 and every miserable day that you and your propagandists at FOX Noise try to defend his racist behind.

Honorable mention number two is French actress Catherine Deneuve, who said that the #MeToo movement 'has gone too far'   

Really?

Honorable mention number three is VP Mike Pence, who had dinner with a fundie evangelist who prayed for the death of Liberal SCOTUS justices 

And FYI, you know the last time you conservafools did that, you lost Antonin Scalia.

Honorable mention number four is a group award for all you fauxgressives screaming not even 24 after a well received Oprah speech during the Golden Globe Awards that 'she's not qualified to run for president.

Your anti-Blackness is showing on that one.    And FYI, after having an exceptional Black president in office from 2009-2017, y'all should be tired of disastrous white male Republican ones

First point I want to make is, it's NOT 2020 yet.   We haven't even got past the 2018 midterms.
Second, Oprah has declared she's running.  She's only thinking about it. 
Three,  The not qualified to run bar got lowered big time when you white peeps put the massively unqualified white man in office versus the supremely qualified for the office white woman.

Honorable mention number five is Jesse Watters, for trying to justify and defend Trump's racist remark
 
This week's SUF loser  winner is Donald Trump.   45 embarrassed the nation and caused another diplomatic crisis by racistly referring to Haiti and other African nations as 's***hole countries."

Then he tried to cover up the firestorm he'd created by signing the MLK Day proclamation.   We peeped your racist game a long time ago 45.   You ain't fooling nobody in woke Black America with this crap.

You and your party are turning the America we once knew into a s***hole country noone wants to visit, emigrate to or live in.   

Donald Trump, shut the hell up fool!

Number 2- Rest In Power Viccky Gutierrez

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Well, didn't take long for us to have the second trans women of 2018 killed in the US and the first trans Latina..

We have to go all the way to the Left Coast in Los Angeles.   I was made aware of this thanks to Bamby Salcedo.    Her  badly burned body was found after LAPD West Division and LA Fire Department units responded to a fire in a multi-house unit at 1711 S. New Hampshire Ave in the Pico Union district around 3;15 AM PST.

The LA County Coroner's Office will be conducting an autopsy to identify the body and determine the cause of death.  Since the apartment that burned was Viccky's,  and she has not been located, it's presumed that the deceased body found after LAFD spent 48 minutes fighting the fire is indeed hers. 

“Just to learn that she’s no longer with us is really sad,” Bamby said in a Facebook live video. “And it’s not that she is gone, it is the way that she was murdered. She was brutally murdered, and we believe that it was intentional, we believe that it was premeditated...She was burned in her apartment. The police, like always try to say to Viccky’s friends not to say anything to anybody because of the investigation... But there’s a couple of things that we want to do. One of those things is to ensure that we seek justice for Viccky.”

Viccky was a member of the TransLatin@ Coalition and often showed up for their free daily lunches provided to anyone in need.   Here friends remarked that 'she was an inspiration dor many of us' and she was 'the nicest girl in the world' 

Now she's unfortunately been taken away from us far too soon.

If you have any information that will lead to investigators identifying Viccky's body or lead LAPD detectives to capturing the perpetrator of this crime, you are urged to call LARD during business hours at (213) 382-9470

After hours or on weekends you can call  (877) LAPD(5273)-247     You can also leave anonymous tips with Crime Stoppers at  (800) 222-TIPS (8477) 

Since Viccky was from Honduras, she had no family in the US.  A GoFundMe has been set up to help raise the $10,000 needed to pay for her funeral and ship the remains back to her family.

Viccky's Vigil of Resistance as it is being called is happening tonight from 7-10 PM PST.  Address is 1660 Venice Blvd, the zip is 90006.

Rest in power and peace Viccky!   Your trans family here in the States won't rest until the person who did this is brought to justice