The CFC

4 Jan 2013

tjjourian:

kvltkunt:

roseanne barr is a transphobe, don’t vote for her.  just don’t vote at all.

I had mad respect for Roseanne Barr, until her true transphobic and transmisogynist colors showed.

24 Nov 2012

leslie-feinberg:

“Our lives begin to end the day
we become silent about things that matter.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.


Minnie Bruce and I are preparing to travel to Minneapolis tomorrow, for my Sept. 13 arraignment on a charge of 3rd-degree Gross Misdemeanor, at 8:30 am at the PSF 141, “Public Safety”…

24 May 2012

Transgender advocate Victoria Cruz  was recently awarded a top honor by the Department of Justice for her  work helping victims escape abuse -- (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

Transgender advocate Victoria Cruz was recently awarded a top honor by the Department of Justice for her work helping victims escape abuse.

The feds are watching one of Brooklyn’s toughest ladies.

East Flatbush resident Victoria Cruz, a transgender woman who has been “out” since grade school, is a Justice Department 2012 pick as one of the nation’s top crime fighters.

The 66-year-old Latina, known simply as “Vicki,” advises abuse victims from across the city based on lessons she learned surviving years of sexual and physical torment during an era when homophobia was rampant.

“I’ve survived many crimes; been there done that,” said Cruz, a senior domestic violence counselor New York City Anti-Violence Project.

Attorney General Eric Holder honored Cruz and 11 others as life savers Friday in the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

They transformed “their own experiences into a positive force for sweeping change,” Holder said in a statement.

New Yorkers dominated the power list. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, a Harlem based nonprofit helping teens escape the world of sex trafficking, was also cited; along with city Correction Commissioner Dora Schriro and Common Justice, an alternative to Brooklyn criminal court for low-risk criminals.

Still Cruz stood out. The feds said she “empowers her clients to stand up and speak for themselves.”

The Red Hook native was born brazen, never hiding her sexual identity growing up in the 1950’s as a boy.

“I always knew that I was different,” Cruz said. “When I was in middle school they would call me ‘queer.’ ‘Gay’ at the time meant a jovial person.”

Cruz, like many women, was drawn to abusive relationships.

She made headllines in 1997 while working at the Cobble Hill Nursing Home part of a welfare-to-work program when she accused a group of female nurses of groping her while screaming “anti-man” and “battyman,” gay bashing slurs used by West Indians. A criminal court judge found two nurses guilty of harassment and acquitted two others.

AVP then hired Cruz transforming the victim into an advocate.

“I am passionate about the work that I do,” Cruz said. “People are coming out at a younger age. And putting themselves at risk.

This award is making the invincible, visible.”

(Source: transfeminism)

3 May 2012

fyqueerlatinxs:

Walking While Trans*: Law Enforecement & Trans* Latinas
“They are abusive, offensive and without respect.”
“They say they are going to protect us but they don’t. They treat us differently and call us crazy and say that we all have AIDS.”
“When they see us, they abuse their power.”
“They make fun of us and discriminate against us, especially if we are illegal.”
These are the words of several Latina trans* women in Los Angeles, from the recently published report, “Interactions of Latina Transgender Women with Law Enforcement.” The report was developed by BIENESTAR—a non-profit LGBTQ social service organization—and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, funded by The Williams Institute.
The trans* community has a long and complex history with law enforcement. In the trans* community, we teach ourselves to look out for and take care of each other, because most of the time the police is not on our side. The words of these women and the statistics in this study show what most in the Latin@ trans* community already knew: “the data reveal a history of negative interactions with law enforcement on the part of a large number of Latina transgender women.”
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[Submitted by kararikue]

fyqueerlatinxs:

Walking While Trans*: Law Enforecement & Trans* Latinas

“They are abusive, offensive and without respect.”

“They say they are going to protect us but they don’t. They treat us differently and call us crazy and say that we all have AIDS.”

“When they see us, they abuse their power.”

“They make fun of us and discriminate against us, especially if we are illegal.”

These are the words of several Latina trans* women in Los Angeles, from the recently published report, “Interactions of Latina Transgender Women with Law Enforcement.” The report was developed by BIENESTAR—a non-profit LGBTQ social service organization—and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, funded by The Williams Institute.

The trans* community has a long and complex history with law enforcement. In the trans* community, we teach ourselves to look out for and take care of each other, because most of the time the police is not on our side. The words of these women and the statistics in this study show what most in the Latin@ trans* community already knew: “the data reveal a history of negative interactions with law enforcement on the part of a large number of Latina transgender women.”

Continue reading

[Submitted by kararikue]