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Judge Story's decision in Glenn v. Brumby came down Friday afternoon, and I learned of it this morning from Lambda Legal. Briefly: WE WON!
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Federal Court Says Lambda Legal's Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender Woman Fired By Georgia General Assembly Can Move Forward

'We are thrilled that Vandy Beth has been granted her day in court and that the Georgia General Assembly can be challenged for violating her constitutional rights.'

(Atlanta, GA, June 26, 2009) -- The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia today denied the Georgia General Assembly's motion to dismiss Lambda Legal's federal lawsuit on behalf of Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired from her job as Legislative Editor after she told them she planned to transition from male to female.

Richard W. Story, United States District Judge, writes: "Defendants do not claim that Glenn’s transition would have rendered her unable to do her job nor do they present any government purpose whatsoever for their termination of Plaintiff’s employment… Anticipated reactions of others are not a sufficient basis for discrimination."

"We are thrilled that Vandy Beth has been granted her day in court and that the Georgia General Assembly can be challenged for violating her constitutional rights," said Cole Thaler, National Transgender Rights Attorney based in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta. "Senior officials of the Georgia state legislature discriminated when they fired our client simply because her boss didn't like who she is."

Glenn worked for two years in the General Assembly's Office of Legislative Counsel as an editor and proofreader of bill language. She loved her job, but living as male was increasingly painful and distressing for Glenn, who has a longstanding female gender identity.  Glenn's health care providers diagnosed her with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and agreed that gender transition was necessary for her health and well-being.  In 2007, Glenn informed her immediate supervisor, Beth Yinger, that she planned to proceed with her transition from male to female, and showed Yinger photographs of herself in feminine attire. Yinger passed the information on to her boss, the General Assembly's Legislative Counsel, Sewell Brumby. After confirming that Glenn intended to transition, Brumby fired her on the spot.

Lambda Legal's lawsuit, first filed in July 2008, asserted that Glenn's termination violated the Constitution's Equal Protection guarantee because it treated her differently due to her nonconformity with sex stereotypes and her medical condition. On October 16, 2008, the Georgia General Assembly filed a motion to dismiss the case claiming that her Equal Protection claims were incorrectly applied.  Lambda Legal argued that Glenn's Equal Protection claims are based on unequal treatment due to her membership in two identifiable groups - people with GID and people who do not conform to sex stereotypes - and, in today’s ruling, the court agreed.

Today's decision relied in part on Lambda Legal’s landmark case Romer v. Evans  which made clear that prejudice does not justify governmental discrimination.

"I look forward to continuing my case and working to end this type of discrimination. No one should lose their job for no good reason the way I did," said Lambda Legal client Vandy Beth Glenn.

Cole Thaler, Transgender Rights Attorney and Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta are handling the case. The case is Glenn v. Brumby et. al.

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My attorneys and I will be making a public appearance at the central library next Tuesday, the 10th of February. Here are the bare-bones details:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fulton County Central Library (Downtown)
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
(6:30 pm reception for Transgender community. 7:00 pm full program begins)

We'll each talk a little about my case and about transgender rights in the workplace, and then there will be a question and answer session with the audience.

Here's a flyer about the event. Please print out and distribute! And I hope to see many of you there!

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terracinque: (Kim Doonesbury)
Georgia Early Voting Statistics as of October 24, 2008

Number of ballots cast: 967,210
Turn out Demographics:
Black Female 213,686
Black Male 129,116
White Female 324,076
White Male 263,154
Asia-PI Female 2,300
Asia-PI Male 1,692
Hisp-Lt Female 2,909
Hisp-Lt Male 2,304
Native AM Female 67
Native AM Male 70
Other 27,836
Total 967,210

Those raw numbers become these percentages:

Blacks: 342802 or 35.44%
Whites: 587230 or 60.71%
Asian-PI: 3992 or 0.41%
Hispanic/Latino: 5213 or 0.5%
Native American: 137 or 0.00142%
All other voters: 27836 or 2.9%

I've calculated the likely Georgia vote for Obama, based on the above.

African-American voters are expected to turn out at a rate of 95% for Obama,* so:

Blacks for Obama: 95% of 342802 or 33.67% of the total vote.

Georgia Caucasians turned out at a rate of 77% for Bush in 2004. That leaves 23% for Obama:

Whites for Obama: 23% of 587230 or 13.96%

For non-white non-black voters, I have no idea how they're likely to vote. I assume Asians are slightly more Democratic than whites and Latinos are heavily more so, but I really don't know. The total of these voters is so small anyway, I decided to just split them right down the middle.

All other voters for Obama: 50% of 33186 or 1.9%

Total for Obama: 49.53% of the vote.

Room for error:

1. Whites probably won't vote for McCain at the same high rate as they did for Bush in 2004. Obama will probably get more than 23% of the white vote.

2. Cuban-Americans are heavily Republican, Mexican-Americans are heavily Democratic. Korean-Americans and Filipino-Americans are heavily Republican. Most other minorities are heavily Democratic. So Obama is likely to win much more than 50% of that 1.9%. That still won't be many voters, but then 49.53% isn't far from a majority either.

3. I'm assuming early-voting demographics will be the same as Election Day demographics. I don't think that's correct; my understanding is that this year the early voters have been skewing Democratic. For example, right now blacks are 35% of the Georgia electorate, even though they're only 27% of the state's population, and have never been more than 29% of the electorate in the past.

Still. It's really close, and the momentum is all on Obama's side. I'm going to go ahead and predict an Obama victory in Georgia on November 4th.

Even if I'm wrong about that, the mere fact that Obama is in such close contention in Georgia indicates that McCain is in big, big trouble nationally. Obama will win the Presidency by a landslide.

Now my mind is at ease about changes in the Supreme Court over the next four years. I'll move on to worrying that Proposition 8 will pass in California.

* I don't have cites for any claims in this post; I found all my info through Google somewhere. I figure that's good enough for my BOE calculations.
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Diane Schroer's case has several parallels to mine, and we've become email buddies since my case broke.

Link to the TIME article here.
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Watch this.
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Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. is one of the last performances of Scott Turner Schofield's one-man show, Becoming A Man In 127 Easy Steps, which has been selling out the house for most of this month. It's at Seven Stages in Little Five Points.

My attorney and I will be in the lobby to talk about my lawsuit, before and after the show. We'll also have literature to hand out.

If you haven't seen the show, and/or want to know more about the injustice that was done to me and what we're doing to remedy it, please come out!
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Here's a website about transgendered people in the workplace put together by Columbia University. It's a good overview of the current status of the community in the workplace.

In sum: not great, but improving in fits and starts.

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Gombe Stream is a 52-mile national park in Tanzania where Jane Goodall famously studies chimpanzees. Other wildlife lives in the park too, and the lot are an island surrounded by urban Tanzania.

From Alan Weisman's The World Without Us:

Red-tailed monkeys have small black faces, white-spotted noses, white cheeks, and vivid chestnut tails. Blue monkeys have bluish coats and triangular, nearly naked faces, with impressive jutting eyebrows. With different coloring, body size and vocalizations, no one would confuse blue and red-tailed monkeys in the field. Yet in Gombe they now apparently mistake one another, because they have begun to interbreed. So far, Detwiler has confirmed that although the two species have different numbers of chromosomes, at least some of the offspring of these liaisons—whether between blue males and red-tailed females or vice versa—are fertile.

Faced with a common shortage of mates, the two species are disappearing into each other.
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At about 11:30 this morning the senior attorney called me into his office and fired me because I am transgendered.
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I don't know how much most of you know about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but it's recently been the subject of a shitstorm in Congress's Democratic caucus and the world of GLBT activism.

As originally written, the bill would have made it "illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote an employee simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity." More details are here.

It's a tremendous piece of legislation, and when it passes (as it will someday; the only question is when), homosexuals and transsexuals will be protected at the federal level, just as minorities and the disabled are already.

It was being shepherded through Congress by Barney Frank, who, a few weeks ago (and with the approval of Speaker Pelosi), dropped the "gender identity" provisions of the bill, saying ENDA didn't have the votes to pass if that were included.

Dozens of activist groups, mostly GLB and only a handful T, reacted with strong disapproval of a version of ENDA that did not protect gender identity as well as sexual orientation. The backlash to the change in language was so strong that Pelosi and Frank agreed to delay introduction of the bill for two weeks.
much more below the fold )
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I just sent the following email to Best Buy via the "Contact Us" form at their website:

Why have you named Best Buy #896 the "Midtown Atlanta" store? It is not in Midtown. It is miles away from Midtown. It is in Edgewood; in fact the name of the shopping center it's in is the "Edgewood Retail District."

Atlanta's neighborhoods have worked hard to establish unique identities for themselves, and when retailers ignore these distinctions it shows a lack of respect and sensitivity - in this case, to both the Midtown _and_ Edgewood neighborhoods.

The new Edgewood Retail District Lowe's, which is across the parking lot from Best Buy #896, initially called itself the "Midtown" Lowe's as well. After complaints from many local consumers and residential associations, Lowe's changed its designation to "Edgewood."

I wish Best Buy had noted their example; it would have saved everyone some annoyance.

Also, I just got off the phone with someone I found at their 888 number. I told her everything I'd said in the email, and she was flummoxed. This was the first she'd heard about this matter.

She listened with interest to everything I had to say, and said she was writing it down and would "research this." She also took my phone number.

"So you'll call me back when you've learned something?" I asked.

"No, this phone is inbound-only." She explicitly said she will not call me back, despite taking my phone number, but she gave me a case number. Whoopty-do.

She did encourage me to call the corporate offices at (612) 291-1000. I may.


Sep. 7th, 2003 10:19 pm
terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
So, I showed up for my 10 a.m. tour yesterday morning at 9:45. A few tourists arrived...and then so did another guide, a woman who was sure that she was to do the 10 a.m. tour. After some discussion, we agreed that she'd do the 10 a.m. tour and I'd go along with her until 10:45, then I'd run back down to the arcade and see if I was needed for the 11 a.m. tour.

So I watched this other guide give the tour, always an educational experience, and I was dismayed by how grim and joyless was her delivery. She may as well have been Joe Friday! I don't know why people do these things when it's manifestly the case that they can't make it entertaining.

I often tell people I'm the best of the Fox's 50+ tour guides. It's an idle boast, but at times like that one I wonder if it just might be true.

No other guide appeared, so I gave the 11 a.m. tour, and it was a mess. I only had fourteen tourists (one was from Australia; that was kind of cool), but the Fox staff was setting up for a wedding reception in the Grand Salon, the set for Les Miserables* was being built in the auditorium, the band for the same show was practicing in the Spanish Room, and the Lower Men's Lounge was closed for renovations.

Furthermore, one of my tourists yelled at the wedding videographer for talking too loudly in the Grand Salon, and another kept lagging behind the group, because taking her photographs was apparently sooo ding-dang important.

Then ... and this has never happened before! ... at the end of the tour we were trapped inside! The main doors to the arcade were locked as usual ... but we usually leave through the Spanish Room, which was closed for the rehearsal, and we couldn't cut through the Grand Salon because the reception had begun.

I had to leave my group in the lobby ("Make up stuff about the stuff you're looking at," I suggested) and dash around looking for a staff person to unlock the Ponce doors for me. I finally found one and got them out of there, about 10 minutes overtime.

The ten o'clock tours are vastly preferable, because the theater's much less busy at that time. If only that ditz hadn't gotten the time wrong ...

I hurried home after the tour and took another look at the schedule.

I was scheduled for the 11 o'clock after all. Sigh.

*Tom Swifty: "I have to read a book by Victor Hugo," said Les miserably.
Today's Faulkner Story: "Lo!"
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I feel wonderful this morning. I usually like Monday mornings anyway, unlike most people, because I love knowing that the week looms unwritten before me, and it can still become any story I choose.

I'm in particularly good spirits this Monday, because I got a decent night's sleep last night. Nine hours, probably. Sweet. Now I can have tea (Earl Grey, purchased at Harrod's back in January) instead of coffee.

(Breakfast Club digression: I drank a Diet Dr Pepper on my way in to work, and brought a grapefruit with me. Once at work I made tea and poured a Diet Coke. I ate the grapefruit and drank the Diet Coke while browsing SDMB, and while my tea steeped and cooled.)
Hello, Operator. Give me Memphis, Tennessee. )
terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
First of all, the hash on Saturday went very, very wrong, and I ended up running for over two and a half hours, completely alone for the last hour.

Sunday I got up at 8:30 (I'd set my alarm for 9:30, but by 8:30 I couldn't spend another moment in bed, even though I'd gone to bed at 1:30 the night before). I folded laundry while watching Citizen Kane with Peter Bogdanovich's commentary turned on, then I went to the Black Sheep hash.

It was fairly long trail, with several tunnels crisscrossing under I-75 (I hit my head going through one of them, and have a nasty knot on top to show for it), some railroad tracks, some woods and some creeks, but no swamp for a change. It would have been a tough run even if I wasn't still tired and sore from the day before, which I was.

Then, of course, I went to Amy Baratt's Oscar party. I usually don't do these, but Seren was going to be there, so we could talk about the script (looks like she'll be my second puppeteer). Plus, Amy had a winners pool, and whoever picked the most winners took home $55.

I stayed to the bitter end. Seren hadn't read the script, but it was good to see her anyway (she's so pretty and sweet! too bad she's a Christian). I picked 13 winners, which was more than Amy, Stacey, Jen, David, Seren, Nicole, Patrick, Scott or Jim...but not more than Larry, who picked 14. D'oh! So close, but horseshoes and hand grenades.

So I was up until 1:30 or so, then went to bed, then had to get up again this morning to come to work. I'm knackered, as our Brit friends would say.

There is no good reason for the Oscars broadcast to last so long. A few years ago they instituted a time limit for acceptance speeches, but this just seems to have given them more time to waste on other pointless interstitial shit. Like performing all five nominated songs, and letting Streisand on stage at all.

That said, I thought it was wonderful they were able to convince Woody Allen to show up for the first time ever, and I enjoyed the montage of New York-made movies he introduced, even if it was put together by Nora Ephron.

And even though they didn't include the helicopter shot from the opening of Working Girl, which I think would have been moving and appropriate.
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I'm really looking forward to Fantasm this year, even though I don't know anyone, don't have any appropriate costumes and don't have any money to spend.

I'd never heard of it last year when I got an anonymous email promoting it. Maybe it was spam, but I followed the link anyway and was interested enough to risk fifteen bucks to check it out.

I liked:

  • The laid-back and unhurried atmosphere, so different from Dragoncon.
  • The absence of pedophiles among the management of the con, again unlike Dragoncon.
  • The pretty goth girls in their leather, latex or BDSM costumes.
  • Readings by Cecelia Tan et al.
  • The Slave Auction.
  • The Freak Track.
  • Seeing Free Enterprise in the movie room.
  • Liquid Latex in all its manifestations.

I didn't care for:

  • My preregistration by credit card getting lost into the ether (although one of the staff remembered seeing my name, so I wasn't made to pay again)
  • The obsession with exotic, faux-poisonous mixed drinks. A bottle of vodka or six beers will get you there just as quickly, folks.
  • All the vampire-related stuff. Ladies and gentlemen, vampires are so played!
  • The fact that they lost money. How was this possible? So little money seemed to have been spent in the first place, I have to wonder if the show is really badly managed.

Is anyone out there also going this year? Shout out!


Mar. 22nd, 2002 11:39 am
terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
It was 28 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I left the house this morning. 28 degrees! In the same week that:

  • I got a sunburn on my scalp when I forgot to wear a hat
  • It reached 84 on Sunday
  • I turned off the heat in my house
  • The dusty, musty aroma of pollen from the Bradford pear trees became pervasive

Is this reversal Old Man Winter's last gasp? Something to remember him by until next November? I'd like to think so, but I also recall the Blizzard of '93 happened in March. Of course I was living in Honolulu that year, but I heard about it secondhand. I don't want that to happen again. I want winter to be over!

My years in Hawaii made me less tolerant of winter than I already was. I think most people take a Calvinist view of the cold seasons: they believe it's a price we have to pay for spring and summer. A balancing of the equation.

But in Hawaii that equation doesn't apply. The coldest month is December, where at night it can get as low as 55 degrees.

So I know the awful secret: winter isn't necessary! And I resent it bitterly.
terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
Today my boss told me that my layoff date has changed. Instead of losing my job on April 10th, it'll be May 11th. A whole nother month.

I'm not sure if I'm pleased. Of course the additional money is a Good Thing; by my calculations, if I'm frugal and don't live large, I can afford to be unemployed through the rest of 2002. I hope it won't come to that, but it's good to have that flexibility.

On the other hand, I'd already been through the bargaining, denial, etc. and was at peace with the knowledge I'd be unemployed (or in a new job) by April 11th. Now I have to rethink all my assumptions.

But it's not like I've been told they're not laying me off at all, so that's still hanging over my head.

I guess I just really want this to be over and done with, for good or ill.

XPT Blues

Mar. 19th, 2002 12:17 pm
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A few weeks back magdalene1 asked me to tell her what XPT is. I'll tell all of you.

Each year at the Center for Puppetry Arts they issue a call for proposals for short (10-12 minutes) puppet plays. The proposals come in, they pick the five they like best (not necessarily the best or most interesting ones; the criteria are as arcane as those for the fabled MacArthur "genius" grants) and tell the proposers that they're in.

These five project directors then submit a budget for the materials they'll need, and they get a grant not to exceed $400. Then, over the next month or two, they build their puppets and sets, bring in any actors or puppeteers they might need, rehearse, do tech, and then the shows are presented nightly for four evenings.

The shows tend to be pretty edgy, not for kids, and are explicitly, by definition, unfinished works-in-progress. Hence the name: Xperimental Puppetry Theater. Every audience member is given a comment sheet and there's a Q&A session with the five directors after each night.

I was in XPT several years ago, with a play about a paraplegic computer programmer who's bitten by a werewolf and then changes into a fully-abled werewolf himself each full moon.

I submitted another proposal last month, and this morning I called home to check my messages. I had one from this year's producer, Lorna, who said she wants to bring me in for an interview on Friday but "we're probably going to accept your piece."

Great, you're all thinking. Why the "Blues" in the title?

Because this is the absolute worst possible time this could be happening. I mean, I can't decline, obviously; I must not refuse any opportunity to flex my creative muscles, to massage my bone of imagination. But at this same time I'm:

  1. Getting over a breakup
  2. Losing my job
  3. Trying, not just to find a new job, but to make a career change
  4. Training for a marathon
  5. Unraveling all my faults in therapy

It's too much. Resources are at maximum. Terracinque is not responding; please wait while system restarts.

I've already decided something's got to give, so I'm unloading the marathon. Will it be enough? We'll see. Watch this space.
terracinque: (bridesmaid revisited)
I'd like it noted for the record that in my previous entry I spelled "Khyrgyzstan" correctly without looking it up first.

Speaking of touching oneself, this morning I went to the men's room and sat down in a stall to do what one does in such places.

There was a man in the next stall over, and it was plain to me from what I was hearing (and not hearing) that he was using the stall for a purpose beyond its design.

I guess when you've got an urge you should satisfy it, but it boggles my mind that he would do that while there are other people in the room. Right next to him, in fact. Didn't he know? Did he even care? I was so embarrassed (for both of us) and uncomfortable that I began to hum loudly to cover the sounds he was making, and to stare ever more intently at my magazine. Mister, I come in here for a few minutes of peace and quiet, and you've utterly disrupted it. If it happens again I'm going to throw a roll of toilet paper over the wall.

I think it was "Camptown Races" that I hummed.

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