Category Archives: North Carolina

Oh (North) Carolina

OK, Politics, and Transgender issues, great companions. I know, but on a night when I’m lacking for great ideas…

In March this year, North Carolina made the political news for all the wrong reasons, at least in a LGBT sense, but yes, mainly transgender. Yes, you remember it, the dreaded Bathroom Bill, officially known as HB2 in that state. Basically the one where transgender folk had to use the bathroom in public that related to the gender they were born in, not the one they are living as, or have surgically changed to.

To say it went down like a lead balloon with most people, including a good number of those living in the state, would be to put it mildly. Numerous pop concerts, plenty of potential employers, and their jobs, and sporting events all got cancelled, and/or moved out of the state.

Anyway, the Governor said he had all the support he needed, though many felt otherwise, and said that he should wait for the election in November before claiming that. To be honest, I did wonder whether the vast majority of folk in the state would actually vote against a Republican, even with this, but seemingly they have.

Only one little snag, 3 weeks after the election, and he hasnt yet accepted defeat! Yes, he lost, by at least 9,000 votes! North Carolina, I’m proud of you! But yes, as I say, he’s so full of himself, he cant accept he actually lost! Yes, the Republican’s took the election by storm, and he still lost!

Yes, hopefully one day soon, he will accept his demise, though I’m not holding my breath at present, let the new Governor take control, and get rid of this ghastly bill. It may not get North Carolina back the concerts, and sporting events, and conferences they’ve lost, but it may stop them losing even more!

No, you’re right, I have no plans to fly through Charlotte until they do, though to be fair, that seems unlikely at present, anyway.

Right, video time. A song from the 90’s, quite modern for me. Suitable title, even if its not about the state of that name.

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The lesser known transition

OK, lets go for the politics double tonight, then hopefully put the subject to bed for a long time! All this year, in a few, err, deeply religious, states in the US, the issue of Transgender people, and their rights have stirred matters up nicely. The most infamous of those states of course, is North Carolina, which has virtually become a pariah subject for new jobs, concerts, and sporting events for so many. Hopefully the awful governor behind their bathroom bill will lose his job tonight, though given the nature of many in that state, I’m not going to hold my breath! A few other states have contemplated similar moves, realized the fallout, and changed their minds. So far at least.

Despite the fact that the number of cases of transgendered women assaulting children, and actual women is nil, these zealots decided they needed to keep these people out of the women’s restrooms. Yes, go in the men’s, and get beaten up, just perfect! The hilarious outcome of course was when a number of very good looking trans men pointed out that in that case, they’d be using the ladies room anyway, but they tried to ignore that side of things…rolls eyes.

Personally, I admire women who transition to men as much as I do those of us who choose to go the other way. I have no ideas of numbers, who transition that way, as opposed to men transitioning to women, but I suspect the number is lower. The surgery ‘down below’ is a bit more complex (not that male to female is easy, but…), and lets face it, its easier to pass that way without surgery. Not that that should be an issue, but… And yes, fine, if you stopped anyone on the street, and asked about transitioning, I’m sure all but a few would think of men becoming women. But anyway…

What happened earlier today, was that I was discussing a story concept with someone. This one,

A cursed 1930s night-club that slowly transforms women in the audience into night-club singers.

and he said to me that he wanted to include transgender in it, because he fancied the transformation happening to himself, and whether he should do it, given the board we post on isnt a transgender related one. No, he doesnt know I’m transgendered myself, by the way. I said that if he wanted to, he should do it, but also added that if he was going down that route, maybe his female partner could also transition to a male singer. No, given he’s in the US, and is working, I havent got a reply yet.

I hope he does, because I think there is a need for more people to realize that its not just men who change their gender, but women too. Oh, and yes, I’d love that transformation to happen to me! 😀

The video? A singer, in a nightclub, naturally!

Backs against the thin wall

Oh fine, we must be due a good Transgender rant, or something, surely? Well, regardless, you’re getting one anyway!

So, lets start with the obvious candidate I guess, North Carolina. Yes, I know Mississippi’s stance is pretty bad, and a few others seem to want to join in, maybe, but thats the one thats attracting most publicity. Yes, that ridiculous toilet rule that they’ve brought in.

Firstly, let me say, I’ve never been to the state, as yet. There have been a couple of times when I’ve had the option to transit through Charlotte, but havent in the end. I also had it on my ‘to visit’ list at one point, but clearly its off that now!

Let me say I’m delighted that various entertainers have cancelled concerts in the state, though in a sense, I prefer the ones who go ahead, but give all the money to local LGBT groups fighting this ghastly bill. I could say that the people of the state are innocent in the matter, but someone voted them into power in the first place, so? But the firms taking business from the states, conference groups cancelling bookings, and everything else, just love it. Hopefully, in time, the message will get through.

Unfortunately, thats less likely to work with Mississippi, given that its one of the most backward states in the US (probably the most?), less people are likely to be going there in the first place. There has been some backlash, but none like in North Carolina, as one is a tourist opportunity state, and the other isnt!

Mind, I’m pretty sure the only reason this got vetoed in Georgia, was business related, rather than anything else!

Fine, rant two, and this was the one that made me realise that I care more about LGBT issues, than politics! I have to admit it, I’d say my political stance is slightly left of centre, but not dramatically so. But yes, I have friends that are to the right of me in politics, some by a considerable distance. Yes, Trump supporters, I know! But hey, we have an agreement that I wont ever do more than mildly tease them about their political views, and then only if I know they can take it, and they will do the same with little Bernie supporting me! Fine, there is one lovely man on Long Island, that I love dearly, who supports Trump, but hey, thats fine, he’s an LGBT supporter too! All I can say is, if we do ever get together, I think talk about politics might be banned in our home!

But fine, I’ve had the misfortune in the last few days, to find one ‘friend’ on Facebook, who is not only extremely right wing, he’s also very homophobic! Yes, no one I really know, or care for, so lets just say that he’s no longer a friend there! He survived till today, when he posted one disgusting transphobic posting, topped up with some homophobic ranting to top it off. Yes, it was aimed at trans women like me, and toilet issues, so I commented back about how he felt about trans men using the same toilet as his wife, if he had his way.

So fine, I got a further nasty comments in return, and that was pretty much it. Before I switched him off, I asked if he realised that I was lesbian, when he friended me in the first place. He said he didnt, even though I didnt exactly hide the fact in my postings! Ah well, he’s gone now. Though he did add comments afterwards on the same thread that I should repent my wicked ways, or something like that! Sheesh!

Right, the video. What I seem to have when it comes to LGBT, and especially Trans issues!