Thursday, April 13, 2006

Transgender Petition to the United Nations

As citizens of the world, we petition the United Nations to revise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from "all women and men" to "all people". The United Nations stands for human equality and freedom from discrimination for any reason, including gender. Yet the term "women and men" is exclusionary of all people whose gender cannot be described by either category.

We also urge that you include the term "gender", within Article 2, "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." This addition is suggested to protect transgender people, whose human rights are being violated because of their exhibited gender, not their biologic sex.

The transgender population of the world is emerging, and in doing so, faces grave misunderstanding, prejudice and injustice on a daily basis. In the absence of recognition as a distinct and equal subset of humanity, transgender people do not receive equal protection under common law or human rights. Many instances can be referenced where transgender people were not afforded equal rights nor freedoms, and have been subjected to atrocious and inhumane treatment at the hands of law makers and society at large. (See links at right)

We urge the United Nations to take a leading role in including the transgender population through use of the phrase "all people", rather than excluding them by using the term "all women and men". This simple step would go a long way in setting precidents for the equal recognition and protection of all human beings of the world.

EXISTING TERMINOLOGY

Preamble: "Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women."

Article 2: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Article 16(1): "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.

PROPOSED TERMINOLOGY:

Preamble: "Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of all people."

Article 2: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Article 16(1): "People of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.




SIGN THE PETITION



To Our Dear Friends and Supporters,
We understand that you may be reluctant to sign your official names due to privacy and safety concerns. We encourage you to sign with your chosen transgender name, as your symbolic affirmation of support. While this petition may not be official in every sense, the message is clear. Transgender people want to be considered human beings -- people -- equal to men and women. All people are encouraged to sign this petition, transgender or otherwise, either officially or symbolically. The real power isn't the # of signatures, but the number of people reading the petition, paying attention, becoming aware of this important issue. The focused attention of a group is what brings change, not printed signatures on a page. Your signature is symbolic of the fact that you were here, you read the petition, agree with the proposed changes, and will pass the word on to someone else. This word of mouth will spark new momentums in ways that will have progressive effects on the lives of transgender people everywhere. Sign this petition if you believe all people should have equal human rights. Sign this petition because the phrase "all men and women" excludes gender-variant individuals.

We are all equal people, no matter what gender.

Peace Love & Light,
Michele Angelique and Laurie Anne (Sweet)



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  • At 10:13 PM, Blogger ~Sweet~ said…

    As the mother of a TG child and as a friend to many, I wholeheartedly agree with this petition.

    Its time for Transgender people to be recognized. This should have happened a long time ago.

    I have witnessed what prejudice can do. Try seeing your child come home with black eyes and a bloody nose because they choose to dress different then other boys. I am one of the lucky ones, at least my child came home.

    I urge you to bring this petition to your immediate attention.


    Laurie-Anne Dixon
    Age 35
    Alberta, Canada

     
  • At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anyone who respects the rights and freedoms ginen unto its peoples in a free and Democratic Nation, owes these rights to all without bias or discrimination, for those who have had to fight the hardest.
    Ron Christie
    Taber, A;berta
    Canada

     
  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger Michele Angelique said…

    I wholeheartedly support this petition. All human beings should be considered of equal worth, especially by the United Nations. Stats indicate that 1 out of every 12 transgender women is murdered, and this does not even account for instances of violence not resulting in murder. For the United Nations to inadvertently endorse transgender descrimination through exclusionary wording, is a flawed precident in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I urge the United Nations to set a leading example in recognizing that "all men and women" no longer includes "all people", as it was originally intended in 1948. The terminology must therefore be broadened to signify that the U.N. considers all human beings to be of equal worth, regardless of gender.

    Sincerely,
    Michele Angelique Levin
    www.genderevolve.com
    michele@genderevolve.com
    Vancouver, Canada

     
  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Alysyn said…

    Despite the fact that human history plods along a linear time-line, human evolution has the capacity to grow exponentially beyond the limits of historical dictates. What we build now will facilitate that growth potential and open up greater possibilities for peaceful human interactions on a global scale.

    Often time it take nothing more than recognizing the mistakes in perception and altering them accordingly.

    Though it is unfortunate that people must still be reminded that it is inappropriate to distinguish between persons based on color, creed or construct in the context of the allowance of personal freedom, let us not be so foolish as to diminish their humanity. It is the one innate aspect of our existence which entitles us a voice and role in our evolution, whether personal or racial (i.e. Human).

    I wholeheartedly agree with the changes proposed here. As is anything of this nature, it is a step in the right direction...

    Alysyn Ayrica Bourque
    Age 37
    Long Beach, CA USA

     
  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Brielle Echo Whitney said…

    To be defined in terms of what YOU believe is the full scope of reality is insulting not only to me, but, to your capacity to view a mutable & ever changing world with an eye of hope. For what we now see in this system of intolerance across the board brought on by pundits of narrow minded secularism & shameful self infating is not only serving to limit the ability for the globe as a whole to work towards solving issues which, across the board, are choking both society & our environment in a stranglehold of self righteousness, greed, power & subjugation.
    If we are to find real solutions to the problems laid waste by man, then we need to start by having an intrinsic chapter written which, as was the preamble to our own declaration of independence, that all are created equal, with inalienable rights as equal beings under God.
    If these words then ring hollow, then it's time to re-examine our co-dependant nature on this planet, and get off the proverbial pot, so to speak.
    The nature of individuals who accept their duality is nothing more tha a deeper understanding of what it is to be human. We are all born female, This is fact. To deny the existence of bi polar brain mapping is to admit that you're an idiot! The male who cannot see the truth before his eyes is only doing so as a knee jerk fear of loosing some nihilistic sense of power. Who do you think runs the home, fosters the hope of man....well, it isn't the male of the species, that's a truism. If we are left with the black & white system which has been written by MEN, then there is no hope for advancement of our future. If we do not have the ability to see what is clearly presented before us, then we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over & over until we do wiitness the truth.
    I'd implore any who see these messages of hope to look deeply inside, and search for what you know has always been there, and in doing this introspection, you would do this for your brother, your sister, yourself. Please find the courage to truly be leaders for progressive change & equality for all.

    Brielle Echo Whitney
    Age 48
    New York, NY USA

     
  • At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is a great idea, the united nations have a great power on the hands, they alone can start the fair treatment of all people as equals, no male/no female/no gay / no lesbian. Just people,
    By changing the few words that we are asking for, will start our treatment as real people moving in the right driction.

    Heather Lee
    Red Deer Ab. Can
    Heathercd@shaw.ca

     
  • At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Caroline McConnell said…

    I agree that the Universal Declaration for Human Rights should be amended to include the Transgendered community. People are all humans, whether they are gay/lesbian/straight/bi/Trans should make no difference to that very basic fact.

    The time has come for the United Nations to recognise that LGBT persons too have rights, and that they should not be ignored simply because of their gender or identity.

    Caroline McConnell,
    Age 23,
    Yorkshire,
    United Kingdom.

     
  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger Alexis Rene said…

    Alexis Rene Jones
    Age 32
    Springfield, Illinois

     
  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger tina said…

    i hope it work everyone should have the same rights love@peace

     
  • At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Concerned Women of America petitioned Mattel to change a poll that allowed children to identify themselves as boy, girl or "I don't know". They claimed Mattel was creating confusion in these children. What they failed to realize is these kids are already confused because of intolerant and myopic people like the ones at CWA. Mattel caved. This has to stop or these kids will suffer the same as I and millions like me did.

    There are so many who live in the grey area between male and female. It's time we are recognized and included as part of mainstream society. We already contribute plenty to it. We should be counted as part of it.

    Julie Moriarty
    Burr Ridge, IL

     
  • At 7:19 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    I agree completely and support this petition to the United Nations.

    Michael

    Age 44

    Maryland, USA

     
  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Emily Anne said…

    count me in we should be treated as human beings also

    signed
    Steven R Allred

     
  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger Felicia Conti said…

    I wholeheartedly support this petition.

    Felicia Conti

     
  • At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is a wonderful cause and should be taken very serious.

    April Renee Drake
    Evart, Michigan

     
  • At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Vinny said…

    human beings should be treated as human beings. people should not be treated differently because of how they decide to live their lives. everyone deserves equal rights. its about time people wake up and accept people for who they are, not for what others think they should be. and in this day and age, i think its ridiculous that this kind of prejudice still exsists. i agree with the changes proposed here. i hope it works because everyone deserves to be treated equal.

     
  • At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Janine said…

    as a handicapped tgirl i support this petition with all the love i can give.

     
  • At 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm not sure if this is how you "sign up", but I'm in favor of this.

    Just another way to help fight the powers that be

    Karl Kline (aka Kayti)
    age 27
    Denver, CO

     
  • At 3:44 AM, Anonymous Selena said…

    I totally agree with this petition........It's time that ALL people are treated equal....

     
  • At 4:48 AM, Blogger Dee Femina said…

    I absolutely support this petition. It is time that society recognises and respects the rights of transgendered people. The UN, as the forum for global society, needs to acknowledge our existence and rights.

    Dee
    Age 50
    Sydney
    Australia

     
  • At 5:59 AM, Blogger Whisper Leigh Smythe said…

    Any discrimination is wrong. It is everywhere, everyday. If this enlightens just one person to think of TG people as people, how can you argue against it????

    Leigh Smythe
    Brunsville, Minn, USA

     
  • At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is something that could go a long way in our struggle for equality. Little barriers like this are small individually but large when placed together as we should be.


    Donna Greer Tinley Park, Illinois

     
  • At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with the petition.

    Gender identity should be in there as well.

     
  • At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Please consider me to be very supportive of the suggestions listed. I support tham because they are more inclusive and make it more difficult to claim that some humans have no protection by the law.

    Great Idea

    Kunigunde Luetzelberger

     
  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Acceptance should not be something we have to ask for, but since we must, please change the wording to 'gender'. This will certainly be a big step for tolerance and equality.
    Thank you,
    Kathryn Hughes,
    New Hampshire, U.S.A.

     
  • At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with and fully support this petition.

    Keith McGregor
    West Burke, VT

     
  • At 9:35 AM, Anonymous mika boom said…

    It is indeed sad, if not scandalous, that in this day and age, we need a U.N. resolution modified to include gender, to provide protection under the law for citizens of the world.

    Mark Klink
    Covington, Kentucky, USA.

     
  • At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am supportive, discrimination is wrong

    Rob Alfano
    CT/RI, USA

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Shari Williams said…

    You can count on my support! Thanks to all those who put forth this petition!

     
  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger annette said…

    I agree and will support this petition.
    Annette

     
  • At 12:23 AM, Blogger adarabeth said…

    What this petition recommends is LONG overdue. It is time for the world to recognize the changes suggested here and give transpeople fair and just representation. I fully agree and support the petition as it is written and fully expect the UN to make these changes immediately.
    Adarabeth Veau

     
  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Duke Sheehan said…

    I agree with and fully support this petition. After all this country states all people are equal. So prove it, treat transgenders with the same respect as you treat others.

     
  • At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Naomi Snyder said…

    In 1964 the Elliot Larsons act was inacted with wording that was meant to include LGBT people, however because of the wording, we were eliminated from coverage by some self rightous Judge whom said it did not speciffically "include" us with its wording thus we were not afforded the equal rights in extended to many other people. This is why we find ourselfs fighting for rights today. Misswording very well could elminate us here as well.

    Personally i fully suport what this patition stands for.

    Thank you,
    naomi snyder
    Michigan

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I support this petition.

     
  • At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Rhenaiya J said…

    I agree with this petition and would like to see efforts made globally to bring equality and protection for all people. Perhaps then people can live in celebration of eachothers differences rather than suffer the throes of an emotional turmoil brought on by identity supression. Maybe an amendment to laws regarding HUMAN rights can help deter would be offenders and give a more tangible sense of belonging and safety to those of us who fall between the cracks.

     
  • At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't know whether gender-inclusive language will make the declaration truly universal, but it will certainly bring it a lot farther along. I support this petition.

    -Celia

     
  • At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Jon Fishman said…

    It's the 21st Century and it's high time that people throughout the world recognize that people, regardless of gender or sex, all deserve the right to live in peace, freedom and security. I wholeheartedly support this petition drive and... for the life of me... can't think of any reason why anyone wouldn't.

    Jon Fishman
    Boston, MA, US
    http://profiles.urnotalone.com/jon

     
  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Karen Reeves said…

    I am in total support of this petition. It is high time that in the 21st century the United Nations, which represents virtually all the nations of the world, truly support basic human rights for the transgendered. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which all member nations are signatories, should enforce this provision. I can think of no sound reason why this petition should not be honored. Thank you for your kind attention !

     
  • At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You think changing some words would make it all ok. Discrimination is still going to happen. Also look at the nations that are part of the human rights committe. They are the biggest offenders of human rights.

     
  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger Karen Reeves said…

    To anonymous : No, changing a few words on a piece of paper will not change everything. One of those offending nations you mentioned was East Germany of the Berlin Wall fame. Now all of Germany is free ! Great things can happen. Miracles are called miracles because they are not common or nor easy to find. Do we not hope for them ?

    Much more will need to be done. Do you think ANONYMOUSLY HIDING and sitting on the sidelines of life issuing negative "downers" will be of more use ? I doubt it. Let's inspire instead !

    ~KAREN~

     
  • At 12:20 PM, Anonymous allawious said…

    Sex, man, and woman should be removed

    ...equal rights of ,the people

    ...such as race, colour, human capacities, language,...

    All the people of full age,...

     
  • At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wise words Brielle.
    I agree wholeheartedly.

    Arianne Travis
    Montreal, Canada.
    ariannetv@hotmail.com

     
  • At 4:08 PM, Blogger Jacqueline said…

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  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger Jacqueline said…

    It's rather peculiar that the United Nations, which stands on American soil, has yet in the twenty-first century to adopt automatically gender-neutral language. Gender-neutral language automatically fosters inclusivity of all people, not a portion. I whole-heartedly support such a petition, have signed it and hope that it comes to fruition. Such measures of embracing the totality of humanity are long overdue, especially by the United Nations whose records on the enforcement of human rights violations could be stronger and more comprehensive. ~Peace, Love & Light, Jacqueline

     
  • At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi!
    As an editor of several publications and VP of Dawn Media, Inc. publishers of a 27-year-old adjudicated GLBT newspaper here in Southern California I would love to see you change transgendered to transgender which is universally acknowledged as correct usage.
    Great job in speaking out and giving the community a voice! Kudos to you!
    Best,
    Amber Thorne

     
  • At 6:00 PM, Blogger Amara said…

    I just looked through all of the signatures on this petition and read some of the comments, and it trully warmed my heart to see so many people in support of this! How inspiring!
    Thank you ladies for starting this! lol I kinda have a lump in my throat!

     
  • At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Cindi said…

    Hi, I'm glad that y'all took the initative to do this, although I honestly don't think it will do much good. The U.N. has a terrible track record on human rights and it is hopelessly corrupt. They are paper tigers in every sense of the word, although I do hope that this time I'm wrong and something good actually comes of this.
    Best Wishes, Cindi

     
  • At 3:06 AM, Anonymous Colin said…

    This needs to go out to every mailing list we all know of. It needs wide-spread circulation!
    I fully support this effort.

    Colin D
    Ottawa, Canada

     
  • At 3:41 AM, Blogger he jin said…

    is this text available in other languages than english? since we are dealing with UN.

     
  • At 3:41 AM, Blogger he jin said…

    is this text available in other languages than english? since we are dealing with UN.

     
  • At 6:23 AM, Blogger Leslie said…

    I feel it my place in life to help the Transgendered community in any way I can.
    Love,Leslie

     
  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Christine Burns said…

    Dear Friends

    I know from the experience of campaigning for more than 14 years on behalf of trans people in the UK that the first step towards any goal can feel like a bid for the impossible. When Press for Change started the task seemed insurmountable and I certainly wondered whether there would ever be a point where we could look back and say, "Yes! We got there".

    Well, we did .. and every day in the UK I see little bits of evidence that the revolution continues, as our people gather strength and confidence from acquiring some self esteem and a feeling that the fight is a valid one.

    What you are setting out to do with this project is no less daunting, and may seem like an empty wish for many who've given up hope of feeling accepted and valued. But nearly 700 signatures from around the planet in just a couple of days says that the world is already a different place -- because trans people themselves are already different.

    All my best wishes to you therefore. I'll be watching how the campaign progresses and I'll look for opportunities to support it where I can.

    And remember the end of that song "High Hopes" ... whoops there goes another rubber tree plant.

    Christine Burns MBE
    Trans Rights Campaigner
    Manchester, UK

     
  • At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Sam said…

    Referring to earlier comments as well...

    So what if this won't change everything? The point is that people are banding together to take a stand against the mistreatment of certain individuals. That is a very important thing to do. Besides, every social movement had to start somewhere. Getting the UN to change things seems like a huge goal, and it will be a huge sadness if we fail, but we still have to have the hope that something can come of this. Even if the UN doesn't change the wording, at least we all know that there ARE people around the world that are willing to band together with others to fight for their equal rights and representation. So what if we possbily can't change things at the WORLD level all at once. We can find the people that hold true to the same beliefs we do and we can band together and fight on a NATIONAL level for those equalities. It is difficult, yes, but only because people are becoming so apathetic. "People should not be afraid of their governments. The government should be afraid of their people." The problem is that people of today are getting LAZY and they just don't stand together like people used to. It's time to stand up and take back what is ours. It is time to stand up and fight against those injustices. Stop being negative and stop bringing others down by saying things will never change. What we all need now is a positive attitude with a positive outlook.

    Samantha

     
  • At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Radha said…

    I have read all the comments here and I wholeheartedly support this cause
    What I have not noticed anyone say and is a fundamental fact is that we are ALL a creation of the Creator(Nature, whatever u wish to call IT) and so if any man discriminates against any of His Creation he discriminates against the Creator.
    This is not philosophy but a fact no matter how u want to look at it.
    Those of us that do discriminate are most probably still in the infancy of our human developement.
    As we are all not at the same stage of evolvement on this human journey, sadly, discrimination is here to stay and has to be fought with every tool at the disposable of those who see and strongly believe differently. Good Luck.

     
  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Jami said…

    Whether or not this will actually effect a change at the UN, and whether or not that change will make a difference in the world are moot points. This action is a starting place and nothing will happen unless it first gets started. This is but one place to start.

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Anonymous darlene said…

    Well the only thing i can say or comment about is that like the person before me said if WE ALL
    were'nt suppose to be here, then WHY are we here. It wasn't a mistake, because the higher power does not make mistakes and we all
    have been here since the hands of time. Now some folks want to try & change the world or rather what the creator put down here! LARGE ORDER one might think.

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Anonymous darlene said…

    Well the only thing i can say or comment about is that like the person before me said if WE ALL
    were'nt suppose to be here, then WHY are we here. It wasn't a mistake, because the higher power does not make mistakes and we all
    have been here since the hands of time. Now some folks want to try & change the world or rather what the creator put down here! LARGE ORDER one might think.

     
  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger Lili said…

    I fully support this petition.
    The petition should go out to every mailing list we all know.

     
  • At 10:12 PM, Anonymous jeremyhallguy30 said…

    i just want to say let men or women make up there mind i found some one who is specail to me though my space i like her and she was a man if u dont like it lump it

     
  • At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I support this petition wholeheartedly, both as a pacificst anarachist and as an androgyne.

    I find it encouraging that so many people are willing to stand together to make our voice heard.

    Tom a.k.a. Emi
    United Kingdom

     
  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger maryah said…

    we all humans have the same needs for freedom and respect no matter gender age physical condition color social condition.....thx providing this petition,i love you alll....maria

     
  • At 7:54 AM, Blogger Anna Kristjánsdóttir said…

    I agree and support this petition.

    Anna Kristjánsdóttir
    Reykjavík Iceland

     
  • At 8:29 PM, Anonymous C. Dumas said…

    So much damage is done to gender-variant people of all ages and identities because of ignorance and misconceptions. This petition is a wonderful step, one of many that needs to be done on the way to educating people on this problem.

    I support this petition, both as a person whose gender identity is 'variant' from the confines of female and male and as a individual very glad to have the choice to seek physical transition.

    Thank you.

     
  • At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Rev. David McNelly said…

    I support this petition.

    Rev. David McNelly
    Soaring Spirit Sanctuary
    Medford, Oregon USA

     
  • At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I fully support this petition as to its intent. However I wonder if the inclusion of gender will accomplish what is intended. There are those who will argue for the existance of only two genders. Perhaps the "gender" should be "Gender expression".

    The human species need to join the rest of the universe in understanding that the norm is diversity.

    Rev. K. D. Adams
    Ontario, Canada

     
  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I do support this petition but just wondered when this petition will go before the UN, I notice the original date is April 13, 2006 so it has been circulating at least a year and still hasn't been brought forward. Any answers?

    Thanks
    Kate Thomas
    USA

     
  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    I SUPPORT.

    Jessica C.
    Norfolk, VA
    Age 22

     
  • At 2:53 AM, Blogger Yew Berry Castle said…

    You can't change reality if you don't try. I support any petition for greater human rights.

     
  • At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Stephanie Butterfield said…

    I signed the petition and linked it to many groups, I see many folks on there that I know.

    Keep it up, the fight is a valid and Just one.

    Stephanie

     
  • At 2:41 AM, Blogger Andy said…

    I support the petition. We are human beings and any discernible traits in us cannot be used as a substitute for that fact (even if I was to be viewed solely as a transgendered person, I wonder why anyone would oppress me for that fact; am I hurting anyone). My brothers, father, grandpa all enjoy human rights because they are human beings not because they are male and behave in a masculine manner. I also demand people to treat me so. Respect my rights as a human being (I am a human being and I have evidence to support that claim). Unless those who abrogate my rights have reasons to prove otherwise, I will claim my human rights. People can concot all sorts of reasons to deny transgendered people their human rights. But, its the sad reminder of the Hitlers of this world. Hitler hated the Jewish race, He wanted an excuse to justify his diabolical acts on fellow human beings. He referred to the jewish population as jews and went ahead to annihilate them 'because' he was doing God's work. The jewish population had crucified jesus (and all that religious mumbo jumbo) and Hitler cheated himself (and the masses) that he was on a god ordained task. The same scenario we have in our society. Religous extremists, social conservatives and other unhinged characters will go ahead to oppress me and my ilk cause of my gender variant behaviour (and not because I inconvenience or hurt them in anyway). Why? I am an affront to their Gods or whatever it is that they worship or because of their narrow reality tunnels cannot allow them to be perceptive of some fundamental issues in a person's life. They cannot differentiate between sex and gender, the ramifications of their sloppy thinking and fanaticism. Kenya suffered from 1998 U.S embassy bombing by al-qaeda and people here really whined alot. Yet, it is the same bettleheads who have no qualms killing, beating and denying transgendered people their human rights. They have the bible to support them. How is this different from a muslim terrorist using his/her Koran to justify jihads? They are all one and the same thing: senseless, uncompassionate, selfish, retrogressive and foolish. All people need to reconsider their attitudes on people who are different or who don't pass their individual definition of what is male and female. Let us all people be sensible and civil.

     
  • At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Lysette Faith said…

    All too often, sexuality is confused with gender identity, yet sexuality is recognised and protected to a greater degree. Not only do we have to very often hide away from an intolerant society, there are high incidences of attacks on us, both physical and verbal. There are also too many suicides brought about because of the same intolerance. I wholeheartedly back this attempt to amend the wording and hope that we are eventually respectfully recognised.
    Lysette Faith
    Liverpool
    England

     
  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There's a problem in your text: "not their biologic sex." What does that mean? Penis=Male and NoPenis=Female? XX=female and XY=male? For me the misunderstanding about what you're talking about, when you use the term "biological" ist the main problem in misunderstanding transsexual people. You are what you are - if you know who you are then you know your "biological" sex. Gender Identity isn't a misorder - it is the knowledge about your birth-sex.

     

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