poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Nepal Interim Constitution, Will PLWHA, and other vulnerable communiteis have rights?

Dear All

The Nepal's interim constitution have failed to ensure the rights of sexual minorities, gender minorities, PLWHA and Sex workers and provide any protection despite of our continuous lobbying and providing written recommendation to the drafting committee.

Now we its time we need to do more and we call for your support and solidarity.

Sunil Pant
Blue Dimaond Society


City Looks Into Harrassment Of Transgender Worker

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo officials say they are investigating claims that a transgender City Hall employee is being harrassed on the job. The worker, Camille Hopkins, says someone left a distrubing note on her desk, and she fears for her safety. 


California senate passes two pro-gay bills

The California senate has recently passed two pro-gay bills. The Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act would instruct the judicial council to provide instruction to jurors stating that a defendant’s bias against a person's sexual orientation or gender identity should not be considered when deciding a verdict. The bill also states that the Office of Emergency Services must create training manuals for district attorneys to address the use of so-called panic defenses in hate crimes. The panic defense, in which a defendant claims to have panicked when discovering the victim’s sexual orientation or identity, was a major factor in the case of Gwen Araujo—a transgender teen who was brutally murdered in 2002.


Cop Commits Suicide After Performing Transgender Operation on Self

A Russian policeman has attempted suicide after performing a transgender surgery on himself. He was found with a rope around his neck in a pool of blood — his genitals had been cut off and the wound scrupulously stitched up. Painkillers and a bloody needle, as well as the remains of his genitals, were lying on the floor next to him. 

Alexei’s wife Irina, who found the man half dead in his country cottage in the suburbs of Moscow, called the ambulance immediately. The doctors managed to save his life, but said he would never be able to have sex again, Zhisn daily reports.



Assembly Bill 606, the Safe Place to Learn Act, authored by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), passed the Senate today by a 23-16 vote and will now return to the Assembly for a final vote before being presented to Governor Schwarzenegger. The bill provides guidance and direction to school districts in implementing California's existing laws regarding anti-discrimination and harassment in schools.

AB 606 provides tools for school districts to comply with the law and reaffirms that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students are protected against harassment and violence in California schools," stated Geoff Kors, EQCA's executive director.

Assembly Bill 606 creates a model antidiscrimination and harassment policy for school districts to adopt and publicize; provides that schools, during the normal course of reprinting, update all applicable publications on school safety to include information on bias-related discrimination and harassment; and ensures that schools document all complaints brought forward by students.   


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