Friday, December 25, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

MUCH LOSS

2020 has been a tough year in many ways. A number of people I know have lost loved ones. This was the bloodiest year for transgender and non-conforming people with over forty reported deaths here in the US.

 I am mindful of how precious friendships are. Life is fragile as I can personally attest. Wearing a mask, not being able to dine in a restaurant, or go to a movie is minuscule in comparison to not being able to see my friends. 

This year after the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil in November, I was emotionally drained like never before. Perhaps it was the combination of the loss of life and the way we go about our daily lives. It may have been the disappearance of the many places I used to frequent, some permanently. Perhaps it is the time to support each other like never before. In the end, this is more valuable than what any pandemic can serve up. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

BE YOURSELF!


DON'T LET OTHERS DEFINE WHO YOU ARE!

ATTACKS ON TRANS AND NON CONFORMING PEOPLE

 Democratic wanna-be Tulsi Gabbard recently filed an anti-transgender bill that attempts to limit trans athletes from participating on sports teams.  This has been a tough year for transgender and gender non-conforming people. We keep moving forward though. If we are being attacked, mocked, and ridiculed like we are, it means that we are having an impact. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

THIRSTING FOR MORE

Usually from Thanksgiving to New Years' is my time of reflection. This year I had even more time. I have written more, read in greater depth, and discover the need to be challenged. 

I have numerous points in my life where I will pass from one threshold to another. Last year I embraced my queerness though I always believed that I was. Here I am, a 72-year-old trans woman who still thirsts for more from life. If there's one positive from the covid pandemic. it is the willingness to break down more barriers.

I believe as I get older I need to do new activities. I'm thankful for many things but I need to cross new roads. I know that I will in 2021.


Friday, December 04, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.


~Princess Diana

ROBERT HAYDEN




 I am reading some of Robert Hayden's poetry. Like a number of authors, he was criticized because he referred to himself as an American author rather than a black author. What I didn't know about Hayden is that though he was married, he struggled privately with his own bisexuality. Whether he acted upon it I haven't found out. I will do more research on his life.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

1968

 The year 1968 was touched on during a discussion last night. It was the year I believe a big change was coming to America. Reverend Martin Luther King was bringing together diverse groups of people in an effort to change the course of the country. April, Dr. King was assassinated. Two months later, Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy met the same fate. All hell broke loose during the Democratic National Convention. America had lost its innocence and its way.

Some may think 1968 doesn't affect us today but I beg to differ. Are there any great leaders with some kind of spiritual or moral values? Is there anyone who is concerned about the poor and middle class and have solutions to the problems that ails them? I left the Democratic Party over a dozen years because they weren't listening to me. The Republican party never listened to me. 

Today I sat in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. I first went there in 1968 where it became a regular hangout. The ideas were free-flowing. People could speak their minds without the threat of being silenced. At times I wish '68 could happen again. There needs to be a BIG change because as I see it if the course isn't changed, then our way of life is headed down the crapper.    

Friday, November 27, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.


~Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Statesman (106BC-43BC)



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

COMMENTARY


 Transgender Awareness Week has concluded. Forty-one transgender and non-conforming sisters and brothers murdered in the United States. This year's Transgender Day Of Remembrance vigil was emotionally draining for me. 

I attended two vigils. The one I went to yesterday also presented TGNC who committed suicide. One person was just sixteen. I was personally affected five years ago by the suicide of someone I met just two days prior. It's very sad that a person resorts to this simply because she/he cannot live in the gender/identity they really are. It's disconcerting when, reading the names of the deceased, the person you read was just seventeen years old.

Looking ahead, attacks against transgender and non-conforming people are being ramped up. Our soon to be ex-president gave permission to homophobes, transphobes, and racists to unleash their hatred and vitriol. How many more lives will be lost because people are so blinded by hate.

Transgender and non-conforming have been around since life began. we will always be around no matter what. It's high that society, politicians, and law enforcement understand that we ask to be treated as human beings. 

 

Friday, November 20, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

 

 

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Forty-one transgender people were reported murdered in the United States. Over 350 have been murdered worldwide. There are many more who go unreported or are misgendered. Most were women of color. There were four transgender men. At least five were 21 years of age and younger.  I was emotionally drained later in the evening after attending a vigil.




I want to pay special tribute to Monica Roberts, a transgender activist and advocate who lived in Houston, Texas. Ms. Roberts passed away on October 5th of natural causes at 58. She was instrumental in my education about transgender people of color when I came out. Her blog, Trans Griot, which she created, was chock full of information about how trans people of color were an integral part of past and present LGBTQ movements.

Ms. Roberts was very vocal about the racial discrimination of transgender people in the criminal justice system. She made sure that who died were properly represented in their chosen gender. Ms. Roberts was instrumental in many changes which improved the lives of transgender people in the Houston area and beyond.

I corresponded with her for over a decade. I will miss her insight, honesty, and passion. RIP, MONICA!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE


 The members of SAGE held its 8th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil this evening. We celebrated the lives of the 41 transgender men and women murdered in the United States and Puerto. The vast majority were people of color. At least five people were 21 years old and under, the youngest being seventeen. 

I read a spoken word piece titled '41' in honor of the folks who were murdered. It has been suggested that the day be renamed 'Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience.' I like the idea. In spite of everything we are a resilient group.

SAGE celebrated TDOR today (actual day is November 20th) so we wouldn't be in conflict other vigils.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK

 This week homage will be paid to all the transgender people who lose their lives through violence. It is also a time where people can learn more about who we are and what we are about. 

There will be day of remembrance ceremonies all over the world. I will be participating in one here locally with a monologue piece. The actual day of Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th. The ceremony I will attend is on the 19th. There were thirty-four reported transgender deaths, the vast majority are women of color. There are probably more however many people are misgendered or not reported. This has been the bloodiest year for transgender and gender non-conforming people. 


Friday, November 13, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

 It's really great to see the queer landscape really change to include everybody and make the rest of the world understand that we're not just one or two things. There's so much about the queer community that needs to be represented. 


~Nico Santos, Actor (b. 1979)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

BICURIOUS

 The COVID pandemic has forever changed how we live our lives. On a personal level,  this time has revealed some deep yearning and feelings about what it is to be transgender and queer. The lens of how I view life When I was going through my gender questioning phase it was a matter of time that I discovered that was transgender. Now I'm bicurious and wonder where this will lead.

I  

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

TDOR

 TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

                      NOVEMBER 20TH

Saturday, November 07, 2020

COMMENTARY-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

 Today former Vice-president Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The absentee and military ballots are being counted but it looks like Biden will win. 

I did not vote for Biden ( I voted third party) as I view him as a safe but mediocre candidate. Biden supported issues in the past that I was opposed to. He supported the Patriot Act. He also supported the invasion of Iraq. 

I was offended when he said if I am black and don't vote for him, then I'm not black. I am black and I had to deal with this stuff from some of the black students when I was in junior college (many of my friends were white).  I wish we were past all this but when Donald Trump was elected he brought all the racists out of the closet. 

I pray that people will be brought back together for the sake of the country. I've never experienced the polarization palpable like I have the past four years. What will happen next only time will tell. I believe there were better candidates than Joe Biden. Today, the Democratic and Republican parties are two sides of the same coin. In conclusion, I believe people picked the lesser of two evils.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

ELECTION DAY


Today is the last to vote for the next commander-in-chief. I voted early as many people did. When the polls close here in NYC at 9PM, the wait begins.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

AMY CONEY BARRETT

With the election of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the LGBTQI+ community needs to be diligent about how we are affected by this. I'm researching more about her.

EARLY VOTING A HIT

I have two polling places near my home and the lines of folks waiting to cast their votes are something I haven't seen in years. This is a critical election and people are making their votes count. 

There have been a few glitches in the process but overall it has been good. With COVID affecting everything this way of voting is virgin territory for many. I cast my vote the other day.


VOTE!

Friday, October 23, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Like many teens, I struggled with my body and looks, but my despair was amplified by the expectations of cisnormativity and the gender binary as well as the impossibly high beauty standards that I, and my female peers, measured myself against.

~Janet Mock  

Friday, October 16, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

 Don't make a problem bigger than it really is.


~Genevieve

Thursday, October 15, 2020

BLOODY YEAR

Thirty-three transgender people have been killed this year. These are those deaths reported. This is the bloodiest year for transgender people in the US. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY


 

Be proud of who you are. How you choose to identify is your right and your choice. 


Friday, October 09, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Faith is different from proof, the latter is human, the former is a gift from God.


~Blaise Pascal, French Philosopher (1623-1662)  

Thursday, October 08, 2020

MONICA ROBERTS PASSES

 I was shocked to hear that TransGriot Creator Monica Roberts has passed. Don't have any further details.

Monday, October 05, 2020

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR INFLUENCE

Recently a friend of mine revealed that she is bisexual. I was surprised because I assumed (never assume) that she was straight. She shared that she never felt anything though she had inklings in the past. This is similar to my experience in that I never knew that I was trans. I never put on a woman's article as a child nor did I have that desire. Then she told me that I was an influence on her because I lived my reality openly. It allowed her to live an authentic life.

Some folks may believe that their lives aren't important or don't matter. You may be influencing someone and may not know it. Another person may be on the cusp of living authentically because you are actually doing it. I'm thankful for young people who are challenging gender norms and living as themselves. 

I am so happy for my friend. I want to meet with her and let her share her story. All of our journeys are different but unique. One never knows who may be watching. Perhaps you may have pulled someone over that last hurdle to authentic living.

Friday, September 25, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

~Albert Camus

Monday, September 21, 2020

SEEING MY CHURCH FAMILY

Yesterday, members of my church gathered at a nearby park. Social distancing and masks were in order. I hadn't seen them since the coronavirus hit in March.  What thrilled me is the children playing. Personal interaction is very, very important for all of us. 

Personal interaction is very important to people who really need the contact. People struggling with depression, substance abuse, the elderly, the LGBTQI+ community, and other vulnerable folks are being affected by the lack of personal contact.

Friday, September 18, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Always pray and never give up.


~Luke 18:1  😄

Monday, September 14, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020

COMMENTARY

I am of the mind that if one holds a position on a topic, they should be able to defend their position in a rational and constructive manner.  For example, to say that someone opposes something because of his/her religious convictions does nothing to explain to me their position. What are their convictions and why they believe what they believe? 

The way transgender and gender non conforming people are sometimes treated led me to write this commentary. We are called demonic, perverts, and not worthy of living. What happened to Layleen Polanco in 2019 at Rikers Island as a result of neglect and, in my mind, bias. When someone claims to love God but hates someone because they are different, then they go against the God they claim to love and worship. 

I'm willing to learn something new if I don't know anything about the subject. To take a position on something one knows little or nothing about does nothing for anyone. Comments such as 'it goes against my religious beliefs' or 'I don't believe in science' or 'you are a racist' does nothing to explain why one believes what they believe. 

Friday, September 04, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.


~Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

THE FRANCHISE HAS PASSED







                                                                TOM SEAVER
                                        (1944-2020)

Monday, August 31, 2020

2020 BASEBALL


I'm a huge Mets fan as you can see. in this weird baseball season, there have been some surprises and disappointments.

SURPRISES
1. San Diego Padres-playing better than expected. Can mash the ball

2. Chicago White Sox- thought they could compete. Playing well after a slow start.

3. Toronto Blue Jays- were not on my radar. Have some mashers. Decent pitching.


DISAPPOINTMENTS
1. Cincinnati Reds- Thought they could be a factor. Not hitting. Outside of Sonny Gray, inconsistent pitching.

2. Washington Nationals- fell off the map. When Strasburg opted out, that was it.

3. New York Mets- maddeningly inconsistent. Very streaky bats. Lousy bullpen.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

WE ARE AMERICA TOO

I fail to see how people can say that trans people are a threat to women and children. The right talks about treating everyone the same and yet discriminate against us. I know that my chromosomes say that I am male. There's much more to me than my chromosomes. I think, feel, chose to identify how I feel. Society cannot dictate how I or anyone else should express his/herself. 

We are of all races, genders, sexualities, and political persuasions. Maybe it was a trans or non-conforming person who said the only kind word you heard all day. They may have given you directions, made your lunch, or served you coffee. We may have created some of the things you may use. 

I wish I could have been at the Republican convention and shared my story. I may not change any minds but they will know that I'm a flesh and blood person who wants the best for everybody. My trans brothers and sisters should not be the target of wrath and murder and being made invisible. It says in the bible if one member hurts then everybody hurts. This is not conjecture but fact.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Crises are part of life. Everybody has to face them, and it doesn't make any difference what the crisis is.


~Jack Nicklaus

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

BE YOU


CHANGE

When the pandemic is finally over the world will be different. I'm seeing it now. Businesses shutting down, people unemployed, and old ways of doing things forever changed. Reminds me of when computers became part of our daily lives.  

There are few constants in life and change is one of them. Social sites like Zoom have made it easier for folks to meet, work, and socialize. The downside is the lack of personal interaction with family and friends. I wonder how children are affected by this, not being able to see their friends and classmates. 

With the presidential election coming in a few moments it could be the moment of truth of where we are headed. I generally don't discuss politics on my blog but we, the people will need to decide what kind of future do we want. 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

RESPECT AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER

When I came out I was free to be who I wanted to be. Society couldn't dictate who I suppose to be. I sought to create my own identity and I have. Each of us possesses the chance to do this. 

I don't discuss transgenderism much because I choose to live life. When certain forces say that I have to believe or look a certain way, then I have a problem with this. We come from many different political persuasions and life experiences. This is what makes life interesting. Yes, I'm transgender and queer but it's not the only aspect of my life. Identity politics has created more problems, I believe because everyone has to believe a certain way. This is something I chafed at growing up and I get chafed about it now. 

I respect each person for who they are. People will say whatever they want about me. It doesn't phase me at all.  I do and will always support the LGBTQI+ community. It's important that we respect and support one another.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

The next three months will be very interesting. There are so many factions clamoring to have their positions be heard. Will anybody be listening to what the other person has to say?  

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

KAMALA HARRIS

 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has selected former prosecutor Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Friday, August 07, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Real reform comes when people's hearts are changed.


~Genevieve

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

COMING OUT

Last week I shared my story on my radio program of coming out as a crossdresser then later as transgender. As I think about it each year seems to be different from the previous one. Is it life experiences? Or realizing that the journey is continuous? Or the idea there's a lot more to me than is being revealed.

The timing of my presenting Genevieve was right. So have numerous other experiences. I embrace them and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

POEM OF HOPE AND RESILIENCE

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING

by James Weldon Johnson



Lift every voice and sing   
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.   
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;   
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,   
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,   
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might   
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,   
May we forever stand.   
True to our God,
True to our native land.

Friday, July 31, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

It isn't what you do, but how you do it.


~John Wooden

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

LIVE!

Life may be hard sometimes. It's good to laugh, tell jokes, and let loose. I enjoy life grateful to be alive. Each day is the opportunity to do something different.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

ANNIVERSARY

ON THIS DAY IN 2005, GENEVIEVE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD!

COMMENTARY

The next few months promise to be interesting. With Black Lives Matter, pro and anti-police factions, and extreme groups on the left and right, the last time I remember the country in a mess was back in 1968. Local politics are as important as national. 

What I'm praying for is that people will tone done their anger and communicate with each other. What are the issues that are important to EVERYBODY? How can we as people resolve them?  Mainstream does nothing to help clarify anything. I believe that we the people need to speak and take charge, leader, or no leader. 

The elite on both sides sees this as a sideshow in which they are jerking us around with nonsense and empty promises. No more! Many of these so-called leaders are an embarrassment to the country and the constituency they allegedly represent. I'm happy I don't have power because if I did, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DISMISSED!   

Friday, July 24, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.

~Martin L. King, Jr.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

DEFUNDING THE POLICE-A BAD IDEA

Talk of defunding the police has ramped up in the wake of George Floyd's death in May. In a number of cities, moves are being made to defund or, in some cases, dismantle the police force. Is this a good idea?

From my vantage point, this is a bad idea that will hurt law-abiding citizens. I agree that the police have become militarized and this needs to stop. Peaceful protestors have treated roughly like violent criminals.  Peaceful protest is a right people have. My objection is that there are over 30 thousand gangs throughout the country. What's going to stop them from wreaking havoc our neighborhoods. Here in New York, shootings have increased. Innocent people are being hurt or killed.

Bad cops need to be weeded out of the police force. If they commit a crime they should be prosecuted. I don't know what the police budget is but I believe efficient policing would serve the public better. Stop and frisk was a bad idea because of a lot of innocent people  (mostly people of color) being targeted and harassed. I also believe that defunding the police to divert money to social programs seems good on the surface but it's 'robbing Peter to pay Paul', something New York politics is notorious for.  Perhaps all of the cities services need to be reviewed and revamped.

Defunding the police is a bad idea because it will hurt all of us in the long run. The change will need to come from the public as well as the police department.  The men and women in blue have a tough job and I pray for them and their families. I pray for all the families who have lost loved ones through violence. It's time people get serious about REAL reform. Defunding the police will hurt all of us in the long run.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

LOOKING INWARD

   COVID 19 has made me change a few things in my life. It's forced me to look inside. Where I am now. Where do I want to go when all this is over. I have noticed the change in my poetry writing. I have written things some very personal things I am feeling that that moment. This has never been easy for me because of my introvert demeanor.

     As a queer person, I'm challenged to keep exploring and keep seeking. Say and write the things that are deep inside me. Not all of these thoughts are related to gender and sexuality. I do take life from the perspective of a queer trans person and have, in some instances, turned my world upside down. The complexity of my feelings is both exhilarating and challenging.

I'm not at liberty to share much at this time because the process is ongoing. This reminds me of the early days of my transition. While this is challenging it is not stressful. Something wonderful will be coming out in my future writings.  

Friday, July 17, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.


~Joyce Meyer

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ANTI- TRANSGENDER ATTACKS

Have you noticed the number of attacks against transgender and gender non-conforming people?  politicians, school administrators, medical people, and others are doing everything they can from letting trans and non-conforming people participate in life's activities. It seems to them that we are the source of the country's ills. 

It's nothing new. Minorities are always targeted as scapegoats for the lousy decisions made by elected officials. Many of the ills in the country did not happen overnight. We have always been here and we are not going anywhere. Transgender women are women. Transgender men are men. Period.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

AT LEAST FIVE BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN HAVE BEEN MURDERED

In the past couple of weeks at least five black transgender women have been murdered. I cannot remember when so many trans people were killed in such a short time. There are those women who have been reported. God knows how more black trans women have been murdered.

Friday, July 03, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

In solitude, we become aware that we were together before we came together and that life is not a creation of our will but rather an obedient response to the reality of our being united.

~Henri Nouwen, Clergyman (1932-1996)

Monday, June 29, 2020

QUEER LIBERATION MARCH

    Today I thought about the Queer Liberation March yesterday. It is the alternative March seeking to bring back the radical and political of the early marches compared to the bigger corporatized march.

The march was peaceful until two marchers were arrested near Washington Square Park for writing graffiti. Some people tried to prevent the arrests when the police became aggressive. They also had their badge number covered with tape. The Queer Liberation Front does not the police there at all. A friend of mine was hurt.

The police are militarized even against peaceful protestors. Our sorry mayor is trying to save his career and sides with the cops. I always found him to be ambiguous in his decisions.

I don't know what the future holds but transgender and non-conforming people are the targets. There have been a number of trans deaths around the country.  Last year a transwoman died in Rikers Island from a seizure. People are seeking answers about this and I want to be involved in this.

Right now my emotions are amped. I'm keeping things in perspective. I'm not going to shrink now when my trans sisters and brothers are being attacked from all sides.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

HAPPY PRIDE!


HAPPY PRIDE!

LOVE WHO YOU ARE

BE WHO YOU ARE

Saturday, June 27, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.


~Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

TEACHING MOMENT

The knocking down of statues is stupid and wrongheaded. What does it prove? Does it solve any problems? These statues and other monuments can be a teaching moment. Most of the statues I see I don't know who most of them are. If I'm interested I will research the person. 

It's come to a point of these zealots are telling you what to believe, how to think, and what to say. I do NOT subscribe to this! My parents taught me and my siblings to think for ourselves.  People are entitled to their own thoughts and opinions. It's called free speech. I'm appalled that conservatives' voices are being censored. I like to hear different viewpoints and maybe come to a resolution of an issue. This is what learning is. 

Every person that has a statue has flaws as well as strengths. Theodore Roosevelt was independent, created the conservation laws we have today protecting our lands. He was also an imperialist and militarist. Winston Churchill is looked upon as a hero and statesman. He was also an unapologetic racist. Gandhi was a great leader but was abusive with his own family. Yes, Georg Washington was a slaveholder but he was also one of the founding fathers of America. Yes, they all had faults. One can learn from them and not go in the same direction.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PHASE TWO

Phase two of the coronavirus recovery went into effect yesterday. Establishments such as salons and barbershops are open for business. Restaurants have outdoor dining and take out. I was in the East Village yesterday and there were few pedestrians and little traffic. I'll see how things go in the next week or two.  

Friday, June 19, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS


I believe it is better, to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.

~H.L. Mencken, Writer (1880-1956)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

SUPREME COURT RULING!

The Supreme Court ruled that the civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. It was a surprise given the makeup of the court. Wonderful news.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/us/gay-transgender-workers-supreme-court  

Saturday, June 13, 2020

COMMENTARY

Two black transgender women were murdered in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Now President Trump has overturned protections for transgender people against sex discrimination.in health care. It's bad enough that transgender people in many cases do not seek medical care because of the fear of mistreatment or worse, no treatment. What the government is doing is defending the strict binary system already in place. 

Transgender people are being denied participation in school athletics, service in the military, access to public accommodations in some cases, and denial of employment and housing. Roger Severino, head of the Hospital and Health Services states that transgender people are protected by other statutes that bar discrimination in health care. What I would ask Mr. Severino is why does he assert that transgender people are protected under existing statutes when transgender people, legitimately so, fear mistreatment. I know people who have been mistreated. 

I would also ask how my being transgender affects your religious convictions. Am I one of God's creations? Does God love me any less? I have been a born again Christian much longer than I've been out as transgender. Treating someone different because they aren't like them is showing partiality which is clearly spoken against in scripture. 

I am disappointed with this but not defeated. There will be lawsuits. I'm concerned about my trans brothers and sisters. Yet, I will be in the fight to see this action defeated. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.


~James Baldwin

Saturday, June 06, 2020

COMMENTARY

Much has happened both worldly and personally. I won't dwell on the personal stuff because it would take another post. With the protests over the death of George Floyd, let's not forget the shooting of Tony McDade, a transman, in Jacksonville, Florida, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. I'm for peaceful protests but I abhor the looting and rioting done by those up to no good. 

There are some really troubling problems in the country. It's high time people not only begin a dialogue but figure out how these issues can be resolved. What gets me is that neither the right or the left will talk with each other. I find the left so married to their ideology that they believe that they cannot learn some things from the other side. The same goes for the right. This is a shame.

I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I respect that. It's time now that both the left and the right put aside their egos and listen to each other. Much has happened in the country. the pandemic, the protests, the anger and disgust people feel. If that anger and disgust don't lead to action, actively and personally, then all this means nothing.

Friday, June 05, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.


~George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

CANCELLED

The Trans Wellness Conference in Philadelphia scheduled for July has been canceled for 2020. It has been rescheduled for July 2021.  I was looking forward to going along with visiting Philly, a city I have come to like. My wife and I plan to visit Philly sometime in the summer.

Monday, June 01, 2020

CONFLICTING TIMES

The past few weeks have been trying. A few people I knew from my church family passed away  Another black man (George Floyd) has been lost to police brutality. The streets are burning in many places. Protests are numerous. I felt uncomfortable in an eatery while buying a pizza. My friend's passing was the tip of the iceberg. I am doing better today. I am watching what's going on. I'm not overwhelmed by it, just so much is happening all at once.


Friday, May 29, 2020

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with a sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.


~Helen Keller

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

TAKING STOCK

Since the coronavirus lockdown, there has been an uptick in bias against blacks,  Asians, Jews, and Latinos. Wonder who is losing it?

What does the second amendment have to do with coronavirus? I live a block from the hospital. During the first few weeks, ambulance sirens were a constant. The virus is real and needs to be taken seriously. A number of people in my neighborhood have died.

I would be out practically every day before corona. This cramps my style but this isn't going to last forever. I have been calm about the whole situation. The fog will lift one day.

Life will be different, for sure. I have learned some new skills and so have a number of my friends. Even in crisis one can be productive. The small things mean more than you know. Whatever joys there are I just take in the moment and enjoy it