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I know no one person can speak for a community, but am I correct in my recollection that using 'shim' as a pronoun for transfolk is generally considered offensive? My boss just used it ("a shim") to describe a library patron (not within their hearing). I told her that was offensive in the trans community. She claims to have a lot of trans friends and that she learned it from them.

My thought is that its like using the n word in the black community- something they may do among themselves but offensive for an outsider to use. Am I wrong? Any transfolk care to comment?
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.


Signal boosting

If you haven't heard of Open Source Ecology, and you're interested in fabrication and post-scarcity economy, you really should check this out. Basically, the Factor E Farm is the testing ground for their Global Village Construction Set, a set of 50 machines that allow for the creation of a small-scale civilization with modern comforts. See Marcin Jakubowski's TED Talk to get a feel for the plan.

OSE is trying to get all 50 machines designed, prototyped, and tested by the end of 2012. So far, 1 is done, with 3 releases and 8 prototypes expected to be finished this year. They are looking for people who have the skills to help, whether on-site or remotely. I don't have the knowledge or skills myself, but I know a lot of people on my flist do. If you are interested in working on this project, please check out the materials and contact the group.

If, like me, you don't have the skills they need right now, you can support them financially by becoming a True Fan.

I'm involved on the True Fan level, and I'd really like to see this project succeed.
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I amuse myself again

New problem for my students:

Frank and Jamia Iero, a married couple from the United States, are seeking to adopt a child from Serbia. To prepare for this, they had Gerard Way, an independent social worker, come to their home to conduct a background check and home study. Mr. Way offered to handle their adoption for half the price of an accredited adoption agency. Mr. and Mrs. Iero agreed.

Mr. Way is not accredited or approved by any accrediting agency under 42 USC 14921 et seq. He has sought approval by the local accrediting agency, but they have refused to approve him unless he agrees to become an independent contractor with their sister organization, an agency that conducts local and in-state adoptions.

Given the cost of the flight to Serbia, and the money they have already paid Mr. Way for his services, Mr. and Mrs. Iero do not have the money to pay for an attorney. You have kindly offered your time pro bono to look into this situation. As you will not be charging them, you will want to keep your costs as low as possible.

The statute does not offer enough guidance as to Congress's intent, so you will have to research the legislative history of the law.

1. What is the popular name, public law number and stat cite for this law?

2. What is the bill number that became the public law?

3. What is the companion bill number?

4. What is the House report number?

5. Is there a Senate report? If so, what is its report number?

6. Read through the report(s). What would make Mr. Way's pre-placement background check and home study acceptable? Cite your answer.

7. Can the local accrediting agency refuse to approve Mr. Way based on whether he contracts with their sister organization? Explain your answer and give the citation.

8. What did members of the House have to say about the accreditation of agencies, if anything? Which member(s) spoke about the issue? Cite your answer.

9. What did members of the Senate have to say about the accreditation of agencies, if anything? Which member(s) spoke about the issue? Cite your answer.

10. What other documents can shed light on Congress's intent?
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internet powers, activate!

Originally posted by kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

Edit, Tuesday afternoon: Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has signal-boosted, offered resources, emailed me, and otherwise been willing to help. Our friend is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Amy and I are driving over to New York tomorrow afternoon so we can provide support in person, and we are working on plans to help our friend and her daughter get back on their feet once the custody case is over.

(If you would be interested in donating an item or service to a fundraising auction in the near future, please let me know. Our friend is a talented artist and a wonderful mother to a beautiful little girl who deserves a safe home, and it wouldn't take much to make a huge difference in their lives.)