Fri 07/09 4pm Paulina Ibarra Murderer Apprehended – Press Conference

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on July 9, 2010

There is some background (including a link to America’s Most Wanted) on LGBT POV

As is usually the case, we know the name of the victim. But we need to remember who the perpetrator is as well. If he disappears from the conversation, the community appears to exist in a bubble.  Jesus Catalan is his name. Aliases: Brian Nanes, Luis Santiago.

Here are details of his capture:

Please come to the press conference.

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request for solidarity letters/support for escalation of racist/homophobic threats and transphobic violence

Posted in lgbt, transgender by SCHA-LA on April 23, 2010

NOTE: “Last week a transgender student was attacked on the CSULB campus. This person does not want to disclose identity, this person is dealing with it privately and wishes for it to remain that way. This person is thankful for the concern the community is showing and is grateful for your well wishes. Thank you for respecting this person’s privacy at this time”

From: Katherine Ojeda Stewart

Hi friends,

Sorry to blast on email and sorry for the scary subject heading – but I was asked to pass this information along. Note: what I’m passing on is pretty graphic and upsetting, just so you are prepared . . ..

I shared with some folks that recently California State University Long Beach has had a pretty serious anti-LGBTQ response to a Chicana Feminisms conference that was hosted there about a month ago. The conference was organized by the student group Conciencia Femenil. The attacks came in the form of remarks made on the student newspaper (online) that included calling the conference organizers “a bunch of lesbians hiding under the guise of feminism”, calling Alma Lopez a “fucking idiot” and her art sacrilegious, Cherrie Moraga a “perverted dyke”, the conference an “abomination”, stating that “lesbians and homosexuals . . . . practice their abominable sexual perversions [and] want to be able to destroy the religions which oppose them,” and finally . . . a call to murder all LGBTQ folks under Aztec Law, and specifically noting the *way in which they should be murdered*.

Big sighs.

So apparently, people are taking the violence from the page, to real life. Below is part of an email from Clarissa Rojas, a former INCITE! National person. She teaches at CSULB, has been working with the students both on organizing the conference and organizing in response to this violence.

*From Clarissa*:

*i have some bad news tambien to share with you, i’ll post something on it today on facebook and if you could also share with folks.* *there was a recent escalation of the violence at csulb, we’re gathering with some new students to talk about how to organize against the stuff we’ve been dealing and this new attack: a trans student left class [one] night to go to the bathroom and on the way there was assaulted by someone who knew [X] by name but whom [X] didnt know. he beat [X] and threw [X] against a wall then carved “It” on [X’s] chest with a knife.*

I know this is intense and a lot to pass on in an email – but I wanted to let you all know. Also, I know I’ve stepped out of INCITE until after the bar is over, but if there is any capacity to support CSULB I really hope our chapter can take that on. Clarissa’s email is: .

Sending love to you all,


Katherine Ojeda Stewart, M.A.
J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law, Class of 2010

Thurs 03/18/10 Community Forum on Transgender Census

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on March 16, 2010

Sorry about the short notice! Please circulate widely.

On Thursday, March 18th (that’s this Thursday) there will be a Community forum at Plummer Park hosted by LAGLC and the US Census Bureau to discuss trans-related census information. It is critical that we attend, so we can get information out to the community.

Video made by local community activists
Facebook page
Queer The Census

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Census Information for Transgender Communities

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on March 10, 2010

The only information that the 2010 census is giving transpeople on this fact sheet is that they know transpeople exist – (that’s why they made this fact sheet) But that they’re not going to counting folks as trans on the census. People can put down whatever they like with regard to sex, as long as it’s “M” or “F”. There are no questions about gender identity.

The fact sheet goes on to provide information for same-sex marriage and for transpeople who are interested in obtaining census jobs. (Selective service is mentioned, but no information is provided on the fact sheet as to whether transfolk need to register for SS, and what the details are for that. There is a line suggesting that people go to the selective service website, but there isn’t even a URL provided).

I strongly suggest a MAKE YOUR OWN BOX campaign for trans- people.  I also suggest that as census workers come to your communities for town hall meetings and the like that they are confronted with this bullshit.

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Man Suspected in Ibarra Murder: REWARD

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on March 4, 2010
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Nobu’s Trans Rights Now

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on October 6, 2009


Trans Town Hall 3: How to Survive Gender in a Dangerous World

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on October 5, 2009

To RSVP for the event:

please go to our facebook page: Trans Town Hall 3 or email Talia Bettcher at

Jeanne Córdova is a pioneer founder of the lesbian movement in Southern California. Activist, Publisher & Author– Currently, co-founder of LEX – The Lesbian Exploratorium – a cultural guerilla group, which created L.A. ’s history & culture exhibit, “GenderPlay”. She recently keynoted the Butch Voices conference with a speech entitled, “Keeping our Feminism, While Exploring our Masculinities”. Her writing appears in many anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award winning Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Lesbian Nuns Breaking the Silence, and the trail-blazing anthology, Dagger: on Butch Women. She’s now completing her third book, When We Were Outlaws: Love & Revolution in the 70’s.

Jennifer DeClue
is a first year doctoral student in the American Studies and Ethnicity Program at the University of Southern California. She graduated with honors from CSU Los Angeles with a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Upon graduation she was awarded Special Recognition in Graduate Studies. The focus of her Interdisciplinary Study was race, gender and media in popular culture. Jennifer received an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship 2009. Jennifer’s thesis “She’s My Boyfriend: Black Female Masculinity in the Media” has been nominated for the Western Association Graduate Schools Thesis Award. “She’s My Boyfriend” examines representations of queer black female masculinity in three sites of popular culture: the documentary The Aggressive, the short film Pariah and HBO’s drama series The Wire. This project examines the effect mainstream media has on representations of black women’s queer genders and sexualities. Jennifer has presented her work on The Aggressives and The Wire at national and regional conferences. This fall she will present her work on Pariah at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Jennifer’s essay “Queer Mother of Color” appears in the Moving Image Review section of issue 3 of GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her review of Daniel Peddle’s The Aggressives will be published in Columbia’s Souls Journal later in 2009.

Alexis Rivera, a proud queer trans-identified woman, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Alexis has been involved in the Transgender community for the past 12 years. She has participated as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV/AIDS; was on the founding board of the Female-to-Male Alliance of Los Angeles; and, for the past 5 years, chaired the Transgender Service Provider Network. Alexis is an Alpha member of the League of Trans Unified Sisters (LOTUS). And she has participated and graduated from the HIV Prevention Leadership Internship with The Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. She recently has moved to San Francisco to join TLC. Due to her many affiliations, Alexis has received several awards, including: the Trailblazer Award; the Latino Caucus on HIV Prevention Leadership Award; the Spirit Award; and was named Miss Quest, 2002. In describing her commitment and passion for her community, she states, “My activism is rooted from love.”

Lauren Steely
is an environmental geologist who cleans up contaminated groundwater with fancy technology, a job she can best describe as both glamorous and filthy. Her engagement with trans issues and feminism began in 2002 with several collections of poetry and essays, including* Beauty in Dissonance, **A Dyck Manifesto, Zero to Sixty, *and *Get Used to It, *which she has read at events such as UCLA’s Outcry!, and LadyFest SF. Most recently, she was pleased to present a piece discussing her own history with queer feminism at *GirlTalk: A Trans and Cis Woman* *Dialogue* during SF Pride 2009. From 2003 – 2006 she engaged heavily with the issues of women-only spaces and intentional community through Camp Trans and the MWMF Artist Outreach campaign. She has also been a part of several Los Angeles projects including Trans/Giving and the League of Trans-Unified Sisters.

Beck Wehrle
is a graduate student at California State University Northridge studying lizard biology. Before recently moving to the Los Angeles area, he was active in trans and queer communities in Davis and Sacramento.

Presented by:
LGBT Clinical Psychology Specialization at Antioch University
Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University Los Angeles
Center for Sex and Gender Research at California State University Northridge

Co-sponsored by:
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Gender Justice L.A.
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center

TIME SENSITIVE: health campaign needs images of transfolks

Posted in transgender by SCHA-LA on August 26, 2009
Images can be sent to

she is particularly looking for Transgender images and is having a hell of a time finding what she needs. They can be portraits, or lifestyle type photos, candids if they are specific enough…please can you reach out further …would really like to see the Trans community have a say in how they are seen. I don’t know how big of a project this will be but seems to be for Cancer screenings. She is a NY graphic artist, with quite a reputation in her field. She has images for lesbians and queer men already I believe but is looking for something fabulous for the Trans images. As she said earlier there could be $$ involved but it is a grant so she wasn’t sure how much but definitely photo credit.

Thanks. Here is the copy for the cards: Something along these lines.

Take pride in your body. Take control of your health.

Empower yourself. Get screened for cancer in a safe and friendly LGBT environment.

Lesbians have increased cancer risks. Take pride. Take control. Screen today.

These could be good taglines….
Take pride. Take control. Screen today.
Dream. Aspire. Screen for life.

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can I talk about gay marriage?

Posted in CA Budget, hiv, lgbt, transgender by SCHA-LA on August 10, 2009

some thought off the top of my head after reading this article:

I am uncomfortable writing about this, because my wife and I got married and our marriage was upheld, so in a way I feel that I’ve lost the right to discuss this issue. I don’t want to come off as “ha ha! I got married and you can’t … but let’s move on”. Because I don’t feel that way. In fact, we have really had to – and continue to – soul-search about what it means that we are married now.

But if I had the right, I would say this:

It is unconscionable to pursue marriage in the state of California during this budget nightmare, which is hitting the most vulnerable folks in our various lesbian, gay, trans- communities very, very hard. And which isn’t going away or getting better.

Before the budget situation, I had qualms about centering marriage in the public gay & lesbian discourse because it took focus off of issues with real-world, on-the-ground ramifications (incarceration, the criminalization of poverty and poverty itself, HIV rates, homelessness etc. in our communities to name a few examples). Plus, there are the political and ethical issues which retain to marriage: propping up a sexist institution, inequality, assimilation, freedom etc., which, while all worthy of thought and discussion, don’t have the same material impact. And then there was my now-wife’s adamant insistence on political grounds that she would never get married. We were already domestic partners, and there are no real material benefits to marriage here in California. It’s not like I can sponsor her green card if she gets laid off just because we’re gay-married in California.

Of course it would be a different story all together if we were talking about federally recognized marriage with all of the rights and responsibilities it accrues. But we’re not. And since we’re not – I have to say that soliciting money to move forward with anti Prop 8 ballot initiatives now is wrong.

And social service organizations that serve the LGBT community are worried that there won’t be enough money for social services, especially after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut $52 million in AIDS services from the state budget last month.

Actually, it was $82 million, and remember that this budget isn’t going to hold. the state is expected to be $7 – $8 billion dollars in the hole at the start of the next fiscal year. Which will certainly mean more cuts to HIV – if there is anything left to cut.

If we really want to put our proverbial money where our mouths are, we could do well to remember that virtually all services for transfolks in California are funded through HIV money. As an “LGBT community” I think that we need to consider this when we are thinking about where to donate money.

And many of the non-HIV-specific cuts the state has enacted disproportionately impact HIV+ folks and the people most at risk for HIV infection or transmission. The cuts to HIV in the state include, in addition to care, HIV testing, prevention and education and risk reduction. Keep that in mind.

One of the reasons to press on with a ballot initiative in 2010 that the article lists is that they have been reaching out to new audiences. And by that, they say they are talking about communities of color, and communities in the central valley. I wonder what it looks like to those communities – both hard hit on many fronts – by the budget cuts. I would imagine that it would seem, at best, to be a campaign that is out of touch with the people of the state and their financial concerns. At worst, it looks like privileged gay and lesbian couples who don’t care about anyone’s issues besides their own.

I fear that both of those are true to an extent.

If I just got laid off (or, in my case, furloughed – which I already have) and I opened my mailbox to a solicitation for money for this issue, I’d be fucking furious! And I’m gay! Imagine how irritated someone might be who is on the fence about gay marriage, or who is willing to give this issue some thought. Anyone who has done the slightest bit of research knows that there are no real benefits which are going to accrue to CA gay marriage. Yet they are informed that a successful campaign will cost $50 million.

Even though they got the figure wrong in their article, stating that $52 million was being cut to HIV – how can anyone look at that, and compare $50 million to get this on the ballot and think that this makes sense right now? If they can raise $50 million and they throw it into an election – what does that say about what we think about our community: who we are, what our needs are, or what values we hold?

So why muddy the waters for the agencies which are going to go under – whether it’s HIV prevention, small community agencies or health clinics, or whatever – why make it harder for them to fund-raise? If we believe that gay marriage is an equal rights issue, just like any equal rights issue, than we must consider that the right to stay healthy, housed, or HIV-negative – the right to attend college, (or to know how to read, for that matter!), the right to be free, the right to be safe in one’s school or community (or family), the right to eat –  are also civil rights. And these rights are life-and-death for many people in our communities.

So please … let’s lift up the most hard-hit in our communities. Let’s figure out how to get our people healthy, safe, and strong – then we can all move forward together. And that will provide the strong foundation we need to build true community and strong coalitions and alliances.   And then we can (and must) debate on the issues around marriage itself.