Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove, also known as Carl Acoff Jr., was a transgender woman killed by someone, brutally, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove
Acoff’s body “was stabbed repeatedly and dumped into a pond, tethered to a block of concrete.”
An intentional killing, obviously.
The killer did not want anyone to find Ms. Acoff’s body.
I will “speculate” that a Man murdered Ms. Acoff.
Let’s also assume that Ms. Acoff’s “gender identity” contributed to her murder. [...]
In another lifetime, when I was young, I was very active in the effort to amend Maryland’s anti-discrimination law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. I believed then, as I believe now, that sexual orientation discrimination is, in fact, sex discrimination. However, my feelings on this are irrelevant, as Maryland law made quite clear that sexual orientation discrimination and sex discrimination were two different things. So, many hundreds of people, over the course of many years, worked doggedly to change the law.
Looking back on this effort now, this History that is also “my life,” myths abound about what happened in Maryland during the mid-1990s to early 2000s.
One of the Great Myths about Gender Identity legislation in Maryland is that there was a secret Gay plot to strip Gender Identity protections from a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Secret Plot Myth gets repeated even today.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
25th Annual Creating Change Conference
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The format of the Lesbian Caucus was a facilitated discussion led by Dr. Laurie Young, Ph.D., Aging and Economic Security Director of NGLTF, and Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director of NGLTF. Approximately 40 women participated in the discussion where they were free to address their needs. We decided as a group that this was a women-only space. The following topics were noted as important to those in attendance:
Americans gave up the idea-or tried to, or pretended to-that there are certain characteristics and qualities that are essentially black and essentially white a long time ago. At the very least we can say that it would be considered wildly offensive and thoroughly idiotic to articulate ideas like that now. Yet somehow we don’t think twice about wanting to be ‘like a man’ or unlike a ‘girly-girl.’ As if those ideas even mean anything. Like which man? Iggy Pop? Nathan Lane? Jesse Jackson? Jesse Helms? It is a staggeringly unsophisticated way to think about being a human being, but smart people do it all the time.
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs, p. 108
I received an email from Equality Maryland today!
Can you find the typo?
It asked me to sign up for its Lobby Day in Annapolis in February.
Now, I like a good lobby day as well as the next person. I read on.
“While 2012 was an incredible year for Maryland’s LGBT communities and our allies our work is not done. Transgender Marylanders remain unprotected in state law from discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accomondation (sic) and credit.”
No, that’s not entirely true. [...]
You might recall that last year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force waited until the last possible moment to remember that L in NGLTF stands for Lesbians. As a result of pressure put on NGLTF by Lesbian activists, NGLTF begrudgingly allowed Lesbians to have our own caucus for actual lesbians (that is, women-born-women, not men who think they are women) – hence, the Lesbian Caucus was born.
What a difference a year makes, right? This year is going to be the year of the Lesbian resurgence. I mean, the Lesbian Caucus has a 600-woman strong Facebook group!
Here is the 152-page Creating Change Program. [...]
Tonight in Baltimore, about 40 people gathered at the foot of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon, Baltimore’s Gayborhood. Activist Meredith Moise and the Baltimore Guardian Angels organized the gathering to condemn anti-gay violence in response to the beating of Kenni Shaw, a gay man, in East Baltimore on Christmas Day.
This is what the men who attacked Kenni did to him:
“I’m for health coverage for trans ops and sexual reassignment surgery from age 8.” – Roseanne Barr.
No. Just no. Mutilating children and “delaying puberty” when society is “the problem” is child abuse.
You can read why transing children is child abuse here.
Nonetheless, Roseanne, thank you again for standing up for Women and speaking out about misogyny in the GLBT Community. Although we strongly disagree with your stance on allowing children to be surgically altered, we agree that the time is long past due for the GLBT Community to acknowledge the abuse that Lesbians suffer at the hands of the GBTs.
Meet Peter Jenkins.
Peter is a Gay Go Getter profiled in the Louisiana version of that Examiner newspaper in May for his go-getterness. Peter wanted to attend a Victory Fund Training as a start to his dream of being the first openly-gay Louisiana legislator!
WHAT A GOOD GAY!
But it’s not just glory he seeks. Peter Jenkins is concerned about important issues.
Like destroying Women-only space. Like telling Women our sex – the very thing used against us – is a Social Construct. Helpful!
Gender Identity Watch is a new blog devoted to tracking legislation and case law that attempts to codify “gender identity” into law and to override protections based on sex. Gender Identity Watch monitors organizations that push gender identity and thus engage in the erasure of female reality, including:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: “Transgender people and issues are core to our work at the Task Force.”