links for 2011-02-07

  • As well as Black trans people and gender-nonconforming people.–AP "Today marks the 11th anniversary of Black AIDS Awareness Day, an annual commemoration that calls upon black people to take action against HIV and AIDS…[b]ut rather than rehash statistics describing the magnitude of the epidemic and its disproportionate impact on black women, youths, injection drug users and men who have sex with men, I'd like to ask you to think about the people in your life who are at risk of HIV, who are living with the virus or have already died of AIDS."
  • "Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers."
  • "They’re back! Racist anti-choice billboards are popping up again in American cities, proclaiming that the most dangerous place for a black baby is in a black woman’s womb and that black children are an endangered species. The groups behind this campaign, Radiance Foundation in partnership with state organizations that advocate against reproductive freedom, claim that they are pro-baby. In reality, they are building an anti-choice campaign on a long-standing history of demonizing women of color by questioning our decision-making abilities and our humanity. What is presented as pro-baby is actually anti-woman. The themes being presented through this billboard campaign are more than insulting; they are a dangerous continuation of racist attacks on black women as mothers that are all too often used to justify society’s disrespect, distrust and neglect."
  • "More interesting than the actual numbers perhaps has been the response to the report and how different state-centric media and orgs are using the report to prove and disproves ideas about immigrant communities in the U.S."
  • "Home Office ministers want to impose tougher English language requirements on overseas students, restrict their ability to work while studying, and limit their ability to bring in dependants after graduating. Student visas are to be restricted to degree level and above for all but those with 'highly trusted sponsors'. It is estimated the measures will close the door on up to 120,000 students from outside Europe, out of the annual 300,000 student immigration programme."
  • "Haiibalah is one of many transgender Indonesians who are religious and adopt the jilbab, but how the transgender community see themselves is diverse. Some, like Haiibalah, identify as women—within them lies a woman’s soul (jiwa) in a man’s body. Others, on the other hand, view themselves as both male and female, and there are waria who identify as the third sex. Unlike Haiibalah, some trans women who wear the jilbab attend prayers in male attire but revert to women’s clothing and feminine demeanor the rest of the time."
  • "You would think that with globalization and the free flow of information on the internet that most people would have figured it out by now. And the fact that Yao is an international icon.

    "And the fact that he’s been in the NBA for eight seasons now.

    "Oh, and then there’s the telltale sign on the back of his jersey where it reads 'Yao.'"