Be The Change: A Simple Guide to Lobbying Your Elected Officials Like a Pro | Autostraddle

From the article:

A step-by-step guide to lobbying your elected officials. Ready your power suit!

Source: Be The Change: A Simple Guide to Lobbying Your Elected Officials Like a Pro | Autostraddle

This is a How-To guide on lobbying your elected official. This is something we should all take note of. We can’t just sit back and ignore the toxic politics swirling around us. We have to get involved and do something.

How to Help Migrant Families Entering the U.S.

From the article:

In December, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released several hundred immigrants at Greyhound bus stations in El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California. Many of these individuals arrived from the U.S.-Mexico border and were given the option to try to find an available shelter once released.

Source: How to Help Migrant Families Entering the U.S.

This article has some good resources to donate to, if you are so inclined.

Is the Women’s March Melting Down? – Tablet Magazine

This is a very detailed article with a lot of sources. It discusses the anti-semitism, the finance issues, and it briefly discusses the lack of LGBTQ presence in the Women’s March leadership.

Source: Is the Women’s March Melting Down? – Tablet Magazine

Post election, America was a powder keg of frustration, and people mobilized. The Women’s March was instrumental, with a lot of decentralized groups working together to make it happen.

To hear that the women in leadership are behaving this way is shocking to me. I have no love for how Palestine is treated, but Jewish Americans are targeted for religions discrimination at a rate that is fucked up. To imply or support anyone that seems to believe some sort of racist conspiracy theory like Louis Farrakhan, is not okay by me. It’s very telling that every Jewish woman that was involved left.

I had wondered why the Women’s March had not tapped into the very active and established activism of the LGBTQ community. We have the experience of the same sex marriage fight, and decades of this under our belt as a community. Yet, there is not much crossover.

It’s a really long article, but it’s a good one.

I feel the Women’s March was one of those gestalt moments in history where as a people we were all of one mind. You can’t make a corporation, fleece out all that money, and capture that magic a second time.

For the record, as a financial auditor? That explanation of their books would have me digging for more. Red flag! Red Flag!

Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation | News | The Guardian

From the article:

Journalist was found guilty of ‘defamation and insult’ for writing about companies owned by former PM

Source: Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation | News | The Guardian

Add another whistleblower to the list of people trying to bring unethical and harmful people to justice that got fucked because of it.

I truly believe in whistle blowing, but if you need to do so, be fucking careful and protect yourself.

Help Bail Someone Out Tonight for the Price of a Drink 

From the article:

We live in a country where if you have enough money, you can buy your way out of jail while you await trial. This is profoundly unjust to people who don’t have ready cash on hand. Today, for #FreeThePeopleDay, consider donating the cost of one New Year’s Eve cocktail to a bail fund.

Source: Help Bail Someone Out Tonight for the Price of a Drink 

Have a few bucks to help? This is a good cause.

Air Force veteran Reality Winner is serving 5 years for blowing the whistle on Russian election interference, while Trump’s Russia-dealing cronies are going free / Boing Boing

From the article:

Air Force veteran Reality Winner is serving 5 years for blowing the whistle on Russian election interference, while Trump’s Russia-dealing cronies are going free

Source: Air Force veteran Reality Winner is serving 5 years for blowing the whistle on Russian election interference, while Trump’s Russia-dealing cronies are going free / Boing Boing

This is an example why whistle blowing gets your life destroyed here in America. Over the years whistle blowing protections have been systematically dismantled.

In my last security training at the DoD, before I left, they had retooled the click through online class to include the horrors of “Bradley” Manning. It’s of special note, that they refused to use her first name Chelsey.

They then gave an explicit definition of whistle blowing which said you can only report to your superiors, and if you deviate and report the problem anywhere else you can be charged by law up to and including possible treason.

This gal was trying to get the word out on Russian involvement with the elections. A fact that has been corroborated again and again, and the men that did corroborate with the Russians did not get the 5 year jail sentence she did.

 

Not In Our Name: A Statement on Trans Inclusion From Lesbian Editors and Publishers | Autostraddle

From the article:

Autostraddle is proud to add our name to the list of publishers who stand in solidarity with this statement on the importance of trans inclusion in our communities. We were invited to participate in this declaration by the editor and publisher of UK’s DIVA Magazine and I participated in consulting on the letter’s content.

As I recently discussed on twitter, Autostraddle isn’t perfect, but we have been and remain committed to trans inclusion, highlighting trans voices and listening to ways we can do better. (P.S. Please pitch us! We are especially interested in pitches from LBQ trans women, particularly trans women of color!) Trans women are women, and trans people have been at the forefront of so many LGBQ activist movements over the years. Advocating for rights, freedoms and representation for trans women does not take away from the work we are committed to for all lesbian, bisexual and queer women — many of whom are also trans.

Source: Not In Our Name: A Statement on Trans Inclusion From Lesbian Editors and Publishers | Autostraddle

This is a bit of nice Christmas news. A lot of the lesbian publications have come together to denounce the hatred of transgender people, and have taken a pledge to stand with their transgender sisters.

The list includes:

  • DIVA
  • Curve
  • Autostraddle
  • LOTL
  • Tagg
  • Lez Spread the Word

I might suggest if you are looking for Queer news with a lesbian focus, those publications are a good start.