Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

You will not have my hate!

You will not have my fear!

And you will most certainly will not stop me living my life!


Here is my light in all this darkness

You only have power over people when there is fear and you shall not have my fear, you know what came of you trying to cause fear?? 
LOVE, SUPPORT AND UNITY

·         #RoomsforManchester started trending normal people who lived nearby offering their houses to support those affected
·         Local shops supplying food and drink to emergency services
·         Local people supplying the emergency services with food and drink
·         Local businesses and bars stayed open to offer free hot drinks and shelter to anyone affected
·         Taxis giving people free rides to wherever they need to go
·         Different religious groups coming together
·         People gathering as many people as they could to safe locations
·         Social media being used to locate loved ones and people sharing pictures to help families and friends locate the missing
·         Go fund me pages popped up to give support to the families affected (£739,630 raised of £750,000 target by 30287 supporters https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester)
·         Blood donors being turned away as too many people are trying to donate
·         Social media being filled with messages of hope, love and people standing up to hate
·         Thousands of people supporting vigils 
·         Monuments around the world showing solidarity
·         Paula Robinson
·         Chris Parker and Steve Jones
·         Kim and Phil Dick
·         John Endsor



This is a little piece of hope amongst all this tragedy and death

Rest in peace to those who have tragically lost their lives

Feel free to judge me for looking for a light but I truly believe in my heart that if we only focus on the hate and the bad we allow them to win, we are stronger together.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Happy Slapping or Murder

With the rise in technology the main fear was cyberbullying but a new crazy has taken over ‘Happy Slapping’ where the person record the victim being either insulted verbally or physically.
The term happy slapping is when a group of people assault a stranger at random while filming the incident on a mobile device, so as to circulate the images or post them online.

A “new” breed of violence is sweeping the nation, if media reports are to be believed.
"Happy slapping" was its old name when the trend first stated back in the early 2000s I was at school when I first heard of the term but it seems the horrific trend is back and even worse.
Videos of people being assaulted and bullied are being sent to other people via mobile phones, the internet and social media.

'Pain and humiliation'
Nicola Kerr, who works for children's charity Kidscape, said the trend was difficult for schools to control because pupils were bringing video phones into school.

 While academic Dr Graham Barnfield, a media lecturer at the University of East London, has blamed television programmes such as Jackass and Dirty Sanchez - which are aired on MTV - for the craze back in 2005.

He told Trevor McDonald: "What we see is kids watching these types of shows and thinking, 'well maybe I could stage my own scenes of pain and humiliation along these lines'."

He said it is seen by the "slappers" as a shortcut to "fame and notoriety among the people who see the images circulated on the web or sent to them via their mobile phones". Which is incredibly sad what sort or world do we live in where this type of pain and suffering makes someone famous okay this interview if from 2005 and laws have been reformed but with the rise of social media and the improvements in technology it easier for these types of people to get there 15 minutes of fame look at ISIS.

Paul Fawcett, a spokesman for Victim Support, said he knew of a colleague who had been attacked in the way described.

"People affected by such crime heal more slowly than those who have suffered from an accident because they know that somebody decided to hurt them on purpose."

Mr Fawcett said the use of mobile phones to film an attack added a new dimension because it meant there was "no other reason for the assault, such as money or drugs, other than the gratification of inflicting pain".

What is the real threat?

Tuesday 26 April 2005
·         In one video clip, labelled Bitch Slap, a youth approaches a woman at a bus stop and punches her in the face for no reason.
·         In another, Knockout Punch, a group of boys wearing uniforms are shown leading another boy across an unidentified school playground before flooring him with a single blow to the head.
·         In a third, Bank Job, a teenager is seen assaulting a hole-in-the-wall customer while another youth grabs the money he has just withdrawn from the cash machine.

Thursday March 31 2016
A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was brutally battered in the street by a gang of evil school bullies who filmed the horrific attack on their mobile phones and uploaded it to Facebook.

·         Bethany Gallimore was set upon by the girl yobs as she walked through a town centre to meet her parents on Sunday evening.
·         The schoolgirl had got off the phone to her mum just minutes before a group of around 14 youths surrounded her and started shouting vile abuse.
·         Two members of the group then launched a sickening unprovoked attack as bystanders egged them on in Kidsgrove town centre, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
·         footage shows the teenager being repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on as well as having clumps of her hair pulled out.
·         During the 28-second clip one person can be heard saying "You've f***ed her nose up" while others are laughing as she is subjected to the humiliating assault.
·         After being battered and spat on Bethany managed to stagger a short distance to find her parents with blood pouring from her face.
·         She was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where she had an X-ray on her hand and was treated for severe bruising and cuts.


Tuesday 27 September 2016
THREE teens have been arrested over a sickening attack that saw a young victim punched to the floor twice.
·         Two  boys, aged 17, were arrested on Sunday and Monday with a third teen, also 17, arrested on Wednesday.
·         The arrests come after a video of the horrific attack was released, showing three teens crowding around their victim and laughing as they punched him repeatedly, even kicking him while he lay dazed on the ground.
·         The attack, shared on Pure Banter’s Facebook page, has since been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

What is the difference between the three cases above to the next Two? Well the ‘happy slap’ victims all died the first is Ekram Haque who was killed in 2009 and the second is one of the more recent cases of Dandara dos Santos who is actually filmed pleading for her life the people who recorded the video killed her. Where do we draw the line between ‘happy Slapping’ and out right murder?

Tuesday 26 July 2010
Two teenage members of a "happy slapping" gang who fatally beat a retired care worker in front of his young granddaughter in south London have been detained.
·         Ekram Haque, 67, was attacked in August 2009 in Tooting as he left a mosque. He died from his injuries a week later.
·         Leon Elcock, 16, and Hamza Lyzai, 15, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June at the Old Bailey.
·         Elcock was detained for four-and-a half years and Lyzai for three-and-a-half.
·         Mr Haque hit his head after being struck to the ground, suffering irreparable brain damage.
·         His death was the culmination of a series of "happy slapping" incidents - assaults which are recorded on mobile phones.
·         The footage showed youths running off and laughing afterwards.


thursday MARCH 9 2017
Smartphone footage captures Brazilian transgender woman pleading for her life prior to being beaten to death
·         Horrific footage has emerged of a transgender woman begging for her life before beaten to death.
·         The video shows Ms Santos being dragged from her home and beaten by the men with shoes and planks of wood.
·         A gang of six men laugh and cheer as they beat 42-year-old Dandara dos Santos leaving her bloodied and bruised.
·         They then fling her into a wheelbarrow before taking her away to a side street where she was allegedly then murdered.

What is happy slapping and how to deal with it

you are not alone there are always people who are willing to help you


Friday, 20 January 2017

I am not a Snowflake, I am fire!

Getting called a snowflake because I disagree with trump

‘Generation’ Snowflake, is a term used to characterise young adults of the 2010s as being more prone to taking offence and less resilient than previous generations, or too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own.

I AM NOT A SNOWFLAKE!!!

I am not taking offence,

 I am standing up to bullies who want to legalised sexism, racism, the oppression of minorities and the rights of the LGBT community


I do not need to hide behind legalised hate to voice my opinion.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Anyone here remember the name Reed O’Connor???


No???

Well he’s the Judge that temporarily blocked an order that would allow a transgender student to use the boys’ bathrooms during his senior year at a Virginia high school. (The case is State of Texas v. U.S.A., 7:16-cv-00054, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls). This legislation would have it made safer for transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing.

Well O’Connor is back and believe it or not and even bigger sorry excuse of a human being than last time

O’Connor has brought the Obama administration to a halt again by stopping a legislation that would strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that could force doctors to violate their Hippocratic Oath on the grounds of religious beliefs and refuse treatment to the transgender community. O’Connor wasn’t finished there though.

This block in legislation allows doctors to also refuse patients who had an abortion, both under the illusion of ‘religious freedom’. O’Connor took the ruling just one step further, stating that insurance companies are unfairly burdened by having to add transgender individuals and women who have had abortions to their plans. This doesn’t only set transgender rights back 60 years it also pushes woman’s rights back.

The Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) currently protect patients against discrimination in health care on the basis of race, colour, national origin, sex (including gender identity), age or disability. As many federal courts and agencies have determined, “sex discrimination” is still seen as a somewhat unclear concept that can include gender stereotyping and gender-based considerations. Whereas, Anti-trans discrimination is clearly gender stereotyping, while discrimination against women who terminated a pregnancy is rooted in stereotypes about maternity and female sexuality.

 Essentially, people have got mad over the fact that health care professional had to save the lives and protect the health of people who just straight up don’t believe in the things they believe in.


O’Connor just made a ruling means that doctors don’t actually have to do their job to save a life if they don’t like how a patient looks or lives.

O’Connor’s was clearly chosen as he has a history of transphobic rulings and it is clearly the exact reason why he was asked to oversee the case in Texas. This is partly verified by rumours that Congress has moved to repeal Obamacare/the Affordable Care Act. Which means that healthcare in America just got more daunting for some of its most marginalised and vulnerable people. 

O’Connor’s has essentially made it acceptable for doctors to remain uneducated and ignorant of transgender health issues. He has also set back public opinion about research into trans healthcare by a few years. If the ruling sticks a few years will surely grow with every new doctor who refuses treatment of a trans individual.

This also means that doctors are allowed to refuse treatment of people who have previously had an abortion. Given the impending repeal against Obamacare the ACA will undoubtedly take money out of Planned Parenthood, healthcare for people who can get pregnant in this country just got even more complex.

This attack on healthcare and needs to stop, for fear that more and more lives become compromised for the strangely argumentative reasoning of “religious freedom.”

If you believe that “religious freedom” is enough to costs someone else their life, a mother, a father, a child, a family or friend.


Then I hereby declare that it’s not religious freedom its legalised discrimination.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Right let’s get some things cleared up.

I hate the words Homophobia and Transphobia.

The English Oxford dictionary defines phobia as;
An extreme or irrational fear or aversion to something.

In my opinion, something to be a phobia, it is more of a fear than a dislike. For example claustrophobia (Extreme or irrational fear of confined places) or agoraphobia (Extreme or irrational fear of open or public places). 

Whereas the definition of Homophobia is a Dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people. The fear part of phobia has been forgotten and now people’s personal dislike that has become the focus. I personally cannot stand rude narrow-minded people but unfortunately there isn’t a Rude-phobia or Narrowminded-phobia.

I cannot believe that being transgender is an actual issue, especially in America. I am looking at them right now because of the current toilet situation.

America is supposed to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave?”Guys! A heads up, it’s in your national anthem.

The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) released its first report in 2014, a couple of days after International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

In the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged. These are only the cases that have been reported and sadly there have been many more unreported acts of violence because many people are too scared to speak out at the risk of more abuse.

According to the statistics sent out from TVTP, 10 percent of the 102 acts were suffered by transgender youth:
•    An 8-year-old boy was beaten to death by his father
•    A 14-year-old was strangled to death and stuffed under a bed
•    An 18-year-old suffered two violent attacks by a mob and survived

Among the 102-person figure that comes in from 14 countries worldwide, 36 persons were shot multiple times, 14 stabbed multiple times, 11 were beaten to death, three were burned to death, three dismembered/mutilated, two were tortured, two were strangled, one was hanged, one had her throat cut and one was stoned to death.

What part of this is okay?!!!!

The number of transgender homicide victims in the USA hit a historic high in 2015 . Leading members of Congress had to officially respond and realize that there was an emerging pattern of tragedy which leads to the first-ever forum on transgender violence.

The Human Rights Campaign documented 21 transgender homicide victims in 2015, almost all of them transgender women of colour, and these figures are likely an underestimate due to the difficulty of tracking homicides.

Among all 53 transgender murders from 2013 to 2015, not a single case was prosecuted or reported as a hate crime.

Transgender facts
•    Transgender people are four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000 a year
•    70 percent of respondents have been denied access or assaulted or harassed while using public bathrooms
•    78 percent of respondents suffered physical or sexual violence at school and attempted suicide.
•    65 percent of respondents experienced violence at work
•    69 percent of respondents have experienced homelessness.
•    60 percent of respondents reported a doctor or health care provider refused to treat them.
•    57-61 percent of respondents were disrespected or harassed by law enforcement officers.

Transgender people have all these issues facing them daily and you’re scared about them going to the bathroom!


If you need to see anymore Transgender statistics please feel free to read my Caitlyn Jenner post (below) where you can see more Transgender statistics.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

you can only lie about who you are for so long without going crazy

Let’s address the “issue” or the “elephant in the room”: the former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner has become a woman called Caitlyn and all I have to say is good for HER!

It is making me angry that people think that this is wrong and that the Olympic medal should be stripped!?
Why? Caitlyn at the time was Bruce, she was then a male who competed in a male sport please highlight to me where it is stated that this is against the Olympic regulations.

If a Oscar winner changed to their true gender would the public demand that their Oscar be returned to the academy?

Imagine for a minute you are trapped in your body but it is not right.


Now imagine the dark area of you mind filled with all this negativity.

The hidden extent of suicide attempts among young transgender people has been highlighted in a recent study conducted by Pace, a mental health charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in partnership with Brunel University, the University of Worcester, and London South Bank University. It involved interviews and a survey of more than 2,000 people in England from 2010 to 2014.

A survey found that 48% of transgender people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so.

The figures on suicide attempts by transgender youths were higher found to be higher than found in previous transgender studies across different age groups. A US study in 2006 found that 32% of transgender people had tried to kill themselves. And the Trans Mental Health Study of 2012 (pdf) found 35% had attempted suicide once and 25% a second time.

The Pace study also found 59% of transgender youths said they had deliberately hurt themselves, compared with 8.9% of all 16- to 24-year-olds. Pace released the findings to the Guardian before Thursday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which annually highlights transphobic murders.


Margaret Unwin, the Pace chief executive, said: “The lack of visibility and acceptance in society contributes to these shocking figures about suicide attempts and self-harm in trans young people. While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.”


Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, a group that supports young trans people and seeks to increase education around trans issues, said the findings were not surprising. “We have been working with young people since 2006 and the demand for our services is growing. While there have been many changes in legislation, the realities of young trans people are that they can experience highly negative responses for either being trans or expressing gender variance. Bullying behaviour in schools is endemic and we often find schools sweeping such things under the carpet.”


Juliet Jacques, 33, a journalist and campaigner who documented her transition pre- and post-surgery in a blog for the Guardian from 2010 to 2012, said: “Many young trans people experience discrimination, intolerance, bullying, rejection and violence from several spheres. First at school, a place where gender norms are enforced and policed, where you’re told by teachers and other pupils that boys do x and girls do y. Within the family there can be rejection, verbal and physical abuse, and then also at street level, in the media and in the workplace. Together this can render people unable to see a future for themselves. It is no wonder suicidal thoughts are so common.”
“I have suicidal thoughts every day, even now. A lot of that is too due with the scars of childhood, feeling I lost my youth to this, things I wasn’t able to do because of the discrimination I experienced and because of the trenchant mental health problems that came with it. I’ve found a way of dealing with this. But I’ve been pretty close to the edge several times, and pretty much constantly during my teens, when I didn’t feel I could talk to anyone about it. I found a way back. And I have a lot of support. But not everyone has that.”

Link:http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/young-transgender-suicide-attempts-survey

The international Olympic committee’s policy

The  International Olympic Committee (IOC), the governing body charged with overseeing Olympic competition and those events leading up to the Games, became the first athletic body to adopt a policy of inclusion regarding transgender athletes. The IOC’s policy says only those who have:
1. Undergone sex reassignment surgery
2. Had hormone treatments for at least two years, and
3. Received legal recognition of their transitioned sex
Can participate consistent with their gender identities (IOC, 2003).

Within the guidelines for these polices Caitlyn has done nothing wrong as she hadn’t started any of these process while she was competing.

There are transgender polices in place for much of the sporting world from the Football Association's (FA) to the International Quidditch Association
Link here: http://www.transathlete.com/#!policies-by-organization/c1vyj

All that is left is to say welcome to being a woman Caitlyn Jenner