22 December 2012

Some Events of the Year 2012: Part 5 -- Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.

Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage.
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons.
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids.
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment, Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries.
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

Political Candidates 

 

National 

 

Diane Abbot MP, Shadow Health Minister, spoke too quickly when she suggested that 17 breast reductions on boys aged 10-19 “must be something to do with this country’s obesity epidemic".

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks out against Transgender discrimination.

Brigitte Goldberg, president of Trans-Europe, ran for French President as the candidate of Avenir-2012.

Anna Grodzka opened her Parliamentary office, was awarded the Okulary równości prize.

Provincial

 

Janice Covington, North Carolina, elected Democratic delegate.

Stacie Laughton, elected to Hew Hampshire House, later revealed to have a conviction for credit card fraud. Video.

Nok Yonlada (more) elected in Nan province, Thailand.

Cities, towns and regions

 

 Adela Hernandez elected to municipal government Caibarien, Villa Clara, Cuba.

Diana Sanchez Barrios candidate for Mexico City Federal District assembly.


Gina Duncan for Orange County Commission, Florida.


Mel Wymore candidate for New York City Council in 2013.

Sarah Brown, Liberal Democrat Councillor in Cambridge spoke up for Out4Marriage campaign. She and her wife were obliged to surrender their marriage and instead have a civil partnership. IOS Pink List, 34.

Stu Rasmussen won a fifth term as mayor of Silverton, Oregon.


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And special mention of Jean Wyllys, Brazil's first openly gay MP. There was a record number of over 150 openly GLBT candidates in this year's Brazilian municipal elections.

Celebrities



Bill O'Reilly of Fox News defended Jenna Talackova, but criticized Glee for featuring a trans teenager.

Bruce Jenner said to be a transvestite.

Bülent Ersoy claimed that she had once met the iconic left-wing activist Deniz Gezmis. His lawyer denounced her for saying it, "he was against such people of lower morals". The press was critical of such 'traditionalism' on the left. The lawyer then apologized by identifying with the Raoul character in The Kiss of the Spider Woman, who likewise was initially intolerant of the queer character.

Camille Paglia: “I identify strongly with drag queens and transsexuals, particularly as they were in the '60s. They were fierce and powerful. They were street warriors,” she says. “Some might have had bits and pieces of surgery. But the focus now is on 'transgender,’ which has gotten rigidly ideological. ... My point is that the transgender movement’s focus on manipulating the physical, through surgery, is too often a way of avoiding introspection. We have an obligation as human beings to engage in self-examination – to seek self-understanding, apart from the social and the physical. Youth are falling into a trap of thinking that sex change will solve their deeper problems – their spiritual problems. But it can’t.”

Chaz Bono, was honoured with the trophies for outstanding documentary programme, and the Stephen F. Kolzak award at the 23rd annual Media Awards by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Bono did fundraising for Democratic candidates, but also for Republican Mary Bono Mack, his step mother.

David O. Russell, film director, was reported for fondling the breasts of his trans niece. However no charges were filed.




Janet Jackson announced that she will be the executive producer of a documentary film on trans lives.

John Travolta. The National Enquirer published photos purporting to be Travolta in drag in 1997.

Jonathan Ross, on his ITV show 21 January made a silly joke about Thai Airlines trans stewardesses, and apologized on Twitter.



Madonna: Nine anti-gay activists from the Trade Union of Russian Citizens claimed that she 'brutally violated' a city law that imposes fines for spreading homosexual 'propaganda' during a concert in St Petersberg. The judge threw out the case after being shown footage of the concert. 'How many families split up because one of the couple is gay?' asked Judge Vitaly Barkovsky. 'And how many because of alcoholism? How many lawsuits have you filed against alcohol companies?'

Rodrigo Lopes previously of Big Brother is now Rebekah.


Stephen Beatty may be having second thoughts. Made a video.


Sports

 

The IOC announced that women who test in the male range for testosterone, and whose bodies respond to the hormone, may not be eligible to compete as females.

The third Olympics since the Stockholm Consensus on Sex Reassignment in Sports. However almost no trans athletes qualified.

The first comprehensive history of Sports, Gender and Trans, in 3 parts by Zagria.

Pablo S. Torre & David Epstein. “The Transgender Athlete”. SI Vault, May 28, 2012. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1198744/index.htm.

Tranny Olympics, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Tower Hamlets, London, 4 August, and Berlin.

Drag Queen Olympics, Amsterdam.  Video.


Brooke Fantelli, off-road racer, was doing a photo shoot in the California desert when a Bureau of Land Management ranger checked papers, took offence that Fantelli was trans and ended up tasering her in the groin. She has now filed a federal lawsuit.

Caster Semenya led South African team in the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, 6'8", has returned to playing basketball.

Keelin Godsey failed to qualify for Olympic trials in the women's hammer throw.

Lindsey Walker, 26, 7’0”, basketball player, has contacted Guinness Book of Records re being world’s tallest transsexual.

Pinki Pranmonik (more) golf medalist arrested after her wife claimed that she is a man.

Sasha Hostyn, 18, dominated in Starcraft 2 championship in Toronto, winning $15,000.

Thai boxer Usanakorn Kokietgym accused of having too much testosterone.





Festivals

 

Koovagam (more)

Festival Waria Berbudaya in Jakarta was cancelled after the Islamic Defenders Front turned up to the event and demanded the organizers shut it down.

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