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Hall of Shame / Terfs Page On Facebook
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:45:30 PM »
Perhaps Facebook should take Twitters lead and ban these pages.

  https://www.facebook.com/fairplayforwomen/

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In Memorium / Transgender day of Remembrance 2018 #369
« on: November 21, 2018, 11:32:13 AM »
Trans people have been beheaded, gunned down and stoned to death, according to a new report.

It highlights the 369 trans, non-binary and gender-variant people, at least, who were murdered in the 12 months from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

28 of the trans murder victims were reported to be teenagers, with some as young as 16.

There were five beheadings. Nine people were stoned to death.The majority of the people killed were trans women of color, often gunned down or beaten to death.

The Transgender Murder Monitoring Project has released this update in time for Transgender Day of Remembrance tomorrow (20 November).
Brazil still has the most reported trans murders in the world

The Trans Day of Remembrance update has seen an increase of 43 cases compared to last year’s update, and 73 cases compared to 2016.

Brazil (167 murders) and Mexico (71), once again, lead the list of the most reported killings of trans women and men.

The United States has seen 28 trans people killed, an increase from last year’s 25.

Other killings have been reported in Pakistan, Colombia, France, the UK, and elsewhere around the world.

But these horrifying numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.
Beheaded, gunned down, and shot to death

Media organizations – including normally reputable names – are often guilty of misgendering the victims when they are trans, making it even more difficult to get a real sense of the problem.

And there are multiple countries, many in Africa, where we have little knowledge of the violence happening against trans people. The highest numbers have been found in countries with strong trans movements that carry out professional monitoring.

‘We cannot estimate a number, but indeed what we can register is just a small fraction,’ Lukas Berredo, from Transrespect vs Transphobia Worldwide, told Gay Star News.

The majority of the people killed, 62%, were sex workers.

The list makes for difficult reading.

These are just a few of their names and faces.
Remember them

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslein, trans and intersex, was a LGBTI rights advocate living in Massachusetts. She was also a founder of the Miss Trans America beauty pageant.

She was found dead in her home on 5 January. Her husband confessed to striking his wife with a hammer before stabbing her in the back. Christa was 42.

Azul ‘Blue’ Montoro, a 26-year-old sex worker, was killed in Cordoba, Argentina.

She was stabbed 18 times in a friend’s apartment. She only died when the final stab, the 19th, came at her throat.

Fernando Lino da Silva, a 21-year-old, was a trans man living in Maceió, Brazil. He was just watching TV when he was shot to death.

Naomi Hersi, 36, was stabbed to death in a London hotel in March. Her murderer was recently jailed for 20 years.

Hajira, in Pakistan, was tortured to death before she was beheaded. She had been dead for several days before being discovered.

A government contractor refused to bury the body. It is unknown why. It may because she was beheaded or she was a transgender woman.

Vanesa Campos was a sex worker in Paris. Immigrated from Peru two years before, she was shot by a mob as she tried to prevent one of her clients from being robbed.

Her killing sparked protests about the treatment of sex workers in France.

S. A. Sánchez López was murdered on 19 November last year. She was 41, deaf, and living in Nicaragua. She was beaten to death for ‘no reason’.

Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón was found strangled to death in her apartment in Dallas, Texas.

She was just 18.

Devudamma Surya Naryana, 47, was electrocuted to death in her home in India.

And Nikolly Silva, a 16-year-old, was stoned to death at dawn in Cabo Frio, Brazil.

Why we remember

These are just a few names and faces of a list that can only begin to imagine the scope of transphobic murders that happen worldwide every year.

Trans people run the risk of losing their lives just for being who they are.

Berredo added: ‘Trans Day of Remembrance is a date in which we remember and honour the trans and gender-diverse people whose lives has been taken away from us.

‘It is a mourning day, and it is also a day to be together with our communities, to keep existing and resisting.’



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Financial inclusion is a building block for both poverty reduction and opportunities for economic growth, with access to digital financial services critical for joining the new digital economy.

Financial inclusion facilitates day-to-day living, and helps families and businesses plan for everything from long-term goals to unexpected emergencies. As accountholders, people are more likely to use other financial services, such as savings, credit and insurance, start and expand businesses, invest in education or health, manage risk, and weather financial shocks, all of which can improve the overall quality of their lives.

While 1.2 billion people have opened a financial account since 2011, there are still an estimated 1.7 billion adults worldwide (or 31% of adults) who don’t have a basic transaction account.  Globally, two-thirds of adults without an account cite a lack of money as a key reason, which implies that financial services aren’t yet affordable or designed to fit low-income users. Other barriers to account-opening include distance from a financial service provider, lack of necessary documentation papers and lack of trust in financial service providers.

Strategy
The UFA2020 initiative envisions that adults worldwide -- women and men alike -- will be able to have access to a transaction account or an electronic instrument to store money, send payments and receive deposits as a basic building block to manage their financial lives.

At the 2015 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group and public and private sector partners adopted measurable commitments to achieve Universal Financial Access by 2020 (UFA2020) and help promote financial inclusion.  Through the Universal Financial Access 2020 initiative, the World Bank Group – the World Bank and IFC – has committed to enabling 1 billion people to gain access to a transaction account through targeted interventions.

As of the end of December 2017, our advisory work, technical assistance financing operations and investments are projected to help reach 738 million new accountholders and we are on track to meet the goal of 1 billion by 2020..

We also work with more than 30 partners to catalyze private sector investment in financial inclusion. Leading financial service providers have set ambitious targets in line with the UFA 2020 goal.

While the UFA2020 initiative focuses on 25 priority countries where almost 70% of all financially excluded people live, we are working with more than 100 countries to advance financial access and inclusion. Our approach centers on:

creating a regulatory environment to enable access to transaction accounts
expanding access points
improving financial capability
driving scale and viability through high-volume government programs, such as social transfers, into those transaction accounts
focusing on reaching disadvantaged populations, such as women and rural producers
encouraging use of financial services, to move from access to finance to account use
working through critical value chains in priority countries to digitize payments, and creating access to other financial services such as savings, insurance, and credit
Platform approach includes three basic functionalities or layers – a biometric identity database, virtual payment addressing and digital payment interoperability.

National policies that provide scale through combinations of digital ID, digitized G2P payments.

Globally, we engage with standard-setting bodies to set recommendations and guidelines that will to advance access to transaction accounts.

The UFA framework for action is based on the Payment Aspects of Financial Inclusion (PAFI)  framework, which was developed in 2015 a financial regulator taskforce chaired by the World Bank Group and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI).

In 2017, the G20 committed to advance financial inclusion worldwide and reaffirmed its commitment to implement the G20 High-Level Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion, which the World Bank Group helped develop under the China G20 Presidency leadership in 2016. The eight High Level Principles encourage governments to promote a digital approach to financial inclusion, and are being used as a reference tool by many countries. 








http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/financialinclusion/brief/achieving-universal-financial-access-by-2020?cid=EXT_WBSocialShare_EXT&fbclid=IwAR3tT-wEVYW7ocPVWHros4x2UcQ8lyZD

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iana Brazzell, Footnote

This article was produced in consultation with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and was originally published on Footnote, a website that brings academic research and ideas to a broader audience.

Imagine you live in a small village in rural Kenya. Your daughter attends university in Nairobi and needs financial support to buy textbooks and pay her rent. How do you send her money if you, like many Kenyans, don’t have a bank account or internet access?(a)

In the U.S., the answer would be simple. In fact, you would have an abundance of options: PayPal, Venmo, online banking, checks, money orders, or good old-fashioned cash. Many people around the world, however, don’t have access to the financial services some of us take for granted. Two billion “unbanked” adults, mostly in developing countries, face barriers to tasks as simple as receiving wages or sending money to family members. Without access to banking services, their finances are unstable because they don’t have a good way to save for the future or borrow in times of need.(b)

Getting people access to formal financial services is called financial inclusion and it is a critical part of equitable economic development, says Jay Rosengard, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.1 Research shows that by lowering transaction costs and helping spread risk and capital across the economy, financial inclusion improves the livelihood of individual families and spurs local and national economic growth.2 Financial inclusion can be particularly powerful for women and other marginalized groups who have traditionally been excluded from the formal economy and had less control over their own finances.3

When up to 90% of your population doesn’t have a bank account, how do you bring them into the financial system quickly and easily? Rosengard believes Kenya has struck on a promising solution: mobile banking.1 His latest research paper shows that, thanks to mobile banking, the share of Kenyans with access to a financial account jumped from 42% in 2011 to 75% in 2014.(c) Financial inclusion skyrocketed among the poorest citizens, from 21% of people with a financial account in 2011 to 63% in 2014, growth of more than 200% in just three short years.

“The magic of mobile banking lies in its simplicity and low cost,” said Rosengard. “All you need to get started is an old-school flip phone, available for less than $10 U.S. dollars, and a banking SIM card. Then you can send and receive money over text message, no smartphone or special app required. Customers mostly rely on the service for person-to-person (P2P) payments, but are increasingly using it to pay merchants, utility companies, and other businesses.”

Rosengard’s research finds that mobile banking has transformed how Kenyans manage their money. On Safaricom’s M-PESA, which is by far the most popular service in the country, 19 million users now send 15 billion Kenyan shillings in payments each day - the equivalent of $150 million U.S. dollars. This growth has allowed Kenya to zoom past other countries when it comes to financial inclusion. The share of people with access to a financial account in Kenya is more than double that of other sub-Saharan African countries and almost triple the typical rate in low-income countries worldwide.

This mobile banking revolution has also created greater financial stability for Kenyan families. A 2014 study found that people using M-PESA were able to handle major hits to their income - such as a bad harvest, a job loss, or a failing business - without having to curb their household’s consumption.4 The primary way they weathered these storms was by getting help from family and friends through funds sent over M-PESA. In comparison, the study found that Kenyans who did not use M-PESA had to reduce their household spending by an average of 7% in response to financial challenges.

For developing countries where traditional banking is limited, Rosengard sees mobile banking as a potential shortcut to financial inclusion. Nations that already have a robust banking sector and widespread access to financial services, like the United States and South Africa, can depend on existing banks to offer services online, with upstarts like PayPal and Venmo pushing the envelope.

In developing countries, however, a tool like mobile banking can be transformational.5 Rosengard explained how, instead of growing the conventional banking sector’s physical presence and slowly bringing the “unbanked” into the system, mobile banking allows countries to immediately bring financial services to the masses in a cheap, accessible way.

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Mobile banking isn’t the first new technology that has helped countries leapfrog certain stages of development and progress more quickly. Cell phones had this impact in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2000s. As mobile phone ownership boomed, countries were able to skip over the landline telephone phase and rapidly bring modern communication to their citizens. The rate of cell phone ownership in Kenya (82%) is now almost as high as in the United States (89%).6

Could mobile banking foster a similar transformation, bringing financial services to the masses and spurring equitable economic development? Rosengard and other experts think so.

“For the Kenyan family able to send their daughter money for school, mobile banking could mean the difference between her dropping out to work or graduating, securing a better career, and, down the line, being able to send money back home in times of need,” Rosengard said. “Now multiply that impact by the two billion other unbanked people across the world whose lives could be changed by a cheap flip phone and a simple banking program, offering a path to more equitable, inclusive economic growth.”

Sidenotes
 
(a) According to the World Bank, only 43% of Kenyans accessed the internet within the past year and 55% have an account at a financial institution. For comparison, 87% of people in the U.S. use the internet and 94% have a bank account.
(b) While financial inclusion is less of a problem in developed countries, it is still a major barrier for the poor. In the U.S., for example, 6% of adults do not have a bank account and 24% do not have a debit card.
(c) The World Bank defines having access to a “financial account” as having an account at a bank or other type of financial institution, such as a credit union, microfinance institution, or cooperative, or using a mobile money service, such as mobile banking, within the past year.
 
Endnotes
 
Rosengard, Jay. 2016. “A Quantum Leap over High Hurdles to Financial Inclusion: The Mobile Banking Revolution in Kenya.” Faculty Research Working Paper Series, RWP16-032. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Cull, Robert, Tilman Ehrbeck, and Nina Holle. 2014. “Financial Inclusion and Development: Recent Impact Evidence.” Washington, D.C.: Consultative Group to Assist the Poor.
Villasenor, John D., Darrell M. West, and Robin J. Lewis. 2015. The 2015 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report: Measuring Progress on Financial Access and Usage. Washington, D.C.: Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution.
Jack, William, and Tavneet Suri. 2014. “Risk Sharing and Transactions Costs: Evidence from Kenya’s Mobile Money Revolution.” American Economic Review, 104(1): 183-223.
Klapper, Leora and Dorothe Singer. 2014. The Opportunities of Digitizing Payments: How digitization of payments, transfers, and remittances contributes to the G20 goals of broad-based economic growth, financial inclusion, and women’s economic empowerment. Washington, D.C.: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank.
Pew Research Center.

















https://www.huffingtonpost.com/footnote/how-mobile-banking-is-tra_b_12944438.html

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During her speech at Singapore Fintech Festival 2018, Christine Largarde, IMF’s Managing Director expressed the need for states to consider the possibility to issue digital currency, adding that there may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital economy.

Ms Lagarde is of the opinion that a central bank backed cryptocurrency could achieve the following goals financial inclusion, security and consumer protection; and to provide what the private sector cannot — privacy in payments.

How a central bank backed cryptocurrency could aid financial inclusion
She shared during her speech that cryptocurrencies offer great promise through its through its ability to reach people and businesses in remote and marginalized regions where banks are not exactly rushing to serve poor and rural populations.

Ms Largarde further added that it is critical because cash might no longer be an option, if the majority of people adopt digital forms of money, the infrastructure for cash would degrade, leaving those in the periphery behind.

She emphasized of course, cryptocurrency is not necessarily the only answer. There may be scope for governments to encourage private sector solutions, by providing funding, or improving infrastructure.

The case for security, privacy and consumer protection
“Without cash, too much power could fall into the hands of a small number of outsized private payment providers. Payments, after all, naturally lean toward monopolies—the more people you serve, the cheaper and more useful the service.” said Ms. Lagarde

She also expressed concerns for private firms under-investing in security to the extent that it may cause some form of systemic failure that regulation not necessarily equipped to redress. She pointed out that a central bank backed cryptocurrency could offer advantages, as a backup means of payment and give its grandfather the old reliable paper note a run for its money.

An interesting thought that Ms. Largarde brought up during the speech for the need for privacy in the age where customer profiling is becoming increasingly sophisticated.

She quipped “Consider a simple example. Imagine that people purchasing beer and frozen pizza have higher mortgage defaults than citizens purchasing organic broccoli and spring water. What can you do if you have a craving for beer and pizza but do not want your credit score to drop? Today, you pull out cash. And tomorrow? Would a privately-owned payment system push you to the broccoli aisle?’

Using that as an example she stated that cryptocurrency could offer a real alternative to other forms of payments but she was quick to point out that it would be unwise for central banks to offer fully anonymous digital currency or they will risk creating a bonanza for criminals.

A win-win framework for privacy and financial system integrity?
Instead of fully disregarding the benefits of privacy for consumers on the account of bad actors, Ms. Largarde offered an alternative. She said central banks might design digital currency so that users’ identities would be authenticated through customer due diligence procedures and transactions recorded.

The identities would not be disclosed to third parties or governments unless required by law. So when someone purchases pizza and beer, the supermarket, its bank, and marketers would not know who they are. The state might not either, at least by default.

Anti-money laundering and terrorist financing controls would nevertheless run in the background. If a suspicion arose it would be possible to lift the veil of anonymity and investigate.

This setup would be good for users, bad for criminals, and better for the state, relative to cash.

The jury is still out but exploration is encouraged
Her closing message is that while the case for digital currency is not universal, we should investigate it further, seriously, carefully, and creatively.

In the world of Fintech, she stressed that we need to harness change so it is fair, safe, efficient, and dynamic in line with goal of the Bali Fintech Agenda launched by the IMF and World Bank last October.

Her full speech can be found here

Featured Image Credit: IMF









http://fintechnews.sg/26087/blockchain/central-bank-cryptocurrency-imf/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=fintechweeklycom

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Event Reviews / Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:22:16 AM »
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

Yesterday was transgender day of remembrance. Transfolk Of WA  held an online #Facebook #Event. I know of many Name Reading Ceremonies happening in Private Homes across Perth.

Yesterday was a day to Remember not only those that have died but to support the living. Many of the biggest struggles faced stem from economic privilege meaning for some trans people it is impossible to transition fully or to afford to many of the expensive events organised by festivals and groups. Not "Passing" can mean not being welcome in the Trans Community and lead to hate crimes and violence in the wider community.

We remember on this day the 369 souls, counted and those uncounted, who were lost world wide for just being themselves. A figure which is on the rise through religious extremism, poverty & crimes. We should not forget that in the first world the rise of intra-community bullying should not be ignored as a cause of lives being lost.   

THIS POST FROM JEZ PEZ ON Facebook stood out to me yesterday:
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I started to reflect on the people I know we have lost as a result of transphobic violence and abuse, either through a single act of fatal violence or through ongoing continuous incremental acts of violence that eventually culminates into a suicide.

What really got me today, was the unknown. That there are trans and gender diverse people who aren’t here anymore and we don’t know what they went through, why they are gone or even if they were living as trans and because of that, we can’t honour them. I know the pain and suffering many people experience in our communities, I participate in our communities, I witness it and I work in this space.

I recognise how debilitating it is to spend your energy on getting through basic functioning and survival, to get through the day and that the systems built around us make it unnecessarily harder. That’s when I thought more today about the level of trauma our communities live with and how challenging it can be to manage our trauma, whilst also trying to fight to improve our lives. Whilst the systems around us don’t even count us all, or even recognise us or our experiences, we remain and fight for visibility.

Whilst a politically aggressive climate seeks to undermine our existence, we remain and fight for validity. We fight for the right and freedom to speak for ourselves so that we can be the ones leading the reform that is overdue in our society. Sometimes doing this work creates risk, because we are pushing for change.

People and systems can buckle under the fantastic and necessary pressure we create because they are resistant to change and are angry at us for being bold, for being ourselves and for being happy in that state. I know numerous trans and gender diverse activists who have experienced violence as a result of being visible or undertaking work that aims to break and remould constructions that exclude and harm us.

That work can sometimes be traumatic and we have built networks around us to nurture and heal us when we need it. I needed it more than ever in the last year and I want to thank the small group of people around me who provided me with sanctuary, support and safety whilst I recovered from a life threatening act of violence from when I was overseas on my Churchill Fellowship.

Just over a year ago, I was brutally attacked and it’s changed me as a person. The nature and details of the attack will only really ever be fully understood by me alone and it won’t be helpful for me or others to talk about them. I have decided that to focus on those elements right now is not useful. And even though I had gotten to a point during the attack where I truly thought that it was going to be my ultimate end, I did not give up. I don’t know how I did it, but I pulled all of my life knowledge and skills and channeled it into one moment in time to survive.

But it changed me and I was exhausted. I can imagine it has been the same for tens of thousands of others who have experienced something similar. During my recovery, I became acutely aware that I was a person working with traumatised communities, in spaces where trauma was occurring, whilst also trying to manage my own trauma.

This wasn’t an ideal situation as I was repeatedly disappointed by a range of scenarios and people, where there was a lack of competency and ability to respond to the change of circumstances. This is what we need to be talking about. How can we develop a trauma informed community that understands the impact of trauma, but also how it can heighten and elevate our skills at identifying threats and risks and ultimately aims to not retraumatise people.

There is a lot of wisdom among us and the more people working together, means we can be stronger against our threats. I’m very lucky that I had the resources internally and externally to overcome what happened and today I am thinking about the many people who don’t and are still living with trauma and it’s impacts. I’m also thinking of the people we don’t know we have lost because we weren’t able to hold them and their immediate worlds weren’t even able to even see them. Rest in Power to those we lost. To those still here, full power to you, thankI’d just like to let people know that I’m going to be taking a break from social media. The last week has had a major impact on me and I’m someone that holds a lot of responsibility in terms of having a job, a partner, family, friends and multiple community projects and commitments on the go. With that means I have to stay on my game and taking care of myself has to be a priority to be able to keep being the best I can be and to keep giving.
 
One Week After TDOR he wrote again.

Seeing a number of people, particularly people I know, who could have messaged me privately to have a respectful conversation about something so deeply traumatic for me and instead chose to take my posts and words out of context and turn it into a public debate, caused me immense pain and stress. These people totally erased my experience of serious violence and even suggested it wasn’t actual abuse. I want that to sink in for our communities. That there are some people out there who negated my experience of violence. They used my personal experience of violence as a way to take me down for a variety of reasons. Call out culture is over. You’re not helping anyone and you’re using people and their trauma to score political points and to build alliances with people. People can see it and it’s lateral violence.

Upon reflection, it was the public article that caused this. When I agreed to have it published it was about 11.40pm at night, I was tired and I was feeling a bit raw because I had just disclosed what happened for the first time to my community. Some people have interpreted it as an actual article instead of it being written as a personal post. I did not expect people to dismiss my personal experience of violence in such a public fashion. It’s fair to say many of us were shocked.

In the last week I have had an enormous amount of support, thank you. This has equated to hundreds of messages that held my vulnerability and paid me the respect I deserved. I have also received a massive amount of private messages from people (especially trans people) disclosing their own experiences of violence and telling me they were grateful I spoke up, because they have not been able to. You are all brave and beautiful people and any person who has experienced violence is held within my heart and any violation of your safety is unacceptable. The violence that occurred against me was unacceptable and nobody can tell me otherwise and nobody can tell me how and when I can speak up about that.

To the people who participated in the public criticism and erasure of my experience of violence. I am not angry at you and I understand that trauma can touch us all and that we are all learning about how to be the best we can be. But I do ask that you consider the gravity and impact of your actions and that it doesn’t serve to foster a community that supports each other, in fact it creates a risk to our safety and deters people from being able to speak up about their experiences of violence.

My process going forward will be to channel this energy into love for myself and the people around me who do good in this world. I will also be working on building and establishing solid evidence base of the impact of violence on our communities and turning that into hard action that helps us all. I have already begun discussions with lots of people about how we can work together to address these issues, the rates of violence, the lack of appropriate services, the lack of space to unpack trauma and the lack of skill and competency in our communities to respond to trauma. Lots of us want change and we are stronger if we work together in a compassionate and empathic way. Thank you and I’ll BRB soon. ✌️
 you for your work and let's take care of each other."

 




Above this was my protest for transgender rights at the Make WA AiDS Council Great Again #WAAC #MAGA #Help #GetTransWomenOutOfMensPrisons. As we remember the dead lets not forget the many trans-women/trans-men incarcerated in the wrong prisons that also do not have a voice.

Who is the day for? Day for support living as well as the dead. 

Over east there are dinners planed in Brisbane and a walk in Adelaide, Also a couple of ceremony's in Melbourne and Sydney to remember those that have been murdered in our community across the world. Here in Perth it was disappointing to see Transgender Day of Remembrance treated so casually with no dedicated event planned. If it wasn't for the AIDS Council's Freedom Centre last minute opening up of it's Under 25s Pride event then nothing would have been done.

In spite of all the funds given out under LGBT umbrella funding non-politicised & inclusive services for over 25s gender diverse people in Perth remain poor or unfriendly to anyone not fitting into the new binary. .... Sad Common for LGBT funding to forget the T when services.....

Let's hope next year it's not all last minute and a proper naming ceremony occurs to respect both the living and those that have passed.


Above: As we stand up for Gender Rights I think we should not quickly ignore Economic privilege which destroys families and alienates classes of people. Poverty reduction and help with jobs should be what the community concentrates and to eliminate the elitism that has taken over some sectors of the community. Rehashing debates that have all ready been had is a distraction for pressing issues that should be talked about.

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The WA AIDS Council's Freedom Centre is doing a #TDOR for the 20th at Hyde Park between 6 pm - 7.30pm  It's a BYO bbq or Picnic.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2313726502190978/


#LestWeForget On November 19th it was international MEN'S day an event that largely went unnoticed because of the prominence of the #METOO Movement. With men making up 75% of all suicides some #equity prevention does not seem too much to ask.

At a time when TERFS all over the place seem intent on excluding trans people it was great to see the trans-men included in Perth's International Men's Day 2018 Education in Tranz4mations & The Abbey of the Black Swan. We all know that "Trans Men are Men" and most certainly are included in international men's day as it celebrates all men.

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A Brief History of Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Cross-Dresser Events and Organisations in Western Australia

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Mix Margaret Dylan Jones

W.A. composer, pianist, teacher, article writer


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This is the Sister's corrected version of information on the page:
Chameleon Society of WA (Inc.) Formed about 25 years ago [i.e. ca. 1980], was run into the ground and closed by #TrannyTraitors. A badly-organised group of about forty members who met twice a month for cross-dressing and occasional educational talks is no longer available for peer-support running. www.chameleonswa.com is for sale for approx $2000 What hapaned to the $1800 that wasn't distributed to members?

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'Absolutely terrifying': transgender people and the prison system
Monday 4 April 2016 8:12AM
Jeremy Story Carter and Damien Carrick

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Editor's Note
This story really raises more questions about the "Cinderella Care Factor" in Western Australia of the Self Appointed Trans Leaders & The Government Funded AIDS Industry towards anyone that is not a "Nice Rich Girl". It would appear that if you are unable to afford the expensive tickets to play dress ups at Dinners and Balls then the narcissistic message is STFU and don't ruin our party.

Where are the Lazy LGBT Lobby when it comes to Transgender Prison Reform? Where's the discussion Papers? Why is Silence the best we can expect from the AIDS Industry? Perhaps they should all be closed down so that someone who cares about measurable evaluable outcomes and results can do the job? It's quite clear the reason why nothing has been done is because Trans people are silent - until the loud protests are about something other than party menus no justice will be served!

Does Australia's criminal justice system know how to deal with transgender people? With assaults and abuse common on the inside, The Law Report investigates how prison can be a terrifying place for transgender people.

Warning: Some readers may find the content of this article distressing.

Ashley Diamond was serving a 12-year-sentence for a nonviolent theft offence when she was raped, beaten and abused in an all-male prison in the US state of Georgia.

Diamond was sent there despite spending most her life identifying as female, says her lawyer, Chinyere Ezie from the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

"The prison officer had actually come and opened my cell up during the night and wanted me to take off my clothes and expose myself to him." Lisa

'In spite of the fact that Ashley Diamond had been living in the community as a woman and had begun her gender transition 17 years earlier and was living and identifying for most of her life as a woman, she was placed into a male prison,' Ezie says.

'She was subjected to brutal repeated sexual assaults. She attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

'She had a very diminished self-worth because once she reported sexual assaults, prison officials told her things like, "Well, what do you expect? You're a transgender, you're asking for it."'

In 2015, Diamond spoke out about her experiences, which included being denied access to ongoing hormone treatments she had begun prior to entering prison.

Last month, the state of Georgia agreed to a confidential financial settlement. It also agreed to reform its policies towards transgender inmates.

Transgender prisoners in Australia report similar experiences.

In Perth, transgender woman Sienna Fox has been sitting in remand in a male prison since February. Fox, a sex worker, was detained on allegations she transmitted HIV to a person.

Rebecca Leighton, who works with People for Sex Worker Rights in WA, has spoken to Fox since she has been imprisoned.

'She is terrified. She's holding up as well as she can but she is in a situation that is uniquely horrendous,' says Leighton.

'In no other circumstances would a woman be placed in a maximum security male prison.'

Leighton says there are a number of transgender women currently in male prisons throughout Western Australia, but their numbers are not being monitored by the state government.

It raises the broader question of whether Australia's criminal justice system knows what to do with transgender people.

At present, laws deviate substantially state to state. The widely held view in the transgender community is that New South Wales currently has the best system.

'[NSW] provides strict direction at every step of the detention process around the appropriate manner in which trans-prisoners should be housed, and it does so wherever possible on the basis of their lived experience rather than the whims of prison authorities,' Leighton says.

'It is not perfect but it is clearly the most thought-out model currently existing in Australia.'

If a transgender individual has already commenced hormone therapy prior to incarceration, they are able to continue their program within the NSW prison system, as it is seen as essential medical treatment.

Women's prisons 'much safer'

Lisa, an transgender Indigenous woman, or sistergirl, has spent time in both the NSW and Queensland prison systems for a string of low-level drug and prostitution charges.

As an 18 year-old already undergoing hormone replacement therapy, she was placed in male prison on petty crime charges.

'It was absolutely terrifying,' says Lisa. 'I had people attempting to rape me, and other times I was raped in prison.'

She reported to prison officers that she had been raped, but was too frightened to name the perpetrator.

After a traumatic experience in a Queensland male prison involving a prison officer, she was eventually moved to a women's prison.

'The prison officer had actually come and opened my cell up during the night and wanted me to take off my clothes and expose myself to him,' she says.

'I was moved from that prison because of that incident to a female prison, and I was there for four weeks.

'I didn't have the hassles of worrying about being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted. I definitely felt much safer.'

Lisa now works as an advocate for transgender Indigenous sistergirls and brotherboys.

Although her preference was to be placed into a prison of the gender she had transitioned into, she says that is not always the case across the transgender community.

'It's fairly mixed; it's 50-50. Some people I've spoken to have they want to be in a men's prison, but other people I've spoken to want that option of going to a female prison,' she says.

'My belief is that a transgender person is much safer in a women's prison.'

Balancing the risks of harm

The difficulty faced by prison authorities is trying to balance the risk presented to a prisoner with the risk they pose to other inmates.

In 1987, Maddison Hall, born Noel Crompton Hall, murdered a hitchhiker in far western NSW. Having begun hormone treatment while in prison, she was moved to a women's prison.

While in prison, she was charged with raping female inmates, and later returned to a male facility.

Liz Ceissman, a senior case manager and NSW prison outreach worker with the Gender Centre, acknowledges the range of complex considerations faced by state criminal justice systems.

'The things that are given consideration are: "If I put them in a female jail or a male jail, what risk is it to them? What risk are they to other inmates?"

'I think that is given more serious consideration now off the back of things like Maddison Hall's experiences.'

Ceissman rejects the argument that given they have broken the law, the consideration given to transgender prisoners should be limited.

'The aim of jail in its theory is rehabilitation,' she says.

'Someone didn't commit a crime because they were transgender, but if you are anticipating releasing someone back into society you would like to release them as healthy and as connected and as stable as they can be.

'Supporting someone to resolve gender issues lessens the opportunity for recidivism post-release.'

In America, the case of Ashley Diamond remains painfully common. Almost half of US black or Latina transgender individuals will enter the prison system at some point in their life.

'That's just an indication of how pervasive the social exclusion is that they face, and the policing that they face when they are in the community and the presumption that if you are transgender and you are walking down the street you must be a sex worker,' says Diamond's lawyer, Chinyere Ezie. 'Very negative, retrograde attitudes still pervade.'

Dr Wendell Rosevear, who works at Gay and Lesbian Health Services in Brisbane, says it's a similar situation in Australia.

'When people aren't able to integrate or resolve their gender dysphoria, they can turn to alcohol and drugs seeking relief,' he says.

'[Transgender people] have twice the incidence of alcohol and drug use of the general population. They have higher incidence of depression and anxiety and discrimination against them, so they are quite marginalised and alienated.

'If you don't accept yourself, you are vulnerable to turning to power or denial or alcohol and drugs, and those things together predispose to vulnerability to crime.'

He says until the Australian community becomes more accepting and open to transgender people, that is likely to continue.

'While we don't allow people to address their dysphoria and their lack of self-acceptance, we are actually not allowing them to resolve their issues to prevent future crime,' he says.

'I seek to help people regain a sense of personal value because valuable people value themselves and others, so prevention of crime is really about valuing ourselves and valuing others.'



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Read me 1st / US SiSters 501 policy
« on: October 28, 2018, 11:21:28 AM »
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Calender #Events #HAPANChances / Transfolk of WA
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:33:09 AM »
Please note The Transfolk of WA Event on Facebook is an "awareness marketing" event -

After much public criticism the "LGBT Leadership Community" have decided to organise a real TDOR event which is being run by "Youth Pride Network- YPN" which seems to be affiliated with the Freedom Centre / WA AIDS Council. It's a BYO BBQ from 6 pm - 7.30 pm at Hyde Park North Perth.

n.b. The WA AIDS Council is NOT running ANY events for HIV+ LGBT People to reduce Stigma and support the most vulnerable people in the LGBT Community. This shows just how committed #WAAC is to the Principles of Meaningful Involvement of Positive People - but don't worry the Board AGM will still be getting their Gourmet Catering Service.

Edited by "My Name is Mary-Jane for YPN"!


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#FrontPage #News #Headline Acts / Transfolk of WA is the New Peak Body
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:17:50 AM »
Transfolk of WA is the New Peak Body


TransFolk of WA is an active member of ConnectGroups, (the Peak body for peer Support Groups in WA, empowering and sustaining community Self Help and Support Groups through resourcing, education, training, and advocacy.

Groups provide peer support on a wide range of issues including mental health, chronic and genetic conditions, trauma, and social exclusion.)

TransFolk of WA has leveraged the vision of its founder, the dedication of its volunteer workforce, and the support of its Peak to emerge as a progressive service provider and thought leader, responsive to a serious service provision gap, and the needs of a vulnerable population group: trans people.

It currently has over 1,877 Likes on their FaceBook.

https://lgbti.awardsplatform.com/entry/vote/lxMbogmq/jRagDAwW?search=b7b260c68&fbclid=IwAR0R07J6cV1OikB7MFIQCdmmwsoJTK7uyECSEEvThxrHq60JnxqCALQm3Lc

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TransFolk was a key participant in the recent development of a sector-wide resource “LGBTI+ Peer Support: A Step by Step Guide” published in 2018.

Representing a priority at-risk population group, TransFolk was identified as the ideal community partner to pilot the developed toolkit.

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President's Paws / Get Trans Women out of Mens Prisons!
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:09:10 AM »
Get Trans Women out of Male Prisons!



In the Tweet sent out below, was @ScottMorrisonMP including the many trans women and trans men that today are in the "wrong" prisons because of non-progressive stuck in the past ideas and erroneous religious views of federal & state based policy makers. Don't Forget these same people will no doubt spend this Christmas segregated and alone in some isolated cell. 

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Today I gave each of my Ministers a lapel pin with the Australian flag on it. I’ve been wearing this for many years now. The reason I wear it is because it reminds me every single day whose side I’m on. I’m on the side of the Australian people. Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP)  August 28, 2018 https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status4396976433922048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Research & Statistics speak for themselves.

Facilities still house inmates based on their genitalia or birth gender, resulting in many transgender women being abused or raped during their sentence. The absence of #MeToo voices here is deafening and begs the question "Should #feminists be labeling policy makers rape enablers" or "Do TERFS think Trans People deserve to be raped?"



Forced sterilization before being able to be imprisoned in a woman's prison in WA. This cannot be anything but a breach of human rights and amounts to being given a lifetime sentence. The choice of a trans-person that identifies as a female or male should not include having to undergo physical transition to be allowed to be imprisoned with the sex they identify with, and without having to be forced to go through a decision that effects the rest of their lives and prevents them from having children in the future.


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"International research identifies transgender people as a particularly vulnerable group in the prison system, with their most basic needs often being denied to them (Grant et al. 2011, 158). Transgender prisoners experience higher rates of sexual assault and rape (Broadus 2008-9; Jenness et al. 2007). Yet, there is little empirical Australian research (Simpson et al., 2013). Drawing on a conceptual framework of cisnormativity, this article examines existing research about these policies, procedures, and practices regarding the treatment of transgender people in prisons and argues that carceral settings both pathologise and criminalise transgender inmates through incarceration practices that aim to address and reduce their vulnerability. We additionally demonstrate this argument through analysis of policies regarding the treatment of transgender prisoners. By examining how cisnormativity affects transgender prisoners, this briefing paper seeks to move beyond strategies that respond to vulnerability and towards approaches that prevent its replication".
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/314237659_Cisnormativity_criminalisation_vulnerability_Transgender_people_in_prisons

These quotes highlight the fact that trans people are at higher risk of being marginalized and their safety is put at risk if they are not housed in an institution with the sex they identify with.


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"In Western Australia, the system suffers from a lack of clear, concrete policy — and as such, it appears to be quite common for trans women to be placed in men’s prisons. Like in the UK, whether or not a trans person is placed in a prison of their identified gender seems dependent on whether they have changed their legal sex on their birth certificate. In WA, this means having undergone a “reassignment procedure” such as genital reassignment surgery — again, an extremely costly, lengthy and potentially unviable process."https://junkee.com/trans-women-male-prisons/149810

In the UK a transgender woman has gone on hunger strike inside an all-male prison and says she is prepared to die over the government’s refusal to accept her chosen gender. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/27/marie-dean-trans-prisoner-male-prison-hunger-strike

In one of the most troublesome cases A transgender female sex worker has been sentenced to six years in jail in WA, based on what appears to be "He Said/She Said Evidence" in what will likely be a male prison in WA for infecting a client with HIV. It is desperately sad that a public silence exists in surrounding the injustice of this case and the proposed policy solutions.

Surely it's time that the tired old "fear of making the community look bad" excuse was retired along with the dead wood's agenda of "small groups are easier to control". It should be noted no discussion of trans women in Men's prisons should happen without talking about HIV which is why Tranz4mations is calling for the AIDS Community to speak up.


More concerning, it would appear that the Leaders of the Trans & HIV Communities would seem to prefer to act in the shadows without consultation with the communities they represent. This reinforces the stigma and discrimination that surrounds HIV that actually helps spread infections.

In the interest of transparency and accountability to consumers these "Peak Bodies" should release the reports and recommendations to the Community that are said to be being done. Back room deals made by small cliques in isolation do not serve the interests of the Community or do anything to help with public education or prevention.

Around the world, transgender women face routine abuse and sexual assault in correctional centers.  Now, one woman is bravely speaking out, revealing that she was raped more than 2,000 times in an Australian all-male prison https://www.rebelcircus.com/blog/trans-woman-raped-2000-times-sent-male-prison/


Again below is another example of the humiliation that trans people have to face in prison when their human rights are not recognised or respected.https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2018/11/07/trans-woman-says-jailers-forced-her-show-genitals-shower-men

Tranz4mations understands that Transfolk of WA ("Our NEW Peak Body?") are tackling this important issue, and will in due course come up with a solution to stop the Situation. While concentrating on suicides, which seems to be a pet subject of theirs it is understood while disregarding the symptoms of the cause, the cure might remain unmanageable.

In conclusion the number of trans people incarcerated in Australian prisons remains under researched, but as noted the distress of the trans incarcerated population can be seen from the little evidence obtained in the world wide research.

The stigma of HIV remains high in the trans community and effects many trans woman sex workers that are in prison. Worse many a time a trans woman with HIV has been deliberately miss gendered by the MSM (Main Stream Media) to highlight the fact that trans people are dangerous and should be hidden away from the public. 


Waving Flags might serve as shiny things to attract brainwashed normies & plantation dwellers but free range able to think for yourself is better! The flag and national anthem profess to be inclusive of all, but as the Prime Minister professes to be a nationalist with his flag badge is he really the globalist banker's friend with their unfair bail in laws? (https://www.ainsliebullion.com.au/gold-silver-bullion-news/senate-passes-e2-80-98bail-in-e2-80-99-law-e2-80-93-how-safe-is-your-cash-now-/tabid/88/a/1722/default.aspx)

The true meaning is that under one flag there remains many hidden injustices to individuals that have not been addressed yet. Well may we sing Advance Australia Fair/unFair in the National Anthem but is fair/unfair the two sides of the same coin that constantly war with each other to become the dominant player in the so called unified Australia. 
 
"Get Trans Women out of Mens Prison" is a subject that remains hidden but this is the one proven taboo that must be erased and addressed with uniform legislation at a state and federal level. 


Nicola Stevenson
President
Trans4mations AU



   

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General Discussion Finance / The World Debt Clock
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:12:32 PM »
 "Public debt is rising in both emerging markets and low income developing countries to levels not seen since the early 1980s. Forty percent of low income developing countries are now either in debt distress or at high risk of default. At the same time, corporate debt in emerging markets is also exceeding historical levels."(World bank 13/10/2018)

https://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock

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General Discussion Finance / The Global Findex Database 2017
« on: October 13, 2018, 02:31:25 PM »
The Global Findex Database 2017
Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution

ABOUT THE GLOBALFINDEX DATABASE

In 2011 the World Bank — with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — launched the Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. Drawing on survey data collected in collaboration with Gallup, Inc., the Global Findex database covers more than 140 economies around the world. The initial survey round was followed by a second one in 2014 and by a third in 2017.

Compiled using nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults age 15 and above in over 140 economies, the 2017 Global Findex database includes updated indicators on access to and use of formal and informal financial services. It has additional data on the use of financial technology (or fintech), including the use of mobile phones and the internet to conduct financial transactions.

The data reveal opportunities to expand access to financial services among people who do not have an account — the unbanked — as well as to promote
greater use of digital financial services among those who do have an account.

The Global Findex database has become a mainstay of global efforts to promote financial inclusion. In addition to being widely cited by scholars and development practitioners, Global Findex data are used to track progress toward the World Bank goal of Universal Financial Access by 2020 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The database, the full text of the report, and the underlying country-level data for all figures — along with the questionnaire, the survey methodology, and other relevant materials — are available at http://www.worldbank.org/globalfindex.

All regional and global averages presented in this publication are population weighted. Regional averages include only developing economies (low- and middle-income economies as classified by the World Bank).

The reference citation for the 2017 Global Findex data is as follows:
Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer, Saniya Ansar, and Jake
Hess. 2018. The Global Findex Database 2017: Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution. Washington, DC: World Bank.

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