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Monday, November 19th, 2007
7:09 pm
National Transgender Day of Remembrance 2007 List of the Dead
I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.

Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.

Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.

All the victims from all years past may be found on

After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.

Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.

List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:

www.rememberingourd ead.org/day
============ ========= ========= ========= ==
Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Age: 57
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Age: 37
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Age: ?
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: ?
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA

The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.

Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.

The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.

For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
6:41 pm
anyone doing anything interesting lately...?
...I am hoping to hear thrilling things about the folks in the group...!

Current Mood: awake
Monday, December 18th, 2006
1:06 am

What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in?

I'm a software engineer for a tiny company in Bellevue, WA which exists to enforce a certain clause of Microsoft's antitrust settlement. Microsoft has to license documentation on all of their network protocols to anyone who wants to pay for it, and our job is to check the quality of their documentation. Mostly, we reimplement the server sides of their protocols on Linux and check for interoperability with the Windows client.

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?

Hmmm, where to begin? I'm one of the biggest nerds you'll ever meet. Not that this is so unusual in my profession, but when you have your own T1 line, have computers that outweigh you and require special power, and study quantum field theory for fun, you stand out even among other nerds. I hang around goth clubs and science fiction conventions. I'm polyamorous and kinky. Oh yeah, I'm also a transsexual lesbian.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?

It's been pretty good for me. I look a lot more normal than I am most of the time, and my industry is not one particularly noted for normalcy. The only big thing I've had to deal with is being trans; I was still presenting as a male when I was hired, so I got to spend months agonizing about how to come out, and then when I finally did it was really quick and painless. I took a day off and went to court for my name change while management made the announcement, and when I came back the next day everything was pretty much normal. A couple of the women in the company said hello and wished me luck, but it's a small software company, so there were only a couple of women. The men all pretty much just ignored it and pretended I'd always been like this; I think they're just in denial about the whole idea that someone might not be as enamored as they are with having a penis.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?

Seattle, and it's soooo much better than southeastern Connecticut and upstate New York were.

Current Mood: okay
Sunday, December 17th, 2006
4:40 pm
hello you guys!
...this seems a potentially interesting place, so...I am tibetan buddhist clergy, very experienced in dreams (like, actually healing, or saving-from-harm, in dreams, being in lucid dreams pretty much every night, etc. etc.) and death (like, helping people die, dealing with dead people and other beings, demons, ghosts, teaching a class of elderly ladies about death and all, etc. etc., having gained tons of experience in near-dead experiences due to bad bad health and other factors), all of which is normal, or at least only somewhat-exceptional, among traditional tibetan clergy, BUT for money, I work for an elderly Republican lawyer, and see people on the side as a psychotherapist specializing in buddhist psychology...

...so, fortunately I live in a quite-small town in Vermont, and people just have gotten used to me being a fun sort of person, but also doing the death and saving thing, and being non-traditional, but also doing the working-for-elderly-Republican-lawyer thing...I just wanted to see what other sorts of people are here, and if anybody does anything like this: the pleasant guy in the building next door actually had me 'ghost-bust' his newly-bought, murder-there-way-back-when building, and didn't think anything of it whoowhoo-wise, but others in town might think that impossible or dopey...

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
3:04 pm
What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in?
I am currently the Human Resources assistant for an abortion provider. I plan, however, on going back to college in autumn to become a funeral director/mortician. I'll be going to school full-time and working part-time.

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?
Heavily tattoed thirty-something goth girl with facial piercings and ridiculous shoes. I also am pagan (I practice Haitian Vodou). Visually, everyone can see that I'm more than a little left of center. But, spiritually? I'm "out" to just about every in my life, but at work I balk a little. Most people in my office know that I'm pagan, but I hesitate on telling them what exact flavour of pagan I am. Vodou has a mighty bad reputation and I fear a nasty situation erupting if I talk about it to them. One person, who I am enormously close to, knows. But, that's about it.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?
Positive-wise, most of the employees seem to be able to connect with me far better than with the rest of the administrative staff because I'm slightly closer in age to most of them and I'm not quite so "corporate". Negativity seems to find me in the form of being taken less seriously because of my appearance.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?
Southern New Jersey. We're about twenty minutes away from Philadelphia, which has a rich cultural atmosphere. However, for every open-minded and free-spirited person, you've got five rednecks or bored and close-minded housewives. It's frustrating, to say the least.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
12:36 pm
Here I am! (sorta)
What is your field of work/job:

Without being completely vague - Hi-Tech. I work for a company that is well known for making computer chips. I enjoy my work, and managment promotes "diversity". You would think this would allow for a more open work environment, and perhaps out on the west coast where the corporate headquarters are, it does. However here in the capitol of christian fundamentalism being 'different' will eventually work against you.

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?

Well, pretty much everything but bi. I've been thinking that we really need to develop an equivalent to the geek code for this community, it would sure shorten the whole poly/pagan/taoist-leaning/gamer/bd/etc thing. I appear quite vanilla at work (which I think has always kept me from meeting similar folk in the workplace), however I'm really drawn to gothy chicks.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?

I recall when I was first coming into my own in the lifestyle/culture, I didn't have much tact. Some of the responses I got quickly made me realize that I was no longer mainstream, that I'd moved out into the 'fringe' of lifestyles. Luckily I got my mouth under control before I did any permanent damage to my career.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?

Let me give you a clue. http://www.family.org/ I used to live 5 blocks from this place.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and hear your stories.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
6:30 pm
enough about all of you---how about me? (intro)
What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in?
I currently work for a non-profit religious organziation for the past 5 1/2 years and am currently in the HR field ( a recent promotion). I am responsible for hiring staff for a variety of different programs. It is just me screeing the initial applicants and processing them for new hires. I am also currenty a fulltime studient and will be graduating in the spring.

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?
I am a married to a wonderful man but I am also bisexual and actively seek out relationships (even though I have a hard time finding them). We are into D/s and engage in that dynamic fully during the time we have together and although I wouldn't say we are 24/7 just due to the time contstraints we have. We have talked about exploring the poly lifestyle and it is defintely something we are keeping in the back of our minds. I am into piercings and just recently got my first tattoo! I love alternative hairstyles even though I never get to wear them I strongly wish for them. And I have very blue glasses which seems to gain a lot of compliments as well has weird looks.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?
Overall I have had positive experiences. My closest friends at work know about me lifestyle choices, however most are all also alternative to some extent. No one within my department knows anything though. I work with a bunch of older ladies and it would be a real shock to them. I have had to tone down my physical look a lot. I even removed my labret piercing even thought it broke my heart. It felt like losing a part of me, but I have adjusted. I feel that I am keeping a lot of me secret at work and that I am doing my best to be me and function within a professional environment, but occasionally I feel as though they are sucking out my individualness.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere? a college town in iowa, about 50,000 people, so it could be worse... it could be just a plain old small town.

Current Mood: oh so sleepy
8:46 am
What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in?

I'm a safety officer for a smallish privately owned trucking company. I have a great boss, great co-workers and a good atmosphere. On the down side, I'm very overworked and frequently overwhelmed.

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?

I'm a LARPer (amtgard mostly) I'm a total gaming geek, I'm a Zen Buddhist, I'm poly and I'm bi. I used to be a total goth, but much less nowadays.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?

I didn't fit in with one corporate culture, and was eventually downsized for it. They're pretty accepting here.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?

I live in Omaha, NE. A very repressed and republican town. Not really open-minded surroundings, however I've never really suffered for it.
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
5:20 pm

Pagan Professional Groups

GLBT Professional Groups
There are probably many other GLBT professional groups- this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 Alternative-Friendly Professionals -Need a lawyer, psychologist or doctor?

Civil Liberties - Know your rights!

Book: Careers for Creative and Unconventional People
3:39 pm
Hi! Just Signed Up!
Got here from bipolypagangeek and figured I'd say Hello.

What is your field of work/job?

Aerospace engineer working for a Giant Aerospace Company under contract to NASA as part of the Space Station program. My job is to try to make sure Shuttles don't blow up when the strap-on solid rocket boosters get thrown away.

Which, yes, means that I AM a rocket scientist.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?

I'm mostly closeted about the really weird stuff. My workplace experiences in that regard tend to be limited to good-natured teasing about my long hair, my left-leaning political stance, and certain (frequently incorrect) assumptions about the rest of my life based on those two more-visible nonconformities.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?

*eyeroll* I'm in Clear Lake, TX, a 'bedroom community' to the southeast of Houston. It's home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, and is the Congressional district of Representative Tom DeLay. And really, that last just about sums up the cultural atmosphere. Plus explains the "mostly closeted" aspect of my life.

I note there's no specific question in the "intro template" about what makes us "alternative", so I'll toss that in here:

Poly, somewhat kinky, mildly bi, SF/F fan ('fan' as in 'goes to cons in other time zones'), pagan, full-time custodial single dad, former SCAdian, and occasional bits of dabbling in alternacultures closely related to these (renfaires, folk music, that sort of thing).

And I'm also something of an attentionslut *g*, so if anyone wants to know more, you have but to ask.
11:16 am
I just joined. I'm lula_neith. I am Pagan. I'm grateful to elvengeek for this community. I hope to find useful info here.

I hope to become an RN with a focus on Psych/Mental Health Nursing. Right now, I'm doing data entry through a temp agency.

As to experiences, I've generally not been 'out' at work per say. I just think spirituality is a personal thing and I don't speak much about my own at work unless asked directly. I do know that at my previous job a guy was told the things he had in his cube were making someone uncomfortable so he had to take it down. It was Christian stuff. I didn't see the issue if it was in his own cube. I did have an issue (before this incident) with someone posting Jesus-based stuff everywhere -- even outside their cube.

I live right now in Saint Paul, MN. I will be moving to Eugene, OR next month. I've heard good things about the city itself and the West Coast being fairly open -- at least in the larger areas. I also know there are plenty of small towns that are hardcore Religious Conservative. We'll see how it goes.

That's about it!

8:55 am
Hello There (Intro post)
Well, "Edward Dain" is a pseudonym for one thing -

What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in? I've done everything from carpentry, to retail management and buying, to low-level white-collar management. Currently I'm back in graduate school getting my degree in clinical psychology. I graduate with my PsyD in about three years, and I went back to college intending to practice in the LGB (now more focused on Altsex) community. I intend to have a clinical practice as well as do training/seminars on LGB and Altsex issues, perhaps teach some as well.

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional? The whole range, from outright hostility to could care less to open acceptance. My present practica site is low-grade hostile, my grad school faculty are almost entirely accepting, and my academic peers range from scared to accepting. I'm doing my dissertation on BDSM and while not exactly out of the closet - most people assume that I'm kinky if they don't already know. Same thing with polyamory, I'm out to a couple of people (and one class, we had to do genograms...) but I'm not making strident denunciations of the monogamist power-structures either. Frankly, I'm stepping back into the closet to a degree regarding my kink and non-monogamy because it makes more sense for my academic/research work. Pagan is basically a non-issue, and bisexuality as well to a degree.

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere? Chicago suburbs, and I go to school in the city. It's basically ok - sort of all depends upon the phase of the moon and the individual involved.

Feel free to ask questions or comment.
12:22 am
Welcome to Alternative Professionals
Welcome to the community- please introduce yourself-

What is your field of work/job- or one you'd like to be in?

What's "alternative", unconventional or "weird" about you?

What kind of experiences have you had (positive/negative) as an alternative professional?

Where do you live- in terms of the cultural atmosphere?

I'll answer my own questions-

I'm still in college- will be graduating next year. I'm majoring in political science and would like to work as a lobbyist or community organizer after college. I've had a couple of (unpaid) summer/fall internships on campaigns but no jobs in my field so far.
I'm relatively out on campus as a bisexual pagan- I don't wear it on my sleeve but I'm open about it if it comes up. I have the advantage of living in a large, liberal city (Minneapolis).
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