Chelsea Manning – STORY BY JAMIE LEE


THIS IS JUST COMMING OUT, IN THE NEWS…….I DON’T KNOW WHAT SHE DID, TO GO TO PRISON, BUT SHE NOW IN AN ICON, IN THE TRANSSEXUAL COMMUNITY.    WE ARE MOVING FORWARD FOR OUR ACCEPTANCE, AND FREEDOM AS TRUE TRANSSEXUAL WOMEN……AND PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE, AND NOT Masquerading AROUND, AND DECEIVING PEOPLE TO BELIEVE WE ARE NATEL WOMEN , FOR OUR BLOGS OR FOR MONATERY REASONS.  WE ARE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR………………………….JAMIE LEE – A TRANSSEXUAL WOMAN AND PROUD.                       DECEPTION I DECEPTION – IF THE SHOE FITS WEAR IT………..

 

NEW YORK — Chelsea Manning’s lack of access to hormone therapy in military prison could spark a lawsuit and potentially set a military-wide precedent for transgender servicemembers.

On Thursday, one day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, Manning confirmed what had been suspected for years: that she identified as a woman and no longer wanted to be called Bradley. But as Manning arrived at military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., officials there said that they do not offer the hormone therapy that Manning has said she wants, and which accepted medical practice says could be used to treat her diagnosed gender dysphoria.

Manning’s defense attorney David Coombs vowed Thursday to do “everything in my power to make sure they are forced” to provide her hormone therapy at Fort Leavenworth. But because the prison is citing an Army regulation banning transgender people serving in the military as its basis for denying Manning treatment, it will only provide her hormone therapy if it is forced to.

“Chelsea Manning’s refusal of treatment by the military could turn into a very, very interesting game-changer,” said Brynn Tannehill of the LGBT servicemember group SPART*A. “This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.”

The ACLU said in a statement following Manning’s announcement that denying her treatment might violate her constitutional rights.

Manning will not be eligible for parole for at least eight years, potentially leaving her without access to appropriate care for the gender dysphoria, intense stress caused by discomfort with one’s assigned gender, that a military psychologist diagnosed her with just before her arrest.

Although the military ended its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy barring openly gay servicemembers in September 2011, the Army still bars transgender servicemembers as “administratively unfit.” The official Army regulation uses medically outdated terminology referring to “transvestism, voyeurism, other paraphilias, or factitious disorders, psychosexual conditions, transsexual, (or) gender identity disorder.”

Transgender servicemembers are supposed to be administratively separated from the Army, and cannot receive treatments for gender dysphoria like hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery. But administrative separation is not an option for soldiers sentenced to prison like Manning, whose rank will soon be reduced to Army private.

A Fort Leavenworth spokeswoman confirmed to HuffPost on Thursday that the military’s refusal to provide hormone therapy to its prisoners is derived from that official Army regulation, not simply a matter of prison policy or practice.

Army regulation stands in sharp contrast to the policies of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the Endocrine Society, all of which acknowledge hormone therapy as an effective treatment for people who need to transition because of gender dysphoria.

“To deprive someone of this treatment is simply inhumane, and it’s no different than denying someone of their blood pressure medication or antibiotics,” said Lauren McNamara, an activist who exchanged Internet chats with Manning in 2009, before she sent files to WikiLeaks and before they both came out as transgender.

“Not allowing people people to have access to this is basically holding them hostage to their own bodies and denying them their autonomy,” said McNamara. “It is really no different than taking a woman and involuntarily exposing them to testosterone.”

There are a wide range of views within the LGBT community about how Manning’s decision to send files to WikiLeaks should be viewed. Some fear that her actions could be used to paint other LGBT servicemembers as traitors, and groups that are generally referred to as mainstream, like the Human Rights Campaign, kept their distance throughout his trial. To other activists, however, she is a hero.

Nevertheless, the military’s post-sentencing treatment of Manning seems to be uniting LGBT groups. The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling for her to receive appropriate care.

Tannehill was careful to state that Manning’s identity does not mitigate the charges on which Manning was convicted. But, she said, “I want for any prisoner to be treated with accepted medical standards of ethics, and that’s regardless of what she did.”

The Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was awarded a $1.35 million grant to study transgender military service in July. The Palm Center’s research also laid the groundwork for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

But that’s about as much progress has been made on official acceptance of open transgender servicemembers, Tannehill said.

Talks with military officials are “informal, below the water lines, one-on-one,” and she said that even under the best of circumstances, she can only imagining the Army repealing its outdated regulation in five years.

Tannehill and some others in the transgender community are concerned that the intense publicity around Manning’s decision to come out as a woman could set back the cause of allowing transgender servicemembers to serve openly.

“I don’t know if this is going to be the best test case for that both in terms of publicity and focus,” said Nathaniel Frank, who wrote a widely-cited book about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2009. He doubts that a lawsuit aimed at Manning’s prison conditions would have an impact on the wider Army regulation.

Still, he said, “I do think because of the publicity around Manning, this could be a test case for how transgender people are treated when incarcerated.”

Access to hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery are contested issues far beyond the military. Many state prisons do not provide one or both, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons only reached a settlement in 2011 to allow prisoners to start hormone therapy while incarcerated. Transgender inmates everywhere, meanwhile, face disproportionate exposure to the rape endemic to America’s prisons.

“I do think the publicity focused around this, even though some of it is negative, both reflects the pace of change and could help focus attention on the experience and needs of transgender people,” Frank said.

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JAMIE LEE


There once was a girl

Who felt her pain

She had a life, but had no name

I look at you

I know what you see ,when you look at me

I know, But do you know,  what’s inside?

The part of me that I must hide

That you, made me, hold deep, deep inside

Do you know what you’d see,  if you deeper inside of me?

DO YOU ?

I AM THERE !

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE, AND THAT’S WHERE I WILL ALWAYS BE !

WHEN YOU LOOK INSIDE OF ME !

Do you have vision problems ? Do you?  Myopia, near-sightedness ?, Do you need glasses,  a magnifying glass, binoculars a telescope ?

WELL FIGHT IT !

LOOK DEEPER, LOOK GOD DAMN DEEPER !

I wouldn’t want you to miss out on a really Beautiful person !

AND WHEN YOU DON’T, YOU MADE ME CRY!

OR MADE ME DIE !

At times in my life when I feel severely handicapped can be pretty difficult for me to handle sometimes.

I mean my friends and loved ones don’t want to accept,  and go places with me because they are too embarrassed to be seen with me.

And people think I am stupid , because I don’t walk, talk and look like they do !

I am a lot smarter then you will ever know.

It’s not my fault, I was born this way!

No matter what we do together, we always have fun.

And when you see my smile, that’s how you know I LOVE YOU !

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ?

I AM NOT YOUR HANDICAP ! YOU ARE MINE !

Jamie Lee

Your son, Daughter, Wife, Husband, Doctor,  Lawyer, and Indian Chief

The person that,  some day may save your life !

A SLEEPING GIANT AWAKEN – JAMIE LEE – DISCRIMINATION, BULLYING, INTOLLERANCE AND ALL THE REST !


It is time !   Enough is Enough ! From Childhood’s hour I have not been as others were – I have not seen as others saw – I could not bring my passions from a common spring………..Edgar Allen Poe

How these words resonate in my mind, soul and spirit.  I hid who I was born to be, because of  all the wrong reasons, solely, inspired by all the people surrounding me in my life.  I was a Coward in a sense!  I was a victim and a profound product of my life and environment. 

I have recently been inspired by circumstances, that,  It is time I stand up for a Cause that is so over due.    

The word “Bully” was first used in 1530, and applied to both genders and meant “Sweetheart”.

It had a Dutch meaning of “Lover or Brother”.

Around the 17th Century it began to mean “Fine Fellow” and, “Blusterer”.

And then it finally meant “HARASSER OF THE WEAK” !

And being in Law Enforcement I have seen that,  it is more than “Harassment of the Weak” !

IT IS MURDER

IT CAUSES, SUICIDE AND DESTROYS A LIFE !

I am teaming up with a poet, playwright and writer, to produce the most amazing presentation concerning all these issues.   It will also cover intolerance of gender, and gender orientation!

PUBLIC SEPAKING AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AN ARTIST

LOOK OUT HERE WE COME

Jamie Lee

INFINITY

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDS OF THE FOLLOWING VIDEO

GAZEBO – LIFE – DEATH – MY FREEDOM – MY RELATIVES


A SECRET

A SECRET!  WHEN ONE PERSON KNOWS , IT STILL MAY BE A SECRET!

WHEN TWO PEOPLE KNOW, THE WORLD KNOWS!

IN LIFE COMES DEATH – IN DEATH COMES LIFE – FREEDOM & ACCEPTANCE

DON’T LET BE DIE-WITHOUT LETTING ME LIVE

JAMIE LEE

Photography by: Carolyn Cate

Photography by: Carolyn Cate

Pintrest your journey

THE LAST WEEK HAS BEEN VERY TRYING, AND INTENSE FOR ME.    LISA BUFFINGTON – A POET, PLAYWRITE, WRITER, AND A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE,  HAS COMPLETED THE FIRST CHAPTER OF MY BOOK,  SHE IS WRITING ABOUT MY LIFE!

THE MODELING AGENCY, WHO RECRUTED ME, IS NOW SETTING IT UP,  FOR ME, TO GO BEFORE, A CASTING DIRECTOR, IN MODELING AND ACTING.

LISA BUFFINGTON,  AND I,  ARE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS,  TO DO PUBLIC SPEAKING, IN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND PRIVATE COMPANIES.

AND THEN, OUT OF NOWHERE, I HEARD,  ABOUT THE DEATH OF A VERY CLOSE UNCLE, OF MINE!   AND,  I WENT TO HIS FUNERAL WITH,  MY WIFE,  ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 2013,  AND THEN,  AFTERWARDS , A FUNCTION  WAS HELD , AT A LOCAL FIRE COMPANY.

HE HAPPENED TO BE ONE OF THE CLOSEST TO ME,  DURING MY LIFE. HE AND I HAD A BOND,  THAT CAN’T BE EXPLAINED IN COMMON WORDS.  I RESPECTED HIM AND HE RESPECTED ME.   I LOVED HIM AND HE LOVED ME.

My mother, had 4 other Sisters, and five brothers, so I was fortunate, to have many relatives, WHO were VERY close, and all loved each other!  And,  that did not include all my Cousins,  and then their children , everyone had integrity, and cared about each other.   And through out the years our bonds  were very,  very close!

SO HERE I WAS,  DRESSED IN DRAG AS A GUY.  MANY RELATIVES WERE THERE.  IT ALMOST FELT LIKE A FAMILY REUNION.

AS I WAS SITTING THERE, I FELT MANY SUTLE EYES, GLANCING TOWARDS ME.    AND WHEN I WALKED UP TO THE BAR FOR A DRINK, ONE OF MY COUSINS SAID TO ME:  “SO IS IT TRUE, WHAT I AM HEARING ABOUT YOU?”   I REPLIED “YES” 

WE HAD A WONDERFULL CONVERSATION.  IN FACT IT WAS MORE THAN WONDERFUL, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL CONVERSATION!

SO NEEDLESS TO SAY,  WORD SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE, AND,  I HAD MORE OF MY RELATIVES COMMING TO ME, AND ASKING.  SO I TOLD THEM!

THIS MORNING WHEN I LOOKED AT MY E-MAIL, THERE I SAW ONE FROM MY COUSIN, AND IT READS AS FOLLOWS:

Names have been changed to protect the innocent !!!

Hi Jamie,

Wow!  It’s been a long time and a lot has changed.  I am sure you know which cousin I am because I don’t think there is another Cindy but just in case, Kate and Sam’s Cindy

Over the past few years I have heard about what you are going through and today was able to find your website/blog.  I will not begin to say I understand what you are going through, however, I learned a lot from visiting your website.

I do not pass judgment and truly wish you well.  After reading your journey etc., my heart was broken and I was left feeling very sad.  It is a difficult situation to be in, especially after living a tortured life with such a big secret.  I can’t even imagine what you went through (especially as a child) all of those years, but I give you a lot of credit for being a great person and living a good life.  Most of all, I have the utmost respect for you “coming out.”  That’s really the only way to freedom.  Hopefully, one day you will be accepted for who you are today and live the life you have only dreamed about.

For the most part I am a very busy person.   I work a 40 hour job and more at times, am raising my almost 11 year old grandson (we adopted), who suffers from PTSD and a magnitude of other problems and just don’t have a lot of free time.  With that said, I would love to chat with you via email.  I don’t do Facebook etc.  Too busy.  I would like to offer my support and lend an ear when you need one.

You were always my favorite guy cousin and I will miss Jim, but am certain I would like Jamie just as much and who knows, maybe even more. Jaime, you deserve to be happy.  Hang in there, stay strong and write back!   Take care of yourself.  Got to get the kid to bed………………..

Sending My Love,

Cindy

AND TO HER I SAY!!!!    OMG,  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KIND AND LOVING E-MAIL!   YOU DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA, HOW YOUR WORDS MADE ME FEEL.   I REALLY DIDN’T FEEL YOU WOULD HAVE SAID ANYTHING DIFFERENT!   THANK YOU AGAIN,  SO VERY MUCH…………………………………………………J

SO IT IS TIME FOR ME TO MAKE A STATMENT TO MY RELATIVES

AS YOU VISIT MY BLOG AND GET TO KNOW ME REMEMBER I AM THE SAME PERSON

I AM THE SAME PERSON WHOM YOU’VE KNOWN AND LOVED,  AS I LOVED YOU!

JUST IN DIFFERENT CLOTHS

SOME OF YOU MAY LAUGH, SOME OF YOU MAY GIGGLE

SOME OF YOU WILL MAKE CHARACHTER JUDGEMENTS

SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONS, WHICH I PROUDLY WILL ANSWER

AND I TRULY FEEL THAT,  ALL OF YOU WILL EMBRACE, LOVE AND ACCEPT ME,  FOR WHO I HAVE BEEN SINCE BIRTH

AND LASTELY REMEMBER THIS!

I FEEL BLESSED IN MY LIFE TO HAVE RELATIVES LIKE YOU!

I LOVE YOU ALL

JAMIE LEE

A/K/A

JIM

LASTLY ALL OF YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING I MADE UP

IT WAS CAUSED BY GENETICS

THE MOMENT I STEPPED INTO THE GAZEBO, IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, I SCREAMED TO THE WORLD THAT I WAS FREE

FOR INFINITY

CURTSEY

TSA SECURITY CHECK-POINT – RECOMMENDATIONS BY JAMIE LEE


THERE IS NOTHING MORE UN-NEARVING, NOW-A DAYS, THEN FLYING, AND HAVING TO  GO, THROUGH THE TSA SECURITY CHECK POINT!  BUT TODAY IT IS A NECESSARY EVIL.   BELOW ARE MY RECOMMENATIONS, TO MAKE YOUR TRIP AND EXPERIENCE EASIER.

Jamie-standing

FIRST AND FORMOST, I WISH TO TALK ABOUT THE TSA SECURITY STAFF!   THE MAJORITY OF THEM, ARE HARD WORKING, DEDICATED AND PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUALS.  THEY DEAL WITH, TRYING TO PROTECT THE FLYING PUBLIC, TO KEEP THEM SAFE TO, REACH THEIR FINAL DESTINATION, IN A WORLD WERE PEOPLE WANT TO KILL US.  THEY HAVE THEIR PROCEEDURES.  REMEMBER:  RESPECT BEGETS RESPECT!  THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS.  TREAT THEM WITH DIGNITY. AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED !  JAMIE LEE…………….

 

MY ADVICE AND RECOMMENDTIONS BELOW ARE FOR THE TRANSGENDERED INDIVIDUALS, GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF THE CHECK POINT.

ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR FUTHER ADVICE E-MAIL ME AT,  jlcrystalconnection@gmail.com 

FLYING FOR THE TRANSGENDERED PUBLIC:

1.  Go on to TSA’s website and check for any updates, in reference to what you are allowed to take, and any changes, etc.

2.  At any TSA check point there are the TSA Officers,  listen to them, they are trained to get you through the process as easily as possible.  Don’t argue with them, it is not their rules, they are just enforcing the mandates.  As a Transgendered traveler, should you experience any type, of rude or disrespectful actions, ask to see a Supervisor at the Check point.  If the Supervisor doesn’t solve your problem or is disrespectful to you as a person or being transgendered, ask for a manager!

3.  Every Check point has complaint forms, if you have been treated unprofessionally, ask the Supervisor for one of these forms, fill it out and send it to TSA. They do listen!

4.  Also they have forms that you can fill out, and compliment, the Officer or staff who treated you with dignity and respect in the process!  Everyone likes a compliment for nice things.  Plus it would help, TSA learn how to deal with us, as Transgendered people.

5.  Unless it has changed, you are only allowed to carry through the Check point, 3.4 oz of any liquid.  Girls this means in your “tits” also!   Leave the “Bird Seed and Water filled Breasts at home.    Silicone Breast forms I am unsure of?

 Butt forms, and any other paraphernalia, including any strap-one, or sexual aids, PLACE, in the bag.  Present it to the TSA Officer, tell them what is in it, so that,  it can be inspected with dignity.  You can even ask, that It be done in a private setting, away from the eyes of the traveling public.

7.  Trust me, TSA officers and staff, have seen everything, they are only interested in processing you, doing their job, and going to the next passenger.

8.  I suggest you get to the Airport, in advance, so you can go through the process easier.  And if there is something you are not allowed to take, you have an opportunity to send it home!

9.  YES, Girls, you can take hair rollers and curling irons along. NO ARISOL !!!

10.  Should you have any questions, concerning what you want to take, call the Airport or TSA, at the Airport!  And ask them!

My suggestions are valid.  You don’t have to listen to me, but if you do, trust me your trip will be less stressful !

Remember Girls, you can be a “Bag of Chips and All That!” once you reach your destination!

Also, what anyone thinks about you!  Is none of your business !!!!!!!

LASTLY!  AS WE SPEAK, TSA IS BEING TRAINED, HOW TO TREAT US AS TRANSGENDERED INDIVIDUALS, WITH DIGNITY.  GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO LEARN.

I FEEL YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR TRANSGENDERED “SISTERS” WHO FOLLOW YOU.  YOU CAN MAKE THEIR EXPERIENCE NICER AND EASIER.

GIRLS, WHEN YOU APPROACH THE CHECK POINT, REMEMBER, SHOULDERS OUT! CHEST OUT! HOLD YOU HEAD HIGH AND WALK THROUGH WITH DIGNITY!  MAKE US PROUD TO BE WHO WE ARE !!

JAMIE LEE -TRANSSEXUAL WOMAN

CRYSTAL CONNECTION

JAMIE LEE’S CRYSTAL CONNECTION NEWS DESK – TSA – TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMIN.


I EVEN GOT DRESSED UP TO PRESENT THIS POST TO YOU.  IN MY OPINION, FOR  LOT OF REASONS, THIS IS A HUDGE MOVE FORWARD, BY OUR GOVERMENT, IN REFERENCE TO THE TRANSGENDERED COMMUNITY…….I DO BELIEVE THAT TSA OFFICERS SHOULD BE INTENSLY TRAINED NOW, IN THE DYNAMICS, OF THE TRANSGENDERED COMMUNITY, SO THEY,  MAY DEAL WITH US IN A RESPECTFUL, DIGNIFIED MANNER !!!!  GIVE THEM A CHANCE !!!!

JAMIE LEE A TRANSEXUAL GENETIC WOMAN 

Jamie-standing

SO YOU THINK,  WE ARE NOT MAKING HEAD WAY IN THE TRANSGENDERED COMMUNITY.  JUST READ THIS, PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY.   I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THIS!  DO I BELIEVE, THAT TRANSGENDERED INDIVLDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL WITHOUT DEMEANING GIGGLES, AND DISRESPECT?  HELL NO! NOT IMMEDIATELY!   INTOLERANCE IS INTOLERANCE !!! 

BUT REMEMBER THIS, THE MAJORITY OF TSA OFFICERS ARE HARD WORKING INDIVIDUALS, WHO BELIEVE IN THEIR JOBS AND THEIT RESPONSIBILITIES – THAT IS PROTECTING YOU AND THE TRAVELING PUBLIC, FROM HARM!

BUT THIS!  IS A MAJOR MOVE FOWARD, IN OUR ATTEMPTS TO BE FREE………….AND KNOWN.  AND UNDERSTOOD- JAMIE LEE

Advancing Transgender Equality.  The Blog of the National Center for Transgender Equality

http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/national-institutes-of-health-issues-progress-report-on-lgbt-health-research/

TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner. These travel tips will explain the various screening processes and technologies travelers may encounter at security checkpoints.

Preparing for Travel

Making Reservations: Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a traveler’s full name, date of birth, gender and Redress Number (if applicable) to significantly decrease the likelihood of watch list misidentification. Travelers are encouraged to use the same name, gender, and birth date when making the reservation that match the name, gender, and birth date indicated on the government-issued ID that the traveler intends to use during travel.

Packing a Carry-on: All carry-on baggage must go through the screening process. If a traveler has any medical equipment or prosthetics in a carry-on bag, the items will be allowed through the checkpoint after completing the screening process. Travelers may ask that bags be screened in private if a bag must be opened by an officer to resolve an alarm. Travelers should be aware that prosthetics worn under the clothing that alarm a walk through metal detector or appear as an anomaly during Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening may result in additional screening, to include a thorough pat-down. Travelers may request a private screening at any time during the security screening process.

Contacting TSA in Advance of Travel: Travelers may contact TSA prior to a flight through the TSA Contact Center at 1-866-289-9673 and TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

The Screening Process

Private Screening: Screening can be conducted in a private screening area with a witness or companion of the traveler’s choosing. A traveler may request private screening or to speak with a supervisor at any time during the screening process.

Travel Document Checker: The traveler will show their government-issued identification and boarding pass to an officer to ensure the identification and boarding pass are authentic and match. Transgender travelers are encouraged to book their reservations such that they match the gender and name data indicated on the government-issued ID.

Walk Through Metal Detector: Metal detectors are in use at all airports.

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT): Screening with advanced imaging technology is voluntary and travelers may “opt out” at any time. Travelers who “opt out” of the AIT screening are required to undergo a thorough pat-down by an officer of the same gender as the traveler presents.

New Advanced Imaging Technology Software: TSA has upgraded all millimeter wave advanced imaging technology units with new software called Automated Target Recognition to further enhance privacy protections by eliminating the image of an actual traveler and replacing it with a generic outline of a person.

Pat-Down: A pat-down may be performed if there is an alarm of the metal detector, if an anomaly is detected using advanced imaging technology, if an officer determines that the traveler is wearing non-form fitting clothing, or on a random basis. If a pat-down is chosen or otherwise necessary, private screening may be requested. Pat-downs are conducted by an officer of the same gender as presented by the individual at the checkpoint.

Prosthetics: Travelers should neither be asked to nor agree to lift, remove, or raise any article of clothing to reveal a prosthetic and should not be asked to remove it.

Behavior Detection Program: Behavior Detection Officers screen travelers using non-intrusive behavior observation and analysis techniques to identify potentially high-risk passengers. Officers are designed to detect individuals exhibiting behaviors that indicate they may be a threat to aviation and/or transportation security. Individuals exhibiting specific observable behaviors may be referred for additional screening, which can include a pat-down and physical inspection of carry-on baggage.

TSA recognizes that exhibiting some of these behaviors does not automatically mean a person has terrorist or criminal intent. Referrals for additional screening are solely based on specific observed behaviors.

Reporting Travel Issues or Concerns

Travelers who believe they have experienced unprofessional conduct at a security checkpoint are encouraged to request a supervisor at the checkpoint to discuss the matter immediately or to submit a concern to TSA’s Contact Center at: TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Travelers who believe they have experienced discriminatory conduct because of a protected basis may file a concern with TSA’s Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement at: Civil Rights for Travelers.

Travelers may also file discrimination concerns with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently unveiled a webpage featuring information and advice for transgender travelers going through airport security. TSAs advice, while not comprehensive, covers a few important points:

  • Travelers      should make sure that the gender provided when they book their flight      matches the gender designation on the government-issued ID they bring to      the airport. TSA Travel Document Checkers will check to ensure      that information on your ID matches your boarding pass, however it does      not matter whether your current gender presentation matches the gender      marker on your ID or your presentation in your ID photo, and TSA officers      should not comment on this.
  • In the      event that a pat-down is required, it will only be conducted by an officer      of the same gender as the traveler, based on the traveler’s gender      presentation. This means that transgender women should be searched      by female officers, and transgender men should be searched by male      officers.
  • Transgender      people should never be required to lift, remove or raise an article of      clothing to reveal a prosthetic item and should not be asked to remove it.      This      applies to items such as breast forms and packers.
  • Transgender      people who experience discriminatory or unprofessional conduct should      request a supervisor and report it to TSA and to the DHS Office for Civil      Rights and Civil Liberties.

NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling says, “We’re thankful that the TSA is offering this kind of advice to trans travelers. It lets us know that trans people are on TSAs radar, and that they’re thinking about how to be helpful. But the TSA can strengthen their advice and do the work needed to address the full range of concerns transgender people face in airport security.”

Results from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that nearly a third of transgender people experienced disrespect, discrimination or assault on an airplane or with TSOs. And for seven years, NCTE has advocated that the TSA develop procedures to avoid screening that can out transgender people and invade their privacy, as well as to provide appropriate training for Transportation Security Officers. NCTE has also urged TSA to address numerous reports of discrimination against transgender employees by adopting explicit nondiscrimination policies.

We will soon release updated resources to educate transgender people about what they should expect at airport security, and how to deal with problems at the airport.

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2012 in review – The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. ! Jamie Lee


 

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.