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Transgender Immigrants Taking a Stand Against Abuse in Detention Centers

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Original post can be found here>>>Transgender Immigrants Taking A Stand Against Abuse: Trans March 2015

I covered Trans March 2015.

Transgender immigrants are taking a stand against the abuse, and sexual assaults in ICE detention centers.
Same Sex Marriage is now legal in all States in the United States, and now activists want to shift the focus on issues that LGBT immigrants face in detention centers in the U.S.
Transgender activists indicate that “LGBTQ immigrant detainees are uniquely vulnerable to abuse, including sexual assault, while in custody.” The Government Accountability Office report found in prison settings, non-heterosexual prison inmates report sexual assault is higher than heterosexual inmates, a finding backed up by the Bureau of Justice Statistics which found that almost 40 percent of transgender inmates in prisons are sexually assaulted.”
The situation has become desperate a Transgender activist disrupted President Obama’s Pride Press Conference. Jennicet Gutierrez, “founder of FAMILIA TQLM, an LGBTQ immigrant advocacy group,” spoke out during the White House’s Gay Pride Party, and was escorted out of the room and the crowd who attended did not appear to be in support of their plight.

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First Words Become the Caption: Psychology of a Street Photog

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Love, love, love. There are 3 shapes on her body that match my first words, and are representative of the word LOVE.
Anyhow this lady was about 30 feet away, but yet she knew I was photographing her. This kind of cooperation between a photographer and a subject is kind of special. Eye contact is what sometimes initiate’s these kind of interactions, but it’s also timing. Eye contact is sometimes compromised by shades, but when 2 people know they have connected this is what happens. When I looked at this photo the first time on my computer the first words I thought of were, love, love, love,

Then I noticed there are 3 shapes on her body representative of love. In a row laterally.
What I do sometimes, is look at my photos and document my first thoughts and or observations, and use them, subconsciously.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Citizen Journalism Posts for the weekend of June19-21st 2015

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On June 19-21st I covered these events.

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/19/18773706.php

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/20/18773743.php

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/21/18773789.php

Attended San Francisco City Hall’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

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A short video clip of the lighting show.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 Panorama

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Twoers of Gold Stage area Panorama

Dwight Yoakam at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014

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Yea, Dwight Yoakam at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014. What a treat. Loved this mans music for the longest time, but have only heard him twice, live, including today. Dwight has an authentic sound, with his own touch, make shim an artist not be ignored or dismissed.  More information on him can be seen here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Yoakam

My Flickr photo set here >>>>Dwight Yoakam<<<<.

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Pics from Fire in the Mission District on September 4, 2014

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On Thursday September 4th at approx.1pm a fire broke out in one of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods. The fire occurred at one of the many stores in that neighborhood, but what is most disconcerting is that the local news channel NBC captured a bite from San Francisco Fire Dept. Chief Joanne Hayes-White. She said. “The business were cited in both 2009 and 2013 for fire code violations, and in both instances, the business were able to correct the violation for follow-up inspections.”This fire has been named the #MissionFire on social media has displaced many residents, injured firefighters, and caused a major disaster in an already embattled neighborhood. San Francisco Fire Department collectively can output at least 1,250 gallons of water per minute. The MissionFire has gone on for at least 6 hours. California is experiencing major drought, so million gallon fires could be quickly draining resources. The #MissionFire was toxic and was huge, and many local businesses had their electricity cut-off.

Link to Flickr site here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/rebelgirl/sets/72157623025496242/

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