Wednesday, December 28, 2016

January Meeting and HB2 Discussion

This month we are opening up Genderlines' normal Saturday meeting to open up dialogue between the local transgender community, LGBT organizations, and political representatives.

HB2 and the Charlotte NDO has been an ongoing topic this year. What has been missed in the discussions is how much this directly impacts the transgender community. This meeting will be our chance to tell some of our stories to humanize the issue as well as discuss what the next steps are in repealing HB2 AND reinstating the ordinance.

The format of the meeting will be as follows:
1) Welcome

2) Introduce any local LGBT org, and political representatives present

3) Open the floor to local transgender people to tell how the NDO, it's repeal, and HB2 has impacted their lives

4) Open dialogue between LGBT orgs and political reps on what our next steps are

5) Plans to continue this discussion in the future

Bishop Tonyia Rawls has agreed to be our moderator for the evening to help keep us on track and focused on the task at hand.

The meeting will be in the fellowship hall in the basement of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Open Letter to the Mayor and City Council

Open letter to the Mayor and City Council of Charlotte:

As a member of the local LGBTQ community I must say I was totally taken aback by the sudden repeal of Charlotte's NDO on the condition of the NCGA lifting HB2.  I have been personally contacted by a couple of you privately and I appreciate you reaching out as you have.  But I have to ask why didn't you reach out to our community sooner to discuss this course of action?  We worked together very hard over several years to make the NDO happen. So many people in the local LGBT community have a LOT of skin in that game.  It's not safe or easy to be out as a transgender woman but I and a few others did so the past couple years to put a face to why the protections are important.  We sacrificed our personal safety and privacy for the betterment of our whole LGBT community.  In one meeting you rendered that as worthless.  I understand the state and Charlotte in particular is really taking on the chin financially in the wake of HB2 and the boycotts.  But why give in NOW?  Why when you said you wouldn't in September?

I've been assured that in the future Charlotte will pass another NDO, one Roy Cooper is in office.  The problem is the NCGA still has a Republican super majority that will just be able to do a repeat of HB2.  That is, unless Charlotte passes an NDO the NCGA finds palatable.  That would entail stripping transgender protections in the public accommodations area.  That would be unacceptable as that is the area where transgender people experience the most harassment and discrimination.

The other option would be to hope the redistricting and subsequent re-election of the NCGA next year results in there no longer being a republican super majority and a fully inclusive NDO could go in and stand unchallenged at least as long as we have a Democratic governor.  In that case we have at minimum a year before a new ordinance can go in.  And let me tell you that at least for the Trans community the incidences of harassment have done nothing but increase thanks to HB2 and the Trump campaign.  Bigots feel emboldened now and we need protection now more than ever.  Next year transgender people are likely to lose a ton of protections that Obama put in place for us: Affordable Care Act requiring medical treatment for Trans patients... GONE,  Title IX protections for Trans students... GONE, DOJ case against HB2... GONE, transgender people serving openly in the military... GONE. 

So pardon me if I don't have a lot of trust that you all are doing what is best for me, my community, Charlotte, and NC.  What good is a government who doesn't stand beside the least of their constituents? We fought hard to make sure you were elected because we were assured you had our backs.  All I see now is your back turned against us.

Paige Dula

Friday, November 11, 2016

Inaugural Holiday Dinner

Genderlines will be hosting a holiday dinner as a means to bring together the LGBT community at a time that can be tough for many of us. The group will provide turkey, ham, soda, water, and utensils. This will be a pot-luck affair, so prepare to whip up one of your favorite dishes to share.

We really want this to be an event for the entire Charlotte area LGBT community, so please feel free to share among other groups. We have a signup sheet HERE.  It includes 3 tabs: one for food, one for supplies, and one for volunteers.

And if you are unable to make something to bring... that's OK, too. We just want you there to share a meal with others.

We will be in the church fellowship hall which is downstairs. A kitchen is available to warm up dishes, etc. We would also love to have a few volunteers to assist with setup and/or cleanup.

Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Meeting 2016-06-04

Just a reminder of our upcoming group this Saturday evening, June 4.  We will have a special guest, Dr. Keelee MacPhee, from Raleigh.  She is a plastic surgeon who is a great ally of the transgender community and performs all manner of transition related surgery.  You can visit her site:

Join us and bring any surgery related questions for Keelee.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Meeting 5-17-2016

Hey everyone!  Just a reminder about group tomorrow evening.  Last week on a post about the Caitlyn Jenner de-transitioning hoax, discussion shifted to what I feel might be a good topic to discuss.  In the media and online we often only see a few narratives regarding transitions.  The person knew when they were young, felt trapped in the wrong body, got hormones, surgery, etc.  Well, obviously not everyone fits these narratives and we can feel and are sometimes told that the way we are transitioning is wrong.

So let's discuss that some this week.  Let's talk about how we feel when our approach to transition is met with derision.  Let's talk about how these expectations affect us.

I hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Everyone, we are looking to expand the resource page on our website. Please have a look at our resources page and let us know if you have any additions to add to this page. Please e-mail with the resource(s).

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hello World

Genderlines is a support group for all people in the transgender and gender non-conforming community.  We also welcome our allies, family and friends to our group meetings and events.  Founded in 2014, Genderlines is proud to offer a welcoming, safe, and non-judgmental place for people to explore their gender identity.  We are here to offer peer based support to our members.  The strength of the group comes from its members.  We have members from all along the gender spectrum and from all walks of life.  Wherever you are along your journey you are welcome to join us.

Our group is geared towards adults, however if you are under 18 and looking for support we highly recommend you check out Time Out Youth.  They are an organization devoted to the support of LGBT youth since 1991.

We've been around a couple years, but this site is new and still under construction.  Please bear with us as we add in content and functionality.