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NewsToBeRead
2012-01-30 19:23:31 EST
http://motherjones.com/mixed-media/2012/01/sweden-still-forcing-sterilization

Forced Sterilization for Transgender People in Sweden
-By Nicole Pasulka

| Wed Jan. 25, 2012 3:19 AM PST

Little known fact about Sweden, that supposed bastion of liberal idealism: If a Swedish
transgender person wants to legally update their gender on official ID papers, a 1972 law
requires them to get both divorced and sterilized first.

Sweden is considered extremely gay-friendly, with one of the highest rates of popular
support for same-sex marriage, and more than half the population supports gay adoption.
Arguing that the current law is both unpopular and abusive, the country's moderate and
liberal parties want to see it repealed. In response, the small but powerful Christian
Democrat party formed a coalition with other right-of-center parties to join in upholding
the requirement for sterilization. End result: a proposal for new legislation that allows
trans-a preferred term for many people who undergo gender reassignment-to be married but
continues to force them to be sterilized.


When trans people can't present official identification matching their preferred gender
presentation, they can suffer "frequent public humiliation, vulnerability to
discrimination, and great difficulty finding or holding a job," says Boris Dittrich,
advocacy director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Program at Human Rights
Watch, in response to the law.

Sweden's relationship with forced sterilization goes way back. In 1997 journalist Maciej
Zaremba, a reporter for Dagens Nyheter, discovered that over 60,000 people between 1935
and 1976 were sterilized against their will, including "'mixed race individuals,' single
mothers with many children, deviants, Gypsies, and other 'vagabonds.'"

Then, like now, marginalized groups were obligated to sacrifice their reproductive freedom
to gain basic rights. According to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review about
Zaremba's investigation:

The person concerned was either declared "of unsound mind"-a simple procedure-or was
subjected to irresistible pressure. Sign this or we'll take the children, sign this or
there'll be no social benefit, no flat, no leave.and so on. Sweden went furthest in the
way of legalized blackmail.

As the Los Angeles Times reported in 1999, Sweden's effort to "perfect its genetic stock"
ultimately cost the government $22,000 in compensation for each of the approximately 200
citizens-mostly female-who claimed they were forcibly sterilized between 1935 and 1975.

The legislation currently under debate in Sweden is despicable, but Sweden isn't alone in
this practice. Many countries have at points forced sterilization on individuals deemed
"undesirable," and the United States is no exception.

On January 10, a North Carolina state task force approved a one-time payment of $50,000
for survivors of a little-known state-run eugenics program that sterilized an estimated
7,600 residents between 1929 and 1974. A CNN report estimated that 1,500 living victims
may still remain, and while at least seven other states ran similar eugenics programs at
different points, North Carolina is the first to compensate its victims. Little in known
about how the state targeted individuals for sterilization and the logistics involved, but
while eugenics programs in other states tended to focus on criminals and the mentally ill,
many poor and uneducated women and children were sterilized in North Carolina.

While the United States doesn't force sterilization for trans people, most states require
a surgeon's letter verifying proof of "surgical treatment" in order to legally change
gender on identification. The ACLU has found that the definition of "surgical treatment"
is vague. Those who don't or can't obtain a costly procedure or at least a surgeon's
letter are often left unable to legally change their gender, which can create serious
personal and professional complications.

The Riksdag, Sweden's national assembly, will review the proposal for new legislation in
the spring, and barring further developments, the law will retain its requirement for
compulsory sterilization. Love Georg Elfvelin, a 21-year-old store manager in Sweden, made
an emotional video for AllOut.org during a protest in front of the Swedish Parliament that
sums up the stakes in Sweden and around the world: "I can either be represented correctly,
or have my basic human rights violated."



Chuck Dejong
2012-01-30 20:59:07 EST
In article <cwGVq.5276$rV2.1478@newsfe11.iad>
"NewsToBeRead" <NewsToBeRead@USA.Com> wrote:
>
> http://motherjones.com/mixed-media/2012/01/sweden-still-forcing-sterilization
>
> Forced Sterilization for Transgender People in Sweden
> -By Nicole Pasulka
>
> | Wed Jan. 25, 2012 3:19 AM PST
>
> Little known fact about Sweden, that supposed bastion of liberal idealism: If a Swedish
> transgender person wants to legally update their gender on official ID papers, a 1972 law
> requires them to get both divorced and sterilized first.
>
> Sweden is considered extremely gay-friendly, with one of the highest rates of popular
> support for same-sex marriage, and more than half the population supports gay adoption.
> Arguing that the current law is both unpopular and abusive, the country's moderate and
> liberal parties want to see it repealed. In response, the small but powerful Christian
> Democrat party formed a coalition with other right-of-center parties to join in upholding
> the requirement for sterilization. End result: a proposal for new legislation that allows
> trans-a preferred term for many people who undergo gender reassignment-to be married but
> continues to force them to be sterilized.
>
>
> When trans people can't present official identification matching their preferred gender
> presentation, they can suffer "frequent public humiliation, vulnerability to
> discrimination, and great difficulty finding or holding a job," says Boris Dittrich,
> advocacy director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Program at Human Rights
> Watch, in response to the law.
>
> Sweden's relationship with forced sterilization goes way back. In 1997 journalist Maciej
> Zaremba, a reporter for Dagens Nyheter, discovered that over 60,000 people between 1935
> and 1976 were sterilized against their will, including "'mixed race individuals,' single
> mothers with many children, deviants, Gypsies, and other 'vagabonds.'"
>
> Then, like now, marginalized groups were obligated to sacrifice their reproductive freedom
> to gain basic rights. According to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review about
> Zaremba's investigation:
>
> The person concerned was either declared "of unsound mind"-a simple procedure-or was
> subjected to irresistible pressure. Sign this or we'll take the children, sign this or
> there'll be no social benefit, no flat, no leave.and so on. Sweden went furthest in the
> way of legalized blackmail.
>
> As the Los Angeles Times reported in 1999, Sweden's effort to "perfect its genetic stock"
> ultimately cost the government $22,000 in compensation for each of the approximately 200
> citizens-mostly female-who claimed they were forcibly sterilized between 1935 and 1975.
>
> The legislation currently under debate in Sweden is despicable, but Sweden isn't alone in
> this practice. Many countries have at points forced sterilization on individuals deemed
> "undesirable," and the United States is no exception.
>
> On January 10, a North Carolina state task force approved a one-time payment of $50,000
> for survivors of a little-known state-run eugenics program that sterilized an estimated
> 7,600 residents between 1929 and 1974. A CNN report estimated that 1,500 living victims
> may still remain, and while at least seven other states ran similar eugenics programs at
> different points, North Carolina is the first to compensate its victims. Little in known
> about how the state targeted individuals for sterilization and the logistics involved, but
> while eugenics programs in other states tended to focus on criminals and the mentally ill,
> many poor and uneducated women and children were sterilized in North Carolina.
>
> While the United States doesn't force sterilization for trans people, most states require
> a surgeon's letter verifying proof of "surgical treatment" in order to legally change
> gender on identification. The ACLU has found that the definition of "surgical treatment"
> is vague. Those who don't or can't obtain a costly procedure or at least a surgeon's
> letter are often left unable to legally change their gender, which can create serious
> personal and professional complications.
>
> The Riksdag, Sweden's national assembly, will review the proposal for new legislation in
> the spring, and barring further developments, the law will retain its requirement for
> compulsory sterilization. Love Georg Elfvelin, a 21-year-old store manager in Sweden, made
> an emotional video for AllOut.org during a protest in front of the Swedish Parliament that
> sums up the stakes in Sweden and around the world: "I can either be represented correctly,
> or have my basic human rights violated."

It's about fucking time! If a bunch of queers can't make up
their mind what gender they are - make it up for 'em!




































































¯`·.¸ Craig Chilton ¸.·´¯
2012-01-30 21:55:30 EST
On 31 Jan 2012 01:59:07 -0000,
SUBMORONIC & BIGOTED LOWLIFE, "Bill Taylor,"
(aka "Chuck Dejong") <chuckd@msn.com> spewed:


[ ... ]

> It's about fucking time! If a bunch of queers can't make
> up their mind what gender they are - make it up for 'em!

THANKS for once AGAIN *reminding* everyone that a
person has to be a SUBMORON to be a BIGOT, "Taylor."

Another contribution to Egalitarian Strategy (2)!! ---

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

The TWO-PRONGED Strategy for *Hastening* the DEMISE
of the Hate-Agendas Against Girls, Women, and Gays
on the Part of the Bigots of the RRR & LDS Cults

"Jon Young"/"Auric Hellman" on 4-26-11, wrote:

> Your continued posting to Usenet...

...is a very effective, 2-pronged method of UNDERMINING the hateful
agendas against the harmless and beneficial personal liberties of bigoted
LOSERS like you, which contribute to the *hastening* of the day when
those agendas will lie mouldering and dead at the bottom of the Drain of
Extinction -- right alongside the bones of the EQUALLY-loathsome and -mor-
onic agendas of the segregationists, never to be heard from again. The
two prongs of that dissembling of those agendas, here in Usenet (not even
counting the many OTHER ways I do that) are:

(1) Marshall and present the FACTS that wreck the agendas by
revealing the *speciousness* of them. And point out something
that the bigots can NEVER refute -- that their emperor (the agen-
das have NO clothes (facts.) NO facts even EXIST that they can
bring to bear to defend or support their moronic and ludicrous
agendas. (Which is why the RRR and LDS Cults **depend** on
appealing to the lowest-intellect level of Americans for recruit-
ment and maintenance as their lemmings to be their cash cows
and propaganda-PARROTS. It take a *massive* amount of GUL-
LIBILITY to fall for the LIES that the leaders constantly spew.

(2) Spur the bigots into making total FOOLS of themselves by posting
the most ABSURD crap imaginable. Thus helping to raise the cons-
ciouness of society to the realization that it would be more worth-
while to attend a rat fight than to have ANYTHING to do with the
hate-agendas or the bigots that espouse and tout them.

A **VERY** effective combination. Which becomes even MORE so
whenever readers FORWARD or RE-PUBLISH any of the above-describ-
ed material.

The progress of the hate-agendas to their DOOM is inexorable and
once that has happened, their extinction will be irreversible and irrevo-
cable.

The *agendas* will be remembered by society only with REVULSION.

The "bigots* will be remembered by society only with DERISION.

The SAME well-deserved fate that befell the segregationists.

Good RIDDANCE to *putrid* garbage! One less TOXIN in American
society. America WILL become a Bigotry-Free Zone.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

••• Rest in Peace •••
••• George Richard Tiller, MD •••
••• A True American HERO! •••
••• August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009 •••
••• Visit -- http://iamdrtiller.com •••

"He saved the lives of thousands of women who would've
died otherwise, thousands who would've been made sterile
or gravely injured by childbirth. He knew his life was at grave
risk. Dr. Tiller was a true Saint."

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

-- Craig Chilton (E-Mail me if you wish, from websites below.)

http://www.LayoffRemedy.com -- Unemployment Solution!
http://www.ChristianEgalitarian.com -- Fight the hateful RRR Cult!
http://apifar.blogspot.com -- Tactics: Defending Human Rights
http://pro-christian.blogspot.com -- Exposing RRR Cult Bigotry
http://www.shadowandillusion.com -- Learn "The LOPAQUA Secret!"
http://www.TravelForPay.org -- Learn how to get PAID to TRAVEL!

Barry OGrady
2012-01-30 22:40:05 EST
On Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:55:30 -0600, "(¯`·.¸ Craig Chilton ¸.·´¯)
wrote:

> The TWO-PRONGED Strategy for *Hastening* the DEMISE
> of the Hate-Agendas Against Girls, Women, and Gays
> on the Part of the Bigots of the RRR & LDS Cults

...is not working.

=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=
God is a spirit. 0% proof!

¯`·.¸ Craig Chilton ¸.·´¯
2012-01-31 06:18:26 EST

The TWO-PRONGED Strategy for *Hastening* the DEMISE
of the Hate-Agendas Against Girls, Women, and Gays
on the Part of the Bigots of the RRR & LDS Cults

"Jon Young"/"Auric Hellman" on 4-26-11, wrote:

> Your continued posting to Usenet...

...is a very effective, 2-pronged method of UNDERMINING the hateful
agendas against the harmless and beneficial personal liberties of bigoted
LOSERS like you, which contribute to the *hastening* of the day when
those agendas will lie mouldering and dead at the bottom of the Drain of
Extinction -- right alongside the bones of the EQUALLY-loathsome and -mor-
onic agendas of the segregationists, never to be heard from again. The
two prongs of that dissembling of those agendas, here in Usenet (not even
counting the many OTHER ways I do that) are:

(1) Marshall and present the FACTS that wreck the agendas by
revealing the *speciousness* of them. And point out something
that the bigots can NEVER refute -- that their emperor (the agen-
das have NO clothes (facts.) NO facts even EXIST that they can
bring to bear to defend or support their moronic and ludicrous
agendas. (Which is why the RRR and LDS Cults **depend** on
appealing to the lowest-intellect level of Americans for recruit-
ment and maintenance as their lemmings to be their cash cows
and propaganda-PARROTS. It take a *massive* amount of GUL-
LIBILITY to fall for the LIES that the leaders constantly spew.

(2) Spur the bigots into making total FOOLS of themselves by posting
the most ABSURD crap imaginable. Thus helping to raise the cons-
ciouness of society to the realization that it would be more worth-
while to attend a rat fight than to have ANYTHING to do with the
hate-agendas or the bigots that espouse and tout them.

A **VERY** effective combination. Which becomes even MORE so
whenever readers FORWARD or RE-PUBLISH any of the above-describ-
ed material.

The progress of the hate-agendas to their DOOM is inexorable and
once that has happened, their extinction will be irreversible and irrevo-
cable.

The *agendas* will be remembered by society only with REVULSION.

The "bigots* will be remembered by society only with DERISION.

The SAME well-deserved fate that befell the segregationists.

Good RIDDANCE to *putrid* garbage! One less TOXIN in American
society. America WILL become a Bigotry-Free Zone.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

••• Rest in Peace •••
••• George Richard Tiller, MD •••
••• A True American HERO! •••
••• August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009 •••
••• Visit -- http://iamdrtiller.com •••

"He saved the lives of thousands of women who would've
died otherwise, thousands who would've been made sterile
or gravely injured by childbirth. He knew his life was at grave
risk. Dr. Tiller was a true Saint."

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

-- Craig Chilton (E-Mail me if you wish, from websites below.)

http://www.LayoffRemedy.com -- Unemployment Solution!
http://www.ChristianEgalitarian.com -- Fight the hateful RRR Cult!
http://apifar.blogspot.com -- Tactics: Defending Human Rights
http://pro-christian.blogspot.com -- Exposing RRR Cult Bigotry
http://www.shadowandillusion.com -- Learn "The LOPAQUA Secret!"
http://www.TravelForPay.org -- Learn how to get PAID to TRAVEL!

Bill Taylor
2012-01-31 12:45:37 EST
In article <5olei752ine3l9dvhmcjs3stb4u42pc7pi@4ax.com>
"(\ufffd`\ufffd.\ufffd Craig Chilton \ufffd.\ufffd\ufffd\ufffd) <http://wwwdrtuertuertuet.org>"
<b@c.com> wrote:
>
> On 31 Jan 2012 01:59:07 -0000,
> SUBMORONIC & BIGOTED LOWLIFE, "Bill Taylor,"
> (aka "Chuck Dejong") <chuckd@msn.com> spewed:

Everybody is me.

> [ ... ]
>
> > It's about fucking time! If a bunch of queers can't make
> > up their mind what gender they are - make it up for 'em!
>
> THANKS for once AGAIN *reminding* everyone that a
> person has to be a SUBMORON to be a QUEER, "Taylor."

You're welcome, don't mention it.


¯`·.¸ Craig Chilton ¸.·´¯
2012-01-31 14:12:54 EST
On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:45:37 +0100,
BIGOTED LOWLIFE,
Bill Taylor <nobody@nymu.eu> wrote:
>"(¯`·.¸ Craig Chilton ¸.·´¯)
<http://www.TravelForPay.org> wrote:
>> SUBMORONIC & BIGOTED LOWLIFE, "Bill Taylor,"
>> (aka "Chuck Dejong") <chuckd@msn.com> spewed:


[ ... ]

>>> It's about fucking time! If a bunch of queers can't make
>>> up their mind what gender they are -- make it up for 'em!

>> THANKS for once AGAIN *reminding* everyone that a
>> person has to be a SUBMORON to be a BIGOT, "Taylor."

> You're welcome, don't mention it.

Nice of you to *acknowledge, that, bigot!


Topaz
2012-01-31 16:58:01 EST
On Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:23:31 -0800, "NewsToBeRead"
<*d@USA.Com> wrote:


>
>| Wed Jan. 25, 2012 3:19 AM PST
>
>Little known fact about Sweden, that supposed bastion of liberal idealism: If a Swedish
>transgender person wants to legally update their gender on official ID papers, a 1972 law
>requires them to get both divorced and sterilized first.

Well the sterilized part is certainly good. I don't know about
letting them update their gender.


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