Stand or Fall

Trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination.  I realized quickly when I knew I should…that the world was made up of this brotherhood of man.  For whatever that means. And, so I cry sometimes when I’m lying in bed, just to get it all out…what’s in my head… so I wake in the morning and I step outside and I take a deep breath and I get real high and I scream from the top of my lungs, “What’s going on?!”

 

I have never been one for promoting pro-life.  I am pro-life, however.  That is when it comes to decisions, physically, in my own life.  Not someone else’s.  Being a lesbian, I have no need for birth control.  Still, when I had been younger…and indecisive, birth control from Planned Parenthood, fit into my low income budget.  And, after coming fully-out?  Planned Parenthood had remained my healthcare provider for all my ‘female’ exams!

In these days of appointing Provincial Judges to a higher court and electing right wing officials, our freedoms are dwindling…a little at time.  Slipping budget cuts in between the moments of  #45’s latest debacle.

So…

The White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.

By the way, in-between the fine lines of screwing women over…

Title X provides birth control, screening for sexual transmitted diseases and reproductive healthcare.

Over 40% of Planned Parenthood’s clients receive these services. 

Early abortion bans, known as ‘heartbeat bills,’ are being proposed in at least ten states. So far, those in MissouriMississippiTennesseeGeorgia, and Kentucky have advanced the farthest in state legislatures.

https://www.nbcnews.com

Again, slowly and quietly, a woman’s right’s’ to make informed, healthy choices, are falling away with the slightest stroke of a pen.

 

 

the Queer Sex

I am here.  I am queer.  And, my sexual activity matters!

womens march 19 1
Some lesbian women aren’t receiving Pap smears because their doctors have told them they don’t need them because lesbian sex “doesn’t count” as real sex. 

Some lesbian women aren’t receiving Pap smears because their doctors have told them they don’t need them because lesbian sex “doesn’t count” as real sex. A 2011 study from the University of Salford found that 37 percent of the queer women surveyed were told by their doctors that they didn’t need a cervical screening test. According to researchers Jennifer KatesUsha Ranji, Adara Beamesderfer, Alina Salganicoff, and Lindsey Dawson, queer women’s healthcare is also stigmatized within the medical community. Their 2018 study, “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals in the U.S.,”published by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, notes that discrimination, violence, workplace inequality, and family rejection can create barriers to quality healthcare for LGBTQ populations, with some individuals reporting “outright denial of care” because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Part of the problem, one study indicated, is that many doctors assume their queer, bi, and lesbian patients are straight, or believe the “urban myth” that lesbian women don’t need to be tested for STIs or reproductive cancers because they don’t have heterosexual sex with cisgender men. These kinds of assumptions reinforce the misguided notion that queer women are militantly monogamous, and therefore don’t need to worry about STDs. The idea that queer sex between women isn’t “real” sex suggests that queer relationships are somehow less valuable or meaningful than heterosexual relationships—a belief that is both alienating and dangerous. Lesbian women are screened for HPV, STIs, and cervical cancer less frequently, and may not be offered the same amount of information about preventative measures like dental dams or the HPV vaccine as heterosexual patients, leading to a greater risk for cervical cancers and other reproductive health issues.

Young queer women are particularly vulnerable to contracting HPV and STIs, and according to one 2015 study, may be more likely to opt out of receiving the HPV vaccine without sufficient information from their healthcare providers. Fish’s research focused primarily on lesbian women, but bisexual women, trans women and men, and gender nonbinary individuals regularly report experiencing anxiety about disclosing their gender identity and sexual orientation. They have good reason to: Trans individuals surveyed in “Transgender Patient Perceptions of Stigma in Health Care Contexts,”  a 2013 study published in the journal Medical Care, reported being denied healthcare, or experiencing “substandard care, forced care, [and] verbal abuse.”

imageedit_62_6916038293

The Trump administration’s plan to reinstate a Reagan-era domestic gag rule would make it illegal for healthcare providers receiving funding from Title X to refer patients to outside clinics or abortion providers. “Planned Parenthood serves 41 percent of the 4 million people who rely on the Title X program. If Planned Parenthood were pushed out of the program, the ability for those people to access free or low-cost birth control, cancer screenings, STD screenings, and other reproductive health care would be at risk,” Dean says. With growing numbers of young people identifying as queer, access to safe spaces and resources for appropriate and accurate sex education is more important than ever. Until the mainstream medical community learns to recognize queer women’s right to affordable, queer-inclusive care, Planned Parenthood will remain an essential, valuable resource.

http://www.bitchmedia.org/sofia-barrett-ibarria

 

 

Hot Flash

Tire swing fluctuating from a sadden branch.

A room enclosed, no sway to be had.

One could suffocate with the lack of air.

I would observe more closely but it is getting hard to breathe…

and, I have forgotten the facts.time 1

Perhaps the impending jitters know where I have placed my other soul.

The one that runs not only hot…but also, cold.

I have explained once…yet, a thousand times over…

no understanding comes when the mind is a dividing line.

imageedit_2_8661411140There are gestures I make but dare not mention.

Bouts of confusion and apprehension.

Dry as winter’s bone.

Months atop of months…

alone, alone, alone.

Shattered glass in an abandoned home.

imageedit_1_9045260969

Dear Chain of Fools

http://thinkprogress.org/
Ben Carson Revives Conspiracy Theory About Planned Parenthood And Eugenics… …claiming that Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded in order to save black babies from being aborted.

http://thinkprogress.org/

Dear Chain of Fools…commonly known as the Crackers elected into office-C.E.O

Give me back my Buddha

Give me back my Freak

Give me back…all that has made me unique!

And, oh, by the way, Big Brother,

take back your dime if you are buying my time.

If it means you will leave me alone and

Man has dispersed the needle

Defying our bodies for the sake of your ego!

Handed down the spoon.

With no one exempt..

Not even…The cracker dress in pressed pinstripe

shutting down the capital at high noon.

Keep your paws off my laws!

Keep your plans for parenthood and your witch hunt draped in factual flaws.

These are not a man’s, white or black, causes.

Time it was we were melting in the pot as one

The women in the harbor with honor shining bright is not your lady

She is someone’s

daughter

Orange is the new Black
Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is an “Abortion Factory” That Sells Baby Parts Like Automobiles

She is someone’s

mother

She is someone’s

wife.

If they plan on appealing Obamacare…what will become of women’s healthcare? For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. – See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are#sthash.z4M5MgoI.dpuf

Mental Pause

Mental Pause

Mental Pause

I am a rainbow void of thought

As I watch this shit pile up

A monthly ritual sustained on bloat alone.

A rerun series of…

I look peaceful

but

tread thee, not.

Half of me running around

on sheer lack of fore thought.

Miscues, misdemeanors and unfortunate events.

Watered down with pride.

Whisked away

adorned in padding…

with a familiar broom Hilda as the guide.

The better softer half.

Just daring the other…

Go ahead I want to see you…

laugh.

Until you find away to love the

BITCH in me.

Believe… it is harder said than done.

Than just letting me BE.

Just walk away, walk away…

walk away!