Transgender survey is most complete ever

We now know more about transgender people than we ever have.

On Dec. 8, 2016, the National Center for Transgender Equality reported results from its survey of nearly 28,000 trans and nonbinary people.

The U.S. Trans Survey report runs to more than 300 pages. A Michigan State University journalism class that is just completing its 12th Bias Busters guide, “100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity,” will incorporate some of this data, released just hours before the final class meeting.

According to the report’s executive report, “The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination and startling disparities between transgender people in the survey and the U.S. population when it comes to the most basic elements of life, such as finding a job, having a place to live, accessing medical care, and enjoying the support of family and community. Survey respondents also experienced harassment and violence at alarmingly high rates.”

Areas covered in the report include family Life, faith, identity documents, health, work, school, military service, housing, harassment and violence.

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Read this new guide before you vote

The authors are, from left,  Michigan State students Jacob Arnold, Juliana Montoya Padilla, Sierra Marie Baker, Maris Claire Ryckman, Reagan Dailey-Chwalibog, Zixuan Wang, David Reiss and Jiayuan Wang. Photo by Tao Deng.

The authors are, from left, Michigan State students Jacob Arnold, Juliana Montoya Padilla, Sierra Marie Baker, Maris Claire Ryckman, Reagan Dailey-Chwalibog, Zixuan Wang, David Reiss and Jiayuan Wang. Photo by Tao Deng.

In time for the 2016 presidential election, “100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.” contains accurate information about dozens of questions and issues that have been raised during the campaign.

The goal is to give readers a starting point for diving into deeper conversations with friends, neighbors and co-workers who are immigrants.

You’ll find personal observations by journalist Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” and businessman Bing Goei.

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Out soon: “100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.”

In time for the last few months of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Bias Busters series will have a guide that uses research and information you can count on to answer some of the many questions that have been flying around in the debate.

100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.

100 Questions and Answers About Immigrants to the U.S.

* Do immigrants take American jobs?
* Where do they come from?
* Why do people enter illegally instead of just waiting?
* How many immigrants are there in the United States?
* Where do they come from?
* Would a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border help?

You’ll find the answers to these and 96 (at least) other questions in the guide.

We talked to immigrants to learn what were the questions they encounter and feel people should have the answer to. Then, we talked to people, did some research into what polls, studies and others have learned about the immigrant story and we put those into the book. The book, available in digital or print formats, includes about 10 video interviews from the University of Minnesota’s “Immigrant Stories” project. We feel that a stew of statistics cannot tell stories as well as people can.

Our hope is that, with this information, you will be able to have more and better conversations with the immigrants who live, work and go to school with you.

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Ramadan covers Northern Hemisphere’s longest days of 2016

In 2016, the Muslim holy month of Ranmadan covers the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Why does that matter? It makes Ramadan challenging because observant Muslims will observe strict fasting from sunup to sundown. At this time of year in New York City, for example, that means 15 hours a day of fasting. In December, daylight lasts only about 9 hours and 15 minutes. So, if you have Muslim friends making a month of 15-hour fasts, you’ll understand what they are going through?

Here are some questions and answers excerpted from “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans.” This part of the guide was written by Read the Spirit’s Stephanie Fenton.

100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans

100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans

Arguably the most widely recognized Islamic observance among non-Muslims, the month of Ramadan brings 30 days of daytime fasting and intense prayer. (In some years and in some regions, Ramadan lasts only 29 days, depending on the crescent moon sighting.) The sincerity with which Muslims undertake Ramadan is reflected in news headlines across the globe. Muslim athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games and players in the 2014 World Cup had to make decisions regarding key competitions and days without a single drop of water. Ramadan requires that every able Muslim refrain from food, drink, smoking, swearing and sexual relations during daylight hours to focus on God and the Quran. Strict fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Continue reading

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Diversity Style Guide
Congratulations to Rachele Kanigel, associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, for the launch of a new diversity style guide for journalists.

The guide is filled with contemporary definitions and is well organized, listing terms alphabetically and by area. More than 700 terms are included. The guide revives one created at San Francisco State’s Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism in the 1990s. Its latest update had been in 2002. This update was needed.

The guide is intended for journalists but can be used by anyone, of course.

The Michigan State Journalism School is proud to have supported the project by allowing Kanigel to use content from our student-produced Bias Busters series (10 guides and counting) for about 100 items. The project draws in information from a dozen other guides, as well.

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Thanks to Rabbi Jason Miller

Portrait photo of Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jason Miller, Entrepreneur, Educator, Writer and Technologist – “Rabbi Without Borders”

We are so pleased with Rabbi Jason Miller’s Passover review of “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews” that appeared on The Huffington Post.

In three words: He gets us.

Part of what he wrote:

“For many years — even before I was ordained as a rabbi — I’ve been using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s encyclopedia-like book “Jewish Literacy” to teach those interested in learning more about Judaism as well as those in classes leading toward Jewish conversion. I will continue to use that resource, but this simple book will serve as a useful introductory guide for the non-Jewish parents of those who are seeking conversion to Judaism. It will also be a quick and easy reader for non-Jews who simply want to understand more about the basics of Judaism.”

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Guide to American Jews includes guide to Jewish holidays

The Bias Busters series grows to 10 guides with “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews.” this guide is the second in our stream of guides about religions, joining “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans.”

The guide about American Jews is a good aide to the growing number of non-Jewish Americans who are celebrating elements of Passover and who want to know more about their Jewish neighbors.

The guide answers questions about identity, Judaism, Jewish culture, history, foods and contributions. This edition also features an extensive guide to Jewish holidays throughout the year.

About two dozen of the questions are answered for you on this site for free. You can get all 100 in the guide.

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Easy way to learn a complicated story

In the Bias Busters series, we try to answer the natural questions that people have about each other. Some questions seem simple, some clearly are not. Now, we con sider making videos to tell stories about some of the most complicated questions.

In “100 Questions and Answers About African Americans,” one of the complicated questions had to do with the wealth disparity between Black and White families. There are so many reasons for this they did not fit well into one answer. So, Michigan State student Madeline Carino used her video production skills to make this motion graphic for the guide.

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African Americans guide is available

By Joe Grimm

“100 Questions and Answers About African Americans” is out and available in print and digital formats.

Michigan State university students created this guide against the backdrop of protests about racial equity on our campus and dozens of others.

This is our largest guide so far and it includes multimedia. There are videos about Black hair and Black fraternities and sororities. There are several graphics and our first motion graphic, which explains the reasons for wealth disparity.

Next, we will come out with “100 Questions and Answers About American Jews.” We are aiming for March.

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Coming for Black History Month

Our next guide, “100 Questions and Answers About African Americans,” is in the proofing stage and we are working to get it out for Black History Month.

The guide was written in the fall semester as racial demonstrations occurred in American cities and on scores of campuses. The guide will help people understand what those demonstrations are about and the long root that led to them.

The guide answers questions about Black and African American identity, history, language, contributions and several other subjects.

It busts some myths.

And, for the first time in the series, it includes student-produced videos and a motion graphic to help tell the story.

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