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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools   

    'Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends
    Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated PressPublished 5:10 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017 | Updated 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017
    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.
    It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S. legislature.
    Corporate heavyweights from Amazon to Exxon Mobil lined up against the measure, as did some top law enforcement agencies, and opponents celebrated the latest failure despite the support from the governor and influential social conservatives who drive GOP politics and primaries in Texas.
    More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/16/texas-bathroom-bill/571671001/
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  2. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    WASHINGTON — Five transgender people serving in the United States military sued President Tru​mp and top Pentagon officials on Wednesday, asking that transgender troops be allowed to stay in the military.​
    More here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/5-transgender-service-members-sue-trump-over-military-ban.html
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  3. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Commandant: 'I Will Not Break Faith' With Transgender Coast Guardsmen
    Military.com | 1 Aug 2017 | by Hope Hodge SeckAs military services await guidance following President Donald Trump's announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold.
    Speaking on the topic for the first time at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday morning, Adm. Paul Zukunft said his first action upon becoming aware of Trump's tweets was to have his office reach out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have self-identified as transgender.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/08/01/commandant-i-will-not-break-faith-transgender-coast-guardsmen.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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    Army's Top Leader Sees No Clear Policy on Transgender Troops
    Military.com | 27 Jul 2017 | by Matthew CoxThe U.S. Army's top officials said late Wednesday that the service doesn't yet have a clear policy on transgender personnel, despite President Trump's Twitter announcement earlier in the day banning transgender people from serving.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/07/27/armys-top-leader-sees-no-clear-policy-on-transgender-troops.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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  5. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Transgender SEAL to Trump: Tell Me to My Face I'm Not Worthy
    Business Insider | 27 Jul 2017 | by Paul SzoldraA retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.
    "Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."
    Beck said Trump's abrupt change in policy could negatively affect many currently or wanting to serve in the military. The RAND Corporation estimated in 2016 that there were between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serving. Many of them just want to serve their country like everyone else, Beck said.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/07/27/transgender-seal-trump-tell-me-my-face-im-not-worthy.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Previous Integration Efforts and the Experiences of Foreign Militaries Indicate a Minimal Likely Impact on Force Readiness
    The limited research on the effects of foreign military policies indicates little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness. Commanders noted that the policies had benefits for all service members by creating a more inclusive and diverse force.Policy changes to open more roles to women and to allow gay and lesbian personnel to serve openly in the U.S. military have similarly had no significant effect on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness.Full Rand Corp report here: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    JULY 26, 2017 9:58 PM
    President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement via Twitter on Wednesday morning that the U.S. government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” came as a shock to Amanda Watson of Fresno, a transgender woman who served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm.
    “It just made me feel like my service was unvalued, that I didn’t exist,” Watson says, “and that we don’t have rights.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article163889873.html
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  8. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children   

    July 25, 2017, 9:37 AM
    Children whose sexual characteristics don't neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.
    But now the practice is under assault, as never before. The American Medical Association is considering a proposal discouraging it. Three former U.S. surgeons general say it's unjustified. And on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and InterACT a group advocating for intersex youth — are releasing a detailed report assailing the practice and urging Congress to ban it.
    "The results are often catastrophic," says the report, asserting that the surgeries "can inflict irreversible physical and psychological harm."
    "The pressure to fit in and live a 'normal' life is real," said Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher who wrote the report. "But there is no evidence that surgery delivers on the promise of making that easier."
     One of multiple reasons for the concern: Some intersex children may undergo surgery aimed at assigning them as male or female, yet grow up to identify as the other sex — a potentially traumatic situation.
    More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-surgery-intersex-children-20170725-story.html
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed transgender recruits to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/26/trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-u-s-military/?utm_term=.d1dea20fba77
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  10. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Jul 26, 9:41 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."
    Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.
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  11. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Jul 26, 9:24 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.
    Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
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  12. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Community vigil seeks justice for transgender woman slain in 2015   

    JULY 24, 2017 1:57 PM
    Fresno City Council President Clint Olivier is raising by $2,000 the Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who killed Casey “K.C” Haggard, the transgender woman slain two years ago on Blackstone Avenue.
    The reward will now sit at $7,000, and Olivier hopes that will get more people talking. “It’s two years later and we still haven’t got him yet,” Olivier said by phone Monday. “I hope more people will come forward.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article163355383.html
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  13. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Lawsuit: Effects of 'Bathroom Bill' Linger in North Carolina   

    A revised lawsuit says transgender people in North Carolina say are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state's notorious "bathroom bill.".
    July 21, 2017, at 12:48 p.m. By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.
    The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the "bathroom bill" off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina's reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects.
    But lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal said the replacement law, known as H.B. 142, continues the harms of its predecessor.
    "Legislators were forced to rewrite the law," ACLU lawyer Chris Brook told reporters Friday. "But make no mistake ... H.B. 142 is a wolf in sheep's clothing crafted to keep discrimination intact but sporting a new look."
     The compromise earlier this year between Republican legislative leaders and Democrats led by Gov. Roy Cooper eliminated the "bathroom bill" requirement that transgender people use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
    But the new law makes clear that that only the General Assembly — not local government or school officials — can make rules for public restrooms from now on. Local governments are also prohibited from enacting new nondiscrimination ordinances for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020.
    More here: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-07-21/apnewsbreak-lawsuit-says-bathroom-bill-effects-still-felt
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  14. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Community vigil seeks justice for transgender woman slain in 2015   

    JULY 22, 2017 11:19 PM BY CHUEYEE YANG
    Almost two years after the still unsolved slaying of a transgender woman, community members gathered Saturday in central Fresno for a vigil and die-in in a bid for justice.
    Casey or “K.C.” Haggard, 66, was “just transitioning,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chairman of Trans-E-Motion, when she was fatally stabbed in 2015.
    “We’re remembering a member of our community who was violently murdered on the streets of Fresno,” Fitzpatrick said. “Although the murder was caught on camera, a suspect has yet to be arrested.”
    The vigil was hosted by Trans-E-Motion, a nonprofit that provides support and education for the transgender community.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article163156858.html
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  15. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Parent fights to keep gender off baby’s birth certificate   

    July 03, 2017 7:33 PM By Teresa Welsh
    A baby born in British Columbia, Canada is thought to be one of the first in the world not to be recognized as either a boy or a girl on their national health card.
    Searyl Atli’s parent Kori Doty, who is transgender and nonbinary, is now fighting for British Columbia to issue a birth certificate without any specific gender, according to CBC. Doty, who uses the pronoun their, said they don’t want to assign the baby a gender until the child can decide for themselves who they are.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article159550519.html

    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article159550519.html#storylink=cpy 
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