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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Texas 'bathroom bill' advances after 13 hours of testimony   

    Mar 8, 8:28 AM EST
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" has cleared a first vote in Texas after 13 consecutive hours of public comment dominated by transgender-rights supporters who oppose the measure.
    A Senate committee early Wednesday advanced the proposal that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. The bill has drawn backlash from big businesses including Google and the NFL.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LGBT_RIGHTS_TEXAS?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  2. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Madrid officials impound bus with anti-transgender message   

    Mar 1, 6:55 AM EST
    MADRID (AP) -- Madrid authorities say they have impounded an orange-and-white bus used by a group campaigning to outlaw children changing their gender.
    Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena said Wednesday that police stopped the bus returning to the Spanish capital's streets in order to prevent a hate crime.
    The bus has several anti-transgender phrases written on its sides. One says, "If you're born a man, you're a man. If you're a woman, you will always be a woman." The bus led to an outcry after it first appeared in public Monday.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SPAIN_TRANSGENDER_SPAT?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  3. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination protections   

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri state senators voted down a proposal early Wednesday to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, in what was a loss for LGBT advocates.
    Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp's amendment would have banned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and covered employment, housing and public accommodations.
    The Creve Coeur Democrat asked colleagues to add the measure to a contested Republican-backed bill to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.
    In earlier debate, Schupp argued its passage would have shown that people in Missouri "care about treating people fairly" and provided LGBT people with equal rights.
    Lawmakers voted 20-10 against it.
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  4. olcharlie added a post in a topic: College: Feces swastika found in gender-neutral bathroom   

    Feb 24, 8:48 AM EST
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- One of the top art schools is in the U.S. is investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti made out of human waste was found in a gender-neutral bathroom.
    WJAR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2lQZ5oI ) that the Rhode Island School of Design told students the swastika was discovered over the weekend in a dormitory bathroom.
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  5. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Outside US, trans kids' toilets often not a federal issue   

    By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Feb 24, 8:27 AM EST
    DUBLIN (AP) -- Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys' restrooms at school - because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn't make a federal issue about where children do their business.
    As Donald Trump and U.S. courts seek to make transgender use of toilets an American battleground in schools , the more progressive corners of Europe and Latin America are shaking their heads in bewilderment. From Tipperary to Tierra del Fuego, schools let children go to the bathroom that suits their identity, a trend that could be reversed if the bitter U.S. debate travels overseas.
    "What happens in the U.S. has a cultural impact here, and it's scary," said Catherine Cross, Lucas' mother, who helps Irish schools nationwide set policies on how to support transgender students. "There's always going to be people who are frightened of change. It could give them license to shout louder when they see what's going on in the States."
    The right of transgender students to use restrooms in keeping with their own identity has become an afterthought in Norway and Argentina, where the world's most far-reaching laws allow children to have their sexual identity reversed on their birth certificates, passports and other official identification without any formal medical diagnosis. Acceptance of identity from age 6 onward is the order of the day.
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    (A piece of a news collection)
    The sleeper story: The revocation of protections for transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities would be big enough by itself. But it’s only a piece of a far larger story of White House influence and rivalries, and how the Trump administration plans to handle hot-button social issues. President Trump has bragged about his commitment to protecting LGBTQ rights. While the administration is downplaying the actual impact of this move, its symbolic value is enormous. It shows the president is willing to side with social conservatives in his inner circle – notably, in this case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions – while highlighting an apparent split with his own education secretary. (Betsy DeVos’ statement sounded like someone issuing an order in the opposite direction: “I consider protecting all students, including #LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”) This is hardly an issue that Trump himself seems to care about. But just weeks after we learned that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner talked him out of a move to limit LGBTQ rights, this move sends a stronger message than anything that wasn’t done.
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    The short, troubled life of Obama’s transgender student protections
    By Derek Hawkins February 23 at 6:14 AMWell-intended as they might have been, President Barack Obama’s protections for transgender students were on shaky ground from the get-go.
    As quickly as the Obama administration rolled out the protections last year, the Trump administration on Wednesday revoked them, saying they were devised without enough legal analysis. All told, it took little more than the stroke of the new attorney general’s pen to undo one of Obama’s signature civil rights initiatives.
    Then again, it didn’t take much more than the stroke of a pen to enact the protections, either. And that’s ultimately what doomed them when President Trump took office.
    Last May, as national debate over transgender rights was reaching a boiling point, the Obama administration directed schools across the country to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that match their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth.
    The directive came in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter to educational institutions. In it, administration officials said barring students from bathrooms that matched their gender identities amounted to sex discrimination, violating the Title IX federal anti-discrimination law.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/23/the-short-troubled-life-of-obamas-transgender-student-protections/?utm_term=.3f58255a74f3
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  8. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    Feb 23, 8:05 AM ESTEnd of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise
    Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.
    "We're not discouraged. And we're going to keep fighting like we have been and keep fighting for the right thing," said Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who sued his Virginia high school over its bathroom access policy and whose case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court next month.
    The Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that public schools no longer need to abide by the Obama-era directive instructing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. That guidance, issued in May, led to a spate of lawsuits over how it should be applied, according to a letter from the departments being sent to schools nationwide.
    The agencies said they withdrew the guidance to "in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved."
    Anti-bullying safeguards for students will not be affected by the change, according to the letter. But advocates of protections for transgender teens said the overall rollback sends "a message that something is wrong with them, which is harmful," said Nancy Haque, co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRANSGENDER_BATHROOMS?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Woman says billboard's message slams gender equality   

    Feb 23, 8:01 AM EST
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Women are planning to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality.
    A billboard on a highway between Winston-Salem and Greensboro reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it." Boutique owner Molly Grace tells news outlets in the area she sees the sign's message as an attempt to silence women who want to be seen as equals to men.
    (This isn't trans specific, but any assault on human rights re: gender will have an impact on the community)
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BILLBOARD_PROTEST?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  10. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    Feb 23, 8:03 AM ESTThe Latest: Evancho wants to 'enlighten' Trump on policiesWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Trump administration's decision on public school bathrooms and transgender students. (all times local):
    7:30 a.m.
    The singer who performed at President Donald Trump's inauguration says she wants to meet with the president to "enlighten him" on what her transgender sister endures at her high school.
    The Trump administration has ended an Obama directive telling public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their chosen gender.
    Singer Jackie Evancho says she was disappointed by that. Evancho tells ABC's "Good Morning America" she has not heard from Trump after asking him via Twitter to meet with her and 18-year-old transgender sister Juliet, who was born "Jacob."
    Evancho says she wanted to enlighten trump on what her sister and people like her endure. Evancho's sister says she deals with discrimination "every day" with people saying "horrible things" to her.
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  11. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    By Sandhya Somashekhar,, Moriah Balingit and Emma Brown February 21 at 11:19 PM
    The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow children to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities.
    In a letter to the nation’s schools, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination, according to a draft of the letter obtained by The Washington Post.
    “This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation,” states the two-page draft, which indicates that the Education and Justice departments plan to issue it jointly. The draft says administrators, parents and students have “struggled to understand and apply the statements of policy” in the Obama-era guidance.
    As a result, the departments “have decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further consider the legal issues involved.” The letter makes clear that schools must protect all students and that the withdrawal of the guidance “does not diminish the protections from bullying and harassment that are available to all students. Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.”
    A final version of the letter is slated to be issued Wednesday, according to a Republican operative with knowledge of the conversations within the Trump administration on the issue. The administration is expected to release the letter despite objections from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who did not want to rescind the guidance, the operative said. Officials with the Education and Justice departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday night.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-administration-poised-to-change-transgender-student-bathroom-guidelines/2017/02/21/cd690204-f7bf-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?utm_term=.7d4a1d421d4d
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  12. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Washington State Supreme Court rules against florist who turned away gay couple   

    By Sandhya Somashekhar February 17 at 8:06 AM
    In a victory for gay rights advocates, Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Christian florist who was fined by the state for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.
    The justices agreed with a lower court that Barronnelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., violated a state civil rights law that bars discrimination in public businesses on the basis of sexual orientation. The court also ruled that the law does not infringe on her free speech.
    The case is one of several involving Christian wedding vendors that have emerged in recent years amid a dramatic expansion of gay rights. Social conservatives have argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage, and the proliferation of state and local laws barring discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation, have led to a trampling of religious liberties. They contend that the government should not be forcing these vendors to contribute their artistic talents to same-sex ceremonies, which they oppose on religious grounds, and that the vendors might end up having to abandon their profession to avoid violating their religious beliefs.
    But as in Washington, courts have largely sided with the couples and government officials who have called their actions unlawful discrimination.
    The Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal organization representing Stutzman, pledged Thursday to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/17/washington-state-supreme-court-rules-against-florist-who-turned-away-gay-couple/?utm_term=.ab0805c87bb6
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  13. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Texas Moves to Limit Transgender Bathroom Access   

    AUSTIN, Tex. — One of the most powerful Republican officials in Texas put the state on the front lines of the nation’s culture wars on Thursday, announcing the filing of a bill that would require people in government buildings and in public schools to use the bathroom that corresponds with their “biological sex.”
    More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/us/texas-transgender-bathroom-access.html
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  14. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina's HB2 Anti-GLBT Bill   

    North Carolina bathroom law for transgender people to stay after repeal bid fails
    North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature has rejected a bid to repeal a state law restricting bathroom access for transgender people, which has drawn months of protests and boycotts by opponents decrying the measure as discriminatory.
    The law limits protections for LGBT people and was best known for a provision that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.
    It was enacted largely in response to a local measure in Charlotte that protected the rights of transgender people to use public bathrooms of their choice.
    The repeal compromise called for Charlotte to do away with its ordinance, and in exchange, politicians would undo the LGBT law.
    But Republicans cried foul when Charlotte leaders initially left part of the city's ordinance in place, while the Senate bill called for a months-long ban on cities passing similar ordinances, prompting Democrats to accuse Republicans of going back on their promise.
    A one-day special legislative session ended abruptly after the state Senate voted against abolishing the law, rejecting the repeal legislation 32-16, leaving the bathroom restrictions in place statewide.
    Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper said both chambers had the votes for a full repeal, but divisions within the Republican Party killed it.
    "The legislature had a chance to do the right thing for North Carolina, and they failed," he said.
    More here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-22/north-carolina-rebuffs-transgender-bathroom-law-repeal/8142932
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  15. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina's HB2 Anti-GLBT Bill   

    From the late Isaac Asimov:
    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always had been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ”
    Some folks cling to their beliefs because it's easier than thinking.  If it was good enough for great great grand pappy it's good enough for me thinking.  The education dollar has been shrinking for the last 50 years here in the states.  Coupled with willy nilly population growth and the anger and frustration of regularly being had by the powers that be, it's not a great outlook.  Democracy without an educated electorate is essentially a few wolves and a flock of sheep voting on what's for dinner.  I'm clearly not an optimist.  As i see it we're sliding off of a renaissance, always a brief affair, and returning to the historical norm of a dark age.  If you try to explain the facts of the situation to the masses they sort of glaze over.  There's a beer and a game on to distract them that's just more comforting.  A short attention span can't grasp the complexities of most situations.  Here's a perfect example of what their beliefs will not let them understand...
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