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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender death in Saudi Arabia prompts call for inquiry   

    Apr 13, 7:14 AM EDT
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, following a raid on a private gathering.
    The rights organization says a family member claims the transgender woman was tortured in custody.
    Human Rights Watch said Thursday the medical report states the body did not show "any signs of suspicious wounds." A police memo says the detainee complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_TRANSGENDER_DEATH?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  2. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a deal to repeal the bathroom bill   

    Why North Carolina abruptly flip-flopped on its ‘bathroom bill’
    By Amber Phillips March 31 at 7:00 AM
    Even by North Carolina standards, the events surrounding its year-long "bathroom bill" drama have been frenetic.
    In March 2016, North Carolina became the first state to pass a law restricting which public bathrooms and locker rooms transgender people can use. On Thursday — almost exactly a year later — it became the first state to repeal that law. In between, its voters helped elect Donald Trump to the presidency and kicked out a Republican governor.
    Whether the bathroom bill's eventual demise is a spark of social change in the South or a blip on North Carolina's otherwise Republican-dominated politics depends on who you talk to.
    Even as they decried the repeal as discriminatory, LGBT and civil rights advocates say the battle over bathrooms has awakened a new activist class.
    "The political culture of the state has still changed for the better," said Chris Sgro, a former Democratic state lawmaker and head of Equality North Carolina. "We've been talking for 370 days in a row now about why transgender people need to be protected and what it means to be transgender."
    Democrats point out that the same voters who narrowly chose Trump in November also ousted the sitting GOP governor — the first time in North Carolina's history that's happened. And there's a strong case to make that former governor Pat McCrory lost by 10,000 votes because of bathrooms: He defended the law so vigorously that he ended up owning it.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/31/why-north-carolina-abruptly-flip-flopped-on-its-bathroom-bill/?utm_term=.cdf14a742a2e
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  3. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno aim to grow support, awareness   

    March 29, 2017 4:35 PM By Carmen George cgeorge@fresnobee.com
    Transgender Day of Visibility is about spotlighting transgender people for positive reasons.
    “Instead of always viewing transgender people as the victims of violence – what trans day of remembrance is about – it’s (Transgender Day of Visibility) about showcasing them as people with real talents and expertise and gifts,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chair of Trans-E-Motion in Fresno.
    There will be several Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno, starting this week with a movie night at Fresno State on Thursday and a rally and march on Friday.
    Trans-E-Motion sponsored the first visibility events in Fresno last year. A study last year estimated there could be around 1.4 million transgender people in the U.S.
    Fitzpatrick says transgender people make up less than a half percent of the total population.
    “We need the support of our community and our allies because we are so small,” Fitzpatrick said. “Right now, without more resources, we are stuck in this mode of just always dealing with the latest emergency, and we aren’t able to do really systemic changes for our larger community.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article141588644.html

    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article141588644.html#storylink=cpy
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  4. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a deal to repeal the bathroom bill   

    By Mark Berman March 30 at 8:36 AM
    [North Carolina’s bathroom bill cost the state at least $3.7 billion, new analysis finds]
    Since H.B. 2 was signed, North Carolina has watched as companies abandoned plans to expand in the state, entertainers canceled shows and sports leagues pulled some games and vowed to keep out more. The most recent such threat, coming from the NCAA, gave lawmakers until Thursday to change the law if it wants to host any college sports championships through 2022.
    According to the text of a bill aimed at repealing the bathroom measure and up for a vote on Thursday, lawmakers would also enact a law stating that “no local government in this state may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations.” Local school boards and government agencies would also be prevented from regulating “multiple occupancy bathrooms, showers or changing facilities,” with that left up to state legislators.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/30/north-carolina-lawmakers-say-theyve-agreed-on-a-deal-to-repeal-the-bathroom-bill/?utm_term=.3314131a959   
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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