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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina's HB2 Anti-GLBT Bill   

    What North Carolina’s wide-ranging ‘bathroom bill’ covers
    By Associated Press December 21 at 4:14 AMRALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers will hold a special session Wednesday to consider the repeal of a law passed earlier this year that limits protections for LGBT people.
    The law has been widely opposed by numerous businesses, organizations and individuals. Gov. Pat McCrory’s defense of the bill was a contributing factor in his narrow loss to Democrat Roy Cooper, who will take office in January and announced Monday that he had a deal with legislators to get rid of the law.
    The passage of House Bill 2 in March thrust North Carolina into a national debate on transgender rights and harmed the state economically. The state missed out on new jobs as companies declined to expand in the state, while cancellations of concerts and conventions exacted a toll. The NBA moved its All-Star game to New Orleans, and in a huge symbolic blow to the college basketball-crazy state, the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference relocated events.
    Repeal of the law could also end legal challenges by the federal Justice Department and transgender residents.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/what-north-carolinas-wide-ranging-bathroom-bill-covers/2016/12/21/40ee89d8-c75a-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html?utm_term=.1aafd306a8b1
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender community calls for fast-tracked mental health services to avoid lengthy wait for hormones   

    By James Hancock
    Victoria's growing transgender community is demanding greater action to tackle long public waiting lists to access hormone therapy.
    Melbourne has two publicly-funded facilities specialising in transgender health — the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic and the Royal Children's Hospital Gender Service.
    But transgender specialist Dr Pauline Cundill said some patients faced delays of between 12 and 18 months to see psychiatrists and clinical psychologists through the two services.
    "The last few years in particular, we've seen exponential increases in the number of trans and gender-diverse clients accessing medical care, and as a result the public clinics have become overwhelmed," she said.
    She said part of the reason for the long delays was a requirement for general practitioners to seek psychological approval before prescribing sex-change hormones.
    Jeremy Wiggins, the Victorian AIDS Council's spokesman on transgender health, said the delays could be reduced if patients saw a private specialist, although most could not afford to pay up to $200 a session.
    More here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-21/transgender-community-calls-for-fast-tracked-psych-services/8043390
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender people who lost their lives to hate crimes honored by LGBT community   

    November 18, 2016 10:35 PM
    By Andrea Figueroa Briseño

    Members of the Fresno LGBT community marches in honor of Transgender Remembrance Day in the Tower District on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.  Cries for equality echoed through Tower District as the Fresno LGBT community marched Friday night in honor of Transgender Awareness Week.
    The march began around 7 p.m. at the Fresno LGBT Community Center, 1067 N. Fulton St., when 50 people walked in honor of those who lost their lives to murder or suicide.
    Jess Fitzpatrick, vice chair of Trans-E-Motion, a Fresno support group for the transgender community, said the movement started 17 years ago after Rita Hester, a transgender woman, was murdered in her apartment in Massachusetts in a hate crime. Transgender Remembrance Day was founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of Hester and since then has been used to recognize other transgender people who have lost their lives to hate crime.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article115862968.html

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  8. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Pakistan Arrests 10 for Flogging Transgender Woman   

    By asif shahzad, associated press, ISLAMABAD — Nov 14, 2016, 7:10 AM ETPakistani police arrested 10 alleged members of a criminal gang on Monday accused of flogging a transgender woman and posting a video of the abuse on social media, officials said.
    The arrests were made in the eastern city of Sialkot after a video of the flogging was shared thousands of times on social media, said police official Iqbal Sindhu.
    The video shows the gang leader pinning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beating her with what appears to be a leather belt. At one point, while another gang member continues the flogging, the leader places his foot on the victim's neck and twists her arms.
    Police chief Abid Khan said five of those arrested have been charged with torture and extortion, while the other five are under investigation.
    More here: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistani-police-arrest-10-flogging-transgender-man-43518456
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Supreme Court to Rule in Transgender Access Case   

    By ADAM LIPTAKOCT. 28, 2016
      Gavin Grimm is suing his Virginia school district to use the boys’ bathroom, which corresponds with his gender identity. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday entered the national debate over transgender rights, announcing that it would decide whether a transgender boy may use the boys’ bathroom in a Virginia high school.
    The court is acting just a year after it established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, as state laws and federal actions on transgender rights have prompted a welter of lawsuits. In taking the case, the court signaled that it may move more quickly in the area of transgender rights than it has in expanding gay rights.
    More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/us/politics/supreme-court-to-rule-in-transgender-access-case.html?_r=1
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  10. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Breast Cancer Poses Unique Challenges for Trans Community   

    Oct 28 2016, 11:47 am ET by Julie Compton
    For six years, a California transgender man neglected a lump growing on his right breast.
    "It was scary. I just kind of ignored it and ignored it," said the 53-year-old man, who asked to be identified only by the initials, "SK."
    SK was in his 40s at the time and didn't have health insurance, or money to get his breasts removed, something he desperately wanted to happen. He also couldn't stand the idea of getting a mammogram, which would force him to acknowledge his breasts.
    "Those things didn't belong on me," he said. SK always felt dysphoria about that part of his body and would layer his clothes so his chest would look flat.
    He didn't decide to use hormones to medically transition to male until he was 49 years old, though he had known he was transgender since he was a child, he said. A therapist referred him to Planned Parenthood, which provides hormone services for transgender people who want to transition. During a chest examine, a doctor noticed the lump and immediately sent him for a biopsy. The results came back positive for breast cancer. He said his decision to transition saved his life.
    More here: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/breast-cancer-poses-unique-challenges-trans-community-n674556
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  11. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Implement Policy For Transgender Prisoner's Safety   

    Please sign here: https://www.change.org/p/implement-policy-for-transgender-prisoner-s-safety?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=664487&alert_id=sJZkkyPWYL_AYAq1YTbOG85sguFRe94P7LdwbssgCvcCYGyM8onJSPtJjw0RyHyzp9bEfwIXDGo
     My friend Taylor is a transgender sexual abuse survivor currently incarcerated in a Texas men's prison "Safe Keeping" unit where she has been enduring sexual harassment and threats from both male prisoners and staff. She was moved to this facility last year after a successful petition campaign that informed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice about threats and violence she was facing as a queer prisoner. Since being moved to the Allred Unit, she is forced to publicly strip multiple times a day in front of male prisoners and staff every time she leaves her cell (such as for meals or to access medical care). We are campaigning to have her moved to where she would receive her basic needs without being subjected to these violating searches, and to keep her safe from further sexual assault and retaliation to her protests from staff. We are hoping to not only help Taylor, but to change policy at the Allred Unit to protect other trans and at-risk prisoners. 
    Unlike the majority of other TDCJ Units and all other Safe Keeping housing units, Allred forces medium custody offenders to publicly strip (in what inmates refer to as the "meat show") to be allowed to go to meals, the medical department, law library, school, recreation and chapel. Taylor is forced to expose her naked body to known predatory sex offenders in order to access the basic necessities of life. These predators hide behind the windows of their cell doors and masturbate while watching other inmates such as Taylor strip naked and spin in a circle in front of their day room. Taylor is one of only two Safe Keeping, medium custody, prisoners who have feminized bodies due to estrogen treatment. This makes her a prime target for the dozens of offenders she is forced to strip in front of who have been convicted of sexual assaults against women. These searches are physiologically harmful and pose a potentially physically dangerous situation for transgender and sexual assault victims. While this policy does not cause undue hardship on the majority of inmates, it is causing severe problems for Taylor who was placed on Allred Unit after being raped while in TDCJ custody. She was moved to Safe Keeping after being told she would be better protected from other offenders there, yet has endured problems at Allred that she did not have to face on other units while in general population. These searches have triggered PTSD flashbacks of her assault and such severe anxiety that she has been skipping meals and medical attention. 
    I have reached out to TDCJ along with multiple other concerned family members and friends, and Allred Unit has attempted to intimidate and retaliate against Taylor for these complaints. Since the first Ombudsman requests were submitted on 9/26/16, Taylor has not only continued to endure the same physiologically harmful and sexually voyeuristic situation daily in order to eat, but has since been threatened by both inmates and security staff. Other prisoners are calling Taylor a snitch due to her repeatedly being called to speak with ranking security staff and her known problems with other offenders masturbating while watching her strip. The security staff has threatened Taylor with both disciplinary cases and thinly veiled threats of physical harm while she was in the administration building (in an area with no cameras) because of their belief that the Ombudsman complaints had the intent to get their coworkers in trouble and bring unwanted attention to Allred Unit from Huntsville. On 9/29/16, high ranking security staff tore up an Ombudsman complaint from myself in Taylor's face while telling her that nothing is going to be done and it would be in her best interest to get her family and friends to stop complaining.
    We are requesting that the Ombudsman Department, the Safe Prisons Coordinator and the State Classification Committee immediately act to protect Taylor from both the retaliation of offenders and security staff. It is known that Allred Unit has a strong history of sexual assault, offender violence and violent retaliation from guards. Taylor requested an OPI (Offender Protection Investigation) but it is hard to realistically expect Allred Unit to admit the danger to her when that danger is caused by unit policy and the same high ranking security staff that were in the room when Taylor was threatened and the Ombudsman’s complaint torn up. We request that Taylor immediately be transferred to another unit to get her out of the growing danger at Allred. We also request that the TDCJ Safe Prison’s Coordinator investigate the danger of Allred Unit's strip search implementation in regards to transgender and sexual assault victims in Safe Keeping. 
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  12. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Hope, relief for transgender military families in new policy   

    By BEN FINLEY Associated Press Oct 2, 10:29 AM EDT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Like many transgender teens, Jenn Brewer faced bullying when she came out. Some classmates called her "tranny," and a few teachers refused to address the 13-year-old by anything other than her male birth name, she said.
    But she and her family found that the biggest difficulty came from her father's employer: the U.S. military.
    Jenn's father is an Army staff sergeant at Virginia's Fort Belvoir, and his military health insurance refused to cover private counseling to support the changes his daughter was embracing. Several months later, Jenn said, she was so frustrated and distraught that she tried to kill herself.
    "Nothing was working out for me," she told The Associated Press in an interview, sitting in a coffee shop near her family's home on the base with her mom, who encouraged Jenn by placing a hand on her knee. "And I kind of felt suffocated by all of the rules that had been put in place for people like me."
    The military insurance also wouldn't cover the $15,000 hormone blockers that could help Jenn transition to female. But such barriers will disappear Monday, when a number of health services for transgender people will begin to be covered by military insurance.
    The Pentagon announced in June an end to the military's ban on transgender service members. The ripple effect of the new health benefits extends beyond active-duty military to include roughly 7 million retirees and children of service members, like Jenn.
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  13. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Hollywood trans roles under fire - again   

    By Maisie Smith-Walters BBC News Magazine      15 September 2016
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have long lobbied for Hollywood to not only include, but portray, characters that identify as LGBT+ in a realistic way.
    Two films recently attracted criticism for casting cisgender actors - non-trans but whose gender matches their "assigned" sex at birth - in transgender roles.
    Matt Bomer, of Magic Mike fame, will star as a transgender sex worker in Anything, a film produced by fellow actor Mark Ruffalo.
    Meanwhile, Michelle Rodriguez, who has starred in blockbusters like Avatar and the Fast and Furious franchise, has been cast as a transgender assassin in Reassignment - a film that also uses a trans term for its title.
    Both actors count themselves as members of the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender; the plus sign represents other sexual and gender groups). Bomer has been married to his male partner since 2011, and Rodriguez has spoken openly about her bisexuality in interviews.
    However, members of the community have accused them both of contributing to what is known as "trans erasure" - or the removal of trans people from view - in Hollywood.
    Prominent trans activist and actress Jen Richards released a 13-minute video on YouTube to address the issue, after a thread she posted to Twitter received thousands of retweets.
    She said that Bomer's casting showed "culture as a whole still thinks trans women are 'really' men."
    It has since been confirmed that Richards has been cast as a transgender character in the American country music soap Nashville.
    More here: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37312338
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  14. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Chelsea Manning will undergo gender transition surgery, lawyer says   

    By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN Updated 7:29 AM ET, Wed September 14, 2016
    (CNN)Imprisoned former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has learned that she will receive gender transition surgery, her lawyer told CNN, in what could make her the first US prison inmate to undergo such a procedure.
    Manning, a transgender woman, was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks.The former US Army soldier is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, an all-male Army prison in eastern Kansas, despite her request to transfer to a civilian prison. Her lawyers say she has been denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition in which there is a conflict between a person's physical sex and the gender he or she identifies with.The government's refusal to treat her for her condition led to a suicide attempt in July, her lawyers said.Manning began a hunger strike on September 9 to demand treatment and access to medically prescribed recommendations for her condition. It ended on Tuesday when she received word that the military will provide treatment for her gender dysphoria, beginning with surgery recommended by her psychologist, according to the ACLU, which is representing Manning.The Army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A new Department of Defense policy, which takes effect in October, lays out processes under which service members may transition. Under the policy, "service members with a diagnosis from a military medical provider indicating that gender transition is medically necessary will be provided medical care and treatment for the diagnosed medical condition." It is not clear if or how the policy applies to inmates like Manning.More here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/13/politics/chelsea-manning-gender-reassignment-surgery/
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  15. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Op-eds pour in as Mark Ruffalo-produced movie reignites debate over casting transgender characters   

    By Travis M. Andrews September 2 at 6:09 AM
    This week’s announcement that Matt Bomer — a cisgender, gay, male actor — will play a transgender woman in the upcoming film “Anything,” has reignited outrage, which has burned all week, over the casting of transgender female characters in movies.
    The drama will be the directorial debut of Timothy McNeil, who also wrote the play upon which the movie’s based. In addition to Bomer, it will feature John Carroll Lynch, Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham and Melora Hardin.
    Mark Ruffalo is one of the executive producers.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/02/op-eds-pour-in-as-mark-ruffalo-produced-movie-reignites-debate-over-casting-transgender-characters/
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