14 February 2018 By Jessica Hamzelou A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a nausea drug and breast stimulation, enabled the woman to produce 227 grams of milk a day. “This is a very big deal,” says Joshua Safer of Boston Medical Center, who was not involved with the treatment. “Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular.” The transgender woman had been receiving feminising hormonal treatments for several years before she started the lactation treatment. These included spironolactone, which is thought to block the effects of testosterone, and progesterone and a type of oestrogen. This regimen enabled her to develop breasts that looked fully grown, according to a medical scale that assesses breast development based on appearance. She had not had any breast augmentation surgery. When her partner was five-and-a-half-months pregnant, the woman sought medical treatment from Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein at Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. Her partner had no interest in breastfeeding, she explained, so she would like to take on that role instead. More here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2161151-transgender-woman-is-first-to-be-able-to-breastfeed-her-baby/
Police arrest suspect in brutal 2015 slaying of transgender woman BY RORY APPLETON firstname.lastname@example.orgFebruary 05, 2018 03:48 PM Fresno police have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for the brutal killing of a transgender woman more than two years ago. Richard Joseph Lopez, 37, was charged with the July 2015 murder of 66-year-old Kenton Craig Haggard, who friends say went by “Casey” or “KC.” Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Lopez has a criminal history and was in jail for an unrelated elder abuse case when detectives identified him as the murderer.
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Transgender Recruitment to Begin Unless Courts Intervene January 01, 2018The military will begin accepting transgender recruits this week unless courts intervene to grant a delay on rulings against President Donald Trump's proposed ban. In its latest legal setback, the Trump administration lost again last week on its appeal for a temporary restraining order to block a series of lower court rulings ordering the military to begin taking in transgender recruits on Jan. 1. More here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/12/27/transgender-recruitment-begin-unless-courts-intervene.html
U.S. Military To Allow Transgender Recruits After Trump Administration Drops Appeal December 30, 20171:43 AM ET RICHARD GONZALES https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/30/574729504/u-s-military-to-allow-transgender-recruits-after-trump-administration-drops-appe
If this doesn't spark outrage it will feel pretty hopeless. This is a christian fundamentalist assault on the first amendment led by the highest office of our government against the Centers for Disease Control, a governmental organization dedicated to health and wellbeing. This is a promotion of ignorance and exclusion, inhumane and un-American, preferring superstitious cruelties to scientific exploration and enlightened actions. I would urge everyone to share this and express your deepest concern.
In transgender ruling, another judge finds Trump credibility gap By Derek Hawkins November 22 at 6:34 AMMore here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/22/in-transgender-ruling-another-judge-finds-trump-credibility-gap/?utm_term=.173cffbbc766
Associated Press | 15 Nov 2017 | by Lolita C. BaldorWASHINGTON — The Pentagon says an active duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military. Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White says the surgery was done Tuesday in a private hospital. The surgery was paid for by the military's health coverage because the doctor deemed it was medically necessary. More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/15/transgender-service-member-gets-gender-reassignment-surgery.html#
By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter Updated 3:17 PM ET, Mon October 30, 2017
Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Monday partially blocked enforcement of key provisions of President Donald Trump's memorandum banning transgender people serving in the military. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly blocked provisions of the memorandum concerning the enlistment and retention of transgender military service members...More here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/30/politics/judge-blocks-trump-transgender-military-ban/index.html
This Fresno school’s ‘modern families’ want Ashjian out after LGBT comments SEPTEMBER 06, 2017 11:37 AM
Alana Franklin stood up at Dailey Elementary Charter School with a message for Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian: She’s not going away. Franklin, who identifies as queer, has a kindergartner at Dailey and is pregnant with a child who will also likely enroll in the school district. “(Ashjian) has the freedom of speech to say whatever he wants but believe me … I will definitely be using my freedom of speech, too,” she said. “And it’s going to be a long 20 years.” Franklin joined other LGBT families and allies of the Fresno charter school on Tuesday to call for Ashjian to be removed from the school’s board of directors – and the district altogether. The International Baccalaureate school prides itself on inclusion and diversity, something that Dailey’s so-called “modern families” say Ashjian does not value.
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LGBTQ Americans have caused the country billions of dollars in structural damage, killed dozens of people, and displaced thousands more from their homes, according to the evangelical figures who believe gay people caused Hurricane Harvey. Despite overwhelming evid ence that adverse weather and climate change had a hand to play in the storm that has devastated parts of Texas, numerous voices emerged that suggested the biblical proportions of the flood were, well, literally biblical. More here: http://www.newsweek.com/gay-americans-are-blame-hurricane-harvey-apparently-659059?utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=right&utm_medium=related2
The Sacramento Bee | 6 Sep 2017 | by Adam AshtonA pair of transgender California residents who have taken steps to join the armed forces and a group of four military service members are filing a lawsuit on Tuesday against President Donald Trump that aims to block his order banning transgender people from joining the armed forces. Their lawsuit, backed by the advocacy group Equality California, is the fourth legal challenge to Trump's Aug. 25 directive prohibiting transgender people from joining the military and banning military healthcare plans from funding sex-reassignment surgeries. The plantiffs in the new lawsuit include Aiden Stockman, 20, of Yucca Valley, who has identified as a transgender male since the eighth grade; and Tamasyn Reeves, 29, who first attempted to join the Navy when she was blocked by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned gay people from serving openly in the military. Stockman had been preparing to enlist in the Air Force and worries that Trump's order will prevent him from joining the military. He delayed enlisting last year because he wanted to complete a double mastectomy before joining the Air Force, the lawsuit says. "I'm in physical good shape, nothing will hold me back from excelling in a branch, it bums me out," he told the TV station KMIR in July after Trump's wrote on Twitter that he would ban transgender people from the military. More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/06/california-troops-sue-trump-administration-transgender-ban.html
AUGUST 25, 2017 11:30 AM A book about a transgender child read during story time in a kindergarten classroom in Rocklin has divided a school along ideological lines and sparked a flurry of vitriol on social media and conservative web sites. The children’s book “I am Jazz” was brought to Rocklin Academy Gateway School on June 7 by a transgender student who wanted to share it with classmates during story time. “I am Jazz” is the story of a real-life transgender girl named Jazz Jennings. “I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!” Later that same day, the Rocklin teacher selected and read “Red: A Crayon’s story,” a book about a crayon struggling with an identity crisis, according to a letter from the public charter school, which is part of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools. The books are geared to children ages 4 to 8. Upset parents called the school and met with administrators. They protested at a June board meeting. Two families pulled their kids from the school. The issue has become so heated that the district hired a public relations firm to help handle the fallout. Social media posts have shown heated opposition to the story-time choice. Stories on local news stations, conservative web sites and press releases from family values organizations quoted parents who said the school threw a coming-out party that culminated with a boy coming out of the bathroom in girl’s clothing. School officials say there was no such reveal. The child had been transitioning slowly during the school year and had already been wearing girl’s clothes, said Jillayne Antoon, who was principal at the school and has since been promoted to director of growth and community engagement for the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools. The girl did go to the bathroom later in the day and changed into a dress, but then quietly returned to the classroom, Antoon said. She said the children had all brought extra clothes to school that day in anticipation of water play at recess, although that didn’t end up taking place. “A couple of girls complimented her on her dress,” Antoon said. “We were so proud of how the kids can handle this in a way that clearly the adults are having a hard time with.” More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169365057.html
Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly by Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Radha Iyengar, Srikanth Kadiyala, Jennifer Kavanagh, Charles C. Engel, Kayla M. Williams, Amii Kress Recent U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) policy banned transgender personnel from serving openly in the military. Potential changes to this policy raised questions regarding access to gender transition–related health care, the range of transition-related treatments that DoD will need to provide, the potential costs associated with these treatments, and the impact of these health care needs on force readiness and the deployability of transgender service members. A RAND study identified the health care needs of the transgender population and transgender service members in particular. It also examined the costs of covering transition-related treatments, assessed the potential readiness implications of a policy change, and reviewed the experiences of foreign militaries that permit transgender personnel to serve openly. More here: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html