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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic: In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    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.

    Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article171554732.html#storylink=cpyMore here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article171554732.html
     

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  2. olcharlie added a post in a topic: DID GAY SEX CAUSE HURRICANE HARVEY OR WAS IT CLIMATE CHANGE? SOME ON THE RIGHT BLAME LGBT AMERICANS (NO SERIOUSLY)   

    BY HARRIET SINCLAIR ON 9/3/17 AT 5:29 PM
     
    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 evidence 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.
    Among those crying “science be damned” and waving their pitchforks in the general direction of the LGBT community over the past week were minister Kevin Swanson, who believes the Bible preaches death to gays, and the similarly delightful radio host Rick Wiles, who thinks Ebola would be a handy way to wipe out the LGBT community.
    More here: http://www.newsweek.com/gay-americans-are-blame-hurricane-harvey-apparently-659059?utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=right&utm_medium=related2
     
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  3. olcharlie added a post in a topic: California Troops Sue Trump Administration Over Transgender Ban   

    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
     
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  4. olcharlie added a post in a topic: ‘A girl brain but a boy body.’ Kindergarten parents outraged over transgender book read in class   

    BY DIANA LAMBERT
    dlambert@sacbee.com
     
    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
     
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  5. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    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
     
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic: In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    Fresno Unified's Bob Nelson announces "all are welcome"
    Aug 23, 2017
    Video here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169005727.html
     
     
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic: In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    Fresno Unified board president equates LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks, rejects calls to resign
    BY BARBARA ANDERSON
    banderson@fresnobee.com
     
    AUGUST 23, 2017 10:53 PM
    Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian spurned demands for his resignation from members in the audience at an overflow board meeting Wednesday night, and equated LGBT activists, who have opposed him, with Ottoman Turks.
    Ashjian’s comments came at the end of a five-hour board meeting in which several dozen people addressed his remarks made earlier this month about LGBT-inclusive sex education. Some offered support for Ashjian’s views and his right to express them, while others said his words were harmful to students and urged him to step aside.
    In a two-page letter that Ashjian read into the record, he said LGBT leaders were attacking his faith, trying to silence him and force him from his school board, tactics he said were akin to what the Ottoman Turks had done to Armenians leading up to the 1915 genocide.
    Ashjian, a Mormon, said: “These individuals who are personally attacking me and my religious foundation while demanding my resignation, I ask why? Is it simply because I exercised my Constitutional rights of freedom of speech while I was doing my duty or isn’t something more nefarious, like simply desiring to muzzle anyone who dares not fall in line with the narrative of the day.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169034157.html
     
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  8. olcharlie added a post in a topic: In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    BY TIM SHEEHAN
    tsheehan@fresnobee.com
    AUGUST 23, 2017 5:16 PM
    The interim superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District gathered Wednesday with representatives of LGBTQ organizations to demonstrate the district’s commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.
    Bob Nelson held a news conference at which he announced a series of steps that he expects to include in a framework to present to the board to ensure protection of LGBTQ students from harassment and bullying at Fresno Unified campuses.
    The news conference came as California’s fourth largest school district deals with comments made earlier this month by Fresno Unified board president Brooke Ashjian to The Bee over state requirements that sex education programs include discussion of LGBTQ relationships. In an Aug. 4 story, Ashjian said that while the district would abide by the law, he had concerns.
    “You have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you have just swayed the kid to go that way,” Ashjian, a devout Mormon who is also politically conservative, told The Bee. “It’s so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian philosophies.”
    The remarks triggered a flurry of reactions, including a statement from Nelson and the district affirming Fresno Unified’s commitmentto tolerance and inclusiveness only a few days after Ashjian’s remarks were published.
     Wednesday’s announcement, just hours before a board meeting where Ashjian’s comments were expected to be revisited, sprang from a meeting Nelson held Tuesday at the district offices with members of Fresno Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, My LGBT Plus, Trans E Motion, LGBT Fresno, Community Link, and community leaders including Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith and former Fresno Unified trustee Pat Barr.
    The community meeting also came just a few days after Equality California, a statewide civil rights organization, sent a letter to Nelson urging him to pledge to protect the rights of LGBTQ students.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169001797.html
     
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Trump's Transgender Ban In Military Will Focus On New Enlistments
    August 24, 20177:35 AM ET
     
    Transgender members of the U.S. military would be subject to removal at Defense Secretary James Mattis' discretion — and the service would bar transgender people from enlisting, under new White House guidelines for the Pentagon. President Trump announced the ban via a tweet last month.
    Rough details of the guidelines were confirmed by NPR's Tom Bowman after the White House plan for the Pentagon was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
    Gay and lesbian troops have been able to serve openly in the U.S. military since 2011; transgender service members were allowed to do the same in 2016, through an order from Defense Secretary Ash Carter. That order deferred setting policy on new enlistments.
    The Obama administration had set a deadline of July 1, 2017, for the U.S. military to decide how to handle transgender recruits. But as NPR's Phil Ewing has reported, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put off that deadline in June.
    Mattis hasn't spoken much about the plan, and it's not known how rigorously he would enforce a policy on transgender troops. Tom reports, "The big issue for Mattis is service. If you're in the military, people who know him say, he'll give a lot of leeway for keeping transgender people in — unless there's some huge medical issue that prevents deployability."
    On July 26, Trump stated in a series of tweets that the U.S. would not allow transgender people "to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
    More here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/24/545759805/trumps-transgender-ban-in-military-will-focus-on-new-enlistments
     
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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