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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismDID 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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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismCalifornia Troops Sue Trump Administration Over Transgender BanThe 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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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism‘A girl brain but a boy body.’ Kindergarten parents outraged over transgender book read in classBY DIANA LAMBERT
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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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismIn wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno UnifiedBY TIM SHEEHAN
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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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismPressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex childrenJuly 25, 2017, 9:37 AM
Children whose sexual characteristics don't neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.
But now the practice is under assault, as never before. The American Medical Association is considering a proposal discouraging it. Three former U.S. surgeons general say it's unjustified. And on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and InterACT a group advocating for intersex youth — are releasing a detailed report assailing the practice and urging Congress to ban it.
"The results are often catastrophic," says the report, asserting that the surgeries "can inflict irreversible physical and psychological harm."
"The pressure to fit in and live a 'normal' life is real," said Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher who wrote the report. "But there is no evidence that surgery delivers on the promise of making that easier."
One of multiple reasons for the concern: Some intersex children may undergo surgery aimed at assigning them as male or female, yet grow up to identify as the other sex — a potentially traumatic situation.
More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-surgery-intersex-children-20170725-story.html
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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismTrump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.Jul 26, 9:24 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.
Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TRUMP_TRANSGENDER_RECRUITS?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismLawsuit: Effects of 'Bathroom Bill' Linger in North CarolinaA revised lawsuit says transgender people in North Carolina say are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state's notorious "bathroom bill.".
July 21, 2017, at 12:48 p.m. By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.
The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the "bathroom bill" off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina's reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects.
But lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal said the replacement law, known as H.B. 142, continues the harms of its predecessor.
"Legislators were forced to rewrite the law," ACLU lawyer Chris Brook told reporters Friday. "But make no mistake ... H.B. 142 is a wolf in sheep's clothing crafted to keep discrimination intact but sporting a new look."
The compromise earlier this year between Republican legislative leaders and Democrats led by Gov. Roy Cooper eliminated the "bathroom bill" requirement that transgender people use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
But the new law makes clear that that only the General Assembly — not local government or school officials — can make rules for public restrooms from now on. Local governments are also prohibited from enacting new nondiscrimination ordinances for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020.
More here: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-07-21/apnewsbreak-lawsuit-says-bathroom-bill-effects-still-felt
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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismCommunity vigil seeks justice for transgender woman slain in 2015JULY 22, 2017 11:19 PM BY CHUEYEE YANG
Almost two years after the still unsolved slaying of a transgender woman, community members gathered Saturday in central Fresno for a vigil and die-in in a bid for justice.
Casey or “K.C.” Haggard, 66, was “just transitioning,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chairman of Trans-E-Motion, when she was fatally stabbed in 2015.
“We’re remembering a member of our community who was violently murdered on the streets of Fresno,” Fitzpatrick said. “Although the murder was caught on camera, a suspect has yet to be arrested.”
The vigil was hosted by Trans-E-Motion, a nonprofit that provides support and education for the transgender community.
More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article163156858.html
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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismChelsea Manning Will Leave A Military Prison In One WeekMay 10, 20178:14 AM ET Chelsea Manning, the former Army private who leaked a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be released from prison on May 17, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Manning's 35-year prison sentence was commuted in January by then-President Barack Obama.
Most recently, Manning has been held in a prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After her release, her attorney says, she'll live in Maryland...
More here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/10/527737904/chelsea-manning-will-leave-a-military-prison-in-one-week
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olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political ActivismTexas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schoolsMay 22, 2017
A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.
Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly debated language, saying it had "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
"It's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. "This is about accommodating all kids."
His change passed 91-50. The measure formally cleared the House Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state's roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.
More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-texas-transgender-bathroom-law-20170522-story.html
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