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  1. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: College: Feces swastika found in gender-neutral bathroom   

    When I first read the article Charlie linked, I was really jacked up about it.  Whoever did this, took down three groups in one fell smear (yeah, the pun is intended) - Jews, transgender people, and hard-working blue collar people (the janitors) whom the culprits probably figure are all black or brown, and so they couldn't care less that they had to clean up that mess.
    What also hurt is that this happened in an institution that one would think would be progressive, accepting, inclusive, EDUCATED above bigotry.  An art school.  Of all places, a sanctum of artisticly creative minds.  Being an artist (albeit, a "starving" one...LOL), this merging of the arts and hate is painful.  It has now shown me that they are everywhere... the haters are in every nook and cranny, in every crease in the fabric of mankind.
    And they are all feeling empowered now....
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  2. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: College: Feces swastika found in gender-neutral bathroom   

    I can't even say what I think about this - our board doesn't allow that kinda language....
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  3. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Outside US, trans kids' toilets often not a federal issue   

    "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."  --AP
    Yeah, for such an allegedly world-leading progressive country, the U.S. is about the most up-tight, anal-retentive, prudish country in the world.  It seems that the U.S. has not yet emerged from the Victorian era despite the advances in technology, science and in other areas.  No doubt because the U.S. is considered a world leader, and is emulated by so many other parts of the world... the attitudes and actions of this country's politicians and bigots will be a poison to other countries.  All we have to do is look at what happened to one or two countries in Africa after one uber-ultra-far-right-conservative-homophobic maniac convinced them that homosexually had to be stamped out at all costs!
     
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  4. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Woman says billboard's message slams gender equality   

    Pictures and news video HERE
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  5. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Apologies for the Interruption   

    Thanks for your input, Dawn - I will email Lori to be sure she sees this post in case there is anything she can use in figuring out or fixing this problem.  If it's a timeout of some sort, I think I understand that issue as I ran into a similar situation on another website.
    -Mike
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  6. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines   

    Hmmmm, I had posted to this thread, but it's mysteriously gone...
    UPDATE ----
    THE DEED'S BEEN DONE -
    Greg Toppo , USATODAY Published 7:57 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2017 | Updated 4:57 p.m.
    "Fifteen states have explicit protections for transgender students, and many individual school districts in other states have adopted policies that recognize students on the basis of their gender identity, Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) told The Associated Press. Just one state, North Carolina, has enacted a law restricting students' bathroom access to their sex at birth. But so far this year, lawmakers in more than 10 states are considering similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislators."  --usatoday.com
    Trump administration changes transgender student bathroom rules
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  7. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Kansas has legislated endangering gay people.   

    NOTE:  This article is from 2014.  From what I can tell, it appears that more intelligent heads prevailed, and Kansas House Bill 2453 never made it into the law books.*
    Though this thread has been locked due to the age of the information, now outdated, it is being left up for members to read the linked article if for no other reason than so we do not forget how bigoted and hateful too many people can be when it comes to the the TGLB community, that those bigots and haters are still out there, and they will probably continue to create and [try to] pass laws to keep us down.
    *Source(s):
    Kansas Senate leaders won’t pass religious freedom legislation this year
    Kansas House Bill 2453
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  8. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Washington State Supreme Court rules against florist who turned away gay couple   

    Ya know, sometimes, the poor, improper or inappropriate wording of an article ticks me off just as badly as the issue being reported --
    "The case is one of several involving Christian wedding vendors that have emerged in recent years amid a dramatic expansion of gay rights."  --Sandyha Somashekhar, washingtonpost.com
    Gay rights... Have not.  Been.  "Expanded."  AND, the rights that have been finally afforded gay people, aren't "gay" rights, but simply rights - rights that straight, cisgender people already enjoy/ed, liberally garnished with entitlement and impunity.  Gay people are NOT getting any special treatment or any special rights - they are not being given something that others are not getting.  It's the other way around - it's the straight/cis people who are getting what must be "special" rights.  They must be special - 'cause we don't ALL get them.  People who just happened to be gay WEREN'T getting what everyone else already had.  Rights that should never have been denied to begin with.
    And of course, the same exists for trans people.  Being different equates to getting less, and having what little you do have - taken away from you!  You have the nerve to ask for what you deserve, and suddenly... those rights become "special."
    Wow.  Just, WOW.

    ::: steps down off soapbox :::
    Anyway - yay! Washington State Supreme Court.  We can only hope for our gay brothers and sisters that the US Supreme Court will side with Washington if the case goes that far.

     

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  9. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: North Carolina's HB2 Anti-GLBT Bill   

    UPDATE --
     
    By Ralph Ellis, CNN | Updated 2:31 PM ET, Thu February 9, 2017
    "The law also stops local governments from passing their own non-discrimination laws that would expand rights for LGBT people or allow them to use bathrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender preference." --cnn.com
    North Carolina legislation aims to repeal 'bathroom bill'
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  10. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Many Don't Want Laws That Allow Discrimination   

    (... but it seems that politicians aren't listening.  -DML)
    Nico Lang | Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 03:00 AM -0700
    "In a Thursday briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that the president would remain committed to the religious liberty issue. Spicer claimed that religious faith is being “pushed out in the name of political correctness” and further action will be taken by the government to reverse that trend." --salon.com
    Most Americans don’t want “religious freedom” laws that allow anti-LGBT discrimination
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  11. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Attacks On Transgender People Increase   

    Naomi Goldberg | 02/06/2017
    "At the core of this report is the critical role of state level laws in the fight for transgender rights and the patchwork of protections state-level progress has created. Just since January, legislators in 15 states have introduced nearly 40 anti-transgender bills that intend to restrict access to bathrooms, health care, and/or the ability to update identity documents."  --huffingtonpost.com
    Despite Shocking Inequality, Policy Attacks On Transgender People Increase
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  12. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: US transgender people rush to legally change gender in wake of Donald Trump's win   

    Here's something else to consider...just as some states (like SC) have illegalized protections that any of their cities have adopted, and made it illegal for others to try to do the same, Drumpf could scrawl his signature onto some executive order illegalizing any protections that any state has adopted.   Might not happen... but they might try.  Just because he's backed off removing protections at the federal level [for now], doesn't mean it won't be revisited.  And who's to say he and his cronies won't try to brainstorm for some legal way they can make a country-wide sweeping law that makes ANY protections - existing or future - illegal?  For now they've got their hands full with that other issue about who can or can't enter the country, and the constitutionality of it all.  After that's ironed out... that loose cannonball will be rolling all around again.
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  13. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: US transgender people rush to legally change gender in wake of Donald Trump's win   

    Whether it's banning people from a particular country, or banning people of a particular faith... transgender people are worried because Drumpf has an anti-gay and anti-transgender history.  In the past, he has made some VERY derogatory statements about transgender women - check out this thread (hopefully any associated links are still good).  Personally... I don't believe he's changed.  Not to mention he has a vice-prez who's anti-TGLB stance is even more rabid than his own, AND he's surrounding himself with people notorious for their respective anti-TGLB attitudes.
    Therefore, no matter what this latest ban is really all about, the fact remains, he is doing whatever he can so far to over-ride, dilute, erase, erradicate, undo, unravel, or otherwise reverse many things accomplished or put into place in the last eight years.  Considering the way he lies, twist facts and flip-flops on topics, we could wake up one morning and find everything that has been put in place to afford trans people what little  we have - wiped out.
    So, is the fear logical?  Maybe not.  But it's certainly expected and understandable.  From where we stand, it's harder to trust politicians than it is for the average, cisgender individual.  Remember, they are the ones who feel it's perfectly alright to deny certain groups the same rights that others have.  Marginalized people too often are forced to walk a narrow path, never knowing if the path will be widened, or if they'll just be pushed smooth off that path.
    And while I don't wanna push this topic too far out in left field, the media has not portrayed Drumpf as anything but what he is ......
    -Mike
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  14. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: US transgender people rush to legally change gender in wake of Donald Trump's win   

    I hope this blind fear doesn't cause some to go out and do things in the direction of transition... such as getting their names changed... and outing themselves before they are ready.  We might have to see a therapist before beginning hormones, but I think all barriers to getting one's name changed have been all but dropped.  It would be bad for a person to change their name, especially if that name is one that is traditionally gender-specific, if they are not quite ready to go full head on.
    There is no doubt that this administration is causing discomfort for the TGLB community... and I think especially for those of us in the "T" part of the family with all the threats of un-doing everything that's been gained over the past eight years.
    -Mike
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  15. UsernameOptional added a post in a topic: Republicans decide to eat one of their own !   

    Archangel -
    I don't want to take this thread too far off topic... but there are a few things that need to be explained to you before we can get back on track with bathroom bills since you are here to learn and broaden your understanding of humans --
    1.  TRANSGENDER is an umbrella term used to bring together crossdressers, gender fluid, transsexuals, gender outlaws, androgynous, a-gender, non-binary and in some circles, the intersex, all together as one big happy little family, and is intended to mean anyone who does not strictly identity along the male/female binary system, or does not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth, or does not identify as either gender.  As far as crossdressers, it's just my opinion that ALL crossdressers are transsexual, just some don't want to admit it [yet], and could be why they are included under the transgender umbrella.  But let's not digress ...
    2.  A person who identifies as the gender opposite of what they were labelled at birth based solely on genitalia, is uncomfortable with that genitalia, and needs to be seen as the opposite sex... is transsexual whether they medically transition or not
        a.  Not everyone can go on HRT, or hormone replacement therapy
        b.  Some do not wish to go on HRT, NOT because they are not transsexual or medically unable to, but some believe that it is not good for the body, dangerous, or a poison they can do without
        c.  Some never transition, or delay transition because they feel there are obligations in their life and/or social pressures that prevent them from doing so - that does NOT make them any less transsexual, or real
    3.  That said, a transsexual does NOT have to be on HRT in order to legitimately transition.  There are transsexuals who physically and socially transition, meaning they dress and act as the sex/gender they identify with, living full-time as that gender
    4.  People who cannot medically transition, and those who simply physically and socially transition are not just "playing" at being transsexual
    5.  Transsexual does NOT equate to "real" or "genuine."  That one has physically, socially, medically and/or surgically transitioned does not make that person any more transsexual, "real" or "genuine" than one who has not, or can not.
    6.  Transgender does NOT equate to "fake," "disgenuine" or "playing games," but instead as I mentioned above, is simply an "umbrella term."   Look at it this way:  There are Russians, Brits, Americans, Africans, Japanese, etc., but they are ALL people.  Different, each of them.  None of them are "playing at" being people, being human.  All different, with different cultures, but under the same big human "umbrella."
    7.  On this board, ALL members are to be accepted for however they identify, respected for the people they are, and addressed with the appropriate pronouns OR by the pronouns they prefer.
    -Michael
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