NBA Pulls All-Star Game Out of Charlotte Over Transgender Bathroom Law HB2 Jul 21 2016, 10:18 PM ET | Emma Margolin " Governor Pat McCrory, who has loudly and staunchly resisted overturning HB2, released a statement Thursday to warn American families that "the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process."" -- nbcnews.com
24 July 2016 } James Withers "The largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the country made the announcement today (24 July). She is scheduled to speak on the assembly’s last day (28 July). Chad Griffin, the organization’s president will also speak that day. -- gaystarnews.com Democratic convention makes history with first openly transgender speaker
Peter Hancock | June 2, 2016 "His remarks came during debate over a nonbinding resolution condemning the Obama administration's new guidelines on Title IX compliance that instruct schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms and to participate in other sex-segregated activities that correspond to their gender identity." --ljworld.com Psychiatric consensus: Kansas lawmaker’s claim that transgender people are ‘insane’ is false, misguided
Jonathan Capehart | July 7, 2016 "The chart below from FFAA shows the organizations doing the coordinating and the people leading or bankrolling those efforts. If you click on this link it will take you to an interactive site that will give you even more information." -- washingtonpost.com Here they are, the ‘enemies of equality’ for LGBT Americans
Well... whether they liked it or not, whether they knew it or not (until recently when a few came out)... there have always been trans people in the military. Sad they had to hide, just like gay people had to hide... but they've always been there. And the military has benefited from their service. If Uncle Sam would admit that, he'd stop calling us mental cases! -Mike
June 26, 2016 Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them. -- yahoo.com/news Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology
After I reached a certain age, it occurred to me that I favoured my dad some. But it was shortly after my dad died that my mother apparently began to realize that things like my hands and feet resemble my dad's, and some of my mannerisms and body language are like his. I really never noticed that my hands looked like his until I had made a vid to send to my brother. In the vid, only the item I was talking about and my hands were in the scene. When I reviewed the vid before sending it to him, I noticed for the first time that my hands, and the way I use them, do indeed look exactly like my dad's hands. You would think that something like that would not be a surprise since we all see ourselves in mirrors and reflective surfaces all the time - I can't figure what makes the difference, but try it. Needless to say, it made me very happy to know that I was more like my dad than like my mother or any other female in the family. Congrats on the "T" -Michael
Pearson McKinney | June 19, 2016 "The Navajo refer to Two Spirits as Nádleehí (one who is transformed), among the Lakota is Winkté (indicative of a male who has a compulsion to behave as a female), Niizh Manidoowag (two spirit) in Ojibwe, Hemaneh (half man, half woman) in Cheyenne, to name a few." -- bipartisanreport.com Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
"The Defense Department is expected to repeal its ban on transgender service members within weeks, Pentagon officials said Friday, putting to rest a long and complicated debate that has stretched out for a year." -- washingtonpost.com Considering there are 18 countries (according to wikipedia) that allow trans people to serve in their respective military forces, the United States could have solicited advice, information, suggestions, input, feedback, etc., from any of these countries, as it appears there is little issue in allowing transgender people to serve, and therefore might have greatly decreased the duration of debate. Because I've never read anything about US officials calling on the officials of other countries, I can't help but believe that the US didn't want to know that there apparently is no issue in allowing trans people to serve just like their cisgender counterparts. "...the lack of a new policy has created complicated situations for them and their commanders, including what to do with gender-specific uniforms, grooming rules..."-- washingtonpost.com If this is one of their sticking points, well... I say it's nonsense. I've always felt that a soldier should be genderless... or perhaps androgynous. I've always had issue with the fact that there are specific things that male soldiers are not allowed, but female soldiers are. I've always felt that all uniforms should be the same, and that hair lengths should be no different for women than they are for men. Society glady "allows" women the "frivolous" luxury of wearing hair pieces and wigs, and so they could easily avail themselves of such accessories off duty. I think the only time there should be any deviation in clothing style is that perhaps the women could have a dress uniform that is specifically for formal balls, but even then, I think that it should only be in the form of an ankle or floor length dress in place of the slacks. Everything else should be the same as the men's dress uniform. They are soldiers first.
[Pastor] Wright, "also said the shooting in Orlando at Pulse nightclub did not change his mind on LGBT people." -al.com Another article indicates that residents of the town where the church is located were concerned that the church was dividing the community. "Pastor Bobby Wright explained to WXIA that he was not concerned about the sign stirring up hatred following the Orlando shootings." - rawstory.com This kind of attitude makes me think that someone who is not moved by such violence, is no better than the man who terrorized the Pulse, someone to be feared, and someone who could possibly be capable of the same kind of thing. I have even commented to a friend that Omar Mateen simply did what some fanatically homo-/transphobic lawmakers and clergy would like to do. See video on ajc.com
It's possible that the message on that church's marquee might have gone unnoticed until the Orlando shooting. And then too, maybe one of their own was awakened to their bigotry after that shooting. (wishful thinking?) I find it mind-blowing that Flint and his bunch (and all like them) find it perfectly acceptable to trash whole groups of human beings in public and in hateful ways, but when people lash back, those defending themselves are the villians. I don't condone the vandalism.... but... YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!
kendra - The link I offered you in my post above... goes directly to the page on which you would access the TGG chat. While chat has apparently been upgraded since your last visit... it is the same chat room. And in fact, if you go to the top of THIS page, and clik on "Home" located in the darker bar, just to the left of "Forums," it will take you a page on the flip side of TGG where you can clik on the "Chat" link which will also take you to the page for which I've given you a link, and as you see in the image below.