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  1. Zack Ford | Jun 15, 2017
    "To cement their commitment to honoring and protecting transgender people from discrimination, the AMA delegates also “called for future AMA meetings to take place, whenever possible, only in those counties, cities and states that have nondiscriminatory policies.”"  -- thinkprogress.org
    The country’s largest medical organization is protecting transgender people from ‘bathroom bills’
  2. Eric DuVall   |   May 18, 2017 at 2:47 PM
    "The issue came to prominence after North Carolina passed H.B. 2, known as the bathroom bill, which forced transgender individuals to use the bathroom corresponding with their birth certificate. The legislation sparked a national debate, as well as protests and a number of corporate boycotts in North Carolina."  --  upi.com
    U.S. remains split on need for LGBT anti-discrimination laws
  3. Few Americans, including the LGBT community, are aware that today a transgender employee is protected against being fired because of his or her status as a transgender person in all 50 states. Your Welcome. I was sending email after email and letter after letter to our government and transgender legal centers for years that the Civil Rights Act covers protections against discrimination for Gender Expression under a subsection of sex discrimination. They went a bit further stating the section on Sex discrimination also protects someone in transition. I expect I'll get no credit for shaking the monkey tree. These protections are based on recent rulings from federal courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminate “because of sex.” Almost all public and private-sector employees and job applicants (at companies of 15 or more employees) are covered under Title VII. (This part, while true, isn't all of it.)"It may seem obvious that firing someone from their job “because of [his or her] sex” would include discrimination against transgender people, who are often fired when they transition from one sex to another or when they are outed for having transitioned previously." http://transgenderlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/TitleVII-Report-Final012414.pdf #transgender #lgbtqI'm sorry if I sound bitter, but I guess I am. 3 years ago no one was thinking along the lines that I laid out. You have no idea how much shit I've taken from the transgender community, the lgbt, politicians and lawyers telling me they knew better than I did. Now they are using what I laid out as the proper strategy. I won't even get a thank you.

  4. I was told today when I went to an appointment at the VA that the VA will be changing it's system to add both sex and gender to patient data to better help treat transgender patients. This is something that was discussed in a tele-conference, and in conversations prior to that tele-conference that I gave to NY state VA's in July of 2015. The reason this is important for patients is because clinical reminders were being missed for transgender patients who have more things during and after transition to check than if they were a patient listed as only either male or female sex. Example: For the transgender female during and after transition both breast exams (any age) and prostate exams (after 50) are needed for the health of the patient as well as perhaps other things. I'm not a Dr. so this is the best example I can give you.  This information was given to me by my primary care and I can't confirm it beyond what she told me.
  5. I know it's new for the LGB but you need to learn to be an Ally and not play victim over transgender issues. You don't always need to say LGBTQ out of habit.
    Gay marriage didn't pass because every gay person voted for it. The gay population isn't large enough to pass any legislation on it's own. It took allies of the gay cause. This is exactly the same. The reason you may be seen by cisgender people as a gay man and not a trans woman (for example) is because the LGB views everything through a lens of sexuality. Even that group has huge difficulty making the distinction because there has been so little willingness to learn.
    I'm just asking the LGB to take on the role of ally to resolve transgender issues just as others took on the role of ally to resolve issues around sexuality. If they care about resolving the issue they will do this. If not it simply shows they want to usurp the issue for their own purpose and care little for the transgender cause.
    #LGBTQ
     
  6. This is an open letter to the United States.
    What started the modern transgender movement here in the United States? Does anyone even know what the original motivation of transgender people to create change in our societal system was? If you were to look at the behavior of the LGBT and it’s allies being a transgender person and are old enough to remember I think the answer would be no. The motivation was an extension in the personal treatment of gender dysphoria. Legislation that would make treatment easier to get in the US so the legitimate options didn’t exist only outside the US. Legislation that would make it easier or even possible to change identification to match a person’s gender. Legislative protections against discrimination so we could hold a job, rent a house or apartment, receive services and the things that people take for granted but could legally be denied us. The rest room was an extension of that as well. All we were looking for was legal use in another area that would help alleviate the miss match (gender dysphoria).
    To me it seems that underlying motivation that started this is being ignored. Unfortunately it was never fully understood. The LGBT turned to lawyers to argue the cases. To argue the cases using cisgender definitions when speaking of a transgender need. It doesn’t take experiencing gender dysphoria. The one thing above all among transgender people that causes the highest suicide rate among that group. It does however require an understanding of it rather than just an acceptance that transgender people exist.
    The reason we know Gender, a persons mind, and Sex, their physical body, are two separate things in all people is because treatments for a transgender person that work to bring those two things into alignment would bring things out of alignment for a cisgender person. To argue in a court of law that sex and gender are the same things, as they have been historically used from the cisgender viewpoint, is to kick the legs out from under the arguments that treatments are necessary and not simply cosmetic. If sex and gender are the same then treatments for gender dysphoria are not needed and therefore do not need to be covered by insurance. So thank you for working so hard to try to destroy, unintentionally, the basis of what we seek to change.
    The LGBT and it’s allies are perusing this topic as if it’s the same as the topic of sexuality. They are using the same tactics. The only tactics you can use around the topic of sexuality. Acceptance. “Accept that it exists and get over it.” The topic of sexuality however is a single flag. Where the topic of transgender is a three legged stool, (Medication, Education and Legislation), that will only stand if all three legs are made strong. The treatment for sexuality is simply acceptance. The treatment for gender dysphoria crosses over distinctly, uniquely, into both the medical and mental health sectors. Name to me something else that in it’s treatment does that? You can’t, but once again the voice of transgender people are being silenced, as they always have been, and we are being told “Shut up. We got this.” As you take up the banners through your 501c’s believing your money makes up for your lack of understanding.
    The Illinois ruling that came down from the federal government under the Obama administration was an incorrect one. Sex and gender are not the same things so the 1972 Gender Equality Law that used the old cisgender definitions of sex and gender can’t in reality be used as a clothe to wipe clean every aspect of the transgender topic. It can be used as the legislation was intended which was equal participation. Momentum was felt after that ruling and it seemed everyone in the LGBT and ally community were eager to line up behind it. Everyone but those in the transgender community who know better but are never listened to. Victory has outweighed the need for the original motivation that started all of this.
    When I speak out in an effort to change your course I’m accused of my efforts being about just me. That if somehow my speaking out to correct a huge flaw in your course should be taken as a lack of support for the overall goals. The people who started shaking this monkey tree and getting things moving were not only seeing what would be beneficial to themselves but recognized that if fixed would be beneficial to those trying to navigate this very difficult path. Even though you are the larger group, I see this becoming about you and how the difficulties of others can be harnessed to benefit your organizations. I just wish you would stop and bare in mind why this was started and the goals we were trying to achieve.
    Erica Elizabeth Ravenwood
    #LGBTQ
  7. Noah Michelson |  05/14/2016 08:58 am ET
    "“Maybe the issue is really not bathrooms at all,” she said. “Maybe because now gay men and lesbians can get married, and they’re no longer the whipping boys and whipping girls in this country, now maybe they’re trying to rile up people against transgender people. And it’s not right, and it’s not fair.”"  -- huffingtonpost.com
    ‘Family’ Group Member Can’t Answer Simplest Question About Trans Bathrooms
  8. Krystin Arneson | April 26, 2016 12:00 pm
    "Of course it's not just a human-rights issue they're taking a stand on: Businesses can suffer if discriminatory laws pass. In Nashville, for example, leaders in tourism and entertainment are worried about boycotts that could lead to lost hotel rooms and shows pulling the productions from the city. They might be right: Viacom—Country Music Television's parent company—has also been publicly condemning discriminatory bills. And Lionsgate, which films Nashville, in, well, Nashville, moved 100 jobs from North Carolina after the state passed a similar bill."  --glamour.com
    These 70 Companies You Use Every Day Are Among Those Taking a Stand for Transgender Rights


  9. R29 Editors | Mar 9, 2015 4:50 PM
    "In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden made headlines when he said that transgender discrimination is "the civil rights issue of our time." And, while there are still many civil rights battles to be fought, this past year has included incredible advances in turning American attention to not just transgender rights, but transgender life. Jill Soloway's Transparent, about a family learning that their father is transgender, has been a huge success. Congressman Mike Honda of California has openly supported his transgender granddaughter. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless." --refinery29.com

    How Does Your State Rank On The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time?
  10. February 9th 2015 Aron Macarow • @aronmoshe_m
    "Facebook was able to acknowledge the need for alternate gender choices, giving users 50 new gender options in 2014. Non-binary, trans, and intersex Americans are still waiting for the US government to recognize the complexity of gender identity, however, and will likely continue to wait." -- attn.com

    These Seven Countries are Way Ahead of the US on Trans Issues
  11. Amanda Terkel, Nick Wing | Posted: 01/20/2015 10:04 pm EST
    ""As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained," said Obama, adding, "That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer."" --huffingtonpost.com

    Transgender Individuals Recognized For First Time Ever In A State Of The Union Speech
  12. Leelah Alcorn's death was a hate crime!


    And it needs to be treated like every other hate crime this year. Riot in the streets, protest. Do not let this poor child’s voice go unheard, like the many who cannot speak up. Protest the media, protest her parents and everyone else who is misgendering and disrespecting her. Do not let this go. Never forget. But, don’t just hope the internet alone will solve the problem. The fight needs to be in the streets! Make your voices heard! How man trans* youth need to die before their live are protested?

    Society isn’t going to be fixed with petitions and heartwarming Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr posts. If you want to “fix society” do something meaningful. Social media will help you get the message out there, but it isn’t going to fix the problem. Fix the problem in the streets. How many trans* youth need to die before we hold a protest? Not just for Leelah, but for every transgender person who has died this year, who’s death went unnoticed.

    The petition is a great idea, but what about after the petition is signed, and ignored like so many other petetions? When is it time to say enough, get out from behind your computer and take to the streets?




  13. On Sunday, December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old transgender youth wrote a suicide note, posted it on Tumblr and then walked out to a highway and out in front of a semi-truck tragically ending her life. In her last post, Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity.

    https://www.change.o...st_created=true
  14. LGBT Rights Calculator


    CNN: "Find out which states match your values when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Select the answer to each question and then move the slider between "not important" and "very important" depending on how strongly you feel about your answer. Click "submit" and you'll see all 50 states ranked according to your point of view. No. 1 most closely mirrors your values."

    Use the calculator to see your results


    It would be very interesting to hear how your state matches your values.
    ~ Lori
  15. Parker Marie Molly | July 11 2014
    "This revelation comes in the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, which led many LGBT advocates to fear that organizations would seek to use religious freedom as a means to discriminate against LGBT people." --advocate.com

    Department of Education Offers Antitrans University a 'Religious Exemption'



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  16. Parker Marie Molloy | June 05 2014 10:42 AM ET
    ""This is tremendous news for transgender people across the country who were born in New York State," said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. "A birth certificate is a fundamental form of identification. This will ensure that transgender people can obtain accurate birth certificates that reflect who they are. It also means they will stop being subjected to harassment and discrimination in areas like employment where identification is essential to proving eligibility to work.”" --advocate.com

    Trans New Yorkers Celebrate Birth Certificate News
  17. Parker Marie Molloy | 2.25.204 6:41 PM ET
    ""The bill's author is a close freind with last year's antitrans bill author, and he is on public record as saying this bill is intended to allow discrimination against gay and lesbian people, and what he means is people who are visibly different from the norm," D'orsay said, adding that this proposed law seems to be a way to especially discriminate against trans people after Phoenix passed a non-discrimination ordinance last year, which explicitly included trans people." --advocate.com

    Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People

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    AZ Gov Does the Right Thing - VETOES BILL
  18. Parker Marie Molloy | January 31 2014 10:25 AM ET
    "The bill was inspired in part by the case of Christopher Lee, a transgender man who died in 2012. Upon his death, a dispute broke out among family and friends over whether or not Lee should be identified as male or female on his death certificate. Ultimately, Lee's death certificate identified him as female, despite the fact that he lived his life and identified as a man." --advocate.com

    Calif. Bill Promotes Proper Identification on Trans Death Certificates


  19. Post on Transgender Student Viciously Attacked in Transgender Crime

    By CharityLynnCaswell, posted
  20. We asked the Transgender Law Center whether new health care regulations help, hurt. or ignore trans people and their families.

    BY Alex J Davidson | November 01 2013 5:00 AM ET
    "After I wrote recently about how Obamacare will affect LGBT people and their families, I received a number of comments asking about how new health care regulations will specifically affect the trans community. I turned to Anand Kalra, Project Health program manager at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, Calif., to get answers." -- advocate.com

    How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families
  21. "Typically progressive Dutch legislators were once frontrunners when it came to transgender rights, making the country among the first European countries to grant the community legal recognition of gender identity in 1985.

    "But the legal recognition came at a cost: a sex change operation had to be completed before legal status was granted." --news.yahoo.com*

    Repeatedly, we see where other countries are crucified by the media and [American] human rights organizations because they require SRS of their transgender citizens before granting legal recognition of peoples' gender identities. And of course, we have even had discussion here on the forums on this same issue, condemning those countries. But maybe it's time we stop trying to force other countries to do what's right, and spend more energies on trying to make American do what's right... as we have states that will NOT do so much as even notate a BC unless a person can prove that s/he has undergone SRS - and some of those states require full blown SRS - that, to the best of my knowledge, means/includes (for all intents and purposes) sterilization. And of course, there are those few states that won't allow any change in designation of sex/gender, no matter what.

    Would we in the U.S. be better off if we if we got our own house straightened up before we go cleaning house in other places of the world?

    Wouldn't we have a more powerful influence in helping TGLB people in other countries when we remove the ability of those other countries to call the U.S. hypocrit?

    Isn't the U.S. as bad as the schoolyard bully by trying to intimidate other countries into embracing their TGLB community, when the U.S. itself doesn't do it?

    -Michael

    *From the article linked in post number 5 of the thread,
  22. Rob Stott / Sep 16, 2013 (American Bar Association)
    "Phyllis Randolph Frye, the first openly transgender judge in the U.S., called the text comprehensive and noted the progress that has been made and the work yet to be done for full recognition of transgender (TG) people." --associationsnow.com

    Transgender Law Gets Its First Treatise
  23. Assembly Bill 1121, which would provide transgender Californians with a more streamlined process of changing their names and gender markers on birth certificates, passed by a vote of 56-18.

    BY Daniel Reynolds | September 07 2013 2:11 PM ET
    "“Transgender people are entitled to have their official documents and their legal name reflect their true identity without a burdensome and expensive process that endangers their personal safety,” Atkins said in a recent statement. “I am hopeful that the governor will support this simple bill that will greatly enhance the lives of transgender Californians.”" --advocate.com

    California Legislature Passes Trans Birth Certificate Bill
  24. For the first time in history, the federal government is standing behind transgender employees who say they've been discriminated against because of their gender identity.
    Sunnivie Brydum | July 15 2013 7:56 PM ET
    "The woman, who has not been publicly identified, filed a complaint with the EEOC last year, following a landmark decision last April declaring that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to transgender people who are harassed on the basis of their sex. Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex." --advocate.com

    Trans Women Win Employment Discrimination Suits Using Civil Rights Act
  25. Written by WiG, Jun 4, 2013
    "The report, announced June 4, provides a clearer picture of support for anti-discrimination legislation in the business community. Surveys – and policies – have for years shown strong support at some of nation’s largest and wealthiest companies, the Fortune 500 members. Also, activists on the right have long maintained – erroneously – that broadening anti-discrimination laws to include LGBT people puts an added and unwanted burden on small business owners." --wisconsingazette.com

    Small business survey finds strong support for laws protecting LGBT workers