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McCain Blasts Trump’s Anti-Trans Tweets: There’s No Reason To Force Trans Americans From The Military

“The president’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made by Twitter. The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and ...

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Democrats And Civil Rights Groups React With Outrage, ACLU Tells Trans Soldiers To “Get In Touch With Us”

Everybody was caught by surprise by this morning’s anti-transgender tweets, including the Pentagon, but the press releases are starting to roll in. Here’s some of what I’ve gotten so far. From the Democratic National Committee: Right this moment, around the world, brave transgender service members are protecting the American people – including Donald Trump and Mike Pence. While the White ...

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Homocon Drudge Reacts To Trump’s Trans Ban

Closeted homosexual blogger Matt Drudge reacted to today’s announcement by Trump with an uncharacteristic exclamation point on his headline, which links to a New York Times report. Make of that what you will.

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Texas Senate Approves Anti-Trans Bill In 21-10 Vote

The Texas Tribune reports: As part of Republican efforts to revive the controversial “bathroom bill,” the Texas Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to another version of the legislation. The 21-10 vote — identical to the Senate’s March vote on a similar proposal — came after several amendments to the bill on the floor throughout an eight-hour debate during which ...

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SYRIA: LGBT Anarchist Group Forms To Fight ISIS

The Independent reports: A group of LGBT people fighting against Isis in Syria have formed their own military unit as the battle to eradicate the Islamist organisation continues. Isis has brutally persecuted LGBT people for several years and considers being gay to be a crime punishable by death. Now a number of international volunteers fighting alongside Kurdish forces in northern ...

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Satanic Temple: Probably Half Our Members Are LGBT

From a Vice profile on the Satanic Temple: There’s still ample confusion about what it means to be a Satanist. Given society’s long history of pegging Satan as the root of all evil, that’s fair—though it’s worth making some distinctions. Anton LaVey, a then 36-year-old American musician, founded the Church of Satan in 1966 with the mission of creating an ...

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Chris Christie Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

CBS News reports: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities. The civil rights group Garden State Equality applauded the Republican governor for signing the measure saying that Christie ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Convicted Gay Basher Kathryn Knott Claims Self-Defense In Civil Suit Brought By Her Victims

The Philadelphia Gay News reports: Like her two co-defendants, Kathryn Knott is contending she acted in self-defense during a high-profile attack on a gay couple in Center City. Knott made the claim in a June 23 court filing in a civil case brought by plaintiffs Andrew Haught and Zachary Hesse, who are seeking at least $500,000 in damages. The couple ...

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MINNEAPOLIS: Police Chief Resigns After Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Woman Reporting Sexual Assault

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: At the request of the mayor, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced her resignation Friday afternoon in the aftermath of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman. Last Saturday, Damond called 911 around 11:30 p.m. to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis, and one of the responding ...

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GERMANY: President Signs Marriage Bill, Weddings To Start October 1st Unless Bavaria State Challenges

Bloomberg reports: Germany’s president has signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, his office said Friday, paving the way for the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill on June 30 in parliament’s last session before Germany’s September election. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative party had long been reluctant to budge on the issue, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Hears Public Testimony On Anti-Transgender Bill

The Texas Tribune reports: For the third time this year, a committee of state lawmakers will consider measures to restrict bathroom use for transgender residents in what’s expected to be an hours-long hearing Friday that could draw out hundreds of Texans to testify. On the Senate State Affairs Committee’s agenda are Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 91 — both ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Allentown Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Lehigh Valley Live reports: With the mayor’s stroke of a pen, Allentown has officially banned conversion therapy for minors in the city. The law prohibits licensed mental health professionals from counseling, practices, or treatments that seek to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Officials said Allentown is now the second municipality in the state, and 60th in the ...

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ACLU Sues Four Federal Agencies For Plans On How They’ll Implement Trump’s “Religious Liberty” Order

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its ‘religious freedom’ executive order. The ACLU initially filed records requests with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, ...

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Man Who Sued To Marry His Laptop Sues US House Democrats Over Pride Flags Outside Their Offices

Remember the nutcase who sued Apple in 2013 because his computer didn’t block him from accessing the porn which ruined his marriage? And then in 2014 when he attempted to intervene in one of Florida’s same-sex marriage cases so that he could marry that porn-filled laptop? And then last year when he tried the same thing in Texas? And then ...

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Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and ...

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TEXAS: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Opens Special Session By Fast-Tracking Anti-Trans Bill To Committee Approval

The Texas Tribune reports: On the opening day of the special session of the Texas Legislature on Tuesday, over the cries of Senate Democrats, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took a step to fast-track two bills reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other state agencies jeopardized by inaction during the regular session. The Senate must first pass those bills before ...

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TEXAS: Dallas Eagle Owner To Challenge Greg Abbott

The Dallas Voice reports: Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne on Friday, July 14, announced that he is running for governor of Texas, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, who he characterizes as a “disaster for Texans” and a governor who “offers nothing in the way of new ideas.” “Texas needs a governor who believes in real Texas values, like integrity, honesty, freedom ...

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Brigham Young Fires Professor Over Pro-LGBT Post

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: She is a life-long member of the LDS church with the needed ecclesiastical endorsement to hold a current temple recommend — her faith’s standard of being a believer in good standing. Now she has taught her final class at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, after she declined to retract a Facebook statement supporting the LGBT ...

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ILLINOIS: GOP Governor Fires Just-Hired “Body Man” After Racist And Homophobic Tweets Are Exposed

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “body man” — a hand-picked assistant chosen to travel with him — was terminated on his first day of the job after a series of homophobic and racially insensitive comments were found on his Twitter page. The exit is one of at least 20 since last week — when Rauner began a rash ...

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Texas Gov Trolled With Photo Op: “How Will The Potty Police Know I’m Transgender If The Governor Doesn’t?”

The Associated Press reports: A transgender Texan has posted an all-smiles photo with Gov. Greg Abbott to protest a “bathroom bill” that state lawmakers will again consider during a special legislative session beginning Tuesday. Ashley Smith posed with Abbott after he announced his re-election campaign Friday in San Antonio. She later identified herself in the photo as “trans-woman” and posted ...

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