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MIAMI: Homocon Drag Queen Hopes Trump Will At Least Give Transgender Troops Honorable Discharges

The homocon drag queen who appeared on CNN earlier this month to defend Trump doesn’t know how to feel about his anti-trans edict. Steve Rothaus reports at the Miami Herald: Moments after Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender men and women could no longer serve in the military, LGBTQ activists took to social media and denounced the president of ...

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BREAKING: Pentagon Tells Military Leaders That No Official Change Has Been Made On Transgender Service

Reuters reports: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s ...

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ANALYSIS: Annual Military Healthcare For Trans Troops Is Equal To Just Four Of Trump’s Trips To Mar-A-Lago

USA Today reports: A report for the Pentagon last year found that transition-related care would cost between about $2.4 and $8.4 million per year — less than 0.14% of the military’s medical budget. That’s roughly the cost of four of Trump’s trips to Mar-A-Lago, GQ noted, even using a conservative estimate of $2 million per trip. And it’s way less ...

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BREAKING: Justice Department Files Brief Arguing That LGBT Workers Are Not Protected By The Civil Rights Act

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The US Justice Department on Wednesday argued in a major federal lawsuit that a 1964 civil rights law doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination, thereby diverging from a separate, autonomous federal agency that had supported the gay plaintiff’s case. The Trump administration’s filing is unusual in part because the Justice Department isn’t a party in ...

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GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Denounces Trump’s Anti-Trans Edict

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s new plan to ban transgender people from the military is running into opposition from a key ally: Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the veteran said Ernst has served with people “from all different backgrounds” and that gender is not a vital indicator of someone’s military prowess. “She believes what ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Bemoans Trump’s Broken Promise

Caitlyn Jenner has finally weighed in on Trump’s anti-transgender edict. Romper reminds us of her history: Caitlyn Jenner, arguably one of the more high profile celebrity advocates for transgender rights, has been public in the past with her reported attempts to affect change within the Republican Party. She has admitted that the Democratic Party is “better on all LGBT issues,” ...

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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Slams Trump’s Anti-Trans Edict

“I don’t think anybody should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them. I look forward to getting much more information and clarity from our military leaders about the policy the President tweeted today.” – Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, via press release.

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Log Cabin Republicans Denounce Trump’s Anti-Trans Edict: “This Smacks Of Politics, Pure And Simple”

Via press release from national homocon headquarters: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the United States military would not “accept or allow” transgender servicemembers “in any capacity.” In response, Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement: This smacks of politics, pure and simple. The United States military already includes transgender individuals who protect our freedom day ...

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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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