Tag Archives: trans issues

TENNESSEE: University Fires NPR Journalist After GOP Lawmakers Complain About Anti-Trans Bill Reporting

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fired a reporter this week at WUTC, the National Public Radio affiliate, after local lawmakers complained about how she reported on the transgender bathroom bill. Jacqui Helbert, 32, reported and produced the story for WUTC, which followed a group of Cleveland High School students as they traveled to ...

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Vandals Hit NOM’s Anti-Trans Hate Bus

USA Today reports: A bus spreading a message against transgender culture was vandalized near United Nations headquarters early Thursday evening while it was parked, according to the head of one of the three groups organizing the bus tour. The “Free Speech Bus,” as it is called by organizers, was parked near the UN for a scheduled event when two people ...

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TENNESSEE: Bathroom Bill Dies In State Senate

The Tennessean reports: The bathroom bill, at least for this session, is dead in the Senate. Reintroduced by Sen. Mae Beavers [photo], the controversial bill, which would have required students in public schools to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex listed on their birth certificate, failed to receive a proper motion from the members the Senate Education Committee on ...

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NOT TODAY MOTHERFUCKERS: Seattle Woman Blasts Anti-Trans Hate Group For Exploiting Her Sexual Assault

The Daily Beast reports: “Not today motherf**ker!” That’s what Kelly Herron says she kept screaming while fighting off the man who allegedly assaulted her in a public restroom at a Seattle park during an afternoon run on Sunday, March 5. Now the 36-year-old marathon runner has revived that phrase—her “battle cry,” as she calls it—to slam an anti-transgender group in ...

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TEXAS: State Senate Passes Anti-Transgender Hate Bill, Passage Uncertain In GOP-Dominated State House

The Houston Chronicle reports: The state Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to the so-called “bathroom bill,” sending a message that the upper chamber of one of the nation’s largest states supports redefining which public bathrooms can be used by trangender persons. The measure passed on final reading by a vote of 21-10. That’s the same margin by which the ...

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Meets With LGBT Rights Groups Over Transgender Student Rights

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today met with three LGBT rights groups to discuss the Trump administration’s revocation of Obama’s guidelines on transgender student protections. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Stephanie White, executive director of Equality Michigan, said her organization sought out the meeting to convey the “profound negative consequences” of the withdrawal of the guidance protecting transgender students. ...

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TEXAS: Senate Panel Advances Anti-Transgender Bill

The Texas Tribune reports: After 13-plus hours of emotional testimony, largely in opposition, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to advance the so-called Texas “bathroom bill” to the full chamber. The vote was 7-1; Sen. Judith Zaffirini voted against, and Sen. Charles Schwertner was not present at the meeting but asked to be shown as voting yes. The vote ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Texas Senate Hears “Bathroom Bill” Testimony From Haters And Civil Rights Groups

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas senators are expected to take up the so-called bathroom bill on Tuesday, opening up the possibility that the controversial measure could clear its first hurdle in the upper chamber. The Senate State Affairs Committee will debate Senate Bill 6, a legislative priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, that would require transgender people to use bathrooms ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Justice Department Quietly Moves To Drop Federal Opposition To Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government’s legal fight against House Bill 2. The Justice Department wrote in a motion last week that it needs time to rethink its 2016 request to halt North Carolina’s requirement that transgender people use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth ...

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Scraps Transgender Rights Case, Sends It Back To Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on whether public schools had to allow transgender youths to use bathrooms that matched their gender identities. In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court vacated an ...

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What’s Really Behind All The Anti-Trans Bills [VIDEO]

Activist vlogger Matt Baume did the research and you’ll be shocked to learn the vast majority of anti-trans bills are being sponsored by Republicans up for reelection. Clip description: What’s the REAL reason for “bathroom bans”? Those are laws that prevent transgender people from using the bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. The politicians pushing them claim that they ...

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Lawyers For Trans Plaintiff Gavin Grimm Urge SCOTUS To Hear Case Despite Trump’s Action [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Lawyers for Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who is barred from using the boys’ bathroom at his Virginia high school, told the Supreme Court Thursday that his challenge to the school board policy should go forward, arguing that the restrooms “must be equally available to all boys and all girls, including boys and girls who are transgender.” The ...

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At The Stonewall Transgender Rights Protest [VIDEO]

Mic.com reports: Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of Stonewall Inn Thursday night to protest President Donald Trump rolling back protections for transgender Americans. In the description of the Facebook event for their protest, Rally organizers said they wanted to “make it clear that we will fight to keep protections for Trans and gender non-conforming people and students.” Doing so, ...

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Caitlyn Jenner To Trump: This Is A Disaster [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: As both a transgender person and a longtime Republican, Caitlyn Jenner felt compelled to speak out on the Trump administration’s decision Wednesday to revoke federal guidelines specifying that transgender students had the right to use public school restrooms that matched their gender identity. In a video posted to social media Thursday, the former Olympic decathlon champion ...

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Betsy DeVos At CPAC: Obama’s Trans Protections Were “Very Huge Example” Of Federal Overreach [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students, arguing that the protections were an “overreach” of the Obama administration. “This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration’s overreach, to suggest one-size-fits-all, federal government approach,” DeVos said on Thursday at the conservative conference CPAC. DeVos was initially ...

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TODAY: Transgender Rights Protest At Stonewall Inn

In reaction to the Trump administration rescinding transgender student rights, dozens of LGBT rights and progressive groups will be leading a protest rally this afternoon outside the Stonewall Inn in downtown Manhattan. The rally is cosponsored by the New York City Council, GLSEN, GLAAD, and Lambda Legal. The event begins at 5:30PM and its Facebook page is here.

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Hate Groups Celebrate Trump’s Anti-Trans Action

From the Family Research Council: The Trump administration’s reversal of this mandate on schools is a victory for parents, children, and privacy. The Obama administration resorted to this coercive policy because they knew parents and schools could never be persuaded to force boys and girls to shower together, stay together on school trips, and use the same locker rooms and ...

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BREAKING: Trump Rescinds Transgender Student Rights

The New York Times reports: President Trump rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms of their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind. In a joint letter, the top civil rights officials from the Justice ...

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LEAKED: Draft Document Lays Out Reasoning For Trump Administration To Rescind Trans Student Rights

Law Newz reports: There is now a draft copy of a document circulating that shows the potential Trump administration reasoning for backing off the Obama policy regarding transgender bathroom use. The Obama administration’s contends that Title IX prohibits the discrimination on the “basis of sex” to include a requirement that facilities provide people access to bathrooms based on the sex ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Today’s likely topics: Bomb threats at Jewish community centers. Deportation orders. The transgender students order. NBC News reports: White House spokesman Sean Spicer will likely face another day of questions about the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement plans at his daily press briefing Wednesday afternoon. The Department of Homeland Security issued memos on Tuesday about how to enforce the immigration executive ...

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