Tag Archives: trans issues

Jeff Sessions On DOJ Pride Event Honoring Transgender Student: We’ll Protect And Defend Trans Rights [VIDEO]

THIS was expected. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A day after an LGBT employee group at the Justice Department announced plans to honor lawyers and a student seeking to advance transgender rights at a pride month program next week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke positively to staff Thursday about the upcoming event. “We are going to have a pride group, ...

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TEXAS: 44% Back Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Bill

The Texas Tribune reports: The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. During the regular session, lawmakers considered but did not pass legislation that would regulate ...

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VIRGINIA: Trans Candidate Wins Democratic Primary, Will Face Virulently Anti-LGBT “Sideshow” Bob Marshall

The Washington Blade reports: A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise victory in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election. Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve ...

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Southwest Airlines Backs Transgender Equality [VIDEO]

That this clip comes today is likely not just an ordinary corporate LGBT Pride Month celebration as Southwest is headquartered in Texas, where yesterday Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session, in part, to make another attempt to pass an anti-transgender bill. From the airline’s Facebook page: “Southwest Airlines University is a place where Employees come to learn and ...

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TEXAS: GOP Gov. Greg Abbott Calls Special Session, Republicans To Try Again With Anti-Transgender Bill

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called a special session of the Texas Legislature starting July 18. Abbott asked lawmakers to first pass key legislation that would keep some state agencies from shuttering. That “will be the only legislation on the special session [call] until they pass out of the Senate in full,” Abbott said. Abbott laid ...

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MICHIGAN: State Appeals Court Rules Against Woman Who Sued Over Transgender Woman In Locker Room

The Associated Press reports: The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a Midland health club in a lawsuit filed by a woman who said her rights were violated when she encountered a transgender person in the locker room. The court found no evidence of sexual harassment, noting that Yvette Cormier and a transgender woman were both wearing clothes ...

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Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Issues Landmark Education Ruling That Title IX Protects Trans Students

Vox reports: A single student’s case has turned into a massive legal decision for all transgender Americans. On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin violated the rights of a trans student, Ash Whitaker [photo, with his mother], when it refused to let him use the boys’ bathroom. According to the ...

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TEXAS: Governor To Decide On Calling Special Session After Legislature Adjourns Without Anti-LGBT Vote

Yesterday the Texas House devolved into literal shoving matches and death threats on the final day of the legislative session. The Texas Tribune reports on what might come next: While both chambers successfully passed a two-year $217 blllion budget — the only item the Legislature is required to pass — other controversial items, such as a “bathroom bill” to regulate ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Awards 2019 All-Star Game To Charlotte After Fake Repeal Of Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The NBA and Charlotte have finalized a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Weekend to the Queen City, the Observer has learned. The three-day event will be held on a Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, climaxing in Sunday night’s All-Star Game. Most events, including the game and various skills competitions, will be held uptown at the ...

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TEXAS: Senate To Reject “Bathroom Bill” Because It’s Not Cruel Enough, Special Session Vote Possible

The Dallas Morning News reports: The Texas Senate will reject the so-called bathroom bill passed in the House late Sunday and request a special committee to work out a compromise on the legislation. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who authored the original bill, said he would not agree to the changes and would ask the two chambers appoint a conference committee ...

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TEXAS: State House Advances Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

The Dallas Morning News reports: The Texas House voted late Sunday on a bill that will keep transgender public school children from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. The measure, a Republican deal on the “bathroom bill,” passed the GOP-dominated chamber by a vote of 91-50. It needs one more vote to officially pass the House. If the ...

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Slim Majority Backs More Robust LGBT Protections

Gallup reports: Americans are about evenly divided on whether new civil rights laws are needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say such laws are needed, while 46% say they are not. These data, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted May 3-7, come as Democratic members of Congress plan to reintroduce ...

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Caitlyn Jenner: I Might Run For Congress

Caitlyn Jenner has told a British chat show that she’s so very upset with Trump, she’s considering a run for Congress. As a Republican, of course. The BBC reports: The ex-Olympic athlete, who changed her name and transitioned to living as a woman aged 65, said Mr Trump was being “influenced by people around him”. Jenner said her life was ...

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Democrats To Reintroduce LGBT Equality Act

Via press release:   Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2 at 11AM ET, members of the U.S. Congress will gather in the Capitol’s Rayburn Room with advocacy leaders and LGBT Americans who have suffered discrimination to announce the re-introduction of historic legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals in federal law. The Equality Act would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ...

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TEXAS: 200 Faith Leaders Oppose Pending Bathroom Bill With Letter To Members Of State House

The San Antonio Express-News reports: Some 200 ministers, rabbis and other religious leaders wrote to select House members Thursday asking them to support policies that treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans on an equal basis with other people. The letter went to lawmakers including members of the House State Affairs Committee, which is considering legislation that would restrict the ...

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Caitlyn Jenner: I Don’t Regret Voting For Trump, He’s Still The Man To “Turn This Country Around” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Caitlyn Jenner may not like everything US President Donald Trump’s administration has done so far — especially when it comes to actions affecting transgender Americans like her. But she does not regret her decision to vote for Donald Trump, she told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday. “As far as LGBT issues, yes, he’s made some mistakes,” she said. ...

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One Million Moms Vs Dove Soap [VIDEO]

This ad has been out for a couple of weeks, so it’s surprising that One Million Moms’ hate machine took this long. Just in via email: Dove has just released a disturbing ad promoting its new product line: Baby Dove. The ad features young women sharing their views of mothering. And then there’s a cross-dressing father trying to pass as ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Tells Fox News: I Never Outwardly Supported Trump, The Media Did That For Me [VIDEO]

Via Breitbart: On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Caitlyn Jenner said, “I’m not a one-issue voter.” But that there is a lot of pressure to be a single-issue voter, and “A lot in our community are…were very upset that I, you know, I was a Republican, and I said at the Republican National Convention, I ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Breaks With Trump And GOP: You Mess With My Community And I’m Coming After You [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Caitlyn Jenner is clear about what matters most to her — and it’s no longer her Republican views. The transgender reality TV star said despite voting for Donald Trump, she no longer supports him and is instead dedicated to standing by her community. “Here’s the deal: Yes, I did vote for Trump, but here’s ...

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NCAA Awards Events To North Carolina Despite Objections Of Civil Rights Groups To Fake HB2 Repeal

ABC News reports: The NCAA has awarded coveted men’s basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to ...

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