Schools can teach a lot of things. Math, science, history, and all the rest. They can teach teamwork and the value of putting in the effort through sports and clubs. Schools can also teach tolerance and understanding, or instruct children in how to discriminate, hate and disrespect other human beings simply because of the color of their skin, the religion they do or do not follow, simply for who they are.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday April 11, 2014 9:25 am|
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday November 7, 2013 7:30 pm|
In its attempt to defeat a recently passed bill in California which would protect the rights of transgender students, a religious right group, Pacific Justice Institute, helped to spread a story about a Colorado transgender high school student allegedly harassing other female students in the bathroom.
The story was a lie.
|By: Shannon Sonenstein Sonrouille Tuesday November 5, 2013 2:15 pm|
There’s something fresh and edgy about this show that goes beyond its plotlines or diversity. Could it be that, as much as it offers viewers a fictionalized look at life in a women’s prison, with all the requisite fantasy, Orange manages to feel relevant? The writing, full of storytelling punch, also explores a series of issues that reflect the current interests of our society. Underneath the frothy TV drama there’s a lot to unpack.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday October 2, 2013 8:00 pm|
Anti-transgender feminists (a minority all too frequently given airtime in publications that should know better, like Counterpunch) have sometimes turned to an old quote by pioneering feminist Gloria Steinem to justify their refusal to accept trans-women’s identities as valid. Today in the Advocate, Steinem refuted those claims
|By: BrandonJ Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm|
Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday September 6, 2013 6:06 pm|
NOM may have told the nation and the IRS that “The mission of [NOM] is to promote the importance of, and advocate for, marriage between one man and one woman, in law and society,” but we all know that NOM isn’t about promoting anything except anti-LGBT animus. The latest proof: NOM is now actively opposing a new law that protects transgender students.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Saturday August 24, 2013 10:30 am|
I have some thoughts on how Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s gender dysphoria was rolled out.
Let me begin by saying I’m going to give, and I’m going to advocate for, respect for Manning’s chosen name and publicly embraced gender, and I’m going to use female pronouns and call her Chelsea. That; however, comes with a mixed bag of emotions.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday August 20, 2013 7:35 am|
This has to be the single most vindictive display of transgender bashing I have ever seen on video not involving violence.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Wednesday August 7, 2013 1:10 pm|
In the past few months there have been two public transitioners who transitioned first from men to women and then back to men. One was Michael Wallent (F.K.A. Megan Wallent; second transition announced in her March blog entry News), and the other was Don Ennis (F.K.A. Dawn Stacey Ennis; reported in the New York Post article I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back).
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday July 29, 2013 7:20 pm|
Another special electionis on the horizon here in Massachusetts. On September 10, voters in the 16th Worcester Massachusetts House district will decide who will become the next person to represent them in the state legislature. The district encompasses the southern half of the city of Worcester.
The election result will directly affect the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender residents of the district. Whoever is elected will be voting on “An Act Relative to Equal Access in Hospitals, Public Transportation, Nursing Homes, Supermarkets, Retail Establishments, and All Other Places Open to the Public” (HB 1589/SB 643) which would add “gender identity” to the list of classes protected from discrimination in public accommodations.