Delaware is on the verge of protecting transgender residents under its anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws. From Washington Blade:
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday June 19, 2013 8:25 am|
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Saturday June 8, 2013 11:30 am|
Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for the open US. Senate seat in Massachusetts, says that he’ll be “dropping by the Boston Pride Festival in Boston (City Hall Plaza) at 3:00 pm” today.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Thursday June 6, 2013 6:50 am|
Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat and in the line of duty. It recognizes the best our nation had and has to offer.
Last week, as I have on every Memorial Day spent in D.C., I joined thousands of people who visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen brothers and sisters by putting some flowers on graves and placing flags. I know how President Obama feels about lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members. He’s been very clear about that. But I wonder what he thinks about the policies that bar transgender people from serving openly.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Tuesday May 21, 2013 4:45 pm|
Today the British House of Commons gave for a second time its overwhelming approval to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, voting 366 to 161 at the bill’s third reading. In February, the same body overwhelmingly approved the bill by a vote of 400 to 175 at its second reading.
The bill, which would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales, now moves to the House of Lords.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Tuesday May 21, 2013 2:00 pm|
After my surgery and later issuance of a new birth certificate last November, I wanted to apply to the Department of the Navy (DON) to change my recorded gender. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) keeps track of servicemembers and retirees genders, so I wanted, for gender affirmation and DOD acknowledgement, my gender reflected in my Department of Defense (DOD) records.
There is no gender marker on military identification cards, so it’s not an issue of being outed by any gender marker on it. But, it still was important to me — every other government database records my gender as female, and the DOD showing me as male just bothered me.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:15 am|
On April 30 the New York state Assembly approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) by a vote of 84-46. The bill (S195/A4226) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers in the areas of housing, employment, credit and public accommodations, while expanding New York’s hate crimes law to include crimes against transgender individuals. New Yorkers have been protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Tuesday April 30, 2013 2:55 pm|
Most newspapers leave the dehumanization of transgender people to the trolls in the online comments. But not Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. They bring the sewage right to the surface. Their article about the discovery of the body of a brutally murdered 20 year old African-American woman, C. Acoff, begins with the title “Oddly dressed body found in Olmsted Township pond identified”, and goes downhill from there. Here’s an excerpt:
|By: Autumn Sandeen Tuesday April 2, 2013 7:35 am|
On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost in every way successful in how the event demonstrated unanimity of LGBT community organizations and members standing behind marriage equality.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Wednesday January 23, 2013 2:15 pm|
President Obama doesn’t speak about equality for transgender people in front of LGBT audiences; it follows then that he doesn’t speak about equality for transgender in front of audiences that are not primarily LGBT.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Sunday December 9, 2012 1:00 pm|
If anyone tells you marriage equality isn’t a trans issue, they likely don’t get that marriages like Liz’s and Scout’s would not be recognized as valid in at least four states: Florida, Kansas, Texas, and Tennessee. They have the Loving v. Virginia problem of their marriage likely dissolving when crossing at a handful of state lines.