423 posts categorized "Gender"

January 19, 2017

Obama discusses his LGBT legacy at his final news conference

The next president may well make me cry, though outrage and disgust are likelier reactions; but I doubt he will ever make me cry the way President Obama did at his final news conference on Wednesday in discussing the progress for LGBT people during his White House years. He rightfully gave the principal credit to the activists who pushed for it, both loudly and quietly, and who helped change minds and hearts. But he played an indispensable part, from his public remarks to his personal example to his support for the Justice Department's role in historic court cases and the State Department's role around the world. God bless you, Mr. President, and keep you and your family safe and well.

Congrats, BTW, to Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, who asked the question.

Obama also defended his commutation of the sentence of Chelsea Manning, saying she had already served a tough sentence and that her original 35-year sentence was far greater than other convicted leakers of classified documents.

January 17, 2017

President Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

President Obama today shaved 28 years off the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Below are items by Lawfare Blog and Jacobin Magazine supporting this decision. My comments follow.

Until the past week I had opposed freeing Manning due to the seriousness of her crime, though I defended her right to appropriate healthcare and criticized the apparent denial of care as a form of punishment. I was persuaded by the Lawfare piece, which makes a good point about the difference between pardon and commutation, and about mitigating circumstances. I agree with the distinction between Manning and Edward Snowden. That Manning's jailers have been at best indifferent to her health, and appear to have gone to considerable lengths to harm her health as an extra-judicial punishment, was perhaps the best argument for clemency.

Further, the disgraceful handling of her incarceration makes a strong case for demanding better training and health-related protocols moving forward. It is no more acceptable to treat trans prisoners this way than to condone prison rape. If the latter is truly what we want, then we should advertise our barbarity by explicitly including it in formal sentencing. Otherwise we should damn well stop it.

January 15, 2017

In a Small Texas Town, a New Private Detention Center for Transgender Migrants Brings Jobs — and Concerns

January 13, 2017

Keisling: "A Fight for #Obamacare Is a Fight for #LGBT Lives"

Thanks, Mara!

January 06, 2017

Texas Lt. Gov. Unveils Wide-Reaching Anti-Transgender Legislation

Mesha Caldwell, first reported trans murder victim of 2017

Bigotry kills. The grim evidence continues.

January 01, 2017

Court blocks healthcare nondiscrimination rules: what now?

December 31, 2016

13 transgender pioneers reflect on the state of queer politics today

Judge blocks rule barring anti-trans discrimination in health care

December 21, 2016

NC legislature adjourns without repealing #HB2

An absolute disgrace. If the NC GOP thinks this betrayal will be soon forgotten, they are sorely mistaken.

Court hearings stalled in D.C. trans murder case

December 20, 2016

Surrogacy bill, death certificate bill pass second reading at D.C. Council

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Two bills passed their second and final readings Tuesday afternoon on the consent calendar at the D.C. Council's legislative meeting:

Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-16

Death Certificate Gender Identity Recognition Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-444

The first of these legalizes and regulates surrogate parenting agreements in the District. GLAA and our coalition partners have pushed this for four years. Special thanks and congrats to Alison Gill who coordinated our coalition effort.

The second clarifies the process for designating a decedent's gender identity or expression on their death certificate. Lack of respect for people's gender identities after their deaths has been a recurring problem.

December 19, 2016

#HB2 to Be Repealed in North Carolina

Mara Keisling of National Center for Transgender Equality writes:

HB2 to be repealed?? HB2 must be fully, completely, unequivocally repealed. Is legislature distracting from recent illegal power grab.

Amen, Mara.

December 16, 2016

National Geographic makes history with transgender cover girl

November 19, 2016

Mom sues her own daughter for starting trans hormones without her permission

Gee, why would anyone want to get away from such a loving mother?

Launch party set for new D.C. trans group

November 01, 2016

America Nears the Women's Hour

My last column before the election is now up at the Blade.

September 29, 2016

Gov. Brown signs most inclusive restroom access law in U.S.

September 23, 2016

New H&M ad features gay kiss and transgender actress

September 21, 2016

Sept. 30 - Solutions for Wellness Conference

Solutions for Wellness 2016 flyer

HUD makes rule final barring anti-trans bias in homeless shelters

Judge rules for Wisconsin trans student in battle over bathroom access

September 15, 2016

Trans activist’s murder trial postponed

September 07, 2016

Cher calls out trans-exclusionary feminists

Cher criticizes trans-exclusionary radical feminists, or TERFs. Good for her. As for the person who wrote the HuffPost headline putting "feminists" in quotes and preceding it with "so-called," I do not see what is accomplished by suggesting that a feminist with offensive views is on that account not really a feminist. That is like saying music you dislike is not really music, which many said about rap.

Instead of wasting our time on fruitless gatekeeping, we should focus on persuasion, on making our case and connecting with people. This is not easy. But the alternative is name-calling. Getting to change requires going through uncomfortable encounters, challenging one another, listening and learning. When we make the struggle about which group is going to be excluded, we evade the essential work.

Update: The tweet that was automatically generated for this message on GLAA's Twitter account, @glaadc, included a link to this blog entry generated using Google URL Shortener. Our friend Julius informed us that clicking on the short link produces this error message:

http://goo.gl/fb/5v1paH – this goo.gl shortlink has been disabled. It was found to be violating our Terms of Service. Click here and here for more information about our terms and policies respectively.

Really, Google? What term offended you. "Trans-exclusionary"? "Feminist"? This is absurd.

More on Kenda Kirby lawsuit at Supreme Court

Our friend Kenda Kirby continues her struggle for justice.

September 01, 2016

Human Rights Campaign launches #ThisIsTransgender video

August 30, 2016

Reggie Bullock's comments about his murdered trans sister show the importance of coming out

School Board Asks Supreme Court to Allow It to Continue Discriminating Against Trans Boy

'Safer Sex for Trans Bodies' guide released

August 24, 2016

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 23, 2016

Texas AG Ken Paxton Finally Agrees to Meet One of His Young Transgender Victims

August 18, 2016

18 Absurdly False Claims North Carolina Just Made to Defend #HB2

August 17, 2016

DOJ criticizes Baltimore police treatment of trans people

Bud Light's new commercial welcomes all gender identities

August 04, 2016

LGBT groups criticize Pope Francis over gender comments

Pope Francis does not know what he is talking about. This is but the latest reminder that his pastoral gifts do not change the fact that he is a conservative.

US Supreme Court blocks ruling allowing trans student to use boys' bathroom

One more reminder that we are not done. This is just a temporary hold, not a ruling on the merits. But we have so much work left to do.

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters

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Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

Continue reading "Answering Trump Supporters" »

July 28, 2016

Sarah McBride is first trans person to address a national convention

Brava to Sarah McBride, who just became the first openly trans person to address a national convention. I remember the day of her husband Andy Cray's funeral, and how sad beyond words it was, though leavened with grace and joy at the remarkable life Andy had lived. It is just great seeing Sarah's poise and positivity in addressing the convention.

July 25, 2016

Trump's GOP Inherits the Wind: Time to turn back a fascist mob

My new Blade column gapes at Trump's fascist rally in Cleveland, as well as the growing scandal over Russian interference in the American election. And I examine the sharp contrast between the two parties' vice presidential candidates. Have a gander while you watch self-defeating leftists trying to sabotage the proceedings in Philadelphia.

July 14, 2016

"Survey Shows How the Trans 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Hurts Real People"