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‘Can’t Be Right:’ Tennis Legend Navratilova Blasts Trans Women in Female Sports
By Gabriel Hays | December 19, 2018 12:55 PM EST

Female tennis great, feminist, and gay rights activist Martina Navratilova may have just compromised her status as an LGBTQ icon with a Tuesday evening tweet. Navratilova criticized current transgender policies in sports, stating “you can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women.”

 

https://www.newsbust...sts-trans-women

 

She is 100% right...Women can't compete against men and shouldn't have to in their own sports. Men are simply stronger and faster...

 

It isn't fair.



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Transgender state reps will make history

NEWMARKET — Gerri Cannon and Lisa Bunker are slated to make history next month when they are seated as the first two openly transgender women to serve in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

They insist, however, that being transgender is not the whole of their identities.

“I don’t identify myself as a trans person going to Concord, but I am a trans person in Concord,” Bunker said during a sit-down interview with Seacoast Media Group alongside Cannon. “It is important to represent. One way I think we can do that (is) to look at legislation from a trans person’s point of view, or an LGBT person’s point of view, and ask if there’s something people are missing here because they just don’t know.”

Cannon said she also is focused on more than just issues facing the transgender community.

“When they’re there, I’ll fight for them,” Cannon said. “I am putting one piece of legislation forward (making it legal for transgender people to change their sex on their birth certificates) to help fight for the community. However, that’s not why I’m there.”

Cannon will represent Strafford County District 18 from Somersworth and Bunker will represent Rockingham County District 18 from Exeter. The pair will account for half of the total number of openly transgender people to serve in state legislatures in the United States – Danica Roem was the first when she won election to Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017, and Colorado’s Brianna Titone was elected in 2018, though Titone will take office two days after Cannon and Bunker when the Colorado General Assembly convenes Jan. 4.

In 2012, Stacie Laughton became the first openly transgender legislator elected in New Hampshire. She never took her seat, however, because news surfaced before her swearing in that she was a felon – she pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Upset about the results of the 2016 election, Bunker was motivated to run for office, something she’d never done before. Roem’s election a year later was the push Bunker needed to make it official.

“That news electrified me,” Bunker said. “I stayed up all night reading about her and her candidacy.”

What impressed Bunker most about Roem was the focused manner in which she sought office.

“She ran a principled campaign on her qualifications and the issues,” Bunker said. “She did not make her gender identity a part of her race. Her opponent tried to, but it backfired on him and she got elected. She campaigned hard, she wore out pairs of shoes canvassing and she got herself elected. I thought if Danica can do it, I can do it.”

Cannon made her first foray into political office last year when she was elected to the Somersworth School Board, but she has long been involved in public discourse. She’s testified several times about transgender issues before the Legislature, and she said seeing the political process up close got her motivated to give it a go herself.

“There’s a lot more things than just the transgender community,” Cannon said. “As I sat in other sessions in the House, I realized there were a lot of things I had an opinion about. There were a lot of health and human services issues.”

Hearing stories of psychiatric patients who ended up in the state prisons for lack of a place to put them “disturbed” Cannon, she said.

“People weren’t being treated with respect, including their families,” she said. “We had bills on conversion therapy. When I listened to people fighting against it, it just bothered me. So, I said, you know, I can add a voice here. And a more intelligent voice.”

Bunker said she will work on issues surrounding gun violence and closing the opportunity gap.

“The rest of us are one paycheck away from real troubles,” Bunker said. “I think that’s the story for many, many people in our society right now. A little thing like, you need new tires, or your cat gets sick, and all of a sudden, you’re in a desperate situation. That’s not right. That needs to be fixed.”

 

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Sen. Mike Lee Blocks EEOC Appointee, LGBT Activist Chai Feldblum
By Emily Ward | December 21, 2018 | 12:33 PM EST
 

 

(CNSNews.com) -- Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is blocking Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Chai Feldblum, for fear she could threaten religious freedom and traditional marriage.

If confirmed, Feldblum, a leftist Democrat and LGBTQ activist who has made controversial comments about religious liberty, would serve her third EEOC term. She was first nominated in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama, and finished her second term in July 2018.

 

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In a 2006 interview with the Weekly Standard, Feldblum suggested sexual liberty was more important than religious liberty, and should be prioritized should the two come into conflict.

 

This is really quite intelligent. Today, in this country at least, you can select the religion to which you ascribe. Contrary to what may conservatives believe, you do not consciously select your sexual orientation.  Most probably, there is a strong biological component in such choices.  I suspect that is a major factor in Feldblum's reasoning.


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Supreme Court poised to drastically reverse LGBTQ equality
It could be a disastrous year for LGBTQ rights.

 

There are now seven different cases implicating LGBTQ rights sitting before the Supreme Court. While the conservative-majority Court has not yet agreed to hear any of them, a circuit split between two of the cases and the fact that President Trump’s transgender military ban is at the heart of another strongly suggest at least one of them will advance to oral arguments.

The cases span a variety of different issues, including employment, education, military service, and public discrimination. At the heart at most of them is a question about whether discrimination against LGBTQ people counts as discrimination on the basis of “sex.” If the Court rules against queer people in just one of them, it could set a precedent that hinders LGBTQ equality across all of the different issues.

 

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Brazil’s new president removes LGBT concerns from human rights ministry http://hill.cm/wwUkeoi



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L Devine’s Message to a Homophobic Mom Perfectly Captures One Key Part of the Queer Experience

 

https://www.motherjo...eer-experience/

 

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(Mother Jones) Why we’re into it: Part confession and part love letter, this track is vulnerable and honest, evoking an inner and outer world of character and conflict. 

 

Coming out is one of the most sacred and personal experiences for queer people. It can require conquering your darkest fears and immense vulnerability, while demanding unprecedented blind trust and leaps of faith. It’s a deeply personal moment that differs for everybody, but also holds some universal truths that all queer people can relate to. Those truths are all expressed in L Devine’s “Daughter.”

 

First, it’s a love letter about her girlfriend: “I love her soft lips and rosy cheeks/Only secret that she would keep.” But it’s not addressed to her girlfriend, but to her girlfriend’s homophobic mom. “It goes against everything that you taught her/But I’m sorry miss, I’m in love with your daughter,” she confesses as her voice soars with relief, lyrical honesty supercharged by elation. The point of view then shifts into a look at the mother’s hurt, and in doing so it reveals the pain felt by L. “Said, ‘What about kids? All the hopes I had for her.'”

Behind the lyrics are powerful instrumentals that intensify the emotional power of the song. As L weaves from love to anxiety, relief to fear, the electric guitar rises and falls, the beat follows suit, but never becomes melodramatic. Sometimes a piece of art hits the heart hard, and that’s the case with this track. With her rare ability to capture the complexities of emotions with precision and craft a complex and relatable story, L Devine is a standout.

 

Take a listen to the whole EP and you’ll see her formidable talent in all the songs, but this one is the perfect way to begin 2019—and the perfect way to leave the homophobia of 2018 back where it belongs. (See linked article to listen to the track).

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Opponents of Drag Queen Story Hour Tossed From Court

 

https://www.courthou...sed-from-court/

 

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HOUSTON (Courthouse News) — Christian activists who tried to stop Houston libraries from hosting “Drag Queen Storytime” because it allegedly promotes the LGBT community’s “secular humanist” religion lack standing, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dismissing the lawsuit.

 

The nonprofit RADAR Productions, of San Francisco, started the series over a year ago, bringing drag queens to children’s story circles in libraries, schools and bookstores across America.

 

Three Christian men, including a pastor, sued Houston Public Library Executive Director Rhea Lawson and Mayor Sylvester Turner in October 2018 after an online petition and a protest outside a city library did not persuade Lawson to cancel the events that the library advertised as “an imaginative storytelling experience.”

 

“Picture books and songs shared by vibrant performers will excite and instill a love for reading for the entire family,” the library said on its website for the story hours it hosted once a month from August to December 2018.

 

Lead plaintiff Tex Christopher said in the lawsuit that “‘gay marriage’ is ‘fake marriage’” and that, as a Houston taxpayer and library cardholder, he has standing because the library specially ordered books for the story hours and made flyers for them.

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Taken from a video posted to the “dragqueenstoryhour” Instagram page, this still shows Jessica Love, the author and illustrator of the “Julian Is a Mermaid,” reading her picture book with a drag queen on Nov. 3, 2018, at McNally Jackson Books in New York.


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First openly gay man to be elected governor sworn in to office in Colorado
Source: The Hill

 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) officially took over the state's top role on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to be sworn in as governor.

Thousands of people turned out for the inauguration ceremony in Denver, where Polis was joined by his partner, Marlon Reis, and other state leaders.

"Right now, our nation is experiencing a period of growing divisive and rising tribalism," Polis said. "But here in Colorado, we choose a different path. Here, we have come so far, we have climbed so high, we have done so much, not just to say but to show that we reject the negative and divisive brand of politics."

Polis, 43, added that the state has "decided to celebrate our differences," which he argued "make us a stronger Colorado for all." He later posed for a selfie from the podium.

 

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Radical LGBT activist leaves civil rights post after GOP senator blocks her reappointment http://bit.ly/2QDqbLf



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State Dept. Posts Pompeo's Statement Promoting LGBTI Rights in Some Countries--But Not Saudi Arabia
By Emily Ward | January 10, 2019 | 10:51 AM EST
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(CNSNews.com) -- On June 1, 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement acknowledging Pride Month and expressing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people throughout the world. However, the State Department only posted this statement on the websites of U.S. embassies in certain countries, while leaving out others--including Libya, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

 



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Historic moment as Germany's first transgender MP set for state parliament
https://www.thelocal...tate-parliament

Transgender woman Tessa Ganserer will make history in Germany when she takes up her seat in the Bavarian regional parliament next week, three months after winning re-election as Markus Ganserer.

Giving her maiden press conference as a woman, the nation's first transgender lawmaker used the opportunity to urge Germany to make it easier for people to legally change their gender.

First elected in 2013, the Greens party representative served one term using her birth name Markus, sporting a light beard and glasses with a suit.

 



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Reports: 2 Killed, 40 Detained in Gay Purge in Chechnya

 

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MOSCOW (AP) — LGBT activists said Monday that at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained in what has been described as a new crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

 

The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region. Chechen authorities denied those accusations, and federal authorities conducted a probe that found nothing to support the reports.

 

Alvi Karimov, spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, told the Interfax news agency on Monday that the reports are “complete lies and don’t have an ounce of truth in them.” Karimov insisted that no one has been detained in Chechnya on suspicion of being gay.

 

The Russian LGBT Network, which has been monitoring the situation in Chechnya and helping victims, said in a statement Monday that about 40 men and women have been detained on suspicion of being gay since December and that at least two of them have died of torture in detention. The detainees are believed to be kept at the same facility that was named in the 2017 reports.


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New Dem Kansas gov reinstates protections for LGBT state employees
Source: The Hill

 

The new Democratic Kansas governor moved to reinstate protections for LGBTQ state employees in her first official act as governor.

Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order on Tuesday to restore a ban on anti-LGBTQ bias in hiring and employment decisions by state agencies, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The ban was rescinded by Kelly’s conservative Republican predecessor (Sam Brownback) in 2015. In her executive order reinstating it, Kelly also expanded the ban to include state government contractors.

“Discrimination of any kind has no place in Kansas,” she tweeted, echoing a statement she made in her inaugural address. “It will not be tolerated.”

 

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Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees And Kids
Source: HuffPost
 

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual activity. The 2018 employment application also makes candidates sign a pledge not to engage in homosexual activity or violate the “unique roles of male and female.”

“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites,” says the application.

The application says that the school believes “marriage unites one man and one woman” and that “a wife is commanded to submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ.” The application asks potential employees to explain their view of the “creation/evolution debate.”

The “parent agreement” asks parents to cooperate in its “biblical morality” policy. Under this policy, parents are to acknowledge the sanctity of marriage as a strictly heterosexual practice. Families who condone, practice or support “sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity” go against the principles of the school, per the document.

 

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Egypt sentences TV host to year in prison for interviewing gay man
Source: The Independent

An Egyptian TV host has been sentenced to one year in prison after interviewing a gay man on his talk show.

Mohamed al-Gheiti, who previously expressed his stance against homosexuality, invited the man to discuss his lifestyle on air in August 2018.

The move led to the Misdemeanors Court in Giza charging him with promoting homosexuality, incitement to debauchery and immorality and contempt of religion. He was also fined 3,000 Egyptian pounds (£130.25).

According to The Egypt Independent, lawyer Samir Sabry filed the case against the TV host with the attorney-general, saying he has violated the basic rules, laws and religious constants.

During the controversial interview, the gay guest, whose face was blurred to protect his identity, revealed he was a sex worker and openly discussed his relationship with another man.

 

 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court reinstates Trump's ban on trans servicemembers in the military
Source: Think Progress

 

The Supreme Court handed down a pair of orders on Tuesday that effectively reinstate the Trump administration’s ban on trans military service.

The cases are Trump v. Karnoski and Trump v. Stockman. In both cases, a lower court halted the ban. Tuesday’s orders temporarily stay those lower court decisions while the cases make their way through the federal courts. The Supreme Court voted along party lines to stay these decisions, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in dissent.

While the Republican-controlled Supreme Court was always likely to take up these cases eventually — and always likely to rule in favor of Trump — the Court’s decision to permit the Trump administration to stay these lower court orders suggests that the Court’s majority is especially eager to uphold Trump’s policy.

Even setting aside the fact that the Court’s Republican majority is unlikely to be sympathetic to transgender civil rights under any circumstances, courts are especially likely to defer to the elected branches on questions involving the military or national security.

 

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Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct

 

January 23, 2019 8:56PM EST

 

Angola has finally shed the divisive “vices against nature” provision in its law, widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexual conduct.

Taking things one step further, the government has also prohibited discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.  And so anyone refusing to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation may face up to two years in prison.   

The changes came on January 23 as Angola’s parliament adopted its first new penal code since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and removed the provision, inherited from its Portuguese colonizers.

While there have been no known prosecutions under the law, provisions like this one curtail the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, subjecting their intimate lives to unwarranted scrutiny.

Colonial-era laws outlawing same-sex conduct give tacit state support to discrimination against gender and sexual minorities, contributing to a climate of impunity. Iris Angola, the country’s only gay rights lobby group, has often complained that its members face discrimination when accessing health care and education.

 

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LGBTQ leaders warned about a Trump presidency. Two years later, it’s clear they were right.

 

https://thinkprogres...t-74fc635bd655/

 

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(Think Progress) Donald Trump is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing with it comes to LGBT equality,” wrote former Human Rights Campaign (HRC) staffer Brandon Lorenz in May of 2016. It was one of many warnings from queer advocacy groups that Trump would be devastating to LGBTQ equality.

 

Two years into his presidency, they’ve all been proven right — and then some.

 

At the time, Lorenz noted that Trump had promised to roll back marriage equality, enable a license to discriminate, turn a blind eye to anti-transgender laws, and repeal executive orders protecting the LGBTQ community. While those exact predictions have not fully been realized, they still point in the direction of many of the actions the administration has taken. Like all other aspects of the Trump administration, it’s instead been full of unimaginable consequences.

 

Fenway Health released a new report this week that documents how many anti-LGBTQ actions the Trump administration took during just his second year in office. The list is long, but includes rolling back nondiscrimination protections across multiple agencies, fighting to implement a ban on transgender military service, and proposing a rule to allow health care providers to deny service according to their religious beliefs. It only builds on the list Fenway put out for Trump’s first year.

 

While there may have been no way to imagine all of the different ways Trump would try to dismantle LGBTQ equality, advocates at least understood that he’d be a wild card. Just two days before the Pulse nightclub shooting, radio host Michelangelo Signorile warned that Trump would be “a mortal danger to LGBT equality,” one who would act “in a more insidious, under-the-radar way than any previous GOP presidential nominee.” 


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Japan's supreme court rules in favor of forced sterilization of trans people

Source: LGBTQ Nation



By Alex Bollinger · Friday, January 25, 2019


The Japanese supreme court has ruled in favor of a law that requires transgender people to get sterilized in order to update their documents.

The case was brought by Takakito Usui, a trans man who wanted to update his papers but was told that he couldn’t because of a 2004 law that requires a trans person to have “a body which appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs of those of the opposite gender.”

“The essential thing should not be whether you have had an operation or not, but how you want to live as an individual,” Usui said. He appealed, but lost when a four-judge panel unanimously agreed that the law was constitutional.

The court ruled that the government had an interest in limiting societal “confusion” and “abrupt changes.”

 


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