The Breakfast Club: 4-16-2014

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Gender Prison: Malta becomes first European country to recognize gender identity in Constitution

Yesterday Malta became the first European country to recognize gender identity in its constitution. Last evening the Maltese parliament passed a constitutional amendment which included gender identity as a protected ground, allowed transgender people who have changed their legal gender to legally enter into a marriage, and introduced civil unions for couples of all gender combinations with "nearly the same rights as married couples."

Oh, yeah…I guess more people would be interested in the latter event. Malta now becomes one of 21 European countries which legally recognize same-sex couples and their families.

These are fantastic news. It has been a long way for Malta, and we congratulate the activists who have fought over all the years for the recognition and protection of transgender people.

—Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe executive director

The Maltese amendment is seen as a call for all other countries to lift the state of transgender humanity out of the dark shadows of unenlightened prejudice.

Countries must say loud and clear: we stand proudly by our transgender population. We need more trans champions like Malta.

—Richard Köhler, TGEU

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The Breakfast Club: 4-15-2014 (Tax Day!)

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The Breakfast Club: 4-14-2014

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Sunday Train: Transport Cycling and Austin's Awesome Bike Plan

Last week, I came across a post at People for Bike, called Four Simple Lessons from Austin's Brilliant Bike Plan Update ... and after reading the post, I clicked on through to the overview of the Bike Plan Update that they were referring to, and it was even better than they said. Once I saw that, I know that Sunday Train was going to talk about both Austin's Awesome Bike Plan and the Four Key Lessons that People for Bikes draw from it:

  • 1) The point of bike plans isn't to appease bikers, it's to make bikes useful to everyone.
  • 2) Good biking makes good transit better.
  • 3) You're not going to turn every long car trip into a bike trip - all you have to do is turn short trips into bike trips.
  • 4) A good bike network increases the capacity of your entire road system.

So follow me below the fold to consider both these four important points and also the general Awesomeness of Austin's Bike Plan Update.

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The Breakfast Club 4/13/2014 (Passover Desserts)

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weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

But like ek horbeck

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Connecticut transgender teen sent to adult prison...convicted of no crime

In Connecticut a transgender teen (16, according to reports) who had been in the custody of the Department of Children and Families was transferred out of that custody and sent to an adult prison, York Correctional Institution in Niantic (East Lyme). On the one hand, the transgender girl was sent to an all-female facility. On the other hand, it is an adult facility…and the teen had been convicted of no crime.

DCF said that it could no longer care for the transgender girl, claiming that she had a history of assaulting staff members. DCF officials referred to a a statute which hasn’t been used in 14 years that allows the transfer when there is no other option for a treatment program. It is the first time in 20 years that the statute was used against a ward of the state.

Connecticut corrections officials say the teen will be evaluated at York and could be sent to the Manson Youth Institution, which only houses males, aged 14-20.

Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut, criticized the DCF, saying the teen was being targeted because she is transgender.

No other girl in DCF custody has been endangered in this way. The result, if not the intent, is clearly discriminatory.

—Staub

People are discussing this online at #ReThinkMalloy.

Connecticut’s history indicates the youth will be housed based on her sex at birth, although DOC officials say housing decisions are made on a case-by-case evaluation.

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Teaching while transgender

Lumberton, TX Independent School District substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug has been suspended for being transgender. The school district says they are "looking into the matter"...and that Klug has not been terminated...yet. Klug is supposed to hear about the resolution of the school board today, after the school board met on Thursday.

Klug substituted for a teacher in a fifth grade class last Thursday, which was the first day she discovered that someone might have "issues".

Parents of some of the students at the school say, of course, that they don't have any problems themselves with the teacher being transgender, but that the teacher may be confusing the 11-year-olds who are in her charge.

Within an hour of them being exposed or dealing with this, there's a few issues here, I think these kids are too young for this issue, so that's our main focus is, if it happens in older grades, high school, ok but too young for this.

--Roger Bread, parent

Other parents say there has not been an issue before with Klug and they don't see why it is an issue now...and that they have no problem explaining to their child what a transgendender person is.

My son knows who he is and I don't think any outside influence is going to change that, I'm more concerned about straight predatory teachers rather than I am someone who lives an alternative private alternate lifestyle, I don't worry about my son.

--Jammie Marcantel, parent

Texas, of course, has no employment protections for transgender people.

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The Breakfast Club: 4-11-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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