Nevada returns to add gender identity to hate crimes law

Nevada's Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that adds attacks on transgender persons to a list of hate crimes and stiffening the penalty for offenders.

 photo Patricia_Spearman_zpsd75b6a04.jpgSB139 was sponsored by Sen. Patricia Spearman (D-Las Vegas). Spearman is a North Las Vegas pastor and is the only openly gay member of the legislature. She spent 29 years in the US Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. She told the committee of being the victim of a hate crime when she was 21 and was attacked by a truckload of young white men accosted her, a young black woman out jogging, tossing racial slurs and glass at her.

[T]he only thing that saved my life was my ability to belly crawl in a ditch at least seven blocks to get to home.



Insisting transgender kids be put at risk - Part 2

Last evening I published Insisting transgender students be put at risk . At the time, I promised to follow that up with two more stories this evening. The first of those stories concerns an attempt in California aimed at preventing that risk as well as angry people who wish to thwart that effort. The second story concerns a situation in Colorado in which a transgender child actually was made a target by a change of policy in her school district.

In both California and Colorado there are actually legal protections from discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity. Wouldn't it be cool if people understood that a school is part of the very heart of the definition of "public accommodations."



Yes, the Sequester is President Obama's Fault. These are facts.

This won't be FP material everywhere, but it's the truth. That is, unless one just hasn't paid attention to the events and Congressional deals facilitated by this administration in response to said events that led up to the sequester. If one did pay attention, this conclusion is undeniable. The sequester was basically an invention of Gene Sperling and Jack Lew.

In case we all need a refresher, Gene Sperling was and still is the Director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama. In case the denial is too thick with regard to Jack Lew, Jack Lew was head of Obama's Office of Management and Budget when the first grand betrayal was written only to be fall apart by John Boehner's doing in 2011. For that, and his time on Wall St helping Citigroup as OCC crash our economy while denying that deregulation was a problem, he is insultingly being rewarded with a post as our next Treasury Secretary.

These are the people that were hired by and work in the Obama administration that wrote the damn Sequester! It's pretty hard to deny, but some will try.

This was during the debt ceiling debacle many of us warned about but were ignored in favor of 11th dimensional chess. In reality, this is a vile violent rigged chess game that makes seniors starve to death through lack of meals on wheels. This form of deficit terrorism also threatens many of my friends and their relatives through layoffs and furloughs while slowing all essential government operations down.



Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Am I Blue?

Am I blue? Yeah, I'm not going to bother lying to you, my friends, I am struggling like hell to avoid a full blown depression, I can't have that. My kids can't have that. In all the time since I've become a mom I've managed to recognize the danger signs and take steps to avoid becoming zombie mom. No kid needs that. Not that any parent who goes through it is to blame, sometimes you do everything in your power and it hits anyway.




Gender Prison: Insisting transgender students be put at risk

Good stories. Bad stories. Stories which are a little bit of both.

And then there are stories which are just plain ugly. Often they include nasty commentary by someone from Fox News.

Like Bill O'Reilly.

Recently the Massachusetts Department of Education issued a directive targeting the treatment of transgender students by schools, teachers, school staff, and administrators.

The eleven-page document is entitled Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools -- Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment

The main point is the implementation of the underlined portion of the law (An Act Relative to Gender Identity) which became effective on July 1, 2012.

No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

Throughout the diary I have included photos of transgender youth. You get to decide which ones you would be uncomfortable sharing the restroom or locker room with.




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