Settlement proposed in HB2 lawsuit

Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina said yesterday that transgender people will be able to use public facilities that correspond to their gender identity under a proposal to settle the lawsuit initiated to challenge North Carolina's notorious HB2.

Challengers had continued their lawsuit after legislators passed and the Democratic governor signed a law this spring replacing HB2, the law commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”

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Attorneys General file brief

The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.

Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.

--Maura Healy, Massachusetts

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Sessions orders hate crimes lawyer to Iowa

The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kedarie (Kandicee) Johnson was a 16-year-old nonbinary student, who friends and family said identified as both male and female and also as gay.

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The pope is wrong once again

In an address to the Pontifical Academy for Life general assembly on Thursday Pope Francis

decried “the utopia of ‘neutral,’” ostensibly referring to the concept of gender neutrality. He argued that gender is fixed as male or female for the purpose of reproduction. The pontiff also warned against the “manipulation” of gender, which he said could “dismantle” that balance.

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New Mexico AG disputes Sessions statement

Hector Balderas, the Attorney General of the state of New Mexico, sent a letter yesterday to US Attorney General Sessions in response to Sessions' memo issued last week that said no federal civil rights laws protect transgender people from discrimination at work.

Sessions called the interpretation a "conclusion of law, not policy," and said the move should not be construed to condone mistreatment of transgender people.

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Democrats say, "show me the proof"

Over 100 Democratic congresspeople have signed a letter addressed to SecDef James Mattis requesting all communication between the Pentagon and the White House that resulted in Trump twittering his ban on military service by transgender people.

Trump claimed at the time that his position was established "after consultation with my Generals and military experts," which was an apparently a total surprise to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and many other military experts of note.

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