The Knucklehead effect

The Chicago City Council's Committee on Human Relations advanced an ordinance to the City Council Floor which will close a loophole in the city's human rights code which could make it difficult for transgender people to access public washrooms.

Under examination was the requirement that people be able to show a government-issued identification card that indicates that their gender matches that indicated for the washroom.

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Support from Spooks, Agents and Analysts

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed the bathroom thing in a press release prior to speaking at the 5th Annual Intelligence Community Pride Summit being held at DIA headquarters in Washington, DC.

I won't dwell on the issue of transgender rights. I know our nation is currently engaged in a complex conversation with strong feelings on both sides. But here in the IC [intelligence community], we have the chance to lead by example.

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Gone viral

14-year-old Corey Maison was badly bullied in 5th grade. One bully even told her that if she killed herself, nobody would care. Why did he do this? Because Corey was different.

Corey shows in her video that she never fit in with her peers when she was younger. She was shunned by girls and teased by boys, and even laughed at by adults later on.

Corey tells her story in the following viral video:

 

 

 

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Look past pink and blue

 photo bathroomAlisha_zps36bzzbbh.jpgThe title of this diary is also the title of a new campaign in New York City informing NYC's residents and visitors that they may use the restroom consistent with their identity.

With people comparing us to dogs,and saying we need to use whatever bushes and trees we can find for privacy, the campaign is very welcome.

The new campaign, which officials debuted Monday, includes real life transgender New Yorkers and tells people to "look past pink and blue" and to "use the restroom consistent with who you are."

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Sleeping on the streets

Jennifer Ney transitioned 24 years ago. She has been mostly homeless since then.

They just threw me out in the streets there in Tulsa, I was in Oklahoma City, they says, ‘you’re not welcome here.'

--Ney

Friday night she sought shelter with the Gospel Rescue Mission of Grants Pass, OR.

They said the likes of you as a transgender person is not welcome here because of biblical teachings.

--Ney

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The Breakfast Club (Sankofa)

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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b'tzelem Elohim

In case you don't speak Hebrew (I sure don't), the title phrase translates to "In God's Divine Image."

Now, I'm not religious, identifying as Taoist if asked, but I'm always interested in contextualizing the attacks made by the religious right against trans people. One of the more recent attacks has been that God has a limited view of gender.

Gender identity confusion should not be exploited by social activists — like those in the Obama administration — who want to deny the God-given distinction between the sexes.This is a rebellion against God's plan.

The Bible says 'God made them from the beginning male and female.' Not male, female and question mark. God has determined how many sexes there are—there are two, not three.

--Robert Jeffress

Fortunately, people like Jeffress do not have ownership of religion. Southern Baptists are not the only game in town.

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Charlie says he'll sign the bill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has spent months keeping mum about whether or not he would sign a bill protecting transgender people's right to access public accommodations.

That has now changed.

We’ve certainly listened to a variety of points of view from many sides and have said, from the beginning, that we don’t want people to be discriminated against.

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