Backlash in South Carolina getting a head start

The South Carolina legislature steps up to the plate today to take its swing at the transgender piñata. Sen. Lee Bright fell in love with North Carolina's Hate Bill 2 before it was even passed.

Bright, who faces three GOP challengers in June, said he's had enough of tolerance if that means "men who claim to be women" going into a bathroom with children.

Gov. Nikki Haley and state business leaders have called the law totally unnecessary.

Sen. Bright is trying to create a political crisis that doesn't exist to save his political career.

--Ted Pitts, Chamber of Commerce



Discrimination is international

 photo Mr. C_zpssr2qglt2.jpgYesterday in southern China a labor arbitration panel held a hearing in China's first legal case claiming employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Identified only as Mr. C, the 28-year-old plaintiff says that he has identified as a transgender man since college.

Mr. C applied for a sales job with the Ciming Health Checkup Center in Guiyamg, Guizhou Province, last April.



Murder in Houston

 photo shante_zpsjgv2w3cw.jpgLate Sunday in Houston midtown, a few blocks from bars and restaurants, Shante Thompson and Willie Sims were shot to death. Police say they may have been beaten with a crowbar or tire iron before the shooting transpired.

Witnesses say a group of up eight people armed with several weapons swarmed a transgender woman and a man out in the street.

It really hurts me. I have always looked for Shante. I was always been there for her. When I got the call and saw her laying on the ground it really hurt my heart.

--Kevin Braxton, friend of Ms. Thompson



Vigil for Annabel

 photo Anabel_zpsqhtfxma3.jpgThere was a vigil last evening for Annabel Montoya, the East Los Angeles transgender teen who was intentionally run down by a vehicle in Monterey Park on around 2:30 am on Saturday April 2. Police have said that Annabel may have been beaten before being run down.

The 16-year-old Annabel is currently in a medically induced coma in the ICU at County-USC Medical Center.



Kansas increases its sucking

Once upon a time, I lived in Kansas. At the time the governor was Bob Dole. I was stationed at Fort Leavenworth and worked at the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

To the present:

The Brownback administration has decided that it will not be sufficient to require that transgender people be forced to use the restroom that accords with the sex listed on their birth certificate...since currently one could have the gender changed on a Kansas birth certificate by presenting medical documentation that displays that an anatomical or physiological change has occurred.

The governor’s administration has proposed changing the regulations so that the gender on a person’s birth certificate can only be changed if the person signs an affidavit saying the gender was incorrectly recorded on the original certificate and also provides medical records backing up that claim.

The change developed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment seems to block transgender people from changing their birth certificates after transitioning.

They’re trying to change the rules in the middle of the game.

This has been standing in Kansas for a very long time that transgender people are able to get their birth certificates corrected. Now they’re changing the rules because there are transgender people who are still trying to get their birth certificates corrected … and Brownback’s people don’t want that to happen.

--Tom Witt, Equality Kansas



Transgender Political Organization awakens

 photo qq_tgh.gifTransUnited Fund yesterday announced its birth.

After repeated attacks at the state legislative level, a group of transgender and allied individuals are launching a political advocacy organization exclusively focused on advancing the rights of transgender individuals.

Trans United Fund will accomplish their mission by engaging transgender communities and allies in the political process, building political leadership and capacity of transgender people and allies and endorsing candidates with a commitment to transgender equality and a pro-transgender platform. The first-ever transgender focused Presidential Candidate Questionnaire has been developed and will be distributed to all potential candidate as part of the 2016 election cycle, in addition to a legislative scorecard program and efforts related to building political power in the trans communities and educating allies. The organization is looking at key races across the country in the 2016 election cycle to focus resources where they can make the most difference.




Manhood threatened, he says

 photo Islan_zpsfcigdlry.jpgJames Dixon has rejected a plea offer of 12 years in prison if he pleads guilty. Now he will face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted of beating Islan Nettles to death on a trial that starts today.

Dixon came forward after police at first had detained Paris Wilson on a charge of assault. Dixon had fled the scene of the assault on Nettles, which was right outside a police precinct in Harlem.

Dixon admitted killing Nettles in a 2013 interview with police.



Trans woman deliberately run down by hit-and-run driver in East Los Angeles

I don't have a big story for today. It's my birthday, so I'll be celebrating with my partner. I am now 68 years old...much more than I ever thought I would be.

Shortly after 2:30am yesterday in front of a Monterey Park, CA restaurant, someone driving a car when out of their way to intentionally strike a transgender woman with the car and then fled the scene.




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