Congressional Research Service on being transgender in the military

The Congressional Research Service issued a report on April 28 which stated that the Department of Defense should seriously consider following the lead of the Justice Department, which at the end of 2014 announced that transgender federal employees would be added to the list of people protected against discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The report was unearthed by the Federation of American Scientists and made available at the blog, Secrecy News

The document is entitled CRS Insights, and subtitled What are the Department of Defense (DOD) Policies on Transgender Service?. It was written by Kristy N. Kamarck, who is described as an analyst in military manpower.

On December 18, 2014, then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would take the position in litigation that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual's gender identity, including transgender status. While Title VII does not apply to military personnel, for some, this change in the Administration's position has raised questions about U.S. law and DOD policies as they relate to transgender individuals.

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Suicide High School

Really, things had been going pretty well.

Smith College opens its doors to transgender women.

A Utah school selected a transgender prom queen

The New York Times started their Transgender Project

OSHA partners with NCTE re: transgender worker safety

Even Hillary Clinton makes transgender immigrants a campaign issue

I don’t think we should, you know, put children and vulnerable people into big detention facilities because I think they are at risk. I think their physical and mental health are at risk. 

--Clinton

 photo Mafia Boss_zpslvafhzmc.jpgIt couldn't last, I guess.

Cameron Langrell was 15 and attending Horlick High School in Racine, WI when she posted to facebook his coming out as transgender. She also wrote that he was dating a boy. And she changed her profile gender to female.

A few days later Cameron was dead.

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The Breakfast Club (Nothing Could Be Finer)

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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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for May 7th

  

 

 

   

The Lusitania sunk in World War I; Nazi Germany signs
surrender in World War II; Vietnam's Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Composer
Peter Illych Tchaikovsky born; Glenn Miller records 'Chattanooga
Choo-Choo.'

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Glenn Miller - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Sun Valley Serenade (1941) HQ

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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OSHA partners with NCTE re: transgender worker safety

OSHA and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) have entered into an alliance to promote gender-appropriate restroom access.

The agreement, signed April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner with groups "committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses."

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The Breakfast Club (Turn the Page)

The Breakfast Club (Turn the Page)

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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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for May 6th

  

 

 

   

The hydrogen-filled airship Hindenburg explodes and
crashes; Psychologist Sigmund Freud and actor-director Orson Welles
born; Roger Bannister is the first athlete to run a mile in fewer than
four minutes.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Bob Seger's Greatest Hits || Best Of Bob Seger [Album Full HD]

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only
through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the
moment that we're not alone.

Orson Welles

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NYT Editorial board does transgender

On Monday the editorial staff of the New York Times launched a series about transgender rights.

Transgender Today used up the entirety of the space usually used for editorials (usually three articles).

One of the great things about an editorial page is that you can decide to make a big deal out of something, and we decided to make a big deal out of transgender equality.

There has been progress in this area, but there is a long way to go. This is not a front-burner issue for people, and we hope to make it one. We want policy makers to read this and think about policies they need to change.

--Andrew Rosenthal

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Kumu Hina

 photo kumu hina_zps5qzudjwh.jpgHina Wong-Kalu is a māhū. That is the native Hawaiian term for a person who embodies both male and female spirit. In the language of Western culture a māhū would be called transgender.

Māhū is also Hawaiian for "fag."

But that is limiting the concept.

It is not a gender, it’s not an orientation, it’s not a sect, it’s not a particular demographic and it’s definitely not a race. It is simply an expression of the third person as it involves the individual. When you find that place in yourself to acknowledge both male and female aspects within and accept the capacity to embrace both … that is where the māhū exists and true liberation happens.

--Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole

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Smith Trustees: Transgender women are women

 photo Smith-College-1304BDE8_zpsbuerja9a.jpgThe Smith College board of trustees has voted to accept that transgender women are women.

The shift to a self-identification admissions policy at the women’s college in Northampton goes into effect for students submitting applications this fall. The decision was revealed Saturday afternoon in a message to students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae.

Under the new admissions policy, applicants who were born male but identify as women are eligible for admission. Applicants must select “female” on the Common Application to be considered.

From the civil rights perspective, we’re saying trans women are women. What we’re doing here is really affirming that we’re a women’s college and we have an unwavering mission and identity as a women’s college.

--Smith College President Kathleen McCartney

Our clarified admission policy reflects a women's college that is steadfast in its founding mission yet evolving to reflect a changing world.

--Smith announcement

The move follows the leads of Mills College in California, and Wellesley, Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges in Massachusetts and Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania.

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