Another shoe drops

The Navy and Marines have followed the lead of the Army and the Air Force and made it more difficult to discharge transgender people for being transgender.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum last Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision."

The memo was sent to the chief of naval operations and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Sgt. Shane Ortega, a three-time Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and openly transgender soldier at Wheeler Army Airfield, said he was "elated" with the news because it gives transgender troops worried about discharge "the opportunity to breathe."

These types of historic actions are the ones that parallel the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

--Ortega

The military policy changes mean transgender personnel seeking medical treatment won't be automatically separated from service.

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NO wins Greek Referendum in a Landslide

Catch up with the referendum analysis from Real World economics perspective at The European Tribune:

Greek referendum day open thread (and click back through for more #GreekCrisis Open Threads over this past week), Greece: The next step; introducing the Euriou, Grexit and Propaganda, The case for Austerity, and more.

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DOJ: Title IX protects transgender students

Last month I shared a news item about the ACLU filing suit on behalf of trans teen Gavin Grimm against Gloucester County Schools for banning him from the boys room.

The suit discusses how Gavin has been ostracized from the girls’ room, where others perceive him to be a boy and ask him to leave. He has also found that using the school’s single-stall restrooms actually spotlights him as “the black sheep,” describing walking to the rarely used facilities as a “walk of shame.”

The USDOJ filed a statement of interest in the case this past week.

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The Breakfast Club (Elvis)

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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Ready4Freddie

Do Something.org is a global organization advocating that young people get involved with social change.

our 3.8 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop

Since that was written, the number of members has risen to 3,975,471. More than 2 million of the teens had signed up to receive text messages one or two times a month suggesting ways to do social good. Those texts came from someone named Alysha.

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[Yesterday] they got a different kind of text from Alysha. Alysha, the text said, was now going by the name Freddie and was coming out as transgender. Instantly. To two million people. Via a text message. 

--Ina Fried, re/code

I’ve texted for DoSomething for 3yrs as Alysha, but I’ve been struggling. Im Trans. Im Freddie! Kind of a big deal.

--Freddie

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The Breakfast Club (Notes)

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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Donation replaced nearly three times over

Three days ago the Girl Scouts of Western Washington (GSWW) refused a donation of $100K because it came with the stipulation that none of the money be used to benefit transgender girls. That's old news by now.

That money would have been one third of the GSWW budget for the year, so GSWW started a campaign on indiegogo in an effort to replace it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The campaign is called #ForEVERYGirl. In three days so far (28 days left) neearly 6000 donors have donated $286,820.

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The most basic brand of respect

Beginning today transgender people in California will be able to have the gender we identify with proclaimed on our death certificates.

The Respect After Death Act was passed in September of 2014 and goes into affect today. The Act requires medical examiners and coroners to refer to legal document such as court ordered name and/or gender changes, passports, wills, proof of clinical treatment for gender transition, amended birth certificates or valid driver's licenses to determine the sex listed on death certificates rather than basing decisions solely on the apparent genitalia of the deceased. Such documents would also override any stated preferences of next-of-kin.

Since California passed its law, Illinois has passed a similar bill.

Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center said the California law is an improvement on what is being proposed in other states, such as Illinois, where the law would requires a transgender person to provide written direction or an advanced health care directive - a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.

California’s new law is more flexible in that various forms of documentation can be used to influence the sex marker on the death certificate.

--Buchert

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