Human Rights

An identifier, not a diagnosis

The parliament of Denmark, on New Year's Day voted in favor of removing the stigma from being transgender..."separating them from association with words such as 'problem,' 'disorder,' or dysphoria.'"

Words matter. It was very important that terms like “incongruence,” “disturbance” and “problem” were left out of the code title used by the country’s medical community to track care.

The change makes it a code instead of a diagnosis.

--Linda Thor Pederson, LGBT Denmark

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First!

Mesha Caldwell was 41, a hair and makeup artist and a transgender woman. Two days ago her body was found along a road in Canton, Mississippi (Madison County). Coroner Alex Breeland did not deny that she had been shot to death. The incident has been ruled a homicide.

While there are limited details behind the shooting, police are currently investigating when the shooting happened, and a motive.

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It's not "identity politics", but a stand for equal rights

The ACLU's Chase Strangio has written a state of the community report for transgender people and our allies.

Across the country, before state legislative sessions have even convened, lawmakers are making clear that transgender people will again be the relentless targets of discriminatory legislation.

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Massachusetts churches drop lawsuit

The churches gathered together by the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom to challenge the state's transgender legal protections are withdrawing their legal challenge.

Assured they can retain control over their bathrooms and changing facilities, and continue preaching an anti-transgender message if they choose to do so, pastors at four churches say they no longer plan to sue over the state’s trans protections bill.

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On the mental illness thing

Right-wing Jewish pundit Ben Shapiro spoke to Orthodox students at Yeshiva Monday.

Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness that is deeply harmful and it’s not a solution to pretend that transgender people are the sex that they think they are in their head. Biology is biology; men can’t magically become women and women can’t magically become men.

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Homeland Insecurity

I've never been a fan of the Department of Homeland Security.

At its inception just the use of the word "homeland" in the name sent shivers down my spine and brought images of brown shirts to my frontal cortex.

It was supposedly created to assist in making us all feel safe. Except that "all" has apparently always had limits.

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