Human Rights

Trans woman suing the state of Idaho

Off the top, I have to say that I have no good feelings towards Idaho.

Soon after I began my transition in 1992, I traveled by bus to visit my relatives in Oregon and was arrested in the Greyhound bus terminal in Boise for using the women's bathroom...even though before the trip, I had gotten permission from Greyhound to do so.

The cops took all my money but returned my ticket. I spent the night back in the terminal because the local gay bar in walking distance had a "no trannies" policy.

Anyhoo....

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European Rights Court calls for striking down sterilization requirement

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling in the case of A.P., Garçon and Nicot v. France "that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of E. Garçon and S.

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Texas politicians uncover a work-around

With the anti-transgender SB 6 stuck in the mud in the Texas House, Rep. Ron Simmons of Carollton has taken a cue from the North Carolina "compromise" and introduced HB 2899, which would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances which extend rights beyond what is protected by state law. The bill would also nullify all local non-discrimination laws already in place.

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Making the Wimminz and girlzes safer

There is a bill in the NC House (HB 562) intended to target transgender people. It doesn't say so on up front, but the bill increases the penalty for second-degree trespass from 20 days maximum to 120 days maximum if the offense occurs "in a multi-occupancy bathroom, shower or changing facility."

So is everyone safe now?

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Litigating equality

Boyertown, PA. It's not too far from Philadelphia, located between Amityville and Congo on Ironstone Creek in Berks County.

It is the site of the most recent attack by the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom on equal treatment of transgender students in our schools.

ADF is claiming that

Boyertown School District’s bathroom policy constitutes sexual harassment and violates personal privacy.

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Unfair housing

I'm positive that most people are not familiar with the terms of the Fair Housing Act, which also goes by the identification of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. It is supposed to be enforced by HUD...but that requirement did not foresee the Trump Administration.

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Tennessee Slate of Hate suffers a black eye

Tennessee Sen Mae Beavers attempted to re-introduce a measure which would have required schools to restrict bathroom and locker room based on sex at birth. She even had a proposed an amendment to the bill which she thought would allow "accommodations" for transgender and intersex students.

Sen Beavers has announced that she is exploring a run for governor in 2018.

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Can't go more than a week or two, it seems

Somewhen near 4:15 local time in Baltimore this morning, witnesses heard someone screaming for help. Then they heard gunshots.

Two black men were seen running from the scene. They climbed into a dark colored car and took off.

When police arrived, they discovered that a 38-year-old transgender woman had been shot in the stomach. The victim was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.

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Montana bill would ask for referendum on whether transgender people exist

Rep. Carl Glimm (R-Kila) has introduced a bill written by the Montana Family Association which defines sex as "a person's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth." As such it would restrict transgender people to public restrooms and locker rooms designated for the sex assigned to them at birth.

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