Human Rights

The pope is wrong once again

In an address to the Pontifical Academy for Life general assembly on Thursday Pope Francis

decried “the utopia of ‘neutral,’” ostensibly referring to the concept of gender neutrality. He argued that gender is fixed as male or female for the purpose of reproduction. The pontiff also warned against the “manipulation” of gender, which he said could “dismantle” that balance.

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New Mexico AG disputes Sessions statement

Hector Balderas, the Attorney General of the state of New Mexico, sent a letter yesterday to US Attorney General Sessions in response to Sessions' memo issued last week that said no federal civil rights laws protect transgender people from discrimination at work.

Sessions called the interpretation a "conclusion of law, not policy," and said the move should not be construed to condone mistreatment of transgender people.

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Democrats say, "show me the proof"

Over 100 Democratic congresspeople have signed a letter addressed to SecDef James Mattis requesting all communication between the Pentagon and the White House that resulted in Trump twittering his ban on military service by transgender people.

Trump claimed at the time that his position was established "after consultation with my Generals and military experts," which was an apparently a total surprise to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and many other military experts of note.

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Reform Jews speak up in favor of transgender people

On Wednesday, October 4, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender employees in their places of work. In the memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote, "Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.

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Dunford says Transgender troops shouid be allowed to serve

Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday on the occasion of his reappointment to that role.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asked him about transgender troops. Dunford said that the thousands of transgender troops currently serving had performed their duties with honor and valor.

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Full-bore stupid

Two transgender, non-binary students in South Glenn Falls, NY were kicked off a school bus on Wednesday, just because they wanted to sit on the "boys side of the bus."

WTF???? Yes, You read that correctly...as did I.

The driver of said bus decided...on his own...that school buses (at least the one he drive)...should be segregated by sex...boys on one side and girls on the other.

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Pentagon to allow transgender re-ups

On Friday the Pentagon released guidance that transgender service members currently serving will be allowed to re-enlist as the study of how to implement Trumps ban proceeds.

Friday's memo also announced that the deputy defense secretary and the vice chair of the Joint Chiefs would lead the panel, which may include "outside experts," which will study implementation of the ban.

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