Human Rights

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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Kerry speaks out about transgender rights

Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender persons around the world are targeted by rising levels of violence fueled by hatred and bigotry.

This is a global challenge and we all must do more to protect transgender persons on the basis of equality and dignity.

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In the wee hours of Saturday morning...

It happened in Cookeville, TN, which is situated along I-40 east of Nashville. A transgender woman named Elle and her 3 year-old son were inside their home at 3: 30 am when Elle heard a noise outside. she looked out her door "and saw the door to her 2006 Harley Davidson edition F-150 pickup truck [was] open."

Thinking she'd forgotten to lock or close the door, Elle shut the door and went back inside.

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Federal Judge: Bathroom Ban violated Title VII

Bradley Roberts is a police officer in Clark County, Nevada. He has worked for the Clark County School District for 20 years. He is also a transgender man.

Officials at the Clark County School District told Roberts, who was working for the District as a resource officer that since he was born female but identifies as male, he could not use either the men's or women's bathrooms at work, but would be required to use a gender neutral bathroom.

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