Human Rights

We the People support transgender troops

Quinnipiac University released poll results last Thursday that found that 68% of American voters believe that transgender people should be allowed to serve openly in the military. That includes 55% of voters in military households and 72% of independent voters. 60% of Republicans oppose transgender service, but "every other party, gender, education, age or racial group” backs it by a margin of 22 percent or more."

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Hunting witches and Warring between cultures

Alex Wagner is the former chief of staff to the 22nd secretary of the Army. He teaches a course at Georgetown Law on LGBTQ issues and is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

Wagner writes today at Slate: Trump’s Trans Troops Ban Would Require a Cruel and Exorbitantly Expensive Witch Hunt

Wagner examines the Trump anti-transgender tweetstorm.

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Texas activist beaten by two men because of gender identity

Stephanie Martinez is a transgender activist in Austin, TX. She met Rayshad Deloach in an online chat room. Deloach said he was interested in learning about transgender people/issues.

This is not unusual by itself. We must educate our fellow citizens about who we are in order to establish our niche in society. That's pretty much why I do what I do.

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House refuses transphobic amendment to budget

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), kept her promise of a couple of weeks ago to go after service by transgender people when the Defense budget hit the floor of the House.

Hartzler introduced an amendment intended to ban medical treatment for transgender troops and their families.

California's hairball Duncan Hunter summarized the content:

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Danger in DC

It's dangerous for transgender women in the District these days.

Desiree Copeland was walking to visit family near the Waterfront/Navy Yards in Southwest DC on July 2 when a young man started following her. The dude then shot off a Roman candle at Desiree which struck her. She asked him to stop, but he he continued to shoot fireworks at her, causing burns to her neck and face.

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Random attacks? Really?

On the Fourth of July someone walking by the Morris Home (an alcohol and drug treatment center for transgender people in Southwest Philadelphia), hurled an M80 at a pair of residents sitting on the porch.

On the Fourth of July an employee of the nonprofit in Southwest Philadelphia was the target of fireworks hurled from a passing vehicle while waiting for a trolley.

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Too bad, so sad

Petitions were due yesterday afternoon to qualify initiatives to be on the ballot for the November election.

The anti-transgender group, Just Want Privacy, had been gathering signatures for proposed initiative 1552. But they needed 260,000 valid signatures to reverse a 2015 state regulation guaranteeing access to restrooms and locker rooms according to the gender a person lives with rather the sex assigned at birth. They say they came up 20,000 signatures short.

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