Human Rights

Speaking in favor of transgender service

Three retired generals have spoken up in favor of the acceptance of transgender recruits into the military.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, Army Mj. Gen. Gale Pollock, and Army Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender have written a statement:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has stated that he will make personnel decisions based on evidence about what best promotes force readiness.

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Cormier v Planet Fitness

The Michigan Appeals Court has ruled 3-0 that Yvette Cormier has no claim against Planet Fitness over its transgender-inclusive policies.

Back in 2015 Cormier encountered a transgender woman in a locker room. She decided that she needed to repeatedly warn all other women in the establishment. Planet Fitness responded by revoking her membership.

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Not yet tired of all the winning

In a spate of recent rulings, district and circuit courts have held that anti-discrimination laws in education and employment extend protections to transgender people.

The net effect of the rulings, which has gone largely unnoticed, is that a new legal precedent is being established allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities — all without any action from Congress or the Trump administration.

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Wisconsin democrats seek to protect transgender people

Wisconsin was the first state to provide legal protection from discrimination for LGB people. That happened in 1982. But the state has never sought to include transgender people as well.

If a miracle occurs and the bill actually passes, Wisconsin would become the 20th state to ban discrimination against transgender people.

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And One

 photo Faulkner_zpspsnncuuc.jpgSherrell Faulkner was assaulted last November 30, found near a dumpster in one of Charlotte, NC's gay-friendly neighborhoods. She died May 16 from the injuries she sustained in the attack. She was 46 years-old.

Police have said that her relatives have been notified and that they are investigating the death as a homicide.

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Her name was Brenda Bostick

We finally have an identification. A transgender woman was discovered unconscious on a Chelsea street on the evening of April 25 after someone called in to 911 saying an assault was in progress. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of a head injury, but she died on May 4.

The medical examiners office has now declared that the cause of death for Brenda Bostick, a 59 year old black woman, was homicide. Ms. Bostick was thought to be homeless.

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