Posts Tagged ‘ LGBTQ ’

LGBT lives are better than ever, yet the culture war grows louder

December 2, 2016
posted by

Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"[W]hat I'm seeing from pieces like this bizarre one from BuzzFeed, and from things like a gay politician's attempt to promote a boycott of a beer company owner for supporting Trump, is an inability to accept a norm that we live side-by-side in a world with significant ideological diversity, and an inability to place an emphasis on policy-making over signaling and culture war judging. Debate over DeVos'[s] actual anti-gay background and how that might or might not affect federal education policy (libertarian disclaimer: we shouldn't even have a federal education policy) shouldn't be fighting for attention with the church habits of a couple of televised home renovators. I've said repeatedly while watching this election play out that one of the primary attitudes driving the culture of these campaigns has been the desire to punish one's foe. ... Self-segregation and social punishment seem to be the order of the day as the left and the right drift further and further apart culturally, even as policy differences seem less pronounced than they used to be." (12/01/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/01/lgbt-lives-are-better-than-ever-yet-the  

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VA scuttles plans to cover transition surgery for transgender vets

November 16, 2016
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Washington DC Metro Weekly    

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dropping plans to cover transition-related surgical expenses for transgender veterans, citing budget constraints. Back in June, VA officials publicly proposed a rule change aimed at lifting a longstanding ban on covering transition surgery beginning next year. Currently, the VA offers transgender veterans hormones and pre- and post-surgical care, but does not cover the actual cost of the surgery itself. Despite acknowledging that the proposal had received some pushback from social conservatives, the VA insists that its motives for not pursuing the rule change are solely financial." (11/15/16)

http://www.metroweekly.com/2016/11/va-scuttles-plans-to-cover-transition-surgery-for-transgender-vets/  

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Australia: Senate puts the kibosh on marriage apartheid plebiscite

November 8, 2016
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Australian Times [UK]    

"The Australian government's proposed 2017 plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been defeated in Parliament’s upper house. The Senate vote to block the bill legislating for the marriage equality plebiscite had been expected, following Labor last month announcing its opposition to holding it." (11/07/16)

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-bill-defeated-in-senate/  

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UK’s Turing law: Gay and bisexual men to be posthumously pardoned

October 20, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"Three years after World War II code-breaking hero Alan Turing was given a posthumous pardon by the Queen, the government has vowed to amend draft legislation so that thousands of convicted gay and bisexual men who went to their graves as sex offenders will also receive pardons. Dubbed the 'Turing law,' deceased men who were convicted of historic anti-gay offences will be formally pardoned." [editor's note: The idea of "pardoning" them is insulting to their memory -- it is the evildoers who passed and enforced those laws who did something that should require a pardon; what the victims deserve is an APOLOGY (and, if still alive, restitution from their persecutors) - TLK] (10/20/16)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/10/alan-turing-law-gay-bisexual-men-posthumous-pardon/  

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LA: Landry can block LGBT workplace protections, court says

October 18, 2016
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Attorney General Jeff Landry can reject dozens of state legal contracts because they include language preventing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- among other reasons, according to a Baton Rouge state court ruling Monday (Oct. 17). Judge Donald Johnson, of the 19th Judicial District Court, determined Gov. John Bel Edwards does not have the right to sue Landry and force the attorney general to approve legal contracts with a LGBT nondiscrimination provision Landry finds objectionable. The judge said state law is hazy about whether Landry or Edwards has the final word over legal contracts, which made granting the governor's wishes for forcing the Landry's hand on the contracts difficult. ... Landry has blocked between 40 and 50 state contracts with private law firms from moving forward mostly because they include language that prevents the attorneys from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their offices -- though his office says he has other concerns with the contracts as well." (10/18/16)

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/louisiana_lgbt_discrimination_1.html  

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Mexico: Small pro-family demonstrations follow large anti-family protests

September 11, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"In Mexico City, hundreds of people on Sunday demonstrated in favor of same-sex marriage one day after thousands took the streets to protest an initiative to legalize it nationwide. Sunday's protesters included activists, members of the LGBT community and family groups supporting the legislation. Several of them carried signs and banners that read: 'We are all families.' ... More than 50,000 people rallied in dozens of cities across Mexico on Saturday, according to officials. 'There purpose is to defend the family [sic]; what we are proposing is the protection [sic] of marriage and family,' Marco Tulio Mendoza, director of the rally organizers National Front for [sic] the Family, said in an interview on Saturday." [editor's note: Rejecting, attacking and calling for legal suppression of families is not "defending" or "protecting" them - TLK] (09/11/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/mexico-city-rally-backs-same-sex-marriage-amid-growing-criticism/a-19543813  

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IL: Pastors sue over ban on torturing teens

August 11, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday filing that the prohibition violates free speech and religious rights. The federal lawsuit seeks to exclude clergy from the ban that took effect Jan. 1, arguing that homosexuality is 'contrary to God's purpose' and a disorder that 'can be resisted or overcome by those who seek to be faithful to God and His Word.' Illinois is among five states with bans on so-called gay conversion therapy for youth under 18, a practice critics have decried as psychologically damaging. The laws in California and New Jersey have withstood legal challenges, but an attorney for the pastors said the prohibitions in those states did not include clergy." (08/11/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us--conversion-therapy-ban-lawsuit-20160811-story.html  

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SCOTUS blocks lower court ruling against Virginia educrats feeling up students

August 4, 2016
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Newsweek    

"A Virginia school board may temporarily block a student who was born a girl from using the boys' bathroom while a legal fight over transgender rights proceeds on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday. The case is the first time the fight over transgender bathroom rights has reached the Supreme Court. The subject arrived in the heat of a U.S. presidential election in which the makeup of the court is a central issue. In a brief order, the country's highest court put on hold an order from a lower court that had permitted the high school student to use the bathroom of his choice." (08/03/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/supreme-court-transgender-bathroom-virginia-appeal-law-block-breyer-487081?rx=us  

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Transgender students sue versus school bathroom rules in Maryland, Wisconsin

July 20, 2016
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Transgender high school students in Maryland and Wisconsin who were banned from boys' facilities in their schools have filed federal lawsuits arguing that the prohibitions violate their civil rights. The two lawsuits -- filed by transgender boys from Talbot County, Maryland, and Kenosha, Wisconsin -- are the latest actions in a flurry of litigation surrounding the question of how schools treat transgender students. The cases challenge the legality of restricting transgender students to unisex restrooms or to the restrooms that correspond with the sex shown on their birth certificates rather than allowing them access to the public-school bathrooms -- and locker rooms -- that match their gender identity." (07/20/16)

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2016/07/transgender_students_sue.html  

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Transgender bathroom panic will help shape Republican Party platform

July 12, 2016
posted by

Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"Delegates to the Republican National Convention will be spending the week hammering out the wording for the party's official platform. And the debate has gone into the toilet, purposefully. At hand among delegates in a platform subcommittee is whether the national party should oppose the current administration's efforts to mandate public schools accommodate transgender students in the bathroom and other gender-specific facilities. While there appears to be a push by some Republicans to get the party to ease off on LGBT social issues, they were unsuccessful in their effort to try to get them to stay out of this fight." (07/11/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/11/transgender-bathroom-panic-will-help-sha  

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Think gays don’t need gun rights? Check your privilege

June 29, 2016
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"A predictable response to the horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, mostly Latino, is to restrict gun ownership to police only. But this response ignores the real relationship gay and ethnic minority populations have had with police. It's a history of violence, targeted specifically at queer and brown bodies." (06/28/16)

https://fee.org/articles/think-gays-dont-need-gun-rights-check-your-privilege/  

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School board plans to ask SCOTUS to let them go back to groping students’ genitals

June 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Virginia school board plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the Obama administration went too far in directing the nation's schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice, arguing that the guidance issued to schools is an overreach of power and violates student privacy. ... Joshua Block, an ACLU attorney who has been working on [Gavin] Grimm's case, said it is unfortunate that the school board is seeking a Supreme Court hearing at this stage of the case. 'It is a shame that the Gloucester County School Board continues to spend so much time and money to prevent Gavin from using the restroom,' Block said. 'We will continue to fight on behalf of Gavin and all transgender students to ensure that schools live up to their obligations under Title IX.'" (06/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-board-plans-to-ask-us-supreme-court-to-hear-transgender-bathroom-case/2016/06/07/381c76f2-2cce-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html  

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NC: Charlotte pols unlikely to repeal bathroom power grab in HB2 compromise

May 24, 2016
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Washington Blade    

"Amid reports a potential compromise was in works over North Carolina's anti-LGBT law in which Charlotte would repeal its LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, such a move now seems unlikely in the aftermath of the removal of the issue from the Charlotte City Council agenda Monday night. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts affirmed at the start of the city council weekly meeting discussion wouldn't take place on the ordinance, which state lawmakers cited as the reasons for enacting House Bill 2." (05/23/16)

https://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/05/23/charlotte-wont-repeal-lgbt-ordinance-in-hb2-compromise/  

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NC: McCrory files lawsuit against the federal government over “bathroom bill”

May 10, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Department of Justice, asking a federal court to rule that its so-called 'bathroom law' is not discriminatory. In his complaint, McCrory (R) accused the federal government of 'baseless and blatant overreach.' The lawsuit came hours before a deadline the Justice Department set for McCrory to say that he would abandon the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don't match the gender on their birth certificates." (05/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/?tid=sm_fb  

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MS: ACLU sues regime over “religious freedom” law

May 9, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Mississippi's religious freedom law, which critics say will discriminate against gay and transgender people. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi, on behalf of Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, an engaged gay couple whom the ACLU says face discrimination as a result of the legislation." (05/09/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/us/mississippi-religious-freedom-bill-lawsuit/  

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NC: Perv pols love inspecting people’s genitals too much to let US DoJ make them stop

May 5, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A letter from the US Justice Department condemning North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' highlights a deeply partisan divide that could also threaten to split the Republican Party. The Justice Department wrote that the state's law requiring those identifying as transgender to use the bathroom appropriate to their gender at birth violated federal civil rights laws, threatening to sue the state and pull funding from its 17 universities. ... For North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), the law in question is a matter of 'common sense' and protection of [his prerogative of violating other people's] privacy. 'This is no longer just a North Carolina issue, because this conclusion by the Department of Justice impacts every state,' Gov. McCrory told the state's chamber of commerce." [editor's note: So his concern isn't just for North Carolina, but that he might get busted if he runs over to Tennessee to stare at people's crotches, too? - TLK] (05/05/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0505/Amid-federal-lawsuit-threat-N.C.-governor-digs-in-heels-on-LGBT-law  

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US DoJ: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

May 5, 2016
posted by

Sturgis Journal    

"A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. The law, which also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that conform to the sex on their birth certificate, has been broadly condemned by gay-rights groups, businesses and entertainers, some of whom have relocated offices or canceled shows in the state. Several other states have proposed similar laws limiting LGBT protections in recent months." (05/04/16)

http://www.sturgisjournal.com/news/20160504/us-government-north-carolina-lgbt-law-violates-civil-rights  

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Obama to name Stonewall first national monument for gay rights

May 4, 2016
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ABC News    

"New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve. Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide." (05/03/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-preparing-1st-national-monument-gay-rights-38857496  

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The bathroom wars: More freedom is going down the toilet

April 27, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Let me be frank and up front from the start. I was biologically born male, and I have always felt and viewed myself as male. In addition, I have never had an urge to cross-dress or a desire for a sex change operation. However, in a free society an individual is at liberty to dress however they want and pay for any 'radical' cosmetic surgery they wish to have. What they cannot do is impose their choices on others. Essential to the principle and practice of individual liberty is freedom of association." (04/27/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/bathroom-wars-freedom-going-toilet/  

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Prince, Curt Schilling, and the acceleration of history

April 26, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In recent days, there was the sudden death of Prince, a musician whose 'gender fluidity and sexual ambiguity granted a kind of permission for future musicians, queer and otherwise, to explore new means of expression of the self and sexuality,' said Slate. The Treasury Department announced it will put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill and move Andrew Jackson to the back. Curt Schilling got fired by ESPN for jeering at the idea of letting transgender people use the restroom compatible with their gender identity. Southwest Airlines drew unwanted attention when it removed a passenger who was heard speaking Arabic. A federal court ruled in favor of a transgender boy who sued to use the boys' restrooms at his Virginia high school. A Chicago Blackhawks player was suspended for one playoff game for yelling a homophobic slur from the penalty box." (04/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/25/prince-curt-schilling-and-the-accelerati  

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We need separation of bathroom and state

April 25, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Roy Cordato  

"The saga of the so-called Charlotte bathroom ordinance -- and the state of North Carolina's response to it -- has taken on a life of its own. At the national level leftists are accusing North Carolina of bigotry while, in the name of tolerance, a growing list of performers and businesses are boycotting the state. Unfortunately, what has gotten lost in all the rhetoric surrounding this issue is the truth about both the original Charlotte law and the state's response to it." (04/25/16)

https://mises.org/blog/we-need-separation-bathroom-and-state  

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Does adding “genderqueer” to the dictionary make it “real?”

April 25, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emma Green  

"Last week, Merriam-Webster added a handful of new words to its unabridged dictionary as part of a routine update. Although April’s additions weren't all related to sexuality and gender, a number of them might have been pulled from a Women and Gender Studies textbook: transphobia, nonbinary, cis, cisgender, genderqueer, gender reassignment, gender-fluid. The word Mx., an honorific sometimes preferred in lieu of Mr. or Mrs., also made the list. What's distinctive about these words -- more so than some of this year's other entries, such as Bitcoin and cold case -- is that they describe somewhat controversial ideas about the essential nature of gender and sexuality." (04/25/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/genderqueer-cisgender-transphobia-merriam-webster/479406/  

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UK: Foreign office issues travel warning about anti-LGBT laws in US states

April 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"North Carolina and Mississippi's controversial new laws affecting LGBT rights are already threatening to cost the U.S. states millions in lost business and tourism. That situation could be set to worsen after the UK government updated foreign travel advice warning British citizens about risks visiting America's south. The update issued by the UK Foreign Office on its website under the heading of 'local laws and customs,' highlights potential problems for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people." (04/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/travel/uk-lgbt-travel-advice-north-carolina-mississippi/  

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TN: “Politicians want a peek at your pubes” bill dead for year

April 18, 2016
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The Tennessean    

"The House sponsor of a bill that would require students in public school grades K-12 and higher education institutions to use the restroom that corresponds with their sex at birth is killing the controversial legislation. Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, said Monday she plans on delaying any action on the highly contentious measure in an effort to further study the issue." [editor's note: There is no "issue" -- nobody gave a tinker's damn which bathroom trans people used until the politicians realized they had the makings of one of Mencken's hobgoblins near at hand to scare people with - TLK] (04/18/16)

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/transgender-bathroom-bill-sponsor-pulls-proposal-until-next-year/83192670/  

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On the over-politicization of bathroom norms

April 14, 2016
posted by

kevinvallier Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  

"Conservatives worry that, without a law, non-transgender persons are going to pretend to be transgender in order to be clandestine voyeurs in public restrooms, and make many families uncomfortable having their children use public restrooms. The law was passed, as I understand it, in response to a law passed by the Charlotte City Council that provided protections for transgendered persons to use public restrooms based on the gender with which they self-identify. Progressives, I expect, will support laws of this sort nation-wide, not allowing a variety of groups to discriminate when it comes to the use of public restroom facilities. I say both sides are a bit too trigger-happy when it comes to the use of the law. Both are worried that, without the backing of state coercion, societies lack the social power to solve these problems adequately. But social conventions may be able to take care of the problem." (04/13/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/04/on-the-over-politicization-of-bathroom-norms/  

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