Posts Tagged ‘ LGBTQ ’

The bathroom wars: More freedom is going down the toilet

April 27, 2016
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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
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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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China: Judge rules in favor of marriage apartheid

April 13, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A judge in central China ruled against a gay couple in China's first-ever same-sex marriage case Wednesday, effectively hobbling a case that has electrified the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. The plaintiff, Sun Wenlin, a 27-year-old Hunan native, sued a civil affairs bureau in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province, for refusing him the right to marry his 37-year-old boyfriend, Hu Mingliang, last June. ... Several hundred people gathered outside the court to voice support for the couple, according to the Associated Press. The judge issued a ruling after only a few hours. Sun has said that he plans to appeal." (04/13/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-gay-marriage-20160413-story.html  

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Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism

April 10, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Patrick West  

"In the political imagination, to be a consumer is the stark opposite of being radical and 'trans.' Consumerism is associated with capitalism and bovine conformity. Just consider how self-styled radicals sneer at those 'sheeple' who queue up for the latest piece of computer gadgetry or who wrestle for fridges and televisions in the sales. Yet McEwan has a point: to assume new gender labels has become a symptom of narcissistic postmodern consumerism in which everything, including one's very personhood, is commodified and continually reinvented for show." [editor's note: The objection to commodification and consumerism brings to mind an interesting piece of trivia: spiked, which is generally regarded as a sort of mildly libertarian publication these days, used to be called Living Marxism - TLK] (04/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/ian-mcewan-is-right-about-trans-consumerism/18231  

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Colombia: High court paves way for gay marriage rights

April 7, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Colombia's highest court is paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation. Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday's Constitutional Court ruling by a 6-3 vote would give gay couples marriage rights as well. Activists with the support of President Juan Manuel Santos had argued that denying same-sex couples the right to wed is discriminatory." (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-high-courts-paves-gay-marriage-rights-38230213  

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Denying sexual reality in North Carolina

April 7, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Some residents of North Carolina don't like the idea of sharing restrooms with transgender men and women, and they were pleased to learn that, thanks to a new law, they won't have to. I have news for them: They already have. They just didn't know it. And they will again." (04/07/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/07/denying-sexual-reality-in-north-carolina  

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Trans Derangement Syndrome spreads to South Carolina

April 6, 2016
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Charleston Post and Courier    

"A conservative South Carolina lawmaker from the Upstate has introduced a bill similar to the controversial North Carolina law that prevents local governments from passing laws expanding the use of restrooms to transgender people. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, said he introduced the bill because his constituents voiced concern over the issue as it gained traction in North Carolina. 'There's a segment of the population that believes that you ought to be able to use whatever restroom you identify yourself as being,' Bright said Wednesday. 'So they think it's OK for a man to use a woman's bathroom if he thinks he's a woman,' Bright added. 'From a safety issue, we don't need men going in women's bathrooms.'" [editor's note: No, what we don't need is idiots like Lee Bright -- or his "anti-discrimination" counterparts -- getting involved in the non-issue of who uses which bathroom - TLK] (04/06/16)

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160406/PC1603/160409611  

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NC: PayPal withdraws plans for Charlotte expansion over HB2

April 6, 2016
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Charlotte Observer Charlotte Observer    

"PayPal has withdrawn plans for a new Charlotte operations center because it opposes North Carolina's new law that limits the legal protections of LGBT individuals, the most dramatic display yet of corporate opposition to House Bill 2 and one that will cost the city more than 400 jobs. The payment processor's move Tuesday led to renewed calls for Gov. Pat McCrory and the state legislature to overturn a law passed last month that has drawn criticism from big companies such as Bank of America as well as sports organizations such as the NBA." (04/05/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article70001502.html  

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Transgender bathroom panic may help decide who will be North Carolina’s next governor

March 31, 2016
posted by

Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is refusing to defend against a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's controversial new law that overrules Charlotte's LGBT anti-discrimination protections and requires transgender individuals to use the bathrooms of their birth sex in schools and government buildings. This matters politically because Cooper, a Democrat, is running to unseat North Carolina's governor, Pat McCrory, who is vocally defending it and complaining that news coverage of the law's impact is inaccurate. ... What Cooper's stand does is turn transgender bathroom panic into a fall election issue to a degree even higher than what we saw in Houston. People's opinions or fears about scheming men plotting to get free legal access to little girls without repercussion -- regardless of how realistic such a fear is (it's completely unrealistic) -- may help determine whether McCrory will keep control over the executive branch. McCrory is the first Republican governor of North Carolina in 20 years." (03/30/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/30/transgender-bathroom-panic-may-help-deci  

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NC: Cooper won’t defend transgender law in court

March 29, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday he won't defend in court a new state law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from approving protections for LGBT people, calling it discriminatory and a 'national embarrassment.' Democrat Roy Cooper made the announcement during a news conference a day after gay rights advocates sued to overturn the law approved last week and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The federal lawsuit lists Cooper among the defendants because of his official position as the state's top lawyer, but he has said he wants it repealed. ... Cooper's announcement raises the stakes for the November governor's race, in which Cooper is challenging McCrory. National Democrats consider it their best opportunity to pick up a governor's mansion where a Republican currently resides." (03/29/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article68770387.html  

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NC: Lawsuit challenges state’s “let us examine your crotch so we can tell you which restrooms we’ll let you use” law

March 28, 2016
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KATV 7 News    

"Opponents of a new North Carolina law blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules and requiring transgender students to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex wasted little time challenging the measure, filing a federal lawsuit Monday morning. Two transgender people, a law school professor and civil liberties groups filed the lawsuit. They want the new law to be declared unconstitutional, and they want to prevent its enforcement." (03/28/16)

http://katv.com/news/nation-world/lawsuit-challenges-north-carolina-anti-discrimination-law-03-28-2016  

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GA: Deal vetoes “religious exemptions” bill

March 28, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed legislation allowing [sic] clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies. The Republican rejected the bill on Monday, saying 'I have examined the protections that this bill proposes to provide to the faith based community and I can find no examples of any of those circumstances occurring in our state.' ... Churches and affiliated religious groups also could have declined to serve or hire someone based on their faith. The bill's opponents said it excused discrimination and could trample local ordinances protecting [sic] lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." (03/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/03/28/georgia-governor-vetoes-religious-exemptions-bill/82337620/  

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NC: Lawmakers convene special session to vote on just how much they hate trans people

March 22, 2016
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Richmond County Daily Journal    

"The North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte's nondiscrimination ordinance, which also addresses transgender people and restrooms, legislative leaders announced Monday night. Social conservatives and many Republican lawmakers say Charlotte went too far with the ordinance, which was approved last month but takes effect April 1. In particular, they're upset because it allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, and they say sexual predators will use it as pretense to enter women’s bathrooms." (03/22/16)

https://yourdailyjournal.com/news/25842/lawmakers-returning-to-override-charlotte-transgender-restroom-access  

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SCOTUS upholds gay adoptions across state lines

March 8, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court in a victory for gay rights has upheld the principle that people who adopt a child in one state have a right to have the adoption honored in another state. The justices in an unanimous opinion rebuked the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to honor a lesbian's adoption of three children in Georgia once her partner moved with them to Alabama. Citing the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit clause, the high court said states have a duty to honor legal agreements made in other states, and there is no exception for gay adoptions." (03/07/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-court-gay-adoptions-20160307-story.html  

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Italy: Senate OKs civil unions, but LGBT groups are unhappy

February 25, 2016
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Italy's Senate voted Thursday to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to give some rights to gay couples after a bitter, years-long debate. Premier Matteo Renzi described the passage of the bill Thursday as 'historic.'" (02/25/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1072952/Italy-Senate-OKs-civil-unions--but-LGBT-groups-are-unhappy.html?isap=1&nav=5024  

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The power struggle over transgender students

February 25, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Alia Wong  

"As I reported last year, K-12 schools are becoming ground zero for clashes over LGBT rights. On the one side are those who fear that allowing transgender children to use facilities based on their gender identity -- allowing a student who was born a boy but identifies as a girl, for example -- violates other students' privacy rights and threatens their safety. On the other are those who say such rules, even when they prescribe special accommodations, make transgender students vulnerable to harassment and can pose logistical challenges that undermine their academic performance and overall campus experience." (02/25/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/the-power-struggle-over-transgender-students/470886/  

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NC: Charlotte passes transgender protections; state may try to override

February 23, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The city of Charlotte, N.C., leapt to the forefront of a national debate on LGBT rights on Monday with the passing of a law granting transgender people the right [sic] to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. ... North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has previously said that considers the provision allowing transgender people to select which bathroom they use to be a threat to public safety and has warned lawmakers that the state could step in to negate the vote." (02/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0223/Charlotte-N.C.-passes-transgender-rights-bill-Will-state-let-it-stand  

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The big table

February 23, 2016
posted by

The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  

"Gay, Inc has thrown sex workers and other 'undesirables' under the bus for over a decade now; in their view, the 'rainbow' only properly has three colors (and they ain't too sure about that third one). The Rentboy raid was the direct result of this bigotry; had the GLBT 'community' devoted its energies to securing the basic rights of all sexual minorities instead of wasting them in trying to force Christian fundamentalists to bake fucking overpriced cakes for their fucking bourgeois weddings, we'd be well on the way to decriminalization by now." (02/22/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-big-table/  

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SD: Big-government Republicans (but I repeat myself) pass bill saying it’s their business who uses which bathroom

February 17, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"South Dakota would be the first state in the US to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The Senate voted 20-15 to send the bill to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), who initially responded positively to the measure but said last week he'd need to study it more before making a decision. Advocates say the bill is meant to protect the privacy of students, but opponents say it discriminates against vulnerable adolescents." (02/16/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0216/South-Dakota-passes-bill-restricting-transgender-students-bathroom-use  

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The triumph of trans Lysenkoism

February 10, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"[Dr. Kenneth] Zucker's crime? He is against the idea that children who experience gender dysphoria should be rushed into transitioning via hormone therapy and surgery, preferring instead a more cautious approach, given that unstable gender identity in childhood and adolescence sometimes resolves itself in time. This position is anathema to trans activists. Note well: Dr. Zucker is in favor of gender transitioning; he simply says that the scientific knowledge we have at this point advises a more cautious approach. For this, he got fired, and his clinic shut down." (02/10/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-triumph-of-trans-lysenkoism/  

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