Starbucks Goes the Extra Mile

Wow. This is just amazing. Kinda makes their over-priced shit worth purchasing. I’m glad they are taking the lead in helping their transgender employees be who they truly are.

Starbucks has announced plans to offer comprehensive care for transgender employees, covering several procedures that are usually excluded by insurers.

In the new plan announced on Monday, Starbucks said that in addition to covering bottom surgery, they will now cover all other medical steps in a person’s transition.

This will cover several other procedures that were previously considered cosmetic – which can often be hard to obtain as insurers typically refuse to cover them.

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Transgender Woman Kicked from DC Restaurant

I love how restaurants and other public places will bully these men and women until they get pushed back. Then they’re all “that’s not what we meant”. Bull-fucking-shit.

When a transgender woman got up to use the woman’s bathroom at a restaurant, she said she was asked to show her ID.

And when she refused, she said she got kicked out.

Charlotte Clymer, who identifies as female, works for the Human Rights Campaign. She said she was at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar in Washington on Friday with a group of friends for a bachelorette party.

Clymer wrote on Twitter that the group was having a good time. But things shifted when she and a friend went to use the bathroom.

On her way there, an attendant at the restaurant asked Clymer for her ID, she wrote. But, she said, he didn’t ask anyone else for theirs.

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ME to Offer Non-Binary Gender Option on License & IDs

Huge step forward for those individuals who don’t align with either of the traditional genders.

Maine will start offering driver’s licenses and IDs with a third, non-binary gender option.

The Portland Press Herald reported Monday that the state’s bureau of motor vehicles will begin issuing stickers for IDs or licenses stating “Gender has been changed to X – non-binary” for those who request them.

The state’s licenses and IDs will feature a M, F or X gender option after a redesign in 2019.

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Jeers turn to Cheers for One NJ Couple

I must admit these guys are adorable. I hope they remain together. And I’m glad this situation turned out better than expected.

It was a clear, cool Friday night in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and Theodore Vidal and his boyfriend, Colin Beyers, were walking back from their first prom together, holding hands in their navy blue matching tuxes and now-wrinkled pink bowties when they heard the raucous sounds of boys yelling ahead of them on the boardwalk.

They tensed and tightened their grips, preparing for the inevitable jeer, sharp insult, or crude joke that is usually lobbed at them in this part of town.
“It’s south Jersey. Guys pick on us for being gay a lot,” explained 17-year-old Vidal, a junior at Lacey High School. “It’s an area where you normally would get picked on and discriminated against.”

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Pulse Survivor Claims VP Wants LGBT People in Concentration Camps

I’d like to see that putrid piece of humanity try to put me in a camp. If it’s true that Ms Reid made homophobic comments, it can be allowed that people change their views on any number of subjects. I feel like so often we want straight people to accept us and understand us when they hate us, but then when they do see the light, no one is willing to accept it. Pence, on the other hand, is unrepentant.

Pulse shooting survivor Brandon Wolf has faced anger after saying that US Vice President Mike Pence wants to put gay people in “concentration camps.”

Wolf made the comments while talking to embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid, who has come under pressure over homophobic blog entries posted to her blog prior to her rise to fame.

Wolf – a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando who heads LGBT advocacy group The Dru Project – urged LGBT people to focus their fire on the Trump administration rather than Reid.

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U Street Assault Victim Gets New Teeth Free

Dr Banks is a hero!

A DC man has a reason to smile again after a terrifying assault incident along U Street last week.

Zach Link and another man were seriously injured during an assault, that is being described as a suspected hate crime by police.

Link had a broken nose, as well as several cuts and bruises and broken teeth from the April 16 attack, where three suspects shouted homophobic slurs as Link and his friend were attacked near a gay bar at 10th Street and U Street in Northwest D.C.

A DC dentist, Dr. Christopher Banks at Capital Cosmetic Dentistry heard Link’s story and was able to help provide him with a new smile at no cost.

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Gay Sex for Rent

I’m sure Buzzfeed chose to conduct their investigation on Facebook because Facebook has been under fire for the whole debacle with Cambridge Analytica, but let’s be honest: Craig’s List still exists and I’m quite sure all this shit happens on that site, too. And a number of lesser known sites as well. Aside from that, though, what is worse is the climate we’ve created that’s causing these young men to put themselves in this situation. We’ve wiped out trade schools by pushing the need for a college degree in order to get ahead in life and now we have millions of people who can’t find work. We should work harder to change the country rather than bashing one company for what it allows or doesn’t allow on its site.

BuzzFeed News has uncovered dozens of ads on Facebook and other sites that reveal a new LGBT dimension to the housing crisis: young men lured into “sex for rent” contracts to avoid sleeping rough. In a multi-part investigation we expose the truth about these landlords, as young men speak out about being raped, beaten, drugged, infected with HIV and treated as domestic slaves.

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Prominent LGBT Lawyer Committed Suicide

Heartbreaking when someone feels that this is the only way to solve any problem.

Domingo Morales was not initially concerned when he got a text message from his mentor, David S. Buckel, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, calling out sick.

Twenty-five minutes, later, Mr. Buckel sent him an email: “I apologize for leaving this world early and leaving you with some big challenges to tackle. But I have to at least try to make this planet a better place for having lived on it.”

Mr. Buckel, a nationally known civil rights lawyer and, in his final decade, a master composter directing the sprawling site at the Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn, set himself on fire around dawn Saturday in Prospect Park. It was, according to his suicide letter, to make a statement about people protecting the environment.

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