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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Students create gender free school uniform

Naturally this is nowhere in the United States or Europe. This happened in the more progressive part of the world: New Zealand. I love how the kids have many options and that there was no parental interference as there would be here in the US. Also, it’s notable that the uniform options consist of a kilt and not a skirt.

A school has dropped gender uniforms for its school pupils.

Students can now wear trousers or skirts regardless of their gender under the new set of rules published by the school.

It began when some female students complained they were not allowed to wear trousers.

Now the school is to have [four] uniform options for students: shorts, long pants, culottes and a kilt, with students able to wear any of these, however they identify.

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Transgender Professor: Boss Said My ‘Entire Life Is One Big Lie’ and Fired Me

This is just WRONG! This woman’s boss is bringing wayyyy too much of her personal opinion into the workplace.

A college professor says her boss accused her of living a lie when she came out as transgender.

Charin Davenport is suing Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan for sex discrimination after she said her supervisor laid her off from her administrative position two months after revealing she was transgender. Ann Coburn-Collins, the director of academic support programs, allegedly tore into Davenport after she asked about the termination.

“You’re a liar; you lied to me, to your family, to your friends; to this university, and to everyone you know,” Coburn-Collins allegedly told her. “Your entire life is just one big lie.

“You disgust me! I can’t even stand to look at you! This is not about your so-called ‘gender identity.’ This is about you being a liar.”

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Seattle man tests transgender rule by undressing in women’s locker room

One of many jackasses to come. He and thousands others like him don’t get it and they never will. Just being an ass because he can. That’s what I love about this country. All asses are proud to be such.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is facing a first-of-a-kind challenge to gender bathroom rules.

Last week, a man undressed in a women’s locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room at Evans Pool and took of his shirt, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

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How Facebook Taught One Transgender Man What It Feels Like To Be Totally Cut Off

Last October, Facebook apologized to the LGBT community for the way it was enforcing its “real name” policy in a way that unfairly opened people like drag performers and transgender individuals — those whose everyday name might not match their legal name — to abuse. Any user could file a complaint that such a profile was “fake” and Facebook would give the benefit of doubt to the complainant, not the targeted user. Months later, transgender people continue to have the same problem.

Last week, a former Facebook employee who identifies as “Zip” explained how she was the latest victim. She not only worked at Facebook, but she initiated the feature that allows users to select from a wide variety of gender identity options. Like the complex ways people might identify their gender, Zip pointed out that “Names aren’t that simple and the reasons people use names are also not that simple.”

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How A Transgender Woman Was Villainized For Going To The Gym And Hanging Up Her Coat

Bravo to Planet Fitness for sticking to its policy and not backing down from anyone.

Carlotta Sklodowska went to the Midland, Michigan Planet Fitness twice. She wore leggings and a baggy t-shirt to work out in, which she admits don’t hide her masculine body structure very well. Her only use for the locker room was to hang up her coat and purse while she exercised. As far as Sklodowska knows, she is the only transgender woman in her community, and that’s why she assumes she is the individual who sparked another gym-user’s outrage in recent weeks.

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White House To Proceed With Federal Contractor LGBT Executive Order

This is HUGE!

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday will announce that new rules barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are being drafted, BuzzFeed has learned.

More than two years after the White House first rejected pursuing an executive order implementing the protections, President Obama is moving on the issue a week after talking about the important role that administrative action can play in advancing LGBT rights.

At a question-and-answer session at the White House last week, Obama spoke about how transgender students can now “assert their rights” following recent Education Department action laying out an expanded view of sex discrimination protections under Title IX.

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