AK Transgender Bathroom Bill Defeated

I’m thankful to the people of Alaska for doing the right thing and defeating such heinous laws. I am waiting for the day some asshole decides to question whether I was born a female. I will sue them for sexual harassment and anything else my lawyer can dream up. Guaranteed. I mean how do you know what gender anyone was born unless you follow them into the bathroom and look at their sex organs?

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, have narrowly defeated a bill that would have stopped transgender people from using the bathrooms and changing rooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Nearly 53 percent of voters cast their ballots against Proposition 1, which was proposed by nonprofit Christian policy group Alaska Family Action.

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A Netflix Doc Has Ignited Debate Over LGBT History

On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured by her self-chosen middle initial, P, which she said stood for “pay it no mind.” She is rumored to have been among the first to confront police during the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, she co-founded one of the first grassroots groups to provide do-it-yourself social services to transgender women in New York City’s West Village, and she remained a staple of the LGBT-rights movement until her body was discovered floating in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. France’s film tells the story of those left to grapple with her death and carry on her legacy.

Ecuadorans vote by chosen gender

This is definitely a monumental moment for transgender people in Ecuador. Especially since they are predominantly Catholic. Bravo!!

Ecuadorean transgender people on Sunday voted for the first time according to their chosen gender, in what activists say are signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation.

In Ecuador, men and women wait in separate lines to cast their ballots, which for years created uncomfortable moments for transgender voters who had to queue up according to their biological sex.

“The rumors would start, and the looks,” said LGBT activist Mariasol Mite, 32, who changed her ID description from “sex: male” to “gender: female” last year.

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Stories Behind Transgender Laws

The struggle for rights is ever-present no matter if you’re L, G, B or T. I think the struggle for transgender individuals is harder, in some respects, because their issues are more complicated. People just aren’t ready or willing to accept that others may have been born the wrong sex; that their god or Mother Nature can screw up sometimes. Hell, as we’ve seen this election cycle, there’s a lot of hate that exists beyond the LGBT community.

As soon as Friday, the justices of the Supreme Court could decide if they will hear the appeal in a critical case about whether Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student, can be barred in his Virginia school district from using the boys’ restroom.

The justices first considered whether to take the case on Oct. 14, but took no action, leaving LGBT advocates — and Grimm — in waiting.

The case in question concerns Gloucester County School Board, an Education Department policy, and the widely covered issue of transgender people and bathrooms. But the underlying question of whether existing law — specifically, sex-discrimination bans — protects against gender identity-based discrimination has been moving forward in the courts and administrative agencies for years now.

As the election season clock ticks down to election day, the legal fight over transgender protections is reaching a crescendo. During the Obama administration, officials have undertaken a revolutionary application of those existing laws to affirm the rights of transgender individuals, spurring a rapid shift within the federal government as the culture, too, changes. Meanwhile, as the petition pends before the Supreme Court, there were three federal district court actions on transgender rights this past week alone — one of which led the Justice Department on Thursday afternoon to announce that it will be taking the matter to a federal appeals court.

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A school basically just gave kids permission to assault LGBT students

More evidence of the hatred that everyone is embracing in our country. Aren’t you proud to be an American??? I know I am!!!

This week, one board of education reacted to the recent landmark ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that transgender people can be protected under federal law from discrimination in education. Did the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education in North Carolina vote to educate students on gender equality and trans rights? No.

It voted to let students brings pepper spray on campus, and it was pretty clear what motivated this. As board member Chuck Hughes explained, “Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in.”

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Teen Sues School District In Potentially Key Federal Case For Transgender Restroom Rights

I swear I will never understand how a daily (and for some of us hourly) biological function immediately brings to mind sex. Sure there’s a whole sub-culture of fetishists out there, but I’m sure they can use the bathroom facilities like anyone else and leave sex out of it. These parents are absurd.

Before 16-year old Gavin Grimm filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday that could put him under a national spotlight, he already had endured more scrutiny, and embarrassment, in his rural home county in Virginia than most people experience in a lifetime.

Last fall, the Gloucester County School Board held two rounds of meetings — packed with students and parents — over a proposal aimed at solely Grimm. While he sat in the room, public testimony called Grimm a “freak” and compared him to a dog, while some speakers debated his anatomy as a transgender boy. Then, in a 6-1 vote, the board passed a policy to prohibit transgender students from using restrooms that don’t correspond to their “biological genders.”

Put simply, Grimm was banned from the boys’ room — where he had been using the restroom without incident for seven weeks with his high school’s permission before fervent religious groups and fearful parents found out. The groups pressured the board to keep him out, citing privacy concerns and the specter of sexual misconduct.

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Why This Transgender Teen’s Big Victory Matters

I am just curious as to what prompted the boy to start following her into the bathroom in the first place. Did Nicole confess she was biologically male, even though she wore girls clothing? I’m curious to know how it all got started as figuring that out and addressing it is key to changing the future.

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her right to use the girls’ bathroom at school, had finally won.

“I just broke down right then and there,” he said.

In tears, he called his wife, who texted their daughter, Nicole. She was in a school assembly, and immediately ran to the front of the room to announce the victory. “The whole school got up and cheered,” he recounted.

On Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Court made history when it ruled that officials from the public school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing Nicole to use the girls’ bathroom. It was the first time that a state court has ruled it unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The case stemmed from an incident that occurred when Nicole was in fifth grade. She is now 16 and attends a different school, which is private.

Born a biological male, Nicole was identifying as a female at the age of 2. By the time she was in fifth grade, she had a female name and used the girls’ bathroom, with her school’s full support.

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