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  • South Carolina teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

    09/02/2014 1:43:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2014
    A 16-year-old in South Carolina is suing the state's Department of Motor Vehicles because the agency won't allow the teen to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup. Chase Culpepper, who was born male, regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women's clothing. The teen does not identify with gender-specific pronouns. Culpepper told reporters Tuesday that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was humiliating. The lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday says the DMV violated the teen's rights.
  • Report urges Pentagon to allow transgendered military personnel to openly serve

    08/27/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans. A report issued Tuesday by retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, opened the door for ending a de-facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgendered individuals, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • "Transgender” is a Mental Illness and Should be Treated as such

    08/25/2014 7:45:12 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 19 replies
    The New Observer ^ | August 22, 2014 | TNO Staff
    Full title: "Transgender” is a Mental Illness and Should be Treated as such: Former Johns Hopkins Chief Psychiatrist The “transgender” craze currently being promoted by the controlled mass media as “the next civil rights frontier” is in fact a mental illness and its promotion is aiding and abetting mental disorders, the former chief psychiatrist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital has said. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, who is currently Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at the world-famous hospital, also said that sex changes were “biologically impossible” and that those doctors who “promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a...
  • Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is a ‘Mental Disorder’– Sex Change is ‘Biologically...

    08/20/2014 11:39:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 121 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 20, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Full title: Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is a ‘Mental Disorder’ – Sex Change is ‘Biologically Impossible’ Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry. (Photo: Johns Hopkins Medicine) (CNSNews.com) -- Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospitaland its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at...
  • Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

    08/16/2014 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban...
  • Court: Transgender Man Can Keep Pursuing Divorce

    08/13/2014 3:42:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 13, 2014 | By JACQUES BILLEAUD - AP
    A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage. A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Thomas Beatie's marriage to Nancy Beatie in Hawaii in 2003 is considered valid in Arizona and concluded it wasn't a same-sex union. Last year, a lower court judge denied the divorce request and ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages prevented the marriage from being recognized as valid.
  • Fight! Radical Feminism vs. Transgenderism (the battle is on)

    08/04/2014 5:16:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | August 4, 2014 | Rebecca Taylor
    To be honest, this piece at The New Yorker is one of the most fascinating stories I have read in a long time. It opened my eyes to two foreign worlds that are in a battle I never knew was going on. The radical feminists and the transgendered are fighting over what it means to be a woman. The radical feminist insists that transitioning from a male to a female is just another way men assert the privilege they were born with. (Backed by some psychology research, well-known radical feminist, Sheila Jeffreys, claims that male-to-female transgenderism is simply a sexual...
  • The march of transgender rights: Is this the next civil rights frontier?

    08/03/2014 7:52:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 08/03/2014 | MARGARET WENTE
    As a child, Lindsay Leigh Bentley desperately wanted to be a boy. She refused to wear dresses and adored going hunting with her dad. She loved sticks, guns, motorcycles and monsters. She chopped the hair off her Barbies. Her parents had to cut her own hair short because she refused to let them brush it. Her best friends were boys. In childhood pictures, she looks fierce, and tough as nails. These days, her worried parents would probably hustle her off to the nearest gender-identity clinic. But Lindsay grew up in a more backward age, when such things did not exist....
  • "So. Baptist Mom Has Some Really Fabulous Comebacks To Some Really Terrible Questions" (pro-"trans")

    07/29/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 45 replies
    Upworthy ^ | Alana Karsch
    How much do I love this video? Let me count the ways... 1. She's a mom who takes stereotypes and kicks 'em to the curb. 2. The story she tells is R-E-A-L, REAL. No apologies. She's serving up realness, people. 3. "I'm a conservative Southern Baptist from Alabama." 'Nuff said. 4. I just really love it.
  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

    07/28/2014 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM EDT | Leanne Italie
    As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives. The lingerie shop is known for one-on-one fittings, but Jack was denied access to the area where professionals work privately with customers after being asked if she was an anatomical female. […] A gender binary exists in fashion, and that’s a challenge for those who don’t conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys’ departments or bad fits, while people...
  • Inside One Hobby Lobby Employee's Inspiring Fight for Equality (So-called "transgender")

    07/19/2014 11:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | Eliel Cruz
    It wasn't enough that Hobby Lobby won in a landmark Supreme Courty case for employers being able to deny women reproductive healthcare coverage. Now, the conservative-led company wants to also dictate which restrooms women can use at work. That is, if you happen to be a transgender woman. Megan Sommerville, a 16-year veteran of the arts and crafts franchise, began her transition in 2009 and had her name legally changed in 2010. But she was nevertheless recently written up at her Aurora, Ill., store when she began using the women's restroom. According to Sommerville, store managment said that she'd only...
  • Why Does Political Correctness Mean the Transgender Person Is Always Right?

    07/19/2014 1:44:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    mynorthwest ^ | 7/17/14 | Dori Monson
    I saw a story on KIRO TV about a person on Capitol Hill named Dylan Paul. Dylan Paul is 24 years old and transgender. Dylan was a man and now has breasts. But she still looks very much like a man if you watch the piece. The story reports on what happened when Dylan was working at Pagliacci up on Capitol Hill. She says that a customer mis-gendered her. According to Dylan, she was working at the salad station there and the customer said, 'Thanks man.' And she said, 'Well I'm not a man, I'm a ma'am.' "When he heard...
  • Transgender Pizza Employee Said She Quit Over Discrimination

    07/19/2014 1:04:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | David Ham
    Dylan Paul, 24, said she was more than hurt when she complained that a customer mis-gendered her while she was working last Monday. “I was working the salad station near the entrance to the restaurant of Broadway Paggliacci’s. Working there, your function is greeting customers, taking and making salad orders, and bidding customers farewell. It was in the evening on a shift I’d picked up from a coworker when I was saying goodbye to one of our regular customers. He returned the gesture, misgendering me as “man,” which isn’t something too unusual in my life. I corrected him, “It’s ma’am...
  • European court strikes down transgender marriage case

    07/16/2014 5:52:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 20:47 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A Finnish citizen who wanted the state to recognize her new gender after surgery and remain legally married to woman at the same time lost her case at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (16 July). Heil Hamalainen underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery in 2009, years after she married her partner. But Finnish law does not recognize same-sex marriages. State authorities said that for Hamalainen to have her new gender recognized, she would need to turn the marriage into a civil partnership or get a divorce—something the couple refused. …
  • Marvel’s ‘Thor’ Is Now A Woman

    07/15/2014 10:34:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    MTV ^ | 07/15/2014 | alicia lutes
    No, your eyes do not deceive you and thankfully this is no joke — Marvel has given an upgrade to one of its biggest superheroes. And by that we mean: there’s a new superlady in town and she’s wielding the hammer of Thor! As announced on “The View,” and confirmed by Marvel, a new comic written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman will launch ongoing this Fall, after the original God of Thunder loses the ability to wield his signature hammer. Thor doesn’t just look like a lady with those long and luscious Norse locks of his —...
  • Officials: Transgender girl moved to male facility (CT)

    07/13/2014 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2014 9:07 PM EDT
    A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut’s juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women’s prison without criminal charges. The Department of Children and Families said Sunday that the girl, identified only as Jane Doe, assaulted another youth and a staff member and destroyed property at the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Middletown on Saturday night. …
  • Their Bodies, Our Bucks: Should taxpayers foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery?

    07/02/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2014 | Spencer Case
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick wants to force taxpayers to foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery. Patrick announced two administrative actions in June to provide Medicaid coverage for sex-change surgery. Oregon and California taxpayers already pay for sex changes through Medicaid. The same day Patrick made his announcement, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance moved to prohibit private insurers from excluding individuals undergoing sexual transition from coverage. The measures follow a May 30 decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reverse a 33-year-old policy to exclude those treatments from Medicare coverage. A few days earlier, the mayor...
  • Sex Change Regret

    06/21/2014 1:50:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Michael Brown
    While some might find the story laughable, I personally find it tragic: Don Ennis, an experienced TV news producer was fired from his job, allegedly for performance-related issues, after reappearing as Dawn Stacey Ennis, marking his third gender change since last year. With little sympathy, one website reported, “A television producer who has changed his gender three times has now more time on his hands to know who she or he is.” Worse still, the New York Daily News, apparently forgetting that Ennis had lived almost all of his life as a male, announced, “Dawn Ennis was canned weeks after...
  • Massachusetts taxpayers to pay est. $2.6M per year for ‘sex changes’

    06/24/2014 2:04:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    BOSTON, MA -- Massachusetts taxpayers will soon be on the hook for an estimated $2.6 million in costs for transgender surgeries and hormone therapy. On Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick, who leaves office at the end of 2014, announced that the state's Medicaid program would begin writing proposed regulations so taxpayer funds would cover the controversial medical procedure. According to the Boston Herald, the state believes the plan will cost $2.6 million per year based on figures from California and Vermont. Patrick has said the policy will make Massachusetts more equal, as transgender surgeries and hormone therapies are being included as...
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Transgenderism

    06/22/2014 2:33:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 6/17/14 | Joe Carter
    Transgenderism has been a frequently discussed topic over the past few weeks. On May 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the "reassignment" surgery sought by the transgendered. A few days later Time magazine's cover story on the "transgender tipping point" declared the social movement is "poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs." And last week the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, overwhelmingly passed a resolution titled “On Transgender Identity.” Since the topic will be coming up for some time to come, here are nine things you should...
  • Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

    06/21/2014 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 9:52 AM EDT | Lisa Leff
    President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration’s advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution into the leader Newsweek nicknamed “the first gay president,” Obama became the first chief executive to say “transgender” in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers. Also in his first term, he signed hate crime legislation that became the first federal...
  • The 'Transgender Tipping Point' to Censorship

    06/13/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Now that our cultural elites feel they have sufficiently educated the public on the virtues of gays and lesbians, it's time to drill down to the next level. Here comes transgenderism. Time magazine placed "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox (born Charles Cox) on the cover as the face of "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier." Cox wrote on Facebook that the Time cover was a wonderful present on her birthday, and "I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation's history where it is no longer acceptable...
  • Obama to Issue Gay Rights Executive Order

    06/16/2014 12:16:26 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 16, 2014 18:14 GMT | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama will sign an order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers, officials have said. The executive order follows years of pressure from gay rights groups. Mr Obama cannot extend the protection to all American workers, however. The order comes after far broader anti-discrimination legislation stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives. The executive order will apply only to federal contractors, which employ nearly one-quarter of the US workforce.
  • Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist

    06/15/2014 1:15:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 101 replies
    http://www.thedailybeast.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Tyler Lopez
    Forget decades of scientific studies and transgender people’s own lives—the Southern Baptist Convention has gone ahead and decided gender is only about your junk. “Gender” refers to one’s felt, and societally constructed, sense of being male, female, or somewhere in between. As understood by a generation of psychologists, sociologists, and other scientists, it is distinct from sex, which has to do with biology, genitalia, and genetics. Put roughly, sex is between your legs. Gender is between your ears.
  • Transgender Surgery Isn't the Solution

    06/13/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 | PAUL MCHUGH
    ... You won't hear it from those championing transgender equality, but controlled and follow-up studies reveal fundamental problems with this movement. When children who reported transgender feelings were tracked without medical or surgical treatment at both Vanderbilt University and London's Portman Clinic, 70%-80% of them spontaneously lost those feelings. Some 25% did have persisting feelings; what differentiates those individuals remains to be discerned. We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into "sex-reassignment surgery"—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes...
  • Italian man who had sex change demands right to remain married to wife

    06/12/2014 3:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/12/2014 | Nick Squires, Rome
    An Italian man who had a sex change to become a woman is challenging the Italian state's refusal to allow him to stay married to his wife. Alessandro Bernaroli, a bank employee now known as Alessandra, insists that he and his wife of nine years are still very much in love and want to remain married, despite the fact that he switched gender. His wife, also called Alessandra, says she too wants to stay married despite now finding herself living with a woman. The couple got married in 2005 after a long courtship but Alessandro says that he hid the...
  • This Poor Child is Confused, not ‘Transgendered.’

    06/09/2014 7:20:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    In fairness, I should mention that Ryland’s ‘true identity’ didn’t just reveal itself through her taste in toys and clothes. She came out and said she was a boy. She said it when she was two-years-old. She made fantastic and nonsensical claims about being something other than what she really is — much like, for instance, every single other toddler in the history of the world. Walk into a room of toddlers and take a poll. You’ll soon discover that you are actually — according to the self-reported data from two and three-year-olds — surrounded by lions, dinosaurs, aliens, princesses,...
  • Transgendered priest to give sermon at Washington National Cathedral

    06/09/2014 12:18:09 PM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    http://m.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | 06/09/2014 | Meredith Somers
    The Washington National Cathedral is welcoming the first openly transgendered Episcopal priest to its altar this month. The Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgendered man, is set to give the June 22 sermon at the cathedral, a fixture in the D.C. skyline and one of the nation’s most well-known houses of worship. “We at Washington National Cathedral are striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Mr. Hall said. “We want to proclaim to them as proudly and unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity...
  • How schools are pushing transgenderism to children. More radical and aggressive than ever.

    06/06/2014 7:48:29 PM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 06/06/2014 | n/a
    We are suddenly seeing more and more "transgender" children in schools across America. How is that happening? How do kids get these ideas, and why do they embrace them? It doesn't happen by accident. The homosexual-transgender movement is working hard to indoctrinate schoolchildren that "transgenderism" and cross-dressing are normal and just another way of becoming "who you really are." This is the third part in our series on this year's annual GLSEN Conference in Boston which brought together LGBT teachers, activists, and supportive administrators to outline their latest tactics for the schools. Part II revealed their plans to push "gay...
  • Transgender man who says he was ordered to leave men's locker room at public pool sues NYC

    06/03/2014 3:03:02 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06-03-2014 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK – A transgender man has sued New York City after he says he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool. Bryan Ellicott said Tuesday that he went to the Staten Island pool last July to cool off. He says a staff member ordered him to use the women's locker room.
  • Rush Limbaugh, The Drag Queen, and the Judge

    06/03/2014 8:25:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/03/2014 | Michael Brown
    What one subject could possibly bring together radio host Rush Limbaugh, drag queen Ru Paul, and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia? It is the “T” word in the LGBT acronym, “transgender,” now hailed by Time Magazine as the new civil rights frontier. And for Rush and Ru, it is the “tranny” word in particular that brings them together. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Before broaching this topic, however, it’s important to remember that many people do suffer terribly because of gender identity issues, sometimes to the point of suicide, and as I’ve said many times before, whatever we...
  • A litany of 'thou shalt nots': Catholic teachers challenge morality clause

    05/31/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT · by yongin · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2014 | Susan Candiotti and Chris Welch
    If you want to teach at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, regardless of your religion, you must be willing to sign a detailed morality clause that critics say focuses on "pelvic issues." The revised contracts forbid teachers from -- among other things -- living together or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, a gay "lifestyle," or publicly supporting any of those things. The system's 2,200 current teachers must sign the agreement to stay on the job. "It is an embarrassment and a scandal, and will drive even more Catholics away from an institution so out...
  • Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman

    05/31/2014 9:23:51 AM PDT · by mojito · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/30/2014 | Kevin Williamson
    ...Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that. Genital amputation and mutilation is the extreme expression of the phenomenon, but it is hardly outside the mainstream of contemporary medical practice. The trans self-conception, if the autobiographical literature is...
  • Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted

    05/30/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex. Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, the agency's Departmental Appeals Board ruled that a three-decade-old HHS rule excluding such surgeries from the procedures covered by the national health...
  • Federal health board rules Medicare can pay for transgender recipients' sex-change surgeries

    05/30/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Lady4Liberty · 11 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal health board rules Medicare can pay for transgender recipients' sex-change surgeries.
  • San Diego parents reveal story of transgender son who became boy at 5

    05/30/2014 3:47:43 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 46 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 30, 2014 | LEE MORAN
    Proud parents from San Diego have shared their story of having a transgender son who became a boy aged just 5-years-old. Jeff and Hillary Whittington presented a touching video showing little Ryland's female-to-male transition as they were honored at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast last Thursday. The stirring footage revealed how Ryland suffered severe hearing problems when she was just 12-months-old and was fitted with cochlear implants. "I am a boy," the long blonde haired toddler reportedly declared to her parents after the operation and learning to speak. Despite her room being painted pink and being dressed in...
  • Schools work to help transgender students fit in

    05/18/2014 11:13:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2014 12:04 PM EDT | Lisa Leff
    Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had known as a girl now wanted to be accepted as a boy. His close childhood friend, who also identified as transgender, was ready to reveal his secret, too. […] With children rejecting the birth gender at younger ages and the transgender rights movement gaining momentum, schools in districts large and small, conservative and liberal, are working to help transitioning youth fit in without a fuss. California this year became the first state with a law spelling out...
  • Vancouver transgender school policy that would discourage sex-segregated activities goes too far

    05/15/2014 7:32:35 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jennifer Hough, National Post Staff
    The Vancouver School Board is delaying the introduction of a transgender policy that would discourage sex-segregated activities and establish gender-neutral washrooms in all schools. The decision came after a five-hour public meeting Wednesday night in which opponents of the policy expressed fears it goes too far. “This policy is seriously flawed and contradicts current medical and psychiatric advice and practice,” said Cheryl Chang, chairwoman of the Parent Advisory Council for Lord Byng Secondary School. While she has “great empathy” for transgender students, she said the issues have not been discussed widely enough. One clause in the policy says that schools...
  • LAWYER: TREAT LEAKER MANNING AT MILITARY FACILITY

    05/14/2014 1:15:35 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/14/2014 7 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison where she can get treatment for a gender-identity condition. But her lawyer said Wednesday that a move from a military prison would make Manning choose between the treatment and her safety. Two Pentagon officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the Army approval last month to try to work out a plan to transfer Manning from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a federal prison. Manning entered the Army as a man named Bradley. The officials...
  • Chuck Hagel: Transgender ban in military should be reviewed

    05/12/2014 12:03:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 05/12/2014
    The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it." A transgender individual is someone who has acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or presents themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. A panel convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University...
  • Defense Sec. Hagel Open to ‘Review’ of Military Transgender Policy

    05/11/2014 11:57:07 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11 May 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week with George Stephanopoulos that he was open to review of the U.S. military’s policy on transgender service members. Currently, transgender service members can be dismissed from the military without question. “The issue of transgender is a bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it,” Hagel said. “These issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women in many cases don’t always provide that kind of opportunity.”
  • Young Saudis Taking Oral Contraceptives for 'Better Looks'

    05/07/2014 12:41:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Report quotes some men as saying pills have achieved results in improving male hormones and some body parts Young men in Saudi Arabia are increasingly taking oral contraceptives in the belief that the pill will make them look better and treat acne and other problems, according to a Saudi newspaper. The phenomenon has also become widespread among men involved in body-building exercises so they will get bigger chest and arm muscles and win tournaments, the London-based Arabic language daily ‘Al Hayat’ reported. The paper quoted some men as saying the pills have achieved results in improving male hormones and...
  • Parents Begin Hormone Therapy on 9-Year-Old ‘Transgender’ Boy

    04/30/2014 8:35:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/30/2014 | RHONDA ROBINSON
    “It just comes down to love. I mean, if you love your child then you should do anything in the world for your child. And it’s as simple and as pure as that.” This is not parental love. This is misguided, tragic indulgence. It’s as simple and pure as that. Parental love prepares a child for adulthood–momentary happiness has little to do with it.Parental love sees beyond what a child currently wants, or thinks he wants, and gives him what he needs. What this child needs is unconditional love and a chance for his brain to mature and his...
  • Transgender, women’s rights advocate and prominent Twitter engineer charged with rape

    04/11/2014 10:55:50 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 43 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 4/11/2014 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    A prominent advocate for transgender and women’s rights in the tech world has been charged with raping her wife, The San Francisco Examiner has learned. Dana McCallum, a senior engineer at Twitter who speaks and writes about women’s and transgender rights and technology issues, was arrested Jan. 26 and booked into County Jail on suspicion of five felonies, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Christian college slapped with Title IX claim for denying transgender female room

    04/08/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2014 | Eric Owens
    The George Fox campus only has single-sex dorms. Officials at the Christian school previously turned down Jayce’s request to live in an all-male dormitory. Last week, they chose not to hear an appeal. The complaint, filed by attorney and transgender activist Paul Southwick, leaves Jayce’s current genitalia situation very ambiguous but takes pains to indicate that “Jayce presents as a male and only goes by male pronouns such as he, his, him etc.”
  • Vatican Says Univ. of San Diego Drag Show Caused Scandal, New Show Planned Next Week

    04/03/2014 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | April 3, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    The Vatican’s Congregation for Education has said that a drag show that occurred last year on the campus of the University of San Diego (USD) caused “scandal,” according to a letter revealed by the group Alumni for a Catholic USD.Nevertheless, the student organization PRIDE at USD will again be hosting a drag show next week called “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar” on the campus of the Catholic institution, according to the group’s Facebook site.“Transgender & Transsexual? Gender expression & gender identity? Drag queen & drag king? What do these terms mean?,” the group asks. “At this Changemaker event,...
  • Official Policy: Male Federal Workers Can Use Women's Restrooms, Locker Rooms

    04/02/2014 11:00:38 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    When an expectant mother visits her doctor for an ultrasound, the doctor invariably asks: Do you want to know the sex of your child? The Obama administration, however, does not believe an unborn child has a sex — even when a doctor sees indisputable physical evidence. Obama's Office of Personnel Management has published what it calls "Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Workplace." This document speaks of "sex" as something a person has "assigned" to them only after they make it through the birth canal. "Transgender individuals are people with a gender identity that is different from...
  • DOJ Rolls Out Transgender Sensitivity Training for Police

    03/28/2014 1:11:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 28, 2014 - 7:35 AM | Susan Jones
    Following several years of “constructive dialog” with the LGBT community, the U.S. Justice Department is now training law enforcement officers on how to better understand and help the “transgender community.” “It’s clear that such training is as necessary as it is overdue,” Associate Attorney General Tony West told a gathering at the Justice Department on Thursday, as DOJ’s Community Relations Service kicked off its new “transgender law enforcement cultural professionalism training.” The training will help law enforcement agencies “improve their understanding of the transgender communities they serve and improve their work with those communities,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General James...
  • Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed

    03/25/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 49 replies
    CBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Bonnie Allen
    The mother of a transgender child wants the Saskatchewan government to remove any record of a person's sex on birth certificates. Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan's Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province's Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn's sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster's birth records. Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn's birth...
  • Los Gatos transgender woman speaks out on fight to compete in CrossFit competition

    03/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 54 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/13/14 | Mark Emmons
    <p>Just like countless other exercise fanatics, Chloie Jonsson wanted to test herself in a CrossFit strength competition. The increasingly popular fitness events culminate each summer with the crowning of the "Fittest Man and Woman on Earth."</p> <p>But Jonsson, who is a transgender woman, was told she would have to register as a man.</p>