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  • Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting in 2020

    04/17/2019 1:45:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2019 | Rachel Frazin
    The U.S. Naval Academy will prohibit transgender students from enrolling at the school starting in fall 2020. The academy currently allows transgender students but will be forced to comply with the Trump administration's new transgender military policy that went into effect Friday, the Capital Gazette reported. Transgender students enrolled for the fall 2019 school year will be covered by the previous policy, which allowed transgender students to serve openly, Defense Department spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell told the newspaper. A Pentagon spokesperson referred inquiries to the Naval Academy, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. The...
  • Federal appeals court rules prisoners have no right to sex reassignment surgery

    04/02/2019 1:48:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2019 | Alex Swoyer
    A transgender prisoner says she’ll pursue her fight to have Texas pay for gender reassignment surgery after suffering a loss at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A lawyer for Vanessa Lynn Gibson, born as Scott Lynn Gibson, says she’ll ask the full 5th Circuit to rehear the case after a three-judge panel upheld the state’s policy that denies funding for the reassignment surgery. The state will cover hormone and mental health care treatment. In a 2-1 ruling published Friday, the court said refusing to facilitate the surgery does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment as defined by the...
  • Appeals court clears path for Pentagon to enforce transgender ban April 12

    03/26/2019 3:36:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2019 | Rebecca Kheel
    A federal appeals court finalized Tuesday its ruling to lift an injunction against President Trump’s transgender military ban, allowing the policy to take effect April 12 as planned. The Pentagon announced this month it will enforce a policy banning most transgender people from serving in the military starting April 12. The announcement came after courts ruled to lift all four injunctions that had been placed on the ban. But the Trump administration and transgender groups continued to fight over whether one of the injunctions remained in effect. Lawyers for transgender troops suing the administration argued the injunction was still in...
  • Criminalizing Free Speech

    03/25/2019 4:27:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | March 25, 2019 | Rachel Alexander
    Political correctness regarding free speech has gone too far. At first it took the form of just criticism. Feminists and diversity proponents lectured everyone on how they should speak. It was prevalent at universities, and spread next to corporations and K-12 education. Then it turned into civil infractions. Businesses that refused to accommodate same-sex marriage, based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, were held to have violated the law. After that, big tech took to censoring offenders. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in particular banned those whose speech it disliked. Now, it’s becoming a crime in civilized countries to say politically...
  • Manning supporters blast government for her 'prolonged solitary' after contempt charge

    03/23/2019 2:59:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2019 | Andrew Blake
    Chelsea Manning is being subjected to “effective” solitary confinement for refusing to cooperate with federal prosecutors investigating WikiLeaks, her supporters said Saturday. Manning’s support committee said the former Army analyst and WikiLeaks source has been isolated in a cell for 22 hours a day since being jailed more than two weeks ago for defying a subpoena seeking her testimony in front of a federal grand jury convened in Alexandria, Virginia. Sixteen days into her latest stint behind bars, Manning’s supporters said the conditions constitute “Prolonged Solitary” as defined by Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, and should...
  • Titans Casts Deaf, Transgender Actor as Jericho

    03/19/2019 4:27:45 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 17 replies
    CBR ^ | March 19, 2019 | Stephen Gerding
    Following the announcement of casting actor Esai Morales as Deathstroke, DC Universe's live-action Titans has cast Chella Man as Jericho, a hero in his own right and the son of DC's famed mercenary. Though he's not a big name in Hollywood, Man, who self-identifies as deaf, genderqueer and a queer artist, has seen his profile grow both as a deaf activist and as a model. In 2017, the Jewish/Chinese-American actor began to transition from female to male and has quickly become a noted figure in LGBTQ+ circles, documenting his transition on Instagram, YouTube and a series of columns for them....
  • Debra Messing apologizes after vagina cupcakes offend trans community

    03/12/2019 8:52:57 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2019 | Jessica Chasmar
    Actress and liberal activist Debra Messing apologized this week after her Instagram photo of cupcakes decorated as vulvas offended members of the trans community. The “Will & Grace” star celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday by posting a photo showing a dozen cupcakes decorated as vulvas in varying colors, shapes and sizes. “Powerful, beautiful, and sweet,” Ms. Messing wrote. The actress later amended the post after members of the trans community apparently complained.
  • Pentagon signs directive to implement transgender military ban

    03/12/2019 6:05:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2019 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Pentagon announced Tuesday night that a directive has been signed to implement President Trump's policy barring most transgender people from serving in the military. Under the policy, transgender people would have to serve in the gender they were assigned at birth. Service secretaries would be allowed to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis. The policy will go into effective in 30 days, according to the memo signed by acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist. The directive is being issued after a court last week lifted the last of the orders preventing the transgender military policy from taking effect. A...
  • Cory Booker: ‘Transgender Servicemembers Are Heroes’

    03/10/2019 9:09:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 10, 2019 | CNSNews Staff
    ( - Sen. Cory Booker sent out a Tweet on Saturday night that transgenders who serve in the U.S. military are heroes and that President Donald Trump’s policy of banning transgenders from the military is a national security threat. Booker’s Tweet was linked to a Tweet by the Human Rights Campaign that featured a video of transgender former service members speaking about their experiences in the military. “Transgender servicemembers are heroes, just like all other servicemembers risking their lives for their country,” Booker said in his Tweet. “President Trump’s effort to ban them doesn’t just fly in the face of...
  • Iowa Supreme Court rules state's Medicaid program must cover sex reassignment surgery

    03/08/2019 10:56:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 8, 2019 | Jessie Hellmann
    The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state's Medicaid program must cover sex reassignment surgery for transgender people. The court ruled Friday that the Iowa Department of Human Services discriminated against two women by denying their Medicaid claims for transition-related care. “The ruling means that many transgender Iowans will be able to obtain life-saving medical care that they were unable to get in the past," said John Knight with the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the women. The state argued that transition-related surgeries were not covered by Medicaid because they were "cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery." It specifically banned...
  • Updated: Federal judge lifts last of injunctions against transgender military ban

    03/07/2019 1:16:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2019 | Rebecca Kheel
    The last injunction blocking President Trump’s transgender military ban from taking effect was lifted by a federal judge Thursday, moving the administration closer to being able to enforce the policy. In a six-page order issued on Thursday, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Judge George Russell III wrote that he was lifting his injunction because “the court is bound by the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the preliminary injunctions in their entirety." Though courts have now ruled to lift all four injunctions that had been placed on the policy, advocates for transgender troops say one remains in effect...
  • Pelosi Says Trump’s Ban on Transgenders in the Military ‘Is Designed to Humiliate Brave Americans’

    03/06/2019 12:25:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 6, 2019 | CNSNews Staff
    ( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Tweet sent out on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgenders serving in the U.S. military “is designed to humiliate brave Americans.” “Trump’s trans ban is designed to humiliate brave Americans,” she said. It is deeply concerning that DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress to justify a discriminatory policy. We must ensure that hate doesn’t dictate our national security.” To back up her assertion that “DOD officials appear to have given inaccurate testimony to Congress,” Pelosi linked her Tweet to a statement put out by...
  • Teachers Assail Bill Banning Political Indoctrination [semi-satire]

    02/26/2019 8:56:23 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Feb 2019 | John Semmens
    Proposed legislation establishing a code of ethics for public school teachers in Maine has some teachers in an uproar. The bill (LD-589) was introduced by Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst). The provision causing the uproar prohibits teachers from engaging in political advocacy and requires that materials from both sides of controversial topics be made available to students. Lockman maintains that “teachers have an obligation not to abuse their captive audiences by indoctrinating them into supporting a politically slanted point of view. They should be teaching students how to find information, how to weigh competing opinions, and how to respectfully debate those...
  • Gillibrand introduces bipartisan bill to allow transgender military service

    02/07/2019 1:04:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 7, 2019 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is vying to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, introduced Thursday a bill to allow transgender people to serve in the military. The bill, which was also introduced by Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), comes weeks after the Supreme Court paved the way for President Trump to begin implementing a ban on transgender military service. “President Trump’s ban on transgender service members is discrimination, it undermines our military readiness, and it is an insult to the brave and patriotic transgender Americans who choose to...
  • Weekly Update: BIG Court Victory on Clinton Emails and Benghazi

    01/19/2019 9:37:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 18, 2019 | Tom Fitton
    Court Orders Discovery to Begin on Clinton Email / Benghazi Scandals Documents Detail Nancy Pelosi’s CODEL Travel in 2015 U.S. Doles Out Millions to Costa Rica & Mozambique During Shutdown The Murder Epidemic in Indian Country Now We’re Providing Sex-Change Surgery to Convicted Child Sex Abusers Court Orders Discovery to Begin on Clinton Email / Benghazi Scandals Last week, I reported to you that we had submitted a court-ordered discovery plan for the depositions of several top former government officials involved in the Clinton email scandal, including Obama administration senior officials Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI...
  • Netflix Pulls Production of ‘OBX’ From North Carolina Over State’s Trans Bathroom Law

    01/12/2019 8:39:19 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 11, 2018 | Jon Levine and Jennifer Maas
    Netflix has canceled plans to produce an upcoming series titled “OBX” in North Carolina after lingering concerns about the state’s trans bathroom law, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap Friday. The network instead plans to host production in neighboring South Carolina, in a decision that was described as “final.” The series has not been officially announced by Netflix and the company declined to comment on the matter. TheWrap has confirmed that 10 episodes of the show have already been picked up by the network and shooting is expected to begin in the spring. The show is a creation...
  • UC San Diego starts referring to Latinos and Latinas as Latinx in key cultural shift

    12/03/2018 10:24:05 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 30 replies
    San Siego Union-Tribune ^ | 12-2-18 | Gary Robbins
    UC San Diego has begun using new words to refer to Latinos and Chicanos in a move that reflects the profound change that’s occurring nationally in the way many people define their gender and sexuality. The “gender specific” terms Latino and Chicano are being selectively replaced with Latinx and Chicanx to promote acceptance of virtually anyone who falls under the headings. The change is being promoted by students, social justice activists and the LGBT community, which are trying to get people to look beyond conventional notions of gender, sex and appearance. As broadly used, Latino refers to people of Latin...
  • VANITY: Routine Maintenance of Automatic Transmissions (Hypothetical)

    11/25/2018 12:30:57 PM PST · by OKSooner · 32 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11-25-2018 | Vanity
    One is finding conflicting information and recommendations regarding routine maintenance of automatic transmissions. We're talking regular automobiles and light trucks here. Dealerships want to sell a "BG" flush package, where the transmission is supposedly flushed out with a pressurized system. Others recommend a more conventional approach, where a technician drains the fluid, drops the pan, pulls the filter, cleans everything up without a high-pressure hose, checks for ugly stuff, and then puts it all back together with a new filter and seals, and of course tests it... Others advocate just draining however much fluid can be drained out and then...
  • My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy

    11/24/2018 4:56:51 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 158 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2018 | Andrea Long Chu
    Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain. This is what I want, but there is no guarantee it will make me happier. In fact, I don’t expect it to. That shouldn’t disqualify me from getting it. I like to say that being trans is the second-worst thing that ever happened to me. (The worst was being born...
  • Trump administration appeals to Supreme Court to consider restrictions to transgender military

    11/23/2018 9:53:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Newshub ^ | November 25, 2018 | Jamie Ensor
    US President Donald Trump's administration has appealed to the United States Supreme Court to consider proposed restrictions to transgender military members. The restrictions, which have been blocked by lower courts, were first announced by the President in July 2017 on his Twitter account before being officially recognised by Secretary of Defence James Mattis. "The United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would...