The Morning Buzz | The Challenges of Counting the Transgender Population

In today's Buzz, a sociologist questions the existence of a government shutdown baby boom, demographers say it's hard to count transgender people, Bill de Blasio is under fire for okaying the so-called "poor door" at a Manhattan high rise, delayed action on climate change could cost billions, and disgraced former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell goes on trial. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Mike Huckabee is Flying High

In today's Buzz, Mike Huckabee racks up some serious private jet bills, a Christian university fights to keep a transgender student out of all-male housing, the cities where you can get the most bang for your salary, and the story of how women got into the civil rights movement. … [Read more...]

Morning Buzz | Are Catholicism and Libertarianism Like Oil and Water?

Today's Buzz covers evidence linking support for voter ID laws to racial bias, the conflict between catholicism and libertarianism, transgender veterans speak out against the military's ban on transgender troops, church in Arizona offers sanctuary to an immigrant without legal documentation who has an American-born son and has been in the country for more than 14 years. … [Read more...]

In Time Magazine | PRRI Data Cited in “The Transgender Tipping Point” Cover Story

The latest edition of Time Magazine reports on the transgender revolution, another movement that, like same-sex marriage, is challenging long-standing American norms and beliefs about sexuality and gender. Cited in the cover story is recent data from PRRI which shows nine percent of Americans say they have a close friend or family member who is transgender. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Transgender Movement Challenges Long-held American Attitudes

Today's Buzz covers Time's cover story on the transgender revolution, Catholic bishops again travel to DC to fight for immigration reform, men still out-earn women, Millennials eschew life insurance, Orrin Hatch concedes same-sex marriage will soon be federal law, Clint Eastwood's birthday. … [Read more...]

Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination

Despite the widespread support for anti-discrimination legislation for LGBT individuals, such legislation still faces considerable hurdles, at least at the federal level. … [Read more...]

Catholics’ Perspectives on Transgender Issues

A former teacher at a Catholic school is suing, saying that he was dismissed based on his transgender identity. Catholics are, overall, supportive of legal protections for transgender people. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Mainline Protestant Church Decisions on LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps

The Episcopal Church’s recent decision to sanction transgender ordination and blessings for same-sex couples, as well as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s narrow vote against amending its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, raises new questions about mainline Protestant denominations’ perspectives on gay and lesbian issues. At the Huffington Post, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores the generational divides that emerge among white mainline Protestants on issues like … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 11, 2012

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Two questions: is this clam eating the salt or just bringing it into its shell for investigation? And could all convenience store robberies be averted with a little firmness on the part of the cashier? Although not all Americans agree on the best way to tackle immigration reform, there is a consensus of opinion that it f … [Read more...]

Episcopal Church Approves Ordination of Transgender People

On Monday, the Episcopal Church’s leadership overwhelmingly voted to allow the ordination of transgender people, by approving a change to the church’s “nondiscrimination canons” to include “gender identity and expression.” The Episcopal Church currently forbids discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, and age for Episcopalians who want to become priests. The church also made it illegal to discriminate against transgender people … [Read more...]


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