OutServe-SLDN just issued a press release saying the military is lifting its ban on transgender people serving openly: Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the recommendations from the working group formed last summer on the lifting of the ban on open transgender service. This announcement includes recommendations, plans and timeline to when transgender service [Read More…]
Federal judge shoots down “Kim Davis laws” in Mississippi. No denying marriage licenses due to religion!
A district judge has ruled that any Kim Davis wannabes in Mississippi will be flying in the face of the law: A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling blocks the state from [Read More…]
Mike Huckabee to pay Survivor $25,000 for using “Eye Of The Tiger” at Kim Davis rally without permission.
Remember back when Mike Huckabee held that rally for Kim Davis and used Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger without permission? The band actually posted to their Facebook page: “NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use ‘My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger,’” the band wrote on its official Facebook page on Tuesday. “I [Read More…]
Last night a bomb went off in the women’s bathroom of an Illinois Target store: A small bomb exploded in the women’s bathroom at a Target store in Evanston on Wednesday, and officials are investigating whether it’s connected to the company’s policy allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. Commander Joe Dugan [Read More…]
Mississippi, like a few other mostly Southern states, has passed a “religious freedom” bill which is really just a “let religious people slide around discrimination laws” bill. But Mississippi’s is different in a very relevant way: it stipulates that religious freedom, in this case, only applies to same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and that [Read More…]
Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act. According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.” It’s pretty straight forward. But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the [Read More…]
This just in: The recently adopted laws including in the states of Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons in the United States contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the US is a State party, and which states that the law shall [Read More…]
Obama to issue directive: public schools must let trans students use the bathroom of their gender identity.
Well, this is going to make some waves: The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over [Read More…]
North Carolina school board to allow students to carry pepper spray (to use on trans students in the “wrong” bathroom).
A North Carolina school board has decided to allow students to carry pepper spray at school. While this seems like a stupid idea in an environment where emotions often run high and fights are not uncommon, it’s even worse when you consider that one of the board members said this was specifically to target transgender [Read More…]
In response to North Carolina suing the DOJ, Loretta Lynch held a press conference yesterday to announce that the DOJ would be suing the state of North Carolina. She pulled very, very few punches: To quote a part of her speech: “This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments [Read More…]