The U.S. military could bring an immediate end to the ban on transgender service members, according to a new report.
In the study, released this week, a nine-member commission determined that allowing open service by transgender people would be “neither excessively complex nor burdensome.” This new report comes five months after a similar study debunked the outdated medical rationale for the ban.
This week, Chattanooga, TN voters rejected a city ordinance that would have protected LGBT city employees from discrimination, as well as extended health benefits to employees’ same-sex domestic partners.
According to BuzzFeed, 13,685 people voted to repeal the equal rights ordinance, while only 8,184 voted to keep it in place.
Opponents who organized the campaign against the ordinance said they hope the city will now respect “the will of the people,” according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “What we want them to take away from this is that the people have spoken,” Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West. …
The city’s mayor, Andy Berke — who supported the ordinance — said that in the wake its repeal, “I want every City employee to know one thing — your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community,” according to the WTVC report. “Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents.”
There are places in this country where abiding by “the will of the people” would mean reinstating slavery. I call BS on using “the will of the people” to eliminate rights.
This is what happens when you let three wolves and a sheep vote on dinner.
Perfect analogy ^This is just horrid
This place I live in has the gall to do this? Fucking hell Chattanooga. I thought you to be better than the neanderthals of yesteryear…
heteronormativity for dummies or, “why homophobes aren’t the only problem”
You will not believe the shit I get for correcting people when they talk about my daughter like this. Just stop fucking assigning sexualities to babies jfc straight people
Yea it’s clearly our “generation that’s making homosexuality a trend.” Seriously, pisses me off when people say that. look at this! It’s always been around, it’s not a trend, it’s real. It’s beautiful.
These are really beautiful images.
History Lesson: In America from about 1700-1920 there was a social rule that said that women did not have a sex drive. According to men, all women ever were asexual and only ever had sex because their husbands wanted it and as a good doting wife they would open up for him. That said, lesbians flourished in this time! Because it was believed that women did not have sex, when two women would share a house and finances together (called a Boston Marriage, look it up!) nobody thought anything of it. Because clearly they werent homosexuals since clearly women were incapable of being independently sexual. The more you know!
The weirdest thing is that people talk about “coming out” as if it’s this big momentous thing that only happens once while in actual fact it’s something that you do almost every single day every time you talk to a new person every time you’re in a new situation you’re constantly weighing your options, the ability to be your true self vs the advantages of being a false self and honestly it’s so fucking exhausting
Jordan Hanson, of Lawrence, is afraid that when she goes to the polls for the Aug. 5 primary, she will be turned away without being able to vote.
For many trans* folk, a lack of legal recognition of their identity can result in undue harassment as well as the potential for undue physical and psychological harm.
Something as simple as a drivers license has the potential to significantly harm individuals by failing to recognize their identity.
From Kansas Administrative Regulation 7-46-2(D)(2):
"The election board worker shall compare the photograph to the voter to determine whether the voter is the person depicted in the photograph, considering hair color, glasses, facial hair, cosmetics, weight, age, injury to the voter, and other physical characteristics."
The regulation has the potential to force many of gender diversity to not participate at the poles because their gender presentation may not be congruent with their legal identity. This also puts potential for many to be outed at the polls, which can create potential for even more harm.
Everyone should have the right to be legally recognized for who they truly are, regardless of their gender presentation, gender expression or physical sex.
Gay character representation done right. He is not a cardboard cut out of a stereotype. In fact, even though his sexuality is mentioned repeatedly, it’s never a big deal.
He is a police captain. He rarely shows emotions outwardly. He is unamused by his officers’ antics, but mostly allows them. He stands up for his people and supports them when they need it. He works hard to be the best he can possibly be at his job, and expects the same from his people. He has faced judgement and discrimination for all of his life, and doesn’t let it stop him. He also just happens to be married to a man he loves.
The writers for Brooklyn 99 have done a phenomenal job. They created a fully realized, three dimensional, gay character who’s sexuality has shaped him, but doesn’t define him. His other character traits, like his stoicism, play a much bigger part in his actions and interactions with the other characters. His sexuality is far from secret, but it’s just a footnote in who he is and how he is viewed.
These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.