Lakisha Lavette Short @ACLU_Delaware (USA)

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Lakisha Lavette Short is a Woman who identifies as a Man named Kai. Short filed for a name change, which was denied because Short is currently serving a 55-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery, two weapons counts and aggravated menacing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware is now assisting Short in arguing to the state’s highest court that the lower court should have granted the name change.

Query if the ACLU is doing anything to help Short get out of prison sooner, as the sentence imposed as a habitual offender seems extremely punitive.

Short previously sued the prison system for inadequate health care based on sexual orientation and race; the court threw out that lawsuit.

Habeas Petition.

Transgender inmate fights for name change.

State Case 1.

State Case.

In the matter of Paulo Cesar Arrieta Salas (USA)

A New York court granted a name change of a transgender applicant who could not provide proof of citizenship.

The petitioner satisfied the requirements for a name change under section 61 of the Civil Rights Law by specifying the grounds for the application and disclosing pertinent background information. A lower court rejected the application because the Costa Rican born petitioner was unable to provide the court with proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status. Civil Rights Law § 61 requires verification of a name-change applicant’s “residence,” not legal residence, and the appellate court found that “considerations of citizenship and immigration status should not be lightly imported by implication into the statutory scheme where to do so would ignore the plain meaning of the statute as written.”

We agree with the appellate court’s decision. U.S. citizenship has no bearing on whether one should be granted a name change.

In the matter of Paulo Cesar Arrieta Salas, for leave to assume the name of Raquel Ramirez.

Dan McKibben et al v. John McMahon et al. (USA)

Gay, bisexual and transgender Male inmates filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn’t give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and includes 15 plaintiffs, including current and former inmates at West Valley Detention Center, where San Bernardino County houses gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in a special unit known as the “alternative lifestyle tank.”

We support humane treatment of all persons who are incarcerated.  All incarcerated persons, including Women, deserve such treatment.

Docket.

Dan McKibben et al v. John McMahon et al.

Autumn Sandeen @AutumnSandeen @TransgenderHULK @LGBTWeekly (USA)

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Autumn Sandeen is a Man who identifies as a Woman who writes a column for the San Diego LGBT Weekly called Trans Progressive. He recently wrote an op-ed about the alleged outing of the anonymous blogger Gallus Mag by the Transadvocate‘s Cristan Williams and Dana Lane Taylor. It is stunning that LGBT publications regularly publish material with no basis in fact. It is more stunning that Sandeen fails to mention that he himself has engaged in abusive harassment of this blogger for years because she disagrees with his politics.

If a Man asks you "are you afraid?" the correct answer is probably "I am now, creep."

If a Man asks you “are you afraid?” the correct answer is probably “I am now, creep.”

The most disturbing aspect of his op-ed are his exhortations against “violence.” If your movement demands that you tell its followers not to be violent, chances are you are in a movement that endorses violence.

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Sandeen equates knowing he is a Man with an act of violence.

He also used his Transgender Hulk account to encourage his followers not to be violent.

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The Trans Fags @outmagazine (USA)

Out Magazine has published an article called The Trans Fags that discusses Women who identify as Gay Men. One such Woman noted that she used to identify as a dyke:

‘But when I started hormones my sex drive got jacked up a crazy amount, and something just switched biochemically or something. There’s a quote that goes around in the trans community: Testosterone makes you gay. It’s kind of true for me.’ 

Testosterone actually makes Lesbians into Heterosexuals. Many Women, myself included, know Lesbians who “transitioned” and then engaged in sexual relationships with Men. An increased sex drive is a side effect of testosterone, as is emotional detachment.

TARHEELS AND TRANSFAGS _ Beyond Masculinity.

The Trans Fags – Page 3 _ Out Magazine.

The Trans Fags – Page 2 _ Out Magazine.

The Trans Fags _ Out Magazine.

Lusardi v. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (USA)

CaptureThe U.S. Office of Special Counsel determined that the Department of the Army engaged in “frequent, pervasive and humiliating,” gender-identity discrimination against Tamara Lusardi, a veteran and civilian Army software specialist who transitioned from male to female.

Lusardi was working in the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (“AMRDEC”) in Redstone, Alabama. During transition, the Army improperly restricted her restroom usage, referred to her with male pronouns and by her birth name and stopped giving her work, the OSC said in a report.

Lusardi was also required to use a single-user, gender-neutral restroom, out of concerns that Female employees might feel “uncomfortable” sharing a restroom with her.

The OSC, a federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, said that Female coworker preferences alone “cannot justify discriminatory working conditions,” since it could reinforce the very stereotypes and biases that nondiscrimination laws are intended to protect against. According to the report, Lusardi should be able to use bathrooms designated for her gender identity.

Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case – The Washington Post.