President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning job discrimination among federal employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Emily Dievendorf is a bisexual who is the executive director of Equality Michigan, the statewide GLBT equality group. She is using her organization to bash and harass the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which provides safe space for females, predominantly lesbians. She has faced backlash from women and men who find her homophobia unbecoming.
She responded to one such thoughtful commenter as follows:
Dievendorf apparently believes that Lesbians work for men.
Fives Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham “no longer stocks Gender Hurts: a feminist analysis of the politics of transgenderism by Sheila Jeffries” because it claims the book is “transphobic.”
A Duchesne County, Utah resident is behind bars following a 14-month investigation into allegations of child sex abuse that date back to 1989. Susan Elizabeth Rye, 60, was charged in 8th District Court with three counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. The charges stemmed from alleged abuse that took place two decades ago when Rye was known as Randall Donald Rye. Rye pleaded guilty Monday in 8th District Court to a single count of sex abuse of a child, which was reduced from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony. Judge Samuel Chiara agreed to dismiss two other child sex abuse charges at the request of Duchesne County prosecutors in exchange for Rye’s plea.
Court records show Rye changed names in January 2009. When he was booked into jail under his legal name, Rye identified himself as male, Duchesne County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeremy Curry said.
We hope he serves his time in a men’s prison.
The Sequim School District in Washington State is considering a policy to prohibit discrimination against transgender students. The policy would require the use of the pronoun of the student’s choice and allow students to choose whether they use the boys’, girls’ or private restrooms.
The board will discuss the transgender policy again, and may adopt it, at its August 4 meeting.
Michelle O’Toole was told he couldn’t use the changing rooms at international fashion chain store, New Look. He was visiting the chain’s branch in Brixton, south London, England where he spent half an hour browsing, picking up clothes before heading to the changing room. There, he says, his way was barred by a staff member who challenged him explicitly, stating: ‘Oh, you are a man.’
M attempted to explain he was transgender and just wanted to try on clothes like anyone else.
However, the response was the same: ‘This is a women’s changing room, we don’t have any changing rooms for men.’
The Human Rights Campaign, a GLBT advocacy group, has called on on Republican House Speaker John Boehner to investigate apparent edits to Wikipedia entries on Laverne Cox and other transgender topics that do not conform to the male-dominated view of transgenderism.
“At a time when more and more Americans are recognizing and upholding the rights and dignity of transgender Americans, it is an unwelcome reminder of how much work remains to be done,” HRC vice president Jeff Krehely said in a release.
The last time we checked, even people who worked for the government were protected by the First Amendment.