Pennsylvania (USA)

H.B. 1811 would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with an individual under 18 years of age.  “Sexual orientation change efforts”  means any practices by mental health professionals that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity or gender expressions (not defined), or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward an individual of the same gender. The term does not include counseling for an individual seeking to transition from one gender to another, counseling that provides acceptance, support and understanding of an individual or facilitates an individual’s coping, social support and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, or counseling that does not seek to change sexual orientation.  The language is identical to language in resolutions, laws and bills in the U.S. CongressCalifornia, New Jersey and Ohio. There is litigation currently over the constitutionality of this law, with opponents calling them an infringement on speech.  Advocates counter that the laws regulate conduct, not speech.

H.B. 1811.

Swirl Radio Interviews Cathy Brennan (USA)

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Michelle Meow: It’s Swirl Radio, your A through Z covering the LGBTLMNOP and everyone in between show. I’m Michelle Meow, your host.

 Our next guest is a supporter of trans-critical radical feminism. What does that mean? Well, let’s have her tell us. Let’s welcome Cathy Brennan to Swirl. Cathy, welcome to Swirl.

Cathy Brennan: Thank you for having me.

MM: So, trans-critical radical feminism: what exactly is that?

CB: So, trans-critical radical feminism is a bit of a misdirect, it’s actually just radical feminism. And radical feminism is a political theory or framework for understanding how women are oppressed in society. So one of the ways that women are oppressed in society is through gender, and of course  your listeners will know as gender non-conforming people, we buck stereotypes all the time of what a man is supposed to be and what a woman is supposed to be. And the fact that we have to buck those stereotypes is because of gender. Because there’s this idea out there that there are certain ways of being if you’re a girl or a boy. The trans-critical part of it comes from the fact that transgender activists have been very effective over the last 20 years in pushing their viewpoint and saying that in fact you know, transgender is something separate from gender. So those of us who are radical feminists or come from a radical feminist perspective, we’re all skeptical of that, so we critique it and talk about that because you know, you can’t have transgender without gender, and that’s where the trans-critical aspect comes from. Continue reading “Swirl Radio Interviews Cathy Brennan (USA)”

@StopAbuseOnline (Twitter)

penguins-in-sweaters-large-msg-126350485001@StopAbuseOnline is an online project of David “Dana” Taylor, a men’s rights activist who regularly harasses lesbians and feminists online. Taking advantage of the concern for safe online spaces, Taylor regularly engages in the abuse about which he protests through his astroturf “Stop Abuse Online” project on his main Twitter account. Taylor is also well-known for creating sock puppet accounts on Twitter to harass women.

Petition _ Ask FM_ Stop allowing your site to be used to abuse victims on twitter. Remove _@_ and _#_ from questions. Also, give people the ability to remove their twitter handle from being used in an ask. _ Change.

Stop Abuse Online (StopAbuseOnline) on Twitter.

Hank Pollock and Keith “Rebecca” Elmore (USA)

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Washington State has a facility for convicted violent sex offenders called the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island near Tacoma.  Sex offenders Hank Pollock, 47, and  Keith “Rebecca” Elmore, 57, recently got married at the prison.  The friendship between Pollock and Elmore reaches back a decade to when Pollock moved to the SCC. Keith “Rebecca” Elmore was already there after pleading guilty in 1995 in Clark County to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. When Elmore petitioned to be released in 1999, the state Attorney General’s Office persuaded the judge to deny it based on Elmore’s “sexually-motivated cannibalistic fantasies.” Pollock, who changed his name from Andrew Drescher in 2002, was convicted of five counts of sex crimes against children in Kitsap and Thurston counties from 1987 to 1993. He was committed to the SCC for being a repeat sex offender.

Sex offender wedding at Special Commitment Center will be a first | Crime | The News Tribune.

Judge decides Keith Elmore will stay locked up | News | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon.

Yanel Valenzuela (USA)

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A transgender woman says she was recently disrespected and harassed at an LA Fitness in Montclair.

Yanel Valenzuela told KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz that one manager at the health club, located at 9385 Monte Vista Ave., told her she can no longer use the women’s locker room.

“It gave me emotional stress,” she said. “I don’t think it was fair.”

Valenzuela said the manager’s request came after she had told another employee that she is a transgender woman looking for workout advice catered to her needs. Valenzuela is legally female under California law, with a letter from her doctor saying she had medical intervention to be legally female.

Transgender Woman Says LA Fitness Barred Her From Women’s Locker Room « CBS Los Angeles

Herman Rowland Sr. and Privacy for All Students (USA)

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The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian rights and Equality California sent a letter to Herman Rowland Sr., chair of the Jelly Belly company, upon learning that he donated $5,000 to Privacy for All Students, a political action committee that formed to repeal AB 1266 in California.  AB 1266 permits “(a) pupil … to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”  The legislation, which goes into effect January 1, 2014, completely guts the Sex Equity in Education Act, which guaranteed equal participation in sex-segregated activities for girls. With this legislation, a boy can participate in any and all activities – and use any and all facilities designated for girls – by simply declaring that he “identifies as a girl.”

Donations to political campaigns are public, and anyone can look them up here.

Herman Rowland Sr.
Herman Rowland Sr.

LGBT Groups Take On Jelly Belly Chairman For Anti-Transgender Referendum Donation.

Trans Advocates Want to Meet With Jelly Belly Chairman _ Advocate.

California Secretary of State – CalAccess – Campaign Finance.

Trevor MacDonald (Canada)

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Trevor MacDonald is a transman who wanted to lead a La Leche League class for breastfeeding moms. LLL rejected his request, citing its women-only policy for LLL leaders.

Trangender Breastfeeding Dad Denied La Leche Role.

La Leche League to Consider Transgender Leaders _ Advocate.

Josh Tapper — La Leche League, transgender breastfeeding and the politics of parenthood.

 

International Bill of Gender Rights (USA)

The International Bill of Gender Rights is a document developed by transgender activists in the early 1990s that sets forth the Transgender Agenda to (1) elevate a Man’s “Gender Identity” over a Woman’s Sex and Sexual Boundaries, (2) destroy Women-only space and (3) eradicate the Category of Sex.

History of the International Bill of Gender Rights.

 

Cassandra Goodwin @anwyn @LOTLmagazine (Australia)

Screen shot 2013-10-28 at 7.27.54 AMThe Reluctant Femme is a blog of a heterosexual Australian woman named Cassandra Goodwin, who also blogs for LOTL Magazine. She recently penned a blog post that contained numerous unverified claims about a lesbian feminist activist, thus demonstrating, in the tradition of Tina Vasquez and Laurie Penny, that third wave feminists have no ethics when it comes to advancing their anti-woman, homophobic agenda.

Queer means heterosexual dating a man. Don't question it.
Queer means heterosexual dating a man. Don’t question it.

Reluctant Femme_ It’s Time To Squash The Bug.

"Recovering Tomboy?"? Oh, hi, homophobia.
“Recovering Tomboy?”? Oh, hi, homophobia.

Harriette Cunningham (Canada)

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Harriette Cunningham, a Comox transgender girl, and her family have made a formal request to remove gender from her birth certificate, which they hope would improve equality for transgender people across the province.  A lawyer for the Cunningham family said there is no precedent for such a request in British Columbia.  If the Vital Statistics Agency, which issues birth certificates in B.C., denies the request, the family plans to file a human rights complaint, said barbara findlay, the Cunninghams’ lawyer.

B.C. transgender girl, 10, makes formal request to have gender removed from her birth certificate.