Natalie Reed, Larkin Forestheart, Daryl Banks & Other MRAs (Canada)

mraMen’s Rights Activists plan to undermine a memorial event sponsored by Vancouver Rape Relief to commemorate the murder of 14 Women by Marc Lépine in Montreal, Canada. Those actively working to undermine the event, which features Dr. Janice Raymond, include Natalie Reed, who later claimed to back away from the protest, and Larkin Forestheart, a woman who “identifies” as a man who planned a flashmob event. Further efforts to undermine the event came from El Feministo, a sock puppet account of well-known MRA Daryl Banks, a man who suffers from autogynephilia and calls himself Sophia. Banks apparently thinks “feminist activism” means working to undermine an organisation that provides support services to Women traumatized by male violence.

In other news, hundreds of feminists and pro-feminist men have publicly support VRR and Dr. Raymond, including this statement from the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF).

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Memorial draws controversy over invitation of speaker Janice Raymond _ rabble.

Larkin Feral ForestHeart.

El Feministo Friends.

Here MRAs Natalie Reed and Daryl Banks plot to destroy VRR

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El’ Jai Devoureau v. Camden Treatment Associates, LLC (USA)

El’ Jai Devoureau, a transgender man in Southern New Jersey who alleged he was barred from working in a male- only job in a Camden New Jersey drug treatment facility, settled his lawsuit against Camden Treatment Associates, LLC. He claims the drug treatment center hired him as a urine monitor for men. His job responsibilities included monitoring male outpatients as they provided urine samples for drug testing.

Devoureau says that on his first full day of work, Camden Treatment fired him on the spot after being told that he had transitioned from female to male. Camden Treatment specifically denied that Mr. Devoureau was ever employed by Camden Treatment and also denied the allegations of improper discrimination in the settlement. Devoureau sued under N.J. Stat. Ann. § 10:5-12(a) under the contradictory theories of sex discrimination and gender identity discrimination.

Although the full terms of the settlement are confidential, Camden Treatment notes that it “fully acknowledges that Mr. Devoureau is male” and that it has aligned its internal compliance policy to include transgender individuals as a protected class. This is in accordance with New Jersey’s employment nondiscrimination law, which has included protections for gender identity and expression since 2007.

This settlement, although not at all binding on any other party, bodes poorly for Women, as it is an example of the disregard for the privacy rights of others in the pursuit of employment rights for transgender individuals. In other words, there are many Men who would not, in fact, want to be observed by a biological female while urinating. More importantly, there are probably more Women who do not wish to be observed by a biological male while urinating.

New Jersey, like many states, provides that it is not unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex for an employer to refuse “to accept for employment any person on the basis of sex in those certain circumstances where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification, reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the particular business or enterprise.” Query whether having a person of the same sex as a target population act as a monitor in this manner is a “bona fide occupational qualification.” Query also whether one’s “gender identity” would override the ability of an employer to discriminated based on sex where such discrimination is necessary due to a “bona fide occupational qualification.”  In In re Juvenile Detention Officer Union County, 364 N.J. Super. 608, 837 A.2d 1101 (App.Div. 2003), the court found that the New Jersey Merit System Board properly granted a county’s request for eight bona fide occupational qualifications designations for male-only juvenile detention officer positions because the county had sufficiently demonstrated a BFOQ defense to state and federal proscriptions against sex discrimination.  Specifically, the need to maintain the juveniles’ privacy rights outweighed the equal employment opportunity rights of union members, and, as the conflict between the competing interests could not be avoided by other means, the BFOQ designations were properly allowed under the limited exceptions against sex-based discrimination under N.J. Stat. Ann. § 10:5-12(a) and 42 U.S.C.S. § 2000e-2(e).

Camden Treatment Associates, LLC Complaint.

Article on the Settlement.

El’Jai Devoureau, Transgender Man, Sues Drug-Center Over Firing.

Muir v. Applied Integrated Techs. (USA)

Jesse Muir was employed by two companies: USIS National Security Division (“USIS”) and Applied Intergrated Technologies (“AIT”), both federal contractors. He was hired by USIS in June 2009 as a Construction Surveillance Technician and was hired by Defendant in December 2009 as a part-time Access Control Manager. As a requirement for both positions, Muir had to hold and maintain a security clearance. In 2011, Muir decided he was transgender and transitioned to Leanna Muir by filing a legal name change and starting treatment for gender identity disorder.

When hired by AIT, Muir was given the company’s employee handbook, which states that

If the Government withdraws an employee’s security clearance, AIT may find it necessary to terminate an employee involuntarily. If this occurs, AIT reserves the right to decide to reassign the employee to work that does not require access to sensitive information. In the event that no such assignment is available, AIT has no other choice than to terminate the employee.

Muir came to AIT holding a Top Secret Clearance, with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (“TS/SCI”), which the Defense Intelligence Agency (“DIA”) granted in approximately February 2007 to Jesse Muir.

Muir was employed with AIT at the National Center for Medical Intelligence (“NCMI”) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In early March 2011, during the early stages of the sex transition process, Muir reported to work at Fort Detrick in a company uniform with painted fingernails. An employee at Fort Detrick complained; this led to AIT calling Muir for a meeting with several AIT managers on March 16, 2011. At that meeting, Muir informed AIT of the interest in transitioning from male to female. AIT suspended Muir and, according to Muir, said that the customer needed time to “cool down.”

AIT conveys a different version of this interaction. As part of its motion for summary judgment, AIT filed an affidavit of Vicki Redman, the company Human Resources Manager. According to Ms. Redman, Timothy Wolfe, Security Manager for the DIA at Fort Detrick, informed AIT that in order to maintain the TS/SCI security clearance – a requirement to work at Fort Detrick – Muir must provide a letter from a mental health care practitioner attesting to Muir’s fitness to work, and a personal statement from Muir explaining the thought process that led Plaintiff to become transgender. Mr. Wolfe is an employee of DIA, not AIT. At the March 16, 2011 meeting, AIT informed Muir of DIA’s demands and gave Muir sixty (60) days to comply. Muir was informed that “pursuant to DIA policy/directive, she could not report to work until the documentation was provided, and that, if the documentation was not provided within this timeframe, the DIA may terminate its subcontract with AIT.”  Muir claims she provided the documentation, while AIT denies that she did.

Muir subsequently filed for sex discrimination under Title VII, and AIT moved to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment. The District Court of Maryland refused AIT’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, based on the fact that factual evidence supported Muir’s version of events. The evidence also appears undisputed that Muir was fired not for any performance-based reason.  Muir’s specific Title VII complaint is that she was fired “because (AIT) perceived her to be a man who did not conform to traditional gender stereotypes associated with men in society or because [Muir] is transgender and intended to physically transition from male to female.”

We hope Muir prevails under the argument that AIT  “perceived her to be a man who did not conform to traditional gender stereotypes associated with men in society.”

Muir v. Applied Integrated Technologies.

 

Gallop Asian Bistro (USA)

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A Bridgewater, New Jersey couple claims that Danya Morales, a lesbian server at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, falsely accused them of homophobia and failing to tip her after an apparent misgendering incident.  The family reports that they thought the hostess who sat the family told them their server would be “Dan,” and when Morales showed up at their table, the wife exclaimed “whoa, you’re not Dan.” Morales wrote in a Facebook post that the wife said, “oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!” According to the couple, the rest of the meal with their two children went fine.  However, Morales, a former Marine, later posted a photo on Facebook showing the family’s bill with a line through the space for a tip. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”

Morales indicated in her Facebook post, and in subsequent media interviews — including with NBC 4 New York — that the customer wrote that line. But the family claims their receipt from the restaurant shows they did leave a tip, and provided a credit card statement as proof.

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Delta County, Colorado Schools (USA)

Delta County School Board member, Katherine Svenson, commented on rights of transgender students at an October board meeting.  Svenson passed out an issue of the Education Reporter, a publication of the conservative group the Eagle Forum, during the October meeting, and said:

“I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country. Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize, not in this district. Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”

“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls, I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in girls locker-room,” said Svenson.

The article in the Education Reporter discusses a new law passed in California, which allows students to use whatever bathroom they wish based on their self-identified gender rather than biological sex.

Svenson seems unaware that Colorado already allows boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ facilities.

Transgender Comments Spark Controversy in School District | KREX – News, Weather, Sports for Grand Junction | Montrose | Glenwood Springs – Coverage You Can Count On | Around the Region.

Camp Hill High School, Pennsylvania (USA)

As part of National Transgender Week in November 2013, members of Camp Hill High School’s gay-straight alliance asked their classmates to “dress up as the opposite sex,” thus affirming a belief in girl and boy clothes.

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Cross-dressing causes controversy in Camp Hill – WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg – Top Stories.

 

Owen Smith @HuffPostLive @EqualityUtah

CaptureOwen Smith is a former organizer with Equality Maryland. He now works at Equality Utah. Owen currently identifies as a transman and recently gave an interview to HuffPost Live in which he claimed he was attacked in 2002 “for being transgender.” However, in 2002, Owen went by his original name and identified as gender nonconforming.  The assault Owen suffered is similar to the kind of violence experienced by gender nonconforming Women around the world every day and is not unique to his transgender status. The reaction to the assault, including hyper-awareness of how others perceive you in public space, is also extremely common among those of us who are gender nonconforming Women, as we have experienced similar violence. This, ironically, is why many Women seek Women-only space.

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For these women, drag is not just a guy thing – Baltimore Sun.

Owen Smith Says He Was Beaten In 2002 Attack For Being Transgender.

Hercules High School, California (USA)

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A fight at Hercules High School has drawn attention after it was learned that one of the students involved identifies as transgender. Sgt. Ruben Rodriguez with the Hercules Police Department said the altercation, between four 16-year-old students, began around 1:42 p.m. when a male student punched a girl for unknown reasons. Two other girls then intervened and the boy threw one of them on the ground, Rodriguez added. Before campus security came in to break up the fight, one of the girls punched the boy. Two of the teens had minor scratches and a third complained of pain to her wrist. Rodriguez said two of the female students indicated they wanted to press charges for battery, and the boy wanted to do the same against the girl who punched him.

Transgender activists have seized on this as an example of anti-trans violence. However, the male student initiated physical contact. Students at the high school seem similarly unimpressed with the “anti-trans” violence angle on Twitter.

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Hercules- Fight at school may have involved transgender student – ContraCostaTimes.com.

School district to hold meeting on bullying after fight at Hercules High School – ContraCostaTimes.com.

News Report.

Men’s Rights Activists and Gender Identity Watch

Trinity Aodh Melody Hensley M. A. Melby Veronica K. Berglyd Olsen Kim Rippere Mary Ellen Sikes Dana Lane Taylor

Men’s Rights Activists, including Trinity AodhMelody HensleyM. A. Melby (also known as Marian Elaine Melby Aanerud), Veronica K. Berglyd OlsenKim RippereMary Ellen Sikes and Dana Lane Taylor, have started yet another petition to ask the Southern Poverty Law Center to declare a website run by a handful of volunteers (to discuss how gender identity as a legal concept is erasing the category of “Woman” and is making it impossible for Women to organize as and with Women) a “hate group.” Taylor, best known for harassing lesbian feminist Cathy Brennan about her rape, is also well-known for creating multiple sock puppet accounts to harass all Women who know he is Male.

Calling political speech that does not toe the liberal line “hate speech” is a common tactic of Queer and Liberal organizations. Rather than free and open debate, such MRAs want you to embrace thought-terminating cliches like  “Transwomen are Women.” These MRAs – who are invariably White Males who “identify” as Women or heterosexual “Queer” Women who have no investment in Lesbian community – continually harass the Southern Poverty Law Center, which actually has its hands full tracking racist hate groups across the country.

Petition | Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group | Change.org.

Kim Rippere – Support this petition….