U.S. v. Patton (USA)

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Robert Paul Patton, the 44-year-old publisher of LGBTQ blog FabulousPDX.com, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2013 after pleading no contest to the attempted first-degree sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
From the court case affirming his conviction:
The affidavit states MG told Detective Andler that he and DG were at Patton’s house during the summer of 2011, and they dressed up as women. According to MG, DG asked if they could spend the night there and they did, with DG and Patton staying alone in Patton’s bedroom. Continue reading “U.S. v. Patton (USA)”

State v. Heidelberger (USA)

From a 1984 court case:
David C. Heidelberger was convicted before a jury of two counts of intrafamilial sexual abuse, two counts of kidnapping and of incest. All the charges arose from his forcible rape of a 16-year-old female relative, as a result of which she became pregnant and underwent an abortion.
Heidelberger, 41 years old, lived in a trailer house on 1-1/3 acres of land on the back end of a 40-acre tract. The victim, 16 years old, lived with her mother in the main house on the front part of the tract. Continue reading “State v. Heidelberger (USA)”

Lisa Summers/Sydney Sezer (USA)

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Lisa Summers was born a man, Sydney Sezer. Sezer was convicted in 1996 of repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl for almost a year. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison, and after he got out, he legally changed his name to Lisa Summers.  He was using Go Fund Me, a crowd funding website, to ask for $18,000 for surgery to complete the physical transition from man to woman.
Sex offender uses crowdfunding to raise money for gender reassignment surgery _ Local & Regional _ KATU.

President Barack Obama (USA)

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning job discrimination among federal employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Executive Order — Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity _ The White House.
How Gay Rights And Religious Freedom Are Impacted By Obama’s Executive Order, Analysis.
What They’re Saying_ President Obama Signs Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Equality _ The White House.
Obama announces executive order on gender identity – Jennifer Epstein – POLITICO.
President Obama to sign executive order to help protect transgender workers_ ‘If Congress won’t act, I will’ _ Gay Star News.

Emily Dievendorf @Equality_MI @Moxie4More & #michfest (USA)

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:
assholes
Dievendorf apparently believes that Lesbians work for men.

Randall Donald Rye/Susan Elizabeth Rye (USA)

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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.
Utah prosecutors file sex abuse charges 24 years after alleged crimes _ KSL.
Duchesne County woman pleads guilty to child sex abuse committed while she was a man _ Deseret News.

Sequim School District (USA)

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.
072114 3211 Proposed Transgender Student Policy.
Proposed transgender policy draws fire at Sequim schools meeting — Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily news.

Michelle O'Toole @WhyNotEatCats (UK)

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.’
Fashion chain New Look tells trans woman fitting room is ‘not for men’ _ Gay Star News.
My First Transgender Changing Room Fail.