Benjamin Lee Hansen (USA)

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Benjamin Lee Hansen, a man who identifies as a “trans femme,” was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for fighting (along with two other men) on April 18 following a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Hansen, who also identifies as an antifascist, is seen on video bashing another man with a padlock, presumably over their differing political views.

This is male violence.

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Three arrested at white nationalist Richard Spencer’s Auburn visit — wtvm.com

 

Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College (USA)

In a decision released April 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a ruling concluding “that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination.”

The ruling states, “Viewed through the lens of the gender non-conformity line of cases, Hively represents the ultimate case of failure to conform to the female stereotype (at least as understood in a place such as modern America, which views heterosexuality as the norm and other forms of sexuality as exceptional): she is not heterosexual.”

“The fundamental question is not whether a lesbian is being treated better or worse than gay men, bisexuals, or transsexuals, because such a comparison shifts too many pieces at once. Framing the question that way swaps the critical characteristic (here, sex) for both the complainant and the comparator and thus obscures the key point—whether the complainant’s protected characteristic played a role in the adverse employment decision. The counterfactual we must use is a situation in which Hively is a man, but everything else stays the same: in particular, the sex or gender of the partner.”

“We close by noting that we have decided only the issue put before us.  Additional complications can be saved for another day, when they are actually involved in the case.  Ivy Tech did not contend, for example, that it was a religious institution and the positions it denied to Hively related to a religious mission.  Nor have we had any occasion to consider the meaning of discrimination in the context of the provision of social or public services.  We hold only that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has put forth a case of sex discrimination for Title VII purposes.  It was therefore wrong to dismiss Hively’s complaint for failure to state a claim.  The judgement of the district court is REVERSED and the case is REMANDED for further proceedings.”

Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College (USA) — GIW

Hively-Ivy-Tech  — April 4, 2017 decision

Claire Wolfever/Zachary McClimans (USA)

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In November 2016, Claire Wolfever/Zachary McClimans, a man who identifies as a woman, allegedly opened fire on a Wal-Mart co-worker in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Jayson Hall suffered from four gunshot wounds and was airlifted to a Youngstown, Ohio hospital. Hall survived the attack, and was reported to be in stable condition.
McClimans was charged with two counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, theft, having a firearm without a license, and reckless endangerment.
McClimans justifies his actions by claiming that Hall “threatened” and “harassed” him after McClimans disclosed his “gender identity.” So instead of simply ignoring Hall, filing a complaint, or finding a new job, McClimans decided to play judge, jury, and would-be executioner for the crime of (allegedly) being rude. So, he stole his grandfather’s gun and shot a man four times for (presumably) not being nice and supportive and all.
Any other man shooting another man multiple times for (allegedly) saying unkind things would be quietly going to prison without a lot of public concern.
But because McClimans is a transwoman, he gets an extremely sympathetic write-up from pro-trans reporters, such as Sue Kerr, who can’t bring herself to express one word of sympathy for the gunshot victim.
This in a country where ordinary women typically can’t kill an abusive partner, even in self-defense, even when there is a documented history of assault and broken protection orders, without public blaming and/or facing full criminal charges.
Instead, Kerr’s major concern is that the western Pennsylvania media consistently “misgendered”  McClimans, and how we can build a “region that respects and supports our trans neighbors.”
There is NO discussion about taking responsibility for a disproportionately violent response to a (perceived) “dissing,” or that McClimans’ alleged crime is very consistent with male pattern violence, in that that the victim is blamed for “causing” the violence. In fact, one pro-trans commenter explicitly says “what punishment or ownership will the ‘victim’ get or take for Claire making the decision she did. Let’s face it, I’d highly doubt if he’d left her alone she’d have done what she’d done. She didn’t get to where she’d gotten on her own.”
Kerr also published an account of this crime at Huffington Post, so as to elicit national sympathy for this alleged would-be killer. Needless to say, there is also a Facebook page offering “official support.”

Transgender Activists (USA)

Since January 1, 2017, transgender activists have called lesbian activist Cathy Brennan at least 7 times to harass her for her view that transgenderism is harmful to Women and Girls. At least two occasions were witnessed by other people, and on those occasions the callers – a transgender woman and a man – used sexually explicit language.

Recordings of three of the calls follow:

If you have information on the identity of the callers, a $5,000 reward is available. Please leave a comment.

G.G. v. Gloucester County Sch. Bd. (USA)

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board remanding the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in light of a recent guidance issued by the Trump administration:

 

“GLOUCESTER COUNTY SCH. BD. V. G. G. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for further consideration in light of the guidance document issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice on February 22, 2017.”

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights — New York Times

GLOUCESTER COUNTY SCH. BD. V. G. G.  — supremecourt.gov 

Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 (UK)

On December 1, 2016 “Mrs Maria Miller, supported by Jess Phillips, Mrs Flick Drummond and Ben Howlett, presented a Bill to make gender identity a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 in place of gender reassignment and to make associated provision for transgender and other persons; and for connected purposes.”

The Bill is sponsored by Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, and is expected to have its second reading debate on February 24, 2017.

 

Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 — parliament.uk

Gender Identity and the Rights of the Child — Transgender Trend

Say No to Dangerous Gender Identity Bill — CitizenGO.org

Jane Maria Nicholson (USA)

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Jane Maria Nicholson, a man who identifies as a woman, was sentenced to five years, four months in prison for sexually abusing teenage boys, whom he propositioned in public.  Nicholson was facing up to twelve years in prison when he accepted a plea deal, entering “four no-contest pleas to felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, oral copulation of a person under 18, and sodomy involving a person under 18, and a misdemeanor count of child molesting.”  Nicholson, who must register as a sex offender upon release, formerly served as a board member for the South Bay LGBT Center in Torrance, CA.

Transgender woman sentenced to prison for sex acts with teen boys in Torrance — dailybreeze.com

Jane Maria Nicholson & SouthBay LGBT Center @SouthBayLGBT (USA) — GIW