Carly Lehwald (USA)

Carly Lehwald is a heterosexual man who identifies as a woman.  He was previously featured on ABC Family’s show “Becoming Us,” which aired for one season in 2015.  In 2017, Lehwald is busy engaging in anti-lesbian activism, including asking Anonymous to target this lesbian-run blog.

We oppose your men’s rights activism, Carly, and we see your sad attempt to silence lesbian-feminists as the misogyny it is.  Women who disagree with your garbage political opinions will always exist, and you cannot silence all of us.  You cannot silence our ideas.

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Chelsea (Bradley) Manning (USA)

Bradley Manning, who identifies as a transgender woman named Chelsea, is set to be released from prison next week as per the terms of Obama’s commutation of the remainder of Manning’s 35-year sentence.  Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of whistleblowing 2010 and has been serving in an all-male (because he’s male) U.S. military prison for the past seven years.

Manning’s legal team released the following statement on behalf of Chelsea (emphasis added):

“For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world. Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine. Now, freedom is something that I will again experience with friends and loved ones after nearly seven years of bars and cement, of periods of solitary confinement, and of my health care and autonomy restricted, including through routinely forced haircuts. I am forever grateful to the people who kept me alive, President Obama, my legal team, and countless supporters.”

HAIRCUTS.  Manning, whose ACLU attorneys referred to haircuts (or lack thereof) as “a medically necessary part of her treatment to follow the female grooming standards related to hair,” appears to believe that his autonomy was most restricted by his haircut.

According to ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio, “Like far too many people in prison, particularly transgender women, Chelsea Manning has had to survive unthinkable violence throughout the seven years of her incarceration.”

One reasonably wonders if Strangio, who previously asserted that having short hair “sends the message to everyone that she is not a ‘real’ woman” was referring to “forced haircuts” in the above statement as “violence.”

Chelsea Manning, legal team statements on upcoming release — Windy City Times

Meyer v. University of Iowa (USA)

 

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A Polk County, Iowa jury awarded Jane Meyer, a former associate athletics director at the University of Iowa $1.43 million in her discrimination lawsuit against the UI, the Board of Regents, and the state.  According to Meyer’s attorneys, “[t]he jury found in favor of Meyer on all five of her claims: gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, equal pay violation and whistleblower violation.”

Meyer, who served as the associate athletic director at UI from 2001 to 2014 claims she was first reassigned and subsequently terminated after she complained about the firing of Tracy Griesbaum in August 2014.  She also claims the department created a new position (which she was told she was ineligible for) that encompassed many of her duties at a salary $70,000 higher than the salary she was making.

Meyer’s attorneys plan to file post-trial motions seeking either the reinstatement of her position in the athletic department at the University of Iowa, or payment for all lost wages and benefits until she reaches retirement.

University of Iowa must pay $1.4 million to Jane Meyer — The Gazette

Women Transition in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Two women who live in the United Arab Emirates are seeking legal recognition as as men. State newspaper al-Bayan reported that the plaintiffs, identified by their initials as H.S., aged 26, and A.M., 28, have asked an Abu Dhabi court to have their sexes and names changed on state records, al-Bayan reported, after they underwent hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery in Europe.

 

The lawyer for the two women, Ali al-Mansouri, told Reuters that the UAE’s federal laws on medical responsibility had to endorse gender reassignment because it was a remedy certified by doctors for what they had diagnosed as a medical condition in his clients, namely gender identity disorder.

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates punishes consensual homosexual sex with up to 14 years in prison.

In First, Transgender Emiratis Seek Legal Recognition as Men – NBC News

This Week In Transgenderism

You can read the god-awful Slate article here (it is from 2015) – Cisgender lesbians and trans women_ How to mend the rift_.

Here is an article on the murder of Brenda Bostick – Homeless man prime suspect in fatal beating of transgender woman – NY Daily News

Zarda v. Altitude Express (USA)

In a decision released April 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that “Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation,” affirming the lower court’s judgement.  The decision cites a 2000 ruling in Simonton v. Runyon, in which the same court “declined to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation constituted discrimination based on sex for the purposes of Title VII.”  The decision also denies Zarda’s appeal to overturn Simonton, stating “a panel of this Court could not overturn another panel’s decision” and specifies that precedent “can only be overturned by the entire Court sitting in banc.”

In contrast the Seventh Circuit recently ruled “that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination” in Hively v. Ivy Tech.

2nd Circuit (again) finds anti-gay discrimination legal under Title VII — Washington Blade

Zarda v. Altitude Express — Decision, April 18, 2017