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The Trump Administration Just Asked The Supreme Court To Let It Enforce Its Transgender Military Ban
The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take up three cases challenging the administration’s repeated efforts to bar transgender people from serving in the military. The move is the latest unusual filing at the high court by an administration that appears eager to leapfrog over appeals courts that have previously sided with challengers to the administration’s policies.
The effort to reverse Obama-era policies allowing for open transgender military service began when President Donald Trump tweeted out news of the ban in July 2017 and has been met with heavy skepticism from courts around the country since that morning.
Supreme Court asked to mandate segregation for transgender students
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBTQ hate group, has yet another case it wants the Supreme Court to consider. This time, they’re hoping the justices will mandate that schools must segregate transgender students to single-use restrooms for the sake of other students’ “comfort.”
In its petition to the Court, ADF asks it to overturn a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that upheld a trans-inclusive policy at Boyertown Area Senior High School in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Third Circuit recognized that it is important to transgender students’ well-being to be recognized according to their gender identity and that excluding them from facilities is detrimental to both their physical and mental health. While the students ADF represents may have been uncomfortable, they are not suffering comparable discrimination or violations of privacy simply for being expected to share facilities with their transgender classmates.
Education Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students. In what the administration is calling a "historic process," the proposed rules aim to significantly enhance legal protections for the accused and reflect a sentiment expressed by President Trump that men are unfairly being presumed guilty. More than a year in the making, the rules replace Obama-era policies on how to implement Title IX, the law barring gender discrimination in schools that get federal funding.
The new rules are drawing both applause and anger.
Among the most significant changes is that schools can make it harder to prove allegations by raising the level of proof needed. Instead of requiring only a "preponderance of the evidence," as the Obama administration had directed, schools could demand "clear and convincing evidence." And many schools may well be forced to raise the bar, since the regulations also require that the standard for students be the same as that used for faculty and staff.
Inside the Fight to Uncover the Truth About Trump’s Anti-LGBT Crusade
In the wake of an explosive anti-transgender memo leaked from the Department of Health and Human Services and published by the New York Times, LGBT advocates have questions: Who proposed that “sex” be defined by original birth certificate? Was there any pushback? Who, if anyone, was consulted?
But under an administration that has not exactly been forthcoming on LGBT issues, the only way to get answers might be through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Human Rights Campaign says.
The Daily Beast
Trans man kicked out of London gay sauna for not having a penis
A London gay sauna kicked out a trans man for not having a penis.
26-year-old Jason Smith (not his real name) identifies as bisexual and says he’s a ‘very passable trans man’.
He decided to go to the Sailors Sauna in Limehouse in London’s East on Monday night (29 October) with a friend.
The transgender man was a little unsure about going to the sex-on-premises venue so he checked their website beforehand for any trans-specific policies.
Gay Star News
UK man jailed for homophobic bus attack on gay teenager
Almost half of all LGBT people in the US live in states with no workplace protections
A new report reveals how far the United States has to go before achieving workplace equality for LGBT people.
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Lambda Legal released the report today.
Are LGBT Workers Protected from Discrimination? assesses the current state of federal and state-level protections for LGBT employees.
A little over half (52%) of all LGBT adults in the US live in states with some employment protections. 48%, however, live in places with no protections in the workplace whatsoever.
Gay Star News
More Americans Supported Hitler Than You May Think. Here's Why One Expert Thinks That History Isn't Better Known
These days, and especially since the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August, it has become clear to many Americans that the specter of Nazism in their country is not resigned to 1930s history. But until very recently, even that part of the story was less well known than it is today.
In fact, when Bradley W. Hart first started researching the history of Nazi sympathy in the United States a few years ago, he was largely driven by the absence of attention to the topic. Hart’s new book Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States argues that the threat of Nazism in the United States before World War II was greater than we generally remember today, and that those forces offer valuable lessons decades later — and not just because part of that story is the history of the “America First” idea, born of pre-WWII isolationism and later reborn as a slogan for now-President Donald Trump.
Sex abuse scandal in German Catholic Church sparks celibacy debate
For a long time now there has been argument within the church in Germany about the obligation for priests to remain unmarried. The sexual abuse scandal has reignited the discussion. A celibacy debate could tear the Catholic Church apart. But perhaps the impetus for reflection about the obligation to remain celibate is not in fact coming from academic reflection or long conferences of German bishops, but from the other side of the ecclesiastical world.
Chicago archbishop removes priest who burned rainbow banner
India’s Gay Prince Just Called Out Religious Hypocrites Who Propositioned Him for Sex
271 Indian Christians accused of using drugs to force conversions
Archbishop: Maryland AG investigating records in abuse probe
FOUR BROOKLYN BOYS REPEATEDLY RAPED AT CATHOLIC CHURCH REACH $27.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT
Four men who were sexually assaulted as boys by a teacher at a Roman Catholic church have reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn, one of the largest ever payouts for victims of abuse within the church.
Each victim, now aged between 19 and 21, will receive around $6.8 million from the diocese and an affiliated after-school program after they repeatedly abused by Angelo Serrano, 67, while he taught at St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, reports The New York Times.
The abuse is said to have occurred between 2003 and 2009, when the victims were aged between 8 and 12.
Rape of 7-year-old in India marks the latest in series of attacks on girls
Vatican temporarily suspends Indian bishop accused of raping nun
A Teen Escaped an Alleged Kidnapper and Human Trafficker by Fleeing Into a Restaurant Bathroom
Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals
Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana
Bryan Singer Tag: Opinion IF BRYAN SINGER IS HIRED TO DIRECT RED SONJA, IT WILL PROVE HOLLYWOOD HAS FAILED #METOO
Father arrested for chauffeuring teen son to late night park hookup
A Florida man was arrested for driving his son to a local park so the teen could have sex, The Smoking Gun reports.
To be clear: The father wasn’t having sex with his son; he was acting as his chauffeur. Sorta like a soccer mom driving her kid to practice.
According to police reports, an officer was called to investigate a Toyota that was parked after hours outside the McChesney Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida on September 6.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he found 53-year-old Laurence Mitchell sitting in the driver’s seat. When asked what he was doing there, Mitchell replied that he had just dropped off his son and his friend so they could “do their thang” in the woods.
Senators make bipartisan breakthrough on background check bill
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators led by GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas introduced legislation Thursday to boost compliance with the federal background check system following a Texas church massacre that may have been prevented if authorities had reported the shooter's violent history.
The bill penalizes federal agencies that fail to properly report relevant records and provides incentives to states to improve their overall reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.
“For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Cornyn said. “Just one record that’s not properly reported can lead to tragedy, as the country saw last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This bill aims to help fix what’s become a nationwide, systemic problem so we can better prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.”
Russia-type meddling found in 18 nations' elections last year: report
At least 18 nations holding elections in 2016 experienced some kind of information attacks similar to the Russian social media campaign in the U.S., according to a new report.
The annual Freedom House “Freedom on the Net” report, released Tuesday, tabulates this kind of election interference into its nation-by-nation rankings of internet freedom, under the theory that diluting authentic speech stifles legitimate debate.
In at least 16 nations, including the U.S., Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea and the United Kingdom, election campaigns included a substantial influx of deliberately fabricated news stories.
Parents of transgender children sign declaration of rights in response to political attacks
A group of parents of transgender children are demanding protections for their children and other transgender people from discrimination, violence and harassment.
More than 1,400 parents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed the declaration, which calls out the Trump administration and other anti-LGBTQ politicians for pushing initiatives or legislation to restrict transgender rights.
“Despite our progress, we see our children growing up in a world where equality for all is not yet guaranteed — where transgender students are targeted for mistreatment, where transgender workers routinely face discrimination, and where 17 transgender people — mostly trans women of color — have been killed this year alone,” the declaration reads.
The Muted Fight Against HB 1523, the Most Anti-LGBT Law in America
Remember in 2014 when Indiana passed an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law? The ensuing national anger—and widespread corporate boycotting—effectively forced then-governor Mike Pence to revise the legislation mere days later.
Or, if 2014 seems like ancient history by now, do you remember last March, when North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” was condemned by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to the NBA? The outrage continued until this March, when the state legislature rolled back key portions of the bill just in time to win back NCAA championship games.
When it comes to LGBT rights, pressure works. So why isn’t the worst anti-LGBT law on the books today generating nearly as much attention or outrage?
Two years after the country declared that #LoveWins, where is the love for Mississippi?
The Daily Beast
Queer Catholics In Wisconsin May Be Denied Religious Funerals To Avoid ‘Public Scandal’
A leaked set of directives attributed to a Roman Catholic diocese in Madison, Wisconsin, is reminding queer Catholics that, in both life and in death, they can be shunned by their church.
The Vicar General of the Diocese of Madison, the Rev. Msgr. James R. Bartylla, reportedly sent an email to priests in the diocese that included guidelines on how to handle the funeral services of queer Catholics.
According to a copy of the email, first published on the Catholic blog Pray Tell on Oct. 22, Bartylla encouraged priests to focus on minimizing “the risk of scandal and confusion” when asked to conduct the funeral service of a person in a “notorious homosexual relationship.” The email then reportedly listed several factors the priest should take into account when considering whether or not to conduct the religious rite.
The Christian right’s new strategy: Divide and conquer the LGBT community