The CBSN Originals documentary, “Gender: The Space Between,” debuts on CBSN Monday, March 27, at 8 p.m. ET and will be available afterwards on CBSNews.com.
Roger Severino most recently was director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, where he concerned himself with "religious liberty, marriage and life issues." But the Trump Administration has been staffing itself with Heritage people, so Severino has been chosen to be director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS.
They're calling it a "Free Speech Bus." By "they,' I mean The National Organization for Marriage, the International Organization for the Family, and a new hate group called CitizenGO. The latter is a Madrid-based organization with ties to the Church. The leading figure in all these organization is, of course, Brian S. Brown.
Somewhen near 4:15 local time in Baltimore this morning, witnesses heard someone screaming for help. Then they heard gunshots.
Two black men were seen running from the scene. They climbed into a dark colored car and took off.
I am somewhat frequently asked to react to articles that other people have encountered somewhere. Today's instance of this is Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders, which was published in The Indigenous American.
It's something one doesn't see every day. Well, the hate is often visible, but labeling an attack of a transgender person as a hate crime just doesn't happen all that much. Even when a trans woman, usually a trans woman of color, is murdered, investigators have this way of looking for other reasons as to why it happened. Often there is a blame-the-victim mentality.
Last Friday a New York man beat two transgender women in Jackson Heights, Queens as they attempted to enter a McDonald's.
When I write about the plight of transgender kids, it is not unusual to encounter a comment or two from people who think it necessary to share their opinion that it is impossible for a child younger than 5 to know his gender.
It is also not unusual to encounter articles by people with little to no experience working with transgender kids expressing the same or similar opinion.
It embarrasses me that this happened near my home town. I grew up just south of Portland, OR. Vancouver, WA is just across the Columbia River to the north of Portland.
The administration touts "local control." Sometimes, however, that just means, "Beat the transgender kids into the ground."
House Bill 2673 has cleared the Oregon House on a 37-23 vote. The Bill allows people with birth certificates issued in the state to be updated in a private interaction with the Oregon Health Authority, allowing people to avoid public paper trails and court involvement.
Residents of Casa Ruby, a LGBT youth community center and shelter in Washington, D.C., were preparing to turn on a movie on Sunday afternoon to distract themselves from the cold late-winter day.
But before they could settle down in their warm, safe space, a visitor stood up, assaulted a staff member, threw a brick, shattered the glass door, and threatened to return to kill someone.
Conservatives have been vocal about the need to insure "religious freedom," but it rings rather hollow after we learn that Christian evangelicals believe they are the people most discriminated against in today's world.
That is, of course, just crazy-making.
The majority of Americans oppose laws that would force transgender people to use bathrooms based on the gender listed on their birth certificates according to new polling from the Public Religion Research Institute.
Fifty-three percent of respondents oppose such laws, 39% favor them, and nearly 10% have no opinion.
While a person pays very close attention to legislative shenanigans happening in one state, stuff is going down in another.
This morning, while I was still asleep in California, Republicans in New Hampshire were determined to maintain their exclusivity as the only state in New England to keep transgender people subject to discrimination.
That is something everyone can agree on. Just exactly what that evil was is what we disagree on.
This morning SB 6, which is HB 2 reincarnated and beamed over from North Carolina, was passed by the Texas Senate Affairs Committee by a vote on 8-1. That followed testimony on Tuesday of over 250 people which lasted more than 13 hours. There were 253 witnesses who testified against SB6 and 29 who testified in favor of it.
It's election day here in Los Angeles. Hence I've found something brief to post while I go out to do my civic duty and perform my necessary chores.
When I wrote yesterday about a transgender child who was being mistreated by a Chicago-area hospital, I was not surprised to encounter a comment questioning the reality of young transgender children. It is a not-infrequent occurrence.
People who are not transgender have a difficult time understanding an issue that is so far from their own existence. That's why people who are different have such a hard time trying to fit into our society.
Kathy Blazer-Williams wrote that a five-year-old trans girl named Stevie, with a host of medical issues, is not only being kept from her parents by a faith-based hospital, but is being forced to live as a male, the sex she was assigned at birth.
Yesterday, possibly the most impotent gay group in the country took a stand against the Trump administration.
Yes, the Log Cabin Republicans have written a letter to Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions. concerning the rights of transgender students.
Eighteen states and DC have banded together to file am amicus curiae brief in G. G. v Gloucester County School District at SCOTUS, which is scheduled to have oral arguments beginning March 28 (The brief is available at the link).
On Monday Judge Mark R Hornak of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled that three transgender students had a "reasonable likelihood" of success in their argument that the Pine-Richland School District's decision last fall to require them to use bathrooms consistence with the sex on their birth certificates was unconstitutional, and hence granted them a preliminary injunction against that policy.
I'm not doing so well coming up with fresh titles lately. Three days in a row with the same damn topic can do that.
Jaquarrius Holland was an 18-year-old transgender woman living in Monroe, Louisiana.
I'm pretty sure it was yesterday that I wrote about the murders of two transgender women...one in New Orleans on Saturday evening and one in Chicago last Tuesday.
Well, another day older and deeper in debt...
Chyna Gibson, 31, who performed under the name Chyna Doll Dupree in the pageant and ballroom community, was shot to death outside of a shopping center in New Orleans East on Saturday evening.
Residents of the area said that they hear 8 to 10 shots. Chyna died at the scene. Her body was found between to cars parked in front of a clothing store.
A very loving person. She didn't do nothing to nobody.
Chyna was currently living in California but had traveled to Nola to celebrate Mardi Gras with friends and family.
Criticism of Trump's anti-transgender maneuver has been swift and vocal.
It's destined to fall on deaf ears, however.
It's ultimately going to come down to the business community to stop it because it's so bad for business.
--Christopher Gergen, Forward Impact
Just hours after the Trump administration's direct attack on transgender kids, protesters gathered outside the White House. It was probably the largest crowd of people supporting transgender rights ever! It was yuuuuuge! Larger than Trump's inauguration!
With the Trump administration plans being prepared to dismantle the Obama guidance created to protect the hundreds of thousands of transgender students nationwide, an Obama official has chosen to speak out.
Austin film director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, The Newton Boys, Waking Life, Tape, School of Rock, Before Sunset, Bad News Bears (2005), Fast Food Nation, Before Midnight, Boyhood, Everybody Wants Some!!) has created a public service announcement opposing SB 6.