Obama Stands for Trans* Rights

Amidst the huge debate surrounding equality and the use of public by trans* persons, youth often get the brunt of the attacks. Obama is working towards protections for this vulnerable population, while others feel gender equity is inconsistent with their personal beliefs.

“‘Kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation, who are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying potentially. They are vulnerable,” Mr. Obama told the website. “I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that our kids are all loved and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.'”-Barack Obama

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-instruct-schools-to-accommodate-transgender-students/2016/05/12/

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/05/16/obama-we-should-treat-transgender-students-with-dignity/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/05/05/435d7ee4-12ed-11e6-8967-7ac733c56f12_story.html?tid=a_inl

 

Controversy Over Methodist Marriage

A recent decision to officiate a same-gender marriage by Methodist clergy adds  to rising tensions after the passage of HB2 in North Carolina, with some urging a repeal.

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http://www.advocate.com/religion/2016/4/25/nc-methodist-church-marries-same-sex-couple-defiance-church-doctrine

http://www.ibtimes.com/north-carolina-hb2-update-united-methodist-church-bishops-urge-repeal-over-resultant-2359944

 

A Music Video for Change

Art Attack, a artistic group in Kenya, recently created a remix of “Same Love” featuring prominent queer Kenyan activists to help fight the country’s homophobia, prompting a very interesting exchange with Google. Read more and watch the powerful video below!

*Trigger warning: suicide*download

http://www.tffmag.com/blog/2016/3/17/t7ukb44o9i4hd3q15vzojlzu3t759k

 

Transitioning Under Obamacare

Here is the story of one woman who used the new Affordable Care Act to cover her gender confirmation surgery when she was not able to access treatment otherwise:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/25/obamacare-now-pays-for-gender-reassignment.html

Contrastingly, below is another op-ed that details some technical problems with the system that might prevent Trans* people from getting the coverage they need:

http://whatifpost.com/despite-obamacare-promise-transgender-people-have-trouble-getting-some-care.htm

(It is important to note that the Trans* experience includes so much more than medical procedures; however, this is still a crucial issue of equality of care and treatment.)

 

Russian Regulations

A woman holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain Friday Aug. 23. The protesters criticized Russia's new law on LGBT individuals, calling for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be taken away from Sochi. Russia issued a law that bans 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. AP photo

(Photo from protests over Sochi Olympic regulations)

Russia is attempting to pass a new health law, which would affect “‘non-traditional sexual relationships,’ including homosexuality and pedophilia” and have some serious consequences for queer Russians.

Some details:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/victorstepanov/russia-proposes-dedicated-health-facilities-to-treat-homosex#.mpR9d0vWRM

For the full site (in Russian:)

http://regulation.gov.ru/projects#npa=46419

 

Sodomy Ban for Animal Protection?

Michigan passes a law reaffirming sodomy is a felony, punishable by 15 years in prison. (Despite being in a direct contrast with a 2003 Supreme Court Ruling.) However, one senator argues it is important for preventing animal abuse. What do you think?

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/johnwright/michigan_senate_passes_bill_saying_sodomy_is_a_felony

Here is a map of the states and their position on the issue:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/map-has-your-state-banned-sodomy