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

 

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

 

Prejudiced Politicians?

The fight for the US presidency is getting progressively more heated among candidate, with many diverging on several key issues. But where do they stand on rights for LGBTQ+ folks?

Here is a Wikipedia-type page that collects information on where the candidates stand:

https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_gay_rights

Here are some articles quoting other recent statements.

What Rubio says:

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ericrosswood/marco_rubio_doubles_down_with_new_plan_to_take_away_lgbt_rights

The Democrats:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/22/bernie-sanders-s-real-beef-with-the-lgbt-establishment.html

And Trump:

… then Trumping himself several weeks later…

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/02/backflip-trump-now-claims-he-will-push-for-lgbt-rights-if-elected/