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

 

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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.)

 

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/

 

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