Being transgender is a crime in 13 UN nations, but anti-trans laws target individuals in ‘many more countries,’ says new report

Being transgender is a crime in more than a dozen nations around the world, but anti-trans laws targeting the community are found in many other countries, according to a new report.

Being transgender is a crime in more than a dozen nations around the world, but anti-trans laws targeting the community are found in many other countries, according to a new report.

The research looked at how trans people are legally recognized in countries around the world, as well as their experiences of being criminalized just because of their gender identity.

The report analyzed legislation used to recognize and to persecute transgender people in 143 UN member states as well as 19 other jurisdictions around the globe.

Understanding Transgender Access Laws – The New York Times

Understanding Transgender Access Laws – The New York Times:

“The highly charged debate over transgender rights has resulted in a tangle of contradictory laws governing access to public bathrooms and locker rooms across the country. Many states permit transgender people to choose bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity, considering it a civil rights issue. But in a handful of states and cities, legislators are moving in the opposite direction. Here are some milestones in the national debate.”

This Lawmaker Wants To Make Absolutely Sure No Law Protects Transgender People — ThinkProgress

This is why the fight for equality cannot wait, not for an election, not for people to adjust or to come to terms with our existence. The bigots, the haters, the transphobes and homophobes, the religious right nor republicans pandering in fear and lies to garner votes are not going to stop until they are forced to do so.


This Lawmaker Wants To Make Absolutely Sure No Law Protects Transgender People — ThinkProgress:

“This week, the General Services Administration issued a notice ensuring that transgender individuals will have access to facilities to bathrooms that match their identity in more than 9,000 federal buildings and offices. It’s the latest move from the Obama Administration toward recognizing that nondiscrimination protections based on ‘sex’ apply to trans people, but one lawmaker wants to end all of this ‘executive overreach.’ Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) filed a bill last month that would eliminate the foundation for these protections. HR 5812 serves only one purpose: clarifying that transgender people do not enjoy protections under the law.”

Here’s Proof That Policing Trans People In Bathrooms Isn’t Actually About Women’s Privacy | ThinkProgress

Here’s Proof That Policing Trans People In Bathrooms Isn’t Actually About Women’s Privacy | ThinkProgress:

“As state lawmakers across country have pursued laws to police trans women’s bathroom use, allegedly in the name of protecting cisgender women from sexual assault or being peeked at in stalls, other efforts to compromise women’s privacy have gone unchecked.”

Movement Advancement Project | Bathroom Ban Laws

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Movement Advancement Project | Bathroom Ban Laws:

“Despite widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, federal and most state law still does not explicitly protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. And anti-LGBT opponents are using false and misguided fears about safety and privacy in bathrooms to defeat nondiscrimination protections and to restrict transgender people’s access to restrooms. The Facts: Bathroom Safety, Nondiscrimination Laws, and Bathroom Ban Laws provides a thorough and rational discussion of the legal landscape pertaining to nondiscrimination laws, bathroom ban laws, and restroom safety.”

(Via. lgbtmap.org)

Fact Check: Do existing federal civil rights laws already protect transgender people?

Fact Check: Do existing federal civil rights laws already protect transgender people?:

“Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy expert, looks at the statutory path in the debate over transgender equality, which seems headed on a long-term road to the Supreme Court.”

(Via. Constitution Daily)

Liberty Counsel Admits It’s Behind ‘Bathroom Bills’ Nationwide (Video) | Advocate.com

Liberty Counsel Admits It’s Behind ‘Bathroom Bills’ Nationwide (Video) | Advocate.com:

“As so-called bathroom bills continue to crop up in states across the country, mainstream media is starting to dig deeper to find out where the onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation is originating. 

CBS Evening News correspondent Dean Reynolds went to the Orlando, Fla., headquarters of the anti-LGBT legal nonprofit Liberty Counsel, where the group’s founder proudly took credit for the recent uptick in state-sanctioned bigotry. 

Of course, that isn’t how Mathew Staver framed the anti-LGBT bills that are often passed under the guise of protecting ‘religious freedom.’ “

(Via.)

Why America’s Top LGBT Group Is Losing An Argument Over Bathrooms – BuzzFeed News

Why America’s Top LGBT Group Is Losing An Argument Over Bathrooms – BuzzFeed News:

“The Human Rights Campaign said its next big focus after marriage equality was passing LGBT nondiscrimination laws. But they’re losing ground to an attack spreading fear about who would be allowed in bathrooms.”

It’s Past Time For Sensible, Intelligent Gun Control

If you listen to the Right Wing, Conservative, Pry the Gun From My Cold Fingers, segment of the political scene, odds are you think everything is fine and dandy in the Land of the Free and Armed. Maybe you think gun control is anti-American or unconstitutional and if you think these things, such is your right.

That does not however make you ‘Right’. 

I have never had an issue with people owning weapons who have a legitimate and legal reason to do so. 

It is the other people who I take issue with. Those for whom these weapons are a means to a violent, illegal end. Those who only reason for possessing a firearm is to kill other humans. You know who these people are; they make the news with terrifying regularity. Killing sprees in churches, malls, movie theaters, and town halls. The gang bangers, the drive by shooters, the ones who kill for thrill of having the power of life and death in their hands.

I take issue with violent, mentally ill people having access to weapons of any type and yes, if you have ‘anger management issues’ I think you have a mental condition which should bar you from ever owning a gun.

If you are a gun owner then it is your responsibility and duty to your community to make them secure so criminals, children, and those I have already mentioned cannot gain access to them. If you aren’t responsible enough to do that, then you certainly are not responsible enough to own a gun in the first place.  

I’m going to give links to the stories from just this week of senseless gun violence which could have been avoided through the use of sensible, intelligent laws and the repeal of dangerous legal standards such as stand your ground and conceal/carry.

Today:

Three killed in Indiana supermarket shooting -police

A gunman opened fire inside an Indiana supermarket on Wednesday evening, killing two women – a shopper and an employee – before being shot dead in a shootout with police, authorities said.

Source: Reuters

 

Mason Campbell, New Mexico school shooter, chose victims at random: cops

New Mexico state police believe the preteen assailant, armed with a shotgun taken from his Roswell home, planned his attack in advance of Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The suspect, identified as Mason Campbell, faces three third-degree felony charges of aggravated battery.

Source: nydailynews.com

 

Police investigate 2 crashes involving gun violence

Police are investigating two separate car crashes on Saturday that both appear to be the result of the driver being shot

Source: ABC

 

There are many more. I did a simple Google search for “gun violence” to find these three examples.