“Recently the National Center for Transgender Equality released its new survey of transgender adults in the U.S., which painted some bleak statistics about the community. However, these statistics do not reflect the lived reality of much of the community. Many of them, sometimes despite great personal hardship, and sometimes with the support of friends, allies, and organizations, have done great things with their professional careers. They represent everything almost any parent would hope their children grow into.”
Chelsea Manning. Illustration by Alicia Neal in cooperation with Manning, commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network, April 23, 2014.
“Chelsea Manning — the transgender former Army intelligence officer who leaked classified U.S. Army and State Department secrets to WikiLeaks — has been granted her wish: President Obama Tuesday largely commuted the bulk of what remains on her 35-year prison sentence for espionage.”
“North Carolina Republican legislators, most of whom voted to racially gerrymander their own districts, hold supermajorities in both the state House and Senate. But despite agreeing to repeal an anti-LGBT law that has been nationally condemned and has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and counting, Republicans failed to do so on Dec. 21 during a hastily arranged special session called specifically to repeal it.
Now Republicans in other states including Texas, Washington and Virginia are moving to consider similar legislation, undeterred by the North Carolina law’s failings.”
“Doctors who specialize in conditions involving hormones need more training on how to treat people who are transgender, suggests a new study.”
“After outcry from transgender advocates, an Indiana Republican lawmaker quashed a proposal to prevent people from being able to change the gender on their birth certificates.
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, chair of the House Public Health Committee, said in a statement Friday that she will not give the bill a hearing. She said she was focused instead on addressing the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic.”
John Ritchie photo from Facebook
“Somewhere in York, Pennsylvania, lives a man with intense hatred, fear, and loathing for transgender Americans.”
“Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.”