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The Pentagon formally recognized earlier this month that there are transgender veterans — a step that LGBT advocates say is a long way from open transgender service in the military, but also a significant first step in that process.
In a short letter dated May 2, a Navy official told Autumn Sandeen, a veteran and transgender activist: “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.”
Sandeen’s military identification card now reflects the change, a move called “quite significant” by the head of OutServe-SLDN, a national organization for LGBT service members and veterans and their families.
San Diego Pride chooses 2013 theme
misguided-madness: “People think they know, people think they understand, and it doesn’t bother me in the least what people they think. And there’s nothing that they could think of me in that direction that would embarrass me. I don’t care what people think, I really don’t. It doesn’t affect me. And I’m not hiding anything.” - Morrissey discussing his sexuality, “The Importance of Being Morrissey,” 2003. Artwork photo from 2009.
misguided-madness: Congratulations, Madonna! Top Touring Artist for The MDNA Tour 2012 by Live Nation and Billboard Magazine!
Landmark Lesbian Magazine 'The Ladder' on Display at Smithsonian
By: SheWired Editors
Legendary activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin started the publication, later bringing on fellow LGBT rights pioneer Barbara Gittings. The Ladder appears at the Smithsonian courtesy of the late LGBT rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who owned an impressive collection of papers and political artifacts, including protest signs and publications, documenting his decades-long participation in the LGBT equality movement.
Thank you for everything, Hillary. Today is the Secretary of State’s last day leading the U.S. for human rights worldwide.
(Source: alloutorg, via glaad)
San Francisco Nudity Arrests: Four Protesters Punished For Defying Ban (NSFW PHOTOS)
Police have arrested four naked people protesting San Francisco’s nudity ban on the steps of City Hall. The arrests on Friday came as the city’s prohibition on going out in the buff took effect.
About a dozen people in various states of undress took to the streets as part of the protest, though only the fully nude were taken into custody. A federal judge ruled this week that nudity was not protected free speech and upheld San Francisco’s ban on most displays of public nudity. The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 in December in favor of the ban.
Activists challenging the measure had argued that the ordinance was unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events such as the city’s gay pride parade.
Hawaii’s Only Republican Senator Admits Marriage Equality Will Pass
Hawai’i’s state Senate has only one Republican, and Sen. Sam Slom has conceded that proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage will likely pass:
SLOM: Same sex marriage probably will pass this year. You’ve got a preponderance of Democrats who support it in both Houses, you’ve got the Congressional delegation, you’ve got our Governor!
Despite his concession to inevitability, Slom will still oppose the bill:
SLOM: To me, I don’t care if gay people want to get married but to force other people to do things or to subsidize certain activities– that I oppose.
In other words, he believes that it’s perfectly fair to provide security and support for opposite-sex families but not for same-sex families. Fortunately, his position does not have the support to get anywhere. Hearing dates have still not been set for the proposed bills.
Arizona lawmaker’s bills seek equality for LGBT community
By CORTNEY BENNETT
PHOENIX – Saying members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community deserve equal treatment under Arizona law, a Democratic lawmaker has introduced four bills addressing employment, adoption and marriage.
“To discriminate against someone based on who they love is no different than discriminating against me for the color of my skin or against someone because of their gender,” said Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. “It’s wrong.”
SCR 1004 would have Arizonans vote on whether to repeal a constitutional provision that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. A complementary bill, SB 1165, would repeal a law banning same-sex marriage that takes effect only if voters reverse the constitutional provision on marriage.
Photo: Cortney Bennett, Cronkite News
SB 1164 would remove the current requirement that adoption preference be given to a married couple over a single adult.Under SB 1163, employees and job applicants would be shielded from discrimination based on their gender, gender identity or expression or sexual preference.
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Pro-LGBT Petitioners to Converge on Boy Scout HQ Monday
They will deliver petitions with 1.4 million signatures urging the Boy Scouts of America to lift its gay ban.
Advocates for LGBTs in Scouting (clockwise from top left): Jennifer Tyrrell with son Cruz, Greg Bourke with a scout, Zach Wahls, Ryan Andresen
A group of LGBT advocates will visit the Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters Monday with petitions bearing 1.4 million signatures urging the BSA to drop its ban on gay scouts and leaders. Delivering the Change.org petitions to the headquarters in Irving, Texas (near Dallas), at 11 a.m. will be Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio mom who was ousted as den leader of her 7-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack for being gay; Will Oliver, a gay Eagle Scout; Greg Bourke, who was removed as den leader of his son’s Boy Scout troop because he’s gay; and Eric Andresen, father of gay Boy Scout Ryan Andresen, who was denied his Eagle Award. All four will read short statements at the petition delivery and take questions from reporters.
“Jennifer Tyrrell, Will Oliver, Greg Bourke, and the Andresen family have proven that long-standing institutions of discrimination are no match for cutting-edge online tools and powerful storytelling,” said Mark Anthony Dingbaum, senior campaign manager at Change.org, in a press release. Zach Wahls, founder of petition sponsor Scouts for Equality, predicted a “historic day for Scouting.”
The BSA’s national board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal to replace the gay ban with a policy that would allow local troop sponsors to decide whether to admit gay members.
To see or sign the Change.org petition, click here.
Transgender Rights Bill Introduced in Maryland Senate
by Eric Cameron
Earlier this week Maryland State Senators Madaleno and Raskin introduced the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013. The bill, which is co-sponsored by 21 of their colleagues in the Senate, would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression in the areas of employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Montgomery County already have civil rights ordinances protecting transgender workers, but elsewhere in Maryland – and in 33 other states across the country – it remains legal to fire someone solely based on gender identity or expression. HRC is a member of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality, which is working to advance equal rights for transgender and gender non-conforming people in Maryland.
Marylanders can support this critical legislation by making plans now to attend Lobby Day in Annapolis on the evening of Monday, February 18th.
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