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Articles Posted by Salman

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  • My Night at Jerusalem's First Public Drag Show

    02/21/2015 12:32:46 PM PST · by Salman · 26 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 17, 2015 | Elisheva Goldberg
    “Did you see the drag show?” I asked a friend at last night’s Winter Noise Festival. “Yeah,” he responded, “did you see the racist a**holes?” Last night, in the hippest corner of Jerusalem’s city center, young Jerusalemites made history. They held the city’s first-ever public and municipally sponsored drag show. For four years running, the Winter Noise Festival has held public events every Monday night in February, pushing the city’s religious-conservative limits. Last night’s drag show took place amidst well-quaffed street musicians (including a klezmer marching band) and cave-bar dance parties (heavy on beards and vintage outfits), and was advertised...
  • Identity politics has created an army of vicious, narcissistic cowards

    02/21/2015 11:45:25 AM PST · by Salman · 12 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 19 February 2015 | Brendan O'Neill
    Has there ever been a more petulant mob of moaners than that which is currently hurling abuse at Peter Tatchell? On Twitter, which is where these people live, self-styled queers and gender-benders are insulting and even threatening to kill Tatchell, the man whose risk-taking and street-fighting over 40-odd years helped to secure their liberation, to create a society in which they could live and speak freely. And how do they repay him? By tweeting their fantasises about him being murdered for being a ‘fucking parasite’. Tatchell’s crime in the eyes of the PC thought police was to have signed a...
  • 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew (short video)

    02/16/2015 9:22:38 AM PST · by Salman · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 15, 2015 | nrg
  • 6 Awful Lessons I Learned Transitioning from Female to Male

    02/15/2015 7:57:26 AM PST · by Salman · 43 replies
    Cracked ^ | February 15, 2015 | Amanda Mannen, Roman Jones
    If you're a man and want to throw your office into turmoil tomorrow, all you have to do is show up in a dress. If you're a woman and want to utterly disrupt the lives of everyone around you, just grow a beard. What we're saying is that people cling so desperately to gender roles that when anyone colors outside those lines, the world freaks the **** out. No one knows this better than transgender people. ...
  • The Wacky World of Wu: The Tortured History of GamerGate’s Self-Styled Feminist Martyr

    02/14/2015 8:23:48 AM PST · by Salman · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    GamerGate is not a “transphobic” movement, as you may have been misled to believe, but there is certainly much discussion of transgenderism swirling around the GamerGate maelstrom–mainly because one of the movement’s leading feminist detractors, it can now be revealed, used to be a man. The gender history of game developer and pathological attention-seeker Brianna Wu would not ordinarily be the subject of public interest, but Wu’s critique of the GamerGate movement has relied heavily on identity politics and her insistence that she represents women in the video games industry. (We are using “she” and “her” as a polite courtesy...
  • Nikon I Am Generation Image: Kordale & Kaleb (gay ad)

    01/18/2015 6:00:26 AM PST · by Salman · 10 replies
    Client: Nikon Product: NIkon D750 Date Finished: 12/23/14 Title: “Kordale & Kaleb” Editor: Paul La Calandra Director: Douglass Gautraud Production Company: Interrogate Agency: McCann Erikson Agency Producer: Kathy Love Creative Director: Cameron Fleming/Calvin Lyte ECD: Larry Platt/Thomas Sullivan
  • The UK’s first serving transgender vicar dies aged 60

    01/01/2015 2:37:04 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    Pink News ^ | 31st December 2014 | Scott Roberts
    Reverend Carol Stone, the first serving Church of England transgender priest, has died from cancer at the age of 60. Rev Stone died on Saturday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The vicar of St Philip’s Church in Upper Stratton and St Peter’s Church in Penhill, North Yorkshire, Rev Stone transitioned in 2000, whereupon the church decided there was no ethical or ecclesiastical reason why she could not continue to serve.
  • Stanford: Dean for Religious Life claims churches should focus less on religion, more on art

    12/25/2014 11:54:30 AM PST · by Salman · 34 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    ... Stanford announced that Shaw, 51, was to join the school’s Department of Religious Studies in July as a dean and professor of religious studies, moving to the school from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. At Grace Cathedral, Shaw was not only the first woman to head the church, but the first openly lesbian dean. Shaw, hailed as a “champion within the LGBT community” by the Palo Alto Online, was a founding member of the Chicago Consultation, a think tank made up of Anglican and Episcopal bishops, clergy, and lay people who support the full inclusion of LGBT people into...
  • Introducing Homosexuality-based Affirmative Action (University of Pennsylvania)

    11/15/2014 1:59:26 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, reports that admissions officials are actively trying to guess who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or “ally” based on their applications. Or as my colleague Greg Piper at The College Fix notes: UPenn is practicing gaydar in reading student applications. And although it’s unclear what exactly admissions officers consider “gay” and how that affects applicants’ chances, apparently they are pretty good at it. “Since 2010 when the tracking of LGBTQ applicants started, the Office of Admissions has seen huge growth in the number of LGBTQ or ally applicants, plus...
  • Alex's rap about transgender acceptance (the horror)

    11/13/2014 9:15:20 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | "Alex" (8 year old boy)
    Click the link Alex's rap about transgender acceptance
  • Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

    11/11/2014 4:54:14 PM PST · by Salman · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 9, 2014 | Shaila Dewan
    The seminars offered police officers some useful tips on seizing property from suspected criminals. Don’t bother with jewelry (too hard to dispose of) and computers (“everybody’s got one already”), the experts counseled. Do go after flat screen TVs, cash and cars. Especially nice cars. In one seminar, captured on video in September, Harry S. Connelly Jr., the city attorney of Las Cruces, N.M., called them “little goodies.” And then Mr. Connelly described how officers in his jurisdiction could not wait to seize one man’s “exotic vehicle” outside a local bar. “A guy drives up in a 2008 Mercedes, brand new,”...
  • For the first time in 35 years Boeing sells aircraft parts to Iran

    10/26/2014 1:15:26 PM PDT · by Salman · 23 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/23/2014 | Asia News
    Washington (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the first time in 35 years, Boeing has sold aircraft components to Iran. Breaking the news, the industry itself stated that it has sold "aircraft manuals, drawings, and navigation charts and data" to Iran Air. The sale, which has yielded Boeing 120 thousand dollars, is the first since 1979, the year of the "hostage crisis" which was followed by United States sanctions on all trade useful to aviation. The sale, said the company, took place between June and September this year, producing 12 thousand dollars in profits and was possible thanks to a US...
  • Cardinal Kasper: You can’t talk to Africans about homosexuality. Whoops!

    10/18/2014 4:29:20 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 16 October 2014 | Damian Thompson
    ... allowing the gay issue to loom large in the Synod was a massive blunder because it pits the developing world against the West. In liberal London, gayness means the gaudy print of Judy Garland that a priest friend of mine has on his wall. In Kampala it means anal sex. The worldwide Catholic Church has until now managed to bridge this cultural gulf by selective turning of a blind eye while emphasising the non-negotiability of its teachings on sex ...
  • This Cheerios Commercial Featuring a Gay Couple and Their Adopted Daughter Is Adorable

    10/13/2014 7:56:26 AM PDT · by Salman · 147 replies
    Slate ^ | Oct. 3 2014 | Mark Joseph Stern
    Over the past few years, General Mills has positioned itself as something like the anti-Chick-fil-A, celebrating LGBT pride and vehemently opposing Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban. All of that is very nice—but come on, this is 2014. If you’re a food company and you haven’t made an adorable ad featuring a gay couple with their children, you’re just another face in the pro-gay corporate crowd. Luckily, General Mills has now decided to get with the program, releasing a commercial with a gay couple, their adopted daughter, and a bowl of Cheerios. And the ad is just as impossibly cute as...
  • Georgia woman files bogus $94 million tax return, gets arrested

    09/28/2014 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Salman · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 27, 2014 | Deborah Hastings
    Georgia authorities went to a great deal of trouble to nab a woman who filed a state income tax return for a whopping $94 million. State revenue agents actually cut a check for $94,323,148 and told Brigitte Jackson to come on down to a Cobb County bank inside a supermarket to cash it. And when she arrived and tried to redeem the bogus document, the handcuffs came out, reported WSB-TV.
  • Gay rights group, after recent victories, turns to a new frontier: the South

    09/14/2014 2:29:19 PM PDT · by Salman · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    NATCHEZ, Miss. — Just three months ago, Rob Hill was a Methodist pastor with a burning secret. But as a swampy heat took hold one recent morning, he put on a suit, climbed into his car and headed into this river town on a mission that would have been unthinkable not long ago: promoting gay rights in rural Mississippi. It’s hardly the most audacious thing he’s done this year. In July, after 12 years in the clergy, Hill came out of the closet — not at an intimate gathering around his kitchen table, or to friends on Facebook, but at...
  • Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess

    09/13/2014 4:44:56 PM PDT · by Salman · 69 replies
    ABC ^ | Sep 13, 2014 | AP via ABC
    A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. Lenh, biologically a boy, was born Andy Lenh. She was bestowed the honor during Friday night's football game. ...
  • Transgender (Navy) SEAL is subject of CNN documentary

    09/07/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT · by Salman · 58 replies
    Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot ^ | September 4, 2014 | Dianna Cahn
    Ask Kristin Beck what it's like to be the only transgender Navy SEAL in the world and you get a deeply philosophical answer on living a conflicted life. The one thing she's sure of: After a 20-year career as a highly decorated commando, coming out publicly as a woman was the truest - and hardest - thing she had ever done. As a SEAL and a senior chief petty officer in the exclusive Naval Special Warfare Development Group known as SEAL Team 6, Beck conducted 13 tours of combat service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the globe....
  • Military should end transgender ban immediately, former generals say

    09/04/2014 4:04:39 PM PDT · by Salman · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 03, 2014 | Fox News
    The U.S. military’s ban on transgender servicemembers should be eliminated immediately, according to three retired generals, including the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Army. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced in May that the policy should “continually be reviewed,” but stopped short of saying it should be overturned. Hagel said he “would be open” to rethinking the ban, prompting some advocates to believe that a policy change could be forthcoming. Three retired generals, including Maj. Gen. Gales Pollack, the Army’s former acting surgeon general, now say that ending the ban is “administratively feasible” and will not be overly...
  • A logical thought experiment about abortion

    08/26/2014 7:43:54 AM PDT · by Salman · 15 replies
    Pharyngula (blog) ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | PZ Meyers
    e can make all the philosophical and scientific arguments that anyone might want, but ultimately what it all reduces to is a simple question: do women have autonomous control of their bodies or not? Even if I thought embryos were conscious, aware beings writing poetry in the womb (I don’t, and they’re not), I’d have to bow out of any say in the decision the woman bearing responsibility has to make.
  • The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker (puff piece)

    08/05/2014 6:19:20 AM PDT · by Salman · 10 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 30, 2014 | John H. Richardson
    Perfectly bald, with a salt-and-pepper goatee, a small gold hoop gleaming in his left ear, and a warm smile on his dark brown face, Dr. Willie Parker enters the waiting room. Eleven young women and one tired forty-three-year-old mother sit in a circle of chairs, regarding him with somber expressions. Eight are black. Four are white. One has jittery legs that never stop moving. Another has giant false eyelashes in constant motion. The rest are absolutely still, sitting with straight backs, like good students or condemned prisoners. One has her hair in a tight bun, another wears a Nefertiti head...
  • White House Response to Non-Binary Gender Petition

    07/20/2014 6:07:53 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    FTB ^ | 7/11/2014 | Lux Pickel
    Thank you for your petition requesting that the executive branch legally recognize genders outside of the male-female binary and provide an option for these genders on all legal documents and records. We know how important this issue is, and we understand the profound impact, both symbolic and otherwise, of having official documents that accurately reflect an individual’s identity. These documents play an essential, functional role, but also demonstrate the measure of dignity and respect afforded to our nation’s citizens. We cannot overstate the care and seriousness that should be brought to bear on the issue. We recognize the importance...
  • Dozens of Disney workers arrested over sex with minors

    07/15/2014 7:50:51 PM PDT · by Salman · 37 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Nick Allen
    At least 35 Disney employees in Florida have been arrested for alleged child sex offences in the last eight years, according to an investigation by CNN. None of the offences involved children or teenagers visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando but were allegedly committed by men who worked there. The crimes involved offences including trying to meet a minor for sex and possession of child pornography. Five employees at a Universal Studios theme park in Florida, and two at Sea World in Florida, have also been arrested during that time, CNN reported after examining police and court records. Of the...
  • Gay Teacher Uses Creative Legal Tactic Against The School That Fired Him

    07/13/2014 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jul. 9, 2014 | Erin Fuchs
    ... Music teacher Flint Dollar has filed a lawsuit claiming Macon, Georgia, Catholic school Mount de Sales Academy discriminated against him based on gender, NPR reports. Dollar can't sue the school for bias against him based on sexual orientation because federal law does not bar such discrimination — and neither does the state of Georgia. Dollar's lawyer, Charles Cox, argues Dollar can use Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — which forbids discrimination based on gender — to sue the school because he was essentially penalized for not conforming to gender stereotypes. ...
  • Gay Couples May Soon Have to Choose Between Getting Married and Not Getting Fired

    07/06/2014 5:10:26 AM PDT · by Salman · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3 2014 | Mark Joseph Stern
    The U.S. Constitution protects gay people’s right to marry the person they love. It does not, however, protect them from getting fired for doing so. Throughout the first decade of marriage equality, most states that legalized gay marriage also proscribed anti-gay employment discrimination, rendering this legal dissonance moot. But as more and more states find marriage equality foisted upon them by a judicial mandate, this discordance in rights presents something of a ticking time bomb for the LGBT movement. ...
  • A Queer Tour of Israel

    06/29/2014 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Salman · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 25, 2014 | Spencer Kornhaber
    ... If you hang out with Jewish Millennials, you’ve probably heard of Taglit-Birthright, established by philanthropists and the Israeli government in 1999 to bring young-adult members of the Jewish diaspora to the Holy Land. The junket is commonly, and rightly, considered a recruiting device to get Americans to make aliyah (move to Israel), or at least to stick up for the country in political arguments, and maybe even to find a nice Jewish spouse. In 2008, the tour operator Israel Experience started offering trips tailored to LGBTQ Jews, and you can understand why: Israel wants to build goodwill with American...
  • Sponsorship of gay pride parades on the rise

    06/28/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Salman · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | BRADY McCOMBS
    ... From Starbucks to eBay to Macy's, the increasing visibility of corporations at the parade in Utah and at others across the country in recent years comes as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage. ...
  • Miami’s Gayles confirmed as first openly gay black male judge on federal bench

    06/20/2014 5:56:57 PM PDT · by Salman · 37 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 06.17.14 | Jay Weaver
    Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles reached an American milestone Tuesday when the U.S. Senate confirmed him as a federal judge, making Gayles the first openly gay black male jurist to sit on the bench. The vote was 98-0. ...
  • World must follow Denmark's example after landmark transgender law (press release)

    06/14/2014 2:43:32 PM PDT · by Salman · 43 replies
    Amnesty International press release ^ | June 12, 2014 | Some flack at Amnesty International
    A landmark law in Denmark making it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender should set an example to governments across the world, Amnesty International said. The Danish parliament yesterday passed a bill allowing transgender people to obtain official documents reflecting their gender identity without needing to be diagnosed with a mental disorder or undergo surgeries resulting in irreversible sterilization. “This progressive and courageous step made by Danish MPs should set an example to the rest of Europe and beyond,” said Amnesty International Denmark’s Helle Jacobsen. “All states should ensure that transgender people can obtain legal recognition of...
  • 2014/Lucky To Be (General Mills endorsement of Gay Pride)

    06/07/2014 5:41:59 PM PDT · by Salman · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 2, 2014 | General Mills Lucky Charms is launching its second #LuckyToBe campaign, celebrating individuality, diversity and inclusiveness and encouraging fans everywhere to share why they are #LuckyToBe.
  • Pentagon OKs Manning transfer for gender treatment

    05/13/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT · by Salman · 41 replies
    AP ^ | May. 14, 2014 | PAULINE JELINEK and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said. Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. The request was the first ever made by a transgender military inmate and set up a dilemma for the Defense Department: How to treat a soldier for a diagnosed disorder without violating long-standing military...
  • Transgender woman files discrimination complaint against Dallas Salvation Army

    05/04/2014 6:02:59 PM PDT · by Salman · 46 replies
    Dallas Voice ^ | May 2, 2014 | ANNA WAUGH
    Jodielynn Wiley faced being turned out on the street a few weeks ago when her time at the Dallas Salvation Army was nearing an end. Wiley, a transgender woman who fled from death threats based on her gender identity in Paris, Texas, in February, was staying at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center off Harry Hines Boulevard since leaving the conservative and dangerous town. She received an extension on her stay until she could be placed in a housing program. But when an opportunity came up to place her in a two-year housing program with Salvation Army, she said...
  • Kerry urges steps to ensure democracy in Africa

    05/03/2014 11:10:13 PM PDT · by Salman · 4 replies
    Articles From AP in Excite ^ | 5/3/2014 | LARA JAKES
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — America's top diplomat said Saturday the U.S. is ready to help increase its ties with Africa, but nations across the continent need to take stronger steps to ensure security and democracy for its people. In an Africa policy address to members of the Addis Ababa diplomatic corps and the Young Africa leader network, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted crises in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and the Central African Republic and urged Africans to demand stability and financial development. He called for an expansion of American investment in Africa and noted that U.S. companies...
  • For gay and lesbian parents, equality is a myth when it comes to custody cases

    04/26/2014 2:03:04 PM PDT · by Salman · 42 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 21 April 2014 | Steven W Thrasher
    A protracted child custody battle that allows a judge and a psychologist to determine whether you are friend or foe to your kids is every divorcing parent's nightmare. But for some gay and lesbian parents, that nightmare is a reality – and the deciding factor is too often the very fact of their sexuality. That fear remains even when the law is supposed to protect gay parents. A friend – a gay dad in Texas – recently told me about his journey after he and his ex-wife had a legal agreement for 50-50 custody of their three children. But when...
  • Liberty, human rights are godless and faithless ideologies, says Isma chief (ROP alert)

    04/26/2014 1:43:54 PM PDT · by Salman · 13 replies
    The Malay Mail ^ | April 26, 2014 | Syed Jaymal Zahiid
    CYBERJAYA, April 26 ― Equality, liberty and human rights are “godless” and “faithless” ideologies created by atheists to destroy Islam, hardline Islamic group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) said today. Since Malaysia’s general elections in 2013, the non-governmental organisation has been growing in popularity, striking a chord with more conservative Malay Muslims who support its push for Malaysia to become an Islamic state. ISMA’s uncompromising views and bald statements have been criticised mainly by Malaysia’s non Muslim minority and rights groups. Some have likened ISMA to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Speaking at ISMA’ s convention for Muslim women, its president Zaid...
  • Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform

    04/13/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Salman · 45 replies
    AP via The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2014 | SANDRA CHEREB
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as...
  • Purge the Bigots (homosexual agenda)

    04/06/2014 3:45:54 PM PDT · by Salman · 69 replies
    Slate ^ | April 4 2014 | William Saletan
    ... A revolt among Mozilla staffers, compounded by pressure from software developers, outrage on Twitter and a boycott movement spearheaded by OkCupid, has driven Eich out. Baker, having accepted Eich’s resignation, offers this apology: “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.” Some of my colleagues are celebrating. They call Eich a bigot who got what he deserved. I agree. But let’s not stop here. If we’re serious about enforcing the new standard, thousands of other employees who donated to the same anti-gay ballot measure must be punished....
  • Biden on homophobia: 'I've had it up to here with cultural norms'

    04/05/2014 6:12:55 PM PDT · by Salman · 81 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
    Vice President Joe Biden has never lacked for passion. And his occasional failure to restrain his enthusiasm has sometimes gotten him in trouble. But his over-the-top rhetoric was right on point when he gave the keynote address Saturday evening at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala in downtown Los Angeles. Biden told a story I had never heard, about the first time he saw two men kissing (at minute 14 of the video above). He was in junior high, and his father was driving him to apply for a lifeguard job. “We stopped at a red light and I looked over...
  • Epic Feminist Fails of our time: 'Ban Bossy'

    03/30/2014 1:39:30 PM PDT · by Salman · 65 replies
    You Tube ^ | Mar 29, 2014 | Thunderf00t
  • Meet the Gay Priest Getting Married (C of E)

    03/25/2014 6:15:35 PM PDT · by Salman · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03.24.14 | Nico Hines
    ... The church, which is at the heart of the 80 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion, has always defined marriage as a contract between a man and a woman, and it refused to recognize Britain’s legalization of gay marriage, which comes into force at the end of the month. Church officials are furious that Cain is ignoring a ruling by the House of Bishops, which bans clergymen from performing same-sex weddings in their churches and orders gay vicars not to marry. Disregarding the diktat, Cain, 50, and his fiancé, Stephen Foreshew, 40, officially registered their intention to marry at Camden Town...
  • Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

    03/16/2014 7:58:23 AM PDT · by Salman · 35 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 2, 2014 | Travis J. Tritten
    KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops. Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise. Six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight — donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO...
  • Transgender troop ban faces scrutiny by commission

    03/14/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday. The report said Department of Defense regulations designed to keep transgender people from joining or remaining in the military on the grounds of psychological and physical unfitness are based on outdated beliefs that require thousands of current service members either to leave the service or to forego the medical procedures...
  • This Children’s Book Is Super Adorable And Just Happens To Have A Gay Protagonist (barf alert)

    03/12/2014 1:34:26 AM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | March 10, 2014 | Aaron Calvin and Arianna Rebolini
    new children’s book from author Daniel Errico, The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a classic fairy tale, but with a twist: the main character just happens to be gay.
  • Transgender study looks at 'exceptionally high' suicide-attempt rate

    03/08/2014 2:44:08 PM PST · by Salman · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the national average, according to a sweeping survey released three years ago. In a new study released Tuesday, researchers dug deeper into that number, analyzing the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey to examine what puts transgender people at such "exceptionally high" risk. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the risk of attempting suicide was especially severe for transgender or gender nonconforming people who had suffered...
  • Sweden freezes Uganda aid on anti-gay law

    03/05/2014 4:37:54 PM PST · by Salman · 15 replies
    Agence France-Presse via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Stockholm (AFP) - Sweden said Wednesday it would stop development aid payments to Uganda "because of the anti-gay legislation" passed in late February. "The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people," Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engstroem said. "Swedish aid is not unconditional. That's why the government has decided to withhold state-to-state payments," she added without specifying the amount involved.
  • Russian servicemen confiscate weapons in Crimea region

    03/01/2014 11:26:34 PM PST · by Salman · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 2, 2014 1:51am EST | (Reporting by Timothy Heritage, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
    Russian military servicemen have taken weapons from a radar base and naval training facility in Ukraine's Crimea region and urged personnel to side with the peninsula's "legitimate" leaders, Interfax news agency said on Sunday. It quoted a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source as saying the Russian servicemen had taken pistols, rifles and ammunition cartridges from the radar post near in the town of Sudak and taken them away by car. Another group of Russian military had also removed weapons from a Ukrainian navy training centre in the port city of Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet also has a base.
  • US ranks low in first-ever global index of LGBT inclusion in armed forces

    02/22/2014 6:55:44 PM PST · by Salman · 26 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 20 February 2014 | Ed Pilkington
    The enduring ban on transgender individuals serving in the US military has earned America a low ranking in the first global league table of LGBT inclusion in the armed forces. The US is placed at number 40 in the table of 103 countries’ armed forces as measured by their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members. That puts it behind the militaries of countries such as Chile, Georgia and even America’s bęte noire, Cuba.
  • The Courage of Transgender Soldiers (NY Times Op-Ed)

    02/22/2014 6:46:14 PM PST · by Salman · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | FEB. 21, 2014 | Julia Baird
    SYDNEY, Australia — IT was 2 a.m., just a few days before Christmas, in a remote part of Afghanistan. Eight hours into a 16-hour shift, Ryan, a 23-year-old American naval sailor, was standing tense and alert, watching the footage of soldiers undertaking a nearby mission on a screen in front of him. Suddenly, a hand clapped onto his back. Wheeling around to look at the face of his senior officer, Ryan knew the moment he had feared had come: His superiors had found out that his enlisted paperwork described him as female. Within three hours, he was on a plane....
  • What Percent of the Population is Gay? More Than You Think. (BS alert)

    02/14/2014 3:28:21 PM PST · by Salman · 76 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | October 24, 2013 | Rose Eveleth
    According to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, about 20 percent of the population is attracted to their own gender. That’s nearly double the usual estimates of about 10 percent. The authors explain that their methodology might have something to do with it: Participants were randomly assigned to either a “best practices method” that was computer-based and provides privacy and anonymity, or to a “veiled elicitation method” that further conceals individual responses. Answers in the veiled method preclude inference about any particular individual, but can be used to accurately estimate statistics about the population. Comparing the two...
  • Sex Change Ruled “Medically Necessary”

    01/19/2014 5:04:37 PM PST · by Salman · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | January 18, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    A federal appeals court has upheld a trial ruling that requires taxpayers to pay for a murderer’s sex change. From the FNN story: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a constitutional right that must be protected “even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox.” This probably means that Bradley Manning will eventually win his claim that becoming Chelsea Manning is a civil right. People who predicted that Obamacare and health...