USA: – Catholic Bishops Trash The Trans Community and Gay Marriage…Again

 

“The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling.”

Yeah, right. If you’re the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that is. They’ve issued an open letter which expresses particular concern about trans kids. It’s a rather confused document, which denies the experience of thousands of people who have successfully transitioned.

Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults.

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Marriage and the Language of Visibility

A year ago, this utility company advertising poster on a wall in a Berlin U-Bahn station might have been considered “provocative” and pushing a progressive social agenda. Now, it’s showcasing the new normal, as marriage in Germany is no longer defined by gender, and so it follows, neither are families. Fighting bigots for the right to same-sex marriage was about our being able to pitch our wedding reception tent on the enemy’s lawn, and with the law in place…well, now it’s our lawn too. Continue reading “Marriage and the Language of Visibility”

Laverne Cox voices the story of the fight for transgender rights

In a rather stylish video voiced by Laverne Cox, the ACLU and TIME have teamed up to present an animated history of the ongoing fight for transgender rights in the USA.  It’s released at a time when President Trump has announced his ban on transgender people serving in the military and trans rights are facing new threats from state legislatures. Continue reading “Laverne Cox voices the story of the fight for transgender rights”

USA:- Wisconsin Is “Detransitioning” State Employees

For those of us who haven’t faced them, the indignities of wrestling with healthcare systems if you’re transgender are shocking when you hear about them.

Dr Cary Gabriel Costello, who’s a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, and who transitioned over a decade ago, says he and his wife are effectively being “detransitioned” by the State because of new employee benefit rules.

Republican-governed Wisconsin is reversing Obamacare provisions which – at last – meant insurance coverage for transition-related care for state employees; but that’s only where the story starts. Continue reading “USA:- Wisconsin Is “Detransitioning” State Employees”

USA:- 2017 Pride Parades Swap Celebration For Protest

In late June 1970, the New York Times reported on the first Gay Pride Parade, held a year after the Stonewall riots.

Thousands of young men and women, homosexuals from all over the Northeast marched from Greenwich Village to the Sheep Meadow in Central Park yesterday proclaiming “the new strength and pride of the gay people.”

From Washington, Boston and Cleveland, from Ivy League colleges, from Harlem, the East Side and the suburbs, they gathered to protest laws that make homosexual acts between consenting adults illegal and social conditions that often make it impossible for them to display affection in public, maintain jobs or rent apartments.

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In Other Queer News…

Gender-fluid writer and blogger Jack Monroe has won a libel action in the UK against right-wing newspaper columnist and media “personality” Katie Hopkins, who had falsely accused Jack of vandalism on Twitter. The libel award of £24,000 is only the start for Katie, who reportedly will also have to pay legal costs of around £300,000.

There have been tributes galore to TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, now -amazingly – 20 years old and still deeply loved. Tom Rasmussen wrote movingly in The Independent about how Buffy taught him “how to be gay”.

 

Christian bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein, fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, have taken their case to the Oregon Appeals Court. They’ll have to wait a while for a verdict, but some are hoping that the arrival of the Trump regime might help their case. Last year, another couple of bakers in Northern Ireland lost their appeal over a “Support Gay Marriage” cake.

Joseph Nicolosi, a psychologist who co-founded the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality in 1992, and claimed to be able to “cure” homosexuality through so-called – and now totally discredited – “reparative therapy”, has died at the age of 70.