National News: May 2016
Guns Brought into Restroom To Protect Against Trans People in Target
Locked and loaded at….Target? Following an announcement of Target’s gender-neutral bathroom policy, President Anita Staver of the theocratic law group Liberty Counsel proudly announced that she will be packing heat with her Glock .45 handgun to protect against assaults by transgender patrons. The right-wing think tank President made headlines last year for claiming that the Vatican received death threats over the “private audience” they claimed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis had with Pope Francis.
Gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh
Two people, including a U.S government employee who worked as an editor of a magazine for the transgender community, have been hacked to death in the capital of Dhaka. A Bangladesh-based militant faction linked to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility
Mississippi Passes Sweeping LGBT Discrimination Bill
More and more states and municipalities are declaring states and cities that discriminate against the LGBT community as off-limits. Portland, Maine now joins the ranks. In April, The Portland City Council unanimously voted to restrict travel by city employees to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. Mayor Ethan Strimling’s proposal was backed by all eight City council members.
His Purpleness: Gender-bending Queer Icon Prince Dies at 57
The world is in tears as news of the purple-clad superstar’s death whose persona embraced gender-fluid extravagance while pushing boundaries of gender and sexuality has become a gut-wrenching reality. Prince’s sudden and shocking death prompted an outpouring of responses on social media, particularly reflecting on his influence on queer people. His purple majesty – the undisputed pop and R&B icon – introduced his earth shattering albums with unabashed pansexuality and gender norm dallying— decades before the leaders of the lesbian and gay community began to embrace a more inclusive, less dualistic notion of queerness.
Mississippi Passes Sweeping LGBT Discrimination Bill
Despite a petition started by the American Family Association garnering more than half a million signatures calling to boycott Target due to their inclusive bathroom policy, Target is standing firm in their decision for equality. According to their blog post Target will not give in to what critics have dubbed as transphobic demands. The announcement comes as legislation on transgender issues across multiple states has spurred several major corporations and businesses to speak out on LGBT rights.
New York College Just Took off Gender Markings From All Bathrooms
Police officers arrested at least 54 protesters who came to voice opposition to North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” known as House Bill 2, or HB2. The arrests culminated a day of dueling demonstrations that also included thousands of supporters who gathered to praise the law.
Struck out: ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over Transphobic Comments
Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling is no longer employed at ESPN.Schilling’s offense was to comment on a photograph posted on Facebook showing a transgender woman with this caption: ‘‘Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!” Responding to the comment, Schilling posted, ‘‘A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.” “ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN posted in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
Trans Activist Proves North Carolina Bathroom Bill is not enforceable
Mara Keisling, a transgender woman was arrested in Raleigh but not for using the women’s bathroom in the Capitol building. “They are not even enforcing this stupid law in state office buildings, which is where it applies,” she said, adding that “they can’t enforce this.” Kiesling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. At the time of her arrest she was delivering proposed legislation that would repeal the state’s anti-LGBT law. Her arrest does not appear to be linked to her use of the women’s bathroom, which she documented on Facebook. Kiesling was arrested with other protesters while holding sit-ins during the protest.
Baby Carmen is coming home!
A gay couple has won a longstanding custody battle against a Thai surrogate mother who changed her mind when she found out they were gay. Gordon Lake and Manuel Santos faced a draining legal fight after the surrogate mother who gave birth to their daughter later refused to sign the paperwork to allow the baby to leave the country when she found out they were gay. “We are just overwhelmed with emotion. We always knew our story would have a happy ending and we just can’t wait for the four of us to be together again.”
Obama thanks his kids for changing view on gay marriage
Who says children can’t change the world? In a town hall meeting in London late in April, President Obama opened up about his evolution toward understanding the importance of marriage equality. “My notion was initially that labeling those partnerships as marriage wasn’t necessary as long as people were getting the same rights and it would disentangle them from some of the religious connotations that marriage had in the minds of a lot of Americans.”
And guess who is credited for his evolution? Obama’s views had changed, especially, due to his daughters, Malia and Sasha. “I have to confess that my children generally had an impact on me,” he said. “People I loved who were in monogamous same-sex relationships explained to me what I should have understood earlier, which is it was not simply about legal rights but about a sense of stigma, that if you’re calling it something different it means that somehow it means less in the eyes of society.”