Thursday, 30 April 2015

Transgender: Fact or Fiction? | Skeptoid

Transgender has become a hot topic in the media of late. From the success of shows like Transparent, to gossip column rumors about Bruce (for now) Jenner, to political debates over bathroom bills and civil rights legislation, transgender people -– those whose gender identity does not align with their birth-assigned gender -- are getting a lot of attention. Because transgender is a hot topic, everyone seems to have an opinion on it and, especially in places like op-Ed pages and blog comments sections, many self-appointed experts have been sharing what they view as the “facts” of being transgender with others. Not surprisingly, many of those facts are plain wrong...
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New Website Highlights Businesses That Don’t Want To Serve Gay People

When the Family Research Council says it wants everyone to be "free to believe," it means "free to discriminate."

The Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBT hate group, has launched a new site called “Free To Believe,” a new effort to emphasize “religious freedom” as a means of denying LGBT equality. The site is a catalog of the stories of 20 individuals, all of whom either run businesses that are committed to refusing service to same-sex couples or have otherwise experienced public backlash for opposing LGBT equality."

Leaflets linking homosexuality to Hitler and the Moors Murderers handed out in Dublin

Homophobic leaflets likening homosexuals to paedophiles and gang rapists have been handed out in Dublin.

The leaflet, shared on Facebook by prominent Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss, makes a number of outrageous and bizarre statements, going so far as to liken homosexuals and bisexuals to Adolf Hitler and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

It claims: “The Moors Murderers – bisexuals, a man and woman, killed many children, boys and girls. E.g. Leslie Ann Downey, 10, whom they tortured to death while tape-recording her pleas for mercy and taking pornographic photos of her.

“Politicians, liking homosexuality, paid no attention. It is said that homosexual centres sell, or direct people to, sexual torture aids.”

Florida trans ‘bathroom ban’ fails to pass

Republican Frank Artiles proposed the bill
in retaliation to a trans anti-discrimination law.
Plans to ban trans people from using toilets and changing rooms have been abandoned in Florida.

Miami Republican Frank Artiles’ proposed “Single-Sex Public Facilities” bill has failed to progress past the committee stage of the legislation process and has been abandoned.

The bill would have made it a crime for trans people to use single-sex facilities in workplaces, schools or any business that is open to the public.

It stated: “Single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism."

Court hears how transgender woman killed herself after being taunted in street

Scrabble champion Mikki Nicholson told 
psychiatric nurse she felt 'stigmatised'
A transgender woman who was a national Scrabble champion took her own life after receiving abuse for being different, an inquest has heard.

Mikki Nicholson, 36, told a psychiatric nurse that she “felt stigmatised” for being transgender and was being taunted in the street. She wanted to leave Carlisle where she was living because she hoped she would be less abused elsewhere, but had recently discovered that she would risk homelessness by moving.

See it on, via It has to get better

David Cameron attacked by Christians for pledge to end gay ‘cure’ therapies

David Cameron has been condemned by a Christian group for a pledge to end "profoundly wrong" gay ‘cure’ therapies.

Jay's insight:
SPOILER: it's the Core Issues Trust, the bunch who tried to run adverts for ex-gay therapy on London buses a couple of years back.

Alright, it's not much of a spoiler.

Baltimore’s transgender community mourns one of their own, slain by police

After the shooting at the NSA, grief and a sense of fatalism spread among a group often marginalized....

Winnipeg transgender student wonders where he'll sleep on school trip

Where do I get to sleep? That's what 14-year-old Isaac Cassels struggled with for weeks about an upcoming school trip.

Transgender Actor Scott Turner Schofield Cast on The Bold and the Beautiful - People Magazine

The performer and activist will be the first transgender actor to appear on daytime television

The role will mark both Schofield's television debut, and the first time a transgender actor will play major, recurring role on a daytime program.
The actor celebrated the milestone on Facebook Tuesday, posting, "Very proud to announce a big career move."

An Estimated 780,000 Americans in Same-Sex Marriages | Williams Institute

By Gary J. Gates and Frank Newport

The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year. The new estimate suggests that 390,000 out of nearly 1 million same-sex couples are married. Estimates from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey had the figure at 130,000. Even so, about one in six married same-sex couples live in states that currently don’t recognize their marriage. Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted from January to April 2015 on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey. The study included a random sample of 80,568 adults ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Rowan Atkinson makes more sense than Woman's Hour | Uncommon Sense

Reading the transcript of the Womans’s Hour programme broadcast on BBC Radio on the 9th of March I couldn’t help but be reminded of Rowan Atkinson’s TV advert for Barclaycard.

Broadcast many years ago, when I had time to watch telly, and paying the licence fee didn’t mean supporting a racist political party, it consisted of Atkinson trying to buy a carpet in an Arab country. His character was under the impression that he spoke the same North African language as the merchant. In fact it turned out that Rowan Atkinson’s character had to admit that he and the merchant were “both fluent, but sadly, in different languages”.

This is what struck me about the Woman’s Hour attempt to set up a fight between a trans person who knows about trans children, and a Radical Feminist; they both spoke fluently but in distinctly different languages. Michelle Bridgeman expertly put the case for trans children to be given access to proper healthcare very well and Finn McKay argued that gender should not be policed in the way it is...

Read the full post here: Rowan Atkinson makes more sense than Woman's Hour.