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DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Case Rejected On Jurisdiction

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 11:01 am

Ruling for DOMA: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Ruling for Prop 8 case: HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Statement from the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling [...]

Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 1:18 am

Crossposted with permission from OutServe Magazine, the magazine of OutServe-SLDN. By Anonymous Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat [...]

A Bathroom Story That Doesn’t Involve The “Bathroom Bill” Meme

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 7:19 pm

There’s an interesting, but sad story found on the Army Times website entitled West Point sergeant charged with filming naked female cadets. From the article: A sergeant first class on the staff of the United States Military Academy at West Point faces charges for allegedly filming numerous female cadets without their consent, sometimes when they [...]

Changing My Recorded Gender With DOD

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 2:41 pm

After my surgery and later issuance of a new birth certificate last November, I wanted to apply to the Department of the Navy (DON) to change my recorded gender. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) keeps track of servicemembers and retirees genders, so I wanted, for gender affirmation and DOD acknowledgement, my gender reflected [...]

Leaving Notes On Arizona’s Bathroom Doors

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:57 pm

While on layover at Phoenix’s airport waiting for her flight to yet another city to attend yet another meeting, OutServe-SLDN‘s Executive Director Allyson Robinson taped the following sign on one of the airport’s bathroom doors: Dear Arizona, A transgender woman used this restroom today and everything is fine. No one was bothered and nothing bad [...]

Moving Past Détente Between The HRC And The Trans Community

By: Monday April 1, 2013 10:53 pm

On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost in every way successful in [...]

The Proposed Arizona “Papers Please” Law For Trans Women

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 9:20 pm

Update: From Arizona attorney Abby Jensen: Latest word is that SB1432 was controlled by another committee whose chair would not give it up for Kavanagh to use for his “papers to pee” striker amendment. So, now, he’s looking for another bill to use. As a result, tracking that bill number won’t help us. Instead, we [...]

President Obama Didn’t Fold Trans People Into The American Family

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 9:40 pm

If we are honest with ourselves we’ll admit that there are too many who do not yet know in their lives or feel in their hearts the urgency of this struggle. That’s why I continue to speak about the importance of equality for LGBT families — and not just in front of gay audiences. That’s [...]

Marriage, Trans & Lesbian Style

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 2:41 pm

Love. It’s a marvelous thing. The Melissa Harris Perry Show highlighted the December 6th marriage of Liz Margolies and Scout — a marriage of a lesbian and a trans man. If anyone tells you marriage equality isn’t a trans issue, they likely don’t get that marriages like Liz’s and Scout’s would not be recognized as [...]

Gender Identity Disorder Diagnosis Is Quietly, Without Much MSM Notice, Going Away

By: Monday December 3, 2012 8:27 am

The Gender Identity Disorder (GID) diagnosis is still going away, but it hasn’t been reported much in mainstream media (MSM). When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 5 (DSM-V) is printed in 2014, the GID diagnosis for adults and children will be gone, replaced with the Gender Dysphoria diagnosis. The Guardian mentioned [...]

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