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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Transgender Teen’s Grisly Killing

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      Ally Steinfeld, RIP, my sister.

      Say their names, my sisters and brothers taken
      They the ones society has forsaken
      In life nor death given consideration
      They come from around the world, every nation
      Their entire lives, denied humanity
      When will we see the end of insanity?
      What if we cared less about their chromosomes
      And welcomed them into our lives and homes?
      What if, instead of showing them scorn and hate
      We allowed them in life to participate?
      Maybe if we said their names while still alive
      Maybe if they were given a chance to thrive
      Maybe if in life their value not denied
      We'd not have to say their names when they have died


      Her name is Ally Steinfeld. She was seventeen. She was brutally murdered, mutilated, and set on fire.

      I refuse to be silent.

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      I Think I Just About Died...

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          OMG...of all people...WE trans, on this Transgender Day Of Visibility, are remembered...OMG. These MSD kids have more kindness, grace and dignity and respect than I have known in a lifetime!!

          Today, on the #TransDayOfVisibility, take the time to appreciate the beautiful trans community and the amazinf things trans people have brought to the world in spite of the hate so unfairly brought upon them.

          — Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 31, 2018

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          Teen Organizes First-Ever Gay Pride Festival In Mike Pence's Hometown -- And The VP Reacts ....

          'LGBT advocates have also criticized Pence, a self-described religious conservative, for his reported support of gay conversion therapy, pointing to a 2000 statement on Pence’s congressional campaign website where he noted that Congress should reauthorize a law funding HIV/AIDS treatment but “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

          'Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, told PEOPLE in January that the vice president does not and has never supported conversion therapy. “The accusation is totally false with no basis in fact,” Farah said at the time.

          'Given all of this, it may come as a surprise to some that the vice president has said he’s “proud” of Bailey’s initiative in organizing the festival.

          'His press secretary told USA Today in a statement, “Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey for her activism and engagement in the civic process. As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, he’s heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process.”

          'Bailey, who is organizing the festival as her senior project at Columbus Signature Academy-New Tech, says she’s hoping to promote a message of inclusiveness from Pence’s hometown.

          '“Most people would think that all of us here are also anti-LGBT,” she told USA Today. “But there are plenty of us who very much support the LGBT community and are members of the community.”

          'USA Today notes that Columbus is one of a few towns in the state that has added LGBT protections to city ordinances — a change made in 2015 after then-Indiana Gov. Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. After facing backlash from local businesses, Pence later signed a revised law that would prevent such discrimination.'

          https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/teen-organizes...

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          Trump Issues Order To Ban Most Transgender Troops From Serving - The Boston Globe

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              "President Trump is issuing an order to ban transgender people from serving in the military except under ‘‘limited circumstances,’’ following up on his calls to ban transgender individuals from serving.

              "The White House says retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of ‘‘gender dysphoria’’ — those who may require substantial medical treatment — ‘‘presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.’’"

              https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/03/...

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              John Oliver's Gay Rabbit Book Parody Outsells Mike Pence's Original On Amazon

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                  "A children’s picture book released by comedian John Oliver about a gay bunny has hit the top spot on Amazon, outselling a vanilla version featuring US vice-president’s Mike Pence’s pet rabbit.

                  "The satirical doppelganger titled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was strategically released by the British late-night TV host a day before Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, which was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen.

                  "Within two days of its release, Oliver’s Marlon Bundo had sold 180,000 copies on Amazon and become the bestselling book on the site, outstripping the Pence version which at the time of writing languished in fourth place.

                  "The Pence book tells the tale of Marlon Bundo trailing his master for a day, but Oliver’s version, written by comedian and staff writer Jill Twiss, is about “a lonely bunny who lives with his grampa, the vice-president of the United States” who one day “falls in love with another boy bunny”.

                  "Oliver’s book explores the rabbit’s struggle to marry a handsome bunny called Wesley, and is a tale “of tolerance and advocacy ... [exploring] issues of same-sex marriage and democracy”."

                  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/22/jo...

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                  DeVos Finally Agrees Federal Dollars Shouldn't Fund LGBTQ Discrimination In Schools

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                      'Questioned by a persistent lawmaker on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students should not be eligible for federal dollars, backtracking from an answer she gave last year.

                      'Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) had pressed DeVos on the issue at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing last May. At that time, DeVos indicated she thought the importance of state autonomy and parental choice should allow schools with such discriminatory policies to still qualify for federal dollars.

                      'This year, Clark again focused on the issue at a similar hearing and DeVos finally relented, saying these schools should not be eligible for the money.

                      'Clark’s questioning stemmed from Education Department’s 2019 budget proposal, which calls for giving more than $1 billion to school choice initiatives. Such programs ― which are currently only supported at the state and local level ― help families use public dollars to fund scholarships to private schools.

                      'A HuffPost investigation previously found that many institutions that participate in these programs ― at least 14 percent of religious schools ― have explicit policies discriminating against LGBTQ students.

                      '“I cannot find a single state that protects LGBT students within the states’ voucher anti-discrimination laws,” Clark said at Tuesday’s hearing. “State dollars flow to private schools that are allowed to discriminate. I couldn’t find any case where that didn’t happen.”

                      'Clark asked DeVos whether approval of her department’s budget would mean federal funds ― in addition to state dollars ― would flow to these exclusionary schools.

                      'DeVos repeatedly tried to evade the question, saying that “where federal dollars flow, federal law must be adhered to,” along with variations of that response. But Clark repeatedly demanded a “yes” or “no” answer.'

                      https://www.yahoo.com/news/devos-finally-agrees-fe...

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                      Pakistan...Protects Its Trans Citizens??

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                          It's not yet signed into law, but it looks like it will be...and, in either case, they are STILL further along than the United States! Imagine that!!

                          Yeah. Imagine THAT. Freaking PAKISTAN is ahead of the United States in protecting trans. Who'da ever thunk?? https://t.co/cNwfip57xf

                          — Angela Bridgman (@TGTarheel) March 8, 2018

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                          Wendy Ella May Becomes First Transgender Woman To Run For US House From NC

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                              Today was a bittersweet day for me. On the day I had planned, for over a year...to file for my own race for the State Legislature, I instead found myself taking video and bearing witness to history as my friend Wendy filed for Federal office. She is running in NC-02 for the US House of Representatives.

                              I have swallowed my own disappointment like a big girl...but I can't lie and say there was not a part of me that wanted to be at the Wake County Board today, filing my own papers instead.

                              That said...I am very excited to have an open trans woman running, for the first time in history, for US House, from North Carolina. Better...if she wins, she would then be MY LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE...as I live in NC-02...meaning I would be her constituent. Meaning that, for the first time in our association going back three years, she would HAVE to listen to me, LOL.

                              Wendy is in a three-way Primary with a self-funding millionaire who took a Republican Primary ballot in both 2012 and 2016...and is now holding HIMSELF out as a Progressive Democrat. I assure you, I have met the man. I have spoke with him, and I have heard him speak. He is not a Progressive Democrat. The third person in this Primary is an establishment-party favorite WHO DOES NOT EVEN LIVE IN THE DISTRICT. Our current Representative, George Holding ("Sleepy George" as we call him...for reasons you'd understand if you lived here) - also lives out of District...in fact, in the same District that the third Primary candidate lives in.

                              The interesting thing about Federal races is that one is not required to live in the District in which they are running (but it is recommended) - and, if you DO run in a District in which you don't live...you can't even vote for yourself. Not so for State races...here you must live in your District, and such was the demise of my campaign. They rolled back the rug just far enough to make sure I was no longer standing on it. But I digress....

                              Wendy is a disabled veteran, a transgender woman, a faith leader, and a true Progressive Democrat. She has signed a contract to work for Universal Health Care. She has stated Citizens United must go, and is refusing corporate donations. She supports the passage of Federal anti-discrimination laws for EVERYONE. I am proud to be a supporter and a member of her campaign...and to have been present to witness history being made today in North Carolina!

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                              Muslim Cleric Calls For Changes To Fatwa Against Trans People In Malaysia

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                                  'Last year, after visiting a welfare centre he apologized to a number of marginalized groups including; trans people and sex workers, for the way Malaysia had treated them.

                                  '“What heart will not be touched after seeing them, who are despised by society, jostling to greet us. Their faces clearly showed how excited and moved they were by our presence,” he wrote.

                                  '‘We as representatives of the ummah sincerely apologise for the discomfiting attitudes of some Muslims against these communities,’ the Malay Mail Online reported him saying.'

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                                  'A leading Muslim cleric in Malaysia has called for a reconsideration of the fatwa against trans people.

                                  'A fatwa is an Islamic legal pronouncement, issued by an expert in religious law such as, a mufti. The fatwa is about a specific issue, usually at the request of an individual or judge to resolve an issue where Islamic law is unclear.

                                  'In 1982 the Malaysia’s most important Muslim authority, the National Fatwa Council, banned gender affirming surgery. The Council believed it and trans people were ‘un-Islamic’.

                                  'In Malaysia it is illegal to be trans, but Mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said that being trans does not go against Islam. Zulfiki is the Mufti of the Federal Territories, three combined areas of Malaysia governed directly by the government.

                                  'According to a report in the Malay Mail Online, Zulkifli said Muslim clerics should reconsider the fatwa.

                                  '‘Since their identity is inert and not an impersonation, as long as they do not use their identity for immoral purposes, it is not a shame and they are accepted in Islam,’ he said.

                                  'Zulkifli not only said the fatwa should be reconsidered but that he wanted to work closely with trans groups.

                                  'Last year, after visiting a welfare centre he apologized to a number of marginalized groups including; trans people and sex workers, for the way Malaysia had treated them.

                                  '“What heart will not be touched after seeing them, who are despised by society, jostling to greet us. Their faces clearly showed how excited and moved they were by our presence,” he wrote.

                                  '‘We as representatives of the ummah sincerely apologise for the discomfiting attitudes of some Muslims against these communities,’ the Malay Mail Online reported him saying.'

                                  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/muslim-cleric-...

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