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48% of Republicans say there is a lot of discrimination against Christians 

  • A new survey from independent research organization Public Religion Research Institute has shed some light on Americans’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people, especially whether transgender people should be able to access the restroom that matches their transgender identity.
  • According to the survey, the 53% of Americans oppose laws that ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. However, broken down by political party, Democrats oppose such bills 65-30 while Republicans favor them 59-36. 
  • Though Republicans favor limiting transgender access to gender-appropriate restrooms, they do favor LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances, which are heavily favored across the board. 
  • According to the survey, 60% of Republicans and 70% of all Americans favor laws protecting LGBTQ people. 
  • 48% of people who identify as Republicans believe that Christians face a lot of discrimination. More Republicans reported widespread discrimination against Christians than against black Americans, lesbians, gays, immigrants and Muslims. Forty-eight percent of Republicans believed transgender people face a lot of discrimination. Read more (3/10/17 5:12 PM)
buzzfeed.com
The Trump Administration Just Withdrew Guidelines That Protected Transgender Students
Ending guidance from the Obama administration, Trump's new policy aims to allow states to establish their own rules for transgender students in some settings — such as requiring transgender boys to...
By Dominic Holden

The Trump administration on Wednesday issued new guidelines that roll back an Obama administration policy that had been designed to reduce anti-transgender discrimination in public schools.

In issuing new school guidance, the Department of Justice and Department of Education sent a letter to public schools that said the departments “have decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved. The Departments thus will not rely on the views expressed within them.”

“Please note that this withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, or harassment,” it stated.

Originally issued last May, the Obama-era guidance told schools they “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.” Among the directives, it said transgender students must be allowed access to gender-appropriate restrooms and locker rooms.

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Many transgender young people today are hurting by the terrible message sent tonight by the Trump Administration, which rescinded existing guidance that helped public schools navigate questions of basic dignity for transgender students, including pronouns and proper restroom access. We urge every transgender student to understand that millions of Americans support them, will continue to speak out for them, and will fight for them. Reblog to spread the word.

Protect Trans Kids

Yesterday the Departments of Education and Justice withdrew the protections that former President Obama had instated to protect transgender students. Under Title IX, these protections allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, therefore protecting them from discrimination based upon sex. 

What you need to know as a trans person: Most importantly, even though the guidance has been withdrawn, that doesn’t change the fact that under Title IX, transgender students have a right to be treated according to their gender identity, including when it comes to restroom access. But taking the guidance away will likely make school harder for many students. It might make changing policies at unsupportive school districts an uphill battle for many students. Read this helpful FAQ page from the National Center for Transgender Equality on what this withdrawal means and how to address issues of discrimination here.  

How you can stand up and support trans people: It is more important than ever that cisgender people come forward as outspoken allies of transgender people. Advocate in your schools for gender neutral or all gender bathrooms where trans and gender non-conforming students will feel safe. Speak out if you see a transgender student being harassed or made to feel unwelcome in a restroom or locker room. If a trans student feels as though they are being discriminated against, stand by them and help them file a complaint. Lastly, read up on 10 tips for being a trans ally.

This all comes at a crucial time for trans rights, as the Supreme Court will be hearing the case of Gavin Grimm next month, which will likely inform how public schools will accommodate transgender students across the nation.

anonymous asked:

dude I read your HT sans imagine with the S/O sitting with UT sans before bed and then I DREAMT IT plus some bonus content but damn HT sans is a pretty intimidating presence in a dream. also he had a theme that i feel like I've heard before but I can't place it now while awake. it was creepy as hell and the most unnerving song I've ever heard and started playing in my dream after he came up behind me in bed and wrapped his arms around me. 10/10 scariest spooning of my life LOL

*I’m totally jealous of your dream!  I want some spooky spooning with HT!Sans. D;

But that’s seriously awesome.  I’m glad I could contribute to your creepy skele spooning.  You’re right, though–of all the imagines you could have dreamed of, it had to be that one. xD

Sign me up for the wall action, though~.

buzzfeed.com
Transgender woman sues Idaho for refusing to let her change her birth certificate
The birth certificate she has now led to her being called 'tr*nny' and 'f*ggot,' a lawsuit alleges in federal court.
By Dominic Holden

Last week in Idaho, a transgender woman identified as F.V. filed a lawsuit against the state seeking the right to change her gender marker on her birth certificate. Idaho is among the handful of states that don’t explicitly allow transgender people to change their birth certificates. 

The woman has suffered harassment by state officials for trying to make the change to her gender marker. 

“The incorrect gender on F.V.’s birth certificate has exposed her to hostility when she visited the social security office,” the suit says. “After seeing her birth certificate, staff at the office referred to her as a ‘tr*nny,’ a derogatory term that disclosed F.V.’s transgender status to others in the waiting area. One of these individuals then called F.V. a 'f*ggot’ as she was leaving the office.”

Peter C. Renn, a Lambda Legal attorney who filed the case on behalf of F.V., told BuzzFeed News, “It is especially dangerous for the government to not recognize people for who they are because the government leads by example.”

Transgender people rely on birth certificates to update other forms of government identification, he said, and when it shows a different sex marker than the gender they present, it outs them. “Whether we are talking about access to restrooms or violence against transgender people, so much of the discriminations stems from a refusal to recognize their gender.”

Oof. Rooting for her and everyone else who’s been denied this right. 

Laverne’s Cox argument about how trans women having access to the women’s restroom means being allowed to exist in public space is such bullshit. He’s pretending that having a safe bathroom to use must be the women’s bathroom and that’s a lie. Clearly any separate restroom would be safe. If there were plenty of readily accessible single stall restrooms, those would obviously be safe for trans people (and anyone, really), making it safe to exist in public spaces. 

His argument is like a perversion of the reason women have their own restrooms separate from men in the first place; so we can exist in public spaces. Public restrooms used to be male dominated, and women were forced to stay home (like good women should) because there was nowhere that was safe to pee in public. Women could be assaulted/attacked for using a public restroom dominated by men. The reason women even have our own restrooms is for our safety (and because stores wanted to encourage us to shop by creating these restrooms). 

Why is he explicitly demanding access to the women’s room? Because it validates him as a woman? Because it’s supposedly safer than the men’s room? Of course, if any man who claimed he identifies as a woman could go to the women’s restroom, then that makes the women’s room very unsafe for women, and that’s exactly what this does. But what I always hear in response to this is that that’ll never happen, men and trans women don’t attack women in the restroom (even though they do), and if it does happen, you should just report it. …the reason women have separate restrooms is to greatly decrease our chances of being attacked in the first place. Reporting it won’t un-attack us. 

(Yes I’m using the pronoun “he” because if I use “she”, that’s starting out on his terms and agreeing that he is female, which he is not)

A short guide for the inclusion of trans, intersex and gender non-conforming youth in the classroom

1. DON’T WAIT to have an openly trans, intersex or gender non-conforming student before adapting your teaching or behaviour!

Since school can be a very dangerous space for those minorities, they are often invisible in the classroom. Either you don’t know they are there or they haven’t come out yet/they don’t know it themselves. Those minorities being invisible, it is important to be aware of their needs.

2. Use inclusive language and ressources

If you are in a position of authority, chances are that everything you say has an impact on children. Words have the power to make things exist in the mind of people.

I’m sure you can think of something better than “boys and girls” to address a group of children! What if I’m neither? Or a mix of the two?

Try to avoid polarizing sexes (male or female), as it erases the existence of intersex people. Also, some boys have vulvas, and some girls have penises. Be careful when talking about what makes a girl or a boy!

3. Call-out anything that is wrongfully binary or cissexist.

As a teacher, I know too well how impossible it is to have a classroom free of gender essentialism and intersex erasure.

It is everywhere! In books, in manuals, in educational movies… The thing is to not let it go unnoticed. If you hear, see or read anything that you consider problematic, discuss it with your students.

While it is unlikely that gender- and sex-inclusive manuals will be available anytime soon, it is still possible to educate with materials that invisibilize trans, intersex and gender non-conforming youth by calling it out!

4. Make gender segregated spaces inclusive

Do you know how dangerous restrooms or changing rooms can be for trans or gender non-conforming youth?

Trans and gender non-conforming students need access to their preferred restroom or changing room. It is not a caprice! Violence and aggressions are more likely to happen there than anywhere else, and those students are often easy targets for bullies.

Make it clear in the school policies that trans and gender non-conforming are welcome in those spaces. Inclusiveness has to be made visible for students and parents or tutors.

Using the infirmary or staff restroom may be a temporary solution, but by no means a long term plan, since it stigmatizes and marginalizes trans and gender non-conforming students.

5. Protect gender identity and expression in your classroom and in the school policies

Your students need to know they have rights regarding their gender expression and identity. Include rules against discrimination based on these in your classroom’s charter.

Officially recognizing these rights and making them visible might also empower closeted or questioning youth, who’ll feel safer at school.

6. Have the staff trained

Not everybody is comfortable with discussing issues such as sex or gender. Make sure that the school’s staff is trained so that your school can be a safer space for trans, intersex and gender non-conforming students.

There are many trans organizations that provide staff training. If there are none where you live, parents of trans, intersex or gender non-conforming children can be a great source of knowledge too!


Please reblog with your favourite resources!

anonymous asked:

are psych disabilities included in #TheFutureIsAccessible? I'm mentally ill and I don't want to take up space that's not for me. I did order a shirt but idk if I'd be wearing it both as an ally and for me, or just as an ally.

Of course, they’re included! Mental illnesses are under the disability umbrella and deal with ableism and lack of accessibility as well ❤

Accessibility is a HUGE disability community concern but it is also everyone’s concern.

There are different elements of accessibility as well, such as economic accessibility, and it’s even a transgender community concern as with access to hormones, public restrooms, etc. (Edit: not to erase disabled trans folx, of course!)

buzzfeed.com
Obama Administration Takes A Last Stand To Protect Transgender Bathroom Rights
The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to step in. Federal lawyers said in a brief filed Friday with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that the previous ruling was incorrect and overly broad.
By Dominic Holden

“With two weeks left, the Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to throw out a lower court’s decision that suspended policies designed to protect transgender people’s access to restrooms - a sign the current leadership of the Justice Department will close shop mid-fight on one of its signature LGBT issues.

The case at issue, brought by Texas and several other states last year, centers around guidance documents that say transgender students and workers should be granted access to restrooms and other single-sex facilities that match their gender identity. The federal agencies behind the guidance argue the rights are protected by existing civil rights laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sex.

US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, however, sided with the states by ruling that the guidance likely exceeded the executive branch’s authority because there was no rule-making process. He issued a temporary injunction in August that applied nationwide, suspending enforcement of the guidance documents. His order also blocked agencies from starting new enforcement actions and barred government lawyers from raising certain arguments in ongoing lawsuits.

With their remedies waning in the lower court - and time running out - the Justice Department’s Civil Division made three arguments to the Fifth Circuit.

The Justice Department said the case is not ripe for judicial review because the government did not violate the Administrative Procedure Act, as Texas and the other states claimed. The guidance for schools and workplaces are not final acts by any agency, the appeal says, and therefore did not require a rule-making process under the APA. The Justice Department has asked the Fifth Circuit to throw out the injunction and instruct the lower court to dismiss the case.”

Read the full piece and see the administrations filing here

Donald Trump Is a Nightmare for Transgender Students

Donald Trump’s election marks a new era of conflict for transgender students nationally. This article seeks to provide some commentary on Trump’s upcoming effects on transgender students across the country. Among Trump and Pence’s campaign’s prominent and most concerning promises was the appointment of a conservative Supreme Court justice, who would inevitably roll back protections for trans students. The legal case of Gavin Grimm, a young transgender man denied access to facilities with his own gender, has reached the Supreme Court. In October the conservative justices blocked his access to men’s restrooms “as a courtesy” while he waits to for his hearing. His groundbreaking case will be heard sometime next year with a Trump-appointed nominee who will tip the court to the conservatives. In the most likely scenario, this will mandate that states define their own laws on transgender students’ access to programs and facilities that match our gender identities as they have been. This works well for more progressive states like California that currently have legislation in place allow trans students access to programs and facilities with our gender. However, the majority of states do not have this legislation, which many were hopeful the supreme court would provide federally. Roughly 20 states have even introduced legislation that would bar transgender people from using facilities and public accommodations that match our genders. The Trump era will be a time of uncertainty for transgender students as we experience elevated violence under the increased national anti-transgender rhetoric. Read the full article here

Yesterday I had an autistic patient with psychogenic polydipsia. This is a really unpleasant condition where people feel compelled to drink lots of water.  Whatever it is - and I don’t know if anyone knows for sure, it doesn’t seem to be just an idiosyncrasy, it might have to do with biological changes to the body’s water balance system - it overrides the normal protection that most people have against drinking too much water. Left untreated it can be fatal since the excess water causes cellular swelling that cuts off blood vessels.

There are a couple of experimental treatments but none of them worked on my patient and he kept getting hospitalized with various nasty symptoms of water intoxication. And he was too intellectually disabled to understand what was going on and drink less water voluntarily. The treatment of last resort in a situation like this is water restriction, which sounds mean but is the only way to prevent these people from killing or permanently brain-damaging themselves.

But water restriction is really hard. If you break the water faucets, someone with polydipsia will drink from the shower. If you break the shower, they’ll drink from the toilets. The only way to make it work is to keep them in a special locked unit, all the time, where they have no access to any water source (including a bathroom) except with a staff member who watches them like a hawk.

This is legally difficult, because there are various laws about institutions for psychiatric patients, and they have certain rights, and not letting them have water or free access to a restroom is one of those rights, and it’s complicated to convince judges that “no, seriously, if we did this, they would die”. So these people end up in hospitals a lot, since hospitals are better equipped to restrict people and have good legal teams.

So we’ve been keeping this poor polydipsia patient at my hospital while his institution tries to figure out what to do, and it sucks. He doesn’t understand the situation at all and we can’t explain it because he has a mental age of maybe 4. He’s constantly screaming for water - I have no doubt that to him it feels like he’s dying of thirst, even though we let him drink right up to the upper safe limit for human water consumption. It’s just a sort of awkward “Uh, please excuse that guy over there screaming that he’s really thirsty and we won’t allow him to have any water, I mean, all of that is technically true, but please ignore it anyway, it’s hard to explain”. And I hate to inflict that kind of suffering on anybody, but I also prefer my patients non-dead. Sometimes there is no non-horrible option and you just have to accept that you are doing something horrible and try to live with it.

Anyway, this was why I was especially annoyed by yesterday’s round of the traditional Tumblr “there is no such thing as high-functioning vs. low-functioning autistics and it is all just an ableist plot to stigmatize people.” No, people, psychopathology is really bad.

anonymous asked:

Do you know any reliable ways to see if a college is lgbtqia friendly?

The most reliable way is by talking to MOGAI kids who attend that school already. The rest is sort of hit and miss, especially with intersectional issues (ie, a school might have an LGBT club but is it actually LGBT, or LG?).

Also, I hate to say it, but if you’re in the USA, avoid religiously affiliated colleges like the plague, even if you’re religious. Religiously affiliated schools have won court battles regarding transphobia because they’ve made it about trans people imposing on their religious freedom.

You can ask or observe the following, though:
-do they have gender neutral restrooms, and are those restrooms accessible, or are they That One Room Halfway Across Campus With Only One Stall?
-if the dorms are single sex (ie, girl’s dorm, boy’s dorm, no mixing), ask housing what their policy is with trans people.
-find out whether they have an LGBT group, and maybe contact a few people there and ask them about things.
-some colleges, instead of having M/F boxes on their college applications, have a blank space where you can write anything. That is a plus sign.
-look at their diversity statistics. Schools that are more diverse are more likely to be good around MOGAI people. Surprisingly, having a school full of cishet white boys makes it easy for them to discriminate the different people.
-find out how active that LGBT group is in the community. 
-find out how MOGAI friendly the city is, and also how MOGAI friendly the state is. Most of the time, a large amount of the student population are in-state because out-of-state tuition is expensive. No matter how great a school sells itself, if it’s in the bible belt it’s probably not going to be all that wonderful.
-find out whether they have antidiscriminatory student policies, and how those policies are worded (ie, they might have a policy protecting sexual orientations, but do they have one for gender)
-research whether they’ve had issues in the past with MOGAI students.

-Rose

Today’s Gender of the Day is: A dot, a line, and a wheelchair

[image description: a Men’s wheelchair-accessible restroom sign except the body of the man is missing, leaving only the head]

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Set up camp with #mypubliclandsroadtrip at 4,500’ among fabulous hoodoos and other cool formations at the Castle Gardens Scenic Area in northern Wyoming, at the foot of the breathtaking Bighorn Mountains. 

New shade shelters will stave off blistering summer heat as you relax at the picnic table and serve up your favorite barbeque from the grill or fire ring. And freshly-cut foot paths provide easy access to the restroom from the campsites across the meadow. You will, however, need to pack in your own water and pack out your own trash.

The turnoff to Castle Gardens is approximately 2 miles west of Ten Sleep on U.S. Highway 16—a major route to and from Yellowstone National Park’s east entrance. A dirt road and signs lead to the site about 6 miles south of the highway.

washingtonpost.com
BREAKING: SD governor vetoes bill that would have banned trans students from correct bathrooms

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender students from using the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

It would have been the first bill of its kind to actually pass, but after major outcry, Gov. Daugaard vetoed it hours before the deadline.

From the Washington Post:

“In a message to state lawmakers announcing his veto, Daugaard said that the bill would replace local control with a statewide mandate and ‘does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.’

‘Instead of encouraging local solutions, this bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state,’ Daugaard wrote.

If it had become law, the South Dakota law would have been in direct conflict with federal civil rights policy, and schools could have faced the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal funding.”

PHEW. Y'ALL THAT WAS CLOSE.

nytimes.com
BREAKING NEWS!!! Obama Administration to Issue Decree on Transgender Access to School Restrooms
The letter to school districts does not have the force of law. But it contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Matt Apuzzo

MOST BREAKING OF BREAKING NEWS! MINUTES AGO! THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ABOUT TO TELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS COUNTRYWIDE THAT THEY NEED TO RESPECT STUDENTS’ GENDER IDENTITY AND BATHROOM RIGHTS!!!!

NY TIMES REPORTS LETTERS GOING OUT TOMORROW MAY 13!!!

“The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

A letter to school districts will go out Friday, fueling a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration’s legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration — signed by Justice and Education Department officials — will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against.

It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.”

Read the full piece here <– HISTORY IS BEING MADE RIGHT NOW, READ IT!!!

CURRENT MOOD:

change.org
The Learning Channel: End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.

Update: The Duggars have thrown massive amounts of money to repeal this law so business owners and land lords can evict and fire people solely over gender idenity and sexual orientation!  They need to be taken off the air!  Michelle Duggar of TLC’s  19 Kids and Counting  is warning Fayetteville residents that transgender people are child predators and that the law will somehow protect that predatory behavior.  Her recorded robocall says: “Hello, this is Michelle Duggar. I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children."  "The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. ” Duggar words reek of ignroance and fear mongering. Just because someone is transgendered doesn’t mean they are a child predator or a rapist. The claim that this ordinance would provide predators with access to women’s restrooms in order to assault or leer at girls or women is nothing more than fear-mongering and spreading ignornace and hatred.  Transgender people — who are far more likely to be the victims of harassment and violence if forced to use a bathroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity or expression— deserve to have the ability to use the bathroom in peace and safety. Josh Duggar has also taken a position at the so called “ Family Research Council ”. The Family Research Center is such a hate-filled, anti-gay organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010 labeled it a “hate group” for its “dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.” The Learning Channel &amp; Discovery Networks need to seperate themselves from this bigotry and put an end to the Duggar’s show. 

Normally I find change.org petitions to be utterly useless, but I think in the case of the Duggars just making enough noise is pretty important.

They aren’t a cute family with lots of kids, they’re religious extremists actively pushing a toxic, destructive, and hateful agenda.