Judge blocks Trump's ban on transgender people in the military
The strongly worded ruling noted that the Trump administration’s justification for the ban was suspect and likely unconstitutional.
By Dave Philipps

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked Trump’s attempted policy banning transgender people serving in the military. 

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the reason for the ban was simply “disapproval of transgender people generally,” which doesn’t have any legal standing and is “likely unconstitutional.” Trump’s plan was to discharge all current trans service members and block new ones from entering the military.

“There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all,” the judge wrote in a strongly worded, 76-page ruling. “In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects.”

Judge Kollar-Kotelly noted that the White House’s proposed policies likely violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution, writing that “a number of factors — including the sheer breadth of the exclusion ordered by the directives, the unusual circumstances surrounding the President’s announcement of them, the fact that the reasons given for them do not appear to be supported by any facts, and the recent rejection of those reasons by the military itself — strongly suggest that Plaintiffs’ Fifth Amendment claim is meritorious.”

The administration appealed the ruling, but the judge’s thorough statement is a promising sign for whatever legal steps come next. Of course, we can never be too confident, but this is definitely good news. 

Changes and Survey Results

Hello, everyone! You’ve probably noticed by now that our URL has changed, and we are now @hetaliafandomdirectory! We’re sorry about the inconvenience of the change–we’ll do our best to get things up and running again by October!

When we do return, we’ll be doing a lot less than we were! We’ve received a lot of great advice from talking to people and via the survey, but the best advice of all was this: “stick with your vision”! It made us realise that we’ve been somewhat recklessly adding tasks to our workload on the basis that they’d be good for other people, without thinking about ourselves. As a result, we’ve ended up doing more than 10 hours of work each week in our dwindling free time. Not only has this put a lot of strain on us–so much that we were ready to leave the blog–but it’s often meant our tasks were not done properly or were not done at all. That’s no good for anyone!

Therefore, we’re changing focus, and reducing our workload! Here’s what we’ll continue to do in the future:

  • Maintain the Directories
  • The Shout Out (and other promotions)
  • The Fandom News
  • Birthdays
  • Character Weeks

And here’s what definitely won’t be continuing, with some explanation as to why:

The Creator Queue and Fanfiction Round-Up

The Queue started out as a thank-you to the first people who joined the Hub, and then continued because it was good for creators and followers alike. It was easy at the beginning, when there were only 50 or so blogs to queue from, but now there’s over 200! Because of this, the Queue takes about 4 hours over 2 nights to do, and it’s really tiring, so mistakes occur a lot. The Fanfiction Round-Up only takes about 2 hours maximum to compile, which is easier, but it wouldn’t be fair to keep one and not keep the other. We’re really sorry about this, and understand that these features are what a lot of people joined/followed for, so it’s okay if anyone would like to leave the Directory or unfollow us as a result!

Talking Points

Though Talking Points were a lot of fun, they originally took 4 hours of time, and even their new format needs more time to manage than we feel able to give. Unfortunately, we won’t be running them any more either, and we are very sorry to everyone who enjoyed them as much as we did!

The Fandom Awards

This will likely be a cause for celebration for some, but we unfortunately don’t have the time to be able to run the Fandom Awards this year. It’s sad because last year’s event saw a lot of love spread for a lot of people, so if we can, we hope to run an event that can cause a similar amount of positivity and appreciation! However, without the incentive of competition, this is unlikely.

We’re still unsure about some other stuff, such as the Showcase. We’ll think about these as we sort out the blog over the next week, and then let you know when we’re ready to continue. If you have any questions about something else the Hub used to do, send us an ask and we’ll say if it’ll continue or not.

Anyway, here’s the results from the survey! They’re under the cut to save space!

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 Wedding Crashers {Sentence Starters}

  • “Okay, that’s not creepy.“
  • “I’m just living the dream.”
  • “Oh my God, what time is it?!“
  • “What the heck do you want?“
  • “I’ll be in my room painting homo things.”
  • “You better get your ass to that wedding.“
  • “I don’t even know what the heck a quail is!“
  • “It’s very difficult trying to read the situation.“
  • “Well, then let’s talk about it. I’m a good listener.“
  • “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!“
  • “It’s sexual and violent. I thought you might like it.“
  • “Try one of these scones, you’re gonna love them.“
  • “God, you’re a sick man. You also may be a genius.“
  • “Rule number 76: no excuses. Play like a champion.“
  • “I’m a little too traumatized to enjoy a scone right now.“
  • “I’m sorry I’m not sorry, okay? I’m not gonna apologize.“
  • “Oh please! You and I both know I’m a phenomenal dancer!“
  • “God darn you! I almost nun-chucked you. You don’t even realize!“
  • “Don’t worry about us. We’re gonna be fine. We’re gonna make it.“
  • “What do you mean, what’s wrong with—? What’s wrong with you?”
  • “Unfortunately my powers only apply to useless consumer products.”
  • “I tried to, I didn’t know how. And I’m sorry you had to find out this way.“
  • “This is the real world, lady! You can’t just go shooting people on a whim!“
  • “No, don’t waste your time on girls with hats. They tend to be very proper.“
  • “It wouldn’t kill ya to play some competitive sports, once in a while, would it?”
  • “You know what? Here is my number. If there is anything I can do to help…?”
  • “If you see any crab cakes, get your hands on some because I love the crab cakes.”
  • “I hope you flip your bike over and knock out your two front teeth, you selfish son-of-a-bitch!“
  • “I’m not perfect, but who are we kidding, neither are you. And you want to know what? I dig it.”
  • “I apologize to you if I don’t seem real eager to jump into a forced, awkward, intimate situation that people like to call ‘dating’.“