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    Gillibrand declares support for third gender option on federal IDs

    Gillibrand declares support for third-gender option on federal IDs

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) backs a third-gender option federal identification documents. (Image courtesy of YouTube) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has come out in favor of a non-binary gender marker on federal identification documents, according to CBS News. The New York Democrat’s support for the third-gender option — a practice adopted in at least two states — Oregon and New Jersey — for birth certificates and driver’s licenses — makes her the first 2020 candidate to take that position. According to CBS News, Gillibrand emphatically said “yes” to recognizing “X” as a third-gender option at the federal…

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    Heather Nauert withdraws name from consideration as next UN ambassador

    Heather Nauert withdraws name from consideration as next UN ambassador

    Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name from consideration to succeed Nikki Haley as the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Photo courtesy of the State Department) The State Department on Saturday announced spokesperson Heather Nauert has withdrawn her name from consideration to become the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” said Nauert in a statement that deputy State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino released. “However, the past two months have been grueling for my…

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    Florida Boy Arrested For Refusing To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance Teacher Said ‘Go Back’ If He Didn’t Like Country

    Florida Boy Arrested For Refusing To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance, Teacher Said ‘Go Back’ If He Didn’t Like Country

    An 11-year-old student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida, was kicked out of class and eventually arrested for being disruptive and disobeying his substitute teacher’s demands to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, reports Bay News 9. The sixth-grader was arrested on February 4 and taken to a juvenile detention center, charged with disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence. The incident reportedly began when a substitute teacher demanded that the student stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, despite the student having a constitutional right not to have to participate in the pledge. The student told the…

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    Lindsey Graham Argues ‘It’s Better’ For Kids To Have A Border Wall Than New Schools

    Lindsey Graham Argues ‘It’s Better’ For Kids To Have A Border Wall Than New Schools

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued on Sunday that it is “better” for children in Kentucky to have a wall constructed on the southern border than it is for them to have new badly needed schools. Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan explained that President Trump’s national emergency declaration would divert $3.6 billion from military funds “including construction of a middle school in Kentucky” to instead fund the construction of his long-promised wall. Graham argued that children of Kentucky need a border wall more urgently than they need new schools. “The president will have to make a decision on where he…

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    Switzerland Closer to Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

    Switzerland Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

    Switzerland has moved one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. The House of Representatives Legal Affairs Committee voted in favor of a draft law legalizing same-sex marriage. A consultation process will be launched on the issue. Currently, same-sex marriage is illegal. However, same-sex couples can be in a “registered partnership,” which gives them many of the rights and obligations married couples have. Registered partnerships have their drawbacks, though, as they are unable to jointly adopt children or have kids through artificial insemination. They also don’t give the foreign partner of a Swiss citizen access to the naturalization…

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    Dos mujeres trans asesinadas en El Salvador

    Transgender woman deported from US murdered in El Salvador

    Camila died at a hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Feb. 3, 2019. Local activists told the Washington Blade she migrated to the U.S. after receiving death threats, but was deported back to El Salvador. (Photo courtesy of Aspidh Arcoiris Trans) Editor’s note: A Spanish version of this story that El Salvador Correspondent Ernesto Valle wrote was published on the Washington Blade’s website on Feb. 16. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — A transgender woman who the U.S. deported back to her native El Salvador died earlier this month after she was attacked outside the country’s capital. Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris…

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    Nearly in Black LGBTQ Youth Forced into Sexual Acts HRC Report Reveals

    Nearly 2 in 10 Black LGBTQ Youth Forced into Sexual Acts, HRC Report Reveals

    According to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 18 percent of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. have been forced to perform unwanted sexual acts. The Black and African American LGBTQ Youth Report, which takes information from the 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth Report, specifically looks at the experiences of black LGBTQ youth and how the intersection of race and sexuality affect areas like family and school, mental health, and more. While a total of 18 percent of LGBTQ youth have been forced into unwanted sexual situations, the number is higher among transgender and gender-expansive youth, with 27 percent…

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    Republican Official Who Called Michelle Obama An ‘Ape In Heels’ Faces Years In Prison For FEMA Fraud

    Republican Official Who Called Michelle Obama An ‘Ape In Heels,’ Faces 30 Years In Prison For FEMA Fraud

    A former West Virginia official who lost her job in 2016 after she referred to then-first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels” now faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting she defrauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of thousands of dollars that were intended to help flood victims, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. According to the newspaper, Pamela Taylor, the former director of the Clay County Development Corp., pleaded guilty earlier this week to stealing more than $18,000 in relief benefits from the agency intended to help those whose homes were damaged by the 2016…

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    Police Believe Jussie Smollett Attack Was ORCHESTRATED

    Police Believe Jussie Smollett Attack Was ORCHESTRATED

    I've been torched on social media for respectfully pointing out inconsistences in Empire star Jussie Smollett's story of allegedly being attacked January 29 in Chicago, unfriended by a trans woman who bizarrely concluded that supporting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford meant we have to believe every alleged victim always, and informed by intellligent people who should know better that if someone says they're a victim, they are — no proof needed. Now comes word that many in gay media have known was coming for some time and dreaded — an avalanche of information (some on the record from police, some from…

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    Tennessee Becomes First Southern State To Enact Hate Crime Protections For Transgender People

    Tennessee Becomes First Southern State To Enact Hate Crime Protections For Transgender People

    Tennessee has become the first state in the South to allow judges to apply hate crime enhancements when sentencing cases that target transgender people, The Tennessean reported Thursday. State Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R) last week issued an opinion stating that transgender identity would be covered under Tennessee’s hate crime law because they were singled out over their gender, the newspaper reported. “A defendant who targets a person for a crime because that person is transgender has targeted the person because of his or her gender within the meaning” of the state’s current enhancements for hate crimes, Slatery wrote. Tennessee…

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