California’s Assembly Bill 1121, which makes the state’s name and gender change process the easiest in U.S., went into full effect July 1., reports The Advocate.
In August 2013, Brown signed into law a bill that will provide unprecedented protections for transgender students in California.
Atkins also authored the Respect After Death Act which would ensure death certificates correctly reflect the authentic gender identity of transgender Californians. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate.
Speaking to Equality California last year, Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center said:
“Having identity documents that accurately reflect who you are is vital in so many areas of everyday life — from applying for a job to exercising our rights at the ballot box. Many of us wouldn’t think twice when asked to show our ID, but this is a very serious issue for transgender people.”
Previously, transgendered Californians were required to obtain a court order in order to have their birth certificate reflect their correct name and gender.
However, under the new law applicants are now required to submit a form and a doctor's note directly to the state's Department of Public Health, indicating that they have taken appropriate steps to change their gender.
Additionally, those seeking a legal name change are no longer required to publish notice of intent in a local newspaper, a move which will save trans residents significant amounts of money and allow them to avoid the outing that comes with having a name change published.
Speaking to The Advocate, legal director for the Transgender Law Center Ilona Turner said:
“Today marks another step toward full equality for transgender Californians. These simple administrative changes are going to make a huge difference for transgender people who continue to face unfair and burdensome barriers to being able to live authentically and free from discrimination.”
Ali Muhammed Brown, a radical jihadist charged with killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, may have targeted his victims using Grindr. Brown is also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.
NY Daily News reports that Brown has since been seen in his home state of New Jersey, allegedly committing an armed robbery.
According to Q13Fox.com, 30-year-old Brown met up with Said and Anderson-Young after they left gay bar R Place on the night of May 31.
Police say Brown allegedly shot his victims after driving to Anderson-Young’s house. Brown is thought to have then stolen Said’s car which was later found abandoned in south Seattle.
In the charging documents, police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three shell casings inside Said’s car.
Although a motive for the murders has not been listed, Q13Fox.com reports that Brown underwent jihadist training in April and that Said and Anderson-Young were targeted because their sexual orientation offended Brown’s radical Muslim beliefs.
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that receiving foreign aid in exchange for the fair treatment of his country’s LGBT community is “sinful," according to The Telegraph.
Several countries have cut aid to Uganda in response to the introduction of severe anti-gay laws that include a sentence of life imprisonment.
Last month the U.S. cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions on Ugandans involved in human rights violations, and cancelled a planned military exercise with the Ugandan army.
Speaking at a religious conference in Kampala, Museveni welcomed cuts to foreign aid because they had "aroused" Ugandans and made them realise they needed to "undertake serious work" to build self-reliance.
Museveni continued that to accept aid in return for fair treatment of homosexuals “is a bad omen, you are committing a sin to offer that aid, or to receive it.”
Speaking to The Telegraph, Tamale Mirundi, a spokesman for Museveni, said:
"In his speech [Museveni] made clear that Uganda can be self-reliant, and the aid cuts have woken us up and invigorated us. The president has always opposed aid, from the beginning."
Congrats to Outsports founder Cyd Zeigler and his husband Dan Pinar who were married today in Los Angeles, at a wedding officiated by PR practitioner Howard Bragman.
Writes photographer Jeff Sheng, who shot the photo above, on Facebook: "Congrats Cyd Zeigler and Dan Pinar on an amazing wedding in the hills above Hollywood. You brought everyone to tears. It was a joy to photograph..."
On her Facebook page, Kylie Jack said that a staff member at Petticoat Fair asked her for ID stating she was female. Jack was also told that she had to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in order to have a fitting.
According to its website, "every woman [at Petticoat Fair] is treated with respect and given one-on-one attention and is helped to feel comfortable and confident in properly fitted undergarments."
"There seems to be a misconception that Petticoat Fair has a policy of not working with the transgendered community. That is not the case. In fact, we have served the transgendered community for most of our 50 years in Austin. What we do have is a policy regarding who may or may not enter our fitting rooms.
The dressing room area is a particularly private and vulnerable place for many women and girls, so it's a protected area. For that reason, we also have a completely separate dressing area for women who have undergone mastectomies and need post-surgical care.
Just as a gym won't allow men in a women's dressing room for the comfort and safety of its patrons, we don't allow men or boys above a certain age in our dressing area.
Despite our otherwise inclusive approach, those who might be or who outwardly appear to be men (regardless of how they are dressed) pose a delicate challenge, and in the case of imposters, can pose a safety risk to the Petticoat Fair staff.
We respect our customers at Petticoat Fair. All of them. I hope that with this explanation, you have some helpful insight to who we are, how we do business, and that we are open to a productive dialogue."
In a response to Kirk’s apology, Jack replied:
"Kirk is sincere in his efforts to do better, but only time and actual action will tell. I'll consider the issue resolved when a formal public apology is issued to the Austin trans community along with the steps they're taking to update their policies to be trans-friendly and trans-inclusive."
Enjoy some unnecessarily censored patriotism from the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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