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Labor Department Announces It Will Provide ‘Full Protection’ To Trans Workers Against Discrimination

PhotoOn Monday the Department of Labor announced plans to update its enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance, specifically where the rights of transgender workers are concerned, BuzzFeed reports. Under these updates, transgender individuals will now receive explicit protection from discrimination.

Said Labor Secretary Tom Perez of the department's announcement:

These changes reflect current law. In Macy v. Holder, for example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that discrimination because a person is transgender is sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Civil Rights Center, along with the Employment and Training Administration, will issue guidance to make clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex. While the department has long protected employees from sex-based discrimination, its guidance to workers and employers will explicitly clarify that this includes workers who identify as transgender. The department will continue to examine its programs to identify additional opportunities to extend the law’s full protection against discrimination to transgender workers.


Cards Against Humanity Creator Regrets Transphobic Card

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Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin has apologized for a transphobic card previously included in earlier editions of the popular game. Cards, a game Temkin and his co-creators designed while in college, makes a point of being as politically incorrect as possible, often taking potshots at racial minorities, disabled individuals, and notable public figures

Social-3f4a4c57"We were writing jokes for ourselves and we weren't really thinking about how it would affect other people," Temkin told Fusion in an interview. "But when you have something that starts to be part of pop culture, you can't help but see how it makes people feel and feel some sense of responsibility for that."

Temkin came under fire after Tumblr user horriblewarning, a teenager who identifies as transgender, drew the transphobic card, decided to burn it, and post photos the photos to his blog.

“Somebody played that card, and somebody else was like, ‘That’s not OK.’ I decided I didn’t want it in my deck,” He said.

Tumblr, known for the ways in which content spreads through it virally and its active queer communities, has since seen the initial photoset reblogged well over 50,000 times. horriblewarning, whose first name is Jonah, has since expressed deeper thought over the photos, admitting that his initial reaction was an implicit endorsement of Cards Against Humanity’s other examples of comedic bigotry:

I was only looking at the issues which affected me personally, and I was allowing myself to find everything else funny because I wasn’t the person to whom it’s directed. I truly regret making this post, not because I’ve gotten a bit of shit for it but because I am appalled at myself that I didn’t see what I was doing.

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R. Kelly On Transgender Son: 'No Matter What They Are or Who They Are...You Love Them' - VIDEO

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During an interview with his hometown radio station WGCI, R. Kelly gave a handful of mixed answers when questioned about his son who identifies as transgender.

Jay"You don't really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son," he corrected interviewers sharply. “Always believe what you see with your own eyes, that is. Always believe what you see.” Kelly continued. “Thats the best way to go about this business I’ve heard a lot of things about a lot of people, it was never true.”

R. Kelly’s son Jay came out as transgender via his Instagram profile earlier this month. Since then Jay has taken to his Ask.fm account fielding questions about his personal life, his decision to come out, and the typical issues that occupy the lives of most 14-year olds (he’s a Spongebob fan.)

In contrast with his son’s surprisingly public and transparent coming out, Kelly has been relatively mum on the topic. When pressed further, Kelly asserted that above all else his children were undoubtedly his highest priority.

“No matter what they are or who they are, they still your kids, you love them, you know but you’ve got to support them,” Kelly asserted. “At the end of the day, it’s not about me no more it’s about three lovely, lovely kids that I’m in love with and that’s in love with me.”

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Transgender Priest is First to Preach at National Cathedral: VIDEO

Screenshot 2014-06-23 14.14.26The first openly transgender to preach at D.C.’s National Cathedral spoke from the Canterbury Pulpit this past Sunday in celebration of the Cathedral’s National Pride Month. A lecturer at Harvard University Divinity School and an Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge is one of seven currently open trans clergy members in the Episcopal Church.

“As we behold one another in these days of celebration may we honor the way we sustain each other,” Partridge said to congregants. “I am moved by how our decisions are calling us into deeper awareness of the mystery of the human person.”

As a part of the Cathedral’s efforts to further promote acceptance and openness, Sunday’s service also included prayers and readings from members of the LGBT community. Reverend Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, presided over the service.

“The message that indeed God loves God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children is desperate needed to be heard,” he said after the ceremony. “The most important person to hear the message of inclusion is that person who has been told for years at a time that God abhors them.”

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First Ever Transgender Mr. Gay Philadelphia Crowned

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Last night, Philadelphia made history by crowning its first ever transgender Mr. Gay contestant! Lou Cutler, a 33-year-old from the City of Brotherly Love won the title in a competition held last night at Field House.

Congratulations, Lou!

Thanks to Visit Philly for the photo.


Vigil For Florida Trans Woman Found Burned to Death

0621_NCLO__Shancez,Yaz'min_t607A vigil was held yesterday for 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez, a transgender woman living in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite being burnt and hidden behind a dumpster, Shancez’s death was not initially being investigated as a hate crime according to Fort Myers Police Lt. Jay Rodriguez, but have since ruled the death a homicide.

“If you really think about it, a hate crime is killing someone for a specific reason, being black, Hispanic, gay.” Said Rodriguez. “We’re investigating as we would any other homicide.”

Shancez’s death is yet another example of disproportionately high homicide rates borne by trans women of color.

Shancez’s family has erected a memorial to her at the site where her remains were found, and is currently trying to crowdsource funds to give her the funeral she deserves.


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