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More on the 12 year old transgender girl from Oklahoma

Frontier Airlines suspends pilot who threatened a trans kid

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Frontier Airlines has suspended a pilot who is believed to have made violent comments on Facebook about a 12-year-old transgender girl.

Two weeks ago, a girl in the small town of Achille, Oklahoma, became the subject of a conversation on Facebook because she used the girls’ bathroom at her new middle school.

Some of the parents of other students and adults from neighboring areas made threatening comments about her, like “If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.”

Frontier Airlines suspended a pilot in connection with these comments. While Frontier has declined to name the pilot while it investigates the situation, a spokesperson told the AP that the pilot was suspended last Monday.

The spokesperson said, “Frontier Airlines prides itself on setting an example as a respectful workplace and we do not condone discrimination.”

“We have long-established standards of conduct, to which all employees must agree to adhere, that among other things require people to act in a professional manner and to treat each other with genuine respect and kindness,” the spokesperson added.

Achille schools were closed for two days last week after the Facebook conversation came to light. The comments were transphobic and either expressed shock that there is a transgender student at the school or a desire for her to leave.

A few of them turned to violence. One commenter suggested encouraging other kids to beat her up.

“Just tell the kids to kick ass in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!” the commenter wrote, referring to the trans girl as “it.”

After the schools were re-opened on Wednesday, a protest was held in support of the girl, who has only been identified as “Maddie” in the media.

Maddie’s mother has sought a protective order against one of the parents.

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Good on Frontier Airlines!

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I'm grateful to see SOMEONE taking responsibility for what is going on....

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Trump has declared war on LGBT rights

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16 states want the Supreme Court to okay anti-trans workplace discrimination
John Gallagher

In a move that puts them in league with former Alabama Judge Roy Moore and a leading anti-marriage religious right group, sixteen states have asked the Supreme Court to reaffirm the right of employers to fire you if you are transgender.

At issue is the case of a Michigan funeral home chain that fired one of its funeral home directors after she told them she was transitioning. The employee, Aimee Stephens, sued R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes on the grounds that her dismissal was sex discrimination under federal Title VII law, which prohibits gender discrimination. (There is no employment protection in Michigan for LGBTQ people.)

At the time she filed her suit, Stephens had the full force of the Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) behind her. Still, the first judge in the case ruled that the funeral home’s religious liberty rights superceded Stephens’. However, earlier this year, a federal district court reconsidered the case and ruled in Stephens’ favor.

Which flipped out the religious right. Hence, the push to get the Supreme Court to consider the case so that the justices (with an assist from nominee Brett Kavanaugh) can enshrine discrimination.

The states, who are joined in the friend-of-the-court brief by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, argue that the Title VII law doesn’t apply because at the time it was drafted in 1964 “sex” “referred to physiological distinctions between females and males, particularly with respect to their reproductive functions.”

In essence, the law is frozen in time and without explict updates to include gender identity, it can’t be interpreted to protect transgender employees.

It’s no surprise that the states in the lawsuit are all Republican-controlled. It’s also no surprise that the states are joining some of the most viciously anti-LGBTQ legal groups in their quest to enable discrimination legally.

Among the others filing briefs in the case is the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That doesn’t mean ADF isn’t effective.

It represented the Colorado baker in the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling. In that case, the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in favor of the baker’s religious liberty rights, largely because retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy limited the scope of the ruling.

And then there’s the Foundation for Moral Law, which is the legal group founded by twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore. Moore, still smarting from the loss of his Senate race last year amid accusations of pedophilia, has relied upon the Foundation for a regular salary and the promotion of his political career.

The Foundation says the case is about “crossdressing” and warns of terrible consequences that will follow if Stephens’ victory isn’t overturned. “If the Sixth Circuit’s decision is allowed to stand, then employers will probably make everyone in their workplace respect the pronoun and bathroom preferences of the transgender employees,” Matt Clark, an attorney for the Foundation, says in a press release.

Yes, the horror of employees being respected.

It’s an open question whether the Supreme Court will take up the case. The Court only picks a handful of cases, with clear constitutional issues. On the other hand, it only requires four justices to grant a review of a lower-court decision, and the current (and soon to be future) disposition of the Court may tilt in favor of that review.

The Trump administration is in the odd situation of having different parts of the government taking different positions. The Justice Department is clearly on the side of the states and religious right groups filing the brief. By contrast, the EEOC brought the lawsuit on Stephens’ behalf.

The administration has been granted an extension for its response to the request for the Supreme Court to consider the case. It has until late September to come back with its response.

Under Jeff Sessions’ leadership, no doubt it will look an awful lot like the brief that the states just filed.

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School Board signals plans to appeal transgender restroom ruling
Drew Adams, 17, successfully sued district for right to use boys' restroom
Colette DuChanois

The St. Johns County School Board plans to appeal a federal ruling giving a transgender student the right to choose which bathroom he uses.

The notice of appeal was filed Thursday in federal court.

The case centered around 17-year-old transgender student Drew Adams, who sued after he was denied access to the boys' restroom.

Drew Adams, a student at Nease High School, was told by the St. Johns County School District that he could use a gender-neutral bathroom on campus but could not use the boys' restroom, despite identifying as a male since 2015.

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Corrigan ruled Adams should be allowed to use the boys' bathroom.

Corrigan wrote in his decision:

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"[T]he evidence is that Drew Adams poses no threat to the privacy or safety of any of his fellow students. Rather, Drew Adams is just like every other student at Nease High School, a teenager coming of age in a complicated, uncertain and changing world. When it comes to his use of the bathroom, the law requires that he be treated like any other boy."



Attorneys argued the district's policy to exclude transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act. The court ruled in Adams' favor on both counts.

While the lawsuit only involved Adams, St. Johns County school officials are aware of 16 other transgender students. Adams previously said he hopes the ruling helps them too.

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Pope Francis: Don’t reject gay children, take them to a psychiatrist
Nick Duffy

Pope Francis has said that families shouldn’t shun their children for being gay, but should seek psychiatric help instead.

The head of the Catholic Church made the comments while travelling back from a visit to Ireland, where LGBT+ rights had been a key dividing issue.

The country’s leader Leo Varadkar called for acceptance of LGBT+ families during the visit, following reports that the World Meeting of Families attended by the Pope had blocked participation from Catholic LGBT+ groups and censored depictions of same-sex parents in events literature.

Speaking to journalists on the plane back to Rome, the Pope was asked what he would tell a father whose son comes out as gay.

“I would say first of all to pray— then, to not condemn, to talk, to understand, to make space for the son or daughter,” he responded, quoted in Italian newspaper La Stampa.

“Then, it depends on the age in which this disquiet: it is one thing if it’s manifested in children, there are many things one can do with a psychiatrist.

“It is another if it’s manifested in your 20s. But I would never say silence is a remedy.

“To ignore a son or daughter with homosexual tendencies [shows] a lack of fatherhood or motherhood.

“I am your father, I am your mother, let’s talk, I will not throw you out of the family.”

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Vatican erases pope's remarks about psychiatric help for gay children
The pope had said ‘there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry’ if parents think their child is homosexual


The Vatican has rolled back on a recommendation by Pope Francis that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies.

The pope made the comments to journalists as he was flying back to Rome from Ireland, but the Vatican later removed his phrase from its official account, saying he had not meant to suggest that homosexuality was a mental illness.

The pope was asked by a journalist what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children.

"When it shows itself from childhood, there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry, to see how things are. It is something else if it shows itself after 20 years," he said.

He added that ignoring a child who showed homosexual tendencies was an "error of fatherhood or motherhood".

However, when the Vatican later published the pope’s answer, the reference to psychiatry had been removed.

When asked why, a Vatican spokeswoman told AFP it had been done in order to not "change the thoughts of the Holy Father".

"When the pope referred to ‘psychiatry’, it is clear that he was doing it to highlight an example of ‘things that can be done’. But with that word he didn’t mean to say that it (homosexuality) was a ‘mental illness’," she said.

The pope’s trip to Ireland was fraught with controversy amid accusations that he ignored sexual abuse allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

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Vatican says Pope didn’t mean to call homosexuality a mental illness
Josh Jackman

The Vatican has corrected Pope Francis’s comments in which he said parents should take gay children to a psychiatrist.

The head of the Catholic Church made the comments while on the plane back from his fractious visit to Ireland.

While speaking to journalists, he was asked what he would say to a father whose son came out as gay.

He responded: “I would say first of all to pray – then, to not condemn, to talk, to understand, to make space for the son or daughter.

“Then, it depends on the age… it is one thing if it’s manifested in children, there are many things one can do with a psychiatrist.”

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Maybe one of the values of being born left-handed in the early 1940s is that I understand, to a small degree, the discrimination that comes from being different from the norm, through no fault of one's own. I'm just wired different from the majority. I didn't choose it, although by now I think it's kind of special to be left-handed.

But society didn't think it was special in a good way. Some -- not all -- schools had just gotten over making lefties switch to become righties. My uncle was forced to switch. My mother was ready to go advocate for me at my school district, but it wasn't necessary. My third grade teacher, though, whom I adored, slapped me down with "Pah! You're nothing but a left-handed finger-writer!" Oh, the shame of it!

I still can't crochet; no patterns are written for lefties. Some kitchen gizmos, such as scrapers, are set up to be used with the right hand and can't really be used with the left. And now that this design is everywhere, I can't find the old, hand-neutral, ones anywhere.

So I understand different wiring. And most people can now understand different wiring when it comes to handedness.

So why can't most people understand it with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity? It's different. It's not wrong.

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I wonder what the evolutionary explanation is for ostracizing minorities who are different from the majority, or trying to force them to be like the majority. How do y'all threaten us?
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Interesting question, Belle. I don't have any idea what the answer might be.

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Robbie - one of my friends is left handed and knots and crochets, and very well too. I know there are YouTube videos that teach knitting for lefties. I’m sure there are some that teach crochet.

Also, Fiskars and Gingher (the best brand for sewing and craft scissors IMO) make left handed scissors.

The only thing I’ve never seen in a left handed version is a sewing machine.
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As I said above, I've been using right-handed scissors for 70+ years. It's too late to learn to use left-handed scissors.

I also knit right-handed. I don't need to learn to knit left-handed.

Does your left-handed friend crochet left-handed? If so, where does she get patterns?

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I was born lefthanded. And i guess i was born just as there was a change taking place in the manner in which educators treated lefties. And i was fortunare to be surrounded by family, teachers and others who simply accepted me for who i was. And most importantly i just learned to adapt when necessary. As an example when i was young boy and my father and my maternal uncles first taught me to play golf the only clubs i had was a set of second hand right handed clubs. And to this day i play righthanded. It is interesting how so many institutions in our llife are either overtly or covertly right hand friendly . Think about the typical student desk. Or the way in which the drivers controls are laid out in an automobile. Particularly one with a standard transmission. And most particularly a standard with a floor mounted gear shift. Or as crazy and insignificant as it may be, the manner in whisch place settings are laid out and placed on a table. No, i have just learned to adapt either finding ways to do things lefthanded or all else failing learn to do so things righthanded. Like my golf game. I believe that my ability to adapt to being lefthanded in a righthanded world is one of the things that helped me adapt to losing my left eye at age 26. Today the only activity that is limited as a result to the loss of that eye is my lack of ability to parallel park. The lack of peripheral vision and dpth perception just does me in.

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I am right-handed, but do some things with my left. My left hand has a stronger grip which means that I use it to open jars and stuff. I switch-hit playing baseball.
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Do people understand that this is a thread about sexual orientation and gender identity, and I just used my left-handedness as a metaphor?

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Do people understand that this is a thread about sexual orientation and gender identity, and I just used my left-handedness as a metaphor?



I fail to see how someone feeling that they have to live as a male or female causes any problems to anyone else. I know some gay men, some of whom are married. One of them is my SIL's brother, who is very intelligent and one of the nicest persons you'd ever want to meet. He's considered family by my side.
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I don't understand how some people feel threatened, either.

Human beings don't seem to tolerate difference very well.

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Do people understand that this is a thread about sexual orientation and gender identity, and I just used my left-handedness as a metaphor?



It was obvious to me, Robbie. But I've seen you compare your left-handedness to other "inborn traits" before...
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This one breaks my heart

A woman who shared her story with The Denver Post about undergoing conversion therapy through the Catholic Church was found dead Monday afternoon near Gross Reservoir, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Colorado has a law against "conversion therapy," which was signed by our new Governor Jared Polis, who happens to be gay.

This should NEVER happen.
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Aw, Susie.... You're right. This should NEVER happen. The website refuses to let me see the whole article without turning my ad blocker off or paying a fee.... Do the police suspect homicide or suicide?

One of my family members came out last Christmas.... Another came out a few weeks ago.... So it hits home.

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