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« on: October 22, 2018, 06:48:32 pm »

Check out this 30 second television ad presenting the Fall 2018 fashions for The Real Real.

Physiology affects mind and behavior.

I've seen quite a few televsion ads featuring transgenders.

Would you recognize a transgender if you saw one in a television ad?
 


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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 04:50:26 am »

Physiology affects mind and behavior.

I've seen quite a few television ads featuring transgenders.

Can you spot the transgender in this 1 minute television ad  for JUVÉDERM® XC?


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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 09:43:28 am »

Physiology affects mind and behavior.

Check out this video clip of a pro boxer training before a bout that clocks just below 30 seconds.



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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 08:12:03 pm »

Physiology affects mind & behavior

Check out this 15 second television ad for SMIRNOFF.

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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 01:45:43 pm »

Check out this 0:57 second clip from the 2018 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, as Angela Ponce represents Miss Spain.

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2019, 12:31:01 pm »

Check out this 0:37 second new television ad for Gillette.


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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2019, 06:02:24 pm »
Physiology affects mind & behavior.


Check out this Tweet from Leyna Bloom, the first openly trans woman to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2018.

In 2019, Leyna Bloom will be the first trans woman of color to premiere a film at Cannes, and will become the face of a major lingerie brand, Playful Promises: Dani St. James.

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2020, 08:43:20 am »
Monday, 15th June 2o2o
U.S. Supreme Court endorses gay & transgender worker protections
by Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung






(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights, ruling that a landmark federal law forbidding workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.


The 6-3 ruling represented the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.


In the new ruling, the justices decided that gay and transgender people are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, color, national origin and religion.


Workplace bias against gay and transgender employees has remained legal in much of the country, with 28 U.S. states lacking comprehensive measures against employment discrimination.

The rulings - in two gay rights cases from Georgia and New York and a transgender rights case from Michigan - recognize new worker protections in federal law.

The ruling was authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by the person pretending to be an American president in 2017.

Chief Justice John Roberts, another conservative, along with the court’s four liberal justices, joined Gorsuch’s opinion.


       

conservative Justices samuel alito, clarence thomas and brett kavanaugh dissented from the ruling.


The legal fight focused on the definition of “sex” in Title VII.


The plaintiffs, along with civil rights groups and many large companies, had argued that discriminating against gay and transgender workers was inherently based on their sex and consequently was illegal.


trunk and employers accused of discrimination in the cases argued that Congress did not intend for Title VII to protect gay and transgender people when it passed the law.


“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Gorsuch wrote in the ruling.

“Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”


The court ruled in two consolidated cases about gay people who have said they were fired due to their sexual orientation.

One involved a former county child welfare services coordinator from Georgia named Gerald Bostock.


The other involved a New York skydiving instructor named Donald Zarda who died after the litigation began, with the matter then pursued by his estate.

The court also ruled in a case that involved a transgender funeral director named Aimee Stephens fired by a Detroit funeral home after revealing plans to transition from male to female.


Stephens died in May.


Stephens’ wife Donna is now representing the estate.


The Justice Department reversed the government’s position taken under real former President Barack Obama that Title VII covered sexual orientation and gender identity.


Strongly supported by evangelical Christian voters, trunk has taken actions that have undermined gay and transgender rights since taking office in 2017.


trunk last week issued a rule that would lift anti-discrimination protections for transgender people in healthcare.

His administration also has backed the right of certain businesses to refuse to serve gay people on the basis of religious objections to gay marriage, banned most transgender service members from the military and rescinded protections on bathroom access for transgender students in public schools.










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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2020, 05:03:41 am »
Wednesday, 21st October 2o2o
Black Trans Lives Matter
by ABC News






Joslyn Allen, Jaslene Busanet and Eden Estrada weren't fearing for their safety after a night out on Hollywood Boulevard in mid-August.

The three friends, all popular influencers on Instagram, were exiting a store in the early hours of August 17th when cellphone video caught a violent, unprovoked attack against them.

Just moments before the attack, the suspect had offered to buy them something.

But once inside the store, he refused to pay.

He ran out of the store and came back with a tire iron, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Onlookers recorded as Allen, Busanet and Estrada, all of whom are transgender women of color, were violently robbed while the man hurled insults and slurs at them.

"I knew this kind of stuff happens all the time to girls like me," Busanet told ABC News.

"But I just never thought it could be me. ... I'm no different than any other girl that's trans. I'm a target like everybody else is."

Busanet was trying to catch her breath when someone ran up behind and struck her in the head with a long piece of metal, knocking her to the ground.

The attacker then made derogatory remarks about her, according to police.

"I thought I was gonna die," said Busanet.

"I was just holding myself in the fetal position and I just thought this is it. I'm gonna be done after this."

As the attack ensued, a crowd of onlookers stood by, recording and some even laughing at the brutal assaults.

Many of them were shouting their own transphobic slurs at the women.

"Hit her again!" yelled one of the bystanders as the women were being assaulted.

"You wanna talk about black lives matter, but a black girl is sitting on the floor," said Allen, as she tried to render aid for Busanet, who was crying on the ground after being struck in the head.

Another onlooker responded callously, "Where's the blood?"

Los Angeles police have arrested one of the men suspected in the beating on Hollywood Boulevard, and accused him of a hate crime.
Police say they are still searching for another suspect.

"What was particularly callous about these crimes was the actions of the onlookers who recorded and appeared to celebrate the assaults rather than render aid and assist the victims," said Chief Justin Eisenberg of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The assault came amid the most violent year on record against transgender people.

ABC News has independently confirmed 33 violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people in 2020, most recently the death of Sara Blackwood in Indianapolis on National Coming Out Day.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, this is the deadliest year for transgender people on record since they began tracking deaths in 2013.

The previous high, 29, was set in 2017, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign.

The term "at least" is often used in tracking deaths deaths in the transgender and gender non-conforming community, because many of these violent incidents are either unreported or misreported.

Activist Milan Nicole Sherry added that many deaths go unreported because victims are misgendered in the media.

Police reports and media often refer to victims by their "dead name," or their birth name, rather than their current name, making it more difficult to track their deaths.

Activists across the country have marched in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in late May, sparking conversations about racial justice and equality.

Simultaneously, there is a growing call for more inclusion of Black members in the LGBTQ community.

Black and Latino members of the transgender community account for almost all of the deaths on record in 2020.

Brooklyn DeShauna Smith, a young Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Shreveport, Louisiana, on October 7th.

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, and Layla Pelaez Sánchez, 21, were two transgender women killed in Puerto Rico.

Their remains were discovered in a burning car, according to reports from the Human Rights Campaign.

To date, six transgender women have been violently killed in Puerto Rico.

The increased violence has led to growing concerns about the safety of transgender people in the U.S.

"When one of us is killed, that impacts our community much more distant," said Tori Cooper, director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign.

"And then when there's 20 and 25 and 30 of us, how much 30 lives lost in one year really impacts the larger community."

"And if we're hitting record numbers of trans deaths while we're in quarantine, what does that say about the ridiculousness of this heightened sense of violence that we're having," Cooper added.

Black transgender Americans have been fighting this abuse for years, dating back as early as the 1960s when Marsha P. Johnson threw the first brick of protest at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, sparking the beginning of the gay rights movement.

More recently, the hashtag Black Trans Lives Matter has called attention to the epidemic of violence in the transgender community.
Sherry, a transgender woman and activist from New Orleans, founded the movement and created a new space for activism that's growing worldwide.

"There's no way that Black lives will ever matter when y'all are not inclusive to Black trans lives," Sherry said in an interview with ABC News Live.

"It's very hypocritical to say 'Black Lives Matter,' and then it's crickets when Black trans women are experiencing the same violence."


ABC News reached out to representatives of Black Lives Matter, but have not received a response.

"We have to prioritize through a lens of equity and justice," said Cooper.

"We have to prioritize the lives of Black trans people and particularly Black trans women ... saying it reinforces that our lives do indeed matter."





















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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2021, 07:19:48 am »
Friday, 5th February Two Thousand and Twenty One
Former WWE superstar Gabbi Tuft comes out as transgender
by Maria Morava and Scottie Andrew








Gabbi Tuft is ready to show the world who she is.

Tuft, a former WWE wrestling star, announced she is transgender this week.

"This is me," she wrote in an Instagram post coming out as transgender.

"Unashamed, unabashedly me."

The former wrestler was active in the WWE from 2009-2012 under the ring name "Tyler Reks."

In 2012, she left WWE fame to spend more time with her wife, Priscilla, and their daughter.

But her post-wrestling life wasn't always smooth sailing.

"The previous eight months have been some of the darkest of my entire life," Tuft wrote on Instagram.

"The emotional turmoil of being transgender and having to face the world has almost ended me on multiple occasions."

"However," she said, "the day I stopped caring about what other people thought, was the day I truly became limitless and allowed my authentic self to come into the light."

Before retiring in 2014, the former WWE superstar was intimidating opponents in TV events like "Raw," "SmackDown" and "Wrestlemania."

Her signature move? The "Burning Hammer."

Videos abound on the Internet of Tuft wrapping her opponents' bodies around her neck, taking a beat and slamming them stomach-down into the canvas.

But the days of the "burning hammer" are gone -- and since then, Tuft has taken up work as a body builder, fitness instructor, motivational speaker and motorcycle racer.

Now, she shared in a news release, she is ready to live her truth as a "fun-loving and fabulous female."

"She has been finally set free and ready to rule her world," the release said.

Tuft knows her fans have questions -- and in her Instagram post, she said she intends to answer them.

But she's also making time to receive the outpouring of support from fans.

"This is probably the most exciting day of my life, next to the birth of my child and my wedding day," she said in an Instagram story.

"I am blown away," she said.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone that held support for me before the world knew ... thank you for everyone, with the flood of positive messages coming in. I love you all so much."

Tuft said she plans to go through fans messages soon.

"I have a lot on my plate, though," she said.

Tuft and her wife said in the news release that they also want to help others in the LGBTQ community struggling with their transgender identities.

























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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2021, 01:33:22 pm »
Thursday, 11th March 2021
Sexual orientation removed from South Carolina hate crime bill
by Jeffrey Collins of Associated Press





(COLUMBIA, South Carolina) — A hate crimes bill in South Carolina no longer protects gay or transgender people after a Republican leader said including them would likely lead members of his party to withdraw their support.

A House subcommittee on Thursday passed an amendment removing sexual orientation, creed, gender, age and ancestry from the bill.

The measure now includes just six protected groups, all of which have long been included in federal law:

race, color, religion, sex, national origin and physical or mental disability.

Supporters of the bill as originally written questioned the worth of a hate crimes law that doesn’t include gay and transgender people, who they say are among those most in need of protection.

“The mere fact in 2021 there is any disagreement on whether gays should be included in a hate crime bill is indicative of why we need the bill,” said Democratic Representative Justin Bamberg from the city of Bamberg.

Backers of the bill also bemoaned the fact that it has taken the state so long to pass any hate crime measure.

It has been nearly six years since a self-declared white supremacist gunned down nine Black parishioners at Emanuel AME church in Charleston.

South Carolina is one of only three states — along with Arkansas and Wyoming — without a hate crimes law and the state’s powerful business community has said the lack of protection could stop expansions and new companies.

The decision stunned LGBT groups, which had been encouraged by the bill’s progress.

“The FBI has stated that hate crimes against LGBTQ people are on the rise and if we can’t count on our representatives to pass a hate crime bill that actually includes one of the communities most impacted by hate-motivated crimes, then what’s the point of this bill?” said Chase Glenn, the executive director of the South Carolina Alliance For Full Acceptance.

House Judiciary Chairman Chris Murphy said protections for gay and transgender people could be restored as the legislation heads through the rest of the House or the Senate.

Murphy and Republican subcommittee Chairman Weston Newton said they understand the reasons for including sexual orientation in the bill.

But they said they needed to get as much Republican support as they could quickly.

It is quite difficult to pass any bill that doesn’t have wide support unless it has passed in at least one chamber by April 8th.

“The goal is to get a bill we’re going to be able to pass,” said Murphy, a Republican from Summerville.

Newton said the amended hate crimes bill may provide more protection than it appears after justices in a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling from Georgia determined discrimination because of sex includes sexual orientation or gender identity.

But bill sponsor Beth Bernstein said that decision was not clear cut and may require the South Carolina Supreme Court to agree to the broader definition.

“This is just disappointing,” said the Columbia Democrat, who has worked for months to carefully craft the bill, including by holding public hearings last summer that tried to be as inclusive as possible.

Republicans gained two House and three state Senate seats in in 2020 elections, and the rightward shift has been impossible to miss in this legislative session.

A law that would likely ban almost all abortions was passed after years of attempts, but is held up in court.

A bill banning transgender students from playing sports on girls teams in middle and high schools is getting hearings.

And the House is likely to take up a proposal to allow people to openly carry guns.

Conservatives worried the hate crimes bill might be used against religious groups who oppose homosexuality or abortion.

Supporters agreed Thursday to remove civil penalties and include a clause that the hate crime penalty couldn’t exceed the penalty for the original crime.

The bill would add up to five years in prison for someone convicted of a murder, assault or other violent crime fueled by hate, three years for stalking or harassment and an extra year behind bars for vandalism.






















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Sunday, 21st march Twenty One
Leyna Bloom is the 1st Black and Asian Transgender Woman to be featured in Sports Illustrated
by Tonja Renee Stidhum





Like the flourishing flower she is, model, actress and activist Leyna Bloom has made Sports Illustrated history!

Bloom is the first Black and Asian transgender woman to be featured in the magazine’s upcoming annual swimsuit issue, which was first published in 1964.

“This is what it looks like to be in full bloom,” Bloom, a Chicago native, posted on Instagram, following the news.

“Thank you @si_swimsuit for allowing me to showcase my heavenly form. My spirit has reached new levels. This moment is bigger than my wildest infinite dreams. In this moment, I am a representation of all the communities I grew from, and all the communities I’m planting seeds in.”

Leyna Bloom first gained recognition in the ballroom community and is now single-handedly changing the world of modeling.

In 2017, she made headlines for being one of the few openly transgender models to walk the runway during New York Fashion Week and was the first transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue India.

Just two years later she was the only transgender model to walk the runway at Paris Fashion Week for Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya’s Fall/Winter collection.

“[Leyna’s] story represents one grounded in resilience and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help her tell it,” a spokesperson for Sports Illustrated wrote in a statement to CNN.

“Her presence as the first trans woman of color to be in our issue is a result of her lifetime dedication to forging her own path that has led to acceptance, love and change.

She represents every person’s right to love themselves and be who they want to be.”

More info on this historic moment, via CNN:

Bloom, who is Black and Filipina, is only the second transgender woman to ever be featured in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.


Last year, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio became the first.
 
Bloom told CNN Style that being in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue “is an incredible feeling and achievement,” but added “that there’s still so much work to be done for more representation.”

Word.

Bloom is absolutely used to making history as she also recently starred in Port Authority, which was the first film starring an openly trans woman of color to be selected by the Cannes Film Festival (2019).

The film marked Bloom’s big-screen acting debut, which seems to be just the beginning for the actress who is all about visibility.

“We need to constantly remind ourselves to protect those people in our society that are destined, that are different, that are beautiful uniquely themselves to go out and do what they’re destined to do which is to challenge society to make it better for everyone else,” Bloom said.

























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Sunday, 21st March Twenty One
Pride in London’s top Black member resigns over racism concerns
by Nadine White





The most senior Black team member at Pride in London has resigned over concerns about racism within the organisation, The Independent can reveal.

Rhammel Afflick has quit as director of communications after seven years with the group, which organises the Pride march, attended by roughly 1.5 million people in the centre of the capital each year.

The 26-year-old has alleged that the LGBT+ group had turned a blind eye to bigotry, while Black volunteers have been ostracised.

Pride in London has now apologised, and admitted we “know we must do better to serve the communities we represent.”

Mr Afflick and other staffers have alleged that Pride in London has failed to tackle racism and prioritise diversity in its ranks.

In the space of three months, five senior volunteers have left, citing these concerns, The Independent understands.

Mr Afflick said:

“Within the leadership, there is an unfortunate reluctance to accept that the liberation of LGBT+ people must be coupled with the fight against sexism, ableism, racism and other forms of unacceptable discrimination."

“This reluctance has been evident through a series of decisions taken by Pride in London’s leadership. These decisions are detrimental to all our communities but in particular to Black LGBT+ people."

“I’ve also personally witnessed the leadership’s insistence on ignoring Black voices in our communities and amongst our own volunteers when they speak up and speak out. I cannot and will not condone Pride in London’s insistence on finding reasons to look the other way.”

Over the past few years, Pride in London has made decisions which have caused grave concern among marginalised communities and progressively alienated them, Mr Afflick said.

These included allowing organisations such as the Home Office and UKIP to march and have visibility at events despite their strained relationships with Londoners from ethnic minorities.

The organisation recently came under fire for rejecting calls to ban the Metropolitan Police from taking part in its parade, a move described by Mr Afflick as “hurtful”.

“It’s an unavoidable truth that allowing any organisation to take part in the parade provides an endorsement. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and George Floyd’s death, I found it hurtful and infuriating that Pride was prepared to publicly commit to anti-racism but to date is unable to evidence any meaningful action,” he said.

Last year, Pride in London pledged solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and made a commitment towards anti-racism.

Moreover, prominent groups such as Stonewall and Black Pride, which are by-and-large trusted by LGBT+ people of colour, have previously criticised Pride in London’s events and campaigns for a lack of diversity.

Mr Afflick said:

“Pride in London is not deemed a safe space by most prominent Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT+ activists. This is as a result of deep-rooted racism in the LGBT+ community which often surfaces in mainstream LGBT+ spaces.

“Many Black volunteers have spoken out against Pride’s lack of diversity. Many Black volunteers have also left, unable or unwilling to keep fighting within an organisation where they didn’t feel their voices were valued, respected or heard. It cannot be right that Black voices continue to experience indifference to their plight and, more often than not, a hostile environment.”

Concerns around lack of inclusivity within the LGBT+ community has led to the emergence of diverse organisations such as UK Black Pride.

Co-established by Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah in 2005, it has grown to become Europe’s biggest celebration for LGBT+ people of colour, with thousands attending parades each year.

Diverse recruitment at Pride in London is an ongoing issue too.

At the beginning of the year, senior volunteers resigned, saying marginalised voices were being sidelined within the organisation.

One staffer added that the notion of Pride in London as an “elitist establishment that did not care for anyone that wasn’t white” was accurate.

Pride in London has not sought the views of ethnic minority LGBT+ volunteers in a “meaningful” way when setting out its strategy or when making significant decisions about the direction of the organisation, The Independent has been told.

In addition to the exodus of top-ranking staffers since the beginning of 2021, questions have also been raised about Pride in London’s recruitment process with allegations of cronyism levied at board members by ex-team members.

Another former volunteer told The Independent:

“I know that a number of teams were not going through the official recruitment process in favour of just hiring people directly – all of the recruits were white men. It’s no secret that there are problems within Pride in London where race is concerned. This is not new.”

They added:

“There’s a lack of faith in pride at this point. Having witnessed this pattern of behaviour for some time, I can tell you that this doesn’t inspire much confidence."

“If you’d said to me years ago that I’d resign from my role at Pride in London, I wouldn’t have believed it. But I don’t feel that I could’ve remained true to my own morals, values and beliefs in what’s best for our communities by staying involved in an organisation that thinks it can turn a blind eye to diversity.”

The volunteer accused Pride in London of a “complete lack of thought” and claimed there was “total ignorance towards how it should be prioritising underrepresented voices and communities while making sure that visibility and inclusivity is there”.

“Follow the trail of ex-volunteers who have left Pride in London,” another staffer told The Independent.

“That’ll tell you a lot.”

















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Wednesday, 24th March Twenty One
US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post
by DAVID CRARY





Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s Assistant Secretary of Health.

She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation.

The final vote was 52-48.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Senator Susan Collins of Maine joined all Democrats in supporting Levine.

Levine had been serving as Pennsylvania’s top health official since 2017, and emerged as the public face of the state’s response to COVID-19.

She is expected to oversee Health and Human Services offices and programs across the U.S.

President Joe Biden cited Levine’s experience when he nominated her in January.

Levine “will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability,” Biden said.

Transgender-rights activists have hailed Levine’s appointment as a historic breakthrough.

Few trans people have ever held high-level offices at the federal or state level.

However, the confirmation vote came at a challenging moment for the transgender-rights movement as legislatures across the U.S. — primarily those under republican control — are considering an unprecedented wave of bills targeting trans young people.

One type of bill, introduced in at least 25 states, seeks to ban trans girls and young women from participating in female scholastic sports.

One such measure already has been signed into law by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, and similar measures have been sent to the governors in Tennessee, Arkansas and South Dakota.

Another variety of bill, introduced in at least 17 states, seeks to outlaw or restrict certain types of medical care for transgender youths.

None of these measures has yet won final approval.

Issues related to transgender rights also are a major factor in Republican opposition to the proposed Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people across the U.S.

The measure has passed the Democratic-led House but likely needs some GOP votes to prevail in the Senate.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, president of the LGBTQ Victory Institute, alluded to those developments as she welcomed the Senate's vote on Levine.

“At a time when hateful politicians are weaponizing trans lives for their own perceived political gain, Dr. Levine’s confirmation lends focus to the contributions trans people make to our nation,” said Parker, whose organization recruits and supports LGBTQ political candidates.

Senator Rand Paul, republican f/Kentucky, who voted no, had confronted Levine about medical treatments for transgender young people — include hormone treatment and puberty blockers — during her confirmation hearing Feb. 25.

“Do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?” Paul asked.

Levine replied that transgender medicine “is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care” and said she would welcome discussing the issues with him.

In the past, Levine has asserted that hormone therapy and puberty-blocking drugs can be valuable medical tools in sparing some transgender youth from mental distress and possible suicide risk.

The confirmation vote was assailed by the conservative Family Research Council, which contended that Levine, in addition to her stance on transgender medical care, had supported “a variety of pro-abortion and anti-religious freedom proposals” while serving as Pennsylvania's health secretary.

“Levine may be the most extreme radical ever confirmed by the Senate," said Travis Weber, the council's vice president for policy and government affairs.

A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed as Pennsylvania’s health secretary by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in 2017.

She won confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate.

However, Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, voted against Levine’s confirmation Wednesday.

“In Pennsylvania, the pandemic struck seniors in nursing homes disproportionately hard compared to other states,” Toomey said.

“This was due in part to poor decisions and oversight by Dr. Levine and the Wolf administration.”

He also said an extended lockdown advocated by Levine “was excessive, arbitrary in nature, and has led to a slower recovery.”

A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

She’s written in the past on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine.

Praise for her accomplishments and her handling of the pandemic have coincided with a steady stream of vitriol directed at at her on social media.

As reported Tuesday by the Associated Press, Levine was among the targets of a private fakebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom whose participants included many current and retired police officers.

Dozens of group members fueled days of transphobic posts about Levine for her role in statewide social-distancing mandates to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Someone needs to shoot this thing!!” one retired officer wrote.

In January, a Pennsylvania legislator shared on fakebook an image mocking Levine’s appearance, then offered a general apology.

State Representative Jeff Pyle, a Republican, said on fakebook that he “had no idea” the post mocking Levine “would be … received as poorly as it was” but that “tens of thousands of heated emails assured me it was.”


























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Sunday, 28th March Twenty One
Court rules: Ohio Christian college professor who rejected transgender student's pronouns can sue university
by Lucas Mandfredi






A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that an Ohio college professor can try to prove his First Amendment rights were violated and sue the school for damages after he was reprimanded in 2016 for refusing to address a transgender student by her preferred pronouns.

According to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, argued a new rule by the university requiring faculty to refer to students by their preferred pronouns did not reflect "biological reality" and contradicted his devout Christian beliefs.


A student in Meriwether's class, referred to as 'Doe', complained to university officials that Meriweather's repeated refusal to use the student's feminine pronouns created a 'hostile environment' in violation of the school's nondiscrimination policy.

In response, the university gave Meriwether a written warning about his conduct, in which they explained Meriwether could be suspended without pay or fired for continuing to violate the policy.

The Shawnee State faculty union proceeded to file a grievance on Meriwether’s behalf.

While officials at the school agreed that Meriwether's conduct did not create a hostile environment, they claimed the case was related to "differential treatment" and denied the grievance.

Out of options, Meriwether pushed back with a lawsuit, alleging that he cannot address "a high profile issue of public concern that has significant philosophical implications" and that the warning letter will make it "difficult, if not impossible," for Meriwether to obtain a position at another institution once he retires from Shawnee State.

individual-1-appointed circuit judge Amul Thapar argued in the three-judge panel's ruling that Meriwether was punished for communicating a 'hotly contested' matter of public concern.

He also said that there is "no suggestion" that Meriwether’s decision to avoid using feminine pronouns impacted his duties in the classroom, hampered the operation of the school, or denied the student any educational benefits, noting Doe was given a "high grade".

"If professors lacked free-speech protections when teaching, a university would wield alarming power to compel ideological conformity," Thapar wrote.

"A university president could require a pacifist to declare that war is just, a civil rights icon to condemn the Freedom Riders, a believer to deny the existence of God, or a Soviet émigré to address his students as "comrades." That cannot be."

"By forbidding Meriwether from describing his views on gender identity even in his syllabus, Shawnee State silenced a viewpoint that could have catalyzed a robust and insightful in-class discussion," Thapar added.

The lawsuit has been returned to a Cincinnati judge, who dismissed the case in February 2020.

Shawnee State did not immediately respond to fox News' request for comment.

John Bursch, a lawyer at the conservative nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom who represented Meriwether, praised the decision.

"Nobody should be forced to contradict their core beliefs just to keep their job," he said.