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3/30 open thread


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  • 1. VIRick  |  March 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    South Dakota Governor Signs Executive Orders to Bar Trans Women from School Sports

    On 29 March 2021, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) issued two executive orders to bar transgender girls and women from participating in school sports. Noem signed the executive orders after facing criticism from the right when she refused to sign a similar bill passed by the state legislature to ban trans girls and women from school sports.

    Once negotiations with the state legislature failed over her attempt to utilize "style and form" changes to modify the legislation, Noem issued the executive orders. The executive order about K-12 sports says that “only females, based on their biological sex, as reflected on their birth certificate or affidavit provided upon initial enrollment” can compete in girls’ sports. The executive order about colleges and universities also bans transgender women from sports, saying “only females, based on their biological sex, as reflected on their birth certificate issued at the time of birth,” can participate in college athletics.….

  • 2. Elihu_Bystander  |  March 31, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Presumably, these executive orders can only apply to state run K-12 schools and state colleges and universities, yes? The cited article is not clear on that.

  • 3. VIRick  |  March 31, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    This report states that the sports ban applies to "public high schools and colleges:"

    South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem banned transgender girls and women from competing on women's sports teams at public high schools and colleges via a pair of executive orders issued on Monday, 29 March 2021. The governor's orders require the state's Department of Education and Board of Regents to establish and implement policy consistent with the new rule.

    The orders, which Noem cast as a temporary fix to the issue, came after she killed HB 1217, a bill state lawmakers recently approved that would have created a similar ban, but that the governor wanted revised to address "vague and overly broad language (that) could have significant unintended consequences."

  • 4. VIRick  |  March 30, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Netherlands: 20th Anniversary of Marriage Equality

    Per Rex Wockner:

    On 1 April 2001, 20 years ago this Thursday, the Netherlands became the first country worldwide to allow same-sex couples to marry. Photos by Rex Wockner.

    As part of a journalistic assignment, it should be noted that Rex went to the Netherlands specifically to document the very first legally recognized same-sex marriages as they occurred in that country on and shortly after 1 April 2001.

  • 5. VIRick  |  March 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    US Military Releases Trans-Inclusive Policies for Open Service by Transgender Troops

    The Department of Defense has issued new rules to expand benefits and protections for transgender service members, sweeping away vestiges of Trump’s transgender military ban. An unnamed official told the AP today, 31 March 2021, that the upcoming measures will allow transgender individuals to serve as their gender, allow trans service members to obtain gender-affirming health care, and ban discrimination based on gender identity.

    The new guidelines are a result of a Pentagon review that began when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin started his job in January, and stated that the trans military ban was ending. Austin gave the military two months to finalize a plan for regulations it will follow for including transgender people. He also said that the Pentagon would review the records of service members who were discharged under the trans military ban.

    The Department of Defense on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 — Transgender Day of Visibility — announced formal policy updates allowing open service by transgender members of the armed forces, implementing President Joe Biden’s executive order that lifted Trump’s ban.

    The policies, which go into effect on 30 April, ban discrimination based on gender identity or transgender status, provide a means to join the military in one’s self-identified gender once all appropriate standards are met, and make medically necessary treatment and gender recognition available to all service members, according to a Defense Department press release. The 30-day window is designed to give each branch of the armed forces time to update its own policies and provide guidance to commanders, troops, medical professionals, and others.

  • 6. VIRick  |  March 31, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Virginia: Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge to State Non-Discrimination Law

    On 31 March 2021, a federal judge dismissed a challenge to Virginia’s LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination law. US District Judge Claude M. Hilton granted Virginia Attorney-General Mark Herring’s motion to dismiss the case that sought to block the Virginia Values Act, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination law.

    The non-discrimination law went into effect on 1 July 2020, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public and private employment, public accommodations, and access to credit.

  • 7. VIRick  |  March 31, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Baja California: Married Same-Sex Couple Wins (Another) Amparo Allowing Them to Adopt

    Per Rex Wockner:

    On 30 March 2021, the first same-sex couple to have been legally married (via amparo) in Baja California, Víctor Manuel Aguirre and Víctor Fernando Urías, won (yet another) injunction ordering state officials to proceed with their adoption of a child. The adoption has been stalled for four years.

    Baja California: Mediante Amparo, Pareja Homoparental Recibe la Aprobación para Adoptar

    Un juez otorgó un amparo a la primera pareja homoparental legalmente constituida en Baja California para que pueda adoptar. Este 30 de marzo de 2021, Víctor y Fernando fueron notificados de la sentencia del juicio de amparo promovido en contra de la omisión del DIF de asignar a un menor (a ellos, la pareja) al primer matrimonio igualitario celebrado en Baja California.

    Baja California: Through Amparo, Same-Sex Couple Receives Approval to Adopt

    A judge granted an amparo to the first legally constituted homoparental couple in Baja California so that they can adopt. On 30 March 2021, Víctor and Fernando were notified of the amparo judgment in the lawsuit filed against the DIF for failure to assign a minor (to them, the party) to the first equal marriage celebrated in Baja California.

    The DIF (la Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) is the state-run adoption agency, the only authority legally allowed to process adoptions in Mexico.

  • 8. VIRick  |  March 31, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    North Carolina: Democrats Introduce Package of 4 LGBT Measures

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, state Democrats filed bills to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, the "gay panic" defense in criminal cases, and anti-LGBT "conversion therapy," but the Republican dominated legislatures are unlikely to give them hearings.

    Companion bills in the House and the Senate are dubbed the “Equality for All Act,” which would establish comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections in housing, employment, and schools for all LGBT people.

    A second set of companion bills form the “Mental Health Protection Act,” which would prohibit "conversion therapy," or the practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation.

    House Bill 449 would ban the so-called gay or trans "panic" defense, which defendants have used to "justify" violent acts following what was perceived to be unwanted same-sex sexual advances.

    House Bill 451 would repeal legislation passed in 2017 to replace the notorious HB 2, which restricted transgender access to public bathrooms and barred cities and counties from adopting local non-discrimination ordinances for several years, a time-frame which has now expired.

  • 9. ianbirmingham  |  April 2, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Glamorous Thai transgender women pose with certificates that exempt them from national service as they're forced to attend annual [military] draft day

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