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Department of Defense issues new guidelines allowing trans military service

Transgender Rights

NPR reports:

The Pentagon announced new policies on Wednesday that undo the Trump-era rules that effectively banned transgender people from serving in the military.

The new regulations provide “access to the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met,” the Defense Department said in a statement, and “provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender.”

The new policies take effect on April 30, but the Pentagon has already reported that military service by transgender servicemembers is allowed now. You can read the new policy here.


  • 1. Chiara Ballon  |  April 1, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Youre missing the information about Peru¨s gender identity law! This has been hugely celebrated here, even if the chances of it passing on the full congress are low.

  • 2. VIRick  |  April 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Perú: Gender Identity Law Advances in Congress After a 4 Year Stoppage

    Perú: Ley de Identidad de Género Avanza en Congreso Tras 4 Años Parada

    La Ley de Identidad de Género de Perú obtuvo este lunes, el 29 de marzo 2021, la aprobación de la comisión de la Mujer y la Familia del Congreso y pasará al pleno del Parlamento para su debate y eventual aprobación definitiva, lo que fue ampliamente celebrado por la comunidad LGTBIQ. Más de cuatro años después de que fuese presentado en el Congreso, el proyecto de ley obtuvo la opinión favorable en comisión parlamentaria por cuatro votos a favor frente a dos en contra.ú-lgtbiq_l

    This Monday, 29 March 2021, the Gender Identity Law of Peru obtained the approval of the Congressional Committee on Women and the Family and will advance to the full Parliament for debate and eventual final approval, a move that was widely celebrated by the LGTBIQ community. More than four years after it was introduced in Congress, the bill obtained a favorable opinion in the parliamentary committee with four votes in favor to two against.

    Even at this stage, Perú is still way behind all of its neighbors on the subject of a Gender Identity Law, as the last remaining Hispanic nations in South America still without such are Perú, Paraguay, and Venezuela. In addition, the "hard core" quartet in Central America, plus the Dominican Republic, are also still without.a gender identity law.

    Actually, according to Wikioedia, at present, an individual in Perú can change their name and legal gender, but must first obtain a judicial order, via amparo, which are time-consuming and difficult to obtain, prior to being allowed to do so.

  • 3. VIRick  |  April 1, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Taiwan: Same-Sex Couples to File Court Suits for Equal Adoption Rights

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    In order to seek a change in existing laws which forbid same-sex couples from adopting children, three gay couples and rights groups pledged to take their cases to court Thursday, 1 April 2021. Currently, the same-sex marriage law only allows a homosexual person to adopt the biological child of their partner, said Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔), executive director of the Taiwan Equality Campaign (TEC).

    Married homosexual couples do not have the legal right to adopt non-biologically-related children, unlike heterosexual couples, Lu said. Gay rights groups are seeking a change to this "unreasonable" treatment of gay couples by taking legal action, added Lu.

    With the help of a legal team, the three couples will file separate lawsuits at the district court, said Lawyer Lee Yen-jong (李晏榕), who spoke on behalf of the legal team. Once the court cases have ended, the ultimate goal is to challenge the law at the Constitutional Court, said Lee, who is also a spokeswoman for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Only when all legal proceedings have been exhausted can an individual who considers their rights to have been infringed apply for a constitutional interpretation, according to the law.

  • 4. VIRick  |  April 2, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Montana: Religious Exemptions Bill Passes Legislature

    The Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or SB 215, has passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled Montana legislature and Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) has already declared that he will sign the bill into law. The bill is similar to other “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” laws, such as the one adopted in Indiana and signed by then Gov. Mike Pence in 2015, before it was eventually revised. Its broad implications could allow for anti-LGBTQ discrimination and be used to invalidate local anti-discrimination laws.

    Montana’s bill seeks to allow exemption from state laws if people claim their religious liberties are “substantially burdened.” It also “restores” the freedom of religion not treated equivalent to other government protections.

  • 5. VIRick  |  April 2, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    DC: Two Dead, One Severely Injured in Latest Capitol Hill Attack

    Early this afternoon, on 2 April 2021, a vehicle struck two Capitol Police officers and rammed the barrier at the vehicle entrance to the US Capitol complex on the Constitution Avenue side, that is on the north or Senate side of the hill, opposite Upper Senate Park. One officer has died of their injuries, as has the driver of the vehicle who was shot after leaping from their car and lunging at the officers with a knife (in what is appearing to be a copy-cat "suicide by cop" incident).

    Just one day prior, I drove down (the recently re-opened) Constitution Avenue to finally return to the nearby condo, having (erroneously) second-guessed that with the on-going Easter congressional recess, matters had finally calmed down sufficiently following the chaos of the 6 January mob insurrection to allow for some semblance of "normalcy" within the general vicinity.

    Otherwise, life goes on, the outlying National Guard checkpoints have been removed, and all the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

  • 6. VIRick  |  April 2, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Virginia: Bill Banning LGBT "Panic" Defense Signed into Law

    On Wednesday, 31 March 2021, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill that bans the so-called LGBTQ "panic" defense in the state. House Bill 2132, sponsored by state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), bans the “discovery” of a person’s perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity as a mitigating factor for violence against an LGBTQ victim.

    The measure previously passed the Virginia Senate in a 23-15 vote with an amendment that added hitting on someone as a prohibited defense. The Virginia House of Delegates passed the bill by a 58-39 vote margin.

    Virginia now becomes the 13th jurisdiction in the US to ban the gay "panic" defense strategy, according to the LGBT Bar Association, the group leading the effort to end its use. DC passed a similar measure last year, and Maryland has a version before the General Assembly that already passed its House of Delegates and now awaits a state Senate vote.

  • 7. VIRick  |  April 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Montana: Judge to Consider If Man Convicted in 1994 for Gay Sex Still a Sex Offender

    The reputation of a man who served seven years in prison in Idaho for consensual gay sex is on the line as a federal judge in Montana prepares to rule on whether Montana residents charged under outdated sex laws when they lived in other states must remain on Montana’s sex offender list.

    US District Court Judge Dana L. Christensen is presiding over the case in which Randall Menges, formerly of Idaho, is arguing that he should be removed from Montana’s sex offender list, as Montana has no law against consensual same-sex sexual activity, Montana's "Missoulian" newspaper reports. Idaho, where Menges was convicted of “crimes against nature” in 1994, still forces people convicted of sodomy and oral sex to register as sex offenders.

    The trial in the present case was held on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

  • 8. Fortguy  |  April 4, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I wish instead that many recent state and federal officials should be listed on a registry of serial civil rights abusers.

  • 9. Elihu_Bystander  |  April 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Both Montana and Idaho are in the ninth district. If this case is successful in Montana, there should be a search for a similar case in Idaho.

  • 10. VIRick  |  April 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    The present case, "Menges v. Fox," highlights one important difference between states with unenforceable sodomy laws still on the books and those without such, given that Idaho's unenforceable law is still technically on the books, and thus forces people convicted of sodomy and oral sex (prior to "Lawrence v. Texas," 2003) to register as sex offenders, whereas Montana's has disappeared:

    Sixteen years after the Montana Supreme Court ruled that the state’s sodomy law was unconstitutional ("Gryczan v. Montana," 1997), the obsolete law was deleted from the books, when on 19 April 2013, Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107 into law and formally decriminalized sodomy in Montana, while deleting the earlier law.

  • 11. VIRick  |  April 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    US State Department: Retrograde Trump-Era Human Rights Commission Disbanded

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced that the State Department has officially disbanded a controversial, retrograde human rights advisory commission that LGBTQ activists sharply criticized.

    “One of the core principles of human rights is that they are universal. All people are entitled to these rights, no matter where they were born, what they believe, whom they love, or any other characteristic. Human rights are also co-equal; there is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others,” Blinken told reporters on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, as he discussed the release of the State Department’s annual human rights report.

    “Past unbalanced statements that suggest such a hierarchy, including those offered by a recently disbanded State Department advisory committee, do not represent a guiding document for this administration,” he added, referring to the Commission on Unalienable Rights. “At my confirmation hearing, I promised that the Biden-Harris administration would repudiate those unbalanced views. We do so decisively today.”

  • 12. VIRick  |  April 4, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Ireland: 1st Same-Sex Couple Registered as Parents on Children's Birth Certificates

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    A same-sex couple in Ireland made history as both are named as parents on their twin girls’ birth certificates. The Child and Family Relationships Act, which came into effect on 5 May 2020, allows same-sex female couples who conceived using a fertility clinic to both be named as legal parents on a child’s birth certificate.

    Geraldine Rea's and Niamh O'Sullivan’s legal recognition means that either one of them can take the children for vaccinations, give medical consent, or give permissions at school. Geraldine gave birth to their twin girls Réidín and Aoibhín in Cork 7 weeks ago.

    Previously, same-sex parents in the Republic of Ireland had to re-register the birth of their children in a court to obtain legal recognition for both parents. Officials in Ireland have recognized that while the Child and Family Relationships Act is a step forward in assuring the rights of LGBT parents, there are still many parents who will not be covered by this legislation. For example, it does not give any further rights or recognition for same-sex parents who adopt, who use a surrogate to conceive, or who do not go through a clinic.

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