Thursday, July 27, 2017
Christian conservatives are praising President Donald Trump's announcement to ban transgender troops.
The president declared in a series of tweets Wednesday that the military will no longer “accept or allow” transgender troops to serve “in any capacity.”
Liberty Counsel, a group vocally opposed to LGBT rights, said in a press release that the president was “making America safe again” by barring “so-called transgender people.” It also said that its Public Policy Director Jonathan Alexandre had met with White House officials about the issue last Friday.
In an interview with the AP, Mandi Ancalle, general counsel for government at the Family Research Council (FRC), said that the group was “pleased” with the president's decision.
“It's really about ensuring that the military doesn't incur these distractions and these high costs,” Ancalle said.
Matt Barber, the director of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel, responded by calling on the Pentagon to reinstate a ban on gay and bisexual troops, who have been serving openly since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011.
“Prohibit all open sexual deviancy in the ranks of the armed forces,” Barber said in a Facebook post.
“The military is no place for extremist San Francisco-style socio-political activism. Such social engineering destroys national security, troop morale and unit cohesion. It also violates natural law, settled science, and God’s moral law. President Trump did the right thing today by prohibiting those suffering from the gender dysphoria mental disorder,” he added.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Trump And Defense Secretary And Former General James Mattis Begin Reversing Inclusion Of LGBT Military Service
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that transgender troops will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
The Department of Defense under President Barack Obama reversed the Pentagon's previous policy barring transgender troops. The policy was still under review. Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis delayed implementation of a plan to allow transgender individuals to enlist in the military.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were among the groups criticizing the policy change.
“Today Donald Trump has proven himself as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. He has put a target on the backs of the more than 15,000 transgender troops proudly serving in our military,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.”
“This is not about cost. This is not about readiness or a strong military,” the ACLU said in a statement. “Today’s announcement is about targeting, demonizing, and endangering a group of people who are risking their lives every day for our country.”
Whats truly sad, Trumps decision to ban Trans troops most assuredly is coming from Mattis's recommendations, he is the one that halted the initial implementation and put it under "review".
The reason why this is so pathetic and sad...Mattis was a career military man (US Marine Corps)
Mattis never married and its been long rumored in military circles, that he himself is a deep closet homo.
The Depart of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions will argue in a federal case that LGBT people are not protected from workplace discrimination under current federal civil rights law.
The Washington Blade citing two sources familiar with the upcoming filing reported that the Justice Department will argue that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Plaintiff in the case is the estate of Donald Zarda, which claims that his employer, Altitude Express, fired him because he's gay. A three-judge panel in April ruled against Zarda, saying that Title VII does not apply to sexual orientation. Lawyers in the case appealed to the full court.
“Before the deadline of Wednesday at close of business, sources say the Justice Department intends to file a friend-of-the-court brief that would affirm the view of the three-judge panel and argue the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title VII doesn’t prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” the Blade wrote.
“Additionally, sources say DOJ is going to take the opportunity to argue Title VII also doesn’t prohibit discrimination based on gender identity – even though transgender discrimination isn’t at issue in the case.”
Under former Attorney General Eric Holder, the department held that Title VII protected against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The Justice Department, however, has not previously held that Title VII protects on the basis of sexual orientation.
Other federal courts have reached the opposite conclusion, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which sided with a plaintiff who claimed she was denied a permanent teaching position because she is a lesbian.
Whats not being made clear, is that the DOJ is forcing itself into this issue, that none of this directly warrants intercession by Sessions or the DOJ.
This is Sessions speeding up his lifelong commitment to anti-gay legislation before Trump boots him from office.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
LGBT members of a guerrilla group are fighting back against ISIS in Syria.
After three years of men being thrown off buildings and beheaded after accused of being gay, a sub-group has been founded that has one goal: ‘Faggots kill fascists’.
Its name: The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA (said Tequila).
It is part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist movement.
Announced on Twitter, the group posted a picture showing volunteer freedom fighters holding up their group’s message, their logo (an anarchist symbol, a gun on a pink background), and the rainbow Pride flag in Raqqa.
The Pride flag was made by the group in Rojava, an autonomous region in northern Syria.
‘These Faggots Kill Fascists!’ they said.
‘We shoot back! The Black & Pink and Rainbow flag fly in Raqqa. #Queers smashing the Caliphate.’
An IRPGF spokesperson said the group is made up of ‘many genders’.
‘Our forces have engaged the enemy in multiple battles,’ they said.
‘TQILA’s members have watched in horror as fascist and extremist forces around the world have attacked the queer community and murdered countless of our community members citing that they are ‘ill’, ‘sick’ and ‘unnatural’,’ they said in a statement.
‘The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Daesh was something we could not idly watch.’
The group notes ISIS is not the only group which kills LGBT and non-binary people motivated by religion, and there are many religious people welcoming of queer people.
‘Our commitment to struggling against authority, patriarchy, oppressive heteronormativity, queer/homophobia and transphobia are strengthened by the revolutionary advances and gains of the Kurdish women’s struggle,’ they add.
‘It is this necessity and desire to strengthen the gains of the women’s revolution while advancing the queer struggle that has motivated queer comrades of the IRPGF to form TQILA’.
‘Queer liberation!’ the statement ends. ‘Shoot back! These faggots kill fascists!’.
Since its rise to prominence in Iraq in mid-2014, ISIS has released many propaganda images and footage of the group murdering gay and bisexual men.
After blindfolding them and taking them to the roof a high building, they are thrown off. If they survive, a crowd stones them to death.
Other LGBT people have been beheaded, maimed, tortured and burned alive.
ISIS have described gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’.
Kurdish forces treat men and women equally in its ranks, and also have all-women Kurdish units.
The Kurdish-Arab coalition, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, is fighting back against ISIS. The extremist Islamic group have lost a large percentage of their territory in recent months.
And while it is unclear how large TQILA’s numbers are, the new battalion could give the victims of extremists the liberation they badly need.