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Trump’s Twitter Policymaking Jeopardizes Transgender Troops

July 28, 2017

On Wednesday, President Trump announced in a series of three tweets that the United States military will no longer allow transgender people to serve “in any capacity” on the grounds that transgender troops cause the military to “be burdened with tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Transgender people have only been allowed to serve openly in the Armed Forces since last year, when the Obama administration...

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Boy Scouts of America to Allow Transgender Members

February 2, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America has officially opened its membership to transgender boys, the organization announced Monday.

Ending the former policy of accepting members on the basis of the sex listed on their birth certificate, Boy Scouts of America will now register members based on the gender identity listed on their application. In a statement, the group said that they decided the former policy was “no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and...

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Michigan Court Drops Charges of Transgender Discrimination

Michigan Court Drops Charges of Transgender Discrimination

August 26, 2016

Last week, a Michigan district court ruled to dismiss charges of discrimination against a Detroit-area funeral home, citing religious freedom as legitimate grounds upon which one can fire a transgender employee.

The legal battle began in 2013, when funeral director Amiee Stephens—then known by her birth name, Anthony—presented her boss with a letter announcing her intention to begin living as a woman.

“I am writing this both to inform you of a significant change in my life and to ask for your patience, understanding, and support, which I would treasure greatly,”...

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Catholic Arab Wins Israel’s First Transgender Beauty Pageant

Catholic Arab Wins Israel’s First Transgender Beauty Pageant

June 1, 2016

Last week, a friendly competition in Tel Aviv, Israel brought together Christians, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims in ways that event coordinators believe showcased the groups’ potential for acceptance and coexistence. The event was the first of its kind: a transgender beauty pageant, held to kick off Tel Aviv’s LGBT Pride week.

Spectators packed Tel Aviv’s Bima National Theater Friday to cheer on the pageant’s 12 finalists, a group that included a Muslim belly dancer, a Catholic Arab ballerina, and an Orthodox Jewish baker.

The pageant was the result of years of work by Israeli...

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St. Louis Archdiocese Questions Girl Scouts' Values

St. Louis Archdiocese Questions Girl Scouts' Values

February 26, 2016

Last week, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri urged Roman Catholics in the region to reconsider their involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA.

In an open letter, Archbishop Robert Carlson lamented what he described as the Girl Scouts’ “troubling pattern of behavior.” Carlson continued,

“It is clear to me that as they move in the way of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values.”

The Archdiocese of St. Louis’s website...

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