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California Legislative LGBT Caucus introduces resolution to prevent discrimination against transgender service members

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people […]

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights condemns Trump’s transgender military ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ condemned President Trump’s proposed transgender military ban. In their condemnation, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights stated, “The President’s mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters and encourages prejudice, inconsistent with our core national […]

HRC: Trump’s assessment of transgender troop ban ‘delusional’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign responded to Donald Trump’s comments regarding his plan to ban transgender service members calling it “delusional and reckless.” “Donald Trump’s delusional comments regarding his reckless ban on transgender troops are demonstrably false and lack any basis in reality,” said Chad Griffin, HRC President. “Donald Trump’s attack on […]

San Diego Opera presents ‘As One’, an opera about transgender acceptance and identity

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego Opera’s 2017-2018 season continues on November 10, 2017 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre with As One, part of the Company’s dētour Series. San Diego Opera’s dētour Series premiered in the 2016-2017 season and is dedicated to exploring lesser known operas and works that fall outside of the Company’s […]

AMPA responds to President Trump’s comments on transgender servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) responded to comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the service of transgender troops and his move to ban them from the military. Regarding his recent tweets announcing his ban, President Trump said, “As you know, it’s been a very complicated issue for the military. It’s been […]

New research shows transgender TV characters have the power to shape audience attitudes

LOS ANGELES , Calif. — Watching transgender characters on fictional TV shows has the power to influence attitudes toward transgender people and policy issues, according to new research from USC Annenberg. Just published in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Roles, the research further highlights the ways political ideology shapes viewer responses to transgender depictions in entertainment. […]

Rep. Susan Davis urges military leaders to reject Trump’s transgender ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has joined more than 50 House colleagues in urging Defense Secretary Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dunford to reject Trump’s ban on transgender servicemembers. “We reject the premise that the presence of transgender troops interferes with the […]

The difficulties and frustrations of open transgender military service

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” We’ve pretty much all heard that quote from Martin Luther King Jr’s speech I Have a Dream. King had a dream of freedom and equality for black Americans; he dreamed “that one […]

Commentary: Trump’s war on transgender service members

This week LGBTQ Americans received a one-two punch from the Trump administration. The first punch was President Trump’s ban against transgender service members. In his inimitable style of communicating to the American public the order came in the form of a tweet: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United […]

Reflections on President Trump’s statements on banning Transgender men and women from military service

Trans woman and Retired Army Officer Veronica Zerrer, Major, USA (Ret) offers a perspective on President Trump’s statements on banning Transgender men and women from military service. President Trump says that Transgender people serving in the military will distract the force from fighting and winning wars. He says people like me are a burden that […]

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