Gay teen beaten on Bristol bus in hate crime – BBC News

An 18-year-old gay man was viciously beaten up on the bus going home “for being different”, a court heard.
Kydis Zellinger was repeatedly punched in the face by a man shouting homophobic abuse in the hate crime.
Mr Zellinger said he was “scared for his life” in the prolonged attack in south Bristol on 15 October.
Paul Austin, 27, of Inns Court, Bristol, pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced, at Bristol Magistrates Court earlier, to 18 weeks in jail.

via Gay teen beaten on Bristol bus in hate crime – BBC News

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Virginia School Excludes Trans Girl From Active-Shooter Drill

In addition to being subjected to the trauma of preparing for a mass shooting at school, one trans student in Virginia was further humiliated when teachers failed to guide her to safety, instead making her wait alone in the hallway during the scenario on account of her identity.

Media outlets reported on the incident after LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Stafford wrote about it in a Facebook post, alleging that at the beginning of the drill, teachers in one Stafford County Public School directed children to bathrooms or locker rooms closest to them, but couldn’t decide where to send the girl, who is trans. “The student was forced to watch the adults charged with her care, debate the safest place (for the other students) to have her shelter,” the post stated.

via Virginia School Excludes Trans Girl From Active-Shooter Drill

DOJ Says Discriminating Against Trans Workers is OK

Lawyers from the Department of Justice told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that, in their opinion, American businesses are free to discriminate against trans employees.

The DOJ weighed in as the court decides whether or not it will take a case about trans employment rights. Its intervention is actually creating a split between two parts of the government against one another. The DOJ says that discrimination against trans workers is fine, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (which would actually have to apply and enforce that law) says that it’s not.

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Per Bloomberg Law:

Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the [Supreme Court] that a civil rights law banning sex discrimination on the job doesn’t cover transgender bias. That approach already has created a rift within the Trump administration, contradicting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s view of the law it’s tasked with enforcing.

via DOJ Says Discriminating Against Trans Workers is OK

Girlguiding says girls not at risk from trans inclusion – BBC News

Girlguiding has defended its decision to allow transgender members and leaders – after it expelled two volunteers who objected to the policy.
Helen Watts, one of the expelled volunteers, said girls had a right to “female-only spaces”.
But Girlguiding says including people who identify as female to join or lead groups does not put girls at risk.
Simply being transgender “does not make someone more of a safeguarding risk than any other person”, it said.
Chief guide Amanda Medler and acting chief executive Ruth Marvel explained the organisation’s policy in a letter sent to parents and members on Tuesday.
“In the last few days you may have seen that Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy has been criticised in the media, with accusations that our inclusion of trans members puts girls at risk,” they wrote.

via Girlguiding says girls not at risk from trans inclusion – BBC News

Cara Delevingne on why she didn’t report sexual abuse – BBC News

Model and actress Cara Delevingne has shared why she was so reluctant to report sexual abuse.
“I felt ashamed of what happened and didn’t want to publicly ruin someone’s life,” says Cara.
Thousands of women have been sharing their stories under the hashtag WhyIDidntReport.
It’s gained popularity after Donald Trump suggested people who’d been abused in the past should’ve gone to the authorities sooner.

via Cara Delevingne on why she didn’t report sexual abuse – BBC News

Transgender woman’s bank account frozen as she ‘sounded like man’ – BBC News

A transgender woman said she “felt humiliated” after a bank froze her account because she sounded like a man.
Sophia Reis, from Nottingham, was using Santander’s telephone banking service when a member of staff said she could not access her money.
The 46-year-old said a customer service adviser later told her the problem had arisen because of her voice.
Santander said it has a “duty to protect the security” of accounts but apologised for any offence caused.

via Transgender woman’s bank account frozen as she ‘sounded like man’ – BBC News

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence.
The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.
The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights.
Campaigners outside the court cheered and some broke down in tears as the ruling was handed down.
Although public opinion in India’s biggest cities has been in favour of scrapping the law, there remains strong opposition among religious groups and in conservative rural communities.

via India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

LGBT Plaques | English Heritage

LONDON PRIDE: LGBTQ STORIES FROM HISTORY

Many of the famous figures honoured with a London blue plaque lived radical private lives outside the sexual norms of the time. Some were persecuted for it and some helped to challenge public perceptions of gender and sexuality. Below, we explore the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) stories associated with some of London’s blue plaques.

via LGBT Plaques | English Heritage

LGBT rights: Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex – BBC News

wo Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court.
The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu.
According to an official, this is the state’s first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning.
Human rights activists reacted with outrage. Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws.
The caning was witnessed by more than 100 people, according to local news outlet The Star.

via LGBT rights: Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex – BBC News

Anne Lister: Plaque wording to change after ‘lesbian’ row – BBC News

The wording on a blue plaque in York honouring a woman described as the “first modern lesbian” is to be looked at again after complaints it had “erased” her sexuality.
The tribute to 19th Century diarist Anne Lister described her as “gender-nonconforming”.
An online petition claimed the description had “nothing to do with sexuality”.
The group behind the memorial said it would change the wording.

via Anne Lister: Plaque wording to change after ‘lesbian’ row – BBC News