Transgender minors will now be allowed to change the sex designation on their birth certificate, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday.

New York has allowed transgender individuals to change the gender on their birth certificates since 2014. It has also required these teens to have a notarized note from a physician confirming all surgical procedures have been completed for a sex change.

However, this move ends the physical evaluation and allows teens 16 years old and younger to submit an application to change the sex on their birth certificate through a parent or guardian.

"Effective immediately, transgender individuals born in New York will have the right to make this deeply personal decision without the governments unwarranted denial or without having their privacy violated," James said.

This Department of Health policy change comes after a transgender teen who was born in Ithaca sued the state for not allowing him to change the sex on his birth certificate. The teen said the state was not "respecting his identity."  

The lawsuit was filed around two months ago.

When a photo of Jen Borneman at work was posted to the CDC Twitter account, America breathed a sigh of relief. The US Public Health Service employee is shown in the COVID-19 emergency operations center.

Forget Mike Pence, there’s a competent lesbian on the job and she has a lanyard. The country is saved.

“First relief I’ve felt on the US COVID-19 response is the CDC posting this picture from their emergency operations center showing there is at least one lesbian with a keychain neck lanyard that jangles when she walks on the job,” Tabor Bain tweeted with the photo.

But an even closer examination of the photo also revealed what it said on the lanyard: “CDC Disease Detective Camp: Get Exposed!”

While the piece was bringing smiles to folks’ faces on the web, there was, of course, the group of people who responded by chastising Bain for assuming Borneman’s gender identity and sexual orientation.

“Additionally every person that’s been like ‘how do you know she’s a lesbian how DARE you make assu-‘ has been promptly met by a firm butch going ‘hon. she’s family. I am not going to explain this to you,'” Bain joked after the tweet had gone viral.

Borneman herself appeared on the thread and confirmed that she is a lesbian.

And she had one message for all of her new fans: wash your hands.


BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A transgender athlete who competes for Team USA is calling Idaho's proposal to ban transgender females from competing against other women discriminatory.

Chris Mosier was in Boise Tuesday to protest a bill targeting transgender athletes and students, Idaho Press reported.

Mosier is a transgender man and triathlete sponsored by Nike Inc.

"I'm here because your bill, HB 500, is the worst in the country attacking (transgender) student-athletes," Mosier told a rally attended by about 200 people.

The measure is one of several making their way through GOP-controlled state legislatures this year in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Washington state.

The Idaho bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt would ban transgender women and girls from playing school sports on female teams, allow the gender of female students to be disputed and allow a medical exam to resolve gender disputes.

The measure has passed in the House and has been introduced in the Senate.

Ehhardt contends the bill is intended to ensure continued opportunities for girls and women in sports.

"We need leaders in business, politics, and athletics that promote women and create opportunities for us in sports," Ehardt said. "It is disheartening to think that some athletes, under the guise of equality, do not support girls and women as they pursue their dreams to stand atop the podium as a champion because a biological male had taken her spot."

The bill has been condemned by Idaho's transgender community and others.

"Trans girls are girls," Mosier told the crowd at the rally organized by the Idaho American Civil Liberties Union and attended by groups including Add the Words and Planned Parenthood, KIVI-TV reported.

"I want young people to know that it's okay to be your authentic self and to play the sports that you love," Mosier said.

In the Christian tradition, Lent is a period of preparation for Easter.

In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter (April 12), and provides for a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.

And while strict fasting laws have been relaxed — only Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are now kept as Lenten fast days — the emphasis on repentance and almsgiving remains, and many Catholics also observe a meatless fast on Friday during Lent.

In addition, many Christians often choose to give up specific pleasures, such as sweets, alcohol or social media Lent as a way to foster simplicity and self-control; many use their cravings or desires for these items as a reminder to pray and to refocus on spiritual matters.

And, now, for the sake of all humanity, I want to propose that people of faith and of no faith give up another practice during Lent, a practice that is now tragically commonplace now in the U.S., infecting even the holiest of places: the use of dehumanizing language against the marginalized of our society.

Each of us must stop this practice immediately, and we must take on the practice of confronting those who continue this abhorrent behavior.

Just recently, I learned of a March 2019 meeting held in Manhattan with a Democratic candidate for president of the United States who spoke about how Democrats running for office risk alienating voters when they discuss our transgender community.

Well, let me lovingly confront Mike Bloomberg:

Mr. Bloomberg, our transgender siblings are a vital part of our church, Cathedral of Hope, and our community and are in no way negotiable. I rebuke the vile comments about my transgender community and will fight for the LGBTQ (emphasizing the T) community with every breath in my body. Candidate Bloomberg, you should personally apologize for your harmful comments.

In the interest of bipartisanship, we know that President Donald Trump’s often false, fear-stoking language has left him ill-equipped to provide the kind of unifying, healing leadership that other presidents projected in times of national tragedy. His hateful name-calling — as it the case with other elected leaders — is too often normalized as “just politics.”

But all of us know better.

Sadly, today, we find ourselves in a social space in which hatred and hate speech have been mainstreamed in ways that exceed anything we have seen in the recent past.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, displays and demonstrations in support of hateful white supremacy ideology in the U.S. doubled last year, and Texas led the nation in numbers of instances in which supremacists distributed material that was racist, anti-Semitic or anti-LGBTQ.

And this increase in hateful speech is happening at the same time we are experiencing more violence against ethnic and religious minorities in our nation.

Personal attacks motivated by bias or prejudice reached a 16-year-high in 2018 in the U.S., according to the FBI, with a significant increase in violence against Latinos. Further, the murders of the faithful while they are attending worship services is a horrific recurring event in our nation.

Dehumanizing language is dangerous. Let us never forget something we don’t often talk about publicly in the United States: Stage 4 of Gregory Stanton’s Ten Stages of Genocide: dehumanization.

“Dehumanization is when one group treats another group as second-class citizens,” Stanton describes this stage. “Members of a persecuted group may be compared with animals, parasites, insects or diseases. When a group of people is thought of as ‘less than human’ ’it is easier for the group in control to murder them. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to make the victims seem like villains. In fighting this dehumanization, one must remember that there is no right of ‘freedom of speech’ to tell people to commit murder.”

I am saddened that I even ask this of my human family members, but we’ve reached an apex in our public discourse where I must speak up as a person of faith or risk the well-being of my soul. This Lent, all of us must give up dehumanizing language and confront, in love, those who still practice it.

Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill that advocates said will make the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public or private employment, public spaces and credit transactions. It also lays out causes of action that would allow individuals, or in certain circumstances the attorney general, to sue over alleged discrimination.

“We just made Virginia a safer and more fair state for everyone,” James Parrish, Director of the Virginia Values Coalition, a group of statewide and national organizations and individuals pushing for the protections, said in a statement.

Opponents have raised religious liberty concerns about the measure that passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has said he supports the bill and was expected to sign it.

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