Girl Scout Troops in Trans Panic Mode?

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/12/19/Girl_Scouts_Troops_in_Trans_Panic_Mode/

By Diane Anderson-Minshall
December 19, 2011

After a Denver Girl Scout troop decided to allow a 7-year-old transgender child into the troop — reiterating that Girl Scouting was about empowerment and inclusion — a representative from Colorado’s statewide organization, Rachelle Trujillo, told  The Christian Post  that “if parents brought a child to a meeting, and the child is recognized in the community as their daughter, then the Girl Scouts accept that. We don’t require proof of gender.”

She went on to emphasize that inclusion policies should be handled, as they always have been, at a regional level.

While parents of trans kids applauded the decision, apparently not all Girl Scout moms were happy. According to The Christian Post, three troop leaders in rural Louisiana resigned their posts and are dissolving their troops over the inclusive policy. All three leaders were affiliated with Northlake Christian School in the town of Covington.

Those leaders called a trans welcoming policy “extremely confusing” and “dangerous situation.” Their former Girl Scout troops are now expecting to align themselves with the American Heritage Girls, a Christian organization that was founded in 1995 in response to the Girl Scouts’ decision to let scouts use a word other than “God” in their pledge.

Complete article at:  http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/12/19/Girl_Scouts_Troops_in_Trans_Panic_Mode/

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Noam Chomsky Attacks American “Libertarians”

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Bachmann’s husband: Kinsey’s research on homosexuality is a ‘myth’

All these ultra right wing gay in denial politicians and closet case Christo-Fascists have been attacking Kinsey’s study and the 10% of people are gay or lesbian for years now.

They claim at most it is something like 5%.  When the missing 5% is composed of the prissy lipped screaming queens in denial right wingers like Marcus.

I can help but thinking the old duck adage applies.  If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a freaking duck.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/19/bachmanns-husband-kinseys-research-on-homosexuality-is-a-myth/

By Andrew Jones
Monday, December 19, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) received another uncomfortable moment on the campaign trail about her anti-gay views Sunday evening.

According to CNN, the congresswoman and her husband Marcus encountered Kathy Schnell, a woman wearing a Bachmann sticker and holding up a sign saying “Gay-friendly Iowan.”

While smiling to sign the poster, Bachmann asked “Gay-friendly Iowan?”

 Schnell proceeded to pick Bachmann’s brain on the number of America gays.

“I wonder if you’re aware that 10% of the population is gay?” she said. “And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay.”

Thinking that the GOP presidential candidate wasn’t listening to her, Schnell told her friend “She’s not listening to me.”

That prompted Bachmann to reply, “Well, that’s according to the Kinsey Report.”

A few seconds later, her husband Marcus jumped in and told Schnell, “Your facts are wrong.”

(Methinks the queen doth protest too much.)

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/19/bachmanns-husband-kinseys-research-on-homosexuality-is-a-myth/

Lawyers say Bradley Manning struggled with gender identity disorder

From The Washington Blade: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/12/19/lawyers-say-bradley-manning-struggled-with-gender-identity-disorder/

By Lou Chibbaro Jr.
December 19, 2011

Attorneys representing Pfc. Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army private previously identified as gay, startled observers at a pre-court martial hearing on Saturday by saying allegations that Manning leaked classified U.S. intelligence information could be linked to a personal struggle over his gender identity.

Revelations that Manning created a Facebook page under the name Breanna Manning, that he dressed in women’s clothes, and he told an Army supervisor that he was suffering from gender identity disorder surfaced on the second day of a military proceeding known as an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Md.

An Army witness testified at the hearing that investigators learned that Manning kept a collection of articles about gender identity disorder in his personal living quarters.

Authorities have accused Manning of orchestrating the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history while he worked as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. He was arrested in May 2010 on 22 counts of violating military codes pertaining to intelligence. He faces a possible sentence of death or life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Among other things, he’s accused of turning over more than 250,000 classified Pentagon and State Department documents through attached email files to the organization WikiLeaks, which published most of the documents on its website.

News that Manning reportedly was experiencing gender identity disorder comes at a time when the American Psychiatric Association is in the process of eliminating that term from its diagnostic manual and replacing it with the term gender dysphoria.

Continue reading at:  http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/12/19/lawyers-say-bradley-manning-struggled-with-gender-identity-disorder/

Christian Bale Talks To CNN About His Violent Experience In China

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Lawrence King’s Murderer sentenced to 21 years in prison

From LGBTQ Nation:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/12/mcinerney-sentenced-to-21-years-in-prison-for-killing-of-gay-classmate/

Monday, December 19, 2011

VENTURA, Calif. — Brandon McInerney was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison for the execution style killing of openly gay classmate Lawrence King during a computer lab class three years ago.

McInerney, 17, did not speak at the hearing, but his attorney Scott Wippert said his client was sorry for killing King, 15.

“He feels deeply remorseful and stated repeatedly if he could go back and take back what he did he would do it in a heartbeat, Wippert said.

The family of Lawrence King said in court that they could not forgive their son’s killer.

“You took upon yourself to be a bully and to hate a smaller kid, wanting to be the big man on campus,” King’s father, Greg King, said on behalf of his wife. “You have left a big hole in my heart where Larry was and it can never be filled.”

In a deal reached with Ventura County prosecutors last month, McInerney agreed to avoid a retrial and to plead guilty to second-degree murder, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm. A mistrial was declared in September when jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on the degree of guilt.

Several jurors, in interviews with the media after McInerney’s trial, said that he shouldn’t have been tried as an adult.

Continue reading at:  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/12/mcinerney-sentenced-to-21-years-in-prison-for-killing-of-gay-classmate/

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Thom Hartmann: Conversations w/Great Minds – Prof. Frances Fox Piven – biggest fear about OWS

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