Wed. 10/24: The GOP would like y’all to use the restroom that matches your birth certificate…Sure. No problem.

This is a photo of Jake Miller, better known by his stage name Buck Angel. He is an transgender American adult film producer and amazing motivational speaker. Because he started out life as a baby named “Susan“, proposed federal regulations might soon force him to use women’s restrooms and suffer various other indignities. All because the GOP, the party of “smaller, less intrusive government”,  just released this inhumane and unscientific pronouncement…

“The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
– Department of Health and Human Services memo, according to the New York Times.

Not only does this effectively erase the existence of the 1.4 MILLION transgender American citizens, who, often from early childhood, have struggled with being born into the “wrong” body,  but it’s going to make the lives of the 1-in-1500 babies born with intersex conditions much more complicated too. Twenty-first century, people!

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Friday 2/9 – Bad Judges

Vote “NO” on Howard Neilson

Why this video?

We do not always agree with Senator McCain, but we do when he’s talking about torture and those behind the scenes that allowed it to happen on American soil and in our name. Our next nominee falls in that category.

Howard Nielson, who is is being considered for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, has a long history of opposing LGBT civil rights, advocating for Proposition 8 (“Prop 8”), the infamous CA voter initiative that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples.

He is also implicated in torture issues.

While Neilson was  working as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from 2003 to 2005, he gave “input” and  “participated” in “the review process” of the now infamous torture memos, created by then-heads of the OLC Stephen Bradbury and Daniel Levin. These memos authorized enhanced interrogation techniques,” waterboarding, and other forms of torture and  human rights abuses, which were ultimately revoked in 2009.

Though now he states that he believes waterboarding to be illegal (not “wrong” or “immoral”), Nielson co-wrote a letter to the editor criticizing an editorial of his former boss as “unfair” and specifically praising Bradbury as a “careful lawyer” with “unimpeachable integrity” and “sound judgment.”

Let’s  practice our own sound judgement and tell our Senators that we do not want Nielson to be confirmed.

Vote “NO” on Kyle Duncan

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