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Dept. of Labor issues guidance to protect trans workers


The Obama administration has released guidance specifying that policies banning workplace discrimination on the basis of gender do extend to cover trans people. 

Back in 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided in the case Macy v. Holder that trans workers are eligible for workplace protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This week’s announcement comes more than two years after, but it’s the result of activists pushing for the Obama administration to clarify the status of trans people under current policy.

The news was announced via a White House blog posting written by Patricia Shiu, who’s director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. It’s titled “Strength in Diversity.”

“It means honoring our commitment to upholding equality in America’s workforce,” Shiu writes. “Being entrusted with taxpayer dollars is a privilege, and with that privilege comes a promise to open doors to all of America’s workers. I believe that success for OFCCP and for federal contractors isn’t simply about compliance. It’s about creating a workplace culture that actively embraces diversity.” … 

Still forthcoming from the Labor Department are regulations to implement the Executive Order 13672, which President Obama signed in July to explicitly spell out that federal contractors are unable to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The order is expected to take effect early next year.

Hugely important news! It’s time to fast-forward this movement and ensure equal protections now. 



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knowledgeispower94: Know any good lesbian books. At 20 years old it is still hard for me to find any good lgbt books :P

The ones above are the ones that I have read! I have some misgivings about Great but it was still worth checking out! I also recently saw another person’s post recently that I saved for LGBT books! It was really good so I’ll include it: HEREI hope these help, though! You can click on the titles below to get to their Goodreads page!

1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

2. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

3. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

4. Great by Sara Benincasa

5. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

6. Pages for You by Sylvia Browning

Thanks so much for the question!

No disespect to the OP, but I’d like to recommend people away from Great. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that there are so many harmful tropes—Bi/Multisexual girl chooses boy over girl, Queer girl kills herself, Queer girl forcibly outed, narrated by a straight girl, straight girl mocking elements of the queer community

Instead, I would recommend Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads To You, which is phenomenal and I love it.

Trans 13-year-old banned from returning to school as herself


Rachel Pepe is a 13-year-old transgender girl from Middletown, NJ who’s gearing up to go back to school. The problem is that because she’s legally registered with the school as male, officials say she can only return to school if she “acts” and “dresses” as male.

Thorne Middle School says they won’t accommodate Rachel’s request to use women’s restrooms or even the single-stall bathroom in the nurse’s office, and they will refuse to call her by her name. No out-of-district educational opportunities will be made available, either.

"He was going to school last year as Brian," said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. "How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again."

Rachel remained deeply isolated from the rest of the student body but still, her mother said, the children would bully her because she was so quiet.

"She would get off the bus and just cry," Peters said. "Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there."

There is no reason in the universe to treat a child with such hostility and meanness. Rachel is incredibly brave for sharing her story on a national level when there’s so much hate brewing in her own community. School should be a safe place, but it so often isn’t; when a student has to fear mistreatment from teachers for being who she is, the school is failing her.

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