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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he’s ‘open’ to reviewing the military’s policy on transgender service

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DailyMail: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said today he is “open” to reviewing the U.S Military’s policy on transgender service in the military.

Hagel called the issue “complicated because it has a medical component to it,” while indicating that the department tasked with overseeing the nation’s armed forces is willing to reconsider its ban.

“I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Hagel said. “I’m open to that, by the way. I’m open to those assessments.”

Transgender troops have quietly been calling on the military to remove its ban since the government repealed its Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy that disallowed homosexual individuals from serving in the military.

After Hagel spoke at a LGBT pride event at the Pentagon last summer, those in favor of lifting the ban hoped it was a sign of progress on the issue. But nothing has changed in the months after.

The Department of Defense’s current policy is to allow transgender people to serve in civilian positions, but not in the armed services. The military cites medical reasons as the cause for disbarment.

A March report commissioned by former U.S. Surgeon General to Bill Clinton Jocelyn Elders on behalf of San Francisco State University’s Palm Center posits that “there is no medical reason for the ban.”

Elders says the ban “expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard, and reserve components.” (no specific report noted here to back up that statistic)

The report estimates that if the military that if the military allowed individuals wishing to undergo sex change to stay in the service, it would affect approximately 230 members of the service and “would place almost no burden on the military.” Each sex change operations would cost the government $30,000, it says.

Former Navy SEAL Team 6 Chris Beck, who now goes by Kristin Beck, has proposed a pilot program that would give service members in the process of changing their sex a year to complete the emotional and physical transition in return for two years of additional service.

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The report had no visible effect on military policy when it was published.

“At this time there are no plans to change the department’s policy and regulations which do not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military,” Defense Department spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said.

Hagel’s remarks to ABC News on Sunday may signal that the military has shifted positions on the issue.

“Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it,” Hagel said. “This is an area that we’ve not defined enough.”

If the U.S. changed its policy, it would join a host of other countries that allow transgender individuals to serve, including Great Britain, Canada, Israel, Spain and Sweden.

There is no medical reason for the ban? Perhaps Elders should go into military service to understand how things work.

Transgenders require constant hormonal support as their desired gender.  (They won’t produce testosterone or estrogen needed for the physical gender-related elements to work right and it has to come from somewhere.)  Usually needing a constant medical support makes people un-enlistable or, at least, non-deployable because it can’t be reliably supplied in the war environment that’s the military’s whole purpose.  Sure, there’re older female personnel doing hormone replacement therapy, but that’s much smaller dosages, aligned with physical (genetic) gender and augmentative (not essential) if the supply of meds can’t be maintained.  If the transgenders don’t need the hormone support, sure… but most times they will.

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Couple discover they’re both homosexual after 20-yr marriage

Seriously, how can anyone be this confused?

Maria Medina reports for CBS13 Sacramento, Sept. 27, 2013, that more than 20 years into his marriage, a California man, David Kaufman, “realized” not only that he’s gay but that he’s a transgender!

And so David Kaufman became Dani (Danielle) Kaufman.

David/Dani says he’s always struggled with being born a boy: “When I was 5 years old I just wanted to be a girl so badly.” Beginning when he was 13 years old, he made attempts to end his life. But he “ignored that haunting, nagging feeling” and did “what everyone expected” — by marrying. Not once, but twice.

Cat & David KaufmanCat and David Kaufman on their wedding day

David’s first marriage produced two kids. After his divorce, he met Cat (Cathleen), fell in love, married and had a child with her. Cat said, “We were each other’s best friend. We just got along really well. It never occurred to me that it would be anything but forever.” The couple moved from Michigan to California, where David works as a radiologist.

But then, after more than two decades living a happy life together, “things changed.”

Four years ago, David/Dani says he finally fully realized his attraction to men.

Cat says she didn’t see any signs at all that David could be gay. But then Cat had a secret of her own, which also began a few years ago. She realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat KaufmanCat Kaufman suddenly realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat told David: “I need to tell you something. I’ve been thinking that I would like to date women.”

David responded, “Oh my god, get out of town! I just figured out I’m gay!”

Cat said, “It was pretty shocking for both of us” but “It was excitement and relief.”

Three more years passed . . . .

In 2012, David the homosexual suddenly realized he wasn’t actually gay. He was just born in the wrong body! – “No, I don’t just want to be female. I really am female.”

So David began his transsexual “transformation” into Dani.

David/Dani Kaufman“Dani” Kaufman

David/Dani says “she’s” finally able to be “herself” after more than 50 years of pretending to be someone “she” wasn’t: “It felt so good to be me. It felt so good to be a woman, to be Danielle. This is incredibly cool.”

The couple now lives separately just a few minutes from each other.

Cat & Dani KaufmanCat and “Dani” Kaufman

Now I’m confused.

If David now thinks he’s not gay after all but merely a man “trapped” in a woman’s body and has made the “transformation” into a woman, does that mean David/Dani likes women or men? If David/Dani still likes women, does that make him/her a lesbian?

And if Cat Kaufman now thinks she’s really a lesbian, does that mean Cat and “Dani” are now a lesbian couple?

Can anyone help clarify? LOL

Interestingly, vitals.com still has Dani Kaufman as a male:

Dr. David Lee Kaufman MD is a male Radiologist, has 18 years of experience and practices in Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology.

~Eowyn

Topless equality activist causes bust-up with neighbors in her town after insisting on doing EVERYTHING half-naked

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DailyMail: A transsexual who bike rides, barbecues and bush walks half-naked to promote ‘topless equality’ was confronted by police following dozens of complaints about her public nudity.

Stacey Schnee, 38, was pulled over by two police cruisers earlier this month after neighbors complained about her wearing nothing but shorts, shoes and a helmet as she cycled through Leicester, Massachusetts.

Her public display didn’t just turn heads –  traffic slowed down, motorists honked, some people took video, while others shouted they would call police.

But officers didn’t arrest the single mom because she was wearing pasties over her nipples, meaning she wasn’t completely nude. However, Schnee said the officers weren’t really sure how to interpret the law as they stood next to her on the side of the road.

‘They were trying to tell  me I was doing something wrong, and I argued back that no, it’s not, it’s legal,’ Schnee told telegram.com. ‘You don’t even actually  have to [wear pasties], but it’s way easier to get out of trouble when you are wearing them in this state because the laws are shady.

‘So, after talking with them [officers] for about five minutes they said, ‘Well, just get out of  Leicester so we don’t have to deal with the calls. Just go back to Worcester’.’

However the unusual incident has forced police and the district attorney’s office to take a fresh  look at local laws, meaning Schnee could still be charged. ‘Based upon a review of the law, it is unclear whether her partially covering herself up, puts her on the right side of the law,’ Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said. ‘She is out there riding around, appearing to be topless and exposing herself for the shock value.’

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Massachusetts General Laws imply if only a small part of the breast is covered, it should be considered  nudity. Other sections of the law state a breast is uncovered if there is no  covering ‘below a point immediately above the top of the areolae.’

Other sections of the law mention the intent to shock is to be considered illegal as well.

Schnee is a member of  activist group, Topless Equality, which advocates for women to be able to be  bare-chested, like men, in public. She frequently goes topless in the privacy of her home – she gardens, chops wood, barbecues and cuts the grass without a shirt.

Sometimes, she takes her  fleshy protest outdoors to ‘get the word out that women should be able to go topless‘.

‘Speaking out for Topless Equality is simply a fundamental right that I will shout from every rooftop that I am allowed to,’ Schnee said, according to her profile on the Topless Equality website. ‘Living in Massachusetts and having Toplessness considered illegal, and a violation of Indecent Exposure laws in many cities, has been very restricting.

‘I am a nudist and believe that if given a chance that America, Massachusetts, and Boston can be more open minded and see that there is no harm in allowing both sexes, and every race, creed and size the right to be free to be topless in public.’

Schnee has acknowledged she  has a ‘unique perspective’ on public nudity, partly influenced by the fact she was born a man. Schnee had  gender reassignment surgery in June 2011 and breast augmentation last year.

She said before the transition, she struggled with her identity and wanted to commit suicide. But having lived as both a man and a woman gives her an uncommon perspective on the topless equality issue.

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This puts me in a unique position to fight for topless rights since it is a right that I lost when a single letter was changed on my driver’s license — from M to F,’ she said.

However telegram.com reported neighbors in  the middle-class area are outraged at Schnee’s bare-skinned antics, particularly when she walks topless with her two children.

‘I’m topless and even nude in front of my kids all the time,’ Schnee said. ‘For them it’s nothing.  They don’t see it as anything strange at all. They just don’t care. ‘This is just how our family is. It’s just a little different. Daddy has breasts and Daddy is now a girl. To them it’s completely normal.

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Jerry Brown signs bill empowering transgender students

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Sacramento Bee: California students will soon be able to use the bathrooms and join the teams that best match their gender identity, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill enshrining new rights for transgender youth.

The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, advanced from both houses of the Legislature on largely party-line votes. Advocates called the bill a needed protection for young people who often endure discrimination.

Brown’s decision to sign the bill on Monday, ahead of a deadline to act by midnight on Tuesday, dissolved the suspense surrounding the bill’s fate.

With his signature, Brown overrode the objections of Republican lawmakers who said the bill would undermine parental choice and put school children into uncomfortable situations. Critics also questioned how the bill would affect the integrity of school athletic records.

What could possibly go wrong with this?

Reason  to home school.

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From Don to Dawn to Don: ABC newsman changes his mind, again

Do you remember a post I did last May about an ABC newsman, erh, newswoman, erh, newsthingie, Don Ennis, who marched into the ABC news office one day in full drag, wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig, and declared that henceforth, his colleagues must look upon and treat him as a woman named Dawn?

Well, Don-Dawn-Don has changed his-her-its mind, again!

the faces of Don Ennisl to r: Don Ennis; Dawn Ennis; Don Ennis 2.0

Tara Palmeri reports for the New York Post, Aug. 6, 2013, that Ennis now says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

In an email he wrote to friends and colleagues last Friday, which was first obtained by the website NewsBlues.com, Ennis wrote:

“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously. It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one [referring to his hormone-induced breasts]. I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man. Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn.

I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all. I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes. I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed. I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly.

It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul. Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage. I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC.”

Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother had given him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.

The startling he-to-she-back-to-he move came after Ennis had publicly announced on Facebook in May that he was leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy, to become a full-time woman.

But Ennis has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke. He wrote: “The new change I’m revealing to you today did not arise because I couldn’t hack it, or people wouldn’t accept the new/real/female ‘me,’ or I had trouble finding shoes that fit (Oh, I found plenty, more than I could afford). […] No, I’m not f–king with you. No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of ‘Would You Fall For That?’ ”

And that, boys and girls, is why Canadian psychiatrist Joseph Berger says “scientifically there is no such thing as transgender.”

~Eowyn

Crossdressing summer camp for confused boys

Think back to when you were 6 years old . . . .

As a 6-year-old, did you — a male reader of FOTM — have a clear and definite self-awareness that you were a boy? Did you — a female reader of FOTM — have a clear and definite self-awareness that you were a girl?

I can honestly say I didn’t. At six, I had just completed 2 years of kindergarten and starting first grade. I was so innocent, I didn’t even know what the differences between boys and girls were, other than that my best bud in kindergarten was this cute boy who sat in the seat next to mine. We used to chatter so much in class that we were regularly “punished” by having to stay behind after school. Of course, we just used our “punishment time” to chat more! LOL

But we are to believe that children as young as six today already know they’re transgender (aka gender dysphoria)! — that they really truly are the opposite sex trapped in the “wrong” body.

To top it off, some of those preternaturally precocious 6-year-old transgenders actually go to a cross-dressing summer camp — but boys only! Happily, feminists need not bristle. There’s always transgendered Girl Scouts!

crossdressing campTransvestite boys frolicking in summer camp. Photo by Lindsay Morris.

Kirsten Andersen reports for LifeSiteNews, July 17, 2013:

Young boys preening in front of mirrors putting on makeup, picking flowers in skirts, and prancing in heels and dresses at a talent show: all these are depicted in controversial photoessay, featured on Slate this week, documenting an annual summer camp for gender confused boys. The images are drawing praise from gay activists, and criticisms from pro-family leaders.

For the last three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has attended the four-day-long camp for “gender variant” boys from 6 to 16 and their families held in an undisclosed location in New England.  Morris refers to the camp by the pseudonym “Camp ‘You Are You,’” although her description of the camp closely matches the one given on the website for Camp Aranu’tiq for “transgender” boys, which was featured last year in the Boston Globe, and which makes campers and visitors sign a confidentiality agreement.  According to the Globe, it is the only camp of its kind in America.

Morris, who recently published the photoessay on her website, told Slate that the camp is aimed at “parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle.”

She said that the fashion show was one of the highlights of the camp, and something that many boys and their families worked to prepare for all year.  “Some … create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” Morris said. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible.”

On her own website, Morris describes the camp as “a temporary safe haven where gender-variant boys can freely express their interpretations of femininity alongside their parents and siblings.”  Adds Morris, “Here, they can be true to their inner nature without feeling the need to look over their shoulders.”

On the website for Camp Aranu’tiq, a parent testimonial offers similar praise, claiming the camp gave her son “the BEST experience” of his life.

“[S]he [sic] grew into a confident and more outgoing girl during her [sic] time there!!” the anonymous parent raved, adding that her son has “been empowered through the validation and acceptance she [sic] received at camp.”

But senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., told the Christian Post that he fears well-meaning parents may be doing more harm than good by bringing their boys into an environment that reinforces and celebrates their gender confusion.

“There is a risk of locking children into a life course, which, if they had been left to develop naturally, they would have outgrown,” Sprigg told the Christian Post.  “You’ll have children who are going through natural periods of confusion and experimentation with their sexuality and all of a sudden you have adults telling them, this means you’re gay, you were born gay, you will never change.”

He told the paper he worries that parents who allow their children to attend the camp “run the risk of putting them on a path, and locking them in a transgender identity when that may not have been the natural course of their life at all.”

Dr. Kenneth Zucker, chairman of the American Psychiatric Association subcommittee on gender identity disorders, would seem to agree with Spriggs on that point.  Zucker told LifeSiteNews in December that he believes allowing children to act out their gender confusion can have lasting harmful effects.

“I think that when people…label a child as transgendered, it kind of has the connotation of immutability,” Zucker told LifeSiteNews. “I take a very developmental approach to the treatment of gender dysphoria.  I don’t think that gender dysphoria is something that is only going to respond to biomedical treatment. The real question is, when in development does the desire to be the other gender become locked in or fixed?”

According to Zucker, young children experiencing gender confusion may respond better to therapies that help them embrace their biological sex.

“With young children, I think there’s much more pliability,” he said. “Often, the gender dysphoria remits, for whatever reason. These kids don’t grow up wanting to be the other gender. People need to be cognizant that there are other developmental trajectories.”

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See also “Psychiatrist says scientifically, there is no such thing as transgender.”

~Eowyn

Transgender criminal suspects get special treatment

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New transgender rules at Boston Police Department

Boston Herald: Transgender criminal suspects can demand that cops call them by their adopted names, choose whether male or female officers frisk them and get a personal, private ride to court under new policies unveiled by Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis yesterday.

“Our main goal is that everyone should be treated
 equally, and everyone should be treated with 
respect and dignity, whether
you’re at the front desk or on the other side of the front desk,” said officer 
Javier Pagan, the Boston Police Department’s liaison to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “Everyone should be treated
with the same respect.”

The new regs come five months after the Boston Police Department coughed up $20,000 to settle a federal suit brought by Brenda Wernikoff, a transgender woman arrested in May 2010 for using the women’s bathroom at a homeless shelter. The suit said cops forced Wernikoff to strip and “ordered Ms. Wernikoff to jump up and down, causing her breasts to jiggle.”

“It’s just easier that way,” Pagan said. “If a person lives their life as a female and they feel more comfortable having a female search them — and we’re not talking about strip searches, we’re just talking about pat-downs — if they feel more comfortable having a female do it, then that way you’re sort of just giving them their dignity.”

The new rules also require that all suspect searches “will be conducted by two officers of the gender requested by the transgender prisoner, whenever possible.” If that’s not possible, the policies say, “the search shall nonetheless be conducted by two available officers.”

Transgender prisoners will be transported and jailed alone “whenever possible,” according to the policies. “Officers shall 
ensure that additional units are called in order to assist with transporting transgender individuals.”

Pagan said the rules have been in development for 
several years and are modeled after similar policies 
in Chicago and Washing­ton, D.C.“

When the powers that be have to start shelling out money, things maintain value. In other words, now, the way you treat or mistreat somebody has a value to it,” Wernikoff told the Herald last night. “Financial exposure — that’s the only thing that moves them. Common sense, logic and reason don’t seem to work. Money seems to be the correct vehicle.”

So if they are going to treat all suspects “equally”, does that mean anyone can choose what officer gets to frisk them? Does that mean they all can request a private ride to court? I seriously doubt that. But hey, more “equality”!

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