Quickies: 02/03/2012


The Chief Justice of Kenya now explains that  “gay rights are human rights” in a video on YouTube. Originally recorded in September, it predates a similar statement by Hilary Clinton by two months.

A Canadian airport screening rule passed in July gets a close read this week, as it appears to prohibit trans people from boarding planes. Although no incidents have been reported where the provision has been cited, it prompted the re-introduction of a bill preventing discrimination against transgender people.

Feministe puts together a great list of “facts and lies” about the relationship between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood, as the grant cutoff continues to make headlines. The Atlantic also has a great summary of the initial decision. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has raised between $400,000 – $650,000 in the last three days, with matching grants from Michael Bloomberg and the Amy and Lee Fikes Foundation. Komen contributed approximately $680,000 to breast cancer screenings a year.

In other great news, Washington state is almost certain to pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage.

Image from Planned Parenthood Rally in New York City, by WeNews.

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  1. Coming from Canada (Quebec, to be more precise) I’m appaled at the official screening rule that was put into light, but I’m also very pleased: if no incident was ever reported, that must mean we have the coolest security guards… Or no trans people ever board planes in CAN? That can’t be right.

  2. I’m glad this led to the reintroduction of the anti-discrimination bill rather than getting shuffled off into the ether by rewording the regulation itself. Let’s hope they pass it this time.

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