Quickies: New Regs for Trans Olimpians, Ali Forney Fundraiser, Maher HIV Quackery

  • British School Uniforms Go Gender Neutral – [Warning: autoplay] Students of any gender can choose between a slacks/shirt and skirt/blouse. Gender neutral single stall bathrooms are also available.
  • Surgery No Longer Required for Transgender Olympians – “The International Olympic Committee on Monday updated its guidelines for transgender athletes, saying Olympians do not need to undergo sex reassignment surgery to compete in the games… The resulting guidelines suggest that people assigned male at birth are naturally stronger and more athletically inclined than people assigned female at birth. ‘Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction,’ the IOC announced.” I kind of want some cis women to enter the men’s long distance ski jump to demonstrate the IOC’s ignorance on this issue.
  • Homeless LGBT Youth Center in Running to Buy Former Hate Church – Upon hearing that Harlem church with a history of homophobia was up for auction due to $1 million in unpaid debts, The Ali Forney Center started a fundraiser to buy the church in order to provide additional housing to LGBT homeless youth. As of writing this, they’ve already raised $85K of their $200K goal!
  • Bill Maher Promotes HIV Quackery – The TV Atheist is already known for his ignorance around vaccines and GMOs, but letting a man peddle false HIV cures (based on milk from arthritic goats!) on his show is a new low.
  • HHS Rules Trans Woman Entitled to Surgery Under Medicare” – “In a landmark decision, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has ruled for the first time that a transgender person is entitled to gender-confirming surgery under Medicare.”
  • Planned Parenthood Providing HRT to Transgender Patients – Testosterone and estrogen are currently available at 26 locations, and Planned Parenthood plans to expand the program. The cost of seeing a doctor is a major barrier to many trans people seeking HRT.
  • Rome: Last Week For, This Week Against – Thousands have rallied in Rome against Italy’s proposed civil union legislation.

Featured image: IOC President Thomas Bach via Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

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Jac is a bisexual, genderqueer, feminist, godless liberal. They grew up in small town Pennsylvania and spent their adulthood exploring progressively larger and queerer cities. They currently work as an online tutor in the subjects of math, science and writing. When they are not tutoring or carrying out the gay agenda, they enjoy reading, cooking, science documentaries, and long walks on the beach.


  1. February 1, 2016 at 11:55 pm —

    Bill Maher is an idiot.  The guy is a germ theory denier.  This doesn’t surprise me to say the least.

    Is Bill Maher really that ignorant?  http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/10/16/is-bill-maher-really-that-ignorant-part/



    • February 2, 2016 at 3:00 am —

      How is someone educated in a 1st world country and not believe in germ theory? How do they then manage to hold onto a talk show where they blather about their ignorance? You don’t get to chose your own facts.

      • February 2, 2016 at 1:08 pm —


        I would say that he must have some kind of emotional reason for rejecting germ theory, however, I have no idea as to what exactly that might be.

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